Listen!

Listen!

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Heb 3:7–8)

God can talk to us in many ways, but it is up to us to choose to listen. First we must shift our hearts and open our minds and spirits to expect to hear from Him.

If you want insight in business, if you want to know what to expect in the future, and if you want to know how to adjust your life to align with the will of God, spend some time with Him. But be willing to change. He will surprise you and soften your heart.

Come to Him in expectation. He is vitally interested in you and your work life. If you haven’t experienced this truth, go to Him and ask Him to reveal it to you. You may well get a life-changing revelation.

Quick Prayer: Soften my heart, and help me to hear You, Jesus. Amen.

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Schmuck

“One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.” (Pro 17:18)

Someone, obviously of Jewish heritage, once said that a guarantor is just a schmuck with a pen. Perhaps this is a somewhat unkind designation, yet quite possibly the sentiment of this Jewish gentleman agrees with the Word of God.

Don’t put up security for a neighbor. If you have pledged for another, go now and unshackle yourself from potential disaster. Only you can meet the obligations you promise to another. You cannot guarantee the debts or behaviors of others.

God is quite clear; don’t be a schmuck.

Quick Prayer: Free me from pledges. Amen.

Dreams

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” (Psa 16:7)

If you are an entrepreneur or an ideas person, you may sometimes be called a dreamer. Perhaps you are a contemplative person and maybe this label applies to you also. Take it as a compliment.

God can talk to us through our dreams. Even at night He can impact our lives. If you have a dream, take it to Him, and ask Him what it means. God can guide us during the day and talk to us during the night. The Bible is full of people who heard God in dreams. Don’t limit the way that He will talk to you.

Quick Prayer: Guide me through dreams, Lord. I expect to hear You in this way. Amen.

Faithfulness

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)

We have been entrusted with a lot. We have the words of eternal life; an experience of a loving heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit indwells us. We have been given talents, gifts and abilities to serve, worship and lead at work.

We have been blessed with resources, wealth, time, family, fellowship, and friends and so much else. What will we do with all that we have been entrusted with? Let’s be found faithful and proven to be so.

This means an application of purpose thought and prayer as well as the practical actions that have to be taken in order to be faithful It is not an intent it is a series of actions that demonstrate an internal condition.

Quick Prayer. “Keep me faithful Jesus.” Amen

Entrusted.

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)

The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?

It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” Amen

Pride and Prejudice.

“The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.” (Proverbs 15:25)

We are not proud are we? Maybe we are just proud of our humility? Pride comes in many forms. Are we self reliant, too proud to ask? Do we feel a sense of entitlement in our roles at work? Surely it is the work of our hands that have built this business, family, wealth, or whatever just came into your mind.

When our pride affects our thinking it will ultimately impact our lives, and those in our sphere of influence. He will protect us, and the people in our lives, by tearing down that which is built on pride.

Look at your heart and examine it before God. Best we deal with pride, than fall into a sin with consequences.

Quick Prayer. “Keep me from pride.” Amen

True Contentment.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)

What is true contentment? What would it take for you to feel truly content? We tend to think of that in terms of material possessions, relationships and circumstances. Paul who was ship wrecked, beaten, stoned, jailed amongst other great experiences, is talking about something much deeper; A peace that goes beyond all understanding, beyond circumstance and experience. It is a contentment that can only be supernatural in origin.

Imagine being so close to God that all else pales into insignificance. All becomes a shadow, truly in context against the all-powerful light of a totally radiant God. The closer we get to Him the more content we will be. He is the only certainty, the only constant, the only place of true contentment.

Quick Prayer. “Bring me to a place of true contentment Lord.” Amen

A Change of Heart.

“And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.” (Nehemiah 2:8)

I like this Scripture because it says two things. Here was an audacious request for resources, but the answer was due to the gracious hand of God. This is the essence of what it is to walk with God in the marketplace—hearing from God, moving with passion and big goals, asking for favor, and seeing the hand of God move and work miracles in provision and outcomes.

Nehemiah was under no illusion about who is accomplishing the task and gave due credit to His Lord. Yet his hand was on the plough, working hard to achieve all he believed God was asking him to do.

Quick Prayer. “Give me the courage to dare to ask and watch your favor.” Amen