Powerful

Powerful

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 AMP)

When we are at work, we sometimes assume that we can do it all ourselves—that somehow this is not God’s domain but ours. In our busy schedules, we find little time to contemplate on either God’s will or His agenda for our work day.

We trust in our own abilities, experience, and knowledge, and they probably serve us quite well most of the time. But there is another way where we will be anointed, appointed, and empowered by God.

When we ask the Holy Spirit to empower us, we receive power, ability, efficiency, and might. These four gifts are to achieve our purpose, and we will be witnesses for Him not only in our own city but also throughout the world.

Quick Prayer: Fill me afresh, Holy Spirit, and empower me to do Your work. Amen.

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Ownership

Ownership

“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Luk 14:33)

What does it mean to give up everything? To me it is an attitude of the heart—a position of yielding and surrender, of obedience, and of willingness to lay everything down. We are to commit to God all we have, all we do, and all we are.

Commit it all into His hands and it becomes anointed, powerful in His Kingdom, and sanctified for a greater purpose. Moses only had a staff, yet God used it to lead a nation through miracle after miracle. The question He was asked was, “What do you have in your hand?” What do we have in our hands? Let’s give it all to God and see what He can do.

Quick Prayer: I yield all I have to Your lordship. Amen.

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Money

Money

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Tim 6:10)

Scripture is often misquoted as saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” The verse in question is correctly quoted above. Money is neither good nor evil. It is a morally neutral tool that can be used for good or to cause damage.

Money buys freedom of choice and options to give and sow into the work of the kingdom. What is it in you and your business that constrains the wanton pursuit of profit at all costs? Greed is moderated by giving; God calls us to a generous life—a giving life—as demonstrated by His Son, who gave His life for all.

The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will bring with it collateral damage in other areas of life if it is not counterbalanced with a generous spirit. Moderation is a virtue, and God’s principles of giving and sacrifice bring balance to our natural tendency for greed.

Quick Prayer: Lord, please bless my workplace and balance my life with generosity and wisdom. Amen.

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Have You Asked Your Staff Recently?

Have You Asked Your Staff Recently?

“Jesus stopped ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’” (Luke 18:40–41)

You are in a position of authority, and even if you are accessible, many will be intimidated by your position. If you ask, “What can I do for you?” you give an opportunity to others to respond. It may very well help them do their part in the company.

Often the simple things are forgotten yet can be easily changed or given to adequately resource your people. We all liked to be asked, even if we don’t need anything. It shows that someone cares about our opinion.Jesus is asking us the same question. He is able to change any situation, provide any resource, and meet any need, and He is asking, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Go ahead; ask.

Quick Prayer: Help me to remember to ask. Amen.

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No Calling is Above Another

No Calling is Above Another

Martin Luther wrote, “A cobbler, a smith, a farmer, by means of his own work or office must benefit and serve every other, that in this way many kinds of work may be done for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the community, even as all the members of the body serve one another.”

We are called to stay more often than to go. Doing what you do is the basis of your service to God. He will use you where you are, change you where you are, and grow you where you are. We need to learn to see the sacred in the seemingly ordinary to appreciate God’s plan for our lives.

As we submit in this, the motivation will come, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifested, and true ministry will begin to occur.

Quick Prayer: Lord, thank You for where You have planted me. Help me to see You in all I do. Amen.

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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ ” (Gen 1:28)

God called us to work from the very beginning. Work’s intrinsic value is not determined by whether it is set in a secular or sacred environment. It is sacred because it is ordained by God. In our modern Christian culture, we have a heretical hierarchical view of vocations. Priests, pastors, missionaries, and monks are all sacred callings, followed by the serving vocations of nurse, teacher, etc. Merchant bankers, politicians, and lawyers reside further down the scale. This is a cultural bias, not a God-given one.

God values a call to business as any other call. A sacred vocation is made sacred because it is mandated by God. He uses it to fulfill His purpose in our lives and calls us to serve in a way that is in line with His way: virtuous, ethical, and with excellence, “as if serving the Lord.”

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the validity of my calling. Thank You for work. Amen.

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Work Before the Fall

Work Before the Fall

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Gen 2:15)

What was one of the first things God did for man? He took man and put him in a place where he was supposed to work. This was not an act of slavery or a consequence of the fall. This was before sin and not a consequence of our fallen state.

God placed man in the perfect place so he could work. Here in this pure world that was uncorrupted and unspoiled by sin, God called man to work. Work is from God and a good thing. It is ordained by a Creator who knows what is important for us. He created a garden that needed some work to be done and knew that it was good for man to work.

Work is not a curse; it is a gift of God.

Quick Prayer: I acknowledge that work came from You, not from the curse. Amen.

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Success

Success

“In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.” (1 Sam 18:14)

How is your business going? If you are working for another, how is your workplace going? Have you invited God and His blessing into your business? Success comes from Him.

I have seen Him turn around the worst of circumstances. He can move in a commercial environment that is almost beyond redemption and restore profitability, growth, and success.

Each win we have, each sale we get, and every order that comes through the door has contributed to our success, and it has all been ordained by God. If we truly understood that truth, I wonder how thankful and prayerful we would be.

Quick Prayer: All the success I have experienced has come from You. Amen.

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