A Kingdom Law

A Kingdom Law

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” (Pro 11:24 NIV)

In the world, we are taught that if we are tight with our money, we will get more, yet the law of the kingdom is the opposite. Give and it will be given unto you. Withhold and you will come to poverty. It sounds upside down, but how often is that true with the things that God asks of us? He had to die to bring life. Death led to victory.

There is very often joy in obedience. As we give, it changes our hearts. Have you met a happy person who is stingy or a very generous person who is not happy? The Bible also tells us that it is God who gives us the gift of enjoying wealth. I think this comes from having a generous heart.

Quick Prayer: Holy Spirit, please cause me to have a generous heart, a fruit of Your presence in me. Amen.

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Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost

“For which one of you if he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” (Luk 14:28 NASB)

How in touch are you with your business finances? Do you know what your ‘break even’ will be on that upcoming project or new product? How is your cash flow, that vital air that keeps your business alive? What is the real bottom line by product line or customer?

So many great businesses have grown quickly and then died, simply by not counting the cost. You can easily outgrow your cash flow and get into trouble. If you are entrepreneurial like me, you will be emotionally attached to that new product, service, or business idea. Get the advice you need to truly count the cost. Take a calculated risk, not a stab in the dark.

A little time to assess risk and suitable funding requirements can make the critical difference between success and failure.

Quick Prayer: Help me to count the cost with wisdom. Amen.

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Free Ride?

Free Ride?

“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 The 3:10 NKJV)

This is an interesting scriptural standpoint on voluntary abdication from responsibility. It also shows us the regard with which God holds occupations and work in general. It talks to the rightful reward of work and the need to apply ourselves to the task at hand.

Our provision, while it comes from God, requires our alignment, surrender, and application to fully manifest. We also need to make sure our attitude is aligned to this principle that work is good.

When we recognize the value of something, it becomes more important to us. God places a high value on our employment and our attitude toward working. It is His mechanism for provision and much more besides.

Quick Prayer: I’m sorry for taking Your provision for granted. Amen.

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Need Some Grace?

Need Some Grace?

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8 NIV)

God will always give you all you need to fulfill His will. It would be very unreasonable to do anything else. Sometimes He will allow us to come to the end of ourselves so that we know we need a heavenly Father and that we cannot do it all in our own strength.

Sometimes I have been in situations where I had no idea what to do and found wisdom. At other times I have been in need of grace toward others and found a new depth of grace and mercy.

He provides what we need, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, to do what He has called us to do.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for Your abundant provision. Amen.

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The Art of Delegation

The Art of Delegation

“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (Exo 18:18 NASB)

Are you working long hours, tired, irritable, and not spending enough time with your family? This is not compulsory for success. God has said that His burden is light and that He has come so that we may life—life to the fullest.

God will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish the task He has set for you. Are there people in your business you are not delegating to? Do you need to be across all that detail? Can you not trust those around you? If your view is that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, then stop because you are on the road to trouble, both for yourself and for those around you.

Look at what you have to do, and give away all you can. If you trust others to deliver, you may well be surprised at the outcome—in a good way.

Be very clear on your desired outcome. Make sure your employees are well resourced, and let them loose. You may well be unlocking their God-given talent. The people you always wanted may already be with you.

Quick Prayer: Lord, help me unload what You never intended me to carry. Amen.

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Inspection

Inspection

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks; give careful attention to your herds.” (Pro 27:23)

Whether we are in business, have some authority in the work place, or just have financial oversight over our own income, one thing is very important. In the business of work and life, we can get carried away with all we are doing.

How is your financial state? Do you know what you spend and what your costs are? Do you know what your future requirements may be? Are your investments wisely placed? Are you putting away enough to retire? Are you reducing your debt?

In short, what is coming in, what is going out, and how much do you have? Discipline and robust management of our finances personally or in business can be a painful process to monitor, but monitor it we should.

Quick Prayer: Let my books be in order as a reflection of Your order. Amen.

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The Price of Debt – 2 Kings 4:1

“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’” (2 Kin 4:1)

My God is a generous God. He does supply all my needs. But if I squander his provision, if I am flippant with His generosity, or if I do not have an attitude of stewardship, I will quickly live beyond my means.

The temptation to keep up with the Joneses is a strong one. We live in a material world where we are continually bombarded with messages of the new and the greatest.

While God is fully aware of the society in which we live and what we need to partake in society and be effective, must be careful to be wise with what He has given us. The price we can pay for being out of control and falling into the hands of creditors is too high.

Quick Prayer: I know there is a price to pay for living outside my means. Give me wisdom. Amen.

Prompt Payment – Proverbs 3:28

“Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’—when you already have it with you.” (Pro 3:28)

I like this description because it demonstrates the heart of God. There is something very right and proper about spontaneously meeting a need. If we have something in hand that can meet a need of others, we shouldn’t even hesitate to give.

There is something inherently wrong with having resources and not meeting the need. Even in business, in the brutal cut and thrust of the commercial world, the principles of generosity apply.

If we can pay bills now, why not pay them now? This could cut across the prevailing culture and demonstrate a transformed life. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing?

Quick Prayer: Help me to be prompt in my payments. Amen.