Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Pro 4:23)

Our hearts are hard to understand. They are the wellspring of emotion, feelings, motivators, and passions. We can damage our hearts by exposing them to the wrong influences, and they can be deceptive.

This Scripture tells us that everything we do flows from our hearts. Wow, now that is something we just do not understand. Even what we say is influenced as “out of our hearts our mouths speak” (Mat 12:34). Be careful of potentially destructive relationships in your business and private world, and do your utmost to protect your heart. It is obviously an important part to protect.

Quick Prayer: Help me guard my heart, Jesus. Amen.

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Tongue Holding

Tongue Holding

“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” (Pro 11:12)

Sometimes the best thing you can say is nothing at all. Giving someone a piece of your mind may be a piece you can ill afford to lose.

There is grace in overlooking an offense, mercy in not taking retribution, and forgiveness in answering gently to a harsh critic. Grace, mercy, and forgiveness are all things that have been freely given to us.

Let’s treat others as God has treated us. Thank goodness He does not give us what we deserve. Why not treat others as God treats us? Our businesses will be all the better for it.

Quick Prayer: Help me bite my tongue sometimes, please, Lord. Amen.

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Be Gentle

Be Gentle

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Pro 15:1)

When we are in a position of authority in our company, there is a temptation to be harsh. We can easily display emotions that are not appropriate. This is especially true when we are faced with an angry person.

The wisdom of this Scripture is that an unexpectedly gentle response can disarm a potentially volatile situation. Often when we are challenged, we may assume a gentle answer is a sign of weakness and that authority demands a certain demeanor. This Scripture would indicate a better way.

Leadership does not demand that we act in a harsh or distant manner. Our example is Jesus. How did He act? Take a look in the gospels for an example of true leadership in action.

Quick Prayer: Help me to be gentle. Amen.

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Integrity

Integrity

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (1 Chr 29:17)

Do you ever feel that you are being tested? Are you going to do the right thing? What about that thing that just popped into your head? You know, the thing you know you should really be doing but are reluctant to do?

Do the right thing, and let God sort out what happens next. Let the consequences be what they may, and be obedient to His call of integrity. As we move in obedience, He can release the most unexpected blessings.

Integrity counts. When we have integrity in the small, seemingly insignificant things, we prepare ourselves for being faithful in the larger temptations and challenges. If you feel like you are being tested, it is probably because you are.

Quick Prayer: Help me to maintain integrity in all I do and say. Amen.

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How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?

How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?

“So the craftsman encourages the smelter, and he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil.” (Isa 41:7 NASB)

Now this is an interesting question! Are you brutal and over demanding of those who supply you goods and services? Isn’t it a good business practice to extract the last possible cent from those you do business with? The Bible shows us a more synergistic relationship of mutual respect and encouragement.

Long-term relationships built on an understanding of shared profitability can be priceless as cycles move and pricing power shifts up and down supply chains. Building those relationships on respect and going to the extent of encouraging our suppliers is doing business God’s way. The very fact that it does not happen very often ensures that you will stand out, become a customer of choice, demonstrate a different approach, and represent the God you profess to serve.

Quick Prayer: Help me to demonstrate Your grace to my suppliers. 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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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

Wealth is a Blessing.

“The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 24:35)

Do not be ashamed of the financial blessing God has bestowed on you. It is He who blesses with wealth in all its forms. If you are struggling do not be ashamed in asking for His blessing. He is not a stingy God.

God is an abundant God, the God of “more than enough”. Take a moment to thank him for all that He has given you. Take a close look around and you will see all that He has bestowed on you.

Use your wealth wisely, submit it to God and be obedient to His promptings but enjoy that which He has given you to enjoy.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that wealth is a blessing. Please bless me in my finances.” Amen