Forward

Forward

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” (Pro 14:12)

Sometimes our natural tendencies can come to the fore. Pausing to seek God’s wisdom can often shift our view and may save us from an unseen consequence. It is worth considering that we are not always right, and that God has a better view.

Make sure God is included in your plans, or more correctly make sure you are included in His. He will put desires in your heart that align with His will, but we need to be in close relationship with Him for that dynamic to work well. Often what we think is right may not be, listen and learn and be obedient to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.

When we belong to God, we are in His kingdom, under His jurisdiction. To prosper in this realm, we need to follow the auspices of the King. Doing it God’s way should be our prime modus operandi, even when it doesn’t make worldly sense. But occasionally we need some specific insight. Asking God and expecting an answer is part and parcel of a walk with a personal Savior.

Quick Prayer: Show me Your way, Lord, that I may walk in it. Amen.

Wisdom

Wisdom

“Don’t forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you.” (Pro 4:6)

There are two kinds of wisdom: worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. The worldly kind is fine, but in Godly wisdom we gain an eternal perspective and the wisdom of ages—the wisdom of a Creator who knows us intimately and formed us individually.Pressing into God and seeking His wisdom has great benefit in all we do as we serve God in the marketplace. Godly wisdom is often in contrast to worldly wisdom, and the truly wise can discern the difference.We live and lead in the real world, but don’t underestimate the practical application of Godly wisdom.

True wisdom always originates with Him Who is wisdom. He is not only the origin of all true wisdom; He is wisdom itself. Wisdom is a characteristic of who God is. When you seek wisdom, you are seeking Him.

Quick Prayer: Help me to truly seek Godly wisdom, Lord. Amen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Want to Lead?

Want to Lead?

“Give me the wisdom and knowledge to rule them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chr 1:10 NLT)

If you are a leader, you are going to need some things. How about an increase in wisdom and knowledge? You will find them in God, in His Word, and manifest in His Spirit.

He will equip you for what He has called you to. Anything else would be unreasonable, don’t you think? Ask Him for what you need, and watch Him provide.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with leadership aspirations. These desires may well be part of God enabling you to fulfill His purposes in you. However, if you are under the mistaken thought that you can do it without Him, please reconsider.

Quick Prayer: May I have Your wisdom, Lord. I need it to do what You have called me to. Amen.

Tough Choice

Tough Choice

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deu 30:19)

Every day we face choices. They may be small, seemingly insignificant, tiny choices. Do we do the right thing or the wrong thing? No one will notice, we tell ourselves. No one will ever know. It seems like such a small thing. Everyone else is doing it. How wrong can it really be? Is it really that important to make a stand? What will people think?

Small choices lead to big choices. Small variations end up being big deviations, and the whole world will witness our choices. Our lives are just a sum of the choices we make. What will you choose?

Quick Prayer: I choose life. Amen.