THEME: BIBLICAL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”
-Have faith in God. Substance in Greek is written as hupostasis which means assurance, conviction, courage, steadfastness of mind, and firmness. In business we need to apply faith in God’s promises even in what seems unachievable. God reminds us that nothing is impossible with Him. He makes a way where there seems to be no way and brings to completion that which He has promised. As He said to Joshua; be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:9), let us have courage and boldness in the Lord, and we will conquer all mountains including business; in His mighty name.
The word of God is a manual that guides us in all things that pertains to life including; how to conduct business. It stipulates certain fundamental principles that we have reviewed over the past fortnight. In an art shell, the kingdom business principles are:- work hard; for the lazy will come to poverty (Proverbs 10:4), have integrity; for money gained by unjust means will diminish (Proverbs 13:11), surround yourself with people with good conduct; for bad company corrupts good morals ( 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 ), have a budget; for your income (Luke 14:28-30), save some money for the unforeseeable future (Proverbs 21:20), invest and don’t fear to take risks; especially on a diversified portfolio ( Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 ), exercise your gifts and talents and don’t let them lie waste; lest you become unfruitful (Matthew 25:14-18), be generous to God and to the needy in society; for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-9 ), and last but not least; give thanks to God in all circumstances; and keep praying for your businesses and economy (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
We fix our eyes on You dear Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, for the joy set before You, You endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We worship You Holy One of God. May You forgive us all our trespasses, sins of our families, nation and the entire world. May You go before us and level the mountains. May You break down the gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. May You make every crooked path straight in our lives, families, businesses, careers, education and nation. May You make all our plans succeed according to Your will. Thank You for making us more that conquerors in You Christ Jesus. May You give us strength, faith, wisdom and good courage to take on every opportunity that comes before us, whether big or small. Thank You Jesus for the plans You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Thank You for the good plans You have for our businesses and economy, we worship You. All our hope is in You precious Holy Spirit. Lord You make one rich and add no sorrow to it. May You bless the work of our hands dear Jesus. May You bless us and keep us. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Mark 11:22-24, 1 Thessalonians 1:3
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