lose-wealth-biblicallyHow to lose your wealth biblically from Proverbs

We are often afraid of losing our money.  We are afraid of taking risks and sometimes that keeps us from making good decisions.

It’s all about perspective.  If we know God is in charge of things, why don’t we listen to Him when it comes to our money?

Let’s look at the biblical way you can lose your money.

Proverbs 28:8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor  amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

There is nothing wrong with earning an interest from our money, the issue is taking advantage of the poor.  God cares for His people and He will help those who are helping His people.  He wants us to earn money in a way that helps others.  If we are charging crazy interest rates, then we are taking advantage.

Imagine if there was a credit card company or a bank that was run on Christian values?  They would charge a fair interest and it would be spread among other Christians leaders who are able and willing to take a little bit of mitigated risk to help other Christians with their financing.

Here are a couple of other Proverbs that warn us about how we can lose our money:

Proverbs 1:19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;    it takes away the life of those who get it.

Proverbs 11:18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,  but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

Proverbs 21:6 A fortune made by a lying tongue   is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare

The quickest way to lose your money is to live outside of biblical integrity.  When we step outside of God’s will for our lives, we step into a world that is looking to devour us.  God wants us to live above reproach.

We must not be lie, cheat or swindle.  We must not steal, kill or destroy for money.  We must live our life and run our business on our values.  We must do the right thing no matter how much it hurts.

In the long run, living by our values will always bring us closer to God and His blessings.  If you want to grow your money, do it the honest, hard-working, smart way.  Follow God and His principles and He will never lead you astray.

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building-wealth-biblicallyBuilding Wealth Biblically from Proverbs

Proverbs has a lot to say about life and often it talks about money. Do you ever wish you could grow money the way the Bible says?

Let’s look at a common proverb from the Bible about making money.

Proverbs 10:4-5 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Let’s start simply.  If you are lazy, you will not be able to grow wealth.  There are no get rich quick schemes that last.  Our integrity and values always catch up to us.

Diligent” is a great word to use in this passage.  In the original language it means: “to cut, sharpen or decide.” Wealth does not just happen.  It takes a determined decision.  You must cut off those things that are holding you back and strive for the things that brings God’s blessings.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessings of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.

God does not want us to toil painfully.  We should not be afraid of hard work, but we must work with our minds as much as our bodies.  It takes intelligent planning.  We must ‘gather crops’ when it is time.  We must know our seasons.  We must work in the knowledge that we have and the experience that we gain.

It all comes down to trusting God with our decisions and always moving forward as God gives us more wisdom. Always work with integrity and diligence.  Plan out how you will grow.  And remember, growing wealth is as simple as adding value to the world and getting paid for the value you add.

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Listen as a Christian Business Coach shares biblical insights for your business.  He starts in Psalm 91: 13 so have your Bibles ready so you can hear directly from God’s word.

It is not enough to believe in God and be in business.  We must be in God’s business.

 

It is not enough to believe in God and be in business.  We must be in God’s business.

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Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

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Psalm 127 is one of the shorter Psalms.  It is written by Solomon who God blessed with wisdom.  It is a song of assents.  Song of assents were sung by Hebrews as they traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem most likely to attend high holy days.

The importance of these songs is they were often easy to learn and repeated over and over so that your hearts could line up with God as you traveled your way to worship Him at Temple.

Psalm 127 starts by reminding us that ultimately it is God that builds our house.  God blessed the people of the house and that includes our business.  Many businesses were run out of the house during this time.

Next he reminds us that God must be the one watching over all we do.  We must turn over our lives and all we do to Him. He reminds us that it is vain to rise early and stay up late unless God is part of all that we do.

If you read many articles or books about Millionaires, you will see that they often get up early to get work started.  There is nothing wrong with that, but that only works when we are at peace with our foundational values in life.

Finally, he reminds us that family is important.  God wants to bless our families and He will when we start building our house on His principles, values and righteousness.

God uses this song of assents to remind us of the priorities in our life.  First we must build our house on God’s foundation.  We must then trust God to watch over and protect us as we work guided by His wisdom.

Next we must rely on God for everything we have and know without a shadow of a doubt that God is on our side. If we do these things, God will bless our family and anyone who speaks against us will be put to shame.

I want us to look at Psalm 127 as a daily reminder that God is in charge of all we do.  He builds your house. He builds your business.  He watches over you.  He gives you rest.  He is sovereign and in control of everything.

As entrepreneurs, we feel like we should be in charge of everything ourselves.  We feel like if we just let go of one spinning plate everything will topple over.  I want to remind you that God is in charge.  Let Him be in charge and trust in Him to guide you.

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Christians grow business3 Reasons Christians should grow a business

I think Christians miss out on many blessings because they are not willing to step out and take chances.  Whether it is witnessing to a friend, or growing a business, Christians should be bold about their faith in a God who gave them wisdom, courage and strength.

Today, let’s talk about three reasons Christians should grow their business.  I am sure there are those that say, “We’ll just wait for God to grow our business.”  I want to make sure you understand that waiting on God is a good thing.  Waiting without taking action is not wise.  God does not steer a parked car.

 

Growing a business means helping more people.

First and foremost, your business is helping people.  You want to help people with your product or service.  Beyond that you are helping your employees, your community and your family by providing for them.  When you grow your business wisely, you are helping an ever increasing number of people.

 

Growing a business means you are becoming more influential.

As your business grows, you become more influential and more people will listen to you.  They will see you as a success and you will have a larger platform to tell them of the blessings that you have received from God.  Don’t discount success as a means to introduce people to Christ.

 

Growing a business is the most spiritual thing you can do as a business owner.

This may sound counterintuitive, but I want to put this in perspective.  Growing your business gives you a larger platform from which to share about God.  People listen to people who are successful and it allows you to impact their lives.

When you succeed, people look at your habits and want to copy what you do.  The reason growing your business is such a spiritual endeavor is because you are reading your Bible, actively getting involved in church, leading others, serving, and giving.  People will see that you are living a life of integrity because ultimately God is your CEO.

 

Conclusion

I am not going to pretend growing a business in and of itself is spiritual.  What makes is spiritual is the enlivened power of God working in and through your business.

Remember the prayer of Jabez?  “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” I Chronicles 9:10

God did not bless Jabez just because he asked.  God blessed him because He knew Jabez would be an influential person who would speak for the King of Kings.  The Bible says his influence came from his honor and that honor was directly rooted in the power of God.

Christian, I want to encourage you to grow your business.  If you need some help, get involved with our growth membership and get on the right path or at least find a mentor or accountability partner that can help you grow. We grow best when we grow together strengthening and encouraging one another.

Be blessed and be a blessing.

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questions for business growth3 Questions to ask to see if your business is ready to grow

When we talk about business growth I don’t want to focus on profits.  We want to focus on helping people.  When our goal is to help others with our business, we are prepped to take on whatever blessings God chooses to give us.

There are many places in the Bible that mention the fact that God will give us what we can handle and He will equip us to handle the next step when we are faithful.  Look at the latter part of Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

With that verse in mind, ask yourself these three questions to see if your business is ready to grow.

 

Question 1: Stability

If there was a tornado or other natural disaster that caused your business to not work for 2-3 months, would you be able to still pay employees and cover your expenses?

 

Question 2: Responsibility

If you got 2 new employees, do you have enough work for them to do, training to get them started and processes for them to follow? (If you have a large workforce, change the number to 20 or 200 according to the size of your business.  Think in number of a 20% workforce increase.)

 

Question 3: Sustainability

If you got 10 new customers a month, could your current system handle the additional workload without bogging down? (If you are a bigger company change the number accordingly to 100. Think about a 20% increase.)

 

If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you are well on your way to growth.  Now all you need to do is beef us getting your message out.  We will talk about that in our next article.

 

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. I Peter 3:15

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I Peter 3 is very practical.  I gets to the point about doing the right thing no matter what.  Starting in verse 8 we see a list of how to be like-minded.  We should be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Another version says to be harmonious, brotherly, kindhearted and humble in spirit. That is quite a list, but Peter does not stop there.

He tells us not to repay evil with evil but to repay it with blessing.  He says we are called to act in such a way even if we are mistreated or insulted our accusers will be put to shame. Then, Peter quotes a portion of Psalm 34.

In Psalm 34, David is running from Saul and pretends to be insane so that he is not captured.  The Psalm starts with praising God and ends with a resolution about trusting God to “rescue His servants.”  Peter uses this Psalm to remind us how to act.  To seek peace, turn from evil and do good.

Back in Peter we are encouraged to not fear threats or be frightened but we are to “revere Christ as Lord.”  Every moment of victory especially when hard times hit start with bowing before the throne of Heaven.

Peter tells us to be prepared to give an answer about our hope and to have such a good conscience that even if people say bad things about us, they may be put to shame.

He reminds us that Christ died on the cross for us.  We are being made alive because of what Christ did on the cross.  We are to align ourselves with the power of God and pledge to follow God with a clear conscience and sincere heart.

As business owners, we will have to deal with suffering, attacks and insults.  In today’s social media, troll-ridden society, we can’t help but run into persecution, especially if we boldly proclaim we are a Christian.

I love verse 13, “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?”  When our motives are pure and our lives, personally and professionally, are lined up with God there are many blessings to be found and reasons to be thankful.

Blessings always outnumber insults.  We can focus on one of the other, but not both.  If you take time in your business to focus on the blessings, you will begin to notice even more blessings.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. I Peter 3:15

Moving From Failure to Success

from business failure to successWe’ve been talking about Christians failing in business because I think we are missing the point of being in business.

Let me state it as plainly as possible: Business is the vehicle that brings people to God.

Our entire lives have been sculpted and guided by God.  Every moment of success and failure have been used to help us become the person we are today.  All of those moments lead us to be a business owner and because we know God is real and our lives are touched by the hand of God, we are Christians.

Yes, we must make money in order to survive as a business, but ultimately we can’t make money if we are not helping people.  The best way I know to help people is to show them the undaunting love of Christ through our words, actions and our business.

Not until we fully realize that our business is God’s business will be really begin to undertake the transformation that we need to do business.  I know this may sound like pie in the sky thinking or some preacher telling us something we remember today and forget tomorrow, but it is more than that.  Being a Christian is a way of life and if you are in business, it is the way you do business.

 

Practical Faith In Business

Let’s get practical for a moment.  What does this really look like to live out faith in a business?

I work in the world of business marketing.  Many of my clients ask me to help them with Facebook ads.  When I set up ads I ask about their goals and their strategy.  Often, their goal is to get more customer and they say their strategy is to use Facebook ads.  I press in, “Why do you really want to get more customers?  What would happen if you got 100 new customers?  Could you help them?”  I get various answers.

It is here that something different happens.  I begin to pray right in the middle of the meeting.  I had prayed before the meeting, I prayed for this client throughout the week and I prayed for my understanding about using Facebook ads.  I even read my Bible each day to gain wisdom from God and here at this very moment I am seeking and searching for God to guide my words and give me wisdom.

You’d be surprised at how quickly the moment turns.  I have had people share with me about struggles in their family, medical issues, etc.  All because I asked about their business and took time to engage God in the midst of my conversation.

It is in these moments that I offer to pray for these people.  If I find out they are a believer at any stage of believing I may point out a Bible verse.  Yes, we complete the Facebook ad, but until this person is free from their pain, they can never truly engage their customers and grow their business.

I have had clients start reading their Bible, start going back to church and even  getting involved in group studies at their church.  It excites me to see God working in their lives, not because of what I did, but because of what God did in these people.

You may say, “Well, sure you can do this.  You are a Reverend and trained to do things like this.”  I would answer in two ways.  One, I did the same thing before I even knew I was going to be a minister.  Two, I will remind you about 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Even before I knew that I was called into ministry I was involved in business.  I was talking to a family before I even knew I could be a minister and they were having medical struggles.  I simply told them that I cared for them and I would be praying for them.  They became great friends and I got to walk with them as they got back involved in church and the Mother went into remission.  We rejoiced greatly and gave God all the Glory.

I am nobody special.  No more than you.  You can impact and influence people’s lives just as easily as I did.  You know how I know?  Because the same God that lives and works in me, lives and works in you.

 

You are Gifted

Each of us are gifted in different ways.  You may be able to reach people I could never reach.  You may be the one person who could bring a particular person to know Christ.  You have a responsibility. . nay…you have a privilege to bring people closer to Christ with every encounter and every contact.

The reason Christian businesses fail is that they do not see God as the sole reason for what they do. They don’t give God the glory for every victory and ask His wisdom in every triumph.  Remember, it is not about what you do, it is Who you do it for that makes the difference between a flourishing business and one that is holding on by a thread.

 

Lining Up Your Business with God

Take action.  Go back to our previous article and do the three exercises (click here).  Line up your life and your business with God as your CEO.  Commit to the basics of reading your Bible, praying, getting involved in church, giving and worshipping our Savior.

You may not know me, but I am praying for you.  I prayed for everyone who will see this post.  I prayed that my words would be His words and your life will be edified because of Him speaking to you through these words.  If you sign up for our Faith Membership, which is totally FREE, I have your name and I will pray for you by name.  If you want me to pray for you specifically, just let me know by responding to one of my emails.

Once you get your business lined up with God if you need some guidance, I offer a monthly training specifically on business principles, strategies and tips.  You can even submit a question specifically about your business for these trainings if you are part of the Growth Program.  In my personal business I have to charge hundreds of dollars for this kind of consulting, but I offer it here on this web page for pennies a day.  Consider getting involved with our Faith (free) or Growth program.

To God be the Glory both Now and Forever, Amen!

Be blessed and be a blessing.

 

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why do Christian businesses fail?I often wonder why Christian businesses fail.  It really bugs me and honestly, I think it bugs God.  God does not set us up to fail.

I have to share a little rant today. . .

I’m tired of seeing Christian in business fail!  There are too many opportunities in this world and with God on our side, why are not more Christians succeeding?  We can’t help but succeed . . . IF we put Him first.

That is the first issue I have with Christian business owners.  Sure, they pray, but prayer is not an integral part of their business life.  They say a prayer like, “God help me succeed in business today.”  What a selfish prayer.

Look at what James says in Chapter 4, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

See the slight difference?

We are to put the Lord FIRST.  When we start our business.  When we open for business each day.  When we are doing well.  When we are failing.  When we are mad and want to give up.  When we are excited and ready to take on the world.

God is with us each step of the way.  He wants us to acknowledge Him as the True Owner of our business.

 

I work with all kinds of business owners.  From multi-million dollar companies to businesses that are just starting out.  I work with Christian and non-Christian business owners.  The Christians who are succeeding have a breath of fresh air about them.  They have God integrated into their whole way of doing business.

 

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It is more than just quoting some Bible verses and putting God in our value statement.  It is whole-heartedly following Jesus as a true believer . . . a disciple.  It is understanding that God is in everything we do and everything we do, we do for Him.

Listen Christian business owner, let’s not wait for something to happen, let’s make it happen.  Let’s call on God and sit down with Him in a One on one ‘board meeting.’  He is the Owner and we should not move until He says move.

And when God says move, we should take action.  We should learn all we need to do the most excellent work for a Most Excellent God.  We should implement with His plan in our business and wisely take the steps we need to prepare for the growth that He wants us to have.

Christian, take action today.  Sit down with the True CEO of your business.  Get away from the office if you have to, but take time to really seek His will for your business.  Only then, with that solid foundation, will you have a business that succeeds and honors God.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12

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Timothy is a great book about leadership.  Paul is teaching a young church leader how to lead.  In today’s passage we see Paul talking about money and rich people.

Let’s start at the top.  Paul talks about believers.  If you are in charge of someone who is a believer, you should treat them with respect.  No matter what kind of business you are in dignity is something of value to everyone who works for you.

Paul jumps to false teachers.  They were stirring up controversies and quarrels.  They were teaching only to gain profits and manipulate people.

This is why Paul is talking so much about money.  This group of people were using their religion as an opportunity to rip people off. Paul does not say that we should not gain money, but it should be in the proper perspective.  He shares, “We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (vs. 7)

I am sure you have heard the statement: “Money is the root of all evil.”  If you have read the Bible, you know that verse actually says “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (vs. 10)  Money is not evil and it does not cause all evil.

Money is simply a tool that can be used for good or for bad.  Paul tells us to be content and not to fall into the temptation to seek after riches.  We are to seek after God and by doing His will we may attain riches, but our goal is not riches.

Paul tells Timothy to flee from all of this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  These are the characteristics he needs to develop as a leader to overcome those who are stirring up controversies.

If you have controversies or quarrels going on in your business, post verse 11 near your desk.  Let those words build in you a character that will overcome controversies because you are seeking God and His righteousness.

Paul tells Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith.”  Too often, when struggles come, we don’t realize the battle is one of faith.  We must decide to do the right thing no matter what.  We must take the high road and keep our eye set on the high calling that Christ has put on our lives.

Don’t get me wrong.  Battles are tough and you will have scars.  But you serve a savior who has scars that heal and bring victory.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I Timothy 6:12

 

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