Introduction video for our series on Using the Fruits of the Spirit in Your Business.

Business Bible study based on Galatians 5:22-23

 




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Prayer for the Beginning of the Year

 

beginning of year prayer for businessDear God, my CEO who knows my future.

Thank you for bringing me to a new year.

Thank you for the blessings and lessons from last year.

I want to consecrate this year to you.  It is Your year.

Every decision I make will be guided by your wisdom working in my life.

Help me to set goals that line up with Your goals.

Help me to set plans that put me on the path where you want me.

Guide me to step only when You say and not get ahead of what you have for me.

God, you are my CEO.  I will meet with you every morning for your guidance.

Please help me to hear you ever clearer as I grow in my business and my faith.

With this new year, I honor you, God.

To You be the glory, honor and praise.

Amen

 

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end of year prayer for businessPrayer for the End of the Year.

 

Dear God of my life, you are the CEO of my business.

You are the Commander in Chief of all that I do.

You are my only boss.

First let me apologize for leaving you out of my business plans in any way this year.

I release my business to you.  Everything that happened this year is finished.

As I review this last year, let me see how you guided me and what lessons I need to learn.

Every good thing that happened is because of you.  I give You the honor.

Everything rough is because of the world I live in and the decision I made.

Let me see your guiding hand in the rough times and take wisdom with me into the next year.

Let me learn from you how I can do better this next year.

Thank you for allowing me the blessing you gave me this year.

Amen

 

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Christian business Christmas prayer

 

Christmas prayer for businessDear God, You are the CEO of my business.

You are the reason we have Christmas.

Thank You for sending your Son.

I want to thank You for what you have done for me.

I want to thank You for my business, my family and my community.

As we get closer to Christmas, may I focus on You even more.

May my business always honor you, especially in this Christmas season.

May I not focus on sales, but may I focus on souls.

May I not focus on gifts, but focus on the gift of Christ.

Allow me to influence others for you.

Let me be your peace, hope and love to the world around me.

Help me to understand your plan for me at Christmas.

Thank You for leading me.

And, thank You again for sending Your Son that we may celebrate Christmas.

Amen

 

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As a business owner and a Christian, the more you grow your spiritual life, the more your business life will blossom.  God wants to show you to success, but he wants to do so by first fully trusting in Him.

 

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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.

As a Christian, your prayer life may be the biggest secret to your success.

This week we talked about using email marketing for business.  I wanted to make sure you are considering your marketing in prayer.  When you send out emails, you are sending something to help another person.  Hopefully, you are taking time to pray for each person and each email you send.

I ran across this prayer for business. I always wonder what kind of prayers other Christian entrepreneurs pray.  If you ever struggle praying for your business, listen to this prayer.  Let it give you some prompts to begin to pray fervently for you business.

 

 

Prayer is not what we do because we have to it’s what we do because we understand its power.

 

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I ran across this video recently and thought it was a great representaion of prayer.

It is a representation of God interacting with a person through prayer using a chat box to show the conversation.  I think it is a brilliant idea.

 

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I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 4:16

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Today we look at a powerful prayer in Ephesians.  Paul is talking to the church, specifically those who are not Jew.  He starts by talking about the Mystery of Christ.  That mystery is that gentiles, those not Jewish, will be saved through Christ.

Then, he explains how he came to understand his mission for Christ.  He says that “through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (vs. 12)  Never before had ‘regular’ people been told they were able to have such an intimate relationship with God.

This was one of the most radical ideas of the time.  People never imagined they could talk to God and hear from Him.  In their minds, God only cared about the Jews.  Plus, they thought God only talked to the priests.

Paul clears it up and reminds them that they are members of the same church and “heirs together with Israel.” (vs. 8)  They have the same direct access to God as those who are the most holy of their time.  So do you!

Look at the prayer that Paul shares starting in verse 14.  Paul prays for God’s strength.  He prays that we may understand how great the love of Christ is.  He wants the church, that’s us, to understand that God’s love surpasses knowledge.

When we pray, we think that God is supposed to line up and do what we ask.  The truth is that God does what is best for us for the long term.  God sees the future and knows what is coming next.  He prepares us and uses even the vilest of situations on this earth to bring us to His presence.

As a simple example, you may be frustrated to get a flat tire going to work, only to find out about a huge wreck that you may have been caught in the middle of had you not gotten that flat.

God wants us to have a relationship through prayer with Him.  He wants us to talk to Him and share our lives with Him.  The other side of the coin is to trust in His guidance and know that He is in control not matter what we feel.

As business owners, it is tough to do the right thing all the time, but in reality, that is what God wants from us.  He wants us to live a holy life so that the world may come to know Him through His power working in and through us.

I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 4:16

Go and be blessed and be blessing.

 

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