KBA Monthly Meeting: November 2015

Presenter: Pastor Larry Wickes

Thank you all for coming and thank you Jim for letting me speak this morning. Just to give you a little background, Jim had mentioned that my wife in his prayer there. Joanie and I, we’ve been in ministry in the church and I hate using that analogy because everything we do in life is ministry is we’re doing it on to the Lord and especially small business ministry.

We were actually on staff here at Faith for over 15 years and that’s just been about almost 10 years ago. God just moved us out and into the marketplace, ministry in the marketplace through first of all Fellowship of Christian athletes where we had spent 3 or 4 years there ministering to the business leaders that support that ministry. It’s a great ministry but we also become a budget cut. We were moved out of that and to our own ministry now, we call it “Keys of the Kingdom International” and we meet with business leaders. Several of you guys that are here, we meet and we pray with, if you need help in any way, counseling or just support for your business, we want to be there for that.

Well I was on staff here at Faith Bible Chapel. I went to a meeting in a church up in Golden, a little bitty church down the basement and they had this lady in there, a prophetic lady. We’re sitting there, a buddy of mine and I and she points over towards us and she says, “I see you ministering to business people.” I’m sure she was talking to the guy sitting next to me because he was in business, right? I had no thoughts or ideas about doing anything like this. Lo and behold, here I am.

Praise God. I love it. I think small businesses, I think it’s God’s tool for evangelism in the world today. The assignment of small businesses, its communities, its nations, churches are good and I’m no way bashing churches but how many unbelievers come in to the church? How many times do you have somebody come to church because they’re seeking God? It doesn’t happen that often. Every day in the marketplace, you’re presented with people that don’t know the Lord. You’re presented with the opportunity to be either an example of Christ to those people or to actually be able to speak into their lives.

How many of you have employees that don’t know the Lord? Maybe they would never even walk into a church but they’re going to be at your business. Anyway, I have a real heart for small business and business leaders. I admire you guys and gals and I think that like I said, God’s blessing is upon small business. The scripture the Lord gave me is Isaiah 54:2 and he says, “Enlarge the place of your tent and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare length in your cords and strength in your stakes.” If you put this scripture in context in Isaiah there, what Isaiah was telling Israel that God was about to put out a blessing upon you. God wants to bless you so get ready.

He says there, “Enlarge the place of your tent. Get ready to expand. Lengthen your cords.” You’re going to have to lengthen those cords because your chances are going to get bigger. You’re going to expand and strengthen your stakes. The focus is on strengthening your stakes. How do we strengthen our stakes? What does that mean to us in the business world? To me, stakes are the foundational thing. They’re the strength of any tent or structure. We could call it our foundation.

How do we strengthen that? First of all, my hope here today is that I’ll be able to help you to strengthen your stakes so that the Lord can pull out His blessing on your life and your business. I want to encourage you that God truly desires to prosper you. 3 John 2 says, “Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers.” Our soul prospers as we grow in our relationship with the Lord and we get set free from the things of the world.

Now you may be sitting there and going, “Well I know that,” but you would be surprised how many people will even argue with you about God doesn’t really want to prosper you financially. He wants to prosper you spiritually. He wants to prosper you in your soul, which He does but the scripture says that He wants you to prosper in all things and then He covers health and then He covers our soul. God wants to prosper you financially. The other thing is God wants to partner with you and your business. John 15:15 says this, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” Up to that point and even in the church today, everybody wants to serve God. I’ll be God’s servant. I want to get out there and I’m going to serve the Lord.

That’s a good thing to serve God but there’s a greater place of intimacy that God is calling us to. That’s why Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” I want to be your friend in your business. I want to come alongside of you. I want to help you. I want to partner with you. I believe if you can settle these two things in your heart, that God truly wants to prosper you, He loves you. He cares about you. He cares about your business. It’s a place of rest where you can just rest in that truth. Also, accept that He wants to be your partner. He wants to be your friend in business.

He wants us to serve Him because if you put that scripture in John 15:5 in context, He says, “If you love me, you obey me,” but then He says, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” We’re to be served with Him in a love relationship that He’s called us to. If you can settle those things in your heart, I believe then you’re in a position that God can move you into the place of doing business supernaturally.

Now that sounds strange I think. How many of you ever thought about doing business supernaturally? Yeah, good. That’s what God’s called us to. Let me define what I believe supernatural is. It’s God putting His divine power, wisdom and resources into you and on you and your business. It’s God putting His “super” on our “natural”. It’s God wanting to, like I said, become a part of the business He’s called us to. The primary characteristic of a Kingdom business is the presence of God. When people walk into your business, do they sense the presence of God?

Do your employees know when they come to work, maybe they don’t. Well they should know where it’s coming from but if they don’t, do they still sense something different? There’s a peace, there’s a rest at work where I can come and for some reason, I just feel that rest there. I feel at peace there. Those are the ones that God has called to your business to open up so that you can share the gospel with them. You can explain to them why they have that sense of peace and rest.

The Lord wants to be in a strategic relationship with you. He wants to be your strategic partner. A simple definition of a strategic partner or relationship is this, and it’s very simple. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship between two companies or individuals. Have you ever thought of that, of God being a strategic partner with you and your business? You may ask, how can God benefit from a business relationship with you? The answer is God has chosen to limit His activities on the Earth to the behaviors of mankind and the beliefs of the church. I might get in trouble for saying this. God is definitely sovereign. He is all-powerful, He is all-knowing. He is everything but you know what? God isn’t necessarily in control….

Why do I say that? Because if God was in control, then ISIS would be His will. If God was in control, disease and sickness and all these things would be His will because His will is done when He’s in control. God is in control when we surrender to Him and allow Him then to become one with us and partner with us and we walk in obedience to Him. Psalms 8:3-6 says this, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels. You have crowned him with glory. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet.”

God when created Adam and Eve, if you remember in Genesis, there He said, “We’ll make man in Our image. We’ll make mankind in our image and we’ll give him dominion over the earth.” That word dominion means rulership. It’s power, authority. God gives that to mankind. Psalms 115:16 says, “Even the heavens are the LORD’s but the Earth, He has given to the children of men.” The LORD will not violate our will so until we come into agreement with His kingdom purpose for our businesses, we hinder Him from accomplishing what He wants done in our business and through our business. When we surrender our will and our purposes to Him, His will can then be done and His kingdom benefits for what we then begin doing.

In other words, when we surrender to God, He benefits because His will is that His kingdom be advanced. His will is people get saved. His will is that people come to know Him. When we surrender our will and our business, our purposes to Him, then He benefits. I don’t know about you but I never really thought about it that way, that God could really benefit from something I’m doing. I figured I was just something that well, I’m just here. If I do what God tells me to do then I’m a good boy. I never thought that in the context of I can actually benefit God. Then the Lord reminded me of Paul and I don’t know the references but He said, “I seek to continually do what pleases God.”

Paul had the understanding that what he did pleased God, that God would benefit from Him. The Lord has always partnered with man to accomplish His will on this Earth. Some Old Testament examples, you know the problem with setting an alarm is you can’t tell what time it is. When you think about the Old Testament, Adam and Eve at the very beginning like I talked about, God’s purpose for Adam and Eve was to populate and subdue the Earth. What was His plan? What did He do?

He created mankind in His image and He gave them dominion over all the Earth and all that’s on the Earth. Noah, what was God’s purpose? To cleanse the Earth but preserve mankind. God’s plan was to find a righteous man and instruct him on how to build and fill an ark. Moses, God’s purpose, defeat the gods of Egypt and deliver Israel from bondage. What was His plan? Anoint Moses to do signs and wonders and convince Pharaoh to release Israel. Finally, Joshua. God’s purpose was to give Israel the promised land. What was His plan? Have Joshua lead the children of Israel and defeat the inhabitants of the land and His whole plan is outlined in Joshua 1:1-9. There’s many other examples throughout the scripture where God’s purposes are accomplished through Him partnering and joining with man.

I point all these things out to help you understand that God desires to partner with you. You may not be delivering nations or saving the world. Maybe you will be delivering nations from something that the product that you offer or the service that you offer is going to change things and save the world in some way. In the New Testament, the apostles and the church, God’s purpose is to bring salvation to mankind and advance His kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. God’s plan is to join with mankind by first of all becoming a man.

How much more can you join mankind than actually become one to pay the price for our salvation and then equip and empower the church with the Holy Spirit? Here again, God desires to be a strategic partner with you in your business. I touched on this in the beginning but I believe the most powerful entity if you would in the Earth today, especially in the United States but in other nations is a small business. It’s the small business leaders. Like I said, I was on staff here for 15-16 years and it was good. People were touched and helped but it was primarily all believers.

Once in a while, in fact when one guy comes in and Joanie and I were over the pastoral care. We did all the counseling here and I assumed, wrong thing to do, that he knew the Lord. Based on his circumstances and stuff, I started talking about Adam and Eve and the creation and was trying to relate some things to him and what he was going through. He says, “Just a minute. Who’s Adam and Eve?” I go, “Oh, okay. Not everybody knew who Adam and Eve was, even the ones who didn’t know the Lord.” The point is we didn’t get the exposure to the unbeliever like you guys get. We didn’t get the opportunity in the church to reach out.

We didn’t get the opportunity to affect the community around the church like a small business does. In fact, one day, I asked. I said, “Let me ask this. If this church was to move out of this community, out of Arvada, how would that impact Arvada? How would that impact the community around us?” We really didn’t have an answer because the church has become not just faith bible chapel. No, the church in general has become so inwardly focused that all the programs, everything we do is pretty much focused on the church people. That’s good.

There’s a place where we have to come to get rejuvenated, to worship the Lord, to have the freedom to speak out and pray and meet other believers and all that, but to evangelize, I believe God’s anointing is upon the small businessmen, upon those businesses. A good example is if you look at East Colfax, I don’t know how many of you grew up here in Colorado. I’ve been here in Arvada ever since. They say that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree or something. Lived here all my life but I remember on East Colfax and Larimer Street, that’s maybe even a better example.

Larimer Street, it was just nothing but bars and bums and people laying drunken in the streets and everything. Now we go to some really nice restaurants down on Larimer Streets and it extends far on over into Five Points. I remember East Colfax from Broadway East was nothing but prostitutes and porn shops and all kinds of junk going on down there. We used to go down there and I shouldn’t tell you this. We used to go down there and pick fights with the people that were down there. Anyway, that was before I knew the Lord.

I wasn’t a good teenager, a Christian teenager if you would. Anyway, what was my point? Businesses have moved in over there, new businesses: restaurants, 7-11’s, all kinds of different businesses. Record shops, bookstores and all that stuff is moving. Some of it is leaving, it’s gone. Some of them is just moving a little bit farther east but once it hits Aurora, and things start changing there, I think East Colfax is going to be what it originally was in the beginning.

It was the gateway into the Rockies. It was the gateway into Colorado. Why is all this happening? Because of small business. Small business can affect communities in ways we don’t realize. What is the core purpose of all kingdom businesses? I believe Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he says, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything we do in our businesses, in our lives is to glorify God. How do we glorify God in our business? Jim’s going to share in January at this conference, Jim Barthel, how to establish a righteous foundation in your business.

That’s the key and I’m just going to touch on one or two things here because there’s a lot of things that God will lead you into and show you to do, how to build a value system in your company. One of the primary things is to righteous business dealings. One of the men I meet with, Carl Kelly right here owns [inaudible 00:21:04]. He always seeks for a win-win situation with his customers.

So my question is, is that what you do? Are you glorifying God by trying to enter into those situations that are win-win where both sides win? You’re not trying to undercut somebody or take advantage of somebody or even sometimes let go of a contract because it’s an unrighteous contract? We glorify God in our business through righteous business dealings, seeking win-win propositions. We glorify God through competence and integrity in our business. Your primary witness in the marketplace is competence and integrity. Do you work with excellence? Are your employees competent? Do you equip your employees to do their work with excellence?

Do you keep your word? If you tell somebody you’re going to be there at a certain time, are you there? Do you do a complete job? Thirdly, do you share Christ in His Kingdom through both word and example? The Lord won’t put His anointing, His supernatural power on shoddy work or shady deals. Jesus is truth and He can bless only work done in truth and in righteousness. Then how do we enter into this partnership with God? I believe Habakkuk gives us some good keys here. Habakkuk 2:1-2 he says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart and watch to see what He will say to me.”

“What will I answer when I am corrected? Then the LORD answered me and said, write the vision. Make it plain on tablets that he may run whom reads it.” Vision comes from purpose. I spent years asking God for a vision for my life, not really understanding my purpose. How is God’s going to give you a vision to accomplish your purpose if you don’t know what your purpose is, those basic ideas that I gave you about doing all to the glory of God? God wants to give you a vision of how to do that in your business.

You say, “Well what happens to my desires, my will?” You’re doing in your business what God has called you to do. It’s not a mystery. He put those gifts in you. He put those desires in your heart. He opened up your eyes to see the need that you’re making or that you’re needing. Don’t worry about that part. It’s how are you doing that what He’s giving you to do and called you to do to bring glory to Him? Are you doing it in competence and integrity? Once we accept the purpose of our business is to glorify God through righteousness, competence and integrity, we can now receive God’s vision for our company.

Vision is God’s blueprint for fulfilling the purpose of our company. It’s God’s business plan for us. How do we receive them? Verse one Habakkuk says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart and watch and see what He will say to me and I will answer when I am corrected.” In those days, the rampart was big walls that they build around the city. It was a protective wall. The watchman would go up on the wall and they would watch for the attacks of the enemy to come against that city. As a CEO, the leader or the owner of your business, part of your job is to position yourself through prayer to discern the attacks of the enemy, to do spiritual warfare over your business and your employees according to God’s direction.

Now, part of that discernment is to realize when we think about spiritual warfare, we think about demons coming in and attack and beating us up and things like that. Most spiritual warfare is attacks through people. People are influenced by the enemy to cause problems, to bring gossip, to bring division, to do all the things that the flesh can do in order to hold us back and to keep us from being able to advance the Kingdom.

We’ve got to remember that mostly the attacks will come through people but Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood and we are to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God and that Greek word there for word is Rhema which means that spoken word of God. Not the Logos, the written. Now the Holy Spirit will take the Logos, the written word and quicken it to our minds to speak it out but we have to be in that place of hearing and to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying, what word that we’re to use to defeat the enemy.

We’re to listen for the Lord’s word to decree into the situations that come against our businesses. More importantly, a Kingdom business leader is called to set himself or herself apart, to hear a vision of the Lord for their business. God is the source of all wisdom, his strategies. He has strategies that will bring success to your business, your family, your life. He is the source of all peace and joy. He is the Creator. He has business ideas that will increase your business, secure your business. He wants to give you new ideas to grow and protect your business.

Exodus 33:7 and 11 that talks about Moses, “Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp from the camp and he called it the tabernacle of meeting.” Moses had that great responsibility of leading Israel. Millions of people. We have that great responsibility of leading people, your employees that your customers, the people that you’re in contact, your vendors. If you don’t own a business and you’re here today and you’re an employee, you can have the same anointing to change business.

John Maxwell wrote a great book called the 360 Degree Leader. He talks about people that are not in that top leader position but are employees in there and how their influence can change a company, can affect the company. That Moses took and he pitched a tent far outside the camp away from all the noise, all the hustle and bustle, all the problems and he went there and he sought the Lord. As a result, it says, “So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.” Jesus said, “You’re my friend. Come speak to me. Talk with me. Get alone with me.” Now I’m not saying that it’s the only He’s going to talk to you. As we go throughout the day, if we got ears tuned, the Holy Spirit’s going to talk to us.

There’s times I believe that we need to set aside to be alone with God, just Him and you. I try to do this. I don’t do it all the time but at least spend one day a month alone with God. Get up the morning, do what I got to do and then take off. There’s a ministry called Revelation Ranch out in Jefferson, Colorado. Jim and I just went out there a couple of weeks ago. It’s primarily for that, for business leaders to come and just be along with the Lord. We spent four or five hours. It’s several bedrooms or if it’s nice, you can go outside and stuff like that. I usually just find one of the rooms and shut the door and just spend four or five hours there with the Lord.

It’s amazing how things get cleared up. It’s amazing how God will speak to you, lead you and guide you, things that you’ve struggled and try to figure out the answers. He’s got the answers. You just have to meet with Him. In order to have a Kingdom Business, we have to take time to hear from the King. Luke 12:31-32 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. Do not fear little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

I’m reminded of a parable of the prodigal son. So many times we focus on the prodigal himself and how he went out and he blew all of his dad’s money, blew his inheritance and now he came back and the father rejoiced. That’s true and that’s good but there’s somebody else in that parable that we don’t look at too often. That’s the elder brother. He’s the small business owner. He ran the ranch. He ran the farm.

He got up every morning and he’s out there just busting it. He’s out there doing what he needs to do to make this thing successful. What happens when the younger brother who just blew everything comes back and dad throws a party. He rises up inside with anger and jealousy and all those things of the flesh probably and said, “Dad what are you doing? I’ve served you all these years.” What did the father say? But son, it’s always been there for you. Why didn’t he take advantage? Why don’t we take advantage? My guess is and it doesn’t say in the parable. You guys say what you think.

I think it’s because he was so busy working he didn’t take time to go meet with his father. He didn’t take time to go spend with the father where dad could say, “Hey why don’t you take the day off and let’s go hang out? Let’s go ride the donkeys or something.” Well that’s what they had in those years. He didn’t spend that time. Again I’m encouraging you, spend time with God. You say, “Oh I don’t have enough time. I got to do this, and this and this.” You’ve got to make time. Everything you need comes from God and the enemy is going to fight you on it.

He’s going to make sure you don’t have time. Verse 2 says, “The LORD answered me,” we’re back in Habakkuk, “write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it.” I looked up some statistics from the small business administration, says that 50% of small businesses, only 50% of small businesses survive for five years or more. Only 1/3 of small businesses survive 10 years and more. How many of you have been in business for more than 5 years? We got it pretty good. How many more than 10? You guys are over hill, maybe.

The primary reason that most small businesses don’t succeed, and I know there’s a lot of reasons but one of the primary reasons is this, using our scripture, God says write the vision. Make it plain on tablets that they may run who reads it. Most small businesses when they first start out, they don’t have a clear understanding of their core purpose. They don’t have a plan written out on how to accomplish that purpose. Like I said, the vision, the plan of God is your blueprint of how to fulfill that purpose. I know and I’m talking in simple terms here. There’s a lot more to developing a business plan in all these things. I’m aware of that but my encouragement is: are you seeking God in the development of that plan?

Are you listening? Are you spending time along with Him as you build that up? One of the main reasons that businesses that have lasted over 10 years fail is they move away from their core purpose. They start going off in other directions. I shared this a while back. One night I was just sitting around bored so I got on my computer and I typed in my last name, Wickes. Pops this stock certificate, Wickes corporation. Oh, that’s cool. I thought, “Well maybe that’s in my family line. I couldn’t trace it back but my last name is spelled with an ‘es’ at the end and there’s not a whole lot of es’s around. I’m assuming that was somewhere in my family bloodline.

Then the more I looked into it, I found out, I think it was in 1989 Wickes Corporation filed the second largest bankruptcy ever filed in the history of the United States at that time. What happened? Well the good news is the family sold the business to a bunch of other people before this happened but they got too diversified. The business was originally just pure lumber and the two brothers, as part of the history, we’d go down to Mexico and they found a guy down there with a lead mine and so they put a contract together and started making pencils.

Pencils, who would think? They did really good but then they started going into furniture. They started going into pharmaceuticals. They started going into all different kinds of things, had nothing to do with the original purpose, the lumber business. One of the things we have to do if we’ve been in business for a long time is look at that. Am I focused on my core? The things that I originally thought of, the original plan. Am I still seeking to glorify God in this business? If assume that I am and I’m now moving on to bigger and better things. He says, “Make it plain on tablets that they may run who reads it.” Is it written down so that your employees have a clear understanding of the vision and their role in fulfilling that vision? Communication is the key.

1968, I found myself on an airplane going out to Camp Pendleton and getting ready to go to Vietnam. Purpose of that trip was take you through what they call infantry training. They were very encouraging. They told you if you’re carrying the radio, your life expectancy in a firefight is 2 seconds. Oh, okay. I’ll make sure I don’t carry no radio. Why is that? Because the enemy knows if he can take out the communication, that patrol can’t call in airstrikes. They can’t call in artillery. They can’t call in backup because they’re isolated then. They’re alone. They have nothing to call upon except themselves.

The enemy wants to do that in our lives, in our communication between us and God and between us and our employees. Is it written down so your employees know what the vision is? Do they know you’re a kingdom company? They don’t have to be believers but if they know you’re a kingdom company and you have written down kingdom values that they can look to, they’re going to understand that, “Man this piece is here for a reason.” There’s two kinds of communications in this. There’s a little more on the practical I guess. There’s top call, there’s actually nine levels of communication. In the business context I think there’s two that are appropriate. First is a top call, the other is relation. You need to have both because if you just focus on just giving the facts, giving orders, telling people what to do, get the job done and there’s no relational context, people are going to feel isolated. They’re going to feel like their only value is to get the job done and he doesn’t or she doesn’t really care about me anyway.

How do you do relational? This is usually a hard one especially for us guys is you ask for people’s opinions about things. What do you think about this? Does this seem like something that’s going to work? What you have to do in this business and this company, what are your thoughts on it? A lot of the guys I know have open door policies where it’s like, “Hey if you have something you want to talk about, just come in. We’ll talk about it.” That’s good but what I want to say is if nobody is coming through that open door … it means time to stop. Nobody’s coming through that door, maybe you need to look at your communication style.

Are you giving the message that you do care? Now I’m not talking about               solving their marriage problems or those sort of things that need to be dealt with in the relationship. Some people choose to do that. You can show concern about that. I’m talking about their job in your business, their thoughts, their feelings, what they think about it. Give them a voice. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. You can tell them you don’t agree but tell them in a way that isn’t condemning or putting them down. Relational communication, just about done.

Finally what you really need to do business supernaturally is God’s anointing upon your life. Luke 4:18 Jesus said this, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon and He has anointed me to preach the good news, to heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free, set to liberty those that are bound.” Well if Jesus needed the anointing, if He needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His mission, how much more do we need the anointing? The anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit coming on you to empower you and equip you to do what God has called you to do. It’s not limited to church work. So many times, we have these words out there and we categorize them, “Well that takes place on the church and that’s for the pastor and that’s for elder and that’s for the Sunday school teacher.”

No, God’s anointing, He wants to anoint you for what He’s called you to do. He wants to anoint you to run a small business. He wants to anoint you to grow and develop that business. Receiving the Holy Spirit is different than receiving the anointing. It’s different than the Spirit coming upon you. John 20:22, He spoke to the disciples, “And he breathed on them and He said receive the Holy Spirit.” They did. They received the Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit went to them.

In Acts 1:4-8, Jesus basically said, “Wait you’ve got the Holy Spirit in you. You’re one with me but now I want to anoint you to do what I’ve called you to do.” He says, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the Earth.” Again we have a tendency to say, “Okay. That was just for the apostles. That was just during that time. That was to go out and spread the gospel, to advance the kingdom because the church was just being born.”

Oh yeah, that’s what it was for but the truth is it’s for all of us today right now because as you grow and build your business, as you go forward in that anointing in partner with God, doing business supernaturally, you need that power. You need that wisdom. You need to have that anointing to go forth. In conclusion, I just want to remind you that the Lord cares about you and your business. He wants to anoint you to do business supernaturally. All that he requires is number one, that you settle it in your heart and believe that He truly desires to prosper you and that He truly desires to be a strategic partner with you.

He asks that you operate your business with righteousness, competence and integrity and above all that that He’s going to establish your own tent of meeting to meet with Him and receive His vision, His plan for your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for coming and thank you Jim for letting me speak this morning. Just to give you a little background, Jim had mentioned that my wife in his prayer there. Joanie and I, we’ve been in ministry in the church and I hate using that analogy because everything we do in life is ministry is we’re doing it on to the Lord and especially small business ministry.

We were actually on staff here at Faith for over 15 years and that’s just been about almost 10 years ago. God just moved us out and into the marketplace, ministry in the marketplace through first of all Fellowship of Christian athletes where we had spent 3 or 4 years there ministering to the business leaders that support that ministry. It’s a great ministry but we also become a budget cut. We were moved out of that and to our own ministry now, we call it “Keys of the Kingdom International” and we meet with business leaders. Several of you guys that are here, we meet and we pray with, if you need help in any way, counseling or just support for your business, we want to be there for that.

Well I was on staff here at Faith Bible Chapel. I went to a meeting in a church up in Golden, a little bitty church down the basement and they had this lady in there, a prophetic lady. We’re sitting there, a buddy of mine and I and she points over towards us and she says, “I see you ministering to business people.” I’m sure she was talking to the guy sitting next to me because he was in business, right? I had no thoughts or ideas about doing anything like this. Lo and behold, here I am.

Praise God. I love it. I think small businesses, I think it’s God’s tool for evangelism in the world today. The assignment of small businesses, its communities, its nations, churches are good and I’m no way bashing churches but how many unbelievers come in to the church? How many times do you have somebody come to church because they’re seeking God? It doesn’t happen that often. Every day in the marketplace, you’re presented with people that don’t know the Lord. You’re presented with the opportunity to be either an example of Christ to those people or to actually be able to speak into their lives.

How many of you have employees that don’t know the Lord? Maybe they would never even walk into a church but they’re going to be at your business. Anyway, I have a real heart for small business and business leaders. I admire you guys and gals and I think that like I said, God’s blessing is upon small business. The scripture the Lord gave me is Isaiah 54:2 and he says, “Enlarge the place of your tent and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare length in your cords and strength in your stakes.” If you put this scripture in context in Isaiah there, what Isaiah was telling Israel that God was about to put out a blessing upon you. God wants to bless you so get ready.

He says there, “Enlarge the place of your tent. Get ready to expand. Lengthen your cords.” You’re going to have to lengthen those cords because your chances are going to get bigger. You’re going to expand and strengthen your stakes. The focus is on strengthening your stakes. How do we strengthen our stakes? What does that mean to us in the business world? To me, stakes are the foundational thing. They’re the strength of any tent or structure. We could call it our foundation.

How do we strengthen that? First of all, my hope here today is that I’ll be able to help you to strengthen your stakes so that the Lord can pull out His blessing on your life and your business. I want to encourage you that God truly desires to prosper you. 3 John 2 says, “Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers.” Our soul prospers as we grow in our relationship with the Lord and we get set free from the things of the world.

Now you may be sitting there and going, “Well I know that,” but you would be surprised how many people will even argue with you about God doesn’t really want to prosper you financially. He wants to prosper you spiritually. He wants to prosper you in your soul, which He does but the scripture says that He wants you to prosper in all things and then He covers health and then He covers our soul. God wants to prosper you financially. The other thing is God wants to partner with you and your business. John 15:15 says this, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” Up to that point and even in the church today, everybody wants to serve God. I’ll be God’s servant. I want to get out there and I’m going to serve the Lord.

That’s a good thing to serve God but there’s a greater place of intimacy that God is calling us to. That’s why Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” I want to be your friend in your business. I want to come alongside of you. I want to help you. I want to partner with you. I believe if you can settle these two things in your heart, that God truly wants to prosper you, He loves you. He cares about you. He cares about your business. It’s a place of rest where you can just rest in that truth. Also, accept that He wants to be your partner. He wants to be your friend in business.

He wants us to serve Him because if you put that scripture in John 15:5 in context, He says, “If you love me, you obey me,” but then He says, “I no longer call you servants. I call you friends.” We’re to be served with Him in a love relationship that He’s called us to. If you can settle those things in your heart, I believe then you’re in a position that God can move you into the place of doing business supernaturally.

Now that sounds strange I think. How many of you ever thought about doing business supernaturally? Yeah, good. That’s what God’s called us to. Let me define what I believe supernatural is. It’s God putting His divine power, wisdom and resources into you and on you and your business. It’s God putting His “super” on our “natural”. It’s God wanting to, like I said, become a part of the business He’s called us to. The primary characteristic of a Kingdom business is the presence of God. When people walk into your business, do they sense the presence of God?

Do your employees know when they come to work, maybe they don’t. Well they should know where it’s coming from but if they don’t, do they still sense something different? There’s a peace, there’s a rest at work where I can come and for some reason, I just feel that rest there. I feel at peace there. Those are the ones that God has called to your business to open up so that you can share the gospel with them. You can explain to them why they have that sense of peace and rest.

The Lord wants to be in a strategic relationship with you. He wants to be your strategic partner. A simple definition of a strategic partner or relationship is this, and it’s very simple. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship between two companies or individuals. Have you ever thought of that, of God being a strategic partner with you and your business? You may ask, how can God benefit from a business relationship with you? The answer is God has chosen to limit His activities on the Earth to the behaviors of mankind and the beliefs of the church. I might get in trouble for saying this. God is definitely sovereign. He is all-powerful, He is all-knowing. He is everything but you know what? God isn’t necessarily in control….

Why do I say that? Because if God was in control, then ISIS would be His will. If God was in control, disease and sickness and all these things would be His will because His will is done when He’s in control. God is in control when we surrender to Him and allow Him then to become one with us and partner with us and we walk in obedience to Him. Psalms 8:3-6 says this, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels. You have crowned him with glory. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet.”

God when created Adam and Eve, if you remember in Genesis, there He said, “We’ll make man in Our image. We’ll make mankind in our image and we’ll give him dominion over the earth.” That word dominion means rulership. It’s power, authority. God gives that to mankind. Psalms 115:16 says, “Even the heavens are the LORD’s but the Earth, He has given to the children of men.” The LORD will not violate our will so until we come into agreement with His kingdom purpose for our businesses, we hinder Him from accomplishing what He wants done in our business and through our business. When we surrender our will and our purposes to Him, His will can then be done and His kingdom benefits for what we then begin doing.

In other words, when we surrender to God, He benefits because His will is that His kingdom be advanced. His will is people get saved. His will is that people come to know Him. When we surrender our will and our business, our purposes to Him, then He benefits. I don’t know about you but I never really thought about it that way, that God could really benefit from something I’m doing. I figured I was just something that well, I’m just here. If I do what God tells me to do then I’m a good boy. I never thought that in the context of I can actually benefit God. Then the Lord reminded me of Paul and I don’t know the references but He said, “I seek to continually do what pleases God.”

Paul had the understanding that what he did pleased God, that God would benefit from Him. The Lord has always partnered with man to accomplish His will on this Earth. Some Old Testament examples, you know the problem with setting an alarm is you can’t tell what time it is. When you think about the Old Testament, Adam and Eve at the very beginning like I talked about, God’s purpose for Adam and Eve was to populate and subdue the Earth. What was His plan? What did He do?

He created mankind in His image and He gave them dominion over all the Earth and all that’s on the Earth. Noah, what was God’s purpose? To cleanse the Earth but preserve mankind. God’s plan was to find a righteous man and instruct him on how to build and fill an ark. Moses, God’s purpose, defeat the gods of Egypt and deliver Israel from bondage. What was His plan? Anoint Moses to do signs and wonders and convince Pharaoh to release Israel. Finally, Joshua. God’s purpose was to give Israel the promised land. What was His plan? Have Joshua lead the children of Israel and defeat the inhabitants of the land and His whole plan is outlined in Joshua 1:1-9. There’s many other examples throughout the scripture where God’s purposes are accomplished through Him partnering and joining with man.

I point all these things out to help you understand that God desires to partner with you. You may not be delivering nations or saving the world. Maybe you will be delivering nations from something that the product that you offer or the service that you offer is going to change things and save the world in some way. In the New Testament, the apostles and the church, God’s purpose is to bring salvation to mankind and advance His kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. God’s plan is to join with mankind by first of all becoming a man.

How much more can you join mankind than actually become one to pay the price for our salvation and then equip and empower the church with the Holy Spirit? Here again, God desires to be a strategic partner with you in your business. I touched on this in the beginning but I believe the most powerful entity if you would in the Earth today, especially in the United States but in other nations is a small business. It’s the small business leaders. Like I said, I was on staff here for 15-16 years and it was good. People were touched and helped but it was primarily all believers.

Once in a while, in fact when one guy comes in and Joanie and I were over the pastoral care. We did all the counseling here and I assumed, wrong thing to do, that he knew the Lord. Based on his circumstances and stuff, I started talking about Adam and Eve and the creation and was trying to relate some things to him and what he was going through. He says, “Just a minute. Who’s Adam and Eve?” I go, “Oh, okay. Not everybody knew who Adam and Eve was, even the ones who didn’t know the Lord.” The point is we didn’t get the exposure to the unbeliever like you guys get. We didn’t get the opportunity in the church to reach out.

We didn’t get the opportunity to affect the community around the church like a small business does. In fact, one day, I asked. I said, “Let me ask this. If this church was to move out of this community, out of Arvada, how would that impact Arvada? How would that impact the community around us?” We really didn’t have an answer because the church has become not just faith bible chapel. No, the church in general has become so inwardly focused that all the programs, everything we do is pretty much focused on the church people. That’s good.

There’s a place where we have to come to get rejuvenated, to worship the Lord, to have the freedom to speak out and pray and meet other believers and all that, but to evangelize, I believe God’s anointing is upon the small businessmen, upon those businesses. A good example is if you look at East Colfax, I don’t know how many of you grew up here in Colorado. I’ve been here in Arvada ever since. They say that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree or something. Lived here all my life but I remember on East Colfax and Larimer Street, that’s maybe even a better example.

Larimer Street, it was just nothing but bars and bums and people laying drunken in the streets and everything. Now we go to some really nice restaurants down on Larimer Streets and it extends far on over into Five Points. I remember East Colfax from Broadway East was nothing but prostitutes and porn shops and all kinds of junk going on down there. We used to go down there and I shouldn’t tell you this. We used to go down there and pick fights with the people that were down there. Anyway, that was before I knew the Lord.

I wasn’t a good teenager, a Christian teenager if you would. Anyway, what was my point? Businesses have moved in over there, new businesses: restaurants, 7-11’s, all kinds of different businesses. Record shops, bookstores and all that stuff is moving. Some of it is leaving, it’s gone. Some of them is just moving a little bit farther east but once it hits Aurora, and things start changing there, I think East Colfax is going to be what it originally was in the beginning.

It was the gateway into the Rockies. It was the gateway into Colorado. Why is all this happening? Because of small business. Small business can affect communities in ways we don’t realize. What is the core purpose of all kingdom businesses? I believe Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians 10:31 when he says, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything we do in our businesses, in our lives is to glorify God. How do we glorify God in our business? Jim’s going to share in January at this conference, Jim Barthel, how to establish a righteous foundation in your business.

That’s the key and I’m just going to touch on one or two things here because there’s a lot of things that God will lead you into and show you to do, how to build a value system in your company. One of the primary things is to righteous business dealings. One of the men I meet with, Carl Kelly right here owns [inaudible 00:21:04]. He always seeks for a win-win situation with his customers.

So my question is, is that what you do? Are you glorifying God by trying to enter into those situations that are win-win where both sides win? You’re not trying to undercut somebody or take advantage of somebody or even sometimes let go of a contract because it’s an unrighteous contract? We glorify God in our business through righteous business dealings, seeking win-win propositions. We glorify God through competence and integrity in our business. Your primary witness in the marketplace is competence and integrity. Do you work with excellence? Are your employees competent? Do you equip your employees to do their work with excellence?

Do you keep your word? If you tell somebody you’re going to be there at a certain time, are you there? Do you do a complete job? Thirdly, do you share Christ in His Kingdom through both word and example? The Lord won’t put His anointing, His supernatural power on shoddy work or shady deals. Jesus is truth and He can bless only work done in truth and in righteousness. Then how do we enter into this partnership with God? I believe Habakkuk gives us some good keys here. Habakkuk 2:1-2 he says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart and watch to see what He will say to me.”

“What will I answer when I am corrected? Then the LORD answered me and said, write the vision. Make it plain on tablets that he may run whom reads it.” Vision comes from purpose. I spent years asking God for a vision for my life, not really understanding my purpose. How is God’s going to give you a vision to accomplish your purpose if you don’t know what your purpose is, those basic ideas that I gave you about doing all to the glory of God? God wants to give you a vision of how to do that in your business.

You say, “Well what happens to my desires, my will?” You’re doing in your business what God has called you to do. It’s not a mystery. He put those gifts in you. He put those desires in your heart. He opened up your eyes to see the need that you’re making or that you’re needing. Don’t worry about that part. It’s how are you doing that what He’s giving you to do and called you to do to bring glory to Him? Are you doing it in competence and integrity? Once we accept the purpose of our business is to glorify God through righteousness, competence and integrity, we can now receive God’s vision for our company.

Vision is God’s blueprint for fulfilling the purpose of our company. It’s God’s business plan for us. How do we receive them? Verse one Habakkuk says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart and watch and see what He will say to me and I will answer when I am corrected.” In those days, the rampart was big walls that they build around the city. It was a protective wall. The watchman would go up on the wall and they would watch for the attacks of the enemy to come against that city. As a CEO, the leader or the owner of your business, part of your job is to position yourself through prayer to discern the attacks of the enemy, to do spiritual warfare over your business and your employees according to God’s direction.

Now, part of that discernment is to realize when we think about spiritual warfare, we think about demons coming in and attack and beating us up and things like that. Most spiritual warfare is attacks through people. People are influenced by the enemy to cause problems, to bring gossip, to bring division, to do all the things that the flesh can do in order to hold us back and to keep us from being able to advance the Kingdom.

We’ve got to remember that mostly the attacks will come through people but Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood and we are to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God and that Greek word there for word is Rhema which means that spoken word of God. Not the Logos, the written. Now the Holy Spirit will take the Logos, the written word and quicken it to our minds to speak it out but we have to be in that place of hearing and to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying, what word that we’re to use to defeat the enemy.

We’re to listen for the Lord’s word to decree into the situations that come against our businesses. More importantly, a Kingdom business leader is called to set himself or herself apart, to hear a vision of the Lord for their business. God is the source of all wisdom, his strategies. He has strategies that will bring success to your business, your family, your life. He is the source of all peace and joy. He is the Creator. He has business ideas that will increase your business, secure your business. He wants to give you new ideas to grow and protect your business.

Exodus 33:7 and 11 that talks about Moses, “Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp from the camp and he called it the tabernacle of meeting.” Moses had that great responsibility of leading Israel. Millions of people. We have that great responsibility of leading people, your employees that your customers, the people that you’re in contact, your vendors. If you don’t own a business and you’re here today and you’re an employee, you can have the same anointing to change business.

John Maxwell wrote a great book called the 360 Degree Leader. He talks about people that are not in that top leader position but are employees in there and how their influence can change a company, can affect the company. That Moses took and he pitched a tent far outside the camp away from all the noise, all the hustle and bustle, all the problems and he went there and he sought the Lord. As a result, it says, “So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.” Jesus said, “You’re my friend. Come speak to me. Talk with me. Get alone with me.” Now I’m not saying that it’s the only He’s going to talk to you. As we go throughout the day, if we got ears tuned, the Holy Spirit’s going to talk to us.

There’s times I believe that we need to set aside to be alone with God, just Him and you. I try to do this. I don’t do it all the time but at least spend one day a month alone with God. Get up the morning, do what I got to do and then take off. There’s a ministry called Revelation Ranch out in Jefferson, Colorado. Jim and I just went out there a couple of weeks ago. It’s primarily for that, for business leaders to come and just be along with the Lord. We spent four or five hours. It’s several bedrooms or if it’s nice, you can go outside and stuff like that. I usually just find one of the rooms and shut the door and just spend four or five hours there with the Lord.

It’s amazing how things get cleared up. It’s amazing how God will speak to you, lead you and guide you, things that you’ve struggled and try to figure out the answers. He’s got the answers. You just have to meet with Him. In order to have a Kingdom Business, we have to take time to hear from the King. Luke 12:31-32 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. Do not fear little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

I’m reminded of a parable of the prodigal son. So many times we focus on the prodigal himself and how he went out and he blew all of his dad’s money, blew his inheritance and now he came back and the father rejoiced. That’s true and that’s good but there’s somebody else in that parable that we don’t look at too often. That’s the elder brother. He’s the small business owner. He ran the ranch. He ran the farm.

He got up every morning and he’s out there just busting it. He’s out there doing what he needs to do to make this thing successful. What happens when the younger brother who just blew everything comes back and dad throws a party. He rises up inside with anger and jealousy and all those things of the flesh probably and said, “Dad what are you doing? I’ve served you all these years.” What did the father say? But son, it’s always been there for you. Why didn’t he take advantage? Why don’t we take advantage? My guess is and it doesn’t say in the parable. You guys say what you think.

I think it’s because he was so busy working he didn’t take time to go meet with his father. He didn’t take time to go spend with the father where dad could say, “Hey why don’t you take the day off and let’s go hang out? Let’s go ride the donkeys or something.” Well that’s what they had in those years. He didn’t spend that time. Again I’m encouraging you, spend time with God. You say, “Oh I don’t have enough time. I got to do this, and this and this.” You’ve got to make time. Everything you need comes from God and the enemy is going to fight you on it.

He’s going to make sure you don’t have time. Verse 2 says, “The LORD answered me,” we’re back in Habakkuk, “write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it.” I looked up some statistics from the small business administration, says that 50% of small businesses, only 50% of small businesses survive for five years or more. Only 1/3 of small businesses survive 10 years and more. How many of you have been in business for more than 5 years? We got it pretty good. How many more than 10? You guys are over hill, maybe.

The primary reason that most small businesses don’t succeed, and I know there’s a lot of reasons but one of the primary reasons is this, using our scripture, God says write the vision. Make it plain on tablets that they may run who reads it. Most small businesses when they first start out, they don’t have a clear understanding of their core purpose. They don’t have a plan written out on how to accomplish that purpose. Like I said, the vision, the plan of God is your blueprint of how to fulfill that purpose. I know and I’m talking in simple terms here. There’s a lot more to developing a business plan in all these things. I’m aware of that but my encouragement is: are you seeking God in the development of that plan?

Are you listening? Are you spending time along with Him as you build that up? One of the main reasons that businesses that have lasted over 10 years fail is they move away from their core purpose. They start going off in other directions. I shared this a while back. One night I was just sitting around bored so I got on my computer and I typed in my last name, Wickes. Pops this stock certificate, Wickes corporation. Oh, that’s cool. I thought, “Well maybe that’s in my family line. I couldn’t trace it back but my last name is spelled with an ‘es’ at the end and there’s not a whole lot of es’s around. I’m assuming that was somewhere in my family bloodline.

Then the more I looked into it, I found out, I think it was in 1989 Wickes Corporation filed the second largest bankruptcy ever filed in the history of the United States at that time. What happened? Well the good news is the family sold the business to a bunch of other people before this happened but they got too diversified. The business was originally just pure lumber and the two brothers, as part of the history, we’d go down to Mexico and they found a guy down there with a lead mine and so they put a contract together and started making pencils.

Pencils, who would think? They did really good but then they started going into furniture. They started going into pharmaceuticals. They started going into all different kinds of things, had nothing to do with the original purpose, the lumber business. One of the things we have to do if we’ve been in business for a long time is look at that. Am I focused on my core? The things that I originally thought of, the original plan. Am I still seeking to glorify God in this business? If assume that I am and I’m now moving on to bigger and better things. He says, “Make it plain on tablets that they may run who reads it.” Is it written down so that your employees have a clear understanding of the vision and their role in fulfilling that vision? Communication is the key.

1968, I found myself on an airplane going out to Camp Pendleton and getting ready to go to Vietnam. Purpose of that trip was take you through what they call infantry training. They were very encouraging. They told you if you’re carrying the radio, your life expectancy in a firefight is 2 seconds. Oh, okay. I’ll make sure I don’t carry no radio. Why is that? Because the enemy knows if he can take out the communication, that patrol can’t call in airstrikes. They can’t call in artillery. They can’t call in backup because they’re isolated then. They’re alone. They have nothing to call upon except themselves.

The enemy wants to do that in our lives, in our communication between us and God and between us and our employees. Is it written down so your employees know what the vision is? Do they know you’re a kingdom company? They don’t have to be believers but if they know you’re a kingdom company and you have written down kingdom values that they can look to, they’re going to understand that, “Man this piece is here for a reason.” There’s two kinds of communications in this. There’s a little more on the practical I guess. There’s top call, there’s actually nine levels of communication. In the business context I think there’s two that are appropriate. First is a top call, the other is relation. You need to have both because if you just focus on just giving the facts, giving orders, telling people what to do, get the job done and there’s no relational context, people are going to feel isolated. They’re going to feel like their only value is to get the job done and he doesn’t or she doesn’t really care about me anyway.

How do you do relational? This is usually a hard one especially for us guys is you ask for people’s opinions about things. What do you think about this? Does this seem like something that’s going to work? What you have to do in this business and this company, what are your thoughts on it? A lot of the guys I know have open door policies where it’s like, “Hey if you have something you want to talk about, just come in. We’ll talk about it.” That’s good but what I want to say is if nobody is coming through that open door … it means time to stop. Nobody’s coming through that door, maybe you need to look at your communication style.

Are you giving the message that you do care? Now I’m not talking about               solving their marriage problems or those sort of things that need to be dealt with in the relationship. Some people choose to do that. You can show concern about that. I’m talking about their job in your business, their thoughts, their feelings, what they think about it. Give them a voice. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. You can tell them you don’t agree but tell them in a way that isn’t condemning or putting them down. Relational communication, just about done.

Finally what you really need to do business supernaturally is God’s anointing upon your life. Luke 4:18 Jesus said this, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon and He has anointed me to preach the good news, to heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free, set to liberty those that are bound.” Well if Jesus needed the anointing, if He needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His mission, how much more do we need the anointing? The anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit coming on you to empower you and equip you to do what God has called you to do. It’s not limited to church work. So many times, we have these words out there and we categorize them, “Well that takes place on the church and that’s for the pastor and that’s for elder and that’s for the Sunday school teacher.”

No, God’s anointing, He wants to anoint you for what He’s called you to do. He wants to anoint you to run a small business. He wants to anoint you to grow and develop that business. Receiving the Holy Spirit is different than receiving the anointing. It’s different than the Spirit coming upon you. John 20:22, He spoke to the disciples, “And he breathed on them and He said receive the Holy Spirit.” They did. They received the Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit went to them.

In Acts 1:4-8, Jesus basically said, “Wait you’ve got the Holy Spirit in you. You’re one with me but now I want to anoint you to do what I’ve called you to do.” He says, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the Earth.” Again we have a tendency to say, “Okay. That was just for the apostles. That was just during that time. That was to go out and spread the gospel, to advance the kingdom because the church was just being born.”

Oh yeah, that’s what it was for but the truth is it’s for all of us today right now because as you grow and build your business, as you go forward in that anointing in partner with God, doing business supernaturally, you need that power. You need that wisdom. You need to have that anointing to go forth. In conclusion, I just want to remind you that the Lord cares about you and your business. He wants to anoint you to do business supernaturally. All that he requires is number one, that you settle it in your heart and believe that He truly desires to prosper you and that He truly desires to be a strategic partner with you.

He asks that you operate your business with righteousness, competence and integrity and above all that that He’s going to establish your own tent of meeting to meet with Him and receive His vision, His plan for your business.

 

 

 

 

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