Today we are focusing on these 5 verses that can be integrated in a Kingdom business.
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths..”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)We have all heard that “personal development” is important in life and business, but there can be a danger in focusing too much on this activity. The more we focus on personal development, the bigger chance there is that we become reliant on our own efforts and see that improvements are coming from our hard work we are putting in. This is not true in every case, but it is definitely something to keep in mind as a Kingdom-focused entrepreneur. We must watch for the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding in our life and business and be open to following directions even when they don’t “seem” like they would make business sense.
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)This one is tough, let’s agree on that right now! How many times in our business do we feel like the bottom is falling out? Or the needed contracts to make payroll just aren’t moving forward at the pace we need? Many times we read this verse and just stop at the “prayer and petition” part and interpret that as praying and begging and pleading with God to fit that square peg in the round hole in our business! In reality, if we look at the very next section of this verse we can begin to look for, and give thanks for, our business and the situation we are praying about. When we can pray in an attitude of faith thanking God for the answer in advance, we show a deeper level of devotion than before.
- “Faith without works is dead.”
James 2:26 (KJV)
You can’t just pray for success, even if it is in faith! Develop a plan and work your plan. If you can do something about your situation, then do it. There is an old saying that you must become an “active participant in your own rescue”. This applies spiritually as well because we cannot just send God our requests and then never expend any energy to work toward a solution.
- “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
Your thoughts can be your number #1 asset or your biggest enemy. How you approach a problem can determine the outcome from the mental state you are in. If you are anxious you may make a rash decision. If you can come at the problem from the perspective that it is an opportunity and pray for guidance and then watch for the Lord’s leading, you will succeed.
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Throughout your day you will certainly find opportunities to show love and kindness to clients, vendors or employees. When this is done, it keeps your testimony solid and allows the door to be open for deeper conversation in personal or spiritual matters.