Growing up I enjoyed hosting bake sales with my sister and friends. We recruited our parents to bake the goods, we canvassed the neighborhood soliciting orders, and on the day of the event, we made deliveries. As well, we set up a tastefully decorated table in the park at the corner of the street attracting customers driving by and on foot.
In any event, the entrepreneurial spirit prevailed in high school; I typed papers for students. Customers paid a slightly higher fee for edited manuscripts.
However, my mindset shifted in college. I developed a negative perception about business and money. At length, warped beliefs influenced career and financial decisions.
All in all, what leaders do not know can hurt them. Thank God I eventually saw the light! Continue reading - the truth you know about money, business, and blessings will set you free.
Money is not evil.
Like many Christians, somewhere along the way I got hoodwinked into believing that doing without is okay. Yet, it is one of the biggest lies perpetrated by Satan. Without adequate resources you cannot do much to help yourself or others. What is more, the church cannot feed the poor, help the needy, and spread the gospel.
On the other hand, evil men and women rake in millions applying the prosperity principles of Jesus while we struggle to repair the church roof. You can increase despite your beliefs - the principles are universal laws.
Furthermore, Jesus never said money was evil. If you hear a lie long enough, you will begin to believe it. Lack equates to poverty, and poverty is a curse! Jesus redeemed us from the curse – sin, sickness, and poverty.
For the love of money is the root of all evil. ( 1 Timothy 6:10)
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us – as it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree – so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
Beloved I wish upon all things that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)
I am come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
For money is a defense as wisdom is a defense. But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives light to those that have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
Business is not a dirty word.
Though some might argue, enterprise provides jobs, stimulates the economy, and strengthens communities. Like other vocations, it contains both good and bad people. However, we cannot allow the bad apples to sour our opinions of the entire bunch.
Do you see a man diligent in his business? He will stand before kings he will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 23:29)
In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)
Rich is not bad.
Conversely, Jesus did not dislike the rich. When the rich young ruler approached Jesus and questioned him about entering the Kingdom, he was instructed to sell his goods, give to the poor, then follow Jesus. Unfortunately, the man walked away from the offer.
Hence, Jesus went on explaining how people who trust in riches will miss the boat. “The disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God? It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10: 24)
Here is the difference. A prosperous Christian business man or woman considers himself or herself to be God- dependent not independent. The person acknowledges that everything he or she has is from God. Therefore, their trust is in God, not money.
But thou shall Remember the Lord thy God: for it is he who gives you power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will be watered also himself. (Proverbs 11:25)
Overflow is okay.
Recently, I listened to an individual speak about God’s goodness. He pleaded with God to stop the blessing. This flawed thinking is another trick of the enemy. Rather pray for someone in need to be placed in your path. The blessing works in you and through you. Surplus allows you to be a blessing to others.
The blessing of the Lord makes rich and he adds no sorry with it. (Psalm 10:22)
In closing, I recommend the following good reads:
Thou Shall Prosper (Rabbi Daniel Lapin)
Business Secrets from the Bible (Rabbi Daniel Lapin)
Faith, Family & Fortune (Paul J. Meyer) and
Money Cometh to the Body of Christ ( Dr. Leroy Thompson).
They are guaranteed to bless you.