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You can Succeed in business as a Believer.......

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It is becoming very challenging for an honest and truthful Christian to make it big in business across the nations of the world. In a world of compromise, where people do anything to win business, including asking their workers to go naked, sleep with customers and compromise their faith at will, how can a child of God succeed in business?

In Nigeria, the tendency is the same, except with respect to asking workers to compromise their faith and body at will. Businessmen and women, marketers and Traders tell people deliberate lies to win patronage.  In the open market you are presented with fake and original products for you to choose the grade you want to buy, and so contractors, vendors and unbelieving repair and maintenance technicians will collect money for the original products and go ahead to buy the fake products to execute jobs for their customers.  

Children lie to their parents and parents deceive their children as the Era of deception dawns on us.  The question then is "How can a Believer in business or office live and become successful without compromising his faith in Christ"?

The truth of life is that money is a means of exchange and whosoever has money controls the others around him. The borrower is a slave to the person that borrowed him money.  This may be the reason why the bible said that money answereth all things.  Money is a force of its own and that's why people worship money and many are ready to do anything to get money - That should not be the testimony of a believer in Jesus Christ - For the bible in advising us to be careful, how we see and relate with money revealed that "The love for money is the root of ALL EVIL".

Whatever be the evil, you see around you, if you will take time to investigate it, you will discover that money and love for money is behind it - Call it Greed, cheating, unfaithfulness, prostitution, stealing and even murder - money and love for money is behind all of them.  

So many homes in trouble today are bleeding under the heavy weight of lack of basic necessities of life, the spirit of poverty has lodged in that place.  Many women, single and married today are deceived to think they are helping their families by sleeping around with men for money - What good can you achieve with the proceed of iniquity? - NOTHING!

I tell Traders not to think that everyone doing business is using demonic means to obtain sales...NO!  There are exceptions, through faithful commitment to God and keeping to the covenant demands and living a faithful life.

For that power to get wealth to operate in your life and business, you MUST be a covenant child of God, who understands the purpose of God's blessing on His children and the covenant requirements.  You need to be serving Him in your local church as a cleaner, usher, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, Care Giver, Prayer Warrior, counselor etc.  You are expected to very prayerful to command the breakthrough you want to come to you.  You are surely serving Him in one capacity or another, and not a stranger in the house of the Lord.  

What are covenant requirements? - Simply that the wealth from God is used to serve God, do good work of faith to the poor and needy, That your parents and others related to you enjoy the benefits of the wealth that God gave you and that you are not selfish with it as not the pay your tithe, offerings and other kingdom commitments with joy.  It is that kingdom wealth is not used to oppress the poor, destroy the values of the society or sponsor unlawful activities. Are they burdensome?  NO, I don't think!

In a most recent posts, I shared with us how we are to work-out-our salvation.  Since you are saved, you are being saved and will ultimately be saved, if you endure till the end, it therefore means that if you give your heart to Jesus and continue to live, if that person did not die and go to be with the Lord, he would have to work out his salvation with fear and trembling till he leaves the earth.

In this write up, I hope to share a few points on how to approach your business under-takings as a Believer and heaven-bound child of God.  Success is never by accident, it is a result of careful planning and focused execution of strategies and committed review of those strategies to birth-in the success you want.  I worked with different organizations for years, did business before getting into the Ministry of Jesus Christ, where I am serving now.  

These principles will work for you any day, only be focused on the All sufficient God, the giver of good things, be ready for persecution along the line, rejection also and intermittent set-back and occasional sufferings, all of which are meant to prepare you to know how to acknowledge God as your provider when the blessings come.  The sufferings and disappointment prepares you to know how to manage success, when you get there.  

For you to remain steadfast along the line, you need to know that God has time set for everything - A time to be born, to grow. a time to plant, a time to harvest and produce results.  When you know this fact, you will complain too much when adversity come your way.  When you know where you are going, you will endure the troubles associated with the journey and proceed to the end.

The first step is confidence in God of all provision, which makes you as bold as a lion to face anything and conquer it.  So, the Lord says Fear Not!


FEAR NOT:
You need to come to some level of trust and confidence in God's ability to provide for you that every fear of failure disappears from you.  Overcoming fear is about 50% of what you need to succeed as a believer.  If you believe that God is with you in that business to bless your works, if you believe that God is faithful and cannot fail, if you believe that it is God that giveth you the wisdom or anointing to get wealth and not necessarily your struggles, then:-

1. You will not cheat your customers and business partners.  
2. You will not do your business in a hancky-pancky way, telling lies and deceiving people.
3. You will not be crucked in your ways of relationship and business, because you know your God is a holy God, who will not bless any act of unrighteousness.
4. You will be interested in the process as well as the result.
5. You know the dangers of getting anything God did not bless, its a curse!. 


ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH ME: 

"Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.  Receive, please, instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart. 
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents.  Then you will lay your gold in the dust and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.  Yes, the Almighty will be your gold  and your precious silver; 

For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.  You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.  28 You will also declare a thing and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. Job 22:21-28


To prosper in Christ is a covenant thing - Which means there is a part the man has to place and then God will fulfill His promise to bless upon that man or woman.  Covenant believers understand what God expect from them at each point in time and they do it, fulfilling their part of the bargain and the heavens will surely open unto them. You must be a principled man, a man of character who would have decided on certain things and behaviours that should not be associated with them.

FAITHFULNESS:
If you believe God is with you as the Mighty Terrible one, you will do your business or office work differently.  You will conduct your business with integrity, an indication of fear of God and submission to His will.  The bible said a faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

You have the need to conduct you business with truth and honesty for people far and near to identify the difference in you.  Remember the bible said it shall be well with the righteous, for he shall eat the fruit of his labour.

God is ready to bless the man that will not follow the multitude to do evil, walking in the counsel of the ungodly, but his delight is in the Word of God and in His word he meditates day and night - The bible said, such a man shall be like the tree planted  by the rivers of water, that bring forth its fruit in its season and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Beloved, God is ready to bless us if we are prepared to receive His Word and abide by it.  He is ready to teach us new things everyday, if we are ready to get acquainted with His ways and keep His blessings.  The Lord says to that Believer that want to succeed.  
  

CHARACTER:
You would have come to a point in your knowledge of God and relationship with Him that you deliberately say NO to certain things - You will not do those things...For instance, before getting married, I vowed never to sleep with any other woman apart from my wife, and God has help me to keep that vow. 

Character is key to succeeding in life and working with God.  As wonderful as laying of hands may be, it cannot help a man without character and no one can lay hands on you for your character to change for the better.  A dubious man must come to terms with his sinful life and repent and then deliberately make efforts to stop being dubious.  He must stop cheating and deceiving people.

Often hardship, grief, sickness, are given as excuses for certain mis-behaviour, but that is only self deception and such a person that makes excuses for his sin will not prosper.  Only the strong in the Lord can keep money and when you cannot withstand temptation and trials, you are weak.  Nowhere does God say He will remove all our problems. Rather He promises to be with us and give us victory - if we can endure, remain faithful till the end.

BE STRONG:
This was the advice given to Joshua by God Himself.  Be strong and courageous, know that the news about the economy of your country is not the final determinant of your success.  Your success does not depend of the economy of your country.  

Your success and prosperity comes from the Kingdom economy as you meditate on the Word day and night and practise them. The Lord says, be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

The simplest way to serve God faithfully is to take the bible as your personal guide from God.  Meditate on the Word,  day and night and whatever the bible says, you do!  Ask yourself - "What does the bible say about this problem? What did the bible say I do? - Identify the answers and do them without delay.

The Lord said, observe my precepts and if you will be obedient and loyal to the word of God, your salvation is secured.  

Beloved, the time is short, Jesus Christ is coming back soon.  If you have not given your heart to Him, do so NOW...Don't wait another day.  Today is the acceptable day and time.  

The fire of God burning in you will not go down, in Jesus Christ name!


Shalom


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