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STOP WATERING DEAD THINGS

You have to move on, stop giving them more chances to cut you.  Save yourself.  You’ve carried them as far as you can.  You gave them as much as they needed to prove that you don’t need to keep watering dead things.
 
It’s not personal, it’s greatness, destiny and sanity.  There are some people who are doing overtime in your life.  They don’t and they won’t get it.  They’re not supposed to get it, their time is up, the relationship has expired.  You cannot make the wrong person do the right thing.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: You have a sanity code.  Your C.O.D.E. = Close Open Doors Easy. Closing doors to our soul that let the wrong people in has to be the easiest thing we do. Don’t pet the devil, doors that let drama, confusion and distraction in our life are a threat to everything in our life: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
 
The most difficult doors to close are the one’s that let the closest people in.  For you and everybody else.  Judas was close, and your frien-enemy is going to be close too.  Our closest people are the one’s who know enough to be dangerous and who know we care enough to let them abuse their privileges.
 
Sometimes our open door is to a “friend” who is not a friend to our relationship or our relationship boundaries. Relationships come with enough problems, your spouse or mate should not have to deal with outside assassins.  For the sake of your relationship, never leave an open door for wrong people.  These people are the gasoline for your fires, cheerleaders for your wrong decisions and sowers of division.  Close the door on them — they aren’t happy for you unless your relationship is unhappy.
 
The bible said, “A double minded person is unstable in all their ways” (James 1:8).  We have to be either for or against our sanity and our greatness.  We cannot be both. It’s not always easy but it’s always right to do right by you. A friend to your weakness is an enemy to your greatness.  The bible said be either hot or cold but don’t be luke warm — You cannot think great and do the opposite of what is great  You cannot have a great relationship and court relationship killers.  We cannot do the opposite of what supports and feeds our greatness and be great.  
 
Yes, people who you have to close the door on are going to be upset — sometimes.  If they respect your greatness they will understand — if they don’t, they won’t.  Don’t be afraid to let people know that, “Things have changed and you have to get back to focusing on your priorities and getting close to God’s plans and desire for your life.” That’s called working out your faith (Philippians 2:12).  You don’t have to get mad, tell them off or throw the deuces up in their face, just keep it real, keep it simple and keep it moving.
 
Closing open doors that let wrong in is a sign that you are ready to live God’s plans for your life and you take mental and emotional ownership of the requirements.  Cry if you have to but don’t keep watering dead things and expect joy to live.
 
Your greatness, your relationship, your family, your sanity, your relationship with Jesus is on the line. Don’t make excuses for people who don’t belong in your life. Everybody is not going to go easy or be easy to let go of but you’re not choosing to let go of them, you’re choosing to hold on to your sanity — and you need both hands. The bible warns us this way, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20).  
 
You only have one life to live.  God planned on you living it to the fullest (John 10:10).  Truly living our best life means that we have to make tough decisions for our greatness.  The only people who will have a problem with you making the right decision for your sanity or your greatness are the people who don’t care if you’re out of your mind or run out of time.
 
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DAILY DEVOTIONAL: DON’T BITE

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression” – Proverbs 19:11
 
We learn, the hard way or the easy way, that every time somebody says something or does something ignorant, a response is not necessary.
 
We’ve all been in a situation, sometimes in our own house, when we wanted to clap back, strike back or tell somebody off — after all, they gave us the scissors to cut them when they opened their mouth…(Proverbs 18:6).
 
The truth is, when we bite or get sucked into tongue fights every time somebody says something ignorant, rude or foolish, we have to leave our peace to, “get them back.” To cut them, we have to literally suspend all thoughts about any and everything else we could be thinking about to go run them down and give them a piece of our mind (Philippians 4:8).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The bible says, “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9). When folks come for you, they either don’t know you or they know you well enough to know that their behavior is going to provoke you. Either way, the goal is the same — to get you to bite, clap back or to act up. What you do next is either going to cause them to win or cause them to recognize that they don’t have that much power over you.
 
Anybody that says putting somebody in their place who gets out of line is not tempting, is a liar. It’s tempting because we, in that moment, believe we’re defending our honor, our intelligence or our rights. Sometimes we are, and sometimes a response is necessary but the key is, only the right response is going to make a difference.
 
See, it’s one thing to cuss somebody out or go off, it’s another thing to make a difference. The bible put it this way, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). It’s not what we say, it’s how we say it that not only determines if it makes a difference but also if we have to leave our post to make it.
 
When they, them or that causes us to act ignorant, act up, act a fool, go off, erupt or just plain slice and dice like the best of them, ultimately all we really did was show somebody that our power can be cheaply rented by foolery.  When we burn down our emotional house to get back at somebody, we might have, “got them,” but we have to go back to emotional ashes.
 
When the bible says, “Anger but sin not,” it’s talking about saying it without leaving our post. Our post is our power, our character, our intelligence, our peace. If and when we have to respond, we decide if that response is going to be powerful or pitiful (Proverbs 14:17, 14:29).
 
Personal power, purposeful responses, intentional words are more effective than a simple tongue beating. It’s one thing to throw wood on the fire, it’s another thing to put the fire out, shut them down or leave them with nothing to respond to. A foolish conversation needs your words to keep it going — they need you to give up your power and step into their world of crazy.
 
It does not matter whether the person is a stranger, a relative or a spouse, ignorant conversations don’t solve anything. They have one purpose: make the other person bleed. If you keep it up, especially with a spouse or a relative, the relationship will become a constant boxing ring and eventually, love will leave the building. You cannot keep cutting people you love and expect them to be the same or to stay (Proverbs 27:5-6).
 
Head check. If the conversation pushes your button, it’s the spirit of strife operating through them, or it, to pull you away from your post. You always have a decision to make — play with the devil or shut the devil down with power. Walk away or use words that prevent you from walking away from your character. This takes practice, thought, and more practice, especially if you enjoy cutting people or are easily provoked to anger. 
 
I’m not saying that there won’t be times when we have to turn over some tables like Christ did, I’m saying that when we know how beautiful we are when we walk in power, talk with power, foolery will loose it’s ability to be a remote control for our character.  Power is bad, it cannot be mistaken for foolery, it’s always intentional, it shows out without acting up, and it is never purchased cheap.
 
Make it powerful, not messy.
 
 
 
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ACTIVATE YOUR DO NOT CARE SPIRIT

We have to stop letting people who do so little for our life have so much control over our emotions. We tend to give out power to non-factors more than we do thoughts and people that support our greatness.
 
We put valuable emotions into opinions that don’t matter, and most of the time, they don’t even come from people who mean us any good. Look back over the troubles that God brought you through, then look at the people who supported you when you went through. It’s amazing that the people who sit in our bleachers, who have never walked a mile in our valley, can be given power that they haven’t even earned.
 
We have to build faith wealth. Faith that is too expensive for foolery. Faith that does not offer discount access to peace or care what people think who think above their pay grade. Faith wealth that is guarded and kept out of the reach of emotional vampires.
 
This is your season for activating your do not care spirit. If it does not promote you, grow you, inspire you or feed you, activate your do not care spirit. You cannot carry garbage and stay in peace. You cannot make a home for drama and stay in your right mind. You cannot let negative people and their opinions live in your head rent free.
 
It’s time for spring cleaning. Start fresh, start anew, start your next chapter of not caring about what does not support your greatness or give God the glory.  A friend to your weakness is an enemy to your grace, Godliness and greatness.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: It’s called self-esteem not others-esteem for a reason. God is a jealous God, and He said that we cannot serve two masters. When it comes to the opinion that matters in your life, if it contradicts God’s opinion, you must delete it — don’t keep it and worship it.
 
After you live long enough, go through enough, have seen enough, you know that it is impossible to walk in victory by holding on to thoughts or people who belong in your history. Family included. Love is not defined by distance, love is defined by sincerity — some people have to be loved sincerely far enough away from you to prevent them from hurting you.
 
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).
 
When you stop caring, folks will say you’re acting funny.  Folks will think and say, you’re acting like you’re too good.  Nobody who supports your greatness will have a problem with you creating boundaries that support your greatness.
 
“Pay attention when people react with anger and hostility to your boundaries.  You have found the edge where their respect for you ends.”
 
A do not care spirit is not a selfish or negative attitude.  It’s an attitude that steps aside and lets anything or anybody pass that does not belong in your head, your life or God’s plans for walking in victory. You have to stop feeling guilty for wanting to be healthy. This is your personal circle, and you get to decide who’s in it.
 
Walking in victory requires some tough decisions.  Regularly.  Personal power is costly.  You will give up some people to be your best self.  You will grow out of people, places and conversations when you’re growing faith wealth.  Your tastes will change, your expectations will change and your walk with God will change when you choose power over mess.
 
It’s your time.  You’ve earned this.  Go now and start spring cleaning.  You’ve got to make room to be great.
 
 
 
 
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TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF YOUR WAIT ON GOD

 
Don’t you just want to scream sometimes when you know God is going to do it but the wait is killing you?  We all go through this and if we keep on living, we’ll go through it again.
 
Have you noticed waiting on God is the only time that we feel the weight of our faith?  Faith under pressure is the condition that challenges us to trust God on a new level, to walk in peace even though we’re in pieces.
 
I remember a time when I was in God’s waiting room and everything that could go wrong went wrong.  Everything that was supposed to go right went wrong.  The longer I waited, the more stuff seemed to go wrong.  If you’ve ever been in that position, or maybe you are now, you know that keeping your sanity is a job all by itself.  After I put down the weight, I thought to myself, “If God is real, this has to be a setup.”  The fact that we’re in the waiting room is evidence that it is a setup.  God said, “All things work together for the good.” That means all!
 
It’s hard to see a setup when emotions are hot, when we’re stressed up and borderline desperate.  When it has to happen on our schedule, when it has to go the way we planned it, when it has to do what we want it to do or they have to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it, the wait is 10 times worse.  Eventually, we realize or God forces us to understand, no amount of worry, no amount of tears, no amount frustration, no amount of anger will make God do anything.  Only faith and work can do that (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The thing you’re waiting on is the very thing that God is going to use to grow you with.  When you’re waiting on God, God is growing you in an area that almost always hinders you from walking in peace when you’re going through the  process.
 
God’s waiting room is always about preparation.  Even when the deadline is coming, or passed, it’s always about preparation.  Even when we think the worse is going to happen, or is already happening, it’s still about preparation.
 
When we’re in God’s waiting room, it’s never about what we’re waiting for, it’s about what God is waiting for.  What God is waiting on to grow inside of us.  There is nothing wrong with putting a timer on a blessing or a breakthrough, as long as we don’t forget these 3 things:
 
  1. We’re never waiting on God to do something, we’re growing to what God has already done. (Psalm 139:16)
  2. God does not work on our schedule.  He works things together for the good when the time is good. (Romans 8:28)  
  3. God is not working on what we want, God is working on what we need — the two can be the same but the fact that we’re in the waiting room says that what we wanted or when we wanted does not lined up with God’s plans. (Philippians 4:19)
 
Remember the bible says, “Be anxious for nothing…”  This is not always easy to do and the harder it is for us to do it, the longer the wait will be.  “Be anxious for nothing,” doesn’t mean don’t do anything while you’re waiting, it just means that trust in God has to go up in order for our focus to stay on our peace rather than on God’s timing.
 
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
 
If you’re in God’s waiting room, no matter how long or no matter what for, focus on keeping your peace while you keep walking.  The bible says, “…And hope will never make us ashamed,” so as long as we hope right, walk right and wait right, God will make everything turn out right.  Stay focused, talk to yourself, encourage yourself, you got this!
 
 
 
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YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS STRUGGLING BECAUSE…

Everybody in a relationship should keep this posted in plain sight: “Of course we experience relationship struggles, becoming one can and will be a struggle.”  
 
Relationships that believe otherwise are doomed to sink in the quicksand of unrealistic expectations.  It might survive but love will be a recess between the hell.  What makes us all, Christians, have to deal with relationship struggle with purposeful intent is that we know that God did not put us on this earth or in a relationship to suffer (Jeremiah 29:11).
 
The devil wants you to play emotional ping pong with hurt and to keep wounding each other with friendly fire.  Here it, the devil is at the center of mess.  When I say the devil, I’m not talking about the spooky, I’m talking about familiar spirits.
 
Familiar spirits activate familiar, toxic behavior.  You’re sitting in the relationship, you’re going back and forth over a problem but you’re talking about everything except the problem.  You’re talking about what they did and why you did what you did, and on and on, knowing good and well you’re not solving anything. 
 
Put This In Your Spirit: You cannot solve any problem by fixing a symptom.  A symptom is the result of the problem, not the underlying problem or root.  Problem solving is for grown people.  You know like I know that kids fight without any intent of solving anything — they haven’t emotionally matured to this level, that’s why we call it tantrum.  
 
When relationships waste time throwing tantrums, revisiting and rehashing symptoms, staying in old feelings instead of healing feelings, you have a mess on your hands that messes relationships up. We’ve all been there.  Don’t look at the grass next door, it’s only green because they’ve done their work. They did the work if the grass is not artificial.
  
Most of us have heard, “Do your work.”  But most of us don’t learn how to do the work until we lose the job.  Lose the love, lose the relationship.  Familiar spirits activate emotional demons, dysfunction and feelings that keep us from doing our work. Everybody has to agree to cut the mess out if you’re going to put the devil out. 
 
Familiar spirits are the enemy of love.  They speak into the problem to bait ego, pride and, unrealistic, unhealthy and even fantasy emotions that deceptively justify tantrums and division.  Doing the work is a decision that can only be made after agreeng that the love you signed up for is the love that you’re going to fight for.
 
The bible says, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2).  Don’t do another thing until you write the love vision down and make it plain. Not a thing. Did you hear the point and purpose of this scripture: “So he may run who reads it.”  You cannot run without knowing where you’re going.
 
The recovery, the healing, the restoration is not possible unless there is a vision that all minds, emotions and intentions agree to (Amos 3:3).  Getting and using the tools, resources or whatever is takes to run in the direction of the vision is what love has to do to love on purpose.  You cannot have an outcome that requires two people if only one person is working or both people aren’t working towards the same goal.  Write the vision and make it plain, then be clear that everybody is on board and ready to die to self for the cause of love.
 
Is it ever easy? No. But if you’re with the right one, the one God assigned to you, all things are possible. It takes commitment, vision and complete and total surrender to your goal of having the best love daily. It takes abiding in the Holy Spirit and a dedication to casting down all contrary spirits, emotions and thoughts that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).  
 
Don’t let anybody tell you that great love does not require great work and — The ability to forgive, to be vulnerable, to extend grace, to move past the past, to shut down familiar spirits, to prioritize actions that produce healthy love, and the ability to love the love of your life even when you don’t like them or what they did.  Green grass, not artificial grass, is the result of serious work, compassion, desire and motivation that never stops — can’t stop.
 
It’s not a secret.  It’s not magic.  It’s work.  It’s knowing the price before you pay it. We can and do lose the love of our life when familiar spirits overrule and override love, and the will to prioritize actions that run after the vision as opposed to division.  Love is in the work — and work is for those who are ready and able to submit to God’s plan for relationship to be the most incredible love that two people will ever experience on earth (Ephesians 5:21-33).
 
Remember, you aren’t love.  God is love (1 John 4:8).  How much love we give is based on how much of us we move out of loves way: “He must increase but I must decrease.”  That’s intentional love work.
 
 
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RELATIONSHIP DEVOTIONAL: THE GOD IN GOODBYE

 

Nothing draws us closer to God like the hurt that comes from relationship. Love exposes the soul to human extremes, pleasures, and hurts that only love can.
 
If you’ve loved and lost — to win, had to sacrifice a relationship for your greatness, or had to surrender your will to God’s will and let someone go, you’ve had to walk in a closeness with God that does not compare to most other situations.
 
Don’t get me wrong, we don’t start out with the plan or the intent to be hurt just so that we can get closer to God.  No, emotional heart attacks push us into God’s Emergency Room — bleeding, bruised and broken.
 
One of the divine lessons that love will continue to teach us, until we learn it, is that we are not love.  Repeat, we are not love.  God is love (1 John 4:8).  When we’re loving on purpose with whom God planned for us, God is loving through us for them. The bible says it this way, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
 
If, then, God is love and it is His love that is working in us and through us for His pleasure, who we emotionally pick as a mate or to date does not mean that they are a divine match. We would have to say that we were using or know the mind of God in order to convince ourselves that we know, in advance, if someone is meant for us. We don’t have that ability (Romans 11:34. 1 Corinthians 2:11).  We can only use proof, evidence based on behavior that agrees with our Savior (Luke 6:43-45).  Emotions alone are not qualified, and can be too contaminated, to be relied on as the only proof of a divine match.
 
We’re not our own, we belong to God and the supernatural blueprint for our life is not subject to our emotions — it can’t be. We have to pause when we think about the hurt that comes from who walks out or who we have to remove from our life.  Think about it: If someone who is not meant for us leaves our life, a surrendered will would pray for them and wish them well — knowing that God has put a love period where we had a love question mark.  If we cannot genuinely pray for a season and wish them well, we have not surrendered our emotions to God’s will for our life.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: If you aren’t for them, then that means they aren’t for you either. Two wrongs don’t make a God right. God’s plans for your life, and theirs, were created before you were born (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 2:10).   We either are on plan or we’re off track with everybody we meet. Whenever God steps in, it’s to keep our lives on track with His plans: “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
 
Emotions that override God’s divine plan, warnings and signs, are disobedient emotions (2 Corinthians 10:5), that are influenced by seductive evil spirits — Our emotional condition will determine the influence familiar spirits can or will have over us.  Jesus came so that we might have life and life more abundantly — only demonic forces are at war with God’s plans for our life (John 10:10).
 
Consider This: Trees shed leaves when it’s time to change seasons — for self-preservation. In other words, even the tree will shed leaves in order to save its life. But know this, when the tree sheds a leaf, not one leaf that falls to the ground kills the tree.
 
Walking in divine truth leads emotions.  It’s a position worked-for, hard-fought for that usually requires retraining our emotions to acknowledge, submit and abide in the will of God.  This is not hardly natural, in fact it is impossible without an intimate relationship with Jesus (John 15:5).
 
Fighting back thoughts and emotions that come from the enemy takes work.  In fact, without abiding in an intimate relationship with Jesus, the work will wear us out (James 4:7) — Especially when the emotions we’re trying to fight are emotions that want what we don’t need. 
 
You don’t have to fake it.  Unless you have an iron brain, it takes a minute to submit to God’s will — every new test requires a new level of submission.  But what we have to remember, consider for our own sake, is this: Emotions that can tell God what to do or tell you to do anything that harms you or your destiny, are influenced by the enemy – no matter how good they feel (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
 
Break up with fear and emotions that tell you to harm yourself.  Break it off!  Cry if you have to, crawl if you have to and even if you stumble on your way out, submit to God’s will for your life.  When we’re not walking in our divine truth, every season will look like a lifetime and if we’re not careful, long and wrong seasons can become unhealthy soul ties.  
 
When we won’t or can’t do what God’s love requires us to do — learn from the past and step aside, the Holy Spirit will protect us in our weakness by interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:26) —  even when we don’t want to be protected.  When someone is not for us, right for us or not ready for us, God steps in.  It might look like a breakup but if God stepped in, it’s a divine shakeup.  God lets wrong things fall apart so that He can make right things fall together.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Haven’t you noticed that when you lie to yourself about how you’re being treated by someone, the truth drives you crazy?  No matter what we tell ourselves to try to make wrong right, the truth won’t allow us to be at peace with emotions that break our heart.
 
When people leave your life or have to be removed, it is confirmation that their season is over — not your life.  When you love you with the love of Christ, you don’t ever have to be with somebody to be somebody — happy, healthy and powerful.  The evidence of our surrender to God’s will is in how we respond, react and ultimately recover from a God intervention.   
 
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Relationship Devotional: The Danger Of Talking To Everybody About Your Relationship

It’s tempting to just bear your soul with folks when you’re dealing with relationship troubles or decisions.  We all need somebody to talk to and when we’re in an emotionally stressful or difficult situation, we, both women and men, tend to reach out to people we know.
 
The problem is, everybody we know is not always somebody we should reach out to about our relationship.  God works through wise counselors — neutral, objective people to help guide us in the right path.  The opposite is true when we put our business in the wrong hands.  Putting your relationship business in the wrong hands is like giving your alarm code to a thief.  
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Proverbs 10:14 says, “The wise don’t tell everything they know, but the foolish talk too much and are ruined.” When you’re struggling or going through it in a relationship, there are three people that you should never put in your business: 1) A gossip, 2) A wounded person and, 3) Somebody who is happy if you lose. 
 
Likewise, you cannot put people in your relationship business who will hold on to what you should and will let go of.  You will be surprised at the number of relationships that struggle because an outside influence is holding on to something that the couple has moved on from years ago. If you’re talking to somebody who will hold a permanent grudge, dislike or negative attitude towards your mate, you’re talking to the wrong person.
 
When we’re hurt, we tend to gravitate, emotionally, towards whoever will make us feel good about whatever we want to feel good about. If we want to feel justified about our wrong, we tend to talk to somebody who will go along with us — even when we’re wrong.  These are poisonous conversations.
 
It is not abnormal or crazy to want to hear what feels good when we’re not feeling good.  The problem is, when you expose your relationship to poisonous people, you will poison your relationship.  Keep doing it and you will destroy your relationship.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: When we talk to wrong people about our relationship, before long, talking can turn into an unhealthy partnership with them against our relationship. Confiding in wrong people tends to create wrong, unhealthy emotional alliances that are never healthy for your relationship — it is very dangerous. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
 
Does this mean that we shouldn’t talk to anybody?  No.  Talking is not the problem, who we’re talking to and the objective for talking can be the problem.  Are you talking to the right person for an objective, healthy purpose? Or the wrong person to agree with half the story? Let’s say you’re dating a great person but they have a flaw that you’re trying to decide if it is or should be a deal breaker.  Or let’s say you and your spouse are going through a difficult time.  The last person you need to talk to is somebody who is emotionally hurt, unsupportive of your relationship, unhappy in their relationship, happy to see you single, negative or, somebody who does not believe in the power of God.
 
It’s not always easy to separate the good one’s from the bad one’s.  At the very least, eliminate talking to someone who is obviously poisonous.  Another tip is to always state your objective up front when you’re talking about your relationship with someone — “I want to fix my marriage,” or, “I am trying to look objectively at my behavior/decision,” or, “I need an objective/balanced opinion,” or, “This is not about bashing my relationship or my mate or me leaving,” etc.  If you’re talking to the opposite sex, eliminate anybody who is not a friend/supporter of the relationship or who has a romantic interest (spoken or unspoken).  The devil uses open doors — put a lock on obvious foolery.
 
Whoever you choose to share your relationship business with, just remember that you don’t want to lose a good relationship over bad advice, or turn a temporary problem into a worse or permanent problem.  And you don’t want to make a decision based on somebody else’s hurt or ignorance. Word to the wise: Don’t give someone the ability to speak death over your love life when you’re trying to save it.
 
Seek God’s wisdom — don’t just read the bible but search the scripture for God’s wisdom about the problem you’re having.  It makes no sense for us to read the bible without purpose when we’re needing a answer about a specific issue.  No matter what you’re dealing with, the bible has a wisdom principle that will guide you to right thinking, right people and right answers.  If you don’t believe it, leave a comment below for a topic/issue you’re dealing with for a wisdom scripture(s) that will address it specifically.
 
Trust God for your destiny love decisions.  Always make the love of your life the first and the last conversation about your destiny together.  Relationships are hard enough, don’t add gasoline to the fire.
 
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RELATIONSHIP DEVOTIONAL: ALONE AND LONELY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

Being alone can sometimes feel lonely but single is not a death sentence.  Yes, we all love companionship and yes we enjoy good company.  We’re human and, we were created to love someone who loves us intimately and uniquely.
 
But alone is who we’re with and lonely is being miserable with who we’re with. Lonely has to be with somebody to be somebody. But people don’t cure our loneliness, loneliness is an inside job. 
 
No, we don’t have to be satisfied being alone but content, yes (Philippians 4:11-12).  Why?  Contentment or Joy is a fought-for, struggled-for fruit of the spirit that the fruit of self-control relies on (Galatians 5:22-23).  Anybody who has ever hooked up with somebody while they were lonely will tell you that, 1) A spirit of loneliness makes you feel out of control, and 2) A spirit of loneliness robs us of our joy, and causes our heart to leak with low self-esteem, low self-love, distrust and obsession. 
 
All of us have gone to the grocery store hungry.  When we shop with hunger, starvation, we don’t make wise decisions, we make desperate decisions — something quick, something easy and something right now.  When we shop hungry, we almost always buy something that we don’t need.
 
Loneliness that causes unhealthy emotional hunger is no different. Unhealthy emotional hunger tends to use temporary emotions to make long-term decisions — in the heat of the moment.  If you’ve gotten into a relationship because you were lonely, hungry, chances are the relationship didn’t last long — if you knew you were only looking for a snack, that might have worked for you.
 
But if you were looking for a lifetime relationship, you probably found out that as soon as the hunger was satisfied, emotions filled up, the attraction wore off.  After you sobered up, you might have even experienced Hunger After Shock — that feeling of, “Did or why did I choose that?”  A relationship initiated out of hunger is usually intense in the beginning — that’s why it can be confusing, but it’s always mild in the middle and it melts down after a short period of time.
 
Loving on purpose takes soul work.  When our soul is right, healed, healthy and content, we are ready for our soul match.  Remember a soul mate can be an unhealthy match but a soul match is that person who God planned for our best self.  Our soul match compliments our willingness to be by ourselves if being with someone else means being miserable. 
 
In other words, we tend to mate with someone who matches our soul condition.  Loneliness is not a condition that you want to attract or mate with.  A lifetime love is somebody who we choose to do life with, not somebody we have to put up with for the rest of our life. How we choose to be alone is up to the individual but however we choose to be alone, we should enjoy it to the fullest — Date, learn, grow.
 
When you know what you bring to the table, you don’t mind eating alone.
 
We have to check our heart before we check into a relationship. God will guide us into the path that He planned for us when our heart is ready, willing and able. We don’t and won’t always get it right but before you get emotionally caught up, pray this simple prayer: “Lord, create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10) — and listen with honest ears. One thing is for sure, we cannot recognize a swine when we’re out of our emotional mind (Matthew 7:6).
 
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TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF YOUR WAIT ON GOD

 
Don’t you just want to scream sometimes when you know God is going to do it but the wait is killing you?  We all go through this and if we keep on living, we’ll go through it again.
 
Have you noticed waiting on God is the only time that we feel the weight of our faith?  Faith under pressure is the condition that challenges us to trust God on a new level, to walk in peace even though we’re in pieces.
 
I remember a time when I was in God’s waiting room and everything that could go wrong went wrong.  Everything that was supposed to go right went wrong.  The longer I waited, the more stuff seemed to go wrong.  If you’ve ever been in that position, or maybe you are now, you know that keeping your sanity is a job all by itself.  After I put down the weight, I thought to myself, “If God is real, this has to be a setup.”  The fact that we’re in the waiting room is evidence that it is a setup.  God said, “All things work together for the good.” That means all!
 
It’s hard to see a setup when emotions are hot, when we’re stressed up and borderline desperate.  When it has to happen on our schedule, when it has to go the way we planned it, when it has to do what we want it to do or they have to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it, the wait is 10 times worse.  Eventually, we realize or God forces us to understand, no amount of worry, no amount of tears, no amount frustration, no amount of anger will make God do anything.  Only faith and work can do that (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The thing you’re waiting on is the very thing that God is going to use to grow you with.  When you’re waiting on God, God is growing you in an area that almost always hinders you from walking in peace when you’re going through the  process.
 
God’s waiting room is always about preparation.  Even when the deadline is coming, or passed, it’s always about preparation.  Even when we think the worse is going to happen, or is already happening, it’s still about preparation.
 
When we’re in God’s waiting room, it’s never about what we’re waiting for, it’s about what God is waiting for.  What God is waiting on to grow inside of us.  There is nothing wrong with putting a timer on a blessing or a breakthrough, as long as we don’t forget these 3 things:
 
  1. We’re never waiting on God to do something, we’re growing to what God has already done. (Psalm 139:16)
  2. God does not work on our schedule.  He works things together for the good when the time is good. (Romans 8:28)  
  3. God is not working on what we want, God is working on what we need — the two can be the same but the fact that we’re in the waiting room says that what we wanted or when we wanted does not lined up with God’s plans. (Philippians 4:19)
 
Remember the bible says, “Be anxious for nothing…”  This is not always easy to do and the harder it is for us to do it, the longer the wait will be.  “Be anxious for nothing,” doesn’t mean don’t do anything while you’re waiting, it just means that trust in God has to go up in order for our focus to stay on our peace rather than on God’s timing.
 
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
 
If you’re in God’s waiting room, no matter how long or no matter what for, focus on keeping your peace while you keep walking.  The bible says, “…And hope will never make us ashamed,” so as long as we hope right, walk right and wait right, God will make everything turn out right.  Stay focused, talk to yourself, encourage yourself, you got this!
 
 
 
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HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

What do you do when you have to deal with difficult people?  You can’t just walk away from every difficult situation or just cut off every difficult person.  A difficult person is not somebody who’s optional, a difficult person is somebody who we have to deal with.
 
Why? Optional people are not difficult.  If they aren’t required or necessary, you can walk away from them instead of putting up with them.  Problem solved!
 
No, your difficult person is not that simple.  The spirit of difficulty has to use somebody who is a part of your life, who has a role and a position in your life that makes dealing with them necessary or even required.  Family can be difficult, bosses can be difficult, spouses can be difficult. We can even be our own difficult person. 
 
How do you deal with somebody who is difficult? Let’s address some points up front. Somebody right now is being abused — mentally or physically.  If this is you or somebody you know, tolerating abuse is not difficult, it’s deadly.  Deadly is not to be tolerated, cooperated with or confused with God’s will.  We’re not talking about people who are a threat to our well being, we’re talking about people who we desire to get along with but for some reason, it’s difficult.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Haven’t you noticed that the difficult person affects the way you deal with them?  Remember, self-control is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The first rule for dealing with difficult people is, “Be the thermostat and not the thermometer.”  This is easier said than done but nothing is possible until you use your power to control you first.  
 
Some folks think that believing in God means that we don’t or won’t encounter difficult spirits. That’s foolery. Grown Christians have read: “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating” (Proverbs 18:6).
 
Remember, they are difficult because they are necessary, important or not optional at the moment. Every difficulty in life, every wall, every challenge is a symbol of our difficult person. Sometimes God puts us in difficult situations because there is no way around it except through Him — If we allow it, our most difficult person or situation will cause us to go deeper in Him and higher in power.
 
Without difficult situations, we would not know what Jesus meant when He said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  The difficult person, difficult situation is going to be overcome by your power.  This is what is meant by, “Turn the other cheek.”  Turning the other cheek has nothing to do with letting somebody slap you twice.  You’re not literally turning the other cheek, you’re turning to power to respond instead of turning into them, acting like them or turning your power over to them.  Turning the other cheek and owning your power, feelings and response is your victory in difficult situations.
 
When the situation or the person, the problem or the difficulty has control over us, we are owned by them and that’s what makes them difficult. Think about it — If you’re smart enough to know they’re difficult but you’re letting them dictate how you act or feel — they’re controlling your temperature.  You have to flip the script — be the thermostat and not the thermometer and watch what happens.
 
Every difficult person, difficult situation and difficult problem has one thing in common, purpose.  When God allows difficult, He’s preparing you for a greater release of your power.    
 
They may never change, the problem may never change but the victory is not about them or it.  The victory is about walking in power when you have to deal with difficulty.  If you stay in power, God will move or remove what will not change.
 
 
 
 
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THE TROUBLE WITH EXPECTING TOO LITTLE

Some of us have lived, lasted and survived on too little for too long. Existing on crumbs or fumes instead of chasing the life that God planned for us.
 
Settling for less, expecting or accepting less than what we deserve is dangerous. We aren’t just living, we are fulfilling prophecy. Every decision allows or blocks what God planned for us: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
 
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The bible says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We close the door on God when we open the door to less than we deserve. 
 
We don’t have to get spooky but let’s get real. We don’t need to believe in God if we don’t believe that we were created for greatness (Psalm 17:8, Psalm 139:16, Jeremiah 29:11), that we were saved to leave a legacy by living a legacy (John 10:10).
 
Haven’t you been in a situation, a relationship that you couldn’t explain why but every day that you were in it, it felt like a bear was sitting on your chest? The longer you stayed in it, the heavier it felt. You actually started to feel depressed, sad and even distressed without knowing why. You were not grieving beloved, the Holy Spirit was grieving (Ephesians 4:30).
 
When we abandon God’s plans for our life, His will, the Holy Spirit Grieves. Our soul knows, and we know when our soul is aching that something is wrong, something is off, something is not right. Call it sixth sense or, call it woke or connected, but every Christian has a divine frequency that the Holy Spirit speaks on. The bible said it this way, “…The Holy Spirit is a witness to my conscience” (Romans 9:1).
 
If it causes us to walk away from God’s blueprint for our life, the Holy Spirit will disturb our conscience. The longer we keep doing whatever it is that is against God’s plans for our life, the more uncomfortable it becomes. Eventually, God will make settling or being on the wrong page unbearable.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Continuing to settle for less, walking away from our promise denies Jesus (John 10:10). God said it’s like a Dog returning to his vomit (2 Peter 2:20-22). When we walk away from God’s will, the bible says: “They are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).
 
Haven’t you noticed whenever you’re out of order, nothing goes right, all hell breaks loose, and a feeling of joy dying starts to rise up?  God said it would — James 1:13-15.  Jesus was serious when He said we should pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 
 
This is the key. Right now, you are going in the right direction. But sometimes we can be going in the right direction, “South,” but on the wrong road or with the wrong person, or with wrong thinking. With the wrong attitude or the wrong desire. With the wrong emotions or the wrong influences. You have to do right by you in order for God to prosper you.  
 
It’s time. From how you go through to who you go though with. From your love life to your best life. From emotions to thinking.  If it walks you away from, causes you to settle, act beneath or detours you from God’s plan for your destiny, make it right beloved. You know like I know, we don’t always do right the first time but when we know better, we have to do better (James 4:17) — Our life, our prophecy is on the line.
 
When you do right by you, you give God the ability to work through you to bless your life in ways that you never dreamed of.
 
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GOD TURNED IT AROUND

God turned it around!  But what does that mean? You can’t see it, nothing has changed, the bill is still due, your heart is still hurting, but God already turned it around…
 
If you have been or are in God’s waiting room, you know that it can be the most uncomfortable place to be — It’s the nighttime of our faith (Psalm 30:5).  God is working things together for the good of our faith when it’s nighttime. Patience is a fruit of the spirit, not a skill of the flesh (Galatians 5:22).
 
Haven’t you noticed that when our faith is challenged, the light of hope tends to get dim — or goes out completely.  Anytime we have a faith challenge bigger than before, or a challenge that we have not grown from yet, it’s a set up for our come up.
 
Why?  Because God does His best work when we have to walk by faith and not by sight.  God already knew what you needed before you needed it: “…For your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). When we’re waiting, God is working — on us.
 
Take it one step farther. God knew when you would need it and what you would need before you were even born: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
 
Did you see that God wrote your need and the answer in His book before you were born into this life? We’re living in God’s history, our present is God’s past, today is God’s yesterday.  God is not turning it around, God already turned it around!
 
God uses “It,” whatever our it is that challenges our faith, to grow our faith.  It takes time and pressure to produce a diamond, and the only time we grow in faith is when our faith is challenged, resisted — the nighttime.  When it’s nighttime, it’s growing time.
 
Put This In Your Spirit:
 
The Apostle Paul was chief among Apostles.  As a condition, requirement to be an Apostle in the bible, one had to be taught directly by Christ.  Unlike the other Apostles in the bible, the Apostle Paul was not taught on earth.  While unconscious from a beating, Apostle Paul was caught up to heaven and revealed the word of God directly from the Lord.  Now, imagine being caught up to heaven and God giving you a private, one-on-one faith study, and then finding yourself with a thorn in the flesh — a pain so intense, that all of your teaching goes out of the window.  Nighttime — This is what happened to the Apostle Paul and will happen to us (2 Corinthians 12:3-10).
 
If you thought your faith had arrived, you would agree that the Apostle Paul should have been more than arrived.  But he wasn’t, and neither are we.  Faith does not grow because we have it, faith grows because we go through it with God. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we cannot do anything about it.
 
The Apostle Paul tells us what God uses nighttime for: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
 
Did you catch it?  Nighttime is God’s time to:
 
  1. Introduce us to grace on a new level
  2. Perfect the power of His word in our weakness
  3. Increase the resurrection power of Jesus on our life
  4. Turn our fears, weaknesses into supernatural strength
 
Victory in Christ is not just what shows up on the outside but also what grows up on the inside.  Our victory in faith produces our victories in life.  You’re not being delayed or punished, you’re being prepared and promoted.  Have you asked God what He’s working on inside of you?  What fruit is God growing?
 
Trust God, your prayer is already answered.  You’re not waiting on victory, you’re growing to victory.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D5W1: EXCELLENCE IS OUR DIFFERENCE

Talents take us into the marketplace, excellence lifts up God in whatever position, place or responsibility that God puts us in.  One marketplace Faithpreneur will encounter more opportunities to fulfill the great commission than most churches do on any given Sunday. 
 
The great commission (Matthew 28:19), is not in the church it’s from the church .  Church is for the building up and equipping of the saints to live righteous, victorious lives and to go out into the world to make disciples (Luke 14:23, Hebrews 10:24, Ephesians 4:12). The marketplace — the positions and places in the world where Christians encounter the lost, the unsaved and the hurting, is where the great commission takes place.  I am not saying that marketplace ministers replace the church, I am saying that marketplace ministers are the church to the world.  Effectively, we are all marketplace ministers, regardless of what our title, job, role or influence is — in the street and in our homes (Matthew 5:14). 
 
This is not a put down of the church, it could actually be a case for why the church should be more active in the development of marketplace leaders.  
 
With That Said…
 
Like most, I don’t and won’t do business with you just because you are a Christian. In fact I won’t do business with you unless your demonstrated difference is superior to your competitor — most of the time.   This is where excellence comes in for the Faithpreneur.  Excellence is, should be, the Faithpreneurs distinguishable asset in the marketplace. Our difference is excellence — our excellence is our difference.  
 
The bible said, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).  Don’t expect respect or to be successful in the marketplace because you believe in Jesus.  Expect respect and to be successful when your excellence honors God: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).  
 
Case In Point…
 
Tom started a business consulting firm.  His knowledge was impeccable, his personality exuded kindness.  He was savvy and well versed in business strategies that could impact the bottom line for almost any company — large or small.  Tom’s talent had the ability to put him in front of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people every year.  Because of Tom’s sphere of influence, he had the potential to impact countless lives for the cause of Christ.
 
There was one small problem.  Tom was highly inconsistent, he lacked follow through, he procrastinated profusely and he dressed inappropriately.  To make matters worse, he used shabby/unqualified vendors, his marketing material was awful — a DIY (Do It Yourself) nightmare proving he needed to stay in his lane, and he approached new business opportunities and clients with a lazy attitude.  I hated it.  I hated to see it.  Honestly, I couldn’t stand it.  Not simply because this was severely hindering Tom’s business opportunities but it severely hindered Tom’s ability to, “Lift up God,” and potentially impact thousands of lives for the cause of Christ.
 
Let’s face it, Christian or not, we don’t want to do business with anybody who is not about their business.  Christian does not give us a free pass, it gives us an opportunity to put God on display through our excellence.  Excellence is the door opener — can be, for conversations about Jesus, and in fact, if God is lifted up He will draw them to you: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32). 
 
After some “Straight Talk” coaching and sage advice, Tom never turned it around.  Tom went out of business.  He’s still a marketplace minister but He’s not prepared to be a Faithpreneur. In my 20 years of senior executive management experience and over 10 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve never seen a lack of excellence succeed — and I doubt I ever will.
 
In every area of your business, evaluate your excellence.  If you want God to bless your business aspirations, develop a mindset that honors God through the light of excellence (Matthew 5:16).  Don’t make excuses, do it.  Set standards that meet God’s expectations and you will blow customers, competitors and bosses away.  Put your work excellence on your prayer list and keep it there — everyday should be a renewed commitment to excellence in every thing you say or do in your business, position, opportunity or task.
 
Straight Talk: If you have an area in your business, career or profession that is lagging or suffering, check your excellence.  Excellence is not only what we demonstrate towards others, it’s what we believe.
 
  1. Is your dress/appearance excellent or appropriate for your customer/audience? 
  2. Is your planning, your time management excellent? 
  3. Is your attitude, knowledge, understanding, use of success tools/resources excellent?
  4. Is your work ethic, customer management, consistency and follow through excellent?
  5. Is your investment in self, use of mentors/role models/networks to be successful excellent?
  6. Is your work life balance, rest, prayer life, and church fellowship prioritization excellent?
 
Excellent is as excellent does. We cannot be something that we’re not — providing excellence starts with being excellent.  For Faithpreneurs, our business is also our marketplace ministry. Take inventory today of every area of faith and business that deserves your excellence.  There is no way that you can fail at what you were created to do if excellence is your difference.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D4W1: GREAT FAITH

After many years in business and having experienced every high and every low, the one thing that I think all business leaders, entrepreneurs and aspiring professionals will tell you is this, “If you don’t believe in you, nobody else will.”
 
Belief is not simply a matter if thinking we can.  Belief is the foundation that supports what you will do.  Let’s face it, if success, progress or growth were easy, in any area of life, we would see the manifestation of God’s promises everywhere.  But we don’t.
 
The fact is, any endeavor, mission or vision is going to take everything you have and then some.  There will be days where you feel on top of the world and days when you feel like the world is on top of you.  It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of how… How will you survive the lows, the difficulties, the challenges and yes, the setbacks?
 
A FAITHPRENEUR has a built in plan.  It’s not easy, nothing worth having is but it is absolutely necessary.  Hype does not support hope.  A belief that you will ride every wave with, stay under control with, stand up against every Goliath with and tackle every challenge with is based on Great Faith.
 
Don’t get me wrong, many people succeed without Great Faith.  I’m not talking about momentary or temporary success, I’m talking success from the inside out.  Faith in whatever God has given you to do, your talent or vision is only as sure as your faith in God is.  People tend to fall on one of two sides of Great Faith: They either have it or they don’t, they either want it or they don’t.  And you know based on your own experiences, that there is a difference between believing in what you’re doing and believing that you were created to do it.
 
Every vision, business or career is for somebody but that does not mean that everybody will have the faith to do it.  There are a lot of dreams, talents and visions in the grave yard that did not achieve full potential.  Faith in God’s will and plan for our life, our talent, our purpose is an unmistakable, unstoppable belief.  It drives, rises, steps up and shows up when others give up.  It is uncommon faith or “Great Faith.”
 
Remember the woman in Matthew 15?  She came to Jesus seeking help for her daughter (Matthew 15:22-28).  She believed that Jesus could help and she persisted in asking him for that help.  Jesus ignored the woman and even outright denied her. When our faith is challenged, and it will be, will you give up or will you believe that God’s desire is to bless you? 
 
Finally, Jesus told her, she had “Great Faith,” and He answered her prayer. Notice that Jesus did not say, “You have worn me down with your nagging,” or, “I’ll do it just to shut you up.” No, Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment” (Matthew 15:28). Are you working with Great Faith? Are you working on your faith as hard as you are your business (Hebrews 11:6)?
 
Uncommon or Great Faith, does not come any easier than success at anything else does.  Developing Great Faith is intentional.  If great faith were easy, wouldn’t we see mountains in people’s lives being moved all around us — with just a mustard seed worth (Matthew 17:20)?  It’s not common and it’s not possible without intentionality. 
 
A FAITHPRENEUR first seeks the Kingdom for Great Faith, knowing that everything else will follow (Matthew 6:33).  This is where the rubber meets the road.  Great Faith is the difference between a miserable journey and a powerful journey.  It decides how we deal with turbulence as well as our energy and attitude.  It informs our determination, our motivation and our resilience.  Mind you, this same faith is what empowers the believers life in all things.  A FAITHPRENUER has a faith focus that intensifies the need and the development of Great Faith.
 
Here’s our takeaway for today:
 
  • Identify 3 areas that your faith either needs reinforcement or improvement to influence your attitude and confidence
  • Identify a personal relationship or scenario that you can begin practicing Great Faith
  • Start tomorrow with your FAITHPRENEUR Prayer and include your desire for Great Faith in your prayer.  Ask God to continuously show you and bless you with opportunities to grow your faith
  • Identify one way that your Great Faith can be shared with others
 
Next week we’ll go over some powerful prayers and biblical affirmations that you can use to practice speaking life over your business and keep your words in line with your faith.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D3W1: PRAYING FOR GROWTH

Some people will look at you sideways, odd or even strange if you talk about praying for your business growth.  For a poverty mindset, it can sound vain. For those convinced that the bible did not say, “Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2), this might be hard to accept.
 
Without question, God receives the glory for increase in our personal or business life as followers of Jesus Christ. 
 
I think what causes a lot of confusion around this issue is humility or a lack there of.  How many really successful people do you know personally who glorify God publicly through their testimony, spiritual fruit, service and sacrifice for the body of Christ.  There are thousands that do but I’m not referring to them, I’m referring to the one’s you know personally.  The sad fact is that most of us don’t know but a handful personally — if that many.  And don’t misunderstand me, just because someone is not “Materially Wealthy,” that does not mean that they aren’t successful in faith.
 
What I am saying is, a FAITHPRENEUR is successful in Christ — first, before they are successful at anything else (Matthew 6:33).   The key is glorifying God.  Giving God the glory through our story.
 
Our lives, our businesses take us into the streets, the marketplace and into positions that enable us to influence the world by our faith.  The most powerful ministry happens in the street, through our everyday interactions, expressions of faith and conversations — verbal and non-verbal.  The lost and the majority of believers don’t go to church — the most impactful discipleship happens in the marketplace through lights of faith (Matthew 5:14). 
 
Money is not our end-game.  Money is the end result of our end-game — Glorifying God.  A FAITHPRENEUR knows that effective people do not chase money, money chases effective people.  The bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).  When we honor God through our work, whatever our work is, and our stewardship, we give God thanks: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  
 
Do you know many marketplace leaders who rep God in the streets, business and social circles — with tact and effectiveness?  With a reported 6.9 Billion believers in the world, shouldn’t we be overwhelmed by spiritual fruit in the marketplace?  But we’re not, and that’s the problem — that’s another way we rob God and hurt the body.  Repping God is not just through shout outs and the occasional, “I’m a Christian,” but heart, intentional behavior, testimony and, giving back as a lifestyle and not just an event?  
 
Our faithfulness builds each other up.  In Hebrews 11:1-40, God gives us examples of faithful leaders to imitate, and you are called to do the same — be examples of great leaders of faith for everybody to see and to be inspired by.  A FAITHPRENEUR, like all of God’s faithful, models the word by being a doer of the word, by living the word, by applying the word (James 1:22-25).  Somebody is watching you, the God in you.
 
What does all of this have to do with praying for growth?  A FAITHPRENEUR must align business growth with Kingdom growth, business prosperity with Kingdom prosperity.  God is the end game.  A growth prayer includes a God impact — “God bless the work of my hands to support 3 women’s shelters.”  “God bless the fruit of my labor to have enough overflow to send 50, 100 youth to camp this summer.”  “God increase my territory to show more people the love of Christ.”  This is your end-game.  Your end-game is not your church tithe or church service, your end-game is what keeps growth grounded.
 
Whatever compassion God has put on your heart, it is the reason why God wants to increase your territory. The bible says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).  
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Favor is God’s ability to trust us to do His will with His increase, blessings and influence. (Hebrews 11:6)
 
This weeks FAITHPRENUER Challenge:
 
  • Identify 1-3 marketplace leaders that role model faith
  • Identify 1-3 areas that your faith can be better role modeled in the marketplace
  • Identify 1 way that God does or can use your talent/wisdom/faithfulness to serve the body regularly
  • Identify 3 God purposes for increasing your territory (Impact to others through your overflow)
  • Identify time frames that you want to see a harvest in these areas (Continually increase these bars as you accomplish them)
(A prayer journal will come in handy for these critical seeds that should be watered daily)
 
When this backs up our prayers for growth, growth is not simply a matter of being rich, growth is a matter of being a powerful Kingdom influencer.
 
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FAITHPRENEUR D2W1: PRAYING FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The business of prayer is just as important as the business we run, our aspiration or our goal.

I know quite a few Christians who have been taught that it is selfish to ask God for anything but I just can’t find that in the Bible. 
 
God does say not to worry, that He knows what we need, that we should seek His kingdom and will first, and trust that He’ll provide for us.  For a FAITHPRENUER, the business of praying for your business is the first order of business — daily.  
 
The business of prayer is not mundane or repetitious but focused.  It is not worry prayer or pleading, it’s mind renewing and positioning prayer that focuses faith on the day’s expectations, needs and requirements to be effective.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Effective people don’t pursue money, money pursues effective people.
 
Success is one part knowing what to do, and one part knowing what we need help to do.  Confidence, passion, humility, clarity of purpose, effectiveness, and anointed determination must be renewed each day. No problem or challenge can stand up to faith prepared.
Put This In Your Spirit: Faith has many focuses and it is sufficient to do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  But faith, our belief, is not powerful without trust.  A FAITHPRENEUR is not simply asking God for what is needed but is also trusting God to provide what is needed.  
 
The business of prayer is a power talk with God that keeps our mind clear and prepares us for our day.  No matter what business you’re in or what your business goals are, your mind is your greatest asset.  Without a mind conditioned to Faith Forward, challenges become vision killers.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: A FAITHPRENEUR is critically honest about S.W.O.T. — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  Strengths and Weaknesses are internal (self), Opportunities and Threats are external (Luke 14:28).  An effective prayer life, will monitor progress of S.W.O.T. through purpose driven prayer.
 
It’s important to realize that Worry isn’t Prayer and Prayer isn’t Worry! 1 Peter 5:7 it says: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”  Our Father cares about us.  Yes, he knows our needs already – but he always welcomes our prayers that know our weakness and submits to His will for divine intervention.
 
Prayer must be accompanied by meditation (Psalm 19:14).  It’s in meditation that we often hear from God about how He plans to provide for our needs.  It’s in meditation that we’ll get clarity about our situation and be able to see God’s clear direction for our business.
 
Start each day, religiously, with a 10-15 minute FAITHPRENEUR Power Prayer and Meditation.  If you want to build your faith and be sure to give God all the glory down the road, start a business prayer journal and jot down the needs and situations you share with God in prayer. 
 
Look back over your lists every now and then and highlight the answered needs and solved situations. You’ll be blown away at what you see, I’m sure of it!
 
Transform your prayer life into a prayer lifestyle and give God the glory for your journey.  Below are some awesome online and mobile app prayer journal ideas for you to consider.  If you prefer, grab a journal at the local office supply store.
 
Online Prayer Journal:  OnlinePrayerJournal.com is a powerful tool for developing and managing every detail and charting every aspect of your FAITHPRENEUR prayer life.  It’s free and it’s powerful.  Go to www.onlineprayerjournal.com and check it out.
 
You can also go to the Google Play or the App Store and search Prayer Journal and find many free prayer journals available.
 
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MIXING FAITH AND POLITICS CAN BE DANGEROUS

God is not a Democrat or a Republican and He did not ordain the donkey or the elephant to be over the church.
 

God did not tell us to use the government or governing authorities to make disciples. God said the governing authorities are a testament to our righteousness or confirmation of our rebelliousness: “…For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid…” (Romans 13:4).

Evangelical leaders have jumped into the political arena head first and unwisely aligned themselves with particular government officials for pseudo-religious reasons. Government is not for the Christians, it is for the people. Get that understood. Government is not the ministry of the church nor can it exclusively represent Christians. American citizens are not and do not have to be Christians. American citizenship is not a religion it is a right, a freedom that is protected by the constitution.

This may shock some of the holy rollers but gays and lesbians have rights under our constitution, and you do not have a right to use your religion to overturn the constitution. Jews, Muslims, agnostics and atheists have the same constitutional rights as Christians do and the Government is responsible for their rights just as they are any.

Point being, we need conscious and careful evangelical leadership speaking the truth and not misleading the body of Christ by promoting unbiblical allegiance to political parties or unintended purpose of government. We, Christians, must tend to our business and not outsource discipleship to government. We must acknowledge our fellow citizens of all colors, of all persuasions, of all religions and of all backgrounds who are protected by our constitution.

Leaders of faith and the faith community should always promote the cause of Christ and support policy that represents the interests of humanity, freedoms and equality but this reckless, blind support of the elephant vs. the donkey, republican vs. democrat, is insane, demonic and unholy. God is a righteous and Holy God, God is not a Democrat or a Republican. Leaders of faith must not get in bed with political parties at the peril of freedoms, or contrary to the bible, or to use government to go make disciples.
 
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IS GOSPEL MUSIC GOING SECULAR?

There has been a great deal of controversy over this issue of secular artists singing gospel music and whether the church is falling prey to outside influences that compromise the standards of faith that supposedly separate the believer from the non-believer, or holy from secular.
 
While the debate will continue, and there will undoubtedly be different opinions throughout Christendom, the issue of secularization, I believe, is not as simple as we would like it to be.
 
First of all, we have to ask the question, “What do we mean by secular?” When we say secular, are we referring to the person or their profession?  The word secular means, “attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis, or nonreligious.” Most Christians have secular jobs — work outside of the church in a nonreligious profession. So to simply say secular, or to disapprove of someone based on the fact that they have a secular job is dangerously problematic. People called Jesus a carpenter (Mark 6:3), which means that our Savior had a secular job.
 
More recently, though not new, popular secular artists have collaborated on gospel albums with well known gospel artists. Many in the body of Christ are up in arms over this trend and are vehemently opposed to it. Why? Is it that the particular secular artists aren’t spiritual role models or good enough examples of holy living?  Is it because they sing secular music — as a profession? Is it because our gospel artists have to conform to a made up image that agrees with our exposure, box or preference? Or is it that the body of Christ, in general, concludes that secular artists, in general, are all sinners and sinners should not sing the Lords music?
 
If the body of Christ were to just come out and say, “We believe that secular artists who we do not approve of or who do not live visibly holy lives are sinners and we disapprove of sinners singing gospel music,” there would be many who might go along with that. But the truth is, this argument/position is highly flawed, shaky and borderline spiritually arrogant. Surely, the church is not turning down tithes and offerings that come from secular jobs — just the giver…
 
Our nondescript, muddy, subjective view of secular creates more problems than answers. At its most basic level, if what we’re saying is that having a secular job is synonymous with being a sinner, most if not all Christians would be excluded from participating in any church function, role or position. The idea that having a secular job, in and of itself, counts you out of relationship with Jesus is beyond ridiculous. If you don’t personally know the heart of a man, be quiet about their salvation (1 Corinthians 2:11).
 
Secondly, wouldn’t it make more sense for those who do have x-ray secular vision to use it to protect the thousands of children who are molested in the church every year, or to see and deal with the countless secular church rituals that we honor? Or is it that our vision is best when we look out the window instead of in the mirror? God would differ with us on looking out the window (1 Corinthians 5:11-13, 1 Peter 4:17).
 
We, Christians, as flawed as we are, are good for counting people out but we struggle at counting people in, extending grace or allowing other flawed people into our perfect little clubs.  Christians are flawed, secular job or no secular job (Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 7:21-25, 1 John 1:8). However, we are incredibly perfect when we’re comparing ourselves to people who we consider to be imperfect or different but thanks be to God, there are no favorites in the Kingdom of God (Romans 2:11).
 
Superficial judgement leads to shallow condemnation. Does this mean that the church should become a safe haven for “anything goes” or be influenced by what the world does? Absolutely not. Is it possible that unbelieving secular artists singing gospel music can cause some confusion among their unbelieving fans? Yes.
 
A Possible Path For The Cause of Christ
 
I think the issue really comes down to what we do, as opposed to what an artist or anybody does on his or her own.  In the case of who or what the body of Christ co-signs, maybe we should consider the following:
 
I would suggest that anybody who sings about Jesus is inclined to believe in Jesus or at the very least, knows that they are being used to attract others to Jesus.  We, Christians, should know better than to judge one of God’s books by the cover (1 Corinthians 2:11), or to question God’s plan for salvation (Romans 11:34, 1 Corinthians 2:16).  It’s not our job to question God, it’s our job to question ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5).
 
It is possible for an unbeliever to draw people to Christ and even perform miracles in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 7:22-23).  Why? Because it is not the person who leads someone to Jesus, it is the revelation of the name of Jesus (John 14:16, Philippians 2:10). We don’t save anybody, God does (1 Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 2:8).  However, to those who were lawless and performed deeds/miracles in Jesus’ name, Jesus said, “Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:23).
 
It’s not about whether or not they have a secular job, it’s about the cause of Christ. Christians have to be mindful of the message attached to the cause of Christ.  The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom is not threatened by an unsaved individual singing gospel music.  The anger of the Lord will be against those in the body who choose to co-sign or align the cause of Christ with contrary images: “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32, 2:1)
 
All Christians know, or should, that the bible said, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).  That includes gospel music or any other partnering in the name of Jesus.
 
As for secular artists singing gospel music, in general, there is nothing wrong with that — the more the merrier.  If the concern is that gospel music is at risk of becoming secular/worldly music simply because a secular artist sings it, that’s far reaching (Romans 8:28).  Perhaps our concern can be expressed this way — in general: “To the best of our ability, for the cause of Christ, Christians should make every effort to eliminate, avoid or not promote any confusion about deeds overriding the need for deliverance  — for the sake of the unbelieving hearers and the unbelieving participants.”  You cannot work your way into heaven.
 
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? (Romans 6:1)
 
That’s why Paul exhorted Timothy, as a young leader, to “be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity,” reminding him to “take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:12, 16).
 
In other words, keepers of the promise, not unbelievers, are responsible for the lives assigned to us (Jeremiah 23:1).  If the messenger and the message are contrary to the word, if the implication is “saved does not matter,” if the potential exists for the unbelieving hearer to be lead astray — by the appearance of deeds/singing overriding the need for salvation, or if the intentional partnering/collaboration undermines the cause of Christ, it should be rethought — or left up to God to destroy it (Mark 3:25, Romans 12:19).
 
Winning souls, meeting people where they are does not mean that we should promote staying where they are.
 
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