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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.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 
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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.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
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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.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
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