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“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.“
Principle: Live Righteously
Scripture(s): Proverbs 5:21-23 “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths. The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.”
You know, this post has been downright difficult to write. In fact, I put it off and put it off to the point that it came right down to the wire in getting it submitted in time for today’s posting. You see, you can’t talk about personal and business success without touching on living righteously.
So, why has it been so hard to write this post? Truthfully, God and I have been having it out about a specific sin in my life that I just did not want to give up. Upon deep introspection I agreed with God in that it was time to give it up, but I couldn’t write about righteous living when I myself was struggling with sin. Let’s just say that I see God’s point, have confessed my sin and look forward to today being a brand new day.
Too many times we get into the act of living life that we forget or simply ignore who’s watching. As Christian business owners and business men and women, it is important to live a life that is set apart from the world. The more righteously you live, the brighter your light shines before man and God.
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
In living righteously, your life is a bright, shining light in a world darkened with the heaviness of sin. Sin flickers and, when we live a life more ladened with sin than righteousness, it greatly dims our light. You may be asking ‘what does success have to do with how we live our lives?’ EVERYTHING! Do you seriously believe you will truly succeed by cutting corners? Sin has a way of catching up with you, no matter who you are or how many corners you cut. After so many cut corners and underhanded deals things will catch up with you. Instead, be the business owner who people want to know why you are different. Live your life in such a way that brings God delight and points others towards God.
Challenge: Are you living righteously? What’s holding you back? Take a time out and spend it in serious prayer. Have it out with God, get right with Him and start living your life for the right reasons. If you are living for Jesus, then live for Jesus. Be intentional about it.
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Seeing God in Everything
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to adorn the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, and has extended lovingkindness to me before the king and his counselors and before all the king’s mighty princes. Thus I was strengthened according to the hand of the Lord my God upon me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.”
1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
What is your focus this week? Are negative thoughts distracting you from the purpose that God has called you to? In this week’s video, Jill discusses how to keep our focus on God and leave the negativity behind.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’”
“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
How do we know if we are true disciples of Christ? How can we be sure that we will keep the faith and not stumble when the world knocks us for a loop? Tune in as Jill discusses “true freedom.”
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies…
Haggai 1:14 NLT