Happy New Year!
At the end of 2017, I went on a spiritual fast. A big part of my fast was to prepare my mind, my body and spirit for all that God has and wants for me in the New Year. It’s a great way to clear the desks. And when I do, I always come out with some amazing nuggets that make it easy for me to cross over into the New Year.
If you know me or you’ve been following me online, then you know that I don’t apologize for the God in me. In fact, more and more I’m letting it hang out in my business and sharing it with my clients – and the result – stronger, more results focused businesses. I personally believe that businesses with a spiritual foundation go farther faster. In fact, I know that they do. Not only because of the growth we experience in my business but also because of the growth I watch my clients enjoy.
To that end, I thought it would be kind of cool to let you into my prayer closet. I’d like to share 18 scriptures I will be meditating on in 2018. And if you, too, are an entrepreneur I highly recommend that you sit with each of these and see how they bless your spirit and fuel your business growth.
- Deuteronomy 8:18 – But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. At the end of the day, you’re in business to make money – profit is how we keep score. So by remembering that God has already given you the ability to use your business to produce wealth, there is a great confidence you can use to move forward.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain. What I take from this verse is that even when my work isn’t producing the new client, I will keep pressing. I trust God enough to know that my labor is not in vain.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The bible tells us to “fear not” more than 100 times yet we still fear and let fear stop us from building big businesses and changing more lives. When you leverage power, love and a sound mind, you’ll truly usher transformation into the lives of others.
- Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. We have really only just begun when we take steps toward operating in our divine gifts and talents. If He started it (and He did) He will finish it.
- Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. When you create a business idea and plan and share it with God, He can make sure that you accomplish it. There’s nothing like inviting God to be a part of your business. I recommend praying in creating the plan, while executing the plan and making adjustments to it. And as you give Him something to bless, it will yield.
- Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish. If you are truly going to be a business owner, you have to have vision enough to make your business work. If you are not a forward thinking business owner, your business won’t live very long. And, don’t despise coaching and consulting to help you realize and act on your vision.
- James 2:26 – As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead. This rings so true for me, I personally believe that we need to give God something to bless which can only come through action. It’s not enough to believe we can build a thriving business, we have to take actions that are consistent and synonymous with results that breed success. And usually the action will require you to get out of your comfort zone.
- Luke 6:38 – Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. As you over deliver on your products and services to your clients, you can guarantee that you will get access to more – it’s like Zig Ziglar says “help enough people get what they want [by giving of yourself] and you will get what you want.”
- Proverbs 3:9-10 – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. I subscribe to the principles of tithing and whenever I am sowing into others that give me inspiration, I experience more of everything.
- Proverbs 21:20 – The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. Be a good steward over the resources you have in your business and know the difference between a purchase and an investment.
- Philippians 4:19 – And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Enough said.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. Similar to the scripture above, it’s all about making sure that you allow the God in you to exceed your needs.
- Jeremiah 17:7-8 – But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. This gem right here really blessed my spirit. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
- Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. My interpretation of this scripture is that when you delight yourself in the Lord, the desires in your heart were put there by Him. Yes, this means that He wants you to have a business and that He wants your business to be a success. Your job is to find time on a daily basis to experience His goodness and grace and express gratitude that your desires mirror His.
- Romans 8:28 – All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Entrepreneurship is an interesting place and it is often synonymous with failure and setback. But when you know that there is a purpose for your work and you are clear that you are on assignment you will remember that all things – even the bad things – are working for your good.
- I Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. When you are a passionate, heart-centered business owner, you know the significance of using your gifts to serve others and knowing that when your gift solves a major problem, you can build a viable business.
- Philippians 3:13-14 – Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. This universal spiritual principle gets a lot of people in trouble. Truthfully it’s not enough to ask, you must believe and don’t doubt what you ask. For as soon as you do, you invite discord and misalignment to come into your life and business.
Now I want to hear from you, what’s your two cents?: Which scripture will you meditate on this year? Why? What do you reflect on when you’re experiencing a challenge in your life or business? I know that others in our community will benefit from you sharing your two cents.