Wed, 1 May 2013
What if you could consult with God himself about your business? What if you could ask him questions, and get divinely inspired answers? What if you could ask God to introduce you to key people, or even to send you business? I believe all these things are possible, and in fact I practice them in my own business. And today, I'm going to show you exactly how you can do the same.
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Update on “5 Things”… it's now “1 Thing”. From The ONE Thing by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan…
Sometimes we think God is only interested in “spiritual things”. That he has no interest in the material world, and neither should we.
This is not a Judeo-Christian idea. It is an idea that sprouts from Greek thinking, and specifically is at the root of a heresy known as Gnosticism. The Gnostics believed, among many things, that the material world was evil and that only the spiritual world could be pure and unsullied. This led them to believing that Jesus was a ghost, and not an actual man.
The truth is from the beginning God wanted to partner with human beings to comp is his purposes. This is why Adam and Eve were put in charge of the garden. They were given assignment, and this was before the fall. So work, and the material world, are not evil, and are not results of the fall.
What's my point?
When God created the world, he looked at his creation and said it was good. We should relax and enjoy the fact that we can have fun while working, that we are interested in what we do, and celebrate the fact that God made us the way he did. I think he enjoys what we enjoy. And thus, I think he's interested in every aspect of our lives. That he longs to give input, supply answers, and help us out. Just as we long to do the same for our own children.
Feature Segment: How to Consult With God
If you separate God from any part of your life, you are not having the full experience of God, nor of that part of your life. Business is no exception.
These days, if I am asked if I personally have a consultant for my business, my answer is yes. I have the very best consultant available. God.
Now, most people probably assume that I mean I run my business according to godly principles. Principles that I find in Scripture, or that I am taught by pastors and teachers. While this is true (to the best of my ability, and as God enables me), this is not really what I mean.
Or rather, it is not all that I mean.
I mean that I consult with my father in heaven every day about my business. I’m in constant dialogue with him about what things to work on, what to write, even how to solve specific challenges and problems I encounter along the way.
So how do you do it? How do you ask God for answers? How do you ask him for help? Here are five steps I have found useful
What if God doesn’t answer?
Or what if he says no?
First, I think the number of times God says “no” is much lower than we believe it is. For instance, when we pray for physical healing, it is clear from reading Scripture that it is always God’s will for us to be healed. He paid a high price so that this could be the case. So if the healing doesn’t come, there is some answer other than the one that puts God in the position of being a liar.
I believe that when we pray, something always happens. Always.
Maybe we don’t see it, maybe we don’t see it yet, or maybe it comes in a form that we don’t recognize.
It’s helpful to remember that God’s delays are not necessarily his denials.
A useful question that has helped me navigate these waters is one I learned from Graham Cook. When faced with a difficult situation, and no apparent answer from God, I ask him, “Who does God want to be for me in this situation?”
I have received some of the deepest answers to my own prayers by asking God that question.
You can ask for God’s help, for answers, and even for direct assistance. And he will answer you. Try it.
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