Many argue entrepreneurship and a Spiritual Life cannot coexist. Our Father tells us:
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
As you stand in faith you are blessed with the opportunity to understand that entrepreneurship as a part of your life is blessed when you live in a Spiritual Relationship with Christ; all things in your life are blessed, because simply, your Spiritual Life is blessed.
Always partner with another who believes like you. You will keep each other aligned to His Way, His Plan and His Characteristics.
Now examine yourself; are you standing in faith and fully living in a Spiritual Relationship with Christ? Or are you standing a bit on your own, behaving at times in your human nature and acting outside of the characteristics of Christ with a bit of pride or dishonesty? Thinking it is ok, Christ will forgive me. Are you making decisions that you know in your heart are not aligned with His characteristics; integrity and full honesty? Are you making decisions and behaving contrary to His Word by acting the way the world forces you to act to achieve your goals or in pursuit of worldly gain and money? Do you think you can control the things in this world on your own? By perhaps just cheating a little on the way He told you?
When you stand on your own and outside of that which God tells you in His Word, you are vulnerable. You open the door for the enemy to control you. You will willingly decide to act with a lack of integrity, a lack of full honesty and open truth. You will selfishly concede to your carnal nature and weakness and you will give in to the temptations the enemy brings upon you; promises of success and wealth, promises of great gifts and money, promises to allow you to achieve your goals.
When you think a little fib is ok and by manipulating truth, even just a little, to achieve your goal you will be blinded by the promises of the enemy and you will be distracted from the promises of God. You will step slightly aside from your faith, outside the security where all things, seen and unseen, are provided by God Himself. You will cause a separation for recieveing God’s blessings, from the blessing you know in your heart God placed upon you. All because of your own decision to move, just slightly, away from what you know is right.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins
You know in your heart and you feel the conviction of the consequences for these actions and bad decisions.
Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
Not living by His Word and abiding by that which you know in your heart is right, you find yourself asking “Where is the blessing?” “Where have I gone wrong?” “What must I do to correct this?”
You can be successful, you can live well, you can live in abundance and prosperity, but you have to live first in your Spiritual Relationship. You have to live right and by His Word which you know is Truth. Then everything in our life, including entrepreneurship will be blessed and will be made good by His Will, His Way in His Time.
Psalm 15:1-5 A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
Receive His blessing of understanding and illumination:
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
Stand firm in faith and in His Message for You:
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Psalm 24:3-4 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
Leviticus 19:11 You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.
Mark 7:20-22 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches
Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God
Colossians 1:10 So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Deuteronomy 11:1-32 You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.
1 Kings 9:4-5 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, “You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”
Psalm 41:11-13 By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
Proverbs 2:20-21 So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it
Matthew 19:26 With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Psalm 41:11-12 I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.
Indeed in faith you can be…
Father, we know You will bless those who strive to be flawless, who live in Your Word and those who stand firm in faith in You. We know You are the only One who can give us the strength to overcome the temptations the enemy will bring upon us in the pursuit of success and in success when we go on our own. Pride, deceit and scheming will overtake us unless we first focus on our Spiritual Relationship, live the way You tell us to live; in Truth. We know You will bless us when we live with integrity, focus on serving You, help others and share Your Message of the Good News. Then, because You are blessing us, we are successful in all we do, because we do it for You, by You and with You in us.
In Jesus’ Name we proclaim Truth is first in all we do, Amen