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Friday, September 3, 2010

Operating in the Blessing in the Marketplace (business, government, education, etc.)

Psa 1:1-3 NKJV.
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Have you ever seen trees planted by rivers? They are evergreen. They never suffer lack or hunger. They are sturdy and strong. They do not succumb to drought or heat. The rivers bring nutrients from far and wide to the doorstep of the trees.
The blessed man is like the trees planted by the rivers of water. Everything that a blessed man does prospers. Even as things crumble in the world (famine, recession, etc.) the blessed man will not be touched. God has planted him by the rivers of never ending supply.

Psa 37:22-23 NLT.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land, but those he curses will die.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Rom 8:28 NLT.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

The steps of a blessed man are ordered by God. Therefore the blessed man is not worried or concerned about anything including his business, career or job. He understands that all things are working out for his good.

Isa 43:19
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Psa 112: 1-3 NKJV.
1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

God is prepared to bless you through multiple channels - career, business, acquaintances, strangers, etc. He is ready and able to supply all the resources - human, financial, etc. - that you need irrespective of where you are. The success of the blessed man is already assured.

Matt 6:33 NKJV.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

How do you access the fullness of God's plans and purpose as a blessed man? The key to walking in the fullness of God's plans and purposes is to prioritize God in your life. God wants you and I to place Him and His Kingdom as priorities in our lives. Your life must be built around propagating the Kingdom all over the land. You are first a believer before you are a professional. You must learn to judge your decisions through the lens of the Kingdom, and to evaluate how your business or career decisions will impact your service in the Kingdom. It is counter intuitive to the natural mind however placing the Kingdom of God first ensures that all the things that make sense for you to naturally run after: money, promotion, business connections, contracts, etc. - will run after you.

As you prepare to start a new week remember that Jesus has already paid the price for us to walk in the blessing (Gal 3:13). The reason why the blessing is not manifested in our careers, businesses, academics, etc. is because we have not been faithful in God's agenda for the Kingdom. Make a decision today to live for the Kingdom. Prioritize the Kingdom. Place the Kingdom before your career, business or academics and watch as the blessings manifest in your life.

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