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Bryan talks about things he has learned as a Christian in business.

Christians In Business Should Be Indomitable, Not Failures

Somehow being a Christian in business began to get thought of real stupidly.  There are a couple scenarios:

  1. You have all your i’s dotted and all your t’s crossed because, well, you’re a Christian and if you do good business you’re an OCD maniac. You have some special religiosity that means you have to be obsessive, meticulous or analytical. It changes your whole personality and being.
  2. You’re a weenie; a push over. You are bound to turning your other cheek so people feel they can just slap you around all over the place.

HAHAHAHA

It’s a shame what some religious folk have tried to turn “Christian businessmen” into. They’re not castrated, muted, weak rejects. They’re not spaghetti armed wannabe warriors.

They’re the heads. They’re dominators.  They’re smart. They’re wise. They’re crafty and witty. They advance. They are not deterred. They are precise and highly skilled. They are driven by mighty force. They do not turn to the left or the right; they conquer; they overcome. They have mighty ability, supernaturally supplemented.

You see, I don’t really like doing business with other Christians. That stupid idea of, “Oh we’re all Christians so we’re going to do business together perfectly, and it’s going to be easier, and safer and and and…” Shut up. Baby.

Sure Christians can cooperate in business – some of my best business deals have had Christians on both sides, and some of my worst have as well.

See, it’s not simply being a Christian that makes you a great business person. I’ve known a lot of cocky Christians who thought just because they were blessed they were going to dominate me. Well guess what, I’m blessed just as much. Well how does that work?

When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

That’s Proverbs 19:3 and what I hear there, when I look up folly, is: When a man’s weakness of intellect, imbecility of mind, and lack of understanding ruin what he’s doing, he gets angry with God.

Don’t be an imbecile. You still need to have Divine motivation, Divine inspiration, Spirit-directed study and growth. Don’t be ignorant and stupid. And finally… Don’t be mad at God when you do something stupid… Like tell me how you don’t have to work hard because you’re blessed.

You should be sharper, not lazier. Go get sharp. Do God’s kind of business. Don’t be a weenie. Don’t be stupid. God loves you.

This Means War! Kindness Mistaken For Weakness In Business

It’s a shame there are so many people in business prowling around seeking to devour the weak. I run across it all the time. I’m not talking about tough business people standing up for what is right, I’m talking about people who push until they get all they can. It’s very selfish. People who literally look for the weak, to take advantage of them. I knew, as I came back into the battle scene from an out of town trip, that it was time for war. There were justified, validated strikes that needed to happen to demolish it. Check this out:

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse” — my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

That’s Proverbs 1:10-19. And it is the current environment for a lot of business people. These people get greedy. They want to pinch every penny they can and smother people. They don’t care about stress. They don’t care what you have to go through waiting. They don’t trust you. They pretended they did at the start, but it was just because they mistakenly thought they could take advantage of you.

God will warn you ahead of time. Notice it says, “For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird…” God spoke to me Isaiah 54:15 that they will surely gather together, but not by Me. It’s not my desire that people gather against you and your purposes, but they are. Those that gather together against you though – will fall by you. That’s powerful.

This isn’t something to misconstrue, nor misapply. This is for those that gather together against you. For those with greedy, selfish motives, that are lying in wait for your innocent blood… but they can’t have it. They will fall into their own pits. They will fall for your sake. Here. Now. In this life. In this time. You don’t need this in Heaven, not with this application, you need it now.

We must remember kindness. However, there is a time for war. For me, at this time, it is time. There are those who have gathered together against me and some have already, and some soon will fall by me.

You see, when you’re on your way, doing good, serving your generation and someone tries to snuff you out – remember: by you they should fall. Make it happen. Act on it.

Never lie in wait for the innocent. Never take advantage of someone for greedy gain. God will help you have that kind of discretion. But do… Do, destroy the wicked who lie in wait for the innocent.

Missiles have been launched here, and they will strike their intended targets with devastating force.

Impending Failure In Your Business or Life?

That tightness arises as the reality of an impending failure tries to set in, most “doers” have felt it, some all to well. The depression creeps in like a midnight fog, it’s hard to see it move but it’s thicker, and thicker, and thicker. Many have depended on you, many look to you, and here you are.

I must congratulate you. You’re facing one of the main stoppages of success and accomplishment. You’re a doer.

Man, being as he really should be, will fall seven times and rise still. A bad, spoiled person will grope, slip, slide, and stumble through the wilderness never rising. My encouragement would be RISE UP! Stop “floundering.” Your identity and character will be solidified during the journey. Vision activates a hunger for knowledge, wisdom and understanding.

That’s not a Bible verse, but it’s what I get from Proverbs 24:16. Impending failure does not mean you must fail. Falling does not mean you’ve failed.

You see, it’s really not a failure if you consider it an obstacle to be briefly studied, exploit its weakness and overcome it. It’s like a Goliath. You don’t let it keep running its mouth, if it tries to drag out, it’s time to move towards it with the Sword, the Word of God and trample it under your feet.

Impending failure is only one battle in the taking of a good land promised to you as a man born again by faith in Jesus as Savior. What I’m calling “impending failure” doesn’t have to become a failure. It can become the next exciting challenge in a book called “Your Life.” A testimony of God’s goodness – not a tragedy of fate.

Don’t let a previous “failure” put you out of business. Count it as a challenge, because thanks to Jesus – you’re righteous, and you’ll rise above.

 

Want to get rich? Get godly knowledge.

There is an epidemic of laziness regarding business in the Church that we must eradicate. It gave birth to the ugly baby of thought that many act out: “My time for learning was during school and college and now this is just where I am and how I am.”

You combine this with the idiotic ideology that God’s going to make you rich (which He does promise) without you developing any knowledge or skill. (This isn’t an anti-Grace, works mentality – this is faith (action based on your persuasion) based on Grace (God has made your rich).

You’ve got to gather an understanding. You’ve got to study. If you want to take the money God has for you – which He provided by Jesus, you must ACT on it. It’s the same way with healing. If you’re going to be a multi-millionaire, you’re going to have to learn some things about money that the poor don’t know. Otherwise, like a lottery winner you will squander it. Prosperity destroys fools.

Look at Proverbs 24:4

by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

By what? Knowledge. Believers… Brothers… Sisters… Business people listen: Act on the fact that God has made you wealthy by gaining some knowledge. You don’t have to start school, but start a book. Check out some online programs to gain some knowledge like Universal Class or something else.

Knowledge is godly. Take some time each day, even if it’s just 15 minutes and learn something new with Dad. Listen… here’s a Word from God:

YOU’RE GOING SOMEWHERE!

 

Business is dirty.

I just want to encourage you and myself. I love it when God just comes in with just the right Words.

In business, even though we are all perfect believers, it’s dirty. I know there is the idea of the people who do things perfectly, but I’ve begun reading their biographies… and sorry but not sorry – those people are blown out of the water. I haven’t found anyone who has done BIG prosperity perfectly. (POLITICAL INSERT: It’s like people who fault the great country of America for it’s many faults.) It correlates very well with Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

If you’re getting stuff done for God’s Kingdom, rest assured you are very blessed and you have the mind or Christ, which is the best business mind to ever exist – and you can also be sure that your “git er done” is going to poop in the office.

These beasts of great strength and ability, without which it’d be nearly impossible to get as much plowing and production done, will also excrete “nasties.” So will you. We’ve all blown up the office bathroom (figuratively speaking of course). You always will.

Forget you faults, lock your eyes on that invisible, yet ultimately powerful, person you are in the spirit – you’re created perfectly like Jesus and you are seated in Him at the right hand of God far above all powers. You’re in a very high spot, don’t let anything drag you out of there.

Jesus won’t leave you or forsake you. He knows that when the weather is hot, the cayenne pepper’s at work, you get stanky. Shower often. Don’t get discouraged. Though many will turn their back on you – they cannot argue with steadfast commitment to the vision God has given you.

Love you.

The Words of God Erase Sickness and Poverty

Go to the Word, and feed upon the promises (good words), or blessings (good words), that are written concerning whatever it is you want the Word (Jesus) to affect. Mutter them to yourself (meditate), turn them over and over in your mind and with your mouth. You will find that God’s Word is a reality (Truth) that becomes your physical reality as well. Sound mystical?

It’s not. It’s how spiritual truth (reality) becomes physical reality. It’s that simple. That if a believer has the liar (Satan or demons or the world) telling them they are sick, they need simply go to Isaiah 53:4 and see that it is for sure, Jesus has lifted up and crucified our sickness and dragged away, hauled off our pain, sorrow, toil and stress. That’s wonderful news! Now convince yourself of it.

Jesus also took away all of the infirmities, weaknesses of our financial situation. Jesus was rich, but for our sake, He became poor so that we could be rich (not remain poor). (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Did Jesus use a doctor to heal the sick? No. He used His Words and Faith. Did Jesus use money to purchase things? Yes, He paid not only His, but Peter’s taxes as well. Paul used money to pay for himself and those with him. Paul, by New Covenant revelation of the Spirit told us to earn money and become “wealthy” (see 1 Thess. 4:11-12).

Spending time in the Word is spending time with Jesus (THE Word made flesh). As we spend time with Jesus, in the Word, we are transformed into His image. We must see Him properly, and that is only done by His Spirit and His Word, together, beholding our Savior.

The Church has had too many misunderstandings of the Father and His Word in the last century. We must allow Him revelation in our hearts that bears witness with His Word, Jesus. I hope you’re encouraged today that the only thing you need, is to convince, to persuade yourself of God’s Word and that is done by hearing and hearing and hearing and you can do that yourself by speaking and speaking and speaking to yourself.

Observations Of The Rich (Non-exhaustive)

All rich people are not the same kind of rich. 1. Some are simply engulfed in it due to the someone around them, perhaps a rich grandparent. They know nothing of where it comes from, where it goes, what it is for, and so forth. 2. Some were born with certain talents that fit into a market the world was craving and they became rich using these talents – this is all they know of rich. These usually feel sorry for those less affluent. They struggle and become “philanthropists” because they don’t believe anyone else has their gifts, and therefore no one else could become rich except those born with certain talents. They have no idea how to become rich without their talents. This is common in the entertainment industry. 3. There are some who, though not smarter, learn of a different set of rules. They discover a law of lift and they fly while other’s run. Or they discover a wheel, and ride where others walk. They play the game by a different set of rules. After many hard years, or decades of learning, and harnessing what they have diligently studied in the realm of finances – sifting through the endless ideas, advice, and direction – some of which is correct and some of which is wrong, they are able to take flight and secure wealth for their posterity. I certainly don’t know everything about wealth and riches, but I have seen these three exist, and it creates a variety of political ideologies. 1. Those who are simply engulfed with wealth and ignorant of it’s laws will gladly throw it to whomever because it has no real comprehensible purpose, it is just something that happened to them. They may become corrupted by it. 2. Those who have a very valuable natural gift or talent, though refined and perfected, still realize that others could not use the same gift. They weren’t “blessed.” These will attempt to fight corruption, sometimes, and they will believe that they must give it – after all, it is not fair to others – they could not attain that place, they don’t have the right stuff. 3. Then there are those who spent considerable time, such a precious valuable, learning a system of principles and laws that the masses seem to be ignorant of. They will have the perspective that anyone could be rich, even the least likely, because they too found a weakness which they overcame. They may seem a little harder, often confused with those corrupted by money, even stuck up, but they believe in others, because they learned to believe in themselves and the value their Creator placed in them. They will have quite a different political opinion. Nonetheless, the masses, will likely see them all as the same. These are just some observations I have seen.

It’s exciting to look back as you grow through the decades and see how much you’ve grown and how far God has taken you. I was just thinking back probably 14 or 15 years up to probably eight years ago when I made a big move. It’s been awesome the whole way, but it’s so neat to see where I’m at now.

God has fed me consistently with good information. He has increased my knowledge, yes practical knowledge as well, all by focusing on His Word. You see, in that Word, He promises to give you the desires in your heart. He caused me to hunger after certain types of knowledge regarding certain subjects, and that made me increase in ways I had never imagined. He is directing my path. There is real fruit.

It is tempting sometimes to be afraid to follow the desires of your heart. What if it’s the wrong path? What if you hear wrong? What if I’m making a mistake and going to end up being a loser or wasting a bunch of time?

Well, that’s the great thing about a relationship with God. It is dynamic. It is living. It is active. You won’t hear wrong consistently, you will hear right consistently. Sure, you may make a mistake here and there like I have, but if your relationship is living, the consistency you hear and live will be there. You will be able to hear God’s Words clearer and clearer, and distinguish them from thoughts that sound like God, but are not. This will happen. You don’t need to worry about it. Be true to where God is leading you, and He is faithful.

Life is continuous. Direction is continuous. Life is not about making one mistake and being train wrecked forever. Life is the conglomeration of your relationship with God. A tree when it is growing will sometimes lean to the left or sometimes lean to the right, but it is growing upwards the entire time. Your way will become more and more true.

Because of God’s Words I am thinking higher than I ever would have. I am dreaming bigger than I ever could have. I am doing things far beyond what I really could have been doing, and it’s only increasing. God is a God of increase. What about you? Are you enjoying your journey? Keep being true to that relationship with Him, He’ll always guide you and He’ll never let you down.

Does Prosperity Come Without Work?

This can be a bit tricky because of the variety of understandings in regards to “work.”

God’s grace has provided us everything. Including financial riches (Second Corinthians 8:9). It’s a done deal. Jesus took the curses for us and left us with the good words of God. Ephesians 1:3 says that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings. A spiritual blessing is literally the “spiritual good words of God.” Jesus said in John 6:63 that His words are spirit. And “blessings” there is the Greek word “eulogia” (eu = good and logos = words). All the good words of God are yours. Now you can look all through the word of God and find that you are rich. Proverbs 10:22 says that God’s blessing makes you rich. And it doesn’t come by toil.

I guess what we need to ask is, “if we are restored to a perfect and pre-fallen condition with God by Grace (Jesus), then are we exempt from work?” Was Adam exempt from work? Nope.

Work used to mean something entirely different than it does now. The good news is, we don’t have to work like the world does. We don’t have to toil and stress. We don’t have to overextend ourselves and sacrifice our health and our families. That’s fear-based work. The good part is that God has put great wealth in you. I mean something valuable. I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about something that is very valuable.

But how do you translate that into money? After all, you do need money to pay bills and so forth. You take that wealth, those ideas, those unique things about yourself and you mix them with faith based on this knowledge (that God wants you rich and has made you rich). With the persuasion that these gifts, talents and desires are valuable in that God has created a need for them in the earth. Now, you seek him on how to market these things in the earth and get paid for them. You need to generate money in the earth.

First Thessalonians 4:11 – 12 tells us that God wants us all gainfully employed in a high-paying work. He wants us to be completely independent financially. He also wants you to have more than what you need so that you can meet the needs of others and help them get established and become independent and givers. God does not want us creating dependents! He has called us to abound to every good work (second Corinthians 9:8).

Faith is a noun. Believing is a verb. We need to be in a state of faith, but to get the manifestation into the earth we need an action. If you notice, Jesus always had an action for people’s faith. Whether it was “get up and walk” or “go home your child is well” or “stretch out your hand”, He always had an action. Believing is action. It’s the same thing with supernatural, spiritual prosperity. You need to be in faith that God has made you rich, and we need to seek him on how to act that out.

Some people have thought that money is evil, and I guess they can just keep on thinking that, but you have a call and a purpose. If you are serious about doing what God has called you to do, it’s going to take money. I encourage you to look into the Scriptures on this and start persuading yourself of them. God has made you rich. Maybe it’s the idea that you never really thought you could do? Maybe you need supernatural revelation as to what your gifts are? Prosperity is going to come out of a close personal relationship with your Father.

It can be a process. I think it is supposed to be. I’ve learned so much walking this out and studying this with my Father. I’ve learned more about faith, and how to work it. Just remember, Wisdom is the principal thing: Knowing Jesus and His Words (Proverbs 16:16). And in her left hand is riches (Proverbs 3:16). Seek God’s Word – it will make you rich, but understand: you’re going to put action with your faith to see it appear.

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Socialism Is Natural

I was walking past a college tonight, a state university, and was admiring the architecture. It was fairly cool out with a very light breeze, a beautiful fall evening after dark. The sprinklers were still running this late into the season, and I was looking at the four stories of stone work. They were illuminated by some lights shining up on the building from the landscaping. The lights inside were on as well. I could see the couches, comfortable chairs, warm light and coffeehouse colors.

I looked up to the next floor and could see some blue and green lights. It looked interesting, and fun. I thought of how the students come from all across the world to attend school here. They have many new experiences, and meet many new and exciting people. They find new ideas, and really experience that comfort of adjusting. It made me think of a safe zone. A safe place. Who wouldn’t want that?

These fine educators have done a wonderful job helping to create an environment that is comfortable to learn in. They’ve created an atmosphere that the students will look back on and cherish for years. Why? I thought of the professors, and how would they want anything different for these students they love? I don’t know that I’ve ever met a selfish teacher. They love these kids. They want them safe, and protected. They foster ideas about being safe, and comfortable. Taken care of. After much thought and study they’re often led to socialism. What a beautiful thought. It really is. It is at the heart of human desire.

In comfortable places, comfortable things are thought up. I do not discourage this.

But the world is a terrible and hard place for men and animals. Darwin was right when it comes to natural men, the fittest survive. There was evidence he retracted this statement, but whether he did or not, I know he too longed for a safe place. We all do. It’s okay.

Socialism is not an evil thought in and of itself. Socialism is an attempt at a most common desire amongst humans. This desire comes from somewhere though. Men were created to be cared for, provided for, to enjoy work without stress, to be loved, and to never lack. This need is just as real as food. Though we can live longer without it, it is a need, and men will move to meet this need.

For every necessity, or dare I say desire, of man, there is something to satisfy it. Whether it is food, water, entertainment, new things to explore, new things to learn, or whatever. What is there to provide for and care for us?

Man’s quest for God has created many religions. Like anything else, some men have given up on it altogether. Some persist. Is religion the answer? It hasn’t been.

What is it man is seeking? It is not socialism, it is not religion, it is not science, it is the One. We’re seeing the remnants of what the Bible has perfectly explained. Men, created in the Garden of Pleasure, designed for real relationship with the Provider. This isn’t religion that I’m talking about, it is reality.

Why hasn’t this God responded to men? Well, He has. As a matter of fact, He became a man. I think we all know there is more to life than simply what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. There is an entire world that exists beyond our senses. This is what the Bible refers to as the “spirit”. Faith is the link that connects us with the “spirit”. I won’t go into too much detail here, but there was a time where lies did not exist. Faith connecting us to the spirit was all that was necessary. However, a spiritual world of lies, and murder came into existence. Now, faith can connect us to either a world of lies or the Truth.

So God, entered the realm of man’s five senses and made himself known to us. His name is Jesus. While He was here, He made Himself the sacrifice; the payment; the one who stepped in on our behalf. Mankind, this word in the Hebrew is “Adam”, knowingly opened the door to death in all of its forms. Jesus paid the great sacrifice to close this door permanently and forever, and it is accepted, or entered into, by faith.

God has provided an answer to man’s need for a safe place. God has provided an answer to man’s need for provision and happiness. There is much to learn and discuss, but it begins here: His name is Jesus.

So I do not believe in man meeting man’s need. I believe in a real God, who is not distant and out of reach, but is present and able to meet real needs. Religious thought has tried to accept Him and limit Him. It creates a half-truth that He “might” meet your needs. The reality is, He created every bit of desire and every bit of wealth, and is more than willing, He is thrilled, to give us every good thing. We just have to believe it. That is the only connection we have to the spiritual world, and God is a Spirit.