Assessing Your Partnerships for Success

 

 Corinthians 6:15-17 (NKJV)

1And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are 531eb74045e1fdb09694bcdcf33fd6a0the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[b]

17 Therefore

Come out from among them
And be separate
, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[c]

When you are in pursuit of success, you have to assess who is in your life that you are in partnership with. If you are partnering with someone, whether it be in business, or for a project, marriage, or a common goal, it means that you are in agreement with them.


The dictionary defines “Partnership” as:

  1. the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
  2. Law. the relation subsisting between partners; the contract creating this relation; an association of persons joined as partners in business.

In verse 17 it says: “Come out from among them And be separate” meaning that because you are a distinct believer, you have to separate yourself from people who do not walk in the same level of agreement concerning your understanding with respect to your Faith in God and your Godly philosophy concerning life.


a844c65a31bf55c81df28fd94cba41b9.jpgThere is a saying that says: “Bad company corrupts good character”; which means that you are required to assess who you are in association with right now and ask yourself, what philosophy of life are you operating under? Are you conforming to the patterns of worldly thinking? Or are you being renewed and transformed by the Word of God? Who are you in agreement with? Are you yoked to a believer or believers who believe in the vision for your life or are you yoked to people that ridicule your vision for your life, who continuously mock you and discourage you from achieving your dreams in fulfillment of your true potential?


Your identity is not wrapped up in other people’s opinion of your destiny. This is why the Lord says in verse 16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” So many people are trying to match the worlds standards of success, that they do not realize that they have set up certain people in their lives that they have partnered with to be idols. There is a fine line between mere admiration and respect to a person you look up to versus obsessive idolization of another individual with the intent of copying everything that they do from the way they look to how they dress and walk, etc etc… there is a fine line between admiration and idolization. Whoever you look up to with high regard with the intention of becoming exactly like that person is idolatry. God didn’t create you to be like someone else, He created you to be uniquely you. When you decide to take on another person’s image (which is idolatry), you have made an agreement within your own soul that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you need to become someone else which is a devastating deception that comes from being in a state of having an identity crisis. You then partner yourself to a different image that you want to emulate which can be done by the power of agreement.


What does the word “agreement” mean? In the dictionary it is defined as the following:

  1. the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.
  2. the state of being in accord.
  3. an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.
  4. a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.
  5. unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling: agreement among the members of the faculty.

Avoid-Bad-Company-OnlineIf you are in one accord with someone; by definition you are in agreement with them and you have bound yourself/ yoked yourself to the same believe system as the other person. Children of God, you need to assess who you are currently walking in agreement with right now so that if there are some ungodly associations in your life that are hindering your progress, you need to ask God to reveal these unequal yokes and break yourself from them spiritually and physically from those people in your life.


Your Net Worth is dependent on your Network. If you are tied to people who have a poverty mentality, you will not be able to succeed because you have yoked yourself to the same philosophy. Such people will discourage you every time you seek to move up to the next level in your life because they are pessimistic in nature, they do not believe the God’s Jeremiah 29:11 promise over your life and are opposed to anything resembling prosperity.


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Maybe you like bling but such people will undermine you and will probably label you as a “gold-digger”.  Maybe you like well-tailored suits or clothing and a person with the poverty mentality will undermine your fashion sense and probably say you are too showy, too bright…your too this or too that…etc etc, but the thing is this, prosperity comes with benefits, and anyone who is opposed to receiving benefits is surviving under the class of social assistance. Meaning, that you don’t get to buy what you want and are completely depended on a system that gives you just barely enough to survive the next day. This is a different type of yoke that binds a person to forever be a servant to poverty and with such people, it is difficult to break that line of thinking because of the power of the agreement they have with that philosophy of life.


Everybody wants to go to the next level, but some of you are struggling to move forward because you have partnered with the wrong crowd and/or you are unequally yoked to someone or people who do not agree with your philosophy of life. If you are in that situation, it can explain why some things aren’t moving in your life.

Ask God to reveal the wrong associations that you have in your life and seek to break any spiritual agreements you have had with them whether it be by verbal contract or a physical contract and then physically break your associations with those people by simply saying your done and this relationship is over.

Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

Going back to 2 Corinthians 6:17, the Lord tells you “Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you” meaning that do not entertain impure thoughts that turn into impure actions; do not corrupt yourself by agreeing with someone that tells you to do something that is contrary and outside the will of God for your life. People simply miss the mark (Sin) because they decide to do the contrary of what they know they ought to do.


Who you agree with in this life will determine where your life will go. It is important that even in the case of choosing a mentor, leader or someone you look up to, really dig deep as to the character of the individual that you are selecting to be in partnership with. Does this person have Integrity, Honor, a positive rapport, a solid foundation with respect to their philosophy of life, does their actions match their words, are they strong leaders, are they able to empathize and build others, are they self-aware of their own weakness etc etc? You need to ask these types of questions with every person you encounter in your life, be it a friend, mentor, business partner or family, because what you end up agreeing to, will become part of your reality.


Sometimes you may have friends for a season and then they become “unfriendly friends” that become spiteful and mean to you once you have achieved something or have leveled up in some way. Those are the types of “friends” that have not signed up the contract to be in your life and you thinking you had an agreement of sorts, was the only one who signed up for this relationship. In their view, they are not even in breach of the contract because they never where your friends to begin with. These are the types of people you have to watch out for in your life. They are the types who burn bridges (kill connections) with others and once they realize that there was any value in maintaining that relationship, they will now have to face swimming to the other side with sharks to regain your trust again because they already burned the bridge of that relationship. Trust is earned in such a circumstance through the power of agreement.


A true friend is one who agrees to be in a binding relationship with you, to walk with you in agreement. They do not despise your achievements but rather, celebrate you because they agree that leveling up should be a way of life for the both of you. If either of you were in disagreement of this philosophy, you would not be able to walk together.


Elijah and Elisha.jpgLook at Elisha, he followed Elijah and submitted to him in authority and believed in what Elijah believed, and therefore grew in stature with God and man, and received a double portion anointing as the end result.


Who you attach yourself to will determine the level of increase you will have in your life.


Who you are in agreement with in this life will determine the level of increase you will expect to see in your life. If you partner with poverty, your reality will look quite bleak, but if you partner with go-getters and people who rise above obstacles, who see no limits and don’t back down even when they face setbacks, those people have an understanding of the Jeremiah 29:11 promise that God has for all his people which is:


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

As we pray and fast, ask God to increase your discernment to identify any unequal yokes in your life that need to be broken. Repent of ever having agreed with their philosophies of life that do not match with God’s Word and ask God to break any verbal covenants/promises/agreements that you may have made with them without thinking and to break the yoke forever in Jesus Name, Amen.  

 

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Think Big: The Battle of the Mind

If your mind cannot contain enlargement, then you can’t accept enlargement. The fight for prosperity begins with your mind.

 3 John 3:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as you soul prospers.

Your “soul” is your “mind, will and emotions”.

“You cannot go beyond what your mind cannot take. You cannot rise above what you do not know” – Pastor Austyn

Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.


Isaiah 54:2 –  Make the place of your tent larger, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes;

 

It is the desire of God that you be prosperous. The man Isaac (in the Bible) began to prosper continuously.

 

Ask God for the grace of continuous prosperity. Can your mind handle the enlargement?

 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 


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Do not have a defeatist mentality. You will continue to believe until you see results.

God in His heart wants to see you succeed.

 

Joshua 1:1-3, 8 1 And it happened after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, Jehovah spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 My servant Moses is dead. Now, therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people to the land which I give to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I have given that to you, as I said to Moses.

8 This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely.

 


Enlargement is a continuous journey. Joshua’s mind had to be reprogrammed after God told him that His servant Moses was dead because now God wanted to use Joshua for a great destiny.

 

You need to rise above that level where God makes you the Head and you believe it so that you can extract the goodness, the favour and enlargement.

If you have the mindset that you possess the increase, you can receive it. It’s your responsibility to work on pursuing prosperity.

 

You must love the Word of God (The Bible). If you want to enjoy unhindered prosperity, you must love this book called the Bible.


 

Proverbs 4:1-2 1 Sons, hear the instruction of a father, and listen in order to know understanding. 2 For I give you good teaching; do not forsake my law.

Proverbs 4:21 -23 21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all his flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


Spiritual warfare


If you believe God’s Word, it will become your reality.

Whose report shall you believe? You shall believe in the report of the Lord.

What is programming your mind? Is it the Word of God or the philosophies of this world?

Guard your mind with the Word of God.

“There are churches that lose its power when it’s all about political correctness rather than spiritual correctness.” – Pastor Austyn

You have to be persuaded by the Word of God. 


Philippians 3:13 – My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,

Until you change your mindset, certain things will not come to you until you do. Until your mind is transformed, you cannot go to the next level. It is indeed a battle field that you must fight the good fight of faith in your mind. Meditate on the Word and observe to do what is written.

Faith without actions is dead.

You observe what is written and then do what it says you should do.


James 2:18-24– 18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works. 19 You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Do you see how faith worked with his works, and from the works faith was made complete? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness, and he was called the friend of God.” 24 You see then how a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.


Why are believers not acting on what they believe? It is because they do not do the work that is required of Faith to move to the next level.

You must be willing to re-position yourself to become relevant. If you don’t believe in relevancy than you cannot increase and become relevant. There is no spiritual substitute for life and skills.


 

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Abraham was justified by works. It takes action to get results. Your actions will also expose to you who your enemies are in order to function strategically in the course of your life.

There are Christians who have faith and can look at someone and believe for their healing and deliverance, but when it comes to money and finances, they don’t have the faith in that area because it requires “WORK”.

Think Big and don’t think small. Peter acted in faith when Jesus told him to cast his net back in the water despite the fact that he was an experienced fisherman. But because he believed in the Word of Jesus to throw his net back in once again after trying so many times before, he obtained increase.

“Faith + Work is equal to results” – Pastor Austyn

The Cost of Going to the Next Level

Everything on the face of the earth has a cost.

Count-the-costThere is a cost for:

  1. Unbelief
  2. the anointing; and
  3. the cost of going to the next level

The month of May is a month where you will have to expand

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let You go except You bless me.

 

You need to go to the next level because this is your season to expand.

 

Isaiah 54:2-4 – 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

 

“You need to have a rhetoric that causes you to believe that you need to expand. If you don’t believe it you will not increase.” – Pastor Austyn

 


0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265Do you want to go to the next level?

 

There is a price to the next level.

If you are not willing to pay the price to go to the next level, then you will not go to the next level.

There is a price to enjoy the next level.

 

The farmer has a seed. He has a choice of either eating the seed or sowing that seed. If he chooses to eat that seed, he will not go to the next level, because after he has eaten it, there will be no harvest. It does not come with ease.

 

“Do not be deceived by the “name it and claim it syndrome”. It’s not in the naming that you receive your blessing; it’s in the price that you are willing to pay to get to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

 

Abraham left a legacy. Isaac, Jacob, Abraham were remembered for what? What will you be remembered for?

 

In your quest to go to the next level, what are you leaving behind?

 

Genesis 26:18-2618 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,[a] because they quarreled with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.[b] 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,[c] because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.


The Meaning of the 3 wells:

 

  1. Esek – the well of “Contention” (Genesis 26:20)

water_well_wallpaper_rn5g0Your next level will be contended with. There will be a fight with your friend or foe for your expansion. Something will be there to stop you from going to the next level. Isaac understood this and did not back down.  There is a grace that comes upon you when you seek to pursue the next level. People will frustrate, malign you, be jealous of you and will fight you, but you have to persevere. You have to pray a price for the next level. Jesus paid the price – he was bruised, humiliated, tortured and killed to set you free. Are you willing to contend for your blessing?

 

  1. Sitnah – the well of “Opposition” (Genesis 26:21)

You will face opposition. You have to forget those things that are behind you and press forward towards the goal to the upward call of Jesus Christ in your life. There is something inside of you that says that “you refuse to remain the same”.

 

  1. Rehoboth – the well of “Broad Places” (Genesis 26:22)

You will make room for your enlargement. Enlarge your thinking, and thing big. As a man thinketh in their heart, so is he.  (Isaiah 54:2). Do not withdrawal, do not give up. Have this “I can do it mentality”.


 

thThe most difficult race to run is the race of the believer. You must put in the work for your blessings and believe God, and have the faith to work out what you believe.

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

 

You may have to fight all night for your destiny (through prayer). You shouldn’t let God go until He blesses you.  You will find a “kind” that you will have to fight for this kind does not go except through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).


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During this Fast, when others are eating you will say no, you want to remain focused. It’s a cost. When others are tired of praying you say no, because you will pray.

 

When you sow in tears, you will reap in joy. You have to be tenacious. You should not quit.

The cost of the anointing, and the cost of unbelief.

 

What are you willing to pay?

Christianity is a fight.

 Jabez sought to enlarge his territory. He prayed to God and received increase. Jabez was a mockery to others but when he sought God, he received his breakthrough and received blessings that overtook his expectations.

 

There is a difference between being free, and being free indeed. You can be enslaved and be set free but still have a slave mentality. When you are free indeed, you receive your breakthrough and increase. You receive results when you are free indeed and no longer carry the slave mentality. You will see no limits and break barriers.

 

1 Chronicles 4:10 –  And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

 

When you increase, there are certain things and people that you must let go. The next level is not for everybody. It is for those who are committed and determined to pay the price.

 

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;  but when I became a man, It t I put away childish things.

 

The next level means you must let go of certain things. It takes time to get results. When you work out your faith, it carries results. Christianity is a way of life.


 

The 2 keys to going to the next level are:

 

  1. Obedience to Instruction

Genesis 26:2-5 –Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

  1. Taking Action

Genesis 26:12 – Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.


 

“The instructions you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.” – Pastor Austyn.


 

The next level comes with instructions and obedience. 

  • You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • You must have that belief and mentality that you may be challenged, but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • Believe in the next level. The month of May is your month of the next level.

 

  • God is not a man that He will lie to you, nor is he the son of Man that he should repent. That which He said, is what He will do.

 

God will make room for you as your persevere against the opposition (Genesis 26:21-22).

 

“The desire of the next level must outweigh the pain of going to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

Anointing for Elevation Pt. 2

“The anointing is what you need to run your life. If you do not have the anointing, you will live a life of struggle.” – Pastor Austyn

  • anointed2As a believer you need to live with the anointing.
  • The Anointing locates you.
  • The anointing doesn’t not care what land you are in. It is there to bless you.
  • The anointing brings increase.
  • The anointing is what distinguishes you.
  • It hits your mind, body and spirit.
  • It guides you in everything that you do and people will do you good.
  • The anointing changes you and your mind is renewed by the anointing.

Romans 12:2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


 

You must be in a relationship with God in order to engage the anointing.

The anointing is an oil that’s on the presence in the life of that believer that establishes the kingdom of God.

Do not be ashamed of the gospel. The anointing comes in various degrees.


What is the Anointing?

Anointing means to put oil or dedicate to the service of God.

The Greek word Khristos for Christ means “anointed one”.


 

Psalm 92:10 – But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.


 

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”


 

Do not declare the negative from your mouth. The moment you speak, you create life in those words. Order your conversations right. If you speak that you will live in abundance, you will call into being what it is that you have declared.

God is indispensable and you need Him in order to flow in the Anointing.

The anointing wants to bless you, increase you and advance you.

People have many misplaced priorities but you have to put God first.

Whenever you face pressure, God will turn it into favour.

You have to believe God and the anointing is what causes Him to come on time for you when you relate to Him.

Whatever you are facing right now, you will see an anointing for you to change and relocate you, trace you, translate you and cause you to overcome.

The Anointing takes you from being a nobody to a somebody just like David.


Anointing requires responsibility.

“God rebrands you through the anointing. God is a God of relationship.  What you have gone through with God will determine what access is granted in your life. Anointing comes in stages.” – Pastor Austyn


Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Isaiah 1:19 – If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;


The instructions you are willing to obey will determine the miracle that you will received.


 

003-elijah-widow300x2251 Kings 17:9-15 – “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

010-elijah-widow300x22513 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.


 

The anointing is not interested in your today. It is interested in your tomorrow. The God of Tomorrow showed up for the woman in Zaraphath.

If God showed up for her, what more is He willing to do for you?

The Anointing protects and sustains you in your destiny.


 

Here is a song by William McDowell feat. Blanca from Group 1 Crew called Closer/Wrap Me in Your Arms . May this song bless your spirit today.

 

Committing to God’s Business Plan for Your Life – Minister Sherline

Today, I want to talk about God’s business plan for your life. In order for me to talk about this, you kind of need to know what it means to have a business plan, so I’ll give you an example from the Business World.


a91a4ac7a83095fb0178c01991d87132In my workplace, I assist a VP and a group of directors and managers in the process of creating a business plan for our subgroup. We drew up plans for certain strategic goals and initiatives we’d like to implement for the year and after we finalized these goals and initiatives, we drew up a financial proposal for funds required to support our groups goals and initiatives. These plans are then given to the Executive board of directors for the company who decide what goals they are willing to implement and what they are not, and they also ensure our strategic goals and initiatives fit in alignment with the overall organization’s  strategic plan, goals and initiatives. On that basis, that’s when we find out what our year is going to look like and helps us to re-strategize for initiatives that are scrapped, or under-funded or under-resourced.


In the same way, God is like the head of an organization who has a Strategic plan for your life. He has a Business Plan for your life and wants you to be a part of it.


The Question is, “do you know what God’s plan is for your life?”


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


God’s plan is to have you included in His business plan. I know that many of us have our own sets of goals, aspirations, dreams and most likely have our own plan of obtaining the things we desire, but the question I want to pose to you is this, Did you give your plan to God for Him to screen and assess what goals do not line up with the vision that He has for your life?

I was praying the other day and the Holy Spirit just kept bringing to my attention on the hard work it was to set up all these meetings to create my subgroups business plan before the executive committee and the Holy Spirit brought to my attention and asked me a question. He asked me, “How many of My people ask me about their business plan for their lives?” And the question really hit me, because I had to assess myself and think, how many times had I failed to bring an idea or desire before God and asked Him what He thought about it and the way I was going about it?


We have to include God in our business plan. I believe that God wants to satisfy the desires of our hearts, but how about partnering with Him by also including in our plan to satisfy the desires of Jesus’ heart. When you include God in your plan, you will surely succeed. You see, most of the time, our desires, goals and dreams don’t always line up with God’s plan for our lives and then people get disappointed when things don’t go their way. Have you ever asked God to screen and assess your business plan to see if it lines up with His vision for your life?  If the answer is no, then this is the point I’m making, we need to go back to that place where we put the desires of our own hearts into God’s hand so that He can screen what is in alignment to His will for your life, and scrap out what you don’t need in your life, because sometimes, our desires are not always pure and may potentially be desires that steer you away from true success.


May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.


But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

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You see, we need to understand that though God wants us to succeed, we also have to understand that our destiny is also wrapped up in Jesus. He gave you talents in order to use them to advance His cause, which is the cause of Christ Jesus to spread the gospel of hope, peace and love to a world that does not know Him.


Well, how can I line up with God’s Business plan? 

Let me encourage you and say that God has given us all we need to be effective to minister the Word of God to a world that does not know him. Some people think that they have nothing to offer if they don’t stand on the pulpit, but let me tell you right now, it’s not about standing on the pulpit.You are important and your gift and talents are what you need to use to advance God’s Business.


God needs you to join Him in His Business Plan. Will you join and partner with Jesus on this?


c9ed72f44d4746bd4962c5c3211d7bbdIf you’re asking yourself “How can I be used, I don’t know what to do with my gift or talent?”, Well, what I’ll say to you is this, there is no gift or talent that is too small that it can’t be used by God to be a blessing to someone else. I’ll give you some examples. If you are a stay-at-home mom, and you love children, then you can be helpful in Children’s ministry. Teach the kids in the church how to love God and worship him. If you are a cleaner/custodian, the church needs to be cleaned and prepared for welcoming newcomers and people that need to hear the message without stepping on gum or what have you on the ground and being distracted by how the place is messy. Be a blessing and volunteer to clean the church. If you only know how to cook then, help out during special events with catering for food or join a soup kitchen and serve the poor who are hungry. If you are an architect, you can assist in expansion and provide structural consultation and advice regarding how the church building can create rooms for more activities for other ministries. If you are a financial advisor in the marketplace, you can use your skills in the church to get people in the church out of debt by volunteering your expertise. If you are a nurse, if somebody suddenly collapses in the church, you will be needed to assist that person.  If you know how to play an instrument or know how to sing, join the worship team. If you are a teacher, then assist the church with bible-study classes. I could go on and on and on, but what I’m trying to say is, that everybody is relevant and God gave you these gifts and talents as a part of  Jesus’ Business Plan. If you do not include Jesus in the plans for your life, just know that your plans are futile and won’t succeed.


The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.

If you want God to be helping you in your business, you have to want to be a part of helping Him in His business. You will require wise counsel and direction which also means that if you want great success in your life, you must show your business plan to the Greatest CEO of your Life, Jesus Christ.


Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.


Do not be disappointed with the things God strikes off on the list of your strategic plan for success. Just be aware, that His plan is still to prosper you and He knows exactly what you need and require in order to achieve your dreams, but you have to be humble, willing to work, and willing to press forward towards the goal, His WAY. Include God in the picture of your life, Amen!


Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.


Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.


Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.


There is a consequence for ignoring to give God the Business Plan for your life to see if it aligns with His Business Plan. You will do things in your own might and power and will do things in secret thinking you’re smart and do not need advice on how to make it. Many people expect God to follow their plans, but have no intention of being part of the overall plan that God has over their lives. Such people do not know the meaning of submission and are very rebellious. If you fail to be a part of God’s Business plan, then I can tell you right now, you will live a very difficult life and will lose everything you think you’ve worked hard for within a blink of an eye if you assume that Your Ways are better than God’s ways. I guarantee that.


The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.


Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”


[ Woe to the Obstinate Nation ] “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to thosewho carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;


When you partner with Jesus as the CEO of your life, you will be successful in every area. Do not be obstinate and incorrigible about how you want to do life. Learn to seek God in EVERYTHING that you do. You need Him to screen your dreams, plans and desires to ensure that they line up with His Jeremiah 29:11 strategic plan for your life. If you want to have no part in the overall spreading the gospel of Truth part of that plan, then you have automatically shut God out of your plan. You must understand that your life is so much more than waking up, going to work, making money, eating and sleeping and waking up the next day to do that all over again. There is a generation dying to know that they have a purpose in their life and need direction, but how can they receive direction if no one wants to follow God’s business plan?


But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.


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In order to align to God’s Business Plan for your life, you need to know His Word. This isn’t an option, it’s a requirement to satisfy the conditions of success, and I mean Godly success.


This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


Isaiah 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.


Remember, our ways are not His ways, so let us partner with Jesus and get on the same page and join in on committing to God’s Business Plan for our lives, Amen!

God, Money and You – Pt. 3

God – It is the desire for God for you to be rich. God is excited when you prosper. God has a plan to prosper you. He wants you to prosper and be in good health as your soul prospers. God is interested in your wealth business.


Money – it is not evil in and of itself. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. It is the intention behind your actions to pursue the money that determines whether it becomes evil or not.  Money answers all things.


1 Timothy 6:10 –  For the love of money is a root of all evils, of which some having lusted after, they were seduced from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


There are 2 principles to obtain money.

There are kingdom principles to obtain it and there are earthly principles to obtain money.

The economic system of a country determines whether it is perceived as rich or poor.

God’s economy is different from the world’s economy.


You – Everyone is after money. It answers all things. Your quest for financial freedom is a product of your belief system.


Genesis 13:2 – And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold.

The Blessings of God make you rich.

“You can have the best skills on the face of the earth and still be broke.” – Pastor Austyn

 Genesis 24:35 – And Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great. And He has given him flocks and herds and silver and gold, and male slaves and slave women, and camels and asses.

In this verse of scripture is states that “the Lord had blessed his master”. Remember the source of your wealth and increase.

Isaiah 51:2 – Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Genesis 26:12-13 – 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold. And Jehovah blessed him. 13 And the man became great. And he went forward and grew until he grew very great.

Genesis 36:6 -7 – 6 And Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance which he had gotten in the land of Canaan, and went into the country away from the face of his brother Jacob. 7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell together. And the land of their travels could not bear them because of their cattle.

Esau was so blessed that there was no room for his blessing and so he had to move.

1 Chronicles 29:28 – He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.

Psalm 27:35 – I have been young, and am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread.


You are programmed to be successful. Do you believe that?

“You have no right to what you don’t believe. What you appreciate is what you’ll attract. What you despise will not come to you.” – Pastor Austyn

The Instructions that you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle that you will receive.

What is your confession? Do you keep saying to yourself “I’m broke”? Order your conversations right. Refine what it is that you have been confessing to yourself. You can acknowledge that you are facing challenges, but you do not have to declare into the atmosphere that “you’re broke”.

What do you believe?

Mark 9: 23 – “’If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”


God is committed to blessing you, but are you committed to His blessing? Engage God with faith. God remains faithful, but the question is, are you faithful?

If you don’t have faith, then what is it that you believe?

Many Christians do everything right to get to heaven, but they don’t do the same thing when it comes to wealth.

“Being prosperous means that you have what it takes to answer your needs” – Pastor Austyn.

Everything is based on your belief system. Have the FAITH FACTOR.

God can use someone even less qualified than you and promote him because he has the FAITH FACTOR.

What is your FAITH FACTOR?

HATE POVERTY WITH A PASSION.

“Some people hate poverty but fail to embrace prosperity.” – Pastor Austyn.

Proverbs 23:7 – for as he thinks in his heart, so is he; “Eat and drink”, he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

Psalm 35:27 – Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Psalm 1:1 -6 – 1 Blessed is the man Who walks 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 only in the Law of Jehovah; and in His Law he meditates day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivulets of water that brings forth its fruit in its seasons, and its leaf shall not wither, and all which he does shall be blessed. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For Jehovah knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


You can make mistakes, but don’t continue to live in sin. You cannot serve God and live in sin. If you practice sin and delight in it, then the devil has taken a hold of you. Those that sow corruption will reap in corruption.

Maintain your integrity in all that you pursue.

Run away from ungodly counsel. There is safety in the counsel of those who are Godly.

“Do not subscribe to ungodly counsel. You do not need to manipulate in order to make it. If you continue to stand in right standing, God will provide for you.” – Pastor Austyn

Surround yourself with people who are conscious about Godly prosperity.

You have to meditate on what is good through God’s Word.

Joshua 1:8 – This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely.

Genesis 26: 12 -13 – 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold. And Jehovah blessed him. 13 And the man became great. And he went forward and grew until he grew very great.

 

 

 

God, Money and You – Pt. 2

God is interested in your prosperity. God is saying “I am wishing you the best”

The Hebrew word for Money is Keceph which means “value”

What is your perception of Money?

Many people say that “money is evil”, but it is the “love of money” that is evil.

Money is good, but it’s your relationship with money that determines whether it is good or evil to you.


1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


Some people who “love” money will say things like “I will do anything for money”. That type of thinking is out of order. If you can do anything for money, does that mean you will even kill for it?

What is your relationship with money?

You cannot serve two masters. You either love one or hate the other.


Ecclesiastes 10:19 – A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything.


Money talks in many forms:

When you become rich, the way you talk will change, the way you walk will change, including all your associations will change. The same bank that told you “you have bad credit” will call you to offer you many deals because you now have this thing called “money”.

As a Christian, you must Hate poverty with a passion.

“Ýou only attract what you appreciate.” – Pastor Austyn

 If you don’t appreciate wealth, then it won’t come to you so you have to change your mindset.


Ecclesiastes 7:12 – For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.


What can Money do for you?

  • Money is a defense from every attack of the enemy.
    • It defends you from lack and want. It protects you from poverty.

“If you are not smart with money, it will not be smart for you” – Pastor Austyn

How you get money is important. If you get it by evil means, then you are in “love with money”. But if you work hard to obtain it by honest means, you respect it and you respect the source who is God that provides for you to be able to obtain the things you desire.

  • If you lack respect for money when you receive it, you will lose it.
    • You will not undermine, or abuse it when you respect money for what it can do for you. It answers all things, but you have to respect it so that it can defend you.

 Build a relationship of “mutual respect” with money.

Some people who abuse the money they have don’t seem to understand that the little that they have, it shall be taken away from them. If you have no respect for money, you won’t be able to keep it. You must value the money that you have and be smart with it. When you have it, what you do with it matters.

Meditate on this word day and night and figure out what money is to you.

If your perception about money is right, then you will operate on a strong foundation regarding money.

Don’t love money to the point that you do something stupid with it.  

Some people may reject you, but when you have money, you’ll find that they all of a sudden will accept you. Those that laughed at you will celebrate you.

Money speaks for you so pray to God to change your perception of money.

Money is good, because it answers all things. However, do not love money, for the love of money corrupts a person’s soul. Rather, give thanks to the Provider of the money that you have. God is the one who provided it for you so respect the giver, and remember that the money you receive is so that you can be blessed to be a blessing.


Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is hi. “Eat and drink!” he says to you , But his heart is not with you.

God, Money and You

Money is mentioned in the Bible over 2000 times.

What is your foundation?

After Salvation, Money is important. You need it in order to fulfill your destiny.


Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


Isaiah 47:11 – So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am Jehovah your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go.


God is saying that He wants to teach you how to make money, however, you need to be teachable.

There needs to be a balance in the doctrine. God does not want you to live a holy life and yet be bankrupt financially. His will is to prosper you.

 Are you Teachable?


3 John 1:2 – So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am Jehovah your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go.


Some people have money but they don’t have the health to enjoy their prosperity. God wants you to both have money and good health so that your soul (Mind, Will and Emotions) can prosper.


Psalm 35:27-28 

27 Let them shout for joy and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
And of Your praise all the day long.


God will favour your righteous cause because He delights in the prosperity of His people. You need to put away false doctrine that prevents you from obtaining your prosperity. You cannot have what you despise. If you despise financial prosperity, you won’t receive it and will remain a pauper. If you embrace God’s Jeremiah 29:11’s promise, you will prosper.

Money is needed in order to fulfill your destiny, however, in all your getting, get understanding. Everything you obtain from God requires wisdom.

God wants to bless you, will you let Him?