WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF YOUR CALLING?

 

Many times in the business arena and in the Church, leadership will get frustrated, and companies and churches struggle at times because they are unable to service those within. Until you identify who you are called to and where your greatest support lies, who supports your business/church you will not move forward.

Luke 4: 18 – 19, says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” My calling is to the poor in spirit, poor in finance, to set the captives free and to bring healing to the brokenhearted and recovery of sight to those who are blind spiritually and physically. So if you are a prostitute, if you messed up, if you are a misfit, if you are rejected, or if you are a sinner or you are unrighteous – WELCOME!




I am not called to righteous people, nor religious people, nor to those who have already arrived. Paul was called to the Gentiles so God gave him the grace to deal with the Gentiles. He was set apart (Romans 1: 1 – 7) Many leaders – whether business or church – are spending too much time focusing on the wrong areas. Some even get disheartened and discouraged when certain people within the society don’t accept them. You will not be accepted by everyone in the society it is not Scriptural. The Pharisees did not accept Him and neither did His own city/town.

When God gives you an assignment, keep going, keep doing good! Give hope to people! Stop moping and groping and focusing on those who criticize you nor accept you. Do an analysis and see who your biggest supporters are and focus on them; those who genuinely help you. Who are your biggest clients? Who always supports your work no matter what? Those who are called to you will follow you. Recognize that you are not called to everybody. Companies fall when they change their mandate.

I once worked with a very large company that was doing very well and when they began to change their focus and mandate, that is when the company started to shake and it has not been the same since. Acknowledge and embrace your difference and run with it. Many churches are diverting from the mandate – even transforming to attract a certain set of people; or doing things which are not Scriptural. Now the many churches are becoming a laughing stock. Jesus did not try to fit in at all. Stick to your mandate despite the challenges. Know your clientele know your sheep.




Many times the poor are more appreciative of the work you do and the sacrifices made and they need your difference. Many Pastors today say they are called to the rich, but the rich don’t truly need God until they become poor.

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Hope For Struggling Businesses

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“He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.’ And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. . .”

Despite your circumstances today, your business might be struggling, sales are low and slow, the bills are piling up and you are being pressured by lenders – there is always hope for a large catch. In order to receive a miracle that will turn your circumstances around, you need to seek for an instruction, because there is always something that you have in your possession that can turn things around.

Before one can experience a turnaround within your business or the nation:

First, your mindset must begin to change.

Second, obedience to instruction is key.




Third, you must be willing to be taught by people who are not a part of your profession or even those deemed ‘unqualified’.

Would an economist take advice from a ‘higgler’? Would a doctor take advice from a wholesale owner on how to run a successful practice/business? Would a fisherman take instructions from a carpenter on how to be an effective entrepreneur?

In order to turn around your struggling business, you must be willing to do something beyond ‘the norm’; think deeper, think bigger, increase your faith and be willing to take risks! Even in areas you have failed before, be willing to try again!

Put local first

There is a dangerous trend that is now coming to the fore in many nations as a result of the financial crisis. Nations are now giving citizenship to those who have the monetary substance, and this is a dangerous precedent which has the potential for global security problems.

What nations should be doing is creating an environment for local business to thrive! Local businesses provide the opportunities to service the communities. They are the ones who ought to be getting tax breaks, and the alleviation of certain restrictions.

If we desire to see growth in tourism, we must ensure that we create the environment for locals also to enjoy the beauty of their own country. How many locals can afford to spend a weekend at an all-inclusive hotel?

We must engage the principle where we take care of family first! Visitors will always come and go but family will always remain family! We have to believe in ourselves that what we have is of value, and change always begins within and not from the outside.

Our nation should not be passing laws because of external influences; laws must be passed when there is the need for the betterment of the people. Leaders must be willing to engage in self-sacrifice. Leaders cannot expect the people do what they (the leader) are not willing to do. They must listen to the people, because numerous solutions lie within the people.

Cast your net and don’t give up

When you cast your net and nothing comes up, don’t give up, there are lessons to be learnt. You are getting wiser. Your faith is getting stronger. God may be trying to get your attention so that you put your trust in Him. God is trying to change your mindset with the tactics and strategies of fishing.

It is not luck or your qualifications that gave you success in the past. It was, in fact, God’s favor that caused you to succeed all along.

God may have a bigger plan for your business. He wants to expand it with new products and ideas. Some people are going through problems because He wants to change their profession and reroute them – getting them into a different geographical area.

Despite how dismal things may seem, there is always something you possess in your physical or spiritual house that can change the game for you. Your situation is not generally as bad as it may seem. In no time, you could go from zero to hero.

Oftentimes, nations tend to focus on improving infrastructure and ignore the invaluable human resources.

When God is going to bless a nation, the vessel He pours into first is the human vessel, who have the ability and capacity to engage change!

I write this to encourage all business owners that are planning to call it a day. Don’t give up – launch out into the deep.

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WE NEED LEADERS WITH THE SHEPHERD’S HEART

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 Numbers 27: 15 -17 says, “Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”

There are many titles in the Bible – in both Old and New Testaments – for the Secular and for the Church (including Ministers who are servants of the people), It is the least used and least understood title. A person can be a Pastor, but is he/she a Shepherd? Why would Moses pray the way he did?

The state of a nation is the reflection of the Church and both the Church and the Nation today are like sheep without Shepherd. Part of the Shepherd’s function is to lead the sheep in and out into green pastures, economic empowerment and education. They must protect and guide from predators including terrorists.

God has given an instrument of authority called ‘the rod and staff! It is interesting that of all the predators that could possibly ravage the sheep, STRAY DOGS create the most damage: economic loss, damage to both sheep and shepherd. There is always a dog that assists the shepherd in rounding up the sheep and watching for the wolves, The stray dog has no abiding city.




Nowadays, some of the shepherds have allowed some of these stray dogs to come in and make a meal of the sheep. Sadly, mainstream and social media have become the new shepherds and are confusing the people – so many no longer know the truth!

For any change that is going to take place in the Church or the Secular (Politics, Business, etc) there needs to be an emerging of the true shepherds, as in Ezekiel 34. Only then will we see a reduction in the levels of manipulation, deception, riots, lawlessness, hopelessness, unemployment, mind control and corruption

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Church Should Lead Economic Revival: repost

 

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With all that is happening globally, and especially with the reports out of Venezuela that the people are now eating dogs and cats for survival due to extreme hunger and lack in that nation, without a doubt there is a global disaster coming. It is going to affect the Caribbean, and that includes Jamaica.
It is the Church that should lead the economic revival, and it is imperative that we begin to teach people the Biblical/Kingdom principles for survival. We have the skill, the talent and the anointing to transform the nation and we need to stop looking to the politicians or the private sector to lead that charge. Many of them don’t have a clue of regarding the timing and strategies that are necessary for what we face now. We need to focus on food and look at cost-cutting if we are to be viable in the international marketplace. Likewise, we need to teach the Secular that Kingdom Principles – God’s Principles, are the only way toward true success.




The Church needs to unite quickly and move because, when people are hungry, they don’t think about denomination or doctrinal beliefs. We must stop competing with and begin to complement each other. Food will be the order of the day.
If every building that is owned by a church was being fitted with solar panels, then millions would be saved and could be channelled and utilised to create employment, to help the poor, reduce poverty and increase economic development and sustainability.
Every Church needs to install wells or erect tanks for water storage.

When the Church is truly functioning and walking in economic empowerment, only then will others respect the Church. Neither politicians nor the private sector truly respect the Church. Having a few rich people in your congregation or even in your denomination does not gain you the respect of others. The time has come for the Church to actively engage in things like farming. We need to cultivate vegetables and begin to understand and also utilise the bushes/herbs to bring healing and rescue the Health Sector! (Ezekiel 47; Revelation 22) We need to recognise that pharmaceutical companies are not in the interest of the people.
The Church needs to buy land and hold on to those lands. That is the only way there will be wealth transfer for the next generation.

DEBT REDUCTION
The only way the Church can be free is to be debt-free. It is the responsibility of the Church to teach the community about making good financial choices and how to be debt free. For example, teaching the people to stay away from credit cards; scrutinise every bill they get so as not to be overcharged.
Furthermore, teach them not to use the debit cards to pay bills when they will be charged a fee; but instead to pull out the total and then pay the bills by cash.
Cut down on purchases of phone credit and on using minutes (depending on the phone service you employ) – talk less and seek God more. The phone companies are making huge profits through the sale of phone credit for calling overseas and on minutes to make local and long distance calls and most of them are not giving back.
Only purchase what is necessary. Look for quality, not brand name. Stay away from loan sharks.

Avoid taking out a second mortgage unless you are starting a viable, inspired, God-given business.




Sow your way out of debt and when God gives you a debt write-off, extend it to others! If major companies want debt write-offs, then they will need to write-off the debts of the smaller companies or individuals who owe them
The Church needs to understand that it holds the power to empower the people. Politicians will not bring change, and there is going to be global disappointment regarding politicians globally.
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