Does Faith Help an Entrepreneur?

Being a devout Christian and being an entrepreneur aren't usually found in the same sentence. I've seen articles and heard people even say that the two don't go well together, saying one is progressive while one is degressive. However, in my opinion this couldn't be further from the truth.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge believer in the saying, "manifest your dreams." I believe that if you have a deep passion for the work you are doing and become willing to do whatever it takes then you can accomplish just about anything. It may sound cliché, but this is the exact moment where I see God fit in many lives. 

You see, the biggest part of manifestation is truly when someone spends hours on a daily basis dreaming about what they plan on creating. When someone deeply envisions something they begin to grow a passion for it. Passion leads to hard work. Hard work leads to success. Christians who are empathetic, observant, and live to help others (as we were called to do and be) usually are easily able to pinpoint problems in society. These problems are where business ideas stem from, as the next step is finding a solution. I'm not saying these traits are only found in believers, I'm just saying that we have been taught these for the majority of our lives.

When I start a new project, no matter the size, I spend a quick moment talking to our Lord and Savior. I pray to him asking for a clear and creative mind, success in my endeavors, and the ability to do his work with my hands. I lift my project to him, and allow him to take over. Immediately after this I feel renewed, fresh, and as if I have a clear brain. This allows for my brainstorming to now take place.

Generally, when brainstorming, a lot of my ideas are risky. I can't tell you how many times my parents, family and friends have called me crazy and I definitely can't tell you how many times I was told by teachers and classmates that I screwed my self over by picking too hard of a topic. What I can tell you though, is that I do not regret any of those choices. "A man who does not leave his comfort zone never grows," is one of my favorite quotes. That mindset combined with the confidence that if I fail I will be saved and put back on the right track by God allows me to take risks without the constant worry of failure.

It has actually led me to believe that more Christians should be out there building new things.

Building on my former point, I believe there is nothing more important in life than worshiping the higher being who has given us this universe. I tend to view myself as someone who worships through my work and because of this I refused to do "useless topics" in class but rather picked some of the most challenging and controversial. I also refuse to live a stereotypical lifestyle because I believe I wasn't born a stereotypical person. I was made in the eyes of God, not the eyes of the institutions and government who continuously push me to go to college just to find a job with benefits (nothing wrong with either, just not my calling). Instead, I would rather go do something that can change the world we were given for the better. My faith is partially responsible for my passion for entrepreneurship because I feel like we as people all possess the ability to do something amazing and this is the canvas which I can excel at doing so with.

"With God, all things are possible." If you grew up in a conservative Christian household you've probably heard this near a million times at this point in your life. But hey, I can not think of a better way to end this article. With God it's very true that all things, within the morals and guidelines he has given us, are possible. I don't have much to add on to this statement besides my promise that this is true. I have witnessed his miracles many times, I have witnessed him turn dreams into reality, and I have witnessed him turn nightmares into fantasies. Give him your business or whatever you're working on, do his work through it, and in that moment you'll start to see success like never before. God promised to provide for you, and provide he will.

 

About the Author: Jeremiah Northcutt is a dreamer who is currently an enrolled Business Administration major at Gordon College. He has recently started a new company named Jueko Imports, LLC which has set out to help the Wildlife Conservation Society save the endangered animals of our planet by donating $50 for every 50 sales. Jeremiah has experience in E-Commerce, social media marketing, and sales. 

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How to Listen for God’s Guidance

What are some ways God guides us in His will?

Written by Hope on 02/05/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Prayer, Wisdom
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

All people long for direction and purpose in life. As Christians, we can ask the Lord to guide us; we do not have to live without purpose. What are some ways God guides us in His will? How should we be listening for His leading?

Get Quiet with God and Examine Your Desires
Hearing God’s guidance begins with our minds and hearts. The Bible reminds us to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) as we listen for His leading, and to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The Scriptures are full of prayers you can use to ask God to focus on Him, such as: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” (Psalm 139:23). Genuinely seek the Lord and “ask our generous God” (James 1:5) to put your thoughts in line with His desires for you.

Ask Yourself: Would Jesus Think This Way?
It’s easier to hear God when your thoughts are in line with His. Choosing God as the ruler of your thoughts is important. Jesus said, “whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Matthew 12:34). We must also put God as the ruler of what we say, because “The tongue can speak words that bring life or death” (Proverbs 18:21). Again, we can look to Scripture for prayers that God will guide our words: “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord” (Psalm 19:14). Seek God’s guidance for what you say; think carefully before you speak, making sure each idea is in line with God’s teaching.

Let God’s Word Guide You
Thinking and speaking God’s word helps us live it out! The Bible promises that you can “seek His will in all you do” (Proverbs 3:6) and depend on Him to guide your paths. As you seek God’s guidance for your actions, pray back to God the requests found in the Psalms: “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness”; “Teach me Your way, O Lord”; “Teach me to do Your will, my God!” (Psalms 5:8, 86:11, 143:10). God can build up your life so that depending on His leading is second nature!

Pray this week:

…that God will help you obey His guidance.

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