My Thoughts -- This is the section where I offer my extended thoughts on Money, Business and Funding The Kingdom.
For many years, I had been operating a number of businesses, struggling to get to where I thought I should be, when one night in April 2012 at a home fellowship meeting, this Word was spoken to me:
"You've been fighting for years for His Provision. You have business ideas; you've had failed business ideas. Now is the time that it's right. Now is the time that it's right. You've defeated the cankerworm. Now is the time. He's going to give you a New Mindset in Business, and He's going to provide and give you provision. But, it may not be in the place you think it is. So seek His Discernment to know where the place is He wants you to be. Once you step into that, His Provision is there, because you're going to Fund The Kingdom. You're going to Fund The Kingdom."
That word served as a great confirmation to me about being in business, making money and helping to fund the work of The Kingdom Of God. What I wasn't sure of then, and am still not 100% sure of now, are the parts regarding a New Mindset and the Place where He wants me to be. Since late 2000, I have had a dream of owning an international boatbuilding company (http://rubyyachts.com), and more recently an international shipping company (http://thearkshippingcompany.com) -- both of which I have formed. So far, neither company has generated any business!
As passionate as I am about these two businesses, I am not focused solely on either one. I am focused solely on the Lord, and seeking His Will. That means if He has something totally different in mind for me I am more than willing to do it.
God has been speaking to our church a lot about stepping into what He wants us to do for Him, each one with their own "calling." With that, He has been adamant to be sure we listen to Him for individual instructions as to its fulfillment. For some, He has put up a "stop and wait" sign. For others, it is a "get moving" sign. Because I have always been an impatient "mover" who wants to run ahead, it is no surprise to me to have gotten the former! And I am not discouraged at the lack of progress of those two business endeavors. Their success, if there is to be success for either one of them, is up to God and His Perfect Timing. If it's not them, it will be something else -- even better.
"What's all this talk about Hearing God," you ask? "My sheep hear Me and know My Voice," I answer. Listen, listen, listen. As certain as He has a specific plan for each of our lives, He will reveal that plan if we will but ask -- and then listen.
Frankly, I am somewhat reluctant to expound on these subjects because I feel I am a long way from seeing their fruit in my own life. Nevertheless, like Paul, "Not that I have already obtained all this...but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." To be sure, my joy will be even more full once I have stepped into the specific place(s) God has for me and have partaken of His Provision. In the meantime, I rest on and in His principles.
By the way, God has also told me to teach the principles of His Financial Structure to others. Everything in the Kingdom of God has a structure to it, including money. So here I am, willing to teach what I know...