Whether you believe it or not, there is a purpose of the Wilderness. In the Old Testament, many of us have heard preachers and teachers of the Word of God mention that this 40 year ordeal of wandering in the wilderness could have been just a few week journey, but they never go into detail of the specific purpose of the Wilderness. Learn 3 major reasons for the wilderness.
When starting up a new business, or making a large capital investment, carefully determine your actual needs before placing an order. The apostle Paul wrote, "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, NASB), but often we confuse our wants and desires with true needs, a mistake that can sink a business, regardless of how long it's been around.
Integrity is perhaps our highest and most valuable human commodity. When we possess it, it can open many doors and keep them open. When we've lost it or don't possess it as a known character quality, few people want to associate with us. Even criminals have strong codes by which they measure one another's integrity. Regardless of what sub-culture we belong to, the Bible says it best: "A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold."(Proverbs 22:1)
As any competent, professional motivational speaker or personal executive coach knows, the most difficult thing is to find the key in someone that turns an individual from mere mental understanding to actually changing the way they think and behave. The conceptual is indeed Square One. However, many times, Square Two-genuine action- seldom happens, and if it does, it's short-lived. We humans are hard to change. Our fallen, insecure nature resists it. As the script-writer of the film Godfather III noted, "Forgiveness is not the critical issue; it's change."
Virtually wherever I teach on "marketplace ministries", I sometime ask in my presentation "Who wants God to get involved in your business?" The vase majority of those present raise their hands expecting me to help them find effective ways to help them further achieve that "divine connection". To their surprise I not only don't "help them", I actually shock them by telling them what I am about to tell you, my reading friend. God doesn't want to get involved in your business.
We are now standing at the foundation-laying stage of one of the most significant Christian movements of church history, the advocacy of a Christian values-based economy. How we work with God's Spirit in helping to lay that foundation will have potentially enormous effects on the global future of the church in the 21st century. It will also signal the emergence of an alternative to the world system's left-right, capitalism-socialism single paradigm of economic possibility currently available to the nations of the world. The economics of God's Kingdom is about to appear upon the world's stage.
In a fallen world, how to achieve biblical and lasting transformation is the only real question for those who aspire to be Christ's disciples. Put another way, leading people and building organizations God's way is what all Christian leaders should aspire to do. Once one sees this, studying and walking out God's principles of transformation takes center stage. Indeed, God is in the business of transformation. Continually, I might add.