As I look back over the years since I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior on 11/25/04, I am thankful for all that God has revealed to me about following the leading of the Holy Spirit. He has taught me the distinct differences found within a Kingdom Entrepreneur as you compare them to other types of entrepreneurs (not limited to) such as: Survival, Achievement and Lifestyle Entrepreneurs. If you want greater teaching on that please contact your Live with Purpose Coach and asked for our resource called – “The Path of the Kingdom Entrepreneur ™”. As you search your heart and reflect on how you operate currently as a non-profit / ministry leader or an entrepreneur, I pray this list would inspire you to walk in the fullness of the divine empowerment and freedom that Christ has made available to you!
May God bless you richly as you obediently serve the world…
The office of the Kingdom Entrepreneur is a sacred charge. These individuals have been blessed with an advanced life purpose that is focused on holiness. It is many times an evolution from that of the Lifestyle Entrepreneur, or perhaps even the Achievement Entrepreneur. The big difference is that the other two might bring forth fulfillment, at least in terms of being an entrepreneur, but the Kingdom Entrepreneur has something very precious and unique.
What is this “spirit” of Christmas everyone talks about? It’s a mystical creature that makes its entrance from black Friday (or before) until approximately January 6, and it compels us to put up lights, decorate trees, and stress ourselves out baking cookies and buying gifts. It’s this notion that colorful twinkling lights, carols, snow, turkey and ham, presents and parties can take our worries, disappointments and hurts away. We fall into the trap of giving more value to things rather than people, and many times we find ourselves dishonoring God by shopping on credit instead of trusting in Christ. It helps us be nice to others and utter phrases like “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays” and “Joy to the World” only for a short period of time, but after the year ends, it turns into a spirit of dread, emptiness and regret that amplifies the cold, dark and short days of winter, plaguing many with the “blues” and “cabin fever”.
An Annual 15-Point Spiritual Health Check-up
Some people are pretty good about getting physical check-ups each year. Some might even get a routine physical exam yearly. Many people also go to church on a fairly consistent basis. However, how many of us truly take a spiritual inventory yearly or understand the value in doing so? Scripture is clear that physical training is of some value, but godliness with contentment is not only great gain, but it has value in this life and the life yet to come. That is the life found in eternity for those that believe by faith in Lord Jesus and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For those that know me well as the business/life coach, public speaker, entrepreneur and author focused on helping people take action on their dreams, they wouldn’t be surprised by my focus on answering a list of questions such as this. I am all about being challenged, lifelong learning, spiritual growth and empowering others as such through my life energy.
What did surprise me though were my answers after I reviewed them honestly and made a personal reconciliation of sorts. Some of the answers were very encouraging and affirming. Others were simply not. Several others were less than what I would honestly hope to put down.
Realizing the summation of my answers, I was challenged to focus on answering these questions more than once. I realized that taking inventory of my spiritual health on an annual basis was a wise thing to do. It is easy for anyone to give themselves more credit than due or to lie to themselves. It is easy to deceive yourself because you see the world through your eyes most of the time. The questions below remind me of the reality of what my personal relationship with God looks like, and how I truly am doing spiritually. It invites me to draw near to God, so He can draw near to me. It invites to me to seek to grow spiritually in the year ahead.
What are your answers today about these 15 questions (You owe it to yourself to be brutally honest):
- Am I closer to God than a year ago?
- Am I more rested in God’s oversight in my life?
- Do I sense a growing eternal perspective reminding me that this life is not all there is?
- Do I view my life as an investment that is accompanied by an eagerness to please God?
- Do I find hope and encouragement with God’s word? Is God speaking to me through His Word I read every day?
- Am I more of a taker or contributor? What’s the natural inclination of my life?
- Am I able to turn to God in times of pain and suffering?
- Does my worship go beyond singing songs at a weekend service?
- Have I learned to feed myself spiritually? I am responsible for my spiritual growth.
- Have I made progress over sinful habits or my greatest personal spiritual struggles?
- Have I embraced Grace abandoning any attempt to earn or deserve my salvation?
- Am I seeking changes in my life and am I and others seeing changes in my life? Changes like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control?
- As I follow God with my life, am I becoming a different person?
- Am I truly following the leading of the Holy Spirit in my work, family and life in general?
- How am I doing right now spiritually, really?
Many people do New Year’s resolutions each year. I have even created a personal resolutions tool to help you on this site. Many people build annual goals or plans for their life. Are you willing to be bold enough to put a reminder on your calendar each year to go back through this spiritual health check-up process again? If you will join me in this effort, I believe we will both see God grow us, and change our lives forever. For a Christian who is seriously all-in and invested in growing closer to God during their lifetime, it is clear that our life is about becoming more like Jesus Christ through God changing us from the inside out.
Remember, you and I were never meant to experience spiritual health apart from the environment of the local church. Do you have a local church that you worship at regularly and are invested into? If not, I encourage you to visit some soon, and ask those you respect the most spiritually in your community where they attend. Perhaps you can join them for a visit this week? Perhaps you can share your answers to the above questions with them and ask them to pray for you as you walk forward over the upcoming year?
I sat down recently to read three different devotional books that I’ve been dipping in and out of for a couple years now. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Knowing the Heart of God by John Eldredge, and Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley. I highly recommend all of them if you haven’t sampled the brilliance of each or any. It’s uncanny what happened next. As I turned to each entry on the given date the parallels for me personally were breathtaking. I knew in that exact moment that God reached into my heart and sent me a personal message. One of encouragement, comfort and love. It all came together just the way I needed to hear it.
“Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental check-lists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence).” (Excerpt from Jesus Calling – Sarah Young)
“Foundations of Honor Study Guide” – Danny Silk
Building a Powerful Community
We’ve never reviewed both a book and a DVD series…until now. The same rock solid material that we’re accustomed to with Pastor Danny Silk is evident in this book and DVD series, which complement each other. The material is more or less a compilation of solutions to the questions, challenges, and obstacles presented by adopters of Silk’s teamwork resources over the years. Developing a ministry or business dedicated to the realities of Heaven isn’t without challenge, and this series attempts to field the top questions posed to Danny in a practical yet impressionable way.
Danny invites several ‘powerful’ people into the fold in this useful study series, and real life examples from culturally adept leaders prove to be an effective way to reinforce the honor-fostering culture, whether it be in ministry or business (both are interviewed as part of the DVD/CD set). The content is completely original and very much indicative of what Bethel Church has been able to sustain and cultivate, so its value for individuals and teams is immeasurable. Its organization and presentation, however, could be better. As a whole though and with formalities aside, the wisdom and boundless principles packed into this resource set lead me to recommend this to any team, advising board, council or individual, without reservation.
Grade – B+
We’ve been asked by renowned Pastor & Author, Danny Silk, to review his new release ‘Foundations of Honor Study Guide – Building a Powerful Community.’
We’re obliged to do just that and we’ll look to post our findings and assessment as soon as we can (the book/DVD set just arrived so we’ll need some time to read, consider & write).
Not only that, but we’ll to be giving away a copy of Foundations of Honor through our website. All you have to do is complete the short web form HERE so we know who you are, and if you’re name is drawn at the end of the sweepstakes, the book/DVD suite is yours!
The Sweepstakes expire the first day of Spring – March 20th
Note: We reviewed Danny’s “Culture of Honor” last year.