Godpreneurs constantly ask me, “How do I know if my business idea is from the Lord, or if it’s just what I want?”
I can’t say 100% for certain if a vision of mine is from God. I haven’t seen God in a dream and I haven’t heard him from the heavens audibly telling me my purpose. I’m sure some people have experienced that, I haven’t had the privilege yet.
Here’s what I do know and have learned and experienced:
- My purpose will be bigger than I can think I can handle
- My purpose will never contradict the bible
- My purpose will scare the heck out of me. I will have fear and doubt
What does this mean?
It means that my purpose is NOT the opposite of this. In other words,
- If I can handle it on my own, I need to keep digging deeper
- If it goes against anything biblical, I’ll walk away
- If it makes me comfortable and complacent, I need to move
I get tons of visions. So many sometimes that I’m overwhelmed. I think to myself “how am I going to get this all done”. That’s how I realized I had a huge calling over my life.
It scares me. It drives me. It motivates me. At times I get fearful and back off, but God brings me right back into the battlefield.
The Bible says in Genesis
Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
Genesis 15:1 NLT
When I have a vision for my business that is from God, I tend to experience an initial fear or intimidation at what is required of me, because a real vision requires faith. At the same time, the visions and dreams that God have given me for my entrepreneurial career build my faith, as I choose to obey, take risks and see Him make good on His promises.
God gave Abraham a big vision. He told him, at 75 years of age, that He would give him a son, and that through him all nations would be blessed. Abraham would have been afraid. In fact, we know there were times his trust in God was weak. Yet God came through, and his wife bore a son when Abraham was 100 years old!
If we want to know if a vision is from God, we must ask ourselves, “Does this require me to step out in faith?” God’s vision for our businesses will often challenge us to step out into territory that we may be unfamiliar with. Pray and seek discernment from Scripture, and look for God’s guidance at every step.
Godpreneurs pray for supernatural guidance when it comes to His leading in our businesses.
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