Today I want to talk to you about taking the limits off of God in your business. Christian entrepreneurs: quit tying God’s hands and take the limits off of what he can do along your entrepreneurial journey. Your current circumstances are not too big for God. The thing you're dealing with, God has seen it before. There’s no recession that God hasn't brought us out of. There’s not a business partnership that he can’t restore. There’s not a contract he can’t give favor to. However, you have to trust him and take the limits off of him. Limits are things that are bound or restrained or confined. A machine that can only produce 100 widgets in a day has reached its limit. A person that can only make 100 phone calls in a day has reached his limit. However, I want to tell you that there’s no limit to what God can do in your business. People and things have limits, but God doesn't. He’s able to do whatever you need him to do in your company. Whatever problems you face in sales, marketing, human resources, operations, or finance, he knows the solution to that problem.
The Bible says
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
There is no limit in God when it comes to any industry, any marketplace, or any facet of business management. Think about the biggest problem you're dealing with right now. Think about the biggest opportunity you have in front of you. You don't see a way, but God is able to do whatever you need him to do. There’s nothing too hard for God, but you have to take the limits off of him; that's when miracles can take place. If you made God first in your business, and you trust him, then take the limits off of him and expect great awesome things to happen in your entrepreneurial life.
Here are 5 Ways that business owners limit God on their entrepreneurial journeys.
WORRYING LIMITS OUR GOD
God doesn’t give you what you want; he gives you what you believe. The "how-to" is none of your business. How God is going to fill up your event is not your business. You keep getting in the way of the blessing because you're worried about the "how-to" part of it.
Show me a Bible verse where God says to go figure it out. He doesn’t ask you to "how-to" anything. You just need to focus on reading the Word and applying it to all areas of your business. When you do this, the holy spirit can inspire marketing ideas.
When you take this approach, the Lord can bring opportunities that you weren't expecting. You know why? Because he promised to never leave or forsake us. God always comes through.
SMALL THINKING LIMITS OUR GOD
The Bible says
Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power— the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, (Psalms 78:41-42 NIV)
Do you see what's happening here? They limited the holy one of Israel. Now how is it possible that we can limit God? Isn’t God limitless? Isn’t God bigger than we ever could think or imagine? Doesn’t he want to do exceedingly and abundantly all above and beyond all that we can ask or think? Absolutely! God is bigger than your wildest business dreams, yet we limit him. All of us put limits on God. We might have an idea of what God is capable of. We may have a box that God fits into. We have a part of our business plan where Jesus fits nicely. However, we have to get rid of a small God in our business. We have to let go of a small Jesus on our entrepreneurial walk. We have to stop worshiping a small savior. He is the conquering King. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is bigger for your business than you ever believed. He is more in your marketplace than you ever imagined.
OUR LIMITED ABILITIES LIMIT GOD
God is able to do so many things in our businesses but we limit him because our faith is a factor of what we are able to see and do, not what God is able to do. We limit him because of our natural human experience and abilities. We limit the holy one of Israel, however, God is unlimited. In Matthew, chapter 9, Jesus was being followed by two blind men. They came to him and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I’m able to do this?” The blind men said "yes," and they could see again. Now, notice that Jesus said "do you believe I'm able to do this," and not "do you believe you can see again?" This is important because if we're going to take the limits off of God, we have to give 100% credit, authority, and ability to God who is able to do what we can't humanly do on our own. Do you believe Jesus is able to do that thing you're praying for in your business? I hope you say, "YES!" Our faith is not in our faith, our faith is in him. It’s not your faith, it's who you have your faith in.
NEGATIVE SELF-TALK LIMITS OUR GOD
A lot of times, entrepreneurs are limiting their business success in what they say about themselves: being down on themselves about finances, feeling like you’re not good enough, like you're less successful than others. This voice can come to us in a lot of different ways. The world is going to tell you what business you can’t start. Satan is going to tell you what course you aren't qualified to create. Even your own family will tell you what plans won't prosper. Christian entrepreneurs: you don’t also need to be in agreement with those voices! Instead, you need to agree with what God says about you. If God approves you, then approve yourself. If God chose you for entrepreneurship, then choose yourself. If God believes in you and your product or service, then you should believe in yourself. I had to learn to stop the negative voices and start to recognize, "I’m still a work in progress. My entrepreneurial journey is the Lord's, and I am staying the course." So often, we look at the mess our business is in and we don’t look at the progress. David had a different kind of voice. He said: With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. (Psalms 18:29 NIV) Did you see that? David is saying that because of God, he can do it. We need to take on the same kind of phrasing in our business lives. This same kind of belief system; because of God I can. Not: I can’t. I’ll never be enough. I’m not smart enough. I don't have the money. My contract got rejected. My event flopped. I had a bad business partner, Alex. No! David didn’t do that. David said, “because of God, I can." Even your spouse may say stuff to you to try to limit you, but don’t limit yourself. You got enough against you in the marketplace for you to be against yourself. If God is for you and your business, then why would you want to be against yourself? Take off the limits of what other people try to put on your entrepreneurial life. They say you can’t do it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. They didn’t create you. You see, God will take the unique things about you and use them to promote you and elevate you in your respective industry. Sometimes, the same leadership quality you don’t like about yourself is the same thing God wants to use to show you greatness and promotion. What's our job? To stop being mad about ourselves and putting ourselves down; to stop being so hard on ourselves. Quit telling yourself all the reasons you can’t accomplish that dream business God put on your heart. Stop focusing on the employee you don’t have or the contract you didn’t get.
RELYING ON YOURSELF LIMITS GOD
Business success is not going to happen just by your ability, your talents, your connections; it’s going to happen by the spirit of the living God. He’s breathing life into your business right now. His favor is surrounding your entrepreneurial journey in a greater way. There are business breakthroughs already in route: new contracts, new employees, and new partnerships. The right marketplace opportunities are already headed your way. However, don’t talk yourself out of it. Receive the blessing, now! Take the limits off of God and take the limits off of yourself.
Christian entrepreneurs, I believe we have an advantage over normal business owners. You see, most people have a fatalistic mindset - that means that they think things just randomly happen, things are what they are, situations are fatalistic, there’s nothing you can do about it, and there isn't a God that's going to come down and magically help you, so just deal with what you have. However, us Godpreneurs, we know this is absolutely untrue. We believe God has a perfect plan for our business life here. We trust that God has good thoughts for us and His plans for our entrepreneurial life are awesome! This mindset is what gives God-first business owners the step-ahead in the marketplace.
Every one of us business owners has something special that God wants to accomplish through us in our respective industries, however most people are ignorant of this and they have bought into the lie of this world that there’s nothing special about them. Every one of us is special. Every one of you is unique. Every one of you can do or create something that others can't. God has a purpose for your entrepreneurial life and most are limiting what God can do because they just aren’t challenging themselves.
God made you for something great in the marketplace. God has taken ordinary business owners (what the world calls entrepreneurs) and, time after time, has transformed them into Godpreneurs and has used us to touch other people and change things in our industries.
When you put God first in business, I guarantee you He will transform your life.