Being An Overcomer
For whatever reason, this year has been harder than the last few. I know I have written about the mechanically and technical challenges our company has experienced, but not of the attacks of a new company that has badgered promoters to move from our company to theirs for their streaming needs. We were even told they intended to put all of their competition ‘out of business’.
You can only imagine the chills that news sent through us as we worked to fulfill contracts and obligations. How could we compete with a company that appears to be well funded and who’s purpose, in part, was to put us out of business? I have spent much time in conversation with our Father over the last few months. It took very little time for me to realize I could do nothing to take on this company and needed to turn it over to the Lord completely. That was not an easy thing to do and has been a process over the last few months….however, I am there, surrendered to His will.
Have we lost any customers, yes. Will we loose any more, maybe. I can not concern myself with these things. All we can do is our best and leave the rest to Him. As I have said time and time again, this is His deal, not mine. He has brought us every increase and provided exactly what we needed when we needed it. Our phone continues to ring with new customers asking to use our services.
If the enemy can get us to start looking at our circumstances instead of the Lord…he wins…do not let him win! We must keep our eyes on Jesus and keep moving forward. Romans 8:31 – ‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’
Being An Overcomer
by Os Hillman
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Why does it seem that those involved in Christian enterprise find the way so hard? It seems as though it is harder for those who are committed Christians in business. Have you found this to be true?”
This was the comment from a business associate recently. My answer was a definite yes. In fact, if you were not a Christian and sought to do a similar business without regard to maintaining a biblical philosophy, the way would be much smoother sailing. It makes us think of the prophet who asked, “Why do the wicked prosper?” (see Jer. 12:1)
It is a spiritual principle of which we speak. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan before they entered the Promised Land, they fought only two battles. Then after they entered the Promised Land, they fought 39 battles. The way of the cross is not paved with lilies; it is paved with grace. When we seek to honor God in our business life, we will be met with opposition from the spiritual forces of this world. This is why each of us must commit ourselves to walking in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be as gentle as doves but as wise as serpents.
Do not be surprised when you find the way harder as a believer than when you were a non-believer. You now have more at stake among the spiritual forces that desire you to be defeated and ineffective.
Stand firm against the evil forces that desire to keep you from walking in freedom in the Promised Land. Jesus is your victory for every battle you will encounter. Call on His name.