The Spiritual Realm
Pray, wait, listen, step out in faith…repeat…pray, wait, listen, step out in faith…this is how the Lord has me operate our business and my life. Our company has experienced steady growth over the last few years. I can only point to Him for our success. His ways are much better than mine even when they may not make sense to me.
As the 2014 race season comes to a close, we find ourselves at yet another crossroads. We have become an ‘in between’ business. We are to small for our current needs, yet the ability to move to the next level is to big for our current income. With our growth has come the need for more people, better equipment and technical resources.
We find ourselves moving from a ‘mom and pop’ business to becoming a medium size company. The question is, what would the Lord have us do? There are lots of options. We could borrow the money, look for investors, raise the capital through a self funding program or do something completely different. Time to pray, wait, listen and then step out in faith.
The Spiritual Realm
by Os Hillman
“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 1 Corinthians 14:15
How real is the spiritual realm? My lawyer friend from Nigeria tells a personal story of how he was preparing for an important case. He knew that he must be prepared to argue five separate points. He was to appear before his country’s supreme court, so it was a very important case.
As he neared the time in which he was to go to court, he began to pray about how he was to argue the case. He spent much time in legal preparation and intercessory prayer. As he went to court, the Spirit spoke to him and said, “Do not argue point one, point two, point three, or point four. Only argue point five.” Imagine my friend’s struggle of faith. If he were reading this wrong, the shame and professional fallout would be devastating.
The time had come to present the case before the judge when my friend said, “Judge, I wish to withdraw points one through four. I wish to argue only point five.” The opposing counsel stood up and objected. “Your honor, he cannot do that!” “Objection overruled, counsel,” said the judge.
My friend went on to present his case around point five only, and then sat down. When the opposing counsel stood to present his case, he stood speechless for 12 minutes. He could not get a word out of his mouth. He finally mumbled a few words and complained to the judge that he was going to have to yield. It seems that the opposing counsel had prepared to argue only points one through four, but failed to prepare for point five. The judge ruled in favor of my friend.
The unseen Lord wants to help us in the physical realm of our work life. We must acknowledge His presence and tap into this incredible resource He has given to each of us. Seek Him today and ask Him to reveal His perfect plan for you this day.