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Biblical Business Principles – The last blog looked at Spirit led leadership. Are you sensing the Holy Spirit leading you as you lead in your business?

This week we will examine planning – envisioning the future. How do we know when our plans are inline with God’s? What is the difference between planning, long range planning, and futuring?

Planning is simply developing a predetermined future action. You do planning when you have certainty about the situation in which the future actions will take place and nearly full control over the factors that ensure success in achieving your desired outcome. You plan your organization’s work for tomorrow with a high level of certainty. You plan your work for next year with less certainty. Long range planning is usually 5 years or more into the future and the uncertainty is higher.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV While the context of this passage is God speaking through Jeremiah to the Jews in captivity, there are Biblical principles that we can apply today. God is a God of plans and order, and He has plans for you, including your business. His plan, even when things seem bad, is for your welfare. God sees into the future where we can’t yet see. Are you calling out to God, praying for His leading you as you plan for your business?

Why plan? God is a God of planning and order, and He works through us when we wholeheartedly seek Him. When we plan with God, making sure our plans are inline with Biblical principles, we gain a peace that goes beyond all comprehension. (See Philippians 4:6-7) When we don’t plan, we react. Our reactions are often not inline with Biblical principles. How many times have you been sorry after you had time to think about it when you reacted to a situation? Planning gives us the time and opportunity for attention to assure our future actions are inline with God’s plans.

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV

You do futuring when you acknowledge a very uncertain future and yet plan for into the future. Uncertainty might include uncertain markets and uncertain technical breakthroughs. What is the value of differentiating between long range planning and futuring? By differentiating we separate the assuming in our long range planning by recognizing where we have very high uncertainty and no control. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:10 NLT

Do you take time to plan or do you react? Do you adequately plan your organizations work? Do you have a long range plan that you have worked out with God, knowing it is inline with His ways and truths? Have you looked beyond long range planning and done some futuring?

Bit of Wisdom

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Forums Ministry News

Are you banking by The Book? Attend the Business Leadership Forum where Oklahoma Bank2 CEO Ross Hill will share his experiences in applying Biblical Principles of Banking, (from both the banker’s and the businessman’s perspectives), and share his experiences in corporate giving and how giving impacts the company’s culture. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 15, 2011, Networking 11:30, Program noon – 1:00, Q&A 1:00 – 1:30 in White Marsh. Please RSVP by emailing This is a Brown Bag event, bring your own lunch and there is no charge.

Ken Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus ministry has an excellent short daily devotional to help you lead like Jesus. To signup go to

Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. To view a promotional video, go to Consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email

BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles. For more information contact

Forums Groups help one-another solve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential environment. For additional information go to For more information email, or

Plan now to attend the 2011 Christian Business and Networking Conference featuring track legend Jim Ryun on Wednesday October 26th at the BWI Hilton, sponsored by the Christian Professional Network. For more info go to
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