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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Double Standards. How do you guard yourself against having double standards?

This week we will focus on “how much is enough?” Is it ever time to stop expanding, stop growing your business?

Making decisions such as this are typically not found in one verse, rather we pray, look at a range of Biblical principles, and reach a conclusion that includes a settled peace. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT Are you pondering how much is enough?

Let’s look at several verses on the subject:
Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. Proverbs 15:16 NLT How’s your internal peace?

God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NLT Do you see your work as good? What is “good” work? Does your work matter to God?

Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Proverbs 8:14 NLT Is God providing ongoing strength, or are you worn out? Does your business still make sense?

It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. Proverbs 13:19 NLT Are you still living out your dream?

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11 NLT Do you still see purpose in your hard work?

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT Is your heart cheerful?

Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be secure for the next generation. After the hay is harvested, the new crop appears, and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will be sold for the price of a field. And you will have enough goats’ milk for you, your family, and your servants. Proverbs 27:23-27 NLT Have you grown too diversified and lost your focused core business?

The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NLT What is your responsibility to your employees including their providing for their families, and your providing a path for growth opportunities for them? Is growth needed for your team to grow?

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6 NLT Is your business growth consuming you and stealing your time and attention from your family? From having time for ministry?

In conclusion – Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-17 NLT

Do you have a Bible anchored strategy for business growth that includes check points and do you review it periodically?

Bit of Wisdom
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. Proverbs 14:4 NLT

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