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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Relying on God’s Resources (His Provision). How much do you rely on God’s resource of provision in your business?

This week we will focus on Relying on God’s Resources (His Help in Temptation). Business provides a constant barrage of opportunities to cut corners which go against God’s and man’s laws, morals, and / or ethics. Do you rely on God’s provision for help in temptation?

Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:2-4 NLT When trouble comes your way from outside yourself we call it a trial. How are we to handle it? Let it be an opportunity for joy. We can only do that when we’re walking closely with our Lord. How do you react when trials come your way in business?

And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. James 1:13-15 NLT While a trial comes from outside, temptations come from within. Trials can lead us to temptations when we try to solve them without God’s counsel. What temptations are you facing in your business?

But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT This is a good verse to memorize. Do you look for the escape route?

What are the keys to relying on God’s resource, His help in temptation?
Prayer – “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.” Mark 14:38 NLT
Bible – I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NLT
Holy Spirit – But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4 NLT

How are you doing in relying on His help in temptation?

Bit of Wisdom
Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 NLT

Forums Ministry
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?

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