CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principle
Last time we focused on Shining Your Light. Is your light shining through your business?
This week we will focus on Stretching the Truth. Are you ever tempted to stretch the truth in your business life?
O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. Proverbs 30:7-9 NLT
This Proverb passage asks the Lord for two requests. This week we’ll look at the first, next week the second.
Help me never to tell a lie Do not steal. Do not deceive or cheat one another. Leviticus 19:11 NLT .The King James says Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. Is dealing falsely a lie? In business dealing falsely occurs too often. Some call it stretching the truth to make a sale. Note that the Proverb writer asks the Lord for help in not telling a lie.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NLT The King James says God will uphold us with the right hand of His righteousness. Do the pressures of business sometimes discourage you, make you fearful, and tempt you to stretch the truth? This verse reminds us that God will be with us, He will strengthen and help us, enabling us to not stretch the truth. We stretch the truth because we think we need to for the sake of the business. But, when we stretch the truth we’re displaying a lack of trust in our Sovereign God.
“But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets. I have the same hope in God that these men have, that he will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous. Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.” Acts 24:14-16 NLT The context of this passage is Paul defending himself before Felix. Paul says he is following the Way and always tries to maintain a clear conscience before God and people. Do you strive maintain a clear conscience? With God’s help, we can maintain a clear conscience!
Bit of Wisdom
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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