Faith is a big factor to all of our businesses.Â Â If it isnâ€™t then it should be! If you hadnâ€™t already guest, faith and finances go hand in hand.
Weâ€™re doing a miniseries on helping you find the location of your business so you can see how far youâ€™ve come through this year to then plan for the year ahead.
This week, weâ€™re talking all about faith in your business.
Each week we have some homework for you to complete before you move onto the following week.Â If you missed last weekâ€™s click here.
First off weâ€™re going to look at Faith in your business.
25Â Let your eyesÂ look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26Â Give careful thought to the[a]Â paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
21Â My son,Â do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22Â they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23Â Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
24Â When you lie down,Â you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleepÂ will be sweet.
25Â Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26Â for theÂ LordÂ will be at your side
and will keep your footÂ from being snared.
Looking back throughout this year, itâ€™s awesome to see how God has worked in our businesses when we couldnâ€™t see it at the time. We could have been going through something really hard in our businesses, we could have been going through financial stresses or family stress and weâ€™re on our knees asking God what the hell is going on.Â We donâ€™t have God vision goggles but once weâ€™re out of the storm you can look back and see how God has worked His goodness.
Questions for this week:
What bible verses did God show you?
What words did He give you for your year?
What storms did you God through and how did God get you through it?
God tells us to constantly seek wisdom, even when it really hurts (Proverbs 4:7).
Heâ€™s more interested than your character then your success.
How are you going to grow that wisdom muscle if you donâ€™t put it under any pressure?
14Â â€œForÂ it will be like a manÂ going on a journey, who called his servants[a]and entrusted to them his property.Â 15Â To one he gave fiveÂ talents,[b]Â to another two, to another one,Â to each according to his ability. Then heÂ went away.Â 16Â He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.Â 17Â So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.Â 18Â But he who had received the one talent went andÂ dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.19Â NowÂ after a long time the master of those servants came andÂ settled accounts with them.Â 20Â And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, â€˜Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.â€™Â 21Â His master said to him, â€˜Well done, good andÂ faithful servant.[c]Â You have been faithful over a little;Â I will set you over much. Enter intoÂ the joy of your master.â€™22Â And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, â€˜Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.â€™23Â His master said to him, â€˜Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.â€™Â 24Â He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, â€˜Master, I knew you to beÂ a hard man, reapingÂ where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,Â 25Â so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here,Â you have what is yours.â€™26Â But his master answered him, â€˜YouÂ wicked andÂ slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?Â 27Â Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.Â 28Â So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.Â 29Â For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.Â 30Â AndÂ castÂ the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that placeÂ there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.â€™
Next weâ€™re going to talk about your finances.
Money is the water flow of our business and without it we can water the seeds in our businesses to help make it grow.
If itâ€™s a dry riverbed, everything is going to dry out and you wonâ€™t have a business.
It doesnâ€™t matter how much money your business is making right now (weâ€™re not doing this to condemn you).Â We can change things so you can make more money.Â What matters is how honest youâ€™re being with yourself about what money you are making and not sticking your head in the sand.
Once you know where your finances stand, you can be strategic with the year to come.
Homework questions for you:
This last year, how much money did your business make? (All together before expenses)
What was your average monthly income? (Before expenses)
What your expense totals monthly and annually?
What was your average monthly profit minus expenses?
What was your annual profit minus expenses?
These are some really simple questions, but important ones for you to know.
Be honest, the numbers donâ€™t lie.