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Business Excellence

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • December 28, 2014
    2:30 PM
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00:00 Our Father in Heaven, we thank you so much dear God, for preserving us up to this point in the day. As we prepare to get into the third presentation I pray from my heart dear God, possess my mind, put Your words in my mouth I pray. Bless my brothers and sisters, Father, through my words speak through them or to them; reveal to them what You would have them to know. I pray for all the other presentations going on. Oh Father, bless these men as they speak the truth I pray from my heart in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

00:35 This afternoon we’re talking about what kind of excellence? (Business excellence) All right. There are many businesses, many Christians who run businesses and I'm one of those people who tend to believe Christians should run everything. Let me be more specific. Genuine Seventh-day Adventists should run everything. That is my personal, narrow, belief. Notice I said what kind of Seventh-day Adventists? Genuine Seventh-day Adventists because if things are run by true children of God things will go well. (amen) Tonight or this afternoon we should look at business excellence. Before we do, I wanted to say something to you when I told you to thank God for vision, thank God for hearing, for speech, for mobility, for everything the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:3.

 

01:36 —by the way, I gave a text today that was wrong and none of you corrected me. You just sat quietly and let me suffer and said nothing—that's your culture. You must not always follow culture. I said Psalm 19:7 the heavens declare the glory of God. That is Psalm 19:1. Why didn't you say something? (we did not want to disturb your flow of thought) You did not want to disturb my flow of thought—well please, if I say Gen.1:1 says and I stood upon the sand and the sea and saw a beast rise up out of the sea—please stop me and correct me. Are you with me? We will not have a fight again today. One fight is enough. Someone brought it to my attention and I realized yes, Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.” I wish somehow we could put on the recording it’s not Psalm 19:7 it’s Psalm 19:1.

 

02:34 Anyway, in 1 Cor. 10:31 the Bible says “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” that is not a symbolic verse. So how should you take it? Literally. Everything you do and I do should glorify God. If you study—where’s my friend who’s studying maritime management? It should be for the glory of God. My nurse over here—it should be for the glory of God. Where’s the music professor? He’s not here yet—it should be for the glory of God. There is nothing you and I should do that should not be for the glory of God. Your romantic relationships should be for the glory of God. And God’s people said? (Amen!) I’m very serious. That is what makes the child of God so strange. Makes you look like an alien on this earth—which you are because you’re functioning with the mind of a heavenly being. Everything the angels do they do for the glory of God. The four beasts around the temple of God of the throne what do they say, day and night? Holy! Holy! Holy!—day and night. And so I want you to look at your thinking, your philosophy of life. I want you to change it and bring it under the direction of the Bible. Everything you do!

 

04:20 I was talking to someone—where was I? Nigeria?—somewhere. I said before you dress for church on Sabbath morning you should pray and say Lord, what should I wear? When you stand before that closet you say Lord, guide me in the choice of dress as I prepare to go to Your house of worship—if you do that, you will dress differently because now you’re not dressing to out-dress somebody else. You’re not dressing to catch somebody's eye. You’re dressing to look like a child of God. Next time you go to the store to buy clothes you pray first. Father, this is your money. Haggai 2:8 “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” This is your money. I am Your child. Help me to buy something that glorifies you. Let me tell you what has happened to me since I started doing that. I tell this story wherever I go. You probably haven’t heard it.

 

05:30 About 3 years ago, maybe less than that, I started praying and asking God what should I wear?—when I travel, before I go to preach, what should I wear?—I literally stand at my closet, look at my shirts, shoes, ties. Father, should I wear this tie or that tie?—I wait for a conviction. The Spirit may say wear this tie to travel, wear this one to preachFather, what suit should I wear?—wear that one. Let me tell you what has been happening to me since then. I was leaving Nigeria, this year. I was at the airport, went to the first contact with customs officials and he said come bishop. And I said why do you call me bishop? and he said it’s obvious you’re a bishop, the way you look. He took off his hat and said pray for me. I went into the customs office; I prayed for him. He said give me a blessing. Yes! He just said come bishop. I said I’m a preacher. I prayed and he said thank you. He looked at my papers and they were fine because I prayed for him. (laughter)

 

06:42 I was in South Africa last year. I was preaching on the campus of the University of Witwatersrand, outside Johannesburg. So I'm driving to the campus. People from the U.S. love to chew gum so I wanted to buy some gum from a little convenience store at a gas station and a little bottle of juice. So my driver stopped and I got out. There were two little stores. I went to the first one and I said do you have juice? the lady said yes; went to the freezer and I noticed she took the juice from where the liquor, the alcohol was. So when she came to me I said is that juice or alcohol? She said I would never give you alcohol! I said why not?—you’re a preacher! I said why do you say that?—but you look like one. I left that little store because she had no gum and went to the one next to it—same gas station. I said good afternoon. He said good afternoon Pastor. I said why do you say that? He said but it’s so obvious the anointing is all over you. And I said Lord, this praying about clothes has something to it.

 

8:00 I was on a plane sitting next to a young lady. She looked at me are you a preacher? I said yes, why do you ask?you look like one. I’m telling you the truth. I was on a plane waiting to get out. We’re all standing getting our luggage this lady looked at me she said preacher or professor? I said preacher. Why do you say that?—the way you look. I got out of the plane, went to customs, they checked my passport, the customs officer looked at me lawyer or preacher? (laughter) I said preacher. He said oh, the opposite of lawyer. I said yes. What I’m trying to tell you is it seems to me that when God realizes you want to reflect Him He puts on people an impression that confirms the correctness of your choices and so people just say you look like a preacher. My young friends, I want you to try this experiment. For the next 3 weeks you pray before you dress for church, pray before you dress for work, and ask God what should I wear? Obey the conviction. Disregard customs, society, style, and fashion; and obey the conviction. See what people say—that has nothing to do with business excellence but that was on my mind to tell you. All right. Are we ready for business excellence? Let's pray again.

 

09:53 Holy Father in Heaven, thank you dear God for this sweet joy of fellowship with Your young people. As I speak to them Father, let me speak Your words in Your spirit. Bless their lives from top to bottom dear God, and use them to bless others and to bring other youth to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Let's go to Genesis 39:1. Our subject: Business Excellence.

 

 10:25 Gen. 39:1 reading from the KJV. The Bible says “And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.” Gen. 39:2 “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”—now a prosperous man—sounds like a businessperson, first person to come to mind. Gen. 39:3 “And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand”—do some businesses have partners? (yes) there are some business partners that are visible; some business partners are invisible—they make the contributions but they are not upfront. Their names are not mentioned they are silent. I should say business partner but many businesses have partners. Now, business excellence requires a partner. That partner is not Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or the richest man in Malaysia. That business partner must be God.

 

12:18 Earlier today, I told you everything we do must be an expression of our religion whether it’s social, recreational, educational, romantic, whatever it is, it must express the religion we practice. Now business must be an expression of religion. In other words, everything we do must be based on the foundation of our faith so that we're not Adventist only on Sabbath. We’re Adventists seven days a week. We’re Adventists in the office, in the school, on the playground, on the bus. This quotation from Ellen White, Education, p. 138.1,2 “To every man is given ‘his work,’ the work for which his capabilities adapt him, the work which will result in greatest good to himself and to his fellow men, and in greatest honor to God.” (Ed 15:138.1) “Thus our business or calling is a part of God’s great plan, and, so long as it is conducted in accordance with His will, He Himself is responsible for the results.” (Ed 15:138.2) He Himself is responsible for the results.—not you. So what’s your business? Selling medical supplies. Ellen White says if it is conducted in accordance with God’s will, the success of your business is God’s business not yours. Even if Ellen White had not said that Gen. 39:3 “And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”—God made the efforts of Joseph successful. Even in evangelism you pitch a tent or you conduct it in a hotel Acts 2:47 says of their efforts in those days “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” So even for the preacher if he does his work according to God’s will the results are produced by God. Is that clear? (yes) You can apply that to your studies. If you pursue your studies according to God’s will—and I’ll repeat that until you get tired of hearing it—God will be responsible for your success. Malaysia like any other country, I’m sure is a fiercely competitive environment for any business. The Lord has convicted you to start a business in selling medical supplies, or training people for businesses, whatever it is, and you keep the Sabbath, you return the tithe, you run that business for the glory of God first, God will bless that business. But even before you run the business, why should you start the business? Let’s go to the foundation of business excellence. Psalm 24:1.

 

17:15 Ps. 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s”—what does that mean? (Everything belongs to Him.) Let’s identify, itemize—who owns the rain forest of Malaysia? (God.) Who owns the fresh air? (God.) Who owns the seas that surround Penang? (God.) Who owns the dirt? (God.) Who owns the orangutans? (God)—those of you from Shah Alam. “The earth is God’s”—this is no symbolic language; this is literal—“and the fullness thereof”—who owns the diamond fields in South Africa or the gold mines? (God.) Who owns the diamond mines in Botswana or in Libya? (God.) Who owns the copper mines in Zambia? (God.) Who owns the oil fields in Saudi Arabia? (God.)

 

18:50 When Melchizedek met Abraham in Gen. 14:19 the Bible says “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.” Everything under the heavens and above it belongs to God. Why am I stressing this?  Ellen White, Education 137.4. Our subject for today: business excellence.  

 

19:34 “That which lies at the foundation of business integrity and of true success is the recognition of God’s ownership.” (Ed. 15:137.4)  When you build a building what do you put up first? Foundation. What should be the strongest part of any building? Foundation. Everything rests on the foundation. No other foundation can no man lay that is laid, that is Jesus Christ. Here’s the foundation: That which lies at the foundation of business integrity and of true success is the recognition of God’s ownership. Now, why can God say He owns the heaven and the earth? Because He created them. That introduces us to a law of business—practiced by the believer. Here’s the law: you own nothing.

 

21:14 The law is properly expressed this way: the basis of ownership is creation. The only way to prove you truly own anything is to show you created it. What did you bring into the world? What are you carrying out? Nothing. Then how do you own anything? Regardless of earthly laws the Biblical standard is you own nothing by right. You may manage something. You own nothing. Biblically ownership is based on creation! That’s why God can say I AM the Possessor of heaven and earth. Why? I created heaven and earth. The only thing you and I rightly possess? Our sins.

 

22:10 The first rule of a successful business run by a child of God is the person acknowledging, admitting, and confessing: I own nothing. That goes all the way back to Eden as we continue with business excellence. Gen. 2:16, 17 you know it very well but let’s go quickly. Business excellence is our presentation for today.

 

22:44 Gen. 2:16, 17 the Bible says “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Think closely with me, what is God telling Adam as far as the trees are concerned? Is He restricting Adam? (yes) Did He tell Adam he could eat from any tree? Did God restrict Adam’s choices? (yes) Which tree could he not or should he not eat from? (Tree of Knowledge of good and evil) If the trees had belonged to Adam, God couldn’t tell him what to eat or what not to eat. God could do that because the trees belonged to Him. Adam had dominion not ownership. Are you following me? Adam had dominion, supervision, management responsibilities; not ownership. Job 1:6 the Bible says “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” Why did they come? Obviously they came regularly because Job 2:1 says “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves”—representatives from other worlds would meet with God regularly to discuss how the Universe was going. Why did they have to do that? because the Universe belongs to God. So they had to come and give an account. If the Universe had belonged to them or their worlds had belonged to them there would have been no need to report to God. God gave Adam dominion not ownership. Ps. 115:16 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.” That given means that’s where you live but not legal possession.

 

25:24 So the first law of true successful business is the basis of ownership is creation. I have created nothing. In the eyes of God I own nothing. So as I establish this business I am doing business with that which belongs to God. Whether I’m selling motorcycle parts, or providing supplies for secular schools, or I’m an accountant and I do work for many businesses; I am doing, managing what belongs to God. That’s the first rule.

 

26:02 The second rule is since you own nothing but you’re going to use those things to conduct the business involve the original owner. Education 137.4 “That which lies at the foundation of business integrity and of true success is the recognition of God’s ownership. The Creator of all things, He is the original proprietor”—or owner—“We are His stewards. All that we have is a trust from Him, to be used according to His direction.” (Ed. 15:137.4)—All that we have is a trust from Him, to be used according to His will. Tell me what do you understand by “all that we have?” What do you have? I want you to get a broad view of the word ‘all.’ (properties) yes, we have properties. Let’s move from 3-dimensional physical things—the talents you have belong to God. Can you sing? You might have said yes—that belongs to God. When God made Lucifer here’s how the Bible describes Lucifer “the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee the day that thou was created.” Ezekiel 28:13. God made his voice. God speaking to Moses when Moses said “O my Lord, I am not eloquent,” Ex. 4:10 “neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Ex. 4:11 “And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord?”—so when Moses said I can’t speak— God said who made your mouth? I made it! If it’s not working right I can fix it. Who made the eye? Who made the ear? Who made the legs, the kneecap, the rotator cuff? I says God. Whatever I make I can fix. Ellen White says, All that we have is a trust from Him—your talents belong to God. Your health belongs to God. Your mental functioning belongs to God. Your children belong to God—you better raise them as though they do; not as though they belong to you. And so she says, All that we have is a trust from Him, to be used according to His will.

 

29:30 Principle # 1 the basis of ownership is creation. God rightfully owns everything. He can prove it by just taking it back. The 2nd principle that I gave, not necessarily in that order, you must have a business partner and that partner has to be the one who owns everything. Principle # 3 the reason why you establish the business. Ellen White, Christ’s Object Lessons 316.2 “Every act is judged by the motive.” So if you contribute one million dollars to Army of Youth; one million ringgits. God does not look at the one million ringgits. He looks at the heart from which it came; and then He decides whether that is acceptable to him or not. Remember the widow? What did she put in that plate or that treasury? Two mites. What did the Pharisees put? Thousands of dollars. Which gift did God recognize? Two mites. The Pharisees’ gifts came from their wallets. Her gift came from her heart. Every act is judged by the motive or the reason why did you do that? Even on the earth when police detectives are trying to solve a crime what is the first thing they look for? (a motive) Why did he kill his wife and his children? They’re looking for a motive. If secular minds realize that actions are driven by motives, God knows that. Why am I saying that? The reason to establish a business, the motive must be to the glory of God. I will establish a business and through that business bring glory to God. There are no exceptions to that rule. You cannot establish a business for the primary purpose of making money because the Bible says labor not to be rich. The Bible doesn’t say don’t be rich. It says don’t make riches the purpose for why you work.

 

32:24 Those 3 principles again, and I rearranged them: # 1 you must have the right motive and the right motive must be connected to God’s will. It must be for the glory of God. # 2 you have to realize that you own nothing. This business is your way of managing God’s rightful possession. # 3 you cannot get into that business by yourself. You need a business partner and that business partner must be the owner of all things. That is God.

 

33:04 There is an expression I present to you now: ‘micro-integrity.’ What does micro mean? (small) What is integrity? Honesty, uprightness, transparency. Micro-integrity. When a child of God establishes a business that business is run on the basis of micro-integrity. Here’s what I mean. Every aspect of the business is honest so that at the end of the year when the accountant goes over the books and presents your profits every ringgit was honestly made. No one was robbed, no one was overcharged, nothing was overpriced, no one’s vulnerability was taken advantage of—what do I mean by that?—here is where you would lose me—the child of God functions differently. There’s a flood right now in much of your country, am I right? Let’s say there’s a scarcity of drinking water. What do business people do? (Raise the price.) In other words, taking advantage of people—now that’s the way business is done all over the world. In the U.S. when there’s a scarcity if there’s a tornado coming through or a hurricane people rush for water—the prices go up because the business people know people need water—so let’s raise the price! The greatest state of vulnerability is sin. Are you with me? What did God do? Did He raise the price? He gave His Son freely. Follow me closely. The business person who is a child of God will never take advantage of people’s vulnerability. Never! So if there is a shortage of water and your business is selling water you will not—you may actually drop the price knowing that you serve a God that will cover you. That’s what I mean by micro-integrity in everything you do. You follow this rule which I will mention for the first time: It is better to lose money honestly than to make it dishonestly.

 

36:08 It is better to lose money honestly than to make it dishonestly. That’s a principle by which the child of God functions because the child of God understands the results of my business are not in my hands; they’re in God’s hands! This is how Joseph became prosperous. Gen. 39:3 “the Lord”—not Joseph—“made all that he”—Joseph—“did to prosper.” When you understand that the results of your business are in God’s hands why do you have to be dishonest?—this world needs examples of businesses that are run by heavenly integrity, divine principles that just leave people astonished. How does this business function and this man does not raise the price when there is a scarcity of commodities? How does this business function when it is closed from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday? How does it function? God blesses righteousness. Business excellence—you own nothing; I mean nothing. Business excellence—I have started the business for the glory of God. Business excellence—I have a partner He isn't silent; He’s just unseen; that partner is the owner of heaven and earth. Business excellence—I am willing to lose money honestly rather than make it dishonestly. Business excellence—money is not my god.

 

38:10 My brothers and sisters, the difference between light and darkness is the way that it should be between the believer and the unbeliever in everything they do. Let me say that differently. Light and darkness are opposites; extreme opposites—you can’t get more opposite. Heaven and hell are opposites. Christ and Satan are opposites. The Spirit and the flesh are opposites. If you run a business by spiritual principles it must be vastly different from a business run by fleshly principles which is the way most businesses are run. You must be prepared to have people think you're strange, you're odd. But let me give you a guarantee in the presence of God and on the basis of His word: you seek the glory of God first—let me tell you something about Abraham. In Gen. 14:16 let me show you a business man practicing micro-integrity; that is honesty in little things. Abraham has gotten the news that his nephew, Lot, was captured by four kings. Abraham arms his servants, 318, pursue these four armies combined, and with his little army, with God as the general, Abraham defeats them, brings back Lot. Gen.14:16 “And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.” Gen. 14:18 “And Melchizedek King of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” Gen. 14:19 “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.”—notice how God works for you. God gave Abraham the victory.

 

40:25 The king of Sodom. Gen. 14:10 let’s learn something about the king of Sodom. The Bible says “And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there.” When the fighting began the King of Sodom ran. Now that Abraham has conquered these men, brought back everything in Gen. 14:21 the king of Sodom comes out and says to Abraham, “Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.” Gen14:16 says Abraham “brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.” The king comes. He realizes Abraham has won the battle. The laws of military conflict back then said the victor keeps everything so he asks Abraham give me back my people to repopulate my city but you keep all the goods, the money, the wealth, whatever you took from those armies you keep. Gen. 14:22 “And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich.” Abraham was protecting the name of God. Abraham does not want it said by the unbeliever that they were responsible for the blessings of Abraham. Abraham says you keep everything. The Bible says he would not take a thread. What is a thread? Ladies, when you dress and you notice a little piece of thread hanging from your skirt what do you do? You cut it off but that little thread or one strand of hair out of place you put it back. Abraham said I am not even taking a thread. That is micro-integrity. Not a shoe latchet! How many of you have shoes with laces? I don’t want a shoe lace, says Abraham. You take everything! Why? Protecting the honor of God! You can call that a loss. Modern business people would say that was stupid business. Gen. 15:1. Our subject: Business Excellence.

 

43:08 Gen. 15:1 “After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” It looks as if Abraham lost in chapter 14 when he would not keep anything. It looks as if he suffered a loss but because he honored—when you honor God you don’t suffer loss. God comes to him and says Abraham, I am your reward not those goods. This wasn’t the first time Abraham had done that. Gen. 13:10.  Our subject: Business Excellence.

 

43:56 Abraham had a lot of cattle. Lot had a lot of cattle. They could not live together. Abraham said separate thyself from me. You go to the left I’ll go to the right. You go to the right I’ll go to the left. That’s what Abraham said to Lot. The Bible says Gen. 13:10 “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord.” He looked the plains of Sodom, grass, water—just what a herder needs—and he chose the best and he left the hills, the rocky areas for Abraham. Here is Abraham suffering a loss. What did Abraham say? Gen. 13:8, 9 “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.”—Abraham does not want conflict in order to preserve the peace and God’s name. Abraham decides to let Lot choose first. Lot chose selfishly all the plain of Jordan. After Abraham suffered that loss, even though he had the right to choose first, look at what God said Gen. 13:14 “God said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Think with me, what did Lot choose? The plains of Sodom. What did God give Abraham? If He tells you look north, south, east and west, what are you looking at? The whole world including the section Lot chose. God came to tell Abraham you haven’t lost. Lot chose Sodom. I will give you the whole world. God rewards integrity for the sake of His name! Abraham suffered what looked like a material loss; God comes to him and says Abraham, I will give you the whole world. He said fear not. In Gen.14 Abraham refuses to take anything from the king of Sodom. I do not want you to say you’ve blessed me. Only God should make that claim. Gen. 15:1 God comes to him and says Abraham, don’t worry. I am your shield. I am your exceeding great reward

 

46:45 My brothers and sisters, I want you to trust God. I want you to trust that integrity, honesty, right doing is the profitable way to do business. Integrity is a profitable business strategy. You don’t have to run your competitor out of business to prosper. That’s not what God does. You cooperate to keep him in business. Cooperate to keep your competitor in business? Yes, because you realize do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You realize he has a family to support and you will do nothing to put him out of business. You will not undercut him. You will do what’s right and leave the results to God. That’s what I need to stress: your business success will be provided by God.

 

47:52 Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian. You’re a Christian when you do things God’s way. I want you to trust God’s way. If you run a business I want you to go back and make a comprehensive change. Apologize to God for running your business based on what you learned from the business school at the University of Penang. Now you will run your business based on the principles set forth in the book of Proverbs and the writings of Ellen White and the world will see that there are business principles absolutely different from what the world teaches and those principles work! The benefits of those principles extend from this world to the next. 1 Tim. 4:8 is a very interesting verse.

 

49:20 1 Tim. 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” —in other words, is there a negative side to godliness? (no) Once more, 1 Tim. 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable”—what does a business person look for? (profit) The Bible says “godliness”—doing it God’s way—“is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of the life which is to come.” Doing what’s right will provide benefits now and in the life to come. 

 

50:30 You heard of the economic collapse?—began in the U.S. affected the whole world in 2008.  I’ll give you one word for that—dishonesty. Dishonesty for the sake of money—because money is the god of this world.

 

50:54 You and I have an opportunity to run our businesses in such a way that the world sees an example of an unusual business plan. Unusual—not taught in any school; not even Adventist schools. And it works. God is glorified; you’re blessed; people are enlightened; society benefitted. And so I’ll close Business Excellence with a brief reminder of some fundamental principles: # 1 You own nothing. Put differently: the basis of true ownership is creation. Principle # 2 Your motive for starting that business must be the glory of God. Any other motive is not recognized by God. Now remember Satan can bless. Did Satan promise Christ to give Him all the kingdoms of the world?—yes; he said they’re mine to give. Up to a certain level he was correct. The devil can give you things. Rev. 13:2 “and the dragon gave him his power, his seat, and great authority.” Who’s the dragon? The devil can give you a throne. The dragon gave him his power, his seat, and great authority. The devil can give you things; but they last for a short time and they’re designed for your destruction. What God gives will bless you now and into the world to come. Principle # 1 God owns everything. Principle # 2 the reason for this business is the glory of God. Principle # 3 I have a silent or unseen partner—who is that? (God.) He’s not only silent but He’s Senior. Now there are senior partners and junior partners. Am I right? God must be the Senior partner in your business; you the junior partner and He tells you what to do. And He’ll tell you things that look stupid because your mind is fallen and carnal. If you just obey the results will amaze the world, amaze the top business schools in this country or any other country and then people will come to you how can your business florish in such a bad economy? Because bad economies are not a problem for God. Another principle: you must be prepared to lose money honestly rather than make it dishonestly. Trust God’s way. If you currently run a business and you’ve been doing it contrary to principles of righteousness apologize to God—don’t run around in your Mercedes Benz, these are the results of my business—you’ve been stealing people’s money and going to church on Sabbath saying we’re bound for the land of the pure and the holy. Tell God Father, I’ve ripped people off and start making up what you’ve done like Zacchaeus; Lord, the ½ of my goods I give to the poor and if I’ve taken anything from any man by false accusation I restore him four fold. I am quite serious. If you’ve robbed people give it back and start on the path of a heavenly business that will bless you, society, the church; and will lay down a path for entrance into the kingdom to come; and the sooner you start the better. Young people, you want to start a business? Make it righteous. You will not regret it. Remember it is the Lord that made Joseph’s business to prosper. Ellen White says God becomes responsible for the results.

 

55:30 Any questions? Any comments? Did I use the wrong text at any time and you did not correct me? (no) All right. I had to check. Have you confessed to God? Try to make it right. You never lose. Always make it right if you’ve done wrong. By God’s power you don’t do it again. Money is a tremendous temptation because we see money as the answer to every problem Money is school fees. Money is rent. Money is a house. Money is a car. Money is nice clothes. Money is nice shoes. Money is a vacation to Hong Kong. Money is everything. But God must be everything. For the Bible says there’s coming a time—we are in those days. Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. (James 5:1-2.)

 

56:32 In the last days many will be lost because of money. Is money bad? No! Money is a blessing. The problem is the carnal heart and greed; but money is a blessing. Abraham was rich; Isaac was rich; Solomon was rich; Job was rich; but the Bible says the root of all evil is the love of money. Choose honesty over money every time. God will take care of you. Someone else, a comment? Let me repeat. You have a business you may need to change your business strategy and your business operations; all over from top to bottom to bring it in line with the principle of heavenly integrity. All right, let’s pray.

 

57:35 Father in Heaven, we thank you dear God, for Your word. In many ways Father, the Bible is a manual: how to be healthy, how to have strong families, how to grow in grace, how to conduct a business, how to be financially secure, how to deal with opposition, it’s a book of how to, how to, how to, how to be saved, how to resist temptation, dear God, for our specific presentation it’s also a book about how to run a successful business. Father in Heaven, help us to break free from worldly customs dear God. We live in a world where businesses are run by the principle of dishonesty and shortcuts. But Father, if we represent You and the Bible says the Lord is righteous in all His ways. Help us dear God, to conduct our businesses in a way that reflects Your glory, Your character so that in our business practice those with whom we interact will see Christ in us. Father, help us always to defend Your name, to defend Your integrity; even if it means a personal loss. We thank You for the courage of the brother who gave the experience; give him the strength to do what’s right and always practice righteousness in his business. Bless my young brothers and sisters, dear God. Prepare us for the next part of this program. In Jesus’ name we pray. Let God’s people say amen and amen.

 

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