Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!

#1  Our Pride:  “…The desire to impress (others) is not of the Father, but is of the world…”(I Jn. 2:16)

Prayer“Lord, I confess to you that I have focused too much on what others think, rather than on what You think.  I confess the sin of trying to impress others rather than seeking to please You.   I ask your forgiveness, and for the strength to make the necessary changes.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

#2  Our Misplaced Priorities:

With GodBut seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  (Matt. 6:33)

With our family: “If anyone does not provide (maintain; have regard) for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”    (I Tim. 5:8)

With our job:  “…Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’”  (Lk. 12:15b)

Prayer:  “Lord, I confess that I have often not put You first.  I have often neglected my time with You.   I have often put my family needs aside for my career.  I have allowed the seduction of work, the fear of failure and the love of money to take priority over seeking to know You and over serving my family.  By your grace I will re-order my priorities.  I ask your forgiveness in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

#3 Our Questionable Ethics: “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.   (Matt. 5:37)

Prayer“Lord, with the pressure of surviving in business in an environment where honest and integrity are often absent, I confess that I have not always been totally honest.  I have not conducted business according to Your standards.  I confess that I have allowed myself to believe that I, rather than You are my provider of our needs.   Therefore, I have not always had the courage to say ‘no’ when my integrity and personal ethics were on the line.  I ask Your forgiveness, and for the determination to make the changes.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

#4 Our Flirtation with Impurity:  “…Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”  (2 Cor. 7:1)

Prayer:  “Lord, I confess that I have been taken by the glamour of the ‘world’, at the expense of knowing You.  I confess that I have often been double minded in my walk: seeking to follow You on the one hand and allowing my sensual nature take control on the other.  I repent and ask Your forgiveness, and for help to live a life of single-mindedness, focused on You and Kingdom values.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”


My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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