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Are we ready for change?

Published:Friday | February 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor



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In today's world, where many of our businessmen, economists and strategists are frantically seeking solutions and changes in order to maintain economic viability, there are few signs of hope.

With the major shaking that took place on Wall Street, the failure of local cash schemes and the United States bank bailouts, hope for change seems to be on a downward spiral to failure! We have seen many organisations take a downturn, with sales on the decline, bringing serious repercussions on businesses everywhere. It is imperative that investors and organisational boards realise that changing executives and other direct staff in order to achieve overall performance improvement will only make things worse. Cutting overheads first is not the way to go! In fact, the old way of doing business is over! You must get to the root of the problem and fix it there.

Introspective questions

Ask yourself these questions.

What is your organisation willing to do differently in order to increase sales and profit?

What unusual strategic methods are you willing to implement in order to achieve greater success?

Is your organisation willing to adopt biblical principles to turn things around?

We need to stop looking at the Bible as a collection of irrelevant, historical data, and realise that it is a book of principles, instructions and solutions which, when applied daily, will bring success! Pharaoh employed certain God-given principles when he appointed Joseph and implemented the solutions God gave Joseph. An entire nation was saved from recession, in addition to millions of jobs. Similarly, Hezekiah brought national reform (2 Chronicles 31). Contrary to popular belief, we too can employ these principles and positively affect our organisations and our nation! The question is, if everything that you do fails, are you willing to try something else or to change? Remember, the principles on which you build our organisations (foundation) form the key to your success; and "... unless the Lord build the house, you labour in vain".

Will your business stand in time of economic testing? (1 Corinthians 3: 7-15)

What materials built your organisation?

God wants us to be successful in business and not conform to the world's practices and strategies and instead be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12: 2). We cannot prove what is the good and acceptable perfect will of God for our organisation and nation unless we renew our minds!

Most organisational and national decisions are made on the basis of philosophies and the advice of lawyers, financial analysts and economists who themselves have no idea what to do, and base their decisions on calculations! We change and amend laws in attempts to deal with problems, but all attempts will fail until we employ biblical principles.

One key to dealing with the economic situation is to inquire of the Lord, as David did (II Samuel 21:1 and 14). Inquire of Him to reveal the cause of the economic instability. Biblical principles work! If leaders continue refusing to inquire, the situation will worsen. Many will ask, 'What role does God play in our economic/organisational situation?' Psalm 50:10-11 and Haggai 2:8-9 declare that everything belongs to God! Deuteronomy 8:18 further reminds us that He gives us the power to get wealth! Hence, if we want increased growth and stability in our economy and our organisation, we must include God as the Chief Investor in our daily decision-making.

Change will come when we make the adjustments required! The success of Solomon's administration was based on principles he used to build the nation's economy and his personal finance. These are our biblical principles. His wisdom by the Spirit of God, and godly wisdom brings transformation. This wisdom can only be imparted to us when we seek him, or listen to his anointed servants.

Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.

Here are seven keys to walk in prosperity:

Have an inner persuasion that money is important

Obey God under any circumstances

Always pay your tithes

Give to the poor

Know times and seasons (Ecclesiastes 3)

Master time management

Seek mentors who understand all of the above