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Purpose in losing your job

Published:Monday | March 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Apostle Steve Lyston is a Biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire.

Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor

Oftentimes when there is job loss, it can feel like one of the most devastating things to happen to you, because you lose your means of earning to support yourself and your family. However, losing a job can be a God-given opportunity for you to find a new path that can lead you to your true purpose on this Earth.

You can lose your job through redundancy, termination of employment, economical instability, retooling and restructuring, or through an act of victimisation. Regardless of the means by which the job is lost, God wants you to understand that it is not the end of the world for you, but the beginning of a new path!

Know your source

God wants you to understand that your job is not your source; neither is your boss, your political party, your trade union nor your extra-marital relationship! Your source is God!

Losing your job does not mean you are a failure - regardless of your performance evaluation! Many great men have walked that path! Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper company for lacking ideas. Walt Disney World is one of the most successful organisations in the world today and one of the most creative! Ludwig van Beethoven was deemed hopeless and worthless as a composer. He is known worldwide as one of the greatest composers that ever lived! President Ulysses S. Grant made his living selling firewood, before the Civil War started. That Civil War set him on the path to becoming a United States President. Joseph was rejected by his brothers and his countrymen; but became a great Prime Minister in another country! Further to that, Joseph stabilised that nation's economy and those who rejected him then became beneficiaries of his rise in that nation.

Always remember that when one door closes, there is an opportunity for a better door to open, and that there is always a hallway between the door you leave behind and the door you are about to go through! Your attitude, behaviour and obedience formulate the key, and Jesus Christ is the door (John 10:7-9).

If God does not allow doors to close then sometimes we would never know or fulfill our purpose!

Some of the solutions to quickly get you through the next door

Matt 6:33 - seek Him daily. He must be the first, and all will be added unto you. Read the word, pray and fast and use the time that you would go to work and spend it with God, your family, your church and this will renew your focus.

Invest 10 per cent of your redundancy compensation as a tithe to your church, and sow a seed for your breakthrough and daily provisions. Your seed can be money, time, furniture, food or prayer. Genesis 8:22, Acts 4:32-37, Acts 2:43-47, Exodus 35:20-27

Build and establish your financial foundation on Christ the Rock. Luke 6:46-49, and Matt. 7:24-29. Start by asking the Lord to give you a business idea.

Give of your time to your church or a charitable organisation; look around your community and note where problems exist. Then seek the Lord for solutions for these problems. This may be your new income earner. 1 Timothy 5:18, Luke 10:1-7, Matt:20:8, and Matt. 10:10.

Listen daily for His voice and obey the instructions He gives you. Deut. 28:1-14.

Upgrade yourself educationally. You may want to do a short course in counselling, healthcare, construction, real estate, cooking, cosmetology, home improvement, or farming. God may want to change your profession and this will enlarge your border and better equip you.

Trust God and have faith even when your bills are piling up. Hebrew 11, Jeremiah17:5-8. There are blessings for trusting God.

Speak positive daily. Talk less on the telephone. Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Sow your way out of debt and walk into your new path, the new door is waiting for you.

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