If there is anything needed in this world it’s more Christian millionaires. We need more people who love God, are led by His Spirit, are eager to do good works, and have the money to do it.
Argue all you want to…
…debate all you please…
…but we need more good people with money to do more good things.
If you have a desire to be that: a Christian millionaire. You have desired a good work. A work that will outlive and outlast you; and will bring glory to God.
The best way to start?
Simple. Learn from other Christian millionaires.
The Bible says,
“A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19 KJV)
Most people are taught that money is a necessary evil. They say,
“Yes we need it but it doesn’t have much importance in our lives.”
That is completely wrong.
This “money isn’t everything” quote has led to some terrible statistics:
And yes money is still the LEADING cause of friction in marriages.
Money is extremely important. Those who value its importance tend to have to more of it. While those that don’t don’t.
And no you will NOT find your true purpose without “fixing the money thing.”
“Fixing the money thing” is a quote we should all aspire to.
Quick note: The word “entrepreneur” is from the Old French word “entreprendre,” which means “undertake.” So one definition of an entrepreneur is “one who undertakes or manages.”
“Entrepreneur” is also derived from two Latin words:
“Entre”=========> “Swim out.”
“Prendes”=======> “Grasp or grab hold of.”
So the term basically means, one who “swims out” to the unknown to “grab hold of” unseen opportunities.
A Christian Entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily have to be a business owner. It is someone who simply:
It is someone who is PRODUCTIVE.
Quick Note: Good academic students often don’t make good entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs often have an insatiable desire to learn but don’t desire the the institution.
Book smarts don’t always equal street smarts. And…God’s wisdom is foolishness in the sight of this world.
Quick Note: There is something about a persistent spirit that makes God smile.
I mean someone who will kick, claw, scratch, persist, and encourage themselves in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
Of course, there ARE times when all we can do is stand still and look to Him for help. But then there are those OTHER times He opens doors as we move forward:
Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!’” (Exodus 14:15 The Living Bible)
In fact, the Bible says,
Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.” (Ephesians 4:28 AMP)
People like Rockefeller–who achieve anything worthwhile–know the value of industriousness. These are the people who don’t wait for something to happen–they make it happen.
Quick Note: Tyler Perry’s first play was about surviving childhood abuse and forgiving the abuse. But Perry had yet to forgive his childhood abuser: his father.
His wasn’t until a few months before his break out performance in 1998 that he finally did what he urged his audiences to do. It was during a heated conversation that everything spilled out but at the end of it Perry said, “I forgive you.”
To this day he believes that when he forgave his father the Lord blessed the play. What are you holding onto? Who do you need to let go of? What unforgivness is hindering your success?
Quick note: J. Gunnar Olson had a problem.
He was a businessman with a new factory he just acquired. The problem was this: the former manager and owner who agreed to stay on for two years, asked to be released early.
The Lord had called him to be a missionary in Peru.
Olson was furious! But after seeking God he was told to “bless him and let him go.” So he did. But now he had no technical manager and no knowledge of how to run the plant. A large client had placed an order, output had increased, and he had no idea of what to do!
After the workers left he walked on the production floor praying for a solution. He thanked God for help he couldn’t see, praised Him in advance, and prayed in the spirit (or spoke in tongues)…very loudly.
Suddenly he heard voices.
Walking over to his office he saw three men. They introduced themselves as MBA students. For an assignment they needed to make a thorough study of a business; its product calculations, budget, and finances. Would he allow them to use his business for such a case study?
He couldn’t believe his ears.
Not only would they help him run the factory, they would teach him about the factory, and they would do it for FREE!!!
And that they did: they taught him how to turn his non-profitable company into a profit making machine.
Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.
Faith is built with constant hearing and reading of His Word, through experience, but it is also built by praying in the spirit:
“But you, beloved, building up yourselves in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 1:20)
Praying in the spirit is a powerful faith building tool. It’s no wonder that the Apostle Paul said,
“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all” (1 Corinthians 14:18 KJV)
Quick Note: While Folorunsho Alakija was in the fashion business she wanted to start another business. According to her, she wanted a new challenge and was getting bored of the fashion industry. So she ventured into printing.
Prior to the new venture she was given a dream for offset printing, unfortunately she went into large format printing. The venture did well before the Nigerian Government clamped down on billboard printing because they were clogging up the skyline. Sales for the new company plummeted.
It wasn’t until she went back to the SPECIFIC instructions that things began to turn around:
“At some point when I went abroad, I saw some printing machines and realised that those were the similar kind of machines I had been shown in [a] dream but those were for offset. I went into the wrong type of printing out of disobedience and ignorance. I misunderstood and I was excited with the large format machines so I didn’t do too much homework into trying to find out more about the pictures that I saw in my dream. So I eventually got into the offset printing five years ago. And it’s been a success. We started out with 30 people and now we have about 100 employees.”
Moral of the story:
When God gives you SPECIFIC instructions follow those SPECIFIC instructions! 🙂
Quick note: While getting their real estate business off the ground they did odd jobs. They worked to simultaneously feed their family and build the business…it was never one or the other.
They huddled together and realized each family needed $1500 to survive.
By a miracle they found a $210,000 home being sold for $150,000 and they moved both families in: four adults and three kids under the age of five.
After 10 months they made more than the $3000, tithed, and put the surplus in a business account. They lived like that for two years. After they saved $30,000 they hired their first employee. After some time they replenished the account and hired their second. And the rest was history.
Lesson: establish the source(s) of income before you establish the COMFORTS of income.
Quick note: There was a landmark study of 5,444 tither and non-tithers. The study found that tithers were better off financially than their non tithing counterparts:
According to the author:
“People that follow biblical principles of giving also are much more likely to be wiser and more careful in their spending…It is important in preaching and teaching on finances and generosity to help people realize that generosity leads to greater financial freedom and stability, while not giving frequently leads to greater indebtedness and financial bondage.”
The late bilionaire Sir. John Templeton had this to say about tithing and money management:
“I have observed 100,000 families over my years of investment counseling. I always saw greater prosperity and happiness among those families who tithed than among those who didn’t.”
Lessson: put God first in your finances and He will not put you last.
Quick note: write the vision and make it plain!
Quick note: Regardless of field or occupation Christian entrepreneurs are committed visionaries. They see bigger than their current situation. It’s that vision that pushes them on to do the improbable and/or impossible!
When God commanded Moses to build the Tabernacle He told him to build it after the pattern he (Moses) had seen:
“Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40 NLT)
And so it remains: you can only build your life after the pattern you’ve SEEN for your life. These visionaries were pushed, propelled, and I dare say even dragged into great achievement because of a lofty vision. This method of “grand vision first” is a reoccuring pattern of God:
But what say you? Any quotes you can add that have changed your life?
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