If you are a business owner, you know there are times when expanding your business seems like the best move. It could mean offering new services, buying new equipment or enlarging your space. As a Christian, it’s a decision that should involve the Lord. Doing so will make the process less stressful and more successful. If you are asking the Lord about expanding your business, here are four keys to remember.
1. God Will Speak to You through the Holy Spirit Regarding Expanding Your Business
John 16:13-15 says, “He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’” Be assured, the Holy Spirit is talking to all the time, and Jesus promised He would guide you into all truth and teach you all things. That includes the expansion of your business.
2. Believe What the Holy Spirit is Saying about Your Business
In Mark 4:24, Jesus said, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.” Once you’ve heard a “Yes!” from the Lord regarding expanding your business, trust Him to help you accomplish what He told you to do. If He told you to buy a new truck or other piece of equipment, stand in faith that He’ll help you do it. Resist the urge to complain or say things like, “Well, I don’t know how I’m going to do that.” Instead, say, “Yes, Sir, I’ll do it!”
3. Give as You Trust God to Help You Expand Your Business
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” As you expect God to fulfill His promise to you and help you accomplish what He has told you to do, give toward that end. Give an offering with the expectation of reaping a harvest, namely the success of your business.
4. Study God’s Word as You Contemplate Expanding Your Business
In times like this, it’s especially important to spend time meditating on the Word and praying. Don’t rely on someone else’s study notes or revelation. Dig into it yourself. Faith and spiritual strength come while you’re gathering the scriptures God is revealing to you. As you see with your own eyes what’s written in the Bible and hear for yourself what the Holy Spirit is saying to you through it, you get to the place of receiving a revelation. You gain the assurance in your own heart that you’re praying according to 1 John 5:14-15, which says: “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
Nothing in your life is beyond God’s concern. He wants to be part of every decision you make—including whether or not you expand your business. Remember these four keys and trust Him to show you exactly what to do!