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How Does God Feel About FEAR?

If fear was necessary to life, God certainly would have given it to us.  But He didn’t! The Bible is very clear about it. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)  That’s new news to many of us.  Fear is a evil spirit and it doesn’t come from God. Understand this, if God is not the author of fear then it’s an enemy spirit and we need to deal with it accordingly. Let’s start by identifying “fear” and all the related “enemy agents.” From concern,…

MY VERY NEXT THING by Stan Rarden

 HOPE AND CHANGE in God’s kingdom it’s different! At times during my working career, in the very back of my mind the thought would pop up, “What would I do if this job went away?” I would respond casually, almost indifferently, “I’ll never be out of work for too long. I’m good at many things, and I know so many people that I could probably go from one gig to another without too much trouble.” This proved to be less true than I’d hoped. Out of work, and after a few months of searching for new work and getting nowhere,…

How Do You Feel About Standing Alone?

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:18-20 Boy, if there was ever a time when the attribute or character trait of “standing…

The Formula for Perseverance

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Perseverance is nothing more than the ongoing practice of patience and continued effort in pursuit of a promise or desired end result.  We have clear direction for developing patience: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-5)  That’s a pretty amazing promise. If…

Do You Suffer Ambiguity Angst?

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24, NLT Do you hate it when things are up in the air?  Do you feel uncomfortable when you can’t seem to get the information you need to make the “right” decision?  Well, you are NOT going to like what I’m about to say.  The truth is that you never will have all the pertinent information to make good decisions and things will never be within your control.  When you think you have a good grip on everything, it is simply because you can’t see…

It’s Time to Act

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17 Research has demonstrated that there are common attributes evident in people who are effective and successful in the workplace. These “success factors” are demonstrated by believers and nonbelievers alike. And while these characteristics on their own may be of some value, as believers we need to take into account the very clear words of Jesus when he said, “without me, you can do nothing.” A success factor may be great characteristic to have but, like everything, if not used in line with God’s direction, it may…

Interview with Former Job Seeker

I wanted to share this feedback from a job seeker who went through his season out of the workplace God’s way.  Thought you might like to hear his impressions first hand. Barb INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER JOB SEEKER Was there any evidence that God was preparing you for an employment transition before it happened?  Yes, approximately nine months before my employment transition, I had the desire to better understand my core principles (which are faith based), develop a plan to make positive changes in my life (heath, relationships, work/life balance), and plan for my future.  Through a friend, I was…

Sizing Up Others

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.‘” 1 Samuel 16:7 Do you get that there are two ways of “seeing” people and sizing them up?  The Bible is filled with stories about times when God showed up and described people in ways that definitely did not fit the behaviors or character they were demonstrating at the time.  Gideon was not acting like a mighty man of…

What’s My Occupation?

This poem was written by a brilliant young woman and performed at the recent  Aglow International Conference in Orlando.  It is a great depicition of the message that serves as the foundation for Employed for Life.  We will be posting the video so you can see her delivering her poem personally but in the meantime, enjoy it here. Thank you for sharing it, Nishan! What’s My Occupation? Written by: Nishan Patton Introduction What’s my occupation? I wanted to be an astronaut You see I wanted to ascend to the heavens maybe go to the moon… Then I wanted to be…

Proof You Are God’s Employee!

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your bodyand in your spirit, which are God’s. 2 Corinthians 6:19-20 Okay, okay, so you’ve seen this scripture but it really doesn’t have any practical meaning for you.  You know that Jesus paid the price that covers ALL your sins—past, present, and future—and you believe you are headed to Heaven one day.  But, beyond that, this verse really doesn’t…

Kingdom Career Ambition

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Ambition, for the right cause, is not a problem.  Passion and ambition are attributes given by God to fuel the fire that Jesus started; a wildfire to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God!  But Career Ambition? Do you really want to expend all your passion and gifts on the pursuit of an upward-spiraling series of work assignments and positions? To what end—so that you can leave…

It’s Time to Act

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17 Research has demonstrated that there are common attributes evident in people who are effective and successful in the workplace. These “success factors” are demonstrated by believers and nonbelievers alike. And while these characteristics on their own may be of some value, as believers we need to take into account the very clear words of Jesus when he said, “without me, you can do nothing.” A success factor may be great characteristic to have but, like everything, if not used in line with God’s direction, it may…

Battle for the Workplace

There’s a spiritual battle being fought over the workplace. The armies of the Lord and true followers of Christ are warring against the forces of the Enemy and the economy of the world. What’s being fought for is the hearts of workers including, unfortunately, the hearts of many believers who don’t even realize they’ve been captured and imprisoned in this battle. That statement may strike you as odd and you may be wondering how hearts could be won or lost in the workplace. In many cases the hearts of those in the workplace may seem to be nowhere in sight….

How’s your Job Search Going?

“How’s your job search going?” How many times have you been  asked that question? Too many times to count, I’ll bet. And it’s a tough question to answer too. After all, how can any job seeker really know how the process is going? What are the mile markers that would indicate progress and how far it is to that destination of a new job? By and large, the majority of people looking for work have no benchmarks to measure themselves against and no true sense of their job search performance. And that’s definitely not good…for job seekers or their families. When…