Can Business & Ministry CoExist?

Pro 22:29 “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

Ecc 5:3 “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”

Rom 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”
The scriptures are VERY CLEAR about Profiting in business AS UNTO THE LORD, ministry itself is a business..the business of the Lord himself. “The trouble arises when we as mere mortals mix in worldly delights and fleshly pleasures with the business of the Lord”.
Pro 10:2 “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.”
Pro 11:4 “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.”
PLEASE NOTE:
These verses are quoted from one of worlds RICHEST MEN ever…..Solomon, so you cannot ever state that his “Business” was not part of his worship of God, it was ONLY after his fall into sin which he decieded to do on his own that he made these comments………..Just because someone is wise at the out-set doesn’t mean they will stay wise or use that wisdom at all.
Pro 14:23 “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”
Ecc 5:16 ” And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?”
This is in no way to be interpreted that business is wrong but only business that leads to nothing, profits of fleshly desire with no supernatural wisdom for the future. If a man or women Works to put himself first or even family first they work in vain.
Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” This IS the purpose of ANY JOB or BUSINESS………….
1Co 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
Anything short of this is bad business for the kingdom of God and does no one any good.
Works are important to balance our faith in scripture but do not of themselves mean anything without faith to empower them.
Jas 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
A business or a Job empowers a man or woman to DO GOOD THINGS or it can give them an excuse to be selfish…but the choice is ours.
Jas 2:16 “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
If business and profit and ministry were NOT GOD’S WILL then he failed in many places to to communicate that particular teaching as here……..
Gen 47:14 “And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.”
That’s “Millions”of dollars in our day not to mention the crops and cattle, so obviously God has no problem using money or commerce to save or to bless his people. What do you people do with the many bible characters whom God told he would make rich both in physical and spiritual blessings? Do you cut out of scripture what doesn’t agree with your personal beliefs?
I’m sorry but Abraham is an example to every believer that God is a blesser, of THE WHOLE PERSON!
Gen 12:2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”
Gen 22:17 “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; “
Deu 11:26 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;”
Deu 11:27-28 “A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out-of-the-way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
Money, business profiting, and obedience go hand and hand…..you cannot have one without the other.
Deu 8:17-18 “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. “
Psa 112:1-10 “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.” It is not the gaining of profits that is evil to God how the wealth is pictured within your soul………
Pro 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity {meaning that your wealth is the mirror by which you see yourself instead of seeing yourself in the reflection of God’s Son, THAT} shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour {SWEAT AND BLOOD.} shall increase.” Working for a living instead of fleecing God’s people and living in the lap of luxury with that money, is the primary difference between fake Christianity and real faith. Now please let me make myself clear here I’m by no means rich but I’m also NOT GOING TO WALLOW IN POVERTY AND CALL IT GODLY, that would be an insult to our God. Satan and Sin are the parents of poverty NOT the poor but their state, he is also the parent of the falsely rich who tread down the poor!
What about advertising your business as thousands of real believers do on their web-sites every day, is this allowed by God or is it sinful to mix your business with your ministry? Is this practice the same thing that Jesus drove out of the temple with a cord? If it is then how can I ever get a profit with business or a Job if I am the personal temple of God?
Does God HATE THE WEALTHY? Of course not, if he did he would have hate himself and all the millions of his people he’s blessed over the centuries.
Pro 13:22 “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
What does it mean that the wealth of the UNgodly is laid up for the just? Is this in heaven? Or is it on earth in the here and now? I mean really let’s stop all this battle of the scriptures…its childishness and God hates it. The bible says its good to be wealthy IF THAT WEALTH IS NOT ILL GOTTEN GAIN!
Ecc 5:19 “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. “
REALLY, DO YOUR SCRIPTURES ABOUT “ANTI-WEALTH” TRUMP MY VERSES HERE THAT PLAINLY STATE WEALTH IS FROM GOD?

Ecc 6:2 “A man {The Church} to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof {WHY? Because they refuse to believe it belongs to them!}, but a stranger {The World} eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. “

Here God said it not me, its VAIN for a people to refuse the blessing and allow the world to eat of it out of pure pride and religious vanity. This is the highest form IDOLATRY to think your thoughts better than God’s viewpoint on HIS PERSONAL WEALTH AND WHO HE DETERMINES TO GIVE IT TO.

O.K. back to the question of mixing our business endeavours with our faith endevours……is it sinful?

NO! In no way is it wrong to sell products online or market something to other people AS LONG as it is done totally above board, legally, and godly. There is no way on earth that you could equate that with “Money Changers in the temple”, they were in direct disobedience to the word of God as to where they could have these tables of commerce and to top it off, should not have over charged for these items to make profit of the sacrifices. If you read the Old Testament you can plainly see that God had “Profit built in-to” the sacrificial system for both the people and the priests.

Lev 6:14-18 “And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar. And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto the LORD. And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it. It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering. All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the LORD made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy.”

So its plainly stated here that the “Priests of Aaron” according to scripture were taken care of, that was their profit from the sacrifices and NO MORE.

In Jesus day the High Priest[s], were not the legal priests of God but the token pawns of Rome….they instituted the selling in the temple which Jesus was offended by because they were profiting NOT in a godly way but from evil intent and disobedience. But it would have been fine if someone were to sell sheep and cattle for sacrifice OUTSIDE of the temple grounds at reasonable prices to those who could afford them and to provide them to the poor from the profits gained from the richer Israelites, that was the way God intended for businesses to function.

Every apostle in the New Testament gained profits in one form or another, either by Working like Paul as a tentmaker, or getting support from VERY WEALTHY women in the towns they preached in.

Ministry must have support or it goes nowhere fast, this is what is meant when God stated the the wealth of the ungodly is laid-up FOR THE GODLY. Money is a function of the earth…period, without it we would starve.

It is and always has been “HOW WEALTH IS GOTTEN”, NOT WEATHER WE CAN HAVE IT IN GOD’S WILL.
Please understand that to be “Wealthy” comes in many degrees from ” well-off” to “beyond insane” and of course I’m referring to those whom God has called to bless with their “well off” status and spread the Gospel to the world.
The MORE that well-off people invest in the Kingdom the better the quality of the spreading.
Do you believe that the big tract and Bible societies got there being HUMBLY POOR or by being placed in a “well-off” status either by donations or their leaderships personal wealth?
Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation {Lifestyle} be without covetousness {wanting others things or lifestyle}; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. “
Php 4:11 ” Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am {Physically poor or wealthy}, therewith to be content.”
In both of these scriptures that the “poor-mongers” misuse, it is God who will take care of us and provide every thing we need for our whole person so we are really not “Poor in Him” but only as far as the world can interpret our state and I have personally been in both states of mind so I know that the being poor here is NOT BEING NEEDY but simply being in the hands of God’s providence and care.
Luk 10:34 is a picture of God’s care:

“And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” This is for all my friends who are suffering from depression and feel downtrodden under the lies and pressure of everyday life. It happens,and Christians are no exception to the rule – BUT it doesn’t have to LINGER FOR MORE THAN A MOMENT OF TIME ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN YOUR CONTROL!

Ecclesiastes 1:3
What profit does man have left from all his toil at which he toils under the sun? [Is life worth living?]
Ecclesiastes 2:17
So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
Notice here that even the mighty King of Israel WAS DEPRESSED ABOUT LIFE.It’s not limited to us pee-on’s I promise you that,BUT LIFE HAS A WAY OF TURNING RIGHT SIDE UP just as quickly as it was screwed up.
Matthew 5:3
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
Matthew 5:5
Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
Matthew 5:7
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
Matthew 5:9
Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!
Matthew 5:11
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous– with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
Matthew 6:25
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Matthew 6:27
And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?

Matthew 7:14
But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
It’s this SIMPLE: Life as God has it (Just un-fooled around with.) is a picture of perfection,no worries,no darkness at all-the key to getting this life is simply accepting Jesus NOT AS AN ICON TO WEAR AROUND YOUR NECK BUT AS A PERSONAL LIFE GIVING DELIVERER FROM ALL SIN & EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE-No matter how bad it seems to be or how long it’s been that way!
John 14:6
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
John 17:2
[Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.
John 17:3
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

True knowledge is knowing God as he is FROM THE INSIDE OF YOU OUTWARD,no amount of external works CAN EVER REVEAL GOD like he does from inside your REAL PERSON,THE HIDDEN MAN OF THE HEART (i.e your SPIRIT-MAN) The real you has no personal problems whatsoever,your spirit is living perfection inside imperfection recreated into the image of Jesus the anointed son of the living God,this is where you are to live-INSIDE :Living life through Jesus from the spirit man recreated inside you..think about that for a while!! God’s Kingdom,the complete Kingdom of God lives and reigns inside you BUT without your express permission from your mouth,CONFESSING IT’S RIGHT TO RULE OVER YOU God cannot & will not change anything in your PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCES.It’s completely up to you to allow HIM TO CHANGE EVERYTHING-HE WON’T FORCE YOU TO ACCEPT THE CHANGES.
1 Corinthians 1:30
But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
1 Corinthians 7:31
And those who deal with this world [ overusing the enjoyments of this life] as though they were not absorbed by it and as if they had no dealings with it. For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away.
We must deal with this life BUT God has given us a way AROUND THE NATURAL LIFE & INTO THE SPIRITUAL REALM OF GOD HIMSELF where we can walk,talk and be employed in the work of His Kingdom business..that is awesome!! God requires only one thing from us TRUST in his ability to move on our behalf after all HE IS ALL-POWERFUL,ALL-KNOWING,AND ALL-KNOWLEDGABLE something that satan and all his host do NOT HAVE,you have the advantage as a believer over ALL THE WORKS OF THE FLESH & THE DEVIL’S KINGDOM ON EARTH..YOU..BELIEVE IT!
2 Corinthians 5:4
For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [ after the resurrection].
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 5:25
If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
Galatians 6:8
For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 4:22
Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
Colossians 3:1
IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Timothy 1:9
[For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].
Titus 2:14
Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.
Hebrews 4:12
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
James 1:25
But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
1 Peter 3:10
For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good–whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).
1 Peter 4:14
If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you–happy, fortunate, to be envied, with life-joy, and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
2 Peter 1:3
For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [ full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
1 John 2:17
And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.
1 John 3:9
No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.
1 John 5:12
He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life.
1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)–[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be).
Revelation 22:17
The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.
We must deal with this life BUT God has given us a way AROUND THE NATURAL LIFE & INTO THE SPIRITUAL REALM OF GOD HIMSELF where we can walk,talk and be employed in the work of His Kingdom business..that is awesome!! God requires only one thing from us TRUST in his ability to move on our behalf after all HE IS ALL-POWERFUL,ALL-KNOWING,AND ALL-KNOWLEDGABLE something that satan and all his host do NOT HAVE,you have the advantage as a believer over ALL THE WORKS OF THE FLESH & THE DEVIL’S KINGDOM ON EARTH..YOU..BELIEVE IT!
Come,DRINK OF HIS WORD AND LIVE..there’s no substitute for God’s life in you-NOT RELIGION,NOT BOYFRIENDS,NOT GIRLFRIENDS,HUSBANDS,WIVES OR ANY CREATED THING,HE IS ETERNAL THEY ARE ALL TEMPORARY CIRCUMSTANCES WAITING TO CHANGE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. Don’t put your faith in temporal matters that are wind!
Revelation 21:6
And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.

You are a HIGHER FORM OF CREATION THAN EVEN THE ANGELS THEMSELVES,YOU ARE JESUS’ EXTENSION IN THE EARTH-BEGIN TO LIVE LIKE A KINGS KID INSTEAD OF A REJECTED, PITIFUL WRETCH!!