Have you ever noticed the sudden change that occurs in the environment every year beginning Thanksgiving Day?
The Christmas season is the one time every year when the World System (unknowingly) participates in Thanksgiving, Praise, and Worship. Radio stations change their entire format to Christmas Carols. Community and School Choirs sing concerts praising the Lord and most corporations do some sort of charitable giving supporting the less fortunate. As a result, people are happier, more charitable and the petty differences that separate us don’t seem as important. Business profits boom throughout December as folks take part in the annual holiday rush. In fact, many small businesses do as much as 50% of their sales between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is no accident. There are Biblical principles at the core of this. What would it mean to your business if you could operate every day under the same conditions as the Christmas Season? You can! I call it the Present of His Presence.
The Christmas Season is proof that God’s presence can touch and change all Seven Mountains of Society. That same presence is within you and through thanksgiving, praise, and worship you can change the marketplace environment in which you work.
- Prayer and Thanksgiving – Psalm 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name” Soak in the Presence of God every day. Thank Him for all the blessings in your business. Be thankful for the customers you have and the ones He is sending your way. Give Him thanks for the trials He has brought you through. Honor your customers and honor your employees by thanking them for their contributions to your business.
- Praise – Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Praise God when things are going well, but also praise God when they are not. David sent the praise team in before battle to change the atmosphere ensuring victory. Our praise has the same effect in the marketplace. Play anointed praise music in your business or workspace if permitted. I did this in the bank one year and three of the staff members (myself included) were named to PNC’s Circle of Excellence. Our Day Spa plays praise and worship music at all times and as a result, people walk out after a service refreshed, revived and they spend more money in our business.
- Worship – Psalm 95:06 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. We Worship God through our work; Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. Showing Excellence, Honor and Integrity in the marketplace is as worship unto The Lord. Ask God to make you a difference maker in your sphere of influence. We also worship through how we handle money. Be generous and avoid having sticky hands. Let the currency flow through your hands to where God wants it to be applied.
God wants to supercharge the marketplace with His Holy Presence in 2018. He is seeking a people who will put seeking His Presence above all else. Ask God to come work with you every day. He will guide you in ways you can’t even begin to understand. The true Present this Christmas is to have His Presence with you every day in all that you do. It is there you will find the Peace, Provision, Protection, and Power that will change your business, change your life, and manifest The Kingdom of God in our land.
Dale Turner, Deputy Treasurer of CCCWP