Behold The Birds!

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26). It stopped raining a little while ago. I sat looking out of the window. Two large robins landed in my backyard and begin hunting for worms. They were highly skilled at locating worms. I watched them pull worms out of the soft ground into their firm beaks. They did it with confidence.

I thought about what Jesus said in this economic pandemic that the world is experiencing. Our Heavenly Father feeds birds. That’s a different kind of theological proposition. Jesus wanted us to see birds and understand the birds we watch have a covenant relationship with God. God has committed Himself to feeding birds.

How much more are you? Just like birds, God, our Father, feeds believers. So believers need to behave like birds! Here’s a few things I noticed.

1. The birds understood the opportunity that the rain brought them.
2. The birds knew when and where to pursue.
3. The birds were totally focused on worms.
4. The birds had to get their own worms.
5. The birds were hungry, but not greedy.

If we want to succeed financially, you have to know how God feeds.

1. God is still giving you time and chance to prosper (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2; 9:10-11).
2. God will direct you to the place of your prosperity (Psalms 66:12).
3. God wants your total focus on His kingdom (Matthew 6:33).
4. God will not give you what you can go get (Deuteronomy 8:18; 28:1-2).
5. God will give seed to the sower, not to the waster (Proverbs 18:9).

Lydia Business Group Tip #5

 Support your team and add new staff.

All teams are experiencing greater emotional and mental stress. Stress will adversely impact their ability to perform tasks. COVID -19 has demanded technological challenges and shifting customer needs. You should temporarily adjust workload performance expectations. Give your team increasing reassurance, better considerations, meeting options, with more frequent and thorough updates on new business strategies. Your team will also need more of your personal analysis for their support and concerns.

 We Make Business Better!

Lydia Business Group

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COVID Survival and Success Tips

Dr. Sean Teal, Th.D.

We Can Breathe!

Then He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).

Jesus breathes on those who believe. Those who believe have a breath beyond their own. When we are exhausted by life, afraid of the worst possibilities and feeling some kind of way, we have the indwelling and inspiring Spirit of God in us. We are filled with the Breath of Jesus.

Receive. Inhale. Catch your breath. Fill your lungs. You have permission to breath again! There is hope after the darkest of days. The breath we need we can receive.

Lift your hands!
I declare the decree. You have been admitted into the Season of your Shalom.  The circumstances have lost their standing. The Word of God arises. God’s promises are bursting forth over you! The Word will run quickly and finish a work in you that no man shall be able to explain. You must prepare for divine acceleration. The Spirit of God will blow a strong wind suddenly. This vision will be birthed in a night, declared in a week; confirmed in a month and launched in a year. If you believe it- give God glory!

The winds of the Spirit are blowing through Prayer Everywhere. We are witnessing and recording changed lives, notable miracles and mighty deliverance. The anointing on the Exhorters and Intercessors is on the rise. Support for The National Prayer Call is on the increase. Each week we are reaching more people with the message of love and the ministry of prayer.

Thank you for the partnership and sponsorship you bring to the outreach and mission of Prayer Everywhere! This season has been fruitful because God made you faithful. You are necessary.  You are appreciated!

Love With All Muchness,

Bishop Sean Teal, Visionary

Lydia Business Tip #4

COVID IS NOT OVER! Excuse me. I didn’t mean to yell (that loud). Customer preferences, trends and needs are changing in response to COVID-19. You must recognize your need to change quickly and smoothly.  Focus more on practical purchases versus “pleasure purchases”. Whatever product or service you offer it should be COVID conscious and compliant.
Think about this. Lysol and Clorox have elevated their brands in COVID in a way that defies the economy and out performs the analysts. When COVID is over they should still have sustainable gains. More than the science and business, they have won a larger market of trust. People now back their products. Make plans that will allow your business to take advantage of predictable sales cycles and service-oriented seasons.

Lydia Business Group / Subscribe for more teaching. Info@itsthehope.org / Lydia Group
Dr. Sean Teal, Th.D.

http://www.PrayerEverywhere.org.

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Are You Angry?


The Sunset Clause

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (Ephesians 4:26).

Be angry. This ‘angry’ is to be enraged by exasperation. It’s okay to be angry because you’re tired.

I know there is anger in the atmosphere. America is an angry place. Perhaps you are angry like you’ve never been angry before. You are exasperated. You are over it!

Our anger has a sunset. The believers’ anger does not seethe and fester. Our anger has an expiration because we don’t want it to become a transgression. 

Anger is not the sin. Anger that has no curfew is a sin. Anger that is left open overnight attacks, revenges, destroys and loots.

The Scriptures are clear – anger that is left unattended becomes a door for the demonic.

“Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). The enemy can use your anger against you. Proverbs 27:4 says that  “anger is outrageous”.

God has grace for how you feel. So let’s put that anger to bed. Here’s some things I hope you will do before you go to sleep tonight:

  1. Find a quiet spot. Get free from distractions. Get a notebook, journal, some pieces of paper and a pen.
  1. Write a letter. Don’t hold back. Transform your feelings into words. Write whatever comes to your mind. Use the language you are hearing in your head. This letter is for you. No one else has to see it.
  1. Don’t edit. Just keep writing. Just keep going until you feel different; maybe not better, just different. Write until the pain subsides and you feel as though you said what needed to be said. 
  1.  Accept closure. Destroy what you write.  Rip it up; delete it; trash it; burn it; get rid of it. As you destroy it, let all your anger and guilt go away.
  1. Believe better and behave better.Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior” (Ephesians 4:31).

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Lydia Business Group Tip #3

Collaborate With The Up and Coming.

Don’t wait. Be the leader. Take the initiative. Put together a group of  “out of the box” kind of people. Look for businesses owners and emerging entrepreneurs. Be synergistic and non-competitive. Vary the professions and passions. Agree to share best practices and cross-promotion.

You can compile fliers, advertise on website links, share hashtags, bundle promotions  and social media platforms. By collaborating with each other, you All can expand your customer base, moderate your costs, save time, and offer more products and services. You will begin to reach more new people.

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Dr. Sean Teal, Th.D.

http://www.PrayerEverywhere.org.

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Lydia Business Group Tip # 2

Connect  To Your Community
When it comes to marketing your business think local and little. Search for opportunities to get in front of your customers with your marketing message. Scan your social media event pages. Check local radio station websites for community calendars. What’s going on in your community? How can your business become more visible in a venue?

Have you thought about sponsoring an event? Have you thought about sponsoring an event for a local non-profit? Get to know your community and you will locate your ideal customer / client. Survey and study how and where your community spends time and money.

For more information about The Lydia Business Group contact info@itsthehope.org. A monthly Zoom class with Bishop Sean Teal and business leaders is offered. Registration is required.

Lydia Business Tips #1

Lessons From Lydia
“Make Your Message Move”

You should be marketing all the time — wherever you are. Therefore, you need a message you can move in a minute.

Research shows the average attention span of an adult is about six to eight seconds. That’s all the time you have to grab someone’s attention.

If you successfully engage them, you only have a little over a minute to really sell them on your product or service.

Invest the time to consolidate and modulate your opening line and sales pitch. The return on your investment will pay huge dividends in terms of creating more business opportunities.

For more information about The Lydia Business Group contact info@itsthehope.org. A monthly Zoom class with Bishop Sean Teal and business leaders is offered. Registration is required.

The Christ of The Crisis

Leadership In Crisis

Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.

PrayerEverywhere.blog

(Issachar School of Ministry)

The Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross reveal the mastery of crisis management. 

There is no greater crisis than The Crucifixion of Jesus.

Jesus conquered his crisis.

In Chinese lore the two characters that combine to make the word ‘crisis’ are danger and opportunity.

Every crisis offers an opportunity. 

How did Jesus lead the world through it’s most crucial crisis? 

What are the principles and practices being taught to leaders?

THE FIRST WORD – 

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” 

Luke 23:34

Handle the hard stuff first. What’s more difficult than to forgive the unforgivable?  The hardest work of a leader is to rescue and restore people.

THE SECOND WORD – 

  “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” 

Luke 23:43

Promote potential when things are painful. The penitent thief is dying on a Roman cross and Jesus is talking to him about paradise. Talk to your team about the dream not the death!

THE THIRD WORD – 

“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” 

John 19:26-27

Redefine significant roles and responsibilities. Every crisis tests the best team relationships. A crisis gives you permission to rethink how the team should team together going forward.

THE FOURTH WORD –

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

Ask questions that get to the heart of the matter. Why? That is the question of champions. 

THE FIFTH WORD – 

“I thirst.” John 19:28

Communicate your most basic needs as a leader. Don’t be afraid to be transparent. Keep your messages simple.

THE SIXTH WORD – 

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished;” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.  John 19:30

Know when to “shut it down”.  Closure is a treasure. Your project needs a start and finish date. The longest recorded Roman crucifixion lasted 10 days. Jesus finished in six hours. How do you know when you’ve won?

THE SEVENTH WORD – 

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” 

Luke 23:46

Delegate what you are currently doing so you can lead more to the next level. Jesus turned his spirit over to Father. This was His way of ensuring His Resurrection. After The Resurrection He leads captivity captive and gives us gifts of the Spirit ( Ephesians 4:7-9).

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