One of the realities of being entrepreneurial, pursuing the desires of your heart, and expanding the Kingdom is fear. It takes courage to step out and do something new. I have the opportunity to meet many people that are Kingly and courageous. These are not wild-eyed thrill seekers. They are calculating, cautious and persistence in the pursuit of their dream and the will of God. The majority of those that have been blessed financially; they are thankful, ministry oriented and excited. It’s fun to watch them.

A smaller fraction that are in the midst of struggling through problems. I’m personally drawn to encourage them to be wise, persistent and prophetic about the pursuit of their dream. Three in particular have been a focus of prayer from their friends and have seen new doors open and have gone from discouragement to anticipation. I want to share a key ingredient – the intercession and encouragement of friends. Here’s a couple of stories.

Easy Company

– A TV miniseries (Band of Brothers) was created around World War 2 paratroopers that follows their lives from training through D-day and the end of the war. I found it fascinating and was especially impressed with a personal interview they did with Dick Winters, who was one of the main characters in this true-life story. You could instantly tell he was a leader that would be easy to follow. He recently authored a book entitled “Beyond Band of Brothers” that is equally good. What the movie failed to point out was that Dick is a Christian that was in church nearly every Sunday during the six months his unit spent England before D-day. That fact put a missing puzzle piece together for me. The anointing on his life was noticeable in the interview and it translated to the dedication he had for his men.

Regarding the camaraderie of combat soldiers, this quote was profound:

“Soldiers risk their lives for the small unit, the squad, or the platoon. The infantry soldier is aware of the regiment, the division, and the democracy he belongs to, but his fighting spirit and good morale are caused and nurtured by his buddies, the guys in the foxholes alongside him. That is the reason men persevere in battle. Combat fatigue, the desire to flee, is stopped by small-unit morale.” pg 272

Small Unit Morale

– The reason people don’t succumb to fear is the same now as it was then. We all need the encouragement of friends that share our vision to reach a dream. It’s not something we releasincally get by going to church; Nor am I beating the drum for small groups or house churches. However, there is definitely a place among Kings for a fraternity of peers that care. Sometimes it’s intercession, fathering / mentoring; sometimes it’s a prophetic word or wise counsel; sometimes it’s listening to help shape the dream and explore the possibilities; sometimes it’s networking to open some doors.

1. Intercession

– Intercession is easy. There is such an emphasis in the Spirit to release Kings that the revelation of God’s willingness to bless and open doors is very apparent. Only our theological roots can hinder us. See last week’s newsletter on “Overcoming.” It really feels good when someone else understands your personal vision and is willing to pray with you to obtain it.

Carry each other’s burdens , and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2 NIV

2. Listening

– You don’t have to wait for problems to probe the heart’s desire of a friend. There is something about helping a person articulate his dream that grants him permission in the Spirit to pursue it.

3. Prophetic Words

– Once you understand the vision God has placed in the heart of brother and pray for them it’s normal to get insights from the Holy spirit… prophetic, counsel, or encouragement that can make difference to a brother or sister. It builds their stamina and courage to stay in the battle. God uses you to say “He cares.”

…let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ… Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thess 5:7-11

4. Networking

– For some reason I find Christians a little more prone to compete with one another than to help one another in the business world. The mafia, mormons, and masons all favor their own for purely carnal reasons. The reason we favor one another is because we love one another and we share the common goal of expanding God’s Kingdom. Jesus had favor with both God and men – so should we. Prefer one another, especially in business. We’re all about cups running over and making others successful – blessed and prosperous in every way.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rom 12:10-11 KJV

Scott & Donna

– One of the couples in the church I pastored had a vision for a restaurant. Their dream was Texas style barbeque. We’ve been through those 4 steps listed above about a dozen times over the last several years. Scott finally welded up a barbeque that will feed about 500 people and they catered their first event over the last 5 days – a cutting horse show and sale. It was well attended, the food was excellent, they made a prophet (they made money too), and a dream came true. The sponsor of this event invited them to do 5 more this summer and others that attended the show asked if they would come to their city for other events… it’s a breakthrough that was incubating in their hearts for years. You can feel it in the Spirit. When a King is released all heaven rejoices. www.cow-pig-n-chicken.com

Be an encourager

– God is encouraging Kings right now. Find one that needs a lift and speak life into his heart. Implement the four steps above and you’ll see God do something exciting.

And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword Lev 26:8 KJV

Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.