Doug Meadows – Our books and newsletters and conferences give us the privilege of seeing God move in marketplace ministry all over the world and meeting the Kings that help it all happen. They are not organized by one hierarchy (except the King of Kings). They just all seem to get the same direction at the same time. When the Holy Spirit speaks, anyone with ears can hear the doors swing open. Doug Meadows is an entrepreneurial businessman (Jewelry store owner from Marietta, GA) that caught the idea of expanding the Kingdom by helping others learn to create wealth. He also has a passion to start business in the third world and is working on a project in Zimbabwe to convert soy beans to cooking oil. Giving money to missions can solve an immediate problem and meet pressing needs. But, it’s still giving a man a fish instead of teaching him to fish. For Kingly entrepreneurs the skill is learning to create wealth by seeing opportunities right at home. You’ll enjoy reading Doug’s interview.
“Man’s Way” – There is a simple theological root that allows people like Doug to make a difference. He makes plans and pursues the desires of his heart. Most of us come from a belief system that assumes all of man’s ways are evil because of our inherent sinful nature… and that we should wait for God to guide every step. Here’s are some of the verses we use.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jer 17:9 NIV
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa 55:9 KJV
The real point of these verses (and many others) is that we can deceive ourselves. Our motives and actions need to be discerned. The good news; it’s not that hard to discern your plan. Fear that we can’t do anything right causes us to zero out our initiative… Christians with no plans that God can bless. Catch the phrase, “the Lord delights in a man’s way.” I want him to be delighted with my plan.
If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Ps 37:23-24
The Transition from Servant to King – When we first get saved, we’re often full of plans and ideas that are pretty goofy… some from good intentions and others not so good. We need the counsel of God and friends that care about us. However, as we mature in the Lord, He writes His plans on our hearts and we gradually come to a place where our heart’s desires and God’s become one. Now we’re at a place where pleasing God depends on having some desires and plans and making them a reality. It’s our responsibility before God to “have a plan.”
To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Prov 16:1-3 NIV
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Prov 16:9 NIV
It’s liberating to realize that God welcomes our plans and dreams. Knowing that he is faithful to correct our plan to align it with His is a great safety net. We love it when those mid-course corrections keep our ship from sinking. However, we don’t expect God to just dump a set of plans on us. He’s not looking for robots; He wants friends (Jn 15:15) and co-laborers. He loves the fellowship of Kings. He loves inviting them to ask for “Whatever.”
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:15-16 NIV
This is October 1, 2007 – Right now Kings like Doug are awakening all over the world. They have come through financial struggles and setbacks over the last months but many are experiencing breakthroughs and doors that were previously closed are now opening. They have weathered a storm and their hearts are aligned with God’s heart. Heaven is rejoicing over the initiative, the vision, and the character maturity. God is raising up Doug Meadows for a great work… and millions more just like him.
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.