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Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 10:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

The Kingdom of God exists wherever God's Presence and dominion are manifested. A Kingdom business focuses on inviting and protecting the presence of God more than just applying Biblical principles. It is a business that reveals, points to, and reflects God's glory – His attributes, nature and power. It is a business motivated to see God's kingdom come and His will done within its sphere of influence (on earth as in heaven, Matthew 6:10).

At The Hignell Companies, our guiding principle is "Living in His Presence, Resting in His Provision, Demonstrating His Kingdom." From His Presence flow provision and rest, and a natural demonstration of His Kingdom. The order is important: it starts with Presence and ends with the Kingdom being revealed to others, which extends God's Presence and dominion through the business enterprise.

God provides assistance to operate from His Presence. We can expect:
1. A tangible atmosphere of peace and rest;  
2. Supernatural confirmation when we are on the right track and fulfilling His call on our lives;
3. Supernatural direction, showing us what we are to do as the next step; and
4. Supernatural provision (resources) to fulfill that call.
Mary's husband, Joseph (a self-employed business owner), models all four for us: he was at peace as he moved forward; he received supernatural confirmation from the angel; clear direction that he was to take Jesus and flee to Egypt and provision for the escape to Egypt from the Magi's gifts.

How can we know when we are operating out of God's Presence rather than our natural strength and abilities? There are at least four ways we can tell: when we manifest the fruit of the spirit, such as peace and joy, in the midst of business pressure; when we hear from God and act on what we are hearing; when we see that the Holy Spirit impact others through our lives; and when we live with hope based on an expectation of divine favor and blessing. We cannot manifest any of these on our own. We see results that are beyond our natural abilities because we access Heaven's resources.

Modeling the Presence of the King in the marketplace involves making room for his priorities, being Spirit led, and seeing lives transformed, but it is also important to operate with excellence. Reflecting God's glory to the world includes using the best business techniques and practices possible to offer competence, convenience and cost-effectiveness to your customers.

Comments
Love it Doug. Keep bringing this clarity to what so many talk about but don't live out.
Andy Mason @ 8:30:00 PM 12/21/2011
I'd like you to develop the "four ways we can tell" in another blog! Great article.
Stephen De Silva @ 8:59:00 AM 1/10/2012
Excellent Doug, really encourages me!
David Tinney @ 8:35:00 PM 3/30/2012
Feeling the nudge now...very timely - thanks!
Shelley @ 9:23:00 PM 1/22/2013
The vision of the business network my husband, Gino, and I founded in 2011 is the same as yours. Awesome! God has plans beyond our imagination. For His honor and glory. The re-designed website is almost ready to go live, so please keep in mind when viewing: http://WCBusinessNetwork.com We are executive directors of the Business Network Expo in Santa Barbara. For the community, by the community, and founded on His Principles. Honor God, Serve Others. All are welcome! It's Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9AM-2PM @Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, CA.
Sandy Goe @ 10:10:00 AM 1/23/2013

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