“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” – Jesus the Christ
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Proverbs 8:17 & 18
John D. Rockefeller’s Kykuit Estate (One of his many homes), Mt. Pleasant, New York
Yesterday the Economy Failed You, TODAY the Economy is YOURS for the Taking
Yesterday, I made some pretty bold statements, “Blaming the Government for our “failing” economy is not reality. We all have the choice of what we can or can not do with our own 24 hour day. The Government’s prime derivative is to “relegate and manage”, NOT to distribute and build. Distributing and building is left up to the entrepreneur. Government policies that lower or raise taxes in order to “help” people get jobs- are only policies intended to HELP/enable jobs… NOT TO CREATE THEM. Government in it’s very nature is NOT intended for business purposes-we need to understand this.”
I also wrote: “It is time for Christian’s to DOMINATE the marketplace, not just be IN it. As you have learned, you spend MORE TIME WORKING THAN ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU DO. Are you in a position to where you feel like you can be the Christ follower God intended you to be while you are working? Or do you suppress your faith JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO “KEEP” your job??” (read the complete article here)
What kind of person would I be, if I DIDN’T give you some fuel for the fire? Some ammunition to “go to guns” with, in regards to OVERTAKING the “dismal” state of the economy? Today, I would like to encourage you with our first CHRISTIAN MARKETPLACE DOMINATOR: John D. Rockefeller.
Before yesterday’s article… the economy and the Government were to blame for the dismal economic state. Today however, we are boldly walking in the knowledge that this world needs A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN to not just “work” in the marketplace but to… DOMINATE in it.
How many crack-heads, pimps, drug dealers, thieves, prostitutes, strippers, and murderers would there be if THE GOD OF JACOB, ISAAC, and JOSEPH was in THE leadership position in today’s modern economy and business? YOU ARE HIS REPRESENTATION IN THE FLESH. No, we ARE NOT GOD… but WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES. What He does… WE DO! Therefore, if YOU are in the office-HE is in the office! Question-Would men have to “slum it” in the strip club-if their bosses were Holy Spirit Filled-Tongue Talking Ministers of the Gospel? IT IS TIME REVOLUTIONIZE THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY… IT IS TIME TO DOMINATE IT FOR JESUS!!!
John D. Rockefeller portrait, circa 1885
John D. Rockefeller… Man of Many MANY Dimes…
John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy. In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and aggressively ran it until he officially retired in 1897. Standard Oil began as an Ohio partnership formed by John D. Rockefeller, his brother William Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, Jabez Bostwick, chemist Samuel Andrews, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller’s wealth soared, and he became the world’s richest man and first American worth more than a billion dollars. Adjusting for inflation, he is often regarded as the richest person in history.
Rockefeller spent the last 40 years of his life in retirement. His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy with foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research.
His foundations pioneered the development of medical research, and were instrumental in the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever. He is also the founder of both the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University. He was a devoted Northern Baptist and supported many church-based institutions throughout his life. Rockefeller adhered to total abstinence from alcohol and tobacco throughout his life.
When he was a boy, his family moved to Moravia, New York and, in 1851, to Owego, where he attended Owego Academy. In 1853, his family moved to Strongsville, a suburb of Cleveland. In September 1855, when Rockefeller was sixteen, he got his first job as an assistant bookkeeper, working for a small produce commission firm called Hewitt & Tuttle. He worked long hours and delighted, as he later recalled, in “all the methods and systems of the office”. He was particularly adept at calculating transportation costs, which served him well later in his career. The full salary for his first three months’ work was $50 (50 cents a day). From the beginning, he donated about 6% of his earnings to charity, which increased to 10% by the age of twenty, when he tithed to his Baptist church.
Rockefeller became well known in his later life for the practice of giving dimes (which was quite a bit of change) to adults and nickels to children wherever he went. He even gave dimes as a playful gesture to wealthy men, such as tire mogul Harvey Firestone.
This Christmas, let’s do something OUTRAGEOUS. Let’s give a gift to someone that NO ONE expected!
This Christmas, Let’s Do Something OUTRAGEOUS
There is no doubt that John D. Rockefeller was an outrageous human being. He was a tithing, money giving, monopoly making, dominating, over-the-top innovator. JDR make a permanent impact in this world.
Jesus made a permanent impact too. He dominated in this earth-healing, faith, teaching, representing, knowledge-He came and left a PERMANENT MARK. Jesus is the ULTIMATE MARKETPLACE DOMINATOR. His market and economy is the Spirit AND the Flesh. In the Spirit, He offers us COMPLETE HEALING. In the flesh, He offers us COMPLETE HEALING. Those who walk imitating Christ have this same ability, IN the name and BY the Blood of Jesus.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – Jesus 1 John 14:12
This Christmas, let’s do something OUTRAGEOUS. Let’s give a gift to someone that NO ONE expected! Let’s preach from a place NO ONE can believe a person could be found preaching from. Let’s lay hands on the sick AND WATCH PEOPLE GET WELL. Let us be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God so that ALL men will be drawn UNTO Him. Let’s go where NO Christian has EVER gone before!
If your kid is expecting underwear, it is time to DOMINATE HOPE and SHOW CHRIST in his/her life-and buy OR make-that perfect gift that would mean so much to them!
Johnny Doesn’t NEED Anything, but He WANTS A Lot!
Last year my husband and I decided THIS Christmas would be different. THIS Christmas we are going to do something OUTRAGEOUS, we aren’t going to BUY our 5 kids ANYTHING they NEED. We are going to get them what they WANT. Sounds outrageous doesn’t it? Doing something to “knock someone’s socks off”! There are plenty of gifts and surprises that you can plan-in cash-when you pray and obey the Spirit.
If your kid is expecting underwear, it is time to DOMINATE HOPE and SHOW CHRIST in his/her life-and buy OR make-that gift that would mean so much to them. GET your kids hopes UP for 2011! Let’s ROCK this economy in 2011! Shop smart eBay, Craigslist, sales and specials. It is time to BE YOUR KIDS “SANTA”. The KEY to changing the world’s economic climate is to DOMINATE and BECOME purveyors of HOPE AND BLESSINGS.
I have a dream: I dream of men and women of God who can show their children that ALL their needs are met according to HIS riches in glory- and Jesus WANTS to give them the very BEST. OUTRAGEOUSNESS for Jesus!
May God bless you THIS Christmas, and KNOCK your socks off! We are BLESSED to be a BLESSING in HIM!
Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.
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