Apostle Trina Davis's Posts (361)

God's Grace #Favor

God's divine favor working in your life. Psalms 5:12, the word says, "For you, O Lord will bless the righteous, with "favor". ... So when the Bible declares that the Lord will bless the righteous with favor, it means you and me. This releases God's supernatural influence in your life.

God shows favor to the ones who delight in, connect with, and give honor to Him. Isaiah 66:2 says, "For all these things My hand has made, So all these things came into being [by and for Me],” declares the Lord“But to this one I will look [graciously], To him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who [reverently] trembles at My word and honors My commandsSecond Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” To be “perfect” toward Him means we seek His favor more than we seek the favor of anyone else, even ourselves.

 Isaiah 66:2 (AMP) 

For all these things My hand has made, So all these things came into being [by and for Me],” declares the Lord“But to this one I will look [graciously], To him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who [reverently] trembles at My word and honors My commands.

Those who have received Jesus as their Savior are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9). They know the favor of God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but those who have saving faith in God’s Son are declared righteous (Romans 4:5; Philippians 3:9) and live in God’s favor. The most basic answer to “how can I get God’s favor” is “believe in the Lord Jesus.”

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Brand Growth Strategy Matrix

The brand growth strategy matrix is a simple method for visually representing the options a company can use in order to increase its market growth. The matrix considers two dimensions, products and markets, and considers whether they are new or existing. This results in four distinct growth strategies: market penetration (existing market and existing product), market development (new market and existing product), product development (new product and existing market) and diversification (new product and new market).

 

 

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Business life-cycle growth stage

There are four basic growth strategies you can employ to expand your business: market penetration, product development, market expansion and diversification.

Your business will never increase in value without growth. But business growth does not happen accidentally; it's the result of strategic initiatives. There are four basic growth strategies you can employ to expand your business: market penetration, product development, market expansion and diversification.

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Destined For Success 2020 and Beyond

There is a wealth of information that has been given to each up-and-coming fivefold minister, business owner, and entrepreneur to equip and prepare us for success, and we must take full advantage of what we know thus far and put our knowledge into action on purpose, blueprint your creative business ideas, establish your business connection with that banker for that small business loan and run with the vision even if you have to go it alone… You are destined for success or you would not be here creating, planning, and building for a better future and a successful business. This is for all of us.

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2 Timothy 2:14-23 (NIV)

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words;(A) it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.(B) 16 Avoid godless chatter,(C) because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus(D) and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,(E) and they destroy the faith of some.(F) 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm,(G) sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”(H) and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord(I) must turn away from wickedness.”
20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.(J) 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.(K)
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love(L) and peace, along with those who call on the Lord(M) out of a pure heart.(N) 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.(O)
Cross references:
A. 2 Timothy 2:14 : ver 23; 1Ti 1:4; 6:4; Tit 3:9
B. 2 Timothy 2:15 : Eph 1:13; Col 1:5; Jas 1:18
C. 2 Timothy 2:16 : Tit 3:9; 1Ti 6:20
D. 2 Timothy 2:17 : 1Ti 1:20
E. 2 Timothy 2:18 : 2Th 2:2
F. 2 Timothy 2:18 : 1Ti 1:19; 6:21
G. 2 Timothy 2:19 : Isa 28:16
H. 2 Timothy 2:19 : Ex 33:12; Nu 16:5; Jn 10:14; 1Co 8:3; Gal 4:9
I. 2 Timothy 2:19 : 1Co 1:2
J. 2 Timothy 2:20 : Ro 9:21
K. 2 Timothy 2:21 : 2Co 9:8; Eph 2:10; 2Ti 3:17
L. 2 Timothy 2:22 : 1Ti 1:14; 6:11
M. 2 Timothy 2:22 : S Ac 2:21
N. 2 Timothy 2:22 : 1Ti 1:5
O. 2 Timothy 2:23 : S ver 14

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Ready yourself as a founder

Ready yourself as a founder. Too often, passionate entrepreneurs leap head first into a venture before thinking it through. To improve your readiness to succeed as a startup founder, take an honest look at yourself as a founder before leaping. The first step is: Clarify your reasons and your goals. Why are you doing this? What do you hope to achieve? The second critical step is: Understand your entrepreneurial personality. What makes you tick? From there, focus on ways to leverage your skills, assets, resources, and relationships.

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What is the Mordecai Mandate

What Is The Mordecai Mandate

 

Loving God and Others: 

Engaging in the Public Square: 

Speaking Out Against Corruption: 

Exposing Injustice: 

Standing in the Face of Intimidation and Threats: 

Standing in the Gap for the People: 

Being Informed and Prepared: 

Speaking the Word of the Lord: 

Becoming an Ambassador of National Prayer: 

 

Mordecai paved the way for his people (the Jews), With breakthrough prayers and appointments in the community square. His persistence and perseverance during uncertainties and threats show a man with a mandate – an assignment from the Lord. His story reveals several strategic keys for effective prayer and engagement as we seek wisdom and discernment in confronting wickedness in high places.  Mordecai Mandate – this commission to stand in the gap, take action, and be an example that will inspire and motivate others to be change agents in our communities and nation.  Mordecai illustrates the truth of Psalm 75:7, “It is God who judges: / He brings one down, he exalts another,” and Psalm 147:6, “The LORD sustains the humble / but casts the wicked to the ground.” Mordecai’s faithfulness and integrity put him in good stead with the king of Persia, and his concern for his Jewish compatriots brought the blessing of God.

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Steps in securing a toxic business team

1. Own it If you don’t take full ownership for fixing your team, it won’t get better! Think about what you did to allow for this dynamic and what you didn’t do to address it. This could be an excellent time to get 360 feedback to understand others’ perceptions of your effectiveness as team leader. Talk openly with your team about your role (good and bad) and set a new standard for how you expect the team to work together.

2. Study the facts and seek out the truth. Use data and feedback to figure out what is really happening on the team. Get others’ perspectives. Ask questions, listen, stay curious, and be open to feedback. Be willing to seek the truth, even if it’s hard to hear. Team leaders tend to have the perspective of some, but not all, team members and may have a biased view of what’s really going on. Stay neutral and listen without judgement to fully understand why your team is struggling.

3. Set new standards of behavior and make tough decisions. As the team leader, it’s critical that a new standard for performance and behavior is set. Set a high bar and apply it to ALL team members. You can’t have different standards for different team members. Too often the negative behaviors of certain individuals are overlooked or ignored for various reasons. This doesn’t help, it hinders. Make sure the team understands the repercussions of their actions and be willing to follow-through. Frequently point out examples where team members are, and are not, living up to the new standards. Remember, you get what you tolerate!

4. Get the team on board. The team needs to meet regularly, and as the team leader, you need to keep everyone committed to the new rules of the road. If you need to, find a strong facilitator to help. That person could be a professional facilitator, an internal HR business partner, or a trusted colleague who has skills and is viewed as being neutral. Involve the team in discussing its challenges and suggesting ways to improve. Don’t forget to celebrate the team’s progress and successes, even the small ones.

5. Don’t give up. Turning around a Saboteur Team may be the hardest work you will do as a team leader. It takes time, courage, and commitment. Keep your vision in front of the team and give team members regular feedback and coaching. Look for and publicize quick wins and reward the right behavior. For many team leaders it’s tough to do this, but remove team members who aren’t willing or able to change. It only takes one saboteur for the whole team to become toxic – make the tough decisions when you need to. No leader has every regretted getting rid of an underperformer or a saboteur.
If you’re the leader of a toxic and dysfunctional team, you’re likely suffering from the experience. And, it’s likely your business results are suffering too. Facing the truth about your team, setting a new standard, requiring the team to building strong and healthy relationships, and developing new
habits takes energy and courage. However, once you begin the process of turning around your team, you are likely to see improvements immediately. Be intentional in your efforts – and persistent - and you’ll reap the rewards.

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The integrity and moral courage of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them. Riches will not provide security in the day of wrath and judgment, But righteousness rescues from death.

Proverbs 10:2

Treasures of wickedness and ill-gotten gains do not profit,
But righteousness and moral integrity in daily life rescues from death.

Ezekiel 7:19 

They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.

Luke 12:20 

But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

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fountain of wisdom

Proverbs 18:4

The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Metaphorical  Springs Benefits Of Wisdom Fountains Powers Of Speech
Proverbs The Water Of Life The Power Of Words Brooks 

Psalm 42:1
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

Deuteronomy 8:7
"For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 

Leviticus 19:35-36 (MSG)
Don’t cheat when measuring length, weight, or quantity. Use honest scales and weights and measures. I am God, your God. I brought you out of Egypt.

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Blessings To A Thousand Generations:
Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV / 25 helpful votes
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Exodus 20:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Psalm 103:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,

Exodus 34:6-7 ESV / 9 helpful votes
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Exodus 20:5-6 ESV / 9 helpful votes
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Proverbs 26:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.

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Good listening skills are important for growing your business relationships, but most people spend more time talking than listening. Here are eight ways to develop the skills that will make you an exceptional listener.


Most people consider themselves to be good listeners, finding it hard to admit otherwise. We know listening is vital to building strong relationships with coworkers, managers, clients, and leadership. In fact, it is considered to be the single most important communication skill necessary, valued more highly than speaking, in the business world.

We spend between 70 to 80% of each day engaged in communication, with over half that time devoted to listening, and yet we struggle to do it effectively. Because we hear speech at a rate of 500-1000 words per minute, and only speak 125-175 words per minute, we become easily bored, distracted and inattentive.

By recognizing listening as a skill necessary to establish and grow business relationships, we can begin prioritizing our need to do it well. Here are eight ways to immediately stop talking and start listening:

  1. “My Turn, My Turn!”

Admit it, when others start speaking you immediately begin thinking of what to say next. Speaking may be considered relatively easy by most, many fail to effectively listen. Stop competing for your turn to talk and simply listen. Deliberately concentrate your focus on the speaker, keeping natural eye contact, and tune into their facial expressions and body language. Clear your mind and focus on the message until they have completed their thoughts.

“Wait, let me get that.”

Few things are as inconsiderate or hard to ignore like the distraction of a device; yet, many of us are guilty to giving in to its demand for our attention. Even when we try, it is next to impossible to concentrate on someone speaking when the phone sitting next to us is buzzing with text messages, alerts, emails, and phone calls. If you’re in a conversation, silence your device. Give your respect to those speaking by removing any distractions that may compete with their message.

 

  1. “I see. Go on.”

Active listening is more than just hearing what someone says, it’s about the desire to understand what someone is trying to convey. Mindtools - a career skills development group - reported that people only remember between 25-50% of what is heard, meaning we pay attention to less than half of what someone says. By using words of encouragement such as “I see” and “Go on,” we can boost our ability to retain conversational details. This style of interaction also promotes the conversation often revealing more details than the speaker originally considered sharing.

  1. Silence is golden.

It’s important to get comfortable with silence in your conversations. Many of us are uncomfortable with quiet pauses and rush to fill the dead space. Instead, allow the silence to permeate the moment and give time for the speaker to transition between topics. Pausing between the end of their thought and the beginning of yours allows time for you to formulate a clear and concise response.

  1. “What I understand you to say is…”

Imagine the number of times we could prevent miscommunication if we took a moment to paraphrase what we thought of the speaker to say. Paraphrasing helps create an opportunity of clarification if the speaker feels they were misunderstood. It provides them another chance to communicate their thoughts and ensure everyone is on the same page.

 

 “How long has this been occurring?”

Open-ended questions have power. They have the power to explore the conversation and shed light on facts that are missing. Consider how much more information you can learn if you were to ask a venting coworker “How long as this been going on,” versus “Has this been going on long?” A simple yes or no response doesn’t provide the speaker an opportunity to elaborate, but the open-ended question invites them to continue in detail.

  1. “What are you saying without saying?”

While many of our conversations may be casual, some of them serve a purpose not so easily heard. Listening for the intent of someone speaking can help reveal the reason they are sharing with you in the first place. By listening intently, you can witness whether their body language, gestures, and facial expressions match their message. If not, listen for their intent. Read between the lines and identify what they are saying without saying.

  1. “Just checking in on you.”

Empathy is powerful. Just because a conversation has ended doesn’t mean the situation has. If you want to build a trusting relationship with your coworkers, work on your ability to demonstrate empathy. Empathy expresses compassion and understanding for the conversation shared. Whether you are empathetic throughout the conversation or after, bringing this level of engagement to the conversation will further your relationship and create a degree of mutual respect.

By mindfully listening to coworkers and colleagues, you will begin establishing relationships built on trust and respect. The credibility you earn as your peers’ listener will help you become their partner in success.

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Word For Today

Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (AMP) I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.
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