How a Prophetic Word Led a Broke Christian Businessman to Miraculous Success

How a Prophetic Word Led a Broke Christian Businessman to Miraculous Success

Ray Pinson, the founder of OPIN Systems, has seen God work miracles in his business, and he listens to the Holy Spirit in every step of his entrepreneurial journey. Listen as host Stephen Strang asks Ray about a prophetic word he received when he was almost broke. That very word eventually led Ray's business to success. Listen as Ray shares deep secrets to hearing from God for your business.

10 Minutes • 13 days ago

Episode Notes

Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Ray Pinson

Ray Pinson, the founder of OPIN Systems, has seen God work miracles in his business, and he listens to the Holy Spirit in every step of his entrepreneurial journey. Listen as host Stephen Strang asks Ray about a prophetic word he received when he was almost broke. That very word eventually led Ray's business to success. Listen as Ray shares deep secrets to hearing from God for your business.

Introduction

Stephen Strang:  Most of you know that I'm a businessman. I also consider that I'm in ministry, since I publish the Bible, publish Christian magazines and books that we try to minister to people. A lot of my circle of influence are business people. Today on the Strang Report, I'm going to interview one of the most successful businessmen that I've ever known.

·         Read the Strang Report: How a Prophetic Word Led a Broke Christians Businessman to Miraculous Success

Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang, and welcome to my podcast. My guest today is Ray Pinson. He and I are very good friends. And without being too specific, he's one of the most successful businessmen that I know up close and personal. He's also a deeply spiritual man who has some insights that will benefit you, if you work for someone, if you're your own boss, if you're an entrepreneur, or if you're just a Christian trying to hear from God. He has learned some secrets on how to hear from God. And in a couple of instances that he has shared with me and a small group of others. God spoke to him and they were pivotal, pivotal points in his life. I said, Ray, would you share some of this with me, and he talks today about how he would go away and hear from God. God told him that he was asking the wrong question. So, here is my interview with Ray Pinson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who's been in the software business for many years. He’s strong Christian, and we will talk about what questions God told him to ask that gave him miracles in his life.

Ray Pinson, you've been very successful in business. I know you, of course, as a godly man. I'm just impressed by your testimony of the miracles that you've seen God do even in your business. Could you share with us maybe some of your concepts, or maybe an example of the miracle where God really did something supernatural?

Ray Pinson: Every day is filled with miracles. We have eyes to see if our heart is open. I think the greatest miracle is discovering that God actually loves us when we're at work. He loves our business, and he wants to give us the success. When I started my business, I wanted so much for it to be a place to honor God. I really did. But I was young, I had no idea how to do that. But I was filled with zeal and determination that God would be honored in my little software company. I'm a geek, an introvert. I'm a guy who likes things. I had to learn to like people, but God loves people, and he imparted that to me. And that was kind of a transformational miracle of an inward sort. I can remember the day that I had dreaded, where all my money was disappearing as I tried to get my business launched. For years, I had worked. I had actually put together a million dollars. This was back in the 1980s. I believed that that was going to be enough to where a third of that would launch my new software business. So, I proudly collected a couple of recruits and set up workshop in my basement and we began to think of really cool software for the healthcare industry. But the money began to dwindle away. I kept selling stock that I had assets in and just running through the money. Finally, the day came where I thought, OK, it's half gone. What am I going to do? So, I spent all day long seeking God. It was a September day in Minnesota. Frankly, as the sun set, it was getting cold. I was kind of getting desperate. The Lord would speak to me at that point, because he'd said nothing all day long. God, what is your will? God, what is your will? No answer. Finally, as the sun was setting, and I was getting too chilly to stay out much longer, the Lord spoke to me very clearly and he said, why do you keep asking the wrong question? I said, well, wait a minute. I didn't mean to ask the wrong question. What’s going on? The Spirit of the Lord really showed me that I was asking him, what was his will for me, and he wanted to show me that He was the father, that He was God, that He was the creator of all things. He had all the power in the universe, and I was asking Him what I could do for Him. He said to me, so clearly, I'm your Father, not your Boss. I don't command you, and you go this way and that way. You come to me, and you ask for the desires of your heart, your innermost needs. I'm your father, and that's what I will give you. Not what you give me. I'm God. I don't need you. I don't need your money. I don't need your time. But I cherish your heart. That's what I want to do is to give you the desires of your heart. What is it? So, I thought, what is in in my heart? I really want this business to succeed. I don't want to run out of money, but I don't want to live in fear. I just want this business to succeed. Then the Lord promised me, that day, the Lord said, I will give you the desire of your heart. Consider it done, you will be successful, you'll make it. But I tell you this, it will be harder work than you ever imagined. It's not a hobby, it's not a game. This is not for fun. If you're serious, I'm serious, that you're gonna have to work harder and do things you don't want to do. You'll have to do the things you don't want to do in your business to be successful. But I, the Lord, will promise you success. And that was the story of a change of my life, of my perspective. I began to work much harder. But let me tell you the end of the story. A year passed, a year and a half. The Lord had told me that very day out in the woods, I will give you success in business. But, sell all the rest of that stock. Don't hold back, Sell it now and get the money. Now's the time. I took action on that. That was two weeks before Black Tuesday, where the biggest stock market drop in history occurred. If I had waited sell that stock, I know I would have run out of money because a year and a half later, I did run out of money. The day came where I was in church, and the basket was being passed. I had no folding money, I had nothing the checking account, I was literally down to the change in my pocket net, a quarter and a dime. That day, I put the quarter in the offering plate. But ironically, that day, the only time in history that I can recall, my pastor took a second offering. And the dime went in too. That day, I walked out free, I was completely broke. I knew whatever happened next, I was just in the hands of God. I literally felt free. That very month before the end of the month came, we actually turned our first month's profit. We were profitable every month for the next 10 years, as long as I owned that company. You see God is faithful, and He knows the future. So, a miracle happened that day in September 1987, where I cried out to God and I said, Lord, this is the desire of my heart. I would say to every business person, man or woman, wherever you are early on or late on. The key thing is to say, God, what are you speaking into the deepest recesses of my soul? How did you transform my DNA to make me fit for this particular calling? It's not a matter of, please tell me where to go and what to do and how to fetch and how to serve, although asking God for wisdom is always desirable. But don't ask the wrong question, ask the right question. God, will you give me desire of my heart? Am I on track? Then move ahead?

Connect with Ray Pinson

·         On LinkedIn

·         At glassdoor.com

·         On Facebook

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Ray Pinson

Ray Pinson, the founder of OPIN Systems, has seen God work miracles in his business, and he listens to the Holy Spirit in every step of his entrepreneurial journey. Listen as host Stephen Strang asks Ray about a prophetic word he received when he was almost broke. That very word eventually led Ray's business to success. Listen as Ray shares deep secrets to hearing from God for your business.

Introduction

Stephen Strang:  Most of you know that I'm a businessman. I also consider that I'm in ministry, since I publish the Bible, publish Christian magazines and books that we try to minister to people. A lot of my circle of influence are business people. Today on the Strang Report, I'm going to interview one of the most successful businessmen that I've ever known.

·         Read the Strang Report: How a Prophetic Word Led a Broke Christians Businessman to Miraculous Success

Hello, everyone, this is Stephen Strang, and welcome to my podcast. My guest today is Ray Pinson. He and I are very good friends. And without being too specific, he's one of the most successful businessmen that I know up close and personal. He's also a deeply spiritual man who has some insights that will benefit you, if you work for someone, if you're your own boss, if you're an entrepreneur, or if you're just a Christian trying to hear from God. He has learned some secrets on how to hear from God. And in a couple of instances that he has shared with me and a small group of others. God spoke to him and they were pivotal, pivotal points in his life. I said, Ray, would you share some of this with me, and he talks today about how he would go away and hear from God. God told him that he was asking the wrong question. So, here is my interview with Ray Pinson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who's been in the software business for many years. He’s strong Christian, and we will talk about what questions God told him to ask that gave him miracles in his life.

Ray Pinson, you've been very successful in business. I know you, of course, as a godly man. I'm just impressed by your testimony of the miracles that you've seen God do even in your business. Could you share with us maybe some of your concepts, or maybe an example of the miracle where God really did something supernatural?

Ray Pinson: Every day is filled with miracles. We have eyes to see if our heart is open. I think the greatest miracle is discovering that God actually loves us when we're at work. He loves our business, and he wants to give us the success. When I started my business, I wanted so much for it to be a place to honor God. I really did. But I was young, I had no idea how to do that. But I was filled with zeal and determination that God would be honored in my little software company. I'm a geek, an introvert. I'm a guy who likes things. I had to learn to like people, but God loves people, and he imparted that to me. And that was kind of a transformational miracle of an inward sort. I can remember the day that I had dreaded, where all my money was disappearing as I tried to get my business launched. For years, I had worked. I had actually put together a million dollars. This was back in the 1980s. I believed that that was going to be enough to where a third of that would launch my new software business. So, I proudly collected a couple of recruits and set up workshop in my basement and we began to think of really cool software for the healthcare industry. But the money began to dwindle away. I kept selling stock that I had assets in and just running through the money. Finally, the day came where I thought, OK, it's half gone. What am I going to do? So, I spent all day long seeking God. It was a September day in Minnesota. Frankly, as the sun set, it was getting cold. I was kind of getting desperate. The Lord would speak to me at that point, because he'd said nothing all day long. God, what is your will? God, what is your will? No answer. Finally, as the sun was setting, and I was getting too chilly to stay out much longer, the Lord spoke to me very clearly and he said, why do you keep asking the wrong question? I said, well, wait a minute. I didn't mean to ask the wrong question. What’s going on? The Spirit of the Lord really showed me that I was asking him, what was his will for me, and he wanted to show me that He was the father, that He was God, that He was the creator of all things. He had all the power in the universe, and I was asking Him what I could do for Him. He said to me, so clearly, I'm your Father, not your Boss. I don't command you, and you go this way and that way. You come to me, and you ask for the desires of your heart, your innermost needs. I'm your father, and that's what I will give you. Not what you give me. I'm God. I don't need you. I don't need your money. I don't need your time. But I cherish your heart. That's what I want to do is to give you the desires of your heart. What is it? So, I thought, what is in in my heart? I really want this business to succeed. I don't want to run out of money, but I don't want to live in fear. I just want this business to succeed. Then the Lord promised me, that day, the Lord said, I will give you the desire of your heart. Consider it done, you will be successful, you'll make it. But I tell you this, it will be harder work than you ever imagined. It's not a hobby, it's not a game. This is not for fun. If you're serious, I'm serious, that you're gonna have to work harder and do things you don't want to do. You'll have to do the things you don't want to do in your business to be successful. But I, the Lord, will promise you success. And that was the story of a change of my life, of my perspective. I began to work much harder. But let me tell you the end of the story. A year passed, a year and a half. The Lord had told me that very day out in the woods, I will give you success in business. But, sell all the rest of that stock. Don't hold back, Sell it now and get the money. Now's the time. I took action on that. That was two weeks before Black Tuesday, where the biggest stock market drop in history occurred. If I had waited sell that stock, I know I would have run out of money because a year and a half later, I did run out of money. The day came where I was in church, and the basket was being passed. I had no folding money, I had nothing the checking account, I was literally down to the change in my pocket net, a quarter and a dime. That day, I put the quarter in the offering plate. But ironically, that day, the only time in history that I can recall, my pastor took a second offering. And the dime went in too. That day, I walked out free, I was completely broke. I knew whatever happened next, I was just in the hands of God. I literally felt free. That very month before the end of the month came, we actually turned our first month's profit. We were profitable every month for the next 10 years, as long as I owned that company. You see God is faithful, and He knows the future. So, a miracle happened that day in September 1987, where I cried out to God and I said, Lord, this is the desire of my heart. I would say to every business person, man or woman, wherever you are early on or late on. The key thing is to say, God, what are you speaking into the deepest recesses of my soul? How did you transform my DNA to make me fit for this particular calling? It's not a matter of, please tell me where to go and what to do and how to fetch and how to serve, although asking God for wisdom is always desirable. But don't ask the wrong question, ask the right question. God, will you give me desire of my heart? Am I on track? Then move ahead?

Connect with Ray Pinson

·         On LinkedIn

·         At glassdoor.com

·         On Facebook

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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How a Prophetic Word Led a Broke Christian Businessman to Miraculous Success