Larry Van Schoiack
A Christian Businessman
Pre-Flight Check list
Principals of Wealth Building
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About Larry

Hi, I'm Larry!

Husband to Joan since 1963, 3 beautiful daughters,
7 wonderful grandchildren
Christian - follower of the Lord Jesus Christ
Businessman: Past owner and CEO of many businesses including construction, Retail, Furniture manufacturing, financial, Real Estate investment, and Business Consultant
Present owner of HisCo NW Corp,,,,

The Christian Businessman's Pre-flight Checklist

As a business owner most of my life I have wondered how those who do not walk daily with the Lord can survive. They seem to make money and live successful lives on the surface. However, when I have watched their lives over a period of years and talked to them privately I have seen the truth. Alcoholism, drugs, ulcers, other physical problems and destroyed families are the cost of financial success.. The trouble is that I have seen good Christian men suffer many of the same things non-Christians do. I have never believed this was necessary. This was not God's plan for our lives. There must be a way to enter into God's way of doing business that brings good fruit in every area of our lives.

When I began trying to have a closer walk with God I felt that I often forgot to pray some things that were important for my family and me. My walk with God was not very victorious. I prayed about it and God gave me the idea to have my own pre-flight checklist that I would go through every day before I started my day.

When I went to flight school to learn how to fly, I learned that every pilot is required to go through a pre-flight checklist before he even enters the plane and then again before he starts the engine and again before he takes off. Every step is listed so he will not forget anything. I would develop my own pre-flight checklist so that I was sure that I was in tune with God, His ways, His direction, and His protection.

I started to study the bible and ask God how was I to start my day and what things were important to Him. I made a list of scriptures I felt pointed me in the right direction to serve God during the day. Over the years I have grown and so has my checklist. Now, I would not think of starting my day without my check list and the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10) to guide and protect my family and me.

May I suggest that you start your day with God's blessing on your day and life. I suggest that you write down scriptures that God has put on your heart. Then write down what you want to say to God each morning. Don't Fly without God next to you all day. Believe me, it is the only way to fly and not crash.

The following is a copy of my pre-flight checklist. My Daily commitment to God. I give this only as a sample. Make your own the way God leads you.

By Larry Van Schoiack

The Christian Businessman's Pre-flight Check List
Jesus said, "ABIDE(DWELL) IN ME"
  • My Holy Father in heaven, my Papa God, I love & praise you with all my heart.
  • Lord, please forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. And fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit.
  • I give my body to you as a living sacrifice to do with me as you please. I accept your perfect will and plan. I enter into the life you planned for me, My destiny, now!
  • Lord Jesus, I receive your blessing, grace, strength, and anointing in every area of my life. Direct me into Your priorities. Help me obey your commands and walk holy and pleasing to you, today.
  • Lord, I give up my right to earn money for myself. I now do business for the kingdom. Teach me Your way to do Business and handle money. And give me the grace to do it.
  • Lord, I release all the gifts of the Spirit including the word of knowledge & wisdom, and gift of faith & miracles. I receive the heart of Jesus.
  • Help my family and me to walk through temptation without sinning and keep us safe from the evil one and his sceams against us.
  • I receive good health, protection, & abundant provision for my family and me.
  • Lord, please show me the things that hinder my relationship with you and help me be free from them.
  • Please help me see pride quickly and humble myself.
  • In Jesus' Name, Amen.
  • God is Who He says He is
  • God can do what He says He can do
  • I am who God says I am
  • I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.
  • God's Word is alive and active in me
  • I put on the full armor of God by Faith
  • God says I am Holy, righteous, and capable in Him
  • It is God who gives me the ability to produce wealth, Deut 8:18
  • Wealth and honor come from God and God is the ruler of all things. 1 Chron 29:12
  • I am Bright, Smart, Sharp, Good looking, in good health, Very rich, and a major blessing to others.
  • Everything I put my hands & mind to is blessed because God says I am blessed.
Put on the full armor of God

Eph. 6:13 Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Please, strengthen me and give me confidence and wisdom as I wait in Your presence. I confess, Lord Jesus, You are my Savior, Lord, Healer, Provider, Protector, Deliverer and King. Please grant me grace - unmeritied divine enablement - to battle effectively and efficiently.Your grace is more than enough to accomplish anything You want in my life or through it.

I put on the belt of Truth, the Spirit of Truth. I surrender my will to the Lordship of God's Holy Spirit. I embrace Your Truth in every area of my life. Lord reveal Truth that will bring me into the freedom Christ has ordained for me.

I put on the body armor of God's righteousness and being in right standing with the Lord. Father, I thank You that I am righteous by faith in Jesus Christ and through this faith I am in right standing with You.

I put on the shoes of peace that come with the gospel. Lord, Your peace sustains me and guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

I put on the shield of Faith to stop satans arrows of fear, doubt, accusations, ungodly beliefs, guilt, shame, inadequacy, inferiority, unworthiness, and greed. I have made the decision to walk by faith. By faith I will be a good warrior, strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and endure the hardships of spiritual warfare without caving in. I shall believe for vicotory in every situation.

I put on the helmet of the salvation of hope. Father, Your salvation is deliverance and victory in everything in my life. I put my complete hope in You that I will see victory in every battle I'm facing.

I take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. You said to speak words of faith to the problems in my life. My words that are empowered by the Holy Spirit are effective in the spirit realm. In Jesus Name, I command the mountains in my life to be cast down into the sea. I loose the power of the blood of Jesus Christ against all spirits assigned against me. I smash and destroy all plots to hinder the will of God in my life. I decree that satan has no right to oppress me in any way. In Jesus Name, I break the spirit of poverty over my life and demand satan to take your hands off my increase, blessing, prosperity and health. You have no right to steal from me. I seek the kingdom first and expect God's abundant provision. Lord, teach me to use the sword efficiently & effectively.

The weapon of prayer. Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray scriptures & promises, Lord, I pray for victory in every part of my life.

In the Name of Jesus Christ I cast down my mountains (Matt.21:21 NIV)

  • I command good business deals to show themselves to me today.
  • I command good prospects and sales to come to me.
  • I command money to flow into my bank accounts.
  • I command my bank accounts to be fat and have plenty left over for giving.
  • I command favor to fall on me with every person and situation I find myself, today.
  • I command each investment to be successful and prosperous.
  • I wait patently to discern the heart of God before committing to any action.
  • When under pressure and attack I go to my personal high tower or safe place in God and be refreshed.
What would I do if I knew God would cover the finances? Lord, What is Your will?

I pray for:

  1. My life : My Spiritual life, health, business, & finances
  2. My wife: I declare my wife completely healed both emotionally and physically
  3. My family: My three daughters, their husbands, my grandchildren, extended family; My wife's whole family.
  4. My friends: Men's fellowship et al
  5. My church: finances, bring in the right people
  6. My leaders: Pres., Gov., Pastor and leadership team
Evening checkup: Ask God, "Where have I pleased you and not pleased you today?")
1 John 1:9 = forgiveness and help

When was the last time I successfully encountered the enemy?

Lord, what is the key to your treasure room?

God got my faith to that point and then He honored it.

Important Scriptures Deut 6:5, Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. NIV

John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man (lives) remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:7, If you remain (abide, live) in me and my (rhema) words remain (abide, live) in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. (command, decree)
John 15:9-10, "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (with utter abandonment) If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
Rom 12:1-2, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Mark 8:34-35, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
Gal 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. NIV
Ex 33:13, Teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.

Principals of wealth building
Det 8/18,28 and 1 Chron. 29/12
  • Wealth and honor come from God and God is the ruler of all things. 1 Chron 29:12
  • It is God who gives me the ability to produce wealth, Deut 8:18
  • Pray for revelation, and be open to God's ideas.
  • Pray for the grace to walk out the revelation
  • 'Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, "says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it' ". Malachi 3:10
  • Wait patently to discern the heart of God before committing to any action.
  • But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mt 6:33-34
  • If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving--large or small--it will be used to measure what is given back to you." Luke 6:38
  • We are commanded to take dominion, that includes taking dominion in the market place, in your business, and finances. Pray for the grace to walk it out in His way.
  • God will not anoint an empty head. Learn everything you can about business, finances and Marketing.
  • Thinking strategically involves focusing on the fewest steps and the fewest resources you need to succeed. If you're not focused on them, your results won't be very beneficial. Pray for God's daily guidance.
  • To move forward Strategize, Streamline, and Systemize your goals, plans, and your business. Ask God to show you how and guide you to the right resources to learn how.
  • Have the right people doing the right things - Right.
  • Is this plan the fastest way to accomplish the goal. Find shortcuts, ask God for ideas.
  • Work on what is essential and achieve speed of execution.
  • Build systems and processes
  • Play where you can win doing what you love to do.
  • True assets produce income. Buy assets not liabilities like new cars, boats motorhomes that set unused most of the year losing value. Big expensive homes do not bring in income they only cost.
  • God is already at work in every situation. Be open to seeing what he is doing and join Him.
  • He has called you to where you are working right now. Let him anoint you to succeed where you are. He will move you one as you grow.
  • Being in the right place with Him will right decisions.
  • I must be willing to face the issues and walk through the struggles. He WILL help you.
  • Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.
  • Unless my friendship with God is not my first priority I will never fulfill my destiny.
  • God delights in my weakness because His power is made perfect in my weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9
  • Faith grows by exercising it and seeing God come through.
  • My goal must be impossilbe and need a miracle to come about.
  • My best is good enough in God's sight because it is His best that counts.
  • In His presence the answers are found, understanding comes, revelation and power manifest.
  • Obey first then understand later
We can not do what God does and God will not do what He told us to do. There is a time to pray and a time to exercise authority and action.

Scriptures on prosperity

"For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11

"Do not let this Book of Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:9

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart" Psalm 37:4

"He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor." Proverbs 21:21

"The blessing of the Lord brings wealth and He adds no trouble to it." Proverbs 10:22

"Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor. Blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine to your house, your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord." Psalm 128: 1-4

"And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God". "Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country". Deuteronomy 28:2-3

The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity-in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground-in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you. "The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow". "And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today,and are careful to observe them". Deuteronomy 28:11-13

"Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do". Deuteronomy 29:9

"God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him". Psalm 67:7

"He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered". Proverbs 28:25

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." (Not lack anything or I have all that I need) Psalm 23:1 (NLT)

"He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses". Proverbs 28:27

"For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you". Leviticus 26:9

"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day". Deuteronomy 8:18

"You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand" Deuteronomy 15:10

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. Deuteronomy 30:15

"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21

"And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before". Job 42:10

If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. Job 36:11

"Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever". Psalm 112:3

"The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself". Proverbs 11:25

" ...that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries". Proverbs 8:21

Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. Proverbs 13:21

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested". 1 Chronicles 4:10

"Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all". 1 Chronicles 29:12

"He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper". Psalm 1:3

"For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield". Psalm 5:12

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly". John 10:10

"You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame". Joel 2:26

'Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this, "says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it' ". Malachi 3:10

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mt 6:33-34

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving--large or small--it will be used to measure what is given back to you." Luke 6:38

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will God help me in my business?
The answer is, "Yes", He wants you to be blessed but in His timing and in His way. His higher priority is your relationship with Him and your character. Success in life and in business is not a destination but a journey and how we navigate that journey.

Q: How do I get God to help me in my business?
The first question really should be, "Am I doing the business God wants me in." Then the next questions is, "How does God want this business done and what are His goals?"

Q: How do I get God to answer business questions?
Right relationship with God brings right decisions. As we spend more time with God and build our relationship with him we find that we begin to know His will and sense the direction He wants us to go. I have also found great value in pray for ideas, both for how to solve problems and creative ideas for new markets and business.

Suggested Bibliography
Christian Books
The Bible - NIV, NLT, or NKJ versions
Prosperous soul (vol. I & II) by Harold Eberle
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace by Harold Eberle
Business Books
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The secret of closing sales by Zig Ziggler
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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