As believers in Jesus Christ we are sojourners in a foreign land, in other words this is not our home but part of our journey home. This is why we are commanded to be in the world but not of the world.
There should be a distinct difference between how the people outside of Christ act and carry themselves compared to the people inside of Christ. We are commanded to be lights to the world ( Matthew 5:14) and so we cannot be lights to the world if we are the same as the world.
This whole world system has been strategically set up by the enemy to deceive people and hold people in bondage, so the only way we can effectively pull people out is by creating an environment within an environment.
The Church or Body of Christ is meant to be an Oasis where people can run to that would direct them to the true and living God, but unfortunately in many chases the established church have become a social club for people who just want to be politically correct and not rock the boat in anyway but just live in a little Christian bubble.
Having an environment within an environment creates a safe house that exists and cause things to grow that couldn’t grow in the bigger environment.
Just look at how many people the bigger environment had written off and cast aside, who were able to make it to the Oasis and are now doing exploits for the kingdom.
Look how many times the so called intellectuals of this world have been humbles by someone in the kingdom who is not supposed to be able to speak on their level:
1Co_1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
This is why it is so important for churches to operate in unity, because the world is looking on.
THE CHURCH (Body of Christ) is in unity because Christ is building his Church, however, “churches” are not!
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The same way we need to create an environment within and environment, God has his Church within the church and at some point the two will be separated:
Mat 13:24 The Parable about the Weeds among the Wheat
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom from heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Mat 13:25 While people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
Mat 13:26 When the crop came up and bore grain, the weeds appeared, too.
Mat 13:27 The owner’s servants came and asked him, ‘Master, you sowed good seed in your field, didn’t you? Then where did these weeds come from?’
Mat 13:28 He told them, ‘An enemy did this!’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’
Mat 13:29 He said, ‘No! If you pull out the weeds, you might pull out the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles for burning, but bring the wheat into my barn.”’”
We are in a hostile environment and so in order to remain safe, we need to be in our environment. Just remember when all of the 10 plagues were effecting Egypt, the people of Israel were safe in Goshen! But even in Goshen they had to be obedient to God.
Parallel Business Principles
In our Reliv business the System creates an environment in which a person can grow their business in a hostile environment.
This is why when people try to build their business outside of the system they fail every time. Not only does the system present the products and business in the right way, but it also keeps the distributors motivated and encourage. So it is a double-edged sword.
We have to guard ourselves against the negative opinions of others and this is why plugging into the system in so, so, important.
In our business, you will have those who plug in and those who will not, you cannot control that. However the ones who do, are the ones you work with and give most of your times and effects to, because those are the ones who are going to help the most amount of people and have longevity. The others will be with you for a season but eventually they will be gone. That is ok, I still have people who used to do the business but decided not to plug into the system and so stopped build their business, however they still take the products faithfully because of the results they get.
Upon the understanding of the system, you can build your organization and the gates of negative opinions of others and negative self talk by yourself, will not be able to prevail against it!
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