When a person is determined to do something and they have made up in their mind that they will do it, they will make a way not matter what.
Challenges do not stop determined people, they just make them more creative.
As Christians when we accept Christ into our lives, we determine in our heart and mind that our lives will never be the same again. We put ourselves in the position where we can be directed by the Holy Spirit.
A truly born again person is a person who is completely sold out to the things of God. They understand that no matter how difficult things get, there is no turning back and revert to their old way of living because they have died to that life:
2 Corinthian 5: 17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
God takes broken lives and he fixes them, he doesn't just patch them up, he completely restores them. However that does not mean that the pressure to break them again has gone away. We live in a world system that is completely hostile to the things of God. In this world, what is bad is called good and what is good is seen as bad. So a true Christian’s life is going to stick out like a sore thumb.
We live in the world but we are not of the world.
Because of this a Christian wanting to live right is going to face all kinds of challenges at home, at school, at college, at work and even in the church! However they will not let the challenges break them:
2 Corinthians 4: 8- 11
8 In every way we're troubled but not crushed, frustrated but not in despair,
9 persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed.
10 We are always carrying around the death of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may be clearly shown in our bodies.
11 While we are alive, we are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus 'sake, so that the life of Jesus may be clearly shown in our mortal bodies
When Mose's sent some men to spy out the land which they were going into, 10 came back with a negative report and only 2 came back with a positive on:
Number 13: 29 - 33
29 The Amalekites live in the land of the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses, saying, Let us go up and occupy it, for we are well able to conquer it.
31 But the men a who had gone up with him said, We are not able to go up against these people, because they are stronger than we are!
32 Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging report of the land they had investigated, saying, The land that we passed through to investigate is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are of great stature.
33 We even saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak came from the Nephilim), and we seemed liked grasshoppers both to ourselves and to them.
There are some people that will use the challenges of life as an excuse not to even try, so if they are struggling in a certain area of life and they know someone who is calls themselves a Christian who does the very same thing they are struggling with, they use that as a justification to continue to do what they are doing.
However we all have to be aware that we individually answer to God and so the only behaviour we can control, is our own.
12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling
So be determined to overcome no matter what so that the light of Christ can shine through you!
If some decides they are going to make a success of their Reliv business, they need to be determined no matter what. Excuses should not come out of their mouth, they should just find away around the problem. Every single one of us are going to get challenged doing this business, we are going to get stretched and whether a person succeeds or fails will be dependent on how determined they are to succeed.
I met a lady this weekend who builds her Reliv business from Calcutta in India, she plugs into as many elements of the system she can. That means getting up early in the mornings to listen to conference call and going to bed late to doing 3 way calls with her prospects that are in the countries where Reliv operates out of. She has gone to International conference and this weekend she was at MATs School in Germany! There are so people in the UK or USA that will not even turn up to their local system and complain when they are not being successful.
This lady was blown away when she looked in her account and saw $1500 paid to her by Reliv.
You see she is a Missionary and her and her husband have been missionaries for 25 years relying on the blessing of others to live. However she pray to God for an answer for their finances and God through a friend answered it with Reliv. She is determined to succeed despite her challenges and God is honouring that.
This is because Faithfulness is God's requirement and Fruitfulness is his reward!
Excuses are a foreign language to successful people but they are everyday speech to people that never accomplish anything.
Be sold out to your own success and be prepared for the challenges ahead so that through the challenge you will develop to the place you were destined to be.
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