As human being we were created to worship, this was a primary function. God wanted to have an intimate relationship with us and he knew that would only come out of worship. An important act of worship is service and at the beginning of the creation of man we see God giving us authority and also instructions:
Gen 1:26 And God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.
Gen 1:27 And God created the man in His own image; in the image of God He created him. He created them male and female.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the seas, and over birds of the heavens, and over all beasts creeping on the earth.
Gen 2:15 And Jehovah God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden, to work it and to keep it.
To serve God is to act on his behalf and the desire to do that springs out of a relationship with him, which springs out of worship.
Most people think that you are worshiping when you go to church and sing a few hymms or if you are in a prayer meeting, however worship is not a single event, it is a lifestyle which is 24/7.
To worship God is to be in his presence, therefore if we understand this fully, it should affect the way in which we behave.
The core driving force behind worship is love and love is never forced, that is why God does not force anyone to worship him and that is why nobody in born Christian, but it is a decision that an individual makes at a moment in time in their lives, once that person has a moral understanding of what is right and wrong.
Because we were designed to worship, if we are not worshiping the true and living God, we will worship something else. Anything we put before God becomes an idol in our lives and God hates idolatry. This could be: Your family, Your Career, Your House, Your Car, Your Spouse, Yourself, not to mention all of the false gods and false religions that are out there.
There is only one way to God and that is through the Lord Jesus, the Christ.
The saddest thing which people unfortunately do not understand is, that if we seek God first and his righteousness through worship, which leads to intimacy with him and a true relationship, then all of these other things that we are trying to achieve, they will all fall in to line.
Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such, the ones worshiping Him.
Joh 4:24 God is a spirit, and the ones worshiping Him must worship in spirit and truth.
We cannot deceive God with our worship because God know who are truly his, so we can say all of the right things in front of people and we can be even seen to be doing the right things, but God truly knows what is going on in our hearts and that is where the motives will be judged.
David was called a man after God’s own heart because of his attitude towards repentance and worship.
Worship does not mean we will never make mistakes, but what is does mean is because of the level of relationship we have with the father, as soon as we make the mistake, the Holy Spirit convicts us of it and straight away we repent. We then move forward knowing the God does not hold any confessed sin that we have repented of, against us:
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to flesh, but according to Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death.
Our success within Reliv is going to be a direct reflection of our service to others. This is why only a certain type of person will be able to build a Reliv business. The most challenging part of building our businesses are going to be the people and the most rewarding part of building our businesses are also going to be the people. Therefore we need to learn more about people than anything else.
Building our businesses we are going to have to apply Galatians 5:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 meekness, self-control. Against such things there is not a law.
If you don’t apply these principals to building your business you will eventually quit.
When you have helped enough people with these products and in this business, then the voice of the negative people around you start to become quieter and quieter until eventually, you don’t even hear them.
You are going to have to build a relationship with Reliv and you do this through the Reliv system. As your relationship with Reliv grows, the results in your business with also grow because when you are talking to people about the products or the business, your will be talking with more conviction in your voice.
So remember, as a true worshiper you have access to the source of life which God and God has said, if you put him first, he will bless the work of your hands.
We need to understand that our breakthrough starts with our honesty.
God is Omniscient, he knows all things, he is also Omni-present meaning he is everywhere at the same time, so who are we trying to fool when we do not live right?
The most dangerous place to be I believe, is to be a person who calls themselves a Christian, who is not living their life according to God’s word, who premeditates sin (in other words, knows something is wrong but contently does it anyway), who is always blaming others things instead of taking ownership of their own bad behaviour, and yet convince themselves that they are saved.
Self delusion is the worst kind and until that person can wake up from that, they are outside of the kingdom looking in; they are window shoppers without any money.
Our breakthrough starts with our honesty.
Jesus spoke about this on the Sermon on the Mount when he said:
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In other words, blessed is the person who recognises they are a sinner that needs a saviour, who TRULY repents, because when they do that, they will eventually get into heaven.
You see, if we cannot be honest with ourselves, we will also lie to other people and eventually we will believe our own lies as if they are the truth.
When King David sinned with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, he came to a place where he recognized his sin and was honest with himself before God and he wrote:
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11 Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
Psa 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
David was classed as a man after God’s own heart because of his honesty before God and his acts of repentance when he did things wrong.
There is no one that is never going to do anything wrong and if there are people who think they will, they are deluding themselves. Even Paul said:
Rom 7:14 We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a mortal, sold as a slave to sin.
Rom 7:15 I do not understand what I do; for I don't do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.
Rom 7:16 Since what I do is what I don't want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right.
Rom 7:17 So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me.
Rom 7:18 I know that good does not live in me---that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it.
Rom 7:19 I don't do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.
Rom 7:20 If I do what I don't want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.
Rom 7:21 So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have.
Rom 7:22 My inner being delights in the law of God.
Rom 7:23 But I see a different law at work in my body---a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body.
Rom 7:24 What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death?
Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.
In order to move forward with our relationship with God, we need to be honest, honest with ourselves and honest with him. When we do, we open up the flood gates for God to pour out his blessings upon us. When we do not, he does not even hear our prayers.
In the same way, when we are building our Reliv businesses we have to be honest with ourselves, do we really want to build a significant income with Reliv at the same time as helping a lot of people, or do we just want to help a few people and make a little bit of money on the side?
You have to be honest about this, because your true motive will affect your activity.
When you are honest about what you want to achieve, nobody has to convince you to work, because you already know what you are working towards.
When you are honest about what you want to achieve, once you have been shown how to build this business through the Reliv system, nobody has to convince you to plug in.
When you are honest about what you want to achieve, you will not be making excuses, you will be finding solutions.
When you are honest about what you want to achieve, first and foremost you will place the whole journey in God’s hands and trust that if you put the effort in, learn all of the things you need to learn and have the right attitude, then God will take care of the rest.
You see our breakthrough start with our honesty, people who are not TRULY honest with themselves about this business will eventually quit and probably blame something or someone else other than themselves why they were not successful.
But as I said early, God Sees All, Knows All and is Everywhere, all at the same time.
There are laws that God has put in place that are universal, which no one can escape from, whether you are a Christian or not. These laws allow for things to get done here on earth. Many times , unfortunately we as Christians miss out because even though we are saved, have had our sins forgiven by the blood of Jesus, yet we still miss out on blessing because we do not apply fundamental biblical principles and laws.
The saddest part is there are unbelievers today prospering in certain areas because even though they do not know it, they are operating in certain biblical laws and principals.
Guys, we need to wake up!
2011 should be a year of AWAKENING! Awakening to the truth of the word of God through proper study, and I do not mean reading a quick daily bible verse to appease your conscience.
Paul told Timothy and young man, to STUDY to show yourself approved:
2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
2011 should be an awakening through prayer, getting to know God in a real intimate way, allowing God to speak to you as well as you speaking to him.
Our prayer life should consist more of just praying in the morning after we wake up, praying before we eat and praying before we go to bed. Our prays should be 2way conversations that usher us into God’s presence on a daily basis.
God has so many things he wants to share with us, but he can only share them, if we put ourselves in the position to have a conversation with him.
As we awaken in 2011 we will see our lives complete turnaround because it will no longer be us directing our lives but convincing ourselves that God is leading it, but it will be God ACTUALLY leading it by the power of his Holy Spirit, connecting with our spirit, keeping our flesh under control.
Gideon in the Old Testament went into battle with 300 men, but he started off with over 20,000 men but God had to strip him of his safety net in order to let him know that through him he could do ALL things and not by his own strength (Judges 7)
What is it that God has to strip away from you in 2011 to allow you to get victory this year through his strength? You see if you are not willing to be stripped in 2011, you will not have an awakening and 2011 will be just the same as 2010.
We can be part of GOD’s plan or we can be spectators of God’s plan, either way, God’s plan will happen.
This year God is calling people higher but as Jesus states in the scriptures:
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
2011 can be a year of awakening for your business, but there is going to have to be a stripping that is going to take place in order for that to happen.
We are going to need a completely different attitude towards our business in 2011, or else the results we experience in 2011 will be no different to 2010.
We are going to need to awaken our minds to the importance of every element of the Reliv system and if we are making excuses for ourselves as to why we cannot plug in, then we need to understand, 2011 is going to be no different to 2010.
We have to awaken our minds to the mindset of others peoples success before our own! If we can do that we will climb the ranks in Reliv a lot quicker.
We have to awaken our minds to the understanding of good Follow Up, as if we can do this better, we will retain more customers and create more working distributors.
We have to awaken our minds to success rather than failure, because when we do this, when negative situations happen in our business we can brush it off and move forward a lot quicker.
We have to awaken ourselves to the fact that God, has lead us to Reliv for a reason and if he has lead us here, he is able to sustain us here.
If we truly awaken ourselves to these things, there should be nothing stopping each person on this phone call to be Ambassadors by the end of 2011
So lets WAKE UP GUYS
It always amazes me how God knows what we need, even when we don’t. God has already made provision for each and every one of us, so if we just trust him, our lives would be so much more less stressful.
We are coming into a new year and many people do not know what to expect, there is a lot of uncertainty financially and people are worried. However, how should a child of God approach the new year?
We should approach it completely differently, as we should know what God says in his book. You see when you know the end of the story; you do not get anxious when you are going through chapter 3!
Just as long as we do what we are supposed to be doing God will take care of the rest:
Pro 20:13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread.
You cannot, not do what you are supposed to be doing and expect God to come through for you. God honours those with integrity, work ethic, persistency and consistency, without these things you will accomplish nothing.
Jacob had these things and this is why after 14 years he got what he was working for:
Gen 29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
Gen 29:19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.
Gen 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him a few days, for the love he had for her.
Gen 29:21 And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, so that I may go in to her.
Gen 29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
Gen 29:23 And it happened in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him. And he went in to her.
Gen 29:24 And Laban gave Zilpah his slave woman to his daughter Leah for a handmaid.
Gen 29:25 And it happened in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you tricked me?
Gen 29:26 And Laban said, It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the first-born.
Gen 29:27 Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you shall serve with me still another seven years.
Gen 29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. And he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
Life is going to throw unsuspecting things at us and when these things come, the thing that will decide whether or not we are going to be successful is our, work ethic, persistency and consistency during the situation.
(Talk about the situation with Dadda)
When you are pressed in life, the pressure is not to break you, it is to develop you, remember God knows what you need and he will not give you more than you can bear:
1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
So, go into 2011 with confidence knowing “All things are working together for your good”(Romans 8:28) and if you ever find yourself getting overwhelmed, focus on Jesus and say what David said:
Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psa 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
Building a network marketing business, you have to have a good work ethic, be persistent and be consistent. These are the areas where people fall down in when doing their business as they are not faithful in these areas, therefore their businesses do not grow. Many times these people will leave one opportunity and jump to another one, blaming the company or the products rather than looking at themselves. Unfortunately they will bring the same problem to the new company and eventually jump ship again and again. Finally they will resolve themselves to the fact that this business model does not work and it is only the people at the top who make all of the money.
When a person has a good work ethic, is persistent and consistent, a very important thing begins to happen and that is Personal Growth. As they grow personally, they start getting better results and eventually they get very good at what they are going.
God wants each and every one of us as his children to be successful in Reliv, however, if we are not prepared to go through the process I just mentioned, we WILL NOT be successful.
God wanted all of the children of Israel who left Egypt to get into the promise land, but because of attitudes and mindsets only 2 of the original people got in.
2011 is going to be a year where we are going to be able to help a lot more people in their health and finances, it is also going to be a year where a lot more people are going to tell us NO!
We cannot control how people are going to receive the message of Reliv, but we can control the amount of times we give the message. For those who decide to take onboard the message of Reliv, we can then help them to achieve whatever it is that they are looking for and continue Dr Ted’s mission, to “Nourish Our World”.
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