Many people make the mistake of thinking that heaven is a an automatic place where everyone goes to when they die. So you have people at funerals of people that lived less than moral lives according to God's standard and they say statements like “I will see you in heaven” or “I know God is looking after them in heaven”
However God's requirements to getting into heaven are very clear and he is also very clear on the people who will not be with him in heaven:
This is just a section of the people mention in the bible who do not enter into God's eternal rest when they die
Romans 1: 26 – 32
26 For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions as their females exchanged their natural sexual function for one that is unnatural.
27 In the same way, their males also aban doned their natural sexual function toward females and burned with lust toward one another. Males committed indecent acts with males, and received within themselves the appropriate penalty for their perversion. a
28 Furthermore, because they did not think it worthwhile to keep knowing God fully, God delivered them to degraded minds to perform acts that should not be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, God- haters, haughty, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to their parents,
31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32 Although they know God's just requirement- that those who practice such things deserve to die- they not only do these things but even applaud others who practice them.
You see God has a standard which he expects us to live by and if we do not live by that standard and we never change, then we will miss out.
This life is a testing ground for eternal life, so if we cannot be faithful to God in the few short years we have in this life, we definitely would not be faithful to him if we live of ever!
Eternal life is a gift for those people who truly love God and the people who truly love God, obey his commandments:
John 2:15 - 17
15 If you love me, you will obey a my commandments.
16 Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever-
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you
1 John 2: 14 -17
14 I have written to you, little children, because you have known the Father.I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the one who has existed from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, because you are strong and because God's word remains in you and you have overcome the evil one.
15 Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father's love is not in him.
16 For everything that is in the world- the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance- is not from the Father but is from the world.
17 And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God's will remains forever.
Even Jesus when he was selecting his inner circle of disciples did not just chose anyone, specific people were chosen and then he mentored them and they had to take onboard the teaching. Some did others did not and the one that did not got replaced.
God is looking for the right people, people who have a heart for him, he is not looking for people who are perfect, but he is looking for people who can be washed up and taught so that they can develop into the perfect person they were called to be.
Many times our pride and arrogance stops God from being able to work through us and if that is the case and God wanted to use us in a specific area, if we are not willing to change, God will just raise up someone else to do the job.
So are we part of the CALLED and or part of the CHOSEN!
In Reliv we are looking for the right people to mentor and help change their lives. Unfortunately many times people are not in the right mindset to be mentored and that stops their grow in this business. Now you can try and force someone to change or you can go and raise up someone else, it would be better to raise up someone else until that person is ready to change.
You can always tell if a person is ready to change and build a Reliv business because are very teachable and they plug into the system and do not give you any excuses. The people who are not ready to build a Reliv business, give you every excuse in the book and they never plug into the Reliv system. Those people are wasting their time and yours and you need to raise up someone else.
In order to build this, it is going to take humility and obedience but if a person is will to do that, then with some effort and commitment, they can change their lives and the life of others.
Business Coach & Mentor
Living Your Life By Design And Not By Default!
As believers we are to live our lives by design and not by default, what I mean is, there is a plan and a purpose to our lives, so we should not just accept the status quo. So many people live a defeatist life and because of that, they feed themselves excuses why they shouldn't even try to excel. People that are caught up in a particular types of sin, convince themselves that they are trying to quit so that when they do it, it makes them feel better because “They are only human, right? And people make mistakes”.
When you say you are trying to do something, it is like giving yourself a “Get out of jail free card” You are giving yourself permission to fail.
Living your life by design means you are not trying, your are doing.
Living your life by default leads to poverty and a lack of fulfilling God's purpose in your life. Whereas living your life by design leads to prosperity and a complete fulfilment of God's plan and purpose for your life:
Jeremiah 29:11- 14
For I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. a I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.
13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul,
14 I will make myself available to you, says the Lord.
When you know the designer, then you can understand better the design and when you can understand the design, then you can live your life according to the design.
Ephesians 2: 1 -10
1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 in which you formerly lived according to this worlds present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit f that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,
3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,
5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you are saved!
6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
So God has predestined us for greatness in him, however we have to accept the call and respond to the challenge or else the call is made ineffective:
14 For many are called, but few are chosen
God knew each and everyone of us before we were born he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, so nothing takes God by surprise. He knows the challenges we are going to face before we face them and as such he makes provision for them. However we have to walk by faith to even accept the provision and because many people are living their lives by default, they miss God's provision, blinded by what their eyes and their limitations tell them is going on.
So if we are going to live our lives by design, we are going to have to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthian 5:7)
Faith is the vehicle that causes God to move and that is why without it we cannot do anything, we can't even please God:
6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Jesus told us that we should live our lives by design through him because he is the creator, but we have an enemy that wants us to live our lives by default:
John 1: 1 - 2
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created
The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father's unique Son, who is full of grace and truth.
10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
So a life being lived by design is a life being hidden in Christ led by the Holy Spirit.
That is choice a person has to make, so choose this day who you will serve, whether the default of this world or the design of God! That is a choice only you can make, but as for me and my house, we choose to serve the Lord!
We are schooled from a very early age that you go to school, get good grades then you go to university/College, get a good education. Then you get a good job with benefits, then you work the job until you are 65 and get your pension (Or 401K in the US).
This is why when you start talking to people about the Reliv Business Opportunity many people do not see it in the way you do because they have been conditioned to live their financial lives by default. So when you start telling them that they can live their financial lives by design, that goes against their way of thinking and only a handful of people are willing to change the way they think.
Many people have good educations or high IQ's but they do not have any financial IQ and that is why many highly educated people struggle to make ends meet.
Reliv allows a person to start living their financial lives by design, it allows them to start dreaming again and having a financial hope for the future.
One of the reasons why many people are attracted to the Reliv opportunity is because that not only does it allow them to grow financially but it also allows them the have such an impact on lives that they would have never met.
So go out and find those people who want to live their lives by design and lets go and NOURISH OUR WORLD!
Business Coach & Mentor
This world promotes that the pursuit of happiness is to be rich, that money is the answer to all things. It promotes that enough is never enough, so you need more and more.
Then you look at the distribution of wealth in the world it is clear to see that if everyone was united as a people, there would be enough to make sure everyone was taken care of.
Unfortunately in this world, a lot of the time with great wealth come great greed and also pride/haughtiness, people thinking they are better than others. This air of superiority stops there from being a true relationship between the very rich and the very poor. Now and again you may get a very rich person who needs to do a public relations exercise and so is seen to be engaging with the down and outs but many times that engagement is very limited then it is business as usual.
Fast cars, big houses, the boat, the plane, the high society events, that is the illusion that Satan has created, that is the candy that seduces that child away from it's parents.
Satan will give you exactly what you want, to get what he wants, which is your soul.
26 For what does a man profit, if he should gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul
I am so glad that we serve a God that is so very rich, but did not do a public relations exercise when he engaged with us, but he acted out of true love, a love that is everlasting:
2 Corinthians 8:9
9 for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor-- being rich, that ye by that poverty may become rich.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
True wealth is in the knowledge of Jesus Christ being your Lord and your Saviour, having your life being lead by the Holy Spirit. This wealth will never go away, it is long term wealth!
Leading this type of life can lead to physical wealth, but not necessarily, God calls many different people to different places for specific reasons.
King Solomon was very physically wealthy and that was to give God glory so that the knowledge of the God of Israel could spread across all of the known world because his wealth was re-enforced by his wisdom:
1Kings 3:10 -14
The Lord a was pleased that Solomon made this request.
11 God said to him, Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies,
12 I grant your request, and give you a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you.
13 Furthermore, I am giving a you what you did not request- riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation.
14 If you follow my instructions a by obeying b my rules and regulations, just as your father David did, then I will grant you long life.
It is all about character, there are many believers that are asking God for financial wealth and they will never get it for 2 reasons:
Life is about being spiritually rich and if physical riches come, then you are in a position to be a blessing in that area.
God has promised to always take care of our needs, so we should not worry about our provision if we are living a life of faith
Matthew 6: 26 - 34
26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?
27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?
28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, a which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, wont he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?
31 So then, don’t worry saying, What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear?
32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But above all pursue his kingdom a and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
Building a Reliv business can make you rich, but that should not be your focus, your focus should be to go out and help as many people as you can. In doing that you will develop the character to sustain the riches when they do come.
The personal development that happens to a person that grows this business is amazing and it impacts all areas of that persons life.
Many people come into our business thinking they like helping people but that is truly challenged while they are building their business, and to the level that is required to help others, this is why many people whether believers or non believers, do not last the course.
Everyone wants to be successful, but not everyone is willing the pay the price.
Business Coach & Mentor
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