We live in a world with 7 ½ billion people in it, each individual is a soul that is important to God. As Christians we are told, to let our lights shrine before men (Mathew 5:16). So we need to be very aware of our actions, because in an unchurched world, the only church some people are going to be exposed to is us, which will allow the Christ in us to shine forth.
People are watching us, whether we recognize it or not and many times they are watching to see what we do wrong, so they can bring an accusation against Christianity.
In a world full of strangers, first impressions do count and many times people are gone in less than 60 seconds. A smile goes a long way, especially to that person who thinks no-one cares about them.
The bible says that we should be very mindful of how we behave around strangers:
Heb 13:2 Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.
This modern day society that we live in promotes such a selfish agenda, that people have lost concern for others because they are so busy going after the last this or the latest that, the bigger house or the faster car, the private education for the kids or the next holiday. Now I am not saying that having these things is wrong, but if that is all you are about and you do not have a heart for the lost, then that is a big problem:
2Ti 3:1 What People will be Like in the Last Days
You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2Ti 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 unfeeling, uncooperative, slanderous, degenerate, brutal, hateful of what is good,
2Ti 3:4 traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
2Ti 3:5 They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.
Everyday people are dying and going to a lost eternity, we have a responsibility as people with the GOOD NEWS to share it. It should not be a religious activity we do, but it should be a hearts cry!
We need to stop letting other people intimidate us and stop us from opening our mouths. We should stop being so afraid to offend someone, that we just stand by and watch them die. The gospel is an offense to those that are dying but salvation to others. We need to stop operating out of a spirit of FEAR but of POWER LOVE and a SOUND MIND!
The enemy wants us to keep our mouths closed, so open them!
He wants us to remain passive, so be spiritually aggressive!
He wants us to compromise, so be sold out to the truth!
He wants us to be weak, so operate in Christ so that you are strong!
It is time to put on our battle clothes as it states in Ephesians 6 and get into the battle, because the majority of people we meet on the street are Gone In 60 Seconds!
Parallel Business Principles
There are so many people out there who are struggling in the health and finances; we have a responsibility to build our businesses effectively.
People have lost hope, so we need to be visible so we can bring some of that hope back.
We need to stop letting our fears keep our mouths closed, but we need to let love push the words out.
You never know who is around you and what their needs are and unless you open your mouths you will never know.
You have to have a genuine passion for helping people in order to do this business, because there are going to be times where you feel challenged and tested and it is only then that what is down in the well will come up in the bucket!
Remember if you do what you are supposed to be doing then God will bless the work of your hands, but if you sow nothing, there is nothing to harvest.
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We have all got someone that we hope at some point will be either be saved or healed, whether that be a family member or a friend.
The Mercy Of God One of the greatest things about the God that we serve is his grace and mercy; he loves us so much that he would come down to where we are in a form that could be killed, to make atonement for our sins. This is why the only way back to God is through Jesus, who is the earthly visible expression of the invisible God:
Colossians 1: 12-20
giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share a in the saintsʼ inheritance in the light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,
for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him- all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers- all things were created through him and for him.
He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.
He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son
and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross- through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
That is how much we are loved by our heavenly father, he does not give us what we deserve, he give us grace and mercy.
However man is completely different and no one apart from God truly knows the depths to which man would sink, given the right circumstances.
In the bible we see man killing his own brother over worship (Cain & Abel)
We see man is a state of drunkenness, straight after his deliverance (Noah)
We see man rebelling against God and convincing masses to follow him (Nimrod)
We see man’s justification of an alternative life style, different to the one God had set out for us to live (Sodom & Gomorrah)
We see daughters committing incest with their father, to try and preserve their bloodline (Lot’s daughters)
We see a money hungry prophet (Balaam)
The list could go on and on.
Outside of the bible we see our early brothers and sisters in the faith being thrown to the lions in the arena’s of Rome, as sport for the blood thirsty crowd.
We see more of our brothers and sisters being lit up as human torches in the gardens of the sadistic emperor Nero.
We see many of our brothers and sisters killed as heretics in the time of the reformation and the Spanish inquisition. Scripture being used out of context to justify murder.
We see that continued through the 400 years of the enslavement of the African people by the European’s, which is estimated cost the lives of over 11 million people in captivity alone. Again scripture being used out of context to justify murder and human atrocity.
Closer to our time we see the holocaust in which 6 million Jewish people were killed in such a short period of time.
The genocide of Rwanda is another example!
How low will man go? God only knows.
David said these words:
It is better to take refuge in Jehovah Than to put confidence in man
With God there is grace and mercy, with man there is none. We can look at these events as just a shameful part of human history, however for those of you who have studied end time prophecies, you will know the worst is yet to come.
This is why the Bibles says, if a person hears the gospel of Jesus Christ, they should not harden their hearts because NOW is the acceptable time for salvation, it is just a decision away.
Parallel Business Principles
There is a lot of greed in the world and many people will do anything for money. The bible does not say money is evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil.
You see the love of money when you work in the city and see how large corporations operate. The culture within these places promote greed and they disguise it with ambition. It is a choice to earn money that way or not.
In building our Reliv businesses we can be rest assured that the money we make is as a result of helping others. So we can be confident in the integrity of what we are doing and the integrity of what Bob and Sandy Montgomery have set up.
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