As Christians we have a very important message to a dying world and that is, the creator of the universe loved us so much that he was willing to die for us. This is a powerful message considering the world that we live in is a very selfish place.
To carry out the ultimate act of love, is always to give your life so that someone else can live:
Joh_15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We serve a God who is love and because he IS love he proved it by doing the GREATER LOVE. Many people do not understand God in this context and this is why they believe the lies the enemy feeds them, causing them to go after other religions or no religion at all.
God wants the world to understand this message, because as well as him being a God of love, he is also an all-consuming fire and as such by his very nature, he has to judge sin.
Heb 12:25 See to it that you do not ignore the one who is speaking. For if the hearers did not escape when they ignored the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the one who is from heaven!
Heb 12:26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.”
Heb 12:27 The expression “once more” signifies the removal of what can be shaken, that is, what he has made, so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him.
Heb 12:29 For “our God is an all-consuming fire.”
Eternity is a very long time and because God is a God of love, the people he wants to be there, are the people who want to be there. They demonstrate that through their lifetime choices. Love is never forced.
So the warning we demonstrate as Christians is that, there is a heavenly kingdom to gain and an eternity separate from God, in a hellish kingdom to escape from. These to kingdoms are separated by sin, but Jesus is the bridge.
This is why our lifestyles and how we live is so important, people are watching us and so it is not so such what we say, it is what we do that effects people.
There is a saying “Be a witness and speak if necessary” This speaks volumes
This world is trying it’s utmost to try and silence the name of Jesus or Yeshua if you feel more comfortable with he Hebrew name. However, he cannot be silenced, because he has been give a name that is far above every name:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
The name of Jesus is attacked more than any other name in history across the world, but this had to happen, to separate those who love God from those who don’t.
God has always by his grace, given warnings before his judgments, to give people a chance to repent, but ultimately he has always and will always judge sin.
Our message is not a very popular one by this worlds standards, because Satan has made sin look very appealing, so much so that we live in a world where right is seen as being wrong and wrong is seen as being right:
Rom 1:26 For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions as their females exchanged their natural sexual function for one that is unnatural.
Rom 1:27 In the same way, their males also abandoned 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.
Rom 1:28 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.
Rom 1:29 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,
Rom 1:30 slanderers, God-haters, haughty, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to their parents,
Rom 1:31 foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.
Rom 1:32 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.
So where is your witness today? Are you just a Sunday Christian or could someone look at your life style as a fly on the wall and say, “There goes someone who loves God”
Parallel Business Principals
Because of all the misinformation out, whether we understand it or not, until people are educated with the right information about Network Marketing, our message of our opportunity has the potential to be received negatively in a society that has been conditioned to think, the only way to make money is to trade their time for someone els’s money. Our message is one of hope through leverage, being able to do more with less time. People find it hard to understand this concept.
Unfortunately many people in the past have used this concept to promote Get Rich Quick schemes, however the truth is this; if you work hard and smart, put the effort in, learn the skills you need to learn, then you can build a business where you can do more with less time.
However the warning is this, whether it is Reliv or any other business you do, if you do not do the work, learn the skills and allow yourself to be mentored correctly, then you will fail, Christian or None Christian. There is no such thing as maximum return for minimum effort.
Business Coach & Mentor
We serve a God who goes against the gain of normal human thinking, who says, “Walk by faith and not by sight”
You see normal human thinking is, “Seeing is believing” where as with God “Believing is seeing”
To walk a blessed life under the covering of God is a choice every individual has to make. It is not an automatic thing, not something you are born into, it is a decision.
When God told Abram to leave his people because he was going to give him a land for him and his descendants, (Genesis 12), he made a decision that was fuelled by faith. Later on when God told him that he and Sarai would have a son together at an old age, he had to except that by faith, because his body and everything visual was saying, this was not going to happen. Later on he had to draw from his experience of God through faith, to fuel his faith for an even bigger challenge, when God told him to sacrifice his son that he gave him. This was a test of Abraham’s heart, which he passed and this is why he is known as the father of faith.
Our Christian life is fuelled by faith; it starts with a decision to follow Jesus, which a decision fuelled by faith. As we walk this new life, we leave old things behind us:
2Co 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.
This is empowered by faith, and as the bigger challenges of life come at us, we draw strength from past experiences of God, that happened through faith, to grow our faith for the present situation. This is the exact same process Abraham had to go through.
So what is happening in your life at the moment, what is man saying verses what God is saying. Draw strength from God’s word to fuel your faith:
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
When man says, there is nothing more they can do, God says, “Now watch me work!”
However without faith it is impossible to even please God:
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Experiencing God and faith go hand in hand, why do think the enemy of our souls tries so hard to give us instant gratification and things that are instantly accessible? It is so that we do not have to exercise our faith, which a lot of time is developed through patient endurance.
God is looking for a people of character, people he can trust, people he can use as a show piece to the enemy, just like he did with Job.
You see people that are going to live with God in eternity are the people that choose by faith to be there. People who are sold out to God no matter what the challenge and who have to resolve, that know matter what man or the enemy says, they choose to listen to God:
Jos 24:15 If you think it’s the wrong thing for you to serve the Lord, then choose for yourselves today whom you will serve—the gods whom your ancestors served on the other side of the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose territories you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Parallel Business Principals
In order to be successful in building your Reliv business you have to first know by faith that you are going to make it, because that faith will affect your level of activity.
You have to decide whom you are going to believe, the voices of the people around you or that inner voice which is fuelled by faith,
If God is the head of your business and you truly put him first, then why would you not be successful? You see faith causes you to act; it causes you to take responsibility of your own understanding or lack of. Faith causes you to press toward the mark of a higher call (parallel biblical principal).
This is going to take patience, commitment, integrity and action. You have to be sold out to your success no matter what. You have to be ready to look challenge in the face and say “Give me your best shot” You need to understand that you can do ALL THINGS through Christ that strengthens you. And finally you need to understand that the God you serve, will never leave or forsake you!
God is interested in ALL aspects of your life, including your Reliv Business!
Business Coach & Mentor
Sometimes life has a tendency to try and wire us out, but no matter how tough it gets, we have to push through. We live in a fallen world and because of that negative things are going to happen. So it is not so much about the situation, but it is more about our response to the situation. God uses situations to test our faith, does that mean God enjoys seeing us in pain or going through challenging situations? Of course not, but he understands they are a necessary evil in order to develop faith and character.
All of the prophets that were murdered in the Old Testament, God could have stopped that from happening, but he knew they were paving the way, which was leading to Jesus and his ministry.
All of the earlier church martyr’s from Steven onwards, God could have prevented those situations, but he knew it was part of process that was going to cause the gospel to be spread across the world.
The 400 years of the African slave trade, as horrible as it was, God could have prevented it, but he knew even though a whole people group were being displaced, it would be moving them from an area that was being heavily islamafied as well as other many pagan practices, and even though Christianity was used in a perverted way to add to the oppression, the truth of the gospel would still be know and create a nation of people passionate for him.
You see we can all look at our individual situations and say “Why is God Allowing This To Happen To Me” However God’s ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He knows what he is doing, even when we cannot see it.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We need to push through and trust God, we need to be our brother’s keeper and pray for one another with ceasing. We need be there to hold up our brother or our sister’s arms in the heat of battle just like Aaron and Hur did for Moses:
Exo 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Exo 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Exo 17:12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Exo 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Exo 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
Exo 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: (Lord is our Banner)
You need to surround yourself with like-minded people, people that will add to your life and not people that will suck the life out of you. This way when challenges come, you will have a set of people around you to cheer you on and be an encouragement. God has established his church, his people to be a community of encouragers to help people push through!
In order for you grow a successful Reliv business, you have to have the right people around you, as well as being a person who can push through when the challenging times come, and they will come.
You have to know that whatever season of your business you are in, you are going to make it. You have to have that strong belief that, if you have placed your business before God, just as long as you do the activity and learn the skills you need to learn, then you will see the fruits of your labor.
Pushing through is such an important activity to do in our business because you come across so many negative people and people who are just quitters. As you push through, it reaffirms your personal WHY
As the bible says, “Those who endure to the end shall be saved” and in our business it is “Whose who endure to the end shall obtain financial freedom, Time freedom and improved health”
Business Coach & Mentor
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