The Rock Of Our Salvation
When anyone is going to build something, they first have to lay the right foundations, because if they don’t what they are building will come crashing down.
Even if their building takes longer than expected, they can not afford to cut corners on the foundation. It amazing how many people want the end result BUT do not want to go through the process. There is a phrase that states “ Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die”.
As believers we have a blessed hope in Christ of eternal life, but in order to enter into that rest, we first have to get through this life, with all of the challenges that this life presents to us.
This is why we need to be building on the right foundation, so the weight of this life can be supported by something stronger than ourselves:
Mat 11:28 Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls.
Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Mat 11:28 If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.
Mat 11:30 This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.
So you see we have a right foundation to build on and he name is Jesus or Yahshua in the Hebrew.
Psalms 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
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.
If you try to get through this life on your own, by your own ability, you will fail. You may have every good intention of living right and being a good person, but unless you are building on the right foundation you will be a slave to sin and to your flesh.
It all starts when you become Born Again:
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
This is simply coming to a place of recognition of your current state and understanding and believing that what Jesus did on the cross through the shedding of his blood has cleansed your sins
Rom 10:8 But what does it say? "The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart"; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
Once you have done this you have laid the foundations on which to build. This is called freedom!
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Once you understand about this basic simplicity of the gospel, you are now in a position to allow the Holy Spirit to direct you and mentor you, so you can start building the building, getting to know the deeper things of God.
Unfortunately there are many people out there who are trying to build a building of righteousness without any foundation or the wrong foundation, that is why there are people that think they are a Christian just because you go to church every week, or they were born a Christian because they come from a Christian family or they are a Christian because when they were a baby somebody sprinkled water on their head.
It is so important that the basics are understood because the enemy of our souls is trying to tie us up in knots and that is why so many people complicate what is a simple gospel message.
Their is a song that says: “ On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”
This is what we all need to understand because our very lives depend on it.
Understanding the basics to our business is very important also and many times people try to complicate the simple processes to our business, which is :
1. Make a list
2. Set your goals
3. Connect your list to the Reliv System
Many times when people are finding this business difficult, it is because they are trying to build on the wrong foundation, trying to do this all by themselves.
The Reliv system has been designed in such a way that as long as a person has a good work ethic and has some patience and long suffering, they WILL build a Reliv build.
Time and effort are the two components that we all need to put in place, in order to be successful with Reliv.
Do you think for one second if Dr Theodore did not work at those two elements, he would have last 10 years and over 850 separate trial formulations before he got the Classic?
So value your goals and put the work in to achieve them.
Remember God is on your side.
As believers we have accepted a gift so precious that our very eternity has been effected. As with every human being we had the choice whether to accept it or reject it and we choose well.
The reality is we live in a fallen world where the majority of the people are going to either reject the gift or put their own spin on the gift and therefore disqualifying themselves from entering into that eternal Sabbath rest which the bible speaks about.
Mat 7:13 Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it.
Mat 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Through the free gift of salvation God have shown us Goodness and Mercy.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Grace is undeserved and unmerited favour, in other words it was not given to us because we are so good, on the contrary, it was given to us because we were so bad.
David said: Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.
This was a man who arranged another man’s death so he could have his wife, but was also a man who recognized his flaws repented of his sins and asked God to change his heart.
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 went through a type of Born Again experience as he said this prayer and experienced God’s Goodness and Mercy.
Many times we feel that the things we have done are so bad that what is the point repenting because God will not be listening, but that is exactly what the enemy of our souls wants us to think because just as long as we do think like that, he has us trapped in our sins.
Some people have a warped view on repentance and think it is just saying sorry. (A lot of times the person is only sorry that they were caught).
Then there are other people who think repentance is all about confessing their sins to someone, being told to do a few things by the person they are confusing to as penance and that is all they need (Trying to gain salvation by their works).
However repentance from a biblical point of view which is how God sees it is someone who recognises their flaws, confesses them before God, asks for forgiveness from God and recognises that the work Jesus did on the cross has washed away their sins and they truly believe that in their heart.
A person who has truly repented is pretty easy to spot, because that person has done a 180 degrees turn and is now living their lives in the opposite direction at a much higher standard than they were doing before.
For the person who said they repented and are doing the same old things over and over again, the truth is they have just said sorry!
God’s Goodness and Mercy is available to everyone who is willing to accept it and to those who do, he wants to pour out his spirit on them and fill them so they can be equip to live successful lives, even in this fallen world.
The promises of God which you are grafted into as a Christian:
Deu 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on you and overtake you, if you will listen to the voice of Jehovah your God.
Deu 28:3 You shall be blessed in the city, and be blessed in the field.
Deu 28:4 The fruit of your body shall be blessed, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep.
Deu 28:5 Your basket and your store shall be blessed.
Deu 28:6 You shall be blessed when you come in, and blessed when you go out.
Deu 28:7 Jehovah shall cause your enemies that rise up against you to be stricken before your face. They shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.
Deu 28:8 Jehovah shall command the blessing on you in your storehouses, and all that you set your hand to. And He shall bless you in the land which Jehovah your God gives you.
Deu 28:9 Jehovah shall establish you a holy people to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God and walk in His ways.
Deu 28:10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Jehovah, and they shall be afraid of you.
Deu 28:11 And Jehovah shall prosper you in goods, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Jehovah swore to your fathers to give you.
Deu 28:12 Jehovah shall open to you His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. And you shall loan to many nations, and you shall not borrow.
Deu 28:13 And Jehovah shall make you the head, and not the tail. And you shall be always above, and you shall not be beneath, if you listen to the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you today, to observe and to do them.
In order to build a successful Reliv business you have to be willing to show Goodness and Mercy, this is because even when things do not seem to be going your way, you have to recognise that their are people out there who you have not met yet who are only going to experience a break in their health or their finances because you are building your Reliv business.
Today there are families who have experienced breakthroughs with Autism, diabetes, High Blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, the list goes on and on, simply because 3 ½ years ago Aneela and I decided to start our Reliv business.
If you are not ready to show Goodness and Mercy, you will be so busy thinking about your own situation that you forget that the result and doing the things that you need to do to build your business, will result in you impacting thousands of people, some people you will never meet.
So focus on these 3 things and go away and build your business
1. Personal Growth
2. People Skills
3. Mastering the basics through the Reliv System.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.
In the scriptures we hear how God established his law to separate the children of Israel from any other nation because they were his chosen people. The Law was to give them direction and to constantly point them to him through stringent requirements often physical ones.
There were over 613 precepts of the mosaic law and if you broke one, you broke the whole law.
2Ch 33:8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.
Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
So their approach to God was one of legalism as their righteousness was dependent on their own efforts according to the law. This task was so great that it was pretty predictable, that people would be breaking the law of God constantly, because God was using to Law to show them that they could not live a righteous life outside of him, even with the best will in the world. However there was one coming that through him, ALL of the law would be FULLFILLED!
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
This is why every year the high priest would make a sacrifice for the himself first and then for the sins of the nation. However the blood of bulls and goats could not permanently remove sin, But there was another High Priest that was coming who blood could not only remove the sins of Israel, but could remove the sins of the whole world Jesus the Christ!
Heb 9:11 But when Christ had become a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building
Heb 9:12 nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once for all into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh,
Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ (who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God) purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Now we as believers live under a new covenant that start by faith which leads to repentance, continues in faith which leads to sanctification (thats a big word! It just means living right and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our lives showing us what to stop doing and what to start doing), and it ends in faith which means our lives at our time of death was pleasing to God, as the scripture says in the book of Hebrews:
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
SO now that we are saved, how does Jesus fulfil the whole of the previous law in our lives? The simple answer is by us allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and you will know that you are being lead by the Holy Spirit because you will operate in and be demonstrating the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT and these are:
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 no law.
Gal 5:24 But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
So the law was to lead people to the fulfilment and now that Jesus the fulfilment has come we no longer have to have a legalistic approach to God but we have a personal relationship with our heavenly Father made possible by the spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit who draws us into the personal relationship.
This concept would be foreign to anyone who feels they can get to God by what they do because we are save by grace through faith:
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
One of the strongest principals I drew from this in regards to our Reliv business is the fact that we can not build this by ourselves. The way it has been structured is that those who recognise that they need help and are WILLING to submit themselves under the mentorship of someone else, will grow a Reliv business.
During the process of building you WILL need to operate in the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT in order to be success:
love, The right motive
joy, The right attitude
peace, The right approach
long-suffering, The right out look
kindness, The right response
goodness, Not being ashamed of what you have.
faith, The vision
meekness, Having no ego
self-control, Responding and reacting
Against these things no one can bring a accusation.
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