We live in a world where there is so much going on, so much access to information and entertainment, it is very easy to get distracted if we let our guard down.
Today we have access to resources that would have in the past taken weeks to track down. We live in the Information Age!
This has positive aspects and also negative ones, on the positive side, information can be spread globally in a matter of seconds. However on the negative side, people globally have more access to wickedness than any other time in human history. This is why we need to stay focused.
Distractions cause a person to do and say things that they really shouldn’t be saying or doing and the enemy uses distractions to stop a person reaching their full potential that God has predestined for them to achieve.
A good example of this was King David. There was a time when he should have been out on the battlefield with his men but instead he stayed a home. Now because he was operating outside of his correct activities, Satan used this as an opportunity to get him to fall through distraction:
2Sa 11:2 Late one afternoon about dusk, David got up from his couch and was walking around on the roof of the royal palace. From there he watched a woman taking a bath, and she was very beautiful to look at.
2Sa 11:3 David sent word to inquire about her, and someone told him, “This is Eliam’s daughter Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, isn’t it?”
2Sa 11:4 So David sent some messengers, took her from her home, and she went to him, and he had sex with her.
If David would have been doing what he was supposed to be doing, then he would not have been in the place to be distracted. Eventually he even had the woman’s husband executed in an attempt t hide his sin.
Distractions can kill you because you are no longer concentrating on where you are going.
One of the reasons why God told the Israelites not to intermarry with the women from the pagan nations was that they would distract them from worshipping the true and living God and cause them to follow after idols. We see this over and over again in the Old Testament how this was the case. King Solomon a man that started off so well, but got distracted by his many wives which turn his heart away from God.
How many pastors and leaders do we hear about who fall into sin, getting distracted by a pretty face?
The enemy’s strategy is always the same:
1. The lust of the flesh
2. The lust of the eyes
3. The pride of life.
It is what he used against Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and it is what he tempted Jesus with after he had fasted for 40 days and nights.
Distracting someone from the truth, causes them to believe a lie, this is why there are so many false religions in the world today, because if you can throw enough mud in the water, you can try and distort the truth.
The Enemy even uses a perversion of the word to distract people, so you have people like the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses that have their own version of the Gospel, which is truth mixed with a lot of lies. So you have good intentional people that have maybe been brought up in that system or introduced to it, being distracted by organizational belief rather than the truth of scripture.
Distraction is one of the enemies major tools to cause people to stay outside of the will of God and the only way to combat it is to know the word for yourself and also God’s will and plan for your life.
When building a home based business, there are so many things to distract us, from people’s opinions to lazy distributors, to complaining customers.
However we need to be focused, we need to have our WHY constantly before us, because that is the only thing that is going to keep us going.
People will try and offer you offer, so called better opportunities, so called better products. They will try and convince you of easier ways the make money. All these things are to distract you from what you should be doing.
People who get distracted jump from one opportunity to the other and never make any real progress in any of them.
So stay focused, know what you have in your hands with Reliv and go out and help as many people as you can.
Business Coach & Mentor
We have just come through a period known as Passover, it has falsely been renamed Easter and the majority of the Christian world today still use that name. However if we are going to be correct, which I think we should be, then we should have an understanding of what we are doing.
The name Easter comes from a Pagan festive to celebrate the fertility goddess Eastra she was also known by other names in other cultures:
Aphrodite, named Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two
places which claimed her birth; 8
Ashtoreth from ancient Israel;
Astarte from ancient Greece;
Demeter from Mycenae;
Hathor from ancient Egypt;
Ishtar from Assyria;
Kali, from India; and
Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility.
This is why a lot of the symbols that are used in the traditional Easter celebrations are
fertility symbols like, the egg and the bunny and activities like hunting for the egg all come
from the pagan celebration.
However as Christians this time of year hold much significance for us because we remember
the time when our creator proved how much he loved us by paying the ultimate price by
sacrificing his life and being our Passover Over lamb.
This is why when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to get baptize he said these words:
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
The Jews remember Passover as a time when God delivered them from Egypt
And it marks the beginning of their religious yearly calendar. However to this day
They still do not understand that Jesus met every requirement of the Passover lamb
not just to deliver Israel from the bondage of Slavery, but the whole world from the
bondage of sin!
So just as the blood on the doorpost and lentils on that Passover night protected the people
in the house from the death angel and allowed the angel to pass over that house, in the same
way when a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ, his spread blood gets placed on the
door post and lentils of a persons heart so that at the time of judgment, when the verdict of guilty is passed on us for the sin we committed during our lives and the death penalty is required
Because the Bible says:
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
his blood allows that death sentence to PASSOVER us. This is why the rest of that verse in
Romans 6 says this
“but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Jesus restored us back to true relationship with The father, which man lost when he fell in the
Garden of Eden, so that now our hearts can be renewed and we can live according to his direction and not according to our lust, we can be Born Again.
King David understood the state of his heart after he had Bathsheba’s husband killed and he cried to God and said:
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The Lord spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah these words about the heart:
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man
This is why we need to be restored by our PASSOVER lamb
So I DO NOT celebrate Easter, I celebrate PASSOVER and I live everyday experiencing the benefits from my Passover lamb.
Parallel Business Principals
People are struggling in major areas of life, which is their health and their finances and they
need help to restore these 2 areas.
People are being held in bondage to these area’s and need to be emancipated!
Many people have lost hope that things will ever change and many people have got themselves into a comfort zone and make excuses for themselves why things do not need to change.
However there are people that are looking for deliverance in these areas, they are looking for a
way out and these are the people we are looking. These are the people that are going to follow
instructions, because they are so desperate for change they understand that their way just
is not working. These are the people that will allow you to lead them out of where they are
and into their potential future.
You see the people in Egypt, whether they were Egyptian or Israeli, IF they did not follow the precise instructions of Moses, then their first born’s perished.
Similarly if people will not follow your instructions, then their potential in Reliv WILL likewise perish
Business Coach & Mentor
To many times people are governed by other people’s opinions, they try so hard to fit into a group that they change who they are just to seem like one of the crowd. This happens in all aspects of life, even in the church.
God made each and everyone of us unique with our own personalities and when people get saved, they do not loose who they are, but God uses who they are to reach other people.
Psa 139:14 I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.
Stop trying to be someone you are not and be yourself because God has designed for YOU to excel and do great things for the kingdom.
Jer 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am planning for you, says YAHWEH; purposes of peace, and not for evil; to give you a future and a hope.
Eph 2:10 for we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which YAHWEH before prepared that we should walk in them.
You see you do not have to follow blindly any group just to fit in, but you have been transformed and in filled by the Holy Spirit to stand out!
When Jesus came the earth he did not conform to the religious attitudes that stopped people from coming to God, but he exposed them and went in the opposite direction:
Mat 9:10 ¶ While he was having dinner at Matthew’s home, many tax collectors and sinners arrived and began eating with Jesus and his disciples.
Mat 9:11 The Pharisees saw this and asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Mat 9:12 When Jesus heard that, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a physician, but sick people do.
Mat 9:13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ because I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
It is not about religious activities
Luk 20:46 “Beware of the scribes! They like to walk around in long robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
Luk 20:47 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers to cover it up. They will receive greater condemnation!”
We are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God and that faith is constantly growing as our experiences with God grows. So it should not be what people think about you that counts, but what God thinks about you. People pleasers will never do and say what God wants them to do and say because they are always too afraid to offend.
I was appalled at the Arch Bishop of Cantebury’s stance on the guy marriage issue, as someone who is supposed to be in leadership guiding the church in truth. However God in his word has never commissions an office in his church called Arc Bishop anyway, so if the foundation isn’t strong then the building will not be strong either.
We need to be bold enough to speak against what the masses are saying, if what the masses are saying is incorrect:
When all of the prophets were prophesying victory in the war for Israel and Judah because that is what the kings wanted to hear, it was just Micaiah who prophesied the truth against the masses.
So know what to stand for and GO FOR IT!
Parallel Business Principles
When you know why you are building your business then go for it and do not let the opinions of others sway you from what you believe in. The majority of people are financial going nowhere quickly and they would be more than happy to make room in their car for you.
When you are building a home-based business you are going against the drain, doing something unconventional. However to be financially free you have to be unconventional.
So see what the majority of people are doing and do the opposite!
Continue to build your Reliv business, your are impacting many people’s lives.
Business Coach & Mentor
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