In this life many people miss out on a number of things simply due to a lack of understanding and planning.
There is a famous statement which states “if you fail to plan you are planning to fail”.
Unfortunately many people just plod on through life, never planning never increasing their knowledge in certain areas and when hardship comes to them, they just have a pity party and start moaning how life has dealt them a bad hand. You see it is a lot easier to moan about your situation, than it is to take responsibility for it and do something about it.
We see the same attitude in people calling themselves Christians, people never fulfilling their true potential, simply because they have a lack of knowledge of the word of God. They read their bible in church and then once or twice during the week for a quick 5 minutes.
They are spiritually starving and do not ever know what the promises are which God as place over their lives.
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
As you can see from this scripture having a lack knowledge is not just dangerous for you but it can effect your family also.
Many people are sitting in churches week after week thinking everything is ok because they are a faithful church goer, were as in reality satan is shifting them like wheat.
When challenges come they do not know how to cope, their emotions are up and down like a yo yo, relationships are stained, they react all the time instead of responding, their finances are messed up, their health is terrible and everything seem to be going wrong.
Many times the things that are happening is Gods way of getting our attention but because of a lack of sensitivity to God, which is out of a lack of relationship with him, fuel by a lack of study of his word; we miss even that.
The reason why for Christians it is necessary to not just read the word, but to study the word, is because it prepares us to be able to deal with life’s challenges at every level. There are laws and principals in the word, that if we apply them, we will prosper in all areas of our lives. There are curses that we can avoid simply by gaining the right knowledge:
Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Jesus showed us the importance of prior preparation when he share the parable of the 5 foolish virgins:
Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.
Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.
Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.
Mat 25:13 Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes.
As you can a lack of true preparation can cost you the greatest price of all, eternal life.
It is amazing how we are in a global recession at the moment and there are people struggling in this current economy but there are also people who are thriving in this same economy. The difference is preparation, some people put certain things in place and others did not. Just like Joseph who had such an insight through God, that he was able to prepare in times of plenty for times of famine.
Lack of planning is very dangerous and we building are Reliv businesses should understand this.
Building your business you are positioning yourself in a leadership position because the people that join you in the business, are going to be joining you because they believe you can help them to get to where they want to go, if they did not think that, they would not have joined you. Therefore you have a responsibility to position yourself as a person that can do this.
You do this by becoming a student and being mentored through the Reliv System, this is your time of preparation. If you try to be a mentor without first getting mentored, not only will you fail, but all the people you bring into the business will fail also.
You have a responsibility to plug into the system, if you have decided to build a Reliv business and when I say plug into the system I mean ALL of the system, not just the elements that are convenient for you. If you are not willing to do that, then I can tell you now, you will struggle to build a Reliv business.
Building you business you are developing residual income that will eventually be able to sustain you in the years where you are too weak to work for whatever reason.
Building your business causes you to take the product which allows your body to be prepared to deal with any challenges that come your way healthwise.
Finally building your business, allows you to be a blessing to many people, both directly and indirectly.
It all starts with preparation and that preparation is the Reliv System.
Jason Gregory Business Coach and Mentor
It is an amazing feeling to be a child of the most high God, to know that the God of the universe was so concerned about me that he came looking for me, even when I was not even thinking about him, blows my mind every time.
When we as Christians truly understand this, then we will truly praise him, not for what we can get out of him, but for who he is:
Psa 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psa 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I was truly blessed to have been invited to one of my distributor’s churches yesterday. Going there and seeing over 3000 people just praising God in song and dance was truly amazing. The bible says “They shall know the truth and the truth will set them free” (John 8:32) and what I experienced were people who truly understood how free they were and they expressed it in the praise and worship.
We have to be excited about our Christianity because God has infused us with power through his Holy Spirit, this is why he told us through his word that Signs and wonders will follow those who believe (Mark 16:18).
If we are just going through the motions of being a Christian, then something is going very wrong. If we are not having any experiences with God then something is going very wrong also because God is a personal God who wants a personally relationship with his children.
If you think you never hear from God, then maybe it is because the noise of the world is too loud in your life, because God is always speaking. Try turning down the noise of the world and you will be amazed at what you hear.
When you know how free you are in God and you praise him, then people who do not understand that freedom, will look at you like you are crazy because they can under it:
1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one.
When David danced before God when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back into Jerusalem, his wife tried to knock him because of how free he was with his praise. She was more concerned about people’s opinions than about praising God (2Samuel 6:14)
I personally can never get my head around those services that last for 30mins to 1 hour, with people going through the motions wanting it to finish, so they can get on with the rest of their day. The only emotion you see is when people are smiling with people they know, on the way out. The whole thing, being so rigid and restrictive that the Holy Spirit has been replaced by a predictable formatted program.
Now this is not how Jesus said it should be. When addressing the woman at the well, Jesus told her the truth about free in God:
Joh 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
Joh 4:24 God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.
Being expressive in your praise is not a cultural thing, it is a freedom thing. I personally have seen people from all different cultural backgrounds being very expressive in their praise.
When you truly understand where God has brought you from and where he is taking you to, you will praise him with all of your might. You will praise him even when your flesh does not feel like praising him, in fact when you are in that situation, this is when you should praise him even harder.
Parallel Principals We should be forever grateful to the person who took the time to introduce us to Reliv, because what they placed in our hands was vehicle we can use to be such a blessing to so many people.
I truly believe that God has drawn each and everyone of us to this opportunity, what we do with it is up to us.
Remember because our model of distribution is not the normal traditional business model, some people will not understand it and some may even look down on it. This does not take away from the fact that it works and our industry has created more millionaires than any other industry on the planet!
Be confident in the product, it will never embarrass you and the company will never embarrass you either.
Be confident in the industry after all it is based on a biblical model of the great commission:
“Go into all the world, find people then mentor them so that they can go and find people and mentor them as well”
If you truly believe that God will bless to work of your hands, then what ever season you are going thorough, you will be persistent, consistent and determined during that season.
We have a lot to give God praise for!
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