Every single one of us on the call at the moment as TRUE Christians, the reason why our lives are the way they are is because at some point in our lives, we had a strong desire to change the way we were living, how we were thinking and the direction we were going.
Unless a person has a strong desire to change , they will not.
God has sent his Holy Spirit to convict sin and draw people to Christ, this is why we need to be living Holy Spirit filled lives, so that through our lives people can come to the knowledge of Jesus.
A person can put on the clothes and go to the buildings but if they do not have a strong desire to change, all they are doing is warming the bench and take up the space that a person who truly wants to change could be sitting in.
Between Malachi in the Old Testament and Mathew in the New Testament, there was 400 years of silence and when I say silence, I mean there were no prophetic voices being heard. People were still trying to follow to law of Moses and people were even be killed for their belief as the Greco Roman empire started controlling the area. Many atrocities took place against God’s people in that 400 years.
However it was not until John Baptist came on the scene that the prophetic word began to come to Israel again.
Joh 1:15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, This was He of whom I spoke: He who comes after me has been before me, for He was preceding me.
Joh 1:16 And out of His fullness we all have received, and grace for grace.
Joh 1:17 For the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
There were many people that heard John’s message and did nothing, but there were many who heard John’s words and had such a strong desire to change that they made the decision instantly to change.
John’s mandate was to be a forerunner that would prepare the hearts of the people for their breakthrough in Christ:
Joh 1:23 He said, I am "the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord," as the prophet Isaiah said.
Joh 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but One stands among you whom you do not know.
Joh 1:27 He it is who, coming after me, who has been before me; of whom I am not worthy to loosen the thong of His sandal.
Joh 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him and says, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The message of John was so powerful that people would travel to where he was just to hear what he had to say. Now to look at John he was not a sharp looking man, polished and elegant, but he was a man with a message and because of that, God made him attractive.
As individuals, as we submit our lives to God, even though the way we live is going to be different from this world expectation of how a person lives, God is doing to make our lives attractive so that more people can get to know him and give him the glory.
There are people out there knowing they need to change but are confused as to which direction to go in, that is why many people get caught up in false religion. This is why it is so important that we as the church, God’s called out ones, live our live right.
Jesus made this very important statement concerns every single born again believer:
Mat 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among those who have been born of women there has not risen a greater one than John the Baptist. But the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence, and the violent take it by force.
This is a Jewish idiom and what it means is, from the moment John started preaching and the true knowledge of the kingdom was being heard, people starting to understand their situation and recognising they were outside of the kingdom. They then started accepting the message straight away and rushing in with a sense of urgency.
So if that was happening with John and Jesus meant what he said, then our lives should be having a serious impact on people as they see the kingdom through us!
As business builders in Reliv we have a mandate and that is the tell people about the opportunity and the products. People are hurting and have lost hope in the health and finances and what we have can change their lives around.
It may not be what they were expecting, but when they hear it, they understand the potential and get involved with a sense of urgency.
Other people will not accept the message of Reliv, but that does not take away from the results people are getting.
Something people have just been plodding along in life and there has been a period of silence, but then you come along with the message of Reliv and become the forerunner to bring them to their breakthrough.
If you trust God in your business, God will make you attractive and bring the right people to you, people who will rush into the opportunity as they realise their current situation.
You are looking for people with a burning desire to change their situations and once you find them you help them towards their breakthrough.
You are in this business for a reason, so recognise that!
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Menor
This is the main tool that Satan uses to attack people and he wields his tool very well indeed. He knows all he needs to do is to get into that fleshy lower nature that we all have and we will do the rest.
God has put certain boundaries in place not to stop our pleasure but to stop us from destroying ourselves. You see Satan knows what buttons to push in order to get us to move away from God and his strategy is the same strategy he used in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, it is the same strategy he used when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness after Jesus had fasted for 40 days and nights and it is the same strategy he has been using all of our lives to tempt us. That is:
The Lust Of The Flesh
The Lust Of The Eyes
The Pride Of LiFe
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Lust of the flesh he was hungry
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
The Pride of life, trying to challenge about who Jesus is to get him to try and prove himself
Mat 4:5 Then the Devil took Him up into the holy city and set Him upon a pinnacle of the Temple.
Mat 4:6 And he said to Him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it is written, "He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and in their hands they shall bear You up, lest at any time You dash Your foot against a stone."
Lust Of The Eyes, trying to show Jesus what he would give him
Mat 4:8 Again, the Devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Mat 4:9 And he said to Him, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.
This is why it is so important for us as individual believers to know the words for ourselves because if you read the full account of Satan's attack on Jesus, Jesus always responded with the word, IT IS WRITTEN.
If Jesus had to do that, how much more us?
The reason why Satan wants to distract us from reading and studying the word is because he knows, if we do, then we are equip to resist his attack.
When you read Ephesians 6 where it talks about our battle amour, the only piece of affensive amour is the Sword Of The Spirit, which is the word of God
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
Satan is not going to tempt you with the things you do not like, so if someone has never been a drinker, he is not going to tempt you with alcohol! However if you used to be a womaniser and you have turn your life around and you are now married, he will tempt you with opportunities to be unfaithful to your wife.
The temptation in of itself is not sin, however the yielding to the temptation is:
1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it.
Satan has established his system here on this planet and it is for one reason and one reason only, to get man to fall and move away from God. Everything he does is to try and take away the glory from God as creator:
So if he can stop people from knowing him, he can stop people from worshipping him!
If he devalue Marriage he stop people from understanding the true meaning of society therefore creating social disorder. Not only that, if he can stop a Man and a Woman coming together he can take away the glory from God as creator, because two people of the same sex cannot produce any offspring and the production of offspring gives glory to God!
If he can saturate the planet with alternative belief systems, which have some truth in them, because you cannot deceive someone with 100% lie, then people will not know what to believe. This is why there are many sincere people in other belief systems, but you can be sincere and sincerely wrong.
Satan has had millennia to master the use of his tools and he works on levels that most people cannot comprehend.
This is why Jesus said:
Mat 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Place my yoke on you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light."
He also said
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This is the knowledge Satan does not want the people to know.
There are many different types of people that are going to start a Reliv business, each with different gifts and talents.
With the nature of our business there is the potential to make a lot of money and because of this, Satan uses this to try and tempt people.
You see as my Pastor says,
"Your gift will make way for you, however, your gift can take you where your character cannot keep you"
Satan will use greed and pride to try and get people to fall in this business, however as believers in this business we have our own tool box and it is called the Fruits Of The Spirit
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.
It is not just how you cope with the challenges of building this business; it is also how you cope with the successes that come out of this business
Jason Gregory Business & Mentor
Many times we get ourselves into different negative situations simply because of a lack of wisdom in that particular area. Wisdom is a gift that God gives us so that we can maximise our knowledge and this is why wisdom and knowledge always go hand in hand:
Pro 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Pro 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Pro 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Without wisdom our understanding can destroy us and this is why it is given to us as a guide:
The scriptures say that the fool says in his heart there is no God, this is because if they admit there is a God, then they are accountable for their actions and they do not want to be, they despise the very idea:
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
In God we live we breathe and we have our being, there is nothing too great or too small for him, he is the source of life. Therefore because of this he has predestined our lives for greatness in him, but in order to fulfil this and take a hold of our inheritance, it starts with a relationship with him, knowing who he is and this journey is supporting by wisdom.
Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
The gift is discovered out of a desire to serve God, if you get to know God more, you hunger to please him and as you ask him to guide you steps, you are inviting wisdom into your life.
Pro 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
The Bible says if there is any area that you are lacking in wisdom, you should ask God for the gift of wisdom for that area. If we would only do that, there are many areas where we struggle that we would not have too.
Just think about it, if we love God and he is guiding our steps, why would we be struggling in certain areas of live. We can put it down to a test that God is taking us through to grow us, but how long should the test be lasting? If you are never learning from the test, then you will stay in the test until you do learn, because God loves you too much not to help you too advance. A test should cause you to go on your knees and ask God for the Wisdom to get through it, so you can learn to things you need to learn.
However a lot of times our struggles are not because of a test but because of our laziness and lack of wisdom and understand in that area. We look for something for nothing:
E.G We do not want to read the bible, but we want all of the promises in the bible,
We say that we love God but we don’t even know him because we get to know him through his word.
We want a better marriage but do not want to compromise and put the other person first, we have the attitude that it is always the other person’s fault.
We stay we want godly kids but we never sit down with them and discuss the things of God.
We say we want better finances but we are lazy and full of excuses why we are not doing the things we need to do to get better finances.
We stay we want that degree but we don’t want to study.
The list could go on and on.
God wants us to be over comers in his world, so that the ungodly people can see and get a witness from successful children of God, his church, his called out ones. However it starts with our desire to know him more and our asking for wisdom in the areas we are lacking, but not just asking but also applying the knowledge we gain.
As children of God we have an inheritance and that is in God, where ever we put our feet we shall posses it. So if that is the case, why are you struggling in your business?
Have you ask God for wisdom in this area, are you applying the knowledge you have gained in this area?
Are you doing the activity you know you should be doing in this area?
You see just because you are a Christian, does not automatically mean you will prosper in all of the areas in your life, if you are not operating in wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
We need to be honest with ourselves and before God, repent and move forward because we do have an inheritance and is starts from down here!
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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