We live in a world where people never want to admit and take ownership of things when they go wrong. They always want to blame other people and it is never their fault, always pointing the finger, never realising that every time they do that there are 3 fingers pointing back at them.
There is never any breakthrough with out honesty! Honesty is the thing that causes us to understand that we are the problem not anybody else.
From the beginning of time man has been playing the blame game, in the garden of Eden Adam and eve played it:
Genesis 3: 12 -13
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
It is a lot easier to blame someone else rather than take ownership of the issue ourselves. One of the reasons why we as Christians need to repent is because repentance shows that we have taken ownership of the mistakes of the past and we want to get rid of them and start again.
Bible says: Repent and be baptised
In other words, take ownership of your mistakes, bring them to God, so that you can get rid of them and then after that make a public declaration that this is you now, you are completely sold out to God.
John the baptised preached a baptism of repentance to a very proud and religious Jewish community who were relying on their bloodline and religious activities as their ticket into heaven. However John was dealing with their stubborn hearts to prepare them for the coming messiah.
Luke 3 2 – 7
2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come
Getting people to release their mistakes sometimes will not make you the most popular person, however if you truly love people, then you will be compelled to help them using the truth as a vehicle.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
This is why as Christians our lives should be a living witness of the truth, which is Christ and him crucified:
When Paul and very well educated man was talking to the people at Corinth, he said these words in 1 Corinthians 2:2
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified
Truth repentance is an admission of your insufficiencies and a need for help.
So today stop playing the blame game and start taking ownership!
Parallel Business Principals
Our industry of Network Marketing is full of people who do not want to take ownership of their own short comings. So you have people who start business opportunities then stop them, then start other business opportunities and then stop them also. All the while blaming other things for their lack of success. So you have people saying:
I could go on and on, but I am sure you get the picture.
The reality is, if people would just take ownership of the problem and ask themselves, what is it that are doing or not doing that is causing these negative results, then their results would begin to change.
As a company Reliv is a very strong platform for people to change their financial situation and through the system, there is road map to get there. However people choose not to plug into the system for what ever reason.
So the next time you complain about your business and its lack of growth, take ownership of the problem and ask yourself, “What level of activity have I been doing and Have I been truly plugging into the system?”
Your breakthrough starts with your honesty.
Business Coach & Mentor
Last week we laid the foundation as to why our bad attitude needs to change, by seeing the sacrifice God made to redeem us back to himself. So this week we are going to be dealing with some of those bad attitudes.
Outside of the church there are many bad attitudes and they all stem from the same source, which is satan himself. You see satan cannot force us to do anything, but what he understands very well is how to create the situation and allow us to run with it ourselves. So for centuries he has used us as human beings to destroy ourselves, all the time acting as a puppet master. He has managed to divide and once united race of people, to the extent that people think there are multiple races of people on this planet. Then once did that, he then got us the think that one race of people were better than another race of people. This caused us to commit atrocities against each other like the 400 years of slavery which happen to the african people, which is probably the worst atrocity in human history or the holocaust of the Jews in nazi germany, which is right up there among the worst acts every perpetrated against a people group. There are many other atrocities that have happened in human history, but what makes these events so discussing is, they used the bible to justify their actions.
Over the years the bad attitudes of people groups fighting each has just increased and added into the mixed is religion and greed, so with these three elements working together, satan has created a scenario where we are guaranteed to destroy each other.
Bible is in Hosea 4: 6-8
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.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me:
therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people,
and they set their heart on their iniquity
God was speaking through Hosea about Israel, but this lack of knowledge of him can be related to the whole world.
All of the bad attitudes come out of a lack of true relationship with the creator himself, people worshipping the creation rather than the creator!
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen
In the established Church itself there are bad attitudes and these attitudes stop people from coming through the doors. People treating some people better than others, simply because of there education al level or their social background or may be their level of wealth.
James 2: 1 - 4
1 My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.
2 Suppose a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in.
3 If you give special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Please take this seat," but you say to the poor man, "Stand over there" or "Sit on the floor at my feet,"
4 then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not
We also have people in the church thinking they are better than others simply because of the denomination they belong to or because of how much church activity they do. There are people who are so dogmatic and inflexible in their approach to how they present the gospel, that the people outside of the church push away from them and do not step foot in a church because of them.
To some people church is just something they do to appease their conscience once a week, so they just go through the motions. To other people it is a social club where they meet up to see their friends. Some people see church as a platform the show of their skills or a place where they can make a lot of money.
All of the attitudes are caused by a single scenario started by satanic forces and we just run with it.
The church is a hospital for sin sick people to get better, it is a gateway to heaven where we should be challenge every time we go there and never come out the same.
The foundation of the church is Christ Jesus, he is the rock on which it is built:
Matthew 16: 13-18
13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is?
14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But who say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar- jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it
When we understand that then all of our bad attitudes will change!
People come into our industry with bad attitudes, like:
Get rich quick
Minimum work for maximum return
Going after the money instead of helping people
Be successful by any means necessary
These attitudes reflect in their action or lack of action.
This industry has a way of weeding those types of people out and you find these are the people that are constantly hopping from one opportunity to the other, never being successful but always blaming something else for their lack of results.
Therefore when building your Reliv business, use the system as a filter to see who is serious and who is not, so that your energies are focused in the right place.
Business Coach & Mentor
Our journey as a Christian starts with a death and is a series of deaths right up until the day we physically die.
Jesus who created everything died for our sins and that was a decision made way before he came to the earth physically:
Ephesians 1:3 – 5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:
5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will
God's plan for redemption started even before we fell, you see Adam and Eve's fall did not take God by surprise. God knew what they were going to do, but his love had to allow them to make that choice. This is why the redemption plan was already in place, because God is I AM not I WAS or I WILL BE, this means that to God everything is present. So the same time God saw Adam and Eve fall, he saw you and me struggling in our sin and he also saw the GOD Man Jesus on the cross. You see, before Jesus was the Son of God, which is a term God used so that we could relate to his incarnation, Jesus was the Logos (The Word) who is the second person of the trinity:
John 1: 1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
So the infinite became finite so that he could redeem us back to himself! In order to do that, he had to be physically like us. This is why one of the titles for Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer.
Hebrews 10: 5-7
5 For this reason, the Scriptures say, when the Messiah was about to come into the world:
"You did not want sacrifices and offerings,
but you prepared a body for me.
6 In burnt offerings and sin offerings
you never took delight.
7 Then I said, 'See, I have come to do your will, O God'
In the volume of the scroll this is written about me."
This scripture here is showing that because Jesus is the source of the scriptures, he is also the complete fulfilment of them.
Jesus was fully God and yet fully man at the same time, because in the same way God in the book of Genesis created Adam out of the dust of the ground, breathed his spirit into him which activated his soul, this is the same way God prepared a earth suite (body) for himself to inhabit, which did not need a soul to get activated but by the Holy Spirit became a Tabernacle or a dwelling place for Almighty God.
So Jesus never lost his deity when he came here, but he subjected himself to a human experience, so as a human he had to learn as a human learned, be obedient to his earthly parents and be an example to others:
Luke 2: 40
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
Now that this foundation has been laid, next week I am going to be talking about how this knowledge should effect our attitude.
When I look at what Jesus did, it speaks of humility and a heart full of service to others. In our business if you are not humble and with a servant heart, you will not build a long term business. Firstly pride will cause people to eventually push away from you and your lack of service to others will cause people not to trust you.
Building a Network Marketing business and especially a Reliv business will definitely challenge your motives. Most people who quit, 9 times out of 10 it was because their motives for doing it in the first place was not strong enough and so when the storms came their building toppled over.
Let you motive be people first, because a byproduct of putting people first is, you will make the money. Now putting people first does not mean you are a door mate for people to walk all over, it means you are a facilitator to help them get to what ever level of success THEY want. So do not waste time with people who are not serious.
Business Coach & Mentor
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