My Pastor has a saying and it says “Your gifts and talents can take you where your character can’t keep you”.
Having a good character is so important in order for a person to get on in life, whether they are believers or non believers, but it is even more so for the believers, as we are to be representatives of Christ in everything that we do 24/7.
If we call ourselves Christians we are to understand that there is a responsibility that comes with that title and it means to be Christ like. You should not have to walk around with a banner that says “I’m a Christian” on it or wear a T-shirt or have a car sticker. On the contrary, it should be because of your character that the non-believers identify in your and say “ There goes a Christian”.
This is what happen is Antioch and is the first mention of the title “Christian” in the scriptures:
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. You cannot fake good character because eventually you will be found out because your bad behaviour WILL be exposed. This normal happens when a person is under pressure, whether it is financial pressure or emotional pressure, in these cases the true nature or character of a person creeps out. When you call yourself a Christian and you behave in this way, you are lying to the Holy Spirit and you are placing yourself in a very dangerous place: Act 5:1 And a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. Act 5:2 And he kept back part of the price, his wife also knowing, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet. Act 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart for you to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Act 5:4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own authority? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God. Act 5:5 And hearing these words, Ananias fell down and expired. And great fear came on all those who heard these things.
We serve a God that sees all things and knows all things, he knows the fakeness of people, he knows the true motive of people. He knows the dangers of this world and the attitudes attached to them and this is why he told us in his word, that we should be in the world but not of the world:
1Jn 2:16 because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Having a good character will open up many doors for a person, people get to hear about you and the way you are, without you trying to promote yourself. People with good character are beautiful and smell good to God, where as people with bad characters are a stench to him:
Pro 22:1 A goodnameis rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. When person has bad character what normally follows is a big ego, it is like self worship and there is no room for God. A good acronym for ego is :
In order for a person to develop a good character, they first have to get over themselves and this will allow the Holy Spirit in.
So as believers lets us develop the mind of Christ, let us operate in the fruits of the spirit and lets our light, which is the light of Christ, shine before men.
We are in a people business and many people are going to join you in your business, some of these people are going to have good characters and some are going to have bad ones. You are going to have to wade between the sheep and the goats and sometimes there are going to be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Remember, always put God first in your business and he will give you the discernment to see those wolves in your organisation.
Eventually their true character will identify themselves and people will see what they are truly about.
Make sure that you are above reproach in your business activities so even that can be a witness. Remember the bible speaks very clearly about good character in business and what God hates in business:
Pro 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. So make sure when you are conducting your business, your motives are always honourable and right.
If all you want to do is sponsor Master Affiliates but mentor no one, then your motives are wrong. If all you want to do is sponsor Faststarts and mentor no one, your motives are also wrong.
If all you want to do is get customers and follow up with no one, your motives are wrong.
If you want to sponsor people and lead them away from the Reliv success system because you have a better way, then you need to put your EGO to one side, be humble enough to be mentored so you can give your organisation a chance to be successful. If you are not willing to do that, then it was all about you and your motives are wrong.
Remember, God see all, knows all and judges all things and anything that does not stand up to his standard will be burnt up.
Under God’s Protection
We live in world with all kinds of daily challenges and because of those challenges people have capitalised on them and many times manipulated them for their own financial gain. So there is a wealth of self help books and courses people can go on or read and motivational courses and book that people can buy. All of them focusing on a person looking inward in order to tap into their own strength to be an over comer.
As well as that you also have a new wave of thinking where you can tap into the power of the universe and speak things forth by agreeing with the universe and the global energy of every person on the planet. So you have books like ‘The Secret’ which have captivated a lot of people.
All of these schools of thought move the focus away from God and anything that does that is idolatry, whether you are focusing on yourself or the universe.
Unfortunately many Christians have gotten caught up in these lies from the enemy and a lot of times tried to Christianise them, so you have the NAME IT AND CLAIM IT generation, who do not want to do the things it takes to improve their situations by applying the laws God has put in place for those specific areas, but they are just wait for their lottery ticket to come in. You know, people going to seminars and conferences for a Supernatural Debt Cancelation, even though they can not stop shopping using credit cards they can not pay back. As well as that, people going to seminars for healing, even though they do not eat right or do any exercised, but they believe the devil is attacking their body!
Wisdom is the principal thing and in all our getting we need to get understanding (proverbs 4:7)
So first of all, the understanding we need is given to us in Psalm 1
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
If a Christian does not want to be deceived by worldly wisdom, they need to know the word of God for themselves, not relying on their favourite preacher to share their revelation of God’s word with them; but going and getting their own revelation.
When you know God’s word, you put yourself in a place of protection, when you do not know God’s word, you put yourself in a place of venerability.
When you are going through things and there is no one around to courage you, you can do what David did and encourage yourself in the word.
So when other people are falling apart because of the intensity of their situation, you as a believer who may be going through something similar can say:
2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Again you can say
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
You can only draw on these words if you first put them in.
God’s word in a light to our feet and a lamp to our path and let’s face it, we are living in a dark world but to beauty is the light of Christ illuminates us.
As a person builds a Reliv business there going to be many people who try to give you their ideas of what it takes to build this business, people who have never built a Reliv business before. However Reliv have given us a system of protection, so just as long as a person builds within the walls of the system, not only will that person business build, but they will also help other people’s businesses build.
You may be able to go out and recruit people all day long, but if you are not building within the walls of the system, as fast as the people come in, they will go back out. Also if that is what you are about, then you are not really in this business to help people, you are in this business to help yourself.
You may be able to work with people and tell them what to do, but if you are not building within the walls of the system, you will end up managing people and hardly ever finding new people. Again you are limiting yourself by doing that.
The system is there so that every person can plug into it and grow a business, whatever their level of experience.
If you do not plug into the system, you will not have the ability to withstand the tuff times and because you are trying to do this alone, eventually you will quit.
Once you know the system, then when someone else comes with their lies about how to build this business, you will not take it on board.
So do the things you need to do and will not have time to do the things you are not supposed to do.
There are many truth’s being promoted in this world, in other words people being right in their own eyes. However there can be and there is only ONE TRUTH.
If you look at all of the religions in the world, they are based on Man’s search for God or a higher power. This is why Christianity is more than a religion; it is actually a real tangible relationship because it is based on God’s search for man.
This is why when a person experiences a true revelation of who Jesus is, they get completely freed from the bondage of SIN:
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
When Jesus said this statement he was speaking to a group of Jewish people and some of them tried to justify their lifestyle by their religious activity and their blood line. Today many people try to justify their lifestyles by their own standards and that is why if you ask the average person “Are you a good person?” the will answer yes. This is because their standards and God’s standards are completely different.
However Jesus addressed this attitude very clearly as he said:
Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin.
Joh 8:35 And the slave does not abide in the house forever, but the Son abides forever.
Joh 8:36 Therefore if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
This means if there has not been a cleansing of previous sins, it does not matter how many good deeds a person does after that, it is not acceptable to God. It would be like asking some guests around for dinner and serving clean freshly cooked food on dirty old unwashed plates.
This is why the work on the cross is so important and no one can get to God without first getting cleansed.
Now this message is an offense to many people, but to others it is salvation.
So as believers we need to have the boldness to speak out this message because if we do not, everyday people will be dying and going to a lost eternity.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
There are people who will try to water down this gospel, so they can fit in or get more people to come in to their churches. However they forget one important fact, the gospel of Jesus Christ is an Ark not a Cruise Liner!
When Noah was instructed to build the ark he was told to pitch it within and without (Gen 6:14). This was to make it waterproof and probably did not smell too good. He was a preacher and for 120 years as people watched him build the ark he was warning them of the coming destruction, but because what he was saying and the ark itself was not as comfortable as the lives they were leading, they chose to ignore the message. As a result of that only Noah and his family were saved.
For someone to truly be saved by a born again experience, they have to step out of a comfort zone by faith and allow themselves to be guided by their heavenly father.
That is our choice!
Parallel Business Principals
In order to help people in this business sometimes you are going to have to tell them what they need to hear not what they want to hear. This is because many people have got their own ideas as to how to build this Reliv business. However as we heard at MATS school over the weekend, there is only one way and that is through the Reliv System.
A person may want to ignore this as fact, but the truth will be the truth no matter what any individual thinks.
The system causes a person to have to step out of a comfort zone and because of that many people make excuses as to why they cannot plug into the system. This will still not change the truth.
The system causes people to have to put other people before themselves and unfortunately some people are just selfish and cannot handle doing that. This still will not change the truth.
The system helps to develop the right attitude, which creates true relationships and unfortunately some people are false and will say one thing in front of your face but can’t wait to gossip about you when you are not there. This still will not change the truth.
I could go on and on but I am sure your are getting the message.
The truth of the message about growing a strong Reliv business is PLUG INTO THE SYSTEM!
God honours commitment and diligence and he has promised that if you place him first anything you put your hand to will be blessed.
We live in a world that is full of challenges for the believer, no one was born a Christian and we all had lives before coming to Christ. Many times things from the past rise up and try to drag us back to our old way of living, but God knew this would happen and that is why he gave us his Holy Spirit, to lead us into all truth.
We are going to be tempted throughout our life, so it is not the temptation that is sin, it is the yielding to the temptation that is sin!
1Co 10:12 So let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
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.
So when the Adamic nature (The fleshy human nature) tries to raise itself during temptation, we can either make excuses for it, which will cause us to yield to the temptation or we can choose to walk in the spirit:
Gal 5:16 I say, then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.
Many times people complain about their situations and a lot of times, the situation they are in is as a result of a series of poor decisions.
People calling themselves Christians and living their lives any old how!
People never reading the word so they do not even know how to respond to a situation in a Godly way, so they are always reacting in a fleshy way. Then they complain when their lives are not going the way they wanted it to.
We need to understand this statement very carefully, which God told us in his word:
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap.
Gal 6:8 For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit.
The Children of Israel complained constantly when God brought them out of Egypt and this was because, even though they were physically out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt, spiritually they were still there. Unfortunately a lot of times that is exactly what happens to many Christians, even though they have been saved by grace through faith, they end up becoming spiritual skitsophrenics leading two lives and the first opportunity to make an idol in their lives, that’s exactly what they are going to do.
God has given us everything in his word pertaining to life and to Godliness, if we would just read it and discover it for ourselves. So if we choose not to do that, we really have nothing to complain about.
The market place pays for value and it always amazes me how people complain about their financial situation but are not willing to learn the skills to get themselves out of that situation.
The same thing applies in our business. A person who decides to build their Reliv business is going to have to learn some new skills in order to be successful. The person that chooses not to learn the new skills WILL NOT be successful.
If your business is not where you currently want it to be, you can look at it in two ways:
1. Complain that this business does not work and the products are not as good as you thought
2. Understand that the products are even better than you thought and recognise you have to learn some new skills.
Most people will go for number one and that is why 98% of our population will be either dead or dead broke by the age of 65.
The Reliv system is designed to give you a road map of how to do your business, but it does not stop there, you also need to develop new skills, have some personal growth and you WILL get different results.
And always remember this, anything you put before God in your life is an idol, including your business. So have the right perceptive about what you are doing and trust God to give you the ability to complete it.
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