As Christian’s forgiveness is not an option, we are commanded to forgive, Jesus even incorporated it in the Lords Prayer when his disciples asked him to show them how to pray:
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
So it doesn’t matter how hard it is for us to forgive someone, we are commanded to do it.
Mar_11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
God commands us to forgive because it takes true love to truly forgive someone and God wants us to be more like him. So forgiveness opens up the door for blessing, it also closes the door for the enemy to attack us.
Sometimes we may feel justified in our reasons not to forgive, however our flesh or our lower nature will always find reasons not to obey God’s commands.
Without forgiveness, there is anger and resentment and if you do not let things go, they build up and up and up, then before you know it, what started off as a mole hill, is now a mountain!
Another result of unforgiveness is, you hand all power to the person you are not forgiving. So while they are getting on with their life and doing what they need to do, you cannot move on because you are so busy remembering the hurt that they did to you. Forgiveness releases you from the hurt.
Jesus could have justified reasons why we should not be forgiven, after all, we crucified him and he was tortured before being nailed on the cross. However he knew without forgiveness we would all be lost and he loved us too much for that.
So we need to get into the habit of forgiving on purpose releasing the power of God in our lives:
Mat 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
We are going to get challenged in this area all the time, because an unforgiving heart is a doorway for the enemy to come in and he is always looking for a way back in:
Mathew 12 :43 – 45
“Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through waterless places looking for a place to rest but finds none.
Mat 12:44 Then it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’ When it arrives, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.
Mat 12:45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person becomes worse than the first.
There is a war going on for our souls, and the battle is in full swing, the enemy wants to Kill, Steal and Destroy you and me. However he cannot force us to do anything, he can only create the environment and then allow our lower natures to take it from there.
However God has given us spiritual clothes and spiritual weapons to use in this battle and we have the confidence in the knowledge that we are fighting a defeated enemy, through Christ Jesus!
So go out there and forgive on purpose, do not let the enemy have a foot hold in your life. Your power to forgive comes from the Holy Spirit as without him we can do nothing:
Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Parallel Business Principals Building a Reliv is going to stretch you because we are not a business where you do not just sell cans, we provide a whole service. So the people who are in it just to sell cans will always struggle to build it. That is why we do not need personally 100’s of customers or distributors to build a large income.
However during this process we are going to come across all kinds of different people with various characters. Many times people will do and say things that may offend us and make us upset and it is at these times that we need to operate in forgiveness, because if we don’t it will kill our businesses.
Many times I think building this business causes us to check ourselves and our motives and we know whether not we are conducting ourselves in a way which God would be pleased with.
God will honor those who honor and put him first, so stop worrying about the future and just get to work!
Business Coach & Mentor
The name Yehoshua which is Jesus’s correct Hebrew name was not uncommon in Israel, it means Salvation. However there was something special about this particular Yeshua. This specific Yehoshua has been exalted above any other Yehoshua before or after him:
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So the power in the name of Yehoshua is based around the man and not the name, because the name was not unique but the man was. This is why whether you choose to use the name Yehoshua or the English equivalent Jesus, the power is still the same, because it comes from the man behind the name!
The power behind the name is the sacrifice that was made for the whole of man kind. This is why the enemy is trying blot the name of Jesus out of society. He does not mind if a person says God, BUT do not mention the Jesus!
You see, the strategy of the enemy is; you first start with the name and remove it from people’s lips, then you begin to destroy everything the name stands for. This is why, ever since they have taken prayer out of schools and have tried to make Jesus a taboo name, we have seen a steady moral decline in the children of that generation, which will continue to filter through to generations to come.
However God always has his plan and his people in place because none of this is taking him by surprise:
Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
That standard is everyone who is obedient to the name and everything the name stands for.
The reason why demons tremble and the devil has to flee when you mention the name of Jesus is because of the man behind the name.
There is power in the name of Jesus to heal the sick, to comfort people going though challenges, to provide for people who are lacking, to give hope to people who have lost hope for the future and to turn people to the truth who have been living a lie their whole lives.
However to remain faithful to Jesus means you are on the radar for an attack of the enemy and this is why it is so important for believers to have the word inside of them, so that when the attack does come, you can do what Jesus did and that is speak the word into that situation.
God has given us spiritual weapons, so we need to learn how to use them. We do not just have to lay there and be a door mat for the enemy to wipe his feet on whenever he feels like it, but we need to stand in the authority of that name and say, “Get behind me satan!”
So do you understand the power that you have in the name of Jesus?
Parallel Business Principals
There is power in conviction, when a person is convicted about something, they will do what is takes to get what they are looking for.
So in this business, if you are not convicted in your own heart that you will be successful, then you won’t be, because success will come at a price and the road to success is not an easy one.
Successful people just the people that continued on the journey when others quit. The attitude of the successful is distantly different from the attitude of everyone else. No one is any better than anyone else, it is just that some people will stick with it while others won’t.
Business Coach & Mentor
What Does It Mean To Be Right With God? Being right with God can be summed up in one word OBEDIENCE.
We are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God, but after that we choose whether or not we are going to be obedient to his will.
Salvation is something we need to work at:
Php_2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Being saved is a gift, however salvation is a choice. A good analogy is:
If you fall into a river full of Parana and you are trying to swim to shore on your own strength, you will die because the fish can swim faster then you. However if someone decides to rescue you and pull you into their boat, that is their gift to you. You are saved from the Parana. However you do not attain complete salvation until you are safely ashore. If at any point in that journey, you make to decision to jump back into the water again, you will perish, even though you initially accepting the gift of salvation.
Our salvation is tied up in God:
Psa_119:174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
Psa_149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Psa_118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
Psa_91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psa_89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
A lot of the times people blame the devil for the things they made the choice to do. The devil cannot force us to do anything, he can only create a scenario, we choose how the scene is played out. Our greatest defense against the devil’s attack is our obedience to God and his word:
Jas_4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Being right with God is more than just having a positive mental attitude, visualizing yourself being one with your creator and the universe. That is new age rubbish, which removes all accountability from a person for their actions. Being right with God is doing what he has said:
1Jn_2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Everyone wants to go to heaven, but people do not want to do the journey, this is why the way to God has a narrow gate and a straight way and not everyone will enter through it. However because the easy road, where a person can do what is right in their own eyes has a wide gate and broad road, many people will find that way.
We live in a world which the main force is to guide people to the broad gate, this is why when a person stands up for the truth and says, the only way to God is through Jesus Christ, they are ridiculed by the world.
However Jesus told us this would happen:
Joh_15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
So being right with God is a gift and a journey and is starts by being Born Again!
Joh_3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Parallel Business Principals
In our business the only way we are going to make it is by being obedient to the things we need to do. Not everyone is going to be willing to do that and this is why not everyone is going to be successful. People will make excuses why they have not been successful and even coming up with justifications why they left the business. However is all boils down to one thing, “Are you being obedient to the things you need to be doing”.
You see the way to success has a narrow gate and a straight way and only few will find it, but excuses has a wide gate and a broad way and many people find that way!
So which way are you travelling today? Only you know that. I can only encourage you, if you want to be successful in your Reliv business, firstly have a strong reason for doing it and then be obedient to the things you need to be doing.
Business Coach & Mentor
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