The bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour (1Peter 5:8). When a lion roars it can create so much fear in an animal that the animal is paralysed and cannot move. So when satan roars, what come out is temptation that taps into the lower nature of man, which renders him spiritual paralysed.
You see in order for us to defeat the enemy, we first have to defeat ourselves, the devil cannot force us to do anything, we choose to do the things we do. Nobody forced Adam and Eve to take of the fruit, they chose to:
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasing to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make wise, she took of its fruit, and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Once we defeat ourselves through our God given right to make choices, God then give us the strength to continue in that choice. However in order for that to happen, we have to give ourselves solely over to him:
Jas 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.
Jas 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Be humbled before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
We are in preparation for eternity and during this preparation we are going to face trials and tests. Things are not always going to go our way, but trials are sent to develop us, so that when we eventually get to eternity, we disserve to be there.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Being a Christian is not plane sailing, in fact when a person becomes a Christian things may prove to be more difficult in the choices that they make because before when they just did things and thought a certain way, which was just part of their life, now the Holy Spirit opens up their spiritual eyes and sin becomes exceedingly sinful to them:
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Let it not be said! But I did not know sin except through the law. For also I did not know lust except the law said, You shall not lust.
Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of lust. For apart from law sin was dead.
Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once. But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.
Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was to life, was found to be death to me.
Rom 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.
Rom 7:12 So indeed the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.
Rom 7:13 Then has that which is good become death to me? Let it not be! But sin, that it might appear to be sin, working death in me by that which is good; in order that sin might become exceedingly sinful by the commandment.
As we submit ourselves totally to God he then gives us all of the equipment we need in order to get through this time of testing no matter how hot it gets.
He gives us the right clothes to wear (Ephesians 6, The full armour of God)
He gives us the right weapons to us (Galatians 5, The fruits of the spirit)
He gives us the right car the drive (Hebrews 11, Faith)
He gives us the right keys to use (Romans 10, Prayer of salvation).
We are in a period of the Olympic Games, these athletes that are here did not just turn up! There had to go through tests and trials to be here. The way they got through the tests and trials was through their training and their commitment to the goal that they have to get that medal. Plus they had a coach.
That is a good parallel to eternity, the only way we are going to get there is through our own individual tests and trials and commitment, but we too have a coach and his name is Jesus, Yeshua the christ.
That is how to defeat the enemy, by having massive success in Jesus, but it start with your personal choice!
In your business there are going to be many enemies that you are going to have to defeat, but the biggest enemy of all is going to be yourself. If you cannot defeat yourself, you will not build this business.
Many people have come and gone in this business simply because they could not defeat themselves. All of the negative self talk that they gave themselves, all of the excuses that they had and held onto, all of the procrastination that they got involved in and all of the lies of others that they believed.
Everyone wants to get the eternity but not everyone is going to be willing to go through the process it takes to get there. Likewise in our business, everyone wants to be successful, but not everyone is going to be willing to go through the process of what it takes to be successful.
At the first few hurdles many people just give up, some people give up after many more hurdles, after working their business for a while. The saddest part in that scenario is that many times they give up just as they were coming to their breakthrough.
Defeating all of the external enemies is impossible if you cannot the defeat the internal one, but in order to do that you have to be:
Sold out to your own success
Have tunnel Vision
Take failure out of your vocabulary
Be people focused and not money focused
Be goal orientated
Have a good work ethic
Know the God is in control.
Remember your enemies are roaring, seeking to devour your business and if you let them, it was because that was your choice!
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
Our lives are a sum total of our choices, we choose if we love or hate, if we exercise or sit in front of the TV, where we live, how we bring up our kids, if we forgive, if we move forward or just stay the same, etc, etc.
We also choose whether or not we respond to the gospel message when we hear it. Many times it takes multiple exposures to the gospel message before a person responds and it is only because of God’s grace and mercy that we get those multiply chances. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow and sadly many times people hear to gospel message and do not respond and do not live to hear it again.
2Co 6:1 But working together, we also call on you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2Co 6:2 (For He says, "In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation, I helped you;" Behold, now is the accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.)
The gospel message transcends culture, race, age, gender and even religion, the gospel message is one of intimate personal relationship with your creator. Whether you have that relationship with God is your choice.
Many people’s choices have caused a lot of negative things to happen in their life but they are so insular, they always blame somebody else and never take responsibility for their wrong choices.
Then there are the other type of people who have also made wrong choices but they realise things cannot stay the same but something has to change and they start thinking differently, which results in different choices. Staying in the same place is not an option for them.
There is power in a choice, one good choice can change the whole course of your life. On the flip side one bad choice can also change to course of your life, there are many people in prison or in the grave that had so much potential but because of one bad choice they never reached it.
Let me show how the power of a good choice couple with guidance of God, can not effect you but those around you:
There was a time in Israel’s past that there was a great famine in the land when they were being attacked by the King of Syria. The famine was so great that people were spending large amounts of money on Donkey’s heads and Dove dung as food. It even got to the stage where some people had resorted to cannibalism. During this time God had sent a word through Elisha his prophet to say he was going to deliver them and it was imminent. Some people choose to believe and some people choose not to believe. One man was very vocal in his non belief and that was an officer of the King, in fact he even went as far as to say this state:
“Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?” (In other words, Yeah Right!)
That one statement took him out of the promises of God because Elisa then said to him:
“Behold, you shall see with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
Round about the same time there were 4 lepers that were by the city gate. Now you need to understand, if the famine in the city was bad enough for the people to be behaving like that, then it was even worse for the lepers, because they were not even aloud in the city and if they did go in they would be stoned to death.
However they had reached to the stage where staying in the same place was not an option:
And they said to one another, Why do we sit here until we die?
2Ki 7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we still sit here, we also shall die. And now come and let us fall to the army of the Syrians. If they save us alive, we shall live. And if they kill us, we shall only die.
They did not give themselves a plan B, their only option was to move forward, because moving forward was better than dying in the same position without even trying!
However God came through for them and as they were walking towards the enemies’ camp, he made their feet sound like a great army and the enemy ran for their lives leaving all of their provisions behind. So, they were able to eat and drink as much as they liked when they entered the camp. Not only that but they also sent message to the people in the city about the good news and the people were also able to come out and eat.
The choice of 4 outcasts that under normal circumstances people would not even listen to, was able to turn a whole city’s fortunes around! (To Read to full account go to 2 Kings 7)
What has God promised you, which will need you to make a definitive choice, do you have to make, that does not give you a plan b, but fear is stopping you from making it?
Don’t you know that you are his child and if he needs to open the windows of heaven to provide for you, he will, if you put him first and trust him?
Many people are at the stage of life with their health and their finances that staying in the same place is not an option. They need to move forward and they are looking for the right vehicle to take them there.
There are other people who are in need but are not actively looking for a way out but are just dealing with their situation on a day to day basis. However the ones who are looking are like the lepers that were at the city gate and when they find something, they are able to enjoy the benefits of it, but then also go back to those people who are just coping and tell them the good news of what they have found.
Some people will listen and some people will not. Some people will start on the road to the camp and give up along the way and some people will finish the journey.
You do not know who is going to do what, but what you do know is, there is provision in the Reliv camp for whoever understand that “Staying In The Same Place Is Not An Option”
Jason Gregory Business Business & Mentor
We live in a world that is hostile to the Christian message, a world that is so anti –christ that it is fast becoming taboo to be a true Christian. From the world’s point of view, to be a true Christian is to be narrow minded, homophobic, perverted and foolish, people who are lead by blind faith. How did it get like this?
Satan has been planning the destruction of the followers of Jesus from the moment Jesus rose from the dead, because he knew from the moment the resurrection happened, his original plans backfired. So he has been going after the disciples of Jesus ever since.
It started with the centuries of physical persecution right up until the time of Constantine when Christians finally got some rest from the physical side when Constantine made Christianity the national religion. However, then started the era of spiritual persecution when Christianity as an organised religion began to be perverted by being mingled with elements from other religious systems.
In the dark ages and during the times of the reformation a remnant of people stood up for the truth of the gospel and the physical persecution kick in alongside the continuing perversion of the organised religious system.
Moving through the centuries and with the introduction of more eastern religious systems and philosophies into the west and with the increase of man knowledge in many areas, man has tried to intellectualise God out of the equation. Not realising they are puppets being handed certain knowledge and being influenced by the puppet master, which is Satan.
So we have the state of the world today, which is a combination of some very strategic planning on the part of Satan. Now the world is in a war and there are only two sides, those who are on the Lord’s side and those who are not.
Mat 10:32 Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven.
Mat 10:34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be those of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Mat 10:38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Mat 10:39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.
Mat 10:40 He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
As Christians, satan knows that the only way he can get to us is if we step out of our covering, because he understands Psalms 91
Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall rest under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of Jehovah, my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him I will trust.
Psa 91:3 Surely He will deliver you from the fowler's trap and from the destroying plague.
Psa 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall trust. His truth shall be your shield, and buckler.
So he is always implementing things that are designed to take us out of our covering, which would give him a legal right to attack us.
So he floods the air waves with his music, his entertainment, his ideas, his philosophies. He establishes his governments, which are working towards his agenda of a one world government. He is doing all of these things not even realising, he also is a puppet and the true ultimate puppet master in God and God’s plan is focused on bringing the whole world back to how it was at the beginning before the immergence of sin.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer is.
Rev 21:2 And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away.
Rev 21:5 And He sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful.
So, we as Christians have to be very mindful of our enemy and his tactics, because if we are not, he will sifted us like wheat.
So be careful what you allow into life, your homes, what you watch, what you listen to because all of the negative stuff we take in is ammunition for our enemy to attack us with.
We are in an industry which goes against the traditional business model and as such our industry is always being attacked. It does not help that over the years some unscrupulous people have capitalised on the strength of the structure and created pyramid schemes. So we need to be very careful of the information we take in because if you take in enough negativity, it can shift your opinion.
We also need to be careful of the voices that we listen to, because there are going to be many people that are going to give us their opinion on what we are doing, and their opinion will be based on nothing more than heresy.
Understand that the moment you decided to build your home based business, you entered into a war:
A war with yourself
A war with other people’s opinions
A war with other company’s and products
Not everyone will survive!
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
One of the most fought over subjects, which people get the most passionate about is religion. Over the centuries this one subject has probably been responsible for more deaths than any over subject.
So why is it such a hot topic? Well man was designed to worship, it is part of our DNA, if we do not worship the one true God, we will worship some other god. Even if someone claims to be an atheist, they will still worship something, whether it be science, money, family, football, the current world view etc.
Worship taps into the invisible part of us, which is our soul and spirit, this is why religion is such a hot topic.
Just as a parent has to guide and bring up their children, so too does God have to guide and bring up his creation. Just as a parent feels pain when their children are hurt, so too does God feel pain when his creation is being hurt. Just as a parent would lay their life down for their children if it came to it, so too God would and did lay his life down for this creation.
You see the family being one Man (the protector/provider) and one Women (The nurturer), bringing up children, is the perfect parallel picture of God and his creation. God established the family unit through married to reflect what was going on in heaven.
This is why God is not interested in religion but he is very interested in having relationships with individuals.
That is why to have a relationship with God is not something you are born into, it is a choice that you make at some point in your life to invite him in. Some people may think, “why would God want a relationship with me because I have done so many bad things?”, well God is in the restoration business, taking broken things and making them whole again.
This means you are not made right because of what you have done or what you do, which is the message of most world religions, but you are made right with God because of what he did, which is the gospel message of Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
The bible speaks of the relationship and closeness God wanted with his creation in the book of Genesis with Adam and Eve:
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
They were used to God having closeness with them, they were in a relationship with him, it wasn’t just a bunch of idea’s passed on from generation to generation forming some kind of legalistic hysteria with a religious name attached to it. This was because, they knew God, because they spoke to him and he spoke to them on a regular basis.
Religion and religiousness will tell you what to do and give you a structure to follow, but you will never have the intimacy that comes from a relationship.
Religion and religiousness will give you a sense of accomplishment and belonging, which is temporary but never the joy of the guarantee of eternal salvation.
Religion or religiousness will even cause you to see what can be classed as miracles to the human eye, but they will never allow you to see God.
You in order for us to truly be where God wants us to be, we need a heart transplant, we need to be born again in a new life:
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Religion is man’s search for God through human activity, whereas Relationship is God’s search for man through Godly activity.
So, religion will always be a hot topic which causes a lot of destruction because it is man lead, so until individuals are able to LET GO and LET GOD take over, they will never be able to get any deeper than just a shallow understanding of some Do’s and Don’ts.
There are any opportunities out there claiming to be the one that will make you a millionaire and there are many products out there that claim to be the answer for all of your health concerns.
Reliv does not do that, but they do have a simple message, that if you can help people get what they want in life then you will get what you want.
So when people get results on the products and they have a desire to also change their financial circumstances, then Reliv say come plug into the system and get to work, then let’s see what will happen.
It is all about belief, if you try to build this business and you do not have a belief in the business or the products but to try to follow the elements of the system, eventually you will stop plugging in a leave the business.
Reliv has to move from your head to your heart or else system is just a bunch of dead instructions.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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