There is a big difference gaining the prize of this world and receiving the promises of God. This world promotes the message, “Get More and Bigger Title” because this taps into the prideful part of man that wants recognition and things.
Now there is nothing wrong with achieving in life, but it has to be in the right context:
Mat 6:33 But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well.
God has promised us success in this world if we do the right things, as well as the promised prize in the life to come. However the devil has deceived people into believing the only thing that matters is what you achieve through your own efforts now.
If you look out into the world you can see many gifted and talented people that were given those gifts and talents to glorify God, but instead they are using them to glorify themselves in the eyes of the world to get paid.
They are the world’s best friends as they are the flavor of the moment, however the world is very unforgiving once their time is up.
They are choosing a foster parent instead of their true family!
Mat 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
With God you know where you stand and so you have the ability to choose to be with him based on the love he pures out on you. However with the world, you do not know where you stand because it deceived you into believing you are something you are not and you have something you really do not own!
Pro 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Psa_127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
We have been saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God, this now allows us to have a true hope for the future and hope is the power to keep people going. This world says, if you are not the best of the best, you have no hope of true freedom.
The enemy is very good at getting people to trade the truth of God for a lie:
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 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.
So what are you willing to accept today?
Even in the church the enemy, if we are not carful, can get us running after religious pride and limiting our true potential in Christ. We have to be constantly examining ourselves, working out our own salvation with fear and trembling. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to truly direct our lives and like Paul, fight a good fight, finish the race and keep the faith!
Parallel Business Principles
We live in a world that in the main, promotes the message of trading your time for someone else’s money. It understands if the majority of people are doing that, then there will only be a limited amount of people that have true freedom, which means people are easier to control.
True freedom allows the believer to do more for the kingdom; it allows the believer to be less stressed and healthier, thus making the believer more productive.
The enemy has a 3 fold ministry, to kill, steal, and destroy and he is working in ALL aspects of our lives.
In our Reliv businesses we are working towards freedom, in our health, finances and time, so we can be more productive. However many times the enemy gets people to accept GOOD instead of experiencing BEST, this results in a lack of effort in building their business.
So if you are serious this morning, what are you prepared to accept?
Business Coach & Mentor
In a world full of the distractions, how is the Christian suppose to function effectively? This is a very important question and one that we all need to understand. You see Christianity is so different from the other religions out there, in that our salvation is not based on our efforts and what we do, it is based on what God did. This is why God has not left us powerless but he has given us his Holy Spirit to guide us through our journey of life and it is the Holy Spirit that enables us to function.
Joh 14:16 I will ask the Father to give you another Helper, to be with you always.
Joh 14:17 He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you.
This is the strength of our Christianity, the third person of the trinity, you see it was the love of the Father that got us started, it was the sacrifice of the Son that got us saved and it is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that keeps us going.
Even when we are challenged and we do not know what to say, the Holy Spirit will give us the words.
Luk 12:11 When people bring you before synagogue leaders, rulers, or authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
Luk 12:12 because at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you are to say.”
A lot of the time, because we do not truly submit our whole lives to God, we make things harder for ourselves. It does not matter how much church work we do, that is not totally surrendering to God, it is just activity.
God has given us an infallible defence mechanism against the enemy and that is total surrender of our lives to him:
Jas 4:6 But he gives all the more grace. And so he says,
“God opposes the arrogant
but gives grace to the humble.”
Jas 4:7 ¶ Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.
Jas 4:8 Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Ego will stop us from totally surrendering your life to God and when that happens the Holy Spirit cannot work in our lives.
The world will throw all kinds of things at us to try and get us to doubt God and his ability to bring us through. It will try and substitue God with a worldly solution. However God says for those people who are willing to walk by faith and not by sight, they will see his wonders!
2Co 5:4 So while we are still in this tent, we sigh under our burdens, because we do not want to put it off but to put it on, so that our dying bodies may be swallowed up by life.
2Co 5:5 God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit as a guarantee.
2Co 5:6 ¶ Therefore, we are always confident, and we know that as long as we are at home in this body we are away from the Lord.
2Co 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
2Co 5:8 We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from this body and to live with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 So whether we are at home or away from home, our goal is to be pleasing to him.
The reason why a true Christian cannot sin and be comfortable is because of the Holy Spirit and the conviction he gives, which causes us to have Godly Sorrow (2Corintians 7:10) So not only does he give us the power the resist the devil, he also gives us the power to live a life of repentence.
We are powerless without the Holy Spirit, so every morning welcome him into your life and ask him to take control. Now is not the time to be proud, now is the time to be guided!
In our Reliv businesses we have to humble ourselves enough to be guided by the system and follow all of the 7 elelments.
Proud people ever make it but they will make excuses. The system is not a guarentee to your success but if a person is working their business correctly, it is a road map which leads to success.
It stops you from being distracted and it keeps you connected, so that your wall of belief can be strong.
Seeing your future before it happens is what the system allows you to do.
Now is not the time to be proud, it is the time to be guided!
Business Coach & Mentor
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