This is an important topic to talk about because we live in a world that does not mind you mentioning God, but the moment you mention the name Jesus the Christ, then that is a big problem.
So why would this be such an issue?
Firstly Jesus made it very plain what it takes to even get to the father:
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him and have seen him."
Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, 'Show us the Father.
Jesus also made it very plain to the Jewish audience he was speaking to that he was God in the flesh:
John 8: 53-58
Then the Jews a said to him, "Now we really know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' You aren't greater than our father Abraham, who died, are you? The prophets also died. Who are you making yourself out to be?"
Jesus answered, "If I were trying to glorify myself, my glory would mean nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.' You don't know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I don't know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day, and he saw it and was glad."
Then the Jews asked him, "You are not even 50 years old, yet you have seen Abraham?" a
Jesus said to them, "Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, before there was an Abraham, I AM!" At this, they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple
He also made it plain why he came to earth in the first place:
John 3: 16 – 19
"For this is how God loved the world:He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life. Because God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique Son. And this is the basis for judgment:The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.
This is why the world wants to wipe out the name of Jesus. In many societies where biblical principals and standards were the basis of how they developed, the bible is now being taken out. In those societies a result of this is a drastic moral decline.
Prayer has been taken out of the schools and God has been replaced with humanism. As a result in many cases teachers have lost total control over the students conduct and there is no respect for the teachers authority.
The knock on effect is, there is a generation that don’t even think about the bible or step into a church unless they are being Hatched, Matched or Dispatched!
They is no biblical standard in the home and as a result over the years there has been a massive increase in, domestic violence, babies born outside of wedlock, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, sexual abuse, general violence, the list can go on and on.
This world is even now trying to change the laws of God and a good examples of this is with the recent push to re-define marriage to say a man and a man or a women and a women can get married.
However this moral decline has not taken God by surprise, he warned us in his word over 2000 years ago that this would happen:
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unfeeling, uncooperative, slander ous, degenerate, brutal, hateful of what is good, traitors, reck less, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.
As for trying the change God laws
As for the ten horns,
out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,
and another shall arise after them;
he shall be different from the former ones,
and shall put down three kings.
He shall speak words against the Most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
for a time, times, and half a time
In these end times, a person cannot plead ignorance because the Bible is being fulfilled right in front of our very eyes. We have a responsibility just like Noah who for 120 years warned people about the coming destruction despite their ridicule.
Our lives are to speak of God’s goodness in every way, so God can use us as a show piece to the enemy, just like he did with Job.
We are to show the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
The Bible says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of God will raise a standard against it. So we are to be that standard.
Are you prepared to step up?
Parallel Business Principals
There are many people that try to speak against Network Marketing out of ignorance, even though the industry has helped to free so many families financially.
People would rather believe the lie of corporate security based on the propaganda promoted in the media.
Our school systems promote employment and not empowerment and that is why there are people with PHD’s and Master Degrees that cannot get work or are working as cleaners.
As individuals we choose our own paths but for the person who chooses Network Marketing and is willing to go to work, learn some new skills and help others, they can change their lives.
Business Coach & Mentor
There are many reasons why we worship, but I think the main reason is because of who God is. When we really think about who God is and how powerful he is, how could we not worship him.
It really helps us to put our lives in the right perspective when we understand who God is. I remember one of the things that caused me to come to faith was just looking up at the sky at night, seeing all of the stars and saying to myself, “all of this is not just an accident”.
There are many titles for God in the Bible, the one I like the most which I personally think encompasses every eventuality I can think of is, “EL SHADDAI” God, the all sufficient one.
There is nothing too big or too small for God, he is more than able to come through for us.
I think many times when people doubt God it is because they are trying to bring God down to their level. However as a person’s faith grows, as they read and understand God’s word more, they begin to put him back in his rightful place, which is Lord of ALL!
Whether it is healing, provision or protection, God, is more than able, when things seem impossible to man, God is able.
God wants our attention and sometimes we get so caught in our lives that God has to allow something to happen in order to get our attention. God loves us so much that even if he needs to change the very nature of something in order to get our attention the moment he needs it, he will:
Number 22:25 – 33
And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam's foot against the wall. So he struck her again. Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.
God knows how to get our attention.
We should understand that everything in this universe and all the rest of the other countless universes belongs to God and yet in all of this greatness that we can’t really truly comprehend in size and depth, God loves us so much that he would die for us.
When we think about things on that level how could we not worship him!
We can be so arrogant thinking our lives and agenda’s are so important that God needs to fit into it, instead of us fitting our lives into God’s agenda. We even justify our actions by saying “God knows my heart”. Well in one sense we are right, God does know our heart and it is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).
What ever we put before God no matter how much we justify it, is an idol and God hates idolatry.
As a race of people and I mean the human race because there is only one race of people on this planet! We have rebelled against almighty God and we need to repent. Every time we present to God an alternate way of worshipping him, we repeat the sin of Cain over and over again. God only accepts one way of worshipping him and that is the way HE stipulated. So all roads do not lead to God, only one road does and the rest lead to hell!
So we serve a God who has rescued us from ourselves, this is why we have to die to ourselves on a daily basis, so that God can be gloried in our lives. So for those willing to do that what almighty God has promised us is beyond our comprehension:
1 Corinthian 2:8
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him
Parallel Business Principals
If you understand how big God is, then why do you worry about building your Reliv business? God is more than able to bring the right people to you, he is more than able to touch people’s hearts about the product and the business BUT what is it that you are doing or NOT doing, that is causing your business not to grow.
I truly believe God uses our business to teach us life lessons like, patience, persistency, consistency, gentleness, goodness, meekness, basically the fruits of the spirit.
So many people are so super spiritual that they miss this and when their business does not happen as quick as they would like, they just leave without learning the lessons God intended them to learn. Then they super spiritualise their reason for leaving by saying “It was not my calling!”
Give me a break! It is a Business Opportunity!
However, God is so gracious that those lessons they needed to learn, he will just use some other vehicle to teach them.
This is why we worship him. Great Is Our God, And HE IS GREATLY TO BE PRAISED!
Business Coach & Mentor
As believers it is so important that we place God in his rightful place, which is number one in our lives, that way we will stay in his perfect will. God is not going to force us to be obedient to him and his word, but he allows us to choose obedience. Even the angels in heaven have that choice.
One of the reasons why Satan tries the create the scenario’s that can cause a person to believe their own hype is because, pride was the thing that got him kicked out of heaven in the first place:
“Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:
“You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings.
On the day that you were created they were prepared.
You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created,till unrighteousness was found in you
That original sin is the easiest sin to get people involved in, even people in the church, and the sad thing is many times the people cannot identify that this has them gripped.
The bibles say: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18)
A person can class themselves as successful in this world, however if they are full of pride and arrogance at some point they will be brought low because God hates pride:
What God Hates
Here are six things that the Lord hates- seven, in fact, a are detestable to him:
a lying tongue
and hands shedding innocent blood;
a heart crafting evil plans,
feet running swiftly to wickedness,
a false witness snorting out lies,
and someone sowing quarrels between brothers.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon rule one of the most power empires ever he had everything he could have ever wanted, wealth, fame and notoriety. However he was full of pride and a prophet warned him if he continues in his pride, God would take it all always. He did not learn and his kingdom and throne was ripped from him for 7 years until he recognized that his throne and position was given to him by God himself, then he was restored. (You can read the full account in Daniel Chapter 4)
One of the things my Pastor, Pastor Dennis Greenridge says is “Faithfulness is God’s requirement and fruitfulness is his reward”
We should never loose focus and think it is all about us because if we do, we have just walked into the enemies camp and if we willingly walk into his camp, he has every right to attack us.
If you are in a leadership position in your church or community, you are a target for the enemy because he knows you have a level of influence of people. So you have to kill the flesh on a daily basis because if you don’t, just like how Satan got kicked out of heaven and convinced a third of the angels in heaven to follow him, you will manipulate people because of your influence and cause many to fall with you.
Parallel Business Principals
In building a Reliv business there is the potential to make a lot of money and get a lot of recognition. If you are not mindful, you can start believing you own hype and before you know it, you think that without you people cannot be successful. You can start using your position to try and bully people, dictating to people what they can or cannot do. This is the danger of pride in our business.
We have to understand that as upline, we cannot take the credit for someone else’s success, they will be successful because of them. In the same light though, we cannot carry the weight of someone’s failure, they will fail because of them!
With anything that involves a large number of people, we constantly need to be asking God how to deal with various situations and asking him to help us perform correctly. In doing that we keep him in his rightful place, but we also have the confidence to know that our business is being directed by God and not us.
Psalms 37: 23-25
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Business Coach & Mentor
First of all lets start off with the biblical definition of what faith is:
Hebrews 11: 1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
As Christians this is a foundational knowledge that we need to have, because everything we do, how we deal with things, our level of victory, is all going to be based on our level of faith.
We cannot even begin to have a relationship with God without faith. Faith goes against everything this world promotes, this world promotes “Seeing is believing” however God says “Believing is seeing”.
You cannot logicalise faith because faith goes beyond logical. When Simon Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, his logical mind said, man is not supposed to be able to walk on water. However when he asked Jesus to let him step out of the boat and join him, his faith was superseding his logic.
Satan wants to keep us in logic because he know if he does that we will never be a threat to him, because he knows what the scriptures say:
But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
Our faith has to take us beyond what we are physical experiencing:
2 Corinthians 5: 4
For we walk by faith, not by sight
When the doctor gives you a negative report, it is your faith that will take you through and help you to understand that the final report is down to God!
There are people that will try to rob you of that faith and sometimes these are the people that are the closest to you. This is why you have to constantly be building up your faith through the word. If you do not then those people will take your joy and in taking your joy they will zap your strength:
the joy of the Lord is your strength
Faith stops you from getting depressed because a person operating in faith has hope. When you are operating in faith you are looking upwardly, if you are depressed you are looking inwardly and when you are operating in logic, you are looking outwardly.
We are saved by faith unto faith, which means our faith is constantly being developed. This is why God allows us to go through certain things, because he wants our faith in him to grow. Many times we can't understand why something is happening to us and we say “Why would God allow this to happen to us”. However God sees things with completely different eyes, he is like a potter with a lump of clay in his hands, to the normal eye it is just a lump of clay, but to the potter he already sees the finished pot.
Challenges will come and go, it is call LIFE! However our response to the challenge is the thing that is going to develop our faith and bring us closer to God.
When Jesus was praying to Father, his prayer was not to keep us from challenges, these were his words:
John 17: 14-21
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
"Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth. I ask not only on behalf of these men, a but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one a in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me
So our faith will show the world who we are, so choose this day whether or not you are going to walk by faith or by sight.
Parallel Business Principals
Building your Reliv business, you have to see the victory before you get there, it is called being a visionary or having faith to succeed.
Your journey is going to be filled with ups and downs and if your faith in what you are doing is not strong enough, you will quit.
You see your faith in your business will keep you when you are in a season where it seems no one is joining you either in the business or on the products.
Your faith will keep you when someone in the business does something negative to you.
Your faith will keep you when people outside of Reliv try to steal your dream.
Without faith it is impossible to build this business.
When I see all of the top earners in Reliv, the majority of them are Christians and their faith is strong. The top earners in the company are very strong Christians. God wants us to understand, if we are willing to give him the glory and have faith in him, he will open the doors that need to be opened and close the doors that need to be closed. That is the God we serve!
Business Coach & Mentor
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