The bible tells us as believers to study:
2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
The sad thing is, many people that call themselves Christians only read their bibles when they are in church or they will read a verse or a chapter daily and that is it. However if that were it, we would not have been told to study. Some people may say “Well that was Paul talking to Timothy”, however everything in scripture is for an example for all believers and that is how God conveys his massage.
The reason why many people are lead astray by false teachers and false doctrine is because of a lack of self study. Picking up the bible and discovering what it is actually saying to you, not what a person or organisation is telling you it says.
There are so many different flavours of people that class themselves as Christian, Catholics, Methodists, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Adventists, Jehovah Witness, Mormons, the list goes on and on.
However Jesus said very clearly that HE will build his own church:
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
He also said that the power behind his church would be his Holy Spirit
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever,
Joh 14:17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him. But you know Him, for He dwells with you and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.
Joh 14:19 Yet a little while and the world does not see Me any more. But you see Me. Because I live, you shall live also.
This happened on the day of Pentecost:
Act 2:1 And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven as borne along by the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This was when the church was birthed and the church is not a building but a body of people!
You see if you do not study, you will not know your heritage and therefore you will not know what to stand for. If you do not know what to stand for, then you will fall for anything.
2Pe 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who secretly will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2 And many will follow their pernicious ways, and because of them the way of truth will be evil spoken of.
There are so called Christian organisations that deny the deity of Christ, who believe he was an angel, there are others who do not believe in the modern day gifts of the spirit, there are others who believe we as Christians should be following the Jewish laws with Sabbath days and other festivals and others who believer in purgatory and praying to the dead, confessing your sins to a priest and doing penance.
With all of these different beliefs out there, the only way a person is going to find out the truth is by studying the bible for themselves.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth
It always amazes me when people join our industry, never invest in their own education and development but expect to make six and seven figure incomes.
Do you think a highly paid surgeon just came out of medical school and that was it, no, he or she was constantly learning and improving their skills.
Our industry is no different, the marketplace pays for value, therefore if you increase your skill, you will increase your value.
When I first came into this business, one of the first things I spent the money that I earned in the business on was a course called Professional Inviter by a man called Tim Sales. That taught me communication skills and other things that helped me to develop. That cost me £120 but has made me £1000’s.
Many people will not invest in training courses because they think they are too expensive, will if you think they are too expensive, you should see how expensive stupidity is!
Study to increase your skills and your value, not just to you but also to your team.
Jason Gregory Mentor & Business Coach
Humanity always wants to progress, we either want to progress positively or negatively but we want to progress. The determining factor of which way we take, is determined upon which spirit is leading us, because we were designed to be spirit lead:
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul
God is a spirit
(Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
So, when he breathed into us, he imparted a piece of himself and this is what quickened or activated our souls (The mind of our Intellect, The Mind of Our Emotions and The Mind Of Our Will).
Satan is also a spirit
Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Remember Satan is a fallen Angel.
Therefore there are only two camps, people who are being lead by the spirit of God and people who are being lead by the spirit of Satan, there are no inbetweeners. This is why you cannot be half a Christian, you are either born again or you are not.
Satan tries to get people to be self reliant instead of God reliant, because he knows if he can do that, he can then sift them like wheat:
Luk 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luk 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Luk 22:34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Simon Peter was a very much in your face type of person and he would be very reactive instead of responding, so when he said this, Jesus knew his heart was in the right place but his head still had a lesson to learn about self reliance.
God wants us to put him first because he knows that is the best and safest place for us to put him. This means everything we do, everything we exposure ourselves to has to go through the God filter.
When that is happening, God now has the ability to truly direct our lives.
We have better relationships with people, we have a greater quality of life, our mind is right, our families are right, our finances are right.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Satan has got people believing the lie of self reliance even in the church and this is why people’s are not moving forward.
In order for us to live the true Christian life, it means complete and total surrender to him.
God will move heaven and earth for his children and he knows exactly what we are going through. He will always show up on time.
When those 3 Hebrew boys would be bow to King Nebuchadnezzar and were thrown into the finance, God showed up. When Daniel would not bow and got thrown into the Lions den, God showed up. When Joseph was in prison unjustly for all whose years, God showed up.
Daniel became the chief adviser to the King and the 3 Hebrew boys part of his advisory council. Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh and saved the nation from starvation.
So expansion happened, it was just in the context of God.
Where are you today and how much are you trusting in God?
God is in control and is helping you to build your business, so how much are you trusting him. Are you one of those complainers that want something for nothing, or are you one of those people who are bring your seed of activity and are trusting God to expand and multiply it?
We talk about “The System” a lot in Reliv and that is because when a person uses The System and gets familiar with it on a daily basis, it acts as a filter for all the rubbish that gets thrown at them by prospects, customers, family and friends. If you do not have that filter in place, you will try to deal with it on your own strength and you will fail every time. The end result will be:
You Will Quit
People who chose to ignore the system struggle to build a Reliv business, people who try to change the system destroy theirs and other people’s businesses.
Guys, do the right things and you will get the desired results and in all things put God first.
That is why this call is so important at the start of our working week, giving God our first fruits.
Remember God knows our hearts so let us make sure it stands firm under testing.
Jason Gregory Mentor & Business Coach
So many people can not commit to anything, whether it be a married, a job, a promise, a project or a business opportunity.
A lot of the time it is because they have wondering eyes and the grass, they think is always greener somewhere else. Satan used the lust of the flesh, the lust and of the eyes and the pride of life every day to get people trapped.
A statement my Pastor uses all the time is: “Sin will take you further than you were prepared to go, keep you longer than you were prepared to stay and cost you more than you were prepared to pay”.
Once you over step that mark, you give your enemy the permission to attack you and his whole purpose is to Kill You, Steal From You and Destroy You!
God’s boundaries that he sets in his word are for our protection, just as a parent would not let a little baby alone by themselves because they will destroy themselves, it’s the same way God will not let his born again believers alone by themselves.
So in order for the enemy to attack the believer he has to first remove them from their covering because knows and understands what Psalms 91 says:
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.
Psa 91:5 You shall not fear the terror by night; nor because of the arrow that flies by day;
Psa 91:6 nor for the plague that walks in darkness, of the destruction laying waste at noonday.
And it goes on and on.
Now Satan understands covering more than you or I because that was his job before he got kicked out of heaven:
Eze 28:13 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the ruby, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald, and gold. The workmanship of your tambourines and of your flutes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.
Eze 28:14 You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I had put you in the holy height of God where you were; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Eze 28:15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you.
So because he understands so much about cover he know who to get you out of yours, this is why as believer as believers, we need to walk in the spirit:
Gal 5:16 I say, then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
Now if we walk in the spirit, we should demonstrate the fruits of the spirit and one of those fruits is long suffering or patience and another one is self control.
Satan tries to move you away from these two, to start getting you to start looking elsewhere.
So, if you are a married man, he may get a very attractive woman to start fluttering her eye lids at you, or if you are a married woman, he may get a male colleague to start showing you some extra attention being very considerate. Or he may create the environment where you are just job hopping all the time, always quitting and never holding down any position for too long. Or you’re in a business opportunity and you cannot commit to it because you are always looking for that bigger and better thing, which is more easier than the one you are doing. Or you set yourself a project to do some things with your kids, but at the time you set aside to do it something always comes up and eventually you hardly ever spend quality time with them and Satan gets in and allows someone or something else to bring up your kids.
The grass is not greener somewhere else and we need to understand this because if we do not, Satan will use our misunderstanding everyday to attack us.
When God called Abraham out of his home land into a new land and he took his nephew Lot with him, eventually their two tribes got too big and there was some in fighting going on, so they decided to split. Abraham gave Lot a choice which land to take and he choose the land that looked lush, even though the people of that land were wicked sinners before God (Gen 13). Over time because of the direction he chose, he ended up in Sodom and Gomorrah and at one time had to be rescued by his uncle when the cities were attacked by their enemies’. Another time he had to be rescued by God because God was going to destroy the cities because of their constant wickedness.
The Grass Is Not Greener!
Parallel Principals We are in an industry where there are many business opportunities available to a person to try. Now because of this if a person is not focused, it would be very easy to jump from one opportunity to another always looking for that holy grail.
The reality is, you need to work the opportunity you are in and if you do the things you are supposed to do and have some patience and self control, you will be successful.
It is always interesting talking to those people who opportunity hop, because the fault is never theirs, it is always, The Company or The Support or The Product or The Industry.
Well, if there were people being successful in these companies, it was neither of those things, the problem definitely lies within.
The Grass is never greener.
Jason Gregory Mentor & Business Coach
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