We serve a God who big on relationships, he is not like an absentee father, but wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. This is why no one is born a Christian but they choose to be one. Something that is forced on someone is not love because love is never forced. Our free will allows us to choose God or not.
I was brought up in a Christian home, many members of my family were and still are in the ministry, but I personally did not become a Christian until I was 27 years old.
Having a knowledge of something is not enough, that knowledge needs to be acted upon.
When Jesus walked on this planet, he had to deal with a lot of people who had knowledge but no application. The Scribes and the Pharisees knew the scripts, it was their job to, but it was all in their head and had not filtered down to their heart.
The danger of having a lot of head knowledge is, if you are not careful, you can become very unteachable and proud. This is why when Jesus was telling the Scribes and the Pharisees that they should be doing better based on their knowledge of the scripts, they got offended:
Mat 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
The Bible says that the word is a “Light to our feet and a lamp to our path” (Psalms 119:105)
We need the light to our feet to make sure we do not stumble and the lamp to our path so that we can have a clear picture of where we are going. That light and lamp is the thing that allows us to move away from just head knowledge into heart knowledge.
A good example of this difference is the discussion Jesus had with Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, which was a group of men zealous in up holding the Jewish law through the scriptures. However their knowledge was just head not heart:
Joh 3:1 Jesus Talks with Nicodemus
Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.
Joh 3:2 He came to Jesus at night and told him, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, because no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”
Joh 3:3 Jesus replied to him, “Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus asked him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?”
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.’ [Or born again]
Joh 3:8 The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus asked him, “How can that be?”
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered him, “You’re a teacher of Israel, and you can’t understand this?
Joh 3:11 Truly, I tell you emphatically, we know what we’re talking about, and we testify about what we’ve seen. Yet you people do not accept our testimony.
Joh 3:12 If I have told you people about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
Even though Nicodemus was well read in the scriptures and had a good understanding of Jewish law, there was still something missing.
In order for a person to truly understand the things of God, it is going to take a changed heart because once the heart is changed, the ground is now ready to receive good seed.
Only when God moves from your head to your heart can you have a real relationship with him
Parallel Business Principals
Building a Reliv business successful has similarities to this. A person can have a knowledge of nutrition or of business and can start to build their Reliv business, but until Reliv moves from your head into your heart, they will not have longevity.
The way this transition will happen is through plugging into the Reliv System because the Reliv system is designed to expose you to the reality of the stories. Once you understand how people’s lives are being changed for the better, your heart naturally gets moved.
Building a Reliv business is deeper than just making money and unless a person truly sees this, they will not be successful in Reliv.
Business Coach & Mentor
We live in a world system that always tries to replace the truth of God for a lie and deceive the masses. So for instance Jesus said in John 14: 6
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”
However the world view is, there are many roads that lead to God.
The most important understanding in the belief of a Christian is the knowledge that God, the creator of the world, came into our experience, to pay the ultimate price, so that he could demonstrate his love for us. The understanding is that this act of love was to die a sinners death, to pay the price for sin that we could not afford.
However the worldview tries to relegate him to just being a good man or just a prophet or some people try to even say that he was not even a historical character.
There have been many attacks on the person of Jesus over the years, however the most dangerous one is when people create another Jesus and try to pass him off as the genuine article.
2Co 11:4 For if, indeed, the one coming proclaims another Jesus, whom we have not proclaimed, or if you receive another spirit, which you did not receive, or another gospel, which you never accepted, you might well endure these .
We are warned in the scriptures of the possibility of this happening and this is why it is vital as individuals, we have our own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and get to know him through the word of God.
The moment a person believes in a Jesus that did or said things that are not recorded in the bible, and tries to use them a doctrine, that is ANOTHER JESUS!
I have many friends and family members who are Muslim and they will tell you of all of the things that Jesus was supposed to have said and did, which are completely opposite to what the Bible says. They will try to convince you that they believe in the same Jesus, however they believe in a completely different Jesus. In the very same way, they believe in a completely different God, than the God of the Bible based of what they say, their god has said and done.
It is the same with people like Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons etc, they believe in another Jesus and try to pass him of as the genuine article.
The denial of God becoming a man to save mankind and redeem man back to himself, is a complete denial of the plan of salvation. So if a person denies that, no matter how sincere they are and no matter how good they try to be; how can they be saved?
This is why the bible warns us of believing in another Jesus.
I understand that when a person has been brought up to believe a specific thing it is hard for them to accept anything different. This is why I love the fact that as people, we cannot save anyone, all we do is live our lives directed by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will do the convicting and convincing:
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither is he who plants anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
So lets make sure that our belief and our lifestyle are based on how the bible teaches us to believe, which in turn will allow us to have our own personal relationship with God, which is why he died on the cross and rose again in the first place.
Parallel Business Principles
Some people will join you in your Reliv business and think there is another way of building it other than the way described through the Reliv System. They will come up with good ideas and my have good intentions to help people. However, if something isn’t broken, why try to fix it.
People do not build their businesses for a number of reasons, but the main reason is, they think they are plugging into the Reliv System, but they really are not.
The system is designed to place stories in front of new people and it also designed to give you the power you need to continue.
Too many people are believing in ANOTHER SYSTEM and that is, what ever things your are doing to try and build your business, other than the Reliv Success System.
Lets get back to basics guys, use the System to plug all of your new people into and watch your business grow.
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