Having the right foundation is extremely important, any builder will tell you, if you have not got the right foundations in place, it does not matter how good a building looks on the outside, it will crumble.
How many times have you heard of people who class themselves as Christians who have gone into depression or who have backslidden or even committed suicide! It was because they where build on the wrong foundation.
Jesus said he is the chief corner stone and he is also the capping stone:
Ephesians 2: 19 – 22
That is why you are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and members of God's household,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Messiah Jesus himself being the cornerstone.
21 In union with him the whole building is joined together and rises into a holy sanctuary for the Lord.
22 You, too, are being built in him, along with the others, into a place for God's Spirit to dwell
1 Peter 2:2
4 As you come to him, the living stone who was rejected by people but was chosen and precious in God's sight,
5 you, too, as living stones, are building yourselves up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, so that you may offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus, the Messiah.
6 This is why it says in Scripture:
"Look! I am laying a chosen, precious cornerstone a in Zion.
The one who believes in him will never be ashamed."
The Capstone sits on top of the building and is the stone that finishes the structure and this is why Jesus is the capstone also:
23 because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church- he himself being the savior of the body. 24 But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything
Hebrews 12: 2 – 6
2 fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of a the joy set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God
3 Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.
4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 You have forgotten the encouragement that is addressed to you as sons:
"My son, do not think lightly of the Lord's discipline
or give up when you are corrected by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he punishes a every son he accepts."
7 What you endure disciplines you: God is treating you as sons. Is there a son whom his father does not discipline
If Jesus is our foundation many of the struggles we go through, we would handle them a lot better.
It takes faith to completely surrender our lives totally over to God and this is why the enemy will try and put things in the way of us to try and stop us from doing that, because he knows that a person completely submitted to God is a danger to him:
James 4: 7- 8
7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double- minded.
In 2013 our activities should be based on the right foundation, which is the word, any other foundation will cause us to fail (John 1:1) Jesus and the word are one and the same.
Do not make a new years resolution, but make a definitive decision to make Jesus the Lord over ALL of your life and just see what will happen in 2013!
Many people look at other people who seem to be advancing quickly in Reliv and they wonder why that rate of growth isn't happening in their business. However you should never think that way, because you do not know how they are building their business and whether or not it is being built on the right foundations.
It does not matter how things look on the outside, if it is not being built correctly, as quick as it goes up, it will come right back down.
The foundation to build your Reliv business on is the Reliv System, whether you have bought into it or not, it does not change the fact that it is the only way to effectively build a Reliv business.
Many people have tried to build a Reliv business with out using the Reliv System, ALL HAVE FAILED!
People who have built successful Reliv Businesses who have then decided to move away from the Reliv System and do their own thing, ALL have seen a drop in their cheque!
Foundations make a build strong and the Reliv System will make your business strong.
If you want success in 2013 then truly buy into the Reliv System and apply all 7 elements.
7 is God's number for perfection, so there is no coincidence why all 7 elements applied correctly will build your business.
Ask yourself the question, have you truly bought into the Reliv System or have you been playing with it?
2013 could be your year in Reliv, if you put the right things in place and lay the right foundations.
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Business Coach & Mentor
2Ch 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The call to pray has never been as much needed as it is today. We live in a world that is so anti-God it is hard to comprehend the rapid decline in the last 50 years.
With the emergence of technology and accessibility, anyone can indulge themselves in what ever sin they want to and with the satanic world view of “Do what thou wilt, which is the whole law” that has been promoted since the early 50’s, this has now taken onboard a life of its own.
The moral decline of the whole world has far superseded that of Sodom and Gomorrah and just as it tortured Lots righteous soul being there living among them, so to many people in the church feel the same way about our world today:
2Pe 2:4 For if God did not spare sinning angels, but thrust them down into Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, being reserved to judgment.
2Pe 2:5 And He did not spare the old world, but saved Noah the eighth one, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.
2Pe 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, He condemned them with an overthrow, setting an example to men intending to live ungodly.
2Pe 2:7 And He delivered righteous Lot, oppressed with the lustful behavior of the lawless.
2Pe 2:8 For that righteous one living among them, in seeing and hearing, his righteous soul was tormented from day to day with their unlawful deeds.
2Pe 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust for a day of judgment, to be punished,
2Pe 2:10 and especially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise dominion. They are darers, self-pleasing; not trembling at glories, speaking evil.
The call to pray is needed now more than ever, there are sub-cultures that the average so called ordinary person has no clue about. These cultures are promoting the Satanic agenda in a big way and they are recruiting all the time.
While all this is happening many people in the church have been sleeping, just concern about living in their salvation make sure they have a good life with not too much upheaval.
We need to repent and ask God the forgive us for our complacency and our compromise because God has promised us if we turn from that and humble ourselves and pray, he will restore the land.
We can effect our local environment through living right before God and through pray, when we are connecting to God he will show us what we should be praying about. Even when we feel so burdened down that we are founding it hard to pray the Holy Spirit will minister on our behalf:
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope; for what anyone sees, why does he also hope for it?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that which we do not see, then we wait for it with patience.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Prayer is our greatest weapons against the enemy and that is why he tries to stop us from doing it by using distractions. He knows if he can keep us busy, then we will not have time to pray and if we don’t prayer the land cannot to restored.
We are entering into a time of year where the whole world cannot get away from the name Jesus, even though the enemy has done a good job of diluting the true message of the season. Most people are not aware that Jesus was not born on the 25th of December, but away from that, the fact of the matter is he was born. He lived a life of prayer, every decision he made was as a result of prayer and every challenge he faced, he got through it through prayer. Jesus came to be our perfect example and as such demonstrated the power of prayer.
Today are we going to humble ourselves and pray, turn from our wicked ways so that our land can be restored? That is our choice.
As believers building our Reliv businesses, as well as working and doing the things we need to do through the system, the most powerful tool we have in order to achieve things and meet our goals is prayer. Sometimes things feel like they are slowing down or have ground to a halt, at that point rather than getting down, GET DOWN on your knees and ask God for direction in regards to your next move. Ask God to show you who needs this business and these products, ask him to direct your path so that you can come across these people.
Praying about your business is putting your faith into action, it helps you to see the things that are not as if they are.
It brings you to a place of expectation and hope.
It helps you to stay excited about what God is going to do next in your business
You see God is interested in all aspects of ourselves, including our Reliv business.
So are you going to pray today?
Business Coach & Mentor
As believers in the western church, we have the privilege of going into a church and fellowshipping freely whenever we want to. However there are people in different parts of the world where going into a church to fellowship is literally put their life in danger every time. These underground churches are filled with people who are on fire for God and have a hunger for his word. Even though they face persecution on a daily basis, they move forward no matter what.
The church was birthed through persecution, however what satan planned for evil, God turned around for good and he even used the church’s biggest persecutor at the time to become the church’s greatest promoter, the Apostle Paul.
Paul is a great example of a person that moved forward no matter what. Not only did Paul have to deal with the physical attacks on his body, but because of what he had done in the past, he had to deal with emotional attacks on his mind.
Act 22:4 I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,
Act 26:11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Gal 1:13 For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
How many times are you attacked in your mind because of previous mistakes you have made and how many times does someone try to make you feel guilty because of it? People will always talk and your mind will always be attacked, so we need to understand that we cannot stop birds from flying over our heads, but we can stop them from nesting on our heads. This is why the bible says:
Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Our minds need to be renewed so that we can move forward no matter what. The enemy tries to bring up our past so that he can stop us from moving forward towards our future. So we need to be able to understand what is going on, so that when he does that, we are able to place the attack before God and ask for his guidance, which will then give us the victory and in doing that, it will remind satan of his future, which is defeat.
This is how people move forward through great persecution, it is not by their might nor by their power but it is by the Holy Spirit working through them.
The early church suffered immensely as the gospel was being spread; history records, the Emperor Nero used to light up his gardens with the bodies of burning Christians. Yet through all of this the Christians move forward no matter what and the persecution made them stronger.
The hotter the battle the more the gospel spread.
The other attack on the church was through religiousness and false doctrine getting people to pervert the word, and we time called the Dark Ages and the time of the reformation were if you were standing up for the truth, you would killed and classed as a blasphemer. Yet through this period, there was a remnant of people that were moving forward no matter what.
Joh 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
Joh 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Once a person as been exposed to the truth and has taken it onboard, they will endure whatever comes at them because they know they are free, even if they are behind bars. This was the knowledge the earlier church had.
Today there are many people in the church that may not behind physical bars, but they are still in bondage because they may go to a building every week, but the church is not in them, so they get caught up in the religious exercise of attending church service but never really operate in the power God has exposed them to through his Holy Spirit, that would cause them to be over comers. So there is a remnant of people who move forward no matter what and then the rest of the people that go through then circle of inspiration, then stagnation. They hear a message, get challenged by it, never study the word to get a deeper understanding, so their minds are not properly renewed, then slip right back to how they were before.
Jesus is coming back for his Church:
Hear the warning from John the Baptise
Mat 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Mat 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
When building anything in life you have to be prepared to move forward no matter what. This is because anything worth building is going to be challenging. People will try to fight you down about it and people will even try to rubbish it.
You have to be completely sold out to what you are doing or else you will just quit.
You have to defeat your biggest enemy, which is your mind as this enemy knows all about your past failures, your fears and your insecurities and this enemy will use them to attack you as you are building.
However once you have defeated this enemy, you are well on your way to changing not just your life but the lives of many other people.
Building a Reliv business is not just about making money, it is a course of self develop disguised as a business opportunity!
So you need to decide whether you are going to move forward no matter what or do what the majority of people will do when faced with a challenge, and that is to quit!
Business Coach & Mentor
There are many things in this life to distraction a person away from the things that they are meant to be doing. Satan uses these distractions to try and stop a person from growing spiritually, because if he can get us focusing on all of the wrongs things, being busy then he can get us to miss our true destiny.
A good acronym for busy is:
As believers we have to be so careful not to get ourselves get so busy in other areas that we do not leave any time for God. All he gets is a bit of time in the morning and just before we go to bed at night, with a prayer in between just before we eat.
We have to be constantly aware that we are in the presence of God and be excited to see what God is going to do in lives next. That hunger for God is the thing that is going to increase our experiences with him. As we know him more through his word, we will be directed more by his spirit.
Being busy in church activities does not mean you know God more, it just means your time is filled up and there are many times where God just wants us to be still before him and just listen:
Luk 10:38 And as they went, it happened that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
We can get so caught up in doing all of the wrong things, that we miss what God has for us.
Our own activities can take our focus away from the truth, and this is why God always wants our activities to be backed up by the wisdom of God:
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give to you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the authority of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 10:20 Yet do not rejoice in this, that the evil spirits are subject to you, rather rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.
Luk 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the sophisticated and cunning, and have revealed them to babes. Yes, Father, for so it was pleasing before You.
Even with all our activities, we need to understand that Wisdom is the principal thing and we should allow that wisdom to guide us.
Lack of activity can also distract us from the truth: Being idle is the quickest way to poverty, be it spiritual or natural.
L- Leading to
Some people may think that because they have accepted Jesus, that’s where it ends, they don’t need to go to church, or if they are in a church, they don’t need to get involved with the activities of the church. This is also a distraction, because as believers we have been called into Christian community and as part of the body of Christ, we have a role to play and God has given us gifts and talents to fulfil that. The more a person’s faith grows, the more active they we be:
Jas 2:18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works.
Jas 2:19 You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble.
Jas 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
So the most important thing is that our activities are guided correctly with the right perspective.
In this business there is a danger that a person can get themselves caught up in activity, but all the wrong activity. Activity, that will eventually not make them money but cost them money. Activity, that will not make them relationships but cost them relationships.
They can convince themselves that they are working hard at their business, but because they are doing the wrong activity, they are not being productive and as a result of that, their business does not grow.
We have to be clear not to be distracted by the wrong things.
One of the ways to avoid this is by utilising the system. The reason why the message of the system is so important is because it guided your activity. There are 7 elements to the system and if you are not using every element of the system when you have access to it, you are being distracted and your activity. Therefore from your business’s perspective you are being unproductive.
You may go out and sponsor 7 MA’s in one month without using the system, but you are still being unproductive, because your new business partners will just do what they see you do. So even though you may get a cheque that month, your business life span is about 90 days before everything dries up.
Understand that in building a Reliv business, the system is there to protect and expand your business, so do not be distracted from it by things or challenges that are placed before you. If you ever find yourselves making excuses why you cannot plug into any of the elements of the system, just remember the reason why you started in the first place and your focus back!
Business Coach & Mentor
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