As Christians whether or not we realize it, we live in a hostile environment, everything in our societies are designed to draw people away from God.
We are in a season where most of the world remembers the life giver, some people who do not give Jesus a second thought throughout the year are forced in some way shape or form to hear about Jesus now.
The fact that that the giver of life, gave his life for us is more than enough reason why we should worship him.
He was born, which means we have a hope for our eternal destiny:
For this is the way God loved the world:He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
There is nothing that the life giver cannot help us with if we have faith in him, it does not matter what the situation is, Jesus is more than capable of taking us through it.
This time of the year can be very hard for some people who maybe have lost loved ones throughout the year. Also people who are dealing with sickness can find this time of the year challenging. However we serve a God who comforts the broken hearted and bring relief to the sick:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The life giver did not promise us a problem free life, however through his Holy Spirit, he has given us the ability to develop character through hardship, so that our lives can bring glory to God:
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth:thy word is truth.
Sometimes people look for things specifically identified in the Bible and because they can not find them, they feel that the bible does not address that particular area. However Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more and there is nothing that takes him by surprise. Applying specific laws and principals to the situation, can allow us to deal with it a lot better, this is character building:
Galatians 5: 22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, a quiet mind, kind acts, well- doing, faith, Gentle behaviour, control over desires:against such there is no law
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles:running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness.
The life giver knows the plans that he has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), so we have to trust him in that. So as we decrease and allow him to increase in our lives, we will handle situations a lot better.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late,
to eat the bread of sorrows:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep
When we worry, we do not act in faith, we act in fear and fear will paralyze faith every time. So the best way to deal with fear is to do what the life giver did and that is to love extraordinarily.
Parallel Business Principals
The law of giving is paramount to the success of a Reliv distributor, because the more you give of yourself to your team, is the more successful you will be. If you take time to work with those people who want to work, it will pay you dividend in the years to come. Jesus our life giver invested 3 ½ years into his disciples before they were ready to launch out on their own.
If all you do is worry that you cannot build this business, then you will not build this business. If you do the things you are supposed to do and plug into the system, then you will not have anxious toil but you will understand that God is in control of your business and you will have restful sleep.
Situations are going to arise as we do our business, however if we have built it correctly, then we will get through that season to the other side and continue to excel!
Business Coach & Mentor
This is a question that we all need to seriously ask ourselves, because in these last days our belief is going to be seriously put to the test.
Is your Christianity based on the fact that you go to church and do church activities or is your Christianity based on the bible?
You see the bible says this about the last days:
2 Timothy 3:1
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.
Religiousness is going to be rampant in the last days, self-righteous people thinking they are right with God. The religious will try to fight against the true people of God, but be encouraged when these things happen because:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint
The world will try to discredit the things of the Bible and make them sound ridiculous. They will try to logicalise the things of God to show you how they are impossible. However:
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
We don't speak about these things with words taught us by human wisdom, but with words a taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual things to spiritual people. A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the things of God's Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can't understand them because they are spiritually evaluated.
Everything we do must be done in faith, because without faith it is impossible to please God.
Our faith is the thing that allows us to hope for the future and our lack of faith is the very thing that gets us depressed. You see without faith we start evaluating things of the same level as the world does. Faith is the key that gets us into God’s thrown room and once in there our prayers can be heard.
Jesus is coming back, very soon, do you believe that? One of the things he said about when he comes back is this:
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth
The enemy focuses on our flesh, the part of us that is constantly warring against the spirit, because he knows, if he get us to be governed by what we see, he can get us to move away from God and not act in faith.
2 Corinthians 5:6-9
Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord (for we walk by faith, not by sight); we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
Wherefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well- pleasing unto him
We have to die to the flesh on a daily basis and never be so arrogant to think we have made it. Paul said at the end of his journey:
2Timothy 4: 7
I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race.
So please understand this, your belief is going to determine the quality of your journey.
What do you believe about your business? Do you believe you can build this or are you defeated even before you start?
Your belief will determine your success in this! So many people let fear govern them, so they live a tormented life, never being able to accomplish anything.
One of the main reasons why people leave our business is because of fear. The fear of failure causes many people to fail because they fail to do the activity, thinking it is not going to work anyway.
The fear of what people are going to think also stops people from doing the activity. Finally the fear of rejection stops people from even sharing the message of hope that Reliv brings to people in their health and finances.
If you can on see things from your current position, then you have no vision and without a vision people perish.
Your business needs your vision in order to survive.
God is saying through his word, that he knows your struggles and your concerns and he has made provision for them, if you will just trust him and walk in faith!
Business Coach & Mentor
There are many people that have gone through some difficult times and they have got the stage where they are just tired and they feel that they just can’t take anymore.
For many people, it is at this low point that they discover religion because they are emotionally and spiritually vulnerable. Region offers a person an escape from their problems by substituting them with new values and a new routine and there are many religions to choose from. So people normally gravitate to the one that makes them feel good, the one that they can logicalise.
However God is looking for us to come to him not out of desperation, he is looking for us to come to him out of a revelation:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Mathew 16:13- 17
When a Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven
Also when someone has a true conversion, it does not make them feel comfortable, in fact it is the complete opposite. This is because when the light of Christ is shone on a person’s life, it highlights all of the dirt and the things that need fixing, which is a very uncomfortable situation and one which leaves a person broken. However being in that state allows the refiner’s fire to come in and fix them.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
You see religion offers a person an escape mechanism from the problems, where as a true relationship with God offers someone a way back home through their problems. Sometimes things do not make sense, but because God said it, by faith we have to trust him. This takes faith, but without faith it is impossible to please God, no matter how good a person thinks they are.
When God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, to his human mind, this made no sense, because God had promised that through Isaac the world will be blessed. Also Abraham had waited so long to have Isaac that both he and Sarah were tired. However Abraham had so much faith in God and also had a revelation of who God is that he new that even if he did this, God would have to raise him from the dead so that his promise could be fulfilled.
Hebrews 11:6 (continued)
for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him
So when we go through things that make us tided, we have to draw from our well of faith in order to get through he situation. So we always need to make sure there is plenty of water in our wells to draw from. This is why it is important for us as believers to regularly be reading, studying and listening to the word of God:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Many people get involved in our industry because they are sick and tired of always being sick and tired. They many times have had the experience of corporate life or working for someone else and they decide that it is not for them.
They get involved and many times they are told to do things that initially does not make sense to them. So in Reliv they are told to plug into the system and do follow up with their customers and distributors.
If they are teachable they do it, if not they don’t, however their success will be determined by how much they trust in the system and have the faith to know that it works.
People have to want the change bad enough and that will only come by having a true revelation about their current situation and then having the determination to do what it takes to change it.
Business Coach & Mentor
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