The Word Of God
As Christians there are some fundamental beliefs that are without question that form the foundation of our core perspective of salvation and they are:
These should be unquestionable truths for the person who confesses to being a born again believer in Jesus Christ. However you will be surprised of how many people and organisations that call themselves Christian that do not hold these fundamental core beliefs.
There has been countless debates over years of whether or not the Bible can be trusted and is the unchanged word of God. Even with the overwhelming evidence through all of the ancient manuscripts, that the Bible is the only book in antiquity that can be traced back and verified, not just through our own manuscripts, which we have thousands, but also through other historical sources to prove that the events are true and can be dated to only a few years of the actual events taking place. This shows if you are not going to trust the Bible, then you shouldn’t trust any historical book at all. With all the evidence people still question it as being the only God breathed truth of God.
1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
The word has always been attacked and will always be attacked, this is why it is so important for people to not only know the word for themselves, but also prove the word for themselves.
Next you will be surprised how many people would call themselves Christian who do not believe that Jesus was God in the flesh. This is so important to our salvation, because if Jesus was not God then his messages that he gave us while he was walking on the earth were extremely blasphemous. He prescribed onto himself things that should only be prescribed onto God, this is why the religious leaders of the day wanted him killed. Not only that but his disciples did the same, Compare Philippians 2 v 5-11 and Isaiah 45 v 22 -24
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isa 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Isa 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
So to deny the deity of Christ is to deny the very power of your salvation, no matter how sincere you are.
Finally, there are people that would call themselves believers who do not believe Jesus died on a cross but on a stake and they also believe that he did not rise in the flesh but as a spirit being. Again this fundamental belief is important to our salvation and without it our faith is meaningless:
1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
So understand the foundations on you faith, because people and situations will try to shake it on a daily basis. There is only one way to God and that journey WILL come with many challenges and so I a person is not willing to deny themselves, take up their cross of follow him (in other words understand their journey is unique to them and their person challenges will not be the same as other peoples, but they are will to follow and trust God no matte what), then they will not make it.
Parallel Business Principles
The truth about Network Marketing has been clouded by lies and misconceptions in regards to what it takes to be successful.
There are some fundamental things that people need to do and know in order to make it:
They need to understand that this is work and not a get rich quick scheme.
They need to know that they WILL get challenged
They have to understand it is going to take Consistency, Persistency and Determination
They have to be willing to be teachable
They have to be prepared to teach others
Final they need to follow a proven system.
Once a person has the right expectations and perspective for their business, they now have the basic building blocks on which to build.
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Allow God To Direct You!
We read this scripture and quote it all the time:
Psa_37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
But do we really believe it, or if we do, do we really operate in it?
God has seen the end from the beginning and everything in between, nothing can take him by surprise, this is why we need to trust him and be guided by him. We live in a world of wicked people, the bible calls them the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
If we are not careful we can give these people access to our lives and put ourselves in positions we need not have put ourselves in had we been directed by the Lord. However God is so gracious, he allows us to make those mistakes, so he can establish his truth in us that is unshakable, but often times that lesson can be very expensive:
Isa 39:3 Isaiah Rebukes Hezekiah
Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men have to say? And from where did they come to you?”
Hezekiah replied, “From a distant land—they came to me from Babylon.”
Isa 39:4 “What did they see in your palace?” he asked.
“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah replied. “There is nothing in my treasuries that I did not show them.”
Isa 39:5 Then Isaiah told Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord of the Heavenly Armies:
Isa 39:6 ‘The days are surely coming when everything in your palace and all that your ancestors have stored up to this day will be carried off to Babylon. They will come in, and nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.
Isa 39:7 ‘Then some of your own sons, who will come from your loins, whom you will father, will be taken away to become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”
When we are not being directed by the Lord the enemy can use that as an occasion to take our things, often that can be our material things, our health, our relationships or anything else we hold dear.
Application of the word of God is a defense against such things and this is why it is so important that we are doers of the word and not just hearers of the word.
We need to operate in the Fruits of the Spirit Galatian 5:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, and self-control
Understand that we have an enemy who is an expert in luring people away from their covering:
Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Covering is he specialty, so he knows in order for him to effect us, we have to move from underneath that covering:
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
However if we make a mistake and we fall, we do not have to beat ourselves up about it, all we do is recognize the mistake, repent and move on and he is faithful and just to forgive our sins:
1Jn_1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A lot of times people let the mistakes of the past stop them from moving forward in the future, but as Christians we need to understand if God is willing to forgive us, then we should be willing to forgive ourselves. Also if we truly learned from our mistakes, we will truly allow God to direct us in the future and be more sensitive to his voice of direction or warning.
Parallel Business Principles
The challenge when building a business like Reliv is, you will come across people that may have started some kind of opportunity in the past that did not work out or they may have been scammed by somebody and they use those experiencing to be negative about everything else they come across. In these situations we need to recognize their genuine concern and provide them with as much information and time they need in order to make an informed decision. You cannot rush these people because you are dealing with issues that are deeper then just being skeptical.
This is why the system is so important, because it allows you to present the weight of evidence. I cannot stress more, how important it is to plug into the Reliv system!
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