Last week we laid the foundation as to why our bad attitude needs to change, by seeing the sacrifice God made to redeem us back to himself. So this week we are going to be dealing with some of those bad attitudes.
Outside of the church there are many bad attitudes and they all stem from the same source, which is satan himself. You see satan cannot force us to do anything, but what he understands very well is how to create the situation and allow us to run with it ourselves. So for centuries he has used us as human beings to destroy ourselves, all the time acting as a puppet master. He has managed to divide and once united race of people, to the extent that people think there are multiple races of people on this planet. Then once did that, he then got us the think that one race of people were better than another race of people. This caused us to commit atrocities against each other like the 400 years of slavery which happen to the african people, which is probably the worst atrocity in human history or the holocaust of the Jews in nazi germany, which is right up there among the worst acts every perpetrated against a people group. There are many other atrocities that have happened in human history, but what makes these events so discussing is, they used the bible to justify their actions.
Over the years the bad attitudes of people groups fighting each has just increased and added into the mixed is religion and greed, so with these three elements working together, satan has created a scenario where we are guaranteed to destroy each other.
Bible is in Hosea 4: 6-8
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge,
I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:
seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I will also forget thy children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me:
therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people,
and they set their heart on their iniquity
God was speaking through Hosea about Israel, but this lack of knowledge of him can be related to the whole world.
All of the bad attitudes come out of a lack of true relationship with the creator himself, people worshipping the creation rather than the creator!
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen
In the established Church itself there are bad attitudes and these attitudes stop people from coming through the doors. People treating some people better than others, simply because of there education al level or their social background or may be their level of wealth.
James 2: 1 - 4
1 My brothers, do not let your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be tainted by favoritism.
2 Suppose a man wearing gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in.
3 If you give special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Please take this seat," but you say to the poor man, "Stand over there" or "Sit on the floor at my feet,"
4 then you will have made false distinctions among yourselves and will have judged from evil motives, will you not
We also have people in the church thinking they are better than others simply because of the denomination they belong to or because of how much church activity they do. There are people who are so dogmatic and inflexible in their approach to how they present the gospel, that the people outside of the church push away from them and do not step foot in a church because of them.
To some people church is just something they do to appease their conscience once a week, so they just go through the motions. To other people it is a social club where they meet up to see their friends. Some people see church as a platform the show of their skills or a place where they can make a lot of money.
All of the attitudes are caused by a single scenario started by satanic forces and we just run with it.
The church is a hospital for sin sick people to get better, it is a gateway to heaven where we should be challenge every time we go there and never come out the same.
The foundation of the church is Christ Jesus, he is the rock on which it is built:
Matthew 16: 13-18
13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is?
14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But who say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar- jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it
When we understand that then all of our bad attitudes will change!
People come into our industry with bad attitudes, like:
Get rich quick
Minimum work for maximum return
Going after the money instead of helping people
Be successful by any means necessary
These attitudes reflect in their action or lack of action.
This industry has a way of weeding those types of people out and you find these are the people that are constantly hopping from one opportunity to the other, never being successful but always blaming something else for their lack of results.
Therefore when building your Reliv business, use the system as a filter to see who is serious and who is not, so that your energies are focused in the right place.
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