Everyone of us are on our own individual journeys, which will take us through various life experiences. These experiences shape who we are and prepare us for the life to come. We are sometimes challenged to go down roads we do not want to go down and we can try to avoid going there, however if our destiny lays down that road, we will eventually find ourselves there.
Many believers have testimonies of how they did not want to know about the gospel message, but God came and found them. So now they are travelling down a road that they did not set out to travel. These same people have powerful ministry’s, which God is using to help populate the kingdom.
Jer 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Our futures are in God’s hand and his hands are not too small as to not being able finish what he started.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
God told Jonah to go to a certain city to speak to a rebellious people, but he did not want to do there, so he went to the opposite direction and God had to let him go through a traumatic experience to get him back on the right road, so he could fulfil the call of God on his life.
We do not want to be so rebellious that God has to do that for us, do we?
Many people come to God after going through serious illness and family tragedy or maybe they were broke and destitute and in that situation they experienced the love of God through one of God’s children, which brought them to faith.
However there are those who the moment they heard the gospel they responded immediately and got saved. This does not mean they will never go through a traumatic experience, but it was not the traumatic experience that brought them to faith, but it will be their faith that will bring them through the traumatic experience. Big difference.
Every single human being is predestined to be a child of God because of the work of Jesus and his death and resurrection. However our choices can change our destiny.
Eph 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Eph 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Eph 1:8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Eph 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
This is a promise to all humanity, for everyone who is willing to accept the message.
It is not Gods will that anyone is lost, but all people come to him, however even though that is God’s perfect, he knows that not everyone is going to accept the message and so his permissive will allows people to make their own choices. This is so judgement can happen, he has to stand in judgement because if he doesn’t he would not be righteous and he not be holy. God has to judge sin. This is why what Jesus did for us was so powerful:
Rom 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--
Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God chose to go down a road he had never travelled before, to share in our human experience that through his suffering, we could be reconciled back to him. Now that it powerful!
Many people who are building successful Reliv businesses did not set out to do that, some were customers who got good results, others were in successful careers that were taking up too much of their time. However they came, it was because of a need that over time and a lot of hard work, Reliv was able to fulfil.
Many people see their businesses as more than just a home based business, but they see it as part of their calling because of the impact they are having on other people. They may have started off not knowing what they were doing and even making a lot of mistakes, however through plugging into the system and working with their support team, they were able to learn the necessary skills they needed to be successful.
Along the way they would have seen people quit or slow down, however their WHY was too strong to let those people’s experiences be theirs.
Many people look at those people when they are reached a certain level of success and they either want to be where they are or they have an attitude like “It’s ok for them, they have already made it” However to do not understand the challenges and the sacrifices that those individuals had to go through in order to be where they are.
The road less travelled is the road that leads to success and that is why more people fail than do succeed.
Jason Gregory Mentor & Business Coach
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