Giving Your Life To Something
When you give your life to something it is because you are completely sold out to that thing. It causes someone to be passionate about the thing they are sold out to. As Christians we should be completely sold out the person of Jesus, God in the flesh, because when we are it causes us to study and dig deeper and deeper into the things of God:
“5 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God,
for once again I will praise him,
since his presence saves me.
6 My God, my soul feels depressed within me;
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
from the heights of Hermon,
even from the foothills.
7 Deep waters call out to what is deeper still;
at the roar of your waterfalls
all your breakers and your waves swirled over me”
Because David had a personal relationship with God he could call out to him in this way, acknowledging that a person with a knowledge of God is deeper than the person without the knowledge of him, hence his phrase in verse 7 “Deep waters call out to what is deeper still;”
When a person truly understands that the God of the universe loves them so such, that he was willing to experience life as a human being, to go through pain just like us, to suffer and die as a man, to redeem man back to himself; it is easy to get sold out to a God like that. This is why in the early church, when the persecution was at it's highest, the church was growing the most.
To have the freedom of worship we have today, over the centuries many people had to suffer and die and this is why we cannot afford to play around with our Christianity, because if we do we are playing around with the blood of the martyrs. However we are living in the end times and the time is going to come when the true Christian is going to have to stand up and be counted. Religious persecution will come up and many people are already experiencing it. This is where a person will truly know whether or not they are sold out to the things of God.
So just as long as we are dressed properly, in these times we should be able to stand:
Ephesians 6:10 -17
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, relying on his mighty strength.
11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil's strategies.
12 For our a struggle is not against human opponents, b but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, c and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.
13 For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.
14 Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and being firm- footed in the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to having clothed yourselves with these things, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
17 also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God wants people to be true to him, religiousness means nothing to God and in fact Jesus fought down religiousness everywhere he found it. He called the religious leaders of the day, “Blind Guides, Hypocrites, White Washed Sepulchres” So having a title in church means nothing if your life is not right. Doing Christian activity will bless the people being ministered to but will do nothing for you if your life is not right. Christianity is not like one of those religions where your good deeds have to out weigh your bad deeds before you die. Christianity is about having a love relationship with your heavenly father, so that you do not do things because you have to do them, you do them because you want to.
When you are fully sold out to something it is not a struggle to do things, it is a natural part of who you are!
When a person understands that they truly have to change their life and they have truly found a vehicle to do that, they are then completely sold out to their success. That person does not have to be convinced, they just need to be directed.
In Reliv as we build our businesses we are going to meet many different types of people and people are going to tell us many different things. However you do not concentrate on what they say, you watch what they do. This is because some of the people are going to be time wasters and time is the only commodity that once it is gone, we can never get it back. So you want to place your time and efforts to the people that deserve your time and not necessarily to the people that want your time.
The people that desire your time are the people that are completely sold out to their own success and the success of others.
These people who are sold out to their own success, you do not have to convince about plugging into the system, they just listen to what you say and start applying it. If they do not have certain system elements where they live, they either travel to one or they plug into what they can plug into until they have established enough leaders in their area to start the missing system elements.
You have to be completely sold out to your own success to act this way, because along the road there are going to be challenges and sometimes you are going to want to quit, but when you are sold out to what you are doing, quitting no longer becomes an option.
So putting on the armour in Reliv is putting on the Reliv system and if you do, in the time of testing, having done ALL system elements, you will stand.
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