And he was parted from them about a stone's cast; and he kneeled down and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:41-42)
Jesus had made a commitment to completing the work of salvation and he had made that decision at the beginning of time. Now it was time for that commitment to be tested, everything in his humanity did not want to go through the suffering of the cross, however because he was committed, he had to look passed his feelings and see the bigger picture.
We live in a world that promotes the message “Seeing is believing” whereas God's way is completely opposite in that “Believing is seeing”, it is called faith.
Faith puts us in the place where we can now begin to see, because God cannot work where there is no faith:
Mark 6: 4-6
And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching
Faith is the catalyst that causes God's hand to move and without it, it is impossible to even please God (Hebrews 11:6)
Our faith in God intensifies our commitment to God and when a person is committed it is reflected in how they live their lives.
Many people are sincerely committed to a belief system for a number of reasons:
You can be sincere about something but sincerely wrong, this is why Jesus said: “They should know the truth and the truth shall set them free” (John 8:32)
Jesus was committed to us and this is why he did not let the religious leaders of the day intimidate him, in fact he confronted them head on and exposed the hypocrisy calling them a generation of vipers:
Matthew 23: 27- 29
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity
Jesus understood the power of commitment, but he also understood the danger of being committed to the wrong thing through religiousness. This is why he dealt with the religiousness mindset so directly and so harshly.
Our commitment will determine our progression, commitment to reading the word of God will determine our knowledge of God and our knowledge of God will determine our relationship with God.
This is why the devil does not want anyone reading the bible, he will try to distract us through entertainment, family, friends, work even church activities, just so we do not get into God's word and know the promises God has made for us. He also knows if we do not read and study God's word we will not know how to pray effectively. If our lives are not right and we do not know how to pray effectively, then we get impatient with God and feel our prayers are not being answered. When we get impatient with God, our commitment to God begins to waver and before you know it, our lifestyle is completely away from where God wants us to be.
So I would encourage you, make a commitment to studying the word, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, put God first and everything will be added.
In order for someone to be successful in Reliv, they have to be committed to their own success, when a person makes that commitment, they do not make excuses.
Excuses are the back doors for the uncommitted!
Once you have made a commitment to building your business, you have to understand, it is not going to be all plain sailing, you are going to have ups and downs.
Commitment will cause you to plug into the Reliv system and do the things you should be doing.
The bible says, does any man build a house without first counting the cost? When you make a decision to commit to anything in life, you should count the cost to see if you are willing to pay the price and if you are not then you should not commit to it!
Our Reliv businesses are no different, if a person is not willing to pay the price of what is needed to build this business, then they should be doing something else.
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