One of the hardest decisions a person has to make is to decide to change their lifestyle. Many times we get comfortable in living and acting a certain way; we even justify our lifestyle to convince ourselves there is nothing wrong with it. This is why so many people fight against the message of the gospel, because in order the embrace the message, a person has to admit their lives have to change.
Jesus said in the sermon on the mount:
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In order to be part of the Kingdom of God a person has to first realise that they have a spiritual disconnect with God caused by sin and they need that spiritual reconnection so that their heart can change. They are poor in spirit.
Sin blinds people, of the things my Pastor says is this:
“Sin will cause you to go further than you intended to go, get you to stay longer then you intended to stay and cost you more than you were prepared the pay!” Pastor Dennis Greenidge
If we do not make that decision to change, we are lost.
God himself had to make difficult decisions, from kicking Adam & Eve out of the garden, to causing the deluge to destroy the earth. He made the decision to come to where we were to die a sinner’s death so that we can be saved:
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.
At the end of the age when God is judging the world, those who chose not you follow him and believe the massage of the gospel, will join the Devil and his followers in the Lake of Fire, that is not going to be an easy decision to make, but it is one he has to make, because he is a righteous God and as such he has to judge sin:
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Difficult decisions are a part of life, we cannot escape them, but we can embrace them and ask God for the wisdom to deal with them.
King Solomon new that he would have to be making difficult decisions in his role as King, so when God asked him what he wanted, instead of asking for riches or his enemies destroyed, he asked for wisdom to govern God’s people.
We need to hear the voice of God in order to make the right decisions, the bibles says:
Psa 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way
We have been given everything through the word of God to live a productive life in the natural things in this world and a spiritual life in the things that are related to eternity. We just need to tap into the source and operated in faith.
Choose to live right, even when everyone around you is living wrong, choose to have a higher standard, even when the world is saying certain behaviours are okay.
Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
You be that standard!
Parallel Business Principles
It is a very strong decision for a person to decide to change their lives financially, the reason why most people cannot understand a person with an entrepreneurial spirit is because, most people are trying to get security and not freedom, so they buy into the lies fed to them by corporations and governments. However the entrepreneur understands that the only way they are going to get true freedom, is to put the work in to build their own thing.
People ask why is it that people join home based business opportunities and do not make a success of them? In the main part it is because, they have a job mentality and they bring that into their business opportunity. You cannot have a job mentality and be a successful entrepreneur; you have to make the important decision to change your mindset.
Not everyone is wired to be an entrepreneur, it takes, Desire, Drive, Motivation, Determination, Persistency, Consistency, a good work ethic, strong vision, I could go on but i think you get the picture.
Entrepreneurs have to make tuff decisions, decisions that others cannot be bothered to make and this is why entrepreneurs have the things others do not have.
So are you prepared to make these difficult decisions in order that you are successful in your Reliv business? Only you know that.
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