As human beings we have a tendency to always want to be right, because that feeds our desire for recognition. However it is that same tendency that stops us from repenting, because it causes us to want to justify our actions.
This is why unless a person recognizes their mistakes and understand the value for repenting, they will just continue to do the things they do.
2Co 7:8 If I made you sad with my letter, I do not regret it, although I did regret it then. I see that the letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while.
2Co 7:9 Now I am happy, not because you had such sorrow, but because your sorrow led you to repent. For you were sorry in a godly way, and so you were not hurt by us in any way.
2Co 7:10 For having sorrow in a godly way results in repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets. But the sorrow of the world produces death.
We need to get over ourselves, so that we can put ourselves in a place where God can use us effectively.
Godly sorrow is something that develops as a result of your recognition of your situation, it is not something you can ask God to give you, because God will not force you to be sorrowful for your sins, you are either sorry or you are not.
We in the church need to understand that, yes our sins are forgiven and we have gained salvation because of the finished work of the cross, however we need to live a life of continual repentance as the Holy Spirit reveals the areas of our lives that we are falling short in.
Jesus talk to the Churches of Asia Minor
Rev_2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Rev 3:19 I correct and discipline those whom I love, so be serious and repent!
The enemy wants us to feel condemned when we do something wrong, because he knows that if we feel condemned we WILL NOT repent. We need to understand that the reason we as Christians we feel so bad when we sin is because sin is no longer a part of our nature, it does not belong in us, it is like having a foreign object in your eye, it needs to come out. This is why the conviction that happens as a result of our sinning, causes that Godly sorrow which leads to repentance.
Rom 8:1 The Spirit Gives Life
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in union with the Messiah Jesus.
Rom 8:2 For the Spirit’s law of life in the Messiah Jesus has set me free from the Law of sin and death.
Jesus said this on the mount of Olives
How blessed are those who are poor/destitute in spirit,
because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!
In other words if we have Godly sorrow for the things we do wrong and continue to live a life of repentance as a result of that, then ours is the Kingdom of Heaven.
God has given us everything we need to get through this life and to enter into eternity successfully. We have his word, his spirit and his love.
Joh 16:13 Yet when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own accord, but will speak whatever he hears and will declare to you the things that are to come.
Joh 16:14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Joh 16:15 All that the Father has is mine. That is why I said, ‘He will take what is mine and declare it to you.’
We have to be truly teachable in order to be successful in our Reliv business. We need to humble ourselves to allow our uplines to guide us, which can be challenging for some people, especially if their upline is a family member or a friend.
A person has to come to the place where they understand, it does not matter what they have achieved in the past, they still do not know how to build a Reliv business.
As people become teachable and follow the right instruction, the result is their business begins to grow.
The system is the guideline, and following it is an indication of whether or not a person is either going to succeed or eventually fail.
So do not get puffed up in your own self importance but humble yourself and get directed. You will help more people that way!
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