As believers we need to be aware that we are in a spiritual battle and the battle is an everyday battle for our souls. We have a very real enemy who hates us with a passion. Coupled with that is we live in a fallen world and we all have within us a part of us that gravitates to this this fallen world.
This is why it is so important that we remain connected to the source, which is God, as only then can we overcome ourselves and the plans of the enemy.
Pauls said about this battle:
Rom 7:13 The Problem of the Sin that Lives in Us
Now, did something good bring me death? Of course not! But in order that sin might be recognized as being sin, it used something good to cause my death, so that through the rule, sin might become more exposed as being sinful than ever before.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am merely human, sold as a slave to sin.
Rom 7:15 I don’t understand what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate.
Rom 7:16 Now if I practice what I don’t want to do, I am admitting that the Law is good.
Rom 7:17 As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out.
Rom 7:19 For I don’t do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don’t want to do.
Rom 7:20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me.
Rom 7:21 So I find this to be a principle: when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the Law of God in my inner being,
Rom 7:23 but I see in my body a different principle waging war with the Law in my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body.
Rom 7:24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?
Rom 7:25 Thank God through Jesus the Messiah, our Lord, because with my mind I myself can serve the Law of God, even while with my human nature I serve the law of sin.
We also have to be ready for the external attack of the enemy also and there are two scriptures that equip us for this in a real way.
The first scripture is Ephesians 6
Eph 6:10 Putting on the Whole Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord, relying on his mighty strength.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil’s strategies.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.
Eph 6:13 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.
Eph 6:14 Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and being firm-footed in the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 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,
Eph 6:17 also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And the second scripture is Galatians 5
Gal 5:19 Now the actions of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions,
Gal 5:21 envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Gal 5:24 Now those who belong to the Messiah Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.
Gal 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also be guided.
Gal 5:26 Let’s stop being arrogant, provoking one another and envying one another.
You see the enemy cannot force us to do anything, that will ALWAYS be our choice, however he can create situations that make our choices harder. He knows us and he always tries to get us to fall back into our old ways.
He has constructed this whole world system to fight against everything we believe as Christians to be right. He has even strategically planted false teachers who are eloquent charismatic speakers to lead people astray and many people who do not know the word for themselves have been lead astray.
The attacks are real, however the Bible says:
1Jn_4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
As we draw closer to God, he in turn draws closer to us, we experience him in a real way and we see how he is able to keep us through any situation.
The helmet of salvation protects our minds against all of the negativity the enemy tries to put in there. The Breast Plate of righteousness protects our emotions against those attacks too.
God has not left us alone but he has equipped us for the battle. As a Christian you cannot hind in the bleachers and hope the enemy will just pass you by, you are the focus of his attack the moment you accept Christ. So do not be a helpless target but be equipped so that in the heat of battle, you can stand!
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We are in an industry where you will come up against many people’s opinions; they will have opinions about Network Marketing and about Nutrition. If you are not equipped correctly, you will let those people’s opinions effect you to the extent that you stop building your business.
This is why you have to follow the system in order to prepare yourself for the battle ahead.
I have seen time after time, the people that do not plug into the system correctly can never stand in the heat of the battle and eventually quit the business.
Preparation is key to success so if you are not prepared to give time to your business and in turn serve others, subsequently you business will not serve you.
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