The dictionary definition of poverty is: "Being poor, want; scarcity or lack; inferiority, poorness."
There are many parts of the world where poverty is caused by poor decisions within that government resulting in the people of that land suffering, then generation after generation the effects are passed on. Resources are taken away from that land which could beneficial to the people but because of greed they are sold elsewhere. In this scenario poverty is not a fault of the people of that land, but it is forced upon the people of that land.
However in many other parts of the world poverty is as a result of poor choices and attitudes of individuals and then they pass on these poor attitudes to their children who then make the same poor choices.
Poverty is not a blessing it is a curse:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags
Our choices are so important, we live in a society that promotes people to run after fantasies that is why there is a Bookie (Gambling Shop) in nearly every area or shops that sell lottery tickets. People love watching shows like, Who wants to be a millionaire or The Wheel of Fortune. Then you have the reality shows like, Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous or MTV Cribs. All of this to create envy and lust, so that people will continue to feed the poverty machine that has been created to hold people back. People like to escape into soap operas like: East Enders, Coronation Street or Emadale, so they can feel better that someone else's life is more messed up then theirs, but then they get hooked in through the story line so they have to come back for more and more. So instead of using their time to improve their own situation, they are stuck in front of the new alter of worship, which is in nearly every household, the TV!
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to relax,
11 and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your need like an armed man.
Proverbs 12: 11
11 Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat,
but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense. a
12 The wicked desires what evil people gain,
but the foundation a of the righteous is productive
19 Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food,
but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20 The faithful man will prosper with blessings,
but whoever is in a hurry to get rich
will not escape punishment
We have every ability to rise above our situations and God has place every law for success in his word. However if we do not know his word, then we will not apply his laws.
There are many non Christians in the business world that apply certain laws of God not even knowing it and because of that they are prospering. Then you have people in the church who should know better because they have God's word, but because they never really study it and gain the right knowledge in the right areas, they are always struggling.
God said in his word through John to Gauis:
1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth
This is God's heart for us all but we need to understand that.
I will leave you with these wise words from Solomon:
23 In all hard work there is profit,
but merely talking about it only brings poverty.
In building our Reliv there are certain things we have to do in order to be successful, if we do not do them, then we will not be successful.
There are things put in place like the System, that are there to help us, but no one is going to force anyone to plug into it.
People love to hear about the trips people go on or the checks that people have a achieved, but they do not realise the work those individuals had to put in, in order to earn those things.
Building a business is not like playing the lottery, where people are hoping their numbers are going to come up. Building your Reliv business is going to be as a result of the efforts that you put in.
So have the right attitude when building your business, make the right choices and in doing so, you will avoid financial and health poverty but more importantly, you help other people to do the same.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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