Living Your Life By Design And Not By Default!
As believers we are to live our lives by design and not by default, what I mean is, there is a plan and a purpose to our lives, so we should not just accept the status quo. So many people live a defeatist life and because of that, they feed themselves excuses why they shouldn't even try to excel. People that are caught up in a particular types of sin, convince themselves that they are trying to quit so that when they do it, it makes them feel better because “They are only human, right? And people make mistakes”.
When you say you are trying to do something, it is like giving yourself a “Get out of jail free card” You are giving yourself permission to fail.
Living your life by design means you are not trying, your are doing.
Living your life by default leads to poverty and a lack of fulfilling God's purpose in your life. Whereas living your life by design leads to prosperity and a complete fulfilment of God's plan and purpose for your life:
Jeremiah 29:11- 14
For I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. a I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.
13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul,
14 I will make myself available to you, says the Lord.
When you know the designer, then you can understand better the design and when you can understand the design, then you can live your life according to the design.
Ephesians 2: 1 -10
1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 in which you formerly lived according to this worlds present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit f that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,
3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,
5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you are saved!
6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
So God has predestined us for greatness in him, however we have to accept the call and respond to the challenge or else the call is made ineffective:
14 For many are called, but few are chosen
God knew each and everyone of us before we were born he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, so nothing takes God by surprise. He knows the challenges we are going to face before we face them and as such he makes provision for them. However we have to walk by faith to even accept the provision and because many people are living their lives by default, they miss God's provision, blinded by what their eyes and their limitations tell them is going on.
So if we are going to live our lives by design, we are going to have to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthian 5:7)
Faith is the vehicle that causes God to move and that is why without it we cannot do anything, we can't even please God:
6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Jesus told us that we should live our lives by design through him because he is the creator, but we have an enemy that wants us to live our lives by default:
John 1: 1 - 2
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created
The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father's unique Son, who is full of grace and truth.
10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
So a life being lived by design is a life being hidden in Christ led by the Holy Spirit.
That is choice a person has to make, so choose this day who you will serve, whether the default of this world or the design of God! That is a choice only you can make, but as for me and my house, we choose to serve the Lord!
We are schooled from a very early age that you go to school, get good grades then you go to university/College, get a good education. Then you get a good job with benefits, then you work the job until you are 65 and get your pension (Or 401K in the US).
This is why when you start talking to people about the Reliv Business Opportunity many people do not see it in the way you do because they have been conditioned to live their financial lives by default. So when you start telling them that they can live their financial lives by design, that goes against their way of thinking and only a handful of people are willing to change the way they think.
Many people have good educations or high IQ's but they do not have any financial IQ and that is why many highly educated people struggle to make ends meet.
Reliv allows a person to start living their financial lives by design, it allows them to start dreaming again and having a financial hope for the future.
One of the reasons why many people are attracted to the Reliv opportunity is because that not only does it allow them to grow financially but it also allows them the have such an impact on lives that they would have never met.
So go out and find those people who want to live their lives by design and lets go and NOURISH OUR WORLD!
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