One of the most fought over subjects, which people get the most passionate about is religion. Over the centuries this one subject has probably been responsible for more deaths than any over subject.
So why is it such a hot topic? Well man was designed to worship, it is part of our DNA, if we do not worship the one true God, we will worship some other god. Even if someone claims to be an atheist, they will still worship something, whether it be science, money, family, football, the current world view etc.
Worship taps into the invisible part of us, which is our soul and spirit, this is why religion is such a hot topic.
Just as a parent has to guide and bring up their children, so too does God have to guide and bring up his creation. Just as a parent feels pain when their children are hurt, so too does God feel pain when his creation is being hurt. Just as a parent would lay their life down for their children if it came to it, so too God would and did lay his life down for this creation.
You see the family being one Man (the protector/provider) and one Women (The nurturer), bringing up children, is the perfect parallel picture of God and his creation. God established the family unit through married to reflect what was going on in heaven.
This is why God is not interested in religion but he is very interested in having relationships with individuals.
That is why to have a relationship with God is not something you are born into, it is a choice that you make at some point in your life to invite him in. Some people may think, “why would God want a relationship with me because I have done so many bad things?”, well God is in the restoration business, taking broken things and making them whole again.
This means you are not made right because of what you have done or what you do, which is the message of most world religions, but you are made right with God because of what he did, which is the gospel message of Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
The bible speaks of the relationship and closeness God wanted with his creation in the book of Genesis with Adam and Eve:
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
They were used to God having closeness with them, they were in a relationship with him, it wasn’t just a bunch of idea’s passed on from generation to generation forming some kind of legalistic hysteria with a religious name attached to it. This was because, they knew God, because they spoke to him and he spoke to them on a regular basis.
Religion and religiousness will tell you what to do and give you a structure to follow, but you will never have the intimacy that comes from a relationship.
Religion and religiousness will give you a sense of accomplishment and belonging, which is temporary but never the joy of the guarantee of eternal salvation.
Religion or religiousness will even cause you to see what can be classed as miracles to the human eye, but they will never allow you to see God.
You in order for us to truly be where God wants us to be, we need a heart transplant, we need to be born again in a new life:
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Religion is man’s search for God through human activity, whereas Relationship is God’s search for man through Godly activity.
So, religion will always be a hot topic which causes a lot of destruction because it is man lead, so until individuals are able to LET GO and LET GOD take over, they will never be able to get any deeper than just a shallow understanding of some Do’s and Don’ts.
There are any opportunities out there claiming to be the one that will make you a millionaire and there are many products out there that claim to be the answer for all of your health concerns.
Reliv does not do that, but they do have a simple message, that if you can help people get what they want in life then you will get what you want.
So when people get results on the products and they have a desire to also change their financial circumstances, then Reliv say come plug into the system and get to work, then let’s see what will happen.
It is all about belief, if you try to build this business and you do not have a belief in the business or the products but to try to follow the elements of the system, eventually you will stop plugging in a leave the business.
Reliv has to move from your head to your heart or else system is just a bunch of dead instructions.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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