When a parent dies, whatever they have gets inherited by the children, this is why it is so important to leave a strong legacy for our children.
This is what happened with the first man Adam and that is why every human being has inherited from him his the Sinful Nature.
Man Made After God’s Image
Gen_1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Man Made After Man’s Image
Gen_5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Someone can say “How can you say an innocent baby has sinned?” Well a good analogy is: If the heir to the throne is the only surviving member of the royal family, but they are 2 years old, they are still rich. However they will have a guardian to look after them until they are at an age where they can understand their wealth and start spending it.
It is the same with every human being, we have all been born with the sin nature, this is why you do not need to show a child how to be naughty. However that child will come of age where it understands what is morally wrong and what is morally right and at that age, they are accountable. This is why as parents or guardians, we have a responsibility to direct our children correctly in the ways of God, so that when they are older, they do not depart from them:
Pro_22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Sin is an Archery term and it means to Miss The Mark and this is why any lifestyle that is not being directed by God is a sinful lifestyle.
God hates sin and so the more we walk with him in close relationship, we to will hate sin. As our hearts are recreated or born again, we get that connect back that Adam lost in the garden and the person that reconnected us up was the Lord Jesus the Christ:
1Co_15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Therefore we need to develop the mind of Christ, which will allow us to live above sin and feel so convicted if we do sin, that we truly repent out of a Godly sorrow for what we have done:
2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. [c]
Sin cannot enter into God presence and that is why we need to be cleansed first. We cannot work our way out of our condition because it is ingrained in our very nature and this is why accepting the work of the cross, not only cleanses us of our sin, it also adjusts our nature back to it original form. The only person that could do that was the manufacture himself; God Almighty, the Lord Jesus the Christ:
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. [a]
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
So if you are struggling in any area know that you have the power to overcome it through Christ who strengthens you. Do not believe the lies of the enemy that would try to get you to condemn yourself. We serve a mighty God, who is mighty to save and full of loving kindness and tender mercies, for those who are willing to repent.
Parallel Business Principals
For a person to change their circumstances through building a Reliv business, they first have to change their Mindset. The biggest contributing factor to a person’s failure in our business is what is going on in their head.
You have to want to be successful so badly that you will not let any challenge stop you. People’s opinion, attitudes towards what you are doing, views of the industry, etc, become irrelevant to you achieving your goals.
In order to get to that place, you have to have a fundamental change in mindset. This is why not everyone who joins Reliv is going to be successful.
Building a business like ours is more than a business, I truly believe it is a lesson in life and the personal growth a person gets in our industry is massive.
You have to hate your situation so much, that failure is not an opinion, anything less and you will accept mediocrity.
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