We are in a constant battle for our souls, from the moment we are born until the moment we die, that battle for our souls is waging hot and strong.
As human beings originally created in God’s image and likeness, the enemy hates us with a passion and that is why there is an assignment on each and every one of our lives.
Whether you want to acknowledge this as fact or not, it is not going to change the assignment:
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
This spiritual battle is so real that we need spiritual tools in order to survive it.
2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;
Anger, Lust, Unforgiveness, Compromise, Vanity, Pride, Indifference, etc
All of these are demonically influenced, which attach themselves to our flesh or our lower nature and then our flesh runs with it:
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
So how do we as Christians combat these attacks?
Well first of all we have to make sure we are dressed correctly:
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Once we have our clothes on, we need to equip ourselves with the right spiritual tools. As we are in an unseen battle we need unseen tools and these are:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
You see these demonic forces that influence our flesh are unseen, but what we see is the physical manifestation of that influence in how a person lives their lives. Therefore even though our tools are unseen, they should be evident by how we live our lives.
Sometimes you can feel that the whole world is against you, in a way you are right because as a Christian, this world and everything it represents is against Christ and his church. However the feelings that you feel at that moment is a lie from the pit of hell, because the enemy wants to tap into your flesh to get you depressed and once you get into depression, you have stepped out of the covering of God. It is so important that when you fell like that, you get into fellowship we the saints, people of faith who can bear you up on such times. Just like what Elisha had to do with his servant:
2Ki 6:15 And the servant of the man of God arose early and went out. And, behold, an army surrounded the city, and horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?
2Ki 6:16 And he answered, Do not fear, for those with us are more than those with them.
2Ki 6:17 And Elisha prayed and said, I pray You, Jehovah, open his eyes so that he may see. And Jehovah opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
We need to understand that one with God is a majority, so we walk by faith and not by sight because faith is the thing that cause God to move in our lives, so if we want to see the impossible, we first have to look to the invisible.
Parallel Principals In our business the things that cause us to fail in it, whether that failure is in the short term or the long term, is not so much what we see, it is what we don’t see.
You see people can advance in this business quicker than others, but how are they building? We all have gifts and talents; however our gifts and talents can take us where our characters cannot keep us.
The unseen things that kill our businesses and things like:
Lack of Integrity, Lack of Work ethic, Lack of Desire, Lack of Determination, Lack of Consistency, Lack of Persistency, Lack of Ethics, Lack of Activity.
You physically cannot see these hindrances but what we do see is the physical manifestation of these hindrances!
Some of these things kill our businesses quicker than others, but the one thing is certain, they ALL kill our businesses.
In this business the biggest battle you are going to face, is the battle you are going to have to defeat yourself. Once that battle is won the rest of the battles you are going to have will pale in significance. That unseen battle will determine you success and failure, not just in Reliv but in your whole life.
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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