First of all lets start off with the biblical definition of what faith is:
Hebrews 11: 1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
As Christians this is a foundational knowledge that we need to have, because everything we do, how we deal with things, our level of victory, is all going to be based on our level of faith.
We cannot even begin to have a relationship with God without faith. Faith goes against everything this world promotes, this world promotes “Seeing is believing” however God says “Believing is seeing”.
You cannot logicalise faith because faith goes beyond logical. When Simon Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, his logical mind said, man is not supposed to be able to walk on water. However when he asked Jesus to let him step out of the boat and join him, his faith was superseding his logic.
Satan wants to keep us in logic because he know if he does that we will never be a threat to him, because he knows what the scriptures say:
But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
Our faith has to take us beyond what we are physical experiencing:
2 Corinthians 5: 4
For we walk by faith, not by sight
When the doctor gives you a negative report, it is your faith that will take you through and help you to understand that the final report is down to God!
There are people that will try to rob you of that faith and sometimes these are the people that are the closest to you. This is why you have to constantly be building up your faith through the word. If you do not then those people will take your joy and in taking your joy they will zap your strength:
the joy of the Lord is your strength
Faith stops you from getting depressed because a person operating in faith has hope. When you are operating in faith you are looking upwardly, if you are depressed you are looking inwardly and when you are operating in logic, you are looking outwardly.
We are saved by faith unto faith, which means our faith is constantly being developed. This is why God allows us to go through certain things, because he wants our faith in him to grow. Many times we can't understand why something is happening to us and we say “Why would God allow this to happen to us”. However God sees things with completely different eyes, he is like a potter with a lump of clay in his hands, to the normal eye it is just a lump of clay, but to the potter he already sees the finished pot.
Challenges will come and go, it is call LIFE! However our response to the challenge is the thing that is going to develop our faith and bring us closer to God.
When Jesus was praying to Father, his prayer was not to keep us from challenges, these were his words:
John 17: 14-21
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
"Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth. I ask not only on behalf of these men, a but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one a in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me
So our faith will show the world who we are, so choose this day whether or not you are going to walk by faith or by sight.
Parallel Business Principals
Building your Reliv business, you have to see the victory before you get there, it is called being a visionary or having faith to succeed.
Your journey is going to be filled with ups and downs and if your faith in what you are doing is not strong enough, you will quit.
You see your faith in your business will keep you when you are in a season where it seems no one is joining you either in the business or on the products.
Your faith will keep you when someone in the business does something negative to you.
Your faith will keep you when people outside of Reliv try to steal your dream.
Without faith it is impossible to build this business.
When I see all of the top earners in Reliv, the majority of them are Christians and their faith is strong. The top earners in the company are very strong Christians. God wants us to understand, if we are willing to give him the glory and have faith in him, he will open the doors that need to be opened and close the doors that need to be closed. That is the God we serve!
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