As believers we are to walk by faith and not by sight, this is because sight focuses on this natural world and all of it’s limitations. Where faith focuses on the supernatural or heavenly realm and the unlimited potential.
It is very easy to say you have faith when everything is going well with you, however it is only when you are being challenged, that your faith is really tested.
Life will always bring challenges to us, so it is not about how we react to the challenge; it is about how we respond to it.
Remember the test will not destroy you, BUT it will develop you.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.
God has not left us alone to try and work this thing out by ourselves, but he has given us his Holy Spirit as a guide and Jesus as our advocate. So none of us should so pride in spiritually right we are and what we have done for the kingdom, because we are just paintbrushes and the true glory goes to the painter. Plus if we ever start focusing on us instead of focusing on him, that will be the beginning of our down fall.
So how do you respond when someone is speaking negative about you, saying you will never achieve anything significant?
How do you respond when the doctors say there is nothing else they can do and there is no hope?
How do you respond when you look in your bank account and there is not enough to get you through the month?
How to you respond when you have done something that you know you can get away with BUT you know the right thing to do would be to own up to it.
All of these situations cause you to choose whose report to believe. These situations are fertile soil for the enemy to start playing with your mind, so if you do not anything to defend against it the enemy will win and you will feel either depressed or justified.
Depressed because of how bad the situation is and you cannot see any hope for the future.
Justified in the actions you take because of the situation you find yourself in.
One of the things my Pastor says is “If you look outwardly you will be distracted and confused, if you look inwardly you will be depressed, but if you look upwardly you will be directed”.
So whose report are you going to believe today?
Parallel Business Principles
In building your Reliv business you are going to encounter many types of people and not everyone is going to be positive about what you are doing. Just last week I had someone with hardly any knowledge of Reliv or our industry, try to attack both the company and the industry. Did that faze me in anyway? Absolutely not!
Why should you be fazed by ignorance when you have true knowledge straight from the source!
People are always going to have their opinions, you will never get away from that, just like you will never get away from birds flying over your head. However the one thing you can do is to stop the birds from nesting on your head.
Some many people believe other people’s opinions about them or what they are doing, instead of dismissing them and moving on.
A couple of question you need to ask yourself:
1. Do you truly believe God placed you in this opportunity?
2. Do you truly believe that God can cause you to be successful in this opportunity?
3. Are you willing to give him all of the glory when success happens?
You see God already knows the answer to these questions, so you just have to be honest with yourself.
I have seen gifted people who got to leadership level in this company, but did not have the character to sustain there and are no longer with the company. God is always faithful, he promotes and he also demotes.
Your gift can take you where your character can’t keep you!
So whose report are you going to believe?
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