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January 11, 2017

 

Last year, I started seeing posts about joining an MLM, or Multi-level marketing business. IT WORKS! I was a little skeptical about the products and the possibilities, but I knew that if it worked, it could be the answer to our prayers, regarding paying off debt. For more than a month, I prayed about it and prayed about it, but I didn’t have a clear yes from Yahweh. I would go up for prayer at church and have others pray with me concerning this decision. At one point, it was as if God was saying, “Wait.” Isn’t it interesting how we sometimes put our plans in front of the path God has for us? That’s what I did. I prayed and prayed. At one point, I felt that I was getting a “not now” from God. But, as I think about it today, I believe that was just me hoping and trying to make myself believe something that wasn’t. I think He was giving me a NO the entire time; I was just too busy focusing on what I wanted to hear and comprehend, that I couldn’t clearly process what He was saying to me. March 2015, I decided, after much prayer and talking, to jump in with this business.

 I remember the day I called to sign up. I think the phone went out once or twice, during the registration process. I am sure that was God trying to provide a way of escape and allow me an opportunity to listen to Him. I chose to pray for God to bless me in this endeavor and I kept going. I finally completed the call and was a “proud” entrepreneur. I immediately wanted to get others involved in this “great opportunity.” The business leader, I was working with, encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, post multiple times a day, and do what I needed to do to get sales. I am not a salesman…it’s just not who I am, but I tried to listen to my “mentor”. Though I still felt uneasy, I continued to promote my business. It was going great. I signed loyal customers and signed other people that wanted to start their own IT WORKS! businesses. I posted before and after pictures, some that I am not even sure were real. I did use the products when losing weight, but the products didn’t do it all for me. I worked out, changed my eating, and took a few products here and there.

As time went on, I continued to work the business, but I knew deep down that God wasn’t with me in this business. After only a few months, around August 2015, I could feel God heavily convicting me and letting me know that I needed to get out of this business. I heeded His instruction and ended activities in October 2015. Once I ended the business, I felt better for finally obeying God. However, with finally listening to Yahweh, I finally had to accept the fact that my making a move outside of God’s will didn’t just impact me, but all that had connected with me or stopped connecting with me due to the IT WORKS! business.

So, for all those that chose to came along on the IT WORKS! ride with me, I sincerely apologize, and I ask that you forgive me. I learned my lesson, received chastisement from God, let go of the past, and pushed forward.

I am now working to continue being obedient to Jesus Christ, even when His plan isn’t exactly what I have planned for myself. I have learned that His plan is always best. Even His Word states, in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

For anyone that believes you can do it on your own, you can’t. It takes God. For anyone that thinks you are out of reach for God’s grace and mercy, you’re wrong. God’s Word, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, makes it clear: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Just like God forgave me when I admitted, repented, and turned back, He can do the same for you. He loves you and will accept you back with open arms, if you reach out to Him in sincerity. He is waiting to hear from You. He loves you.

 

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