Know Your Customer
"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds" (Prov. 27:23).
Identifying and meeting the needs of customers is key to any successful marketing venture. Many years ago Coca-Cola decided to introduce a new Coke. They conducted research among loyal customers to determine if the new taste would be embraced by Coke customers. The evidence proved that the new Coke would be successful. However, what Coke did not realize was the emotional attachment Coke users had to their existing Coke product. It created a massive outpouring of negative publicity when Coke users rebelled against the new Coke. Loyal Coke drinkers may have liked the taste of the new Coke, but they did not want it as a replacement to what they were accustomed to.
The man responsible was fired. It became one of the most famous marketing blunders ever. However, the story does not end here. The company eventually turned a bad situation into a positive one. Coke ended up having two versions of Coke – new and old. The man responsible was rehired and went on to be successful in the company.
Jesus sought to meet the needs of His customer by ministering to their needs as His Heavenly Father revealed them to Him. Their real need for salvation did not get met until Jesus met a physical need that allowed Him to reveal the true need they had. Some of your "customers" have a perceived need for your product. But they also have a spiritual need they may not realize they have. God wants to use you to meet both needs.
That’s why it is important for you to know your customer.
God is willing to do His part in helping you in this battle with evil thoughts – but you must be willing to do yours. There is a teaching in some Christian circles that if we discover a need for change in our lives, we should passively wait upon God until He accomplishes it. It sounds so spiritual, but actually it borders on profound error. A Christian man once said to me: "I would like to be free from a certain sin I am involved in, but I find I am powerless to break away from it." I asked him what he expected to happen in order for him to find deliverance. He said, "I expect God to take away the desire for this sin and thus set me free." He was saying, in effect, "God is responsible for delivering me, and my task is to wait passively until He does so." That view is unbiblical – and what is more, it doesn’t work. Although deliverance comes from God, we are the ones who carry it out. Let that sink in! The principle is this – you supply the willingness, and He will supply the power. Do you really want to win this battle against evil thoughts? If so, you can. Show God you mean business by putting the principles you have learned this week into practice, and you will pave the way for His miraculous power to work in and through you. Once you have done this, life’s oppressive and evil thoughts will never be able to break you again. Here, too, you can become strong at the broken places.
Prayer: Gracious Father, thank You for reminding me that deliverance is a team effort. It involves the Holy Spirit and me. I supply the willingness: You supply the power. So let?s team up, Father, and move together into victory. Amen.
I for one would not like this..
And would be a bit unwilling to be part of it..
I’ll be down in my bunker doing some reloading now…
Tim Tebow gets blasted for his Christian Faith, and some so called sports media are no better then the asswipes on CNN, MSNBC, etc. for the comments they have made..
Well tell me this..
Do they do anything like…
Where the heck is the logic in this!!!??
Black thug, suspect in robbery, assaults police officer and gets his thuggish ass blown away..
LIEberal media and racists Sharpton, Jackson, Obama and Holder go nuts…
Police shootings anywhere?
With self appointed school lunch nutritionist Mooch Obama!!!
Even in Connecticut..
Being anti gun and reporting stupidly..
Get the damn government out of it!!
But of course oh blameless one Obama!!
You have to blame someone..
So blame America!!
CAIR needs to be run out of America and back to whatever sandpile they came from..
Originally posted on America's Watchtower:
It is being reported today that the Obama regime is considering the possibility of bypassing the Congress on a possible United Nations climate change deal. At this point we do not know what will be in the deal but the White House is now defending this idea.
As you all know a treaty must be ratified by a 2/3 majority of the Senate before the United States can enter into the agreement according to Article II Section 2 of the Constitution, so how does the Obama regime defend this maneuver?
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— Oppose Obama’s efforts to create 5 million new anti-gun voters
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What if Barack Obama could create 5,000,000 new anti-gun voters … in a tyrannical act of unconstitutional usurpation … all by the stroke of his pen?
And what if Obama justified his tyranny by acknowledging, effectively, that he controlled the police and that there was nothing anyone could do about it?
Would that alarm you?
Well, that is apparently what is about to happen, as Barack Obama moves to illegally legalize 5,000,000 people unlawfully in the United States. And don’t be fooled into thinking the 5 million work permits are not a superhighway to the 5 million-plus new anti-gun voters that Obama craves.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus gave Obama a “wish list of executive actions and urged Obama to legalize all of the illegal immigrants that would have qualified under the Senate’s amnesty bill.”
A Pew poll from last year indicated that if illegal immigrants were eventually given citizenship, they would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.
This is why Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling on all Americans to melt down the Senate phone lines and demand that they oppose the President’s planned executive amnesty. According to one media report:
“Recent developments suggest the President’s planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope,” Sessions said, citing how Pelosi has called on the President to give the “broadest possible” executive amnesty to perhaps as many as ten million illegal aliens. (Breitbart.com, Aug. 12, 2014)
We’ve seen this game before: As recently as 1980’s, California was represented by a conservative Republican: S.I. Hayakawa.
After President Reagan signed Simpson-Mazzoli, legalizing 3,000,000 illegal immigrants concentrated in California, the state couldn’t destroy the Second Amendment fast enough. Now, California has authorized $24,000,000 to send SWAT teams around the state to seize people’s guns.
Incidentally, the fact that the chief sponsor of the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Amnesty — and the President who signed the bill into law — were both Republicans made no difference in swaying the newly legalized voters from supporting liberal, anti-gun candidates.
We cannot afford to have California’s de-gun-ization extended to the whole country. And we can even less afford for that to happen by a tyrannical seizure of power which even liberals concede is illegal and unconstitutional.
So the question is this: With control of the Senate up for grabs, how many senators support Obama’s tyrannical power-grab — a power-grab that could set the Second Amendment on the course of total destruction?
In early August, the House voted to end Obama’s efforts to unilaterally extend amnesty to illegal aliens. Now, says Sen. Sessions, it’s time for the Senate to act.
“The American people have the power to stop [this],” Sessions said. “That begins with asking a simple question: where do your Senators stand?”
ACTION: Senator Harry Reid is blocking a vote on the House-passed anti-amnesty measure in the Senate. So contact your Senators. Ask them whether they support Obama’s anti-gun immigration power-grab. And, if not, ask them if they would support a move to force the issue onto the Senate floor.