Every single person that calls themselves a Christian and is truly converted, it is because they have had a revelation, a revelation that caused a drastic change in them. That revelation came after hearing the gospel message and that revelation was:
“I am a sinner and I need a saviour and because of that I understand that Jesus is the messiah and he came to save me. I believe that he is God in the flesh and he died for my sins, but he also rose on the third day, so now through him I have eternal life and through him, he will show me how to live this life”
This revelation is the only way a person can call themselves a true Christian.
There are many people that think they are Christians just because they go to church every Sunday, or they think they are Christians because they got christened as a child. Then there are some that believe simply because they believe there is a God that makes them a Christian or because they do a bunch on good deeds following a religious system. However when we read the Bible we get a very good understanding as to what qualifies someone to being a Christian.
We first see the word being used in the of Acts Books in a place called Anitoch where Paul had been preaching a teaching for a while and many people received the message. These people’s lives where changed so radically that the other people around them saw the change and recognised the Christ in them and the fact that their lives reflected his teachings and THEY called them Christians.
So a Christian is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
When the question was asked to Jesus about how a person can be saved, his answer was very clear:
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Now because in our society there are so many things that have a label of Christian on them, which have nothing to do with Christ, many people saw the need to distinguish between being a true Christian and just someone with a Christian title and that is why you has people categorising themselves as BORN AGAIN Christians. However now because things are so perverted even in these circles, I feel the best way to categorise yourself IF you are living your life right by the standards of true Biblical Christianity is, A DISCIPLE OF JESUS THE CHRIST, that would be more accurate.
You see to be truly born again is as follows:
1Pe 1:21 those believing in God through Him, He who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.
1Pe 1:22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, love one another fervently out of a pure heart,
1Pe 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and abiding forever.
Paul who was vehemently attacking the church, got a revelation of Jesus on road to Damascus, which completely changed his life ever (Act 9:4)
Thomas got a revelation of who Jesus is, which took away his doubt and fear:
Joh 20:27 Then He said to Thomas, Reach your finger here and behold My hands; and reach your hand here and thrust it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!
Joh 20:29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen Me you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed.
Simon Peter go a revelation of who Jesus is which become the foundational building block belief system of the church:
Mat 16:13 And coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say Me to be, the Son of Man?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He said to them, But who do you say I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I could go on but I am sure you get the picture.
I truly revelation of Jesus changes a person and it is impossible to stay the same and I would go as far as to say, if a person calls themselves a Christian and their life and attitudes have stayed the same, I would challenge their conversion.
The challenge in our business is most people who come into our business, have never built a business before, so they come into the business with the mindset of an employee. This is why a lot of times they want to be reactive instead of proactive.
So in order for a person to be truly successful in our business, they would have had to have a true revelation of their financial situation and their financial future. When that happens, they are truly converted to the fact that they NEED to change it and no one is going to do it apart from THEM.
From that point on they just need to align themselves up with the right mentor so they can learn what they need to learn in the right way and them GET TO WORK!
Unfortunately many times people who join the business have not had a true revelation of their finances, so they join and expect a free ticket. So when they have not build their cheque to £1000 per month in their first few of months, they feel it does not work and leave.
Revelation gives person long term thinking, Revelation gives a person patience and a revelation gives a person persistence.
Only you know if you have had a true revelation about your finances, but if you have, then it is time to go to work and if you put God first and apply his principals to your life and business, you will be successful.
Jason Gregory, Business Mentor & Coach
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