I Am Born Again

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“We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God & that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” - 1 John 5:18-21

“Jesus replied, ‘I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.’” – John 3:3

Life is like a ladder we climb until we die. It would be a shame if we simply stopped and never progressed. But it could be utterly disastrous if we placed our ladder against the wrong wall and after a lifetime of climbing discovered that we had wasted all the years given to us.  

This may have been how Nicodemus felt after talking to Jesus. Do you remember the story of Nicodemus? He’d climbed to the top rung of religious success in Judaism (Pharisee) and was known as “the teacher of Israel” (John 3:10). Yet Jesus told him the only way he would see the kingdom of God was to be “born again”.

All of his good works, extensive knowledge, and great accomp-lishments were worthless. Nicodemus realized immediately that just as he had done nothing to bring about his first birth, HE could do nothing to be born again. His hopes for eternal life were dashed.

Before Nicodemus was ready to hear the good news, he had to be emptied of all his self-centeredness and accomplishments in order to see his need for a Savior. His ladder came crashing down, and he had to start afresh with a new birth of the Spirit if he hoped to gain the kingdom of heaven.

Where have you placed your ladder? Has God ever emptied you so that He could fill you up again? Although there’s nothing YOU can do to be born again—no good works or religious service—there is something you can believe. God wants you to glimpse His holiness and realize how far you are from His perfect standard. Then, if you come broken and contrite to Jesus, believing His death paid your sin debt, you’ll be born again and will someday see the kingdom of heaven.

Can you point to a time in your life when you became born again?

Some people know they had a radical, life-altering experience on a certain date in their past, while others only know that they gradually turned their life over to the Lord and now truly believe their sins are forgiven. If you sense this may not have happened for you yet, what is keeping you from surrendering to Christ and receiving forgive-ness and eternal life?

Be sure of your new life in Christ today. Prayer to be born again....

Prayer: 
Dear God, I need You. I am humbly calling out to You, for I am tired of doing things my own way. Help me to start doing things Your way. I invite You into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Fill the emptiness within me with Your Holy Spirit and make me whole. Lord , help me to love and trust You. Help me to live for You! Wash over me with Your grace and peace. I love You and live for You, Lord God. Amen.
Date: 
Jan 20 2019