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Are you Saved? - Born Again
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is BORN AGAIN." 4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" 5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
What does it really mean to be born again? I assure you, UNLESS you are born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God (3:3). The word "unless" signals a necessary condition. We have to be re-made from Above. It doesn't matter how good a person may be. Jesus declared that salvation is a work of divine grace. Jesus is saying to Nicodemus and to us that we need a NEW START. We need a new birth, a new beginning with a new life. This is what God offers to us in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5;17) It says we can "be made new in the attitude of (our) minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." We need to turn religion into relationship with God. Jesus said REMEMBER ME when you take the holy communion, BUT holy communion has become an automatic ritual and tradition rather than FAITH, TRUST AND LOVE FOR GOD. I sound an alarm today, to search your life and heart and see whether we follow religion or Jesus. Does prayer, Bible reading, church excite you or you do it out of compulsion, force, boring ritual? Now with an open heart, prayerfully read the following message...
The Bible says in Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit". First you need to repent and be convicted of your sins and then you need to confess to God and forsake them completely. Once your baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Bible says you are washed, justified and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 6:10) When I am convicted of my sins and my need to be reborn, I submit to being baptized in water because the Bible commands me to repent and be baptized. (Acts 10:48) But we need to believe and then be baptized says the Bible, Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
A Change Takes Place: Different people react to the new birth experience in different ways. For some it is a very DRAMATIC turn around. For others it is like a LOAD HAS LIFTED off of them--the load of sin. What changes are evident in your life since you believed? I John 3:9 says, "Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin".
What do you do after this spiritual transaction takes place? Do you just say, "Well, I've taken care of that. I've been baptized, joined the church, don't have to do anything else. II Peter says, "But GROW in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Heb 6:1 "...go on to perfection (maturity)". You are not going to stay a baby Christian. You are going to grow up so you can help other people and encourage them.
When this change takes place, we will have a different outlook on things. Going to church should take on a new meaning -- not some obligation we HAVE to do but something we WANT to do. The Bible will be something we WANT to know more about and apply to our lives. READ and STUDY and APPLY to YOUR OWN LIFE.
Our service to the Lord -- will become exciting rather than drudgery -- we will want to become people who look for opportunities to give and to help others who are struggling. Please do not ignore this message, no matter which church you go to, the scripture says that you need to be BORN AGAIN. BORN AGAIN are not a group of fanatics as some people think of, but it is an experience on the inside of you.
ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?
Prayer: My Precious Heavenly Father, I come today to your throne of grace and mercy. Jesus, lead me in the path of righteousness, truth and peace. I need to be born again and start a new life with you. The life with you which will give me eternal peace and happiness. I trust you today to meet all my needs and the desires of my heart. Father, You are my Healer and my Savior. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
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