New creation of life in God is activated in your spirit as you believe in God's word; in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from dead. "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1 Peter 1:23).
Once born of the Spirit by the Word of God; the Holy Spirit takes charge of your spirit, which is now re-created in love of Christ and His word. It's 100% different from being religious. It's a faith walk not religion. Your spirit will bear witness to you of your sonship in God. God loves you.