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Born again, what does it mean?
Am I Born Again?
To be ’born again’ what does this mean? Many that come to this page will know what it is to be,’ born again.’ The phrase born again sounded very odd to me, when I first heard of it. Why would one ask me if I was born again? I believed in a God of my understanding. I knew little about God, I thought that was for the special few. I thought about religious view points and wondered if I had missed something? Would not be the first time. I had little use for church. I went as duty, per my parents. I thought more on the Ten Commandments. It was up to me to attempt to keep them. I thought I was ‘saved’ from hell, by works. Born again, I thought was a phrase and an odd way of saying you knew God and were His child.
This is what led me to write this hub. Maybe you have had thoughts similar as mine once were. Maybe you think you are ‘saved’ and ‘born again.’ If someone would ask you, ‘are you born again? Since you know about God, the Son and the Holy Spirit so you are likely to answer,’ yes’ If someone asked me, ‘are you a child of God’ my answer would be,’ yes.’ Somewhere inside I felt I might be missing a point about God but I knew I had made heartfelt attempts at being good. God created me so yes, I was His child.
I knew I did not live up to the Ten Commands. Maybe a few of them like do not kill, do not have false idols, and do not commit adultery. I thought I would end up in purgatory or the likes if I died because I was still a giving and loving, good person. It was only when I was truly born again that I understood what people were asking me. Nicodemus asked Jesus, "How can a person be born when he is old? He can't go back into his mother's womb a second time and be born, can he?" Nicodemus was a religious man. He did not realize our spirit needed to be born again. (John 3:4) Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born [a]again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)
DO you know for sure?
Are you born again?
Why we need to be born again!
God formed man from the dust of the ground. He breathed into the nostrils and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7) God made the body from the dust. The dust was not moving, eating, drinking, or talking. God breathed into the dust and man came alive. It was not anything in his body. When God breathed into the dust, He breathed in His Spirit of God. The spiritual brought man alive. Man is a spirit being, inside of a body. We have a mind body and soul. We are spirit, soul, and body. Our body accommodates the Spirit. Gods plan was for man to have peace like God, to think like God and to talk like God.
When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, man died spiritually. That means the nature of God; the spirit man lost Gods Spirit. Adam did not cease to be a man. He stayed alive physically, but died spiritually. We now have a dead man walking. Man is born spiritually dead. Man is alive, but dead. Therefore, we must be born again of the Spirit. God never wanted anyone alive physical that was not alive spiritually. He wanted His Spirit in man. God wanted man to have His nature. Now Adam had sinned against God. Everything is about to be destroyed. We have a renegade man walking around. He is illegal in the sense that His spirit is dead.
Lucifer the greatest of angels created wanted to be above God. Lucifer then now called Satan was kicked out of heaven with one third of the angels that choose to follow him. When Adam sinned, he was banished from God. Man is now thinking in the flesh. He does not understand the mind of God any longer. Cain killed his brother. The dysfunction being passed down and all of humanity is born spiritually, a dead man. Everybody is born spiritually dead. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it? Without Gods nature (dna) inside of him’ (Jeremiah 17:9) the very nature and the core of man is a spirit of evil. Every person born has a wicked and evil heart. This is what Adam passed on to us,’ the curse’. There is capacity and potential to do God knows what?
This is why it is so important for parents to teach God right out of the gate at home. We do not need to learn sin. We do things we thought we would never do and after it is done, we cannot believe we did it. When we close our eyes at night, we think about what we are doing. Inside of the heart we have the capacity, if we go unchecked, to do anything wicked or evil. Until we are born again we have the same capacity to do as others do. You cannot know the heart until born again. The heart is desperately wicked. When one is born again we have lived to long, as a dead man. Anger, jealousy, pride, greed, lust, idolatry all comes out in the man.
When people steal they may start with lolly pops but in time move on to banks. One small lie leads to a bunch of lies. If someone smokes weed the heart wants more because it is wicked. The alcoholic, the meth addict all want more. The rich want more to secure their future. One can clean up their act temporarily with behavior modification but the symptoms are still there. The wicked nature is still born in us and will tap on our shoulders at any given moment. We have no defense against it. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy.(John 10:10) That is his only reason on planet earth. He hates you and me. He hates that God loves us and the devil wants to take all down to hell with him, for eternity. He is a liar and thief. He convinces you that evil is good and good is evil. It is working in our society today. Man has it all twisted up in thinking. Tolerance reigns just be in tolerance with one another. No! LIVE as God wants us to live and the devil will flee. One must be born again to escape damnation. God does not want anyone damned to hell. It was designed for Satan and his followers.
When born again the Spirit of God moves in us to transform us into the likeness of God. When we have repented of sin and sincerely asked Jesus Christ into our heart as Lord and Savior of our life, we are born again and saved. We now belong to the family of God. We are His child. We are given a new heart through Jesus Christ. Our old nature starts to fall from us through the grace of God. We are forgiven our sin. The transformation becomes evident to others. The light of God shine’s in us to touch others with the love of Christ. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but transformation takes place. We continue to grow and mature in Christ. Many may see something in you they long for; peace, assurance, hope, and joy in a world that is ripping apart at the seams.
Nothing fills the hole inside until we receive Jesus as our Lord. We were born with a longing in our hearts. God placed the desire to know Him, inside of us. He has given us authority to cast out demons, lay hands on the sick, resist the devil, and let our light shine to reach others that are lost. He has given us evidence that He is God, creator of Heaven and Earth. He has sent His son to die for our sins so we could be made spotless before God. The blood of Jesus covers our sin. Jesus paid a heavy price for the entire world at Calvary. He does not want to lose one to eternal death; He died so we could be made free.
The most beautiful gift in all of time is the gift of eternal life. Jesus is the only one that gives it to us. There is no other source. No one else or nothing takes you there. Our Jesus is alive. He is waiting for you. .He is going to return one day to end all sin. The devil and his follower's will go to hell. Gods children will be with Him forever. Time is moving quickly. The day is coming sooner than later. Do not make a decision to spend eternity in hell. You must be born again to enter into the Kingdom of God.
When born again we are now, ‘Children of Almighty God’. That is right. Our heavenly Father has our backs covered. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. God wants us to abound in all things. He has so much He desires to give to us. How can we know His will for us or His promises if we do not hear His word? It does not mean we are not saved if we never open a Bible or go to church. We are only shorting ourselves of the many gifts and blessings God has already given to us when we do not hear the word. When we do not fellowship with other believers or open the word and hear we could wonder why we are miserable when God has saved us. God loves to bless His kids but we do have a part to play. We need to get to know Him. The Holy Spirit dwells in us to reveal Jesus Christ to us. When we spend time in prayer, worship and His Holy word we are filled with the love of the Spirit. Our faith is strengthened. We have wisdom that only comes from knowing God. It is nothing we have done but everything that God has already done for us.
God has a plan for our life. It is written in His word that has never changed. Yesterday, today and tomorrow His word is the same. God does not change with the times we live in. Everything that is happening in the world today has happened in history. There is nothing new under the sun. When we draw back from God, our Blessings start to fall from us. It is nothing He has done. He wants to bless us. We need to hear. His grace is sufficient. He will pick us up when we fall short. He knows we are human and will face trials and tribulations. He has the game plan for us to get through the difficult times. God left nothing out of His word. Every answer we need is written in His word. Everything that we are going to face as a child of God, as a nation, to the end of time is written in His Word. He has foretold us all things. Many will be deceived. Many will believe the lies of the devil. Even the elect if it were possible. Elect being the children of God.
To stay in God’s word is vital for our spiritual health. The more one gets to know God the more one wants to know Him, the more one knows Him, the more they love Him and want to know Him. The more the love grows in us for our Lord and Savior. We just want more of Him. We go from glory to glory, grace to grace, and strength to strength. We have a choice to do our part. Faith without works is dead. The benefits are amazing because God is amazing love. He only wants our love. He gave us a love letter to follow.
Faith takes practice, similar to playing the piano. The more you practice the better the melody sounds and comes together. The music starts to really flow. It is like everything you have learned starts to come together into a beautiful piece. It can always improve. If we stop practicing, we will not get better but remain the same. If enough time lapses in-between we can forget and go backwards and forget all the new keys we learned. Time is precious and we never know when our time on planet earth is up. Therefore, to absorb into our Spirits all God has for us we need to keep going and persevere. It is for our benefit, not Gods. He really wants us to have an abundant life. (John 10:10) We can when we know Him. He molds and shapes us for His plan, purpose, and Glory. If you think, you are used up and have no purpose in this life think again. In Christ, we have a purpose and a destination. Perhaps the sin has buried any dream or vision. It is not too late to know Jesus. He is the transformer and waits at the door. He knocks. Are you going to open it or stay in your own boat and coast your own ship?
Today I do not think I know what the ten commands are It is not about living the ten commands or being religious. Being born again is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Law of Moses was written to point us to the fact that we do need a Savior. Not one, no not one can keep the commands of God. That is why His grace is sufficient to us. He does the transforming. We stay close to Him and His gift and His favor are on His children. When we know Him, we long to know Him more. He is love, why would we not want to know Him more? There is nothing like the presence of God.’ His peace transcends all understanding and will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ (Phil 4:10) His grace abounds especially when we make errors. We are forgiven yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What we used to like, we no longer like. What we thought we needed, is no more. The desires of our heart manifest before us. This is Jesus Christ at work in us. Our nature changes more like Jesus Christ. Hello we are created in His image
If you are not born again into the family of God then do not make haste and put this decision off until tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come. We must decide in this lifetime on which we will follow. When we die, we go to Paradise. We will be on one side of the gulf or the other, heaven or hell. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. His blood makes us clean as snow from our sin. We are made pure. We can only go to the Father God through His Son Jesus, who died for us. If you deny Jesus and die then He will also deny you. There is no turning back.
We have free will to choose whom we will love and follow. It would not be love if we were programmed to only choose love. Love is a choice. Whom do you follow? Is it the creator of all the heaven’s and earth; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit of God the way, truth and life or do you follow the enemy of our souls, Satan? The father of lies. He is evil and dark and he only leads to destruction and death? (John 10:10) We are talking about eternal death, separated from God forever.
Choose wonderful Jesus today and live-forever in His Light and Glory. Please take a minute to answer the poll above and vote! I love you my beloved brothers, sisters, and friends. Jesus loves you!
My Love, Skye
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