“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” That verse is from the King James. Listen to the same verse from the Message Bible, “Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!”
That’s exactly what it means to be born again! “A fresh start, is created new” means that we are born again.
Let me ask you? I’m talking to someone who has thought about being born again, but, as far as you know, that has never happened to you. Well, I’d like to tell you exactly how that happens.
There are two basic things that have to happen so that you can experience a born-again experience. First, ask Jesus to forgive you of every sin or mistake you’ve made in the past. Just talk to Him like you would your very best friend. I promise He’ll listen. After you’ve asked Him, believe He’s heard you, and then say, “Come on in, Jesus”. And, again, believe that He’s heard you. Now, take a deep breath. Breathe in the Spirit of Jesus!
I’m not kidding. Jesus likened His Spirit to the wind, the very air you breathe! You can’t see Him any more than you can see the wind. But God is everywhere. He’s as close to you as your breath. And, if you’ll believe. He will come intg your life right there in your home, out on the job, or as you’re riding along in your car.
Again, those two things are vital. Ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite Him to come into your heart. If you will, sincerely, do that, believing, I guarantee you, you will immediately sense the difference. Flooding into your heart will be a peace that passes all understanding. There’ll be a joy unspeakable and full of joy. God’s Spirit will begin to witness with your spirit that you have become a child of God.
Several things, after this happens, you’ll want to begin doing to allow God to continue His work in your life. You’ll want to begin to pray, or simply talk with God, and He’ll start to talk back to you. Prayer is a two-way street.
Another thing, you’ll want to get a Bible, if you don’t have one. It’s your manuel. Start in the Book of John to read it carefully. Also, the Book of Psalms is a fantastic book. Read the story of Jesus in the first four books of the New Testament, and about the early church in the Book of Acts.
Then, start doing everything the Bible says to do. Don’t just read it, do it, especially in the New Testament.
Finally, get with other believers wherever they’re meeting at a church or in a home. Attend their meetings, regularly. Be sure it’s a church where they emphasize the Lordship of Jesus and believe that whatever the Bible says is so.
Follow through on this immediately! Hey! Welcome to the family of God!
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