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07/12/2011

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It's Good To Be Reborn


"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again" (Jn.3:3).

We have all probably read that verse many times. Jesus is talking to Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. As Nicodemus struggled to understand just what a second birth was all about, Jesus makes a clear and concise explanation. "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit" (Vs 5-6). What this does is that it makes us not just born of the flesh, but "born of God" (1:13). I believe this to mean that through this new birth we are given a new openness to and relationship with God. It is a relationship that we simply cannot achieve as a result of natural birth alone. In Christ, those who are reborn undergo a transformation that results in an entirely new being. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come"! (2 Cor.5:17). There is a lot of new stuff that accompanies this new creation. God is no longer just a friend, but a Father. "But you received the Spirit of SONSHIP. And by him we cry Abba, Father" (Rom.8:15). We inherit a new family because we have become fellow citizens all those who have also been reborn. We now have new goals. The things that we once counted as most important play second fiddle to our desire to know the Lord better and better. Most of you know that my signature verse is Philippians 4:11. As reborn creatures, we can find a new contentment.....No matter what the situation, we can find this contentment only in Him...The apostle Paul's protege, Timothy may have had a bit of a confidence problem. Paul wrote this to him: "But God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline" 2 Tim.1:7). In our reborn stage we have a new source of power that we can plug into at any time. It is good to be reborn....

Have a wonderful day....Lets resolve to make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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