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Day 1

‘This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life’.  John 3:16 The Message

This is how much God loved the world. It is important to know that before you were drawn to the place of giving your 'dead' life to Jesus, GOD LOVED YOU!  In Ephesians 2:1-5 (The Message) we find what happened, where we came from and how it happened. 

 1It wasn't so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin.

2You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.

3We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It's a wonder God didn't lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us.

4Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love,

5he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us!

 

Remember this. GOD LOVED and GOD GAVE – God made a way out of no way for you.  Accept your Heavenly Father's Love -- Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, become born again!  Speak the following out loud:

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  I thank you, Father, that you loved me and gave to me your only begotten son Jesus.  I praise you for your love today, Father and thank you that because of Jesus, you are my heavenly Father!  In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN!

 Read John 1 –  and Psalm 1 

Day   2

 ". . . .Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  John 3:3   KJV

Jesus is speaking, and he is beginning to explain to a man, a leader, a very important fact.  BORN AGAIN.  

 

When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you were BORN AGAIN.   The question I asked is what was born again? 

 

Let's look closer at this fact - BORN AGAIN.  You are new somehow - but what is new?  If you look in the mirror you see the same body, face, etc. so that is not new. 

 

If you pinch yourself, you can still feel the pain; if you decide to, you can laugh at a joke, you can cry if your hurt, you can feel angry if something is done wrong; you can think, and choose to lie down, walk, etc. -- So your soul {mind, emotions, and will} is the same for now!

 

 What's new???  Well over the next several days you are going to find out just what is new!  You really need to know the truth about being BORN AGAIN.  It is the most important fact of your NEW LIFE IN JESUS.

 

Speak the following out loud:

 WORDS TO LIVE BY:  I thank you Father that I AM BORN AGAIN, through your LOVE for me, through Jesus Christ your Son.  In Jesus Name I pray. AMEN! 

Read John 2 – entire chapter – and Psalm 2

Day 3 Day 4

". . . .Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." John 3:5 KJV

Yesterday you began to check out just what is new -- in fact we looked at what wasn't new - your body and your soul.   We need to do a little research to find out what has been "BORN AGAIN." In truth how did this happen to us by whose power and authority?

 

GOD ALMIGHTY!  that's whose power and authority and even as Jesus was conceived by and through the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary, so your being BORN AGAIN is something that has occurred sovereignly {by God's will}, by and through God the Holy Spirit.

 

The above scripture states that unless one is born of water and the Spirit . . . . so we see that two births are mentioned here: one of water and one of the Spirit. 

 

When we are born into this world, our birth is through water, the womb is a special carrier of a baby in "water." and when the "waters break, birth occurs physically. 

 

SPIRITUALLY, we answer God's call, accepting His Good News, His Holy Spirit overshadows us, and we are born again. Only through God because all things are possible through GOD! Check out Ps. 119:18, and Luke 1:35.

 

Speak the following out loud:

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Father, I thank you that through your Spirit I have been BORN AGAIN.  In Jesus Name, AMEN! 

Read John 3 – entire chapter - and Psalm 3

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."  John 3:6  KJV

Even though some of you may have been ‘saved’ for years, please keep on reading – just take it as a refresher course, ok? Ok.  Newbees, read on!

 

Flesh is flesh and Spirit is spirit.  Jesus is pointing out a difference in two births.  What is born of the flesh is flesh.  What is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

So, since you have been BORN AGAIN, what was born again?   SPIRIT! That’s right! The real you.

 

 Let's get more facts.  Turn to Genesis 1:26.  "Then God said Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. . . ." 

 

We read that we were created in God's image!  What is that.  Well let get first things first.  Turn to John 4:24, "God is Spirit. . . ." So God's image is Spirit.

 

Why Born Again if  we were created in God's (Spirit) image?  Good question and tomorrow we will look at the answers to this question.

 

Speak the following out loud:

 

 WORDS TO LIVE BY:  Father, I thank you for your love today in helping me to know you.  I desire to know you more, to become more knowing of my relationship to and with you.  Help me, Abba, in Jesus Name I pray. AMEN!

Read John 4 – entire chapter – and Psalm