ANGLICAN DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL 15TH FEBRUARY 2022 (YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN)
TOPIC: ”You Must Be Born Again”
Read: John 3:1-21(NKJV)
1. There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3. Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4. Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5. Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter 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 marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9. Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10. Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11. “Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
12. “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13. “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, [that is,] the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15. “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21. “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Being born again is one issue that has been misunderstood. Even Nicodemus, a Teacher of the Law, misunderstood the word. It is not one going back to the mother’s physical womb to be incubated and given birth to a second time. Being born again is one surrendering his life to Christ. It is allowing the Spirit of God to regenerate one’s life. It is changing one’s orientation from being worldly-focused to being heavenly-focused. It is being born spiritually in addition to the fleshly birth. It is for everyone no matter their status. It is for those who believe (v.16). When one is born again, one becomes a child of God and will not perish but will have eternal life.
One may spend years in church and yet not be born again; it follows a process. One must realize one has sinned against God (Rom. 3:23), confess one’s sins and ask for God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9),
forsake the sins (Prov. 28:13) and invite Jesus into one’s life (Rev. 3:20). John 1:12 states that as many as received Christ they are given power to become the children of God. Are you born again? If no or you are not sure, Can you humbly confess your sins now and invite Jesus into your life. You will never regret it.
PRAYER: Lord, You so loved me and gave your life for me. Help me to accept you into my life so that I may gain everlasting life.
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