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A new life for you

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A Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus once visited Jesus. Like many people, Nocodemus expected that his good life would earn him a home in heaven whn he died.. Imagine how he felt when Jesus said to him, 'Except a man be Born Again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."(John 3:3)
    Jesus explanined to Nicodemus that the new birth is a spiritual change that can only be brought about by God. The moment a lost sinner repents of their sins and trusts Jesus as the only One who can save them, they are Born Again. God gives you a spiritual nature through which you can understand and enjoy the things of God. It's a free gift. What Jesus told Nicodemus 2,000 years ago is just as true today. We may try to live a good life, go to church or engage in other honorable activities, but we still must be Born again" in order to be a member of God's family.
Have you been born again? Thsi is life's most important question, because your answer will affect all of your eternity.
    How do we know that we have been Born Again? The bible lists six characteristics in the book of I John. These are not requirements in order to be Born Again, but the results of God working in our lives.

No Habitual Sinning

First: "Whosoever is bor5n of God is convicted of their sins. (I John 3:9)
    The true Christian does not habitually isn because they want to please their Lord. Although they are far from perlect, they know that "If any person be in Christ, they are a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new" II Corinthians 5:17) If we do sin, we cna confessour sins and " the Lord is faithful and jsut to forgive (I John 1:9)

Practicing Righteousness

Second: Everyone tha tdoes what is right is born of Him"I John 2:29) Christ is the Christian's example as well as their Savior. Jesus told his disciples, "If you love Me, you will obey what I command." John 14:15 and "You are My friends if you do what I command" John 15:14
   The true Christian lives to please his heavenly Father and by the help of the Spirit of Christ that dwells within them, they will avoid the things that God hates.

Keeping Oneself Pure

Third, " Anyone born of God does not continue to sin" IJohn 5:18)
People who ar Born Again try not only to avoid sin, but also to avoid anything that may lead to sin. They are like a soldier in enemy territory continually on guard. They know they can't keep temptation from coming. but by knowing God's Word and through prayer they can resist it.

Believing In Christ

Fourth; "Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," IJohn 5:1)
Someone who is born again believes that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. he is the one sent by God the Father to pay the penalty for our sins by His death on the cross. His resurrection from the dead on the third day is proof tha tHe is able to gorgive us and bring us into fellowship with the Father. Jesus said, "I am the way , the truth, and the life; no one comes unto the Father but by Me"(John 14:6)

A Born Again Christian does not merely know the facts about Jesus Christ, but he has committed his life  to Him as Savior and Lord.
   The child of God does not depend upon their chruch, their good deeds or their pastor to bring him eternal lofe. The Bible says, "But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God . All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them"(John 1:12)

Loving Other Christians

Fifth: "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brother."(I John 3:14)  Like Jesus, the child of God loves even his enemies; but they have a special love for those who are also believers. They may be different from himself in race, personality and denomination, but they ar all members of the same family. " This is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." (IJohn 3:11)

Overcoming the World

Sixth: "Everyone who is born of God over comes the world." I John 5:14
People who are Born Again do not follow the world's ever-changing standard of right and wrong, They do not mind opposing the world's way, because they seek God's praise more than man's, and fear offending God more than offending man.

The Test

These are the six essential marks of a Born Again Christian. Each of these traits may not be equally obvious in your life. But if you are Born Again, God is developing these traits in you. Are you Born Again? In the book of Romans it says that "If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."Rom 10:9
If you have neve rbeen Born Again, or you are not sure, you can be sure right now! Pray right now, asking God to forgive your sins, and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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