Born Again

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In this season, as we consider how we can grow into maturity in Christ, it is expedient that we lay a proper foundation of what is the starting point of this glorious adventure (1st Corinth 3:11; Luke 14:28). Just like every human life has a beginning, so also is the spiritual life (1st Corinth 15:44). The concept of being ‘Born Again’ seems a common parlance but beyond as a cliché, a proper understanding of its meaning, implication and importance is necessary if we will have a productive Christian life.

Text review (John 3:1-6)

  1. Born of water (Jn 3:5)

This is the stage of repentance and cleansing of sins. ‘Water’ here scripturally could be interpreted in two ways:

  • Water baptism: Acts 1:5; Mark 1:8. Baptism with water is a symbolic representation of our identification with the death and resurrection of Christ (Rom 6:3). It is however meaningful when premised on genuine repentance (Acts 8:35-38; Acts 16:27-31). Baptism is not a ritual but an essential component of the salvation experience Mark 16:15-16. It is an open identification that I have received him and proud to identify with His resurrection (Mark 8:38).
  • The word: Eph 5:26-27; 1st Peter 1:23, John 15:3, John 17:17. The word has a cleansing power. This attribute could make the heart burn, produce godly sorrow and consume passion for sin Matt 3:11-12, Luke 24:32, Jer 23:29; Jer 5:14.

*Being born of water, essentially by the word of God, is a compulsory event for the next component of being ‘Born again’. Nobody is genuinely born again without first being born by the word.

*Although water baptism may be a once and for all events, ‘washing by the word’ is continuous for our sustained redemption 1st Peter 2:2.

2. Born of the Spirit

 Understand the nature of man

Man as a tripartite being: 1st Thess. 5:23, Zech. 12:1, James 2:26

The hidden/inner man Eph. 3: 16, 1st Peter 3:4

Candle of the Lord Prov. 20:27, Job 32:8; Prov. 18:14

*God as a Spirit (John 4:24) relates with the spirit of man (1st Corinth 2:14). To have a relationship with the Lord, your spirit must be alive unto Him. In essence, he must govern it!

The essence of in-filling of the Holy Spirit

It is the change of governing authority in the spirit of a man that makes him/her ‘new’. 1st Sam, 10:6; 2nd Corinth 5:17.

It is a seal of ‘new’ ownership: Eph. 1:13, 2nd Corinth 1:21-22; Eph. 4:30, Rom 8:15-16

Continuous obedience to the Law of God is only possible through the Spirit. 1st Peter 1:22. Nobody can ever please God by the flesh Heb. 9:14.

It is an empowerment to say ‘no’ to sin and live a victorious Christian life. 1st John 3: 9; Ezk. 36:26-27, Rom 8:26.

Conclusion

Salvation is a full package when we are washed from our sin, its consequences and at the same time empowered to sin no more. Our will however can override the wish of the Spirit, making some believers to be classified as ‘carnally minded’ (Rom 8:6). Once saved, to maintain it, we must keep pace with the dictate of the Spirit and constantly renew minds with the word of God (Gal. 5:25; Rom 12:1-2).

Shalom!

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RIDING ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES

The most majestic bird, is the Eagle and the Bible backs this up repeatedly. The Eagle is used for reference in the Bible in 33 different Bible Verses.

The eagle is used as a representation of God’s protection (Psalm 91:1-4), Strength (Psalm 103:5), God’s rod against the Nations (Jeremiah 49:22).

Secrets of an Eagle

  1. The Eagle rides upon the wind

The wind is the Spirit of God.  When wind blows, there is a change and nothing stays the same.

Acts 2:1 “When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them”.

Imagine how amazing life would be if we just let go and let God, where every move we make is dependent on the move of the Spirit of God. Every of our step is already orchestrated and hand crafted by God, we don’t have to stress but just move under the leading of the wind of the Spirit.

The wind is one of transformation, as the Holy Spirit moves and we ride on the wind we transform our lives into the will of God.

  1. The Eagle soars above the storm

Being a born again Christian, does not automatically translate into living a life without worries, problems or obstacles, but goes more like this, having an all-powerful God to lead you through them.

The storms of life will definitely come but like the eagle, we are equipped to rise above the storm.

Colossians 3:1 “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from HIS perspective”.

In times of trouble, set your heart above the storm. Look beyond the present limitations and obstacles and keep your mind stayed on God and His purpose for your life.

  1. The Eagle renews its’ strength

The eagle when old, suffers from dim eyesight and its feathers and wings become heavy. To rejuvenate itself, the eagle flies up to the region of the sun, which burns away the mist over its eyes and burns off its old feathers. The eagle then plunges three times into water, and its youth is restored.

Isaiah 40: 31 “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind”

In waiting on God with all your hopes and desires, He will strengthen you for the race. Relying on your human capacity alone cannot take you to the desired place God has in plan for you. But when you draw strength and hope from the Almighty, you begin to move at a supernatural pace, being favoured and empowered directly from the Source.

The question for today, would you rather be an Eagle or a Chicken?

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