Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Being Born Again

Broadcast 3514

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1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

Justin was the captain of his school's football team. The coach preached the gospel to him and because he wanted to be in the good books of the coach, he said the sinner’s prayer and started attending church services with him, but he didn't truly believe or care about God or religion. When it was time to be baptized, he was baptized and he started attending discipleship class.

Because the fellowship he was attending was very sound in the ministry of the word, he could not but come in contact with the living Word of God during the services and discipleship classes. Even though at first, Justin told his coach he now believed because he wanted to be in the good books of the coach, he was now hearing the word of God, and through it, faith was building in his heart. Eventually, he truly accepted the Lord Jesus and became born again.

From today's Bible verse we can see that what makes us born again is the seed of God's word that has been sown within us. Without the word of God, no one can be born again because the new birth is a product of the Word(water) and the Spirit(see John 3:5, Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3). If a believer does not continue in the word of God, he cannot be a disciple of the Lord and experience true freedom (John 8: 31-32).

Today's scripture reveals that being born again is not a one-off thing but a continuous process through the word of God. Your spirit was regenerated when you first believed, but you (your soul) are being born again.

We must allow the seed of God's word to continue to grow and bring forth fruits. The more we allow the word of God to shape our worldview and choices, the more fruitful we will be. There are many things competing with the word of God in our hearts and if we are not careful, they will choke the seed and prevent fruitfulness.

Go into today remembering to guard your heart with all diligence. Reject and resist any philosophy that competes with the ideals of God's word in your heart.

Prayer: thank you Lord for bringing me into new life by your word and spirit. Please help me grow and become more like you. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Haggai
Credits: Bible (Bible Experience, Zondervan)

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