This is the 1st part of a series of short post on the same subject matter
but may be read in any order…
Growing up i had a drug problem, my parents drug me to Church.
That’s a running joke i’ve shared probably too many time for those who are around me the most but i go on to say, i am grateful for my up bringing, however, it wasn’t until i was older that i realized there is so much more to life than going to Church. MEETING for an hour or two with other believers can be so much more.
Now, in the year 2016, and having been born in 1968 and reborn in 1982 by purposely (consciencly) developing a personal relationship with God. i have come to see that we are saved by accepting God’s grace (a free unconditional gift) and
everyone’s relationship with their Heavenly Father is as different as their relationship with their earthly father.
Getting saved or born again and a life of holiness is a process not a one time shot or happening that takes place any more than when we are born into this world the 1st time.
We are all born.
We all have a mom and dad.
They “did their part” in creating us.😆
Everyone pretty much understands that but few come to believe, understand & accept that God made all this possible.
Just as John the baptist baptised people with water so also Christ came, God in the flesh, and is able to submerge us in His Spirit.
Baptism with water was just & is still just metephoricical for how God is able to plunge us into a new life, wash us, soak us and make us come up & out of an experience with Him so we can travel along the rest of our life with Him as our master, our Lord.
The life we live once we decide to listen to God & follow His will is different than how we lived before & we use baptism, going to church, participation in Christ like activities (feeding, visiting, witnessing) as a way to express this new life.
When we humble ourselves & ask God to renew us, come on in & be part of our lives, that doesn’t mean we are no longer human or better than one who hasn’t come to believe or experience HIM in the same way.
As we set our mind on Him & ask Him to show us more in life & what living is all about we slowly change & grow & develop . . . What hurts others is when we try to force what we are coming to know on them & insist that they do the same.
That has got to stop.
It is best if we allow HIM, our creator, to reach people and sway them , sooth them rather than us.
As i let HIM take over more & more (lift Him up) i notice HE natural reaches others and they see HIMnot me and that is when they also come to have a better relationship with their Heavenly Father that is better then even the best example of a relationship with an earthly father they could ever imagine.
New life begins when we let GOD in our mind & heart.
Rather than becoming brain washed & programed we become truly clean & clear minded for the 1st time & unprogramed (unconformed) by this world, false teaching by mankinds thoughts/pursuation and instance on what it means to truly please God.
I can not explain it any more than I can explain how a man & woman get together & that tiny egg is furtilzed & makes a baby.
It is something each person must ask God directly.
Reading the Bible & going to hear a Bible scholar explain it will only help only as much as your middle school biology science book & teacher will help you understand your physical birth.
Just as each person must grow physically/mentally/naturally on their own, so also they must find out on their own Spiritually what kind of growth they are going to embrace.
On their ownnot mandated by man made religion.
If you really want to know & maybe experience what it is really like to be born again & not base your knowledge on some so called “christan” church goer that may be just an ass who does nothing but put you down & elevate themselves let’s take a fresh look at what is recorded about Jesus explaining it to a knowledgeable man…
You may be surprised that as you open your heart & read this it doesn’t match what you see & may have heard from people that just go to church but lack living like Jesus really lived…
There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews.
Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God.
No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”
“You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”
“How can anyone,”
“be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”
“You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit. “So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
(Personal note here, think about when your mother’s water broke & you went from being in fluid to breathing air. – born of water.)
“What do you mean by this? How does this happen?”
“You’re a respected teacher of Israel and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God? “No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life. “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. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
John 3:1-21 MSG
If this is of interest go to: next post “being real”(leading with your ear). Based on James 1:19-21 (Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:19-21 ESV Click on -> http://bible.com/59/jas.1.19-21.ESV to read it from God’s word.