When I was growing up, the terminology “born again” brought with it some sense of a mysterious kind or strange feeling. The main idea then was what people who claim to be such do and don’t do. They pray a lot, they read the bible a lot, the do not have any kind of enjoyment or entertainment, a spirit keeps speaking into their ears what to do, and that they are just generally weird people. More so, this is what was required if I would have any hope of getting to heaven.
I also expected that when I become born again, I would be turned into such or begin to experience such things. So in summary my notion of being born again was painted by my idea of how “born agains” around me look, speak and act. The problem with this is that it could be very misleading. The true meaning of being born again could only be understood by looking into the bible, especially reading through the book of John. For all who are as confused as I was, I will simply let you know what it means and how you could be born again, come along with me.
To be born again means to be born of God through faith in Christ Jesus. It is simply to believe and accept the gospel – Jesus coming and dying for your sins, and rising for your justification, and responding to this awesome love by trusting him and not your works or good deeds for salvation. By receiving God’s word by faith in this way, you become born-again, justified by faith, you become a new creature, an hatred of sin wells up in you, you feel sorry for and turn from your sins, and you begin to desire righteousness, wanting to please God and live right. Now you know that that is not what would get you to heaven as you can’t buy righteousness or heaven, but your trust in God through Jesus. You are then able to receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit by faith. The spirit of God uses God’s word as you learn from the bible to teach you what to do, how to live. This he does by reminding you of God’s word stored in your heart. Soon your live becomes filled with God’s word, your steps in life are ordered by him, he rules your thoughts and helps your thinking with life’s issues. He reveals his will to you, fills your heart with love, joy, peace and every fruit of the Holy Spirit. Also helps you to bear hard and troubled times as you trust him. Most importantly, you are being transformedinto the image and likeness of Christ as you have been born again.
So, are you ready to be born again? To be born of God by faith? Say the prayer in all simplicity and honesty trusting God:
LORD, I here and now Repent and Believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe you died for me, as my Substitute, and rose from the dead according to the bible. Thank you Lord, for taking my place, and paying my debt in full. Even though I was apart from You, separated by my sin, You saw me, helpless, and fallen, and loved me enough to die for me. You did no wrong. I’m the one who has sinned, I broke God’s Law. I deserve to die for my sins. You were innocent, and yet took my place on the Cross. I believe that You suffered the penalty for all my sins, You paid the full price to wipe out my debt. Your sinless Blood, precious and Divine, pays for all my sin.
Because You took my punishment, I am now free. No sin remains to condemn me. I’m no longer guilty before God. I can never be judged or condemned for my sins because they were judged in You, Lord. I believe this Good News, the message of the Cross. I trust Your Promise that everyone who asks receives. Please forgive me Lord. I receive You now into my heart. I accept Your gracious gift of love, mercy and peace.
The LORD Jesus Christ now lives in me. I am a new creation in Christ. Born of God with the life of Jesus in me. I trust the Blood of Christ cleanses every sin from my life. My record is wiped clean because of your grace and mercy. LORD, I trust that You did enough for me. You paid it all, so no more price need ever be paid. You did enough to save me forever, I will not claim any merit, offer any good works, or pay any price, as long as I live. Nor will I say or do anything more to have my past sins forgiven, or to be saved. Lord Jesus, You did enough long ago to save me once and for all. From this moment I trust entirely in what You did for me on the Cross. It is sufficient. Nothing can ever improve my salvation. Your Blood has cleansed me now. I am forgiven now. I am saved now. Help me to follow You by your Holy Spirit, and share this wonderful news with everyone. Thank You Lord for my full salvation. AMEN!
If you have said this prayer, you are born again. I will like to encourage you to read the book of John from the bible, the possibly afterwards the whole New Testament. It will also be good to join a living Church where God’s word is being preached, so as to fellowship with other believers.
Please, also contact us through the form below to let us know you are born again, if you don’t want to, it is OK, but do let the world know you are a new creature now. Also if you want more guidance or prayers on this new path, do let us know.
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