Thursday, 24th January, 2013
Have you felt the "tug" of God on your heart? Becoming a Christian is one of the most important steps you will take in your life on earth. Regeneration may be defined as the supernatural, immediate work of the Holy Spirit in bestowing spiritual life to sinners. We hear Jesus' teaching on the new birth when he was visited by Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin. Afraid of being seen, Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night, seeking the truth. Before we are born again, we are walking corpses, spiritually dead. We are alive physically, and from outward appearances, nothing seems wrong with us. But inside we are creatures of sin, dominated and controlled by it.
We have a problem. Our sin separates us from God, leaving us spiritually empty. Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It is impossible for us to find peace with God through our own efforts. Anything we try to do to obtain God's favor or gain salvation is worthless and futile. Salvation then, is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus, his Son. By laying down his life on the cross, Christ took our place and took the penalty for our sin -- death. Jesus is our only way to God. John 14:6- "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
The only thing we must do is respond to God's call. The response to God's call is explained in these simple steps found in God's Word: 1) Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin. To repent, then, means to admit you are a sinner. You change your mind to agree with God that you are a sinner. 2) Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins and give you eternal life. 3) Come to him by faith. 4) You may pray a simple prayer to God. Prayer is simply communicating with God. Just pray from your heart to God, and believe that he has saved you.