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Becoming a Christian is not simply joining a church or declaring that you are a Christian because your parents were or that you were born in a Christian nation.

The first step that you must experience is spiritual birth. This is birth from above provided to us by the Holy Spirit when we accept the atoning gift from our savior Jesus Christ. You see, He died for our sins, substituting Himself out of love for us. This spiritual birth is available to everyone by turning to God and declaring, "God, I ask you to forgive me of my sins and I accept the free gift of Jesus who died on my behalf."

When you pray that prayer what happens:

First, you experience a spiritual birth. This is a birth from above which is some times referred to as being ‘born again'. You see each person who accepts Jesus as their savior is born again, not in body but in spirit. When we were conceived by our parents, they created our body with a mind, will, personality and emotions. Sometimes this is referred to as body and soul. When we are born from above, God creates in us a new birth, a spiritual birth. This spiritual birth is from God above and will never die. This is what is called eternal life.

Second, we become children of God, fully adopted into his family. As believers with our new spirit, our new life, we are now part of God's family.

Third, our name is written in the Book Of Life. This book will be opened by Jesus at the end times. When Jesus opens the Book Of Life, He will find our names listed.

Forth, The Holy Spirit gives us presents. These are special gifts that God uses through us to further His kingdom on earth. The motivational gifts are prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and mercy.

Fifth, being on this side of the cross, our God deals with us in grace. He is a loving God who wants nothing but the best for His children. This does not mean that nothing bad will every happen to us, but It does mean that God is there to turn everything ultimately into good

Sixth, we can never loose our salvation or our status in God's family. You see when the spirit is born in us, we have eternal life with God. It was God himself who died for us as Jesus Christ. Jesus is God, a part of the one God or trinity. If God himself died for us can their ever be a better substitute for our sin death than God himself.

Seventh, while on earth and before Jesus returns, we are given the opportunity to earn rewards that will be provided to us in heaven and in our after life.

Next, we must understand that when we first become Christians, we are babes, infants in Christ. Our purpose and goal is to begin our Christian walk by becoming more mature each day, month, year, etc. There are many things that babies do not understand. God did not choose to make us instant theologians but rather wants us to embark on a life of Bible study, worship and prayer.

You will not be able to see much difference in a newly born Christian than a non-Christian. This difference will become more and more apparent as the Christian matures.

There are types of men who wash themselves in their own righteousness, who think of themselves as being better than the rest of society but are continually taking advantage of the poor and needy.
here are many who speak before they think. They rush to judgment or simply believe they have everything so well thought out that everyone else is clearly wrong. Solomon teaches in today's Proverb that fools are generally people who cannot keep their mouths shut. They act and speak before it is necessary and they usually end up making serious mistakes.
This is not a game. Do not ask for forgiveness and then say to yourself, well I have wiped the slate clean and therefore I can go back and sin again. Remember, you are dealing with God Almighty. He is a loving Father not a God you can toy with, but a compassionate and loving God to those who really come to Him with a contrite heart.
God desires genuine praise, praise given out of love for Him, but He does not like flattery. Today's Proverb deals with loud flattery given to a friend in the presence of others with some ulterior motive in mind.
Young people who believe they are going to live forever have little regard for the value of time given to us by our Lord in a 24 hour day. Indeed, they just as well sleep away the morning, if possible, especially after spending time with heavy drinkers and gluttons.
How do you gain a pure heart and gracious speech? Are you born with it? Or is having a pure heart the result of God's teaching, spiritual maturity and practice? David, a person God dearly loved, apparently developed his pure heart.
Jacob, on the night he sent this gift to his brother Esau, asking for forgiveness for cheating Esau of his birthright and seeking reconciliation, was rename Israel by God.
There are many scriptures that teach to cheat someone out of something is a sin. For example, using incorrect weights on a scale. Having the scale indicate that you are receiving what you are paying for, but in fact, you are not. Similarly, just as it is a sin for the seller to defraud the buyer, so it is a sin for the buyer to defraud the seller.
Great families need more than what a father can provide. A great family needs a great woman. Our sons need to be taught how to select a great woman and our daughters need to be taught how to be a great woman. Great women are from the Lord.
Listening is a virtue. We have become such a sound bite society that if it takes more than 30 seconds to communicate, we are already off in our thoughts to respond or give an answer. If someone is trying to communicate an idea or concept, we are already thinking of our response before the person finishes.
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