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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.

When we sin it is a transgression against God. Indeed all sin is a sin against God. But God is so gracious that not only will He forgive our sins upon repentance, He will forget them. Because He looks at us as His children, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, He sees in us only perfection and only goodness.
The wise man will think before he speaks and will do all in accordance with the teaching of God. It is best to practice doing all things with love and respect. Do not bring displeasure to God.
Evil people are missing something in their lives, in their thinking and in their behavior. There is an emptiness in them that handicaps all that they do.
It took me awhile to be able to detect the ravenous wolves and hypocrites that would cross my path. Thank God for those more mature people in my life, those with the gift of prophecy who have spiritual discernment, who could pick upon the hypocrite's evil practice and warn me appropriately.
What if finding gold was as simple as going out to your backyard and picking up nuggets? It's a wonderful thought, but to get rich is not as easy as that. How easy is it to earn money? Not to difficult.
Today's proverb discusses the weakness of men who may be enticed by the flattering lips of a woman. Although this is a weakness, it is also related to other evil weaknesses that many people have in multiple areas.
You may think that God is preoccupied with the sin of adultery. There are so many admonitions against it in the Bible. This may be one of the reasons why people do not read the Bible. They do not want to be confronted with this and other truths. People who do not like to think about the 7th Commandment are some of the ones who do not want the Ten Commandments displayed in public.
The world presents many women that we hold up as role models as adulteress. Women who are superstars that grace our movie screens. Women that have star roles on television. Women who are great singers with gold and platinum recordings. Many of these women have children outside of marriage. They move from one man to another as easily as changing roles in a movie script.
Solomon is teaching in today's proverbs the value of the word of God. These words are sometimes referred to as ‘wisdom jewels'. There are many things that we should keep in the midst of our hearts. The wisdom given to us by our parents and grandparents. F
There is a kind who likes to be the big fish in a small pond. If they find themselves in oceans, seas, lakes and they are not able to walk around with their chest stuck out, they simply move down to smaller and smaller bodies of water until they can be the biggest fish. This is deception at its worse because it is self deception of the highest order.
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