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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.

No amount of wealth can bring eternal life. No one can stave off death or store up riches that can be used in the afterlife. You see God designed it that way. He created men and women originally to live forever. Their bodies were perfect, placed in a perfect setting and they had communion with God directly.
Important speech comes from people of accomplishment and distinction. It must come from people who have earned the right to speak out on subjects based upon their hard work, experience and learning. Leaders have the ability to speak because they were at one time followers who paid their dues, became expert in subject areas and earned the right for their words to he heard.
Many people, of a certain type, do not want to hear truth and the advice of the wise. They would rather be told a lie and fail then hear truth and succeed. Even some world leaders want to be deceived by their staffs into believing that they are doing the right thing.
Birthdays, holidays and Sundays were like feast days. These were times of great enjoyment. Many would come around and enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Very often people measure success by the amount of toys one owns. You have heard the expression, ‘He who dies with the most toys...wins'.
This wisdom should be diligently sought after. You should seek her early in life and incorporate her teachings at every cross road. You should seek her early in marriage and build your marriage on the foundation of God.
A phylactery, is a small leather case containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures that is traditionally worn on the forehead and the left arm by Jewish men during morning prayer. It was a way that they could literally bind God's teachings to themselves. Whether you put scriptures in a box and tie them to your body or simply carry your Bible with you is not the point. The point is, do you have God's teachings in your heart and are you a diligent student of His word.
If the most desirable person that ever lived, the most beautiful, the most handsome, the most intelligent, the most lovely; the person that you cannot take your eyes off of, who fills you with joy and happiness, came to you with great gifts of riches and honor, would you not have delight in your heart. This person's name is ‘WISDOM'.
If it were not for the ability of people to protect themselves as when robbers would go to farms and ranches to plunder, or if we did not have a trained police force to protect our communities, and if we did not have an army to protect our nation, then the wicked forces of evil would come upon our nation and destroy our people. There are many who delight in doing evil and enjoy the darkness.
I was in school with the fastest boy alive. He broke most track records very early in life as he had uncanny speed. He was assured of going to the Olympics, becoming a track star or playing a sport that could take advantage of his great speed. His name will never be seen in any record books because he did nothing with his talent. Why?
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