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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.

Perhaps you have noticed that when a celebrity, politician or someone rich and famous falls, it is often because they have become so arrogant and narrow minded that they believe that the same rules that apply to others do not apply to them. Indeed they act and speak with contempt of others not understanding that their action and speech is totally incorrect.
It is difficult for a boy or girl to distinguish themselves if they have been given little or no responsibility. Before we had lots of labor saving devices and various conveniences in the home, children could be given significant responsibilities daily that would be meaningful to the family.
When I see people who anger quickly, I know one of two things is possible. First, I am looking at a non-Christian, a person who is not a member of God's family for God's children are slow to anger. Second, I am looking at an immature Christian who, like a baby, when it does not get its way cries.
Whether you use the name LORD, Jehovah, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit or I Am that I Am, you have the name of God to call upon in times of distress, in times of need, for protection and to deliver us from evil. There is no name higher than the name of Jesus, there is no one more powerful than our Father God, and there is no one more loving and helpful then our dear Holy Spirit.
If it were not for the concept of family as God designed it, His human creation would cease to exist. Family is a God concept not a man concept to redefine as he wishes. Families consist of grandparents, parents and children who are alive together.
A ephah is about one bushel and a hin is about 10 gallons. God is very much involved in our lives and does not want anyone to be cheated. It is far better to give someone more than they purchased and be blessed by God than to give them less than they purchased and be condemned by Him. If you are a baker and someone buys a dozen cookies...give them thirteen or a baker's dozen.
How often does a mother take her eyes off her baby? How proud a father is of daddy's little girl or of his son? When you see parents take their children to the park, they are constantly looking at them, not just to keep them safe, but because they love to see everything they do.
In growing up, as a young man, I use to wonder why my father would repeat things time and time again. I would say, ‘yes I know dad'. Now that I am a father, I find myself saying things to my children, over and over again and they always say, ‘yes I know dad'.
There are many times when we make mistakes because of presumption and pride. Presumption is an assumption that is taken for granted. When you make a false assumption and out of pride act on that assumption the result can be contention and strife. Walk a mile in another's shoes and you will learn not to be so presumptuous. When you see how difficult and challenging other people's lives can be, you will fall back in complete humility.
Have you ever seen a man or woman that animals loved? One of my great uncles could walk up to any animal and it would receive him. He was well known as a horse expert and was called by farmers and ranchers all over the south to evaluate animals to help determine value.
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