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New Life through Spiritual Birth

Have you just been born again? That’s truly wonderful, but please don’t go running off into the wild world out there without sticking around long enough to find out what just happened to you! You also need to know the essentials about how to live this new life, especially how to stay connected to your new Source.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' John 3:6-7 ESV

A Simple Analogy

When a baby is born its former life as a fetus comes to an abrupt, decisive and irrevocable end: There is no going back to the womb! That place of darkness held the seed of life while it grew, but A Newborn Infant : New Life through Spiritual Birth in Jesusnow the child has been brought forth into the light. The darkness of the womb may return in many forms--some comforting, some terrifying—as the infant grows through the cycles of day and night, of love and fear, of clarity and confusion. Such darkness, however, can always be overcome by fresh infusions of light.

The primal "reign" of unrelieved darkness has been shattered, but even that is not the decisive factor: The breath of life has come! Now that the child has breathed the sweet air of freedom, it can never return to an oxygen-less environment. To not see is to be deprived of fullness; to not breath is to be deprived of life.

In the Upper Room on the evening of His Resurrection, Jesus literally breathed on the first disciples and they received the Holy Spirit, the "breath" (ruach) of God's life within themselves.[1] So it is with each one of us who are born again by a living faith in Jesus' life, death and resurrection. We have God's own life within ourselves! Holy Spirit is the One who inspires and empowers our faith, who unites us to God and Jesus, and who raises us and enables us to live the New Life that now is opening wide before us.

Spiritual Birth Initiates Three Relationships

The new life that we receive through spiritual birth ushers us into three intimate, divine relationships:

1. Father Planted the Seed of His Word

He has revealed Jesus to your formerly sin-darkened heart as only He can.[2] By this He is drawing you out of darkness into the glorious light of His Son's kingdom.[3] Your heavenly Father is raising you up through His Son to be His child.

2. Jesus Is the Light of the World

[4] He is God's Word of mercy who saves you, washing away the "filth" of the old ways. He is God's Word of truth who now enlightens your understanding, showing you the true way to walk with your God. He is your Lover, Savior, Master, Lord and Friend.

3. Holy Spirit Is the Breath of Life

You have been brought into a very intimate relationship with, shall we say, the Mystery Person of the Trinity, who is now your Helper, willing to live through you a life you will never be able to live without His help.

Your new top assignment is to know Them, believe in Them, love Them, serve Them and become Their friend! Yes, they are Three In One, but… You need all Three! To be more properly "introduced" to your new spiritual "Parents" we have included a section on Our God. For now there is so much for you to learn about how to get started with this new life! Please explore the following articles.

Keep Growing!

What Just Happened to Me?  You are going to have a hard time believing all of this! If you prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior, then God your Father has been showering you with some very astounding gifts.[5] You may already be aware of some of them, but most were taking place under the radar. It takes “gospel glasses” to see them. Good thing we’ve got a spare pair…

A "Quick Start" Guide  Every power tool comes with one of these nowadays and you’ve just been entrusted with some of the most powerful tools in the universe: the Word of God, the Name of Jesus, the indwelling Spirit, the righteousness of Christ. You could be “armed and dangerous” as a warrior for the Lord, but first you’ve got to figure out how the thing works.

The "Starter Kit"  If you are a new Christian, you need to know that even though you have been given a great “starter kit” of heavenly blessings, it carries no guarantee you will have a happy or wholesome life. Make sure you know what’s in it, but don’t stop there: Put it to good use gaining these three essential “extras.”

The "Big Five" Connecters  There are 5 things that every Christian needs to steadily do in order to stay well-connected to the Source: Your life depends upon it! The great thing is that Jesus in you loves doing these 5 things. They are delights, not duties. If you keep them in good repair, they will keep you powered up and rescue you when you aren’t.

The Bible  Think of the Bible as Jesus in written form. He is the Word—God’s eternal counsel—made flesh. The Bible is much more than a mere book. It is the living Word of God. Jesus spoke the words that brought all of creation into being. If His spoken Word can do that, think what His written Word can do for you, to bring you fully to life.

Prayer  We are promised that all who call on His Name will be saved. Prayer is calling on God for mercy, for help or for fellowship. He delights in listening—no request is too small. Learn to let your need drive you to Him every time: You cannot wear out the welcome mat and He has promised to always answer us. Prayer brings us through communication into communion.

Worship  Worship is that higher form of our conversation with the Lord where we are not petitioning Him for what we need, but thanking and praising Him for who He is and what He has already done. This brings us speedily into close communion with Him. We can worship with others in church, in our quiet times, and simply by doing all that we do as a love gift to Him.

Fellowship  Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit are always in perfect love and fellowship with One Another. They are now working through the gospel to draw us out of our self-focus into genuine fellowship with one another and with God. By intentionally seeking out friends in the Lord who are seeking to grow in Spirit and in truth, we stay refreshed and strengthened.

Service  Serving others leads us out of ourselves into living more like Jesus does—selflessly. Almost everyone has work that they need to do for their own survival, which, nevertheless, benefits other people (if it is honest work!). Service takes us into the realm where we learn to give ourselves, expecting nothing in return, simply because it is the right and loving thing to do. God always rewards those who follow Jesus in laying down their lives for others.

New Birth = New Creation  Being “born of the Spirit” means that you are a brand new creation, but don’t apply for sainthood yet. There is a new you, but the old you is still around, looking for ways of overthrowing what the Lord has done—and heading out on his/her own all over again. The old you has to stay knocked down, for the new you to enjoy the sweet air of freedom.

New Creation = New Identity  Unquestionably, you are a new creation! However, you are going to need some deep convincing and some thorough cleansing in order to cease relying on the pre-programmed ways of your old nature. Much progress will be made as you learn to understand and believe the reality of your New Identity and the personality that comes along with it.

The Power of Your Will  Apart from God, your will is the single most powerful thing in your universe. It has the power to choose heaven or hell as your ultimate destination and a heaven-infused life versus a hellish one down here. Like a fire hose under maximum pressure it can send you careening all over the place, unless you learn how to get a good grip on the thing and attach your will to His grace.

Spiritual Growth ABCs  Even babies begin growing as soon as they leave the womb. Now that you’ve left the dark womb of the world behind, you’re going to need a clear idea about which way is up where your growth is concerned. These pages will give you the keys for accelerated growth!

Spiritual Growth Moments  True spiritual growth opportunities are often not what we think. This makes them easy to miss! We need to understand what spiritual growth is not, in order to keep our eyes peeled for the God-orchestrated moments that will help us grow from baby steps to walking and even running with the Lord.

Spiritual Healing  Spiritual healing goes deepest of all. Even though the reality of our spirit lies beyond the ability of our five senses to experience, it nevertheless holds the answer to all that affects our lives. Every breakdown in heart, mind or body traces back to this deepest of all roots. God begins our spiritual healing through the gift of faith in Christ. Only this one thing can complete it.

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Scriptures and Foot Note

[1]  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22 ESV  New life through rebirth comes to us through Jesus imparting His Holy Spirit to us.
[2]  And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 16:17 ESV
[3]  For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
[4]  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 ESV
[5]  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:17-18 ESV

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