The Power of Regeneration
If you were called upon to go and share a message about Jesus Christ and explain how to be saved, born-again, and live the life of a believer, what would you share?
Let me add that you will be facing, as your audience, 2,000 antagonistic, gang members who:
· All have killed in cold-blooded murder, with their own hands, at least one person (and then went on to eat the dead body, I might add);
· All are presently, actively involved in some form of deep, black witchcraft;
· All have both a heavy drinking and drug addiction history; and
· All are addicted to living in some form of sexual perversion: either incest, adultery, or fornication.
Also added to the audience will be several hundred unwed mothers, plus countless divorced and unfaithful women, as well as some legions of hardened children who live in those broken homes. (And I am not describing America although we are fast approaching this state!)
Next time you think anyone is too far gone, too hopelessly lost, too far into sin, remember the doctrine of regeneration, the power of God to take spiritually dead sinners and change their hearts into His holy temple.
There is no heart God can't change. There is no life, no past, no sin, no stain, no failure, and no habit that God can't change if you will let Him. Are you letting the Lord change you? Are you responding? Is Jesus Christ controlling you more each day?
START A NEW SPIRITUAL EXERCISE
If you have never tried this I'd encourage you to start a new dimension of your spiritual life by opening your gifts. Let me share with you one of the more wonderful spiritual exercises you can ever do.
As you begin each day, each month, as you begin a new year, one of our greatest privileges is to open and enjoy the gift of salvation God has given to us. By faith we please God when we believe what He's said about us. We need to not live by what others say or have said about us all your life.
Satan is the Accuser and wants us to only remember all the many times we have fallen; Satan delights in the days, weeks, or months he can keep us condemning ourselves for what we've done. That is his plan, so don't fall for it. Resist Satan as you believe the truth; speak the truth; and preach the Gospel to yourself.
And when ever we fall down, God says to just turn back to Him and repent, confessing our sin immediately--and believe that what God has promised in His salvation. We are forgiven, justified, regenerated, reconciled, adopted, redeemed, and sanctified. That makes us precious in His sight, special in His plan.
Slowly as you understand and lay hold on these truths a life-changing transformation take place in our minds, and then in our emotions, and finally throughout our entire life as we live each day based on God's eternal truth.
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