Born of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
What the Spirit of God Produces
As we continue our study in the Fruit of the Spirit, we see that the Spirit produces little copies of who God is. We become like Jesus by His spirit. However, before any of these things can happen, we must first be born again of God’s Spirit.
You Must Be Born Again
In order to possess the fruit that the Spirit produces, we must be born again.
John 3:5-8 (KJV)
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Born of the Water and The Spirit
Ephesians 5:25-27 (KJV)
25...Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
The word of God cleanses us. When we hear and accept the word, it washes us like water thru the Spirit. We are clean, as we’ve now been born anew. He puts in us a new heart and a new mind. We become new creatures in Christ.
New Creatures in Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
God comes into your heart and makes all things new. He gives you His nature and encourages you to grow more like Him in all things. He gives you love for those you used to hate, joy in the midst of sadness, peace in the midst of trouble, endurance and patience for the long hard trials, gentleness where harshness had been, goodness where evil and wrong used to be, faith where hopelessness abounded, meekness where roughness reigned, and temperance where there was no self control. What a change!
Have You Been Born Again?
If you haven’t been born again, you can be. Just recognize that you are a sinner who needs to be made anew. Understand that you need to be changed. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and set you free by making you a new person in Him. If you mean it from the heart, He will change you in an instant of time!
1 John 1:9 (KJV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Please pray with us...
Dear Father in heaven, I want to be born again. I want to be a new creature. I’m tired of living my own way and I desire to be changed, converted and made new. Please forgive me for all my sins and cleanse me from my own selfish desires. Please make me like you! In Jesus' name I pray... -Amen
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