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Read John 3
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Scripture- John 3:3- Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Observations- Nicodemus, a leading Pharisee, came in the cover of night to meet with Jesus. He spoke a kind word to Jesus, but the Lord responded with a word of confrontational invitation to new life. Jesus sensed this unique person needed this kind of bluntness to break through his religiosity. Nicodemus, like everyone else, needed to have a fresh experience of being born from above and anew.
Application- Guess what? The message Jesus gave to Nicodemus applies to each of us as well. Our circumstances in life may be far different than what Nicodemus experienced, but we also must be "born again." How did Jesus confront you with your need to be born from above and anew? Was it through negative circumstances, a friend, or just a slow realization that you needed a fresh start with the God who loved you beyond measure? Give thanks for that experience daily, but if you are still just as puzzled as Nicodemus was then, please get that settled with Jesus Christ today.
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for saving me! Thank You for this message of confrontational invitation from our Savior that we must be born again. Help me keep saying "Yes!" each new day. I pray for New Hope to be a church that is always abundantly clear about our need to be born again and to present this as clearly as we can, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.
"God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." (Ephesians 2:8-9),
- S. - For more on what it means to be "born again" and experience conversion go to: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/we-are-saved
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