The power of Christ alone can work the transformation in heart and mind that all must experience who would partake with Him of the new life in the kingdom of heaven. "Except a man be born again," the Saviour has said, "he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. The religion that comes from God is the only religion that can lead to God. In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the Divine Spirit. This will lead to watchfulness. It will purify the heart and renew the mind, and give us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship.
A sense of freedom -- peace in the soul.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:" Romans 5:1.
a person is at peace with God and his fellowman he cannot be made
miserable. He will not display any of the works of the flesh:
"Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings." Galatians
5:19-21. But will display the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
An experience of love for others.
"We know that
we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that
loveth not his brother abideth in death." 1 John 3:14.
heart is renewed by divine grace, love is the ruling principle of action.
It will modify the character, govern the impulses, control the passions
and ennoble the affections. This love cherished in the soul will sweeten
the life and shed a refining influence on all around. The unconsecrated
heart cannot originate it or produce it. It is found only in the heart
where Jesus reigns. 'We love Him, because He first loved us.'
A turning of mind and heart from the world.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John
converted person will have a change of feelings, motives and actions. It
is a taking leave of worldly connections. A separation from their
controlling power, influences, opinions and unholy atmosphere.
Victory where before was defeat.
"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,"
His name and in His merits, bad habits and practices may be overcome. It
is impossible for man to overcome without God's strength, yet man is
expected to exercise all the powers that God has given him so that he can
be an overcomer. Divine power, combined with human effort, so that through
Jesus Christ, man may stand a conqueror.
A frequent, instinctive desire to pray.
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after
thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God..." Psalms
An interest in and turning to God's Word.
"Thy words were found,
and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine
born again person, will enjoy reading the Word of God. It may have been
dull and uninteresting before his conversion, but now is his best friend.
It is his standard for living. He grasps its promises and they strengthen
his soul. It is truly his life line.
A growing sensitivity to sin.
closer we come to Jesus, the more closely we will see the purity of His
character. Also, the closer we come to Him, the more we will see the
terrible sinfulness of sin. The born again person
will have new thoughts, feelings and motives. The mind will be changed and
the conscience awakened.
An attitude of willing obedience to God.
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my
heart." Psalms 40:8.
we truly love God, our love to Him will be manifested by our obedience.
It will be plain and
distinct between those who love God and keep His commandments, and those
who do not love Him and disregard His laws and precepts.
An impulse to witness to others.
"But ye shall receive power, after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me..." Acts
When we are
Christians, witnessing to others will be our delight. As soon as one is converted,
there is born within him a desire to share and make known to others what a precious
Friend he has found in Jesus. The saving and sanctifying truth cannot be
kept silent, he will have to tell others what Jesus has done for him.
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