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Born Again

‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7 NKJV

Throughout history, great revivals of faith have suddenly transformed countries. The Anglican clergyman George Whitefield was part of both change in England as well as the Great Awakening in America.

In a letter to the famous inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin, who loved coming to hear Whitefield speak, he said: ‘As I find you growing more and more famous in the learned world, I would recommend to your diligent and unprejudiced study the mystery of the new birth. It is a most important study, and when mastered, will richly answer all your pains. I bid you, my friend, remember that One at whose bar we shall both presently appear, hath solemnly declared that without it we shall in no wise see His Kingdom.’

That was a very wise recommendation to Franklin. Jesus said, ‘You must be born again,’ and there has never been a person who earnestly sought the new birth and didn’t find it. Even our seeking is created by the Spirit of God (see John 6:44).

Are you tired of feeling empty and without purpose in life? Are you tired of your own excuses about your behaviour? Are you willing to trust someone other than yourself? Then look to the cross of Christ. Place your trust in Him and ask Him to come in and be born in you today. You can be born once and die twice, but if you’re born twice, you will only die once. Jesus said, ‘He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life.’ (John 3:36 NKJV) See vision180.org.au/you-need-jesus/

SoulFood: Jer 7–9, Luke 2:8–20, Ps 8, Pr 14:9–12

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021

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