It is not too important how a man or woman is born, what is most important is how they lived. Several of us have lived our lives the way we want hitherto. Our parents, society, culture, music and others have formed our opinions and philosophy. But the scripture says if a man is not born again he cannot see the kingdom of God not to talk of entering it ( Jn. 3:16).
But the bible says “ if any man be in Christ He is a new creation, old things are passed away, all things are become new” 2 Corin. 5:17.
Little wonder the miracle God does with any life yielded to him. The following are the present implications of a life that has turned to God. All these are yours immediately.
- b) New Creation Realities
- Redeemed: The price for all your past sins have been paid full with the blood of Jesus. Col 1:14, Heb 9:22. You have also been released (redeemed) out of the course of the law which you cannot keep by yourself. Deut 28:15, Gal 3:13-14
- Forgiven: All you past sins are forgiven when you believed in Jesus. Col. 2:13 – 14, God had forgotten and blotted them out of His memory forever. Heb 10:14,17, Isa. 43:25. You do not have to sin any more by inner compulsion. Sin does not have a legal hold over you again. Rom 6:11;14, Gal 5:16,But if you mistakenly do, there is provision for cleansing. 1 Jn 1:9. You need also to forgive yourself as well as others who offended you. Matt. 6:14-15.
- Justified: You are justified before God and reconciled to Him. Rom 5:19. You are not condemned or rejected. Rom. 8:1, Jn. 3:18, Rom. 8:31-34. You do not have to condemn yourself either. Rom 14:4 God is willing to relate with you as if you have NEVER sinned.
- Righteous: You are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:30. It is an exchange. 2 Cor. 5:21 You have a right standing with God and can come boldly into His presence without condemnation.( Heb. 10:16-22). This righteousness is free. You do not have to work for it Phil 3:9 It is different from holiness. To be holy means to be pure, unblameable,…It is a command to be obeyed. 1 Pet. 1:14-16.
- Sonship: You are now a son of God. Jn. 1:12 A loint heir with Christ (Rom 8:16-17), and with all saints of the household of God. In 1 Cor. 13, God commands us to love Him, the brethren and our fellow men with the same kind of love. Mt. 22:37-40, Jn. 15:12-13, 1 John 4:19-21. He gives us the ability to do so. Rom 5:5.
- Eternal Life: The quality of life you now have is the life of God, eternal life.1 Jn 5:11-13, the abundant life. Jn. 10:10. We are partakers of God’s divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4. This life and nature has no sin, sickness or poverty.
- Light: You are light to the people around you. Mt 6:14-16. Since you cannot be hidden, purpose to live your life according to the Word of God so that you can shine brightly before them. Phil 2:15, Mt. 5:16.
- Protect by divine might: You are under the protection of the Almighty God, no evil shall befall you. Pro. 12:21,Ps 121, Ps 91. No evil weapon can work against you. Isa 54:14,17.
- Your life is hidden in God. Col 3:3
- Nothing can hurt you. Lk. 10:19
- No curse can work against you, Num 23:23, Prov. 26:2
- Authority and Dominion: As a result of the new birth, you are placed in a position of authority next to God in relation to the rest of creation. Ps 8:5-6, Eph. 1:20-23, Eph. 2:6 you have the authority to command rule, and dominate.
- Over Satan, Lk. 10:19, James 4:7
- Demons and sickness, Mt. 8:1-3, 28-35
- Situation and circumstances. Mk. 11:23-24
Angel minister to you Heb 1:14. This authority originates from Christ Mt 28:18. You have the authority to command, just as god expects you to be subject to authority. Rom 13:1-2. You need to obey those in spiritual or temporal authority over you in the Lord (Heb. 13:17) to maintain your own authority.
- You have the measure of faith: What is faith? Heb 11:1. You have the measure of faith. Rom. 12:3 God has given to you the basic quantity of faith needed to release God’s power in your life. Your faith can grow. Rom. 10:17. Develop it by feeding your spirit man with the word of God, confessing it and acting upon it.
Whereas all the above are the realities that govern the experiences of a life newly yielded to Christ but it suffice to say that a life that have strayed into sin and the world, needs a fresh assurance or a reassurance of the same.
- c) The Practicalities of a changed life
Let us consider a man in the scripture who had a changed life as result of an encounter with God. Dan 4:1 – 31
- Who was Nebuchadnezzar? Dan 4:1. What was his pride? Dan 4: 22,30 Compare with some of us now who have beauty, intelligence, connection, money, good family back ground etc.
- Did God was him? Dan 4:4-5. Daniel interpreted his dream and warned him of the impeding dangers ahead if he continues without changing his ways. For some of us SOV 2009 ladies retreat is the last of such warnings.
- What was the decree of the watchers? Dan 4:16.
- What was the lesson he had to learn? Read Daniel 4:1-3, 34, 37.
- What did he have to go through, what was the process? His heart was removed and a heart of an animal was put in him until seven years had past. He became a different person. In our days we will say HE WAS BORN AGAIN.
Do you want to wait until you have contracted HIV or AIDS or you have an unwanted pregnancy or multiple abortions which has made you incapable of having any child before you begin to seek your OWN GOD.
The men and women in Jonas ship told him “arise thou sleeper call upon your God” Are you studying with us today and the summary of your own life is that you have been a sleeper. Everything thing is going wrong with you and to the people around you but you never know you are the cause.
Won’t you call on your own God today? Nebuchadnezzar had to be turned to an animal before he could come to his senses. Do you want something seriously bad to happen to you before you begin to seek God?
The preacher said in Ecclesiastes 9:11 call upon you God in the days of youth when the evil days have not come.
After such a dramatic illustration of how a man with a new heart will behave. What do you need to start doing from now to either continue to grow in your new Christian experience or to ensure that you don’t go back to your old ways after you have rededicated your life to God in at these camp?
Explain Romans 12:1-3
¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
We are advised in the scripture above to present our physical self to God as a living sacrifice. The greatest gift you can give to God is your self. Not your money, car, cloths etc. The first sacrifice he wants is your self. You need not only to give your life to Christ, you need to ensure you are constantly CONNECTED to him in communion, worship and obedience.
A strong instruction comes to us in Vs 2 “Be not conformed to this world”
- What does this mean? How can I be conformed to the world?
The following rendering the passage above by other version may be able to help us.
12:2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (The message)
12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (New living translation)
12:2 Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. (New Century Version)
12:2 Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants-what is good, pleasing, and perfect.( God’s word Version)
12:2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. (Goodnews Translation)
12:2 And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.( Bible in Basic English)
12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Amplified Bible)
Please let us discuss the passages above and decipher God’s instruction. Finally the way you can remain BRAND NEW still long after this camp meeting is over is if you decide to CONTINUALLY renew your mind in the word of God. It purges you of the contamination of sin, self, the devil and the world.