Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 19 (George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! Part 3: How Do I Become Born Again?)

By admin On November 4th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals for Year 2”

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 19

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George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again!

Part 3: “How Do I Become Born Again?”

To read Part 1, click here… George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! Part 1: 

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The last two parts of this devotional on George Whitefield, focused on his constant harping on the Bible truth, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”. Yes, this was Whitefield’s mantra and message throughout his ministry! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

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And through the years of his ministry, George Whitefield’s booming voice could be heard echoing through the valleys, those critically important words… “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

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George Whitefield preaching – by John Collet – www.wikigallery.org US public domain

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EXAMINE YOURSELVES, PROVE YOURSELVES

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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5

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But there are countless Christians who are asking the question, “Well, just how do I become ‘Born Again’?” Yes, there are so very many who faithfully attend church, and pay their tithes, and serve in their church, perhaps as an Elder or even as a Pastor! And yet they know deep down that something’s wrong with their religion! They just do not live that victorious Christian life!

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Oh yes, they have just enough piety so as to blend in! And of course, this undone condition is most likely the same condition of most everyone else in that congregation. And so, it is no problem to blend in!

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Nevertheless, the tell-tale signs of worldliness are everywhere in that “make-believer’s” life! Perhaps a quick temper! Or a lack of self-control! Or cussing under the breath! Or uncontrollable lewd thoughts! Or stinginess with money or time! Or fighting with the spouse or other family members! Or worldly-mindedness! Or a lack of love for Bible study! Or an inability to pray or contemplate God’s Word throughout the day!

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Now these are just some of the tell-tale signs which may be on-going in the life of those who have never become truly Born Again!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SALVATION MORE THAN A MERE PROFESSION

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There are many who proudly proclaim, “I was saved on such-and-such date, in such-and-such year!” And it is true, that so much of today’s preaching misleads the masses into believing that all we need to do is to say the “Sinner’s Prayer”, and that’s the full assurance of our Salvation!

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But as that old saying goes… “The proof of the pudding, is the tasting thereof!” Yes, the proof of our Salvation is that we have become a new creation! Being Born Again is radical metamorphosis! We receive a brand new heart!

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Listen… “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2nd Corinthians 5:17

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As this above verse reveals, true Christianity is a whole new life! It is an all-consuming love for God and for His ways, which engulfs all other earthly concerns, so much so, that each and every other mundane duty of life now begins to shine brightly through the prism-glass of Heaven!

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OK, but the question still remains to be answered… “Just how do I become Born Again?”

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Braet von Überfeldt – Woman with Bible – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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SALVATION A GIFT. CANNOT BE EARNED

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So Just how do I become Born Again?

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Well, the fact is, Salvation is the gift of God! We cannot earn it! We cannot work for it! We cannot do anything to obtain it!

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Listen to the Apostle, Paul… “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Galatians 2:8, 9.

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Yes, as Paul declares here, Salvation is the gift of God. We need to understand this truth: a truth which many deny in today’s Christianity.

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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STILL CLINGING TO THIS WORLD

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Now there is one great truth which Jesus proclaimed as being present and evident in the life of every genuine Believer. Listen… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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So as this above verse reveals, becoming a disciple of Jesus requires a total forsaking of everything! Whether it be earthly goods, or career, or all the pleasures and pursuits of this life, the Christian must be ready to let go of any and every thing, if he is truly a disciple!

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And herein lies the crux of the problem with the religion of most church-goers! We are still clinging to the things of the world, refusing to let them go!

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MANY LIKE ANANIAS & SAPPHIRA

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And so, there are many, who are like Ananias & Sapphira, making a profession of having sold all to follow Christ! And yet, we are still coveting our selfish lives in this world to a certain extent!

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And though we may fool our fellow church members, we cannot fool God, who fully knows the thoughts and intents of the heart!

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And so, these yet unconverted ones continue attending church, and paying our tithes, and serving in various capacities within our churches! But it’s all a lie! We have yet to become true disciples of Jesus! We are still serving, “the god of this world”!

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With our mouths, we bless God, but our hearts are far from Him!

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death of Ananias & Sapphira www.wikigallery.com public domain

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THE EXTREMELY GOOD NEWS!

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But the very Good News to all this is, it is still the day of Salvation! Oh yes, we mahttp://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidy be like Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus by night! And just as Jesus said to Nicodemus, Jesus likewise says to us… “Ye must be born again!” John 3:7

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And so, the Book of James gives us the recipe for success… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10

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Yes, here is the recipe for success, for those of us who are still servants of the flesh! And no, this above recipe is not for just an hour, or a day, or even a month! It is to be our attitude with God, until the day that we are no longer servants of the flesh: until the day we have totally overcome the world!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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AS WE CARRY ON WITH LIFE’S DUTIES!

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And though we must still continue to work our jobs! And though we must continuehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg to be cheerful for our family! And though we must still use the material things of the world! 

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But in the midst of all of life’s duties, we can still cry silently to God, and plead for His great grace to bless us, and cling to His precious promises, to bring us to full conversion!

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And we can continue to humbly accept the various trials which may come our way, and keep from despising such chastening, knowing that these are for the ultimate purification of our hearts!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE…DECEMBER 2 (George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! Part 4: A Form of Godliness!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Lift me up, and help me to walk by faith! Bring me the trials which will purify my heart! Give me that new life, though I will lose all this sad world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: “What is the True Sabbath?””, or you can also read… “February 14th (By Beholding Jesus…Changed!)” 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

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It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

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