March 7, 2010

Morning Devotional

Today, I read my morning devotional (this time on my Kindle) from Saturday, March 6th by Charles Spurgeon and it was titled, "Ye Must Be Born Again." A day late, I know, but it was still so good to read and still good to share again.

I remembered that I had posted this once before and searched through my archive and found that it was published on March 17, 2008.

There could never be a day where that devotion is not appropriate or unnecessary to read or pass along to others.

Sundays are usually days when pastors and the members of congregations all around the world, hope to witness new people joining the family of God, through the repentance of their sins, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ. I hope that we will experience that today at First Assembly too.

Spurgeon said of the regenerating power of the Spirit of God that changes a man, "It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus."

I thank God for the new man that I am, because of Christ! Can you say the same?

Here is a nice short story to help see this more clearly that a person must be born again as you re-read the post.


You Must Believe
A young nurse was helping to care for a sick, Christian gentleman whom she loved very much. He said to her, "Ellen, it is time I should take my medicine. Measure just a tablespoon and put it in a glass." She quickly did so and brought it to his bedside. He made no attempt to take it from her but said, "Now, dear, will you drink it for me?" "Me drink it? What do you mean? I am sure I would in a minute if it would make you well, but you know it won't do you any good unless you take it yourself." "Won't it really?" "No, I am sure it will not." "If you cannot take my medicine for me, neither can I take your salvation for you. You must go to Jesus and believe in Him for yourself." The dear old saint of God had been trying to explain to his young nurse that she could not be saved on his account and by serving him, but rather through her own acceptance of Jesus Christ as her Savior.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10.

Reference

Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Verson 7.8) [Computer software].

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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