Many people claim to be born again but they are not. How would you know if you are born again? We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
The moment that you accept Jesus Christ and invite Him into your life you are changed, you are made new, you become a new creation, you are born again, you see the Light, you see the kingdom of heaven and you want to go in there. Immediately you have new desires, a new taste, an appetite for the things of the kingdom of heaven and for being with Jesus. Immediately you find your old life of sin and your old ways repulsive, because you have been born again. You feel that you do not fit in with this world and the wickedness that is in it any more.
You don’t need to be taught or indoctrinated to become a child of God, you are born again of the Spirit of God. You don’t want to sin any more. You want to be pure and holy because you have a new heart. You did not just have a change of heart or a change of mind, you have a new heart and a new mind.
Jesus will never leave you, but if you leave Him and go back to your old ways of sin, you will spiritually die. You have to stay with Jesus and obey your new heart. You have to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit that reminds you of the words of Jesus and you have to obey Jesus, turn away from your old ways of sin, turn away from your old friends, be baptized in water as Jesus commanded. Tune in to the Holy Spirit and ignore the devil speaking in your ear.
Draw closer to Jesus in prayer and He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire, to cleanse you and burn out all the dross in you, worldliness and selfish desires of the flesh. Stay IN Christ, IN His will by OBEYING His voice speaking in your heart, then you will grow spiritually and produce fruit of righteousness and holiness. You will be a witness for Jesus through your words and actions. Stay with Jesus, stay IN Him and you will grow and bear much fruit. You will bring others to Jesus so that they can be born again and become children of God..
If you listen to the devil and go back to sin you will dwindle and die spiritually. Eventually you will be cut off and burned, you will end up in hell.
Have you been born again? Are you a new creature and are you staying IN Christ? Are you growing in your relationship with Jesus? Are you bearing fruit? If you have strayed from Jesus, run back to Him, repent and follow Him.
If you have never been born again, now is the time to invite Jesus into your life so that you can become born again, a child of God, for ever to stay with Him, for eternity.
You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven if you are not born again and IN Christ.
May Jesus bless you.