Unless you are born of the Holy Spirit you cannot enter the kingdom of God, which is heaven. Don’t be found disappointed come death. It is my fear that many people will believe they are saved when they die, but then be found out in judgment that they were not born again of the Spirit. Where Jesus said, “many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22,23) And so we will see many people be sent off to the lake of fire, having died in their sins, not truly knowing God. But I did not make up the rules, Jesus did. So we need to hearken to what He said. Jesus again said, “verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:5-7) My friends, if you desire to go heaven when you die and not have to suffer in the lake of fire, then you need to be born again in the Spirit. Faith is one thing, but being baptized in the Spirit is another. That is why it is important that God is doing a work in our lives and our faith is not just what comes out of our mouth, but because of our actions also.
So how do we become born again in the Spirit? This is the question we must answer now. Fortunately, Paul gave us a direct answer on this. He said, “know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:3-6) It is in baptism that we die to our old life and rise up into newness of life with Christ in us now. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26,27) This is when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. As Peter said, “repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38) The day we are baptized is a brand new day. The Holy Spirit is now with us. However, we must keep our eyes on Jesus, or else we will go off track. By letting the Spirit lead us is what it means to be born again of the Spirit. And He will lead us to heaven.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit will reign down from the heavens and enter each one of our lives. So many people are walking like zombies, being led by the flesh and what other people say instead of You. And what is sad is that so many of them will tell you that they are a Christian when asked upon. They may say that they were baptized and even go to church. Yes, God, this is the mind frame of millions of people in our day-in-age. I am afraid that they will not be happy come death and judgment. But I do not wish for these people who are so lost to be cast into the lake of fire. Instead, I pray that their eyes will finally be opened up to their sinful lifestyle they are walking in. That they will begin to read the Bible like a child and call upon Your Name often in prayer. It is also my prayer that the pastors of these people will repent also. Convict them of their false teachings and give them boldness to speak Your truth. Even if the sermons have to speak volumes to people’s iniquity, give these pastors a mouth that is filled with Your Spirit. Let them no longer speak what is on their heart, but the words that You would give them. Surely, You know every person who is in that church congregation and is also ready to speak to their lives. Yes, Jesus, let these men who are pastors now, become Your true pastors both in what they teach, do for the people and church, and also their lives for You, Lord. Light up their lives, as well as ours. I believe in You. I trust in You, Jesus. I love You, God. Amen.