Spiritual Rebirth - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Spiritual Rebirth

 

April 8

 

Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

Reflect

What does it mean to be “born again”?

 

Do all Christians have to be “born again” and what does that mean exactly? Jesus answers that question in John 3:3-8 when He told Nicodemus that one cannot enter the kingdom of God “unless one is born of water and the Spirit.” It is clear that Jesus is not talking about being physically born again. No, this rebirth is a spiritual one.

 

In today’s verse, Peter wrote that by God’s great mercy, “he has caused us to be born again to a living hope.” When we were physically born, we were not born to live forever. Everything that is born in the flesh is perishing. Isaiah 40:6-7 says that “all flesh is grass, and all of its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades.” In our flesh, we are perishable. We live for a brief moment and then shrivel up and die.

 

But because Jesus rose from the dead and now lives, in Him we too can live. When we receive Christ, we are spiritually reborn and become children of God. As His children, we are also His heirs and the inheritance that we are able to claim is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” What is this inheritance? It is our salvation.

 

In Ephesians 1:13-14 Paul explains: “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

 

We are saved into a living hope the moment that we receive Christ. But our salvation is not complete until Jesus returns. Until then, Paul said that we are “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” And in today’s verse, Peter says we are “being guarded” by God’s power.

 

Friend, if you have received Jesus Christ, you have been spiritually reborn. Because His Spirit lives in you, you can confidently place your hope and trust in His promise for your salvation. Nothing can take it away. Your inheritance is on reserve with your name on it. You are being guarded and kept by the Holy Spirit’s power. You cannot be lost!

 

Pray

God, You have given me so much hope! Because Your Spirit lives in me, I can confidently trust that I am saved and will inherit everlasting life. You are guarding and keeping me. Nothing can take this new life from me. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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How is one born again? What is the new birth experience? I think the answer can be found in Acts 2:38. One must do as Jesus commanded (repent, be baptized in Jesus name, receive the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues), through Peter's preaching on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, in order to be born again. And then it's an ongoing process through daily repentance, sanctification and submission (Romans 12:1-2) until we are ultimately saved (1 John 3:2). Jesus is the one that justifies us by His grace. He is the one that saves us, but we are responsible to do as His word instructs in order to be saved.
Yes Lord, it is according to Your mercy that I have been born again to the living hope that is my completed salvation in Christ Jesus. Thank You Lord.
We should be ready for the Lord to return, stay busy.
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Father I/we Praise and Thank You Jesus for Loving and choosing us first. For giving us Life back through You Father. Jesus what a Blessing You given us to know we are always protected, Loved, cared for and one day will see You again from the inheritance You gave us in You. Father I see You daily when I look all around me as I feel the sun, the wind again my skin. No matter what comes out Way we know one day our inheritance is You. Thank You Lord in Jesus name Amen
Profound to be kept by the Holy Spirit and guarded, indeed nothing can happen to us. Thank you Father In Jesus name I pray
*APPA; HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS&HOLY GHOST; ARCHANGELS+SAINT;HELP ME COME TO YOU INSTEAD OF MYSELF FOR EVERYTHING YOU KNOW I NEED YOU IM AREADY A SENIOR CITIZEN AND IVE BEEN NEEDING YOU SINCE I WAS BORN;OKAY;AMEN;I CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOU YOU ARE MY LIVING HOPE UNTIL YOU DISPLAY YOUR SELF ;ALSO ALWAYS NEED YOUR PRESENCE EVERYWHERE I GO; INJESUSNAME; AMEN;PRAY FOR MYSELF + MY WHOLE FAMILY FOR YOUR WILL; THANKYOUJESUS;AMEN;okay*
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What a wonderful thing to know. First that our inheritance in Christ is waiting for us. Second, we are continually protected!
Thank you, Lord!
New life in Jesus. Lord be glorified by my life
Amen
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Thank you Pastor Nat for this powerful spiritual reminder. All was done I only need to be God's carrier of the Gospel. Jesus did it all for me and I go free SALVATION. Thank you Jesus. My ission is to tell it and spread it in this hostile environment but the Lord Jesus goes with me. Amen.
I think it is a good practice for us to deeply ponder these words on a daily basis, “...an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you...” Imperishable and kept in heaven for YOU! That is, an inheritance of everlasting life with access to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - forever! Words to live by and help influence your day....Praise God from Whom all blessing flow!
Lord I'm grateful to have You guard and keep me until Your return. I am born again by water and Spirit, and I confidently believe that Jesus died on the cross, was risen on the third day, and will come back and my salvation will be complete. All praise,honor, and glory to God in the highest, Hallelujah. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank you, Lord is all I have. Amen.
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you 💖💖💖
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Amen in God alone I trust
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Thank you Jesus for rising from the dead and are seated at the right side of God the Father in heaven. Let our desire be to be with you in heaven and live with you forever. Holy Spirit thank you for living in us now for you cause us to love and obey the Bible which tells us that our hope is sure and guarded for us in heaven. Blessed assurance Jesus is mine! Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.