A New Birth

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March 27, 2018 by James Lindquist

Sometimes life gets in the way of living. I’m sure most of you will know what I mean. It’s been hectic but what a great couple weeks. I apologize for the span between blogs. I traveled to Oregon to welcome my ninth great grandchild, Brooklyn Marie, into the world. I am a great grandpa to the ninth degree. What a perfect baby, 7lbs 4oz, 21” long. She, as with all new babies, are so small and fragile; totally dependent on us.

As I looked down on her, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through her mind. Wouldn’t you just love to know what they are thinking, even if they aren’t? (Any of you mothers out there know?) We realize that they never existed until they took her through the portal and into the world. I wonder what they make of us, what with all the awwww’s, coo’s, and smiling faces.

Then something round and soft is crammed into their mouth, and if she could talk, she might have said, “It is weird, but if I suck on it, a warm liquid comes out and it tastes pretty good.” However, they don’t even have language skills to analyze what’s going on. Their entire world at this point is experiential. It must be frightful. Then on second thought, they have no memory of anything for which they can judge danger or not. All they know is hunger, pain, and what they experience with their five senses.

v1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
v2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. [1 Corinthians 3:1, 2 KJV]

Much like a natural birth, a spiritual birth is the same thing, as Paul explains to the Corinthians. As new Christians, we begin to ween ourselves on milk until we are able to digest meat or the heavier things of the Gospel and Christ doctrine and living. A whole new world opens up to us when we first believe. It is a very exciting time and most are on fire with their new found faith and the desire to please God.

However, as we get older in the lord, many times we drift away from the faith. There as many reasons as there are people so to cover them here is not feasible. However, a few of the reasons are complacency [1], guilt [2], shame [3], regret [4], and of course, sin [5].

Being a disciple of Christ is a process and no one gets away from persecution [6]. One way around this is to never loose sight of the Cross and of Jesus. God’s Word is full of many ways to fight and win over sin. You could call the Bible the operator’s manual for life. Promise to never leave Christ, for He has promised never to leave or forsake us [7].
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[1] Revelation 3:16
[2] Romans 8:1
[3] 2 Corinthians 5:17
[4] 2 Corinthians 7:10
[5] Galatians 5:16-25
[6] John 15:20
[7] Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5

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