Born Again


 Topics on this page:
 
 
- We are Spirits Having a Human Experience
 - Our Minds are not Our Own
 - God's Gift to Mankind
 Yahweh's Love, or Allah's Love 
 - 
Over 500 Witnessed Resurrection of Jesus
 - The Holy Trinity explained
 - We Must be Born Again
 - How Can I be Born Again? How Can I be Saved?
 - What is the "Sinner's Prayer?"
 - Demons are Real...
 - The Gospel in Different Languages
 - Why do Christians Worship Jesus?

  




  

 
Jesus is the Fountain of Youth


Although he was born as a human into this world through his mother, Mary, Jesus was not created in the "image of God" like the rest of us. Jesus was begotten from God, from the very substance of God and from all eternity with God (Luke 1:26-37, Luke 2:42-52, John 10:24-38).
 
Jesus knew his purpose in life was to fulfill the Messianic prophecies that God promised His people since the time of
Adam and Eve. Remember, mankind had separated himself from spiritual intimacy with God because of sin. God promised His people a 
Savior that would allow mankind to once again enter back into personal communion with God. That Savior was God's Son, Jesus Christ (see, "The Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled").  
 
The Devil does not want us to be in spiritual union with God. This is why he constantly tempts us to serve our physical and worldly appetites. These things lead us away from spiritual growth. The Devil lures us away with fantasies of making lots of money, living extravagant lives, satisfying our physical lustsbeing self-serving instead of self-giving. These ambitions suffocate our soul because all of our attention is focused on serving our needs, not God's. 
  
Remember, our bodies will rot away and die one dayguaranteed! But our soul is designed to last forever. This is why we must nourish it with that which is eternalthe Holy Spirit of God!

 
We nourish our soul with the Spirit of God when we love and serve God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength (
Mark 12:28-31). This requires detaching our heart and mind from the kingdoms of this world, and attaching it to the Kingdom of God (Romans 8:10-17).  

 
Jesus teaches us how to detach from our physical desires so we can nourish our spiritual needs. "Feeding our soul" more than our bodies awakens our spiritual nature and helps us to realize how our spirit has power over our flesh. We can literally feel our soul growing within us just as an athlete feels their muscles getting stronger.
 
Focusing our attention on our spiritual needs changes our perspective on life. We stop living for that which is temporary (the kingdom of man) and begin to live for that which is eternal (the
Kingdom of God).

 
Jesus referred to himself as the "bread of life" (
John 6:31-39). "Bread of life" is not a metaphor. When Jesus said he is the "bread of life" he meant it literally (John 6:43-65).
 
Jesus is the bread of life because he gave us everything we need to feed our soul. He gave us the Word of God to feed our Mind; the flesh of God (the Eucharist) to feed our Body, and the Holy Spirit of God to feed our Soul. This is how we become purified and holy like Jesus in Mind, Body and Soul... 
  
Jesus is the only sinless man ever to walk the earth. Even the Qur'an states this (
Surah 19:19). He was not lying when he said, "I am the way and the truth and the life" (
John 14:6-28). 
 
Jesus is the "fountain of youth" that so many people are searching for in this world. And those who repent from sinning and ask the 
Spirit of Jesus to come live in their hearts—and then truly follow his teachings—will live forever in the Kingdom of God. This was the message that Jesus brought to us from God, and his message is as true today as it was thousands of years ago...
  

Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. [11] This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. [12] And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved... (Acts of the Apostles, 4:10-12)

     
We are Spirits Having a Human Experience

 
Jesus said to her:  “But
the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. [24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." [25] The woman said unto him, I know that the Messiah will come, which is called Christ: when he comes, he will tell us all things. [26] Jesus said unto her, "I that speak to thee am he." (The Gospel, John 4:23-26)  
  
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
[2] The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles
that thou doest, except God be with him.” [3] Jesus answered and said unto him,Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” [4] Nicodemus saith unto him, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?” [5] Jesus answered, “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. [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(The Gospel, John 3:1-6)
 
For, brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; 'Thou shalt Love thy neighbour as thyself.'  [15] But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed by one another. [16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. [18] But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (The New Testament, Paul to the Galatians 5:13-26)
 

Most people think we are humans who have a "spiritual side" to our existence. However, our bodies are designed to only last a short period of time—our souls are designed to last forever! Anyone who is aware of their body breaking down from disease or old age knows this to be true. Our soul does not feel the effects of aging, but our body sure does!

When Jesus told Nicodemus "
we must be born again" he was telling him we must stop focusing on the needs of our flesh, and start focusing on the needs of our soul. The first spiritual need we have is to live our lives according to God's Authority—and not our own. This requires us to be baptized into His Spiritual Family just as Jesus taught us in Mark Ch. 16. (See also, "Baptism by Desire.")
 
God's Love and Spirit are eternal. If we want to live in His heavenly kingdom forever, then His Love and Spirit
must live in us. But how can this be possible!? How can our great and almighty God live in our sinful and inferior body and soul?

The answer is: God's Son, Jesus Christ.
 
Our first step toward living in God's Eternal Kingdom begins when we repent from our sins and accept the Spirit of Jesus into our heart and soul as our Lord and Savior. The second step is to follow Jesus' teachings and live our lives according to his
Holy Gospel.
 
Most of us eat at least three meals a day to nourish our body. However, how many "spiritual meals" do we have a day to nourish our soul? Do we read the Word of God; pray to God; listen to the music of God each day?   
 
Do not let the appetites of our flesh overpower our spiritual needs. Our senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch are meant to help us enjoy the world around us, not become addicted to it. 
  

Then spoke Jesus saying, "I am the Light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the Light of life.”  (The Gospel, John 8:12)
 

Remember, if we want to live in the heavenly Kingdom of God forever, the Holy Spirit of God must live in us. The Holy Spirit is God's love here on earth. The more our spirit grows in the Love of God, the closer we are to living in the Kingdom of God.
 
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit of God, which makes him the only 
begotten Son of God. When we repent from our sins and accept Jesus into our heart as our Lord and Savior, Christ then lives in us through the Holy Spirit. This was his promise to us in John Ch. 14 and  John Ch. 17.
  
Serving others is how we continue to grow in the Love of God. As our soul grows and matures in the Love of God, it becomes easier and easier to understand everything Jesus taught us in the Gospel. And everything Jesus taught is to help us realize "we are spirits having a human experience".
 

Jesus said, "While ye have the Light, believe in the Light, that ye may be children of the Light." (The Gospel, John 12:36)
 

 
Our Minds are not Our Own
 
There are many distractions in life that constantly battle our senses for attention. From the moment we are born, many of us are exposed to thousands of advertisements, movies, television shows and radio shows of people telling us their opinions of how we should think, how we should act, how we should feel. All these influences can trick our minds, hearts and souls into believing that happiness comes from what is around us, instead of what is inside us.

By the time we reach adulthood, we have literally been brainwashed into thinking the way the matrix of society wants us to think and act, instead of the way God wants us to think and act. Once we become addicted to society’s influences, our souls become separated from God and slowly “disintegrate” in this world. This creates discourse between our heart and our soul which causes us to be angry, bitter, nervous, worried, confused, ignorant of the truth, sad, lonely, depressed, fearful of what is happening in our lives and in our future.

This brainwashing that pulls our souls away from God has been going on for thousands of years. It is perpetuated by someone who wants to destroy and separate us from the love we have for ourselves, the love we have for others, and the love God has for us. It is perpetuated by mankind’s greatest enemy of all time—Satan. He is the dark force of evil in this world also known as the Devil, Beelzebub and the Evil One.

We can always tell when we are being separated from God's Love because we begin to feel a void, an emptiness, a sadness within us we cannot explain. Many of us will try and fill this emptiness with alcohol, sex, drugs, food, pornography, gambling, thrill seeking, materialism, extremism, etc. These things only provide temporary escape from the emptiness we feel. This is why we consume more and more of these things. We are trying to fill the void and emptiness that is quietly growing within us. This consumption can create patterns of lies, deceit, low self-esteem and self-destructive behavior (sin) that can last for years and years separating us even further from God and those who we love, and who love us.

Remember this: “The purpose of the Devil is to separate us from God's Love.” This is what happens when we fall so far away from God that our souls no longer feel the presence of God's Love dwelling in us. Our souls become... lost. A “lost soul” is a soul in jeopardy of being claimed by the Evil One.

The void, the emptiness, the sadness within us we cannot explain is actually our souls telling us there is something missing in our lives. That “something missing” is the presence of God’s Love within our hearts, within our minds and within our souls:
 

           
And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord [30] And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment" (The Gospel, Mark 12:29-30)
             

What do you “love” in this world? Is it your car? Your house? Maybe it’s your television and all the shows you love to watch? Maybe you love your money, land, jewelry, wardrobe, sports team or some exclusive vacation resort? Or maybe you love a particular movie star, singer, athlete or celebrity who you will never meet, or love you back.

We spend thousands of hours loving and adoring things, places, and people who cannot add another minute to our lives. And yet, when it comes to loving God, the One Being who can actually grant what we desire most in this world—eternal life—some of us only spend an hour or two a week devoting our love and attention to God.
 
The day we stop loving all the things, places and celebrities of this world, and start loving God with the same adoration and passion, is the day we will begin to understand the type of relationship God wants to have with His Children. And the more we draw closer to God, the more God will draw closer to us blessing us with the type of inner-peace, love and strength that we are not capable of having on our own.

It is only by filling our hearts and souls with the Love of God that we gain the strength to overcome our human weaknesses and feel a Presence in us that is lasting and real. That Presence, is the Holy Spirit, the Love of God. When we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we know, without any doubt, that our God is a living God who desires to be just as much a part of our lives in this world, as He does in the next.

Remember, our souls do not want to be filled with the materialism and vices of this world (sin). Our souls want to be filled with the love and fellowship of God, and the love and fellowship of His People. Our souls want to feel happy and content, at peace with ourselves and with others, especially through difficult times.

But before we can begin to feel this lasting inner-peace; before we can begin to fill the void and emptiness that weighs within our heart; before we can begin to understand our main purpose and goal in life; before we can begin our journey towards living a happy, fulfilled and eternal life—we must be "born again.” 

  
God's Gift to Mankind
 
God wanted us to clearly understand the path to eternal life. God taught us this path through His Holy Spirit which lived in His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth. This is why Jesus is called the "begotten Son of God".

God sent His Son into the world to show us the path to eternal life. God wanted Jesus to first teach us the Gospel—then be put to death because of the Gospel—then appear to us after his death as predicted by the Gospel—so we could see for ourselves how living our lives according to the Gospel really does lead us to eternal life. This was the promise of God to all mankind:
 

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (The Gospel, John 3:16-21)
 

God’s greatest and dearest gift to mankind was His Son, Jesus. We conquer death when we accept Jesus into our hearts and commit our lives to living according to God's Authority, and not our own.

The Holy Spirit is the Love from God we feel in our hearts and souls. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit his entire life. This is why the Love of Jesus is just as powerful as the Love of God. The more we live our lives according to Jesus' Teachings, the more feel the Love of Jesus growing in us.

As the Love of Jesus grows in us, the more we grow in our love for God. This is why Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [7] If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (The Gospel, John 14:6-7)

The more we grow in our love for God, the more inner-peace, strength and contentment we feel in our souls. The more we fill our souls with the Love of God, the more purified our souls become because God's Love conquers the demons that want to lead us back to sin. Becoming filled with the Love of God makes it easier and easier to resist temptation and sin because our only desire is to feel
God’s Love dwelling in us, instead of sin.

As we conquer the demons that lead us back to sin, we begin to enter the Kingdom of God where no sin or demons are allowed. This is why God gave mankind His Son and the Holy Spirit. So our hearts could be cleansed from sin; our souls could be freed from demons; and we could enter the Kingdom of God, before we die.


Remember Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (The Gospel, Matthew 5:48)

Through the teachings of the Gospel; the mercy and grace of God's forgiveness of our sins through His Son, Jesus Christ; and the cleansing and purification of our souls by God's Love through the Holy Spirit is it possible for us to be "therefore perfect" in the type of love that God wants from His Children.

 
 
We Must be Born Again
 
People who do not know God, or have fallen away from God, are not the only ones who need to be "born again" or "re-converted". The Evil One is very deceiving. He can make those who believe in God think they are connected to God even when we are not.

There are many of us who regularly attend worship services who think we are in fellowship with God. We go
through the “routine” of worshiping God believing we are pleasing Him and preparing our souls to stand in His Presence when we die.

However, God wants us to stand in His Presence now. He wants us to feel His Presence in us while we are in this world. As Jesus said, "For behold, the kingdom of God is among you." (The Gospel, Luke 17:21)

We need to feel the Presence of God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit so we can cleanse our hearts from sin and purify our souls from demons. Remember, no sin or demons are allowed in heaven. Our hearts need to be cleansed from sin by Jesus and our souls purified from demons with the Love of God (the Holy Spirit) so we will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God before we die.
 
But before we can begin to feel the Kingdom of God
dwelling within us, we need to make a conscious decision to live our lives according to God's Authority, and not our own. The moment we surrender our will for God's will (who knows far better than we do what's best for us!) we are reborn into a new life that is focused on developing our spiritual life rather than our physical life. This is how we begin to prepare our soul for the next life!


 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.' 8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." 9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can this be?" 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God." (The Gospel, John, 3:1-21)
 

 
How Can I be Born Again? How Can I be Saved?

 
If we want to be born again, (or if we were already born again in baptism but now wish to be re-converted into a life that lives for Christ!) we must sincerely desire to be cleansed from our sins...
 
We then must surrender ourselves to live life according to God’s Authority, and not our own. This does not mean we will never sin again; it means we are making a sincere commitment to remove sin from our lives, day after day, until we are 
sanctified in Christ. 

For those who have not already been baptized, (see "
Baptism"; also, "Baptism by Desire"), we are cleansed from our sins when we sincerely repent, and then ask the Holy Spirit of God to come live in our hearts. It is the indwelling presence of God's Love through His Holy Spirit (the same Holy Spirit that dwells in Christ) that gives us the strength to turn away from sin. Although we may be tempted to sin, it is the Love of Christ dwelling in us that reminds us that our love for God is greater than our desire to sin... 
 

Jesus answered,  “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. [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again...” (The Gospel, John 3:5-7)
 

Before we can be reborn into a new spiritual life in Christ, we must first believe Jesus really was the begotten Son of God and everything he taught us about obtaining eternal life, is true: 
 

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. [9] Jesus saith unto him, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? [10] Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. [11] Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. [12] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. [13] And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. [15] If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. [19] Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. [20] At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. [21] He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." [22] Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? [23] Jesus answered and said unto him, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. [24] He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. [25] These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. [26] But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [28] Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. [29] And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe." (The Gospel, John 14:8-29)

Jesus said:  “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. [39] He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." (The Gospel, Matthew 10:38-39)

Jesus said:  “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [22] 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? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (The Gospel, Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus said:  “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [20] For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. [21] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (The Gospel, Matthew 5:19-22)

Please also see, "
Salvation through Faith and Purification".
 

If you are ready to fill that void of emptiness and sadness that has been longing in your soul; if you want to be free from the sin that has been weighing on your heart all your life; if you want to feel the Love of God growing in you day-by-day; if you want to purify your soul and have eternal life in the Kingdom of God, then please do the following:

Turn off all the noise around you. Turn off your television, your radio, all music or electronic sounds. Make it as quiet as possible. Then, quiet your mind and soul by slowly breathing in and out until you feel your mind and soul are at rest. When your mind and soul are at rest, please say the following prayer out loud:
 
  

"O' God, I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. I want to turn away from sin but I am weak; I need Jesus and Your Holy Spirit to help me... Jesus, from this moment on, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I want to follow you and serve God in the fellowship of your Church. I want to receive your Holy Spirit so my love for God will grow. Being filled with God's Love instead of sin, is how I will purify my soul. I ask this in your name, Jesus the Christ. Amen."
 

If you sincerely repented for all your sins; and if you sincerely believe with all your heart that Jesus is your Lord and Savior; and if you sincerely want to follow him and live your life according to God’s Authority and not your own, then you should feel a change within you. This change is the Love of Jesus (which is also the Love of God—the Holy Spirit) being welcomed by your soul. Be happy! You have just begun a new walk in Christ, a new journey to eternal Salvation.

As we walk with Jesus and get to know him as our Lord and Savior, it is important to remember he is also our friend. Talk with him every day and throughout the day. Ask Jesus for guidance and wisdom through the
Gospel. Tell him about your concerns and worries. Ask Jesus to help you overcome your fears. Share your joys and achievements with him as well as your failures and disappointments. Jesus wants us to know his presence in both.

If we truly live our lives according to the Gospel (see, "
Teachings of Jesus"), we will feel the Love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit growing in us, day-by-day. Remember, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit his entire life. He wants us to know how it feels to have the Holy Spirit (God's Love) dwelling in us just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in him. This is how we enter the Kingdom of God.

Jesus was so serious about wanting us to understand the importance of having the Holy Spirit dwell in us that he said we must "
eat his flesh and drink his blood" if we hoped to enter the Kingdom of God with him. This means we have to become just like Jesus, living the type of life he lived according to God's Authority, before we can begin to spiritually grow in God's Love. As Jesus said, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: [21] Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (The Gospel, Luke 17:20-21).

Our love for God is perfected through Jesus who teaches us how to free our hearts and souls from worldly desires and sin. Freeing our hearts and souls from worldly desires and sin allows the Love of God (the Holy Spirit) to grow in us. Becoming filled with the Love of God is how our souls become pure enough to enter the Kingdom of God.

We will know when we have entered the Kingdom of God when our only desire is to feel the Love of God dwelling in us, instead of sin. Feeling the Love of God dwelling in us at all times is how we feel at peace with God, ourselves and others through good times and bad.

In order to resist the temptation of sin from the demons who want to separate us from the Love of God, we need the Love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to continually dwell in us. We should say a "sinner's prayer" as often as we need so the Love of God will grow in us, day-by-day, until we have no desire to sin again.


Remember, the Love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit want to dwell within us so we can free our souls from the demons of pride, greed, envy, anger, resentment, jealousy, lust, self-indulgence, excessiveness, etc., that lead us to sin. As Jesus helps to free ourselves from these demons we will feel the Love of God growing stronger and stronger in us transforming our souls to a level of inner-peace, strength and enlightenment about God, ourselves and the world that we never knew possible.

 
What is the "Sinner's Prayer?"
 
The "sinner’s prayer" is a confession made before Jesus and God that we want to avoid sin and surrender ourselves to living according to God’s Authority, and not our own.

There are different variations of the "sinner’s prayer”. The version you just read in the paragraphs above is for those who have decided to sincerely accept Jesus into their heart and follow God's Teachings.

Other versions of the “sinner’s prayer” are meant to help us grow in our love for God. We grow in our love for God when we avoid sin. Sin is any word, desire, action or feeling that prevents us from feeling God’s Love within us at all times. Sin is what prevents our hearts and souls from being filled with the Love of God (the Holy Spirit).

We will know when we are being separated from God’s Love when we cannot feel the presence of the
Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The Holy Spirit does not want to mingle with sin. The more sin we have in our hearts, and the more demons that have a grip on our souls, the less the Holy Spirit can dwell in us. 

If we want to feel the Holy Spirit growing within us, we have to free our hearts, minds and souls from worldly desires and sinful feelings. We do this by asking Jesus to cleanse us from our sins and to teach us how to grow in our love for God. Jesus taught us how we can begin to grow in our love for God when he said, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (The Gospel, Mark 12:30)
 
The more we grow in our love for God the less we have a desire to do those things that cause us, and others, sorrow and pain (sin). The more we free our hearts, minds and souls from the sorrow and pain caused from sin, the more we can receive the full power of God’s Love through the Holy Spirit (which is an amazing feeling!).

The more we receive God's Love the more we realize what truly makes our hearts and souls happy, peaceful and content—and that is to feel the Love of God dwelling in us at all times.
 
As our souls become more happy, peaceful and content, the easier it becomes to avoid sin because we stop desiring what we think makes us happy in this world, and instead, desire the only thing that truly makes us happy—and that is to feel God’s Love dwelling in us at all times. This is when we not only know we have been Saved we can feel it too!
             

A Prayer to Overcome Temptation and Sin
 
Remember, no sin or demons are allowed in Heaven. This is why God gave His Son and His Holy Spirit to mankind. So our hearts can be cleansed from sin, and our souls can be purified and freed from demons, before we die.

God gave Jesus the power to forgive sins (see,
The Gospel, Mark 2:1-12). It is okay to give our pain—our sin—to Jesus. He can handle it. Jesus conquered sin when he died on the cross and rose from the dead giving us a New Covenant, a new relationship with our Father in Heaven—a relationship based in love and forgiveness of sins just as a parent continues to love and forgive their child when they have done something wrong.

If we are sincere in our desire to remove sin from our hearts, we first have to ask God to forgive us for our sins. However, God wants nothing to do with our sins. Sin is the fruit of the Evil One—Satan. God wants us to confess our sins to Him so we are aware that we have sinned against Him, however, it is God's Son who takes away our sins. God will forgive us if we truly repent for our sins, but it is His Son who washes away the sin from our hearts. This is why we give honor and praise to the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

If we have already accepted Jesus into our hearts, but have fallen to the temptations of the Evil One and sinned again, we can ask God to forgive us for our sin. We also have to ask Jesus to wash away our sin. But before we ask Jesus to cleanse us from our sin, there is something we must do if we want God to forgive us for our sins:
  

Jesus said:  "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: [15] But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (The Gospel, Matthew 6:14-15) 
 

When we forgive people for their sins, the sinful feelings of resentment and bitterness we have towards them is removed from our hearts. Forgiving those who have sinned against us, and asking people to forgive us for sinning against them, is essential for purifying our souls from all sin.
 
After we have forgiven others for sinning against us, and asked for forgiveness from those we have sinned against, we can then ask Jesus to take away our sins against God. These sins include our pride, greed, anger, hate, resentment, envy, lust, arrogance, self-indulgence, indifference, fear, bitterness—all the pain and worldly desires we carry in our hearts, sometimes for years.
 
After Jesus cleanses us from our sin we need to invite the Love of Jesus (
the Holy Spirit) into our hearts to take the place of that sin. We need the Love of Jesus to stay with us because we are not strong enough to overcome sin on our own.

When we want Jesus to forgive us for our sins and help us grow in the Holy Spirit (God's Love) so we no longer have the desire to sin again, we can say this prayer:

 

"Jesus, I have sinned. I am sorry for my sin. Please cleanse me from my sins... Lord, I do not want to sin again but I am weak. Please send your Holy Spirit to strengthen me. I need Your Holy Spirit to dwell in me so my love for You will grow. It is only through Your Grace living in me that I can be free from the demons that lead me to sin. Being filled with Your Love, instead of sin, is how I will purify my soul. I ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen."
 

Jesus cast out many demons from people in the name of God. Jesus was able to conquer demons because he was filled with the Love of God (the Holy Spirit). If we have a particular demon in our soul who constantly tempts us and leads us back to sin, we can ask Jesus to rid us of this demon by saying this prayer:
 

"Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior. I am trying to be obedient and live my life according to God's Authority and not my own—but I am weak. Please send your Love to help me overcome temptation and sin. I ask for your Holy Spirit to replace the demon of ___________ that has a grip on my soul. Being filled with your Love instead of sin is how I will purify my soul. I ask this in your name, Jesus my Lord. Amen."
 

If we have forgiven others for sinning against us; if we sincerely want God to forgive us for our sins; if we sincerely asked Jesus to take away our sins; if we sincerely want the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to free us from the demons that lead us back to sin, then we should feel the Love of God in our heart and soul where the sin and demon once existed. 

Remember, when we stumble in our walk with Christ and commit a sin we can ask God to forgive us, and for Jesus to take away our sin. When we need to resist the temptation of sin we can ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. We should say a “sinner’s prayer” as often as we need so our love for God will grow, day by day, until we have no desire to sin again. This is how we purify our hearts from sin, and our souls from demons, so we are able to enter the Kingdom of God where no sin or demons are allowed.
 

 
Demons are Real... 

  
Jesus said:  “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. [14] I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. [15] I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. [16] They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. [18] As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. [19] And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. [20] Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; [21] That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. [22] And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: [23] I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. [24] Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. [25] O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. [26] And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (The Gospel, John 17:13-26)

 

Jesus wants us to become “one” with him so we can become pure of heart and soul like him which is pleasing to our Father in Heaven. We become one with Jesus through the Love of God, the Holy Spirit. Because of this, we have to be aware there is someone who despises our souls feeling the Love of God. This "someone" is the Evil OneSatan.

Always remember: "The purpose of the Devil is to separate us from feeling God's Love." This is what happens when separate ourselves so far away from God that our soul no longer feels the presence of God's Love dwelling in us.
   
We can literally feel ourselves being pulled away from feeling the Love of God when we begin to think evil thoughts. Our minds are the birthplace of sin. This is how we know demons are real: demons live within our soul and whisper to our minds how "enjoyable" it is to sin. They tell us there are no consequences for our sin. They are experts at convincing us it is okay to hurt others, and ourselves, by committing sin.

Demons are also experts at making us think they do not exist. That little voice in your mind telling you right now, "This is ridiculous. What nonsense! There’s no such thing as demons…" is in fact, a demon speaking to you (see,
Demons Influence our Thoughts).

Demons are experts at whispering other things like, "This is not really a sin if you do this because..." or, "It's not your fault you are about to sin, that person is making you sin..." Demons are constantly providing excuses for us not to take responsibility for our sins—sound familiar?

It is the duty of every demon to keep our minds and hearts preoccupied with everything in this world except the Love of God. Demons do not want us to feel the presence God’s Love dwelling within us because they know this is how we can free our souls from their grip.

Demons will do anything they can not to give up the sanctuary of living in our souls. They are parasites who use our souls to fulfill their desire to sin. Sadly, many people do not realize how these demons are dragging their souls down into the pit of darkness to live with them.

Anyone who has asked Jesus into their heart knows that Jesus immediately cleanses us of our sins once we accept him as our Lord and Savior. We know this because we can literally feel the Love of Christ wash away our sins from our heart. However, it is the demons that are still in our souls that remind us of our old sins and encourage us to sin again, and again. This is why we must purify our souls from demons. We do this by inviting God's Holy Spirit to strengthen our souls with His Holy Presence (Grace) after we have asked Jesus to cleanse us from our sins.
 
             

More Proof Demons are Real
 
Here is a sure way to know when a demon has a grip on our soul: Demons cannot stand to hear the truth. We can actually feel them moving around in us when we (they) begin to hear the truth. Our chests become tight and our breathing and heartbeat quickens. It feels like someone has wrapped their arms around our heart and soul and is squeezing as tight as they can. This "someone" is a demon preparing to fight to keep a grip on our soul.
 
If you doubt this "
spiritual combat" that goes on in our mind and soul, then ask yourself what makes a married person have an affair knowing full well that when they get caught (and they always do...) they will emotionally devastate their spouse, destroy their own reputation, lose the respect of their children and totally ruin the security of their home life?
 
What influences a mother to destroy her own healthy child in her womb? (see,
Abortionno.org). We know the truth of our actions and yet, over and over again, we choose to listen to the lies in our minds that deny the realities of life.
 
Demons are afraid of us learning the truth because they know once we understand the truth about our desires and actions, we will realize how we have been causing us, and those who we love, sorrow and pain. Demons fear that once we understand how we have been causing ourselves and others sorrow and pain, we will want to be free from their grip.

Remember, demons are parasites. They need our souls so they can live their lives through us. They also want as many demons as possible weighing on our souls so they can drag us down into the pit of darkness where we will become as miserable, angry, lonely and bitter as they are. This is why they will do whatever they can to stay wrapped around our souls. This is why they tell our minds what we are doing “is not really a sin” or “not really our fault.” This is why they make us close our ears and walk away from someone who is telling us the truth
.

Jesus spoke the Truth when he told us we are to live our lives according to the Word of God. Jesus is the Spiritual Light of God. People who have accepted Jesus and God are hungry to hear the Word of God because they know it draws them closer to the Light of God and away from darkness. As Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (The Gospel, John 8:31-32)

Remember, Demons do not want us to be free from them. They will do anything they can to keep our minds away from the Truth so they can keep our hearts and souls in darkness where they are "safe". Demons need to live in the dark shadows of our hearts and souls so they can convince our minds to stay away from anything that might expose us (and them!) to the Light of God, which is also the Love of God. Demons want us to stay far away from the Love of God because they know once we begin to receive the Love of God, we can destroy them.
  
             
 
Are You Afraid of Demons when You See Them?
 
Here is another way to be sure that demons exist. Demons want us to be afraid of them when we see them "acting out" in someone we know, or acting out in someone we pass by on the street. Demons also want us to be afraid of them when we see them in movies or read about them in books. They want us to be afraid because they fear we might discover they really do exist. Think about it. If we cannot face our demons, how can we conquer them?
 
Can you think of a time in your life when you behaved a certain way you did not like, or acted in a manner that was self-destructive? Maybe you acted this way for years before you realized what you were doing was hurting yourself and those who you love. When you look back at that time in your life, do you ever wonder how you acted that way in the first place?

Anytime we act in a way that hurts ourselves, or others, we can be sure there is a demon in our mind and soul encouraging us to do things we will later regret. Remember, it is a demon’s duty to corrupt our hearts, minds and souls with sin so we lose our connection with God. It is their duty to fill our hearts with so much fear, hate, ignorance, loneliness, despair, envy, greed, lust, resentment, etc., that we continually say, and do things, that separate ourselves further and further from feeling the Love of God:

 

"Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

                                                 
"The Screwtape Letters"  by C.S. Lewis
 

What are Your Demons?
 
There are many different kinds of demons. There are "demons of dependency" like sex, gambling, alcohol, gossip, thrill seeking, entertainment, materialism, television, wanderlust, etc. They are demons because they are the little voices who tell our hearts and minds we need these things in life to feel “happy and alive,” when in reality, all we really need is the love and fellowship of God to feel happy and alive.

There are other demons like anger, pride, resentment, greed, money, power, lust, jealousy, fear, ignorance, loneliness, etc. Many finding their way into our minds when we were younger then living in our hearts throughout our lives polluting our souls by our words and actions. Words and actions that have hurt ourselves, and those who we care about, for years and years.

Yes, demons are real whether we want to believe they are or not. Now that you understand how they are real, you have to ask yourself this question: “Why would I want a demon living their life through my soul?”

Remember, when we need the strength to resist the temptation of demons, we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us. When we stumble in our walk with Christ and sin again, we can ask Jesus to forgive us. We should say a “sinner’s prayer” (see above) as often as we need so our love for God will grow, day by day, until we have no desire to sin again. This is how we purify our hearts from sin and free our souls from demons so we are able to enter the Kingdom of God where no sin or demons are allowed.

Keep the Evil One and his demon servants away. Carry the Word of God in your heart so it is with you everywhere you go. Help the Holy Spirit purify your soul by surrounding yourself with music and literature that speaks of God and all His Teachings.

Our main goal in life should be to enter the Kingdom of God. We do this when we accept the 
Love of Jesus into our hearts and believe the Holy Spirit is here to help us live our lives according to God's Authority as Jesus taught us. This is how our hearts and souls become purified and are made perfect in one Love with Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, and each other.
 

 
Biblica (International Bible Society)

 
Copies of the Gospel and the Bible are available in many different languages through the Biblica website at http://www.biblica.com/bibles/.

God Bless You! You have just begun a new journey to Salvation. We pray that one day you will look back and realize this was the day you were Saved!
 

 

 
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