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Saturday, March 9, 2019

My spiritual birthday

John 1:12 (ESV)

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

50 years ago today I was adopted into God's family. On March 9, 1969 after Sunday school was over, I stayed to talk to my teacher Mrs. Rose. She explained to me how Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead 3 days later. It was then that I put my faith in Jesus.

As Christians, we are privileged to have two birthdays–the day that we were born physically, and the day that we were born spiritually. Over the years, I have found that our spiritual birth is actually God inspired and ordained.

We cannot come to God unless He draws us to Himself. God, being merciful, sent His Son to die for each and every man and woman—no matter how bad, sinful, or unholy that person might appear to be.

Still, just like our physical birth, our spiritual birth (our salvation), is a gift from God for which we can take no credit. Whilst the two days might differ, whenever you choose to celebrate the latter, it is certainly something that you should be thankful for everyday, and more so on that special birthday.

I pray that as you are reading this you also have the special day you celebrate the gift of salvation, the gift that only God can give. 

This gift has transformed me into a masterpiece—God’s masterpiece—I was created anew in the Christ Jesus. This enables and empowers me to do those things that I was destined to do—to fulfill my purpose.

If you would like to hear more about how you can receive that same gift I did please send me a message.  I would be thrilled to share with you how you can receive that gift today.  If you already have received that gift I would love to hear your testimony. 

Dear Lord, thank You for the greatest gift ever—the gift of salvation—which you gave to us individually on our spiritual birthday. I thank You for Mrs Rose taking the time to show a 7-year-old little boy how he could receive the gift of salvation. Help us to share that gift to those around us today.  Thank you, Lord. In the Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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