Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)
It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X
BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. (Gal 6:1)
Tempted also! How about because we need help not to likewise feel bad and judge the person who did the hurting?
Holy Spirit I see that only Your Great Love in me is the key to complete restoration and the Kingdom of Christ. Please help me to manifest it at all times. X
And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
I woke up this scripture running through my mind. Then I thought how many of us will think similar thoughts over the season. That Jesus won’t find room in our lives either through circumstance or decision – but not by accident.
Yes, there’ll be LOADS of temptations and peer pressure to leave him in the Manger and join with the crowd, but think it through first!
Have the crowd or what they offer, EVER brought you the Love and Peace And Joy That Papà has?
Child of God, if you’ve not been called to go with The Holy Spirit to their party then stay with your Lord in the Manger. You might just see and hear his Angels … X
…And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil …
… Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want…! Matt 6:13)
(Jesus says) ‘if your eye causes you to sin . . .’ So he does actually encourage us to be proactive about avoiding circumstances which will bring about temptations and this prayer asks for God’s Divine back up in doing this!
Our Father … X
Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. (1 Pet 4:1).
They overcame … by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony! (Rev 12:11). X
‘I walk down the street. There’s a hole in the pavement and I fall in. I’m lost; it isn’t my fault. It takes me forever to get out.
I walk down the street again. There’s a hole in the pavement but I pretend I don’t see it, so I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place; still, it isn’t my fault.
I walk down the street again. There’s a hole in the pavement. I see it, but I still fall in – it’s a habit. But now my eyes are open and I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the street. There’s a hole in the pavement. I walk around it. Finally, I walk down a different street!
1Cor 10:13: No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.