Joe M (15 Aug 2011)

Paul's posting on becoming born-again was and is always timely.
It is easy to assume everyone who reads a Christian website on the end-times is saved, is born-again.  Easy, but not wise.  If you're reading this post and wondering what does it mean to be saved, to be born-again, please indulge me a moment.  Don't be surprised if your phone rings right now, or if someone comes to your door, or some other distraction happens.  The devil doesn't want you to read this.
So please stay with me.
A number of years ago, I tuned into a Christian radio station and heard a preacher say these words, "You need to be born-again!"  And he went on to explain what that meant.  You know, I'd heard the words 'born-again Christian' before, but I didn't know where they came from.  It turns out they came from Jesus himself.  The Gospel of John, Chapter 3, verse 3:  Jesus replied, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  In this passage of Scripture, the Lord is having a conversation with Nicodemus, a respected Jewish teacher, who came to Jesus by night to speak with Him.  Nicodemus was in the minority among the pharisees, for he had an open heart toward Jesus, toward God.  And so the Lord Jesus revealed this truth to him.  In this passage, the Lord reveals our need for a spiritual re-birth.  Because Adam sinned, we were all born in sin.  So Jesus came to the earth as the second Adam, the one who would redeem us from our sins, us being those who believe in Him.  So we need to become born-again.  Do you understand?  We need to be re-born spiritually.  We need to be saved.
It is one thing to recognize Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.  It was something much more to accept Him as our personal savior.  And this is how one becomes born-again.  Consider it this way: if someone comes to your door with a gift, and knocks, you may turn and see this person through your window.  At that moment, is the gift yours?  The answer is no.  You have to open the door and invite the person in.  Then they may present you with the gift.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the gift of salvation.  He Himself is the gift.  And he knocks at your door.  Now the decision is yours to make.  Will you go to the door and let him in?  In the book of Revelation, chapter 3, verse 20, the Lord said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."  Here, the Lord is extending His invitation to anyone who would hear his voice.
Today... The Lord is calling You!
Will you hear his voice?
Pray this prayer:  Lord Jesus, please forgive me for all my sins.  Wash me and cleanse me with your precious blood.  I accept you now as my personal Savior and Lord.  In Jesus name I pray.
God Bless you and welcome to the Kingdom of God.  For today is the first day of your new life in Christ.
Please let us all know if your prayed this prayer to ask the Lord Jesus into your heart.  You are now born-again.  You are now saved!
Praise God!  Praise be to God Almighty!
All glory be to God our Father!
Your brother in Christ,