Friday, December 23, 2011


There are changes in life which come so gradually we don't always recognize them. As the years progress we change emotionally and it takes some time to realize we've moved to a point quite beyond the limitations of early youth.  In youth we often feel we understand things which in truth we have no perspective on.  But we grow from experiences and we gain knowledge as time goes on.
A slow steady change in our ability to interpret our world also is present in our walk with Christ, but with much greater impact.  We do gain knowledge as we learn God's word and when we press ever harder in search of God's direction we find ourselves looking at the world in a much different way.  We change - things change within our spirit and the mind begins to comprehend.  The fact is that God's Holy Spirit is our teacher.  Jesus said that God's spirit will lead us "into all truth." (John 16:13)  And what happens is the world goes continually in one direction while God takes us directly opposite.  The change has come and the blinders are off.  It is new life.

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him." Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to 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?"  Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.  The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."  John 3:1-8

Have a joyful Christmas

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