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*From the Archives* Part 7
This is part one of me sharing blog posts from back in the day. I've actually been blogging since about 2007 under this same blog name; Random Bites of a Sweet Life (started out on blogspot) and I have all my old posts saved. I'll randomly share an old post from the archives here for old times' sake.
Here's one from May 5, 2009:
~ Open Letter to My Friend ~
You must be born again.
It is not a choice, it’s a requirement. I wanted to get into this the other day when we spoke on the phone but I wasn’t able to because you had to go.
I know we talked about how crazy life can be and how we are faced with things that we don’t understand, whether it's illness or death of loved ones, or just suffering in general. And it's true, it’s a sad and disheartening fact.
And while I can’t explain why you're going through what you are with your health, I can tell you that I have been offering up deep and sincere prayers for you. I believe that this situation may be a way to bring you closer to God also, just as your sister said. You mentioned you haven’t talked to God as much before as you have been now and that’s the first step.
I'm compelled to tell you that you have to give your life to the Lord completely. Our lives are futile and they are not our own. We don’t know one day to the next, what will happen to us. I know you believe the Bible to be God’s word, so I can use scriptures to show you what I mean.
Acts 2:38 – Peter preached to the people.
“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NLT)
This is being born again. Born of the water (baptism) and born of the Spirit (receiving the Holy Spirit). And this is what Jesus said about this in John 3:5,
“Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” (NLT)
You can’t continue to live a life of sin.
You have to repent. And repenting means you turn away from sin to live a clean life. Baptism washes away your sins so you can be clean. And you receive the Holy Spirit, which is the power of God, to stay clean and help you live a holy and sanctified life. Nobody is perfect even after receiving the Holy Spirit, but you have to walk with the Lord, pray to Him and live for Him and He will keep you if that is your desire. This is what God requires. He gave us His commands to follow, which are in his Word, the Bible.
How can we say we love God if we don’t do what He says?
In John 14:15, Jesus said,
“If you love me, obey my commandments.” (NLT)