I hope that joining this website that my husband and I can connect with other christain couples. We feel that it's important to surround of selfs with ppl going in the same direction. :) me and my husband have two boys. I'm the CEO of the household and my husband works for his family business. That's just a little info about who we are. I hope y'all have a blessed day

Veronica & Timothy

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Comment by Jeff Levinson on August 13, 2012 at 12:16pm

Veronica, do you go to church?

You mentioned in a post that you read the Bible and pray. I encourage you to begin reading the gospel of John. The Bible is not one book, but 66 different books written over the course of about 2500 to 3000 years, depending on one's view of history.  And when you read the Gospel of John, please read one chapter a day. Or if something strikes you, that is the Spirit teaching you and pause there for a day, to contemplate on what you have learned.

One thing I did when I was new to reading the Bible, is that I would read a section, then find the footnote at the bottom of the page, and look up the references there. After I looked up the reference and read that scripture, I would look up the reference for that scripture, and so on...I found some pretty cool stuff doing that.

One final word, Veronica. God has made it so that if you seek the truth in the Bible with your whole heart, He will make sure you find it.

Would you please tell me, Veronica, the version of Bible you are reading? (New International, King James, Revised Standard, etc)

Also, could you tell me how it happened that you "asked Jesus into (your) heart?" People typically do not wake up one day and decide they will do this...how did it happen with you? There is a purpose for my asking.

Comment by Veronica Morris on August 13, 2012 at 10:17am
Hi,
You explained it well. I will read those scriptures myself. I'm glad I had someone to explain that to me or else I wouldn't have known. It sounds silly that i wouldn't know but it's a learning experience. I can't be expected to know everything as soon as I asked Jesus into my heart.
Comment by Jeff Levinson on August 13, 2012 at 1:48am

Hello Veronica...

"Asking Jesus into your life" is often synonymous with being "born of the Spirit", however, not always. Many people  in churches live a Christian life because it is a good and moral lifestyle, yet they do not understand that what was dead must become alive. At the very best, these dear people do not understand what has taken place, and they must understand, for it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the very worst, they have signed on to a social club and are yet dead in their sins.

Veronica, I do not want you to be alarmed. Please let me explain.

In John 3, Nicodemus..a "ruler of the Jews"...came to Jesus by night. A "ruler of the Jews" was a man who was devout, very knowledgeable in the Laws and Prophets (Old Testament) and instructed others in the ways of God.

In the conversation, Jesus told him that he must be "born again". His response was "“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus replied:

 “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."

What takes place often when we "ask Jesus into (our) heart", is we respond to warm fuzzies, or we are in distress, or we make up our minds to live a certain way. Yet we never deal with the sin that separated us from God, in the beginning.  The issue is one of agreement, actually. It is the work of the Holy Spirit here on earth to convince us of our need for forgiveness. Once we are in agreement with God over our separation from Him, and our sin problem, we confess this in prayer...actually, it's an oft-visited topic...and ask His forgiveness. Then we ask Jesus to change us, live in us.  Yet we must understand what it is He did for us, and why.

Being born of the Spirit is an act of Jesus. He accepts us and takes us at our word, and gives us eternal life (John 10:28). We know He has because the Spirit begins to work in our lives.

Asking Jesus into our hearts is the result of understanding and believing the Gospel, our condition, our need, and the great sacrifice Jesus Christ did for us. Whatever reason a person asks Jesus into their heart, these things must be understood and believed. The prayer is the fruit of that understanding and agreement.

I hope I explained it well enough. I've been much interrupted in the telling of it. 

 

Comment by Veronica Morris on August 13, 2012 at 12:33am
That is a good question. I have to be honest Bc I have nothing to hide. I really don't know what born of the spirit means? I didn't know there was a difference between asking Jesus into your life? Please explain
Comment by Jeff Levinson on August 12, 2012 at 11:38pm

Hi Veronica!
What a wonderful journey you are on! Veronica, have you been born again...born of the Spirit?  I feel silly for asking, but it's such an eye opener when I ask it of people who are doing the things of a Christian, yet have not been born again.

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