THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
“Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.’” John 3:5-6
There are some incredibly powerful words in the book of John. And there is no more potent chapter than John chapter three. In this chapter Jesus outlines an incredible description of His mission and purpose for coming to earth. In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus describes what is required to ‘enter the kingdom of heaven.’
The first thing that Jesus describes as necessary for entering God’s kingdom is to be born of water and the Spirit. The picture of a birth is one of renewing and new beginnings. Everything is new to the senses when you’re a newborn. We are to be ‘born again’ in the Spirit as a renewing of ourselves and a new beginning. Jesus also gives us a benefit for being reborn. ‘Because flesh gives birth to flesh’ is a reminder that all human beings suffer from the same condition of sinfulness. But when we are ‘born again’ through God’s Spirit, we are born to the Spirit, able to live above the world’s demands and sinful temptations.
- Praise God for who He is
- Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
- Allow His Spirit to draw you near
- Listen as He speaks to you
- Pray that God helps us to find things new
- Pray that God helps us live in the spirit
- Thank God for hearing you
- Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will
What’s happening around us?
Nutrition for Learning supports community-based nutrition programs committed to improving the learning capacity, health and well being of children and youth in Waterloo Region. Research has proven that students coming to school hungry don’t perform well in the classroom, have difficulty concentrating, display behavioural problems, are less alert and are often lethargic. Nutrition for Learning’s programs impact the physical, cognitive, behavioural and academic needs of children and youth in Waterloo Region. Get involved by volunteering at a breakfast; donating food or products; or starting a Student Nutrition Program.