Why You Need to Be Born Again

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 29, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #26 in Series 2020 and is titled “Why You Need to Be Born Again”.

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Sadly, the term “born again” has fallen into disrepute over recent years, despite the fact that it is the most important term that one must address regarding one’s eternal destiny. People who are born again have been ridiculed, criticized, and even ostracized. Have you ever wondered why?

Often, when there is great public outrage against something, it is due to the fact that that “something” is true. You see, the truth offends. It has offended from the fall of Adam and Eve. It offended when Jesus walked the earth. And it continues to offend today.

Why does the truth offend?  Because it challenges a person’s self-will, his desire to be his own god. 

Rebellion is at the heart of the human condition. It was rebellion that brought evil into the world, and today, it is still rebellion that perpetuates evil.

Because of our first parents, Adam and Eve, each of us is born into this world with a sin nature. This means that we enter this world with spirits disconnected from God. In other words, spirits that are dead, for there is no life unless we are connected to God.

When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they died spiritually and, eventually, physically. God never intended for us to die physically. Sin caused physical death as well as spiritual death. 

After they sinned, Adam and Eve were helpless to regain what they had given up by obeying Satan instead of obeying God. There was nothing our first parents could ever do to be restored to their original condition. Consequently, since they had corrupted themselves by their sin, they could pass on to us only corruption–spiritual, mental, and physical. They could only give us what they had. 

But God loved Adam and Eve and all of us, their descendants, so very much that He took it upon Himself to rescue us, to reconnect us to Himself. There was only one way He could do so. God needed a scapegoat–someone who was not only God and capable of paying a perfect price to our perfect God, but who also would become a man in order to represent mankind and stand in our place as our substitute. That Someone was Jesus Christ, God’s only Son!

Ever since that day when Jesus rose from the dead, He has been offering His gift of salvation to all who would take it. Won’t you accept His gift of salvation today? Tomorrow may be too late.

You see, when a person is born again by accepting Christ’s gift of salvation, that person is reconnected to God the Father. This reconnection qualifies the person to spend eternity with his Father in Heaven because he has become a member of God’s family.

So why should being born again matter to you? It should matter because whether or not you are born again will determine your existence for all eternity after you die. Contrary to popular teachings, you will continue to exist after you die physically and leave this earth. Your spirit and your soul will continue to exist in one of two places: Heaven or Hell. The choice is up to you, but you must make that choice before you die physically. You will not be permitted to make that choice after you die physically.

But the only way to ensure that your spirit and soul go to Heaven after you die is for you to be born again. Only those who are born again are permitted entrance into Heaven. Those who are not born again will go to Hell and remain there forever and forever and forever in a state of eternal torment–with no hope of ever leaving that horrific place.  And yes. Heaven and Hell are real places.

So, I urge you, accept Jesus Christ as the only One Who can save you. The Bible says in Acts 4: 12 CEV that “only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.”

Won’t you run to that Name now and be saved? Please pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I have been duped by many who say that I don’t need You, that I can save myself. But I see now that I was believing a lie. Forgive me! You are the only one who can save me. So I accept You now as my Savior and Lord. Come into my life. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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RIPE FOR HARVEST

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I have been posting a few personal experience stories over the past few weeks. These experiences happened to me personally and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. Today’s post is the last of the series. I trust that these stories have encouraged you, inspired you, and revealed to you how much God loves you and is involved with your life as well.
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The young woman rushed toward me, a smile on her face and a joy in her eyes that I had never seen in anyone’s eyes before.

“Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?”

My muscles tensed at her jolting question. It was not one I had expected to hear at a Friday night party sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ at a major Eastern university.

I furrowed my brows. “Excuse me? I don’t understand what you mean.”

She smiled and repeated her question, her face radiant with a joy that, I could tell, was not of this world. “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?”

“I’m sorry,” I replied. “I am____________.” And I gave her my lifelong religious affiliation.

My past did not deter her. “A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is for everyone, even for someone of your religious background.”

She was earnest and passionate. Unwavering in her zeal and, even more so, in her conviction.

“I’m sorry,” I said again. “I respect your beliefs, but this is not for me.”

Her smile faded just barely, but the joy in her eyes never did.

Her name was Margo. She was kind, gracious, and polite. We parted on friendly terms. As she walked away, the look of love in her eyes remained indelibly seared in my soul. Little did I know then that it would hover before me and bless me for the rest of my life.

Now, 45 years later, I can still remember that look of love in Margo’s eyes. A look that Inow understand was Christ in her bidding me come to Him. Now, 45 years later, I am certain she prayed incessantly for me.

Why am I certain? Because two years after my encounter with Margo at that university party, I overcame my fear of questioning my old belief system, and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. And, in the 45 years since, I have had the great honor and privilege of leading countless people to a similar, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, 45 years later, I understand what was going on in the spirit realm that night at the university party.

Tragic how fear can keep us from truth. Tragic how ingrained beliefs can so imprison us that we are afraid to question them. Tragic how religion can keep us from relationship!

Margo knew this. She saw it in me when I did not see it in myself.

When I did not want to see it in myself.

And so, she shared the truth in love. Not theology. Not intellectual arguments.

But a Person.

She shared Jesus Christ in her by allowing Him to flow through her into my life. And even though, to my deep regret, I did not accept Him that first time He presented Himself to me through that precious young woman, His infinite mercy profoundly touched me and left its indelible mark on my soul.

Jesus understood my fear of renouncing what I had been taught from childhood and had always believed. But He did not allow that fear to persist in my life. He pursued me with His love.

As did Margo with her prayers.

For 45 years, I have searched for her. I want so much to tell her that I did finally come to Christ and that, because of her boldness in sharing the Gospel with me, countless others have come to Christ. I want her to know that her witness was not in vain, that the seed she planted has borne much fruit.

I may never find Margo this side of Heaven. But one day, whether here on earth or on the other side, I will thank her personally for sharing Christ with me. Until then, I will continue to pay tribute to the love of Christ in her by imitating her boldness and sharing Christ wherever and whenever I can.

And, until then, I will continue to encourage others that no witness for Christ is in vain. For He promises us this: “My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do” (Isaiah 55:11 GOD’S WORD® Translation).

Only God knows where the seeds we plant will sprout and bear fruit. That is His concern, not ours. Ours is to do His bidding, to be a Margo to that one who is too afraid to let go of status quo beliefs and move into truth.

That one who, like me, was ripe for harvest but just didn’t know it.
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