Jesus, our Big Brother,
loved us and the Father so much that He knew the spanking would hurt us both, so he offeredto take it for us! So God let Him and promised to forgive us if we would love and thank Jesus for it and let his Spirit live inour hearts and lives from now on and obey His Word by letting Him love others through us." It's that simple!
18. THEN I WOULD LEAD THEM IN A SIMPLE CHILDLIKE PRAYER,
and you can pray it with us if youwish: "Dear Lord, please
for being bad and naughty and deserving a good spanking!
so much for sending Jesus, Your Son, to take my spanking for me.
I now receive Him as my Savior
and as Your Son and
ask You tocome into my heart
make me be good and love You and others
by your Spirit. Help me to
read Your Word andobey it and try to help others.
In Jesus' name. Amen."
19. THIS IS THE PRAYER WE FIRST PRAYED AS A LITTLE TINY FAMILY OF SIX,
just so simple andchildlike,
without a church or a building
or a preacher, in the quiet sanctity of our own little home, a tiny little housetrailer,
with nothing but the Word of God and His Spirit
as our Teacher!--And look how God has answered! Look how
He's helped my children to help your children
and the children of others to become
God's Children--Our Children--Yours and Mine and God's!
THE MIRACULOUS CHANGE OF SPIRITUAL REBIRTH.20. GOD BLESS YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO YIELD YOUR CHILDREN TO HIM FOR GOD'SUSE, THAT HE MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP OTHERS
and in so doing give you and us both many more childrenin His Spirit for His Kingdom! This has made both Him and them very happy, as well as bring joy and happiness and Hiswonderful Salvation and Love to many, many others!
How thankful you should be for them and how proud
you should be of them for their self-sacrificial love and service in saving multitudes of other young people by helping them to find theLord and showing them the joy of a life of service for others! Thank God! May you
never regret your own personalsacrifice in letting them go for God!21. WE REALIZE THAT MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THIS INSTANTANEOUS,MIRACULOUS, AND SUPERNATURAL CHANGE
of mind, heart, and life which occurs by the power of God's Spiritin this spiritual
transformation which God calls being born again, or a spiritual rebirth,
it is such a drastic change!Some of you have even been misled to believe that because of this sudden change and desire to live an entirely differentkind of life that your children must surely have been drugged, hypnotized, brainwashed, kidnapped, or imprisoned, or theywould not have so suddenly and somewhat dramatically left home, loved ones, school or job and entered upon such anentirely new and different kind of life!
22. HOWEVER, IF YOU WILL RECALL SOME OF THE BIBLE STORIES YOU MAY HAVE HEARDABOUT SOME OF THE INSTANTANEOUS TRANSFORMATIONS
of life, mind, and heart which befell some of God's greatest characters at some crisis time by the power of God's Spirit such as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah,Daniel, some of the folks Jesus Himself called or healed, and his own Apostles, as well as many other men of Godthroughout history, you will realize that
this is actually nothing new, but something which God has been doingthroughout the ages
in the lives of men!
23. SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS SO SUDDENLY AND SO COMPLETELY AND THERE IS SUCH ADRASTIC CHANGE THAT IT CAN BE VERY DRAMATIC AND MUCH MISUNDERSTOOD!
Many have even been thought, like the Apostle Paul, to have suddenly gone mad, or "driven crazy by religion", there has been such a suddenchange in their lives and their way of thinking, speaking, and living! Their whole attitude toward life and others haschanged, and changed so suddenly that their friends, loved ones, or others have thought them to have suddenly had sometraumatic psychological experience which has made such a personality change as to make them seem even schizophrenic!--and in need of psychiatric care!
24. SOME HAVE EVEN GONE SO FAR AS TO HAVE HAD THEIR OWN LOVED ONES PLACEDUNDER A DOCTOR'S CARE OR IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION
for observation to try to find out what's happened tothem to make them such a different person! But let me remind you and reassure you that
this has been a very commonmiracle of God throughout history!
Jesus called it
being born again
of His Spirit, and Paul called it the new birth inwhich "
things are passed away and all things are become
and "ye are become
in Christ Jesus"! TheBible calls it
"putting off the old man and putting on the new"
and it is often such a remarkable transformation and
actual personality change
that God's Word often likens it to the
death and burial of the old and a resurrection of thenew to an entirely new
life and way of living!