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REFLECTIONS

Fro m t h e
A CHOICE
In s i d e O u t
It’s not possible for you to AND A CHANGE
change yourself, but it is pos-
sible for God to change you
by the miracle-working

T
power of His Spirit. He’ll do he British scholar C.S. Lewis commented, “A
things you can’t do! man who was merely a man and said the sort
This is what it means to be of things Jesus said would not be a great moral
“born again” in the Spirit and teacher.” A mere mortal claiming to be the Son of
“become a new creature in God would not be taken seriously by others. He
Christ Jesus. Old things shall would probably be ridiculed, put away in a mental
pass away and all things shall institution, or considered mentally challenged. Lewis
become new” (2 Corinthians goes on to say that if Jesus were not the Son of God
5:17). His coming into your as He claimed to be, “He would either be a lunatic—
life not only renews and pu- on a level of a man who says he is a poached egg—or
rifies and regenerates your else he would be the Devil of Hell.”
own spirit, but it also renews
your mind, breaking old con- “You must make your choice. Either this man
nections and reflexes, and was, and is, the Son of God, or else He is a madman
then gradually rebuilding it ... or something worse. You can shut Him up for a
and rewiring it into a whole fool; you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon;
new system with a different or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and
outlook on life and a new God.”
way of looking at the world,
with new reactions to nearly Many people who don’t believe Jesus was di-
everything around you. vine nevertheless say they believe He was a great
But it’s impossible for you man whose positive influence has reached over the
to make this change yourself. centuries and around the world. But as Lewis ex-
If you want this change, it’s plains, God didn’t leave us the option of considering
necessary for you to ask Jesus simply a great man or a great teacher. God
Jesus to come into your wants you to believe in Jesus as your Savior, and
heart. When Jesus comes then to take Him into your heart and life. Why?
into your heart, everything is
changed—everything! You Because God wants to live with you, and in
are a new person, completely you, in order to give you all the good things that He
different. But you don’t have has for you out of His limitless love. How does He do
anything to do with it! All that? In the Bible He says, “A new heart also will I
you do is ask Him to come in. give you, and a new spirit will I put within you”
It’s a miracle of God! (Ezekiel 36:26). What years of psychoanalysis, self-
Some changes are instan- help methods, group therapy or even personal de-
taneous, others take awhile. termination can’t do, God can do in one instant, as
—But if you’ve received an answer to the prayer of a believing heart: He can
Jesus as your Savior, you will give you a new spirit. It’s the start on the road to a
be changed, because Jesus new life.
changes people!

— By David Brandt Berg

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