12 April: Reincarnation vs New Birth

While the notion of reincarnation had been around from early times, today’s chapter from AD1 throws a complete spanner in the works of all previous theories.

READ JOHN 3   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

If belief in reincarnation, or in new birth, will both require “faith”, what’s faith and how can one make a choice between what’s on offer?

Well, some say that faith is believing in something when there’s nothing to believe. Others say that faith is believing in spite of the evidence to the contrary. But “faith”, according to the Creator God, is believing what He’s revealed in history (HIS story), entrusting oneself to your Maker, and acting accordingly. This is the kind of faith that Jesus was looking for in Nicodemus, a 1st Century Lawyer and Religious Leader. [v10]

So if reincarnation puts the onus on me behaving according to certain rules to ensure another life where I adhere to more rules in the hope that, eventually, I’ll make it to the top after many lifetimes, and finally “get out of jail” free, through Jesus’ one perfect sacrifice [v36], the price is paid! Our Maker overrides all systems with an incredible “get out of jail free” card called Forgiveness. He’s freely offered humanity New Birth [v3,6&8] and Eternal LIFE by His grace = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Read More? …CLICK on “12 April – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering what to say to the Lord of Life? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

  1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Praise be to You, Lord, forever! Amen and Amen! Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God! [Psalm 89:52; 90:2]
  1. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
  • The World: Pray for “the State Church” in China[b]
  • Your Country: Prison Ministries
  • Yourself: Processing Loss
  • Your concerns for today
I pray Lord, that I and those I care for most will enjoy good health and that all may go well with us, even as our souls are getting along well. [3 John 1:2]
  1. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Who is a god like You, Lord? You pardon sin and You forgive the transgression of Your people. You don’t stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. [Micah 7:18]
  1. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
You, Father God, are upright. You’re my Rock, and there’s no wickedness in You. [Psalm 92:15]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die…” [John 11:25-26]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/chna/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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