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JESUS TALKS ABOUT BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT – HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE ARE BORN OF SPIRIT?
CAN WE KNOW? YES! ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE:
John 3:8 Douay-Rheims Bible The Spirit breatheth where he will; and thou hearest his voice, but thou knowest not whence he cometh, and whither he goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English: The Spirit breathes where he will, and you hear his voice, but you do not know from where he comes and where he goes; thus is everyone who is born from The Spirit.”
VERY CLEAR – WE SHOULD EXPECT TO HEAR HIS VOICE – WHAT VOICE SPIRIT SOUND LIKE?
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.
OR – the Spirit Himself pleads for us in yearnings that can find no words,
THAT IS HOW HE SOUNDS – BREATHING, SIGHING, YEARNINGS – also HOW HE SOUNDS IN US!
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23
“we ourselves in ourselves groan, sigh”
WE ALL HAVE LONGINGS – IN CHRISTIANS ARE BIRTHED GREATER LONGINGS
WHEN WE BEGIN TO SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE – HEAVEN ON EARTH – WE LONG FOR IT!
WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT ‘GLORIFIED BODIES’ – IT CREATES A LONGING!
WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT RESTORATION – NEW HEAVENS NEW EARTH – LONGINGS
SPIRIT IN US – BIRTHS HOLY LONGINGS – CAUSES US TO REACH STRETCH TOWARD HEAVENLY THINGS
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17
HEAR THE LONGING HERE? THE LANGUAGE OF DESIRE? THE HUNGER OF THE HEART?
James 4:5 “The Spirit which he made to dwell in us yearns jealously”
THE SPIRIT IN US IS PRODUCING THIS LONGING – EVIDENCE OF HIS WORK
IT SEEMS THAT THE SPIRIT PUTS DEEP, SPIRITUAL LONGINGS IN OUR HEARTS THAT CAN ONLY BE FILLED THROUGH HIM – IN HIS TIME!
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell (rest, dwell,) in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.…
THIS IS HOW THE LORD WOOS US -HE DRAWS US WITH LONGINGS –
Hosea 11:3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; But they did not know that I healed them. 4 I led them with cords (ROPES) of a man (ADAM – HUMAN BEING), with bonds (WOVEN ROPE, with which a cart is drawn) of love, And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; And I bent down and fed them.
GENTLY UNTO THEM – BROUGHT SATISFYING – FOOD – MORE – of peaceful enjoyment of results of labour; figurative of receiving consequences of action, good or bad
SO HE HAS PUT IN OUR HEARTS ETERNAL LONGINGS – A LONGING TO BE LINKED TO ETERNAL
Ecclesiastes 3:10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
PAUL SPEAKS DIRECTLY – 2 Corinthians
4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self (man) is wasting away, our inner self (man) is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who IS EFFECTNG THIS, IS PRODUCING, DOING THIS IN US prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
And He who did work us to this self-same thing is God, who also did give to us the earnest of the Spirit;
FOR ITS TIME! IN THE RIGHT TIME
Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth, shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been granted in what he ordaineth?
ALL THY DESIRES? THE DESIRES HE GIVES – HE CORRECTS, HE GRANTS
– ALL IN GOOD TIME!
WE ALL HAVE FRUSTRATIONS, EXPECTATIONS -WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER – BE A BURDEN LIFTER, BE A BURDEN ADD-ER