Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17
When l had the opportunity of talking to you on salvation, we had been limited by time. But l always tell you that when you are born again, you get a new name and you are under a new management.
There is a lot in salvation, much more than rescuing you from hell and making you candidates of heaven.
The position of the one who is unsaved is critically bad.
Psalm 7:11. Can you imagine living inside the anger of God?
The Bible says if you are in Christ, you are near to the Almighty God.
1.When you are born again, you get a new name according to John 1:11-12.
When you are born again, your friends begin to recognize your new name.
A change in name can seriously affect your future.
Genesis 32 and 33.
2. When you become born again, you get a new accommodation, Colossians 1:12-13. Matthew 5:14-16.
You will begin to shine also.
3. When you become born again, you come under a new management.
It is dangerous to be under the management of satan because he will use you and dump you.
1 Samuel 17:28-3.
If you serve the devil, he will pay you with disappointment.
4. When you become born again, the Bible says you are now a new creation meaning you get a new nature.
Until you become born again, you have the nature of an animal, Galatians 5:19-21
The reason a sinner is called a sinner is because of his nature to sin, and they seem to be rejoicing in it.
Hatred, envy all manners of idolatry is the nature of animals.
5. When you become born again, you will find yourself in a new family John 1:11-12.
Jesus Christ is the first born of many brethren.
6. When you are truly born again, you will have a new hope.
When you are in Christ, you can always say my tomorrow will be alright.
7. When you become born again, suddenly, you will have new influence because you will become connected to the Most High, Isaiah 56:1
I was privileged to visit a country in Africa and one of my sons wanted to take me round a United Nations facility. The security personnel refused to let my car in. My son spoke to the man for a while to allow his father come in and he insisted that no one not working there could come in. Later the security man asked “who is this your father”? He called my name. The security man said ‘why didn’t you say so since? I will take him round myself.
When you have God as your Father, you can talk to people and say don’t you know l am a child of God. Ephesians 2:1-7, Ephesians 1:18-23. All forces of darkness comes under your feet the moment you become a child of God.
8. New Abilities.
. When you are truly born again, you have new abilities, Philippians 4:13. You will never fail again, Luke 5:1-11
One of the abilities is 9:
The ability to hear the inaudible.
. When you become born again you will have the ability to hear the inaudible.
10. New Joy
. When you become truly born again, you have new joy, Psalm 51:11-12. Joy that you cannot explain Philippians 4:4.
When l used to visit UI, a professor got born again and when l returned he said son, l have a question. He said l hope it is not dangerous to be happy all the time? I said that is what God wants from you.
11. New Strength
. When you are truly born again, you suddenly develop new strength Nehemiah 8:10, Isaiah 40:31.
12. Garment of Praise
. When you are truly born again, you begin to wear a different kind of dress (the garment of praise) you will just find yourself singing all the time
13. You become More Beautiful.
. When you are truly born again, you become more beautiful. Nobody is ugly if the fellow is smiling. Nobody is ugly when rejoicing because you will have joy like a river, Psalm 149:4 says God will beautify the meek with salvation.
14. New Vision
. When you become born again, suddenly you will begin to have new ambitions ,new plans, you will begin to see spiritual things more than material things, Colossians 3:1-4.
You will begin to think of heavenly things that are permanent.
My wife and I once visited a new house so beautiful that even most things in the toilet were made of gold. My wife said ‘Heaven is more beautiful than this’. Unfortunately, the man never slept in the house before he died.
15. Qualification for Divine Healing.
. When you become born again, suddenly you become qualified for divine healing.
1 Peter 2:24.
If l feel a headache, l ask myself what have l done wrong?
Mark 5:25-34 talks about the woman with the issue of blood.
I am believing God for all of you that before this Convention is over, you will enjoy divine health.
16. His Peace
. When you become born again, you will enjoy His Peace.
You can have Peace in a storm.
When a patient is to undergo an operation, he is sedated.
The peace God gives is more than that.
17. His Friendship
When you become born again, you will begin to enjoy His friendship.
It is a dangerous thing to be lonely.
This loneliness is not the l am single kind of loneliness, a man can be married and lonely.
You can be in a high position and be lonely, a president can be lonely, but Jesus offers friendship.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE SAVED
To be saved, there are certain things you need to know:
1. You must realise that you are in serious trouble if you are not saved.
A man came to me asking me to prophesy since God hears from me. I asked If he was saved, he said no. I said he was in trouble. He said what If he said he was born again! I said ‘I would have told him it shall be well with him’.
It shall be well with you.
2. You cannot change yourself.
A leopard can’t change its spots.
– You need to realise that you can’t change yourself without help. How many years have you been having new year resolutions?
3. You need to know that only Jesus can save, Acts 4:10-12
4. He is Willing to save your soul.
You need to do it now.
You have to call on Him to save your soul.
2 Corinthians 3:2.
If you are going to call on Him, do it now.
My in-law showed me so much wealth then asked me to go and preach to the poor asking If Jesus could provide all these for me and came back when he was defrauded to beg me to pray for him.
Listen to me my beloved friends, surrender your life to Jesus Christ today, tomorrow might be too late.
Those of you who have surrendered to Jesus Christ, you have seen the benefits of salvation, claim them.
Ask Him to put you under His management today!
Intercede for those that are just accepting God, that He will receive them and save their souls in Jesus name.
All those who have been born again before, release unto them all the blessings associated with salvation in Jesus name.