What is Regeneration?
When it's just you and your thoughts, you've sometimes felt it: the feeling that your life is disappointing, futile, tedious or senseless. A quiet desperation. Then comes the confusion. You rummage around your box of experiences, grabbing onto one interpretation of reality after another; your intuition tells you're missing something.
The Creator is not satisfied with leaving you in this state of unproductive uncertainty. The Eternal Spirit became a very real, very vulnerable person—Jesus—in order to identify with what you experience. He is interested in you—in what you think, in what you feel, in what you do. God intends for you to live a life of freedom, abundance and significance.
Have you noticed that we all seem to carry some kind of guilt? Sin, or missing the mark, is inevitable; it’s a part of who we are as humans. That doesn't make it right and it doesn’t mean we won’t suffer the consequences. In fact, if the sin issue in our lives is not dealt with, the temporal and eternal consequences are devastating. If you are separated from God, He is actively seeking reconciliation with you. The Creator wants to take your burdens and respond to your confusion.
How to Proceed?
The starting block of faith is the irreducible component of individual responsibility: recognizing that you are separated from God—that you’ve missed His best for you, that you have sinned. One must admit this.
A thoughtful step of faith has three vital components: it includes knowledge, which grows into conviction, which grows into trust.
1. Faith includes knowledge. We are not asked to trust someone about whom we know nothing. investigate.
2. Faith includes conviction. We are not only attracted to what faith is about, but we have become sure of its truth. believe.
3. Faith includes trust. Having faith isn’t merely being convinced of something; it is the entire person being committed to someone—Jesus Christ. commit.
This whole process can be done through reading the Bible and through prayer—simple communication with the Eternal. Pray and ask Jesus to be the one who rescues you from the reality of sin. Pray that God will explain Himself to you, and believe that He will. Then entrust yourself to Him.
SO WHAT NOW?
We at Calvary Chapel Montreal Regeneration don't have all the answers. We can't give you a recipe. We can't give you a timeline. We can give you a starting point.
Jesus said, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
One place to start is the Bible. It’s a complete, challenging, and inspiring manual for living. When you make the effort to discover the intent and content of scripture, you'll find answers of hope and purpose in the heart of the creator.
Talk to the Creator, though it may seem contradictory to communicate with someone you can't perceive. You'll discover a lot about God and yourself in the process.
Find someone who knows about these truths. We invite you to come visit Calvary Chapel Montreal Regeneration where we talk about this every week. Connect with us on Sundays or during one of our weekly ministries.