Shepherd Daily Devotional – The Rebirth

“You can’t get into God’s kingdom by playing the victim card.”

Written By Ben Dankaka

You can’t get into God’s kingdom by playing the victim card.

One day, an old man, named Nicodemus paid Jesus a surprise visit at night. Clearly, he didn’t want his colleagues to know he was visiting Jesus because they were opposed to His teachings. As they talked, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” At first, Nicodemus was confused. But Jesus further explained, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” That is, just as our bodies are birth by “men”, our spirit has to be birth by the Holy Spirit.

It is important for us to realize that the process of becoming “born again” is for the purpose of entering God’s kingdom. The only time Jesus mentioned “born again” was in reference to God’s kingdom. Also, realize that becoming “born again” has to do with spiritual rebirth. You don’t become born again because you heard a powerful sermon that made you emotional. Its okay to feel emotional after a sermon but you can’t get into God’s kingdom by playing the victim card. The gates to God’s kingdom can only be opened for you when you are renewed by God’s Spirit.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, reborn my spirit. Amen.


Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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