Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
After we receive Christ as Savior we may be confused sometimes because many of the old temptations have not disappeared. We still sin. Sometimes we lose our tempers. Pride and jealousy may still crop up from time to time. This is not only confusing it is discouraging and sometimes leads to spiritual depression. We may even have some particular “besetting sin” that plagues us that we do not seem to be able to conquer.
But the moment we receive Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit and are given a new nature that contends with our old nature. By the old birth we are children of the flesh; by the new birth we are children of God. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus that he “must be born again” (John 3:3).
Whenever the old nature asserts itself, we may begin to doubt whether or not we are really saved. Satan wants us to doubt our salvation to make us ineffective, but we must remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit gives us assurance that we have been born again. How do we remind ourselves? By reading and studying the Word of God. The more we commune with God by reading His word and spending time in prayer, the less we want of our old ways. The new nature begins to take over by the power of God’s Word that speaks into our hearts and puts our minds on Him and sets our feet on the right path. We must let the Bible become central to life, for we cannot grow spiritually strong without it.