John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
This lesson is two-fold. The first should go without saying. But just in case... if you want to minister like Jesus, you must be BORN AGAIN. It's not about using the name of Jesus to go ghost hunting for a reality TV show or a little personal recreation and entertainment - which are all VERY DANGEROUS as these guys below found out:
Acts 19:13-16 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.
I want you to get saved, yourself, first and foremost. It's a lot safer that way. SECONDLY I want you to catch the simplicity in leading others to Christ. Ministers must never over-complicate it! Adding more to it can add years of uncertainty, causing people to doubt their salvation which distracts them from real Christlike ministry. Worse yet, they may develop a strong negative reaction to the simplicity of the gospel and even become the next generation of religious persecutors.
Below is page right out of my book "Healed, Healthy and Whole in Jesus' Name." It works great for anyone including ministers to become born again.
Romans 10:9 says that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Pray this out loud:
“God, I confess that Jesus is Lord of all, and I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. Thank You that I am now saved!”
WAIT A SEC!
IT IS THAT EASY?
Yes, indeed it is. You are now a Christian. Well, what does that
Ephesians 5:8 says this of you after you prayed that prayer: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.”
2 Peter 1:4 says that you have partaken of God’s divine nature.
Romans 8:16 and 1 John 3:2 say that you are now God’s very child!
Before you were the child of the devil (John 8:44) but not any more!
Now get 2 Corinthians 5:17’s scoop on you... “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Meditation: God reveal to me all that I am the moment that I got saved. As real as when I was born, this new birth is no less real. God I love being in Your Family.