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The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

The Spirit of God works through His Word to create and sustain faith in Christ Jesus. We often see the results of His working in people’s hearts but do not know when and where He will next work, except that it will be where the Word of God is in use and the Sacraments rightly administered.

O Holy Spirit, grant that Your life-giving Word may take root in my life and my faith in Christ Jesus grow ever stronger. Amen.

[Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22-23 KJV

As creation suffers under the curse of sin and looks forward to its deliverance on the Last Day, so we who have been brought to faith in Christ by the Spirit and have a new nature of God’s making long for and await that day when our bodies are set free from the curse of sin and enjoy the perfect freedom to serve our God without sin forever.

Come, Lord Jesus, and set us free to serve You without sin forevermore. Amen.

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That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.“ John 3:6-7 KJV

It is not enough to be born of the flesh — the result of the union of a man and woman. To be a part of God’s kingdom, one must be born again of God — of the gracious working of God’s Spirit through Baptism and the preaching of God’s saving Word.

Thank You, O Holy Spirit, for raising me up from spiritual death to life through the washing of water by the Word. Amen.

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“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Romans 8:19-21

All of God’s creation was placed under a curse when mankind fell into sin and it awaits the day when all those who have faith in Christ are raised up and glorified, for then it too will be set free from the curse of sin and partake of the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Keep us in the true faith, O God, that we may be raised up to life eternal in the new heavens and earth which You will create, where there will be no more sin and no more death. Amen.

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“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 KJV

The Pharisees had rejected the counsel of God and the baptism of John the Baptist (Luke 7:29-30). Jesus told Nicodemus, a Pharisee, that one cannot enter into the kingdom of God if he is not born again by water and the gracious working of the Holy Spirit in Holy Baptism. Baptism, as the Bible says, is a “washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Tit. 3:5).

Grant, O Lord, that I not neglect the means of grace or prevent souls entrance into Thy kingdom through the waters of Baptism. Amen.

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