Robert Frost, the great American poet, once said, “Our founding fathers did not believe in the future, they believe it in.” Can you tell the difference?

“To believe in the future” is to progress into the future with faith. “To believe the future in” is to own the future before creating it in faith. The former is like engineering, and the latter is reverse engineering.

You might ask, “Since reverse engineering is to reproduce an existing product, what country is America trying to reproduce?” Since a country like America has never existed before, Robert Frost meant we are reproducing the great nation that was in the imagination or vision of the minds of the founding fathers.

The constitution is the reverse engineering of that nation in their mind. They already have the tests and trials that we are going through today built-in. I am confident that we will survive the bad news we hear on TV these days (about the social unrest) because I know we have enough good people to carry the torch to “believe it in.”

Now, let’s talk about your future. Do you believe in the future, or do you believe it in? The future we are talking about is the kingdom of heaven—the fruitful life or a life of heaven on earth. Jesus said that we must have these eight blessings to enjoy heaven on earth.

The first blessing is Consciousness. Jesus said a conscious person is someone who knows the value of the kingdom of heaven like a merchant who discovered the Pearl of Great Price and determined to own it.

The second blessing is Abandonment. Having found the Pearl of Great Price, the merchant must have the courage to sell everything he owns to purchase the pearl. Otherwise, consciousness is useless.

You can review these two blessings in my previous message on FruitfulLife.org.

The first two blessings may sound a little gloomy, but the good news is, if you can get through those two hurdles, the rest of the journey is pretty easy and breezy.

Today, we will talk about the third blessing: Rebirth.

After the death of the ego, you are reborn into a new person, like the seed that has germinated underground and now sprung out as a tender sprout. Your ego is gone, and you are meek and gentle like a newborn baby. Jesus said,

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Mat 5:5).

The word “meek” in Greek means “tamed,” “gentle,” or “humble.” It is like a tender sprout that comes out of germination. We talked about the ugly and messy process of germination, but it is a blessing to go through it because a fruitful life follows. Jesus said unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it is just for the birds. If it dies, it bears much fruit.

If you dare to die, you can enjoy the blessing of Rebirth. As a newborn, you are meek and humble. Jesus says the meek will inherit the earth. It means you are blessed with all the resources you need to grow into a fruitful tree.

Everybody loves a baby. People will do everything they can to feed them, clean them, and protect them. An infant does nothing, but they get everything done for them. All they do is eat, sleep, and poop.

Don’t you wonder why, as we grow up, we learn to take control of things, and nothing comes to us free anymore? Don’t you want to go back to infancy and be loved, treasured, and provided? It is what Jesus means when he says the meek will inherit the earth.

It is also why Jesus said, unless we become like children, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. That means we can still attract love and abundance if we know how to be like children. An egoless child attracts God’s full attention and provision. That is also why Paul was able to say,

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Php 4:13).

The keyword here is “through Christ.” It means you are reborn into Christ. Some people have their ego died, but they are reborn into the same ego. They recycle between consciousness, abandonment, and rebirth into their old self. The real rebirth is being reborn into Christ. Otherwise, there is no inheritance

Paul did not say, “I can do all things through my huge ego that strengthens me,” but he says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So, it is essential to be reborn into Christ. Paul said,

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).

This is the real rebirth. You are not reborn into your own old ego but into Christ. To be reborn into your old ego is like reincarnation, but to be reborn into Christ is resurrection. You need resurrection to break the cycle of reincarnation.

Reincarnation will repeat the cycle of suffering because the ego is reactive to suffering. Resurrection sets you free from suffering. We may still live in this fallen world, known as the sea of suffering, but we have the resources to face it because we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.

“I can do all things” sounds like an incredible promise. What does it mean? Does it mean I can suddenly sing like Mariah Carey, or dunk like Michael Jorden? No, that is simplistic. It means you can believe the future in.

Like a seed, you have a fruitful future. So, it means you have all the resources to cultivate a fruitful life even though you are now only a meek and gentle sprout.

This newborn baby is not you but Jesus Christ himself, as Paul described above. You are dead. You don’t exist anymore, and you don’t want to bring that old life back. You are reborn as Jesus Christ.

Do you know what “Christian” means? The word “Christian” means “Little Christ.” In the first century, it was a derogatory term used against the follower of Christ. In those days, people made fun of the believers and called them Christians, or Little Christ.

Then the believers thought it was an excellent term to describe themselves, so they adopted it. They were proud to be called Christian because they have been reborn into Christ and have become Little Christs literally.

Now let us talk about how to enjoy this blessing of rebirth. There are three A’s, and I call it the AAA of daily living.

1. Affirm Your Identity

Your identity is different from your identification. Your identification is your external description, like what is on your ID card or business card. Your identity, on the other hand, is your real person from inside out.

Now you have been reborn to a new identity of Little Christ because it is no longer you who live, but Christ lives in you.

Human beings tend to forget. That’s why Jesus asked us to celebrate the communion often to remember him. In the same way, develop a habit of remembering your identity as the Little Christ.

Every morning as soon as you wake up, recite this Bible verse,

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).

Since you have been crucified with Christ, you are already dead, so do not relive your old life like a carnal person, but be a spiritual person who holds firm in the identity of Christ. Paul said Christ gave Himself for you so that you can take on his identity. Claim this blessing by affirming it daily.

2. Apply Your Identity

You can use Robert Frost’s method to apply your identity: believe your future in. In the morning, you affirm your identity. During the day, you apply the identity.

For example, if you are sick, say “I am healthy” with faith. I am not talking about some miracle healing like those you see on TV, or some wishful thinking. I am talking about believing your future in. What is it like to be healthy? Imagine that scenario, enter into state, feel that feeling of health, and say, “I am healthy.”

Your rational mind and critical thinking might make fun of you for doing that, but this is how people of faith believe it in. As you practice it frequently and experience the outcome often, you grow more rooted in your conviction that it is Christ who lives in you that is doing that.

Do you know that the phrase “I AM” is extremely powerful? It is because “I AM” is the name of God. When Moses asked God what God’s name is so that he could tell the people who sent him. The Bible says,

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14).

So, whenever you say, “I AM … ,” you are invoking the name of God and tapping into the power of God, especially now your “I AM” is Jesus Christ because you are the Little Christ.

Don’t just take my word for it, test it out. Say, “I AM healthy.” Ladies might want to say, “I AM slim,” or “I AM beautiful.”

You can also apply this to other people. You can imagine your sick friend become healthy. Even if they are too sick to imagine health for themselves, you can imagine it for them. That is what prayer is all about. You believe the future in.

If you are poor, say, “I AM rich.” Remember the song, “Let the poor say, ‘I am rich!’” The name of the song is “Give Thanks!” Yes, “Give thanks.” When you give thanks, you affirm your faith that your prayer is being answered. By giving thanks, you believe your future in.

Like our founding fathers, dream something big and believe the future in because, as Paul said,

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Php 4:13).

3. Amend Your Identity

You might ask, “What If I failed to live my identity?” As human beings, sometimes we messed up and get discouraged. The danger is if we get too discouraged, we might give up.

The good news is, Jesus has given us a tool to overcome the feeling of failure so that you won’t give up. It is the process of pruning. Jesus said,

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2).

So, every morning, you affirm your identity. During the day, you apply your identity. At night, you amend your identity by pruning the day or pruning past. You lie in bed before you fall asleep and think about the day. If there were any failures, you let the Father take it away or prune it.

Who is the Father, and where is the Father? He is in you because Jesus said, “The Father and I are one.” If you really believe like Paul did that Jesus is in you, then the Father is in you also. You do the pruning in the name of the Father.

The word “repentance” means “change” or “amend.” We have been wrongly taught that “repentance” means “regret.” No, it means “change,” “revision,” or “amend.”

The Constitution of the United States has 27 amendments. America is a country of repentance, and we have repented 27 times.

Let’s say I had an argument with my wife during the day; I failed to bear the fruit of the Spirit. At night, I review the scene like replaying a video clip of that event, and I revise that conversation like editing the video so that it becomes what it should have been—a fruitful conversation.

That is what pruning is about, and that is what repentance really is. You change it or amend it.

The next day, you will find that future conversations become better because you have healed the past wounds within you. The past is gone. You have pruned it so that that the unfruitful branches are no longer there.

That is how you cultivate a fruitful life. By continually pruning it, you will see you become much fruitful day by day. People say you cannot change the past. I used to believe that too, but now I don’t after knowing Christ intimately.

You are not your past because you are reborn into Christ, who has the power to amend it and give you a new identity.

I would not say it’s easy, but you are blessed with the power, the tools, and the resources to cultivate a fruitful life. In your humility, you have inherited the earth that can nurture a fruitful life in you.

So now, this is how you live the blessing of your Rebirth. The AAA of daily living of your new identity.

1. Affirm Your Identity Every Morning

2. Apply Your Identity Every Day

3. Amend Your Identity Every Night

May God bless you with all the resources you need to cultivate a fruitful life. Amen!


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