The Holy Spirit and Starting Out with God
Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit... You must be born again. John 3:5-7
The new life that allows you and me to develop an intimate relationship with God comes through a spiritual birth that is brought forth by the Holy Spirit. Just as man is physically born into the human family, so must he be spiritually born into God's family. There is no other option except choosing curses and ultimate destruction. That is why Jesus said, "You must be born again." However, this only applies to our eventually entering into His Kingdom, and in no way even hints that God is taking all responsibility for protecting us from the deceitful ploy’s of Satan who although powerless, is continually attempting to influence us to pay him homage. We have a personal responsibility to mature in the knowledge of God and our Lord Christ Jesus that enables us to master sin by activating the gifts of the Spirit which were made freely available for us to use by the mystery of the Cross. Instead of me telling you, I challenge you to seek the truth which is cleverly and majestically concealed within His written word. When you have perceived, comprehended, and understand God’s precepts you will gladly relinquish all, and I do mean all, selfness, (meaning pride, self exaltation, having to figure out and do all things for yourself) to God ant to trust Him, you will attain His peace which surpasses all human understanding.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, or any others, please post your questions or comments and I will post an answer in consonance with His word.