Hey Jude: D-Fence!
Jude 1 - TLB
Are you convinced? Before someone is born again it is very important for them to understand what they are buying into. Many have come to Christ and viewed the act as merely a religious act that somehow saves them in the afterlife but they have no understanding what it means to be truly born again.
I have found that if I am fully convinced of something then it is very easy to talk to someone with conviction about it. But when I am unsure or do not really "believe in what I am selling". It is only when we are fully convinced of what has happened to us and what God's intention is for us, that we can be the powerful witnesses He has called us to be. Otherwise would be nothing more than church goers who never allow the power of the Holy Spirit to use the word to change us. What a shame that would be. Here we have the fullness of God available and we would chose to squander it.
This word, with the witness of the Holy Spirit, is the power of life change for you and for the world. There is no religious act, no self determination, or act of will that can wholly change you except that it is first conceived through His word, by His Spirit, in your heart. - Pastor Greg Cramer