What If I Have Doubts?
Doubts. Everyone at one time or another if they are honest have doubts about themselves and their salvation. Maybe they aren't growing like they think they should, or maybe they just don't feel saved. Just stop thinking that right now! Don't DOUBT what the bible says. If the bible says you can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved, and you prayed that prayer earlier with an honest heart and really did mean it, then dear heart, YOU ARE SAVED!!
Don't let the devil or anyone else take away what you have received from the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil (and I would guess some of the people you know) would like nothing better than to see you give up what you have because you don't feel saved, or because you become frustrated. Don't let that happen. I encourage you to keep reading and praying and just leaning on the Lord. Believe me, it is worth it all to have the peace that Jesus brings to you in your heart.
Praise God I'm Saved!
Praise God I'm Saved. How sweet those words sound! Those words should fill your mouth with praise. It should thrill your soul to know that you are no longer in bondage to Satan and to sin. The reason why Jesus came to earth was to save our sinful souls...and He paid a big price for it...suffering and dying on the cross. But that was God's plan of salvation and Jesus willingly paid the price...Thank you Lord! I just praise you for what you've done for me!
How To Grow!
Now that you are a christian... you are a baby christian...and you have to remember that you have to crawl before you can run. God desires to see his babies grow into mature christians with a hunger for the meat of his word...but babies don't start out eating meat...do they? So just remember...you probably were a long time out in this sinful world, and you will probably make mistakes. But don't fret! The minute you know you have sinned...say help me Jesus...and forgive me...and He will. If you ask Him to forgive you with an honest heart, He will. He loves you and knows you aren't perfect. Just keep a sweet attitude and a humble spirit about you and you will be just fine. We tell all new converts...take baby steps...and then you won't fall down. Just remember these four things:
- Keep trying and don't give up!
- Keep yourself pure...keep away from temptation and sin!
- Keep a sweet attitude!
- Keep on believing...don't loose faith...God is with you!
As a testimony to your new birth as a christian, everyone should be baptized. To be baptized is to symbolically bury the sinful man and to birth a new creature in Christ. In Matthew 28:19 the scripture says: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Also Jesus was baptized...and we are to try to be like Jesus! Be baptized...it is a privilege of the believer!
The church is not just an institution established by man. The church was established by God for man. The word *church* means the "called out ones". And that is what we are...the called out ones...remember the Holy Spirit called you out to know more about Jesus. Christ is the founder and head of the church. It is so important where you get your spiritual instruction and direction. All churches are not the same! A church should be committed to the preaching and teaching of the truth of God. One should find true preaching and teaching, good christian fellowship, support and encouragement from their church. Another thing to remember...the scriptures say in Hebrews 10:25- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching. So we advise you to get into a church that teaches God's Word.....find a church that is concerned about you spiritually and physically. And get involved! God established the church so that all His children could come together to worship Him in truth and spirit. When you start attending church...go to Sunday school...it will help you grow as a new christian. Do not take the church for granted...God made it for you...Praise the Lord!
Read Your Bible!
Some new christians grab their bibles and go straight to Revelation. Whoa!...stop right there! Remember what we told you earlier...you are a baby christian and you aren't ready to eat the meat of God's word. First off, a new Christian needs to start reading the first four books of the New Testament. In these books you will find out who Jesus really is. You will find out what He did while here on earth and why. Study these books and then finish reading the rest of the New Testament. Essentially your bible is your guidebook. It contains everything you need to know...about the past...your present...and future. Take time and read the bible. We have provided a download for a wonderful PC bible to put on your computer on Christian Heart's menu at the top of this page. If you have trouble understanding the King James Version get a copy of the New International Version which is written more in today's language. The scriptures say in the New Testament in Second Timothy 2:15 -Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We once heard a preacher say that everyday reading God's word is a good day. Reading is another way to grow as a christian....so READ your bible.
Praying daily is the key to spiritual developement. Regardless of how strong and mature you may become as a christian, you will never be so spiritual and holy that you will not need to pray. Jesus, the Son of God, prayed everyday! Prayer is a privilege that God has given us. The scriptures say in Hebrew 4:16- Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
It's not hard to pray...just talk to the Lord. You don't need any fancy words ...just talk like you would normally talk to anyone. Also don't feel bad if you don't know how to pray...even the disciples had to asked Jesus how to pray!(Luke11:1) There is a great prayer guideline in Matthew 6:9-15. In these verses the scriptures say that when we pray:
- Open your prayer with praise. Praise and worship God for who He is, the Creator of all things.
- Be thankful. Be thankful for what He has done for you and for what He has promised you in His word. Thank Him for providing for your daily needs. Thank Him for everything!
- Confess daily your sins to Him. Ask forgiveness for your mistakes and shortcomings. Ask him to help you in your daily walk as His child and to overcome temptations in this world.
- Ask God to help you help others. Pray for others such as your family, your church and fellow christians, your pastor, and your co-workers. Anybody and everybody that you want God to help. This is called intercessory prayer.
- Close your prayer in Jesus' name. Jesus says in John 14:13- And whatsoever ye ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Your prayers cannot find their way to God except you come through the name of Jesus.
Make a committment to pray daily...you will grow so much as a christian if you do...and remember, God wants you to talk to him...He loves you!
Hold on to God!
Hold on to God. Hold on to what you have...namely salavation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't give up or give in to the world. If you desire to grow in the Lord you will spend time in the Word and in prayer. You are precious in the Lord's eyes...in fact you are now His child. As a new convert you will have to learn that obedience to God is not always the easiest way, but remember it is the best way. God loves you and knows what's best for you. Trust in Him...He says He will never leave you or forsake you. Believe and have faith! God is true! He won't ever let you down. Just keep on walking those baby steps...keep on praising the Lord...keep on attending church...keep on reading the Word...keep on praying daily....keep on holding on...and soon you will be a mighty christian for the glory of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Last But Not Least
We will tell you this little bit of information that we call Last But Not Least. Your personal relationship with God the Father is just that- personal! This new intimate relationship you have is unique only to you and to the Father. Everybody will not have the same kind of relationship with Him as you do... just like everyone's relationships with their spouse, children or siblings are not identical to everyone elses. What we are saying is this: Meditate, search, and study on the the things of God and He will direct you in the paths He wants you to follow. When we first become believers and dedicate our lives to the Lord, we are sometimes bombarded with doctrines and religion. Dear heart, let God show you what you need to know. He will! Just trust in His guidance and be still and listen to what He has to say.