New Life in Jesus Christ
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
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Dear Brother or Sister in Christ,
I hope that you'll e-mail me to let me know that you've been saved so that I can praise the Lord for you. I also want to lift you up to the Almighty in prayer.
God loves you. He knows everything about you. The Bible says that there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. Through His Son, He has made you a child and joint-heir of His riches. And like a good father, He takes great care of His children: He protects, comforts, provides, teaches, nutures, guides, loves, and desires your good. God is your Father!
Because Jesus has paid the debt for your sin, you are now free to worship God and to get to know Him. If you want Him to, He will do the impossible in your life. The Christian life is not complicated at all when it is lived as found in the Bible which is God's holy word. Don't be mistaken, this is not the easy life, but it is one filled with joy and peace that comes from Almighty God Himself.
Remember that you walk simultaneously in the realm of the spiritual and the temporal. You are in the presence and care of God whether you are cooking dinner or sitting in a church pew. Whether you are praying or washing your car. Being a Christian is a lifestyle that affects every area of your life. If you walk with God (do things His way), you will be blessed. Jesus said, "Whosoever loveth me keepeth my commandments." If you are a serious disciple of Jesus Christ, you will do His will. Here are some things that you must do to live victoriously in Jesus.
Read the Bible everyday.
The Bible is God's word. This is how He talks to you. It is like no other book in the entire world--it is living. Pray before you pick it up. Some of you may not know how to pray. It is simply talking to God. Make sure you close your prayer "In Jesus Name" which Jesus told us to do.
You may not understand everything that you read the first time. The Holy Spirit will help you to understand what you need to know.
Start with the book of John which is the fourth book of the New Testament.
If you get sleepy when you begin to read the Bible, continue anyway! The devils that had control over you before you trusted Jesus don't want you to read the Bible--it is dangerous to them. Reading the Bible will change your life--it certainly changed mine. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to overcome temptation, gain wisdom, trust God, know His will, have peace regardless of your circumstances, and so much more.
Go to a Bible-believing church where the Bible is taught as the final authority.
|This excludes Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, and a number of other organizations that add other doctrines to the Bible. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cults that claim to be Christian, but that teach a different gospel from that which is found in the Bible. This is another important reason for you to read the Bible. You will know the truth and the truth will make you free--nobody can fool you with false doctrine. You need to get yourself into a Bible-believing church--preferably one that uses the King James Bible of 1611.|
|When you get baptized you are, 1) identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ 2) making a public profession of your belief in Jesus 3) showing the washing away of sins. Water baptism does not save you, but it is NOT an option--Jesus commanded that we do it. It is one of your first steps of obedience in a life of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.|
Talk to God in prayer everyday.
|Prayer is just talking to God about whatever is on your heart. Some of the things you can do in prayer: praise God's Holy Name for His goodness, thank Him for your daily provision, tell Him your concerns and problems, pray for others (your enemies, friends, associates and relatives), pray for yourself, pray for the government. This list is by no means exhaustive. As you read the Bible, you will find that your prayers will mature because you'll know the will of the Lord and His ways.|
Tell someone about your decision to trust in Jesus Christ.
Tell other people about Jesus.
Forgive your enemies and anyone that you are embittered against.
|Bitterness in your heart can hinder your walk with Jesus. We are to love everyone, even our enemies (Matt 5:44). Don't forget, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." It is not our responsibility to take revenge on anybody. God judges rightly and He will handle any wrongs perpetrated against us, we're His children.|
Love God supremely and love your neighbor (everybody you meet) as yourself.
NOTE: New Christians oftentimes experience spiritual attacks. You may experience more temptations and problems than usual, but do not be discouraged and do not let these things take your eyes off of the Lord. Do not be surprised if your tire blows out or someone gets mad at you for no apparent reason. Pray, read the Bible, trust in God and don't argue. Watch God work in your life.
Once you get saved, you'll probably meet a bunch of sometimes well-meaning people who will load you up with a bunch of false doctrine. Your faith is tender and you will be prone to believe anything people tell you about the Bible (that's why you need to read if for yourself everyday). Please heed these warnings:
1. Don't let anybody tell you that you have to speak in tongues to show that you are saved and have received the Holy Ghost. That is a lie. (1) You receive the Holy Ghost at salvation, not after (Rom 8:9) and (2) speaking in tongues is a spiritual GIFT, not an evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit. Not everyone has every gift. This is clear from the scriptures. These people take one or two passages out of context and make false doctrine out of them. Read our article, "What about Acts 2:38" for more information.
2. Don't let anyone tell you that water baptism saves you. That is a lie too. The gospel and baptism are separate--I Cor 1:17. You are baptized in order to outwardly identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to symbolically show the washing away of sins.
|1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.|
3. Don't let anybody tell you that you're going to hell if you don't go to church on Saturday--Colossians 2:16, Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
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