Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Now what?

I have accepted Christ and even been baptized, now what?

It is commonly preached on how to become a Christian.

  • Believe Christ is the Son Of God and came to us as a man
  • Believe He died on the cross for our sins
  • Believe He rose after 3 days
  • Confess your sins and ask Him to take control of your life. 
This is great because everyone need to know how easy it is to gain salvation and joy of Christ. 

This post is not about how to gain salvation it is about what to do afterward.
Once you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior you need to study and learn the Bible for it is the Word of God. You should dedicate yourself to live a Christ-like lifestyle and always desire to serve and glorify Him. 

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

1 Samuel 12:24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Serving God seems to only become more difficult once you are saved. This is because Satan liked you better when you were serving God and your faith and dedication to is most strengthened through tribulation.God will use obstacles and challenges to guide us and to let us know if we are not living according to His will. 

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Tribulation is the rod and reproof and God and as a Christian we are the children of God. We need to seek the plan that is in store for our life, and be assured there is one. 

 If we were all perfect and the way of this world was not sin serving God would be easy, but in the real world we are not bombarded with God's love in the media and television; instead we hear all the bad upsetting news of death, pain and war, the television shows we watch are getting cruder and more violent,  and with our country's economic state many people are struggling just to stay afloat or as close to that as possible. All of this makes, especially new Christians or people who have limited biblical knowledge, it hard to remain faithful and standfast with God. We need to do what it takes to maintain this relationship with God, this blog is one of my ways for that. Seeking the relationship with God is NOT optional if you want Him to move in your life. 

God loves us and desires to take care of us, you just have to ask and let Him. But that also means you have to give Him your time and let go of the ways of the world. 

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

If God builds shapes us through struggles why enter a relationship where we know we are going to face hard times, we are giving God our faith and glory, what is in for us?

If we will serve Him according to His terms and we will be taken care of and provided for on earth.  God is omnipotent and created all by simply speaking, so blessing His children with a job, food, shelter, clothing, and even money are minuscule to His infinite power. We will also receive the greatest gift possible, an eternity in Heaven with God. ( I will begin researching to do a blog on a comparison of Heaven and Hell) 

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

James 4:1-2 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Wait, you said God will provide, why do I need to worry about a job if God is going to meet my need? God does not want us to be lazy, but He also does not want us to do it all. He will put us in a place to work to help with our life and to glorify Him. All we need to do make an honest effort, God can see your heart so He knows if it is honest, and He will pour His blessings upon us when the time is right. You could be the one to lead a co-worker to Christ and had God not placed you there that individual may have been doomed to Hell. 

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

2 Thessolonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

There is no middle ground with God. There is no saying, "I give my life to God." then putting Him or His ways on the back burner until is convenient for us. Revelations 3:16 clearly shows how God feels about Christians being lukewarm. 

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

This is simply saying with God it is all or nothing.

In summary, God loves us all and wants to provide for us. All we have to do is ask and we will be freely given salvation, food, clothing, money, whatever we need. We just need to remember that it is God who is providing it and He will gladly do so as long as we strive to live a life that glorifies Him and is in accordance with His ways for ourselves, our marriage, our children, our home, and all other aspects of our life. 

We should always try to act, speak, and think according to God's will.