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Growing in faith

As you made a decision to trust Jesus as your Savior, you were born into God’s family. You have been given a new life. The old ways of thinking and behaving are gone and you have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! (2Cor.5:17 TLB)

Christians are called to live this new life in this world. This world is not permanent and everything except death is uncertain here. We are on a journey from and through this world into another, which is undying. There are mountains and valleys, storms and whirlwinds but we have a trustworthy guide who promised to stay with us through thick and thin and lead us through. We trust the promises in His Word.

Study God’s Word

The Bible is to Christians like the compass to the traveler. We need to study it closely and refer to it frequently to be able to make the right choices. It is the light that keeps us from stumbling in the dark trails of life.

“Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” (Psa.119:105 NLT)

We need to read, study, meditate up on and live by the Word of God. It requires deliberate effort and determination. There will be numerous other things that may cause you to give up on your commitment to follow God’s ways and His will. Remember, this is a priority in Christian life. Psalm 119 describes in detail the significance of God’s Word in the life of a Christian.

“How can a young man stay pure? By reading your Word and following its rules…. I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin.” (Psa.119: 9, 11 NLT)

The Word of God is the food for our soul and without regular intake of it we will be susceptible to all sorts of spiritual ills. God’s Word is the spiritual sword that can help us in our defense against the attacks of the enemy. “So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up….And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the Word of God.” (Eph.6:10-17 NLT) Remember Jesus used it against the devil when He was tempted.

Follow a plan from among the various Bible study plans available. The most important thing is to do it. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible and He will be the best teacher. “But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” (Jn.14:26 CEV)

As you study His Word make sure to obey whatever God tells you. Bible study without obedience is of no value.

Talk to God in Prayer

As you listen to God through His Word, talk to Him in prayer. Worship Him and praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Thank Him for all the benefits you have received. Confess to Him any sin in your life and thank Him for the forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Ask Him for your needs and intercede for the needs of others. Claim the promises in His Word and trust Him to lead you and guide you.

Remember, this is not a religious ritual. This is the communication between you and your Heavenly Father. As His child you have the freedom to directly talk to God and as the Father He loves to hear you.

Worship God with other Christians

You cannot keep a fire burning for long with just one log of wood. But when you have several logs put together the fire keeps burning bright. Similarly, the gathering of Christians for worship, study and prayer is inevitable because it brings glory to God and encouragement to one another. Join other Christians and worship God in a local church where God’s Word is preached and taught.

Talk to others about Christ

Tell your friends and family what God has done for you and how trusting Jesus has changed your life. This will make you strong in faith and also bring glory to God.

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