Do I Do After Deciding to Believe in Jesus as my Savior?
your relationship with Him. The first and best door for that is prayer.
Talk to Him. Listen. He answers in many ways and through many life dimensions,
so learn to be attentive. He could be speaking through loved ones, friends,
nature, circumstances, feelings, impressions, or words.
When you have developed this prayer relationship somewhat, start reading the Bible and ask Him to speak to you through that as well. Start with the easier-to-understand sections, such as the first four books of the New Testament.
Make it your aim,
to learn to listen in many ways. Love Him, and know that He loves you.
about Him. Listen to people who know Him. Share
your inner thoughts and feelings with Him.
of what to do after deciding to believe is not like the question, "What
do I do now that I just graduated from high school?". I remember
being completely overwhelmed when I asked that of myself.
is more like Benjamin Franklin saying, "What do I do with electricity
now that I'm finished flying my kite?". Little did he know the possibilities
were endless and would unravel as time went by.
you make a decision to believe in Jesus, keep your eyes and ears open
for a lifetime of further discoveries. Develop a habit of thinking positively about God as a loving Friend. Don't let inner promptings or thoughts to do the opposite infect or confuse you.
are some real-world tips that can help you get started:
• Become His follower. Learn about Him from the Bible. See what He was like
on earth, and what His closest friends and followers wrote about Him in
the New Testament. Rejoice in your newfound freedom.
• Pray. To pray is to talk with God. People often think of praying as asking
God for things, but prayer can go much deeper. A time of prayer can be
all about worshipping and praising God. It could mean just being with
You can pour your heart out to God. I have seen Him answer hundreds
of prayers. But answered prayer is not the most important objective. Rather,
it is joining with your heavenly Father as His loving child and friend.
The blessings will follow.
• Stay adventurous in the process. Expect Him to be your friend, your confidant,
and your helper.
• Remember the universe does not revolve around you and
your desires. It revolves around Jesus. He is the real “star of
the show”. Give Him some respect and awe. Let Him take center stage
in your prayers.
• Talk to others about Jesus. Whether it is for finding other believers
to be friends with, or to tell people how to get saved, Jesus is someone
worth being vocal about. I have observed that more people are led to Jesus
by new believers than by older ones. This is because new believers are
so excited about Jesus in their lives. Take advantage of this special
time to spread the good news.
• Be persistent by staying close to Jesus and following Him. Through the
easy and difficult seasons of life, keep the faith. Stay positive about
Jesus. God doesn’t stop being your helper during those seasons,
so keep accepting His help.
• Consider yourself “born again”. You have ended your path that
led away from heaven, and you are on a new path that takes you toward
heaven. Being born again is a spiritual awakening. The Comforter comes
into your life, your heart, your being. He starts turning you into the
person you were originally meant to be. It is fun and rewarding to become
“the real you”. He makes you a better person.
• Find people who are excited about Jesus as the Lord of their lives. Hang
around with them, and their spiritual maturity might rub off on you. Attend
a gathering of believers that you enjoy going to, a place where the Bible
is important to people and they hold Jesus in very high esteem. Look for
gatherings where believers are loving, non-judgmental, and happy to be
King Solomon once said
"walk with wise men, and you will be wise." If you can find wise Christian friends to be with,
you will become wiser in many areas.
Look for those who have kind
hearts and who desire to help you learn. Choose people who know a lot about relationship with Jesus.
Be good to them. They may prove extremely valuable to your life.
• Ask to be baptized as an outer sign of your new life. Getting baptized
is something all believers can look back on during their lives as a celebration
of becoming saved. It is an exciting way of marking your milestone of
faith publicly. It can also be spiritually rewarding to you.
• Get involved. Serve God. Be to others what you would like them to be to
you. If you want them to like you, like them first. If you want someone
to listen to you, listen to them first. If you want someone to pray for
you, pray for them.
Most good churches have good people and good leaders.
Stay there and grow until the Lord leads you elsewhere.
• If you find your
Bible is hard to understand, there are other translations that are easier
to grasp, such as the New International Version. Others I like to read
the most are the New King James version and the New American Standard version.
When I have time to compare a
passage in multiple translations I do that. There are several online Bibles
that make it easy to do, such as biblegateway.com.
When you have a good grasp of the New Testament, start in on the Old Testament. A good place to start is Psalms, then the book after it, Proverbs.
• Listen to the Holy Spirit. You have the Holy Spirit in you now. He tries
to communicate to us in various ways. Sometimes through tiny nudges, sometimes
through a still, small voice, sometimes through instant knowing, and sometimes
through mental pictures or visions. Be open to receiving input from God
in unexpected ways.
• Keep listening and feeling after God. Be open to what He communicates.
Many people will tell you He speaks mostly through His word, the Bible.
Pray that He communicates a lot with you in that way, and also pray that
He communicates not through the Bible, but in ways appropriate to you
personally in present circumstances.
One preacher I heard said “God
speaks to those who have the intent to obey.” Listen to God, not
with fear that He will tell you something you don’t want to hear,
but with the intent to obey.”
to recognize that believers have a spiritual enemy who lies to them and
tries to trip them up. We can reject the lies and resist the enemy. The
Bible says that when we do, the enemy will flee from us. So, learn to
pay attention to your subtle thoughts and the difficulties around you
so you can identify the attempts of the enemy and counter them in prayer.
to follow the "golden rule", "Do to others what you would
have others do to you." Jesus said this and it has worked well for
me. I put a little extra thought at the end - "if you were them",
which I'm pretty sure is what Jesus meant. Sometimes it is good not to
assume others would like you to do for them exactly the same things you
like people to do for you. For example, if your favorite food is Brussels
sprouts, don't assume that is what others want you to serve them.
years that I traveled around spreading the good message to people and
praying with them to receive Jesus, I knew they were being born anew by
the Holy Spirit. But often the group I was with had to leave and move on to
another city to lead others to Jesus.
At first, we had not set up a good
network or way of helping these new baby believers get plugged in with
others that could help them grow and thrive in their new lives.
at the time used to call it “leaving babies on doorsteps” and we
understood this was not the best way to share the good news.
We soon developed those networks and made sure these newly born-again "baby"
believers were guided to a good place when we led people to Jesus.
It is up to you now to get involved with a group of people to help you keep
you from being a baby left on a doorstep. To begin with, I’m providing a few links
that will help you get the ball rolling.
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The link above takes you to a step-by-step
guide is intended for women but is better than most I’ve seen intended
Click the link above to visit a site by Greg Laurie’s Harvest Ministries. One nice thing
about it is that there is a link to a page where you can input your name
and information and tell a little about yourself.
On the Bibles
For America site you will read the basics and you can order a free New
Testament to be mailed to you. Click the link above to get your free New Testament.
As a formality,
if you have not done this already - Please pray along with me: Jesus,
I am a sinner in need of You the Savior. Thank you for dying in my place
to forgive my sins. Please
come into my life. Give me a wonderful heartfelt relationship with you.
Please make me be reborn as I receive Your Spirit in me. Give everlasting
abundant life. I believe in You and will follow You, my Lord and Savior.
the ball is in your court. Please take advantage of the resources we have provided and
don’t let yourself be like a spiritual baby on a doorstep a minute longer.
There's no need to be shy about checking out a few church services. Look for a church that could meet your need for growth from a newborn Christian to a spiritually mature, faith-filled believer. If they offer midweek home groups, they could help you in your journey and build positive relationships.
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