.K.! NEW CHRISTIAN....WHAT NOW? by Elmer G. Magnussen
If you are a new Christian, there are some very
important things you need to
know. First, you need to know exactly what has happened to you. Second,
you need to know God's provisions for your future growth and service to Him.
The entire world today is seeking wisdom! Education is prevalent in every
city. Literally thousands of young and old alike are attending universities.
But how many of them really know the meaning of wisdom? Wisdom is seeing
things from God's point of view.
The following testimony is that of a man by the name of Andre.
I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU CAME TO ME (Matthew 25:36c)
"My testimony to my Christian Brothers and believers in Jesus Christ our
Savior. I want to thank the Lord for saving me from the life I was once
leading. First of all, I was living in darkness and I thought that I truly
loved the way I was.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of
the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said
unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.
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Today's Bible Study
These chapters record what could be called "the beginning of
the end," for the glory of the nation of Israel begins to fade just
after the death of Solomon. The Book of I Kings covers approximately
125 years of history, 40 years of Solomon's reign and about 85 years
for the divided kingdom of Israel and Judah. Only five kings reigned
in Judah during that period, while there were eight kings that
reigned in Israel, all of them wicked.
Chapters 12:1--14:20 record the divisions of the kingdom.
Solomon's vast program of building and expansion had brought fame
and glory to the nation, but the taxes were heavy upon the people.
In his later years, Solomon's values had changed and he was more
interested in material wealth than spiritual blessing (see
We also read of Rehoboam's folly in chapter 12. He sought
the wisdom of both the older leaders and the younger men--then
decided to follow the advice of the younger men! In the latter part
of the chapter and continuing in chapter 13, Jeroboam became king
over the ten tribes. He failed to live up to his opportunities, for
he led the ten tribes into idolatry.
Because of the sins of Solomon's son, Rehoboam, and later
those of Jeroboam, God again judged Israel (chapter 14:1-20). God is
always faithful in judging sin, no matter who the guilty party is.
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to
any people" (Proverbs 14:34). When godly kings were ruling Israel,
God blessed His people. When ungodly men reigned, God sent judgment
and defeat. How tragic it is to see this great nation, called by the
Lord, now declining in spiritual things and turning away from the