.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
In Psalms 85--89 the Psalmist is taken up with the glory and
majesty of the Lord Himself. He realizes that the King is on His
throne, and he is praising God for His holiness and power.
As Christians, we do not enter into a life of praise until
God has taken us down through the valley of the shadow of death. God
must break our stubborn will and empty us of our old self-life. Only
when Christ is truly on the throne of our hearts can we sing the new
songs of praise and worship.
David was called "a man after God's own heart." I believe
this was said of David because he learned to live the life of
praise. It is true that there will be times of discouragement, but
as Christians we must realize that whatever befalls us, God is still
on the throne. He only allows problems to come into our lives in
order to strengthen us and give us courage for a new day. He
sometimes allows us to walk through the valley of the shadow of
death in order that we might be more conformed to the image of His
Son, and be better able to serve Him. Once a Christian realizes that
all things come from, or are allowed by God, he can face every
daywith the assurance that "All things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." Therefore, we know that even chastisement is for our own
good. I especially like Proverbs 3:5,6, which says, "Trust in the
Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct
thy paths." Won't you claim these precious promises for your life?
Believe these verses, follow the instructions therein, and God will
abundantly bless you.