.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
Chapter 21 records the reign of Manasseh. Historians have
calculated that Manasseh ruled jointly with godly Hezekiah for at
least ten years. How strange that godly Hezekiah should reign but 29
years, while ungodly Manasseh reigned 55 years. But God was giving
His people just what they wanted and deserved. No sooner was
Hezekiah off the scene than Manasseh's true character was revealed.
He built up what Hezekiah tore down and tore down what Hezekiah had
built up. Manasseh even carried his idolatry right into the courts
of the Temple. He rebelled against his godly father's example and
against the law of the Lord.
Verses 10-15 record the removal of Manasseh. He was captured
by the Assyrian captains and taken to Babylon. He later repented of
his sins and when he was restored to the throne he immediately began
to repair the damage he had done. He fortified Jerusalem against the
enemy; he removed the idols and the strange altars; and he sought to
lead the nation back to the Lord. Following the death of Manasseh,
his son Amon reigned as king for two years. He was also a wicked
king, and was slain in a conspiracy and buried near his father.
The assassination of Amon brought Josiah to the throne at
the young age of eight years. Because of godly influence in his
early life, Josiah began to seek the Lord at age 16. Then, at age
twenty, he began to purify the city and the land of the idolatry of
Manasseh and Amon. Josiah's ultimate goal was to restore the Temple
and bring the nation back to the Lord, but he knew that he would
have to destroy the old sins before he could establish new
During Josiah's day there was peace and blessing, but God
did not withdraw His original promise of judgment because of the
sins of Manasseh. Josiah, the king who attempted to restore the
nation of Israel back to God, was assassinated and will best be
remembered as a king who wanted his people to know that they had
been "bought with a price.".