.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 8 contains a unique presentation in the
Chapter 8 contains a unique presentation in the
writings of Luke. He records something of the women who
ministered to Christ. They were particularly demonstrative
of their affection and devotion to the One who had
Notice again the parable of the sower, recorded in
verses 4-15, with its explanation given in verses 11-15.
The seed is God's Word, and this parable is a prophecy of
the reception of it in the world. Some will not even
listen; some will listen but soon fall away; some will hear
and receive, but gradually lose interest and not live for
the Lord; and some will hear, receive, and follow the Lord
to final rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
In verse 25 Jesus asked the disciples a very
pointed question. The setting was on a small ship. Jesus
had told His disciples to launch the ship and go to the
other side of the lake. As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep
and a storm arose. The disciples were afraid and woke
Jesus, telling Him they were perishing. Jesus "rebuked the
wind and the raging of the water: and there was a calm."
Then Jesus asked the question, "Where is your faith?".
Today there are raging storms on the sea of life,
and Christians get frustrated as to how to cope with them.
Jesus asks those Christians the same question, "Where is
your faith?" He is as near to us as a simple prayer. All He
asks is that we surrender those storms and fears to Him and
He will calm us as He did the sea. It is interesting to
note here that though the disciples were afraid when the
sea was raging, they did know to go to Jesus with their
fears. Only He could calm the sea! So many people today are
trying to calm their own sea of life. When this happens,
the sea gets rougher and the problems become greater. Child
of God, or unsaved friend, let me say again to you that God
and you are a majority! No matter what may befall, if God
is on your side, the victory is won. Our problem is that we
are just not willing to take our problems to the Lord in
prayer. The old hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
comes to my mind and heart almost daily. The words seem to
meet the need of the daily trials and problems in this
life. "What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and
griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God
in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless
pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God
in prayer!" The writer of this hymn knew how to surrender
everything to God. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of
God the Father, making intercession for you. You need only
to go to Him in prayer, surrendering everything to Him.
MEMORY VERSE FOR TODAY:
Man now can be:
Justified. Acts 13:39
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye
could not be justified by the law of Moses.