.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
Thirteen different kings are dealt with in chapters 11--16.
Five of them were from Judah and eight from Israel. In chapter 13 we
cover the life of Jehoash. In the first nine verses we read of
Jehoahaz, Jehoash's father. Do not confuse this Jehoash with Joash,
the young king we read about yesterday. This Jehoash was king of
Israel and did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.
Chapter 13 records the death of Elisha. Elisha was God's
giant in the midst of a wicked nation. If Israel had listened to
Elisha, all her failures and defeats could have been averted. The
scoffers and idolaters hated Elisha and caused the nation to ignore
his message. They thought he was a man of no importance; what they
did not realize was that he was God's man for that time. The most
important man in any town is not the mayor, the political leader, or
the multi-millionaire. The most important man in any city is God's
man who faithfully preaches the Word and leads the local church to
spiritual victories. Too often, this man is despised, as was Elisha
in his day.
Chapter 14 records the reign of Amaziah. This king got off
to a good start by obeying the Lord and avenging the murder of his
father, Joash. He was faithful and obedient and God gave him great
victories in Edom. However, II Chronicles 25:14-16 records that he
brought back the heathen gods of Edom and worshipped them. We see in
King Amaziah pride and idolatry. Proverbs 16:18 tells us, "Pride
goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Had
Amaziah been true to the Lord and followed His leadership, Judah
would not have been defeated and Jerusalem would not have been