|A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
|DAY 2||BEGINNING THE JOURNEY|
|What can I expect on my journey?Years ago, when our family would set out on a long car trip, we would be only a few miles down the road when one of our then small children would ask, “Daddy, are we there yet?” As we begin our spiritual journey, let’s not focus on how long the journey is. And let’s not worry about what we’ll encounter along the way, for in reality we don’t know. Only God does. Rather, let us think about what’s happening right now. Here are some key ideas:
Here is a caution, one we’ll get into in more depth later. When Jesus was explaining the parable of the sower to His disciples (mentioned in the Introduction), He said, “The wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19). He was referring to the devil, or Satan — your adversary who is always working against you.
Satan’s tactic for the new believer is to pull you back from your newfound faith. He’ll say: “This isn’t real. You’ve just had an emotional experience.” “You’re going to lose all your friends.” “Your fun days are over.” It’s a mental battle, and dealing with the adversary is a fact of your Christian life.
When Satan comes with doubts, fears and temptations, oppose him with words like these: “I am a child of God, redeemed from my old life by the Lord Jesus.” Then pray for Jesus to help you. “Lord, help me through this battle.”
Remember: by coming to Jesus you have taken a major, life-transforming step — one you will never regret!
|Key Scripture||He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)|
|Key Thought||My next step is the most important on my lifelong journey.|
|Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett|
This day really pinpoints feelings that new Christians and even “old” Christians (can still) fight. We have purposefully be active in staying in God’s Word so that our adversary cannot confuse us. I’ve been confused many times in my journey (early in my walk), solely because I did not stay close to Christ. Please, take the time to protect yourself, seek Him first!
Be Blessed, HL