It’s the day after you get saved. If your church is anything like my church, you are tired from crying out to God but at the same time, you feel amazing. You look at yourself in the mirror and you look the same, but you know something is different. That difference is Jesus. You now exist in this world as a witness of what God can do. There is a passion that burns inside. But how do you keep it burning? Here are 4 tips for those who just got saved (or those who need to reignite that passion):
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing
While you’re driving. On your way to class. While you’re washing dishes. Sitting at your desk. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate prayer, like the deacon on Sunday. You can just tell God what you’re thankful for or what you need His help with. And you don’t have to do all the talking; sometimes just be silent and listen out for God. God speaks to people in different ways. It may come as a feeling in your stomach or a whisper in your ear. I always know it’s God talking to me because it’s usually the opposite of what I want to do or it seems out of character for me (encouraging stranger; I’m not rude, I’m just shy lol). Talking to God on a regular basis, helps you recognize His voice in your life. When things come up in your life (and they will come up), the conversation you’re going to have with God has already been started through continual prayer.
Surround yourself with Christ-minded individuals
Heb. 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
I’ll start off by saying that everyone who cries holy isn’t holy. You knew that before you got saved and now you are making every effort not to be that person. With that being said, everyone who calls them self a Christian or who does a good shout at every convention, is not someone you need to spend your time with. Surround yourself with people who are living as Christ at church and at home, who will encourage you along this journey. People who you can call when you’re upset and they can help lead you back to Jesus, not a night of partying. People who will call you out when you’re going the wrong way, and get you back on track, not go along with you for the ride. It may feel like you’re the only saved person you know who is under the age of 65, but pray and ask God to send Godly people in your life. Send me a message on Facebook; I’m grateful to know many Godly people I can connect you with. For a very long time, I felt like I was the only saved young person I knew but since meeting other Godly people, my faith has grown increasingly.
Read the Bible
2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
Every day. You can go to the store and pick up a bible. If you can’t afford one, ask someone from your church, I’m sure they would be more than happy to help. You can download an app. You can read it online. Even if you don’t understand everything, keep reading. I always start with the King James Version, and if I don’t understand, I move to the New Living Translation. If I still don’t understand, I ask a minister. If you have to start a devotion with your bible app (or buy a devotional book; I’m currently doing a year long devotional through my bible app), to help stay on track and guide you, then do that. Once you get saved, it’s easy to fall into the idea that you can just go to church and listen to the preacher and that be enough. But if you want to continue to grow in Christ and learn him for yourself, it’s essential that you read the bible on your own time. God knows us; by reading His word, we get to know Him. (I’ve always been told the book of John is a good place to start for those new in Christ, as it talks about how Christ died for us and the events leading up to his death)
Believe you are new
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new
You are not the same you. People around you will try to convince you that you are. They won’t believe you have changed and are different, but you must believe you. You must believe what God has done. At times, you may even try to convince yourself that Jesus didn’t really save you, that you’ve done too much to have your sins forgiven, but that is a lie. You are forgiven! You are loved! You are a new you! Every day if you have to look in the mirror and say it, do it. Because Jesus has came into your heart and resides there, you can’t do what you use to and be comfortable. You can’t go where you use to go and be okay. You can’t say what you use to say and be alright. You will notice a difference (and so will the people around you), just walk in it. Even if you stumble along the way, that inner voice (sometimes it’s a feeling in your gut or chest), will remind you that you are no longer about that life. You are new!