Walk With Jesus

Walk With Jesus

Welcome New Believer

 

Congratulations!

 
You prayed the prayer to be forgiven of your sins before God and you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. You are now a friend of Jesus. I want to help you to grow in your relationship with Him so that you can love Him more and more.
 
The Bible records a parable that Jesus told in the New Testament book of Matthew chapter 13.
 
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”
 
Jesus then provided the meaning to this short story.
 
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
 
Now that you have received the seed of the Good News that Jesus loves you, my prayer for you is that you will understand how to live for Him and honor Him. The purpose of the following videos is to help you identify important areas where you can grow in your relationship with the Lord. As you travel life’s journey, I know that Jesus will walk with you and teach you how to live in victory.

What Just Happened?

 

You Have a New Identity

 
I am so happy for you because you asked Jesus Christ into your heart as your Savior and Lord. You will now enjoy a quality of life that only God can give you. As you walk with Him, you will grow as a believer and have the assurance that you will go to heaven with Him for eternity.
 
But before you move forward, you need to understand that when you repented of your sins then your identity changed. Here’s is what happened …
 
Your disobedience to God’s commandments is called sin. The rightful punishment that God requires for sin is death. But, He does not want you to die; He wants you to live. So, God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the penalty of your sins by dying in your place. As the saying goes, I owed a debt I could not pay. Jesus paid my debt that He did not owe.
 
But, such a gracious and loving act on His part comes with consequences. See, you are not freed to now return to your former lifestyle. The power of your former life was broken by Christ. The Apostle Paul commented on this and wrote, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ (II Cor. 5:17). The consequences of Christ’s payment for your sin is that you now belong to Him and that you have a new identity; the new has come!
 
Previously, you were enslaved to your sins and your self-focused way of life. But, now that you accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on your behalf, you are a servant of Jesus Christ. He bought you and paid for you. The Apostle Paul put it this way, ‘I no longer live but Christ lives in me’ (Gal. 2:20). The paradox is that only by being a slave to Christ will you find true freedom; freedom to be all that God created you to be.
 
Your new life goal is to please your Master, Jesus Christ. This will require that you throw off the sin that so easily entangled you. For now you must devote the entirety of your heart, mind, soul, and strength to pleasing Jesus Christ. This will require that you lean a new way of thinking, acting, and reacting. Jesus will teach you how to walk as He walked, how to talk as He talked, and how to thrive in life as He thrived.
 
Jesus is your Master and you are His servant. Your life goal is to please Him. If I ever get the pleasure of meeting you in person, we will each give our names and then share something about ourselves. As a new believer in Jesus Christ, your first response will no longer be to give your name, your tribal affiliation, and your job title. Instead, you can give your name and then declare confidently, ‘I am a servant of Jesus Christ.’
 
So, what just happened? What happened is that you now belong to Jesus. You are a new creation. Your old nature no longer lives but Christ lives in you. Your new identity is this: ‘I am a servant of Jesus Christ.’ As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will live in the fullness of your new identity.

Who is in Control?

 

You Have a New Master

 
There is an issue that you must settle in your heart. If you do not deal with it properly, it will trouble you daily for the rest of your life. This issue is control. Who is in control of your life? Will you follow your own will or will you follow God’s Will with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength?
 
In the New Testament book of Matthew, Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
 
The key to living a life of victory in Christ is to take on His yoke and to learn form Him. In other words, we live life according to Christ’s words and example. It makes sense to do this because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere at once, and He has broken the power of sin with His death and resurrection. Jesus is God and He gives life!
 
Yet, there is enough of your old nature left in your heart that will rise up and say, ‘No! I want my will to be done!’ When that happens, and this happens to every Christ-follower, then you must take off your will and put on the will of God. He knows what is best for you! He can do immeasurably more that you can ever ask or imagine. He can take what was meant for evil and turn it for good. He has a plan and an eternal destiny for your life.
 
Now that you are a Christ-follower, you must live by His standards and play by His rules. Jesus told this story …
 
‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’
 
If you follow God’s Will then your house is built on a rock. But, I pity you if you follow your will because your house is built on sand and it will fall with a great crash.
 
So how do you find God’s Will? I encourage you to read the Bible which is God’s Word. It is a letter that God wrote to you. I encourage you to pray which is talking and listening to God. I encourage you to interact with mature Christian believers who can teach you how to apply God’s Word in your life, how to face temptations, and how to follow God’s Will.
 
As a new believer, learning to follow God’s Will means that you will have a completely new way of thinking and responding. Each day, you can pray as Jesus prayed: ‘yet not my will, but yours be done.’ The Lord will give you strength and wisdom to be obedient. At each point in your daily walk you must stop and ask, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and do what He tells you to do.
 
So, who is in control? As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will give complete control of your life over to your new Master Jesus Christ. May His will be done in you and through you today.

Where Do I Start?

 

You Have A New Perspective

 
I thank the Lord that you are following Jesus. You dedicated your heart to Him, you are living in your new identity as a new creation, and you gave control of your life over to the Master. You have just built a solid spiritual foundation and are now ready to start growing as a believer. I suggest that your first step will be to open your heart and look at your life as God sees you. God is Truth and sees you as you truly are. Your new perspective and your new way of looking at life, should be based on Truth.
 
If you are open to Truth then you should be honest with yourself. Do whatever it takes to obey God’s Word with all your heart and strength. Be open to hear and to do what the Spirit of God tells you to do. Put down your pride and allow others to speak Truth into your life. This means that you will be open to teaching, correction, and even to rebuke when necessary.
 
If you are open to Truth then you should be honest before God. There will be times when you do sin. When that happens, admit that you sinned, ask the Lord to forgive you, and then act in a manner that honors Christ. The Bible says that God knows your thoughts before you think them and that He alone can judge the motives of your heart. So, why would you try to hide your sin from Him or think that He does not know what you are doing? It is in your best interest to be honest before God.
 
If you are open to Truth then you should be honest with others. You should speak the Truth in love and speak words that build up and not tear down. You should treat others as you want to be treated. You should give honor where honor is due and seek to be a blessing to others. You will know when you treat someone in a manner that does not honor Christ. When you do, you must ask for forgiveness. Then act in a manner that reflects the love of Christ in you.
 
Please let me tell you in advance that being honest with yourself, with God, and with others is the best action you can take. You may receive a negative reaction in the short term however, your honestly will honor Christ and bring you blessings later. If you allow pride and stubbornness to overcome you then you will invite more trouble and you will be entangled in a web of sin. Living in Truth is the best road you can take.
 
Living in Truth also means that God’s promises are for you. God said that He will never leave you or forsake you. In all things, God works together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. He can do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. There are many, many more promises that you can apply to your life. The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He will lie to you and try to rob you of your joy of serving the Lord. In those moments, you can rebuke him and reject his lies. You can then remember the promises given to you in God’s Word and thrive in the hope that only God can give.
 
So, where do I start? You start changing your perspective to Truth. Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will walk in your new perspective of truth.