Save yourself some pain
Ten tips for new and growing christians
1. feeding on the word—daily nutrition
A healthy baby has a healthy appetite. if you have truly been “born” of the spirit of god, you will have a healthy appetite. the bible says, "as new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby" (1 peter 2:2). feed yourself every day without fail. job said, "i have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food" (job 23:12). the more you eat, the quicker you will grow, and the less bruising you will have. speed up the process, and save yourself some pain—vow to read god's word every day, without fail. say to yourself, "no bible, no breakfast. no read, no feed." be like job, put your bible before your belly. if you do that, god promises that you will be like a fruitful, strong and healthy tree (see psalm 1). each day, find somewhere quiet, and thoroughly soak your soul in the word of god.
There may be times when you read through its pages with great enthusiasm, and there may be other times when it seems dry and even boring. but food profits your body whether you enjoy it or not. as a child, you no doubt ate desserts with great enthusiasm. perhaps vegetables weren't so exciting. if you were a normal child, you probably had to be encouraged to eat them at first. then, as you matured in life you were taught to discipline yourself to eat vegetables, because they would benefit you even though they may not at the time have seemed wet to your palate.
Faith—elevators can let you down
Important principles that can save a great deal of pain
- feeding on the word—daily nutrition
- faith—elevators can let you down
"…in a world where we are continually let down, we can totally rely on, trust in, count on his promises… he will never, ever, let you down…" [read more]
- evangelism—our most sobering task
"you probably have a limited amount of time after your conversion to impact your unsaved friends and family with the gospel… here's some advice that will save you a great deal of grief…" [read more]
- prayer—"wait for a minute."
"surveys show that more than 90% of america prays daily… here's how to be heard:" [read more]
- warfare—praise the lord and pass the ammunition
"when you became a christian, you stepped right into the heat of an age-old battle. you have a three-fold enemy--the world, the flesh, and the devil… let's look at these three resistant enemies…" [read more]
- fellowship—flutter by butterfly
"pray about where you should fellowship… don't become a 'spiritual butterfly.' send your roots down…" [read more]
- thanksgiving—do the right thing
"for the christian, every day should be thanksgiving day. we should even be thankful in the midst of problems…" [read more]
- water baptism
- Supporting God’s work and workers—the last frontier
"it was once said that the wallet is the 'last frontier.' it is the final area to be conquered—the last thing that comes to god in surrender…" [read more]
- troubleshooting: cults, atheists, skeptics
"when cults tell you that you must acknowledge god's name to be saved, that you must worship on a certain day that you must be baptized by an elder of their church, don't panic. merely go back to the instruction manual…" [read more]
Author: ray comfort of living waters publications. from the booklet save yourself some pain. edited by Films for Christ. Web page copyright © 2001, living waters publications, All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page.