Save Yourself Some Pain
Ten Tips for New and Growing Christians
Becoming a Christian is the most incredible event that will ever take place in your life. You have found peace with your Creator. You have found everlasting life! Be assured--God will never leave you nor forsake you. He has brought you this far, and He will complete the wonderful work He has begun in you. God knows your every thought, your every care, your deepest concerns.
Let's now look at some of those possible concerns. First, and of primary concern—do you have “assurance” of your salvation? The Bible says to "make your calling and election sure " (2 Peter 1:10, italics added), so, let's go through a short “check list” to make sure that you are truly saved:
Did you come to the Savior because you had sinned?
God acquits us from the Courtroom of Eternal Justice on the grounds that Jesus Christ paid our fine. We are “justified” (made right with God) by His suffering death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was God's seal of approval of the fact that His precious blood was sufficient to pay the fine.
Think of it this way. You have violated the law and face a $50,000 fine. You tell the judge that you are truly sorry for your crime, but he answers, "So you should be—you have broken the law! Now, can you pay this fine?" He can only acquit you if the fine is paid. If someone else pays your fine, then he can let you go, but he must have “grounds” on which to release you.
The reason we need a substitute to pay our moral “fine” (a savior), is because we have broken God's Law. To see how much we have transgressed this Law (the Ten Commandments), we will go through some of them—Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever lusted after another person? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you admit that you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart, and you have to face God on Judgment Day! If you have used His name in vain, then you are guilty of "blasphemy"—you've substituted God's holy Name for a curse word. Perhaps you've hated someone, then the Bible says that you are a murderer. You have violated God's holy Law, and you're in BIG trouble. On Judgment Day, you will be found guilty, and end up in Hell. That's why you need the Savior. Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin, and your faith must be in Jesus Christ alone. He is the only “grounds” for God to grant mercy towards you. If you're not sure of your salvation, make Psalm 51 your own prayer.
Let's now look at some more important principles that can save a great deal of pain.
- Feeding on the Word—Daily Nutrition
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- Faith—Elevators Can Let You Down
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- Evangelism—Our Most Sobering Task
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- Prayer—"Wait For A Minute."
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- Warfare—Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
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- Fellowship—Flutter by Butterfly
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- Thanksgiving—Do the Right Thing
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- Water Baptism
- Tithing—The Last Frontier
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- Troubleshooting: Cults, Atheists, Skeptics
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