When you decide to follow Jesus, you're a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You have the opportunity to start over; your past sins have been forgiven. So what now? We want to help you grow closer to God and strengthen your faith. Here are some tips to get you going:
- Read Your Bible Every Day
The Bible is inspired by God and is meant to give us a guide for living by. It has answers and tips to help you please God. If you're looking for a place to start, try the book of Luke in the New Testament. It tells the story of Jesus and lessons on how to live life. The book of Acts is a great follow up; it tells the story of how Christ’s disciples spread the message of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.
As you read, ask for God to help you understand His Word. Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law (Psalm 119:18). Don't just read the words, study and analyze it. Write down questions you have and ask a pastor or a knowledgeable Christian to help understanding the messages.
- Pray with God Every Day
Talk with God frequently. Tell Him your problems and thank Him for who He is and what He's done. Confess your sins and admit your weaknesses to God. Ask Him to help show you how to a better life that pleases Him. Pray for others, that they too may follow Jesus and surrender control of their lives to Him.
- Depend on the Holy Spirit
When you choose to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit actually lives within you (Romans 5:5; John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit will teach you, guide you, and strengthen you in times of need.
- Attend Church Regularly
When you became a Christian, you formed an authentic personal relationship with Jesus. It is important, though, to also have authentic connections with other Christians. In a fireplace, many logs burn together. They create heat and warmth, but one log alone will quickly die out. Likewise, we too need other believers to keep our faith vibrant and growing. Churches are places where you can worship God and make Him the focus of your life with other like-minded individuals.
- Be of Service to Others
Jesus wants us to give our lives to serve Him, and to serve others. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life (Mark 8:35). The more you give yourself to others, the more you will enjoy your Christian life.
- Conquer Your Doubts
Everyone has doubts, and especially when it comes to our faith. Perhaps you have failed or surrendered repeatedly to temptation, and you doubt that you are really a Christian. Remember, you were not saved because of the good things you do, but rather by putting your trust in what Christ has already done for you. Trust God’s Word over your own subjective feelings. I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you many know that you have eternal life (I John 5:13).
- Live One Day at a Time
We often become anxious about what might happen tomorrow. God promises that He will meet our needs if we will seek first His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33-34). God’s grace will be sufficient enough to meet the obstacles that each new day brings.
- Learn How to Deal with Temptation
Temptation is a part of life and will not go away when you become a Christian. You're not helpless though, and you do not have to yield to the temptation to sin. God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Take advantage of God’s “way out” of temptation, whether it means that you “flee” the scene of temptation (I Timothy 6:11), or that you stay and “resist” it (James 4:7; I Peter 5:8-9).
- Tell Others About Jesus
Tell others about your commitment to follow Jesus--by word or by action. It can be one of the most satisfying and exciting experiences in your life. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (I Peter 3:15).
Tips on living a Christian Life