Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
Recently, a PI girl asked about a friend who accepted Jesus in her heart, and she wasn’t sure how to help her grow in her faith:
“A few days ago, my friend accepted Jesus into her heart. I was so happy—my prayers had been answered! However, her family doesn’t go to church. What are some ways that you think I can keep her relationship with God strong? Any specific books?”
Read the full discussion here!
You asked a very important question. First and foremost, I’m so happy your friend received the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior. Now it’s important for her to remain in the vine (in the Word of God and in prayer) in order for her to grow. What I mean by this is reading the Bible, growing in the knowledge of what her faith is based upon. It’s crucial to read the truth and to really fill our spirit with what God says is good for our lives. Prayer is key as well. Read my article on the vine and the branches to learn more.
She really needs to get plugged into a youth group or Bible Study of some sort where there are other believers. It would be nice of you to follow up with her and see how she is doing or if she has any questions. Remind her that things won’t be perfect, but that it’s vital for her faith to be around like-minded believers.
Here are some scriptures to confirm what I’m saying and to help you:
“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.” —Hebrews 10:25
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Don’t feel like you have to answer all of her questions—you can leave that to a mentor or pastor—but you can definitely encourage your friend and pray with her! Let her know you are growing, too, and that it’s okay to have unanswered questions and to want to learn!
FIVE TIPS FOR NEW BELIEVERS (How to Grow in Your Faith)
1. Get a Bible and read it daily. It’s so important to read the Word of God and to expand your knowledge of what the Bible says. It’s like a road map or “MapQuest” for life. God’s Word will give you insight on what HIS plans are for you and the way to live out your faith.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” —Psalm 119:105
2. Pray. Talk to God and ask Him to protect you, guide you and give you wisdom. God says in the book of James that He will give wisdom generously to those who ask! Prayer is just talking to God. I recommend prayer journals, too, so you can write down praise reports and prayer requests.
3. Stay plugged into the House of God. Plant yourself into a church. This is so important if you want to flourish in your relationship with Christ. Being around other believers and getting fed from a pastor spiritually is very key in your walk with God. (John 10, John 15)
4. Stay accountable. Ask a close friend or sister in the Lord if you can confide in her for prayer and/or advice. Consider a mentor, such as a youth leader/youth pastor, parent, grandmother, aunt or role model of some sort who is further along in your faith and who can help you when you need it.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” —Proverbs 27:17
5. Listen to worship music. This is a very important part of our walk with Jesus. There is so much music out there that can speak negative words. As new believers, we need to be conscious of this and not just listen, watch or support anything. Of course, there is balance in life and in wisdom, but I recommend that you get some worship music on iTunes. Check out Wowship Collection, Hillsong United, Leeland, Tenth Avenue North, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture and more! Also check your area for local Christian radio stations. The closest one I listen to in Los Angeles is 95.9 FM, “The FISH” radio. They play positive music for all ages.
What other pieces of advice have you learned or would you recommend? What personally helps you grow in your walk? Comment below. We love you, PI Girls!