Over Good Friday and the Easter holiday weekend, many people will have made decisions to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Some people may not realize the true meaning behind the Easter eggs, the Easter bunny and the chocolate. All of the holiday perks are wonderful, but let us not overlook why we celebrate resurrection Sunday. The significance of the resurrection is so critical to the Judeo-Christian faith, especially when observing the prophetic words spoken about the coming Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), in the Old Testament complementing the New.
But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. (John 19:33-35)
These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” (John 19:36)
For those of you who just accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, you may need some guidance on the next steps for your journey of faith. Those who have recently accepted Jesus into their hearts finally understand why we need a Savior (because no one is perfect before a Holy God).
People cannot come before a King empty-handed in reality and imagine in eternity how we cannot be before the presence of the Most High without the offering of a sacrifice. God sent His one and only Son as the final unblemished Lamb to take your place, so that you could spend eternity with the Father through the Son.
It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. (1 Peter 1:19)
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:9)
After Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood for the sins of the world, and after rising on the third day, defeating sin and death, we now have access through the Holy Spirit that was left when Jesus went back to be with the Father (John 13:26). The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God (three in one) and guides us into all truth. We can access the Lord through the power of the Word of God (Jesus), and through the Holy Spirit God councils us, leads us and speaks to us. How powerful!
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. (John 13:26)
Here are some good steps into growing in your faith if you just accepted Jesus Christ as Lord:
1. Get Plugged Into Your Local Church: Getting fed spiritually is so important to growing in your faith. We need to water our faith with the Word of life.
2. Get Baptized: This a a public declaration of your faith and is similar to a wedding ceremony in front of witnesses. You are declaring your faith, and the immersion under water symbolizes the old life being buried and risen into new life in Christ as a believer.
3. Get Into the Bible: Reading the Biblical scriptures is very key to growing as a Christian. The Word tells us that “faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word” (Romans 10:17).
4. Plug Into Community: Get into a youth group, connect group or Bible study so that you may grow deeper into fellowship and communion. The Lord designed us to be with other like-minded believers, so this is critical in having accountability and being fruitful in your sanctification process.
5. Pray: Having a regular prayer life and talking to God through worship, thanksgiving and giving Him your burdens is important in your personal relationship with the Father through Jesus. You need to have a good talk with your Heavenly Father daily and need to stay plugged into His powerful presence.
You may also want to listen to some good worship music like Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin or United Pursuit!
PI Girls, do you have any other suggestions on how to grow in your faith as a new believer? Comment below if you recently accepted Jesus or if you have any prayer requests!