I am not a Pastor, I have never studied theology. I’m just a girl who is passionate and full of love for her Savior and sharing the good news. You can read my testimony here.
I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. John 3:3
Maybe you are thinking about being saved, have recently accepted Jesus into your heart, or have been a Christian for a long time but it has never gone past the accepting point…well this post is for you.
How do I even accept Jesus as my Savior?
When I was 18, my roommate in college took me to church for the first time and at the end of the service the Minister led a prayer asking if anyone was willing to accept Jesus into their hearts. I raised my hand and the rest is history.
If you are not at a point of going to church, just invite Jesus into your heart. Tell him in prayer that you need him and want his spirit within you. Do not wait for perfection, present yourself as you are. God cares more about your heart and building a character. He knows we all have sin, he is waiting for all of us to come to him with open hearts and serve him. Have faith, if you ask, he will forgive and your sin will be far removed.
Read the Bible
My first Bible that was given to me was a Kings James version…as much as I love that Bible, I love my New Living Translation Bible. It is also a Life Application Study Bible full of helpful notes. Brandon uses the New American Standard Bible. While the message is the same, the translation is different so it is always interesting and fun to read from all different versions.
I believe that one of the best ways to build our faith, character, and love is to read the Bible every day. Verses are great, but really get into the word. When someone asks where to start reading, I love to direct them to John and then James. The gospels are great (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) starting point. James teaches us about righteous living. I also personally like to read a chapter from Psalms a day as well as some from Proverbs.
Although it can be hard to read, the Old Testament is full of great stories and how God can work through people. Miracles, and strong faith fill the Old Testament.
- Mark up your Bible. Highlight it, write in it, date it, mark it up and make it come alive.
- Reading through the Bible is a sprint, not a marathon. Some days I only read one chapter while other days I am able to read more. Some days a chapter hits me hard and I just need to sit on it for a day before reading more. Try understanding it.
- Get a Bible buddy. Brandon reads the Bible with me daily and I also have women at work who read the Bible. This allows me to answer any question but also have discussion about what I’m reading.
- Keep one close…There are plenty of Bible apps on your phone. This way you have it with you almost always. My favorite app is She Reads Truth app.
I have a friend who is unable to have a quiet time in the morning so she will read her devotional for the next day at night before bed. I also have another friend who reads her devotional on her lunch break. Whenever you can fit it in, fit it in.
Along with my Bible and devotional I am also reading Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren right now as well. This is an amazing book and really encourages you to get involved in your church.
Find a Church
This can be hard. This can be really hard. If you would like someone to pray for you to find your church family please let me know (I would be happy to do so…or for any other matter!). When I was first Born Again, my roommate and I attended a small church. That fall we went to a HUGE church. When Brandon and I met we continued to go to the large church but then found ourselves going to a small country church. When we moved we tried several churches and couldn’t find the right fit. I prayed hard for years and this January we went back to a church we had visited and felt welcomed, the Pastor is honest in his translation and has great character, and it has been a perfect fit to grow our own faith but also our family. We had to shop around to find the perfect church for us, so just know to keep trying and take heart, keep the faith.
Ministry s is NOT limited to standing up in front of people with a microphone and preaching from the Good Book (but how amazing is that?!?!). Ministry means not just being a person in a pew, but the hands and feet of Christ. Serve your church, this could mean swapping out bulletin boards, baking cookies, greeting people, teaching Sunday School, cleaning, ministering to your family during dinner time or in the car on the way to baseball. Serve your church and serve your people.
I try to memorize one verse a week. I write them on a blank index card and repeat it all week long. Start with the book, chapter and verse, the verse itself and then end with the book, chapter and verse number….for instance this week I am memorizing…
“Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28”
Memorizing scripture can help comfort us in times of need, help grow our faith, help fight temptation, and be used to help spread the word of God. It can be one of our greatest weapons in our arsenal as a Christian.
Looking for God
I try to be in constant prayer towards God. I want a close relationship with Him. I encourage you to talk to Jesus and tell him your needs and wants all the time (remember God is not a vending machine or a Genie). Give Him thanks, talk to Him. I use my Evernote app to make little notes about when I see God throughout the day.
If you are a Christian, what else would you add to this list? What would you tell someone who has just accepted Jesus as their Lord and savior? If you need specific prayers, please let me know I would love to pray for you and with you. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love is. Ephesians 4:18