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Okay you’re a Christian, now what?

           By Joseph Clark
Becoming a Christian brings much Hope and
excitement.
Unfortunately, this “Salvation High” is many
times short lived.
Satan uses the troubles of this life to steal our
hope and excitement.
Why does this happen?
Salvation
John 3:3-6
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no
one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born
again.” 4 “how can a man be born when he is
old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter
a second time into his mother’s womb!” 5 Jesus
answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter
the kingdom of God unless he is born of water
and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the
Spirit gives birth to spirit.
Salvation is not a club that is joined. It is a new
birth.
Okay, so does that mean that the answer is
those that struggle were never really born
again?
No! It means that, no matter your previous or
current worldly status; when you are born
again you are a spiritual infant.
1 Corinthians 3:1-4 “Brothers I could not
address you as spiritual but as worldly- mere
infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid
food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, you
are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For
since there is jealousy and quarreling among
you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting
like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow
Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are
you not mere men?
I Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I
talked like a child, I thought like a child, I
reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I
put childish ways behind me.
1 Corinthians 4:15 Even though you have ten
thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have
many fathers.
2 Corinthians 6:12 –I speak as to my
children-
Paul is saying that the Corinthians are facing
many of their problems because they are still
babes in Christ.
Too many Christians are trying to handle adult
problems with infant Spirits
This is causing many to live a life that leaves
them feeling always under pressure and often
defeated.
This should not be the life of a Child of God.
We need to begin to look at ourselves as Paul
told the Corinthians to do in chapter 11 and
start growing up in Christ.
Our lives should not be a state of constant
infancy; God has so much more he wants to
show us.
We must constantly consume the bread of life
(the word) in order to have the basic nutrition
to grow.
As Christians, we must continually practice
using what God has given us in order to grow
our spiritual muscles.
Hebrews 5:
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be
uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for
the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one
teach you again which be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of
milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that
useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for
he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that
are of full age, even those who by reason of use have
their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 6:
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the
doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;
not laying again the foundation of repentance
from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of
hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of
eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God
permit.
Shining God’s Light
www.josephclarkblog.com

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Okay you’re a christian, now what

  • 1. Okay you’re a Christian, now what? By Joseph Clark
  • 2. Becoming a Christian brings much Hope and excitement.
  • 3. Unfortunately, this “Salvation High” is many times short lived.
  • 4. Satan uses the troubles of this life to steal our hope and excitement.
  • 5. Why does this happen?
  • 6. Salvation John 3:3-6 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “how can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
  • 7. Salvation is not a club that is joined. It is a new birth.
  • 8. Okay, so does that mean that the answer is those that struggle were never really born again?
  • 9. No! It means that, no matter your previous or current worldly status; when you are born again you are a spiritual infant.
  • 10. 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 “Brothers I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly- mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?
  • 11. I Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Corinthians 4:15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. 2 Corinthians 6:12 –I speak as to my children-
  • 12. Paul is saying that the Corinthians are facing many of their problems because they are still babes in Christ.
  • 13. Too many Christians are trying to handle adult problems with infant Spirits This is causing many to live a life that leaves them feeling always under pressure and often defeated.
  • 14. This should not be the life of a Child of God.
  • 15. We need to begin to look at ourselves as Paul told the Corinthians to do in chapter 11 and start growing up in Christ. Our lives should not be a state of constant infancy; God has so much more he wants to show us.
  • 16. We must constantly consume the bread of life (the word) in order to have the basic nutrition to grow. As Christians, we must continually practice using what God has given us in order to grow our spiritual muscles.
  • 17. Hebrews 5: 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
  • 18. Hebrews 6: 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.