Like a fish fresh out of the water, a new believer’s first reaction after accepting Jesus is usually a hunger and desire to devour God’s word. As time moves along however, if that new spirit is not fed, then the initial longing will begin to dissolve and fade away leaving that once famished heart questioning their initial decision to follow Jesus.
The world seeks to consume our minds with temporary possessions and unhealthy flitting thoughts, and if a young believer is floundering without an anchor they are more likely to sail back into the world forgetting all about the power of the cross.
Therefore, getting connected is the first key component in strengthening a believer’s walk with Christ, for:
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Like a great persuader, our minds have a tendency to talk us out of what our heart is yearning for, but when we allow His spirit to do a work in us, our lives become transformed. Inevitably the journey is not easy, so having someone to hold us accountable is a necessity since:
“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)
As a new believer, you may notice that life does not become easier. Instead, you may find that pathways that were once open have now become roadblocks all because of a decision to turn over your life to the Lord. Do not give up! The life challenges we endure are purposed to strengthen our faith and dependency upon Him.
Without trials and tests, we would never grow into the person we have been called to be. Do not become discouraged young believer. God has put into place a support system, a family of believers who are to lift one another up especially in times we are in the valley. As a church, we are called to:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) “ Because we are members of his body.” (Ephesians 5:30)
God does not want us to be afraid or dismayed, but to be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:9).
You have been called to fulfill a purpose to bring glory to the One who created you. The walk we endure is daily as we take up our cross and follow him knowing that even though our mind may collide with our spirit, we will march on until the end knowing that God has already conquered the battle. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
How has God strengthened your walk as a new believer?