.K.! NEW CHRISTIAN....WHAT NOW? by Elmer G. Magnussen
If you are a new Christian, there are some very
important things you need to
know. First, you need to know exactly what has happened to you. Second,
you need to know God's provisions for your future growth and service to Him.
The entire world today is seeking wisdom! Education is prevalent in every
city. Literally thousands of young and old alike are attending universities.
But how many of them really know the meaning of wisdom? Wisdom is seeing
things from God's point of view.
The following testimony is that of a man by the name of Andre.
I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU CAME TO ME (Matthew 25:36c)
"My testimony to my Christian Brothers and believers in Jesus Christ our
Savior. I want to thank the Lord for saving me from the life I was once
leading. First of all, I was living in darkness and I thought that I truly
loved the way I was.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of
the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said
unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.
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Today's Bible Study
In chapter 3 we see the heart-cry of a chastened people.
In chapter 4 we see the horrors of the siege, and the fall
of the city of Jerusalem. Her disaster is described in verses 1-20.
The gold and the stone of the Temple had been desecrated.
Chapter 5 records the lament over Judah's misery under
Babylon's heel, and the petition for restoration and divine mercy.
Throughout the Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah had been dwelling on
his sorrows and the sorrows of the people, but now we see him
lifting up his eyes to the Lord. God is always faithful in His
mercy, when we as Christians turn away from our sins and turn our
eyes to Him. His compassion fails not. Even though we have failed
Him, and will fail Him in the future, He cannot fail us. As the
songwriter says, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." The prerequisite for
God's mercy toward us is that we confess our sins. First John 1:9
says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He is also
faithful to deliver us when we cry out for help in temptations (I
Corinthians 10:13); He is faithful to keep us in this life and unto
eternal life (I Timothy 1:15; I Thessalonians 5:23,24). We
desperately need to commit our souls and lives into the hands of our
faithful Creator. Then, and only then, will we have a successful
Christian life. God was merciful to the remnant of His people, as He
is merciful to us today; but the lesson we should learn from the
Book of Lamentations is that God is faithful to His Word.
Backsliding and sin by God's people will be chastised. "Be sure your
sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23).