.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 Psalm 80 Asaph is crying for the restoration of the
nation of Israel. In verses 1 and 2 the Lord is called the Shepherd
of Israel. He is invoked to restore the chastened and scattered
nation. This Psalm is a rehearsal of what will happen in the future
when God gathers His children from all the nations and brings them
home to Himself. "A nation shall be saved in a day." The regathering
of the nation of Israel is as sure as the rapture of the church.
The blowing of trumpets in Psalm 81 foreshadows the
regathering of Israel and the answer to the prayer of Psalm 80.
Notice in verse 11 why God was not hearing His people. They would
not hearken to His voice; thus God "gave them up unto their own
hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.".
Psalm 82 gives us the pre-Kingdom judgment. In this Psalm
God takes His place as the supreme and righteous Judge, to judge the
nations and to administer justice in contrast to the unjust judges.
His right to judge is in the fact that all the nations belong to
Him, as He takes possession of the Kingdom.
In Psalm 83 Asaph is praying for God's judgment upon the
enemies of Israel. In a time of trouble and stress, he is calling on
God to deliver His people. Thanks to God, He is faithful in
delivering those who call on His name.
In Psalm 84 the Psalmist is rejoicing as he expresses his
love for God and his desire for fellowship with the Lord. For years
I have been personally blessed by verse 11 of this Psalm. "For the
Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no
good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." What a
gracious and glorious promise we have in this verse. As we abide in
Him daily, He is our light and protection. He gives grace and glory,
and every good thing we have comes from Him. His only prerequisite
for giving good things is that we walk uprightly.