First Steps for New Believers

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6.

How did you receive the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior? You received Him by faith, that is, by believing on Him. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12. Believing is receiving. That is the only requirement for salvation.

What is a new believer supposed to do? We should “walk in Him” the same way that we received him…by faith! “The just shall live by faith.” See Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38. We walk by faith.

Step One: Assurance. Do you have the full assurance of faith? Your faith is in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is based upon His promise as recorded in the Word of God. “And this is the promise that He has promised us---eternal life.” 1 John 2:25. Are you a believer? “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13.

Step Two: The Scriptures. When you were born again, you became a child of God. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2. It is the Word of God that is able to build you up. Acts 20:32. Study the Scriptures. Meditate upon them. Memorize them. The holy Scriptures will strengthen your faith like nothing else.

Step Three: Prayer. The apostles followed Christ for three years and were told, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24. You can come to God in the full assurance of faith in the name of Jesus. Let it not be said of you, “You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2. Make prayer a regular part of your life.

Step Four: Fellowship. Become part of a fellowship of Bible-believing Christians. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some….” Hebrews 10:24, 25. Be mindful that “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9. You’ll find the good Shepherd among His sheep.

Step Five: The Holy Spirit. The dynamic of Christian living is the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25. God’s Spirit is a missionary Spirit, who empowers believers in their witness for the Lord. Acts 1:8. We are admonished to be “filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18. He only fills that which is His. “And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15.

You’ll discover that as you walk by faith, you will walk with God. It was said of Noah and Enoch that they walked with Him. May this be your joyful experience as you walk with the Lord step by step.