Are you a new believer? Let me first of all congratulate you for making the best decision ever. Welcome to God’s family! Let me reassure you that God loves you. And I love you as well.
So, you’ve said the sinner’s prayer and invited Jesus to your life. If you haven’t done that yet, please click here. Now, that you’ve become a Christian, what next? Here are four vital things you must know if you want to live a victorious Christian life.
- You Have a New Identity
The Cambridge dictionary defines identity as who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that makes them different from others.
Prior to the day you accepted Jesus, you were an offspring of Adam, but on your acceptance of Jesus, a supernatural transformation occurred and you became a child of God.
5 He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:3-5
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
What this means is that God has elevated you from a dishonorable family to His royal family. You’re now above the limitations of the natural man. Your status has changed. It’s like being transformed from the family of a dog to the family of a lion, or like the son of a pauper being adopted by a wealthy couple. There are a lot more benefits of being a lion’s cub than of being a dog’s puppy. In the same way, there are a lot more benefits of being a child of God, than of being a mere descendant of Adam.
- You Are Like A Newborn Baby
The Christian life can be compared to the natural life in the sense that it is in stages. In the natural life, when a child is born, he has to pass through babyhood, childhood, adolescence, teenage, adulthood, and so on. It takes growth to move from one stage to another.
In the same way, the Christian life can be said to be in stages. A new Christian is a baby Christian, still ignorant of a lot of things and unaccustomed to the New life. A baby Christian hasn’t developed the spiritual stamina it takes to stand firm, so once in a while, the devil may succeed in deceiving him.
As a baby Christian, you may occasionally trip, but don’t be discouraged. Just like the natural baby doesn’t give up when he falls while attempting to start walking. He always gets up and tries again, and in the end, he succeeds in walking. The same applies to the baby Christian. If you stay resilient, you will surely grow.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation 1 Peter 2:2
As a new Christian, one thing you should be concerned about is your spiritual growth. And the good thing about Christian growth is that it doesn’t have to take years for you to become an adult Christian. It can take as little as months depending on your seriousness and dedication. See also, 7 Biblical keys to growing spiritually.
- You Have Died to Sin
The Bible tells us that we were included in Christ when we believed the gospel.
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13
This means that just as we were in Adam and Eve’s loins when they sinned and were therefore implicated by their sin, by virtue of our supernatural rebirth it is accurate to say that we were in Jesus’ loins when He died, was buried, and resurrected.
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Spiritually speaking, we all died. We died to the Adamic nature and became ‘born again’. If we died to the Adamic nature, it means we are no longer bound by the limitations of that nature. One common limitation of the Adamic nature is slavery to sin.
17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, Romans 6:17
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Romans 6:20
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. Romans 6:22
Ever been addicted to a particular sin? You know deep within you that you don’t want to do it, but it’s like there’s a stronger force that keeps pulling you back to that sin. You keep doing it even though you don’t want to. That’s called slavery to sin.
The good news is; when you accepted Jesus into your life, you were set free from sin. You died with Jesus. You died to the Adamic nature, and so you are no longer a slave to sin.
Am I saying that the appetite for sin would vanish within the snap of a finger after you become a Christian? No. You will still get tempted, but you now have the power to stand your ground and say ‘no’ to sin. You are no longer a slave. You are free.
- You Have Received the Holy Spirit
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:13
Just as Jesus was to His disciples, so is the Holy Spirit to the Christian. Jesus was a master, teacher, friend, helper, comforter, guide, and much more to His disciples. So is the Holy Spirit to us.
God knew that no one can live the Christian life by himself, so He promised us the Holy Spirit.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
One character of spirits is the ability to possess human beings and influence them. Just as demons can possess people and cause them to take odd actions, the Holy Spirit possesses all Christians. What differentiates the Holy Spirit from demon spirits is that the Holy Spirit respects your will. Demons influence people without their approval, but the Holy Spirit is gentle. He will show you the right thing to do, but He’ll never force you to do it.
It is important to note that the Holy Spirit is a very real person. Not a force or something vague. The Holy Spirit is a person with a will, emotion, and intellect. He can speak and be spoken to. he can be pleased, and He can be hurt. He has a sense of humor too. He’s here to help us grow up and live as victorious Christians.
Next time you’re about to do something wrong and you suddenly feel uneasy about it, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you not to do it. Next time you’re about to be rude to someone who offends you and you feel that check in your spirit, that’s the Holy Spirit. You may find yourself in a confusing situation and suddenly, a scripture you studied just pops into your head and perfectly matches the situation, giving you direction, that’s the Holy Spirit.
You may realize that you have so much joy and peace. You don’t know why, but you just know it’s there, that’s the Holy Spirit at work in you.
The Holy Spirit wants to fellowship with you. He wants to be known by you. He wants to hear you speak to Him, and He wants you to hear Him speak to you. To understand more about Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, read the book, Good Morning, Holy Spirit. By Benny Hinn.