A Fresh Start

January 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Think back to when you first became a Christian. Did you understand what to expect? The church’s mission is to faithfully proclaim the gospel, but we also have the responsibility to teach new believers how God works in our life once we’re saved.

The first thing we can anticipate after salvation is to grow closer with the Lord. As with any relationship, this requires two-way communication. We come to know and love God through His Word, and in prayer we share our life with Him. As our understanding of Him deepens, trust will increase. We’ll see we have no reason to worry, because our Father always provides for our needs, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

We come to know and love God through His Word, and in prayer we share our life with Him. As our understanding of Him deepens, trust will increase.

We can also expect clear guidance: If we align ourselves with His will and ways, He promises to direct our path (Prov. 3:5-6). At times His guidance is corrective; He also reminds us of scriptural truths and encourages obedience.

Difficulty can be another result of following Christ. Problems don’t just fade away once we become Christians. In fact, everyone who chooses a godly lifestyle can expect misunderstanding, resistance, and even persecution (2 Tim. 3:12). Furthermore, believers aren’t exempt from the trials that afflict all of humanity.

As you begin a new year of walking with Jesus, remember you’re never alone in your struggles. And with Christ’s strength, you can confidently face whatever comes your way.

 

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5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

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