Making a decision to give your life to Christ is hands down the best decision that anyone can make in their entire life. There is no other moment in time that can compare to that moment. Sadly, sometimes we see people come to the altar, get saved and somehow some way, they end up back to their old lives. If you know anything about me, then you know that this was my story. For 7 long years, I was in and out of a relationship with Jesus. I sincerely thought I loved the Lord and I had a desire to please Him. Still time and time again, I would always make the wrong choice. In retrospect, there were some common mistakes that I kept making as a new Christian. If you are a new Christian, *screaming* welcome to the family!!! I am so happy you were brave enough to trust Jesus and take this journey. As your new sister, I do not want you to take the long route, like I did. I am giving you an official heads up so that you can go even further in your walk with Christ.
Mistake #1 – Not Separating Yourself
Okay…I get it! You love your friends and close associates. They have been there for you and a part of your life for some time. But do I have permission to be completely honest with you? If those friends are not saved, that would mean that you both are on two different paths now. The closer, you begin to walk with God, the more these differences will begin to become apparent. Now that you are saved, you do not need friendships that are going to tempt you to go back to the places that you just came from. You don’t need friends that are going to invite you to the club, offer you drinks, and tease you about your commitment to refrain from sex until marriage. While separation may not be easy, it will be necessary to get you to the next level with God. Am I saying that all unsaved people are bad? Of course not! Am I saying you should not love or even communicate with someone that is not saved? No way! I am saying that you will need to make your stance known and create boundaries so that you do not end up in reverse. Pray for your unbelieving friends, love them, encourage them, but I will say it again, know your boundaries.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
Mistake #2 – Not Being Intentional
Every single one of us, were born into sin. Unfortunately, this is a part of being human. Yet when you gave your life to God, you received a new nature and the Holy Spirit. That does not mean that some magic trick happens and you are instantly change. There are still certain habits and patterns that you would have developed for over one or even two decades of your life. While God’s Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome, that does not mean that we should not do our part and be intentional about avoiding sin.
One of my greatest battles was music. I enjoyed the sounds of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and the list goes on. However I felt a leading to surrender this area of my life to Jesus. It was tempting to continue to listen to these types of music since I had developed a habit of doing so every day. I had to become intentional about breaking this habit. Ultimately, I deleted all of those songs from my cell phone, got rid of cd’s in my car, and downloaded gospel music instead. Sure enough, in time the desire to listen to secular music completely left my life, but it all started with me being intentional.
… Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
Mistake #3 – Not Renewing the Mind Consistently
In addition to breaking old habits, it is time to be intentional about developing new ones. You will now need to learn how to understand God and His desires for your life. You will need a Bible. You can even download it absolutely free onto your cellphone. The Bible is Gods message to humanity. In it, God instructs us, displays his love, corrects us, and provides every solution that we need for living here on earth.
As you read your Word, you will find that God’s ways are so much different than what you are accustomed to. This is why renewing your mind must be done daily. I find that when I am not consistent in reading my Bible, my thoughts tend to drift away slowly. I do not always realize it instantly, but this is the danger in not renewing your mind consistently.
Just as when a newborn baby is born into the world, that baby needs to eat every few hours to ensure healthy growth, this is the same as a new Christian. You need your spiritual milk (God’s Word), frequently and consistently (1 Peter 2:2).
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
My prayer is that you will avoid these common mistakes that new Christians often make. I’m here for you as you learn how to walk this journey. Most importantly, God is in your corner fighting for you and loving you. There is so much greater ahead of you and God’s plans for you are absolutely perfect.
Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly
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