A word of encouragement

Dear friend,

Whether you are just now becoming a Christian, coming back to Christ after a period of doubt, or sorting out a difficult problem, this is the beginning of a new and enduring relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” (John 10:10). God wants you to enjoy a full and rewarding life and has made every provision for this. Here are some basic facts about this life:

First, the Bible is food for the spiritual life, which needs to be nourished just as your body does. Through His Word, God speaks to you and reveals His plan for your new life. I would advise you to read the Gospel of John before reading any other book of the Bible. Then continue reading the Bible every day, trying to read at least a chapter a day.

On this website, you will find Bible lessons and some Scripture verses at the end of each lesson to memorize. Get started on these right away, for as you study and memorize, the Bible will help you grow.

Second, prayer is your lifeline to God. Form the positive habit of starting each day with a few minutes in prayer. Conversation with God may seem strange at first, and you may find it hard to know what to say. But as you continue, your prayers will become more meaningful. So start each day with prayer, and then learn to pray throughout the day as needs arise. Take all your problems and burdens to God, because He is interested in everything you do. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” (1 Peter 5:7).

Third, a Christian is to be Christ’s witness. You are to be an ambassador for Him wherever you go. This doesn’t mean that you go up and down the street confronting everyone you meet. It does mean, however, that you start living a life that is different, then pray each day that you might share Christ with others and watch God bring the opportunities! As you faithfully study and memorize the Scriptures, you will become better equipped to do this.

Fourth, you can’t be an effective Christian on your own. If you are not already a member, get involved in a church where the Word of God is faithfully proclaimed.

Make the attempt to develop friendly relationships with other Christians at your church, as spiritual fellowship is a great encouragement in growth. The ministry of your pastor will provide strong guidance as you walk in a new life with the Lord.

The step of faith that you have taken does not mean that all your problems are automatically solved. In fact, you may find you have some new ones! You will find that the devil, who is God’s enemy and yours, will try to spoil the work God is doing in you. He will try to make you seriously doubt your faith in Christ. There is only one way to defeat Satan, and that is through the Word of God. Follow the example of Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness. Each time the devil tempted Him, He reminded Himself of God’s Word by quoting Scripture (see Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).

The following Bible study lessons and verses contain promises and assurances that are basic to your life as a Christian. Read and reread them often. Learn to go to the Scriptures as an anchor for your faith.

May God richly bless you in this step of faith.

Franklin Graham


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