Growing as a Christian

growaschristianBeing a Christian is not about doing or saying the right things. It is about a vital, personal relationship with God. As you start out, you will probably have questions-and maybe even some doubts-about this relationship. The responses to the questions below will help you work through these issues.

How do I know that Christ is in my life?

Jesus assures us many times in the in the Bible that if we put our trust in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, He will be faithful to respond and enter into relationship with us.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)

If you have prayed and invited Jesus to be the centre of your life, you have no reason to doubt that He will do what He has promised.

Do I have eternal life?

The Bible promises eternal life to every person who receives Jesus Christ.

“The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1John 5:11-13).

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). On the basis of this promise, you can know that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him into your life.

How can I grow as a Christian?

Spiritual growth results from trusting in Jesus Christ. “The righteous man shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life. To help facilitate your spiritual growth, practice the following:

  • G – Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7)
  • R – Read the Bible daily (Acts 17:11), beginning with the Gospel of John.
  • O – Obey God moment-by-moment (John 14:21)
  • W – Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19, John 15:8)
  • T – Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7)
  • H – Holy Spirit: Allow Him to control and empower your daily life (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8)

Why do my feelings about God keep changing?

You might have expectations about how you should feel after placing your trust in Christ. While feelings are important, they are unreliable indicators of your sincerity or the trustworthiness of God’s promise. Our feelings change easily, but God’s Word and His character remain constant. The promises of the Bible, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith in the trustworthiness of God and His Word.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

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24 Responses to “Growing as a Christian”

  • Aldo says:

    Babagata Ibrahim, thank you for your vote of confidence for the article, and for your encouraging words. May the Lord continue to use you in bringing glory and honor to Himself, in Jesus Name, Amen.

  • Babagata Ibrahim says:

    I am happy that many are helped by your publication be encouraged it is great and wonderful.

  • Aldo says:

    Anthony, Stik has pointed you in the right direction- a relationship with God through accepting and receiving His Son Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. If you have not done so, that is what you need to do to begin with. You see, Jesus Christ, God’s “only begotten son”, died for you on the cross of Calvary so that you, if you believe that, and ask forgiveness for your sins, can receive Him as your Savior and have everlasting life. He is the ‘foundation’ on which to build your life.

    Furthermore, Jesus is the answer to all your problems, whether they be big or small, financial or habitual, domestic or physical. He wants to be your redeemer, your healer, and your deliverer. He’ll be a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Turn your life over to Him, and trust Him to bring about what He knows is best for you.

    Below is a prayer which you can say with a sincere heart. Remember, God is not as concerned with your words as He is with your attitude.

    “Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to You, and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me, forgiving my sins, and for giving me everlasting life, in Jesus name, Amen.”

  • Stik says:

    Hello Anthony Mensah, you are choosing the right path in life – wanting to know more about God, and wanting to let God use you as He chooses. I would like to offer you these links to sites that are also related to the powertochange.com site that you found:
    Talk to a Mentor –
    http://powertochange.com/talk-to-a-mentor/
    Gospel Presentation (with Scripture refs) –
    http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/
    Next Steps – Four Basic Discipleship Lessons –
    http://powertochange.com/discover/know-jesus-personally_ll/

    Let me pray for you now in this post Anthony: “Dear God, thank you for bringing Anthony to this site. His desire is to know more about you Lord and to follow the path that you have chosen for him. Please guide him in that path and draw good Christian friends around him who will encourage him in his spiritual journey. I pray these things in the powerful and Holy name of Jesus, amen.” God bless you Anthony. Remember what God has promised, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

  • Anthony Mensah says:

    I will love to know more abut God, i want God to use me as how he want.

  • Trish Hicks says:

    I know the things i have learned as growing in Christ . Every day there are new mercies i find. I can actually see my accomplishments that would have never came about without him.. So what it boils down to the way i see it, is as our faith grows, so will we ever grow more in him. From also most importantly we must keep in the word of God.That is the most crucial aspect of it all.. Also when the Lord does prompt us to doing something we need to do it immediately. From how i do understand it. That as we grow in Christ so does our faith.So between,staying in the word,keeping in Staying abiding in him,in Christ.,stay in complete obedience,and Our faith will grow.faith is like a muscle. You have to work other muscles right? Well this is a spiritual muscle. The only way to exercise that muscle, is to also stay in obedience with Christ.

    Well i do really hope and pray i have been of some kind of help for y’all, if not a confirmation for someone.

    But anyway with that being said,
    Stay in Him Christ Our hope in Glory,
    keep the faith,
    May God bless you hold you and keep you,
    be blessed,and by all means stay well,
    But never forget i love y’all

    love Trish

  • Olanrewaju Olatunji says:

    Great and insightful work. Thank you for this article, it became handy a piece to share with new Christians around me. God bless you.

  • Elkay says:

    An important sentence in that article on living a Spirit-filled life says “As we walk in the Spirit, we have the ability to live a life pleasing to God.” Nothing could be more important! What such a life looks like is ever-increasing amounts of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” in our inner self and in dealing with other people. As you grow in the Spirit, you can look back at your life 1 or 2 years ago, and see how you have changed for the better in these areas. I encourage you to journal your spiritual pathway so you can see this and be encouraged to be even more Spirit-led. Blessings to all.

  • Wangkhem says:

    Thank for these words… Wangkhem

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hi Hasoloan. I’m glad you were blessed by this article. Yes, please feel free to share it. Take care.

  • hasoloan says:

    Tks for your inspiring Gospel sharing, May I please share this to a group of young people who are going on a retreat ? Tks

  • Kate says:

    Thanks for the encouragement JohnT

  • johnt says:

    Thank you ever so much – i was searching for information under the topic of growth as part of my preparation for our Bible study at the church this evening. the information is valid & to the point since it points at the right target – the word of God. the only reliable provision.

    may the Lord keep you & i faithful to the end in Jesus’ name!

  • Sharon says:

    good article thank you for posting this much appreciated

  • nate says:

    Thank you

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    That is great Alfred that you have that desire to live life under the control of Jesus. You are right, there are so many forces that are going to work against that desire of yours. The key is living by the Spirit of God. Have a look at this site which talks about the Spirit-filled life http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/spiritfilledlife

  • alfred kago says:

    Am really encouraged by this site. i want to live for Christ but the forces of the world keep on pushing everyday. Am also forgetful to the word of God whenever taught by my good pastor. Sexual sin is the big challenge. What can i do to stop this. Am not married

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    These are some great things to be aware of as we encourage a new believer to grow in their faith.

  • dfgfh says:

    i am very proud of these words

  • Matteo Corsi says:

    I really enjoy the blog article.Much thanks again. Cool.

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  • Phuong says:

    this was great but I wanted to ask where I can get a copy of the booklet entitled:
    “The Four Spiritual Laws”

    thanks great article

  • Nicole says:

    This was such a great article!! It was so reassuring and clearly explained. thank you!!

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