Walk With Jesus

Welcome New Believer

Congratulations!

You prayed the prayer to be forgiven of your sins before God and you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. You are now a friend of Jesus. I want to help you to grow in your relationship with Him so that you can love Him more and more.

The Bible records a parable that Jesus told in the New Testament book of Matthew chapter 13.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Jesus then provided the meaning to this short story.

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Now that you have received the seed of the Good News that Jesus loves you, my prayer for you is that you will understand how to live for Him and honor Him. The purpose of the following videos is to help you identify important areas where you can grow in your relationship with the Lord. As you travel life’s journey, I know that Jesus will walk with you and teach you how to live in victory.
What Just Happened?

You Have a New Identity

I am so happy for you because you asked Jesus Christ into your heart as your Savior and Lord. You will now enjoy a quality of life that only God can give you. As you walk with Him, you will grow as a believer and have the assurance that you will go to heaven with Him for eternity.

But before you move forward, you need to understand that when you repented of your sins then your identity changed. Here’s is what happened …

Your disobedience to God’s commandments is called sin. The rightful punishment that God requires for sin is death. But, He does not want you to die; He wants you to live. So, God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for the penalty of your sins by dying in your place. As the saying goes, I owed a debt I could not pay. Jesus paid my debt that He did not owe.

But, such a gracious and loving act on His part comes with consequences. See, you are not freed to now return to your former lifestyle. The power of your former life was broken by Christ. The Apostle Paul commented on this and wrote, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ (II Cor. 5:17). The consequences of Christ’s payment for your sin is that you now belong to Him and that you have a new identity; the new has come!

Previously, you were enslaved to your sins and your self-focused way of life. But, now that you accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on your behalf, you are a servant of Jesus Christ. He bought you and paid for you. The Apostle Paul put it this way, ‘I no longer live but Christ lives in me’ (Gal. 2:20). The paradox is that only by being a slave to Christ will you find true freedom; freedom to be all that God created you to be.

Your new life goal is to please your Master, Jesus Christ. This will require that you throw off the sin that so easily entangled you. For now you must devote the entirety of your heart, mind, soul, and strength to pleasing Jesus Christ. This will require that you lean a new way of thinking, acting, and reacting. Jesus will teach you how to walk as He walked, how to talk as He talked, and how to thrive in life as He thrived.

Jesus is your Master and you are His servant. Your life goal is to please Him. If I ever get the pleasure of meeting you in person, we will each give our names and then share something about ourselves. As a new believer in Jesus Christ, your first response will no longer be to give your name, your tribal affiliation, and your job title. Instead, you can give your name and then declare confidently, ‘I am a servant of Jesus Christ.’

So, what just happened? What happened is that you now belong to Jesus. You are a new creation. Your old nature no longer lives but Christ lives in you. Your new identity is this: ‘I am a servant of Jesus Christ.’ As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will live in the fullness of your new identity.
Who is in Control?

You Have a New Master

There is an issue that you must settle in your heart. If you do not deal with it properly, it will trouble you daily for the rest of your life. This issue is control. Who is in control of your life? Will you follow your own will or will you follow God’s Will with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength?

In the New Testament book of Matthew, Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’

The key to living a life of victory in Christ is to take on His yoke and to learn form Him. In other words, we live life according to Christ’s words and example. It makes sense to do this because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere at once, and He has broken the power of sin with His death and resurrection. Jesus is God and He gives life!

Yet, there is enough of your old nature left in your heart that will rise up and say, ‘No! I want my will to be done!’ When that happens, and this happens to every Christ-follower, then you must take off your will and put on the will of God. He knows what is best for you! He can do immeasurably more that you can ever ask or imagine. He can take what was meant for evil and turn it for good. He has a plan and an eternal destiny for your life.

Now that you are a Christ-follower, you must live by His standards and play by His rules. Jesus told this story …

‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’

If you follow God’s Will then your house is built on a rock. But, I pity you if you follow your will because your house is built on sand and it will fall with a great crash.

So how do you find God’s Will? I encourage you to read the Bible which is God’s Word. It is a letter that God wrote to you. I encourage you to pray which is talking and listening to God. I encourage you to interact with mature Christian believers who can teach you how to apply God’s Word in your life, how to face temptations, and how to follow God’s Will.

As a new believer, learning to follow God’s Will means that you will have a completely new way of thinking and responding. Each day, you can pray as Jesus prayed: ‘yet not my will, but yours be done.’ The Lord will give you strength and wisdom to be obedient. At each point in your daily walk you must stop and ask, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and do what He tells you to do.

So, who is in control? As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will give complete control of your life over to your new Master Jesus Christ. May His will be done in you and through you today.
Where Do I Start?

You Have A New Perspective

I thank the Lord that you are following Jesus. You dedicated your heart to Him, you are living in your new identity as a new creation, and you gave control of your life over to the Master. You have just built a solid spiritual foundation and are now ready to start growing as a believer. I suggest that your first step will be to open your heart and look at your life as God sees you. God is Truth and sees you as you truly are. Your new perspective and your new way of looking at life, should be based on Truth.

If you are open to Truth then you should be honest with yourself. Do whatever it takes to obey God’s Word with all your heart and strength. Be open to hear and to do what the Spirit of God tells you to do. Put down your pride and allow others to speak Truth into your life. This means that you will be open to teaching, correction, and even to rebuke when necessary.

If you are open to Truth then you should be honest before God. There will be times when you do sin. When that happens, admit that you sinned, ask the Lord to forgive you, and then act in a manner that honors Christ. The Bible says that God knows your thoughts before you think them and that He alone can judge the motives of your heart. So, why would you try to hide your sin from Him or think that He does not know what you are doing? It is in your best interest to be honest before God.

If you are open to Truth then you should be honest with others. You should speak the Truth in love and speak words that build up and not tear down. You should treat others as you want to be treated. You should give honor where honor is due and seek to be a blessing to others. You will know when you treat someone in a manner that does not honor Christ. When you do, you must ask for forgiveness. Then act in a manner that reflects the love of Christ in you.

Please let me tell you in advance that being honest with yourself, with God, and with others is the best action you can take. You may receive a negative reaction in the short term however, your honestly will honor Christ and bring you blessings later. If you allow pride and stubbornness to overcome you then you will invite more trouble and you will be entangled in a web of sin. Living in Truth is the best road you can take.

Living in Truth also means that God’s promises are for you. God said that He will never leave you or forsake you. In all things, God works together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. He can do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. There are many, many more promises that you can apply to your life. The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He will lie to you and try to rob you of your joy of serving the Lord. In those moments, you can rebuke him and reject his lies. You can then remember the promises given to you in God’s Word and thrive in the hope that only God can give.

So, where do I start? You start changing your perspective to Truth. Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will walk in your new perspective of truth.
How Do I Live a Life that Honors Jesus?

You Have a New Behavior

Now that you know Jesus is Truth and that Truth will set you free, we need to talk about how you should act as a follower of Jesus Christ. You can live a life that honors Jesus by living righteously. This means that you will do the right action, for the right reason, and for the right outcome. In other words, you will do whatever it takes to obey Christ’s commands and to fulfill His Will as an expression of your love for Him.

This will require that you have a new way of dealing with life. Your mindset and ways of thinking before you met Jesus are no longer the standard you should follow for those ways led you into sin. You are now a new creation in Christ and must replace the old ways with the new way by being obedient to God’s Word.

Here is an example: Before we knew Jesus as Savior and Lord we would respond to those who hurt us by trying to hurt them back. We felt that we were right in responding that way for we told ourselves that the ones who hurt us deserved our retaliation. Well, that is the old way of thinking. In the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 5, Jesus taught, ‘If someone strikes you on the right check, turn to him the other also.’ He then said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.’

The starting point of learning how to live a life that honors Christ then is to reject the old ways and replace it with new ways of thinking and living. In chapter 12 of the New Testament book called Hebrews, it instructs us to ‘… throw off the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith …’ Consider with me right now what you have in your life that does not honor Christ. Maybe you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs. Maybe you cannot control your tongue and you gossip. Maybe you have unforgiveness in your heart. Maybe you are sexually active outside of marriage. Whatever the issue, you are now free to throw off the old and now put on the new by fixing your eyes on Jesus.

You are now free to learn the ways of Christ and to follow His teachings. He will set boundaries around you to protect you and He will give you standards of behavior which will cause you to mature as a believer in order to fulfill them.

There are three important ways that you can learn how to live a life that honors Christ. One way is to read daily your Bible so that you can by taught by God. The second way is to ask the Lord to teach you as you interact with him during your times of prayer. The third way is to allow mature believers to show you how to apply God’s Word.

I encourage you that once you learn how God wants you to think, to act, and to react that you are obedient to act rightly. I also encourage you to ask the Lord to bring mature believers into your life who will hold you accountable so that you stay on the right path.

So, how do I live a life that honors Jesus? You do so by taking on a new behavior and live righteously. As you travel life’s journey I pray that you will experience the blessings and benefits of this new behavior.
How Do I Respond to the Troubles of this World?

You Have a New Feeling

You are well aware that there are many troubles in our world. We face wars, natural disasters, diseases, poverty, and other consequences of sin. Sometimes, these troubles can be so overwhelming that followers of Christ are tempted to focus on the troubles instead of on Jesus. When you center your heart and mind on the troubles of life you will become anxious and you will worry. Anxiety and worry will harm your mind and body eventually. If these feelings continue unchecked then it will lead to doubt and finally to turning away from God. I want to remind you of the Good News that you can respond to the troubles of this world by focusing on Jesus and then you will feel peace. As a follower of Jesus Christ, your new feeling is peace.

It is recorded in the New Testament book of John that Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ Jesus alone brings us perfect peace. It is because of Jesus that you can know for certain that your feelings of anxiety are not from Him. Jesus does not condemn and so he does not bring anxiety.

When the troubles of life hurt you, you may be tempted to run away or to run to someone who you think can help you. But, instead of running, you can rebuke those feelings of anxiety because you know that those feelings are not from God and you can stand firm. You can stand firm knowing that you belong to Jesus and that He will take care of you.

Here is how you can get the peace of Jesus. It is written in the New Testament book of Philippians, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ This means that when you are facing the troubles of life you can respond by praying to Jesus with a thankful heart and give your burden over to Him. He will then replace your troubles with peace. You may not understand how Jesus will solve your problem or how He will gain the victory but you can know confidently that He will do so. How wonderful it is that you can find peace in the middle of life’s storms.

You will face troubles of many kinds. You might think that you can only gain peace when your problems are solved and your troubles are over. What Jesus is saying though is that you can find peace even while your troubles seem to be at their worst. If you turn to Him, His strong presence will bring you peace and you can know confidently that He will turn the matter you are facing into good.

So, how do I respond to the troubles of this world? I encourage you to stand firm in your love for Christ and be confident that He will take care of you. You can know without a doubt that Jesus loves you and is with you in the middle of life’s storms. As you learn to give him your problems, you will find a peace that is beyond your understanding. You can then live in that peace as you focus your heart and mind on Jesus. As you travel life’s journey I pray that you will have a new feeling and walk in the Good News of His peace.
How Do I Respond When I am Being Attacked Spiritually?

You Have a New Strength

In the New Testament book of John you can read a story about Jesus giving His followers a teaching that was very difficult for them to accept. Many of these followers were so offended by the teaching that they left Jesus. The twelve disciples were caught in a difficult position between believing their Teacher and yet not understanding His teaching and being offended by it. Jesus asked the Twelve if they would leave Him too. Peter spoke on behalf of the others and said, ”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Peter did not understand the teaching but he was devoted to Christ.

There will come a time in your life when you face situations that do not make sense to you. As we mentioned in our last time together, the events and even tragedies of life fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. And, you will be attacked by the devil. The Bible tells us that ‘your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’ (I Peter 5:8). How are you to respond to this?

The answer is that you can respond in strength! Like Peter, you can turn to Jesus. Where else will you go to find Truth? Jesus alone has the words of eternal life. Jesus is your strength. Though you do not understand the situation, though it may seem that there is no possible solution to your problem, you must trust in Jesus. Jesus is the Answer! There is no problem so great, so powerful, or so difficult that Jesus cannot solve. You will soon learn that even when you are at your weakest, Jesus is strong.

You can trust Jesus. You can believe that He will turn all things into good for them that love Him and are called according to His purpose. You can walk in complete confidence that what was meant for evil will be turned by God into good. Your complete devotion to Christ will eventually bring you the victory. The word that describes your trust, belief, confidence, and devotion is faith. You can have faith in Jesus Christ that He will walk with you through the trials and difficulties of life and that He will bring the victory.

The devil will do everything he can to destroy your life around you. He will bring wars, disease, and tragedies. He will lie to you. He will try to get you to doubt that Jesus loves you or can help you. He will try to make you fearful. But, while he can influence your life around you, he can never touch your heart or your mind. The New Testament book of James tells us to ‘resist the devil and he will flee from you.’ The way that you resist the devil is to keep your faith in Christ. Keep your trust, your belief, your confidence, and your devotion to Jesus. When you stand firm in your faith then the devil will flee.

So, how do I respond when I am being attacked spiritually? Here is what you can do: remember that you have a new identity in Christ and that you belong to Jesus. Remember that you have a new Master and want His will to be done in your life. Remember that you have a new perspective of Truth and that the Truth that the Truth will set you free. Remember that you have a new behavior of living righteously and that the prayers of the righteous are ‘powerful and effective.’ Remember that you have a new feeling of peace and that He will bring you peace that passes all understanding. In doing this, your faith in the Lord will be your strength. As you travel life’s journey, I pray that your faith in Jesus Christ will be your new strength.
How Do I Keep the Right Attitude when I Deal with Life’s Issues?

You Have a New Hope

Last week I watched a football match with my son. As the two teams warmed up it was easy to see which team was favored to win. The favored team played with confidence and with the attitude that they expected to win. They had the world’s best player on their team which gave them even more hope that victory was assured. The opposing team warmed up with their heads down. You could see by the way they acted that they had no hope whatsoever of winning. It seemed to me that they were defeated before the match even started.

As a new disciple of Jesus Christ, you will face many trials and tribulations when you travel life’s journey. You will be tempted to be discouraged and depressed. You might even wonder if God is still listening to your prayers. I want to remind you that you do not have to face life’s issues by wondering if you will be able to stand firm and win the victory. Always remember that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, He died for the sins of humanity, He rose again on the third day, and by doing so He conquered sin and death. He won the victory! As His disciple, you can walk in confidence because His victory is your victory. So, no matter how strong the storms of life may be, you can live with vibrant hope and the expectation that God’s Will will be done. He will bring the victory!

In the New Testament book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul calls us to wear the ‘helmet of salvation.’ This means that we guard our minds by looking at the Answer, Jesus Christ, instead of the problem. This empowers us to walk in confidence in the Lord. Our hope is in the Lord!

So, when you face those moments of doubt, please remember to look to Jesus and remember that He has already won the victory. You will find encouragement and strength in the Lord. The prophet Isaiah wrote these words almost 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ,

‘Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:27-31).

So, how do I keep the right attitude when I deal with Life’s issues? Fix your eyes on Jesus. Hope will then grow strong in your heart. Walk in confidence knowing that He is on your side. If God is for you, who can stand against you? God alone brings the victory.

As you travel life’s journey my prayer is that you will find new hope in your salvation and be renewed daily.
How Does God Equip Me to Walk in Victory?

You Have a New Authority

God wants you to live a life of faith and victory. He knows that you will face trials and temptations of many kinds. So, He gave you the Bible, which is God’s Word, to teach you about Him and to teach you how to act as a believer. If you will read God’s Word, memorize God’s Word, obey God’s Word, and share God’s Word then you will be equipped to walk in victory. You will then be living under the authority of God instead of walking in your authority.

When you spend time in the Bible you will discover that King David’s words are true when he wrote, ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path’ (Psalm 119:105). You will also discover the power of God’s Word as well. In the New Testament book of Hebrews we read, ‘For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ (Hebrews 4:12).

Jesus gave us an example of how to use the authority of the Bible to stand strong in the midst of trials and temptations. In the New Testament book of Matthew we read the account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert where he fasted for forty days and forty nights and he was hungry. He was at his physical and emotional weakest point. That was when the devil came to tempt Him. The devil tempted Jesus by commanding Him to turn stones into bread, by throwing Himself off the highest point of the temple to make God save Him, and by offering Him all the kingdoms of this world. Rather than argue or debate with the devil, Jesus simply quoted God’s Word because God’s Word is Truth. The devil cannot deny Truth or overcome it. Three times Jesus replied, ‘It is written’ and then quoted a passage from the Old Testament.

There are three lessons that I want you to see from this encounter that shows the need for you to be equipped with the authority of God’s Word.

Lessons #1 You must recognize that you cannot fight sin alone. Even Jesus needed the strength and wisdom of God’s Word. Jesus responded by speaking Truth.

Lesson #2 You must submit yourself to the authority of God’s Word. You cannot fight your spiritual enemies by your authority for you have no authority. But, when you appeal to God’s Word then you stand by the Greatest Authority; one that has no equal.

Lesson #3 The devil knows God’s Word and will twist it to lie to you. Even the devil knows the Bible and he will try to use God’s Word incorrectly in effort to fool you. You must be so active in God’s Word that you will know immediately when someone uses the Bible incorrectly.

How does God equip me to walk in victory? You are equipped as you read the Bible every day. When you do, obey what the Bible tells you to do and do not do what the Bible forbids. You will then discover the power of God’s Word and enjoy the victories that only He can bring.

As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will walk in the authority of God Word’s and apply it to your life every day.
Is it Important to Interact Daily with God?

You Have a New Inner Circle

It is very important that you interact daily with God by reading the Bible and by spending significant time in prayer. Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not simply something that you do; it identifies who you are. You are in relationship with God. This means that you now have a new inner circle of close friends. They are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

If I had the pleasure of being your friend then we would spend time together and we would share information about our lives. There will be times when each of us would talk and times when we would listen. You should have the same interaction with God because you are His friend. This interaction with God is called prayer.

The apostle Paul wrote in the New Testament book of Ephesians that we are to ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for all the saints’ (Ephesians 6:18).

I encourage you to set a daily time of prayer where you can interact with God by talking and listening to Him. You can praise the Lord in the victories of life! You can find comfort from Him in your darkest moments. He will give you wisdom for everyday situations as you travel life’s journey. There is no prayer request so small or too large that God will not answer. If your request is important to you then it is important to God.

Please remember, as well, that there are no situations too complicated that God cannot solve. We read in the New Testament book of Luke, ‘for nothing is impossible with God’ (Luke 1:37). God’s methods of answering your request are always the best. God’s timing to bring an answer to your request is always perfect.

When you face trials and temptations, you will hear opinions and voices from many different sources. Which voice has wisdom? Which voice is the one that you should follow? You know that you should follow God but do you recognize His voice? Here is an important lesson: If you interact daily with God you will learn to recognize His voice at all times; especially in those seasons of life when you face trials and temptations. Jesus is your friend who sticks closer to you than a brother and He will never fail you. His voice is the one that you should follow at all times.

Paul told us to pray in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. There is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You will learn more about this as you grow in your relationship with the Lord. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the Counselor. He empowers believers and gives us spiritual gifts to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to ask the Lord to help you know the Holy Spirit more, to allow the presence of the Holy Spirit to be strong in your life, and to act in a manner that glorifies God.

Is it important to interact daily with God? Yes! If you love God then you will interact with Him in prayer. When you do, you will discover that you will receive comfort, wisdom, strength, and love from Him. As you travel life’s journey, I pray that you will develop a strong prayer life and relate daily with your new inner circle of friends.
How Do I Begin to Show My Love for Christ?

You Should Be Baptized in Water

One of the first actions that you should do to show your love for Jesus Christ is to be baptized in water. Water baptism is a meaningful ceremony that identifies you with Jesus and it testifies to the world that you are now a disciple of Christ.

Water baptism is an action that you should take after accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. The act of being baptized in water does not save you but it tells the world of your decision to follow Jesus with all your heart.

Here is what will happen when you are baptized in water. You will be in water, usually in a river or a tank if you are being baptized in a church. The minister will assist you as he lowers you completely into the water. He will then lift you out of the water. This ceremony is actually very simple and painless. However, it is also very meaningful.

See, when you are lowered completely into the water, this identifies you with the death of Jesus Christ. Symbolically, your old life of sin and shame is left in the water. Then, your coming out of the water symbolizes that you have risen to a new life of following Christ Jesus. This identifies you with the resurrection of Jesus. The old has gone, the new has come!

I will say it again but in a different way. Water baptism signifies that you are dead to sin as you were lowered completely into the water and that now you are alive to Christ as you rose out of the water.

The apostle Paul wrote about the meaning of water baptism in the book called Romans, ‘In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness’ (Romans 6:11-13).

The ceremony of water baptism is a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends and family to see that Jesus is now your Master and Lord. It is a powerful way of telling them that you are a new creation and that you are not turning back. It will also give you the opportunity to share with them the meaning of water baptism and share with them how they can come to Jesus as well.

Some who are new to following Christ were baptized as infants and now wonder if they need to be baptized again. The answer is yes. The act of being baptized in water is your declaration that you are now a Christ-follower. You were unable to make that declaration as a child but you are able to do so now.

So, how do you begin to show your love for Christ? You do so by indentifying with Jesus in water baptism. As you travel life’s journey I pray that you will become more like Christ each day.