This article is designed for new converts or even for long-time Christians who have not achieved a level of maturity in their walks with the Lord.
So what then? Now that I have become a Christian, what do I do next to please the God of my salvation? God has told us in His Word.
“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” – II Peter 3:18
A Christian should never just “sit there.” Instead, he or she should begin to have a time each day when they study the Bible and spend time in prayer.
Why is this so important? Our churches today are full of immature Christians, because they have time for everything but their daily devotions. But you will never be able to grow in the Lord as you should, unless you study God’s Word. This gives you time to learn about God and gives God time to speak to you through His Word. As you do this, you begin to see how your life is enriched by this fellowship with Jesus Christ. Plus, the other benefit of this is that you can spend time in prayer. Prayer is one of the greatest ways to see the hand of God in your life and in the lives of those that you love.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” – Eph. 3:20
It is wonderful to see the hand of God in answering our requests. God will prove Himself over and over in answering your request.
One other thing that we receive when we study the Word of God is that we get clear direction in life. Satan is the god of this world, and as a result, the world’s system is designed by him. As we are in the world, we have to determine what is right and what is wrong. Time in the Word each day will give you clear directions in determining the right thing to do. Remember:
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.” – I John 2:16
Don’t let the world’s system deceive you. You have the Word of God to direct your paths in righteousness. Personal devotions are so important for the Christian. Could I plead with you to start this habit and continue it? The end result will be that you will be greatly enriched by the time spent with God. You will see your life transformed by the power of the Word of God over a period of time. I have yet to hear a student of the Bible say, “It is a waste of time to study the Bible.” They always speak of the blessings that have come to them by the time of fellowship with God.