New Horizons: Life as a New Believer
"Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord
He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths." - Micah 4:2
Where New Horizons Begin
"I didn't feel any different. But I felt I had done what I was compelled to do. Later the reality of what I had done sank in." -- Ty
When you asked Jesus into your life, you probably prayed something like this:
"Jesus, I ask you to come into my life. I want to turn from sin and living my life under my own control. Come now and live your life in me. Forgive me and cleanse me from my sins. I receive you as my Lord and my Savior. I will live for you and serve you all the days of my life. Amen."
Has the reality of what you did sunk in yet?
What really did happen when you asked Jesus to come into your life?
"I felt like a bolt of lightening hit me. And I heard a distinct voice in my mind say, 'The slate is wiped clean.' I knew I was forgiven." -- Shannon
You're starting fresh!
The first thing God did when you made Jesus Christ your Savior was wipe the slate clean.
What was wiped away? Sin -- your disobedience to God which would have separated you from him forever. Everything you have ever done to offend God has been erased! Your failures have been forgiven!
How can this be? Because when Jesus died on the cross, he paid the penalty for all your sins -- past and future.
Of course, God doesn't want you to sin anymore. He has put his Holy Spirit in you to give you the desire and the ability to overcome sin. But if you should fall short, just admit to him your failure and turn away from sin. By doing this, every day can be a fresh start!
"I didn't feel the impact of my prayer until the next day. I was driving when the thought hit me, 'I now have a heavenly Father who won't ever leave me like my real father did!' God had filled a void I didn't even know was there." -- Mark
You've been "born again" into God's family.
When you accepted Jesus' payment for your sins, God's Holy Spirit came into you and made you spiritually alive! That's what it means to be born again.
Think of the awesome privilege of just being in your new family!
Scientists try to discover the secrets of nature -- but HE made it all. And this very same Being -- God Almighty -- says he is your Father!
The apostle John was overwhelmed by this. He spoke for all of us when he exclaimed, "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1).
Your new Father has already made provisions for the rest of your life.
He has given you his Word, the Bible, to show you how to "grow up" in your new life with him. He has issued an open invitation to come and talk to him regularly in prayer. And he has created a family of brothers and sisters -- fellow Christians who will encourage you.
"My biggest question was where would I go when I died. When I prayed it was like the heavens opened. And such incredible peace and joy flooded my room." -- Ken
You will live in God's loving presence forever!
One of the most wonderful gifts God gives his children is eternal life with him. When you leave this life through physical death, immediately you will be with him in a glorious new life in heaven.
But the full, abundant life God gives you doesn't start when you die. It starts right now!
Before you gave your life to Jesus, it was like you were traveling alone, doing your best to find the right path. You had no map and most of the time you walked in dense fog. Whether you realized it or not, you weren't sure where you were going with your life -- or even exactly where you were.
But God knows. And his plans for your life include a specific, eternal purpose, one only you can fulfill.
Each day, let God guide your way. His route will be perfect for you. With him in control, you will discover...