I’m Saved, Now What?
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints – Jude 3.
Many times when people receive salvation they will assume that’s all to it, I have repented, I have given my life to Jesus now what else is there for me to do. According to the above Scripture, there is more to it than just receiving salvation and believing. The devils believe also but they don’t worship or serve God. The Bible says we should contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. To contend is to struggle as in battle, fight, to compete, as in a race. To strive in a debate to maintain or assert. To live as the saints of old lived in faith, we too must submit ourselves to prayer and fasting and studying the Word of God.
To give God our heart is to allow Him to guide and direct our lives according to His will and plan. Jude admonished us to contend for the faith. In order to have faith, it comes by hearing the Word of God (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God – Romans 10:17). Since the Cornovirus has entered into the world, believers can’t attend church as they did prior to the virus. So in order to hear the Word of God, we must listen by the internet, CDs with preaching and teaching. There are CDs with the Bible. Books that teach the gospel or encourage the believer to have faith and live a godly life.
We can’t live according to the Word of God, if we don’t know the Word of God. We can’t grow spiritually if we’re not going to allow the Word of God to lead and guide us in our thoughts, behavior and character. Reading the Word of God will uproot ungodly thoughts and actions in hearts. It will build our faith in God, and it will clean our hearts from the ungodliness the world wants to influence us with. Fasting will make our bodies comes subject to the Spirit of God and the Word of God. It also enables the believer to fight against Satanic attacks.
It takes discipline to interact with God on a daily basis and most professing Christians don’t want to do that. Many can spend hours watching television and being on the internet, but will not spend thirty minutes in prayer and reading God’s Word. This is why professing Christians can’t overcome profanity, fornication, adultery, hatred, and all other Satanic influences because they don’t spend enough time in the presence of God. There are a lot of people profess to be Christians, but they deny the power of God. No one can live a godly life without the help of the Spirit of God, and many that profess to be Christians don’t have the Spirit of Christ living within them.
After we have read the Word of God, pray the Word of God, live according to the Word of God then shall we have the faith that once delivered to the saints of old. We must have the same persistence they had in order to survive this Christian walk. We must place the armor of God on us daily (Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints – Ephesians 6:13-18.
As Christians, we can’t live according to Scripture without the armor of God and the helmet of salvation. Quoting Scriptures and not living by Scripture is hypocritical. God wants us to serve Him, spirit, soul and body in godliness. As Christians, you will be talked about, lied on, disliked, disappoints will come. Trials and tribulations, attacks from Satan and his co-host. Rejected by family and friends because of your stand for God’s Word. Living according to God’s Words will not make you popular, just as they rejected Jesus, so will you. Those that don’t live according to Scripture will try to tell you what Scripture means. They want to give you their ideas rather than what God has instructed in His written Word.
These are evil days, Satan is rampant, he’s trying to get as many as he can before they submit to God’s written Word. Read the Word of God, pray, fast, listen, and look at programs that will edify your spirit. Don’t detour from what the Bible instructs as a Christian. Jesus has forewarned us what will happen prior to His return and many professing Christians have no idea of what’s happening in the world has been prophesied. What we’re seeing now is nothing compared to what will be happening prior to the return of Jesus.
We have been given a choice who we will serve, we can either allow Satan to direct our lives or we can allow the Holy Spirit to direct our lives and live forever in heaven or live forever in hell with Satan and all those that allowed him to direct their lives. Heaven is real and so is Hell, and if we want to enter into Heaven, we must live according to God’s written Word. Salvation without submitting to God’s Word is disobedience and with disobedience comes the consequences. The Bible instructions are to be continued on a daily basis.