Reflections on the Holy Scripture

This is the most important decision you will ever make.

Congratulations on accepting Jesus as your Savior! It is only by His sacrifice that can be cleansed of sin and stand guiltless before our God. If you truly believe in your heart that His grace is enough for salvation, then accepting Jesus is as simple as praying to God and telling Him your heart. Let Him know of your conviction and He will begin His works within you. There are no magic words involved; simply tell God where you are that His sacrifice is sufficient to save you from your past sins.

Once you have done that, we at Life's Handbook will gladly welcome you into the Christian family. Please feel free to contact us to inform us of your life-altering choice or to ask any questions you may have about living a Christian life.

So, now what?

One of the most common questions after getting saved is, "Now what? Now that I am a Christian, do I just keep living life? Is there something more?"

The final step in the process of salvation is to commit your life to God. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are essentially telling Him that you are willing to live your life for Him. This life is often known as our walk with God, and unfortunately, He does not promise it to be easy. While you might be free from the ultimate consequences of sin, the world is still itself inherently sinful, and you will be tempted to sin and rebel against God.

To be God's disciple means to set apart, making every attempt to live a righteous life. The Lord knows, however, that we are imperfect, and even after having let Him into hearts, we will still fall short. We will still sin. The difference now is that the Holy Spirit of God Himself dwells within us, and He works incessantly to make our hearts desire Him more. The words of 1 John 4:4 tell us that God is greater than the world, and hence through Him, we can overcome.

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:1-5 NKJV

The next step is to develop a relationship with the Father.

Many have the false perception that God is a distant, omnipotent and emotionless being. The Bible, however, indicates that God is interested in developing an intimate relationship with His creation. Remember that He sent His Son because He loved you to the uttermost, and that same love drives God to wanting to know and walk with you.

By the same token, as with any relationship, it is up to us to make the same effort to know God. God, like us, has emotions and personality; after all, Genesis 1:26-28 tells us that God made humans to be like Him. So, by spending time in devotion to God, we can come to know Him and know just how loving and perfect He truly is. Then, by knowing Him that love can be reflected onto others we meet.

To know God, pray and read the Bible.

Prayer is the act of simply speaking to God. There are no special gestures or words required; God is everywhere and will hear whatever you have to say to Him whether it be aloud or in your private thoughts. Philippians 4:6 tells us to pour all our requests, troubles, heartaches, and anything upon God, for He always listens and understands. And, furthermore, He answers back.

Like in any conversation we have with others, God will talk back. God can, however, do this in a variety of ways. Sometimes He is a still, small voice. Sometimes, He will use another person in our lives to encourage us in a time of need. Sometimes, events will seem to coincidentally "work out". Sometimes, He performs supernatural miracles. It is up to us to open our ears and listen for God, and the more we know Him, the more we will hear Him.

Most often, though, God will speak to us through the words He has already spoken: The Bible. The Bible is the inspired Word of God Himself, and it has an answer to every inquiry you can have. Reading and studying the Bible has the capacity to transform minds, and Life's Handbook is meant to serve as a testimony to that fact. Read the reflections on this site and you will see how people learn and are transformed by the words of the Bible, words that God Himself authored.

Finally, fellowship with other Christians.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 illustrates the collection of believers as a single body, which we in modern terminology call the Church. Every single member is needed in order for the overall will of God to be accomplished on the Earth, yet a single individual is completely powerless without God or the rest of the body of believers. We are called to "not [forsake] the assembling of ourselves together" in Hebrews 10:25, but to instead fortify one another. The Church is made strong when we encourage one another on our individual hardships, and hence your faith will be made stronger by meeting with others that are of a similar mind and love.

We wish you blessings on your walk with God!

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