Letter of Discipleship
by Anna Snow
I want to welcome you first-hand into the family of God. You have made the best decision of your life, by accepting Jesus as your personal Savior. I am so excited for you and this wonderful relationship you are beginning to learn about and grow into. Christianity is not a superficial fix it, so there are some things you need to know about this new life you are in now.
First, you have a real enemy and there will be stumbling blocks he will try to trip you up with. Have no fear; you are now in The Kingdom of God and have a defender and friend in Jesus. The Bible says that “no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph overopposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.”
I want to begin by explaining who God is. You have embarked on this relationship with God, and understanding a little about who Heis and His character will be helpful. God is the First and the Last, ( Isaiah48:12 AMPC). He has always been there as an omnipresent, sustainer,deliverer, and healer – the one and only God. His love for you is never-ending,and His thoughts and plans for you are for your good, not for evil, to give you a future and a hope, to bring you to His expected end.
(Jeremiah29:11 NIV, KJV)
I encourage you to hold on to that scripture as it will be needed in times of trials.
Now, according to Ephesians2:1, you were dead in your trespasses – your sins. But don’t lose heart. After all, we were all dead in our sin, so be full of joy because you are now alive in Christ! You have a long road ahead of you, to learn and grow to become more like Jesus. So, in all things, we must choose to love, in all situations and with all people. [Letyour] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
This is not always an easy task, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and as we get our soul healed.
There are some disciplines you can begin to follow that will help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord. Bible reading is key! How else are you to get to know the Lord except by reading the stories about Him – really taking in His words and learning from His actions? Meditate on the verses in the Bible, but don’t just read the words. Ponder them in your heart and speak them aloud. Also, prayer is one-on-one communication with God, you, and Him back and forth, not always you talking. The most important part of prayer is listening to Him. He speaks; you just need to listen. Another discipline I want to share with you is just to be still in Him. Worship Him with music, soaking, or just silence but spend time basking in His presence. Lastly, for you to grow more in the Lord, you have to learn more about the wounded soul and how to get healed.
Welcome to the Kingdom of God! I am so happy that you have made the decision to follow Jesus. Continue to grow in grace(undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him [be] glory (honor, majesty, and splendor) both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (so be it)!
2Peter 3:18 (AMPC)
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