Seven verses to help the new believer
I remember way back when I became a Christian, fifty years or so, these verses were so important to me. I was unsure then, as a new believer, about my identity of who I am in Christ. These verses helped me then and still are giving me comfort. Now, my beautiful daughter-in-love has become a new believer. I’d like to bless her and other new believers with the same verses.
1. Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Yes, I can trust that what God says if true. I no longer have the same evil self, the same evil heart I did. I have been crucified with Christ. If I were the only one on this earth, He would have died on that Cross for me.
2. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
As a new believer, we don’t have a history with Jesus. What we have is a history of interacting with people which most often relies on things we do and give. We need to understand Salvation is a free gift. It is ours for asking. We do not need to give anything in return, it’s a gift.
3. 2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
We have a promise of trouble in our lives. It’s been there in our past and trouble with be with us in the future. But with Jesus, we have help, a Savior. By knowing this, the comfort we have in trouble can be given to others. It is our lifelong beginning of servant-hood, an opportunity to become more like Christ.
4. Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
A new life in Christ is exciting. Not to be discouraging, but the newness wears off after a while. You will find the issues you had before are still there and still need to be dealt with. These often feel like burdens. But Jesus promised to be there and if you would give Him your burdens, He will provide a resting place.
5. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When your are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Temptations will be part of our earthly lives until the day our physical body dies. We must remember temptations will be every where. The enemy is sly, a liar, a murderer and puts temptations in our way. But our God is more faithful, more powerful and more than able to help us. He will provide us a way to get beyond temptation. He promises!
6. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.
There are 365 verses in the Bible about fear. That is one verse a day for fear. It’s plain fear is a huge part of our lives. But here is our promise from God that fear does not originate from Him. He gives us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.
7. 1 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Scripture cannot be ignored. God has left us His written Word to study, to teach, to help us believe, to guide us, to help us change our behavior, to convict us. We can rely on the Holy Word to be His True Word. Scripture needs to be implanted in our heart and be part of our everyday life.
These verses remain seven of my most favorite verses in the Bible. There is one for each day of the week. Whether you are a new believer or have walked with Jesus for years, I hope you will find them to be a source of comfort and direction also.