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I'm Saved ... Now What?

I’m Saved, Now What?

After Salvation (faith in Christ), God does not leave us alone to figure it out for ourselves. He has a plan for
us and He gives us the power to fulfill that plan.

Growing in Grace

You made the most important decision of your life the moment you believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior.
In that instance of faith in Christ alone for salvation, you received eternal life and you began to share in the
destiny of Christ.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (JOH 3:16)

Heaven is guaranteed to every believer, (JOH 10:27-28, 1PE 1:4-5, 1JOH 5:11-12) but the quality and
impact of the believer’s life on earth depends on his carrying out God’s plan after salvation. It is so
important for believers to find out God’s plan for their lives after salvation.

God’s plan for us following our personal faith in Christ is that we learn, think, and apply the principles
found in the Bible to our lives. Through application of the Word of God we grow to spiritual maturity. The
Bible reveals who God is and explains His plan for our lives. The Bible is called the “mind of Christ” (1COR
2:16). The Bible gives us the Truth we are to use in forming our outlook on life and in making decisions. It
should be the standard of our thinking and actions as we are here in the devil's world.

When we learn who and what Christ is, we can begin to apply His thinking in our lives. God commands
believers to think like He thinks, to think divine viewpoint, so His gracious purpose can be fulfilled in our
lives (ROM 12:2).

God’s plan for us after salvation calls for spiritual growth.

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.
(1PET 2:2)

But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to
the day of eternity. Amen (2PET 3:18)

Spiritual growth is becoming more like Christ in our character. We are kept alive on earth to fulfill our
personal destiny in the plan of God. Knowledge of God’s plan and direction for our lives comes through
daily studying the word of God. It is through the word learned and applied that we grow.  Only as we grow
to maturity can we consistently glorify God and receive fantastic blessing in time and eternity.

After salvation, believers are to find a local church where the pastor teaches the word of God accurately
from scripture. The pastor’s job is to give instructions, principles, and procedures from the Word of God for
spiritual growth.

We advance spiritually by consistently learning, thinking, and applying the Word of God to every area of
our lives. Persistent learning and application of Bible Truth increases our capacity for life, love, Christian
service, blessing, and happiness.

Power from the Holy Spirit

In order to learn and apply the Word of God you must maintain the filling of the Holy Spirit.

The moment we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit came to indwell us and
brought about a new creation in us (2COR 5:17). The Holy Spirit is the teacher of Truth; He also gives us
the power to live the Christian life.

But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and
bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (JOH 14:26).

The Holy Spirit will always indwell us, but He will not always fill or control our lives. When we sin, He is
no longer in control and we lose His power in our lives. God made a perfect grace provision for this. He gave
us a simple, grace way to get back in fellowship with Him.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins [known sins] and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness [unknown sins] (1JOH 1:9).

The Bible tells us we grieve the Holy Spirit (EPH 4:30) through sin and quench the Spirit (1THE 5:19) by
failing to confess our sins. That is why it is so important to immediately reestablish fellowship with God by
confessing our sins. If we fail to do so, God in His love, will discipline us (HEB 12:5-11) so we will return
to Him. God wants to bless you in time and reward you in eternity for faithfulness to His plan.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (EPH 4:30).

Understanding the Old Sin Nature

Every person is born with an old sin nature (OSN), inherited from Adam. This sin nature tempts us to sin.
After salvation the believer still has the sin nature indwelling his body. It still tempts him to commit
personal sins. We are living with the enemy. But now the believer has the power of the Holy Spirit to
overcome the OSN and resist temptation. However when we yield to the temptation to sin, we lose the
power of the Holy Spirit and are under the control of the sin-nature. We are said to be carnal. (1COR 3:1-3)

The Body of the Believer

When we are under the control of the sin-nature, we manifest the works of the flesh (GAL 5:19-21), which
do not glorify God. It is God’s plan that we are  controlled by the Holy Spirit at all times and grow in grace.
We must consistently resist sin, confess known sins (1JOH 1:9; 1JOH 2:1-2), and learn, think and apply the
Word of God daily.  If we are faithful to do these things, step by step, we will grow to maturity and glorify
God, and enjoy the blessing, joy and peace of a God directed life.

May God keep you from stumbling, protect you from the enemy, and give you the strength to accomplish
His plan for your life. May you have the peace that passes all understanding that comes from keeping your
mind on Him.  In Jesus' name. Amen.