Welcome to God’s family!

We rejoice with you in the recent decision you made to follow Christ. Receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior means that you’ve begun a new life. In fact, the Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

First of all, you can be assured that if you earnestly asked Christ to become your Lord, then He has done so. We often make the mistake of thinking that God has deserted us if we don’t feel His love or presence in our lives. Don’t believe it! As a new Christian, your feelings will fluctuate. God has promised us: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

Also, now that you know the living God, it’s important that you start living for Him. Not only are we to recognize that we were living a life dominated by sin, but we must change that behavior as well. As a Christian, you are now a servant of Jesus, and no longer a slave to sin. “Consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live.” (Romans 6:11–12).

With these things in mind, I’d like to encourage you to develop four important new habits so that you can continue to grow spiritually.

May God bless you as you walk with the Lord!

Chase Ryan Douglas

Host of the In Their Own Words Podcast