Now that I am saved, what do I do next?
This is a very common question for people who have just recently been saved. Awhile back ago, I read that 50% of people who get saved drop out of their walks with the Lord within the first year or two.
I believe the number one reason why so many new Christians drop out of their walks with the Lord is because they do not know what to really do next. They either do not get the proper teaching and coaching from other Christians they are associated with, or the Church they have joined does not have any kind of good, solid, progressive teaching system in place to lead them on their new journey with the Lord.
The apostle Paul says you have to “work out” your salvation with fear and trembling. Salvation is just the beginning. God has a perfect plan and destiny set up for each person’s life. Once you become saved and become born again, God will now set out an incredible adventure for you to embark on.
You are now being given a brand new life with a brand new fresh start. All old things have now passed away and all things have now been made truly brand new.
Here are what I call the basics of the Christian walk. These are the specific areas that each new Christian has to be gradually led into if they are really going to enter into the real walk with the Lord.
I will first list them out in a numbered, bolded format so you can have all of them right at the top of this article. I will then briefly comment on each one of them under the appropriate captions below.
- The Full Surrender
- Become Spirit-Filled
- Establish Faith and Trust in God
- Walk in all of God’s Ways
- Develop a Good Personal Relationship with the Lord
- Develop a Good, Strong, Prayer Life With the Lord
- Enter Into a True Sanctification Process With the Lord
- Seek after the Knowledge of God
- Establish Good Personal Relationships With Other Christians
- Join a Good Spirit-Filled Church
Now here are some brief comments on each one of these specific areas.
1. The Full Surrender
The first thing each Christian has to do after they get saved is to completely surrender their entire life over to God the Father. Jesus has to become LORD over your life, not just your Savior.
If you want to find out what God’s call and plan is going to be for your life, and exactly what He wants to do with your life, then you are going to have to be willing to completely surrender every aspect of your life over to Him.
It’s your all for His all. And when I say to fully surrender your entire life over to God the Father, I mean to fully surrender everything. You can hold absolutely nothing back. If you do not fully surrender everything over to God, then you will handcuff God and prevent Him from working full force in your life.
You have to become both saved and surrendered.
All Christians are obviously saved, but many of them are not fully surrendered to the Lord, and that is why very little happens after they initially get saved.
In our article titled, “The Full Surrender,” we give you all the main verses from Scripture that will show you why God wants this full surrender from each one of us, and the argument as to why each Christian needs to do this with Him.
2. Become Spirit-Filled
The second step after a person makes a full surrender to God the Father is that they need to become Spirit-filled. They need to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
You cannot walk this walk without the power of the Holy Spirit operating in your life. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to teach you all things. He cannot properly do all of this unless He is released from your spirit to come up into your soul.
If you would like to learn how to receive this powerful gift from the Lord, please go to our article, “How To Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit” in the Bible Basics Section of our site.
3. Establish Faith and Trust in God
Once you completely surrender your entire life over to God the Father and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the next step is to establish faith and trust in God. The only thing that will bring you into God’s realm is faith and belief. Nothing else will!
And the beautiful thing about this is that God is only looking for a small amount of faith to get started. The Bible says that faith the size of a mustard seed will move a mountain. Your faith can grow, but God does not expect it to grow overnight.
All God asks is that you give Him just a little bit to work with, and He will more than prove Himself to you so that you can learn to completely trust Him to guide you on your new journey.
4. Walk in All of God’s Ways
The Bible says we now have to learn how to walk in all the ways of the Lord. The Bible is the number one source where you will learn all of the ways of our Lord. I will be listing what these ways are in other articles. These are the rules of the game.
If you want to play baseball, the first thing you are going to have to learn are the actual rules of the game. You cannot step out onto the playing field unless you know exactly what those rules are going to be.
It is the exact same thing with God’s playing field. If you do not learn what His rules and ways are going to be for you in this life, then the devil and his demons will come in on you for major attacks and try to take you out.
God says in the Bible that His people will perish and go into captivity for having lack of knowledge. It is a matter of life and death to learn what God’s ways are if you want to live out the allotted amount of time that you still have left down here on this earth. People’s lives are shortened on this earth due to stupidity and not knowing the ways of God.
The Bible says that we have to develop a good, healthy fear of the Lord. This means developing a reverent and healthy respect for God, His ways, and His commandments. This healthy fear of the Lord will help keep you out of any serious sins that could end up ruining your life.
5. Develop a Good Personal Relationship With the Lord
The number one reason I believe God created the human race was for intimate fellowship. God wants to establish a deep, intimate, personal relationship with each person He has created.
I believe God actually longs for this. It’s not that God needs the human race to be able to exist, but for some strange reason, and even to the amazement of the angels in heaven, God seems to have some type of special love and longing for the human race and wants more than anything to establish this deep, personal, love relationship with each one of us.
Again, I will go into much more detail on this in additional articles, as this is a whole subject all in itself. I will give you all of the appropriate Scripture verses to prove this point to you, along with showing you how to enter into this kind of good, deep, personal relationship with the Lord.
6. Develop a Good, Strong, Prayer Life with the Lord
Along with seeking to develop a good, strong, personal relationship with the Lord, we also need to seek to develop a good, strong, prayer life with Him.
In the Prayer Secrets Section of our site, we have many good articles showing you how to develop a good, strong, prayer life with the Lord. These articles will also give you many different types of prayer strategies you can use with the Lord depending on exactly what you are praying to Him for.
7. Enter Into a True Sanctification Process With the Lord
God’s ultimate and highest aim for all us after we have been saved through the blood of His Son Jesus, is to be sanctified through the power of His Holy Spirit. God wants to consecrate us and set us apart unto Himself.
He wants to transform us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to transform us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God is the Potter and we are the clay. As such, God wants to mold and shape us into the kinds of saints He wants us to become in Him.
In the Sanctification Section of our site, we have many good articles that will help lead you down this road if you would like to have God do this kind of deeper work in your walk with Him. If you would like to see exactly what this type of sanctifying work will entail with the Lord, please go to our very first article in our Sanctification Section.
The title of this first article is, “Sanctification.” In this article, we give you many of the main verses showing you that this is something that God really wants to do with each one of us, along with showing you how to enter into this holy process with the Lord.
8. Seek After the Knowledge of God
God places an extremely high value on the pursuit of knowledge. Once you get saved and become born again, God will expect you to grow in the knowledge of Him, His Son, His Holy Spirit and all of His ways. The main sources of God-knowledge in this life are the following:
A. The Bible – This is absolutely the number one source of spiritual knowledge available to man down here on this earth. Each Christian thus has to spend some type of regular, quality time in the Bible in order to learn more about the Lord and all of His ways.
B. Other Books – God has anointed many of His teachers to be able to teach from His Word. There are many good, quality books in the Christian bookstores that Christians can feed from in addition to the Bible.
C. Tapes and CD’s – There are also many good teaching cassette tapes and CD’s from anointed teachers that Christians can also feed from.
D. TV/Radio – Many of God’s anointed teachers also have TV and/or radio ministries where you can either watch or hear them teach from God’s Word.
If you will notice on the above 4 sources of knowledge, God does give you a wide variety of options to choose from in order to grow from the knowledge that He wants you to have about Him.
Our main article on this topic is titled, “Seeking After the Knowledge of God.”
This article is in our Bible Basics Section and it will give you many of the main verses on this topic. This particular article is very thorough and very in-depth due to the extreme importance of this area in our walk with the Lord. You cannot properly grow in the Lord unless you are first seeking after the knowledge that will cause this kind of spiritual growth to occur in the first place.
9. Establish Good Personal Relationships With Other Christians
Once you enter in on this real walk with the Lord, you will need to develop good, healthy relationships with other Christians. God will start to do some real incredible things in your life and you will need others to share your walk with. God will lead you to the people that He will want you to connect with. You will have to have other Christians to feed with and to share your walk with.
If you would like to see our main article on this topic, go to our article titled, “Choose Your Friends Carefully.” This article is in the Bible Basics section of our site. In this article will be many of the main verses on this topic, along with some major verses warning us to be very careful when choosing who our friends should be in this life.
10. Join a Good Spirit-Filled Church
I would personally recommend that each new, born-again Christian ask God which church He would like for them to join. There are different levels of the anointing in all of the different churches, and God knows which one would be best suited for your own spiritual development and growth in Him. God will make sure that He gets through to each person as to which church He would really like for them to join.
I will go into much more detail on each of these specific areas in other articles, as they are all complete subjects in themselves. I just wanted to make a short list of what I feel the basics are after you have received your eternal salvation from the Lord.
All of these main basic areas will show you what you will need to really key in on with the Lord as you move forward in your new life with Him. Our website has been purposely set up to lead you into all of the main basic areas of the Christian walk so you will know exactly what areas you are to focus and concentrate on with the Lord.
The goal of our website is to give you a good, solid, progressive teaching system leading you into all of the main areas of a true walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.