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7 Steps to a New Beginning

January 2, 2015

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If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live.

God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation − whether you feel like it or not.

What does this mean? What really happens to us when we believe in Christ? Let me list seven gifts God gives you when you commit your life to Christ.

A New Relationship

The first thing that happens when we give our lives to Christ is that God gives us a new relationship.

Once we were separated from God because of our sins − and not just separated, but alienated from Him. The Bible Says we were “excluded … , without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

Yes, the first thing that happened when you committed your life to Christ is that God gave you a new relationship. He is now your loving heavenly Father, and you are now His child, spiritually reborn into His family.

A New Citizenship

The second thing God gives you when you commit your life to Christ is a new citizenship. You are still a citizen of a particular country − but now you are also a citizen of the kingdom of God.

As long as we are on this earth, we possess dual citizenship. On one hand we owe allegiance to our nation and are called to be good citizens. But we are also citizens of the kingdom of God, that invisible kingdom of which Christ is the head. Our supreme loyalty is to Him, and if someone demands we do wrong, “we must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29). And someday, the Bible tells us, this world’s kingdoms will become “the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

A New Family

Not only does God give a new relationship with Himself and make us citizens of His kingdom, but He also gives us a new family − the family of God. You aren’t just related to God; you are now related to other believers. Everyone who truly believes in Jesus Christ is now your spiritual brother or sister.

This is one reason why you are never alone if you know Christ. You are part of God’s family, with brothers and sisters in Christ who love you and want to help you, if you will let them.

A New Purpose

Some people are very focused, using all their energies to reach their goals. Others drift through life with little purpose or direction, living for the moment and never thinking about where they are headed. Most people probably live somewhere in between. But they all have this in common: They are living only for themselves and their own happiness.

But when we come to Christ, God gives us a new purpose. Now we want to live for Christ and not just ourselves.

A New Power

One of the Bible’s most comforting truths is that when we come to Christ, God Himself comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit.

When you come to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live within you.

God has given us a new purpose − but without a new power we’ll never be able to achieve it.

Jesus promised, “you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8). We weren’t meant to live the christian life in our own strength. God has provided His Spirit to help us.

A New Destiny

The word “conversion” means “change” − and the most radical change of all when we come to Christ is that God gives is a new destiny. Once we were headed for hell; now we are headed for heaven. Once we were bound for eternal separation from God; now we live with Him forever. Once we had no hope of eternal life; now we do. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death. but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

In the midst of life’s problems and heartaches, never forget: This life is temporary. One day all our burdens will be cast aside, and we will be with Christ forever. Before us is a new destiny when we belong to Him.

A New Journey

Remember: When we come to Christ, God gives us a whole new life: a new relationship, a new relationship, a new citizenship, a new family, a new purpose, a new power, a new destiny. Don’t ever take lightly what Christ did for you on the cross − and don’t ever take lightly what God has given you if you have turned to Christ in repentance and faith.

But this isn’t the end of His bounty, for God also gives us one final gift: a new journey − a whole new path to follow until the day He takes us to heaven.

In other words, your decision for Christ isn’t an end but a beginning − the beginning of a whole new life. We aren’t only called to become Christians; we are also called to be Christians. The Christian life is a new journey – one that will take us the rest of our lives.

(from The Journey by Billy Graham, 2006, Thomas Nelson)

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    • Pst Samson Quetoe

      Iam from Liberia west Africa,
      The founder and President of the Liberia pastor association, and pastor of the solution center church Kakata
      Thanks for the teaching pn the seven steps to a new beginning this as been a blessing to my life and ministry, if these are produce in to manual for training church worker we appreciate it, that will help build up and train more kingdom worker,

  1. Rev. Lloyd J. Blackman

    Praise God for a shepherd like the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, who like Moses for years has been toiling diligently to lead those who are broken and held in bondage and captivity to freedom.
    May God continue to strengthen and bless you in Jesus name.

  2. Fritz Orozco

    I have bible studies with my fellow brothers at a ranch known as the “Agape” every Friday night. Our word for this Friday’s study is “New Beginning(s)”. I like these 7 steps. It gives me an idea of where to go with my study. But, most of all is the love and the soldiers in Gods growing army persistently sharing their beliefs. It gives me strength along with the strength the lord provides. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  3. A wonderful explanation about a new beginning,knowing our purpose in Christ Jesus.
    This teaching will be used by me to be able to teach during the invocations of the government officials in our town.

  4. ARINAITWE K STANLEY

    We are living our lives for Christ nothing else.Our well considered opinions should praise lift the name of God.
    As paul wrote various letters to Corinthians,phillipines and galasians, our actions and tendencies should be like a readable letter to those we minister to.

  5. Rev. Lloyd J. Blackman

    The seven steps are vital for all person who want to turn from they way of life and lead and live a new life in Christ. I urge all person who does know the Lord Jesus Christ to take this opportunity to have a personal encounter with Jesus by way of the seven steps.tt

  6. CALISTUS

    Greetings in Jesus name.
    I write to say a big thank you to God for your life and ministry. I want to say that you have been a great source of blessing to me and family spiritually.
    We pray that the good Lord to always be with you and encourage you himself,your labor of love will not go unrewarded.
    God bless you.

  7. Elizabeth Waruguru Wambui

    your articles will help me as I begin this new life. I backslid but now I want to start a new in Christ. send me more of these articles.
    thank you and may God bless you.

  8. Grace njeri Kabura

    I am a born-again Christian. My son gave his life to Christ yesterday. Please help me on how to help him live a holy life even if he will be going to a Bible believing church. Thank you. He is 17 yrs old.

  9. Tamunoigbelema Ordor

    The word of God is ever settled. It’s good to know that when we come to Christ, God gives us a whole New life. We can sustain our faith when we acknowledge the seven steps to a New Beginning. May The Almighty Bless our soul in Jesus name.

  10. Kalu Onuoha Gabson

    Thanks to God the father, son and the Holy ghost for this message. I am truly blessed and refreshed by it. I have a new relationship with God, new citizenship, new family, new power, new purpose, new destiny, new journey. Many messages don’t show us that we are citizens of heaven living on this earth for God’s glory. Father I thank you for this message. Amen.

  11. Sandra Cooper

    A relationship with a separated man who ended it left me hurt and depressed. I know the LORD and after my God conscience alerted me, I’m repenting and starting my new life over. Thank you for inspiring me not only to become a Christian, but that I am “called” to be a Christian.

  12. Myla Case

    I was grew up in a Christian home and went to church every week, but the sermons were way over my head at the time. Now I know and understand the messages but I always like to go back to the beginning and make sure I am living a Godly life. This is how I came across this site. Thank you for breaking it down to understandable steps.

  13. The Rev. Macaulay O. Daniel

    When it is new, it is new indeed. There should be no trace of old. I earnestly pray to God to make all things new in my own time and beyond. In Jesus name, amen.

  14. ojiuba ifeoma

    Thank you LORD Jesus Christ for your love that you died for me. Now I know that I have a new life, destiny and family. Thank you for my eternal life, even divine life.

    • Abraham A B

      Great are you oh Lord. I am blessed with this word. May His grace be multiplied and forever be glorified in Jesus name.

      We celebrate you sir. I am most grateful.

  15. William

    Outstanding work, spiritually rich, God guided information, uplift the fallen spirit, resurrect the fallen mind, new mission given, new direction, new path, encourage one to rise up and see life from God ‘s view.

  16. Isaac Aidoo

    God is doing greater things in our day and our generation. He is God all over the world. Because we are the first fruit of God. God will also dangerously bless us. Still, God is reminding us how He loves us, giving to us His best. His love is great.

  17. William

    You really made my life to be new.I have now seen a new life,hope,dream,new way of looking at things.My spirit is lifted up,wish you can always sent me sermons accordingly

  18. Thomas Jaison

    “7 steps to a new beginning”, really an eyeopener, motivated me to enjoy a deeper truth how we can be closer to God and to have a new life in Christ. The secret of a Christian life is revealed.

  19. Williams Richard

    As we have decided to follow Him, His Grace is sufficient in the new relationship, new citizenship, new family, new purpose, new power, new destiny and new journey. All glory will return to Him alone

  20. YESUPADAM MALUGURI

    I praise God for this wonderful blessed man for projecting beautiful thoughts on New Beginning in Christian life. My understanding is enhanced and I am blessed so much along with my congregation. Thanks a lot.