Four Foundational Truths Every Believer Should Know And Do
“As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.
Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.”
A new believer asked, “Once I have received Christ as my Lord and Savior and became born again or saved, what do I do NEXT?” As the Bible directs us – become rooted (committed) to Christ by getting to know Him and His family!
Purposeful Steps to Take
There are four foundational truths that will help you to grow spiritually in order to be rooted in Christ and grow into Him. As a Christian, there are so many wonderful truths to learn. As you learn them, practice these four basic foundational habits continually:
4 Foundational Truths:
1. A word life – Hearing from God, reading your bible
2. A prayer life – Talking & listening to God
3. A church life – Loving God’s family
4. A fellowship life – Enjoying godly friendships
1. Knowing God through your Bible
The Tempter (Satan) came, and Jesus responded with the power of “It is Written”:
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” (Matt 4:4 )
With the bible (the word of God), you learn who God is and how to overcome.
“I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food”. (Job 23:12)
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Your food is necessary to live. Your Bible is necessary to live as well. Do you need food? You will need the bread of God’s word as well. Have time with God through reading His Letter to you. As you make time to eat, make time to read your Bible.
2. Knowing God Through Prayer
God is listening.
“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, His ears are open to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12)
“If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”(Matt 6:6-7)
Talk to God through prayer like you would talk to a friend, except He is God who listens and will help. The big step to take is START praying!
3. Knowing God’s Family – Church
Church was God’s idea not man’s. Because God came up with the idea of church, there is a reason and purpose for it. One of those purposes includes you as a believer. The church is the hope of the world! Imagine if there was not a single church on planet earth.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
You are a part of God’s family. Get connected with His family & take advantage of attending a local church!
4. Knowing other believers – Godly friendships
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Prov. 12:26)
“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.” (1 Cor. 15:33)
Your friends will determine your influences. Be sure you have Christian friends that will build you up and speak the truth in your life, in love. You will become who you continually hang out with. Invite your friends to church and be careful who you hang around with.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
While you are applying these four foundational truths in your life, you will want to walk in God’s love – be rooted into Christ and His love. Ask God to help you be a love walking; love talking; love moving; love thinking; and love filled Christian.