Warning and Help
We will conclude with a warning. Although the Lord is thrilled you have become His child—it gave him great pleasure, and the angels and all heaven rejoiced when you got saved—and although the church is thrilled about your new live and I’m sure your pastor is doing somersaults for joy that you have moved closer to God, understand that now the devil will work overtime in attack mode against you to stop your forward progress in serving Jesus.
The scripture warns us to be watchful of his attack:
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
He will likely use people to try to discourage you and even condemn you for becoming “holier than thou”, or a “holy roller,” or a “religious fanatic.” He will also try to make you stumble into sin and discourage you to the point of wanting to turn your back on God. Just understand that if you weren’t feeling all those things, the devil wouldn’t be doing his job.
And also consider this: the Bible calls new saints, “babes in Christ”. When babies are learning to walk, they do a lot of stumbling. But eventually they learn to walk because they just keep getting up and try again. Just keep getting up.
And also remember that you are not alone. In your church there is likely a group of people who will dedicate hours praying for your success. They care for you and you can probably call someone at any time. You are now part of a family and as such, there is genuine care for one another. Welcome to the family!