Every believer needs to understand what’s expected of them of the gospel; it is that you fulfil the word of God. Understanding ‘the hope of the gospel’ is important for your new life Christ.
“…continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God” (Colossians 1:23-26).
Yes the gospel was preached to everyone; Hebrews 4:2 says, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Understand your calling; you’re called to fulfil the word of God, and fulfilling the word of God is the only way you will be successful in this journey.
Set yourself goals to;
- know about the gospel and its expectations.
- develop a new life plan. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord : and he delighteth in his way.” Don’t just serve God anyhow.
See yourself each day transcending from glory to glory. Paul says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Don’t settle for mediocre stuff. Decide to break sinful cycles, and see that you’re benefiting from the new lifestyle.
These are great stumbling blocks for you; denial and ambivalence.
Denial is defined as refusing to believe the reality about one’s life circumstances. It may be refusing to acknowledge that you’re born again, that you’ve changed and that you’re now a new creature. It maybe denial of the sinful tendencies of oneself, or the losses one has suffered as a result of unbelief that they are significant.
Believers often enter this journey with some denials about certain habits or addictions, so this behaviour should be pointed out and put off early in your christian walk and then put on the right garments.
A believer experiencing denial may exhibit some of the following erroneous beliefs:
- Refuse to believe that he or she is an addict.
- Think that he or she can solve their own problems, rather than surrender totally at foot of the cross.
- Refuse to believe that sin is a problem, as well as their primary wrong choices.
- Insist on continuing to spend time with wrong people who enable their sin.
Feelings of ambivalence often are present for the following reasons:
- The believer associates sin with some positive emotional change.
- Sin may have been employed as a coping strategy for solving problems, and the believer does not yet know of a better coping strategy.
- The believer may feel too weak or helpless to break some powerful cycle of sin.
A believer’s feelings of ambivalence should be explored so we can assist the believer to recognize the ambivalence and identify the underlying reasons. Understanding the believer’s reasons also will help direct the new disciple appropriately.
Motivation is what you need and it refers to how much the believer is impelled to act and desire to become. A believer may enter this journey already somewhat motivated because he or she recently “hit bottom” in some way. Such a “bottom” may be losing one’s job or one’s spouse, draining one’s bank account or getting arrested. Although these consequential life events may help to motivate the new believer, they may not be sufficient. Understanding ‘the hope of the gospel’ is important for your new life in Christ and its responsibilities.
Believers should not harbour mixed feelings or contradictory thoughts about their new faith – Believe! “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.” Hebrews 4:1