Acts 9:11 “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,”
Ever go through a week of Christian Summer Camp and come home fired up for God? Maybe it was a youth conference that was just finished where you made life changing decisions. Or maybe you just heard a convicting message in church and you were determined to live out a decision made at the altar.
All that is wonderful, and that is what good Bible preaching does, but now comes the hard part…
You come home from camp with your sins forgiven and gone, but the friends you sinned with are still there. You decided to stop listening to that wrong music, but your iPod/phone is still filled with it. You decided to be a better soulwinner, but your parents don’t go with you on Saturdays. This is by far the hardest part of making decisions for Christ — living it out.
So how do you stick with your decisions? How can a Christian with all the pressures of the world live out what God put on their heart to do?
1. Make your decision known – In Nehemiah chapter 2, Nehemiah has been convicted by God to restore the city of Jerusalem. The problem was he was stuck as a cupbearer for the king…but he didn’t keep it to himself. He told the king, and the king sent him to do what God told him to. When you make a decision for God, make it known. Tell your parents. Tell your friends. Tell your youth pastor. If you don’t tell anyone, everyone will expect you to be the same way you always were.
2. Find an Ananias – In Acts 9, Saul has just been saved. He was blind and young in Christ. He needed a friend who would help him, so God sent him Ananias. When you make a decision for God, you will make it a lot easier on yourself by finding a friend who does well in the area of your decision. Find an Ananias. Find someone who loves the Lord and will help you become a better Christian.
3. Take others down the same road – The woman at the well just drank living water. She went into town and told others about the God who filled her soul. Because of this, others came to know Christ! This helped her develop a testimony of accountability. When you make a decision, take others with you. Get in a bus ministry and help others live for God. Helping others will help you.
Nick White | Pastor
Victory Baptist Church