What do I do now that I’m saved?
Okay, so I prayed the prayer of salvation, and I invited Jesus into my heart. Now what? Well, first things first. Hallelujah, my friend, I am excited for you as you can now claim Jesus as your Lord.
So you ask yourself, what do I do now that I’m saved? Our recommendation is to go online, book a flight to Denver and come to the Denver House of Prayer as fast as possible. Ha ha. I’m only missing with you; you don’t need to come here to make it official. (We’d love to have you here if you live in the vicinity, but if not, get plugged into a local church!)
OK, so here is the short answer, there are FIVE things you need to do right now after getting saved:
- Be water baptized in water. It is a command of Christ.
- Get plugged into a local church and commit to attending.
- Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- Read your Bible each and every day. Even if it’s just one chapter, be sure to get the word in you.
- Commit to a regular prayer life, pray in the Spirit, and pray the word of God out loud.
Number 1 : Be water baptized.
Why? Because it is an outward expression of an inward decision. It is a fundamental doctrine of the Bible. It’s an outward representation of the blood of Jesus washing your soul. It is also an act of cleansing and being united with the church. You are demonstrating publicly, your decision to receive Christ. It is really a public declaration or better still it’s a ceremonial service for the death of your old nature, your sinful nature.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”(Rom 6:4) By being baptized, you are publicly declaring that your old life has ended and from now on, you will walk in newness of life.
Christ himself commanded his disciples to baptize in water in Matt 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Jesus commanded that as they preach the gospel, they should also baptize the believers. Paul and Silas baptized in water in Acts 16:29 and Phillip the Evangelist baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch in water in Acts chapter 8. So clearly, the apostles followed Christ’s mandate and we are to continue this mandate today. Remember that Jesus was also baptized by John the Baptist, so if he thought it important, we should follow his example. Jesus is our Paragon for all endeavors. Interestingly he was also baptized by the Holy Spirit right after he was baptized in water (John 1:32-33). More on this later.
So you say, I was sprinkled with water as a child, do I need to be water baptized? Yes you do because that is not true water baptism. The sprinkling of water as a child is a dedication service unto God, it is not full submersion in water which is an adult decision and a demonstration of newness of life.
Is being water baptized necessary for salvation? The answer is no, it isn’t but that doesn’t mean it’s not important…Remember the thief on the cross in Luke 23?….he received Christ but did Jesus say, “oh no, come down from the cross and get baptized and then you’ll join me in Paradise”…no of course not….that’s foolishness. We are justified by faith alone and not faith and ceremony, this is clear.
Number 2 : Get plugged into a local church.
It is so important to get plugged into a local vibrant church that believes in the power of God today, that honors the Holy Spirit in services, that believes in giving to the Gospel, missions and extensive worship unto the Lord. Get plugged in, not only as an attendee but as a volunteer. There are no spectators in the Kingdom of God; we are all participators in the spread of the Gospel. There are no ‘sideline saints’. At DHOP we are about our Fathers business.
The bible says, Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”. What is the approaching day he is talking about? He’s talking about the imminent return of Jesus. Friends Jesus is coming back soon, so that scripture is particularly applicable today. The internet is powerful but I can’t step out of this monitor and come and minister to you right now, you need to attend a local church so people can minister to you personally. Technology does by no means, make the local church redundant.
Number 3 : Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Now this my friends is a comprehensive and somewhat controversial topic, which I cannot cover fully here but I will in another segment, suffice to say there is another baptism as described throughout the Book of Acts. It is a fundamental doctrine of the Bible. Do you need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to get to heaven? No, no, no you certainly do not. I would ask you to read my article on this, “How do I get to heaven?” No friends, you can get to heaven without being water baptized or baptized in the Holy Spirit but this specific baptism is for service in ministry, it is an empowerment to do the works of Christ on this earth.
If you want it, you will get it, if you don’t; you won’t. Gods not going to force anything on you. In this baptism, you are equipped with a greater measure of the Holy Spirit and empowered to do great works in his name. One of the evidences of this is speaking in tongues, and another evidence of this is prophecy, mentioned throughout the book of Acts.
Notice that I said ‘greater measure’ of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit inhabits every believer when they are saved. That is definitive and very clear in scripture, so in the Spirit baptism, you are not getting the Holy Spirit for the first time but you are getting a greater measure of what you already have. This second outpouring of the Holy Spirit is referred in scripture as the ‘Gift of the Holy Ghost’ (Acts 2:38, Acts 10:45) or the ‘Baptism of the Holy Ghost’ (Mark 1:8, Acts 11:16).
It is not being baptized into Christ which occurs at the time of salvation. It is also not being baptized in water. I myself was baptized in this Holy Spirit in 1999 and since then I have laid hands on the sick, and seen them healed, cast out demons and prayed in tongues (Mark 16:17-18). I still go to work everyday, pay taxes, exercise, and do all the normal things of life; some would call me normal, although my wife may say differently. What is the qualification for baptism in the Spirit? You must be saved first….The Apostle Peter makes it clear in Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Number 4 : Read your bible each and every day.
I can’t say enough about this, the word of God is food to your spirit. Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life’. We should eat of Jesus every day. Jesus also said in Matthew 4:4 that “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”(KJV) If you don’t have food, you will wither and eventually die. Meditating on the word of God is imperative.
Friends, we live off the word of God, as food is used to nourish your body, the word of God nourishes and strengthens your inner man. Notice also that in the time of temptation, elsewhere in Matthew ch 4, Jesus quoted the word of God extensively to defend himself, he did not get into a conversation with the devil. This is very important and will be discussed in another segment. Friends if we are to defend ourselves in the faith, then we need to know the truth, we need to know the word, it needs to abide in us (John 15:7). We can’t know it if we don’t read or hear it. If our brain is the hardware, the Holy Spirit is the software, who will bring it to our remembrance, but it must be stored up in us first. If we are not diligent to store it up, there will be nothing for the Holy Spirit to draw upon.
Number 5 : Commit to a regular prayer life.
This my friend is crucial and I cannot stress it enough. In 1st Corinthians chapter 14, the Apostle Paul said that he prayed in a ‘known tongue and an unknown tongue’. In private assembly, ‘praying in tongues’ or ‘praying in the spirit’ is for personal edification. Praying in tongues is also praying directly to God (1 Cor 14:2). We are also to pray in a known language, that is English for me, so that our understanding is fruitful. The bottom line is that we are supposed to do both, pray in English and pray in an unknown tongue.
We need to speak the word over our lives and Christ himself admonished us to pray so many times in scripture. We are to ask, seek, knock, pray…its everywhere in scripture my friends. I will have an entire segment devoted to prayer but this is an area quite simply where Christians get sloppy and they drop the ball.
Prayer is listening as well as praying, listening to the unction of the Holy Spirit and doing what he says. Personally it’s hard for me to pray more than 10 minutes or so in English as I simply don’t have all the words. After that, I switch to praying in the Spirit and finish off there. By praying in the Spirit we are able to pray without ceasing, which is outlined in 1st Thessalonians 5:17, which is very hard to do in English alone.
Do these five things and continue to do these five things and you will be successful in your Christian walk!