INTRODUCTION
Salvation is not an end in itself; rather, salvation is the first step of an exciting, challenging journey. When we accept Christ’s forgiveness and repent of our sin, we open the door to that relationship with God that He has created us for. Just because we’ve taken that first step, however, doesn’t mean the rest of the journey will be easy. The Bible never promises an easy, happy life for those who follow God. It DOES promise that God will be with us along the way and that He will provide for every need:

Deuteronomy 31.8 – The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
2 Corinthians 9.8 – And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Philippians 4.19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1.3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him…

There are certain principles, or foundational truths, that the Bible gives us to help us along in our walk. We won’t be able to prevent storms that shake us, but by building a strong foundation for our faith with these basic truths, we WILL be able to make it through the storms and grow from those experiences. (See Luke 6.46-49, “The Wise and Foolish Builders”) If we can understand and apply these principles, our journey with God will be off on a good start!

These truths are more than just theory: what we believe dramatically impacts how we live. When we believe lies, we live in defeat and wonder why our walk with God isn’t working. In fact, most spiritual problems and many psychological problems in our life are the result of lies we believe. An incorrect view of God or belief about how He views us is detrimental to our faith and will negatively impact our walk with Him. In contrast, those with healthy spiritual and emotional lives are usually that way because they are living in the light of the truth given us in God’s Word.

 

 
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