When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, He gives us four helpers for our Christian walk. These are to give us guidance in our lives. Otherwise, we wander around aimlessly as Christians.
A New Heart
At salvation we were made new. We became new creations in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that our old life has passed away and all things are made new inside of us. Previous to salvation we had a wicked heart (Jeremiah 17:9). After salvation we have a hunger and thirst for the things of God, a craving for righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
The Holy Spirit
Jesus promised to His disciples that He would leave a Comforter with them after He was gone to heaven. Not only would the Holy Spirit come to the believers, but He would teach and guide the believers in the ways of God (John 14:26; 16:23).
When Jesus was ascending into heaven He said that the disciples should tarry in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came upon them. At that point, they would be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost to go to the world with the Gospel (Acts 1:8).
A new heart and the Holy Spirit are given to us at salvation. These are things we cannot separate ourselves from–nor would we want to. We can ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit. We can suppress the new desires that God implants in us at salvation. However, we can never fully go away from those two heavenly helpers. Thankfully, they are with us now and through eternity.
The next two heavenly helpers, though, can be ignored. Many Christians neglect the wonderful gifts we have in the Bible and the local church. Some Christians have never even held a copy of the Bible, not because they don’t want to, but because it is not available where they live. They would love to have what so many of us take for granted.
The Bible is a light and lamp for our lives (Psalm 119:105). It was given to guide, reprove, rebuke and encourage us as we live in this world (Proverbs 6:23).
Maybe you have never picked up the Bible and read it to find out how God wants to work in your life. God has provided the help, but you have not appropriated it.
A Local Church
Paul told the pastors working around Ephesus to care properly for the church that God’s Holy Spirit had entrusted to them. Pastors are overseers, not masters. They are shepherds who are to feed the sheep with the precious teachings of the Bible (Acts 20:28). This verse says that the church is His precious possession purchased with His own blood. The church is important to Christ. Important enough to die for.
A Christian can live without a church, but he will never be all God intended for him. The church is a heavenly helper that should be loved and respected.
When preaching to the congregation where I heard these points mentioned, Pastor David Cross said, “When we were saved, the Lord gave us a heart to follow Him, His Spirit within us to guide us, His perfect Word to teach us of His way, and He places us in His earthy family (the local church) to nurture us, to edify us and to perfect us for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13).”
[Taken from sermon notes from Christmas Sunday 2011 at Faith Baptist Church.]