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I've led a fairly rough life -- alcohol, drugs, jail, broken marriages, you name it. But two months ago I gave my life to Jesus, and it's made all the difference. The problem is, no one believes me when I tell them I'm different now. How can I convince them?


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Thank you for your testimony; I’m very thankful for what Christ has already done for you. God is still in the business of changing lives — and your letter is a powerful witness to that truth. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Elsewhere in your letter, you talk about the man who led you to Christ, and you mention that the thing that impressed you most about him was his life, and especially his love for others. And that’s probably how your family and friends will come to see that what’s happened to you is real. In other words, they may doubt what you say, but they can’t argue with a changed life. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

However, let me add a word of warning to you as a new believer. Right now, God has given you victory over your past, and Satan (so to speak) is on the run. But Satan never gives up on us, and he’ll do everything he can to trip up new believers. And when that happens, others mock and say Christ isn’t real.

Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, spend time in God’s Word and in prayer every day. In addition, surround yourself with other believers, who can encourage you and help you grow closer to Christ.

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5 Comments

  1. Ani says:

    I rejoice you have come to faith in Jesus Christ. And, as I tell new believers — Hold on for the adventure of your life. God has a great plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 is a great verse to close with, ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  2. stephen john says:

    The problem is, no one believes me when I tell them I’m different now. How can I convince them?
    I believe the one word answer is Jesus. By following the ten commandments is another good way of doing the right things in life. If nobody believes that you have found Jesus then we love God even more like the first commandment tells us then we love our neighbour as ourselves. Really though if you can find just one person that believes you, then you’ve won. How? Well that person should spread the Gospel to the next person, and so the ‘Great Commission’ continues. Thank you Billy Graham and BGEA for all your ceasless work for the Gospel and love of our saviour Jesus Christ. God bless.

  3. Murphy lee Dick says:

    I am a new believer, how can I surrender my life to Jesus,

    1. Ani says:

      Dear Believer in Christ,

      1. Stay hungry for God’s word — the Bible. Get you a Bible that you can understand. Treat the Bible as the authority on all matters relating to faith.

      2. Find a ‘˜study buddy’. Christian fellowship is so very important. Find someone that will speak honestly into your life who is trustworthy and will allow you to be honest to them. Find a Bible believing church to grow in. A person who is a Christian but not involved in church life is ultimately going to be malnourished and spiritually weak

      3. Begin praying to God routinely. Not with some kind of fake, grandiose churchy sounding language. He wants to not only be your Lord, but he wants to have a relationship that is intimate, real and honest.

    2. Ani says:

      4. Lastly, I suggest you learn to rest in Jesus Christ. Read through Hebrews chapter 4. When we are saved into a relationship with Jesus Christ it shouldn’t be a burden. Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light Matthew 11:30 (NIV). Certainly, as you study Scripture the Lord will highlight areas of your life that He wants to change in you. He wants to mold you and make you closer to the image of Jesus Christ. Be open to His convicting power and His message to you. There are Christian groups that will try to lay a list of do’s and don’t on you — but, resist the temptation to conform based on what man says to you — and instead check it out with God’s word and allow Him to lead you.