About 10 years ago, Pastor John Walker Jr. and Elder Dorn Walker published a booklet entitled Essential “Your New Life in Christ”. We pray that this information will assist you with your walk with God. Stay focused on the love of God. God loved us so much that He gave His Son, His one and only Son. Whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life. God desires that we have a whole and everlasting life. God did all of this to make us right with Him again. Know that you are God’s creation (Genesis 1:27-28). All mankind was separated from God because of sin (Romans 3:23). God so loved the world that He sent His only son Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind (John 3:16). Acceptance of Jesus Christ is the only way to reconnect to God (John 14:6). Repent and turn away from sin (Romans 10:9-10). Grow in the Knowledge of God (Psalm 110:9-11).
Getting to Know Christ: How do I grow closer to God?
Essential 1: I must establish a personal relationship with my Father, God, by spending time alone with Him daily.
After praying the prayer of Salvation, I must spend time alone with God in order to grow in my relationship with Him. Establish set times daily, at least in the morning and the evening, where God can minister and prepare your heart to receive, obey, and respond to Him.
Time alone with God consists of:
o (1) A Time of Reflection: This includes Thanksgiving, Praise, and Worship. Psalms 100:4-5 says that we are to enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with Praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Give thanks to the Father with the fruit of your own voice, reflecting with gratitude who God is and His Faithfulness–Thank Him for loving us so much that He sent His son Jesus the Christ to die for us and wash away our sins so that we can now enter into fellowship with Him. You are now in relationship and worship with the Father. (This is a time of deep expression as your spirit connects with the Spirit of God).
o (2) Time of Introspection and Exchange: This is a moment of releasing as well as being honest and truthful about the things that burden us. Remember, God is more than a trusted friend. Proverbs 18:24(b) states that “…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”.
Also, Matthew 11: 28-30 (NIV) simply says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
o (3) Daily Prayer: I Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to: “Pray without ceasing”. Prayer is two-way communication with God. Prayer entails both a time of speaking personally with God and a time of listening as God speaks to our heart. Note: During prayer, there is always a time of continual introspection before God. Come boldly as you are to God’s throne room of grace (Hebrews 4:16), but remember to enter prayer with reverential obedience and fear. Let us always honor the Father who rules from His throne in Heaven. Also, we encourage you to seek an understanding of the model prayer outlined in Matthew 6:9-13. This prayer invites God’s Kingdom to operate in us and His will to be completed through us. Finally, after you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and have received your spiritual prayer language, you must practice daily intercession in the Holy Spirit for additional growth. If you have not yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek the Lord daily for this essential level of development. Jude 1:20 says build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Also study Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:5, and Acts 2:4 for additional understanding of how the Holy Spirit manifests God’s presence in our lives in a tangible way.
**(Please see the end of this brochure for more information regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit)**.
o (4) Time of Listening: Now its time to be silent before the Father. Shh–listen as He speaks to your heart. This time allows the Father to give you guidance regarding the issues of your life. Psalm 119:133 says “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me”. Also, Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.
Essential 2: I must set aside time to Study the Word of God which is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
(Note: Before reading the Scriptures, invite the Holy Spirit to help you receive what Christ desires for you).
Meditate/Study the Word of God: Start with the New Testament Gospel of John which focuses on the love of God. In conjunction with the New Testament readings, focus on the Old Testament reading of a Proverbs or Psalm a day. Committing to scripture memorization helps us to stand against satan’s subtle schemes and tricks and helps us become a strong witness for Christ. Psalms 119: 9-11 (KJV) says: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Essential 3: I Must Present My Body as a Living Sacrifice and Renew my Mind Daily.
Sanctification: I Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV) says: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Also, I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) says: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”
Additionally, we must continue to renew our mind daily with the Word of God so we may be transformed into mature Sons of God. Romans 12:1-3 (KJV): “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God”.
Make a concerted effort to stay unspotted, undefiled, and blameless before the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
Essential 4: I Must Walk in Repentance, Obedience, Forgiveness, and Love.
Repentance – We must keep a repentant heart before the Father. When the Spirit of God convicts us of sin, repent quickly before the Father. Repentance maintains an unbroken fellowship between you and the Father and allows you to hear the Father clearly. Matthew 5:8 (KJV) “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”. Remember, God has provided reconciliation for us when we sin. I John 1:9 (KJV) says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse you from all unrighteousness”.
Obedience – Obedience is better than sacrifice. Obedience brings the reward that God has for you. Obey the voice of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Holy Spirit always agrees with the Word of God.
Forgiveness – If I desire for the Father to forgive me, I must forgive others. This includes learning to forgive “Yourself”.
o If God has forgiven us of something, and we cannot forgive ourselves, then we will not be able to grow in our relationship with Christ. If this is an issue, take it before God in prayer. James 1:5 (KJV) says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally…”
o Forgiving someone, doesn’t mean that you place an individual in the original level of trust. Trust is something an individual earns over time.
Love – We must Love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love others as we love ourselves. Our Love must be genuine as the “Love of Christ” expressed in the New Testament book, I Corinthians 13. Further, John 13:34-35 (KJV) says: “ A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Essential 5: I Must Locate and Fellowship at a Local Church.
A local church should assist you in finding your Purpose in life.
A local church should assist in identifying your spiritual gifts.
A local church helps you stir up your spiritual gifts for ministry.
A local church gives you the opportunity to work your ministry under Pastoral oversight.
A local church aids in the perfecting/maturing process called discipleship.
A local church provides the opportunity to share in corporate worship and Christ-like fellowship.
A local church leadership shares in your growth as you help in the growth of other individuals within the local church.
A local church provides the opportunity for you to be encouraged and built-up by like-minded people.
A local church is a place of accountability, where God has appointed a servant such as a Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Apostle, and Prophet to minister to you and pray for your soul. This enables you to be built up into a mature person in Christ.
Hebrews 10:25 (AMP) says: Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together (as believers), as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
***Note from Essential 1—Daily Prayer***
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
John 7: 38-39 states: “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive…)”. Although we receive the Spirit of God the moment we first believe in Him and receive Him as Savior, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience that manifests God’s Spirit in an abundant and tangible way. (Why settle for a glass of water when we have access to the entire river of life—Let the river flow as God fully controls our lives!)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a supernatural phenomenon that manifests the fusing of man’s spirit with God’s Spirit. (Through sin, man’s fellowship with God was broken, but God so loved the world that He gave His Son Jesus so that we should not perish; but that we might have eternal life (John 3:16). The Holy Spirit gives us power to put sin to death in our mortal body. The Holy Spirit also helps us to rid ourselves of bad relationships, situations, and activities. He will disassemble everything that doesn’t glorify God, and assemble everything that will glorify God in our lives. He prepares and leads men to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:14-17
This manifestation of God’s Holy Spirit is recorded throughout the Bible. See the following scripture references:
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Matthew 3: 11 (NIV).
“For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit” Acts 1:5 (AMP).
“And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit…”
Acts 2:4 (AMP)
“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 Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” Acts 2: 38-39
Please contact Pastor John and Elder Dorn Walker if you have any questions regarding your new life in Christ.
Walls of Salvation Church Ministries
P.O. Box 19082
Pensacola, Florida 32523-9082
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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.