Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the first step to living a new life in freedom and victory. Once you pick up the cross and follow Jesus you’re immediately going to face judging eyes. Don’t give up. Continue to live as you should. God is the only one you need to please.

Let others know immediately that you have decided to follow Jesus.

The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become. People may persecute you, ridicule you, and criticize you. Be prepare for it!

2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

The reason for this is because you have become a prime target for the devil. He wants to rob you of your victory in Christ. He hates to see people happily rejoicing in Jesus, so he stirs up trouble to try to rob you.

John 10:10
The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that may have life, and have it to the full.

As a Christian you should pray for the people who criticize you. Ask God to bless them and help them see the “light.” Ask God to convict them of their sins, that they too will come to know the joy of following Christ.

Matthew 5:44-45
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Don’t be surprised when people misunderstand, criticize, and even try to hurt you because of what you believe and how you live. God is with you every step of the way. Call on him for he cares for you. He does not forsake or leave us. Live in boldness and know that God is proud to call you his sons and daughters.

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