The following are points that every new Christian needs to prayerfully consider:
1. Accountability — Find an on-fire dedicated sin-free mature Christian of the same gender and ask them to disciple and mentor you, to be your prayer partner, and to hold you accountable by regularly asking you how you are doing.
2. Old Friends — If you have a lot of non-Christian friends or family that you spend a lot of time with, you need to limit your time spent with them. When you are with your old friends take note whether they are having more of an influence on you vs. your influence on them. If it is the other way around, you need to limit your contact with them or bring your mentor with you when you spend time with them.
3. Unequally Yoked — If you are dating anyone, you will need to break that off right away and completely stop seeing that person. You should also limit your contact with your opposite gender friends and make sure you take another strong Christian with you when you do have contact with them. It is best to not have opposite gender friends as a rule – as it can make room for the devil to work though the flesh. While it may not be a hindrance to you, it could be a hindrance to them.
4. Examine Yourself — Examine yourself and make sure that you have really experienced true salvation (2Cor 13:5). Make sure you are clear that there is no room for sin or disobedience in the life and Christian (1Joh 2:3, 4). I would suggest you read the article on True Conversion .
5. Personal Devotions — You stand by faith (2Cor 1:24); the victory that overcomes the world is your faith (1Joh 5:4); and you quench all the fiery darts of the wicked by the shield of faith (Eph 6:16). God has given you a measure of faith (Rom 12:3) when you were saved and you need to increase in faith by reading the Word (Rom 10:17) and praying in the Spirit (Jud 1:20). Personal devotions are very important. You need to read and pray first thing each morning so you will have spiritual power to stand against the devil and sin. I suggest a minimum of 15 minutes in prayer and 15 minutes in the New Testament.
6. Beware of False Teachings — Beware of those that emphasize anything over loving God with all your heart, mind, and strength (living a holy life of obedience) and loving your neighbor as yourself (helping those in the household of faith and leading the lost to Jesus). You will find many professing Christians that emphasize things like unbiblical tongues, Saturday keeping, baptism in Jesus name only, and their group as the one true visible church, over the two greatest commandments which are to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself (Mar 12:30). Also beware of the unbibical teaching of Easy Believism, Eternal Security, and Sin-you-must.
7. Redeem the Time — Get a mp3 player (I have an iPod) and listen to the New Testament instead of wasting time on the radio, television, or the Internet. Try to use your time in a way that will benefit your Christian walk. I would hold that listening to secular music or even so-called ‘Christian rock’ music is very bad for your soul. Get some tapes of good hymn singing. If you have a television, I strongly suggest you throw it out. While there may be some good on the television, it contains so much sin and spiritual filth that no Christian should have one in their home – nor watch one anywhere else. If before you were saved – or since you’ve been saved – you were viewing sinful material on the Internet, I suggest you get rid of the Internet in order to remove the temptation and fall into sin again.
8. Devotional Books — Get some good devotional books to read and each day read quality devotional books that present thoughts that you can apply to your Christian walk. Here is good list of Devotional Books.
9. Memorization of Scriptures — I would suggest you memorize the following scriptures. Jesus used scripture to answer the devil when he was tempted (Mat 4:1-11).
Victory Over Temptation:
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Jud 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Victory in Your Mind:
2Co 10:4, 5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
10. Reach Out to the Unsaved — Share you testimony of how the Lord saved you with your family and friends. Get some good tracts on Salvation and keep them with you wherever you go. Each morning, pray for God to open doors so you can share your testimony or a Gospel tract with others. When Paul likens a soldier’s armor to how a Christian is to be prepared, he says you are to have your feet fitted with the sharing of the gospel so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Eph 6:11, 15). Many times, sharing your testimony is just as much of a help to you as it is to others.
11. Practical Teachings — Be careful that you don’t get caught up in teachings that don’t practically effect your relationship with the Lord. The books you read and the things you love to discuss need to be things that you can apply to your life in a practical way.