Testimony of Jesus Christ: Why I Believe in God

We should not praise the graven images we see, but the man He is.
We should not praise the graven images we see, but the man He is. | Source

Statue of Jesus

We all have an image of what Jesus looks like, but we need to think more about who He is.
We all have an image of what Jesus looks like, but we need to think more about who He is. | Source

John 10:30

“I and the Father are one.”

My Faith Statement

Truth is, I have always believed in God the father, believing in Jesus was another story. I can't remember a time when I did not have a spiritual need or feel God's calling on my heart.

I grew up in a home where church was not the focus, and though I knew who Jesus was, he was comparable to Joan of Arc or Santa Clause; half myth/half hero. If you would have asked me then, a hero of what, I don't know if I could have answered you.

It wasn't until I was in seventh grade when my Aunt Kathy brought me to these crazy, hands-in-the-air churches that I actually found out who Jesus was. I can't say I immediately believed in Him, but I really liked the idea of a Savior. He seemed like a really good symbol of forgiveness and love, yet I held onto my doubts. I believed that He died, but didn't really think he rose again.

There was a part of me that felt that Jesus made sense. I believed that He came to Earth, so the Jews would no longer have to give animal sacrifices to atone for their sins. Yet, how could someone rise from the dead?

I came up with possibilities like he was not really dead, or it was misunderstood. Don't get me wrong, there was definitely a part of me that hoped that it was true, but there was way too much doubt to truly say, "I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior."

Ironically, if you would have asked me, I would have said that I did.

Doubting Jesus

For me, I had struggled so much with doubt. Growing up I was told such lies as Satan did not exist, Hell meant mowing endless yards for days on end, and as long as you believed in a god, you were going to heaven.

My biggest struggle was to believe that Jesus was more than a story.

My aunt continued to take me to the “loud” churches, but she also had me spend the night at her house frequently. We would talk late into the night about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. She was the first person who actually had answers for me. I began to see Him in a light I hadn’t seen Him before - as a Savior.

She had answers to my endless questions, and was honest when she didn't know. She had books that she lent me. There were other people who brought me to different churches. I found some I hated, mostly Baptist ones, which is ironic, because it is a Baptist church where I ended up. I think it goes to show that all churches regardless of denominations are completely different.

I began searching, because I wanted to belong and believe in something so badly. Truth is, I didn't fit in at school. I didn't have many friends, but the church was somewhere where I felt I belonged, even if those within the church rejected me.

Soon, I started making Christian friends, and I tried to assimilate into Christian beliefs. It sounded so great. I had a hunger. But I was constantly plagued with doubt. I prayed “the prayer” at least fifty times throughout the next five years. Reflectively, I think my prayers were more, “What if Jesus Christ is my Savior?” rather than “Jesus Christ is my Savior!"

John 1:1

“the Word was God,” and John 1:14 says that “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”

My Religion Search

It was not my search for a religion that led me to Christ, but my search is what gave me insight and later understanding as to why I believed what I believed. I started studying many religions and realized that I basically had a problem with every religion that existed. My problems with each religion were huge! Judaism and Christianity made the most sense to me. I liked their God, as opposed to the gods of other religions.

I truly felt we needed to have forgiveness for our sins, which made Judaism not as credible to me. The reason for this is because the Old Testament requires you to give sacrifices for your sin. They no longer do that ever since the Temple was destroyed. So now, they believe in a religion that they have no way to atone for their sins. Christianity made more intellectual sense in that you do find atonement for your sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but I still was in doubt that he really came back to life.

One thing that stood out to me was when I learned about when the Temple was destroyed. It coincides with the beginning of Christianity, which now I realize points to divine providence.

Isaiah 7:14

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament

Soon, I had stopped my search for religion, and began reading books like Lee Strobel's Case for Christ among many others. And I began developing a head belief in Christ, but the heart was much slower. I began to see that the old Testament prophesied His coming, and the truth became undeniable from an intellectual standpoint.

First of all Micah 5:2 states that:

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins is from the distant past,

This shows how God's plan was to have the "ruler of Israel," the man who would be King of the Jews, to be born in Bethlehem. Therefore, it is more than just a coincidence that Mary and Jesus came to Bethlehem that fateful night.

I soon discovered that his birth was not the only thing the Old testament prophesied. It actually predicted many parts of his ministry. Parts big and small, like when Zechariah 9:9-10 states,

Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey- even on a donkey's colt.

This was fulfilled in Luke 19:28-38, when He, our King humbled himself riding on a donkey, rather than the traditional horse. Showing his equality to every man, rich or poor, of high status or low.

If you read Isaiah 9: 6-7 (written below) you would instantly realize that it is referring to Jesus Christ, although note that Isaiah is an old testament book.

For a child is born, to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

This a definite prophecy of Jesus Christ. His genealogy even shows his direct line from David.

The people of his time knew there was some truth in who He was, even those who rejected Him. You can see this by how much fear they had by His mere existence. They wanted him dead, yet he was not a harmful man. They knew that he was changing the world, and this made them uncomfortable. He was a threat to the government, because it proved that there was someone/something more powerful. You must keep in mind, many of these men knew the prophesies and they did not want Jesus to take over their government. They took this passage as completely literal and immediate. Not realizing that there would be a later kingdom that Jesus would rule after death.

Finding Jesus Will Be There In Your Moments of Sadness

God will be there for you in your worst moments.
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1 Timothy 3:16

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

My Crisis Point

Although all those prophesies led me to believe intellectually that Jesus was more than likely our Savior, it took me much longer to bring my heart and my mind together. In October 2001, I was 20 years old, newly engaged, severely sick, and became very aware of death. I remember sitting in my hospital bed, it was really late at night and I began crying. I could go on for pages on what happened in my head and in my heart that night, but all you need to know is I prayed unlike I ever prayed before. I prayed knowing someone was listening, rather than just hoping that God was.

I reflected on all the little signs God had given me to reveal He was there. I reflected on all the things I had done that made me feel ashamed that He had to watch. I knew I needed Jesus, I needed forgiveness.

Up to that point, I had been praying for Him to heal me, at that moment I stopped praying that, and just told God, “I accept whatever you have in store for me.” Honestly, I had hit a point where I wanted to get relief from this tremendous pain, even if it meant death. I was okay with that. I truly was. I knew I needed God. I knew I needed to be forgiven. I knew I was a sinner. And I knew that God had to be real. Not only that, but Jesus had to be, because I needed atonement for my sins, and there had to be a way to escape Hell's punishment. It was then, all the sudden, all of these things I had thought about before, began making sense. They became clear.

Realizing You Know God

There is that moment when the words in the Bible are easier to read and understand. It's then you know you have been filled with the Holy Spirit.
There is that moment when the words in the Bible are easier to read and understand. It's then you know you have been filled with the Holy Spirit. | Source

Titus 2:13

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"

A Moment of Clarity

I don't know how to explain that moment, more than to say that I had a complete moment of clarity. I was like Saul when he hears God and God confronts him about his persecutions, except there was no audible voice. Just one moment where I doubted, and the next I understood many things about God and Jesus that I never understood before.

I believe that the Holy Spirit entered me at that moment. Now when I have questions, I understand at a level I didn't before. I truly believe it has nothing to do with the amount of studying, analyzing or anything else that I did prior. It has to do with the fact that I surrendered my life to God at that moment and he filled me with his spirit. Do I still have questions? Of course? Do I have doubts? Yes, but they are different? Was I changed? Eternally.

Now, I realize as a result of my moment of clarity that we cannot truly bring anyone to Christ. We can educate them, we can prepare them, but only God can save that person. That doesn't mean we should stop sharing the gospel, it just means, each person will come when they are ready. We should be prepared to listen, answer, and share.


**Note, I listed, "listen," first.

And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

— Luke 7:16

The Perfect Will of God

Reflecting on my life, I feel that God was preparing me for that moment. My belief until then was a desire. But on that day, I knew I needed Him. It wasn't about me anymore. Me trying to fit into my new friends and a mold of what a Christian should be, it was now about God. God created me, He deserved my love. God has the world's best interest in mind, even if I have no idea why He allows pain and suffering.

I’m not a better person, I don't fail less, it's just I know that there was a moment when something changed and ever since that day it hasn't been about fitting into a group of really neat people, but realizing I don't want to live a day without God's presence. I need Him, and I don't deserve Him. I need someone to clean me, so that when I stand before Him, I won't run in fear and shame. I can't do that on my own, I need a Savior.

The verse that seems to reflect my life most closely is Proverbs 16:9,

A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

I seem to have my life planned in my head, but as I walk with God, I find my life leading in places I would never have wanted, but somehow with each huge step I have had to make in my life, those terrible big steps, somehow turn into something good unexpectedly. In fact, I love saying my life is one big accident, but truth is, it's one big happy accident.

When did you come to know Jesus Christ?

When I was...

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Scripture Proving Jesus Is God

"He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" John 14:9

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works." John 14:10

"And Thomas answered and said unto him [Jesus], My Lord and my God." John 20:28

"...lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:4

"...Who [Jesus], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:" Philippians 2:6

"...For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9

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BriYates 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing your testimony. It is by our raw testimonies that help encourage our fellow brothers ans sisters in Christ. But it also brings others to Christ and adds to God's kingdom. Testimonies are hard to share, but we bless others by sharing them by showing how the Lord has brought us from one place to another. Please check out my testimony as well. God bless you!


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks for sharing your walk with Christ with us. I would invite you to read mine when you get around to it. I love Jesus Chris and I know that he is our Savior, my Savior. I am perfected in him as I live his teachings and accept his grace. He love us, me.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Angela Michelle, It is by our testimonies that others come to know the wonderful saving power of our Lord Jesus to restore what the locusts have eaten. I never tire of hearing other brothers and sisters testimonies. It always brings light and comfort. Bless you for sharing yours.


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for your wonderful testimony. I have been saved but I still struggle a lot. I've written about my situation in my hubs. :)


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. I would like to hear your own story sometime. Maybe a hub?


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I too am going to vote up,awesome and beautiful....and USEFUL!

It is these personal stories that give a face to what a Christian really is.

Thank you for sharing...

Chris


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. I don't know if I have ever heard that song. I'll have to look it up. :)


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Fraser Soul 5 years ago from Bloomfield, CT

Beautifully written hub. It reminds me of Andre Crouch's song that says, " If I never had a trial I would never know God could solve them." People need to hear your story Thank you for sharing it. God comes into our heart through a broken spirit; its that point when He knows that we are saying God I need You, I can't do this on my own. I loved your very beautiful testimony that bear witness of the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Well that's neat, I'm glad you enjoyed them! My interests are random, so I write on everything. God's my favorite!


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Keaton Peak 5 years ago from Westville, Florida

I love your articles. I am new to Hubs and your articles were ''suggested'' on my page. I couldn't be more honored :)


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Your welcome, and thanks so much for such a sweet compliment!


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I love your hub and feel so touched by it. I had tears in my eyes. I sin greatly, but God never forsakes me. My family and I have witnessed the faithfulness and love of God over and over again. It is so refreshing to read about someone's faith and love for God even amidst difficult times. God does have a plan for all of us. It's a matter of believing that his plans for us are always good. It may start out unbearable, but they always end with unbelievable results that continue to leave us in awe of him. Your hub is pure, sincere and very inspiring. Definitely thanks for sharing.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

God is amazing, I love to hear others stories as well. :) Thanks for sharing. :)


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chevy6762 5 years ago from Decatur, Illionois

I Love your story. God is so very good. I was saved in a county jail in Kansas, mom had been praying,thank God for praying Mothers, that no matter what it takes bring Him,me,back. Wow God answered and I haven't been the same since. thanks for sharing your Hub is linked to mine.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Sometimes it's easier to see God when we need Him most. I am not surprised so many people find Him through their trials and tribulations.


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Bible Studies 5 years ago from PA

I thank Jesus you found him, and started walking with him. Unfortunately, most people find him in their trials and tribulation. I know I did myself. Keep walking in faith even when more trials come your way.

God Bless


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Very right, thanks for the encouraging words gatewaytoJesus!


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gatewaytoJesus 6 years ago from victoria australia

HI ANGELA_MICHELLE,THIS IS A GREAT STORY ONE OF STRUGGLE AND PASSION TO SEE THROUGH WHAT YOU NEEDED TO KNOW AND BELIEVE.TO MANY PEOPLE TODAY START FOLLOWING GOD BUT WHEN IT GETS A BIT TOUGH THEY BACK AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK.WE ALL COME THROUGH DIFFERENT CHANNELS TO FIND GOD BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE END TO OUR SEARCH IF WE ARE TRULY LOOKING FOR JESUS AND THAT IS TO MAKE HIM OUR SAVOUR RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AND LIVE OUR LIVES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.THIS IS WHERE IF WE ALL LIVE THIS WAY WE HAVE UNITY IN THE SPIRIT TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Very True hoowantstono! I am finding my search and finding of Jesus Christ is very similar to many others. I am so glad there are so many people who have found their personal savior.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Hi there

This self searching and finding Jesus is great, and I identify with much of what you said, especially the "Plan for your future" v "Gods plan for your future". I gave up trying to set down a goal and work towards it, not that its wrong but sometimes God gives you the wisdom and understanding to do just that, and it clashes with your own ideas. I Could say much, but "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you"

Go well


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for the great compliment samsons1! You are very right!!!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! "I surrendered..., and the Holy Spirit filled me." What else needs be said, "I once was blind, but now I see" I'm following you guys, blessings to you...


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Your welcome, I love hearing about people's journey to Christ and would love hearing about your own crisis point. I cannot imagine life without a belief in Jesus Christ, my life is so much more peaceful than my friends. Not that I don't have my share of problems, but we all do. I just have a general peace, that many others don't have.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

This is very beautifully written.

I know about getting to that crisis point and it's a blessing when we get to do it while we're young. To have a testimony of Jesus Christ is the most precious gift we can have in this life and it is worth protecting -- and sharing. It molds our life and how we serve. Thank you for sharing your testimony.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Dave, I actually wrote this up the day I decided to become baptized as my testimony. Then when I started on here, I figured there are people who would appreciate hearing my story as well.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Angela_michelle, what a touching story of your journey down life's road to Jesus. I'm so happy that you and Jesus finally found each other. He is the best brother and friend anyone can have.

God bless you precious sister Angela_michelle.

Brother Dave.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I'm so glad to share my story with you. I would love to hear yours if you feel like sharing it with me. I love hearing how others came to Christ.


Kathy 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this, I definitely had my moment too, I feel the same I would not want to spend One day without God in my life, Kathy


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I read it, and I think you are very right. :)


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Sierra Greer 6 years ago

Angela

I enjoyed your Faith Statement and, especially, the verse from Proverbs.

Check out my "Submit and Surrender" hub. I think, we're on the same page!

Sierra Greer


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

It is true. But I sincerely believe that God puts everyone through what they need to, to get to that point. If a crisis point won't take them there, then he doesn't put them through it. God knows what will make each person come to Him, and He knows that some people never will regardless of what they go through. It's sad.


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VeggieJenn 6 years ago

That is so wonderful. It is sad that so many people do not ever have a crisis point like you did in the hospital, so they never turn to God! God blesses us so often in our worst moments. Great hub :-)

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    Angela first knew of Jesus as a child, but did not walk with him until she was adult. She now hopes to share the good news ith the world.



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