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For about 35 years, I did not know what it meant to really have "Faith in Jesus". I am only now learning at 35, that we can only reach God through his son. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. I used to think, yeah, I believe in Jesus, but I felt like I didn't know if I truthfully did. I didn't doubt that Jesus had died for my sins, but I also didn't know how to believe he did. "But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe." Galatians 3:22. The only way we receive our blessings and our place on the throne next to the Lord, is through faith. Faith by definition has two meanings. The first definition is to have complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The second definition is having a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. This means that we have to believe in him even though we cannot see him. One of my favorite analogies is "You never seen a millions dollars but yet we still believe it exists."
TEST YOUR FAITH
Do you ask the Lord for what you need and:
It's Not Easy
Luke 1:37 tells us "For nothing will be impossible with God." This is the reason why faith is so hard to have and keep. Anything that is great comes from hard work. If its easy, chances are you appreciate it less. God teaches us that we can have ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING, we want, if we have faith that the Lord died for our sins and we trust in him. Of course its hard to trust in him because he is giving us whatever we want in return, therefore, we must work hard and diligently for it. Have you ever heard that expression, "Rome wasn't built overnight."? Well this is often used as a metaphor by someone who is making excuses for a change in their life that they are not yet actively trying to fix or change. It basically means "I cannot change overnight." This is not factual. In fact, the exact opposite is true, thus why I hate that saying. It takes but a mere second to make a decision. It doesn't matter if its good or bad. If you had to make a split decision right now between heaven and hell, Where would you choose? If you chose heaven, what are you wating for? You can have heaven on earth if you just have faith in the Lord. The secret to finding my faith in Christ for me was personalizing my bible. I found that when I read the bible and substituted the word you with I, It made me feel more intimate with God. I feel like he is talking directly to me. He is. It made it more personal so it meant more to mean. If someone says "That guy over there is fantastic." Well, It wouldn't mean anything right, because you don't know "That guy". But if someone said "You are fantastic.", then I might have an emotional reaction. The Lord is speaking to you all throughout the Bible. He is talking directly to you too. You just have to............
Call To Me!
In Jeremiah 33:3, The Lord declared: "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." He wants us to call him. He wants us to have an intimate, close personal relationship with him. He wants to show you how to have whatever you desire. But he will not, if you do not first Seek the Lord! Isaiah 55:6 says "Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon."
If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, Please say a prayer similar to this one!
Accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior!
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”