When learning more about me, you will learn about my relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. My life journey is a journey of finding that God can be trusted. I can trust Him to guide my life. The first step in learning to trust God is to turn from your sins, ask God to forgive you, and to lead you in His paths of right and good.
Numerous times I have heard people comment that they would like to live their life as they want, and then on their deathbed invite God into their life.
Superficially, this may sound like a good plan. You get to live as you want, but then at the end of life you take advantage of God's offer to save you from your sins. You escape hell and go to heaven. Who wouldn't want that?
However, even though many people do become a Christian on your deathbed, there is something intrinsically flawed with this approach to life.
I have learned that God is in fact the most loving, wonderful person in the universe. He knows what will make us happy. He has given us the Bible to teach us how to follow the ways that are best for us. Having this God guide your life is not a bad thing, it is a very good thing.
One day Jesus told his followers a hard saying. "To gain eternal life, you must eat my flesh and drink my blood". Many of His followers stopped following Him that day. Jesus asked his 12 disciples, "will you also leave me?" Peter replied, "to whom would we go? You alone have the words of life". Quite a statement!
God offers to teach us His ways, and they are good ways. Serving God brings great joy, peace and fulfillment to our lives. Why would anyone not want to?
I want to be free
The thought of not submitting to God appeals to many people. In fact, most people feel that they can't trust God. What makes us think this? Satan!!! Satan's greatest goal is to convince the world that God isn't good, that He can't be trusted.
Around 6,000 years ago God created Adam and Eve. He placed them in a garden paradise, and asked them to tend it. They could eat of every delicious thing in the garden, all except for one tree, "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil".
God told them that if they did eat of that tree, that very day they would most certainly die.
The Bible tells us that Satan was also in the garden. He was formerly a cherub, a mighty angel who lived to worship God. But one day he chose to lead a rebellion against God. God responded by removing him from his position of honor, and sentencing him to judgment.
In response, Satan looked for a way to spoil God's newly created earth. To do so, he needed to find a way to get Adam and Eve to disobey God. This is when "The Great Lie" began.
Satan told Eve that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would make her wise like God. Satan told Eve that God was holding out on her. The tree was good, but God was keeping it from her. God was indeed holding something back from them. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, EVIL was released into the world.
This lie of Satan's, that God isn't good, that He can't be trusted, has been successful in turning much of mankind away from a loving relationship with their heavenly Father. We reason, "I can't trust God. His choices won't make me happy. I will just try to find the answers for myself." Wrong choice.
Even after a person chooses to turn from their sins and turn to God by accepting the death of God's Son Jesus Christ on his or her behalf, the lie continues.
God has promised us many things in the Bible. God wants to direct our lives, to save us from bad choices. But can we trust Him? Satan is there to tell us we can't, that we need to take control. (Yea, you're right. That's the same song and dance he told to Eve)
The good news is, there is no one who loves us as much as God. He is constantly watching over us. He wants to save us from all the wrong choices that can wreck our lives. It pains him greatly when we snub Him and try to find our own way.
My life journey is one of learning to trust God with more and more areas of my life. He promises, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matt. 6:33)
He really means it! Join me on this life journey of learning to trust God. If we can't trust the most powerful, loving, good and wise Person in the universe, who can we trust? Why not tell God right now that you trust Him, that you choose to learn His ways, to "follow" Jesus?
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