There is an old saying that experience is the best teacher. No one can take my experiences away from me. They are what has made me the woman I am today. My experiences with God at an early age is what has made me the believer I am today.
At a young age I would feel the presence of God so strongly. I didn’t know what is was. My parents were going through a divorce and I was in pain. God began to heal my hurt. He was drawing me and pulling me closer to him. By the time I was 8 or 9 I was hooked. I asked my parents for a bible for Christmas. There were things I would tell only God and then a prophet would come to our church and tell me everything I just prayed. I was convinced! It has been that way ever since. He is constantly showing me that he hears me, that he is concerned about me. No one can take that from me.
Someone once asked me would I be a Christian if I wasn’t raised this way. The answer is most definitely yes! I know there are many religions out there but only one of them says” Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28) Rest for your souls! A true peace, no more suffering, deliverance from testing and trials of this world. The word says lets us strive to enter that rest so that no one may fall into disobedience. This rest is spiritual and eternal.
The Bible is not just a book. It is a living word. However, you can’t just open it and try to read it by yourself. You have to pray and ask God to reveal it to you. You have to pray for understanding. You have to turn on your worship music, get in his presence then open it up. Otherwise you may fall asleep, or think how can this apply to me. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
I mean this thing. I don’t play with God. It’s not an on again off again thing for me. I believe in God! I believe in Heaven! I believe in Hell! We serve a living God!He is always present! You may chose to ignore it but when you accept his will for your life you won’t see things the same again. The word of God says in Psalms 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him”. Please try this thing for yourself. Maybe you are on the fence, unsure about what direction to go in. I promise you if you open your heart to him you will never be the same.