Perfect Peace.  Whatís this life for?

Since my childhood, I have gone to church.  Iíve been to Presbyterian churches, Methodist churches, Non-Denominational churches, Inter-Denomination churches, Nazarene churches, Baptist churches, Lutheran churches, and all kinds of various Pentecostal churches.  One thing I noticed was it mattered very little what kind of church I was in, there were people who KNEW Jesus and people who didnít.  What I want to tell you about is not about becoming a church-goer, but about becoming a REAL Christian.

I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was seven.  I have spent most of my life learning that to really KNOW Jesus, you have to trust him and let go of your need for control.  On Sundays when I was a kid, my mom took us all to church while my dad stayed home, drank beer, and watched TV.  My dad actually was a Christian but he had been misled very badly by some ďchurch-goersĒ he had known in the past.  I used to pray for my dad, and I could see how hard it was for my mom to teach us about God alone.  One day when I was about ten, our prayers were answered and God sent somebody into my dadís life to bring him back to the Lord.  My dad became the spiritual role model that he should have been for our house and poured countless hours into me and my sisters to teach us about a relationship with Jesus.  With all the sermons I began to receive at church and at home, I grew quickly in knowledge ABOUT God.  I was careful to avoid many of the visible sins like underage drinking, illegal drugs, and premarital sex.  Because I was in a loving family and I avoided certain sins, I found that my life went pretty smoothly . . .

That is until God began to hold me accountable for my own faith.  I found that when life would go smoothly, I would forget about God.  It was almost as if some force was trying to keep me from letting God into every area of my life.  I would gradually become selfish, lustful, unkind, and unhappy.  The longer I went without God, the worse I would feel.  I would get to feeling so hypocritical that I wouldnít even want to try to pray because I felt like such a fake.  God did all this to teach me that I couldnít do life without Him.  He would bring me to a new low where I would actually cry my guts out (funny thing is Iím not a crier) and beg forgiveness.  Whenever this happened, God would amazingly forgive me and give me an incredible peace.  These good feelings would last for weeks or even months, but as soon as I began to forget about God I would start the downward spiral again.  In college, God taught me two things and He would break me down again and again until I finally got them. 

The first was: ďYou CAN trust Me.Ē

God is in control, and He knows what you need even more than you do.  Itís true!  Iíve never looked back on something that God did (like breaking a relationship) that I wanted so badly at the time and could say that God didnít know exactly what He was doing, and Iím glad He did.  The woman that God had in store for me was so much better for me (yes, sheís beautiful too) than any of the girls that I had been seeking.

The second thing God taught me is:  He is FAITHFUL

Even when I am faithless, He is still faithful.  I canít begin to tell you how incredible it is to have the Creator of the Universe actually care for me and forgive my sins against Him repeatedly, even when I wouldnít forgive myself.  God has patiently brought me to more intimate experiences of Him and is now teaching me that the only way to live continually in His peace is to never stop growing in relationship with Him.  Our purpose as God created us is to love and enjoy God, to know Him and obey His will.  God has given each of us whom He has called to Himself the incredible opportunity to share what He has done in our lives with others.  Thatís what Iím doing today.  I wish I could put into words the joy I feel when I get to praise God in church with other believers.  Or the peace I feel when all kinds of life-threatening, financially impossible, emotionally destructive situations occur in life all around me.  God IS faithful, He IS in control.  I have seen it in my own life, and I am convinced that He is the answer to the age-old question:

ďWhatís this life for?Ē

-- John

REAL LIFE STORIES - Chapter 88

PERFECT PEACE


 


Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

To get to know God; to be at peace with God; to have your sins forgiven; to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity; to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help understand the importance of being reconciled to God.  What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one.  Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life. 


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