I don’t think there is ever much that someone can really say to convince you to believe in God.
Sure seeds get planted, testimonies shared and the like, but ultimately for many of us, it comes down to the moment when you have tried everything in your own strength, you realize the burden is too heavy and you cry out for something or someone to help you.
In my own journey, there were tons of people I met before I truly believed what they would tell me about God. I mean I used to get into all out debates about God. I listened to their stories and thought, “interesting,” but I just kept doing my own thing. It was that moment I was crying in the shower and I felt like everything I knew was falling apart that I asked God, “What do I do?” And he told me and I wasn’t so sure I liked the answer either. Lol.
It’s funny. When you do believe in God, so many people want you to convince them why they should. And though part of our mission as Christians is to win people over to Christ, I really don’t ever find it beneficial to try to explain my belief to people. There is a certain thing called faith that if you are hell bent on not believing that you will NEVER understand.
CLICK TO TWEET /// There is a certain thing called faith that if you are hell bent on not believing that you will NEVER understand.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, it wasn’t like I had never known God or been introduced to him. I just didn’t necessarily understand how he was supposed to help me in my everyday life. Prayer felt like something only a chosen few were selected to do and church was an event you attended once a week. But when I had come to somewhat of a crossroads in my life and relationship at the time, it was a perfect opening for me to actually hear what people had been telling me all along.
Our belief in God often takes the perfect intersection between our hearts being open enough to receive and the perfect message tailored for you. For me it started with CDs from Pastor Lester Brown and Pastor Ray Bernard that my now fiance would give me to listen to. It was the first time that I really understood that the Bible contained answers to every single human experience even though it was written eons ago. It was practical life advice and I was searching for answers.
I was in a long term relationship that was failing. Not for much reason outside of growing apart in many ways and me deciding that I just wanted different things out of life. I felt stuck which I realize is a character flaw for me in many ways. Sometimes what I think is stagnation is really just preparation but that’s a whole other blog post. Nonetheless, I was so unhappy and in many ways projected that on my relationship at the time when really it was an emptiness that NO one was going to be able to fill except God. And so I had to pursue it. I had to learn more because I was trying everything in my own strength and nothing was working.
My life was just full of growing pains and trying to figure out who the heck I was and what I really wanted out of life in that new moment. I was in all types of turmoil in wanting a real career instead of the restaurant I was working in. I wanted more out of life and I wanted my relationship to be something it wasn’t. I knew in those moments alone with my thoughts that I had to choose God and that in doing so I was going to lose some of the things in my life that I loved the most including my boyfriend at the time. But imagine coming to a place in life where you have to choose between the only love you’ve ever known and God. I would have never been able to forgive myself knowing that I denied God just to make a relationship work. But here I was this new believer thinking, I don’t even know God like that and this is the decision I have to make?
But I did. And I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I think I have ever made in my life. And not because now my life is perfect and LOOK At GOD and my blessings or any of that type of microwave Christianity that many want to believe in. Sure I have seen God bless me immensely, but most importantly it is the PEACE that I now have in my life. Sure there are good things and bad things that happen in my life, but my trust for God helps me navigate through all of it. The trust that either way it is all working together for my good. It reminds me that anything I may be feeling or down about is only temporary because in the end, I know that I win.
CLICK TO TWEET /// Anything I may be feeling or down about is only temporary because in the end, I know that I win.
And yes, I love to share about faith and God’s love and express how much I feel loving Him has changed me. But what you won’t find is me trying to do is convince you. I will always pray for you. But know that your moment will come, when you have done all that you can, when you have tried to find the answers in anything and anyone you could and you will hear a whisper in your spirit. And no one ever told you what God’s voice sounds like, but you will know that it’s Him. You will know that the decision you have to make will pretty much be the difference between life and death and I pray that every seed that has been planted comes back to mind and you say yes.
In that moment, you’ll know that your life will never be the same. It’s not about religion. It’s not about how cleaned up you can be or that you have it all together. It’s about the fact that God loves you with an everlasting love. No matter what people have told you about God, there is nothing that can separate your from that love and He has waited patiently for the moment you would just say yes.
Scriptures to Reference:
We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:12-15
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
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