I was born and raised into a Catholic family where church, confession, fasting and prayer were a regular part of life. Bible study was not a part of our "religion". I grew up with the feeling that God was "up there" and I was "down here".
In my teens, I began to study other world religions. I was pretty heavy into transcendental meditation well into my twenties. It wasn't until I met my husband that I began to regularly attend church and then later a bible study as well. My faith in Christ began to grow when I began studying the bible, later learning that scripture actually supported what I experienced. (See Romans 10:17 which says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God)."
A curiosity and a hunger for real truth began to grow but it wasn't until my early thirties that I began to devour and study scripture, as well as seeking the Lord in prayer. Through the scriptures, the Holy Spirit helped me see a picture - a picture of God's love for us and His plan throughout history. I was reading in Hebrews 9 one day, beginning in verse 7 when huge chunks of the puzzle fell into place for me. I saw four major scenes: Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses and Christ. There were two key elements in every one of these 4 scenes - sacrifice and God's mercy.
With each passing scene, the sacrifices that God required increased but so did God's mercy. The final scene, ends with the ultimate sacrifice for sin, God Himself (Jesus), and the ultimate display of His mercy and intense love for us.
Slowly, with revelation after revelation, I began to understand what the bible and Jesus makes very clear-that I was a sinner. The only way I can come into God's presence is to be holy or perfect; and the only way I can be holy is if my sin is removed. There is no way I can be perfect in my own strength and power. Thankfully God provided a way for us to be with Him, to be holy. That way is through Jesus. He removes our sin if we believe in Him, making us acceptable to the Father. Why? Because Christ never sinned. He was the perfect sacrifice that God decided was the only acceptable way to cover our sin. And this is a gift from God to everyone. (John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton son, so that no one would perish but have everlasting life.")
With this decision to follow Christ, I have the security and peace in knowing that if I were to die tomorrow, I would be in heaven. Once I made the decision to follow Christ, my world did not all of a sudden become easy. But, my life is forever changed because I now have His power to help me with whatever comes my way.
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