It seems that many people sit in church's every week and never truly experience the love of Jesus Christ. That was me. I was born into a Christian home and was taken to church for the first time when only a few days old. I attended that same church my whole life until I moved away 4 1/2 years ago. Great church, great pastors and good Christian people. However, I never accepted what they told me. The problem wasn't the church the problem was with me. You see, even as children we have our own will. We can choose to believe what we want. We have to do what our parents tell us, but...we don't have to accept, or believe, what they believe. We can choose to go our own way. That's what I did.
One night when I was about 9 I was sleeping and something woke me up. There was a hand on my chest. It was warm and I could feel every finger individually. I knew that I was awake and I was not dreaming. I so much wanted to yell for my Dad because I knew that he could help me. But..at the same time I was paralyzed with fear. After what seemed like an eternity I got enough courage to hit the hand and yell for my Dad. Of course the family runs in and I told them that someone was in the house and what had happened. My Dad checked everything and said no one was there nor could they have gotten in because everything was locked. Almost immediately, I knew it had been satan. I don't know how I knew this but I did. My parents started praying but I wouldn't calm down. I didn't tell them who I thought it had been because even at that age I believed that it wouldn't have done any good. I know now that satan is the master of lies and that he was already filling my head with them. From that night on I believed that satan had me and that God didn't want me. I of course was in church every time the doors were open because my Mom was a Sunday School teacher and my Dad was always a Deacon and on the church board. But...that didn't make any difference. No matter what was preached I had one belief.
God was not interested in me. That incident started me going the opposite way from God. Even though I was always in church, my life revolved mostly around church functions and my friends all attended church...I did everything I could that went against everything I was taught there.
I believe that God has a plan for your life from before you are even born. And, I believe that He had a plan for mine. I also believe that satan knows this and he has a plan to. His plan is to thwart every plan that God has. I don't know what God's plan was for my life then, but I believe His plan for my life now is to tell everyone I can what He has done for me and what He wants to do for them if they will only let Him. Satan is the master of lies. Satan is a deceiver. He will do everything in his power to keep you away from God. It is only by the grace of God that you can escape the hold satan has on you.
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ you need to ask Him to forgive you of your sins right now, today. It doesn't matter what you have done, GOD will forgive you. Satan will tell you He won't but don't believe him. Just say a simple prayer and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just honest. Something like:
Father, I believe in you and I believe you love me. You gave your Son to die so I can live. Forgive me of my sins today and help me to live for You. Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayer and for forgiving me. In Jesus name, amen. Then if you know anyone who is a Believer tell them that you accepted Christ today. Get a bible and start reading it and find a church to go to. And PRAY. Talk to God a lot because He will help you. No matter what happens don't give up!
Verses to look up: John 3:3 John 3: 14-21 John 11:25-26 The book of Romans