Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sure Hope...

Sure Hope!
When we receive a gift that changes our life, a gift that is the answer to the age old question about the meaning of life, it is natural to want to share that gift with anyone who wants to know. This is what this blog is all about. Faith is believing in something that you don't see. The awesome thing is, when I once searched for why we are here and what life was all about, something inside me knew there had to be one Truth and One Way. To not talk about Thee Truth, to me would be like finding the cure for cancer and not sharing it. In fact, knowing the meaning of life is even bigger than finding the cure for cancer. those who know, can understand why. That Truth is there for all of us to receive. 

Obviously, there are a zillion faiths and religions out there in this world. All of us were created body, soul and spirit and that is why so many seek deeper meaning and purpose. The thing is, that if we believe in things because it makes us feel warm and fuzzy and doesn't inconvenience our lives too much - if our attitude is that there are many ways to God and that there is no one True Way, then they haven't really sought out the True meaning of life and are just religious. 

Religion is humankind's way of trying to feed the spirit part of our selves. God made us that way, (not to be religious, but to hunger and be in relationship with Him) we have a void that can only be truly filled One Way! The proof that this is true is the mere fact that there are so many religions and cults in our world. Time after time, people come up with rituals, laws, methods and even costumes and ideologies to scratch their "itching ears." And all of that "stuff" isn't the truth because if it were, there wouldn't be so many belief systems. Then on top of that, there are variations of other belief systems. It is basically humankind seeking ways to find a way to fill that empty, nagging longing that goes to their core, with whatever they can come up with that fills them a little and makes them feel good. But because it is belief created and driven by humanity, it isn't Truth and therefore results in more religions, more laws, more rituals, more "stuff."

We can know we have found Thee Truth when we come to Jesus Christ. I can only speak from experience. As a born skeptic, never would I believe in anything because it made me feel good.  I wanted the Truth. It only made sense that out of the plethora of religions and cults in our world, there has to be one that is right and True. Turned out it wasn't true. Religion that is. That all religion is man made and when my heart was opened to see, it was clear that there are no "true religions." That being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ isn't about anything religious, it is about a relationship with Him. Only God could help me see His Truth. It is not quite explainable, I can only talk about what I have experienced and therefore know. And I can only say, if you are someone seeking Truth with all of your heart, you will know too.  

All things that have happened and will happen are never in vain. That includes the most hideous events to the most glorious. He knows what it takes to draw me to complete dependance on Him. It is an incredible gift, to once have been utterly terrified of death and existence, to knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we are not here by fluke or chance or just because...New Life! It is all true.

John 14:6 NIV - Jesus answered, "I Am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 3:15-19 NIV - that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

 If you have questions, are alone and scared, struggle with anything to do with the meaning of life or just need prayer. Please send us a note. We can only do what God enables us to do. Nothing is done in our own strength. 

May God lead you into His Truth!

Deu 4:29 NLT - From there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.