“That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins”—John 8:24 (TLB).
What would you say if someone asked you why you believe in Jesus? I recently posted this question on a social media website and was immediately inundated with replies.
Those replies ranged from simple statements like “He saved my life,” to more detailed answers, including someone who shared her miracle stories after praying for healing from pain. After struggling on her own, and refusing to take pain medication, she said, “I finally gave it to the Lord and I have felt better than I have in a long time.”
She added, “I was raised to believe. When I pray, I always thank the Lord for blessing me and my family, for those in need of prayer but never ask for anything for myself except those two times. He answered both times. It gives me peace of mind to talk to him! He is there!”
Were You Raised to Believe?
I don’t recall my parents, who were both raised in church, talking about their faith. But God, yes God, in His usual amazing way, placed our family in a new home that was a block from a small Methodist church in southwestern Louisiana.
My parents didn’t attend but my sister and I were invited by others to walk each week to attend Sunday school and church services. I even have pins for perfect attendance. Eventually, our mother joined us.
But it’s not just church attendance that leads to belief. Although I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus until my mid-forties, God had paved the way. Before then I knew of Him, but I didn’t know Him personally. I couldn’t have explained my belief in Jesus until God sought me out. Since then, I’ve never turned back.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Carol Round