Over the past couple of days I have a in pour of people asking me how I started my journey with God. People have been asking me how to start and where to begin. I wish I could give you the perfect answer but I can’t. I can only share with you what I did and what I do. I never went to bible college or even really did any bible study courses. God has fully taken my heart and led me where I am today. All the glory goes to Him.
If you haven’t taken the time to read my other two blogs I wrote recently please do. They will help you understand my journey more.
Here are a few things that happen to people that tend to stray them from who they are in Christ. I know because with some I have personally been there.
1.) People often lose their identity in their relationships with other people. You kind of form to who you are around and don’t really notice till you have completely derailed. The enemy uses people for his purpose just like God uses people too. Knowing the difference is key!
2.) People lose themselves when it comes to their weight. They believe all the lies the enemy has locked up in their head about it. That they are fat, worthless and it won’t ever come off. Their body image becomes so transformed that it starts to affect all the other relationships around them.. especially their significant other. Many people avoid the mirror because they don’t want any extra minutes of having to look at themselves.
3.) People put way too many expectations on other people. People fail them and they lose all hope. Our hope is misplaced. Our faith is misplaced. We are not supposed to set these ground rules for people to please us and if they don’t then we are miserable. We need to become whole in our own hearts. We can’t live with expectations that people will always make us happy. Reality folks, in case you didn’t already notice people make you angry, sad, mad, frustrated and so on. Get my drift?
4.) People will try and destroy you. They will manipulate you and try to just keep you in their own corner to be used for a punching bag when they feel like it. If we do not establish our own worth we will fall victim every time.
I just want you to know God doesn’t care if you took a break from Him. Here is the good news… He never left you! He still chases after you and is jealous for you. So many times I hear how people have taken a break from God. He is not mad at you. He already knew what you were doing before you did it. For those of you who are searching for His heart it’s not a maze you have to complete in order to get to it. You already have it. You have everything inside of you already.
I love studying the bible. I ask God to show me whatever He needs to show me or speak to me in my sessions with Him. Sometimes, I find myself doing all the talking but then I remind myself I need to be still. If I am struggling with something specific then I look for specific places in the bible to find truth. I use my bible app for translations or Google them as well. When I listen to sermons I like to write down the scriptures they quote so that I can go back and study that particular one and see how it speaks to me. God always knows exactly what you need to hear or read. I recently joined a small group too at a local church where I live. This is also for me to dive deeper into into my own relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to start today regardless of what you are feeling. I have three different bibles that I like to rotate from. I enjoy reading the different translations because no matter how many times you read something it will always have a different meaning to you almost every time. If you feel like you are any of the ones I listed above here are some of my favorite go to scriptures that maybe you could start with.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “Everything Has Its Time”
Psalm 46:1-2 “God Is Our Strength”
Psalm 139 “He Knows Everything About You”
Proverbs 31 “The Virtuous Wife”
Galatians 5 & 6
Those are some of my personal favorites. You may just want to start with a simple prayer just asking God to show you what to do next. There is no right or wrong. Relationships take time. It took me almost 4 years to get to the point of really accepting everything in my heart. It is a journey. A journey that you decide to take. His love for you is not optional. He loves you regardless but you have a choice on whether to receive His truth and His love.
I hope this helps friends!