When it came to faith, I always struggled with value. When I had realized how far in my life I had gotten away from Christ, I was beginning to think there was no possible way I could go back...like a point-of-no return scenario.
I had knowingly lied and forgotten my faith. I knowingly did things that were wrong. I had come to a point at which I just flat out felt that I had bigger fish to fry. Religion was for the weak, just a crutch for them to use to survive and to get through life.
That mentality did not last long.
There comes a point in everyone’s life when you say to yourself, “There has to be more than this."
And with that point, you must shed a lifestyle.
And it hurts...a lot.
In Ephesians 4:17-19, the Bible says:
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they had given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed."
I lived in Sin for so long that it had become the way of life I lived every day. I still to this day fight a lot of it. But I am better prepared to deal with it because I have left that lifestyle behind.
But God also says that with suffering comes comfort in Jesus.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, the Bible says:
“Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ”.
Basically what I am trying to say is that turning a new page in life and starting a new chapter in the light of God is rough. You're going to have to make some difficult decisions, no doubt. You WILL have to give up some things you have grown to incorporate into your life. It is going to take you out of your comfort zone.
It is going to take you somewhere that you have never been before. And I promise that place is more comforting and beautiful than any life you had before. And the chance for growth with others is there.
I want you to think about what you have read. I hope you have a Bible that you can go through and read these verses for yourself. Experience it. Feel it. If you don’t, let me know. I am sure we can work something out.
And when you have done that, reach out to Him. Ask Him to forgive you. Let us help you with that.
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