Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for…
Have you had a deep, and personal relationship with God? A relationship that came about because of your desperate need for Him in your life through your personal tragedies, and realized God’s genuine and agape love for you above all? A personal encounter with Jesus Christ leads to a strengthened and intimate relationship with Him.
My Encounter with Christ
I grew up right next to the Church where I could step out from my mom’s kitchen door right to the backside of the Church building. I attended every Sister’s Meeting, Bible Study, Worship, Sunday School, and Prayer Meeting whether I liked it or not because my parents who are missionaries attended them all. Don’t get me wrong ,I liked going for all the gathering but I went mainly because my parents asked us to be ready and attend before everyone else came .
Then at the age of 15 I went to a Catholic boarding school approximately 1192.9 miles( 27 hours) away from home, where the only time I went home was during the summer holidays. There were no regular meetings like I was used to and for few weeks it was a breather. But then came the homesickness, psychosomatic symptoms, hurts, and flashbacks of past traumas in full force and I began to stumble. I didn’t know where to turn after being so used to be under the care and rules of parents.All of a sudden life became lonely even in the crowd, and I was lost.
The boarding home had a small chapel for prayer ,and I recall how one night after everyone else slept, I tiptoed and entered the Chapel for the very first time in several months. There was a small candle still burning near the altar in the dark, and I knelt down and whispered in tears, “Where are you, God?”. Suddenly I heard the winds whistling, and a strong breeze rush through the open window and touched my face. For the very first time in my life, I knew I asked something to the Lord, and He answered me through the powerful wind that He has always been near, and knows all my aches.
He became my personal God that very night ,not just my grandparents or my parent’s God but MINE – God of Diana. The road from there on was never ever easy, but I knew my God never left my side even when I tried to push Him away over the years. Christianity is known as a religion to many, but it is a relationship with the God of this Universe. The Only God who loved us SO MUCH that He chose to die for us.
-Dear friend, do you find yourself in a crossroad where God has become optional or a stranger?
-Do we go to church because we feel forced to by our parents, and because we feel the need to fulfil some ritualistic pattern?
-Are we ashamed that others at home,school, or workplace will notice our association with Christ, un-friend us, and call us “Jesus Freak”?
God is not some fictional story or a mythical creature, but is real and is more personal than anyone else in this world. DD@Dianas_Diaries
God is not legalistic and force His rules upon us, but He is kind, gentle, patient, and wants us to willingly follow Him.
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Romans 6: 23 says that all have sinned and the wages of sin is death. Christ paid the penalty of our sin and loved us way before we ever loved Him. He stands at the door of our heart and knocks like the perfect gentleman asking our permission to let Him in.
So, won’t you today make Him your personal Lord God?
Here are 5 ways we can have a step by step personal relationship with God :
1.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness . 1 John 1:9
2. Seek and deeply long for the Lord and His strength [His power, His might];
Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually. Psalm 105:4(AMP)
3. For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ to God, among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 2 Corinthians 2:15 (AMP)
4. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death Philippians 3:10 (KJV)
5. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved]. 1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMP)
I rather stand alone ,take up my cross, and talk about My Christ than be a coward who hides in the crowd and disown my God. DD@Dianas_Diaries
May this Lord God whom I love and serve be yours too to call upon forever
Until next time