Bear with me through this, it’s worth it.
There is the Holy Spirit, and there are other spirits with their own agendas that like to masquerade as the Holy Spirit. What confuses so many people is that the unholy spirits don’t always appear bad. They will come in the form of peace, healing, temporary happiness, and all to draw you in closer to the dark side. If everything from the underworld appeared evil then how would Satan recruit the masses? Most people are not out to do harm! So, just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s of God.
Our whole existence on this earth is underlined with a war for our souls and every day is a battle, but only one side wins in the end: Heaven or Hell. I know there are many beliefs about what happens after this life, and that’s fine, but what if you’re wrong? What if when we die it’s not just black and our consciousness doesn’t end with our breath. What if after this life we are not reincarnated into another life, either here or on another planet? What if we don’t get another chance? What if you meet the Judge and He tells you that you’ve failed to receive the most important gift of all time: Salvation. If that happens then you’ve lost everything, forever. Eternity will be spent in burning agony with an unquenchable thirst; looking up into heaven seeing what you could have had.
I can honestly say that before my spirit was born again I looked at godly people and thought they were missing out on life. I thought they were restricted in what they could say, do, and believe. I thought that they were so busy with their nose in the bible that they couldn’t see where they were going! I didn’t understand why it was worth it. If you’re like me, then the damnation of hell doesn’t scare you into doing anything. You’re probably used to hearing it, or don’t believe it exists. Maybe you want something to prove to you that this is all worth it, and that’s understandable. I needed that too. What I didn’t expect is how I feel to change.
Before, I often felt like something was missing. I was constantly looking for the next best thing or a higher status. I was often depressed and felt worthless. I wanted peace within myself. I wanted to be accepted by people. I wanted to have more and I wanted to be more… I wanted.
If I told you that all the needs of your heart would be met and you would truly have peace and joy in this life, what would you do to get it? If all the things nagging at you daily could suddenly seem so petty, what would you do to leave the worry behind? Would you listen to a man that gives sound wisdom for finances, relationships, work, family, children, friends, forgiveness… and so much more? If you met this man today and everything He said made sense to you, wouldn’t you listen? What if He offered you a gift, would you accept it? What if I told you that this man already does exist and everything He said is written in a book. If you could gain all the wisdom in the world, would you read this book? It’s called The Holy Bible, and it’s the best book I’ve ever opened.
From the stories to the wisdom, and the people that have shared my experiences within these pages, I feel like the authors of these chapters know me! They know how to give counsel to even the unbelievers. There is much comfort to be found in these pages, so yes I keep my nose in this book! But the way my life changed around me proves there is something to this madness! When I pray I feel like I’m talking to my best friend. I vent, I cry, I laugh… and I feel Him listening. He responds with words, feelings, and situations that often make me laugh, discipline my ways, have me in tears of joy, and show me things that leave me in awe. It’s a bit of a maniacal thing, this prayer life. Non-stop joy when it’s done right. My best friend is with me everywhere I go, and the more I invite Him around the more He makes His presence known. It’s such a beautiful thing! I feel so free from the weight of this world! Yes, I still work, do, and experience things that aren’t pleasant, but I have a peace about these things that didn’t exist before. Even the peace I thought I had doesn’t hold a flame to this wildfire burning in my heart!
I urge you, no matter where you are in life, no matter who you are, or what you’re doing: stop and give it all to God. It’s not easy to drop the things that have satisfied you in this world, I get it. It is a true sacrifice when you follow God’s path, but once you’ve had a taste nothing else compares. I promise the return you get will make everything worth it because He provides for His children!
Receiving this love is simple: accept the salvation that Jesus provided for us through His death on the cross. Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that He is our Lord and Savior. Lean into God. Pick up a Bible and start reading. My personal recommendations for new readers would be Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They are each different in their own way while all telling the same story of Jesus’ life, struggles, and ministry. They are all full of great stories and sound advice. No matter what, these words will reach you. Let help come your way before judgment comes. Remember, you get to choose what you lose: life or death.