God says come to Him just as you are.
Sadly, I ran away from God for many wasteful years. It’s not that I didn’t believe in God; I did. But I was a rebel, wanting to live my life in any which way I pleased. I didn’t want God – or anyone else – telling me what I could, or could not do. Long story short, I made a mess of my life and got into all sorts of trouble.
It’s not that I didn’t know better either. I had a good moral upbringing. My parents baptized me when I was a baby in the Roman Catholic church, which I attended throughout my boyhood. But when I became a teenager, I changed for the worse. I got involved with drugs, illicit sex, and all manner of self-destructive behavior.
Fortunately, God never gave up on me.
He sent many Christians into my life to help me, and to teach me about His love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I finally repented and received Christ as my Savior and Lord. I was “born again” and experienced a radical life transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the best decision I have ever made. As I look back now I wish I had done it sooner and avoided so much pain and suffering which I brought upon myself.
One of the reasons I ran away from God for those many years is because I wrongly believed God was angry at me. I pictured Him ready to strike me down with a lightning bolt and send me to hell for eternity. That wasn’t the case at all; I had a distorted view and understanding of God. I discovered that He was not a cruel and vengeful God, but merciful, forgiving and loving. Like a good Father, He was patiently waiting for me to recognize the error of my ways and come to Him for salvation and deliverance.
What about you?
Are you ready to turn your life over to God? Have you had enough of your rebellious living and self-inflicted unhappiness? Why not come to Him today? He will receive you just as you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. God has been patiently waiting for you too with His open arms of love and forgiveness. Pray and ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior and Lord. You’ll be glad you did!
– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
“And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that hears say, COME. And let him that is thirsty COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” – Revelation 22:17
“All that the Father giveth me shall COME to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” – John 6:37
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