I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.

Sometimes the idea of God makes a lot of sense but all of the ramifications of believing in God are hard to swallow. If you find yourself wishing you could believe, you’re not alone. Consider praying a prayer like this:

God, I don’t know if you’re out there. I’m not sure how I feel about you if you are. But if you do exist I’d like to know more about you. Reveal yourself to me. Help me to find you.

It says very clearly in the Bible that those who seek God will find him. Ask God to reveal himself to you. Be honest about your reservations. God is not offended by questions or doubts.

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397 Responses to “I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.”

  • Jake says:

    I was told all my life that I am Catholic, and that I have to believe in God, or else I’d go to hell. Now most of the people that surround me are Christian and they too tell me the same things. But Catholics and Christians disagree on so many things. And now there a set of Muslims that live right in front of my house, and when I speak to them, they don’t agree with the way Christians nor Catholics do things. There are two guys that come by my house about once or twice a month and talk to me about the book of Mormon, and these two Mormons also don’t agree with any other Religion. I work with many Indians, and also these people have their own religions and many other God’s. At this point as much as I’ve tried to Believe in Jesus, I feel like it was in vane. I don’t have the energy anymore to keep making up irrational excuses for God’s existance. Every time I try to make sense of almost everything in the Bible, I just end up realizing that it doesn’t make sense with the real world. I thought at first that maybe Christianity was not the religion for me, but then I got informed of others and I realized that none of the other ones made sense ether. At this point I’d like to apologize to all my Christian friends out there, for I have failed to keep believing in God. I’ve been trying my hardest to believe like when I was a kid, but I just can’t. I’ve set up bible study sessions with my pastor and we’ve been reading the Bible 3 times a week outside of the Fiday and Sunday worship service, and still I have the hardest time now believing anything he says. I see him doing exactly what I used to do, and make up irrational and non logical excuses for what the Bible says. I’m sorry to everyone again, but tonight was my last Bible study. It just doesn’t make any sense to me….

  • Tom Tom says:

    Jesus was 12 years old when his parents found him in the temple teaching the elders! So, no, you’re not too young to be saved. I’ve known 5-year old’s who have turned from their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord. Surrender yourself to him today with all your heart. Keep reading your Bible and doing what it says.

  • Kate says:

    does it matter how old you are when it comes to faith? i am 12 but i understand a lot from the Bible ever since i asked the Lord to come into my life 2 years ago. and i really want to devote my life to God when i grow up. but am i too young to be thinking like this?

  • Tom Tom says:


    First and foremost, you need to ask God to help you in your own faith. Just tell him what’s on your mind and that you want to really make sure of your own belief in him. Then tell God that you are concerned for your friend and ask his to help you show your friend the truth of the Bible and his existence. Ask God to have his Holy Spirit start to reveal his truths to your friend.

    Then, keep on talking with your friend and seeking out the answers to his questions. You can ask any questions you or he might have right here.

    Maybe these web sites will help both of you in your search for the truth:



    If your friend doesn’t believe there is a God, where does he think everything came from? If there is a building there has to have been a builder. If there is a painting there has to have been a painter. If there is creation (everything in the universe) there had to be a creator.

  • Unknown says:

    Thank you for your help. God bless!

  • Chris says:

    unknown….that is where your prayers and fastings for your friend come in.isaiah 58. satan blinds the minds of people so that they cannot see the light of christ. 2 corinthians 4.4. yet your faith can win out over him knowing that jesus defeated satan at calvary. colossians 2.14 to 17. then as you pray, live your Christian witness before your friend. the salt and light that you are before him will make them thirsty for what you have. 2 corinthians 3 says we are letters read of all people. let jesus write his words upon your heart so that your life reflects them and others can see jesus living inside of you and through you by your powerful and consistent life style in him amen. titus 2

  • Unknown says:

    How do I get my friend to open his heart to God’s word? He doesn’t think there is a God and he doesn’t believe the Bible is real.

  • Chris says:

    unknown…the bible is really Gods Word because it Works in the heart of anyone who opens their heart to it. when we seek jesus and his promise for peace according to John 14.26 to 27, guess what he gives us? peace! when we seek jesus for his help in our lives guess what we get then? help…hebrews 13.5. if we need financial help, who do you think is going to help us with that? jesus! phillipians 4.19. as long as we seek jesus and want to walk with jesus, jesus promises are there for us always and will work on our behalf. blessings!

  • Unknown says:

    My friend questions if the Bible is just made up. I don’t know how to prove that it isn’t. I asked him to read his Bible daily and I will try too also, but I still don’t think he believes the Bible really is God’s word. How do I prove to him that the Bible is real?

  • Chris says:

    unknown….the fact that jesus christ has come to this earth, left us his Words to live by, died and rose again are historical facts. though some people would challenge that statement, please remember the next time you date something 2015, you are participating in the historial coming of jesus christ to this earth. in order to have jesus become real to you personally, you need to invite him into your heart to be your lord and savior from your sins. once you do, then read his words each day in prayer and apply them to your lifes situaions. jesus promised in John 14.21 to 23 to manifest himself to those who would. remember God has already spoken to us through his words in the bible. he asks us to live by them. luke 4.4. they are real and powerfully alive to anyone who receives them as spiritual food and nutrition. hebrews 4.12. your life will only change to the degree that you receive jesus words each day into your heart and live them out in your life and that is my prayer for you to do by his grace and love amen

  • Unknown says:

    Well, I guess he doesn’t seem to be really acting in my life. I don’t feel him there really…and when I talk to him he doesn’t seem to answer. I’m not sure about my friend but I assume it’s the same for him. My friend was talking about how maybe the Bible was just to fool people into being good back then. I am pretty sure the Bible is more then that but I don’t know what to say…

  • Tom Tom says:

    I think it’s good that you are being open with your doubts. Many people, both young and older, will wonder these things but not tell anyone. I’d like to try to help.

    What is it exactly that you have doubts about? Where do you think the whole universe and everything in it came from? What is it that is causing the two of you to doubt God?

  • unknown says:

    I have a friend who is 12 and is having trouble with his faith. He doesn’t know if he believes that God and satan are real or not. I cant help him because I am in the same position. He doesn’t want to tell anybody at our church. I know this is really important. Help? We both go to church and have lived in a Christian household for our entire lives.

  • Kate says:

    anonymous, if he died for everyones sin, that includes past present and future sins.so if you repeat the sin over and over again but keep asking for forgiveness with all your heart, he will forgive you.

  • Tom Tom says:

    It’s a good thing to be concerned about the sin in your life. It shows you aren’t just ignoring it and thinking that God is ignoring it as well.

    To answer your question, it would depend on whether you have been born again spiritually. To be born again one must repent (turn from their sins) and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that point they become born again spiritually, they become a child of God, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within them. While the person still has a sin nature that at times causes them to sin without thinking, they will typically not continue to willfully sin in the same way over and over because they know beforehand it is wrong. Also consider that once a person is born again, they need not really ask for forgiveness. They have already been completely forgiven of all sin, past, present, and future, by the blood of Jesus Christ. However, a Christian should CONFESS their sin to God anytime they do sin. (1 John 1:9)

    I have found that the person who continues to willfully sin is one who has not truly repented. Repentance is being so sorry for what you have done against the God who gave you life that you would never want to do it again. The Holy Spirit reveals the temptation to sin when it arises and gives the person the ability to flee from the temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    If the sins you are committing are different each time and they have been done without really thinking about it beforehand, it’s likely you’re just battling that old sin nature that the devil likes to use against us. If that’s the case, it is a matter of growing in sanctification (that’s the Spirit “cleaning you up”) and learning more and more about the example Jesus gave us on how to live. Jesus wants you to allow him to live his life through you. Surrender yourself to him in every way, keep reading your Bible, and do what it says.

  • anonymous says:

    Will Jesus forgive me if I repeating sin over and over again? But still ask for forgiveness

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Yes, Kate, Yes, amen to our salvation but a big thing to remember is that Jesus came to earth. He showed people what God was like. He listened, cared, was among, was with, encouraged, believed that God was up to something good in the lives of everyone He encountered. He believed God was on the move. He would eat dinner with people, rich and poor, pompous and humble, righteous and sinful.

    Key words: listen, be with, believe, be for people not against them, be in their corner. The Gospels leave the impression that Jesus did all of this before he ever said a word. He incarnated the Gospel.

    We can choose to go to people, often by simply walking across a room and saying hello. Over time, during which we seek to listen, learn and care, others may actually inquire about your life at which time you can say something very simple but clear about this God who relentlessly seeks out every person on earth because they matter to him.

    Of course you could say something about their burning in hell if they reject Him, but that not only doesn’t help the cause, it also misrepresents the heart of God. God’s heart is not “if you don’t shape up, then I’ll . . . . ”, rather it is “since you left, I’ll never stop seeking you until in the end you allow yourself to be found”.

    So Amen also to these biggies:

    “In Jesus God came to earth”
    Does knowing this affect your attitudes and behaviors? Are you aware that God is actively engaged in bringing your actual life into alignment the life He has planned for you? God is a Father who relentlessly pursues His children. Does this affect how you think and live? Does this impact how you view others in measurable ways?

    “Jesus died for our sins”
    Does this impact how you view others? Do you believe that God does not condemn you for your sins, rather forgives you and accepts you in spite of your sin? Does this humble you, make you complacent or is it just a “ho hum” fact?

    “Jesus was raised from the dead”
    Does knowing that God will bring life out of the worst make you an optimist or are you still a pessimist? How does Romans 4:17 (God brings life from the dead and calls into being that which does not exist) affect your actual life? Do you believe this verse or doubt this verse? What prevents you from choosing the former?

    “Jesus rules the Universe” (Ro 10:9)
    What if anything does it actually mean to your actual day to day living that Jesus is ruling everything on planet earth from the most miniscule of things to the largest of things? God is Lord over every event, person, nation, and circumstance. What would/should actually believing this do to how you approach the actual things you will do and encounter in your hour to hour life tomorrow?

    “Jesus is making all things new”
    Jesus is at this very moment personally engaged, mostly through believers, in the process of bringing heaven to earth, and renewing and restoring all things that are broken. How should/could/would actually believing this change how your actual attitudes and actions at home, at work, and in interacting with other people?

    Amen, amen!

  • Kate says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior who came down to save us from our sins! can i get an amen!?

  • Leo Angelo Nagtalon says:

    correction that s not cleave right now I am not ordering to attach but leave in Yeshua’s name I break the word cleave but say it is as said by the Holy Spirit. Lord cleanse me for the type-o I repent…


  • Leo Angelo Nagtalon says:

    To all concerned of loosing the grip of faith, but, you like, many, like me, when I was oncevkept forgetting I am always in the Grip of Grace. I am asking the Holy Spirit as I encode this, are You Lord Ruach Ha’Kodesh calling to write Your Words? Send me Holy Spirit if it will do the desires of Abba and give show glory and most especially bear the fruit of love. There are reasons what made you come to this. The thing is that you have a conscience that does not want to settle even though you want to go to go with the flow of what the world dictates.But, before I write what the Holy Spirit wants to speak. Let this be known too all who read. “I thank the Lord that He is my God and my Lord knows He is my only God that I serve and love above all. That apart from my Adonai Elohim I have no good thing.

    A couple of things the Holy Spirit observed:

    1) First there is an attack
    2) A lie
    3) and then a conscience that bothers you.

    You felt dry for a reason and you lost interest when there was time you came back hungry and then it slowly the enthusiasm and gusto sloughed of your powerful start, then things became plutonic. As if you are not growing anymore. I was like that all the time and then after not being active in church. Things went bad for me, I always had difficulty in regarding what it should be for me as a person whom or goes with faith all the time when I try to condition myself that this time it is no turning back no matter how boring it get. I will do what God says int he Book He gave me ( (practice making it personal) Like In the 4 gospels whom John was one of the appointed writers. John proudly said He is by the Holy spirit or Yeshua as his beloved. Then I took the advice of personalizing the Bible. E.g. Instead of John the beloved I read it out to hear my voice and say the Gospel according to Leo Angelo the beloved. Then I read it loud enough for me to here. Because the Holy Spirit taught me about faith and I requested that my love faith comes form hearing the word and hearing the word of G-d. But then I fail because the level of spirituality has ceased do not blame on anyone especially yourself for G-d is not through with them yet as well as with all of us. But. Phil. 1: 6 TheLord said He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it until the day of the Lord Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. That is a promise. Now to know what you lack faith in. Is into the power that He can do anything as long as it is for His glory. You believe that right. Your life has been such a roller coaster that when your with God all is good but the moment you start sipping away because of boredom or spiritual stagnation. Seek it and where He says you go you go. No one is stopping you and you will not be under the Pastors name for he is under the umbrella and is serving God as well. this is not rebelliousness t his is doing the calling of the Lord’s way. If anyone claims you are theirs. tHat is something to ask God. Because you are God’s ownership. You are owned by His Agape love. You have went in and back and out over and over and over yet you keep coming back you just want to stop permanently and go all the way God. Then you are blessed with the gift well not termed in the Bible but a blessing the others have just coined it as the gift of “holy desperation” or “blessed neediness” like the beatitude of Yeshua’s Spirit. He is always running to the Father and never did things according to His will, as early as now the Lord is telling you that you are those blessed people called and chosen that you literally need God constantly and continuously. Literally you are God or die—LITERALLY. That is read n this scripture Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Imagine filled that there is no unrighteousness in you in the very end. What rewards shall you enjoy in the Kingdom of Abba. Now you said that you are dictated to doubt yourself to be like the other children spreading the WORD. Then are you ready for persecution. How illl you maintain love when a man says “Nah I am blessed by the Pope”—Your not the Pope. Now you go what’s a pope? That is a lie. When before I cam to seeking God I had a process I went through and the last was I was seeing demons in my room on three occasions and one looked like the visage of my wife. I was on drugs and alcohol then I got so irritated with them I said enough and I wanted to grab it yell at it the name of Yeshua by the time I got close to choke hold distance near, it it vanished. I thought I was really in for an exorcism and deliverance because I was more close in doing the devil’s work tat I drifted far from God already. But, no that means they are desperate to stop your powerful, powerful powerful glorious calling of God that would make God famous and will say Well done my good and faithful servant and enjoy your rewards in thy kingdom. Halleluyah.It means deliverance is near when it gets more intense. The last s that I would really be worried if you do not have that conviction anymore. It means your spirit man is in tune with the Holy Spirit. It recognizes the still small voice and beckons to its call. You actually do not lack faith because y0u see that you have done so much wrong tasting the kingdom going in it even. Maybe got visitations yet you chose the world because it got boring then you have a blessed hunger you want glory to greater glory of God and want o see it. Now why would you like to see all the manifestations of his anointing for you what makes you desire to do just the desire of the Father when he fearfully and wonderfully made you in eternity in Him in their image. The Lord ABBA asked over and over and over with one question for every answer I gave. “Why?” Four days before the answer cam andI know this is your answer. Yeshua healed the sick, cleansed the leper and raise the dead not to say that He is from God. That is the proof of His power, but it was the reason power manifested. It is because He loves us. That is the reason you desire His desire because you will love what He loves but loving first and foremost more than yourself and 2nd to love others as you do you. See it is not as you do your boyfriend, fiancee, children as yourself That is why the first is above all You love Him above all. He should be above you So power will flow from Him above you and not you above Him how will the power flow from you if you are above Him. I am actually excited for you ha haaaa….Whoooooooaaaaaa! Thank you Lord for the testimony. If the Holy spirit prompts you share please the thanksgiving if only He says you will share. I receive that Lord for those whom you ill send to her or her to them to testify of your love. Lastly this is form the book of the Holy Spirit ( email me here at leoangelo316@gmail .command I will discuss the revelation of the Holy Spirit just in obedience there were warnings after) the Lord said no do not write that is to set us straight. Break our hardened heart replace it with a heart of flesh. Love and it is manifested in Yeshua Remember God did not come to punish that is not His intention that Your faith in punishment or judgement is not questioned you get comfortable thinking that, or not comfortable but can’t help thinking I am going to punished or thesis my punishment loss of spiritual vigor. I break that lie and it’s effects in Yeshua’s name begone and not return in Yeshua Mashiach’s the name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. No more gone and the one who whispered it begone in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach’s name cleave Now. Do not return and no backlashes on me or any one else In Yeshua Ha’Mashiach =and return what was stolen and all that was stolen from our brethrens in the condition that gives glory to Adonai and Adonai alone white blood Lord because you love us In Yeshua ‘s name that thinking is stopped and renewed a mind you have already the mind of Yeshua. We had been in lack faith in His love, that He can love us inspite of and despite of ourselves wouldn’t it be nice I said when speaking to the Lord to ask Him without sounding ungrateful if He can take the gift of freewill from me. So that I cannot sabotage my own salvation. If it were only so.I would ask it to be taken away, nut it is a gift all things that come form the Abba are perfect.So I never asked it. Oh Adonai thak you for the life of the brethren you have comfortedfor yYou said You are nearest the broken hearted and You will bind up their wounds. Halleluyah! To You my God be all the glory whose every Word comes true. HALLELUYAH! I am excited of the thanksgiving and most of all the love that will be testified

  • Leo Angelo B. Nagtalon says:

    A question in for an answer from Who loved us first:

    What was pressed in all your hearts to desire to have faith and the desire to believe and grow to love Adonai?

  • anonymous says:

    I have been trying to gain more faith in Jesus. The first time I started opening my heart for the Lord I read the bible everyday prayed everyday and I felt like there’s nothing that can take away my love for him… But then I started losing faith in him now I have lost faith in him again. I look at other children at school spreading the word of God and I wonder if I will ever be like them. But every time I try to pray I lose interest. I really want to believe in God but its like there’s a huge wall in my heart that wont let him in please help.

  • Chris says:

    rebecca…sorry to hear of your struggles. first we must understand that our eating habits do not alter one bit Gods love for us. he is always ready to help us, never to condemn us in our problems. be sure you have received jesus into your heart as your lord and savior. if you arent sure you have, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. you can also take by his wounds on settingcaptivesfree.com to help you with your eating habits but normally there is something deeper than food that troubles a person. if you would like to share about what has been really bothering you, please do so. i pray jesus help you to reléase what is Deep down inside of you so that it can come to the Surface and be healed in his name amen

  • Rebecca says:

    My name is Rebecca and I am currently battling an eating disorder I have had for the past six years. I began with anorexia and have been up and down for a long time. I was doing so well for a while and have recently began struggling with bulimia. I have gone to church my entire life and have been learning about God my whole life. I have never felt super close and personal with God and lately I find myself with mixed thoughts and mixed emotions. I know that my heart believes and that the enemy is deceiving me, but for some reason I am still having a hard time with these thoughts. I cry out for God when I’m in the midst of my eating disorder behaviors, but I almost don’t have faith that God will come through. I am in a really rough place right now, I need help. How do I connect with God? How do I overcome my eating disorder that is taking my life?

  • Tom Tom says:

    I, too, am very sorry that you have struggled so greatly, particularly since your mother died three years ago. Those kinds of events can be very traumatic for anyone, especially someone your age. While God may seem distant right now, please know that he loves you very much and wants very much to comfort you in your sorrow and pain.

    It’s kind of like this Jade—Consider how much your mother loved you and wanted only the best for you. After all, she gave life to you and watched over you. Even so, I’m sure there were times when you got sick or hurt. When you did, didn’t you go to her for comfort? I’m sure you didn’t get mad at her and distance yourself from her did you?

    In a similar way, the God of the universe gave you life and wants only the best for you. He wants you to come to him for the comfort you need, and only he will be able to heal the hurt you have inside over the loss of your mother. However, like many people, it seems that rather than running to him you are somehow blaming him because your mother died. Unfortunately, sooner or later death comes to every human being. Do you know why people die? The Bible says it’s because we have disobeyed God. It started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and brought disease, decay, and death into the world as a result of their sin. From that time on, instead of living forever, mankind is destined to die physically, some earlier than others. And while God loves each person, our own actions cause us much pain and suffering. Our own sins brings death to each of us. And because we sin against God, he really doesn’t owe us anything, including to keep us from dying.

    The Bible says that the wages (what we get) for sinning is death. Death is a separation. When your mom died, you and she were separated. When a person dies, their body is separated from their spirit. However, because God does love us so much, he made a way that we can live forever with him, even when our bodies die. In his great love for us Jade, he sent his only son Jesus to take the punishment we deserve for our own sins. Then when Jesus died, he shed his perfect blood to pay for our sins, and then he arose from the dead to prove he has the power over life and death and the sin in our lives.

    I know you still have faith in him or you wouldn’t “want to be believe in God” again. He very much wants you to come to him and to seek the comfort only he can give you. And if you still feel angry with him, talk to him and tell him about it. I guarantee he’s big enough to take it. Many of the Psalms in the Bible are written by those who feel God has let them down, but each of those Psalms goes on to say how gracious God is to help them over the hurt and ultimately how faith he is in every circumstance. Go to him and tell him you want to turn from the sinful things in your life and that you want to trust his son Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and give you a home in heaven. I guarantee you he is faithful to respond and to walk with you for the rest of your life.

    Please write back if you have questions. I’d be glad to try to help.

  • Chris says:

    jade…i am sorry to hear of your loss. without knowing the details of your mums passing, its not easy to say why she died but we do know that John 10.10 tells us that jesus came to give us an abundant life but satan tries to steal, kill and destroy that life. only by walking so very close with christ and his words can we hope to live a long life on this sinful planet that is so filled with evil and sinfulness plus the spiritual warfare we are all in but many times dont realize. i encourage you to walk with jesus. he wont fail you as long as you and i walk with him under the shadow of his wings of protection as described in psalm 91. if you would like more information on how to do that log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray your spiritual eyes would be opened to see that jesus is the one who bring us life but satan is the one who would want to take it away but we dont have to let him. in jesus name amen

  • Jade says:

    I want to believe in God however, since I was 14 I lost all faith because my mum passed away. I believe that if there was a god why would he take my mum away from me at such a young age? I know people say that God takes the best ones first but I don’t believe that that is the case. I want to find some reassurance but this one life event stops me from believing. My life has been full of negatives since a young age and I think to myself why would god want to put so much stress on such a young person if he did exist? Can someone please give me answers as I’m struggling to know why this life was chosen for me. I want to believe in God its just I can’t do that unless I have a justified reason to? I’m now 17 and I want faith again but I need some guidence. Please help?

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Mahlaste, a strong belief in God as being real and “with you” does not come to everyone quickly and easily nor in the same manner. For example, C. S. Lewis was an atheist at age 15 and described himself as being “angry with God for not existing”, but today, he is a famous Christian apologist and the author of many Christian books that have wonderfully blessed millions.

    Faith in God requires action on our part: seeking Him and trusting in His Word. How you personally might go about doing this involves your own particular circumstances but Paul does describe the process of “faith coming from hearing the Word of God” (Rom 10:17). Faith does not walk by sight, because every time you step out in faith, you can rest assured, you are going to be challenged with something that contradicts it. Faith is not a feeling; it is choice that declares, regardless of the way things appear, “I trust God.” It may help to remember that your faith is not in yourself nor is it in your faith; faith is IN GOD and He cannot fail. Jesus said mustard-seed sized faith can move mountains . . . because our faith is in God and He can move the mountain! Read Scripture as written to you and make a decision to believe.

  • Chris says:

    mahlatse…sorry you are struggling…when God the father sent his son into the world to die on the cross for our sins, he forever sealed our salvation for us in him so that we could be sure he would never leave us nor forsake us. if you have not received christ as of yet personally into your heart as your savior and lord and would like to, log onto, knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. if you do have jesus in your life, please share more in detail the personal struggles you are having. i pray God bless your life with peace, hope and his love today in jesus name amen

  • mahlatse says:

    I want to believe that God us with me and he is real but my faith fails, please anybody help me

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Me, the Bible tells us that “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:4) Scripture also tells us that “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” and that “if He hears us, we will have the petitions we ask.” (1 John 5:14-15). So if you truly want to believe in God, and pray for that belief, then your prayer is answered.

    Also read Rom 10:17 that tells you your faith can be “built up” by spending time reading and meditating on Scripture. The word “believe” simply means you have confidence in Who God says He is and that He will do what He has promised to do, again getting back to studying and having trust in Scripture. The key to making regular progress in your struggle is time with God in His Word.

    Ask God to help you see Him working all this out, and pray as did the mute boy’s father, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) and trust what Paul said “Will your unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not!” (Rom 3:3-4)

    Finally, there is no single “right way”; your path to God is the way God pulls you along to Him and He does this using a combination of His Word, His Spirit and the people and circumstances in your life. May God bless you as you proceed to seek after Him.

  • Chris says:

    kate…glad you are encouraged in the lord! if you need a church, let me know. i can check for you. blessings in christ!!

  • Kate says:

    thanks! i will try to follow your advice as best as i can. im just a christian in progress and i hope i will grow up to be just like Jesus!and not to cause confusion i am both “Kate” and “me”, thought it didnt show up the first time so i tried it with a different name. God Bless!

  • Chris says:

    kate…sorry to hear of your struggles…we understand that jesus purpose in coming from John 10.10 was to bring us life. romans 10.9 to 10 gives us the essential way of being sure we are saved, confessing jesus as our lord and savior as a free gift of salvation. romans 6.23. we understand once we receive christ, our flesh, satan and the world will oppose but if we use the tools jesus gives us…prayer, the Word, fasting, a true new testament church, sharing our faith, staying away from temption and those people who would tempt us, then we can walk in victory over sin but faith must have corresponding actions and that is something jesus cant do for us. you can be sure jesus is still with you. hebrews 13.5 says so. now simply rise up and return to jesus church and begin again to walk in obedience to his words and peace in your heart you will have. blessings!!

  • me says:

    yes please help me anyone i also really want to believe in God but i dont even know if im doing it right, im a backslider and i dont know how to go back to how i was before and my doubts grew even more with all the “only few get to heaven” thing. and then i see all these paintings of hell… the bible mentions several times to believe, and i dont even know what it really means.im not sure if i did accept Jesus and i need to work on resisting temptations im thinking what if i thought i was going the right way and i really wasnt. someone please help.thanks

  • Kate says:

    yes please help me anyone i also really want to believe in God but i dont even know if im doing it right, im a backslider and i dont know how to go back to how i was before and my doubts grew even more with all the “only few get to heaven” thing. and then i see all these paintings of hell… the bible mentions several times to believe, and i dont even know what it really means.im not sure if i did accept Jesus and i need to work on resisting temptations im thinking what if i thought i was going the right way and i really wasnt. someone please help.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Anonymous, the question of why does the God whom we say is loving and all-powerful allow pain to come into lives for no good reason is 1000’s of years old. That does not make your situation any easier or erase the abuse of your younger days. We can learn a lot from Job who asked “Why do the wicked live and become old, and mighty in power?” (21:7) And of his own “right-living”, said “I am righteous, but God has taken away my justice; my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.” (34:5-6).

    When we are tested and tried, Satan wants us to blame God and accuse Him of being unfair and unjust, to make an accusation against the God of righteousness . . . that is evil’s strategy and what Satan wanted from Job. (1:11). Later on in Job (32-37), Elihu made at least 5 major points that it does us well to consider:

    1) Behind every act of God is a loving heart and when we fail to acknowledge this and His wisdom, we are in error. God always acts in accordance with His nature and cannot be unjust or unloving.
    2) We are fallen creatures with limited understanding and do not know the facts as God does. He is sovereign because He made the universe and is accountable to no one.
    3) God does not owe us answers and even when He speaks, it does not need to be on our terms and in our timing. Even when He acts or speaks, we may not even understand what is going on or what He is saying to us.
    4) His acts may cause stress or pain but they are to spare us even greater loss.
    5) Out of His great love, God sometimes must allow pain into our lives to rouse us out of our blindness and deafness. (Job’s problem was pride in his “righteousness” and it needed to be dealt with.)

    So to address your situation, take a leap of faith and believe that God has everything in His control even when we can’t perceive it (Ps 103:19); He knows the inside and outside of every situation and every past, present, and future event (Rom 11:33-36); and He loves us perfectly and always chooses what is best for us, even if it’s not easy (Ex. 34:6).

    This is what Job did and his faith swelled up so that he could say, “I had only heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes.” So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life. (42:5, 12)

    My prayer is that you begin to trust God and will daily thank Him for His love and protection and blessings in your life and that you faith will swell up as Job’s did.

    PS: I have to add this: Job did not literally “see” God; his new-found faith was so strong it was as if he did.

  • Sharon says:

    to all– prayer– father God I do pray for all who want to believe in you but can’t I pray that other Christians will come along their path to encourage them and for themselves to find you to be a good God who loves them with an everlasting love give them dreams and visions of you God that you understand them and are with them in their search and its ok to search and at the end to find you. you made them I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. I am praying for all on this site

  • Anonymous says:

    Im 17, and I wish I could believe in god, I really do. As I was growing up, I was abused and beaten most of my childhood by my dads ex girlfriend. I would often ask God why she was doing this, what I was doing wrong. I wanted to kill myself so it would end. Now that Im older and am Active Duty Infantry in the Army, I want to find peace with God in case something happens to me.But my problem is, I cant seem to believe in something that is supposed to help you when you need it the most. I struggled for years trying to get away from her, to stop the abuse. I was always afraid to do anything. It still follows me, every time someone raises there hand near me, I always flinch and get ready for the impact. I need to find God. Ive messed up alot in my life.

  • Susi says:

    I am lie steaming a lot to Todd white. I experienced breakthroughs because he is speaking the truth. God is great!:)

  • tabby says:

    Unknown 13 year old, sweetheart that breaks my heart to hear what you just said. I too struggle with feeling God these days. I once felt him in everything. I began questioning him after coming across so many atheists on the net. You can feel him again. For me, it is my unwillingness to let go of what is standing in the way. Your words hurt my heart. No child should feel as if God does not hear them or if they are alone. I sense a little more in you desperation to feel him. Please continue to be strong.

  • Melissa says:

    When I was younger I questioned GOD a lot, I wondered if he was real, asked him if he was why would he allow certain things to happen in my life. But as I grew older from time to time, I noticed things that would happen that I know only GOD could be doing, showing me. I’ve had many intense experiences through out my 28 years of life. I believe in a GOD, 100% and even though my life is not perfect and I’ve been through a lot, I am thankful and feel blessed. I love you GOD. Through your son Christ Jesus, AMEN. ??

  • unknown says:

    I’m 13 and confused about God. some think this spirit is real and some don’t. I’m in between with this desicion. I don’t feel like
    he’s there when I need him most, I scream and it’s like whispers. I cry as loud as I can but he doesn’t hear me.

  • Tom Tom says:

    I’d like to help you if I can. Can you explain to me what your spiritual experience is? Also, what do you mean when you say, “I used to believe in God”? In what way?

  • Chris says:

    pavlo…sorry to hear of your struggles…romans 1 and psalm 19 with psalm 8 show us that Gods majesty in natural creation can be clearly seen and understood. romans 2 tells us how that God has placed our consciences inside of us so we can know right from wrong and his law he has written on our hearts. God came personally in the person of jesus christ to live, walk, teach and heal among us so that by his dying on the cross and rising from the dead, we can know him personally. logontoknowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above for more information on how you can start your own personal relatiionship with jesus today!! i pray you would!

  • Pavlo says:

    I used to believe in God when I was younger, but at the moment I’m confused, and I really want to believe in God but sometimes I’m not sure about His existence, please can you help me to believe in God again somehow, I will be very thankful

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