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

  • Abby says:

    Ok thank you so much!

  • Chris says:

    benjamín…i regret to hear of your struggles…since God is love and jesus has loved us in dying on the cross for us, 1 John 4.7 to 8, John 3.16, its imperative that you build your life upon the sure foundation of christ alone being your lord and savior. romans 10.9 to 13. start there. confess jesus christ and receive his gift of salvation into your heart. ephesians 2.8 to 9. then, incororate your life into a strong new testament church where the words of christ and praise can fill your life from there. if you dont know where to go, let me know, i can check on a church for you. our faith will never rise above our understanding of Gods words so we must be good students of what jesus has told us in order to follow him in faith and not fear. to be sure of your personal salvation log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray that jesus love fill you now as you open your heart by opening the door to christ jesus today and his gift of salvation. blessings to you!

  • Benjamin says:

    I have been having difficulty in connecting with the holy spirit, I always have this fear in me whenever they mentioned Jesus, I don’t really no why its happening to me I can’t even pray, when ever I pray I always get carried away thinking of other things while still praying, I have always wanted God to use me but how will he when am always afraid to contribute or say anything in the mist of people, I don’t even know when God is talking to me or every thing I hear is just my own imagination. I want to know if there is a particular way you will feel if you actually have faith in God.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Abby–
    I know from personal experience that Satan will try to put thoughts into your mind such as, “Am I really saved?” “Is Jesus really the way to heaven?” “Am I doing everything I need to do for God to be pleased with me?” Remember that Satan even tempted the Lord Jesus for 40 days after he was baptized. Also remember that Jesus used scripture to confound what Satan was trying to do. So, take a queue from Jesus (and Chris) and read and claim those scriptures. Read your Bible every day–a chapter, a few paragraphs–just ask the Lord to show himself to you through his word and to give you application for your life. Remember, start with John. I would then suggest Luke and then 1 John. 1 John gives at least 10 things a growing Christian can do to grow closer to the Lord. What’s more, 1 John 5:13 says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.” So read it, believe it, and KNOW that you have eternal life Abby!

    If you have questions going forward, we’re always here to help.

  • Chris says:

    abby…now that you believe on christ, romans 10.9 to 10 says we need to confess christ. to confess in the bible means to say the same thing as God says about his son and us. based on Matthew 10, begin publically confessing jesus to others in your church and to the lost. as you do, jesus will become real to you. John 14.21 to 23. jesus is called the high priest of our confession in hebrews 2. so begin to speak his Word bodly and read it aloud so you can hear yourself speaking the Word by faith. romans 10.17, Matthew 8. your life will never be the same as you do!!

  • Abby says:

    I believe that Christ died for my sins and rose again for me. I have accepted Christ into my life already. I do go to church regularly with family.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Abby—
    Let me start by saying that it’s a good thing you have a concern about where you’ll go when you die. All too many people never give it a thought or somehow don’t want to accept that it will happen to them.

    It would be helpful to know what your spiritual background is. Maybe you can explain what you know about God and Jesus Christ so that we can address any specific issues, concerns, or improper teaching.

    In the meantime, maybe I can explain a few things to you. Typically a fear of dying comes either from not having been born again spiritually (as Jesus explains to Nicodemus in John 3) or from not accepting the promises of God about salvation. Simply “believing” in God will not make a person right with him. One must not only believe in him but repent (turn from their sins) and trust in Jesus Christ. You must believe that Jesus died for your sins, that he was buried, and that he arose from the dead to conquer death for all who turn to him as Lord and Savior. Trusting in Jesus is not a matter of voicing any particular prayer (there is no such thing as a “sinner’s prayer” to be saved in the Bible), but of what your heart’s desire is. God knows a person’s heart and knows if a person wants to repent and trust in Christ. He does all the rest including saving the person from their sins and indwelling the new believer with his Holy Spirit in order to start the process of changing the person into the image of Jesus Christ. The person becomes a child of God and is entitled to be an heir with Jesus of all that he has. When a person is born again they have a desire to read the Bible and have a much greater understanding of what it says. The believer should also regularly attend a Bible-teaching church and participate in the life of that local church. They should also tell other people about Jesus Christ.

    I would recommend that you start reading the fourth book of the New Testament, John. It was written so that a person could know enough about Jesus and about what it means to become his disciple in order to be saved. I would recommend a modern translation of the Bible such as the New American Standard (NASB), English Standard Version (ESV), or the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).

    I hope you will write back with some info regarding your spiritual background.

    “Father, it seems obvious you are speaking to Abby’s heart about her relationship with you, and I pray that she will soon come to know for sure that she is born again and is your child forever. Help her to understand these things and remind her to read the book of John carefully and with a humble and open heart. I know you wish all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. Thank you for caring for Abby and for all of us. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

  • Chris says:

    abby…sorry to hear of your struggles…i would suggest a Reading of the following scriptures so that your faith and assurance in christs promises can remove this fear and doubt about your salvation….John 3.16, 4.10, 5.23 to 24, 10.25 to 29, 11.26, acts 4.12, acts 16.31, romans 1.17, 6.23, 10.9 to 10, ephesisnas 2.8 to 9, phillipans 3, titus 3, 1 John 5.12 to 13, luke 18. by Reading those verses your faith will be solidifed so you can know here and now that you have everlasting life. you wont have to ask jesus to save you anymore. you already are forever!!

  • Abby says:

    Is it ok to be scared when I die? I believe in God. But sometimes I’m honestly confused when I think about going to heaven or hell. I think I’ll go to heaven. I do the sinners prayer over and over for reassurance. I want to feel hopeful that he will accept me. I’m also sometimes scared because I don’t read the bible I don’t really know what chapter I should start.

  • Aldo says:

    Kin Lai, here is one of my recent compositions which explains what it means to truly believe in Jesus. I hope and pray that it will be a blessing to you.

    “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.’” (John 6:29 NKJV)

    When I was a child I believed in many things, which in my mind, were either good or bad, beautiful or ugly. There were the ghosts and goblins which I had either heard about, or read about for myself. There were Frankenstein’s monster, Wolfman, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a host of other evil representations which set my mind swirling with the prospect of an imminent attack by any one of them.

    On the other hand, there were the Fairy God Mothers, Superman and the other DC Comic Superheroes, Mighty Mouse, Pop Eye, and yes, Santa Claus, which gave me leave to imagine how wonderful it would be to be caught up in the joyful incidents of any one of their episodes.

    As I grew older the stark reality that none of these imagined things really did exist caused me to be sad on the one hand, but glad on the other. Along with the “let-down” of the one, came the freedom from fear of the other.

    The scripture verse above is the answer which Jesus gave to the Jews who had asked Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:28-29)

    In the world today there are many so-called religious denominations and organizations which purport to be serving God the Father, but if asked whether they believe in Jesus, His “only begotten son”whom He sent (gave in John 3:16), they would quickly come up with an answer that confirmed their disbelief.

    The whole of the Holy Bible scriptures, both the Old Testament, in which Jesus is concealed, and the New Testament, in which He is revealed, contain the embodiment of Jesus as God (Colossians 2:9).

    The question now is, What does it mean to believe?

    Scripture tells us in James 2:19, “Even the demons believe—and tremble!” Why? Because their belief is no more than an acknowledgment that Jesus is the Son of God (Mt.8:29; Mk.5:7; Lk.8:28).

    This type of acknowledgment lacks the commitment due someone whom you profess to be your Lord. The Dictionary.com web site gives this definition for lord: “a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.”

    I have seen enough movies and TV programs in which the servants in a household unreservedly carry out their master’s every command to the minutest detail. In fact, I recently viewed an episode on the showing of Queen Elizabeth II Garden at Buckingham Palace. The garden is located in the City of Westminster and occupies 42 acres in the midst of London, and has two-and-a-half miles of gravel paths. Eight full time gardeners and two or more part timers maintain the garden, and make up what must be an enormous number of royal employees throughout the entire palace, and the other two of Queen Elizabeth’s palaces. Can you imagine any of the Queen’s servants refusing to do her bidding merely because they did not feel like it, or did not want to?

    Belief in Jesus requires more than a mere religious profession of faith. It demands an intimate personal relationship with the Divine Creator of the universe, and of mankind, Who knew our need for a Savior, and Who, Himself, came to fill that need and bring us all to the place of choosing for ourselves whether to live for Him and serve Him, or not.

    If you a reading this and are one of those who have never realized the true meaning of believing in Jesus, you can change that right now. Jesus says in John 5:24, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

    Here is a suggested prayer you can say. Remember, God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with your attitude.

    “Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to You, and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me, forgiving my sins, and for giving me everlasting life, in Jesus name, Amen.” Have a Happy Hereafter!

    Your relationship to God while here on earth, will determine your relationship to Him when you leave this earth! AJR

  • Tom Tom says:

    Kin Lai–
    I would recommend you get a copy of the Bible to learn about God and Jesus Christ. The Bible has 66 portions called “books” and each tells something about God and Jesus. The first 39 books are called the Old Testament and cover information given to us by God from his creation of the world up to about 400 years before Jesus Christ was born. The last 27 books are called the New Testament and start with the birth of Jesus Christ and end with God telling us what will happen at the end of times. I suggest you start by reading the book in the Bible called JOHN. It is the 4th book in the New Testament.

    Here is a brief description of the Christian faith, taken from portions of the Bible. The names and numbers at the end are where these things are found in the Bible:

    The Gospel

    Gospel means Good News. And in a world of sin and suffering, we each desperately need God’s Good News. But before we can understand the Gospel, we must understand the bad news.

    In the beginning God created everything very good.(1) The Lord placed man in a garden paradise.(2) However man was given a free will and a choice.(3) Though mankind lived in a perfect environment, he chose to rebel against His Creator.(4) As God warned Adam, sin resulted in suffering and death. The curse described in Genesis affected all creation, and today we see the horrible results.(5)

    Scripture also explains that, like Adam, we have all “sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(6) To see if this applies to you, please review God’s Ten Commandments.(7)  Have you ever told a lie? One lie makes us a liar in God’s eyes. Jesus explained that lust was equivalent to adultery.(8) Have you ever had lustful thoughts? Scripture explains, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer.”(9) Have you ever despised another person? The Lord even warned: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”(10) Have you ever gossiped or spoken foolishly?

    Whether our sin is envy, greed, pride (which was Lucifer’s sin),(11) or using God’s name lightly – we must admit that we are all guilty of sinning against our Creator. The Bible explains that the penalty for any sin is death – both physical death and spiritual death – which is eternal separation from God.(12) The final destiny for those who spurn their Creator is the lake of fire, which is the second death: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”(13)
    However, there is Good News! Before time began God had a plan to rescue mankind.(14) Because the penalty for sin is death, the Creator came to earth as a man,(15) lived a sinless life,(16) and died to pay the penalty for our sins.(17) He then rose from the dead – defeating death – and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who will trust Him.(18)

    Scripture states that God is love.(19) And He demonstrated His own love toward us by stepping down from heaven to offer His life so that we might be reconciled to Him forever! (20) Jesus Christ is the Creator.(21) On the cross He bore our sins and then rose for our justification.(22) The Lord now offers everlasting life to all who will repent of their sins (turn from them) and trust in Him personally.(23)

    By placing your faith in Jesus Christ you can enter into a relationship with the Creator of the universe that will last forever! This is His free gift and His desire for you.(24)

    God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”(25) But remember, because God is completely just and holy,(26) every sin will meet with a just punishment.(27) Therefore, only Jesus – who alone is perfect and righteous, who alone died for our sins, who alone rose from the dead – can save you.(28)

    If you neglect God’s great salvation, the consequences are eternal. Scripture warns “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”(29) God will pour out His “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil.”(30)

    Therefore, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (31) Instead, “Repent (turn from sin), and believe in the gospel.”(32) If you do, you will live in Heaven with our awesome Creator forever!

    Scripture verses as noted:
    1. Genesis 1
    2. Genesis 2
    3. Genesis 2:16-17
    4. Genesis 3
    5. Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:20-22. In fact only the Bible explains the origin of Creation, sin, death, suffering, conscience, and a host of other fundamental truths.
    6. Romans 3:23
    7. Exodus 20
    8. Matthew 5:27-28
    9. 1 John 3:15
    10. Matthew 12:36
    11. Isaiah 14:12-15; 1 Timothy 3:6
    12. Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 6:23
    13. Revelation 21:8
    14. 1 Peter 1:20
    15. Matthew 1:23
    16. 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5
    17. 1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10
    18. Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Romans 10:9
    19. 1 John 4:8
    20. Romans 5:8
    21. John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1
    22. Isaiah 53; Romans 4:25
    23. John 3:36
    24. Romans 5:15-18
    25. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
    26. Leviticus 19:2; Psalm 37:28
    27. Matthew 10:26; Revelation 20:12
    28. John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21
    29. Hebrews 10:31
    30. Romans 2:8-9
    31. Hebrews 3:15
    32. Mark 1:15

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Kin Lai . . . I meant to tell you that was adapted from “Coming to Christ”, Chapter 11 in Robert Coleman’s book “The Heart of the Gospel” that I highly recommend for a full understanding of Christianity.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Kin Lai, your desire to know God personally is a first huge step. The good news of God’s grace calls for a response from us. Jesus proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). Both repentance and faith issue from grace and are essential to our salvation.

    Repentance means a change of mind and purpose. Jesus made it clear: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-3). His words are echoed throughout the Bible (e.g., Ezek. 18:30; Joel 2:13; Matt. 3:2; Mark 6:12; Acts 17:30; Rev. 2:5). Repent basically means to turn around and go in a new direction. For as Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become like children,” no one can “enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mark 18:3)

    The Holy Spirit initiates saving faith by making us aware of the Gospel. The primary means by which the Spirit brings this about is through the living Word of God, the Bible, “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit . . . discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12).

    Though the Bible is the mast authoritative source of truth, the Spirit can bring conviction through any number of other means (I Thess. 1:5). Often He speaks through the counsel of our Christian loved ones and friends or through our reading a book, or seeing the display of power in nature, or meditating on some blessing that cam along. Usually these influences accumulate over a period of time, one experience building on another. As our awareness of need increases, we begin to feel a discomforting awareness of spiritual truth.

    The way it manifests itself is usually different with different people. For some, like the prodigal who took his father’s inheritance and went away to spend “all he had . . . in reckless living,” conversion came in the realization of a wasted life and “squandered” opportunity for happiness. When he realized what a fool he had been and that he was “no longer worthy to be called” his father’s son, he wanted to go back home (Luke 15:11–20).

    Others may feel the pangs of conviction, like the publican who saw himself condemned by the moral law of God. Contrasted to the self-righteous Pharisee, who prided himself on his good behavior, the tax collector knew all too well that he had woefully fallen short of God’s holiness. So great was the anguish of his soul that he would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:9-14). Or the repentant thief who slowly came to realize who Jesus was after watching Him on the cross and simply said, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)

    To Saul of Tarsus, conviction began in seeing the faith of devout Christians he was persecuting. It came about on the Damascus Road when suddenly he was confronted by the living Christ in a blinding vision (Acts 9:1-9). The reality of the encounter awakened in him a history of misdirected religious zeal, and he knew that his whole concept of earning God’s favor was wrong.

    However slowly faith develops, it ends at the cross, where the Spirit brings us to see eternal love disclosed in Christ, bearing in His body God’s judgment on our sin. More than a historical fact, it becomes a very personal, awesome realization that Jesus died for me. Ask God to make these words that Paul gave the Galatians at Gal 2:20 your words and thank Him for that. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself for me.” That makes it real and personal.

    May God bless your path to His Son.

  • Chris says:

    kin lai…i am so glad to hear of your interest in knowing jesus personally!!

    you can find out how to do that on knowinjesuspersonally.com

    as far as church in orland, the following churches might be ones worth visiting although i cannot guarantee their quality. pleae check them and let me know….

    Arise Christian Church – Home

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  • kin lai says:

    i want to learn about god. i have never been a religious person. certain situations in my life has led me to believe there is god. I believe he has reached out to me. i want to learn about god through going to church. yet there are so many churches. how do i know which one to go to? I live in orlando, florida. please guide me to finding a christian church to visit. Please email me at [it is our policy to not publish person contact information] please forgive me as i would not be able to reply until march 23, 2015. i want to learn . thanks

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Grizwald and Rebeccah, a number of people have come to believe God as our sovereign, majestic Creator by visiting “The Scale of the Universe” which illustrates amazing elements from the smallest to the greatest in our cosmos. Go to http://htwins.net/scale2/?bordercolor=white and hit Start and then move the button sideways. Watch our cosmos unfold and then meditate on God’s infinite creation and you may well fall down and worship Him.

    Now, as Aldo said, if you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and trust Him as your Savior and Lord, you will be “born again.” There is nothing more to “do” as Christianity is spelled “Done” and not “Do”. At the time of this “re-birthing of your spirit”, a number of very important events transpire:

    1) The Holy Spirit comes into your life (Acts 2:38) as a spiritual Comforter to aid in prayers to the Father (Rom 8:26) and to seal you permanently (Eph 4:30) as a child of God (1 John 3:1).
    2) You are predestined to grow in Christ-likeness (Rom 8:29; Eph 1: 5, 11) and this transformation will continue until you are pleasing to God (Phil 1:6; Heb 13:21).
    3) You are reconciled to God and appear holy, blameless and above reproach before Him (Col 1:22). All of your sins are forgiven (Col 2:13) and there is no longer any condemnation against you (Rom 8:1).
    4) You have direct access to God the Father through His Spirit (Eph 2:18) and you may come confidently to His throne of grace to find grace and mercy in a time of need (Heb 4:16)
    5) You are delivered from Satan’s kingdom into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Col 1:13) and you live out your life in the love of the Son and the Father (John 14:23; 15:9).
    6) Although you may die physically, you will live again (John 11:25) for eternity in the safety of Jesus (John 10:28).
    7) Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life in heaven (Luke 10:20; Mal 3:16; Rev 13:8) where you are a citizen (Phil 3:20) with all the rest of those who believe in and trust Christ, the Son of God as their Lord and Savior (Eph 2:19).
    8) You are a holy servant of God, part of His holy Church, a special person to Him (1 Peter 2:9) and will serve and reign with God throughout eternity (Rev 22:3-5).

    This is only a partial list of the blessings for “God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose you in Him before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph 1:3-4). And incredibly, “all things are yours, even things to come, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. (1 Cor 3:21-23).

    There can be nothing more important in life than to receive these freely offered blessings. “Thank You Lord Jesus for coming in our likeness, humbling Yourself and being obedient to the point of death on a cross. Rightly so, God has highly exalted You and given You the name which is above every name, that at Your name every knee should bow, of men in heaven, and of men on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that You, Jesus Christ are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.”

  • Chris says:

    rebeccah…i regret to hear of your struggles. we know that since we have been born into a world of sin and sinners, that abuse is possible. however God has promised to take all of the negative in our past, and turn it around for our good. romans 8.28. that good starts with personally receiving jesus christ as our lord and savior, for our own personal forgiveness and the ability to forgive others as jesus has us. for more information on knowing jesus forgiveness and being able to forgive others, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray jesus would confort your heart in knowing he has a plan for your life that as you reach out and receive him, no person can ruin or destroy. blessings!

  • Rebeccah says:

    I want, so badly, to believe in God. It’s so hard because of everything I have gone through in my life. Sexual/physical abuse, autism, bad relationships etc…I just feel like God has forgotten about me.

  • Aldo says:

    Grizwald, I sympathize with you. There are innumerable folks trying to understand God, and wanting to feel Him, but God cannot be understood with our finite minds, much less felt, though He will reveal Himself through His Word, which is spirit and truth.

    Jesus put it this way in the gospel of John 3:3: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He goes on to say in verse 6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    I’ll try to explain simply what that means Grizwald.

    Adam and Eve, mankind’s first parents, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, and died spiritually (were dis-fellow-shipped with God). Because of that all of mankind inherited their sinful nature. But, God made a way for mankind to come back into fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ, His Son, the Incarnate Word of God.

    If anybody believes Jesus Christ for who He is, (God’s Son), and for what He’s done (died on Calvary’s cross for their sins, and receives Him as their Savior and Lord, they will be “born again.”

    Grizwald, many people try to get to heaven through their own means (sacrifices) like being good, going to church, giving to charity, etc., but Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise” and Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

    Grizwald, here is a suggested prayer you can say. Remember, God is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

    “Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to You, and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me, forgiving my sins, and for giving me everlasting life, in Jesus name, Amen.”

  • Grizwald says:

    no matter how hard I try, I just cant understand god and Christianity. I try going to events like WinterJam and everyone says they “feel it” but I just don’t feel anything

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you my friend and may the lord our God bless you.

  • Arold says:

    First, it’s important to realize that God is everywhere. Those who are seeking God who cannot find Him are seeking Him in the wrong manner other than what His word prescribes. The thing is that is readily available to humankind. what all man really has to do is acknowledge their sinfulness and embrace the gift of salvation through Christ.

  • Chris says:

    Raushan Kumar Sinha….i appreciate your thoughts on God…yes, seeing nature, we see there is God. the bible refers to that knowledge as general revelation. when we accept the general revelation about God, he then can give us more speicific knowledge and revelation and that is through his son jesus christ. jesus came as God in the flesh to give us the full revelation of Gods will for us and then paid the Price for our sins that have made us seperated from him. by receiving christ into your heart today, you can know God in a personal way and have your sins forgiven you and receive everlasting life as a free gift of God. for more information on doing just that log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above for more personallized attention. i pray jesus become your lord and savior as you see he is the one who is the author and savior of our lives amen

  • I don’t know that God is exists or not. But I believe that God exists because I am a human being and some of equipment have been necessary for living in the earth, like Air, Trees, Water etc. Do you know anyone, where these come from? These all equipments have come to God. All of these made by God. We know very well this thing. So I hope that we should respect our parents, teacher, elder and such persons who needs request through us. I think we should always help and co-operate to those people are living very poverty in this time.
    Finally, I would like to say that God exists and we must worship of God.
    Actually, I know this that my English Grammar is not good, however, I am giving this comments in my own mind and it’s my personal view. If did I any mistake of this comments so please forgive me.
    Regards ……….. Raushan Kumar Sinha.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi DCIV, you asked, “I need advice on how I know that I really believe, and am actually praying, or just speaking voices through my head…” Here is a link to knowing Jesus Personally. http://thelife.com/series/knowing-jesus-personally. It’s a four part series that will answer your questions and bring you closer to Him. I pray that God blesses you with greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom as you dig deeper in your search to want to know more about Him. After going through each part you can leave a comment if you have more questions.

  • Chris says:

    best answer….sorry you are down….i encourage you with philippians 4.19 in the bible where God does promise to supply all of our needs. jesus said he had come to give us an abundant life in John 10.10. however remember too that the covenant promises are conditioned on covenant obedience. be sure you are walking in all of the light God has revealed to us in his Word and in your personal life so that you can come into the fullness of his blessings according to deuteronomy chapter 28. i pray jesus help you to receive all he has for you as you seek him earnestly each morning, noon and night, you can be sure he will guide you in the way he has prepared for you amen

  • Chris says:

    DCIV…..the good news is that God has already revealed himself to us in the person of his son jesus christ. the bible is Gods written revelation to us so that we can know what God is saying to us and what is his perfect will for us as well. for more information on knowing jesus christ as your lord and savior and having his salvation both revealed and given to you log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray you would see jesus for who he really is, the only savior of this world and the only light that shines in the midst of darkness and confusión amen!

  • BestAnswer says:

    All i ever wanted from God is to be Healthy with a Wife And Family that i Don’t have.

  • Viera says:

    DCIV. .You can see where those thoughts are coming from that God would never go against his word -against the Bible. You can check your thoughts with the Bible. Then if those thoughts are bringing you closer to God or not, do you feel peace or not. You can talk to your pastor, leader or other christian friend about your thoughts and they can help you to see where are those thoughts coming from.

  • DCIV says:

    I have been praying to God to reveal himself to me, and yet I can’t get assurances that the voices in my head are God, Satan, or just me making up my own dialogue. I need advice on how I know that I really believe, and am actually praying, or just speaking voices through my head and replying

  • Chris says:

    dk….the bible is clear that God needs nothing or noone. obviously being God he is perfectly complete within himself but he does offer us his life which we have lost through our sins being cut off from the life that is within God. God cannot forcé us to want true life. the bible itself says that most love darkness more than the light and will not come to the light so that their deeds be exposed although God is ready to forgive them. look around you. how many people are truly wanting the life and light of christ? the answer is obvious. God cannot violate our freedom of will to choose. if a person chooses spiritual death apart from christ, that is their right to do so. when we speak of death, we are speaking of seperation. the body seperates from the soul. hell is a continuation of being seperated from God, not because God wants us seperated from him, but because we do and he wont forcé us to receive true life. deut 30.19. i pray jesus would help you to see the difference. blessings to you!

  • JaP's says:

    DK,

    MAy Iask a couple of questions? Questions that aren’t to test you but to reflect on your heart. So if I may, here they are:

    – What made you come to the Lord and believe in Him and thereby taking on the things that He desires for you to fulfill with His instructions in how to carry them out.-
    – What made the thought of the Lord being an all loving God have hell . A place for those who someday would be judged by God for the kind of life they lived and if it reflected the One and Only Begotten of the Abba Father , Who is Jesus Christ.?
    – What made you avoid to hold on in your fth n God that He is absolutely in LOVE with you and loves you inspite of you having this queries that is dividing your heart or feeling away from the Father. You know that He is more doing His part to draw you closer as you read these queries?.

    May you be blessed with the time time to answer them.

    Shalom my brother in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.

    To God Be All the Glory
    JaP’s

  • DK says:

    I am drawn to having faith in God, a big reservation is the very concept of you “have” to love him, or he is sending you to hell…. kind of like putting flame thrower against your girlfriend’s head and telling her “you better marry me, or I’ll light you up like a roman candle, forever”… or the alternative: “never mind, I’ll off myself for you, since I love you, and even though I don’t deserve it like you do”. ha ha ha… it’s laughable, really. Well, not really.. it’s actually just really not appealing. I take it all seriously for a while, but the whole hell and brimstone thing is so counter intuitive to real love.

  • Chris says:

    jc…sorry to hear of your struggles. God knows that we cant defeat sin. that is why he sent jesus to defeat it for us on the cross. by receiving christ, we are forgiven for any sins we will ever commit, past, present and future as we simply walk with him each day. God is not an oger waiting to punish us in hell. he let his own dear son be punished in our place. God offers us pardon and the free gift of eternal life by simply placing our faith in him. for more information on knowing jesus personally log onto…knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray jesus love for you would be manifest to you today as you see that God has no intention of condemning you because he allowed jesus to be condemned in our place for our forgiveness. blessings!!

  • JC says:

    I wasn’t referring to sex, I was referring to everything. Basically he made us and knows our actions and then we hear that we go to hell if we carry them out. Sorry but none of it adds up. If he gave us free will then would be responsible for anything we done wrong anyway because the free will idea would be flawed. It’s like me making a robot that moves randomly then throwing it on the fire when it moves somewhere I didn’t want it to.

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  • E says:

    Deer,
    I wrote a whole speech but my phone crashed and I freakinh lost it. But my point was I want to talk and if you want you can email me [sorry, but for users’ safety, it is our policy not to publish personal contact information] if you want. As long as you’re not a perv, but I’m just a little younger than you and I feel the exact same way that it’s almost creepy.
    ~ E

  • Chris says:

    deer…so sorry to hear of your struggles but they are common to us all and after walking with jesus for 40 years now, can tell you as he himself said that he is the way, the truth and the life. God understands our needs and came in the very person of christ to live and teach us, to heal and die for us so we could have his very presence inside of us. this do. let the new testament and jesus words fill your heart and life. as you do, those thoughts that try to dominate your mind will they themselves by dominated by jesus words of life and confort. the bible itself says that our human minds are not subject to the Word of God and cannot comprehend the deeper things of God so dont expect your mind to submit to what is spiritual and unexplainable because it wont. simply let your heart receive what jesus has said. mix faith with it and you will find your life being transformed by the same living power that resides in Gods heavnly promises. John 6.63 to 69. i pray jesus would become more and more real to you as you partake of his words since he is the living Word made carnate for you dear friend amen!

  • Deer says:

    I’ve lost belief in God. This effectively ruined my life and sent me into a spiraling depression. I’ve been this way since I was 8. It comes on waves. I’m only 15 and every time I’ve been depressed it happens because I know that after death I will cease to exist, this is all some cosmic accident and it means nothing once my consciousness is snuffed out. I have a part of me that has doubts in the possibility of an afterlife, however I don’t know. I am. Searching for hope and faith to find reason in such an abstract idea. Our consciousness is so abstract and impossible sounding that its the only thing that gives me hope. If there is a god I don’t see why it would be a Christian God rather than Islamic or any of the other religions. Maybe they’re all manifestations of the same thing and it doesn’t matter which one you believe in. Essentially it depends where you were raised. So I’m hoping that sticking to Christian faith like I was raised on will lead me to the light and help me pull out of this hopeless feeling that I’m simply alive and well eventually cease with no concsiousness for eternity. Somebody please help me. The only reason I don’t kill myself to avoid this dreadful mindset is that death is the very thing that I’m afraid of. If I had the ignorance I once had, only then I could be happy. Somebody please help me.

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you Viera for your comment, and may the Lord our God bless you.

  • viera says:

    JC. .God made us with free will so we can choice. We are not robots but we have free will. We are tested to see if we choose good or bad if we choose good God or evil.Even angels were tested before world was created. How we will show our love to God? -that we will do what he wants -to believe and follow Jesus God’s son. How love grows in relationships? By overcoming hardship. God sent his Son and he was punished for our sins so we don’t have to be punish by faith in Him. God is holy and all unholiness and sin has to be punish but God in his love gave us way out from sin in Jesus.

  • Chris says:

    jc…sorry to hear of your confusión. without knowing the details of what you are referring to about being punished, its hard to offer clear advise but i will try anyway. . .since sex is always on the fore-front these days, i will guess you might be referring to that in some way. we understand that God is not against us having sexual pleasure as long as it is within the confines of the marriage partner he gives to us. otherwise, the bonding that takes place between people who arent married but have sex creates terrible emotional and physical complexities for them which they do not realize. God isnt an oger. he simply wants to protect us and knows that sex outside of a marriage commitment will only lead us down the wrong road of suffering. its not a question of punishement but of a loving father who wants to preserve us. jesus died so we could enjoy life the way God wanted it to be enjoyed but we must understand the principles to do that as found in the bible. if you would like to know how to live truly happily and be blessed by doing things Gods way and not our own which lead to bad consequences on our part so many times, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray now that jesus would bring peace to your heart as you understand that he who truly loves us, knows whats best for us too. please feel free to continue your blog if you would like to detail other questions you are not clear about. blessings to you today!!

  • JC says:

    If God is real why is everything such a riddle? He made us, so why is he testing us then potentially punishing us for actions he created? It’s all so confusing. I’d love to believe in him but none of it makes sense.

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