This is the story of how a teenager learned the difference between believing in Jesus and having a relationship with Jesus. Have you every felt lost? Have you ever felt like something was missing in your life? I have always believed in Jesus but, in my childhood, I would never spend any time praying or reading scripture. I used to spend most of my day watching TV or playing video games which was laziness in every aspect including spiritually. I was addicted to sexual pleasures of the flesh for years. All of these things left me feeling empty with no fulfillment, like there was a void in my life. The ways of wrong were in my daily activity. I was spiritually blind and did not see the errors of my ways. I was disrespectful to my parents. Filth and profanity were in my speech. I did not have the Lord in my life.
When I was nineteen, a serious revelation in my commitment to God occurred. I examined my life and I started to realize just how much the Lord was calling me and that events of hardship in my life were times when I should have called out to Jesus Christ. I realized that I wanted a stronger relationship with my God. I at first was crushed emotionally thinking it was too late to develop a deep relationship with God. I viewed my self as such a wretched sinner, that I deserved hell. I condemned my self. I knew that in everyway I was guilty and I wondered if God would forgive me. I hated the actions I committed in my past . My spirit was crushed and burdened, godly sorrows flooded my heart, pain consumed my soul, and I felt in every way hopeless. The thought of not honoring Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross hurt, but then it hit me, God's mercy is everlasting and he wants us to come back to him. For it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we may have our relationship with God. I cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ, I said that I forgave everyone that had ever wronged me and asked him to forgive me. I asked Him for a heart of flesh, to remove any stony areas in my heart, to give me a heart of purity, and soon after things changed. A deep love for God soon developed, through much scriptures getting to know God and our Lord Jesus Christ. I started to change for the better. I developed hatred of sin in my daily life and I did not want to go back to any of those habits that were spiritually unhealthy. I am in no way perfect but through much sincere prayer and through Christ which strengthens me, I sin much less, stay away from things of the flesh, and am spiritually minded. I have, by the mercy of the loving Lord Jesus Christ, become alive in spirit and have received the Holy Ghost. The Lord has brought meaning into my life. Thanks to Jesus Christ my nature is one of peace and I have become more caring and respecting of others around me. Jesus Christ changed me in such a magnificent way. I want to help others know wonderful truth. I am forever humbled that God's grace came upon me. Jesus Christ guides me in the way of truth and has strengthen my spirit. I once was lost but now Im found, was blind but now I see. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to come into our life and help us, but we must open the door of our hearts and call upon him asking him to be a part of our lives and help us. It is the realization of how truly hopeless we are, without Jesus Christ, that allows us to truly reach out fully to him. THANK God our heavenly Father for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knocking Psalm 37: 18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of broken heart; and saveth such as be of contrite (crushed) spirit 2 Corinthians 7: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of . Ezekiel 36: 26: A new heart also will I give you, and new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh 2 Corinthians 4: 6: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Daniel from Rochester, New York If you too would like to know what it is like to have a right relationship with God, you can push the RESET BUTTON on your life. You too can have a fresh start and a new life.