Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. -Proverbs 22:6
I was definitely raised in a household and among certain family members who included God as first and foremost or as a great source of their belief and foundation.
Yes, my mother grew up in the church. She introduced me to God and I always believed in his sovereignty.
I was well aware that Jesus came into the world to save our souls from the consequences of sin, sacrificed himself on the cross, was buried in a tomb and rose back to life on the third day after his physical death.
My life in the beginning was rooted in God and I was led to him at an early age with the desire to know and adhere to him.
Along down the line I had gotten angry with God through my misunderstanding and misinterpretation of him and I no longer wanted to associate myself with him.
Nevertheless, the Lord didn’t give up on me and he never left my side, steady walking beside me when I thought I had walked away.
God didn’t let me out of his grasp as I was holding on to the belief I found in what I considered a kinder, loving and faithful source of “love and light”.
God was that true love and light the entire time, yet he had to get me away from venerating the false idea of what was superior to him in character and to the legitimate origin of my providence.
I never considered anything totally above The Lord in heaven (I never denied he was the creator of all things), but I believed the alternative I had come to know was more powerful as far as having my best interest and welfare.
I am so glad God didn’t let me stay in the deception of the enemy (Satan) through my anger and disappointment in him due to my false perceptions and what I had to go through in life (unwanted tribulations and trauma).
Not trusting God comes from not knowing who he truly is. I believed the lies of the devil in regard to the Lord being evil and sick- yet I wasn’t on the side of the devil either.
Nevertheless, having me doubt God’s good character was the only way that Satan could try to encourage me to reject God.
I know for sure Jesus words are true, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me“. -John 10:28
I am so grateful to the Lord for lovingly guiding me back to the truth within him and showing me that he is my one and only source of everything.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” -John 10:27-30
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Roman’s 8:38-39