My time with God: The key to every good thing in life

One of my greatest passions is teaching people that God loves them and He has an amazing plan for their lives. There are so many who are hurting and hopeless because they don’t know God and they haven’t experienced His love for them.

I know what it’s like to live without real peace or joy…to feel insecure and afraid of rejection all the time. Because I was abused by my father throughout my childhood, I became an angry adult who believed it was up to me to take care of myself, and I had a hard time trusting that anyone really loved and accepted me.

When I finally got a revelation that God loves me unconditionally and He cares about every part of my life, I started to change. There was a lot of healing that needed to happen in my soul; the journey wasn’t easy and it took longer than I thought it would.

But I can honestly say it was worth it, because God has brought me to a place where I really enjoy my everyday life with Him, and now He can use me to help others experience His love and have His hope and joy in their lives.

John 10:10 says Jesus came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). Jesus died so we can have a full life—not just a barely-getting-by, “hanging on till Jesus comes back” existence.

God wants to have an intimate, personal relationship with you, and spending time with Him, acknowledging Him in all of your ways, is the key to abundant life filled with His righteousness, peace and joy (see Proverbs 3:6; Romans 14:17).

I love spending time with God, praying and studying His Word! It’s the first thing I do every day because I can tell you from experience that having God’s help and presence in our lives is vital. He is the Author of all true success, and everything that is good. Without Him, we can do nothing of true value.

Spending time with God is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose.

If you want to live out God’s plans and purposes for your life, the first step in your journey is to be born again. What does it mean to be “born again”? It simply means you recognize you are a mess without God, and you confess your sins with a sincere heart, asking Him to forgive you.

The truth is every single person in the world desperately needs God. Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And John 3:16 (NIV) reveals how we can be made right with Him: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

If you want to begin a personal relationship with Christ, or maybe you need to renew your commitment to Him, then pray something like this:

“Lord Jesus, thank You for choosing to love me. I admit I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness to cleanse me of my sin and give me new life in Christ. I believe Jesus died and shed His blood to pay for my sins. He gave His life for me, so I can have life with You!

“I give You my heart, Lord, and all of my life. Please take me and work in my heart…change me and make me like Jesus. I love You, Lord. Thank You for saving me from my sin and giving me the promise of everlasting life.”

I’m so excited for you!      

I want to encourage you to spend some time each day with the Lord in prayer and reading the Bible. It’s also important for you to have encouragement from other Christians, so you’ll want to find a good church where they teach the Bible and can help you grow in your faith.

To help you get started in your new life in Christ, we’d like to give you a free copy of my book A New Way of Living to request one. You can also get free Bible study resources that share practical tips and exercises to help you establish good Bible study habits.

Giving your life to Christ is absolutely the best decision you will ever make! And knowing God and His Word are the best ways to discover His plan for you and become everything He created you to be!