I grew up in church. In fact, I was attending worship services before I was born because my mother was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and a dedicated church goer who believed in being in the House of God for worship, as often as she could.
From as far back as I can remember, I always had a deep longing to have a real relationship with God - one that was based on knowledge rather than emotion. I found myself going to the altar on several occasions to receive Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour, only to discover after a short while, that there was no real change in my life. Why? I had a zeal for God but without knowledge.
I attended Sunday School and worship services every Sunday; I was actively involved in youth meetings and every time a crusade was being held, I was present. I used to win Bibles by attending every service that was held. That is how strong my desire was to have relationship with God, through his Son Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, in all of my attendances of Sunday School, worship services, youth meetings etc...there was no systematic approach in learning the basic doctrines of the Bible and therefore I had no spiritual foundation to stand on. I knew alot about God, but I didn't know God; I knew alot about Jesus Christ but I didn't know Jesus Christ; I knew a little about the Holy Spirit but I didn't understand the workings of the Holy Spirit. Baptism, justification, sanctification, heaven and hell were a whole other matter.
Traditionalism was also deeply rooted in me as alot of what I was taught was based on the doctrines of man and not the doctrines of God. A war was raging within and I had no weapons with which to fight.
Through a careful, ever continuing, systematic study of the word of God, I am developing a relationship with God that is based on knowledge of God. The dramatic change in my life as a result of this knowledge is amazing.
For the first time in my life, I have actually connected to God through His word and I am able to have an intelligent relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. I literally feel like I have been set free from a world of confusion that is a direct result of the teaching of traditions of men and have been translated into a world of freedom in Christ that is a direct result of the careful study of God's word.
I invite you to come along on this biblical journey with me and enjoy this awesome experience, as you discover your purpose and what it is to be transformed from who you are into who God wants you to be.