Encounter 1 IT’S GUARANTEED
Are you having Doubts about whether or not God/ Jesus/ Holy Spirit is real? Or if Jesus really came into your life?
Do you wonder if you’ll really go to Heaven someday or if Heaven even exist?
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Just know you’re not the only one, everyone feels this way. Don’t feel guilty! Read Romans 7:25
TALK TO GOD: “Father, thank you for giving me a relationship with you. Jesus, thank you for giving me life. Please teach me and help me learn more about you. Amen.”
INVESTIGATE GOD’S WORD: Read 1 John 5: 11-13 (Memorize verse 13)
MAKE IT PRACTICAL:
I WONDER – Read 1 John 5:10-12
At some point in your life were you ever completely excited about being a Christian? Did your good feelings quickly go away?
Did you ever think to yourself did I lose God? Or why didn’t the good feelings stay around?
Picture yourself meeting your favorite celebrity face to face. That would be an experience you would likely never forget right? Yet over time, you would forget the intensity of the emotion you once felt. But would that mean you didn't actually meet that person? Of course not! It shows that our feelings often come and go based on current experiences.
Asking Jesus Christ into your life is far better than meeting another human, famous or not! You've begun a lifelong relationship with God who created everything! Within this lifelong relationship will be some good feelings, but more often we don't have or want a continual intense excitement. The wonder of getting to know someone as loving and forgiving as Jesus Christ has similarities to other relationships you enjoy. There is an initial experience of meeting a person, followed by months and years of growing to appreciate his or her friendship and influence.
(REMEBER: Anything worthwhile takes time) 1 John 5:12 Assures us that whoever has the Son has life. Once you genuinely chose to follow Jesus Christ, you can never lose him. As Jesus once said, No one can snatch them away from me" (John 10:28). THEM includes YOU! He'll always be there to guide and love you, even in hard times.
KEEP IT REAL – Read Mathew 7:24-27
Are you struggling with doubt? Wondered if God is real?
Does God really even cared about you? Is the Bible relevant?
I challenge you to apply a passage from the Bible every day for two weeks. Psalms has some amazing passages to read that are wonderfully relevant. Also review Jesus words in Mathew 7:24-27 only through obeying and applying God's word can we know he's real. His Word is the only solid thing we have to build our life’s on. The passage in Mathew, and your two-week experiment will motivate you to try to live out what you read more and more each day!
EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS (Journal Time): In your journal, write how can you put these ideas presented here into action in your own life? Now Say thanks to God for everything you have learned today! Even if you are skeptical, use this time to talk to him ask him questions, has been waiting a long time for you to speak with him. Now write your questions down, and be observant these next two weeks and see if he has answered them.
DONT FORGET to find a verse that means something to you or something you need to work on (or combine two verses) and write what the verse that you have chosen in your journal, and leave a space to write notes on this very page two weeks from today’s date!
Now say this verse EVERYDAY for two weeks (IT MUST BE FOR TWO WEEKS DAILY) In the morning or before you go to bed, Hang it on your mirror in your bathroom, or another in your car, or on your refrigerator, just in case; place them everywhere so when you’re going about your day and if you forget it’s right there to remind you.
Come back to your Journal two weeks from today & write down what has happened in your life