For a large part of my life I didn’t know God. Although I would use His name casually – or as an expression- and occasional throw Him a “prayer” when I was in a crisis – I didn’t know Him. I knew some information ABOUT Him, like His Title, job responsibilities and some Bible stories; but nothing personal or from first-hand experience. I even tried to talk to Him but had no clue if He ever heard my prayers.
Then I got scared into heaven! Throughout the years, I went to church with friends and mostly heard how much of a sinner I was and how I had to “turn or burn.” *I don’t ever recall hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the Good News of His grace, unconditional love, mercy and forgiveness, until many years later! I heard I was going to hell and I DIDN’T want THAT, so I chose to accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior. Fear of hell drove me to Jesus. I still had NO clue about Him – or that I could have a personal relationship with God, Himself!
So I became a “Christian” and went to church. Yet, I still had a wrong opinion of God and no clue how to live a different life. God seemed to be different gods to me: the God of the Old Testament (mean & angry) and the God of the New Testament (love and forgiveness), and I was confused about the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I had been taught by people that God was like a cop ready to “pull me over” when I messed up – broke the Law. I thought God was angry at me most of the time, and so I tried to “please” Him by being good and doing good things. That became exhausting, because I couldn’t never measure up. I also blamed God for a lot of things that had gone wrong in my life and for “not showing up” by answering my prayers.
I also didn’t know how to read the Bible. I had heard the Bible is a “life instruction manual” so I would open it up to find the answers to my problem, but would only get confused, condemned &/or frustrated. I tried to read it like another book: from the beginning. Or like a text book and look up my question or issue. I would read something I didn’t understand, about someone I didn’t know. I was frustrated and “stuck” for a long time. I tried to memorize Bible verses, but too often it was just head knowledge–it wasn’t real to me.
After talking with hundreds of people, I think many people have had this type of experience. ~Have you?
It wasn’t until almost ten years ago that my “eye’s were opened” and I began to gain a deeper understanding of who God is, how to read His Word (the Bible) and understand it, and how to hear His voice and be led by Him. When my husband and I decided to go to Bible college in 2011, we didn’t go to have a “career” in ministry or to be pastors of/in a church. We went to discover who God is: His nature and character; and ultimately who we are in Him. We were all created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26) so in order to know our identity, we must accurately KNOW Him-not just about Him!!
Now it is our passion to teach others how to have the life God desires for each person He created. We help others “connect the dots” so they can fulfill their God-given purpose, how to have a close, personal relationship with God, how to hear His voice, who is the Holy Spirit and how to be led by Him, and how to pray effectively – for yourself and for others.