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How Did You Meet God

Does anyone want to post how he/she first met God?

I met God in my early 20s, but the start was in my mid teens, when I realized that my actions and thoughts were immoral.

But it was not till my 20s when I met a Christian friend who told me HOW Iwould be forgiven


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//Aka, Ah, Pittburghese! Innerductshun fo yinz guyz: Farkleberry Tart fer Fiddy-fiv sint, hoagies, or a sammitch wit unjions at P bros-Permanees,fries on top, Jinz hear what I said? Zackly!...I lived in Mr Rogers neighborhood, Shaieside Picksburgh,// to my ears. i can't do it, but i love it!

incline ... yes. i never thought of comin' in from the other way. i guess that is the "back" end. there a yang to every yin.

//Always expected Id return to live there again, but not how things have worked out.//

we seem to have a parallel existence. home is where the sammitch wit unjions is.
---aka on 1/20/12

Aka, Ah, Pittburghese! Innerductshun fo yinz guyz: Farkleberry Tart fer Fiddy-fiv sint, hoagies, or a sammitch wit unjions at P bros-Permanees,fries on top, Jinz hear what I said? Zackly!I lived in Mr Rogers neighborhood, Shaieside Picksburgh,(after going to college there and worked a few years, but born,raised and now in Connecticut).
Aka, yes, the view coming out of the tunnel is STUNNING! (Ever check out the inclines?)Ive only been back once in recent years for reunion 2010, did not go that route. I recall my first time arriving in Pittsburgh, went PA pike, came in by the mills, polar opposite experience.Id forgotten Myron,Im sure plenty else. Always expected Id return to live there again, but not how things have worked out.
---Chria9396 on 1/19/12

chria! are you a 'younser'?

even though i wasn't born or raised as an early child in the tri-state area, our family moved to Wheeling, WV when i was 9.

it still sends chills down my spine to travel from Wheeling to Pittsburgh (70, 79, 376) seeing green all the way and then disappearing in the Ft. Pitt tunnel, and then BOOM an explosion of a city. quite an experience.

then, i would tune into wtae radio and hear myron cope say, "this is myron cope on sports." myron cope (king of the 'younsers')
---aka on 1/19/12

I was saved at age 11 by a Divine appointment when my sister and I met 2 daughters of a Baptist minister , who was also in the USN. I will never forget the kindness and love he had for families .P
---pam on 1/12/12

I was the only person in my family who attended Catholic school as a child. After I transferred to public schools, I still sought to know more about God. I would ride my bike to church on Saturdays to go to confession, and sang in the church choir in high school.

In junior high, I became friends with Robin. Robin would tell us things she learned in the Bible at lunchtime. Then, some women came to our house and witnessed the plan of salvation to Mom and me. I prayed the Sinner's Prayer, but still attended the Catholic church.

Finally, in my senior year of high school, Robin kept inviting me to attend her church, and I did. Gradually, I was able to experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
---Trish on 1/10/12

Poppa Bear, we will meet one day, as you say, not in this life since you live so far. And I'm so thankful to the Lord, for all He has done for me and my family, and all my brothers and sisters in Christ. I was dreaming last night that I was in heaven, and wanted to talk to some still here on earth to tell them how beautiful heaven was. I know it was just a dream, but it was a great dream.
---Mark_V. on 1/11/12

That is a very encouraging story Mark. Don't forget to look me up when we get to the Big House up in the sky and we can prays God together for a while.
In His loving grip
---Poppa_Bear on 1/10/12

I met my lord in a small church in the hills of Arkansas during a revival service held by 3 brothers. One had the gift of knowledge and gave the message.
During the service He said, there is someone here who is catholic who needs to come up here to the altar. I couldnt help myself, I went or ran up.... everything changed so fast, I was soon on my knees and felt HIS presence, (a rush of love and power) HE completely changed me that evening. I was formed a new creation. From darkness to light.
---duane on 1/10/12

Darline, thank you. yes, I believe for each one of us, if we look back, we can see How God was working in the lifes of others to get us to where He wanted us to be. Each one with a different story. This Christian sister, I never got to meet. She died two years later. She told me once, that all those she prayed for, God had answered her prayers. I was the only one left. I never got to tell her how much she meant to me. Why did God answer her prayers and not others? That I will never know. But God always has it right. My wife and I lived an awesome life after we got together, until she died in 1998. She came to know the Lord and God had changed her and especially me. Peace I leave you, keep the prayers going.
---Mark_V. on 1/10/12

MarkV that is a wonderful story of faith and standing to wait for a move of God. I do believe God warns his people,and sometimes through other people,but the big thing is for the people to be willing to receive his help. The Bible says Proverbs 19:17 "when you give to the poor you lend to the Lord"but he doesn't aways pay back in money. Praise the Lord he restored your wife to you.
---Darlene_1 on 1/9/12

Darline, the sister that I spoke of reminded me of you. She too was a prayer warrior. A year after the she gave me the gift, I decided to give my wife who had left me, her freedom and saw a lawyer. The night before, the sister called me and told me not to get devorced. That my faith was been tested. Next day, I did not go, instead at night I went to a prayer meeting, where I heard a sister was losing her house if she didn't have enough money within three days. I was convicted to help her, and so I gave her 3,000 dollars and she saved her house. Money I was going to use to pay the lawyer. My prayers were later answered and my wife came back home. And the sisters prayers were also answered. All because I listened to the sister with the gift.
---Mark_V. on 1/5/12

Poppa_Bear,glad to know your name, tho Poppa Bear is a good one. My son IS a gift, even tho,in all honesty its been a rough road with him, there have been many joyful moments to go along with the heartaches. Even
difficulties I've come to see as having good purpose as God is in control.God has turned around the lives of a few of my once rebellious children, and that, as well as God being who He is, gives hope. The work Hes done and IS doing in their lives is a joyand my son is slowly being outnumbered!!! When hes around, he cant easily get away from hearing and seeing. Nothing is impossible with God. The Lord turned one of my daughters life around in the last 1 1/2 years, I was at a low point, and shes preached a bit to me tooBlessings
---Chria9396 on 1/3/12

Mark, sometimes I reflect upon my story and the personal salvation of others who are now Christians and I'm so greatful for His mercy, because without His active and saving grace, prodding, convicting, and drawing me, I would have never came. Once that hunger inside of me became so great, I was like a baby crying out for milk calling on the name of Jesus to save me. Such an amazing mystery, the work of salvation.
PS I check out the boards almost everyday , but am not led to comment on much. See you around. Oh yeh, Chria, your son and I have the same name I believe, lol. I hope hes a gift to you. I was a slow learner and put my mom through the wringer before coming to Christ, but now I'm preaching to her. Friendly bear hugs to you.
---Poppa_Bear on 1/3/12

Pappa Bear, when I look back, I now see how many things came together in order for God to bring me to Christ. People I never met before were put in my path, many praying, others showing their love for me when I was in my lowest point of my life. All things came together to put me where God wanted me to be. There was one old sister from another town who gave me a gift box through another brother, she and other sisters made them for those they heard were in trouble. It was a shoe box decorated in gift paper. Inside, seven small gifts. Each with a little toy on top. Each wrapped in different paper. She also gave me eight letters, one for each day to open with a gift, and the last letter was from her to me. When I read the letter I cried.
---Mark_V. on 1/1/12

I didn't meet God,I knew him all my life. I have been blessed to have a faith walking,God loving Mother who taught me about Jesus from childhood. She read the Bible to me to comfort me when I was upset and taught me faith by praying for my healing when I was sick,and many times I was healed. Many of her and my Dads family were also commited Christians. I grew up in church but at 11 years old the Holy Spirit drew me to an old fashioned wooden altar where I repented of my sins and gave my heart to Jesus. I prayed then for the Gift of the Baptism of the HG with tongues but didn't receive him until I was 22. I would never know how to live my life without God and I would never want to try.
---Darlene_1 on 12/31/11

Poppa Bear,I hear you. I was surrounded by trappings etc ad nauseum for many years, never hearing the true gospel, worked to be a good person, obey the 10 commandments, go to confession,then in teen and early 20s went the route of embracing there are many ways to God. But as a young mother, heard one could be born again(What was that???), and not knowing Christians, I searched the Word, listened to a 24 hour Christian TV station in Pittsburgh, heard truth, even through the variety of teachings. "Just me and Him in a little cell with the promise of John 3-16 brought me life" Weve all (that are His) had our 'little cells', alone with Him, and interesting that cells of a different sort, are referred to as building blocks of life
---Chria9396 on 12/31/11

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Amen Chria. I had a smattering of Catholic ideas, but I never could find anything that would create that desire in me to believe, repent and be baptized like when I reached out and embraced the simple message of the Gospel. To come to Jesus without trappings, traditions or mans hands in the way was unbelievable. Just me and Him in a little cell with the promise of John 3-16 brought me life. Life has not been perfect since that day, but that has been because of my sinful, nonsense and not Gods failings in anyway shape or form.
---Poppa_Bear on 12/28/11

Poppa Bear, glad you are around, I understand and have felt the same. What you have to say is valued.Like MarkV, I was raised in RCC, my dad was RCC, my mom protestant. I never heard the salvation message until my twenties. Someone told me of being born again, for them it was extremely dramatic, so I expected something dramatic to happen. Something dramatic DID happen, I was brought from death to life, but in the natural, it was not lightning bolt. However, I had peace and the joy of the Lord, and sin seemed to fall away without effort. True, I had to wrestle with letting go of some things, but the Holy Spirit always is available to empower us to move on in Christ. What I wanted most was time with the Lord, in the Word, and to see others saved
---Chria9396 on 12/27/11

I am not surprised we do not hear from any of the Sabbaterians on this particular thread, probably because for the legalists, the Spirit is seldom a part of their experience.

For the Christian, one is saved by regeneration, while for the legalist one is saved by obeying all the law.

I was saved by observing the Jewish Sabbath!!!!!
---lee1538 on 12/27/11

In this physical life I met God when I met Jesus. Apart from the angels that I have seen, and the miracles that happen, I am glad that Jesus lives with me and is in me and I in him.
---Eloy on 12/19/11

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When I was in my early twentys in a jail cell on my knees I asked Him to save me and forgive me for my sins. That was quite a few moons ago. My life was changed completely, lightning bolt experience, my life, desires, attitude were transformed. I had an immediate hunger to know anything and everything I could about the Master. I am still on that road to the celestial city, my Pilgrims Progress.
In His loving grip
PS, I have still been around here, but I feel that everyone has so many answers for everything that there is no need to add my two cents, LOL.
---Poppa_Bear on 12/18/11

I was a church going Christian until a Saturday afternoon in Nov.91. God spoke to me in the afternoon, HE revealed a secret to me "how to nullify the evil control" a girlfriend that I was fornicating with was using against me. I obeyed HIS voice, found the charm where described(hidden), took it out as I was instructed. Came back in & on my knees surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. This event also helped me to stop taking alcohol.
---Adetunji on 12/16/11

Bill_willa6989: You say about fearing death and hell... When I was about 4, I remember fearing death, but then I only knew about death, not what happens after.

I didn't really think about punishment until I read the Sermon on the Mount, when I was 14. But it took me 7 years to really understand what I needed to DO!

I just started this so we could exchange our experiences in being brought to God
---Peter on 12/7/11

Peter, I heard about God but never knew what it was to be born of the Spirit. Regeneration was not taught at the RCC. They had riduals you had to do, including RCC traditions. I just followed the riduals like everyone else. My life never changed. When my neighbor, a teenage girl begin to witness the gospel Truth to me for over three months and pray with me, I begin to learn about the Lord and about my rebellion against God. One night at a Christian Church, I felt a conviction in my heart, and I repented of my sins and ask Jesus to please forgive me. I believed with all my heart that only He could forgive me. From that night, April 9th 1990 my life completely changed. I thank God, my nighbor, and all the people God put in my path to to help me.
---Mark_V. on 12/4/11

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I had this little ritual of saying a prayer before retiring for the night. One night something hard to describe happened while I was in prayer. It seems that the presence of God was there in my midst and that Presence seemed to stay with me.

As a result, the direction of my life was changed and I begin to understand things in the Bible that I never understood before.
---lee1538 on 12/2/11

I was baptist when I was younger. God brought me out that darkness of trinity family churches Rev.17 v's 4 - 6.
March 1972 God given Insight & Revelation, now In His Marvelous Light, Acts 2 v 38, The Very Same as The Early Church. There is No other Salvation of God outside from Acts 2 v 38.
---Lawrence_Nemeth on 12/2/11

At first, I was involved in every sort of evil, in one way or another. But I got terrified of dying and going to hell. So, I became a class angel, copy-catting what I understood my religion said I should do to go to Heaven. Then I asked Jesus into my life, while with a military outreach church off base. But I was very critical and I fell and fell apart a number of times. While I was frustrated about this, at work it came to me, something like this > just accept Christ, and let Him do what He knows He wants with you. Then I thought of how "the thief on the cross" simply gave himself to Jesus, on the cross, and I simply offered myself to Jesus. So, "the thief on the cross" could be the one who really led me to Christ (c:
---Bill_willa6989 on 12/2/11

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