I don’t like to call my decision to follow Jesus or my baptism as an act of conversion or changing religion, because that is not what baptism or giving your life to Jesus really is. When God created Man (Gen1:27), He did not divide mankind into any religion or caste or any denomination. The first man on earth “Adam” was created by God in His own image (Gen1:26) out of His love. God gave him the rights and privileges on earth (Gen1:28-30) , but Adam lost that authority and also his relationship with God his Father because of his sin. (Gen3:1-6). I was in the same state of sin and I did not know my Father in Heaven and my Creator (Is 6:9-10, Mt 13:13-15) until I received Jesus into my life.
As a teenager, I found myself attending a youth festival that was different from other youth festivals in that it was a prayer gathering. I already had everything I wished for – friends, family, education and seemingly heading in the right direction - what could God offer that I would even be remotely interested in? Yet, I found myself drawn to the Bible being preached especially when a speaker quoted this verse from John 10:10, Jesus speaks to the people “Behold I have come to give you life and life in all His fullness”.
GOD IS OUR FATHER and He created us that we may love Him, have a relationship with Him and enjoy our lives to the full. True joy and happiness come by being connected with God the right way. But instead, we are SEPARATED and CUT OFF from Him because WE HAVE SINNED - we do not give God the first place in our lives, dishonor our parents, lie, cheat, steal, lust with our eyes, use bad language, curse, hate certain people and have unforgiveness towards certain others…… and so much more. Many times because of this we go through a lot of pain, suffering, sickness, and cannot really enjoy this life and will be surely separated from God forever in hell.
Real life does not consist in the abundance of our wealth and possessions. It is not about how rich we are, how many friends we have, our social status, what car we own, the good clothes we wear, how famous we are or anything of that sort. All of this will pass away once we die. These all may be needed for this life but there is something more important – something that lasts for eternity: A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Is that the question you are asking yourself?
After achieving all that you wanted to achieve, after reaching the place and position in your life that you wanted to reach, after having the money you always wanted to have, after having a name and a fair amount of fame in your life, after having tried all that you wanted to try to make your life happier – are you still unsatisfied? Or maybe you have achieved nothing in life and feel you are a 'nobody' in this life and so are unsatisfied. In pursuit of satisfaction you may have tried everything possible - being with family, hanging out for endless hours with friends, movies, drinking, smoking, drugs, pornography and maybe even sex! But you still feel an emptiness that nothing can fill, a longing no one can satisfy. You feel you are still missing something.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
He (JESUS) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed'. (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus loves you, wants to bless you abundantly and wants to make you a blessing!
Your life on the earth is not a mere accident, a mistake or by chance. God has a plan and purpose for your life on the earth and He desires to have a personal relationship with you! When you come to know God personally and experience His love, when you start focusing on eternal truths and seek His plan and go about fulfilling the purpose for which He created you, then you will have a peace, joy and satisfaction that you would never have otherwise and enjoy His abundant blessings in your everyday life… you will find meaning and purpose in life and start experiencing the FULLNESS of LIFE that Jesus promised.
El Shaddai Tabernacle is our Church based in Bangalore, India, where we focus on glorifying Jesus Christ through our lives, making ready a people prepared for the Lord and help each one receive the life in fullness that the bible promises by growing in Christ Jesus. So, as you go through the material on this website may God give you a deeper knowledge of Himself and the meaning and purpose He has for your life; may you be encouraged and may your faith in Him grow stronger; may you understand eternal realities causing you to trust in Jesus and moving you to become holy like Him… that as a bride is prepared in every way to meet her bridegroom, you also may be prepared to meet Jesus when He comes again.
Some Bible verses that will always help you:
Romans 8:28 : ‘And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’
Ephesians 3:20 : ‘Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think’.
To know more on the meaning of El Shaddai please read the article EL SHADDAI.