My Walk With Christ

Updated on June 26, 2018
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Born again Christian, learning to live the life God wants for me. Sharing my life experiences and lessons.

... And so began my walk with Christ.
... And so began my walk with Christ.

How many times have you accepted Christ into your heart? Did you feel changed afterward? Did you feel the Holy Spirit come upon you?


I‘ve accepted The Lord into my heart several times throughout my life. Once in elementary school, once in high school, and again sometime after I graduated. I’ve always been a believer, since as far back as I can remember. Though I didn’t grow up with parents who were church goers or parents who even talked about God, I was very blessed to live across the street from a pastor, his Sunday school teacher wife, and their daughters and down the street from a devout Christian family. These people planted a seed in my ever so young heart.


Throughout my school years, I grew physically and emotionally, but never spiritually. My parents and friends and most of the people I surrounded myself with, didn’t talk about God and so I didn’t think much about Him. I became immersed in worldly things. I was far from Kingdom-minded, let alone knew what that meant, but I was still a believer. I prayed once in while, but I definitely didn’t have a relationship with God.


Now, let’s fast-forward to my mom years. At first, my heart felt so full. I eventually realized though, that there was something missing. I struggled with depression and anxiety for a long time. I searched for things to fill that void. I threw myself into my marriage, my kids, photography, writing, craft projects, among other things and though I’d find some satisfaction, it was always short-lived.


One day, I decided I was sick of living in the chains of depression and I thought to myself, only God can help me. Then I thought, “But how do I have a real relationship with someone I can’t see or hear?” I was on a mission to find answers to these questions, when I stumbled across the book by A.W. Tozer called, The Pursuit of God. This book changed my life. It helped me to understand in depth, not only how to have a meaningful relationship with God, but what it really means.


About 2 months after I discovered this book, something in me changed. I believe it was my heart. I suddenly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, something I’ve never felt before. The words in The Bible used to just be words and rules to live by, and sometimes things I couldn’t even truly comprehend; but now, with the Spirit, these words were illuminated, I could understand, I could relate, it felt like my soul was on fire. The Lord spoke to my heart and I could finally hear Him. Though I was always a believer, it was as though my walk with Him had just begun.


I believe God speaks to all of us in different ways, ways that uniquely suit each of us and our individual hearts. He speaks to me in many ways, but often through poetry. I enjoy reading poetry and I love to write poetry. So it makes sense that God would choose to communicate with me through poems. The day I felt His Spirit come upon me, I felt the urge to write. When I had finished, I realized that what I wrote was an outpouring of what He spoke to my heart.


-My Walk With Christ-

This is my practice

This is my practice

My walk with Christ

It’s going to take time

Just stay close to the Light

Grow yourself

Strengthen up

Persevere

Do not give up

Hold My hand

When you cannot see

I will show you

Where the road is to be

So do not fear

For I am always near

Look inside your heart

And you will find I am there


What was it like for you when you felt the Holy Spirit come upon you? How does God speak to your heart? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.

Are you seeking a deep, personal relationship with God? If so, this book is for you.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Heather Johnson

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        Joanna Chandler 

        2 months ago from On planet Earth

        I am so HAPPY that in a world we live in today, that seems to shove God in the background, there are still people out here, that wants to know our Saviour MORE.

        That void you felt, even though you tried to fill it with other things, that did not full it... Was deep calling unto deep, God created us as His subjects of worship, and no matter what we try or do... If we are His children, we must run back into His arms to get that void filled.

        It is only Him that can make us Happy and Comforted!!!

        Blessings to you, keep getting to know Him better!

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        Jack Jenn 

        2 months ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

        Hi Rockney,

        I was baptised many years ago, full immersion in a dam and I cannot say it is wrong if a person wishes it but I now believe I am baptised with the Spirit as per scripture. I would just add that the Spirit wasn't yet given in the times you are talking about.

        Jack.

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        Heather Johnson 

        2 months ago from California

        Rockney, I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Jesus told the thief that he would be in paradise with Him simply because he believed that He was the Son of God. The thief also seemed repentant because he tells the other thief who is mocking Jesus that he has no place to mock Him, as He did nothing to deserve death, but they the theives did deserve it for their actions. There was no baptism, was the point I’m trying to make, and the thief goes to heaven with Jesus after Jesus dies.

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        Rockney Briskey 

        2 months ago from Yakima

        If Jesus hadn't died yet then the thief still would have been under the old law.

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        Heather Johnson 

        2 months ago from California

        Hi Jack and Rockney! It’s nice to hear your feedback.

        Thank you for sharing your story with me, Rockney.

        As pertaining to baptism, I believe it’s an outward expression of one’s commitment to follow Christ, but not necessary to be saved. The thief on the cross next to Jesus believed, yet was not baptized and The Lord told him that he would go to heaven with Him. We are indeed baptized by the blood of Jesus and He, Himself, is the Living Water. I think what we should be paying attention to is our own personal convictions by the Holy Spirit. If He whispers to your heart to be baptized, then it would be a sin not to, as ignoring our convictions is considered sin. I have come to realize that not everyone is convicted the same by God. Though I do not completely understand why in some cases, I do know that He knows our hearts and what is needed in our individual lives for sanctification.

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        Rockney Briskey 

        2 months ago from Yakima

        Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

        Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

        Apostolic Example of men lead by the spirit and one teaching of Jesus and where the next step to go was. Error does confuse things and complicates things. Even many these days believe to speak in tongues and prophesying but I also believe because that which is perfect has come that the tongues and ceased and the prophesying fails now. But I speak what I speak with a perfect conscience and we will be judged. I hadn't said the baptism saves a person but from my studies and what I believe it's what we are to do and that it is important and it is a burial where one enters into Christ death. You rise up out of it and walk in that newness of life. Jesus showed us the example and God was with him because he always did the things that pleased God. I know nowadays many put other names above Christ and do things without authority. It's a confusing world but either way, we should do the best we can and pray. I am a Christian and member of the Body Of Christ - Church Of Christ. Somethings I can't always comprehend but I hear and some things take a while to digest and many things I may not ever comprehend in this life. But I do believe we are working towards the same goal of getting to heaven. I know walking in that light we are cleansed of all unrighteousness. I believe in baptism being a answer to the gospel call and that all should be baptized not saying because it saves a person but because I believe from my study, without doubt, its important and it may seem silly to many and preached and said to be a lie, but I see it to be the start of a person's new life in Christ. Where before one may recognize the light and be near it but I don't see how one can enter in and touch that blood until they answer that call. If it was meaningless why did Philip show the example and do that to the eunuch? But like any subject, I speak where I stand and I go to observe and examine things. We must come to know God and obey the gospel and if baptism is a part of obeying the gospel then it is what must be done.

        2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

        2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

        It doesn't make sense to me that one becomes a member of that Body by any other way. If I were to believe it wasn't important then I would be confused about what Romans 6 is talking about.

        But either way, the truth will always have victory and God knows we are not perfect we are what dust?

        May we find mercy on that great day if we run into any error, even though we honestly say.

        Maybe we both be blessed with the wisdom, knowledge, clarity, discernment and keep studying and hopefully find agreement.

        Last thing I see during that burial we became servants

        Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

        I don't find it to make sense calling baptism a burial unless one is taken underwater like the example we are to follow and then risen back up.

        Either way what I do know is I done my part here.

        Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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        Jack Jenn 

        2 months ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

        Apologies to Heather for responding to Rockney's post but I feel it's necessary.

        Hi Rockney,

        On your point of baptism - Many religions still follow the water baptism of John, which is no longer necessary after the cross as all those who are His are baptised with the Spirit and washed with His blood. It doesn't matter whether you have been previously baptised, water baptism is not what saves.

        In Matthew 3: 11 John foretells it: I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

        And in Acts 2: 1 - 4, it is confirmed: When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

        The water baptism of John was symbolic of dying to this life to be resurrected in Jesus - even Jesus was baptised by John who felt unworthy to do so but Jesus said to him, Suffer it to be so now.

        Water baptism doesn't save us or remove our sinful nature; we are saved only by the boundless grace of Jesus.

        Water baptism is carried on by many religions in the wrong belief it has something to do with salvation, which is a lie.

        Salvation comes from belief - Romans 19: 9, 10 tells us what we need to do in simple terms and everyone who allow themselves can come to it: If you confess with your mouth (which is telling others) that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

        Of course, there is a little more to it than just that, there are some conditions (true and full repentance being possibly the hardest for some, myself included) but these conditions are not that hard to achieve and it is full time, which is demonstrating by our words or actions who we are living for and is not part time or anything in between. God isn't interested in part time soldiers - it's all or nothing. You cannot serve two masters. Salvation is not complicated, man makes things complicated.

        Regards,

        Jack.

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        Rockney Briskey 

        2 months ago from Yakima

        I used to wonder why all the girls would run around like chickens with there heads chopped off. Saying, Jesus, this and Jesus that. I used to think they where weird. I guess my life was totally like hell and one day I just had faith like as little as a mustard seed. Like suicide but in another way I said I give up my life, I choose you God. Yeah, I noticed awesomeness. I always have that awesomeness by me now. Even if I stumble seems it's always calling me to love more. But I didn't think it had anything to do with God though why things came clear to me because I was also in domestic violence treatment. So I thought I just had a super amazing counselor that opened my eyes. Now he did teach me about intellect and emotions and I learned really good things that helped me to re-study myself and my decisions that I go by intellect and not emotion. When you don't know you have to feel and are blind. But when you know you can see and don't need to feel. But ok so I'm going around living life like normal yet I figured something out but it was invisible and I was trying to figure out whatever I was trying to figure out talking to massive people like a chicken with it's head chopped off but I didn't think it had anything to do with God but 9 months later of mad talking like crazy pulling everyone to the spot near a mystery of whatever I was trying to figure out I figured out the conclusion came down to this. "Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Now just because I always looked away from the light doesn't mean because I turned towards it and chose to trust in God that I was saved. Romans 6 and understanding what a Christian is and what takes effect when your ready to answer that call. Now I see the call to be answered when one is baptized. "Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? " Now baptism how I see it many think it's not important but if we follow Apostolic example and Jesus we can see it's important and something we are to do when we are ready to truly become a Christian. Then your relationship changes and others that have been baptized also are now family with you and known as brethren and of the household of faith. I'm conservative in my views but I know the way I speak is without an itch or a doubt and is a perfect way and the safest because it's according to scripture and these days it's like there are so many teachers that teach what they can't verify in the bible. Even some say you don't have to be baptized. Why would anyone go a more dangerous way when there is a better way. To be wise I see can only be possible if you choose that which is wise. To be smart would be to choose that which is smart. To love with all your heart, soul, mind, strength I can only see possible if you choose all the best ways. Not saying we will always walk perfect no but I hope mercy will be on us all because it's hard and we may need forgiveness 7x77 times every day. But I don't speak because I try to exalt myself I want the best for everyone and this is my duty as a Christian. As long as we live we are in a good fight and it's good to provoke each other to love and good works. "Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:" Know this if any spirit brings you any message that is not in the bible ...even if it's a angel to think of them as accursed. "Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

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        Jack Jenn 

        2 months ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

        Hi Heather,

        I enjoyed your article and also you testimony - so reassuring to oneself to hear or read the testimony of others, just makes us feel human and that we're not alone. I'm sure there are so many who would echo your thoughts here.

        It's just so sad when you look at the things around us that stand in our way and hinder us, particularly in this materialistic world, when all one has to do is throw them all away and believe - once you've done that the Spirit will come - and what a wonderful thing that is!

        It's been a while since I read that verse from James 4: 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

        So very simple yet so many think it's complicated, when it isn't complicated at all - man makes things complicated.

        Thank you for bringing it to mind - so much to think on.

        My very best regards Heather,

        Jack.

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        Heather Johnson 

        3 months ago from California

        RTalloni, amen! I completely agree. You can’t study your way up to knowing or understanding God. Like it says in ‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭2:11-12, “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

        We truly need the Holy Spirit to have an intimate relationship with God and one must “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

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        RTalloni 

        3 months ago from the short journey

        Tozer's Pursuit of God is is an amazing work and it is a wonderful thing that you've found it. Too many think that they need to know more so they work hard at Bible study, but what is missing is the seeking of the presence of God. Self-dependence has to go, as you've discovered.

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