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Christ How has God changed you and your life?

I am just curious if anyone is willing to share how God has changed you and your life since you accepted him in your heart?
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I grew up in church, I went to revival services during my childhood and teen years on a regular basis. After months of conviction of sin, I went to the alter to try and find God at the age of ten. But I know that I never submitted to the Lords rule in my life during the years that followed and I believe I fail away. I became a drug addict at the age of 18 after my father passed away. I was heavily addicted to pain killers and just about anything else I could find.

One day when I was sober, I started to read the bible, I started reading Hebrews, let me tell you, if you are not saved this is a scary book! I read into Hebrew's until I started getting to the verses warning of apostasy and of forsaking God after coming to the knowledge of the truth. Well, I did have knowledge of the truth! (And I feared that I had committed the unpardonable sin, this was a hard time in my life but the Lord in His mercy allowed me to go through it so that I could find Him and be delivered from the love of sin.) I knew that Jesus died for the sins of the world and I would gladly believe this! But what I didn't want was for Him to be my Lord and come and snatch my sins away from me.

So the Lord frightened me out of complacency of sin, I repented and I repented and I repented and asked for His mercy and I ask Him to deliver me of all sin. I can tell you that I have been sober for 2 years now, although I am long way away from being sin free, but the Lord is still working on me and producing in me a godly repentance. Jesus saved me eternally but He also saved me from my own destruction, He saved me from my sin in the most complete sense. Although I sin sometimes as all humans do, the desire to make this a lifestyle is no longer present, I want to live for Jesus Christ. I do not want to offend the Holy Spirit of God who lives in me. I want to be free from all evil in my life and I can say with Paul that I wait for the day when I am delivered from this body of death by our Saviour Jesus Christ who gives us the victory, praise be to His name!
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You have some interesting topics.

When I got serious about having a relationship with Yahweh - things changed such as:
One thing that happened was my language isn't as riddled with offensive language. It wasn't a conscious decision on my part. But I use to say X about a 100 times a day. Now I rarely say X once a month if that including when I've driving.

Though I attended church regularly but now I look forward to going.

Prayer was reserved for when things got rough but now I talk with Yahweh frequently about a wide range of topics.

Just really didn't see how Scripture could be true. Then I realized that Yahweh doesn't have to prove anything to me - He's God. I had to change my mind and accept what His Word says.

I'm amazed more everyday at how awesome He is, at the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as He counsels and guides.

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Do you have time? LOL. The Lord has worked in my life is so many ways.

The first moment I remember the Lord speaking to me was after I got an abortion. He visited me in my dreams. I felt really convicted and guilty for doing it(I was forced by my family and boyfriend at the time to get one. I didn't want to do it. I just couldn't forgive myself for killing a precious child of God. For years after I struggled with an alcoholic mother, the death of my father, and self-esteem issues. I was very consumed with negativity. Then my grandmother would tell me about the Lord and for years I didn't want to listen. I thought she was crazy. But after I aborted my own child the Lord was all I had.

I got baptized about year later, and my life has been changed ever since. The blood of Jesus Christ is real and it cleansed me of all of my sins. I'm a totally different person because of the Lord. I'm forever thankful for it. I know I don't deserve His mercy and grace, because He has been so great to me.
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I think you and me have much in common. I read some of the things you wrote. For me becoming a christian also hasn't been much of a help but rather a source of frustration while others seem to bloom wonderfully and grow and become more and more convinced I've not made any progress in all those years. At least you know you're not alone.
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God has helped me to value and appreciate every little thing I have. He literally saved my life and since then I have never felt the same. He has helped me mature into a respectful and kind young woman. I could say so much more! lol Just God has changed my life and took so much care as to put me on the right paths in life. I handle things a lot differently such as emotions and speaking. Tough situations even. I am just so thankful for these changes. Praise God!
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I think you and me have much in common. I read some of the things you wrote. For me becoming a christian also hasn't been much of a help but rather a source of frustration while others seem to bloom wonderfully and grow and become more and more convinced I've not made any progress in all those years. At least you know you're not alone.
but, what, if anything has God done or proven to you?? i understand what u said about the not growing part - i feel like i'm at the same spot i was 10 yrs ago and like i haven't grown at all even though i had spent many hours in prayer - i just feel like i'm really really weak and that satan will easily be able to pull me away. Do you feel like that too sometimes?? And, honestly, i have to say, i thought i was the only one that struggled w/ that and felt like that. I'm glad i'm not alone but, it's not a spot either one of us should say in.............

God has done a lot for me over the last 10 yrs, but, since becoming a christian, i have been so depressed and many times been suicidal as well. I was NEVER suicidal before i became a christian. I was always happy and loving but as soon as Christ hit me back in march of 2001, my life changed forever - it changed in some good ways, but, mostly not so good ways. I even attemted to take my life MANY times just bc i couldn't take the pain and frustration of christianity and all the trials/tests that God was putting me thru n is still putting me through. The last time i thought about suicide was a couple of weeks ago bc God was putting me through some extremely hard tests n i just couldn't take it anymore - i still feel like that (not suicidal at this point) - I can't say i'm thankful that i never did commit suicide -

Something i've never understood, and still don't understand is, people tell me just pray in the morning, go thru ur day n don't think about God and pray again at night, but, how in the world can u do that? I'm soooooooooooooo confused about that - if i went n did that, i'd just let go of him completely - i kno that for sure.
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people tell me just pray in the morning, go thru ur day n don't think about God and pray again at night,
That is the worst advice i have ever heard in my life! The bible tells us to do the complete opposite:

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing," (1 Thessalonians 5:16,17)
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Hi,
I don't think that God has really proven himself to me. I mean it's not that I can't get doubts about Him. When life is good then it is easy to believe in God and just say a prayer and live your life but when life sucks then it's much harder to believe in God and try to make sense of the situation. My life has sucked for a long time and it's not getting better and I also have no plans or solutions how to change it through prayer or faith. And depending on who you ask you get all kinds of different answers like God wants it that way or that God doesn't want people to suffer and that one has to have faith because only then God can do something...
Most of the advice one gets are not helpful at all and depress me even more. I mean stuff like there are others who also have hard lives doesn't help me.

I also struggle with not knowing how God really is. Is he angry or not? Does he test christians and put them through trials to see how much they can suffer? I hope not cause these are all things which are pretty disturbing.
Christianity can be depressing depending on what kind of christianity you're exposed to. I do not know what denomination you belong to if you belong to any or what church you go to but from what you say it sounds like the stuff you are exposed to is toxic and dragging you down to a point where it becomes dangerous. I think that a lot of your fears come from what you've been taught. If you hear a message and it drags you down then I wouldn't listen to it. I also wouldn't listen to anything which scares you.
I also don't know what kind of tests you refer to which God supposedly puts you through what tests do you mean and who says that this is God? I would be careful with this because there are christians who say that everything is from God but I don't believe this. Not just that this is disturbing it also doesn't make much sense. If everything which happens is God's will then it would make no sense to pray because God controls everything. I don't agree with this fatalistic view which tries to makes sense of everything even when people die it must have been God cause otherwise they could not have died.

I think you should try to find out the source of your depression and fears and if it has anything to do with your church then I would quit going there and look for a church which teaches stuff which helps you and doesn't drag you down. Maybe it would also help you to take some time and try to reconnect with God somehow and forget everything else and try to talk to Him about the things which you struggle with. Today everbody's taught that one needs to go to church and so on but when going to church is actually the source of the problem then what sense does it go there and then being dragged down? I'd rather be a lone christian and somehow get along and stay sane and keep my faith than to be a church member and then continually get messed up every week because a lot of doctrine is destructive. I have listened to many hundreds of sermons over the years and most of them sucked. It's sad but you really have to be careful even when you're among christians and have to keep your guard up because just because something says he's a christian doesn't mean he is safe to be around.

and have you talked about your problems with your family? are they christians? can they offer some relief for your fears? i feel for you cause i'm in the same shoes and have also suffered for many years and also would like to change things but at the same time i don't know how.
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Do you have time? LOL. The Lord has worked in my life is so many ways.

The first moment I remember the Lord speaking to me was after I got an abortion. He visited me in my dreams. I felt really convicted and guilty for doing it(I was forced by my family and boyfriend at the time to get one. I didn't want to do it. I just couldn't forgive myself for killing a precious child of God. For years after I struggled with an alcoholic mother, the death of my father, and self-esteem issues. I was very consumed with negativity. Then my grandmother would tell me about the Lord and for years I didn't want to listen. I thought she was crazy. But after I aborted my own child the Lord was all I had.

I got baptized about year later, and my life has been changed ever since. The blood of Jesus Christ is real and it cleansed me of all of my sins. I'm a totally different person because of the Lord. I'm forever thankful for it. I know I don't deserve His mercy and grace, because He has been so great to me.
those are encouraging words - thanks for sharing
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