I was born into my mother’s religion. It was suffocating & restrictive. I believed it to be the truth & never questioned it until I turned 47. It was at that age that I began the glorious journey to search for God without the influence of my former religion. Seeking the presence of God, without religion in the way, has been liberating.
Now, at 53, I don’t go to church. I’m not religious. I’m spiritual. I simply seek God. Scripture says that God is not far off from anyone of us, all we need to do is seek Him.
Church is a building. The body of Christ is not a building, I believe it’s made up of people who are seeking God, His presence, trying to worship Him in Spirit & Truth. Following His son. It’s not a complicated thing to do, it involves talking to God as a friend, pouring your heart out to Him and walking with Him, allowing Him to guide you, reading His word the Bible. It doesn’t involve rules. & when you have found His presence, you know because there is joy &, His joy is your strength.
I never found a lot of joy in church. But there is joy in getting to know God. I say getting to know God & feeling deeply about Him takes time, it’s a relationship &, like any relationship it needs to develop. I am not one of those people who runs around chanting I love God! I’m still getting to know Him. But when I do say I love Him, I will mean it.
There is freedom in finding God &, that’s how you know you’ve found Him.