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In today’s world, faith and an acceptance of God are often derided as outdated and old-fashioned, crutches used by less capable people. If you have bought into this reasoning and think that God really has no part in your life, think about the kind of world that convinced you of this. It is also the world that told you that physical appearances were more important than the person you are inside. It is the world that permits abuse on all levels. It is also the world that measures success by the size of one’s salary or one’s waistline. In light of this track record, I ask that you allow God himself to explain why you need him.

If you grew up hearing about a distant, perfectionistic, judgmental God, I urge you again to reexamine the Creator of the universe. Exchange your false view of God for the divine perspective. For some, there is an acceptance of God but a rejection of Christ. But to reject Christ is to reject the personification of God’s love and acceptance.

I encourage you to read the Bible. Open its pages and let God speak to you. Be still and listen carefully for His voice. The world, with all its noise, will try to drown Him out. Don’t let it.

There is great joy to be found in pursuing your own personal understanding of who God is. You have an opportunity to begin a spiritual quest into the very nature of the God of the universe; a God who knows you by name and loves you with a steadfast, enduring love. Don’t let other people tell you who God is. Don’t let other people distort who you think you are to God. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t let anger distract you.

Instead, be guided by faith, hope, and love. Stand honestly as a person of faith and as a person with challenges during this search. God does not expect you to be other than who you are. He accepts you, struggles included. God already knows you; he wants you to know him. In the book of Revelation, Christ offers this beautiful invitation: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (3:20 NLT)

As you search for hope and healing in your life, keep God, Jesus and the Bible close. They are all here to support you through this process. If you are struggling with your faith or with finding ways to connect with God during your recovery process, the team at The Center • A Place of HOPE can help. Our faith-based approach focuses on healing the whole person. Fill out this form or call 1-888-747-5592 to speak with a specialist today to learn how your faith can be an integral part of your healing journey.