My Personal Relationship with Christ Jesus
My personal relationship with Christ Jesus is a very strong one mentally, spiritually, emotionally, faithfully and physically. Christ Jesus works within my life because I have not chosen to keep Him out of my life. Over my lifetime I have encountered numerous personal proofs of God’s existence. Listed here are a some of the most prominent personal experiences I have had which proves to me not only God’s existence but His love for me and His desire for me to love Him.
Note that although I have never called myself an “atheist” (I am not closed minded thinking that I know everything there is to know), I did ignore God’s commandments for a period of my life and if you want to know more about that time in my life, you can do so at this link: http://tinyurl.com/mk8cky Many of the events in my life which God revealed Himself to me were during the time that I was not actually following His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus yet as I stated, I never denied the existence of Christ Jesus either. Even though during that time of my life I ignored God, He was not ignoring me. God was building evidence in my life of His love for me and He kept building the evidence of His love for me and one day I opened my eyes and truly accepted His love for me and in turn reciprocate my love to Him.
Many atheists have told me that it is their choice that they “do not want to know that God exists” which by their admission they do not want to know that God exists and therefore they choose to not look at the abundance of evidence of God’s existence and they scoff at anyone’s admission of a personal relationship with Christ Jesus. These atheists want me (and another follower of Christ Jesus) to show them “proof of God” when they don’t even want by their own admission any proof. I’m sure too that these atheists who have no desire to know and have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will scoff at my personal proofs of God’s existence because they have already scoffed at my faith in Christ Jesus. These atheists have already called me “sounding crazy” and “psychotic” because of my relationship with Christ Jesus and say that I am “arrogant” because I do not believe as they do. These atheists choose to believe that it is someone else who owns the burden to make the choices that they need to make in their life. To these atheists who choose to not want to know that God exists and who has an apathy of making their own decisions, I say that they are living in a delusional world in which unless they wake up, brighten up, open their eyes and dismiss their apathy towards absolute truth, they will find themselves eternally lost and without hope.
Almost a day has not gone by in these last few months that I have not been asked by an atheist to prove that God exists. Many of these atheists asking me for proof of God’s existence are actually looking for God yet they do not know how to do so because they do not understand that God through His only begotten Son Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit is a personal God meaning that God will not intrude on someone who truly does not want Him as part of their life. A person has to be honestly open to God’s presence in his or her life before God will enter into that person’s life. You can read more about God’s respect of your personal choice to want to know Him or not at this link: http://tinyurl.com/mreomq
So we come to some of the most prominent personal experiences with Christ Jesus that I have had in my life which gives to me the personal proofs of God’s existence I needed so that I can solidly place my faith into Jesus Christ as my savior who was born a virgin, lived a sinless life yet suffered and died on a cross for my sins yet bodily rose on the third day from being dead to give to me a hope of salvation that cleans me of my sins so that I can be with Him in Heaven forever. My personal experiences with Christ Jesus are also the foundations of the loving personal relationship between Jesus Christ and me.
Pitch Dark 30 Feet Down in an Underwater Cavern
Living in Florida during my early 20s I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do when I was growing up as a child in Tennessee; SCUBA dive.
Watching TV shows like “Sea Hunt” and underwater adventure/educational TV specials by Jacques Cousteau, built up a desire in me to SCUBA dive the depths of the seas. While living in Florida, I passingly mentioned one day to a friend of mine Steve, that I wanted to someday learn how to SCUBA dive. Well, it just happened to be that Steve was a certified SCUBA diver and he had enough equipment for three people to dive at the same time. Steve said that he could take me and our friend Dean diving and give us an introductory into SCUBA diving. It turned out that Steve’s equipment was all in good order however one of the regulators (part that controls the air one breaths in while under water) was a dual hose antique which free flows air when it is at an inverted angle of over ~40 degrees. This was the antique regulator system that I was to use while we were at Ginnie and Devils springs for my first diving experience.
Steve gave Dean and me some training in the very basics of diving and went over what we’d be doing during our first dive into the cavern at Ginnie Springs. It was so very cool to be underwater and in the cavern and the antique regulator was working just fine. Steve also had a great diving light which he was using to point out to us the various areas within the pitch dark areas of the cavern. We each had on a little glow light strapped to our ankle so that we’d not run into each other. We were all having a great time and the time came we ran low on air so we came back up and had the tanks refilled for another dive.
When Steve, Dean and I were at the springs, some of what is blocked off now was not blocked off then although not all of the area was open. We were able to explore a lot and we covered most every area which was open that we could fit into and some areas which we didn’t fit so well into. On our second dive, Steve found a small pocket of air which was trapped around 30’ under the water at the top of a narrow tunnel like opening which was just large enough for Steve w/o his tank on and me with my tank on to both fit into. Steve brought me to this area and with the light shining on the air pocket pointed up with his finger and gave the okay for me to go up there.
So I go up there and soon after Steve is there. With the light between us shining up into the air pocket, Steve takes out his regulator and puts his face up into the air pocket and says, “Isn’t this great being able to be down here talking to each other!” Well, thinking that it was great, I took out my regulator and said back into the air pocket to Steve, “Yes, this is GREAT!” Steve then said that he was going to go get Dean and bring him up to the air pocket. Me with my regulator still out of my mouth was going to say into the air pocket, “Okay. Dean will love it!”
Well, at Steve’s decent back down out of the small tunnel like opening we were in, something on him hooked into my BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) which pulled me down under the water at the same time I was saying, “Okay. Dean will love it!” Getting a mouth and nose full of water I quickly grab the regulator and put it into my mouth and start to inhale. To my surprise and horror, the double hose antique regulator I was using was full of water and would not let me take in a breath of air.
Now I’m underwater at ~30 feet in a little tunnel within a pitch dark cavern, the antique double hose regulator filled with water, the air pocket that was there is now not there due to Steve’s and my movement, I was almost out of breath and it was pitch dark there again as Steve took his light with him. I think to myself, “What should I do?” I turn to the Lord and ask, “Lord what should I do?” The Lord’s response calmed me and let me know that I was to exhale as hard as I could with what little breath I had and then ever so very gently and slowly inhale fully and then exhale as hard as I could again and then breath normally. I did exactly what the Lord lead me to do and that first exhale I did hardly cleared any water out of the regulator at all yet it did enough to allow me to slowly and gently inhale fully so that I could fully clear the regulator and then breath normally.
The Boat was Coming at Me with No One in It at Full Speed
I lived on a house boat for a number of years. It was great to be able to go home after work and untie the lines and get away from the marina and out into the big water. Living on a house boat, I also had a Mastercraft ski boat, Catalina 22’ sailboat, a Sunfish sailboat, and 12’ aluminum flat bottom fishing boat with a 9 hp engine. One very early Sunday morning I was going to go to a camp site which was just under a couple of miles from the marina to pick up a friend of mine who had camped there over the weekend. My ski boat was in dry storage and it was too early to get it down because the marina office wasn’t open yet and my 22’ sailboat’s keel drafted too low into the water to take it to pick up my friend from the bank and the Sunfish hardly fits just me in it.
My fishing boat was tied up behind my houseboat so it was the natural choice for such a journey and beautiful morning. It was very quick with the 9 hp Johnson engine and it was also fun to be in. Starting the fishing boat’s motor was mostly always a single pull from the starting rope which this time was no exception. I untied the two lines holding it to my houseboat and slowly left the marina. Just beyond the no wake zone, I opened the little fishing boat up to full throttle and off I go to pick up my friend. As normal for a beautiful summer morning, I had only a pair of Teva’s, Levi shorts and T-shirt on with no life jacket on.
Turning to the left out of the minor creek channel which the marina is in and into the main river channel of the lake just out of site of the marina and about a half mile away, a 30’ boat and mine were the only two boats I saw on the water and it was coming right at me at a very high speed. The driver of this boat was either not paying attention or was deliberately crossing my path and before I knew it, I was tossed out of my fishing boat, flipped over and was now in the water. As my head comes up to the water’s surface, I thank the Lord for my still being alive. Looking back over my right shoulder I see the boat which had caused me to be tossed out of my fishing boat now going away just as fast as it was when I first saw it. Looking towards my fishing boat, it was going away from me at the speed which I had been in it.
Seeing my fishing boat moving away from me I said, “Lord, help me.” At this point my fishing boat turned and was heading right towards me. The water in the main channel is well over 80’ deep and I’m thinking, “How in the world am I going to get into that boat?” As my fishing boat was closing in on me with no one in it at full speed, I called out to the Lord, “Please help me into the boat, Lord!” Just as soon as I said that the fishing boat turned left within only a few feet of me just enough that it wasn’t on a head-on-collision course anymore. As the boat was at full speed now going by me, when it got to be that the position of the boat had me beside it and with me at the middle of the length of the boat I reached up and said, “Lord, please put me into the boat.” I remember seeing the motor and thinking that it would chop me up but before I knew it, I was in the boat without any injury.
At 6,500 feet MSL the Single Engine on the Plane Quits
Another one of my desires while growing up was to become a pilot. The means and time came for me to accomplish this desire and the time came for my first solo cross country flight. A cross country flight is a flight of over 50 nautical miles from the origin you leave from to the destination you land at. The solo cross country flight I planned with my flight instructor was close to being 70 nautical miles in duration and I would be flying at an altitude of 6,500 feet MSL (mean sea level).
The day of my first cross country solo came and it was a beautiful early spring day with mainly clear skies up to about 8,000 feet MSL where there was a light haziness. My flight instructor was not at the hanger when I arrived but he had informed one of the other instructors there about my first solo cross country flight so that I could get the proper signoff required by the FAA for me to do the flight. I did the preflight of the airplane I would be using which was a single engine Cessna 150. It all checked out okay and so I got into its left seat, ran through the check list, yelled out, “clear prop” after making sure nothing and no one was near the prop prior to my starting the engine.
The taxi to the runway and the takeoff were not a problem as I had at this point accumulated a number of hours of time in this little single engine plane. Turning out of the airport’s pattern and climbing to 6,500 feet, I’m looking at the sectional which I had marked up with check points and checking my clock to note the time of my arrival to my first check point. All is going great and I’ve checked off the first check point and am getting ready to talk with ATC to go through a class D airport’s airspace as another check point comes and goes.
Halfway through my first solo cross country flight was going as smoothly as I had planned it would go and was even more fun as I had anticipated it would be. The views all around were great and there was my mid-point check point going under me right on the timetable it was scheduled to be. My mid-point check point was a small private airport. In fact, most of the check points I had planned were airports; some small and some larger. I had also in my planning noted the airports which I needed to stay away from like the commercial one ahead and left and the military one behind and right. Just after my mid-point check point, the engine sputters and goes off. My first thought was, “My engine didn’t just quit… did it?” In fact, it did just quit.
The realization set in that I’m at 6,500 feet MSL and the only engine on the plane just quit and I said, “Lord, help me get through this!” I remembered what my flight instructor Kevin, had told me over and over and over again, “Always remember to fly the airplane if anything happens.” So I quickly set the plane up for an engine off emergency and think, “I’ll land at my mid-point check point.” I had just passed over it and I knew that I’d be able to get there yet there was a doubt put into my thinking about landing there. That was a very small runway, it was surrounded by trees and I had never been there before. I felt the presence of the Lord urging me to look at my sectional.
Looking at the sectional I see where I had marked my mid-flight check point and just ahead and left I see the commercial airport and also marked was an airport the size of the one I had left from which was between my location and the commercial airport. I look up and to my left and there it was; a beautiful airport and to my spot estimates was well within my gliding distance. I gently turned toward this airport and thanked the Lord for His urging me to look at the sectional so to see that airport.
My heading now is directly towards the middle of that airport and my attempts to restart the engine did not work. I saw an airplane getting ready to take off at the airport that I was going to and I made a radio call to it letting the pilot know my situation. He replied back that he would not take off and that he would wait on my arrival. He also turned to the direction I was coming from and told me that he had me in sight. All was going well as per my spot calculations I was going to have some extra altitude to lose once I got there which was a good thing. Then I again feel the presence of the Lord urging me to again look closely at my sectional.
Picking up the sectional which I had placed into the seat beside me, I see the markings of tall radio towers directly between me and the airport that I was gliding to and looking up, they were right in front of me and closing in fast. In all of the excitement I had not been thinking of anything being between me and the airport. I gently turn to the right avoiding the radio towers and now my heading was not going directly towards the center of the runway but just right of center. My arrival at the airport and engine off landing was as my instructor Kevin and I had done so many times before in practice yet when we practice, the engine isn’t really off, it is running at idle when practiced.
God Spoke to me and Told Me to get to Know that Woman
One night prior to supper time, I was walking in the inner lobby of a building towards its elevators. There was a woman coming around the corner from the elevators and I noticed that this woman had the most beautiful bright blue eyes that I had ever seen and an incredible smile which made me pause for a moment. During this pause, God actually spoke to me, “Victor, get to know her. She’s the one.” This was not just something that I heard in my head. This was an actual calm quite voice saying this into my left ear. There was on one around me and I recognized the warm loving feeling I had felt before of God’s presence being with me. I was so awe struck with what just happened that I slowly wondered on to my office trying to figure out how I was going to get to know this woman I had no clue of who she was nor how I was going to get to know her.
After a few minutes in my office, I decided to go back into the inner lobby to see if I could see this incredible woman again. I did see her and she was talking with a friend of mine. I thought to myself, “Ah, I can ask Leah about her.” Which I did ask Leah a few minutes later after that beautiful woman had walked away from her, I followed Leah into her office. I found out all I could from Leah which was inclusive of having Leah introduce me to this precious woman that God himself told me to get to know. I’m delighted to tell you that I am still getting to know this precious woman who is now my lovely wife… and yes, her beautiful sapphire blue eyes still captivate me as does her precious smile delights me every day.
The No Entry Sign Came Right in Front of My Vehicle
My wife and I were on an interstate driving home on an extremely windy night. The area we were driving through was under construction because of a new exit and entrance ramps being built. At each end of this new construction blocking the new exit and entrance ramps were no entry signs which were around 8 to 9 feet wide and about five feet high. The no entry signs had the reflective orange and white lines on them which made them stand out against the dark night when headlight lights were pointed at them.
I am driving at 60 mph with my wife in the passenger seat and we are going up the slight hill just prior to a slight right turn in the interstate, getting closer to the new entrance ramp. The wind was really gusting and gusting so hard it would rock our vehicle. There wasn’t very much traffic however each of the four lanes for traffic had vehicles in them and it was slightly raining. We are in the far left lane which is an HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane for buses and vehicles of two or more people to be in. The new entrance ramp was for HOV traffic and it comes out into the existing HOV lane.
No one was in front of us in our lane. As we got closer to the location where the new entrance ramp merged into the existing HOV lane we were in, I saw one of the no entry signs wiggle. I lifted my foot off the accelerator pedal and thought to myself, “wow, that wind’s strong.” No sooner than I thought that thought that no entry sign came right in front of my vehicle stopped and blocked our lane. There’s a concrete wall to my left and a car on my right. I stomped on the brake pedal and held it down as hard as I could. My wife and I both said, “Lord help us!” as the antilock brakes were working properly. We got stopped within two feet of the no entry sign without hitting it. As the squealing of the vehicles behind us were getting louder and sounding closer, my wife and I both said, “Lord please don’t let anyone hit us or get hurt!.” No one hit us nor got hurt. Sitting there in our vehicle, my wife and I were amazed at what had just happened. I was getting ready to step out of our vehicle and pull the sign out of the way and my wife stopped me praying, “Lord please move the sign away so no one gets hurt.” In just a moment the sign blew all the way across the rest of the interstate and no one hit it nor was hurt.
Yes I Have Times of Doubt
Each of these personal experiences I have encountered with God I look back on whenever my sinful nature brings any doubt into my understanding. Yes even I at times doubt even with these and many other personal experiences with God that I have had. Yet Absolute Truth is always Absolute Truth which when I doubt I go through an honest seeking again to find absolute truth which leads me back to Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus is absolute truth. You can learn more about my doubts if you want from this link: http://bit.ly/11Rkzu
What Have You Chosen to Ignore in Your Life?
In my life I have had numerous other personal experiences with God which gives to me the proofs I needed to accept the evidence of God’s existence. Beyond what I listed above, I’ve survived being hit by lightning, my left leg was paralyzed but isn’t now, I have a healthy mind and body, and I could go on and on and on listing more personal evidence which proves to me that God is a loving God who loves me and wants me to love Him too. I see around me more proofs of God’s existence through the evidences of real science, historical, events of today which were prophesied within the Holy Bible and so much more. I look at a watercolor sunset in the sky and see the beauty within the intricate changing of the seasons and understand how God put this all together for us to find Him.
The evidence of God’s loving presence in your life demands proofs different than those proofs I needed to allow Christ Jesus into my life. Looking back into your past and looking today at your life, what experiences have you encountered that could be evidence of God’s loving presence in your life?
Did you know that God wants you to have a loving personal relationship with Christ Jesus?
Yes, Jesus wants you to have a loving personal relationship with Him so that you too can be with God in Heaven.
Jesus said "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 3:20-21).
In Romans 5:8 we learn that God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
In John 3:16-21 Jesus further informs us that; "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
So Jesus Christ wants a loving personal relationship with you and is waiting on you to want a loving personal relationship with Him too. For what are you waiting on in your choice to have a loving personal relationship with Christ Jesus?
The Choice Is Yours to Make
God respects our freedom. If and only if we love the truth with our heart, our mind, and soul will we find the truth about God.
The choice to seek for the truth is a free choice. And all seekers find. The verses below come from the Holy Bible and each claim – that all seekers find God – are testable by experience, by experiment.
Deuteronomy 4:29 – But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
If you are honest about finding the truth, here is a way to see if Christianity is true or not. Tell Christ Jesus that you are seeking the truth. Ask Him to fulfill His promise that all who seek Him will find Him. In His own time, of course. He promised that you will find, but He did not promise a schedule. God’s a lover, not a train.
But; you may reply: I don’t even know whether Christ is God. I do not even know whether there is a God. That’s okay because you can pray the prayer of the skeptic:
Lord Jesus, I don’t know if you even exist. I am a skeptic. I doubt. I think you may be only a myth. I am however not certain, (at least when I’m completely honest with myself). So if you really do exist, and if you really did promise to reward all seekers, you must be hearing me now.
So I hereby declare myself a seeker, a seeker of the truth, whatever it is and wherever it is. I want to know the truth and live in the truth. If you are the truth, please help me.
If Christ Jesus is true, God will answer your prayer. Such a prayer constitutes a scientifically fair test of the Christian “hypothesis” – that is, if you do not put any unfair restrictions on God, like demanding a miracle – your way not His – or certainty by tomorrow – your time, not His. The demand that God act like your servant is hardly a scientifically fair test of the hypothesis that there is a God who is your King.
But all this King asks for at first is honesty, not faking a faith you do not have. Honesty is a choice of the will – the choice to seek the truth no matter what or where. This is the most momentous choice you can make. It is the choice of light over darkness, ultimately heaven over hell.
Warning: If you honestly pray the skeptic’s prayer, it will change your life because you will experience the presence of God and at that time you will know without doubt that God exists and that He wants to have a loving, personal relationship with you. God will not force you to love Him back nor will He force you to accept His only begotten Son Christ Jesus as your savior. The choice is still up to you to either accept God’s love and Christ Jesus as your savior. I suggest that you make a wise choice.
Not long after my first diving experience I too became a certified SCUBA diver and have instructed SCUBA classes. I suggest to you that if you have a desire to SCUBA dive that you do it with professional SCUBA instructor and not just a friend. Also, when in a boat, wear a life jacket because it is a wise thing to do.