Learning How to Swim

Learning how to swim is one of those things that you just have to do for yourself, nobody else can do it for you. Oh sure, others can show you how it is done, but the long and the short of it is that you personally, have to do it yourself, because basically, sooner or later, it is just you and the water.

I don’t know if you have heard the saying that “God has no grandchildren” or not, but in essence, I think that the saying is true. Faith in God is not something that you can pass onto someone else as a personal possession. In other words, my faith cannot become your faith, like I can give you my car and it now becomes your car. Once again, you can tell someone about God and explain how faith works with believing and trusting in God, but sooner or later, for you personally to have faith become a reality to you, you need to personally experience what faith is, you need to make it your own. To be taught is one thing, to make it truly your own is another.

I always marvel at how some individuals, who are obviously intelligent, can just say that they don’t believe in God. Of course, there are many intelligent people who do believe in God, so one’s intelligence is not necessarily always the qualifying factor. And why would it be, because then, normal run of the mill people, like you and me, would be excluded. I personally think that in most cases, believing in God is not the real issue, it is the ramifications of believing in God, where you see objections start to surface. Because if God is real, it doesn’t take too many grey cells to figure out that God may not look at things in the same way that we do and that would of necessity mean, we might have to modify our behaviour and change some of our thinking on what we currently say and do. And if there is hesitation on doing that, we might want to ask ourselves why?

And of course, personal accountability to God, where we are responsible to Him, or in other words, we need to look and consider things from His perspective versus just our own and consider the possibility that ultimately we do answer to Him. This is a possibility that many do not want to enter into. So an easy way to avoid that situation altogether is to just deny that God exists.

Consider Romans 1:20 NASB where the Apostle Paul states the following: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

That is God telling all of us that the reality of Him is self evident, by everything that we see around us, everywhere, to the ends of the visible known universe. That is one testimony from God to us. But wait, there’s more!

And is one able to find what can appear to be sound reasons why to NOT believe in God? You sure can, all kinds of reasons, put forward by those who would prefer to think that we are just here by chance, that all that we see just happened by itself, with no purpose or intelligent intent whatsoever, so that accountability is a non-issue and basically we are just free to do as we will (both socially and non-socially acceptable) and when we die, that is the end of it.

And are there also valid sound reasons to believe in God? Of course there are, but I suspect that in the vast majority of cases, that is not the real fundamental question being asked. The real question is do you want to find God if He is real? And that determination is the catalyst that determines what happens next. And the truth of the matter is, that for many, they do not want to find God.

Jeremiah 29:13 NASB: “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Did you know that of all the religions in the world, there is only one religion, which is Christianity, where the founder of that religion claimed to be both God and man. Only one. Did you know that of all the world religions, there is only one founder that said He would sacrifice Himself and rise from the dead. Only one. Did you know that Jesus said the following in John 8:12 NASB “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” And what is that light? To know that, one would have to actually read and consider all of what Jesus told us, wouldn’t we? And considering how totally unique Jesus is, have you ever done that? And if not, why not?

But there is a second testimony from God, contained in these words uttered by Jesus Himself, the Son of God, taken from John 3:16-20 NASB which read as follows:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people 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, so that his deeds will not be exposed.”

And just like that water, that we eventually need to jump into, in order to learn how to swim, we can analyze it, we can look at it in all of its various states, make note of it’s rare capabilities and qualities plus discern as to whether we can logically validate the reality that we can personally stay on the surface of that water and not sink or drown, and then decide to attempt it, IF WE WANT TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM. That final determination is the catalyst that determines what happens next.

And then, we have this promise from Jesus, for those who determine to take that step.
Revelation 3:20 NASB
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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.

Thus is the personal reality of faith, thus is the personal reality of coming to know Jesus.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!














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    • Hi Gary, No, when push comes to shove, I don’t think there is another easier way, but it takes some of us longer to get to that cliff and dive off of it than others. And of course, some never do. There’s an awful lot of God’s grace and patience on my walk to that cliff. Head first eh? Good for you, I was just grateful that I finally jumped. Blessings Gary.

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  1. This is so true, Bruce. I called myself an agnostic atheist for many years. With my Mensa IQ, I liked to say that I was too intelligent ‘to believe in God and other fairy tales.’ I had to come to the end of my sinful self, a few weeks before my fiftieth birthday, before I was finally able to humble myself enough to believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Lord.

    Looking back on those lost years, my true reason for not believing had nothing to do with my high IQ, or with a lack of evidence of God’s existence. I did not believe because I did not WANT to believe. I was mad at God, for allowing so much trauma in my life and in the world. And, I wanted to live my life my way. In other words, I wanted to sin.

    God’s grace, mercy, and love are so amazing! Every day I thank the Lord Jesus for allowing me to live long enough to finally become His born again daughter. Thank You so much, Father God! Praise Your Holy Name!!!

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    • I hear you Linda, a significant number of us took a while to get to the place where the fog inside of our heads eventually cleared. And God’s grace, yes, I can testify to that too, time and time again, even to this very day. I marvel at how God holds us all together, individually and collectively. Jesus is our hope, end of story. Sent by our Father, to show us of Himself. For God so loved indeed. Worthy is the Lamb. God’s blessings to you and yours as always Linda. Love in Christ – Bruce

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    • You’re a dear brother in the Lord Steve, and your words mean a lot to me, even just one. Thank you for your encouragement and putting your hand on my shoulder from time to time. You’re a blessing. Love in Christ – Bruce

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  2. Dear Bruce, As long as I was dead in my trespasses and sin, I could not believe. I had to be quickened to life (Eph. 2:1) by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead Eph. 1:) We are dead and blind; without the Spirit we cannot understand spiritual things. (1 Cor. 2) Jesus said no one could come to Him (believe in Him) except the Father draw Him. It is a miracle that anybody believes. It was not my work nor any interest of my own that drew me to Him. By grace we are saved through faith, and that, not of ourselves. Praise Him, He knows how to open our eyes and the door of our hearts to reveal His love for us and bring us to desire Him and to follow Him. Blessings to all who know the power of His grace for salvation.

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    • Hi Fran, yes you are absolutely right. Grace, sheer grace, even to this very day. God brought you to my mind this morning and I lifted you and yours up in prayer. It pleases God when we care and pray for one another and I marvel at the union within His Spirit that He can bring. One day at a time with Jesus leading us, all the way home. God’s blessing on you and yours as always Fran. Love in Christ – Bruce

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  3. “believing in God is not the real issue, it is the ramifications of believing in God,” – So true! We want to do what we want to do. Right? Following Jesus means living according to His Word. I think the desire to be obedient, at least for me, was a result of experiencing God’s forgiveness, knowing that my sin never happened in His eyes. I love Him because He cleansed me of all my sins. Blessings, Bruce. Great post!

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  4. Good illustration with swimming and also God having no grandparents….we need to all each individually trust in Christ. Love how you point out the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and Christianity!

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