Walking Through my New Faith
John 14:6 says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” Being a Christ follower epitomizes the core of my faith. Though I had heard this verse before coming to Christ, it didn’t carry meaning to me back then. Walking and growing in my new faith has transformed me. It all started with a few small steps.
I was born and raised in a Hindu family. I participated in many Hindu traditions growing up; although I often found myself questioning my Hindu faith. Secular India exposed me to many other belief systems. I felt lost at times. I was spiritually indecisive.
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I arrived at the decision after a slow and gradual realization of my need for a Savior.
Knowledge brings curiosity. I had a multitude of questions about my new faith. My husband and Christian friends patiently took time to answer my questions via long conversations, emails, phone calls, Bible study and theological book reference. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about the God of my new faith. I did not know how thirsty I was for His words until I started immersing myself deep into it.
Ever since I can remember I have believed in some form of God. The God of my childhood was omniscient, omnipresent, transcendent God who dwelt in a spiritual realm beyond my reach. At times, I wondered, if was praying to a God who was in a spiritual vacuum, sitting on a high pedestal, unable to relate to me.
The God of the Bible is the triune God. He is not only an omniscient, omnipresent, transcendent God but he is also personal and relational.
It was pivotal for me to not just believe in God but to understand the nature of the God of my belief.
John 14:17 says, “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
I grew up in a works-based faith. I often thought, can a mortal human being do enough good works to earn salvation? We are fallible creatures by nature; so logically speaking it is impossible to achieve perfection by our own diligence. After coming to faith in Jesus Christ, I know that my salvation does not depend on my doing. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
The Holy Spirit has continued to work in my heart and grow me spiritually ever since I accepted Christ. It has taken me a while to see the fruit of this regeneration. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.“
So today, if my will and aspirations sound differently than they did years ago or even months ago, it is not because time has changed my perspective, it is because Jesus changed my vantage point.
When I look back I am not the same lost wanderer I was. I have found my focus, Christ. I have His Word, the Bible. I have a guide, the Holy Spirit. I am on a journey, abundant life; no longer exhausted and indecisive, but joyfully seeking to know him more and make him known.
You and I are being transformed every day. The question is, who is in charge of your transformation?
Nive was born and raised in India. She has a degree in Civil engineering but she decided that developing software is much more fun, so she taught herself programming. Nive has been married for about a decade to her husband, Randy, a software architect. They are very blessed to live in the beautiful Texas hill country with their two kids. Born and raised as Hindu and redeemed by love of Christ a few years ago, Nive has a heart for culture and desire to make her redeemer known. She loves to cook, has a penchant for handmade crafty things and teaches her kids to serve in the community. You can find her food blogging athandfulofjoy and serving at playdate with a purpose.
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2/4/2014 10:56:20 pm
I think one of the distinguishing marks of the authenticity of a new believer's faith is their hunger to study and know God more. For the past few years, I've watched as God has placed in you an insatiable hunger that has driven you to study, question, and wrestle with BIG questions without fear. It has been a blessing to watch you align your story with His story for the world. We all have much to learn, but we can all stop and review the faithfulness He has shown us so far in bringing us to Him! Can't wait to see what the rest of your journey looks like! :)
2/5/2014 03:09:26 pm
What a beautiful testimony you have! Your post is also so practical on how to grow in relationship with Christ. I'm so glad to be right next to you at Thought Provoking Thursday.
Thank you Elizabeth for such kind words.It has been hard to write about this journey.I am encouraged to hear that you found some practical cues here.I read your post too.I am challenged by it.I like how you say "The good news is that God is a relentless lover ".So eternally thankful for that.
Nive, thanks for sharing this article with us. I have found so much to take home today from it.
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6/3/2017 12:49:49 pm
This is possible walking through ones faith in life
2/8/2018 08:16:22 am
When I first came to Christ, in 2013, I had a hunger in me like never before. I wanted to know all about my wonderful Savior. Sadly, I just don't know when, I lost that hunger. I had just finished asking myself, where did my hunger go for Christ? Then I came across a post our mutual friend April posted about you. I read your blog. I am renewed again! What a beautiful testimony. ❤
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