The Reason for My Hope

11 years ago after high school graduation, around this time in June 2001, my life was forever changed. I made Jesus my personal Lord and Savior and since then God has done awesome things in my life that I know I would not have been able to myself.

You know, being an Armenian and having Christianity go hand in hand with our culture, it’s really hard to walk in faith because we already think we are. Growing up, I heard about God, my parents took me to church for Easter and Christmas, and we all had a cross necklace on,  but I really didn’t know God or the meaning of the Cross. That was until after high school something came alive in me that made me seek the Truth and for answers. It may have been the transition period or my dad’s cousins who were already walking with the Lord praying for me to come to know Him for many years. They seemed annoying to me at the time and “one of those” Christians that I didn’t want to associate with, but to my surprise, they proved otherwise.

I was 17 years old and it was the weekend after my high school graduation that I was doing a lot of thinking on my own in my room with no one at home at the time. I had everything growing up, I lacked nothing, I had a good family, relatives, friends and all but no matter how happy and good things were, I had a void in me that no one and nothing can seem to fill. Out of my emptiness, I said a simple prayer “God if you’re real, I want to know you.” At that moment, I felt this warm blanket come over me and embrace me and I started crying out of joy because I knew He had heard me and He was answering me.

Then I remembered my cousins who had been praying for me and going to church and I desperately had the need to check it out! I called their house, after a couple of rings, grandma answered the phone. The rest of the family were in Hawaii but she said I can go to church with her on Wednesday. So I picked her up then, and came to church. That was the beginning of my life in Christ.

Since then, I’ve had many setbacks and questioned God and my faith. No matter which way I try to go, He brings me back home. No matter how far away I try to run away, He follows me and waits until I’m ready to come back home. I’ve had many many struggles that there is no need to get into details but only the fact that it’s been Jesus who has walked with me during those lonely, dark times and has been my best friend and my light in the tunnel.

Until this day, I am in awe of Him, his grace, the power of the Cross, the name of Jesus and for all the answered prayers. My hearts desire is to live a life worthy of my calling and for my family to serve the Lord, and to raise Emma in the Lord to be a dangerous, fierce and fearless woman that stands out and makes a difference.

I wanted to share this mostly because I don’t want a different private life and a public one. For the most part I hope I’m not any different in private than I ‘m in public life.

This is me and what I believe:

I BELIEVE there is one perfect and almighty God, eternally existing in three persons who are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I BELIEVE the Bible, including both the Old and New Testament, is the Holy Spirit-inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

I BELIEVE that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and He was born of a virgin to become our Savior and Messiah

I BELIEVE that “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life” and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). I believe that salvation can not be found in any other, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). . I believe that salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life is available to all of us who put our faith in Jesus, the Savior.

I BELIEVE that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). I believe we cannot live a healthy and successful life apart from receiving God’s forgiveness to us and our extending forgiveness to others.

I BELIEVE that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). I believe God has more for us than we can imagine if we will live His way and let Him live through us.

I BELIEVE that we are to bear with one another in love and endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I believe that cultural, racial, political, denominational, generational, or geographical differences should not in any way limit our love for one another as brothers and sister in Christ, or keep us from the unity in which God wants us to live.

I BELIEVE that “the things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). I believe that God is the God of the impossible.

I BELIEVE that we should be “anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving” let our “requests be made known to God”. And when we do “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). I believe we should pray about all things instead of worry about everything.

I BELIEVE that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). And “if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears Him” (John 9:31). I believe that worshipping God is the most important thing we will do in our lives.

I BELIEVE that all believers are commissioned by God to bring the good news that everyone can be “reconciled to God” through Jesus, God’s Son (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). And we are to teach others to “observe all things” that God has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). I believe the Holy Spirit enables us to spread this good news and He, “the Spirit of truth,” will guide us in all truth and help us to live in a way that is consistent with God’s will. (John 16:7-15, Acts 1:8).

I BELIEVE Jesus said, “Whatever things you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22), and “if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19-20).

Christ in me The Hope of Glory,

El

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