Sunday, January 29, 2012

How Do You Know God's Your Father? A Review by Kathy Porter

How Can You Be SURE You're Headed to Heaven?

When it comes to where you'll spend eternity, many people hope they'll find a place in Heaven, while others just assume their place is secure.

Rather than guessing or presuming about the future, you can find in the book of 1 John a definite answer about where you stand with God. As you learn how a person's lifestyle reflects the character of the one to whom they belong--whether God or the devil--you'll learn exactly what it means to walk in light rather than darkness.

This enlightening study will lead you to the confidence, peace, and joy that come from knowing without a doubt that God IS your father and Heaven IS your home.

If you're similar to me, you probably find yourself often wondering the question, What does a genuine Christian look, and act, like? You know in your heart of hearts what one *should* look and act like, but attempting to live a Godly life in an ungodly world has taken a toll on you from some of the "Christians" you've met: The ones who may act pure and holy on Sunday at church and then dramatically switch personalities throughout the week.

In John 8:44, we are told--by Jesus--"You are of your father, the devil." *Ouch.* Here we thought God was our father. Bring on the doubts...

Struggling with doubts about our relationship with God is a terrible, horrifying, miserable way to live life. Wondering brings a lack of peace, hoping a sense of lessening confidence. **Anguish** is a theme to a life lived in this manner.

Yet, there is hope that brings peace which surpasses all understanding! *How Do You Know God's Your Father* is so much more than an average Bible study. The truth that shines throughout each of the six weeks invokes passionate emotions, from sheer joy and excitement to making even the most devout Christian feel uncomfortable, as only the truth can.

Other key themes that I found to be particularly helpful include: Walking in the light versus walking in darkness; knowing AND abiding in God; the ways God views our relationships with others; the importance of love; and eternal life.

Perhaps you, yourself, have been struggling daily with questions of where you might stand with God, or how to treat those you come across who claim to love God and serve Him, yet their actions have hurt you (on purpose) or you can't understand how to have a relationship with them. Yet, you find yourself not seeking the answers--or any form of help--for a lack of time. This Bible study is perfect for you. Throughout the course of six weeks, for only 40 minutes a day, your questions will be answered via Scripture, as well as your own involvement with each lesson.

Now is the time for personal growth. Now is the time to know God really is your father. Now is the time to ensure you're headed for eternal life in Heaven.

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.*

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