Having never fasted before and with no real knowledge of how it's done/what to expect, I set out basically what my expectations are and structured by devotionals. I decided that I was going to read 1 Corinthians and also simultaneously use a new book that I picked up at our church's spiritual retreat called Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God who speaks. The book, written by the Rev. Dr. Brad Jersak, has been a real blessing so far as I have been trying to focus on how I can better hear and know God's voice. I first heard about Dr. Jersak through my new church and was introduced as a spiritual mystic, which got me a little nervous because I 1) didn't really know a whole lot about it/him, 2) am always wary of "Christians" who twist the Word to their own benefit and 3) was "voluntold" to attend the retreat. But after looking into his background and sitting through the weekend, I've actually understood more about Holy Spirit than I did before - all of which is biblically sound. He's great - pretty young, really smart and insightful and is funny.
I think that Christianity is such a misunderstood concept for the majority of people, even believers. There seems to be a lot of information about God without understanding the importance of the Holy Trinity. I personally didn't understand it until about two years ago, when I undertook to seriously learn about what it means to be a follower of Christ.
Here's the deal: There's God the Father, who created creation, righteous, just and holy. Then, there's God the Son (Jesus), who is fully God and was fully man at the same time, who voluntarily came to earth to live like us, suffer like us and die for our sins so that we can be reconnected back to our Father. Last, there is the God the Holy Spirit, sent here so that we would always have a connection to God. And here's the mindblower: THEY ARE ALL ONE. It's not three separate Gods, it's God as He fully is.
I wanted to do a series of blogs about my journey to faith and my discoveries, so keep reading and I'll try to keep sharing what I've learned in this crazy, amazing journey.