Spotting Giftedness

Q. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit, but how do we recognize them in ourselves mechanically speaking? Do you know of any studies that spell out what the exact signs are that you may have a particular gift? Any help is appreciated. God Bless.

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When Do We Stop Praying?

Q.  I have a question regarding praying for our country. Referring to Jeremiah 7:16, isn’t there a point where God’s patience runs out and His mind is made up regarding the fate of a peoples. I can’t help but think that the United States has reached that point where we have stuck our finger in His eye one time too many and judgement is sure to come. How can we know when we have reached this point?

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Born Again Twice?

Q. Can a Christian who has fallen away for 8 years and come back to Christ, still be filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? All of this after repentance and being Water baptized again. Is it necessary to ask for the Baptism of Holy Spirit a second time? I still have my prayer language, etc.

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Praying for Our Enemies. Follow up

Q.  Thank you for the lesson on “Praying for our enemies“, but I have a question:  How do you pray for your enemies when you are at war with them? I am speaking specifically of Islamists. I know we should pray that they see the peace of God and come to His grace, but I fear that we will be at war, literally, with them, especially here in the U.S., in the foreseeable future.

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Praying For Our Enemies

Q.  The Bible tells us to pray for our enemies. Please tell me how I can pray for someone for whom I have no trust or respect?  When I try to pray, my words are flat, my heart is cold and my feelings go against everything in the prayer. God knows my heart. He knows that I am not sincere. What does God expect from a simple human? Please help me understand how I am to obey this difficult instruction from my Father.

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Why Does God Intervene Sometimes And Not Others?

Q. I have been a believer for 27 years.  Something has been on my mind for a long time and have never had the guts to ask. But here goes. In the case of rape, murder, abuse, etc.  it seems God sometimes intervenes and sometimes He doesn’t.  I know God loves both the victim and the criminal with a love we can never understand this side of eternity.  Can you please help me understand why it’s  OK for Him to stop attacks like this sometimes and not others?

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Asking For Wisdom

Q.  I have been studying James 1:5-8. It sounds like if I believe without wavering that God will give me the wisdom I seek that he will give it liberally. Is there something wrong with my faith if the wisdom I ask for isn’t received? Am I being impatient?

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Ask Once Or Keep Asking?

Q.  Could you clarify for me the difference between the Roman Centurion who asks Jesus once to heal his servant , and why we are told to pray unceasingly as the widow petitioned the judge ? I believe that I only need to ask God once for something , then I can leave the matter with him . Am I taking the easy way out ?

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