John 19:23 speaks about the soldiers casting lots for Jesus garments. The passage speaks specifically about Jesus coat that was woven without seam from top to bottom. Is there any relevance to that particular passage concerning the importance of no seam?
I am married with two small children. I really feel blessed by what Jesus did for me and I have a very big desire to serve in many ways within our church and outside. The problem comes in where my wife feels I need to be home entertaining her and the children. Now I’m not talking about going away and serving for an extended period of time on the mission fields. The only time I spend time away from them is work or a church related event. My question is: where do my main obligations lie? I know family is second to God, but if I feel a strong need to serve should I feel guilty sometimes putting family second?
I am a young man preparing for the move from high school to university, and I feel a deep desire to be married one day, and enjoy the emotional intimacy one has with their spouse. To feel God’s love reflected from a person who is flesh and blood. However, intellectually I acknowledge that I would likely be the most useful to the kingdom if I remained celibate and devoted the extra time and resources to spiritual pursuits. Should I just give up on my dream?
If salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, then what is your view regarding those who believe that they can lose their salvation? They are really believing that they are saved by their own effort in concert with the work of Christ, rather than trusting fully and only on Christ for eternal life. Is such partial faith really saving faith?
I believe in Once Saved Always Saved, but I hear from some people that when you are a mature believer, you have the choice to “leave the house” and forfeit your salvation and be damned. God is not going to let an immature believer leave the house, since he does not know any better, but when he or she knows about departing from God, he can make the choice and go to hell. Does the Bible truly say when you are a mature believer, you can walk away and be damned?
For months now I’ve been in a dry place and I just don’t know how to get out of it. I’ve struggled with the lack of desire I have for our Lord and his word. The shame and guilt is there when I wake up and it tucks me in at night. I’ve even stopped going to church every Sunday and communication (prayer) with the Lord isn’t any better. I want to be on fire again and I want to love the Lord’s church and I want to be restored to fellowship with Jesus Christ…I just don’t know how.
I’ve asked the Lord for forgiveness and help. Even so, the feelings of failure are always on my mind. I know the evil one is evil and I know he is having a field day in my thoughts and life. I’ve given him too much credit and most often am nagged by fear of being left behind, fear of missing Jesus on that day he comes for his church, fear that any day now he is going to give me what I deserve and something bad will happen to me. I’m in deep cover now and look more like the old me then the new creation I truly am. Does this happen to other Christians? What advice can you give?
I have been saved since I was 11 years old. I am sure of it, I accepted the Lord, and I meant it. However, I have entered periods of doubt over the last four or five years. I think that they came on as a results of what I heard from an atheist. She said I believe in a fantasy, and that I believe in God and Jesus to make myself feel good about dying. I can’t seem to get these words out of my heart no matter how much I pray about it. What can I do to restore my faith? Am I still saved as I doubt? I feel so guilty and ashamed, and I do not even feel right about going to church while my mind works this way. I am too ashamed of my thoughts to share them with my pastor at this point.
I have a question regarding OSAS. Where do the scriptures regarding “faith without works are dead” and “you say you believe, the devil believes also and trembles” come in? To me they are saying that only belief is required for the initial act of receiving salvation, but after having received salvation there are expectations that must be met in order to maintain it. In other words you can’t just say I believe and let it go at that. I’m just trying to piece all this together and get a correct understanding.Your assistance is very much appreciated.