How Do I Know It’s From God?

Q. I struggle with “being in this world but not of it” I believe that even though we profess our faith in Jesus, we still are sometimes “deceived” into thinking that just because we think something is good, it must be from our Father. And I know the verse of “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” but isn’t that talking about Jesus? I hate being deceived and I was just wondering if you had any advice or suggestions on the subject.

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Increasing My Fruits

Q. Although 49, I am a “babe” in Christ as I was reborn last June. I have a question please. I was listening to a talk show about the Rapture in which the Speaker talked about all the raptured believers getting their reward for bearing fruit based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. What will happen to someone, like me, who is newly reborn and has hardly any fruits at all? I would greatly appreciate some advice on how to increase my fruits.

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How Can I Know The Holy Spirit Is In Me?

Q. I’ve been a believer since I was little and now I’m having trouble because after a life changing experience I’ve realized that in the past I may not have believed it in my heart after all. I have problems knowing if the Holy Spirit is guiding me. I’ve always felt bad when sinning because I knew it was wrong, but there have been times in my life when I sinned knowingly and didn’t care. Since I didn’t care, was I saved?

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Protocol For Prayer?

Q. Would you please address the proper order of prayer? I realize that there was a proper order (or to use the secular term “protocol”) that was observed in the Temple worship. Does a proper order also apply to our prayers? All during the day, I find myself just talking with either God or Jesus without much formality, very much like I talk with my best friends here on earth. Is this being disrespectful to who God and Jesus are? They are too important to me to ever be disrespectful to who they are and what they have done for me.

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To Give Or Not To Give

Q. There is some confusion among my husband and me and some of our close friends over the meaning of 2 Cor 9:8-9. All of us believe in tithing and practice it, plus we all give above the tithe to other ministries. Some of us believe it says we should give to everyone who ask us for money no matter what. Others say we should try to be discerning in who we give money to. We all want to be generous. If we do not give to everyone who ask us for money or financial support, are we being disobedient to this scripture?

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If The Lord’s Coming, Why Aren’t We Preparing?

Q. Something has been weighing heavy on my mind for some time now. It seems that no one is preaching ‘preparation’. I believe there will be a rapture of the Church soon. As things are winding down and we see prophecy coming to fruition it is time for true women and men of God, I believe, to focus on being prepared for His coming. What are your thoughts on this?

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A Closer Walk With Thee

Q. I really don’t know how to word this question. I accidentally came across your website while searching for facts on a movie. I was surfing around, I came across this website, and maybe there was a reason, who knows.
My question is this. I was raised Catholic but I like the way Christianity goes about preaching the Word of God to its followers better. It makes sense to me the few times I have been to a Christian church and I can apply it to my everyday life easier.
I am 37, married with a beautiful 10 month old son. When I see people or hear of people who are “born again” it seems they all have turning points in their life that helped them establish their commitment to God.
What if you don’t have anything tragic going on in your life? I am happy with my life and my family and would never change a thing, but I have this desperate feeling that I need God in my life in a deeper way and I feel kinda helpless because I don’t know how to accomplish it.
I know that may sound strange, but is it as simple as saying to God that you put your faith in him as your savior and that’s all their is to it? Seems like that is too easy. Not like I am expecting some feeling of self cleansing or something, but after reading all these tragic pivotal moments in people’s lives who have been born again, I wondered what if you don’t have tragedy in your life as a pivotal decision making point?
I cannot explain this in words, but I honestly feel I have an ability to touch people in ways that most people cannot. I have always felt that I am supposed to do something in my life that affects many people in a positive way. I haven’t discovered it yet, but I know the day will come. A part of me feels very connected to God, but another part feels like I am on the outside looking in. What happens to someone that is different when they finally make the commitment to accept the Lord as their Savior? All these people with these pivotal moments in their life, what changes the day after they put their faith in God? How did they do it? Just say it?
Maybe I am looking for something more than is necessary, who knows. This message might not make sense, it is hard to put into words, but if nothing else it helps put my thoughts and feeling in writing. Thanks for giving me that chance.

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Body Building For The Lord

Q. Hi, great site and may the Lord provide for you. My faith and my walk with God has been good. I just got saved this year and I am very thankful for that. Praise our Lord.
What do you think about lifting weights? Do you think that if I focus too much on sculpting and chiseling my body, I am not glorifying the Lord, but instead I am glorifying my flesh? I’ve been struggling with this. I believe the Lord has already given me an answer to this, but being human, I can be stubborn and need second opinions from brothers and sisters in Christ. Am I serving two masters? When one decides to work out and get in shape, it becomes a lifestyle. There is much needed dedication as far as diet, sleep schedule, and physics that go into building new muscles. Can it be possible to work out and serve the Lord at the same time? Thanks.

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The Eye Of The Needle

Q. I remember being told that in Jerusalem there was a passage between two walls of the city that was referred to as the eye of the needle. It was very difficult for a camel to go thru and hence the words from Christ that it was easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This was a reference to that area in between the walls and the people understood that it would be difficult but certainly not impossible. Have you heard of this?

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Do We Think With Our Heart?

Q. I need your help to refute a charge an atheist has brought against the Bible. He claims the Bible says we “think with our hearts.” He claims approximately 920 verses say that we think with our hearts. Is he right? Does the Bible claim we think with our hearts? Isn’t it our soul that guides our actions?

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