God’s Will Or Ours?

Q. Re: Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). If we have no free will or individual desire (see Psalm 20:4 & 37:4) then aren’t we limiting Gods gift of imagination and intellect? Are you saying there is no room for individual aspirations? In an intimate relationship with God isn’t it the spirit that actually places desires and aspirations within our hearts and minds and then gives us the ability to attain those goals? Do you believe God does not want us to have personal desires? Do you believe our desires are in conflict with the the efforts of the indwelling spirit of God?

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How Do I Know When God Is Testing Me?

Q. When you’re facing a horrible, trying event in your life, how do you know if it’s a trial or testing from the Lord or not? I know that He allows us to go through things for various reasons, for example, to draw us closer to Himself, to grow as children of God, etc.  But how do we know when it’s not from Him? When that instinct is telling us, no this is not right, how do we know if that instinct is correct and from the Lord or if it’s just selfish human nature trying to steer us away from what the Lord wants for us?

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Armed Guards In Churches?

Q. Given the increase in violence around the world toward Christians and especially with this week’s incident in Charleston, would God consider a congregation’s decision to post armed members at church entrances a lack of faith? I am asking this question acknowledging that state laws regarding firearms in public places and carry permits would have to be obeyed.

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New Jerusalem And New Earth

Q. I have a question about the New Jerusalem and the New Earth. Does the light from New Jerusalem light the New Earth during the Millennium or after. If during, what happens to the New Earth after the millennium, and if after, what is left on the New Earth to light. Since the gates will always be opened, does that mean the saved will be able to travel back and forth between the New Jerusalem and the New Earth?

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Will My Medication Keep Me Out Of The Rapture?

Q. I have Parkinson’s disease in an advanced stage.Some of the symptoms are fear and anxiety attacks as well as severe pain. Although I pray regularly to the Lord for relief and many friends do too I still do not have the peace in my heart that I so long for. Also, I have the nagging feeling that I will be left behind at the Rapture even if I have asked the Lord to be my Savior because the Bible defines” pharmacy” as evil, according to the original Greek, I believe. Some of the medication I take for relief can also be classified as drugs. During the times of severe depression I feel the Lord will not want someone like me in His presence.

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Once For All Time

Q. I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable? There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes – Jacob, Samson, David, etc. It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not have been acceptable in His eyes.
I know it can’t be connected with them obeying the ‘law’ because, like the rest of us, they would never have been able to achieve it. David for instance, repented and was forgiven – how was this possible? Was it their faith that made them righteous? Was it possible for them to remain in sin and still be acceptable to God through faith?

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Proclaiming The Gospel

Q. When is it the right time to share the Gospel? Recently saved myself I have many family members that are not and several other members of my family are saying that I should be patient and wait for God’s timing to share the Gospel so as not to offend them.
My position is that God will do the work after the Gospel has been presented but we as believers should have a sense urgency when it comes to sharing the Gospel. We are called to do so and should be bold in delivering the message, but we should also be doing it in a loving and non pushy manner. Please share your thoughts on this.

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How Far Does Forgiveness Go?

Q. When I was growing up I was repeatedly mistreated by my step father. The “secret” did not come out until I was on my third marriage and in my 30’s. My mother stayed with him anyway and a schism was created in our family making holidays very stressful times.
I had a breakdown over this and ended up in the hospital undergoing shock treatments last fall. At the hospital my mother was told not to come visit me as I was getting too upset when she came to visit. When I was discharged I emailed her and asked her not to continue to contact me and explained that I was not punishing her and it had nothing to do with forgiveness, but it was just too hard having her in my life. I have forgiven my step father for what he did to me, and I bear no bad feelings for either of them, I just cannot cope with them in my life.
How far does forgiveness go? Do I have to remain in contact with my mother in order to honor God? I want to be in God’s will and not my own but I feel so much better knowing when the phone rings, it won’t be her and I don’t have to worry about her contacting me, it’s like a weight is off my shoulders.

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