Grace Thru Faith has been such a blessing to me and I gain so much information from your knowledge of the scriptures. I have a question that has been bothering me for some time now. There are several people close to where I live who have not had a job in years and live on SSI. I am retired and live on SS and have cut expenses as much as possible but I still tithe. From time to time, one of these people will come to me and ask to ‘borrow’ money. I’m not a stingy person but when these people come to me for money, I feel like they think I’m a soft touch and I feel like I’m being used. Getting the ‘loan’ paid back isn’t the issue. I realize that our Lord wants us to be generous but when does being generous become being used?
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 read articles on your website and enjoy them very much. I am a born again Christian. God bless you and all you do. I am a prophecy nut and like to study that a lot. What I see all around me is very scary. I know what’s happening, it just makes me very scared. As Christians, how much of the end times are we going to endure?
Are we going to be martyrs? How bad is it going to get for us? I know I shouldn’t be scared of it because I know and love the lord, but I am really scared of death. Please help me get through this. I can’t turn to my family because they don’t see what I see. They think its way off in the future. I see prophecy happening right before me and I understand it. If you have any help to offer me, I would appreciate it.
Thank you so much for opening Bible prophecy to those who earnestly seek understanding. Why do so many Christians avoid the Bible’s end time prophecies? From reading the Olivet Discourse, I understand that the Lord WANTS us to know the signs of the times…to be watchful. Is it fear? Or don’t they want it to come true? I get excited when I see prophecy coming true! We who study prophecy realize our redemption draweth nigh. Your thoughts?
I grew up thinking that God and his infinite wisdom had a set plan for every single person. That there were a skinny little path, a perfect will that no body could possibly get. Now I knew I wouldn’t get it to be perfect, but I figured that I needed to get as close to the “Right Path” as possible. It really brings a lot of fear in me when I start thinking that I’m on the wrong path for Gods will.
A friend said that our walk isn’t really a straight path, but more of a giant circle. We’re traveling in that circle in any direction and no matter what, we are still in Gods will. No matter what path we chose, even if it’s a horrible one, God will still have us end in the end where he intended us to be. Is this true?
I know Gods will cannot be thwarted, but we can refuse to do what he asks right? If so, then he isn’t all powerful right? I’m slightly confused.
I am one of those who aren’t excited about the rapture because of a secret fear I won’t qualify to go, even though I’ve been a born again believer for many years. I know I don’t deserve to escape the punishment due me and I worry that at the rapture the Lord will agree with my assessment and leave me here. What can those of us with these fears do to overcome them?
I am in my mid 20’s and am struggling with sexual immorality. I truly believe in my heart that I want to live a life of obedience to the Lord which is pleasing to him. At the same time, I am single and I feel my struggles are directly due to me being alone. I have always believed there was somebody out there that I was meant to be with, but I fear that because of my struggles, the Lord may withhold her from me or withhold any other blessings from me as well.
I was about 12 years old when I was saved. I remember knowing I was lost and needed to be saved. I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I went to the altar and the pastor asked did I want Jesus to come into my heart and I said yes. I was sincere about this. I know that I confessed that I believed that Jesus died on the cross for me and was raised from the dead.
I am now 32 years old and wonder was this enough to save me. I know that I am a sinner and I believe with all my heart that Jesus is Lord. I just get confused sometimes that I didn’t do something right. Please help me dispel the doubt and fear that gets to me.
Earlier this year, I was hit head on by a heroin user which totaled my car and had me laid up in bed for a month. Miraculously, I was not killed or permanently injured but now I have fear of driving and question the Lord’s protection at all. I know He controls the orbit of our lives and can remove His protection as He did with Job for His reasons. What should I learn from this experience and how can I trust a loving God who allows me to go through this kind of pain and mistrust? I am not being disrespectful, I really took a hit. Is there protection in the blood of Jesus?
Re: Our Spirit and God’s. You said we’re born with our spirit attuned to the Spirit of God. I understand that Jesus commanded us to be born again (in the spirit). Why do we need to be re-born when God had already formed our spirit during conception? Is our original attuned spirit inferior to the required ‘born-again’ spirit?