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 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?
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; this is a decree for Israel,
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?
God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the “gods”: “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.