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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

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First, Welcome to Worthy!

Head knowledge will not change you nor save you. It is the personal relationship one has with Jesus that saves. You have to believe and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. No church can save, no bible study can save, no amount of knowledge can save. Only a personal relationship with Him as your Lord and Savior saves.

Be Blessed,

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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

Hi,

God teaches us to search the scriptures and he will explain why everything happens.

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Praise the Lord....Welcome to Worthy

While it may be true that G-d allows things to happen, it is people that make them happen. Good or evil, we have been given free choice.

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Faith is a choice. Choose to believe and He will make Himself known by you!

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Hello!

You see that the world is in a sham, but this doesn't mean God doesn't care. It is all because of sin. However, God's offer of salvation is open to all who believe that Jesus is Lord. It is the conscious and sincere decision of the heart's surrender to God that makes the difference.

Without willingness, God cannot work holiness in a person's life. No amount of church-going, miracles and religious acts can change a person's perspective but the Holy Spirit of God. In short, only God's spirit can change the heart, but first, you must be willing to submit to that power.

Matthew 5:8 says "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

This is not literal "seeing" but it is an awareness that God's hand is everywhere. When our hearts are focused on Jesus, we will see that whatever happens around, it is all in the purposes of God. One day, our surroundings will become perfect because sin will be no more.

It's a bit confusing if we want all the answers to come to us because they won't.

That is why we must have FAITH, believing that when our hearts are right toward God, and claim Him as Lord, He will never leave us nor forsake us.

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Questions are good as long as you are truly seeking answers. It has been said that to those who do not believe there are no amout of words to convince them, but to those who do believe, no amount of words can change their minds. I believe. I believe in Christ and what He did one the cross. What has He done for me? He purchased my redemption! He did what I do not have the ability to do. His blood covered my sins. What more could I ask of Him?

As far as the suffering in the world, too many people blame God for this. But the truth is God created paradise! A perfect world where there was not pain, suffering, or death. But Eve believed the lies of Satan and Adam chose to disobey God. That is when death entered the world. But even then, God had a plan. The Law He gave to the Israelites was the schoolmaster. Sin was exposed and sacrificing bulls and rams covered sin temporarily. But the only permanent solution to sin was if God Himself came into His creation and offered Himself as a "once for all" sacrifice. Christ is our sacrifice - fully human in order to be one of us, but fully God to be our full atonement for sin. All that we have to do is accept His sacrifice. Only I can accept Him for me, and only you can accept Him for you. Each person has to make their own choice.

But don't blame God for the suffering in the world. Blame Satan, Adam, and Eve.

Have you read your Bible? You should read the Gospel of John. Do you have a youth pastor at your church? I'm sure he would be happy to talk with you about your doubts and help you find some answers. We at Worthy are always happy to answer questions and help to you to find answers.

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Praise the Lord....Welcome to Worthy

While it may be true that G-d allows things to happen, it is people that make them happen. Good or evil, we have been given free choice.

There are times when God allows things to happen, and there are times when He wont allow things to progress as they are. Either way, He can take what we humans do to each other and turn them around to bring glory to His Name. People cause most of the bad things that happen to happen, whether because of carelessness, negligient acts, greed, jealously , hatred. Which for the most part is satans work in and through people. Even so, God can turn the bad into good and for His glory. He never promised that by following Him our lives would be easy and joyful all the time. Jesus did tell us that in this world we would have tribulation, but to be of good cheer, for He had already overcame the world.

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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

My heart is always warmed when I hear young adults asking faith questions, looking for answers. I am far from a teen (teen xs 4) and struggling myself with a lot of the same questions that you present. All I can say is keep searching...keep looking to God and your church leaders for guidance in faith and understanding. I know in my younger years, I would continually read his word and find the answers and/or peace I sought. It is so hard right now to read his word...but I do it anyways, as I have to believe he will talk to me again, as he will you. You just have to be open. Bad things happen in this world and we may never know why they happen. I struggle with that...but for all the bad, perhaps God gives us strength to deal with the bad, and gives us opportunities to help others who are caught up in unfortunate situations

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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

If one wants to please God one must have faith: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Heb. 11:6).

This is one sure way to please God. If God can be made happy and well pleased in such a simple way, why should not everyone one who loves Him put forth the utmost effort to have faith in Him? Not one of us would be pleased if our friends would constantly make us a liar every time we opened our mouths to say something. Not one of us would feel like doing anything for those who did this. The same is true with God. We should not insult God by questioning and doubting every promise He makes. How can we expect to get answers to prayers as long as we continue in such an attitude?

Faith is simple. It is believing God without waver, without doubting, and without questioning what He says. It is taking God at His Word and believing that what He has promised He is able to perform it. It is believing not only that He is able, but that He will do it. It is the quality of counting those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). Faith is also the absolute conviction that what God has promised and what we have asked for according to His Word is already done. It is the substance of things hoped for and the first payment on things that we desire from God (Heb. 11:1-3).

How do we get faith.

The way to get faith is by Hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

The way to use faith is to take God at His Word and count Him faithful in granting what is asked in the name of Jesus. Ask and then believe that it is done. Thank God for it as if it were already done. Expect the complete answer whether you see it at once or not.

Forget symptoms, feelings, impossibilities,or anything to the contrary and it shall be done regardless of how impossible it may appear outwardly. Faith leaves all results and all answers with God as being God's part, and faith believes that it is done. Our part then is to co-operate with God through faith and not hinder its working by doubting and questioning the how and when of the answer.

If a Christian will truly exercise faith that he knows is necessary, there will be no question as to the answer. One can get healing, health, success in business or in any undertaking, prosperity, happiness or anything that one to be victorious in any phase of life (Matt. 17:20; 21:22; Mark 11:22-24; John 15:7, 16; Rom. 8:32; Heb. 11:6; James 1:5-8).

Faith is not only a natural ability or exercise of a created faculty of man, but it is a fruit of the Spirit and a gift from God (Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 12:4-11).

Also, God is not the author of sin, sickness, nor confusion. "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints" (1 Cor. 14:33). I will provide Scriptures to back up what I say for people to make up their own minds. God knows His Plan For Man from beginning to the end, not the individual conformity to it by free moral agents.

It is left up to each person to choose His own destiny. God wills all men to be saved but if man does not choose to be saved that is his responsibility (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9; John 3:16; Rev. 22:17).

God searches the hearts of men. If a mans heart is right with God He often winks at small indescressions (Read Acts 17:30), "And the times of this ignorance God winked at (or overlooked); but now commandeth ALL MEN EVERYWHERE to REPENT" (Acts 17:30).

Several times in Scripture God Himself said of certain events that they DID NOT COME INTO HIS MIND (Jer. 19:5; 32:35; 44:21).

God DID NOT KNOW BEFOREHAND that men would become so wicked. It repented Him that He had made man! It grieved Him at His heart! (Gen. 6:5-7), that they would plan Babel (Gen. 11:5-7); that Sodom would be so wicked He went there Himself to see if it was true according to the report of it which was given to Him (Gen. 18:21). He said, "If I find fifty righteous within the city in verse 26. Why make this statement if He already knew? (Gen. 18:26-32). God did not know whether it would take one or two or three signes to make Israel believe Him (Ex.4:1-12); or whether testing Israel would cause them to obey Him or not (Deut. 8:2, 16). Goid did not know that Israel would backslide as far as it did (Deut. 32:19-29; Isa. 59:15-19).

God SEARCHES THE HEARTS to find whom He can bless (2 Chr. 16:9). He DISCOVERS deep things (Job. 12:22); He tries the hearts and reins of men so that He may know them (Ps. 7:9; 44:21; 139:1-6, 23-24; Jer. 17:10; 1 Chr. 28:9; Rom.8:27; 1 Cor. 2;10; Rev. 2:23), proving all men for the same reason (Ps. 17:3; 66:10; 81:7).

God goes Himself, or He sends messengers throughout the whole of His vast creations to find out for Him what He wants to know, the same as the head of any other organization would be likely to do, so that plans may be made and actions can be taken accordingly. Examples of such agency constantly reporting to God can be found in all these passages (Gen. 18:21-22; Dan. 10:13-21; 11:1; 12:1; Zech. 1:7-11; 6:1-8; Matt. 18:10-11; Heb. 1:14; 2:2; Rev. 1:1; 7:1-3; 8:2-13; 9:1; 14:6-20; 15:1-8; 16:1-21; 18:21; 22:6, 8-9, 16).

The 6,468 commands in the Bible regulating man as to his part in the eternal plan of God, and setting forth his responsibility to God and man, the 1,260 promises and blessings, rewards or loss of rewards, the hundreds, the hundreds of warnings, curses, blessings and dealings of God on the basis of conformity to His will. the 1,522 "IF'S" and the many hundreds of conditional requirements of God throughout Scripture are sufficient proof that God does not cause all acts and events by His own decrees, and are sufficient proof that He changes His own dealings with men as they conform or refuse to conform to His will. Such facts and many others make it clear that God does not know from all eternity what any one man will do, much less what different types and dispositions of men will do under various circumstances that are not yet present to deal with.

There is not one statement of Scripture in the entire Bible saying God knows or even would like to know all acts and particular events of all the vast creations of free moral agents from all eternity past; or that He has fixed decrees choosing and predestinating all thoughts, acts, and deeds of free wills from all eternity past to all eternity future. God's plan will not fail and it is known from the beginning to the end and what He plans to bring to bring to pass on Earth He has power to do, but concerning the free moral actions of free moral agents He does not know from all eternity what they will do before they are in existence and are here to have a part in His plan. He does not know which ones will be saved and which ones will be lost. He has made a plan for all to be saved alike and all who conform to His plan are blessed with the predestined blessings. Those who wilfully rebel will be cursed with the predestined punishments according to the plan. It is the plan that is known from beginning to the end, not the individual conformity to it by free moral agents. It is left up to each person to choose His own destiny. God wills all men to be saved but if man does not choose to be saved that is his responsibility (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9; John 3:16; Rev. 22:17).

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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

to the guest; hello and welcome! Only a relationship with Jesus can convince He is real I was raised a Catholic and did alot of the things you talked about 31 yrs later I accepted Jesus in my heart and He is very much alive to me! Get into His Word pray and worship andf The Lord will become real to you! it is a long road and you are just beginning but it is a road well worth the travel! :emot-fail:

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Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe?1 And what has He done for you?2 What made you believe?3

I want to address these questions specifically.

I lived in denial for 30 years. I heard about Jesus dying for me when I was 11. It never meant anything to me until I was 19. But at that time the soil of my heart was choked out by the cares of the world. I put God on the shelf for over 20 years after that.

When the USA was attacked, I started thinking about death. I realized that if there was an afterlife, I deserved to be punished for the things I had done. I started paying attention more to what people would say about God (both Allah and Jesus). I held out no hope that Allah would forgive and that there is no basis on who or how he would forgive. 3I really didn't have hope that Jesus would forgive me either (because the Holy Spirit had been working on me behind the scenes - so to speak). You see my heart was crushed when I acknowledged my sin from God's perspective. And knowing that 2Jesus innocently paid the price for me only broke my spirit further.

And that broken spirit was the key for me. I could not let God reach me because I was hiding behind my pride. Once my spirit was broken though, it made me begin a quest to search out why Jesus would want to save me. What I found was a love that is so pure that 4 years later it still leaves me stunned. Whenever I think about this deeply, a wave of love comes over me that makes me want to love someone else the way He loves me. I was never like that before. I was the definition of selfishness.

If you want to know what changed my heart and why I believe Jesus really atoned for my sin, 1please read my 'about me' section.

May grace and truth be yours through the personal revelation of our Savior, Jesus.

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I've always known God existed somehow. But the God that was preached to me as I grew up was one that was horribly frightening, judgemental, and condemning. When I was ten, at a church camp, the counselor terrified me with tales of what hell was like. I was so disturbed I just HAD to get saved. I prayed, felt relief, but not peace. I didn't like having to worship a god like that. I wanted a god who would comfort me and make me feel safe and loved. I had enough of yelling, screaming, violence, and condemnation (both of myself, my family, and everyone else in the world) in my own home. Why would I worship a god who did the same thing? I wouldn't. So, for years I went my own way, hunting for peace in all kinds of people. I only got more of the same. What was 'love' anyways? And why did it always hurt? Surely love had to be good because when I thought about love, I felt happy. There were good things in the world. These things had to come from somewhere, right? I knew goodness was out there, but I seemed outside of it all, like I wasn't allowed to touch it.

God stuck with me though and kept revealing Himself to me in little ways that were undeniable. For example, I had a question running around in my mind about God. At the mall, a couple of days later, a track from a church was laid in my hand. Bam! The answer was right there in front of me! I knew God was listening to me then. Still, love? I didn't know what it meant because what I wanted was not what I was experiencing. I had never felt love.

Gazing in love at my brand new baby girl, really feeling love for the very first time in my life, the love I've always dreamed of, God whispered, "That's how I love you." I then knew I had found God, the real one and He was all I could've wanted! I ran to Him with a hunger and thirst I'd never experienced before. And I was laughing in joy the whole time.

Since then, God has amazed me more and more, and my hunger and thirst for Him has grown and continues to grow. So, I echo what a lot have said here-it's personal with Him. He really does want a one-on-one with you. Your seeking Him and He honors that. He's guiding you right now to the place where you two will meet. Let us know when it happens! :th_praying:

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Gazing in love at my brand new baby girl, really feeling love for the very first time in my life, the love I've always dreamed of, God whispered, "That's how I love you." I then knew I had found God, the real one and He was all I could've wanted! I ran to Him with a hunger and thirst I'd never experienced before. And I was laughing in joy the whole time.

:blink::th_praying: Your process of coming to know the Lord is much the same as mine. It is absolutely amazing how God will reveal Himself to those who sincerely seek HIM. You're short testimony blessed me. Thanks you.

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I'm glad it did; God fully intended for our testimonies to bless everyone. I feel so bad when I see non-believers believeing there is some formula to follow or some 'right' way to come to God. People keep trying to change themselves hoping God will come when they are 'just right', when they've said the 'right prayer' or they feel 'bad enough' about themselves. It wasn't like that with me. I was very independent in my thinking and very determined that no one would convince me about who God was. I just didn't want to believe what people said. I wanted God to say it Himself. If He said it, then I knew it would be true. So, I wasn't on my knees saying the sinners prayer-I was just loving my daughter. And God met me where He knew I could see Him for who He truly is. I did repent, but it was a real repentance for me (unlike when I was ten). And it came because of who God is-not from condemnation.

Everyone has their own special miracle. I like that. And I like hearing about them. I think if non-believers could see all the different ways people have come to know God and Jesus's salvation, they wouldn't feel so burdened by condemnaton and they could dispell the idea that there is only one way to meet God. I sometimes think Peter needed to feel more useful in his fishing-Jesus called him to fish for men. And Paul was so full of pride, He needed to be humbled. (This is just my opinion, of course) but it makes sense. Jesus could have called all of His disciples at once, but instead, He went out to meet them right where they were at-spiritually.

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From my own perspective, I believe because I've found truth in the Bible. Archaeologists and historians have proved the Bible is true. Even science has been proven true according to the Bible -- for instance, Isaiah 40:22 says that He reigns above the circle of the eart - so the Bible had the earth being round long before man did. Those are just intellectual facts. Then I did an end times study, but the portion which thrilled me the most did not have to do with the end times, it had to do with the prophecies which were already so literrally fulfilled that it added credeence to the truth of the Bible. They are too lenghty to go into here, because your deeper question is more emotional than mere facts, but I guess what I mean is all of that led me to listen to other things in the Bible.

The Bible says that all men sin. Some people do better than others in keeping the law, but it has been my observation that even if we manage to "do" good, I've never met a person who "feels" right all the time. I know that I didn't. I was rebellious about letting another take control. I was proud and independent, the captian of my own ship. I would do what was expected of me, yet not really care about it. God wants us to LOVE Him and others, and though I was going through all of the motions, there were very few times I really loved. Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. This is true. I knew there was something wrong with my heart -- how could I make it REAL!! Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, in heaven." That always bugged the heck out of me: If I was doing good workis, why would God get the glory? I didn't want HIM to get glory for works I was doing!! That's the stubborn pride and rebellion I was talking about that was in even me, whom everybody thought was a "good kid". And yet a part of me DID want to feel that way because that is what it means to be a Christian -- to want to glorify God and make HIM look good. To let His plans, goals, the things HE loves be more important to me than my own goals. Intellectualy I knew that, but never felt any of it. I studied the Bible and knew enough to know the way it was supposed to be, but knew it really was not that way for me, even though I spent my whole life in church, and even though it was important to me to do the right thing. I didn't know how to BE the right thing though. I've always had the terror of not being real, of being a hypocrite, of coming before God in death only to discover that my whole life was in vain, and I never got it.

The Bible says that to make this real, we have to confess our sin -- not sinS but SIN -- that rebellious nature, that pride, that independence. 1 John 1:8-9 says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive oourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." To confess it simply means to agree with God that this is what we are. He is only interested in the heart, not our actions. The problem with this sin is that God hates all sin. In fact, according to 23 says that the wages of sin is death. I believe that means death in the physical sense, but also in emotions; senses: death to relationships, death to discipline, death to job in the long term, etc. Jesus paid that penalty of death. So, after confessing our sin, the next step is to repent of it and believe in Jesus' death. When Peter was asked what must be done to be saved in Acts 2, he replied in verse 38: "Repent; and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2"38). Repentance means to turn away from sin, and head in a new direction. According to this passage, that new direction is baptism into the Name of Christ. This baptism has been taken literally (water baptism) and spiritually, and I will not debate it here, but baptism means "immersion" and what happens is that we are immersed into Christ. This means that we become a part of Him and He becomes a part of US. The passage concludes by saying that we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. This means that we have gotten rid of that old rebellious, prideful heart, and that now Jesus and the Holy Spirit are inside us. We believe that by faith. We LIVE by faith -- not just for eternity, but for each moment now. When Jesus and the Holy Spirits come into our hearts, we are changed.

The Bible says, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). Galatians 5:22-23 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentle ness, self-control. Against such there is no law." See, this is the fruit of the Spirit in you. Once you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit works in your life People see the excellence of HIS power -- not yours -- and that is why they glorify God -- they know that humans are not capable of the works you now do from the heart.

In answer to your question, why do you believe? I believe because I've seen this transformation -- not only in my life, but in the lives of others. I'm no longer a hypocrite -- GOD LIVES IN ME!! I am His arms, legs, mouth, ears -- HE lives through me!! That is what benefit I've had as a Christian, in response to your second question -- His works are from the new heart He has given me -- they are REAL -- I am no longer a hypocrite!! Now, why does God let evil happen in the world? This is just my opinion, but I think evil happens because people are evil and Satan is evil. God did not just "let it pass" -- God sent His Son to die for us the most cruel way a person can ever die. Or live. I mean, Jesus was rejected by religious tleaders, worldly people, His disciples did not understand Him, and, according to John 7:5, even his step-brothers (God was His Father, Joseph theirs) didn't believe Him, though Jude and James later did, and we have letters in the Bible proving that. And, even during the crucifixion, everybody was doing whatever they could to humiliate Him. On the cross, Jesus took on the sins of the world, and even God, the Father, could not look at Him, as Jesus cried, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me!! But that was momentary, Jesus rose from the dead, and is back in heaven now. So, that was part one of God's love for sinful man, if not for sin. Secondly, those who believe have Jesus IN them, we have His love, His care, His concern. Those "earthly vessels" referenced earlier are our bodies -- still capable of sin. But we have GOD inside us and He is just ITCHING to love the world through us. We are supposed to let Him do so. He is not the one at fault if we are not doing what He called us to do. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world itself, and not just the people in it, were cursed. This means that floods, and droughts, earthquakes, etc. happen -- just as people are not perfect, neither is the world. God created it perfect, and will re-create it perfect -- but in the mean time His plan hinges on those who are saved being His arms, legs, hands, feet, mouth, and ears. We listen, we talk, we move, we comfort. If you have any faith at all, do what He has called you to do -- and you WILL see Him at work!! That, in turn, will deepen your faith in His love.

I'll be praying for you!!

Rhonda

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Like you I was sitting in church because my mom made me. I was 9 years old. I had been in church forever! This service was no different than any other I had sat through. I just wanted it to end so I could go home. This night was different though. We had an evangelist preaching a revival and at the end of the message, I felt Jesus beside me asking to come into my heart. I'm 50 years old now, but that moment is still as fresh and emotional to me as that night. When Jesus sits beside you and asks to come into your heart, its VERY hard to ignore Him.

It was my time and I accepted gladly. I've been serving Him, I confess on and off all my life. I had a very real experience with Jesus and have depended on Him my whole life. What has He done for me? I can't begin to tell you all of the miracles and small things He has done for me over the years. The jobs He has given me, protecting me from my own stupidity, sparing me from death. I'm sure I'll only know a fraction of it until I get to Heaven and He tells me everything.

I can understand your doubts as a teenager as I had them myself, but I can tell you that you won't find a better friend in this life or on the other side than Jesus. He always has your best interests in His mind. Why do bad things happen to innocent people? Simply this: It goes back to Adam and Eve. When they disobeyed God, they set in motion a spiritual law that God won't turn back. That is that the wages of sin is death. I'm afraid that too many African tribes haven't even heard of Jesus or God. They worship their ancestors or whatever. Not all, there is a great revival going on in Africa and many thousands are coming to know Jesus. If you don't know Jesus, then the blessings of God won't come to you, and if you know Him, you can call on Him to receive the blessings fo God. But you have to remember that there are evil leaders in the world who do control the fates of millions of people. Hitler for example, controlled the deaths of 6 millions Jews. Where is Hitler now? Burning in hell and the Nazi nation is reduced to a memory. The bottom line is that sin has entered the world and will continue until God has had enough. Believe me, He is fast approaching His saturation point. He hates what is going on in the world. You have to remember that there are millions of Christians throughout the world who are praying for God's mercy on the earth. He hears them and listens to their cries, but sooner or later the more evil that is piled on, He will pour out His wrath. My dad also did not go to church. I found out later that the reason he didn't go to church with us, was that he preferred a pentecostal church over a souther baptist church. At the time I didn't know the difference.

Hello, I'm new.

But, I was wondering why do you guys believe? And what has He done for you? What made you believe? You see, I'm a teenager and I've been going to church for a while. Ever since around 4 years old. My mom made me. But, even though I have been going to church I still have doubts. I went to retreats. And I seen miracles happen, but for some reason I still have some doubts. Like, why are their so many people in Africa with no food. Why did the Holocaust happen? And my dad, he doesn't go to church, but he believes. He says he's too busy. I know life is not supposed to be a paradise, but some things around the world is cruel. I always wonder, why does God let these things happen?

Thanks.

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God has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Doubts are normal I think simply because we are human and it's really easy for our faith to become small and fragile. When bad things happen, murder, rape, children being molested and killed. So much evil in the world makes you wonder about God and why he allows things to happen. It's because we have free will and even those who choose evil they have free will as well. I wonder too why or how God can allow innocent children to suffer and so on but the answer is simply ... I don't know... I do not in any way know God's mind, all that I know is that he loves me, he loves all of us, even the murderers and rapests and child molesters. I do know that Jesus died for all of us so that we can have the chance at salvation through him. Why do I believe? Simply because I do..... That is what faith is. Faith is, no proof nec... it's just believing. God has brought me peace when there seemed no end to my suffering. He has shown me that my, "suffering" is nothing compared to that of others. He has opened my eyes to how blessed I am to have what I have and he has lifted me up when I was at my lowest. How do I know it was him? Because my faith says it was him. AND because when he moves I can FEEL him. I feel a lightness in my heart and my soul seems to fly away. When I am around something that is not of God, I can feel my spirit trying to pull away from whatever it is that is offending to Christ. Faith is in your very soul. I promise you that if you pray and you talk to God he WILL MOVE because he loves you. Ima pray for you because there have been so many times I have sat outside for hours looking up at the sky begging God to exist. Crying out because my heart is breaking and I am afraid of my own thoughts and he has always moved and set me at peace. I say every night to the LORD ... " I will ALWAYS believe."

I hope this helps in some way and sorry for my awful spelling lol im a doofus

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Continue to trust in Him through your prayers. Continue to seek Him in your daily live. He is the only One that can give you peace in your heart. Trust Him, as I have done and you would never be disappointed.

George Calleja - Malta

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Because acts of Love are the only ones worth telling.

And that's why we have Jesus.

The Bible's message is one of Love. Even when feelings say " I don't quite get it". If you believe in The Word of God, You will be Saved.

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Like everyone else, I see now that I am 4 years late, but since I'd already written this I figured I'd share it anyway.

Your question has intrigued me and I found myself pondering it as I went about my work.

Here are some of the thoughts that came to me as I pondered.

The very fact that you care and concern yourself with the state of others around the world indicates that God is already living in you and doing a work in you.

If we can look at it this way... God did not create the world so that He could control everything but He made us, His creation and gave us free will to grow in His ways. We are to perfect ourselves here on earth, and we know that we are nearing that perfection when we are able to see outside our own selfish selves, to see the needs in the world, and when we care enough to try to meet those needs... to do something about the hardship and suffering. I believe this is part of God's plan. God does not create the hardships on people... and people have all the means necessary, given by God, to relieve all hardship, if they choose to do so.

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Like everyone else, I see now that I am 4 years late, but since I'd already written this I figured I'd share it anyway.

Your question has intrigued me and I found myself pondering it as I went about my work.

Here are some of the thoughts that came to me as I pondered.

The very fact that you care and concern yourself with the state of others around the world indicates that God is already living in you and doing a work in you.

If we can look at it this way... God did not create the world so that He could control everything but He made us, His creation and gave us free will to grow in His ways. We are to perfect ourselves here on earth, and we know that we are nearing that perfection when we are able to see outside our own selfish selves, to see the needs in the world, and when we care enough to try to meet those needs... to do something about the hardship and suffering. I believe this is part of God's plan. God does not create the hardships on people... and people have all the means necessary, given by God, to relieve all hardship, if they choose to do so.

I agree with most of what you say, but the statement that we are to perfect ourselves is not true. We can do nothing by ourselves. It is Christ in us, through His Spirit, that we change and we cannot take any credit for what He does in our lives. We will never be perfect while living in this life. Only when we are with Him will he complete His perfection is us.

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I agree with most of what you say, but the statement that we are to perfect ourselves is not true. We can do nothing by ourselves. It is Christ in us, through His Spirit, that we change and we cannot take any credit for what He does in our lives. We will never be perfect while living in this life. Only when we are with Him will he complete His perfection is us.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;

it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ahh, yes, I agree with what you have said. Thank you for adding the clarity that was lacking in my post. :-)

You have also quoted my favorite scripture. :-)

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My Life was Saved by god, and cooking means everything

In my early Twenties, I was a passenger in a car, I had my seat belt on, but after another car hit the one I was in, the seat belt snapped, because of the 90 MPH, give or take a few MPH, hit from the other car. All my ribs bar 4 were broke as I was hurled through the windscreen, I landed in front of the car I had been seated in, on to the tarmac, and the car that had hit mine bulldozed the one I had been in up onto my body.

I ended up 200 yards across the other side of the carriage way, my neck was bent forward because it was up against a granite wall, the car I had been in was now on top of me, the sill of the car, was on top of both my arms, and pinned to my chest.

My right leg was twisted around the back axle of the car, and my head was split open, my mouth and throat was filled with broken windscreen glass. I was dying for sure, I knew it, and I kept seeing my dead father in my bouts of consciousness, I called in pain to my mother to save me, cried and coughed up blood. I was in and out of consciousness, I could hear the firemen trying to cut me out, I heard them say “he’s not going to make it, the cars on top of him, crushing him “it made me fear death even more than I could ever have realised.

Up to this point in my life, I had successfully gone through catering college, and qualified as a head chef, I had worked up until then preparing food and working at the Lobster Pot hotel, where I proudly cooked food for celebs, such as Dame Judy Dench, and David Bowie to name but a few. Cooking was my chosen path, and I had worked for around 7 years to be where I was. I had also just got my first executive chef position in a hotel as a young man not quite 21.

I was trapped an hour, with that car on my chest and across my neck, with my neck and spine bent the wrong way, the pain was epic, tears vomit and blood was all I had, I saw all the stuff we see on the movies, white light, tunnels, I felt several times like moving towards that light, but knew if I did it would be my end, and a release from the pain my body was going through. I knew deep inside of me if I had given up and went to that light that I would have gone.

I focused on my knew job, my mother and family and my beloved cat Tibby, and started to scream for help, but it kept going dark, I could by now taste the blood trickling down from my skull in my mouth, I thought if I lose anymore I will bleed to death right here. It was midnight by the time the ambulance crew started to give me lots of pain killers, but I was in agony, I heard them say he can have no more. Then one of them told me, that they had to take my leg off the cars back axle, and told me to take deep breaths on the gas and air mask. The pain was off the scale, I thought my leg had dropped off, I was screaming non - stop now, and was awake for the first time, It was now I overheard one of the ambulance men say that my leg was hanging on to my body by a thread.

I started to close my eyes, and in my mind started to beg God to help me, I repeated this over and over again in my head, and then as the pain started to increase to unbearable levels, I started to just speak in a now weakened voice, please, please, god help me, I’m only in my twenties, I don’t want to die, I started to say, that anything I have ever done in my life that in his eyes was bad, I ask for forgiveness here and now, I had done no wrong ever, but I felt that maybe even the smallest little thing, I thought would have been enough to be in his bad books so to speak.

Gradually the pain started to subside, it went black, I can remember feeling very calm, happy and safe, and the next time I awoke I was in the accident & Emergency department of the local hospital.

I was told that I would never walk again, because of the damage in my leg, but every night while in hospital for many weeks, I prayed to God to make me walk again, I was told by a top surgeon that I would never walk again. But after praying for over 4 weeks non - stop, one day I awoke and I had pins and needle feelings in my right leg, within days I could stand on it, but it took another 6 months for me to learn to walk again.

After being out of work for a full year, I decide to go back to catering, my passion, my love, but from day one, something was really wrong, I was getting severe headaches, vomiting, dizziness, and I had to take some more time off work to try and get my body under control.

I repeatedly went to my family’s Doctor with my problems; he told me that it was probably post-traumatic stress syndrome because of what I went through. But the problems went on and on, I was having terrible headaches, and needed to go to bed for 2 days at a time or more with headaches, dizziness daily, ears ringing, and loss of feelings in all my limbs. I felt so sad so alone, no one knew what was wrong with me, and weeks became months and years, but the suffering would not stop. I was a young man, my external damaged at healed up, and I looks healthy and well, but I was not in anyway.

I at the time had no idea nor did any of my doctors that I had suffered serious brain damage, back in the early seventies MRI was not available in my neck of the woods, and I don’t even know if I was around at all. So by the time I got to 38 years old, some 18 years of unspeakable pain and stress and illness, I finally managed to get an MRI of my head, it showed that the accident I had suffered 18 years ago had given me a condition known as ACM, that’s Arnold Chiari Malformation, it’s a condition where the back of the brain the cerebellum, can from birth get what’s called an herniated cerebellum tonsil, or it can be acquired through a trauma to the head, my car accident.

In a nutshell, what happened is, the impact of having a car on my head and neck, caused this cerebellum tonsil, that looks like a whip, drop cm by cm throughout my life, ever closer to my brain stem. If It ever reaches my brain stem I die, it drops out of your skull like a whip getting longer and longer, it disrupts the spinal fluid that flows up through your spine and around your brain, this causes all manner of disturbances with my body. The flow of my bodie’s spinal fluid, is being stopped moving around properly because of the obstruction the herniated tonsil is doing by its downward travel towards my brain stem.

In my case my neurosurgeon told me it’s to dangerous to operate on, and that I will need to live with it, so I must not ever bang my head or shake my head, or this tonsil will drop even more outside of my skull and closer to my brain stem.

So since the age of 38 I have gone to sleep knowing all of this I’m now 56, life’s been so hard, we lost our house we brought when I was 40 years old because of illness, I stopped cooking for a living at 38 years old. I was then taken bankrupt and lost everything. Since that time I have just continued to write recipes and share them on my website, I try to support myself and my wife through my books I wrote, but once again only last year we suffered more severe finance hardship, we live very frugally these days, life’s been so very tough. I have always only ever wanted to give my wife of 35 years the best I could, but because of illness all my life, I give myself completely, she’s my rock, my best true friend in the whole world. But my daily life for the last 35 years every day since the accident has been one of illness, I look fine, I talk fine, and if I did not share this with you, you would never know. But for the last 35 years of my life, I have had the following all day every day, both my ears have ringing sounds loud in them 24/7 for 35 years, I have drugs for this, they do not stop the ringing, just a little bit of the imbalance, while walking I can suddenly feel the ground move and make me fall over, and at any time my world spins around me as I get out of the blue Vertigo, one minute fine, and then the room I am in will start to spin around me, causing vomiting, and headaches.

I can for no reason lose the use of my legs for a few hours or maybe a day or two, most of the times my legs feel like solid wood, and very painful to walk on, I have learnt to hide my pain well having suffered it for 35 years, I get headlight just turning to look at something, if I don’t think about it first, and do it slow.

I look normal, but am trapped in a body that suffered a severe trauma that it never let me get over, I keep the faith, and keep motivated, I have self - motivated myself for 35 years, I feel I could give so much to other people who maybe need motivation.

The hardest thing is since I found out about my condition, is that knowing what could happen to me at any given moment, living every single second as my last, I stay motivated because I feel I was saved by god to motivate other people worse off than me, I feel that if I could just get a break, I could maybe for once in my life motivate people through what’s happened to me, and also teach cooking, all of these together I hope to make money from one day, so that all of this life that I have lived can be rewarding, I want this for my family, not myself, for without them I would exist in perpetual darkness.

The last 12 years of my life I have sat at my computer 10 hours every day, 6 days a week, trying to make a living, which has of course made me suffer, but I have no choice, I write recipes, on my website, and hints and tips on cooking, I hope to be able to somehow make a living from the media, with regards to my cooking, and my motivational skills based on my life’s experiences, I feel I was saved by god all those years ago for more than this, I am stronger for it, and will never give up.

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I believe because, God is there for me and talks to me....How could I deny my faith and the Father?

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