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  1. Hi naominash, What good advice and caring from those before me. We all quite understand what you are saying, for there is NOTHING, NO NOTHING in this world that satisfies. Here is an old song I learnt years ago - `This world is not my home, I`m just a passing through, My treasure is laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me, from heaven`s open door, and I can`t feel at home in this world anymore.` Oh Lord you know I have no friend but you, If heaven`s not my home then Lord what will I do, The angels beckon me from heaven`s open door, And I can`t feel at home in this world anymore.` Here are our treasures, the riches in Christ - ` adoption, acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, inheritance, the seal of the Holy Spirit, life, grace, citizenship,` (Eph. 1 - 3) Encourage yourself in the Lord with what you do have in Christ and not let this ole world depress you. It will pass, and you will pass into glory. Marilyn.
  2. mel85

    For me

    Friends i have not done adultery or idolatry, but have sinned, and dishonoured the Lord, amidst the family struggle and challenges. should i quit praying here? will God forgive me, and make me strong to stand for Him, so that i can help others, as i have been through these challenges. prayers for me and family, appreciated Thank you!
  3. “ Blessed men GO THROUGH valleys of weeping.....”........ key words being “ GO THROUGH”
  4. Have you ever read much in Ecclesiastes? all is vanity. vanity of vanities. all is vexation of the spirit and chasing the wind. and you cant grab hold of the wind... it says, the wind blows where it will. This world has nothing to offer. Only walking with God, only sipping on that Living Water will fulfill us. we cant look to the world or anything in this world to bring us fulfillment. The void in us that seeks to be fulfilled is only made whole by God in us. thats why things like marketing of new products makes so much money... people get bored with their toys they look to to bring them fulfillment, but they are not everlasting. they loose the appeal, and people need the newest bigger better faster thing to keep them. But its The Lord that keeps us and sustains us. that gives us peace and joy. That helps us to overcome and gives us victory. dont forget Naomi... the veil has been torn, from top to bottom. we now have direct access. to our High Priest. to our Jesus. there is a time and season for everything under the sun. and it pleases God that we are satisfied with Him and with what we do have. with our work and food and drink. If you think all you are doing here on earth is messing up, sinning and wasting time getting scared you are wrong. do you know Naomi that i enjoy reading your posts, and that some of the things you have said have enriched my life? Do you think you are not a blessing to people around you?... by words of yours i read i know you are. you may not see it but you are. Dont despair. your words communicate you want to be on the mountain top, and not in your valley. but look at the mountains. what do your see... rocks and snow caps. and what you see in the valley... its lush and green... only in the valley do things grow. God is not done with you. God has not left you. He is closer to you than your very breath. embrace your valley because only in the valleys do we grow. When you are done with this chapter of your life you will have grown closer to God and stronger in your faith. Your valley will make you stronger. i am in a valley right now too. and I still want to praise God because He is God on the mountain top... and God in the valley. Dont look at the mountain and be discouraged. Look to God to get you thru this. I am praying for you sister. every time you cross my mind. you are loved. Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
  5. I’m sorry you’re feeling that way, friend. I appreciate your courage to reach out for help. Please don’t be hard on yourself. Bible clearly says that we all have sinned. Nobody is perfect. We cannot do anything without God’s help. I just said a prayer for you, asking the Lord to draw you closer to Himself and provide the help you need at this time. Remember that “the Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). He will never fail you or forsake you. May He be your ever-present help and may your confidence in His grace and goodness increase as you look to Him in faith. Stay strong in Him.
  6. BK1110

    For me

    If everyone who sinned left these message boards, Worthy would not exist anymore! Repent and ask God to strengthen you to temptation, and He will surely hear you and build you up! Praying for you!
  7. This question is an emotional one. Information would only answer part of it. The problem with my faith is that it's too weak. I don't fully submit to the Father's will --- that I live on the Earth serving Him until He takes me back. I honestly wish I could skip all the pain of living here. All the loneliness and disappointment. I could be with Jesus forever and He's the true treasure. So what am I doing down here besides messing up, sinning, and wasting time getting scarred? The truth is, I hate suffering. I deal with life and get up in the morning because I'm supposed to. But there's not true relish in it. It's just like, " Is the Lord returning today?? If not... Why not go back to bed. I feel ashamed to admit that because life is a gift and the Earth has good things in it for us to enjoy. But without what Adam and Eve had in the garden--- direct access to God--- it just all seems pointless.
  8. O Lord, my Lord, my faithful and wonderful counselor. My faith for what I am asking for right now is a faith of which I have always longed. When I was young in the Lord, I used worked up faith, but now I just know. Thank you for stretching my faith. I come to you and ask that you look upon my son Christopher and bless him. He needs you! Heal his wounded heart and convince him of his true worth and value which is only in you. Chris is a treasure and a parents' dream. He works; pays his bills on time; saves his money; cares for others and helps others, and he is so loving, smart, intelligent and handsome. Lord, I see a clear pattern that has developed in Chris' relationships with young women ... 3 in the past 6 years... each one of them damsels in distress, and he became their knight in shining armor. But they were all 3 abusive verbally - screaming - excessive drinking - getting Chris to spend his money on their fun. And yes, in talking to us about it, he confessed his ownership in making relational mistakes - especially what he calls "anger issues" and "low self esteem". Lord, you are there when he talks to us. He is always second-guessing himself - searching for some magic fix that will make the girl love him. He wants so to be loved by a wife, but now it looks like he is somehow a target for young women who see his weakness for being the knight in armor. Chris has been honest and forthcoming with us; talking for hours and trying hard to understand WHY. It breaks my heart. Chris belongs to you, Lord, and he knows You are Lord even if he hasn't talked to you in a while. Lord, you saw what happened when he was 2 years old and I married his dad. His mother didn't come to see him or get him for 4 months. Then she repeatedly abandoned him until he was 14 and she stopped altogether until she found out he was grown and had a good job. Now, 23 years later, time and again, she reaches out to him only to ask for help or money, and he has given her money and tried to help her. The girls Christopher falls for he really tries to rescue - he is trying to win her love and acceptance by getting involved with women who remind him of her. He doesn't know that now, but he will know that and all you reveal to him, Lord Jesus. Lord, your son, Chris told us several times last week and tonight that he "really struggles with low self esteem and anger". He is desperate for a certain kind of love, and he is an amazing catch! But Lord, he is in the wrong pond! Get him to the right pond and throw him in! I speak life into my son's world. I speak as the Lord's ambassador and I bind the enemy from succeeding in his plans to wound my son further. I say what my Lord has said, that He abides in me as I abide in Him, and that the Lord will not dwell in the same house with the enemy! So devil, you have to leave my son and never return. Lord Jesus, fill Chris with the knowledge of your Word again. Replace what the devil has stolen - replace it and make it clear to Chris that You have intervened when he was in despair - that You have been made strong in his weakness. Lord, draw him away from these people he thinks are friends. He hates drugs, and yet drugs and alcohol - partying is their weekend ritual. Chris doesn't belong there! He belongs back in church; meeting Christian people and making friends; joining life groups and finding others he can confide in. Lord, if therapy will help, I ask that Chris make the appointments; that he do the hard work necessary for the renewing of his mind. Be all over this, Lord. You be the Therapist, and let Chris as well as his therapist hear from you. Enlighten Christopher's understanding about grace, redemption, God's faithfulness, sin battles, spiritual battles, and what your Word says about his worth and value. You answered the prayers of other women in the bible. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! Psalm 113:9 - You gave me Christopher - make me a joyous mother again. I have loved him like he is my own son, and I am his mother. He is a witty and funny guy and makes people laugh all the time. But he has been unhappy for so long now. Remember Lord, Chris was always witnessing to his friends in high school. They were just drawn to him, and he eventually filled up 2 whole pews with young people... the pastor told us Chris had an anointing, and just like that, he bolted and ran. Lord, what is the calling on his life? Why does he travel BESIDE the path that You have laid for him? How did the enemy get Chris so gas-lighted? He hears lies from satan. Satan is a liar and the father of lies. My son is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! You are the Healer and the Redeemer! You are God! You are the Word! You created the universe and set every star and planet just right so that mankind can live and thrive on Earth and worship you. You made us in your image. Christopher is like you. Lord, this desperate need for love at any price is the enemy's false version of love, and he has set traps for Chris. Spring those traps before Chris ever gets close to them and instead, let him find your love. Let Chris know you in a deep and intimate way. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 His dad and I have planted seeds of love and of your Word into his heart for weeks now as he comes to us for help and advice. When he has been drawn close, Lord, pull him or yank him the rest of the way back into the light! Give Chris a Christian wife who seeks wisdom; a gentle soul with her priorities straight and who will love him with the love of Christ. Let Chris know joy in becoming more and more an example of Christ toward his wife and toward the children he will have. Let his wife illustrate the strength and faithfulness of Christ's bride; the Church. Let them find in each other the many many ways of finding You. Give Chris friends who never tear him down or participate in destructive lifestyles. Change his world! Turn him back - run to him and fall on his face. Kiss him. Celebrate. Bless him. And rejoice, my Lord! Fill his heart and soul and mind with oil of joy for his wounds and mourning; give him your beauty for his ashes. Teach your precious Christopher how to abide in peace - even through all his struggles. In Jesus' name, I pray AMEN.
  9. This is something I shared with someone the other day in my salvation experience. In my own personal faith walk, I was in a period of 3 months whereby I was convicted of sin deeply ... and I felt as if I couldn't do anything without the weight of sin. In Pilgrim's Progress, it describes Pilgrim's journey whereby he was constantly carrying this burden ... this is how I believe we are when we are in our incubation state. As we struggle, we're fighting for faith. Honestly, I believe there's a lesson to be learned with Jacob wrestling with the Angel (the pre-incarnate Jesus) in Genesis 32. Before this particular night, Jacob always offered a sacrifice to the God of Abraham and the God of Issac. It was always a sacrifice to the God of His Fathers. It wasn't until this night when Jacob refused to let go -- and said -- I will not let you go until you bless me -- then God changed His name from Jacob to Israel. Afterwards, you see how Jacob offered sacrifices to the God of Israel. It wasn't until his own wrestling match with the Lord -- that it became personal for him. I believe every believe must go through his own "wrestling" match so to speak with the Lord. In the 1700s , the famous evangelist Jonathan Edwards listed the stages of saving faith. The first stage is the awareness of the horror of being eternally lost. The second stage is the attempt to stop sinning to remove guilt. The person tries to save himself any way he can, and comes to the futile realization that he cannot save himself. The third stage is the realization that the seeker cannot save himself that only God can save him from his sin. The fourth stage is the conviction that God is just in His judgment. God is just in his condemnation of sin and the penalty of his sin. The seeker comes to the place where he realizes that God does not have to save him and finds himself utterly at the mercy of God. The fifth stage when the seeker becomes to have an affection for God and the Holy Spirit pours out upon the seeker the gift of salvation and fills his heart with the joy of knowing the seeker is truly saved. Saving faith will fill a person so deeply that His and life are forever changed. The new believer is so filled with love, that the believer can't wait to be in the arms of His savior. And its this love that permeates his being and has a love that passes human understanding, even love that has the ability to love his enemies. Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  10. naominsash, Just another thought. I think that you have expectations and desires that the world should give you something. The world system is not fair, it is based on greed. You will have more peace if you don`t expect things from the world. What would you give in exchange for any of the spiritual treasures we have in Christ? You are not alone, we are all going through something - pain, loss, grief, trouble, difficulties, trials etc. Be encouraged we are here for you and praying. Marilyn.
  11. Dear precious sister, ...remember Job, he lost his ten children, all of his wealth and prestige and was covered in boils from head to toe, and he suffered for many months, thinking the same thoughts as you, he didn't have the first two chapters of his book to read at the time to understand he was he object of a contest between God and satan. What we can learn from his suffering is our Father is Good and He is Love, He has a plan for each one of His children, we have a copy of the book of Job, we know how it ended, just like Job, He has a plan for you, so may I humbly suggest you turn this time of suffering into a sanctified suffering. ...praise Father for Who He is, we don't praise Him for the circumstances, that just turns our mind back to the suffering, praise the Lord for His faithfulness in the past, speak to Him, thank Him for all of the times He has supernaturally naturally intervened in your life, get into the Word, ruminate on it, maybe do a study on all of His names in the Old Testament and then think about how He has manifested Himself in those Names in your life , read the Psalms of David, he went from deep depression to great emotional highs, ...just get into the Word and then the Word will get into you and comfort you, ...remember, Jesus promised He would send the Comforter to live in us, He's inside of you, ...let Him do His work, ...ask Him to comfort you, ask Him hold you in His arms, ...what we have is real, ...a personal relationship with God. I've read some of your posts, I'm proud, of you and I don't see a child of God weak in faith, ...au contraire! One of my favorite verses in the Old Testament is, it - came - to - pass, ...this will pass and you will come out stronger and more prepared for the plan Father has for you. Dear sister, you will be in my prayers, Lord bless
  12. You'll get a lot of answers here., and that can be a problem, because if you have 1200 people here, and they represent 20 different denominations and 200 different churches, or more... then, its unlikely that you are going to find a lot of agreement regarding a bible, a church, doctrine, or much else. That's just the way it is. So, let me answer you this way, and maybe this will help you weed through to the truth. As a matter of fact, when i was a baby Christian, about 30 yrs ago, i once asked God.... "how do you know who is telling the truth, what pastor, what church, as they all say they have the truth and teach it, yet, there is little they agree upon, regarding one denomination as compared to the next one a quarter of a mile away". And i got an answer, as i was really needing to know. I was told this......."When lies and truth have become so carefully entwined by teachers and preachers and teachings and doctrine, the way you find out what is the TRUTH, is to find out what is NOT TRUE< and then what is left standing IS the truth". Another way to think of it is like this. "Truth and untruth went swimming.....and when Truth's back was turned, untruth stole Truth's clothes, and left. So, now, untruth parades about as truth, while Truth goes about as the Naked Truth". And the last thing i would have you consider., is this. What is the point of your Salvation, other then you being saved? What is the purpose?......And where are you heading with this purpose? A.) You are heading to the Judgment Seat of your Savior, Jesus The Christ, and He is going to ask you one thing once you meet Him....."What have you done with your life FOR ME, since I SAVED YOU"? And so, what you do, is you look for a church that is occupied with THAT SITUATION.........and what would that be?.....It would be 2 things...... 1.) Soul Winning.....2.) Serious study of the Word, and holding the bible as the Final Authority, and not the Pastor, and not the Denomination. If you are find a church that has no interest in winning souls, reaching the lost, and if this is not nearly an obsession with the pastor and the staff, along with bible, bible, bible, then you are not in a church that is going to prepare you for your encounter with Jesus. God bless you, in your search,- B
  13. This is bad. Run away from those. Btw, there can' t be Spirit without truth. That's external. The fruit of the Spirit include sincere love for one another, sound mind, sound understanding (not necessarily too elaborated or sophisticated) As another thing to check, make sure about how they feel about the Return of Jesus. Are they excited about it? Or is far from their heart? If it is the latter, it' s a bad sign. First Christians and all true Christians were very excited about it, and part of their missionary spirit came from the desire to have Him come back after the Gospel were preached in the whole world Good luck with your search!
  14. FaithGirl

    For me

    I am praying for you
  15. Far out! And here I thought I was the only one that saw the disguised serpent in the hillsong pulpit, ...preach it brother!
  16. Yeah, the Bible does say that, but what maryjane said applies too. Perhaps I'm wrong, but just posting a Bible verse sounds rather cold, especially to anyone who's walked that road. That sort of thing doesn't help, and can seem like a slap in the face to someone who's really hurting because it can sound like the person saying it doesn't really care about them. I apologize if I'm wrong. I've been down that road in the past, and since I spend a lot of time with folks in recovery I know a lot of people who have been down that road too. Life in this world is not cut and dried, and the enemy just loves to bring up suicide when it seems like your whole world has just ended. Sometimes our minds can be so messed up, so overwhelmed that it seems like checking out is a good answer - but its never a good answer. Like maryjane said: The Lord is the only one who knows both sides of the story in each case. "Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?"-- (end of) Gen 18:25
  17. I just love this. Just keep being you, frienduff. We need you here.
  18. I realize that most people praying ... do not pray as the Bible instructs us to pray. So a research paper discussing prayer ... would be different depending on the saints that were praying! Early in my walk, I read the autobiography of George Mueller, and how his prevailing prayer worked miracles! There is an effectual working prayer of the saints ... that transforms from the smallest of things ... to even nations! May I suggest reading a book, How to Pray by RA Torrey. Or Asking and Receiving by John R Rice. We'll send them to you as a gift from the ministry if you wish!
  19. It can be both ... very easily. For example, in the 1 Chronicles 21:1 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. In the 2 Samuel 24:1 passage it says, 2Sa 24:1 Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” As a Father would discipline his child, it appears that God removed his hand of protection against Israel and allowed a judgment. Of course, this judgment was stayed ... where? At the Temple Mount, where later we find the Temples were built -- where God stopped the judgment against Israel.
  20. I hate it that people believe that suicide sends you to hell. Their basis is that you die with unrepentant sin. Well, we ALL die with unrepentant sin. There's no way on earth to confess every single sin you've committed. No way. No how. Not even conceivable. Suicide is a grievous sin and hurts so many. But if Jesus Christ did not die for all of our sins, then he died for none. Sometimes, what is frightening to me is that people ask this question because THEY are contemplating suicide and they want spiritual permission. I've seen that at least a dozen times. John says just a couple of verses past John 3:16 that "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." This means to me that yes, even suicide is forgiven. But a Christian must be so cautious not to take this verse to mean that they can sin willy-nilly and it's alright. One who believes that is more than likely not saved. Paul says in Romans 8 that he is confident that nothing can separate us [Christians] from the love of God that includes "life nor death". Death would include suicide. Suicide does not mean automatic hell. Yet, importantly, suicide nor any other sinful behavior is NOT an option for the Christian. No Christian should want to meet God after taking their own life. They would be forgiven, yes. But it isn't not the way for Christians.
  21. Hi, Glock. Questions are the best way to settle things in your heart and mind because there ARE answers. [1] How did Judas Iscariot die? He hung himself in a field that he bought. After hanging there a long while, his body bloated, fell from the tree, and burst open with his intestines spilling out. Matthew tells you how he died. Luke [author of Acts] tells you what happened to his dead body after a while. [2] Who incited David to take the census? Ultimately, Satan. 2 Samuel 24:1 says, "Again the anger of the LORD was roused against Israel and he moved David against them to say, 'Go number Israel and Judah'". Who is that "he"? It's Satan. God does not cause people to sin. [James 1:13]. The people had to be punished for their idolatry. The devil "moved" David to sin and God allowed it for HIS purpose. David would sin. God would give him a choice of punishment and David chose for the people to suffer a plague. David would soon regret it terribly that he put that on the people [not focusing on the deserved punishment]. David had compassion on his people and so did God. God told his angel that brought the plague, "ENOUGH!" God takes no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked. Ezekiel 18:23 and 33:11.
  22. Jesus said.. “The sick need a physician” Paul prescribed wine for Timothy’s stomach troubles.... i suffered from severe depression for 5 years......medication helped me IMMENSELY ....it was an answer to my prayers .....get help you wherever you can, and give God the praise....God bless
  23. what you don't see is that God sees deeper into the heart the we can. God knows every peculiar person and is Long suffering. Where the law condemns God never gives up on a person with grace that is knew every morning we are lost people Yes its just as easy as reading the scripture and overcome every evil. One thing we need to learn is there is no power in us that can over come sin and the flesh. Many strongholds die hard. Yet God does not give up on those who struggle. I can take comfort in what Paul said Being confident in this one thing, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion Phi 1: 6. It is Gods will that none should be lost Eze 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you and I will take away the stony heart out of you flesh and I will give you a heart of flesh And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgments, and do the
  24. Don't feel like you have to but there is a huge gap where churches fail to talk about issues like: Abortion Sexual integrity and how to actually walk that out. Modesty ( seriously. Almost never addressed) Courtship/Engagement Financial Stewardship Youve seen the news, right? We young people are struggling out here. We are literally perishing for lack of knowledge. Am I saying having a firm grasp on the sovereignty of God isn't important? Not at all. But the wisdom. We need it so badly. And many churches don't adress these things at all. The church I grew up in certainly didn't. Our catechism class was...I don't even remember what was discussed. And it's not just the older believer's jobs. I want to mentor women younger in the faith too.
  25. I have been in that place as well. A small Bible study at a Missionary Baptist Church has been feeding and challenging me. It is exactly 1 hour long so I don't hurt as much as a 2 or 3 hour service. But I feel loyal to my home church because the teaching/preaching is excellent and the people grow to maturity in serving each other there. It is a church of 1500 but I don't feel plugged in. A small bible study in my own church would be perfect. Instead I was moved out of my comfort zone. The serivice at the Baptist church is more lively than the one I am accustomed to but possibly not as worshipful. So no church is perfect.
  26. 1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 1Pe 1:7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Pe 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 1Pe 1:9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1Pe 4:13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1Pe 4:19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. 2Pe 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 2Pe 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2Pe 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 2Pe 1:6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 2Pe 1:7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2Pe 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Pe 1:9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 2Pe 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2Pe 1:11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Believe me, I hate these trials as much as you. But I don't want to complain in the wilderness and go around that mountain again. So I keep asking Father what He wants me to learn during this trip around. Probably it is that He wants me to die here--to die to self. So lets let the old man rot in the wilderness so that the new man can go into the land of the giants and win victories through obedience. Now I am hungry for cereal with a little milk and honey.
  27. @naominash I think at some point pretty much every Christian goes through some dark valleys. The details vary, but I think more than one of us has wondered why is it worth hanging around on earth. Sometimes this can be brief and other times last for a long time. Things that bother one person don't bother another. Things that don't bother one person can devastate another. Sometimes there are situations that are indeed toxic and unhealthy that require us to take action for our wellbeing. Sometimes there are situations that we make toxic by our own reaction. I used to pooh-pooh Christian counseling until I started to hear testimonies from an increasing number of Christians I knew about how God often used such things to help show them things about themselves and generate positive changes. After I physically collapsed at work due to stress, God put me in the path of a Christian counselor. I had one meeting with him (which was an initial consultation) where he recommended a book, which I got and read, and saw him once again a few weeks later. God used that book to clearly point out the big problem in my life was deep anger. I wasn't mad at people (or I would have immediately recognized it as a problem). I was mad at things I had no control over. I was angry at situations at work, the world around me, and various things. It was not so much a petty anger of being slighted but seeing unjust, unhealthy, and frustrating situations and systems that simply needed to change for the better. I was emotionally carrying around burdens God never intended for me to carry. My biggest problem was that I had confused carrying unnecessary burdens with being passionate, caring, helpful, and being a force for good in the world. It took several months and a lifestyle change from decades-long patterns of thinking to reach a point where I really felt and reacted differently to things. When I became most aware of it was several months later when I realized I had slept through the night two nights in a row. It had become normal for me to sleep for a few hours at a shot, wake up and read until exhausted and then fall asleep again. My mind had constantly been racing about all those things I needed to do. It took awhile for that to change. One of the best teachings and sermons I've heard on this general topic comes from Ed Smith (who started the transformation prayer ministry at transformationprayer.org). There's a video on their site of a sermon where he talks much about what causes much of our emotional burdens as Christians. He sets up one situation, which many of us know well. Someone asks us to do something (usually important) that we don't want to. We emotionally feel like we are stuck with two options: say yes and then get mad at them as we do it or say no and feel guilty. He asks why do we feel like we only have two options, get mad or feel bad? His answer is that our reactions are based on what we really believe about something. Our negative reactions to situations are often rooted in lies we believe. There a quote on their site that I like. "Emotional pain is not something to manage or overcome, but is a God-designed warning system that something is wrong. To pay attention to this warning is to benefit and grow in truth, to dismiss it is to remain in a perpetual cycle of lie-based thinking." The biggest insight I picked up from this sermon is to be aware of when I have a strong negative reaction to something and to ask myself Why am I reacting that way? and then deal with the real root cause. The sermon video is the 50 minute one on this page: https://www.transformationprayer.org/preparing-journey-introduction/ In a nutshell, he talks about the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. (He uses the terms intellectual knowledge and experiential knowledge.) Head knowledge is when we lose a job and repeat a verse such as (Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus) over and over to try to convince ourselves not to be anxious or scared while we are laying awake in bed worrying about it. Heart knowledge is when we sleep well the night we lose a job because we are convinced that it is because God's going to do something very cool in our lives. Why do we lay awake worrying? Because deep down we believe some type of lie such that God is either unable to care for us or unwilling to care for us or is punishing us. The main point he addresses is that frequently our emotions and reactions to things reflect our true beliefs about something. Often, we need God to do something in our heart to show His truth to overcome those lies.
  28. Worthy art Thou my Lord and God, of All Honour and Glory and Power, for You are reigning now on high, hallelujah. Naomi, I'm not at all surprised at you feeling despondent and feel like "what's the point." You have been told that in a short while you will no longer be needed at your work place. Is it any wonder then, that all seems bland, you think that you are no longer valued, your boss/ bosses have told you so. Yet, until that day arrives, you get up, get dressed and go to the place of work that doesn't want you there. Are you able to pursue some other employment while still making money where you are, I guess that you've probably looked into that already. What encourages me when I see your posts, is the caption at the bottom which says, "God exalted, the enemy defeated." Don't allow the enemy speak to your conscience and allow negative thought processes in, remember the caption and then remember that Jesus has called us to be Over comers, we're not under comers, we're on top, not underneath, "In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart, for I have overcome the world." As always, I hope this helps, God bless.
  29. Welcome Zelgamer, ChristOlogos, Philitus. Why the name changes if it's not a delicate subject?
  30. shanee

    For me

    Praying now
  31. My heart goes out to you but know this Jesus will never abandon you. I have felt the same things you said. Never give up. turn you eyes upon Him and never give up. He is closer to you than you know. Many have suffered deeply because of our sins. Jesus will not leave you or forsake you. He Loves You and He will always love you.
  32. Fast. Fast not from food, but all technology - TV, computers, the internet, emails, social media, all of it, for a week and take that time, read the word of God and pray. Watch what a difference it'll make. The only one who has to change is ourselves.
  33. Hang in there naominash, God loves you and Christ died for you. 1 John 3:1-2, V. 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. V. 2, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Colossians 3:1- 2, V. 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. V. 2, Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  34. Hi Naomi. As you may know the Greek word mistranslated church is ekklesia meaning the called out ones. That's who are to gather in the name of Jesus. Don't need a special time, place, building, denominational rulebook or hierarchy to gather in the name of Jesus. Mat 18:20 (20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
  35. So years ago when I was in high school my mom worked and my dad worked full time and allot of hours at that. Between school functions basketball practice and track with not allot of money to eat out. My mom taught me how to cook a few simple dishes this is one of them. you cook the chicken in the frying pan till it is done put it aside. Then you cook the rice you actually can cook the rice while the chicken is cooking. Then you take a jar of sweet and sour sauce your favorite brand. Then take a can of cocktail fruit with or without the cherry your choice. You cut up the chicken put it in a bowl then the rice the sweet and sour sauce and cocktail fruit. Wala you’ve got dinner. Hope you enjoy.
  36. Hi everyone, Here's a simple recipe on chop suey. Enjoy https://www.thecoconet.tv/coco-cookbook/coco-cooking/sapasui-samoan-chop-suey-1/
  37. Wise thoughts. Also though, there is a counter balance or antidote for this problem. When one sees a big word, one can elect to cease the opportunity to increase one's vocabulary. At one time, this was a lot of work. Now, a few seconds of time on the internet, will get you understanding. It is a good thing to simplify things to make them understandable to a broad audience. Donald Barnhouse once said something to the effect of "Get the hay down out of the loft onto the barn floor, so the cows can get at it". I always remember that, even if I do not evenly apply it, as one of those old theologians. On the other hand, if we speak to infancts with baby talk, they will never learn to speak as adults. That was probably a bad illustration, since in implies immaturity of those with limited vocabulary, not my intention at all. So . . . What I am saying is: "Do not be easily intimidated by big words, instead LEARN the big words!" That way, the next time you see that word, you can say "aha!" instead of "huh?" Should we use big words though? Yes, absolutely. We are usually talking about specialty language. Lawyers had legalese, Scientist have specialized words. Even Virgil, the shade-tree mechanic, might say the word "carburetor" instead of saying "that block of cast aluminum with the round plates on those pivoting shafts, which are sitting inside those round holes where the air flows through and the gasoline sprays in from the attached fuel bowls that have those hollow brass floats, etc. etc. The word was way easier, that the description using smaller words, that STILL need explaining. In the kitchen, I hear words like sifter, whisk, blanch, parboil, simmer, and many other specialized terms that one may not know. It is just in the nature of communication, to develop words that mean things. Overall, it helps, more than it hurts. Theology, is no different. If I mention sacerdotalism, it is not there to confuse you, it is because a big word can substitute for a long description, and same time and space in a sermon or an article, etc. This is why dictionaries, etc. where invented, to help us communicate, not to obscure meanings. We need to be clear, sure, and try to help people understand what we mean. That does not, however imply, that it is not the responsibility of our readers, to learn new words to better understand others who have already learned them. That is my editorial opinion, and I hope I did not step on anyone's toes. Let's not be dismayed by vocabulary, instead, let's grow our vocabulary. Certainly, let's not use big words to try to sound smart, as few will be impressed if all we are doing, is trying to look like we know more. The purpose of knowledge is not to show of, it is to be able to understand things, and pass that understanding on. Sometimes, we (I am guilty of this) use words that we chose, because we are trying to communicate with those who understand the terms already, and not trying to speak to those, who are not there yet. I do not think there is anything wrong with that. Those who are less familiar, have an opportunity, to read those conversations, look up a few things, and work toward getting on that same page, and participate in similar conversations in the future. We old theologians, did not get to be old theologians, by fretting over big words, we got there because we took the trouble to get there. Now, it is so much easier, a person can access in seconds, online, entire theological libraries for free. It has never been easier to get up to speed, and there are few excuses not to, other than not being interested enough to do so. I saw some reference here, do the idea that not everyone has the time to devote to such things, than not everyone is retired with nothing better to do (it was not said exactly like that, but you get the idea). To that notion, I can only say personally, that I have not always been retired, that I learned most of what I know about theology, while I was working 50 hours weeks, and raising a family with 5 kids, and doing lots of other things that involved lots of investment of time. At the same time, i was also learning skill for the real world, expertise in all sorts of disciplines, and I should point out, that I am a lazy person by nature. How we spend our time, often shows what is important to us. Video games? Entertainment? Work, school, church, study, eating, etc. etc. How we spend our time, impacts what we will will become. We should consider what we want to be, and devote some time to that. Am I wrong?
  38. Perhaps they know that nobody can start with Genesis and read thru to Revelation and come out as a Catholic.Roman Catholicism has enough lies to fill a warehouse .I know some that have been saved despite the false teachings of that cult.I don’t know how .Its a miracle.One who adheres to Catholicism and calls himself a Christian is like a follower of Warren Buffet calling himself a Communist.One is as insane as the other.
  39. Why do you even ask this question? Before this time people people will be drawn or repulsed by Gods message.. So the message of God will be doing it's job to separate those who Love the truth and those who love unrighteousness... When the number of those who are to be justly saved is reached then there is no longer the need to draw people by the Message of the Love of the truth that saves.. Thus God can make Himself obvious to one and all so that His majesty can no longer be resisted or denied.. Then all will bow the knee to Him no matter if they hated His truth or loved his truth.. And then the final judgement can begin..
  40. Sometimes I can tell someone is intentionally going out of their way to make me feel inferior. To make me feel ugly, less than , poor, insignificant. Because of my class, race, looks, etc. It it makes me so mad and upset that they’re doing it on purpose and enjoying every second of my sadness and anger. I want want to get mad at them, not just for myself but on behalf of all people they treat that way. I want to put them in their place! Who do they think they are? They’re the ugly insignificant one! But...what does Jesus want me to do?
  41. When it's right with me and God, the joy comes. Now is one of those times. My circumstances have not changed. But I see God as big and my problems as smaller now. God is always to be rejoiced in because there's so many good things about Him that are always true!
  42. what about other forms of mental illness? what is your view on medication? I believe God gave us doctors, of all types, for a reason. Our minds can get just as ill as our bodies. Our brain is a muscle, and a physical part of our bodies, and hormones and other chemical reactions can be impaired by many different types of illness and injury. I think its time we stopped treating our brains as if they are not part of our bodies and just as prone to injury (including over strain and burn out) as our legs or stomach. And as prone to malfunction of a physical nature. Interestingly, brain cells are found all over our bodies, including a mini brain in our stomachs. Given the complexity of our brain and nervous system, its not surprising that they malfunction from time to time. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-feelings-the-second-brain-in-our-gastrointestinal-systems-excerpt/
  43. Anyone who tries to make someone feel inferior for any reason is only hiding deep inferiority complexes within themselves. The only way they can feel better about themselves is by making others feel less than them. Once you can realize and remember this, when it happens again, you will find you feel sorry for those doing this and not angry. I often wonder what has happened to this person to make them so insecure and/or hateful. Don't allow anyone to control how you feel about yourself.
  44. Thanks, Zemke, sounds like an awesome experience! I'm sure that ocean sea levels have been much different in the past history of the planet, I just haven't seen evidence that these geological differences have occurred in the last 3500-4000 years.
  45. I love it! We need to inspire and be inspired to live following Jesus in all we do. It's our duty and joy. These ladies were brilliant examples.
  46. Sister you are dearly loved . Again , what a wonderful poem of great encouragement . And the beauty of it is , the poem points right to CHRIST . You be ever encouraged in the LORD .
  47. Admittedly psychiatry is not my specialty, but I haven't heard of scans being used to diagnose mental illness yet (other than in research programmes). You're right - there are people on medication who shouldn't be. There are also people not on medication who should be. It all adds up to a lot of unnecessary suffering.
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