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  1. Fruits of the Spirit are something that we cannot manufacture or produce on our own. These qualities are the result of being born again. We might have some to a lesser or greater degree...but if we have been born again, the fruits will be there. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
  2. I've made it a point to train myself to verbally express thanks to God a lot, even in trying times. It's definitely helped out.
  3. Always pray and ask God to explain it to you. When you do understanding something underline it or keep a diary and record it. Then when a situation comes up where you can apply it to your life, do so. Usually you will find an opportunity within the week, or something has happened recently that you can apply it to. That way the word becomes a part of you and you remember it. The New Testament especially is meant to be very practical.
  4. Drewsie, of course you can be saved and have disabilities. My next door neighbor has autism and he is saved. In fact, God has been healing him and he wants to be a missionary. He even has preached at his church, and he will finish 2 years of Bible college next year. At one time he couldn't even talk. If God can help him, He can also help you. Salvation is a gift. Just thank God for saving you and forgiving you. You won't lose salvation because you sin. He just tells us confess our sins and He will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is God's job. We are God's "fish". He can catch us and He can clean us. We just put ourselves in His hands and ask Him to make us into what He wants us to be. He may want you to glorify Him by being just the way He made you. He loves you just the way you are. Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Rom 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus died in your place on the cross, taking your punishment. That way He can give you the GIFT of salvation.
  5. turtletwo

    Joyful Update

    Praise the Lord! My daughter went for the first time to the new church she found. It went exceptionally well. I have never seen her this enthused about a church before. She was explaining to me how it is very mission minded.
  6. Iowa, do you realize that as soon as you ask God to forgive you again, He asks "for what?". God both forgives and forgets. He says your sins shall be as white as snow, that they will be as far as the east is from the west. The moment you confessed your sin He was faithful and just to forgive your sin, and was cleansing you from all unrighteousness. ALL unrighteousness. All you had to do was agree with Him. He is helping you even if you can't see it right now. In fact, He says that He causes all things work together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psa 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
  7. Loved God when I was just a little girl and continued through out my life but most times I didn't live my life with God in mind until the last few years so in essence I am a newbie but God knows me as an oldie that strayed for a very long time.
  8. Many have died that I may live relatively free, and live to praise God this Memorial Day weekend at the USA. I do take time to remember and to reflect and to appreciate the gravity of their sacrifice and the direct affect on those that personally knew each one. At America, from Gettysburg of long ago to the tomb of the unknown to the names on the long black granite wall, and even on to today the names get added to that sacrifice, each a beloved of someone, each have given their life for others to live and to freely worship God at America USA.
  9. Does anyone else ever reflect upon how love, peace and thankfulness go hand in hand? We have the peace of Christ in our hearts/lives, therefore we are able to extend love and forgiveness towards our neighbor, and even towards ourselves. Also, there is a thankfulness in the heart of one who is in Christ. Be thankful for what we have, even if it is little. There are always others who have it much worse. Look for the good things in our lives....seeing, walking, hearing....all blessings from the Lord. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
  10. I thank everyone for their responses n prayers, I've had a rough time lately. Heard from family for the first time in nearly a decade, n all II got was derogatory remarks n bad wishes...I mean what is the point in that effort? It truly was intended to hurt n offend, n this from my "so call'd"mother n brother. I now see that I shouldn't expect anythin' from them anymore n am just movin' on. Just my two bits, JJ
  11. I just wanted to extend a thank you to everyone here. I feel like I've consistently received good advice and been prayed for by compassionate people. Being able to share thoughts, guidance, and scripture with others here has made me feel better about myself as well. Being largely housebound I often find myself feeling like a bump on a log, but here I feel like I'm doing something for the body of Christ, however small, and feel that I'll eventually be able to move on to doing more.
  12. I'm sorry for this. I've had friends and acquaintances who had abortions when we were all younger. They were not saved at the time. They didn't tell me for years later and after their salvation. Why did they tell me? They struggled with guilt and shame untold. It was crippling. What was my reaction? I loved them, counseled them, offered an ear and shoulder. I cannot imagine for the life of me scorning them or cutting them off. Is your friend a Christian? Two things: [1] Never, EVER tell her husband. That's not your place and never will be. Never, EVER tell anyone else. What would the purpose be other than gossip? She came to you for a reason. Pray to God that He will help you know what it is. [2] Have you sinned? Yes. I have, too. You can be grieved by her sin, but to cut her off - and you did call her your dearest friend - is not the Christian thing to do. If she is not saved - she needs Christ. If she is saved - she needs to repent. That's what I always ask women who have come to me to tell me things like this. One woman, who was in her 30's and just saved about 4-5 years, joined our church and wanted to sing in the choir so badly. One day, she called me on the phone to tell me about her two abortions when she was in her teens. She said, "I know my babies are in heaven. But does God hate me and will my babies hate me when I go to heaven?" I said, "Is this why you don't sing in choir?" She said, "Yes.". I said, "Have you gone to God with this and repented before him of this sin?" She said, "Yes, I have." I said, "Then get in the choir loft next Sunday. And no, God does not hate you and your babies, whatever age they may be in heaven, do not and will not hate you." She is your dearest friend.....she needs you. She CAME to you. Help her.
  13. Good answers for you already by everyone. Just keep reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, and pray for understanding. If you come across difficult to understand verses, jot down the reference. Then you can look up the meaning in a couple of Bible commentaries. Also, I hope you have a good church....you can make a list of some of your questions on some verses, and ask your pastor about them.
  14. Hi Darrell. If you weren't "good soil," you wouldn't even be interested in the Bible. I love this story about an Ethiopian man who couldn't quite understand what he was reading. An angel of the Lord sent Philip to the rescue. We all need help sometimes. Never hesitate to ask questions, and keep learning! Philip and the Ethiopian 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a]eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit toldPhilip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”[b] 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
  15. Hi Everyone, I am an old time ago registered, new member here, because I have never chatted here before as I could not find out how to. Now Sonshine has helped me with some personal assistance and here I am. I am looking forward to receiving your replies so at last, I can chat with you all soon. Lilyana
  16. other one


    John tells us that Jesus was in the form of God before he became flesh. Jesus tells us when asked how he knew Abraham and/or Abraham knew him and said, "before Abraham was I AM." We are told that his mother (a virgin) gave birth to him and that the Father in heaven was his Dad. He lived a sinless life but died at the bequest of the religious leaders of the Jewish religion at the hands of Rome... he was buried and three days later rose from the grave, met many people and was given all power and authority in the Universe. He was Yahweh before his birth, the only begotten son of the Father and now the right hand of the Father. Soon he will be coming back to put the devil in his proper place and to rule this world personally. He is one of the three entities that together we call our God. Who is he to me...… He is my Lord, my savior and because I am born again he is my brother and he is my friend.
  17. My wife's uncle taught me through his action and word. Be a friend regardless; it need not be reciprocated. That was a life changing lesson, for which I am grateful.
  18. I used to tell my sons to be a friend to someone who needs a friend. So they had friends who were of other nationalities and who were not always included. When I was in my 20s I preferred church friends who were elderly and who were so often rich in the grace of God.
  19. Hey Darrell, Jesus used parables to teach spiritual truths from the listeners life experiences, using examples they would be familiar with in their every day lives. He used the soils as examples of people hearts, they all understood the soil had to be prepared before the seeds were planted if they want their crops to grow and produce for them, ...the spiritual truth He was showing is the condition of the human heart when the Gospel is announced, the seed that fell by the roadside was illustrating a hard, unprepared heart, ...the seed that fell in the stony places is also illustrating a hard, unprepared heart, we call it head knowledge that has never descended to be received and appropriated into the heart, ...the seed that fell among thorns was soil that had been initially prepared, but the cares of this world stunted the growth, ...finally the seed that fell on the good soil is not only a prepared heart, but also requires constant attention to watering, of cultivation, keeping the weeds and insects out. Can one change? ...that depends on the preparation of one's heart and God planting the seed again, ...if there is truly a desire to receive Jesus into the heart, the Word tells us God knows our thoughts and the desires of our hearts, ...couple with that that God doesn't, it's not His will, that any should perish, so yes, we can change the condition of our heart, ...it's really simple, ...just cry out to God, sincerely from the heart, in complete and total understanding that we are sinners, that need to be saved, ...like it's recorded in the Word, the man cried out to Jesus, ...Lord, have mercy on me a sinner, ...many of us here have said those very same words, ...and He is faithful and true to forgive us of our sins. When asked why He spoke in parables, ...He said, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given." So..., if you understand what I have written, then you're in the Kingdom of Heaven, ...you are a born again child of God, ...now you need to water and cultivate the Word that is alive in you. An excellent tool to study God's Word is available online, ...just google e-Sword, it's free and there are many Bible versions, good commentaries, dictionaries, lots of good stuff to use to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord bless
  20. This poem is a tribute to my beloved mother who died on February 27th. My Mother's Legacy First mother's Day without my mom Is rather sad and hard This year I can not call her up Or even send a card There's so much love inside of me I feel I must address it And so for me to write a poem Is one way to express it My mother was the kindest soul She loved to give and share So sensitive to everyone And always there with prayer She shone so bright for Jesus In the things she'd do and say Reflecting Him to others In a clear and gentle way Whenever I was sick or down Or simply felt alone She always had the words I'd need And such a tender tone Her faith was so enduring It would rise above my fear Her voice, her laugh, her wisdom Are the memories I hold dear Her heart for Christ, her love for me and all our family... These things I'll always treasure They're my mother's legacy
  21. Islamic people can be nice, friendly, and peace loving. But, those living under Sharia Law, are under tremendous and harsh standards of staunch indoctrination. Convert? Punishment by death. Convert someone else? Also a death sentence. Women who are raped under this law, cannot testify against those who have assaulted them. This goes completely against the laws of this country, and it's just not right. Of course, many have left the ways of Islam, and become born-again. But they live in abject fear. Where is the so-called life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for them? God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  22. Thank you all. Looking like this "adventure" is on. Spouse just received a confirming phone call. Excepting a complete surprise looks like the deal goes through before month's end. May it benefit the seller, my bride and myself, and be a new adventure especially for this old man. Thank you all, for your prayers. I had not expected the most recent hurdle to be easily strode over. Now for the fat lady to sign - (no not my bride). Praise God for the lift, and this new challenge.
  23. Welcome! I have a friend that is a "tinkerer" and specializes in fixing watches, etc.... I have a beautiful coo coo clock in my living room that he repaired for me a number of years ago. I love lots of games as well, so welcome. You find people here of like interest but the greatest bond is the love of God that is shared here. There are different doctrines, different beliefs, and different ways of posting those beliefs.... but the constant that will hopefully shine through to you is the constant love for God.
  24. Im sorry cowboy. Its not fun. Unfortunately in this fallen world suffering happens. Im not trying to minimize or make light of your troubles, but there are many who are suffering and still hold fast to the Lord. They find joy in Him despite their suffering. I hope you will find your joy again.
  25. David asked the same type of thing in psalms. His response was to cling to the Lord regardless. Have faith. Trust in Him regardless. He is there. I will pray for you cowboy.
  26. I look forward to talking about faith and the Bible with others in this community.
  27. According to Jesus ,if you believe His Gospel that he gave to Paul to reveal to the world—if you believe that Christ died for your sins and believed that He rose from the dead , you will be saved.
  28. Hi Jamie, Welcome from another Aussie. Hope you have a good time here getting to know others and contributing. all the best as you make your way around, Marilyn.
  29. Hi Jamie, and welcome to Worthy! Glad you’re not a “roo”-bot. Don’t worry... not everyone is as cheesy as I am. May you be blessed here!
  30. Hi there to you Shauna, and welcome to the forum. We pray that God Himself will surround you by His Spirit, give you wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding, as together, with your husband, and us, that your prayers will be answered, and that according to your faith, God bless.
  31. Hello and welcome. There are plenty of people here to talk to and who will listen.
  32. Jackie404

    Hi Guys

    Hey Guys, I'm Jackie and I'm an avid Christian who plans to discuss topics with like-minded people. I'm in a community that isn't very religious and thought this would be a good place to discuss topics I'm interested in. Thanks for having me, Jackie
  33. All quiet here at 9.45pm Saturday. Had two close brothers in Christ over for afternoon tea/coffee/chocolate at 3pm today. My wife's freshly baked muffins and pikelets went down a treat, and then we got into the Word. Where did the time go? It was most enjoyable, so yes, yes I'm feeling the love, peace, thankfulness vibe right now, Debp.
  34. After remaining silent for a year, she told someone. It's coming up on what would have been a first birthday. I wonder if this is starting to eat at her inside. At some point (and maybe already) she's likely to realize that this was a terrible decision on many levels that she is going to have to live with. Speaking with you might have been one of her first attempts to try to undo the damage. I don't know, but perhaps she is perhaps at a spiritual place where God can start doing some much needed work in her life. I'd guess it was probably very hard for her to bring this up and mention it to you. I suspect she remembers the date quite well and this might be something that haunts her every year for the rest of her life as it's somewhat near mother's day (at least in the US it is). I'm wondering if she's also wrestling with whether to and how to tell her husband. I'd guess this has to be having at least some impact on their marriage. Speaking for myself, I'd only make a decision to cut her out of my life based on her current attitude being awful. If her attitude is one of callousness and apathy as if this was nothing and she'd do it again, I'd have huge concerns. On the other hand, if she is seeing this as a huge mistake that pains her and she is starting to come to terms with what she did, I'd consider it from the standpoint of how much God might use you to spiritually minister into her life right now. In the long run, God can redeem everything no matter how dark. A few years from now after being spiritually restored and growing more, her testimony could well stop some women from having abortions and help those who did to find healing and forgiveness.
  35. “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” -Psalm 25:5 Lord, I don’t know what lay before me today, but I commit it all to you. Please give me strength and courage to get through the joys, challenges and happenings of the day. I thank you for my life and for all that I have; I commit this day to you. No matter what happens, I know you have me in the palm of your hand. In Jesus Christ’ name I pray, amen.
  36. Hello my name is lyn and i would love to be part of this forum as we spread the Good news of Christ together Throughout my journey of salvation i had to learn when God is truly speaking to me by taking a test. I always ask myself the following questions 1, does it line up with what the bible says 2, does the idea make me look like Jesus in character 3, is it a conviction or a condemnation this has enabled me to be patient and prayerful and hence allowing God to speak to me. i would like to know more about God in this forum, seek him and begin to experience him God bless you all
  37. Debp


    Jesus is not about religion....Jesus is about a personal relationship with Him. Isn't that a blessing?
  38. Stop, take a big breath, let it out slowly and BREATH You are at RISK … not that you have it and as it has been found so early then the doctors can keep an eye on it and act before it becomes a problem ( if it ever does ) Again your baby is AT RISK NOT DIAGNOSED and I have a couple of cousins with downs and know a lot more people with it it is NOT the end of the world The same with the anemia you are projecting problems that COULD happen not that have happened and getting very upset whilst doing so PLEASE take the time to have a quiet time with God and also to talk to your medical provider about your concerns as the stress is making everything feel far worse than it is I will be praying for you but please please please talk to someone who can give you more information and help you to deal with your fears
  39. Romans 6:4 (NASB) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. “so that as Christ” These words “so that as Christ” are meant to connect, and bring to our attention, that which Christ went through to the obtaining of our salvation, to that process we are to go through for the manifestation of the salvation that Christ is to be in us. This death and resurrection, that was done outwardly on the cross, by Christ for us by the power of God. Is also to be done inwardly, in each and every heart of those that call upon His name, by that same power of God. There is but one salvation offered to all mankind and it is open to all that are willing, which is; “Christ in us.” For if this process of Christ being formed in us, is to be done, it is to be done in this life. For our eternal glory (rewards) depends on how much of Christ has been formed in us in the here and now. It is having His nature brought to birth in us, that is this new life. Whereby people can read Christ written in our hearts and lives. For they will see the manifestation of the righteousness of Christ expressed to all people at all times and occasions. For this is the natural outcome of the Divine Nature come to life in the disciple of Christ. “As Christ was raised from the dead through the glory (power) of the Father, so (that) we too might (if we would be willing) walk in newness of life (now) For our salvation is the new birth, being brought to birth in us. This is a real birth of the Divine Nature come to life in the life of the believer. It is this new birth/life that sins not. But for this new life to grow, the old life must die. Henceforth we are told to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. For dying to sin and self is a fearful and wonderful thing. Fearful in that it is scary and painful thing to give up (die to) what ones desire after the life of this world would have, what one wants or doesn’t want. To not to do what is good in ones eyes, but to do what is good in God’s eyes. Which is, that we walk in all the righteousness we see before Him in each and every moment of each and every situation we find ourselves in. Wonderful when we see this is indeed God’s way to fulfill His promise to cause us to walk in His statutes. For He is wonderful in fulfilling His promises to those that by faith of the heart, grab onto His Divine promises. Which we come to know by experience, once we by faith reckon ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God in all we see. Which it is than brought to manifestation and reality in the heart and life of the believer that would be willing to enter into death, (die to their own will), rather than sin. For only a believer that is willing to die rather than sin will be able to walk in all the righteousness they see. For being dead in Christ is that that frees a believer from the dictates of their old man, that they might walk in newness of life or all the righteousness they see. For this walking in newness of life, is walking in righteousness before Him to a ever increasing perfection. For this new life is to be always growing to the perfection of life. Through this process of what scripture calls “reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive unto God”, is this process brought to the manifestation in the believers life. For the old life has to die, for the new life to grow. This being raised from the dead and walking in newness of life is a pure work of God in our lives. But for God to raise us out of the old life that we might walk in newness of life, one must first reckon themselves dead in Christ, to all that was born in Adam or in other words everything that is me, mine, I, self. The “us” that causes us all of our problems. This death that Christ died, once for all people, is the death with which He took us to death with Him. Than comes our part, of our working out our salvation, if we would want to be perfected in Christ. This is our part, to reckon and believe in this truth. For once this life is over, growing in Christ is over. To Him that has a lot of Christ formed in them. The higher the degree, for all eternity, can they manifest Christ. To those that have less of Christ formed in them, a lesser degree of Christ, will they be able to manifest for all eternity. Those with no Christ, eternal disorder is their eternal abode. So it behooves us to redeem the time we have in this world. By searching into this truth of Mystery of Christ living His life in and through us. Reckoning, believing, having faith in our being joined in His death. This becomes, manifests and grows the Divine Nature in us, this is the new birth growing, to the end we bear much fruit. For this was the Father’s will that many son’s would be brought to glory, for the purpose of the manifesting righteousness. For this purpose does the Father do all things, for the manifestation of righteousness. It is by faith we are told, we are to live by. Our deaths in Christ are to be accepted in faith. For being joined with Christ in His death is a act of faith of the heart of the believer. For this act of faith of the believer is the faith that glorifies the Father. For our salvation is all by faith, all growth in walking in newness of life is accessed by faith. For faith in our deaths in Christ is the faith that causes one to walk in newness of life. Faith in knowing what Christ did for us. Our faith is based on Christ’s death and resurrection, what He accomplished for us on the cross. Which is so that we might walk in newness of life in this age. This walking in newness of life is that oneness with Christ that every heart that would be totally His, cry’s out after. The glory is, this walking in newness of life, is for every heart that would want it. This walking in newness of life is and can only be accessed by the faith of the heart of the believer turned towards God continually. For consider how could one be guaranteed to never ever sin from now to all eternity. There is but one way, and that way is, if they were to die. This is the absolute completeness of the salvation we have in Christ; “when Christ died, we died” Having faith in being joined in His death is the faith that causes one to walk in newness of life. This faith of the heart that would grab unto God through Christ’s death, is a faith that will overcome all the old man and his deeds. For self, us, our fallen nature’s are that that needs to be set aside, if we are to walk in newness of life. Faith in what our salvation in Christ consists of, is what is called for. But before we can have faith in what Christ did for us on the cross we have to know what He did on the cross for us. And that was taking us to death with Him so that the law that says; “the soul that sins that soul shall die”. Might be fulfilled. This is how Christ become the fulfillment of the law, by taking us to death with Him, freeing us from the dictates and demands of the law. So that we might be made free to walk in newness of life. This walking in newness of life has but one enemy and that enemy is us. It is us that refuses to die, and give up our own will. This is what God is continually trying to work in the heart of each and every believer, a denial of self that this new life, that is ours by virtue of being joined with Christ in His death might become a living reality in our life’s, so that all might see the glory of God manifested in our life’s. For the work of God in the human heart, is that which overcomes the flesh and it’s indulgences. All else is but a fiction and building of one’s own righteousness. Blessed be all those that would be willing to search into these truths of; Christ our life. Much love in Christ, Not me
  40. I'm sorry to hear that you've experienced so much rejection and loneliness. Let me just say: it's going to be alright. I wish I could be there but there are times in life where we will be alone. For some, definitely more than others. You're in good company. Jesus' people have scars. That being said, your story brought this Scripture to mind. Psalm 42 New King James Version (NKJV) BOOK TWO Psalms 42–72 Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses To the Chief Musician. A [a]Contemplation of the sons of Korah. 42 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for theliving God. When shall I come and[c]appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember thesethings, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you [d]cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him [e]For the help of His countenance. 6 [f]O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From [g]the Hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a [h]breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The [j]help of my countenance and my God. God promises to be with us always. Give him your loneliness and pain. This could be a time where God wants you to lean on Him and discover just how satisfying his company can be--- even if you have to walk alone. In the meantime, be grateful for any connection you do have and don't overlook opportunities to volunteer for the elderly. Many of them could use someone like you to comfort them.
  41. I say, JESUS IS MY SAVIOR! "You shall call His name Jesus." It is a name which the Holy Spirit explains. He tells us the reason for the name of Jesus—"For He shall save His people from their sins." "Savior" is the meaning of the name, but it has a fuller sense hidden within, for in its Hebrew form it means, "the salvation of the Lord," or, "the Lord of salvation," or "the Savior." The angel interprets it, "He shall save." Hallelujah! ... What a worthy post, Kev. Thx!
  42. My pastor always gives this example. He has fruit trees in his yard. He says that to produce fruit, the branch just has to stay a part of the tree. If he goes out in the yard, he doesn't hear them grunting to grow fruit, they don't strive or work at it, they just remain connected to the tree and soak in the sunshine. We don't need to work at acting like Jesus. We just have to allow His life to flow through us just as the branch gets its nourishment from the tree. Corrie tenBoom wrote a book called "Not Good if Detached". The cover shows a ticket with a stub, and the words "not good if detached" are printed on the stub. It is true, without Him we can do nothing. He is the One doing the work in us and through us.
  43. I believe the Spirit in you led you here, BorderCowboy--not just for your benefit, but for ours. You have blessed us with your "two bits" so many times that were we to gather them in one spot, I'm certain we would find a wealth of wisdom. So first of all, know that God is still using you. Even in our pain and suffering, when we may feel we have nothing else to give, we do. Remember the story of the poor widow in Luke 21:1-4? Jesus saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury. Then he noticed a poor widow putting in two mites. He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had." I believe this very short story contains a wealth of wisdom, Cowboy--just like your "two bits." Just think about it. Also consider this: At this very moment, God is (and has been) holding you up. In spite of your pain, in spite of your suffering, he has been waking you up morning after morning to live another day. He is faithful! He may not be taking away your pain as you have asked, but He loves you and will give you the strength, and even the will, to endure it. Just hang on with all your might, and don't le go. He knows when you are tired. When you feel you can't make another step, turn to His Word. Rest in Jesus, and read. Reading about Paul's life always helps me. I'll post just 2 Corinthians 11:23--28, but the entire chapter is an awesome testimony of endurance in Christ: 23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 injourneys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, inperils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, inperils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. ....... BorderCowboy, God hears you, God loves you, and He is not finished with you yet! He sent you here to encourage us, but we are also here to encourage you. I am lifting you up in prayer this very minute. Many more are doing the same. So take heart! God is always faithful, even in the hardest of times.
  44. The Love that comes from the Spirit of God is different than what passes off as love by many (what the world thinks of love as being.) Scripture describes this love beautifully. "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
  45. Hi, Jamie. California here. Pretty clear you're not a 'bot'. Welcome to Worthy. God bless! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  46. Hi friend. To you have a shortened version of your name, like Asithil? It is a long name. Welcome to Worthy.
  47. I would ask them why you were not invited.
  48. Welcome to Worthy, Shauna. Raising kids is hard. Sorry you have suffered so. God just asks that we forgive them. We had suffered some of those things as well.
  49. Oh to praise our best Friend, the Holy Spirit, that produces such wonderful fruits in the lives of the believer. The Holy Spirit, when He comes into us, is the Author of all our desires after true holiness. The good fruits we do are His works, not ours—so we can take no credit for them. John 15:5 King James Version (KJV) 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Amen.
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