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  1. A sister of mine (a new member, too) was hurt recently by what she considered an insulting remark. I'm not sure of the specifics but it inspired me to write this thread. My purpose is to address the subject in general. I am not pointing fingers or naming names. I only know that Nedrah's thread put it on my heart to speak on this topic. There is room for improvement in each one of us for a little more sensitivity and a LOT more kindness. Speaking (posting) hastily can have harmful consequences. James 1:19 says,"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." Sadly, much of the time 'Quick Draw McGraw' tongue stuff is swept under the rug (made light of and justified by those doing it)... But scripture tells us we will give an account for every word spoken. Jesus says "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Let's be honest before our so- called 'helpful' advice and 'words of wisdom' come spewing forth. When posting in the heat of emotion...stop and really think it through first. Ask yourself do YOU want to be treated in the same careless manner you are behaving/speaking towards others. Pray to the Lord for clear cut guidance before pushing that 'submit reply' button. James 3 shows us the dangers of an unruly tongue (not yielded to Christ's Lordship.) Too many are freely posting reprimands and unnecessary mini- sermons. Let's keep it real and examine ourselves with this. Criticism can come in the guise of 'helping' when it is nothing more than 'making points' and wanting to prove we are right. Then it is often defended as being 'exhortation.' But God who is omniscient looks upon the heart. He knows the TRUE motives for doing it. Sadly, it can be fleshly...giving a 'rush' or a 'power trip' to the one thoughtlessly speaking/posting. Extreme indulgences in this will amount to a form of cyber-bullying. This ought not to be...especially among Christians. The world is watching as to how we represent the Christ we say we love. Thanks for reading this. It is a subject that is close to my heart. With that said, here's my group hug for my much loved Worthy family.
  2. Nova

    Work

    You'll do great!! <3
  3. Hello! I am glad to be here at Worthy! I am a born-again Christian who loves God and Jesus is my best friend. He has healed and delivered me from so much and changed my life from darkness to light. I now know who I am in Christ and He is the center of my life. See you guys in the forums!
  4. 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
  5. Jubilea

    Work

    The blessing of God on you and your diligence in therapy have enabled your body to recover quickly, and we praise God for that. I'm praying that the LORD will give you peace and faith in his ability to guide you as you go back to work. You have a good head on your shoulders and the mind of Christ in you-- and Worthy Warriors praying for you. (I wonder if your superiors would be willing to work out a plan with you that would allow you to ease back into your job incrementally rather than jumping into the deep end on your first day back.)
  6. Hi Nate, Yes, I'm sure it would seem an attorney is essential for all purposes. Funds are too short, and the state has pared me down to the current living situation I'm headed for. At this point in time, and until the Lord can arrange things, there is thankfulness for the future accommodations. They will be better than my current one. It's just that all these other things are so overwhelming to me right now. Jesus will sustain me, and He has been good and merciful to me for my entire life. I trust He won't forsake me now. I do trust Him. God bless you for praying. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  7. Nova

    New Christian

    I used to really like Facebook because I could check on family and friends all in one place. I don't have anything against social media. It just took up all my free time and had a purpose. But just like food is good for us if we're responsible with it, so is the internet. And just like people sometimes cut out food temporarily in fasting, we collectively decided to fast social media and use that extra time to learn more about God, to get to know one another in person, to get to know our neighbors, and God created something utterly wonderful through it. Along the way we began to cut out tv and Netflix and just took more and more time to reach out to people offline, to observe our surroundings and our community, and to see where we could serve. It resulted in this tight knit family of God that is growing daily while helping others around us. Our homes are scattered all over a 3 block by 3 block area, about 30 homes out of 200, and we go freely from home to home visiting and encouraging one another. It's a poor low income neighborhood, so we check on our unsaved neighbors and invite them to our homes for meals, or help them with housework or yardwork, or fix their vehicle, or drive them to appointments. Then we visit our Christian friends around the neighborhood and just drop in to say hi or talk or pray and see how everyone's doing. We end up mostly at Noah's house and the neighboring house because that's where we grow enough food to feed the community and ourselves. Because we spend a lot of time at Noah's greenhouse, his house is where we often have life group and share meals. It's not uncommon to see 15 or more people here at any given time of day. We all attend the same church (building) which is where we originally came up with the idea to cut out the things that were cluttering our lives. It was very difficult at first and now there is no other way I'd rather live. Some people are called to serve online and others offline. We srarted a new ministry last year where we reserve a room in each house, and stock it full of new clothing and toiletries, bedding, furniture, etc. Then when we're out at work or in the city, when we come across homeless people who aren't violent, we let them live in one of the extra rooms, help them get cleaned up, give them a job in the greenhouse, and then they usually get to where they can get a normal job in the community. There are actually no more homeless people in our small city except a few who are very mentally ill and violent and who refuse our help. The men will bring those men food and sit with them and eat and talk. There were 63 homeless people when we started this ministry. Many have come to live in our homes and received Jesus as Lord and Savior. Many have gained strength and healing and now are productive members of the community. Some continue to stay in our homes and others go and rent a home. But it's been interesting to see how God has worked in our lives once we turned off all the things that took up our time. Now when we need social interaction we go hang out with friends.
  8. Here is a poem that I wrote yesterday. Till then Homesick for Heaven Awaiting the day Jesus my Bridegroom Will sweep me away There in His presence Forever I'll be Worshiping Him Who bought pardon for me Till then I serve Him In season and out Though there be heartaches And moments of doubt He is my Lord And in charge of my story While I'm on earth For His purpose and glory
  9. ...to simple brotherly love? Why do so many people thrive on conflict and strife? I don't understand the draw. Isn't it tiring to fight all the time instead of show kindness? I just don't get it. I know we're in a time when iniquity abounds and the love of many has grown cold. But as children of God, reborn and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we don't have to perpetuate it.
  10. Hi mabel and all you dear people praying. I certainly needed and still do, your prayers. I`m in hospital after having another, yes another colon operation!!! Wow, didn`t see this one coming but God certainly did. We are in Albany south of Perth. Now we could have been in the outback or anywhere, but God had us where the best surgeon was for this operation. Everyone was amazed at how I pulled through. It all started last week with more tummy trouble and finally I went to the doctor on Wednesday. She put me straight in hospital that night and I had a CT scan and Xrays. The surgeons (yes plural) said I may need an operation but they tried other things first. Then early Thursday morning the main doctor dais that they would operate that morning. WOW so after a three hour operation I had lost a lot of my big bowl and also another cancer, and will have to have a bag for a while, (till the Lord comes.) Was going well and the nurses were amazed, however last night I was very sick and have tubes everywhere. Haven`t been able to concentrate, but Trev has helped me to do this. Will write more as I get strength, In a couple of days. Love to all and so appreciate your prayers, Marilyn.
  11. I am a retired singer/actress/dancer from a career in professional theater. I now reserve my singing for praise and worship to the Lord. I am also an Ex-gay. I chose this lifestyle while in the performing arts. God released me from my bondage in 2004. Praise the Lord!
  12. (Elijah)

    New

    Hi All, I love the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy good fellowship. I served in Afghanistan, came home, lost my family, lost my home, lost my health, and was homeless from 2008 until 3 weeks ago. I'm just getting back on my feet. I work in a greenhouse ministry. I don't know what else to say right now, but I'm an open book and look forwarad to the fellowship! Regards, Elijah
  13. Yes she is, Abby. A sweet and wonderful little girl five years old now. She came to me from up the street, and wanted food and a home, because her owners weren't caring for her as they should. While in making her final decision to stay with me, she unfortunately got pregnant before I could have her spayed. She wasn't quite ready for motherhood, but it was her first mense. Then one day I didn't see her till the next night. She came to the door with a baby in her sweet mouth. I took them both in and made a nice cozy box. The next night, she brought another, and continued on each night, and there were five in all! Five lovely kitties! Oh, my. Well, they all did fine and were nursed properly and mothered sweetly, and I hand held each, and box trained them as well. I had three adults on my hands already, and was able to find good homes for the five babies when they turned of age. All five of them were girls, and beautiful.
  14. Novus

    Greetings

    Hello All I just joined so taking the opportunity to offer my greetings. Thank you in advance for the welcome and looking forward to further "meet-and-greet" and related fellowship in the virtual. Best.
  15. Hi everyone, I'm DJ, I'm a fisherman, I used to own a Trawler called 'The Exodus', and I believe that I had a divine intervention. It's a long story, but it has brought me here today. I feel that I've been guided to Worthy Ministries to meet and greet fellow Christians and discuss our future. Really looking forward to chatting with you all. Please understand, this is my first time for reaching out online (Newbie).
  16. Just read an article about how the President dropped in twice at a wedding at one of his properties. The bride and groom are big supporters and were thrilled. Apparently the President drops in often to weddings when he is on site. Also, the President made a phone call to a dying man whose wish that was. The dying man's sister, a Democrat, arranged the call. The President wanted to have the man in the front row of a rally but sadly the man passed away a few days later. I would have posted the article but it had two videos in it. Anyhow, it's nice to read some nice things about our President. I also know he works closely with pro-life groups as I know the leader of a pro-life group here, and the President does conference calls with them and other groups.
  17. SCRIPTURAL TEXT:* _*(John 8:11)*_ _“And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”_ 🔸🔸🔸 The true Gospel is the Gospel to the poor, the lost, the sick and the weak. It possesses the power to save. As true witnesses therefore, we must learn how to always present the Gospel as Good News, not as a message of condemnation. The woman caught in adultery no doubt deserved some tough words from Jesus, but we see Him use a different approach in winning the woman. Jesus showed her love and reassured her that she is not condemned. The Gospel is not to condemn sinners, it is to show them the way to victory over the flesh, the world and the devil, which is in Christ Jesus. Glory to God! As witnesses for Christ, we cannot effectively reach a world that we condemn. Instead, we show the weak and dying world that the strength they need to overcome sin and the sinful nature of the flesh is in accepting the finished words of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Gospel is Good News; that is the way it must be presented.
  18. Amen, Deb. Thank you! (not able to give “reactions”) The narrow road is where Jesus walks. I imagine the road to Calvary was narrow, too. Jesus carried the Cross for me. Lord, give me the strength to always walk faithfully on this narrow road. ….You leading, me following.
  19. It took years for me to get the place where I trusted the Spirit of the Lord to lead me in both big and small decisions. It only happened after the Lord became my only hope and solace in life. I just knew I needed Him more than my next breath. Then, next thing I know, He rewards me with a constant sense of His Presence. It's true we struggle to trust the Lord sometimes. But we should be striving to grow in our faith. So what it looks like for me is that instead of witnessing from a place of self-reliance, I just do what I feel the Lord wants me to do in that moment---if anything at all. Christianity has become less about doing and more about being. Being loved, accepted, and cherished by the Lord. And then that naturally flows out into all areas of life.
  20. Here is something that happened yesterday and I havent posted elseswhere yet.... My drivers license expires in a couple of weeks and I have been dreading renewing it. Im bald, my eyes are a bit blurry thanks to chemo (they will readjust over time) and I havent seen the eye doc in a few ... many ... years. So I was stressed over 1) having a photo of bald jadey 2) having to make the time to get new glasses when my eyes were not yet back to normal. Yesterday out of the blue I got a letter from mvd stating that my drivers license has been extended for 5 yrs and I do not need to do anything to renew it. The Lord takes care of me even in small things.
  21. Paz

    First Post

    Hello people. I am going to enjoy getting to know people. Paz
  22. Melissa7, I can feel the urgency of the prayer you requested. Please bring a tender and calm spirit to her granddaughter’s soul. Please bring your peace to Melissa and her granddaughter. Let her granddaughter be influenced by Godly people and powers. I pray to the Lord that he help you to look past the behavior and see the reason or cause for it and reveal it to you. I pray for the healing for both of them in Jesus name. Amen!
  23. All I know is I'm not letting anyone bleach fluffy
  24. Hi JubileeJigsaw... Welcome. I'm sorry you are feeling sad and numb. I don't know what was going on in your life when you decided to give up depending on yourself and follow Jesus. Possibly, even though you made a momentous decision to turn your life around, you're still attached to or influenced by your old life in some ways. The fact that you brought your concern here and want to know what is happening to you is a good sign. If you still believe that Jesus died to rescue you from the bondage of sin and death, that He was buried, that He was raised to life on the third day, and that He appeared alive again to his disciples, as well as to over 500 others--if you are willing to put your faith, even if it is as small as a tiny mustard seed, in what Jesus did for you, you now belong to Him. You have been purchased with His blood and given the very precious gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be working in you for your entire lifetime, transforming you into the person God planned for you to be before you were ever born. You may not have understood this when you made Jesus the Lord of your life. You can resist the Holy Spirit by continuing in some of your old ways that don't line up with God's will for you, but if you do, you will feel some misery and suffer some consequences. Resisting, however, is not rejecting. The Holy Spirit will continue to alert your conscience when you need to realign your ways with God's ways. Your sadness and numbness will leave you over time as you begin to read the Bible and understand what God's will for you is. His way may be entirely different from familiar old ways, but a great adventure awaits you! Ask in the name of Jesus for our Father to forgive you for your foolish words, and it will be done. May God bless you as you continue to walk in the way He wants you to go!
  25. Luke 7.......This is one of my very favorite Bible stories. I believe it shows the simplicity and the essence of our Salvation.A lowly, sinful prostitute who made it into the home of a Pharisee who had invited Jesus as a guest managed to find forgiveness and the promise of Salvation without doing any of the things some believe are mandatory in order to be saved .No confessions of sin did she offer, no guarantees to be water- baptized at a later date,no promise to “ be good from now on”, no assurances to make sure her repentance ledger was clean before she died, no promises to keep the commandments, no vows whatsoever.All she had done was cling to His feet and weep tears of sorrow and repentance, a non- verbalized version of “ Jesus, have mercy on me , a sinner”She came to Jesus as a lost sinner, with the faith that He was the One who He said He was.All she really knew was that she saw herself as a sinner who needed a Savior and that Savior was the One she was clinging to.For these things Jesus told her she “was forgiven”. He went on to tell her that “ her faith had saved her” and then to “ go in peace” He never warned her to “ sin no more”.In fact, he gave no instructions nor tried to elicit any guarantees of an improved performance in her behavior or even a guarantee of future faith.Why not? Jesus knew the power of Grace.He knew that the Grace bestowed on that wretched,sinful woman would never be forgotten.It would be the source of love and gratitude that stirs up the desire to please God.God’s A- bomb to defeat sin.Grace. The only thing that saved that woman that day was the only thing that saves to this day—- FAITH!
  26. Father we lift up George and his precious wife to You with true gratefulness for all You have called and empowered him to do and to be. We are the beneficiaries of all the work that has been put in here, and the sheer grit it has taken to preserve and nurture it. We ask that You shield them in the shadow of Your wings and fulfill the longing for true revival, for oneness among Your people and we ask You to grant him tremendous wisdom in all He seeks to do for Your Name. We ask You to lighten their load and give them rest. Please motivate those around them to pray and cover and cherish them and all they have sacrificed for and fought for and motivate them, and us to pull along side and share their burdens. I have a deep appreciation for the many years this place has stood in preparation for such a time as this. Help us to remember to pray for them and recognize the gifts that they are. We ask that You would surround them with Your protection as they seek to minister to those who currently hate You and them. We long to see all Israel restored to Your intentions and purpose for that great nation. We long to see them return to You and complete the Body. I ask You to inspire George with words of power to finish that book with. Lord You know exactly what words are left to be written and exactly how to arrange them. I ask that You make time for George to simply sit with You and let it be a time of true joy in Your presence as Your Words simply flow through him onto the pages....we need to understand the FULL good news of the Kingdom and the restoration of ALL things. Please bless Your people with the understanding You have given George and help him finish that work speedily. I ask You to give him favor with publishers and distributors and all who will be involved in publishing and distributing his work on Your behalf. Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in this earth as surely and completely as it is in Heaven. Please soften our hearts toward one another let George's visits here become a delight and no longer a trial. Help us to lighten his load of administration and let his time be free to minister to us out of the treasures You have sown into him. I ask You to surround him with Godly advisors possessed of Wisdom Himself. Amen
  27. Forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things. Forgiveness is inside of us and frees us from bondage. Forgiveness is dependent only on us and not the other person. Reconciliation often requires some type of tangible changes to occur before it can happen. I have a few people in professional settings who've wronged me that I've forgiven. One of them later became good colleague that I worked well with and got along with quite well. Another was a manager that I would never again have anything to do with in a professional setting (I left a long term job to get away) unless I saw some serious evidence of change.
  28. Hi there! I'm 29 years old and as of November 2018 I'm a born-again Christian! Although I'm fortunate enough to have found a wonderful church, there's not many members there my age so I don't have many opportunities for fellowship outside of Sunday School and Bible Study. That's why I'm here. Before I became born-again, I was a Christian, but was surrounded by unbelievers and the association did not go well for my spiritual life. What I'm hoping to gain from Worthy Christian is a space where I can fellowship with other believers so I can stay encouraged. ❤️
  29. For those of you wondering how I am holding up in the recent passing of my mom... It has been very difficult. She was my best friend and the last family member (from my past) to be in my life. This is a lonely time of adjustment. I am so thankful she is in Heaven and pain free, but I do feel a void where she once was. It has only been 10 days so this is still pretty early. Thanks to those of you who have shown kindness and encouragement to me as I grieve. I wrote this poem today to express it: In the good times and the bad In the happy and the sad Christ is worthy of my praise So my hands to Him I raise Though I may not understand Certain things which He has planned He is there through thick and thin Matters not what shape I'm in Though at times my heart may ache He'll not leave me nor forsake He gives grace to ease my plight He brings sweet songs in the night Brothers, sisters who have cared Words of comfort with me shared They have helped to ease my sorrow As I press on towards tomorrow
  30. Something to consider. I think we're missing something important when we frame *anything* up as "blacks do (did) this...." "Whites do (did) that...". There is ONE place where race distinctions truly get wiped out and we're standing in it. It's at the foot of the cross, where red is the only color that matters and was shed for all colors, UNDENIABLY granting equal value to every race and nationality. People do (did) this or that because they're wittingly or not following the wrong god and in need of the Saviour. Not because of their color or ethnic group.
  31. Proud people focus on the failures of others. Broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need. Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit; they look at everyone else’s faults with a microscope but their own with a telescope. Broken people are compassionate; they can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven. Proud people are self-righteous; they look down on others. Broken people esteem all others better than themselves. Proud people have an independent, self-sufficient spirit. Broken people have a dependent spirit; they recognize their need for others. Proud people have to prove that they are right. Broken people are willing to yield the right to be right. Proud people claim rights; they have a demanding spirit. Broken people yield their rights; they have a meek spirit. Proud people are self-protective of their time, their rights, and their reputation. Broken people are self-denying. Proud people desire to be served. Broken people are motivated to serve others. Proud people desire to be a success. Broken people are motivated to be faithful and to make others a success. Proud people desire self-advancement. Broken people desire to promote others. Proud people have a drive to be recognized and appreciated. Broken people have a sense of their own unworthiness; they are thrilled that God would use them at all. Proud people are wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked. Broken people are eager for others to get the credit; they rejoice when others are lifted up. Proud people have a subconscious feeling, “This ministry/church is privileged to have me and my gifts”; they think of what they can do for God. Broken people’s heart attitude is, “I don’t deserve to have a part in any ministry”; they know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through their broken lives. Proud people feel confident in how much they know. Broken people are humbled by how very much they have to learn. Proud people are self-conscious. Broken people are not concerned with self at all. Proud people keep others at arms’ length. Broken people are willing to risk getting close to others and to take risks of loving intimately. Proud people are quick to blame others. Broken people accept personal responsibility and can see where they are wrong in a situation. Proud people are unapproachable or defensive when criticized. Broken people receive criticism with a humble, open spirit. Proud people are concerned with being respectable, with what others think; they work to protect their own image and reputation. Broken people are concerned with being real; what matters to them is not what others think but what God knows; they are willing to die to their own reputation. Proud people find it difficult to share their spiritual need with others. Broken people are willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs. Proud people want to be sure that no one finds out when they have sinned; their instinct is to cover up. Broken people, once broken, don’t care who knows or who finds out; they are willing to be exposed because they have nothing to lose. Proud people have a hard time saying, “I was wrong; will you please forgive me?” Broken people are quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary. Proud people tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin. Broken people are able to acknowledge specifics when confessing their sin. Proud people are concerned about the consequences of their sin. Broken people are grieved over the cause, the root of their sin. Proud people are remorseful over their sin, sorry that they got found out or caught. Broken people are truly, genuinely repentant over their sin, evidenced in the fact that they forsake that sin. Proud people wait for the other to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or conflict in a relationship. Broken people take the initiative to be reconciled when there is misunderstanding or conflict in relationships; they race to the cross; they see if they can get there first, no matter how wrong the other may have been. Proud people compare themselves with others and feel worthy of honor. Broken people compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy. Proud people are blind to their true heart condition. Broken people walk in the light. Proud people don’t think they have anything to repent of. Broken people realize they have need of a continual heart attitude of repentance. Proud people don’t think they need revival, but they are sure that everyone else does. Broken people continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit. https://www.reviveourhearts.com/articles/brokenness-bookmark-the-heart-god-revives/
  32. Hello all, I do not know where to start,but I'm going through a very hard time in my life right now and felt the urge and need to reach out and connect with other like minds and ask for the kindness of shared prayer.. I need help, and every extra prayer would be so very appreciated. I am a young single mother of a beautiful 8 year old daughter. Her father does not contribute despite efforts..I struggle with lupus and other health issues and have recently been hospitalized, they have just told me its now affecting my kidneys and causing renal failure. I cannot afford my prescriptions I desperately need to start taking that Ive just been prescribed, as already things are so bad we are out of propane and snuggling in the bedroom with a space heater, I have no idea how I am going to pay the electric bill this month much less the next trip to the grocery store, and of course the timing of all this is terrible because Christmas is fast approaching. I hate feeling like I might seem like aim feeling sorry for myself, if anything I feel sorry for my daughter, I just have never been in a situation like this where I feel if I didnt have my faith that depression could very easily swallow me whole. Thank you so much in advance for listening without judging and for any positive thoughts and prayers, I know it will get me through. God bless
  33. One moment, I was having a discussion about how to witness to two lost neighbors. The next, I was crying. Somewhere along the way, I realized I really cared about these neighbors and really didn't want them to go to hell. Further, I hated the helpless feeling of not knowing how to proceed. Its more than just a duty now. And I believe this is love from God--- the missing ingredient in my witnessing strategy. I realized I liked them as people whether they converted or not. And if they are to be saved, they need to know this love. In giving me a burden of compassion, I believe God may be equipping me to finally give a death blow to the darkness that surrounds these people I've come to care about. Prayers appreciated.
  34. I am freeeee ... I got home from the hospital this afternoon. I am on an antibiotic for an infection. Hopefully I will continue to do well. Thank you for your prayers. I still have 3 more rounds of chemo to get through, then surgery.
  35. Jubilea

    Work

    Going to be especially praying for you throughout the day tomorrow, Noah. Go in His peace, His power, and His protection.
  36. A member here asked me to give a testimony to a trial I had 15 YEARS AGO that I mentioned in a response to a thread earlier this week. This was a "TRIAL BY FIRE" to know God personally and know He is "REAL"! . I have learned over 41 years that My Christian growth and many other Christians, including men in the bible study I attend, grow the most when God either allows or causes trials to come our way several times in our life, to shape us and grow us into the person He wants us to be for His purpose and plan for each of us. 20 years ago life fell apart for me and I lost everything in my life. My family, my job, my home, and most of my other worldly possessions. It was my FIRST really major trial of this magnitude. At 55 years old I found myself facing starting life all over again from square one, with nothing but a fair size bank account and a car. I had been a believer in Christ for 21 years at that point, but starting over seemed "MONUMENTAL." To boot I had known about God and served him faithfully all those years, but there was NO PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP. Never was mentioned in church when I became a believer, but about a decade later the idea started filtering into the church as a new idea. It was mentioned periodically, but never really focused on as a teaching. It was kind of an underground thinking and mentioned in study groups sometimes. I don't think most of us really understood, as the idea was never expressed very clearly. At this stage I found a small furnished place to live and got settled in, but I was so angry at God and life. I felt like a victim and trapped in a situation I had no control over. I took a year off from life, no job on purpose, and tried to find my bearings and get stable so I could start over. I was a basket case emotionally. Even though I was angry with God, there was another part of me that allowed Him to stay in my life. Somehow I knew He was still there, I just had no idea what to do about Him being there. I was too distraught and bitter, but as time passed, people that I met liked me and wanted to be friends, so some of that sharp edge of anger starting smoothing out a bit and my focus started to change. One of the guys where I lived asked me to join him going downtown and feeding the homeless. It was good, and I continued on every Sunday for sometime. The place I went to feed the homeless was full of Christians, and just listening to them talk about their lives had an affect on me, and I started thinking about the God I knew about, but didn't know personally, and it bothered me because I didn't have what they did. They seemed joyful and content and at peace, something I never had all those 21 years of serving HIM, so I actually prayed about it, and poured my heart out to God, about wanting something real with Him and personal. Well, time passed and I found a good job, but not good enough, and soon I had changed jobs, and then I changed again. I was used to making good money and doing what I loved, so in a short time I was back in my chosen career doing really well and I had actually started going back to church. God was calling me back to Him, and I replied, but that lack of a personal relationship was still eating at me. One morning after It was bothering me for some time and I didn't sleep well for months, I woke up one morning and I had actually slept really well all night....and then I heard God speak to me. He said, "our relationship from the past was over, and I would learn to know Him personally and He would be real to me. That was the first time I ever heard Him speak to me, but there would be many, many more times. In a short time I had decided that I needed to do something to build a financial foundation for my future somehow, so I prayed, and God lead me into FLIPPING HOUSES. It was amazing how He provided so I could buy my first house and have enough in the bank to get a great start. I got an amazing deal on the house, it closed, and I was off and running. By this time I was asked by the elders and pastor to be in a leadership role to start a men's ministry, and I was elected to teach and lead a men's weekly bible study. I was busy working a job, re-doing a fixer upper, and a weekly bible study. My plate was full and life started becoming good again. THEN 15 YEARS AGO HAPPENED. I went to work one morning, and the owners wife came to me and said that her husband, the owner of the company, had died 2 days earlier, but asked me to stay. Very sad news, but I still had my job, BUT not long after I found out she had gone out and spent a ton of money, and the company was in trouble, and several of us were let go, and the economy was bad. I had money in the bank still and unemployment, and sure it wouldn't take long to get a job. A year later I was still looking, and my unemployment was coming to an end, and my bank account was almost nearly empty, and my house was only half done - THAT WAS SCARY. I had never called out to God like I did then, ever before - I WAS TERRIFIED, and no one to help me or fall back on. Was I going to lose my house? Was I going to become homeless, and loose everything again? But God came through miraculously, that time, and 3 more times when I ran out of money and even provided when my house went into foreclosure, I couldn't find a place to live, I had no income to find a home, no cash to get a place to live, because the house hadn't closed yet - totally broke and after all the stress I had a nervous breakdown, and was in the hospital, and no money to pay for any of the hospital. BUT.......................... .......each time I ran out of money, God provided. I was miraculously able to find a home I could buy, and pay cash, because God was still providing. I bought a home with no money - I was broke and moved into my own home and it was'nt paid for. I hired a moving company on the promise I would pay them. I bought the home on a promise I would pay them, when I was broke. God had taken me from a place of being TERRIFIED, to a place of absolute trust in Him, and in the middle of everything GOD STARTED BECOMING REAL TO ME, AND HE FORMED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ME like He had promised, and I was so much stronger in my faith, I was so much calmer, relaxed and at peace, because God PROVED to me He would always take care of me and protect me, and for the last 15 years He has done just that ..... as it says in Malachi 3:10 He says, "He will open the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no more need. I have no needs - and no bills. I OWN EVERYTHING AND I HAVE - NO DEBT. Through tremendous trials over and over, God became REAL to me, and loving and personal in ways I could always see, and taught me to be strong and trust in Him in peace, and not be terrified. These last 15 years God has continued to allow me to go through trials periodically, but there is a quiet resolve that "ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL, and always will be." REMEMBER, getting a house, being out of debt, and being at a place where there is no need isn't the story. This isn't a "PROSPERITY GOSPEL" story, this is only about a man with very little faith who God grew into the faith God was willing to give me as I trusted Him. Every persons story will be different, but it takes the same faith to move in to a relationship with God, and find the GOD that is REAL in His way as He reveals Himself to each of us in His own personal way to be close to you, as we trust HIM. DETAILS NOT MENTIONED The point of this wasn't to get caught up in the details of the why's and how's, but to focus on God and His activity in my life and how He became real and personal to me, and how I was strengthened by His provision and GRACE. I hope this helps anyone struggling with their faith as I was. ANY APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS GLADLY ANSWERED God bless everyone here as you travel this journey of faith and trust. - Dave
  37. I’m a new member and i would just like to say that i just need people to talk to more often about Christ. I want to know more about Him but i get too shy to go ask someone from church so i think this would really help me!
  38. Jesus, Our Perfect Hope Dr. Charles F. Stanley April 27, 2019 "Repent and live" Ezekiel 18:32 Have you considered what happens when we sin? We attempt to meet our needs apart from the Lord. Because of this, we become self-centered and drift away from God and His plan. We move further away from Him until, eventually, we may reject the idea that we need His presence at all. The natural result of this is that we face pain, loneliness, and frustration. Why? Because we don't have the inner resources to bring peace to our troubled hearts, having shut out the only One who can provide them to us-God Himself. He created us to soar like eagles, but instead we become earthbound creatures who have lost the capacity to be who He made us to be. We've clipped our own wings by denying His leadership-which means we won't find the purpose and meaning He created us to enjoy. However, this empty restlessness is actually a good thing because it opens the door for our loving Father to make contact with us again. If you're feeling the inner warning signals of suffering, purposelessness, uselessness, or frustration, examine your heart. You may be attempting to satisfy your needs apart from God. Thankfully, He wants you back. Don't deny Him. Repent and live. Jesus, please reveal my sin so I can repent of it and experience Your peace. Amen
  39. Myself and so many others here and in other forums have said - we who believe in eternal security do NOT believe what you just said that we believe. We do NOT believe getting saved and then living how ever we want to. I've only attended churches that teach the security of the believer and have never in my life heard anything remotely like this. Every pastor I've ever been under preached on sin TO the congregation. Christians should repent, change, fall on their faces in Godly sorrow when they sin. Like me a couple of weeks ago, someone pulled out in front of me and almost caused a terrible wreck. Instead of immediately thanking God for his protection and the protection of those in two other cars, I got mad. I laid on that horn! I called the person a stupid idiot under my breath. I stayed mad for about 5 more minutes wishing they would have their driver's license revoked. I had a critical spirit. I had a prideful spirit thinking myself the perfect driver. I had a harmful anger. I desired for the other driver to be punished. And I didn't repent of that for several days. I forgot about it quickly, but did not repent until I thought of it later. Even though I believe that my eternal salvation was not made null and void by that sin, I STILL NEEDED to confess that and repent of it - repent meaning to watch myself carefully to not do that again. We who believe in eternal security believe in a daily taking up of the cross and following Jesus. It's not always easy. We fail sometimes. But our Christ is our Intercessor. We plead the blood and turn away when we err. We do NOT believe in "getting saved" and then living like the devil.
  40. Hi. I would like to Re Read through the whole bible, cover to cover Im not usually a big reader so it hasnt come naturally, I find there can be so much information in even small sentences it can get tirying trying to read too much at one time, Sometimes I can read a verse over and over and more information keeps jumping out of the words, I find line upon line precept upon precept helps the word grow in my heart over time, realising God is so big I will only compprehend so much untill we see him, I will follow this thread and hopefully Can learn from others more experienced Isaiah 28 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
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  42. Earlier this week I posted about the need for friendships. This morning I arrived at church to find an anonymous note on my seat. It read: Dear Rick You have been such a great influence and supporter for my family and although some may not understand the sacrifices and efforts you have gone through to manifest riches in us, I want to thank you so very much for choosing to sew seed into places uncomfortable and sacrificial. it is because of people like yourself that I can see a glimpse of Jesus and learn to continue the ripple that comes from God. Sincerely from your friend not too far away. I am speechless.
  43. 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.
  44. My name is Paul (But over 3000 people call me Mr Happy at work) I have been blessed with the Love and Light ,for all to see and feel, from my Lord and savior Jesus Christ..... May you and yours be Blessed with Peace and Love
  45. Father have your way in us. Every step in our lives, you have been with us and we pray you keep loving us and making your words true to us. Amen. Am also praying for you all. We all need prayers, we need love, we need God. Keep praying for us, hoping we shall all meet at Zion and shall gladly say we all "came here". Our God is a faithful God. Even when I feel he has failed, he manifest himself marvelously. What a privilege to be called children of the greatest among the great. Love and prayers Plavious
  46. Hi tt, This scripture came to mind, as in our attitude - But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, IN HUMILITY CORRECTING those who are in opposition, if perhaps God will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,...` (2 Tim. 2: 23 - 25) Marilyn.
  47. hello i need a mature born again believer in my life who i could talk candidly to talk about the serious issues i am facing now. please ask God to provide and to let me know i have met the right the person ( because in the past i thought i have met the right person but turns out not to be right person at all) and to sustain my faith in the the mean time. thank you
  48. Yes....having a forum of godliness and not just a form of godliness!
  49. Hi maryjayne, I hear your cry. Yes for us it is soooo hard, but praise the Lord He will do it in us. Keep yielding at the various steps along the way and lo and behold you will find it does get easier as He is in us doing it through us. Each of these steps are over much time. First we learn to not let the `flesh` and its incessant call control us. Second we learn that our `self` life, our personality with its gifts and abilities like to run the show. After many a trial we learn not to go at our pace but to wait on the Lord as to what He would have us do or not do, speak or not speak. Finally we come to the inner life where the Lord in our spirit holds sway. People will know the difference and be drawn to the Lord, (not to us). An old classic `The Normal Christian Life,` by Watchman Nee, goes through these stages and explains the process very well. regards, Marilyn.
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