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  1. OCD

    Yes, good ideas can just come from our own heads. Problem-solving, it's a human thing.
  2. OCD

    As you yourself said, you have no supernatural powers. That's what makes supernatural powers "super". They come from beyond the natural - beyond you and me. We can no more "activate" supernatural powers than we could could fly with our arms to the top of a mountain.
  3. The thing about intrusive thoughts is that once in your head - the harder you try NOT to think about it, the worse it gets! And you, by far, are not alone in this. There are more Christians being bombarded with this to some degree than you can think of. The key is STOP trying NOT to think about it. You will put yourself in a terrible place. It's like Eve. God gave her and Adam everything and just asked that they not eat of that one tree. Once the devil deceived her and told her that God hadn't exactly told the truth [which was a lie], that's all she could think about was that ONE tree. The entire blessings of God, her whole and literal world, was now insignificant and not enough. She cast all that aside in her mind and dwelt on just that one tree. See? Trying not to think of it when the lies enter your head and NOT replacing those thoughts with Godly ones is a big part of the problem. Those thoughts won't leave you because as much as you try to banish them, you are left with an empty mind and they just come back quickly. Say to yourself when these things happen, "This is not the truth. It's not Biblical." And cast your mind on something that is true or as Paul said in Philippians - something true, pure, of good report......etc. For a few moments, if you ignore the lies, the devil will combat you harder, but as you practice this, you will get better and better at not surrendering to thoughts that are not of God. Cast your thoughts on your many blessing and the love of God. He KNOWS you suffer and loves you still. Don't try on your own power to not think of it and especially to not replace it with other Godly thoughts - it's like trying to take your dirty fingers and wipe a dirt stain off of a wall. It just makes the dirt mark bigger and more noticable.
  4. OCD

    May I share what I believe is your true problem? I discussed this with another person years ago who had scrupulosity and the drummer in my praise band had a nephew who truly suffered from it to the point he had to be hospitalized. What you are suffering is real - to you. And it is an attack from the devil. No, you are not possessed by the devil, but he is on the attack with you. What I learned when I started digging in to this because I was interested and knew that this type of thing occurs more and more often is this. The devil doesn't give a crap what you are anxious about. All he is concerned with is that your mind is tormented. The next person with scrupulosity that you meet might fear red cars or worry that he is not praying on his literal knees or some other such non-binding thing. Science? No, that's not the problem. I was a science teacher for decades and loved every minute of it. True science agrees with God and is a good thing. Asking for forgiveness over and over and over and thinking God isn't listening? Nope. The Bible says that when we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all righteousness. Worried that you are the Anti-Christ? Nope. nope. nope. You do not fit the description of him and it is not the right time. Plus, if you are worried, you can't be him. What can help you? Two things. A qualified counselor/medical doctor. He may prescribe some med or not. Therapy - talking out loud and hearing your own self with another person - is a HUGE help for many people. Discerning what is sin and what is not. You KNOW that genuine and pure science is not sinful. So, the next time that thought comes back that you are making God mad by studying the facts of real science - say to yourself, "There's lot of science in the Bible. God doesn't hate genuine science. I'm not sinning by studying." You know that swearing IS a sin - so the next time you feel compelled to, stop and think, "I'm done with that." And thank God that you didn't say anything. Our minds are battlefields. All of us. The devil doesn't care what knocks us down. All he care about is that we STAY down. Think on that.

    I didn't claim a mother. I said we don't call God, Mother. I merely gave some scripture that shows where God himself, speaks of himself in motherly terms. I didn't mean to offend people.

    Does the Bible not say that God is "all in all" referring to his Sovereignty? I will erase my statement in my post.
  7. Wife on ventilator. very grave

    Praying now....

    I deleted the link and just posted the scriptures

    While God calls himself "Father", he also speaks of his own self several times in motherly terms. My favorite is Jesus describing himself as a mother hen wishing to take Jerusalem under his wings. We don't call God "Mother", but reading these scriptures help us understand God's complete nature. I've deleted the link and will just post the scriptures. Genesis 1:27 Women and Men created in God’s image “Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.” Hosea 11:3-4 God described as a mother God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.” Hosea 13:8 God described as a mother bear “Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…” Deuteronomy 32:11-12 God described as a mother eagle “Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.” Deuteronomy 32:18 God who gives birth “You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.” Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” Isaiah 42:14 God as a woman in labor God: “For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.” Psalm 131:2 God as a Mother “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.” Psalm 123:2-3 God compared to a woman “As the eyes of a servant looks to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you, YHWH, until you show us your mercy!” Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 God as a Mother Hen Jesus: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” Luke 15:8-10 God as woman looking for her lost coin Jesus: “Or what woman having ten silver coins, is she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
  10. I am so sad

    I'm praying for you. Sometimes our lives take turns that we don't like. Take your troubles and tell the Lord about it. Ask him to show you where are the areas that you can thrive.
  11. Typology of King David and his many wives

    King Saul, King David, AND King Solomon had multiple wives. This was in direct violation of Deuteronomy 17:17 where the law forbade kings of Israel to have multiple wives. King Solomon, of course, was the worst violator of that. King David's first six sons all had different baby mamas. 2 Samuel 3. This lead to much destruction later on.
  12. We don't know what kind of fruit Eve ate, the Bible doesn't say, but that isn't what you are asking. I'm not sure what you are talking about when you say "in time our brains grew bigger". Adam and Eve were created fully human with a fully developed brain. Could you expound a little on what you mean by that? If they had never sinned, I guess we could invite them to this Worthy Forums and ask them all about what life was like in the beginning because they would still be here. There was no death of any kind until Adam and Eve sinned.
  13. Thank you all so much for the prayers. I talked to my friend yesterday and she said that - unbelievably - they were able to complete the surgery as planned. She was in bad, bad shape folks on Tuesday. I wasn't expecting her to live and neither were some of her very small family. But she is alive now - with a successful colon surgery. They had her up walking yesterday and even though my friend and her husband are exhausted - literally - they are so relieved and thankful. They will still have to watch her for a few days for bleeding, but as of now - prayer works and we all say "Thank you, Jesus!" By the way....*sigh*.....her adult granddaughter is gay. Please pray there, too.
  14. I see my testimony and song was deleted...

    You beat me to it. I was just about to say that.
  15. interesting practice I heard of

    I agree that ethnicity has nothing to do with being unequally yoked. Neither does denominationalism. What's important is that a Christian is yoked with another Christian.