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  1. Born again. What does it mean. You now have a new nature, the old things are past and we strive to follow the teachings of the word. The word "strive" as to the dictionary means to "struggle or fight vigorously". It is a battle that we would have till we are called home and there are many obstacles that the bible says we face, i.e the world, the flesh and the devil. Consciously, we try to avoid sinning, but as we are not yet perfected or glorified, then our time here is to be in tune with the grace of sanctification, that is molding us to grow in faith and mature as believers. It takes a lifetime and we must persevere. While there was only one who was sinless, that is the Lord Jesus Christ, we are still in enemy territory and trials and others will come our way. We would stumble at time, but cannot stay down, but fight the good fight of faith, trust and hope and call on our helper. If we have fear of the Lord, then we would be reminded of our sins and what it cost for our freedom and flee . It is indeed a battle, but we press on. Paul epistles describes this struggle and our hope. Proverbs 1 King James Version (KJV) 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  2. Technology has played a big part in recent years as to church attendance. Now people can sit in their homes and visit as many churches as they want and listen to hundred and thousands of sermon, right from their bedrooms, pause and play as they like and it is enough for many. Also, we have to consider science and the breakthroughs that have been taking place at breathtaking speed. The universities, colleges and even the high schools are being taught in a manner that places emphasis on the tangible world of facts, with the main theme of man existence and evolution as to the big bang situation. So now, this is the competition or for a lack of a better word "dilemma" in getting the younger generation into the church door. As soon as they are of the age of non parental control, then the world is waiting with open arms to place them. No mistake about it. The devil has his schemes and plots to woe every soul in his camp and the plot thickens. Why, artificial intelligence is now taking off and the promises of the future for one who is not about seeking after soul issues are being showered in with star wars kind of situation. Don't know where you spend you time in research and world trends, but the world is rapidly changing and the church is being pushed as being old fashioned. Is it not how the bible say things would occur, for we are not to find it strange. I have seen also many young people don't want to go to churches that they see no future husband or wife and they then go to social type meetings that seem to represent a church type setting. The church is still working and functioning and only the Lord know how the coming years would see it either grow or diminish as to his timing. There are many things that are taking place in the supernatural world that is just mind boggling . Wait, 5g technology is just around the corner, and you think the smart phone was a wow, then 5g would blow the roof off. Look up for your redemption draweth nigh. As I was recently reading in John, " 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
  3. Perception can be misleading, but facts are not. I was mainly addressing the way I see salvation and what follows in the christian walk as I read scripture. It there is an error in my theology, by all means point them out as I am willing to learn from others too. I read also, that the christian life is not easy as outlined in the scripture below and as I myself has and is a witness and experience too. Anyway, I will move on now and hope to dialogue again. 1 Peter 4 King James Version (KJV) 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
  4. So then, what is biblical definition of salvation ?. Ephesians 2:8-9. Salvation is a momentary time in which you have made a decision, which God has initiated and by your faith you have been made new creation in Christ. Then sanctification starts with the maturing and weeding out the habits ect. On the other hand, we have other graces too after we have accepted the free gift of salvation that molds us further on as we walk in this world. Sanctification is a grace that leads to holy living and it is till the last breadth. Hebrews 2 King James Version (KJV) 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
  5. Let's clarify or modify the above with the change of one word in the sentence. Can "could" be changed to "Would". Getting back to the OP question . Salvation and heaven goes hand in hand. There is no heaven without salvation, period. It is fundamental to believers in their walk and expectation as to the word and the general conclusion of where the believer would spend eternity.
  6. Remember the situation of the rich man and Lazarus ?. Now, the rich man went into one place and Lazarus into another. Where do you suppose each went to . They are places of abode for all eternity and each one will have to go in either one or the other. It all is decided here before his last breath. Luke 16 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
  7. There are many others who are going through similar issues right here i would suppose, but is not that brave as to come forth and be examined ect. The devil comes to steal,kill and to destroy and would seek to bring temptation, trials and other situations to cause you to bring doubt as to your salvation. You as a believer has to stand on the word and every time you stumble, you take the bold and courageous step to get up, tie your lases and press on. Remember, the race is not for the swift, but for those that endures till the end. With all the world enticements, the believer has to be watchful and in prayer all the time as you don't have to leave the house to be enticed to the lust of the eyes and the flesh. Social media and the speed at which we can communicate now with discreetness, can be a force to reckon with, but only you and your heart can and has to battle with the enemies tactics. The battle is for the mind and so you must fight the good fight of faith and DO NOT give up, no matter how many times you mess up. The Lord knows the heart. Each man has his burden to bear and some choose to share theirs and some keep in secret or private. We have a vicious foe that is bent on not letting you live a fruitful and mature life in Christ. So, whatever your trials are, persevere and keep determine to not give in to the lies the devil places in your mind to doubt your salvation. Some believers may not go through difficult trials and troubles in comparison to others, so they may not be able to relate when others go through the difficult times that they do. There is so much to tempt and trouble any man, that we must be determine to live Godly and pure . Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, soul and mind and lean not unto thy own understanding. Proverbs 3 Proverbs 3 King James Version (KJV) 3 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
  8. Just woke up and read this and I can relate to most of what you asked and said. I recently created a post titled " I ofter read of "God told me".". I have read and heard of many people who said right here of God telling them to do something and I was just wanted to know the method that God "spoke" to them. The answers were varied and and mixed. Probably later on I would say some more about your questions. I often pondered on the situation of David and the numbering of the people and as you said it had great consequences. I have had many battles in the spiritual realm that confirms what the bible speaks of in terms of evil and the wiles of the devil. Like you, I sometimes struggles with the lack of a personal intimacy with God, but my spirit would not let go of God as it sees the bible as the truth of our lives, even though we struggle with the parts that we cannot come to terms with or understand fully, even though others say they have. The question though is one of "doubt". It is one of the most powerful weapons the enemy uses to draw the believer away from the truth and back into the worldly kingdom with all the glitters and things that is placed seductively before us. A believer has to come to grips with the term " suffering". It is a part of the christian life and each would have his own to bear. Though Christ paid for it all, we are to endure hardship as a good soldier and not let the devil throw us of the pathway in our journey, which in the flesh is for a very short time. Things hope for, evidence not seen .....
  9. Daniel choose to be in the den with lions and face the consequences. He choose to trust in his God and even if it meant the loss of his life. Yes, when in the valley, the mountain top seems so far away, but one thought that the believer has to keep in his mind tucked away, is God is in control and nothing is too hard for him. It is through the trials that the believer faith is built stronger and he can encourage others in their time of difficulty as you have been through the battles. Stand strong sister, the devil comes to steal and weaken your faith, but we know he is a liar and the God is mighty to uphold his own. You have to remember to, that you are not alone in your struggles as many can give testimonies to that . The devil would surely like you to come back and drink from his golden cup, but you have to resist him and persevere in your walk. Don't give in to his tactics as I can surely testify the battles are wearisome, but he who endures to the end wears the crown of life. Matt 24:13
  10. The thing is really, when one wakes up in the morning, what does he offers up as to prayer to his maker. I hope it is not words in vain and then depending on his own strength to do the rest. Do we really believe that God can protect and keep us in situations, or that we have to be proactive as the saying goes and have our weapons of war ready in case. Gideon did not know that there were thousands that were with him in battle, cause he could not see them, but they are there. Hypothetical situations like the one by the OP is in my opinion not for the believer to dwell on, as he would be leaning on his own strength. The Lord is mighty and a tower to the Daniels in the Lions den. His hand is not to short. Those who trust in his shall not want and when the terrors of the night come rushing in, he is their shield,strength and buckler ,for those who believe in him. There is your answer. No one knows the day of tragedy and though we can take humanistic measures to avoid some situations and like the wise man build his house upon the rock. But can we be like the Stephen and willing to be stoned for telling the truth. The real question is, what about the enemy that you cannot see and who comes to war against you, what do you do in those situations, and what are your weapons of choice.
  11. The question itself is one that should not be entertained by believers in a forum like this as it plays into the hands of the enemy and can cause persuasion for or against. We trust God and petition him to guide and protect us from the many daily things that we do like driving our cars and keeping us safe ect. It is on the believer who reads the scripture and sees what it teaches us about our life journey here and how we are to live it to interpret that question that may pop into our minds. From country to country, there are many different situations that exist that may warrant a plan for the security and protection of a home and family. Some live in gated communities that makes them feel safe and secure . It is the world today. How then, that same believer who lives in that gated community is called to do missionary work in difficult places and would he be prepared to kill also to defend himself. The believer must come to truly understand that our battles is not with flesh and blood. If a situation arises, it is there and then decisions would be made as some don't have the courage to kill. Only at the occurrence of the situation would actions be taken. Many make and take precautions to safeguard their home and families and it is a natural thing to do. How far does one go is how he see the gospel and how to live his life here on earth . It is a matter of choice for every believer on whom they put their trust in for ALL matters of life. There is much talk of the Holy Spirit in the believers life. What is his role, is it not to teach and guide us and to help us in our time of fear. The devil would fire many of his darts, but it is the full armor of God we are to depend on. God sanctions governments and that constitutes armies. So those who are serving in an army is not killing on a willful nature, but under lawful command. The believer has to determine if he should serve in the army or not as to his spiritual conviction.
  12. If we look at current trade and world trade for that matter and how each country govern their trade by laws, we can see some isolation as in the current trade wars . Some time in the future those situation may not exist as if businesses and even country wants to survive and eat, then they would have to become part of a truly global or one world trading system and maybe governance. The term "Left Behind", would apply to those who think they can go it alone and thus starve. The Babylon system must be understood in spiritual tones too, as it exists just as the physical. The merchants became rich and by what "sorcery and witchcraft ". This has already begun to take shape . So, in the the end times, ALL who want to be part of the buying and selling would have to fornicate with the harlot to profit. You may then ask, if that would include christian merchants ?. I think at that time the world would be under the beast system and christian's would be forced out of the trade system as they would have to compromise if they want to participate. To understand how the merchants became rich by sorcery and witchcraft is key to understanding end time situations and it has a name "spiritual warfare". Who are engaged or are allowed into this arena will have the insights of how the merchants profited. If you look at the progression of AI [artificial intelligence ], you would see how many companies are being force to integrate by using robots that are being created to do just about everything. Small businesses and those who don't have the resources to purchase and incorporate these machines would wither away. It is happening before our very eyes.
  13. Right in your assessment . This particular topic or thread would lead to a very wide spectrum of thoughts as it can be spread to many geography,religions, people, kingdoms ect. Many seem to have their version of interpretation as pat down and even a dogmatic view. When dogmatism is argued between many, then your analysis becomes so true. You have to persevere though, as it keep the saints engaged within the body. If apologies and pardons are issued where they are warranted, then the threads are just the threshing floor.
  14. Revisit Luke 16:19 . The rich man and Lazarus episode. What did the rich man request from Abraham . The answer should be enough to answer your concerns.
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