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  1. Messianic music is my favorite--thanks for posting!
  2. "He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark" (Psalm 91:4). His faithfulness is something we can cling to in the darkest of times. I'm so sorry that you are struggling--praying for you!
  3. I suppose it's a matter of perspective. I think if you asked Job today--he might remark that he was honored that God gave him such a prominent part to play in biblical history. My own perspective, after studying the book, is that God elevated Job before man and Satan for eternity. Indeed, how often has God searched for a man to stand in the gap but found none? However, Job was able to stand the test--hence, he honored God and man alike. On top of that, Job learned through the trial that YHWH was even greater than he imagined. Indeed, God, Himself, took Job on a private tour of the universe, and in the end, Job learned that God was still God! Only, Job had a much more awe-inspiring view following the process. Still, if this world was all there is--it would still have been a difficult role for Job to play. Fortunately, eternity is where Job lives today, and he has access to all of his children. On top of that, he is known as a righteous man by you and me. So, I don't think that God messed up his life--I think that God honored Job. I would love to be that faithful--so much so, that YHWH could entrust me to prove the devil wrong--wrong about the character of God, and about the potential and value of mankind.
  4. That's how I see it too. A straight reading doesn't produce a pre-trib scenario.
  5. Very good.
  6. Yes, I understood why you felt naked--I was merely building on that to try to coax you back towards God's truth. Often when we do something that we see as out of God's will, we shift our own perceptions of ourselves. Thus, when I stated that you can't change God's nature, I didn't mean that you were TRYING to change God--only that God's nature does not change. It's that understanding of God's unchanging ways that can give us peace when we think we have failed Him. I have had those momemts myself. I too had a similar experience. I went to seminary--hoping to become a hospice chaplain. However, when I went to an interview for Clinical Pastoral Education (something you have to participate in prior to being hired as a chaplain), I submitted to the two people interviewing me. The problem with that tilt of my heart is that in that moment I felt as if I had denied Christ because they were not submitted to Him. I walked away from that career path following that incident, but it really destroyed my heart. For a time, it ruined my relationship with Jesus. That's what happens when you are really close to God and then you turn to the world. Peter had such a moment, and Jesus restored him. Still, we all read about Peter's experience today. One thing that has helped restore my walk with Jesus has been my willingness to sever all engagements with social media. There is so much happening there--slight compromises made by others, and the daily onslaught pushed me slightly off course. I prefer to be joined to Jesus in mind and Spirit. You can do the same--simply pursue Him again. Also, trust that He is who He says He is. He loves you and never throws away any who come to Him. Shalom, Lolly
  7. You said that you feel naked--we are all naked without the clothes of Christ, or His righteousness. Adam and Eve felt naked after eating from the wrong tree, and God clothed them with skins. The LORD also initiated a plan through Abraham by which would be born a Savior. Here, you see truth. This is the heart of God--redemption. I think your perception of your own identity changed during that moment of weakness, but your actions are not strong enough to change God's nature. Jesus tells us through Luke's Gospel what happens when we do foolish things like turning away from God's best. Indeed, the Father "is filled with compassion" and covers you with kisses (Luke 15:20). If you sincerely wish to walk towards God, He will always receive you. Blasphemers of the Holy Spirit never do that--they never go to Him. That's why they aren't forgiven.
  8. A thief next to Jesus on the cross, put his trust in the Lord but didn't have a way to be baptized. Similarly, there are deathbed conversions. Of course, they go to heaven. However, we have a God who likes to use poignant rituals--or actions that point to great spiritual truths. Passover is one example. Baptism is another--a beautiful way to commit ourselves to God, symbolizing our identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. If possible, we should honor God by complying.
  9. I love this!
  10. The apostle Paul speaks to this issue in the book of Galatians. He writes, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree' (Gal 3:13)." Jesus also spoke to this and stated, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Mt. 5:17). Hence, the law is fulfilled in Christ--when we repent, and place our full trust in Christ, we are born of the Spirit (John 3:3). The goal is then for us to abide in the Spirit of God that we might not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Gal 5:16). Indeed, the work is done by God, but we must give Him full access to our lives. In reponse, He infuses us with His nature. As such, we can only curse ourselves by refusing His incredible offer of love, mercy and abundant grace!
  11. I remember the day when I read the gospel the first time--it was in a book written by Billy Graham, "How to be Born Again." At the end of the book was a prayer of repentance and dedication of oneself to God. I remember thinking, "I don't think I'll be able to live the type of life requested, but I'll give it a try." Certainly not saying that you will have the experience that I had, but when I prayed, colors got brighter and I saw dimension shift. The next Sunday, I went to a Southern Baptist church, and when they began to sing, I began to cry. That night I got baptized. That was twenty years ago--what I learned about Jesus is that He is winsome, gentle, holy, and good. His peace is not like the world's peace, and it's hard to hear Him speak when we are angry and unkind. He is also so very strong and faithful--He doesn't play games, and your existence brings Him joy. It was the joy of bringing you salvation that gave Him the motivation to endure the cross on your behalf. You have nothing to lose that compares with knowing Him. He is like a rainbow after a rain--pure goodness.