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  1. Lar

    I’m in need of prayers

    Hi Rosa, I get the impression that you have done a lot of thinking about what you said. There was one thing that you said that particularly interested me: "honesty is valuable when u can lie though u choose to say the truth." To me, that makes a lot of sense. If a person is capable of lying, then their choice to be honest is definitely valuable. When I was a child growing up, my mother taught me not to lie: because she felt that lying was wrong. And now, as an adult, if I happen to lie then I confess it to the Lord Jesus as being a sin, and then He forgives me and He cleanses me from all unrighteousness (please see: 1 John 1:9-- in the Bible) Rosa, what I'm going to say now is changing the subject a bit, but my understanding (from the Bible) is that there is only *one* true God and only *one* true way to be saved and to go to Heaven, and the Bible says this truth in various places. For instance, the Lord Jesus said: "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 - from the Bible) (The Lord Jesus was speaking here of God the Father... More on that later) Also: “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other." (Isaiah 45:22 -- from the Bible) (Here, the God of the Bible is saying that there are no other (true) Gods but Him alone.) And here: "I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior." (Isaiah 43:11 -- from the Bible) This is saying that only the Lord is mankind's Savior. (the Lord Jesus Christ - God the Son -- more on that later) It is true that Jesus Christ became a man and died on the cross to pay for the price of the sins of all mankind. (And then Jesus was buried, and then He was raised [resurrected] from the dead.) But Jesus is also *God* (God the Son), and He is the only way to be saved from sins and to go to Heaven. But please let me make this one thing very clear: there is only *one* true God - not three Gods (or more than three), and, (again, as revealed from the Bible), God has chosen to manifest Himself in three unique Persons: the Father, the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. And yet, God is only one God! (I know, this may be difficult to understand... Frankly, I suspect that many (or even most) Christians find this particular concept difficult to understand, but - by faith in God and by faith in His Word - they believe it to be true.) Wow, I think that I've shared a lot of stuff with you here. You seem to be honestly seeking to know the truth in your own way, and I respect that. I hope that you will find your stay here on Worthy Christian Forum(s) to be a valuable experience, and also to be enjoyable. -- Lar
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    I’m in need of prayers

    Hi again Rosa, I'm very glad that you believe in Jesus. I didn't become a Christian until I was 40 years old, and I believe that God spoke to me when I was praying, and God told me: "the truth is Jesus Christ". And all of a sudden, I knew in my heart that it was really true - and I received the Lord Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. (God was very merciful to me.) But in all honesty, Rosa - I must confess to you that I am not a brilliant person. I'm just an ordinary guy... I make a lot of mistakes, and I still have a lot to learn!
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    I’m in need of prayers

    Hi Rosa, Your post here touched my heart. Yes, certainly I will pray for you. I believe that God knows you, and that He knows your present situation - and that He cares about you very much. Rosa, have you personally trusted in and received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? I ask you this because having a *personal relationship* with God the Father - through the Lord Jesus Christ - is at the very center of being a born-again Christian, and it is sooooo important! Jesus really wants to be a part of your life, and He wants to help you, and to save you, and to give you eternal life with Him. -- Lar
  4. Hello everyone, The song that I would like to share is kinda different. I would classify it as a Gospel/folk type of music that is sung and played (on acoustic guitar) by Tim O'Brien. I perceive that this "toe-tapping," catchy song has an edifying Christian message to it. I just happen to enjoy it; see if you do too! .. I would welcome any comments... -- Lar
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    Lonely

    Hi Marlene, You're very welcome! -- Lar
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    Lonely

    Hi Marlene, I'm Lar, and I would just like to say that it's nice to have you here on Worthy Christian Forums. I'm an older, Christian married man, and I too have felt a bit more "distant" from the Lord lately than I used to be. Certainly, I will pray for you - with regards to what you wrote up above. ~ Lord Jesus, please minister to Marlene in a very special way - about her recently coming back to You, and also, with regards to the problems that she is having with disappointment and hurt. Thank You for loving us, Lord Jesus, and thank You too for meeting us right where we're at. I praise You and I thank You: for the work that You're doing in Marlene's life - and for the work that You're doing - even now as I write this prayer. Amen. ~ May God continue to bless you and to keep you, Marlene, -- Lar
  7. Lar

    Separating Anxiety from Truth

    Hi BK1110 and YeshuaWarrior444, I think that BK1110 makes a very important point here: "Compare what you're anxious about with the Word [i.e. compare it with the Word of God - the Bible]..." YeshuaWarrior444, I was trying to exhort you and to comfort you with regards to how (I think) that you will *feel* when you hear from God (based on my own personal experience with this), but we must always remember that the Bible: the Word of God - always takes precedence (that is, it takes "first place") over anything that we might feel with our emotions (or even think with our intellect) with regards to anything that we may *feel* (or otherwise think) that we have heard from God. I was simply trying to encourage you on an emotional level - because I think that I may have been "where you are at" with regards to your feelings of anxiety and with regards to your honestly wanting to *feel accurately* that you are hearing God. I did this because we are both human, and I have found that it is often needful to comfort and to exhort someone who is feeling anxious about anything (such as their hearing from God accurately or whatever) - first in a caring, human, emotional sort of way - rather than to always start off in an objective, logical sort of way: that may perhaps sometimes seem cold and unfeeling to the person who is feeling anxious and/or upset. But I think that BK1110 made a very important point: and, (if I understood them correctly), even when you are feeling anxious about whether or not you are hearing accurately from God, the *safest* and the most *effective* way to discern what God's will *really* is is to compare your anxious feelings, ect. to relevant scriptures from the Bible - the Word of God. But while you are doing this, just know that God (and also, other Christians), truly *do care* about what you are going through *emotionally* - such as when your mind is discomforted and you are in a state of emotional turmoil. For instance, the Bible says: "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth [cares] for you." (1 Peter 5:7) KJV (the word in brackets is mine - added for language clarification purposes) My "read" on this particular scripture is that God cares not only about our practical, (biblically-explainable and/or empirical) situation(s), but He also cares about our emotional feelings - right in the midst of these situations. So when you're logically and biblically checking out the Word of God against your anxious, emotional feelings, then please do remember that God *also* cares about your anxious feelings and your emotional state of mind. OK? <smile>
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    Separating Anxiety from Truth

    Hi YeshuaWarrior444. Welcome to WCF!! I sincerely hope and pray that you will be blessed by your time here. I also suffer from anxiety and also clinical depression - so I can relate to suffering from these things. In my experience with hearing from God, I have found that genuinely hearing from God actually gives you a feeling of peace and well-being - (even when God is rebuking you or perhaps even chastising you). Perhaps this is because part of God's basic nature is *peace* - along with love, joy, goodness, longsuffering, ect. In contrast to this, the things that you generally hear from Satan will involve feelings of fear, emotional unease and torment - and will *not* involve peace and a feeling of well-being (which - as I have found - you will experience when you genuinely hear from God). I read the other posts to you on this topic, and they definitely seemed to me to be giving you good advice. The real battle that the Christian experiences is in their mind (as has already been pointed out). And I believe that God will give you the grace to sort things out in your mind - even during those times when you are experiencing anxiety. Also, (as has already been suggested), keeping a list: of what God's nature tells you, and of what Satan's nature tells you, also struck me as being a good idea for you to do. Because during those times that you are experiencing anxiety, it will be a great help to you to read these things - because even during "subjective" (and/or anxious) times, your reading the things that are on these lists will help you to take an *objective* view towards what's really happening. God really does love you, YeshuaWarrior444 - just like a good, loving father does. And He's definitely *not* "out to get you," or to somehow try to "trip you up!" The Enemy would have you to think these things about God, but such thoughts and/or feelings as these are *not* from God! I'll pray for you - that you will learn to know and to perceive the things that are from God and the things that are from Satan. May God richly bless you - as day by day - you will be caused by God to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua), Lar
  9. Hello Ed J, Thanks for your response to me. You're very welcome. May God bless you too. -- Lar
  10. Hello Marilyn, Thanks for responding to my post. I had forgotten that you have mountains in Australia. (I think that someone else had told me that...) We have mountains here too. Actually, my wife and I live on the side of a mountain. (It's kind of like a hill, actually.) You and I must be just about 12 hours apart. Morning for you is evening for me. Lar
  11. Hi ytLiJC, Thank you for getting back to me. I see your point, and I believe that I understand what you are saying. You see, to me: being "religious" is kind of like just outwardly "going through the motions" of being a Christian -- but without allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to spiritually and actively (and *dynamically*) live out His life: both in and through you. I perceive that there are many people who "act out" the Christian religion - but without living out their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: by actively (and genuinely) loving their Christian brethren. Please see: 1 John 3:23 Brother, do you understand what I am saying here? (I truly do mean to say this to you in a gracious and respectful manner...) May God bless you, and may He lead you in His faith and in His love - by His Grace, Lar
  12. Hello Marilyn, It's nice to get to know you too, Marilyn. It's Sunday morning here where I am. on Mar. 4, 2019 -- at 8:42 AM (I'm located in upper New York state - in the northeastern part of the USA) My wife and I are currently "socked in" with a two and a half foot snowfall. (It's about 4 feet deep out at the end of our driveway: because when the snow trucks come past us, they leave a pile of impacted snow - that effectively "buries" our car [out by the road].) I tried to shovel out a place by our mailbox yesterday - for the person who comes to deliver our mail, but I became exhausted, and I didn't do a very good job - (I left almost a foot of snow on the road). This might be a silly question on my part to ask you, but do you ever get snow anywhere in Australia? (We could happily live *without* it!) Marilyn, do you have any idea as to what the time difference is between where you live and where I live? (once again, I'm in the eastern part of the USA). Best wishes to you, Lar
  13. Marilyn, I think that perhaps I responded to your post to me in the wrong place... <says Lar: scratching head> Yes, I agree with you - how merciful God the Father is: because He reaches out to all persons in His own way: as long as we each have breath. May God continually bless and keep you, Lar
  14. Amen Marilyn, sister, God the Father is so good, isn't He? He draws unsaved people to His Son, Jesus Christ - even though we (as human beings) are so undeserving of His marvelous Grace. I hope that things are going well for you in "the land down under," <smile> Lar
  15. Hi ytLiJC, I hope that I spelled your name right -- it's kinda late here, and my eyes are getting tired. Thanks for your post. Yes, I agree with you, there is much that is wicked for a Christian to beware of. ytLiJC, I have never been what might be described as a "religious person." I'm just a sinner who was mercifully saved by God's marvelousness Grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Personally, I don't tend to think of Christianity as being a religion at all; rather, I see it as being a personal *relationship* with the true and living God - through the Lord Jesus Christ. However, please pardon me if I didn't get the full point of what you were saying - in your quote (above). May God bless and keep you from all evil, Lar
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