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  1. naominash

    A Sense of Urgency

    I was looking for an explanation on the division of Gideon's soldiers and came across this statement in a commentary. iii. We might say that God eliminated the fearful and those who thought first only of convenience, the easy way. “The thought is disturbing, but it may well be true, that the composition of God’s army to fight Satan’s hosts in any day is really little different. How many Christians are so fearful of the enemy that they are of no real use in this warfare, and how many of the remainder are so self-centered, rather than God centered, that they find little place for effective ministry.” (Wood) That last part is really getting to me. I don't just want to be saved just for my own sake. People around have needs to and they need Christ. I get frustrated sometimes because every time I feel a sense of urgency, I soon get around other people and it fizzles out like a candle in damp air. I really hope that I can make the best use of my time on earth. I'm praying I can keep a sense of urgency to minister to others in the name of Christ. Does anyone else have this issue? Can anyone else speak to ways to maintain a sense of urgency? I am trying now to be around other believers. I'm trying to stay in the Word but at times I still feel that tug to just go back to sleep.
  2. naominash

    Don't soften God's Character

    Do you have Scriptures that back up this idea? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [c]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  3. naominash

    Don't soften God's Character

    Okay, there are three things I would like to address in this post. 1. David's prayers are indeed righteous. 2. There is no contradiction between Jesus' commands and David's Psalms. The New Testament is not meant to nullify the old one. 3. Jesus' commands in no way negate a person from seeking justice. Let's start with the first one. Was David corrupt because he prayed like this? Psalm 28:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV) 3 Do not [a]take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts. 4 Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve. Did the Lord scold David for praying this way? In the Lord's opinion, David was righteous. 1 Kings 14:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Because I exalted you from among the people, and made you ruler over My people Israel, 8 and tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it to you; and yet you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes; 9 but you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back— Also, in the New Testatment, we learn that all of Scripture is inspired by God and sufficient. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Given that all Scripture is profitable, I cannot agree that the Psalms were flawed in their intent. Let's look at Jesus' command. It is true He said to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. But what does it mean to love your enemy? I think it means to treat them as God does. First of all, Jesus does acknowledge that they are enemies. Second, the sun rises on both the good and the wicked. This is the undeserved kindness that God has for all people, just or unjust. This is also known as common grace. The Lord is kind to both good and evil people, therefore we should be also. If an evil person needs an ambulance, we should call one. If they need food, we should feed them, etc. We should not seek personal vengeance on them. That belongs to the Lord. This is why David is perfectly fine in praying prayers against the wicked. He is placing his trust in God for vengeance and not taking it upon himself to do so. We are to do the same thing. Does this makes sense? The Lord gets glory from both his justice and his grace and mercy. But the Lord is not under obligation to show mercy to His enemies. He gets to choose in which way he'll get glory. We are to treat our enemies with respect and kindness, but the Lord saves his special regard and love for those who accept the gift of His Son's salvation. By the way, Looking at the old wineskin reference in context, I am not sure I believe that's referring old and new testaments of Scripture, or even new ways of acting out God's commands. Jesus responded with that metaphor after the disciples were asked why they didn't fast. As always, it's great to see you respond.
  4. naominash

    Don't soften God's Character

    I agree that the wrath of God is terrible. I disagree that we aren't to wish it on anybody ever. There are plenty of Psalms where David implores God to give just punishment to the wicked. These are righteous prayers. True, we are not to take vengeance into our own hands. But the way we do that is to trust in the Lord for that. In the same way as David, there's nothing wrong with praying for a wicked person to die, especially if it will help the people they are oppressing.
  5. naominash

    Church

    Well, when you say it like that, it makes more sense!
  6. naominash

    Church

    I have no issue with those statements. Earlier you said the problem with people who are tired of church is unrealistic expectations. I guess what I'm trying to say is the OP doesn't necessarily have unrealistic expectations if she wanted a loving community (hence my saint argument) Wanting people to treat you right and expecting perfection are two different things.
  7. naominash

    Church

    Im not saying we don't sin. I'm saying sin is no longer who we are (Romans 8:1-2). We should expect people to sin but we shouldn't lower the standard of how Christians should act toward each other. Because we're saints in spirit and only sinners in the flesh.
  8. naominash

    Church

    Okay. Sin is something we all do. I agree. In that sense we are all sinners. But the core of our spiritual identity is being a saint. Sinner does not describe the essence of who we are. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ... But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified...). The reason I stress this is because I don't think it's right to say we can't hold people accountable for consistently not acting Christian because "were all sinners." But we were washed, justified, and sanctified. I am a saint. Yes, I still sin. But the part of me that still sins has been crucified with Christ. The part of me that likes doing right is the real me. This gives me confidence that I have increasing power to say no to sin.
  9. naominash

    Church

    I disagree that we are all sinners. Christians are saints. The reason I say that is because I don't think it's unrealistic to expect Christians to act better than a regular unconverted sinner. When we become Christians, we are a new creation with regenerated hearts. While we aren't perfect, if we always hurt other Christians and don't make amends, we should examine ourselves. A person who hurts others should be confronted, respectfully, but without mincing words.
  10. naominash

    Church

    I thought I could go without fellowship and support. But to be honest, my faith weakened to a pathetic state and I missed being around other believers every day. I believe that being a Christian is not something were meant to do alone. However, I also know that not everyone who says they are a Christian in a church is one. The standard for Christian behavior has lowered in some churches due to misapplied grace. "So-and-so gossips and slanders everyone she meets... But we're all sinners so we can't judge her." Yes you can. You know a Christian by their fruits. If the fruit isn't good, it isn't real faith. We are to avoid people who say they are Christian but live consistently in evil ways. (1 Corinthians 5:11) I don't think you should give up but be on the lookout for people who are mean and hurtful. True Christians are out there and you'll know them because they are actually loving.
  11. So, a recording Christian hip hop artist named Shai Linne made an album about the Attributes of God. Songs about God's grace, mercy, and patience are included. But I was struck the most by the lyrics concerning the Lord's coming judgment, His Dominion, wrath, and justice. They are... simply incredible! When I turn on Christian radio, I never really get to hear about Christ bringing His enemies to a disastrous end or how no one can ever stand up to Him. But I sure wish I did! Because I enjoy hearing about how powerful and awesome Jesus is. He's risen and exalted in the heavens now. How amazing is that? Some of the lyrics about the power of God to crush the wicked cause me to fear the Lord more. The great thing about that is that my fear of other people decreases. I suspect that if we lack boldness, it's because we have too low a view of the Lord. When I hear Scripture references about the downfall of Satan and the wicked, I feel a sense of boldness like I can proclaim the Supremacy of Christ in front of a crowd of atheists or face down someone threatening my life over faith. Why do so many songs and ministries have such a low view of God? Why talk about things for man's perspective when there's so much of the Lord's greatness that goes unsaid? Yes, the Lord is love but how can we appreciate that love when we don't realize that He is not under obligation to show grace or mercy to any of us? Why do we not talk about certain attributes of God? I have known Christians who take the word "wrath" out of their hymns... But why? God is God. I kind of like it that way.
  12. naominash

    What is best to do if...

    The best strategy that your friend has for winning her husband to Christ in addition to prayer is her respectful behavior towards her husband in order to please the Lord. By respecting him, even though he is a non-believer, that is a great witness to the power of the gospel. Words only go so far, so if she has already explained her beliefs once, she should become silencton the subject of spirituality and seek to win him without words. That means seeking not to be a doormat but to be submissive when he speaks up about what he wants in the household, speaking highly of him to his face and about him to others, and backing him up on things in front of the children, teaching them to respect their father (if children are involved). 1 Peter 3: 1-2 3 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.
  13. It occurred to me just now that maybe the reason why Satan and mankind was tempted and allowed the possibility of falling--- given that God is Sovereign and knows everything from beginning to end--- is to create a Kingdom even more glorious and unshakable than the first. Think about it. Creation's exposure to evil reveals more of the Lord's redemptive grace, mercy, power, and kindness over evil. It is also said in Scripture that we believers will be judges over evil. I don't pretend to understand the ways of God. But maybe He allows evil some measure of power so that wisdom over evil will always be with the citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom. Satan's obsession with power led to his downfall. Perhaps allowing his war against righteousness serves as a lesson for all of God's creatures on how to defeat and recognize evil. What do you think?
  14. Sometimes, I feel like we believers tend to beat ourselves up (with the help of the Accuser, of course). If you would, please share ways you've grown spiritually. Things in your life that you can look at and say, "That's because God has grown my faith in that area." I'll go first. The biggest way I can tell I am growing, is that I have more moments where I really believe that God loves and cares about me. For example, I decided to stop avoiding people and forgive them because I realized I needed things from them that they weren't able to give. Only the love of God can create the peace I need to remain an open and warm-hearted person.
  15. I can still be a kind and warm-hearted person. No matter how many friends failed to reciprocate the care I felt for them in the past or people who flat-out rejected me, I'm still priceless in the eyes of the Lord. I can still be that kind person who cares with all her heart. I just have to guard my heart more carefully in the future. Instead of carrying the pain around, I can forgive and be filled with the love of Christ. I no longer have to need people's acceptance. I can love them for who they are, being okay with whatever distance they want to have.
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