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  1. Yes but this is works. Let's say for example that I was born again. That is called regeneration. After that you have to follow with sanctification. And this seems to imply personal effort of the will or self effort. It is an effort just to read the Bible - something I have read so many times before. If nothing spiritual is working in my life or taking place, like the fruit of the spirit, can I even say I was born again or saved the first time? God doesn't answer my prayers - prayers I have said so many times my head will burst figuratively speaking, and which leaves me completely speechless in prayer now since I have nothing else or more to say. There's no sign of God at all here.
  2. That depends upon whether someone has an inordinate attachment to the demonic or negative fearful realm.
  3. No, nothing about joining a church. Just one dream of being baptized.
  4. Thank you for this explanation. It's really good! I realise now that I have been born again 5 years ago but I haven't been living up to a good standard. Part of my problem seems to be that I would lie in bed and close my eyes and talk to God in my mind and after about an hour of that, when nothing happens I feel incredibly frustrated and want to give up the whole thing. That was daily, sometimes several times a day, for over 5 years. But I see that there are things I neglected to do that would have helped me. Perhaps I also need deliverance. I don't know. The theory I suppose is that demons attach themselves to people without necessarily possessing them. Would that be right?
  5. Tze, which part of UK are you in? I am in London. I know no Christians in real life. I have no fellowship. But thank you for your encouragement.
  6. Thank you all for your replies. Tze, (I won't type your full name for obvious reasons! haha) what you say resonates with me. And David Suchet - he was Poirot! I will check that out. I did get a Bible app that has audio but sometimes it was hard to understand the guy's pronunciation. And about getting stuck in - I truly feel this is the way forward for me. I've always kind of known, but I am getting confirmation from others now. So thanks.
  7. This is very interesting to me. As I said in my other post, how can God reveal Himself to me if I never believed the first time? I can say that in GENERAL I believed, but was it a deep heart felt thing? No, not really. All that was happening was that I was simply just reading the Bible one day and then it happened. Some Christians have said the Holy Spirit could abide within me yet kind of just hanging around waiting for me to do something, because in my own life and experience I really don't feel or experience God in any way. When I do things that go against my conscience, I feel guilty and bad about it but this isn't the Holy Spirit because this is normal and natural to all of us. Otherwise, I would be saying that my conscience is the Holy Spirit and that is manifestly untrue. On a related point, if indeed I have been having demonic experiences, possibly even possession, it doesn't seem likely to me that God and the Holy Spirit could come into my spirit since there would have been a demonic entity in my temple. And I don't think both of them could co-exist in the same space. So if I am not possessed, that would explain how God could come to me. Then on the other hand, is the Holy Spirit inside me, just lying low and how am I supposed to tell the difference between that and my conscience?
  8. Thank you Tzephanyahu, I expected a response like yours. It's good news to me anyway. Now I just have to set aside time for reading the Bible, which is very difficult for me to do. It was once alive to me and I lapped it up, but today it is a dead letter and kind of boring. I honestly wonder sometimes how people, especially Americans, can read the Bible because our culture is very quick and we want instant results. To put it another way, sometimes it is hard to read the Bible.
  9. It's ok, I don't want any rabbit trails about OSAS. I just want my questions answered if that is possible.
  10. So people can be born again without reading the Bible, yes or no? You said when God predestines those he saves he doesn't lose any of them. What about people that fall away? Can God give a glimpse of Himself but predestine that person to not being saved?
  11. My experience of God came through reading the Bible. But being born again by faith in Christ isn't the same as reading the scripture but rather an external event divorced from scripture, a different thing. When the Holy Spirit comes and resides inside a person, they don't even need to have read the Bible right? So it is possible to separate the two. But how far can you make this separation? Or is there no separation? A lot of people read the Bible completely through and study it but they do not experience God. There are Bible scholars that are atheists for example. So clearly, just reading the Bible isn't enough. There must be something else working spiritually behind the scenes. Yet we cannot at the same time deny that the Bible does seem to have a supernatural power to change people. So what's the deal?
  12. Pastor David Lynn of Christforgiveness ministries posts almost daily videos to his YouTube channel. He recently got arrested for preaching IN Toronto, his home town, where a group of homosexuals assaulted him and the police officer that arrested him was gay. He spent the night in prison and was banned from that particular area of Toronto where the gay village is. His preaching is the best I have seen. I recommend him to everybody here. You might get addicted to his videos.
  13. So is it right that repentance requires effort or does God do all the work of salvation? I can't help but identify with the reformed theological position, though this has some issues.
  14. This is very clever, yet it sidesteps almost everything else that was said in between.
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