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  1. Hi. I've been seeking the Lord for my Salvation and I come across the responsibility of man as mentioned in the Bible. So, I wanted to ask about the Responsibility of man and the Grace of God, Sovereignty of God. The Bible in different places commands us to do something, or rather, to change. For example, In 1 Peter 5:6, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." James 4:10 "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" Matthew 23:12 "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Ezekiel 18:31 "Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?" 2 Chronicles 7:14 "if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." And GOD, throughout the old testament, keeps telling Israel and even other nations also at times like- Nineveh (Jonah), through Prophets, etc to Repent and turn to HIM. And in the New Testament, we are told to Repent and Believe. These verses seem to put it up, like humbling oneself or having a new heart and a new spirit, to Repent, as human responsibility to do what's been asked of us to do. And so it implies also that we naturally have the ability to do what's been asked of us to do and that it's possible for us to do it without God's help, just by our will? Because if we can't', then why would He ask that of us? But the Bible also puts things the other way, which seems opposite, that we can do these things only by God's Intervention/ Grace, power: Acts 16:14 ".....The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul" Luke 24:45 "Then He[Jesus] opened their minds to understand the Scriptures" Acts 18:26-40, The case of the Ethiopian Eunuch Ezekiel 11:19 (cf. Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 8:10, Jeremiah 32:33) "And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh" In Daniel 4, God humbles Nebuchadnezzar, after which he praises God, for doing so and humbling him. So, what should we do when we come across such commands in the Bible? Should we wait for God to do something that we can't or we don't have the ability (will) to unless God intervenes in some way, or, should we do what we are commanded to (to Repent, be Humble, change our hearts and minds) assuming that have the ability(the will)? It is said that we have the ability and faculties for dong what we are commanded to do, that if we 'will', we can do it, but that the problem is that we can't Truly 'will' without the work, influence of God in our heart. Spurgeon says about this : "The question is, are men ever found naturally willing to submit to the humbling terms of the gospel of Christ? We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful. supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ". If this is True, then, How should we then carry out our Responsibility ?
  2. Albin

    Salvation

    True. Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall inherit the kingdom of God. I'm the opposite of being "poor in spirit" and because of that I'm not able to receive Grace as Grace. I feel touch Pride/ Ego in my heart, Like I'm demanding God to save me.
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    Hey, Thanks. Actually, I was going through a discipleship program online, but I eventually stopped it. I started it, because I initially thought I was Saved, but then the Lord revealed to me that I wasn't. The other people in the discipleship were enjoying the course. Me on the other hand, was just going through it a legaistic way, which was in effect, of an unregenerate heart.
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    Salvation

    Thanks @Wayne222 Yes, I know I ought to Trust Him. I do admit initially, I was just seeking feelings in the name of Salvation. But still my heart feels repelling towards God, there's a lot of Pride and unbelief. Sometimes when I try to submit to HIM, my heart literally felt so repelling towards God, like when you try to join same sides of magnets, they repel and the moment you remove Force, they push away. That's precisely how I felt. And not just with God, but also towards parents or basically any 'authority' , that my heart feels so rebellious and refuses to submit.
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    Salvation

    Hello @nigh . I read of your problems regarding Faith in salvation. I've also been seeking the Lord for my salvation for about 6 months. And I can pretty much relate to all that you say. You most probably have some sin /sins that you're not Repenting of. I read of your problems regarding Faith in salvation. I've also been seeking the Lord for my salvation for about 6 months. And I can pretty much relate to all that you say. I've also been struggling with Faith, Pride, Really Evil thoughts, unbelief. One thing I see by seeing other seekers is that the enemy makes our case look unique. Like, we are the only ones struggling with that problem. I hear recently heard (https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=53081010522) that people who struggle with Faith have some sin they're not Repenting of. You most probably have some sin /sins that you're not Repenting of. Ask God to show them to you. Don't give any space to unbelief. Unbelief is the key to others and opens the door for other evils and sins. And keep praying and reading the Bible and seeking Him. The enemy tries very hard to make me quit, but ultimately by God's power and mercy I've not fallen away. And at the same time be careful not to seek some "good feeling" instead of JESUS. I've made all these mistakes and still struggling with all these problems. You can message me if you want. I could provide you some resources which could be helpful to you and which I'm also going through. May I ask, how long have you been seeking HIM?
  6. Albin

    Salvation

    Could you point which one? Thanks.
  7. Albin

    Salvation

    Sure. 👍
  8. Albin

    Salvation

    Thanks. I had been feeling Him calling me to believe, but I can't even move due to my lack of Faith. I just don't know how should I just do it.
  9. Albin

    Salvation

    No, it's fine👍🙂 Thanks for your valuable prayers. I'm still seeking HIM and realise that I don't have the power to rid myself of my sins and evils. I keep feeling call to Repent and Believe, but when I realise that I can't, I start having all kind of negative thoughts towards God. I am reading His word daily and He speaks to me directly or indirectly through His word different times. Like yesterday, I came across 2 King 1-14. And I could relate to these passages completely with my case:- (2 Kings 5:11 — 13) But Naaman became furious(like I become), and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’( like I also say something would happen) Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?(which I tend to say in my Pride that I don't want God) Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it?(which means that salvation is simple) How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
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    Salvation

    HNY!
  11. Albin

    Salvation

    Yes, He is!
  12. Albin

    Salvation

    Thank you Rebecca.
  13. Albin

    Salvation

    It is near indeed.
  14. Albin

    Salvation

    Thanks for asking🙂 Well, it's being Really hard & struggling. There's different problems, but I'm still seeking the Lord and His Grace.
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    Thanks. 😊
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