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  1. Walter and Deborah, My main motivation in trying to forgive others (sometimes very very hard) is that I don't want this hindering my relationship with the Lord. Plus, in the end we are only gifting ourselves with peace that God will bring to our heart. When I think back to all those I've forgiven in the past, the healing wasn't instant but it eventually did come. That anger, maybe even hate, resentment and hurt is destructive enough to cause health issues and effect our spirits!
  2. Even if she is struggling with her belief in God. He absolutely loves her and we don't know the plans He has for her. I know when I was at her age, God was someone distant to me. I didn't read the bible or go to church and wouldn't really have the time to listen to someone talk to me about Him. I would never ever dream what plans he had laid out for me to be saved, grateful and so thankful for all he did through my life. Just keep praying and being there for her.
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    Hi Evgen, I believe that not everything has to be demon related and influenced. I think for many it's just their own free personal choice (whatever their reasons) to go their way and not accept the truth's of God's way. The bible also tells us that for some people he hardens them in their choice. Their conscience can no longer be trusted to guide them. Matthew 25:41, “Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
  4. mlbrokish, I'd stress the importance of trusting the Lord and making her choices based on God’s Word. When she gets settled in, finding a Christ-exalting God centered church that preaches the whole counsel of God where she can get connected with other Christians as well. She will be exposed to many new influences, people, materialistic things and to guard her heart and not to crave the “delights” that the city offers. Get plenty of rest, exercise, eat and be sure to call you and your family as often as she can!
  5. Unworthyservant, This is part of Satan's strategies to work within the church and cause conflicts with the members. 2 Corinthians 11:15, "It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works." Christians are to be speaking the Bible’s truth by our words and actions. Churches need to be strong in the Lord and trust what he says in his Word. We are not to fear “people’s opinion” and buckle under the social pressures of society and culture. The Bible tells us a lot about compromising. I think God is quite clear on His view of marriage. Mark 10:6-8, “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.” Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
  6. Hi Melinda12, I really love reading God's Word and learning so much from the scriptures. I've seemed such positive changes within myself that keeps more coming back for more inner fuel to help me and others in living for God. Worshiping the Lord is my natural high. I truly feel uplifted praying, singing and reading His Word.
  7. Noel, My first thought when reading your post was "what a breath of fresh air" just to read something fun that the family and friends are planning. Have a fantastic time!
  8. Yes, the Bible gives us a true understanding of the fallen nature of man. It also show us a great understanding of the repetitive behavior of humans. Today, due to the advancements given to us in technology, communication and culture changes people do not have a strong foundation and just follow the crowd or next trend. I feel that many have not learned the lessons presented to us in the Bible. Jesus understood it and knew that people in the future would again become more wicked like in His time. Matthew, 24:37, “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be when the Son of Man comes.” Many people do not want to accept the simple gospel message and have to add their own set of rules/legalistic commands to them. They rather not listen to God and do it the human way with their own effort or distort the gospel message such as prosperity message or new age themes to draw people to their churches. I love going to church and there are some truly good people there, but it’s disheartening to see hear about those in the congregation who criticize our pastor for reading the word directly from the Bible or complained about things at church that seem insignificant. About 2 weeks ago, we had a women arguing with one of the church escorts inside the church about where she was going to sit! This was done loudly while someone was speaking on the stage. “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). It’s a sad state of affairs, but I know that the Lord is in control of everything and my love for him as well keeps me strong in the faith.
  9. heavensflower, Great post! I can agree with your sentiments for myself as well. I find it hard to be loving to someone who is being unpleasant or difficult. However, I've seen that as my love and fellowship with God has grown I've become a much kinder, generous and helpful person to others especially when I look back through the years and the person I was before. God truly has and will continue to work in me. I read in a Christian article that the most loving thing we can do for others is love God the most so that we can love others best. This stuck in my mind, because how we love others, particularly other Christians, reveals how we love God. This made sense to me. John 17:26, “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” 1 John 4:20, “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
  10. Nobleseed, I can also relate to feeling this way at times. I can tell you what helped me in my prayer and fellowship with God and that is to start off my prayers with praising and thanking God. I'll thank Him for his beauty and creation ie: maybe seeing a pretty tree today, a cute dog or a beautiful butterfly etc.. I may thank Him for safely getting me home, protecting the health of my family etc.. When I do this it helps me reflect about the things I'm requesting of Him. In any case, I'm glad your feeling better and that He is listening to you. I don't think He ever stopped. He Loves you!
  11. Turtletwo, Your poem was wonderful! I had to read it twice. I was reminded of the following verse. I think you are using your wonderful gift well. 1 Peter 4:10, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
  12. Since this is going to be your living space for an unforeseeable while, you can use this to your advantage by the way you respond to this person. I would move valuables into a box and keep them locked in your car trunk or some other safe place (family member's home?) You can get a camera, but will it help your living situation with this person? However, catching the thief on video would definitely be helpful if you were going to use it to file a police report, but if you were going to continue living there it might escalate more tension between you two. You confronted the roommate so that is good because he knows your aware of what happened and are going to be keeping an eye on him. Let your new found love in Christ guide you in being a living testimony to this person. Don't give up on praying for this person and for guidance in how to respond in love. I know all this is not easy, but Jesus tells us as believers that our path will not be a smooth one. We will have trials and issues coming our way, but in the end you will be a stronger faithful Christian. Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
  13. Justpassingthru, Reading the article brought awareness to myself on the times I choose my own way rather than obeying and listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30-32, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
  14. Ledster, I can understand you being upset over items taken from your room. Just to get clarity, is the roommate also the owner of the home?
  15. HI ColorfulBlossoming, I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you were doing today. Do you notice that when you became a Christian that OCD thoughts you had before disappeared? Now that your a believer in Christ the enemy finds you worthy of attack and he knows where to get you at your weakest by feeding you with doubt and lies. Now is the time to put a stop to his mind games and put on the armor of God with prayer. Discouragement creeps its way in when we take our eyes off of God and focus on the negative thoughts. When this happens take control of your mind and redirect your thoughts back to God's Word in prayer and in reading the Bible. Don't give any more time and power to those useless thoughts. Live in the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Call up his power and pray and continue to read the bible. 2 Timothy 1:7, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." Romans 8:31-35 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
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