Pray For The Lost: Impact The Eternal Destiny Of Those You Love Through Prayer
I, on the other hand, was clueless. As I got to know them I figured it out and loved each and every Southern, wise, salt-of-the-earth word that was spoken. Even better, I was welcomed by them and loved well. There are great members … ladies that work the kitchen, men manning the barbecue, fans of the same sports team, and shopping soul mates. There are the dysfunctional as well as the highly functioning. But we need one another. When this family loves well, they love better than almost any other.
We draw strength from one another; we bring our talents to this diverse group, making each of us better. We are stronger as a unit, tied together as children of the living God, the King of Kings. When you find that family of faith, you also find opportunities for instruction, Bible studies, and church services.
Gain from the wisdom of those who are placed in the position of teaching. In fact, God encourages us to find out for ourselves.
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Listen to what is taught, go home and read for yourself, asking God to open your heart and your mind to His truth. Gleaning from their instruction will help build your faith in a way that can never happen entirely on your own. As we walk with Christ, listening and talking alongside His family while learning about Him, we will inevitably face difficulty.
Faith is not a free pass from real life. You will experience pain. But the promise of His strength and the hope of our future will see us to the other side.
We will remember what He has done so we will know what He can do again. Until our faith journey is over on this earth here is what we can hold on to, what we can anticipate, what we know:. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
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And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. She has spent her adult life juggling careers in the music business, been an author, a video producer, and also cared for her family You say you have many questions about the bible.
I think once you understand this truth, much if it will begin to make a lot more sense for you. I would be happy to answer any questions that remain to the best of my ability. I would love to explain this over the phone because I could then understand better what you are going through. It is hard to convey what I mean in writing.
6 Ways to Foster Fervency in Prayer
In fact, some of the godliest men in the bible went through this. They even recorded their crisis of faith for us to read. I believe God had those put in His word so that we can be comforted, knowing that it is not uncommon for us to wonder God, where are you? I encourage you to read the book of Psalms.
here It is littered with the earnest cries of people desperately seeking to find God in the midst of feelings of abandonment, loss, hopelessness, loneliness, and doubt. What you are feeling is real and valid. Here are some examples of how the psalmists cried out in the midst of this pain:. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.
Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Oh, that God would listen to me!
When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? The feelings you have are no different than the ones expressed by these men of faith. The only difference is how you have responded.
The difference is in what these experiences have caused you to conclude. He goes on to say:. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? Life in this world is hard. The world is fallen and needs to be redeemed. Redemption starts with the individual soul before God. One day, it will extend to all creation Romans Remember, when God came in the flesh to this world, it was hard for Him he was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief — Isaiah In fact, Christ even quoted the verse from Psalm 22 above when he was hanging on the cross.
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Even Jesus felt that sense of abandonment that you are feeling. Our feelings are not adequate to reveal reality. Feelings change with the wind…and time. When my feelings tell me that God does not love me or accept me, I discipline myself to focus on the cross of Jesus Christ. It becomes for me a neon banner in the black of my night flashing the love of God for me whether I feel it or not.
Therefore, I am willing to live for Him, whether I feel it or not. Marion, Jesus loves you. He died for you. He cared so much about your need to be forgiven and saved that he endured your hurts your sin and bore them all on the cross.