Feeling trapped is never a good situation. An addiction that is bringing heartache to you and others can be broken. Of all the treatments, programs and therapy that offer help I have found that there is one that has the most overwhelming success rate. It is not a quick easy fix but it will change your life and set you free if you are willing to submit yourself to the only proven method that can change your life. First, you must humble yourself and admit that your life is out of control. That you can't beat this thing. Next, you need to completely submit yourself to God. This addiction is a sin problem and only the power and presence of God in your life can deal with a sin problem. Then you need to get yourself another mature follower of Jesus Christ and have them help you be accountable and help you grow in your walk and relationship with God. "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. therefore submit yourself to God. resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:6-8.
There have been many scholars smarter than I who have tried to pin down exactly when the “last days” would happen. It appears that when all is said and done that there will come a day when life as we know it will change forever on this earth. Jesus will eventually return and every person’s eternal reward of living in the presence of God or eternally separated from God will be decided. Those who have accepted God’s plan of salvation offered by Christ will be spared from judgment. Those who have ignored or rejected Christ as Lord will face the judgment of God. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows”. To my understanding there is nothing keeping that day from happening at any moment, hence “We are living in the last days”. Read Matthew 24 & 25.
Every person no matter what sin they have committed can be forgiven and accepted by God by putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, when it comes to being placed in a position of ministry such as on the worship team, teaching, preaching, leadership the word of God holds us to a higher standard of living. We are now to be representing Christ by our words and deeds. “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin,…or commit adultery,…or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. If your lifestyle has not changed you need to take warning and seek God’s transforming power to change your life.
What can I say to my friend who told me that she is leaving our church because the Holy Spirit is not moving in the services? She has been to three other churches and left for the same reason.
It sounds like this friend is looking for some kind of experience to satisfy her. If she has been attending Christian churches that are proclaiming the gospel, staying true to the Scriptures and striving to honor Jesus Christ she needs to be committed to that body of believers. She will never find the perfect church. She either won’t like the music style, selection or volume, the length of the sermon, time devoted to prayer or worship, the friendliness of the people, the availability of seating or parking etc. I have found that if a person commits to membership and realizes that every church is like a person. They have strengths and weaknesses but love covers a multitude of shortcomings. Then they can purpose in their heart to come expecting to hear from God and look for ways to serve not to be served.
Here is a very simple definition. A Protestant church is considered to be any Christian church that is not Catholic. A Pentecostal Church is considered to be any Christian church that believes and practices the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. The name Pentecostal came because of what happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. By this simple definition a Pentecostal church is a Protestant church that believes and practices the teachings of the New Testament that include the last teaching of Jesus before He ascended into heaven. They also believe and allow for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be manifested according to the teaching of the New Testament. Study References-John 14:12-26, 15:26, 16:7-15, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 33-39, 8:14-17, 10:44-48, 19:1-6, 1 Corint. 12, 13, 14
Do you believe every person goes to heaven when they die? Every funeral I go to it seems that we are told the deceased person is now in a better place.
The bible tells us that every person will spend eternity someplace. There are only two eternal destines, heaven and hell. Because of sin we are told that man has been separated from God and that separation is for all eternity, which is hell. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man can come to the Father (God)(Heaven) except through Me.” The only way any person, deceased or living, can have a better place awaiting them is by receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior while still alive. Not every funeral that I have done have I made the statement that the deceased was now in a better place. God is the final judge, but He has also made it very clear that only those who believe on the Lord can be saved.
I asked a church for their statement of faith and they told me they didn’t have one. What should I do?
A statement of faith is usually a basic list of what that particular church believes concerning God, the Bible, Sin, Salvation etc. If a church won’t provide that information or hasn’t made a commitment on those basic essential issues I would encourage you to not join that church. The statement of faith
is a vital part of your spiritual foundation for growth.
Life can be very difficult, unfair and hurtful at times. You can feel trapped in an unbearable situation. When you are hopeless and hurting suicide can seem like a way out. You need to know God loves you and never wanted to see you in this situation. There is a real evil in the world that Jesus says has come to steal, kill and destroy. Evil people do evil things. Bad things happen to innocent people. Jesus said, He came so that we might have an abundant, fulfilled life. Before this evil takes any more of your life ask Jesus to take charge of your life. In the name of Jesus command this spirit of death to leave. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit which brings you strength, joy and peace. Jesus said, He came to heal the broken hearted.
I would ask why are we even considering the need for a wall. The truth is that thousands of people are coming into the USA illegally. Billions of dollars of illegal drugs are coming into our country. I lock my doors at night to keep people from illegally entering my home. The building of a wall would help to stop this illegal activity from taking place. God sent Nehemiah back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city. The enemies around them did not want the wall built. Nehemiah encouraged those building the wall to
“Remember the Lord…and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
The building of the wall is for our protection. Those who want to come into our nation, into our house, must get permission first. Those in favor of building the wall are just trying to protect their home from illegal people doing illegal things. Those who want to come legally are welcome.
Life can be pretty overwhelming at times. Pressure from expectations at work, from family and even personal expectations can cause us to loose sight from what is really important. Much of what causes stress in our life is not at all God's plan or desire for us. I encourage you to get on track by first getting yourself centered right in the middle of God's presence. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 and realize that God knows where you are, what you are facing and that He has a plan for your future and hope for your tomorrow. God promises that if you will seek Him with all your heart that you will find Him. Walking daily with God will keep you on track to having a better life.