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Can a person lose their salvation?

Verses can be found to support an answer either way, Only God knows the final answer; but it is wise to consider the verses.  Simply put it is always best to keep short accounts with God.  When our hearts convict us of sin, we should quickly repent, and ask God for help in that area.  When we take the first step in faith asking HIs help to resist sin, God is with us all the way.  But we do have to take the first step.  Each step after that gets just a little easier. For more on this topic see the blog “Can a person lose their salvation”.

Can a person’s sins be too bad to be forgiven?

I met a man once who believed his sins were too bad to be forgiven.  I don’t know what his sins were, but I do know that they were not too bad too be forgiven.  His mistake was not understanding the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ.  1John 1:29 says, “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.”  It can handle your sin, no matter how bad you think it is.  For more on this see the blog “Can a person’s sins be too bad to be forgiven”.

Is there really an unseen spiritual realm around me?

After satan fell by desiring to overthrow God and take His place, he came to Eve in the garden and caused her to sin  This lead to the fall of the entire human race.  Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44b). Today he is still sending fiery darts into the minds of men to deceive and lead astray (Ephesians 6:16). We cannot see him, but he exists in the spiritual realm, and we certainly feel the effects of his working.  We are told to resist him by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians  6:11).  For more on this, subscribe to our blog. We have an upcoming post called  “ Do I really have a spiritual enemy?”

Does God really care about me?

Before you were born, God planned you.  He planned the exact time and place that you would live,  (Acts 17:26-27.)  He wanted nothing more than He wanted you to find Him.  His love for you is that great.  That is why He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for your sins and restore you to a right relationship with Him.  For more on this read the blog  “Does God Really Care About Me?”

Does God Speak Today?

To hear God speak, we have to spend time with Him in His Word, getting to know Him and His nature. We have to learn to trust Him and His Word,  by spending time with Him and listening.  Getting His Word into us important, He speaks using His Word directly many times.  God is still speaking.   For more on this, see the blog, “Does God Speak Today?”

Don’t You hear me, God?

In my youth, I can remember crying out to God over situations that I thought I could not make it through without a certain outcome. The pain was real. And I prayed, more than enough, I prayed, but there was seeming silence.  Looking back now, I see the wisdom of God in His answers that seemed not to be.

Amazing that our Father can love us enough not to give us what we ask for, because he knows what we really want and need.  He knows what those we are praying for need and want as well.  I am struck by HIs mercy.  He is, after all such a good God.  For more on this, subscribe to our blog. We have an upcoming post called “Don’t you hear me God?”

Why are there so many denominations? 

Have you ever wondered why there are so many denominations?  Sometimes there are two or three at the same intersection.  I used to wonder about that.

As time has gone by, I’ve found my way into quite a number of those buildings, looking for something.  I wasn’t sure what, at least in my youth, but I knew I would know it when I found it.  Sometimes I thought I had found it, some spark of life would encourage me to stay, until one day I would realize I had not found it after all.

I met various rules and regulations along the way.  They were all designed with the intent of keeping the presence of God; at least I hope they were.  But somehow, they just didn’t do the job.  It seemed I would find myself in the shell of a building that had no life at all.  It is hardly a wonder that so many find Christianity empty.

I believe God gave me a metaphor to help me understand the problem.   For more insight on this subject read the blog, “God in a Box”.

Have I blasphemed the Holy Spirit?

When you come to the Father with an honest heart and repent of the things you have done, He will forgive you.  When you have committed the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, you will not be one who comes to the Father… for anything.  You will have no desire to come to God for forgiveness.  In fact it will be something that repels you.  For more on this subject, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called “Have I Blasphemed the Holy Spirit?”

How do I find the right church?

You are what you eat.  If a church is eating the right thing, the fruit will be evident.  In a healthy church the pastor will teach the Word, lead by example, encourage the people to know God and to grow in grace.  He will lead the lost to salvation by the Blood of Jesus and he will live by faith, trusting God because He is trustworthy.  In that church, the people will be full of joy whether prosperous or not.  An ideal church gives place to the Holy Spirit.  The members know His voice and follow His leading in worship, and testimonies.  They live as the body of Christ. For more on this, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called  “How do I find the right church?”

Do I really have to forgive that?

Bitter or better, yes, that is the question.  They are like tiny seeds.  Once we have been hurt, the soil is plowed and ready.  Something is going to be planted.  For an interesting look at forgiveness, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called “I just can’t forgive that, can I?”

If God has forgiven me, why do I still feel so bad”

The problem lies in the fact that we are involved in a war.  There is a battle going on for the soul of every person.  We have an enemy who accuses us and accuses God as well.  Who will we believe?  Who will we trust? The Word of God is very clear,  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1John 1:9).  For more discussion of this subject see the blog, “If God has forgiven me, why do I still feel so bad?”

Was this truly the Son of God?

Many were impacted by the life of Jesus while He walked the earth.  Of course those that were healed would never forget Him, but even those observing what He was doing knew He was no ordinary man.  He could say to the wind in a storm, “Be still,” and it obeyed.  He commanded evil spirits to leave those they were tormenting, and they did. He even raised a man from the dead after he had been dead four days.  There was never a man like Jesus.  The religious leaders were jealous of Him, so jealous they could not let Him live.  No there was never a man like Jesus.  This man walked out of the tomb, victorious over it.  For more, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called  “Was this truly the Son of God?”

What if this problem won’t  go away?

No matter what the source of the pain, only drawing close to Jesus can carry us through.  But even knowing Jesus, getting through can be tough.  If we are determined we have to have a certain outcome, the road may be a long hard one. We pray and trust.  Draw near and let His Spirit wash over your soul.  Take in His Word because it is Spirit.  Open to Him.  There are no shortcuts.  For more on this see the blog, “What if this problem won’t go away?”

What makes the Bible different from books of other religions?

There is no other book that has the power to change your life.  John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.”  Jesus said,“The  words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63b  The very Word of God is Spirit and it is Life.  When you open your heart to the Lord Jesus and to His Word, His Word will change your heart. Did you realize what that means?  His Word will change your heart!   You will find, you begin to love the things He loves.   For more on this subject read the blog, “What makes the Bible different from books of other religions?”

Why is life so hard?

The truth is something is wrong, and it started way back at the beginning. In Genesis 3, When Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, and gave it to Adam, sin entered in.  Because God is Holy, He had to judge sin.  So He did, right then and there.  Genesis 3:17-19 says, “ Then to Adam He said, ‘because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;  By the sweat of your face You will eat bread.  Till you return to the ground.  Because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  But God didn’t leave us without hope!  He sent His Son to redeem us, to remove the curse.  The day will come when that curse will be completely removed.  Take Him up on His offer. For more, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called “What on earth is wrong?”

Why should I believe in Jesus?

Here was a man who never sinned, the very Son of God, yet people found fault with Him.  Others saw Him as their hope for life.  They believed He was the Son of God.  Two groups of people, as different as night and day, living at the same time, in the same culture, in the same city, yet so far apart in their perception of Jesus.  What makes people so different in this most important matter?  It is worth considering, and the consequences are eternal.  For more on this see the blog, “What will you do with Jesus?”

Is it a sign of weakness to cry?

God gave us tears for a reason.  He even promised that He keeps our tears in His bottle,  Psalms 56:8.   And even, “Jesus wept,”  John 11:35.   Surely in this life there is enough to shed tears about.  Isaiah 38:5b,  “ I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears.”   (Tears move God’s heart.)  “I will add fifteen years to your life.”  Wow.

I don’t know the source, but I have heard that tears wash the heart.  I believe that.  There is something cleansing about a good cry.  In a nation where tears have become rare, it seems we have become a nation of people with dirty hearts.  Perhaps we all need a good cry. For more, read our blog,  “Where have all the tears gone?”.

Why am I having so much trouble?

When you are young, and growing, and trying to figure out who you are, it is a great handicap to be given a daily diet of crushing  comments.  In fact, I have to say, that this affected the greater part of my life.

Now, I say all this not for pity, because the story doesn’t end there.  Remember, I had long days to consider all these things, and that led me to seek for God.  The path to Him had lots of twists, and turns, and lessons to be learned; but find Him I did.  And now, I understand the wisdom of God in giving me that sibling.  My paths were directed to find God by the pain I couldn’t deal with on my own.  And the acceptance I longed for from a sibling, I found in Him. For more, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called “Why am I having so much trouble?”

Why do the wicked prosper?

We have to be patient, because God is patient.  He is waiting for all those who will choose Him, to do so.  “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God.  Therefore, repent and live,”  Ezekiel 18:32.  For “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans 10:13.

God is so good.  His ways are so much higher than ours.  For now things look upside down, but He gave us His Word and promise that in the end… the “good guys” don’t finish last. For more, read the blog post, “Why do the wicked prosper?”

Why do things have to die?

If God had not blocked the way to the tree of life, and cast man from the garden, man would have eaten from the tree of life.  To do that in his fallen state would have meant there would no longer have been any possibility of redemption. Just as fallen angels, cannot be redeemed because they are eternal beings, not subject to death, so man’s  own state would have been, if God had not been so merciful as to cut off the way to the tree of life, and to cast man from the garden.  For more, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called, “Why do things have to die?”

Why doesn’t God speak?

God has done everything. He has made the way through His Son, Jesus, for us to be forgiven and receive His Spirit.  He is with us day by day, ever speaking by His Spirit in gentle whispers.  Today we can still hear His voice.   By His Spirit He always has been and still is …speaking. For more, subscribe to our blog.. We have an upcoming post called “Why doesn’t God speak?”

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