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Questions For Christians Series #6: Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

 

ANSWER:

We see in Romans 1:24-32 where God “gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…”. Other translations may say “gave them up to…” as well. Many people feel like God abandons a person. However you would like to phrase it, God essentially, let’s go of the sinner. This is a hurtful part of Free-will. We can deny God repeatedly and refuse to obey Him. We have that “freedom”, but not without consequence.

I experienced this in my own life. God did not abandon me in the term that we understand it today. He let me go. He left me alone, no more convictions and feeling guilt or shame. He released Himself of me and He watched as I controlled my life. At this point, obviously, my life went in a fast spiral downward and in the wrong direction. I had ignored Him, denied Him, and rejected Him repeatedly.

I was in a very bad place in my life when I realized I had stopped hearing God’s voice. I had stopped caring about anything else but what I wanted. In this dark place of my life, I also realized that I couldn’t control my life and be happy. I thought I knew what I wanted and I chased things which weren’t good for me only because it was what I wanted in that minute. I realized that if God didn’t take control of my life, I would end up dead.

At this point, I starting crying out to God. He was right there. No more games, no more crying out because I needed a hand-out…this was real. When I cried out to God, He listened and He was there. I began doing things He wanted and doing things for my life which would take me out of the turmoil I was in.

There are times when God will let you follow your own path, so that you may realize how destructive we are on our own. So that we realize how much we need Him. Sometimes, people don’t go back to God and become so consumed by the sin they’re encapsulated in…but I like this analogy: God is Home. He’ll try to keep us with Him until our behavior with sin inevitably forces God to let us go. No matter where we stray or for how long, you can always go back Home.

 

*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.
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Questions For Christians Series #5: What if someone was raised in a different religion?

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

How would someone know any better if they were raised in a different religion?

 

ANSWER:

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God has set eternity in our hearts. He has given us knowledge of Him even in His creations (Romans 1:20.) Which means that God has put the knowledge of His EXISTENCE into our hearts. The reasons we do not pursue Him and grow in knowledge of Him is because of our own pride and selfishness . In Deuteronomy 4:29 we learn that God is available to us when we call!
Should we decide to seek Him, who has been instilled in our hearts, we will find Him. It’s as simple as that. God is a Just God. When people blatantly deny Him, their hearts are cold and they will not see eternity in Heaven.

 
**All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.

Questions For Christians Series #3: How to discern God’s voice from Satan’s voice?

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

How to discern God’s voice from Satan’s voice?

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ANSWER:

I recently wrote an article about discerning the voice of God but I will recap briefly here. First of all, anything God tells you will never contradict the Bible. God does not manipulate, deceive, coerce or lie. It helps knowing how God feels about you, His creation, to really get a good perspective of what someone, who loves you so deeply, will say (Ephesians 2:4-5.)

Most of the time we can easily discern His voice from our own worldly desires but we are not always accepting to it. This can be difficult when we have our own plans and you convince yourself that your ideas are better. But God always knows best (Proverbs 3:5.)

Another tip to discerning His voice is to ask yourself if your “options” or thoughts will ultimately give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31.) It can be a challenge to ask this question, especially if it’s something simple. If you’re looking to purchase something, I would say that as long as you can afford the purchase and it does not disobey God’s laws, such as what is modest and appropriate, then you should be okay. Which brings me to my next point.

If you want to go out with friends and go to a club where there will be excessive drinking and provocative dancing, this will not glorify God and it is also blatantly against scripture (Proverbs 23:20-21, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 2:22.) Putting those decisions alongside God’s Word will help you decide what is best and which “voice” to listen to.

Eventually, things will become easier and the more you familiarize yourself with God’s Word and the more you have a constant dialogue and relationship with Him, the better things will be in discerning His voice.

 

*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.

Questions For Christians Series #2: Sin From The Old Testament

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

Sin from the Old Testament was cleansed by good works, now the New Testament teaches that you only have to be forgiven to be cleansed. How is that and why is there such a drastic difference?

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ANSWER:

The biggest difference between the Old and New Testaments is the birth of Jesus Christ. In reading the Old Testament, you quickly find out that sin is cleansed through animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice actually began after the fall of Adam and Eve. God killed animals to clothe them because they were no longer pure. Animal sacrifice was very important in the Old Testament as a temporary cleansing of sins, because as we find in Hebrews 9:22, there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. You can read in the Old Testament that scripture seemed to foreshadow the coming of Christ as the Ultimate Sacrifice.

In the New Testament, the animal sacrifices were not necessary anymore because of the price Jesus paid on the cross for our sins. He paid our debt and was the Ultimate Sacrifice for our forgiveness (Hebrews 10:4-7.)

*All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.

Questions For Christians Series #1: Christian Image

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

If Christians are so worried about their faith, why is it that 10% of Christians now go to church just to say they can without actually going to LEARN?

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ANSWER:
Christians who are “worried” about their faith usually fit into just one category: those that go to church to learn and to grow their faith and their relationship with Christ. Typically, Christians are even more worried about the faith of others*.

While there is no way to accurately determine the percentage of Christians who attend church for an appearance, I can assure you that it is probably fewer than you think. There are vocal Christians, and there are vocal and acting Christians.

Christians who are vocal tend to vocalize their faith in Jesus but they don’t feel the convictions or obligations to abide by Biblical laws or even try to. These people may fall under the idea you have of attending church to say they did. Christians who are both vocal and acting, will not only vocalize their beliefs but in many ways follow the Bible and better themselves and who have a relationship with The Lord. These Christians may be in the minority now-a-days but it our job as Christians to keep each other on the right path with God (Matthew 18:15-17, Galatians 6:1-2, Luke 17:3.)

*Opinion of my own.
**All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.

Aging: Isn’t it a bad thing?

I just found this article in my search for “aging” in the Christian and Biblical point of view.

I hope you find it as enlightening as I have when it comes to age, the inevitability we all face.

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Today’s society has painted an idea of age to appear almost poisonous and unfortunate. Something that if you’re lucky with “good genes”, you’ll wisp by your forties and fifties with only the subtlety of a wrinkle or age spot. And although some companies have promoted the beauty of gray hair, it’s not a wonder why their products have flopped simply as a result of our preconditioned ideas of AGING.

In this article you will not only find that aging is a gift from God, but that it’s not solely determined upon appearance as it is to the rest of us. Hopefully, upon reading this article, you will adopt a new outlook on aging and look in the mirror a bit differently next time…

The Bible Speaks On Aging


Note by Crossing Paths Daily: CPD is not being compensated or sponsored by the author of this article or website thereof in any way.

How To Be A Better Christian: 10 Ways

HOW TO BE A BETTER CHRISTIAN: 10 Ways

Explore other avenues of expressing your faith

  • worship praise

  • journalism

  • Bible study

  • make something (pottery, painting, crochet)

  • Read your Bible

  • seek answers only in the bible

  • give only scriptural answers

  • be knowledgeable in the Bible

  • Take yourself into nature

  • be in a quiet place

  • appreciate Gods creations

  • separate yourself from technology

  • Take care of your body

  • discipline yourself to an exercise regime

  • eat healthy

  • be mindful of excessive sun exposure

  • stay clean and attractive to your spouse

  • Donate

  • monetary donations through tithing to your church and/or charity

  • your time to church groups, community outreach and christian organizations

  • recycle unused furniture, clothes, non perishable items, etc.

  • Prayer

  • be comfortable with long conversations with God

  • commit a designated lot of time to spend talking with God

  • pray aloud with your spouse and family

  • your first reaction to the positive and negative of your life should be to pray

  • Be open-hearted

  • be open to new Christian ideas

  • be open to everything in the Bible

  • be open to wisdom, to be rebuked, and to the commands by God that may be uncomfortable.

  • Always be humble

  • don’t boast or brag

  • admit to your faults

  • never pray selfishly

  • don’t become a sanctimonious Christian

  • Always be thankful

  • be thankful of everything and everyone in your life

  • be able to notice your blessings

  • see positive and see God, not your problems

  • Be devoted

  • commit everything you do to The Lord, glorify Him

  • be the example to non-believers

  • understand that religion is man-made, faith is God-made



  • Forgiveness- 9 Things to Know

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    Below are 9 things you need to know to get on your way to forgiving another person. Forgiveness is very difficult, and it usually means someone hurt you deeply. Forgiveness can be a struggle, especially if you’ve been carrying the burden of un-forgiveness for years. It’s not healthy for you nor conducive to your relationship with Christ to carry the weight of un-forgiveness in your heart. Please take a moment and reflect on these 9 tips. There are FIVE scripture verses to follow!

      Prayer and a close relationship with God is the first step into the forgiving process.
      Next, identify not only who you have to forgive but for what. Sometimes there are multiple people we resent.
      Realize the truth behind forgiveness. Forgiveness is not vengeful, nor does it justify what the other person did or didn’t do. Forgiveness does not mean that you support or condone their actions, nor does it mean you even understand them.
      Understand that forgiveness is not always confrontational and it will always involve God. People may not ask for your forgiveness, apologize or even realize that they hurt you. If you feel comfortable with talking to them about it, pray about it first so that God can give you the right words to say. Just because they hurt you, never makes you less imperfect in your life.
      Forgiving their debts means to look past the person and seek to find the good in them. Instead of holding the grudge(s) to determine how you feel about them, try to look at them differently: at their good qualities.
      Let go of the emotion that comes with un-forgiveness. By letting this go you’re able to look at what has hurt you as something that you’ve detached yourself from, thus, separating yourself from that pain.
      Realize that you have your own faults that need forgiving. God forgives you daily, when you repent.
      Never seek revenge. God is the only one who has the perfect revenge for anyone and any situation, and we should never take that upon ourselves. It will not help you. Understand that the greatest, more effective “revenge” will be to live your life in fulfillment and not let anyone take that from you.
      Be prepared to forgive someone more than once. It’s not uncommon that someone will hurt you, maybe for different reasons, repeatedly. But just as Christ has forgiven you, repeatedly, you’re commanded to do the same.

      FIVE VERSES ABOUT FORGIVENESS:

      For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14 NIV)

      “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37 NIV)

      Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

      “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18 NIV)

      Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19 NIV)

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