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  1. Hello brhaldey96, I understand what you are going through, and I know what it's like to have those thoughts keep coming back. This is something you have to daily take to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to give you strength and victory over it. You will find much freedom in giving it all to Jesus, laying it down at His feet. You never want to rush the things that God has planned for you because it may end in disaster in the long run. The best thing any of us can pray is that God's will be done. Pray to be content in all situations so that you can be happy now, experiencing true life in Christ, and happy if and when God blesses you with a wife and family of your own. Desiring a wife and children is not a bad thing, but it can become a temptation to the point that it distracts you from seeking first God's kingdom and His righteousness. May God bless you with strength and give you the faith you need to make it through the difficult times. It also helps to thank God daily for the things that you have now, and ask for the things you desire, believing in faith that He will bless you with what you need and keep you from the things that will harm you. God bless!
  2. revelation13

    Please help me believe

    Thanks for sharing with us. I know from experience how easy it is to judge Christianity based on the people who claim to follow Christ, but they will always let you down. It's only through reading the Bible that one can know who Christ is and what it means to follow Him. I always recommend reading the book of John in the New Testament since it expresses well who Christ is, what His mission is, and why anyone would want to follow Him. It's also important to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. It seems like you have a genuine interest to know the truth, so I am confident that God will guide you. I pray that you will not look to any human to see what it means to follow Christ's example, but rather look to Christ Himself for the love and acceptance that you desire. He will never fail you. God bless!
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    Prayers for my mother.

    Yes, I will definitely pray for you both in this difficult time. I pray that God will use you to bring comfort and encouragement to your mother. God will provide the solution, and your faith will be strengthened. God bless you all.
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    On Suffering and the obstacles it's putting in my path

    I will be praying for you. The only real encouragement I can give you is that Jesus is the only One that will never fail you. But you have to learn to trust in Him and believe that He cares for you. In my own experience, that trust and love for Jesus came only through reading His word often, allowing me to get to know Him better. I also had to develop a deep prayer life where I constantly cried out to Jesus to help me, and He always came through. Sometimes you have to spend an hour in prayer before He takes away the pain/anxiety/worry/etc. This is because He is teaching us all how to trust in Him completely. And that is why we face trials of many kinds. I will leave you with this quote: "The Savior cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need". God bless you, and I pray that you will seek for satisfaction in Christ alone. "Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13,14
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    Welcome MMCCAULEY65. Praise God for His work of victory in your life! I am always glad to hear of the power of Christ in a person's life. Indeed, Christ came to save us from our sins. God bless you as you continue in Him and seek for His truth with all your heart. He will always provide!
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    Been to Heaven: reconciling John 3:13 and 2 Kings 2:11

    To me, the context of John 3:13 is wisdom from above. Who is it that brings down this wisdom from above? Clearly no man ascended up to heaven to get this wisdom, but he that came down from heaven, that is, the Son of man which is in heaven. This fits perfectly in line with the fact that Enoch was taken to heaven (Gen. 5:24), and Elijah was taken to heaven and was seen at the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17:3) with Moses who was resurrected (Jude 1:9). These are special cases, as well as those who were resurrected when Christ died (Matt. 27:52). But the remaining redeemed who died with faith in Jesus, who are asleep in the graves, are awaiting the resurrection when Christ returns (1 Cor. 15:23, 1 Thes. 4:16,17). There is no conflict with the fact that there are a chosen few who are currently in heaven, while the rest are awaiting the resurrection where Jesus will "raise him up at the last day" (John 6:39,40,44,54). Elijah is a type of those who are translated when Christ returns, and Moses is a type of those who are resurrected at Christ's return, just as Jesus said "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." And then about six days later, Peter, James, and John saw a preview of what this "coming in his kingdom" would be like. God bless!
  7. revelation13

    Hard life

    I pray that God will use your wonderful testimony to bless others and bring Him glory. It is amazing how Jesus can bring us through such difficult times, and praise God that it reveals His strength and power to change us and sustain us. I also pray that God will continue to grow your faith and your family's as well, and lead you into all truth. God bless.
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    If God is truly in control, why is there poverty?

    That is the mystery of iniquity (2 Thes. 2:7). May we all the more see sin as exceedingly sinful and remember that it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. God bless.
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    If God is truly in control, why is there poverty?

    Thanks for that. It is well stated. I believe that God will often not do what it is in our power to do, such as helping the poor because we are to continue the work that Jesus did (John 14:12). The Bible says "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20,21. And "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" 1 John 4:20. Many people will blame God for the evils that exist on this earth, but God has given us a work to do as His representatives. Ultimately Satan is to blame because he is the originator of sin, but we cannot be held guiltless if we see what our duty is and neglect to do it. May God help us to show the love of Christ and to not give this world a reason to blaspheme God by our hypocrisy (Romans 2:21-24). God bless.
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    Saved or not saved

    Yes, I agree that God gives freedom to all that they may have the choice to love Him or not, and to serve Him or not. Someone can be genuinely born again, but that does not take away their freedom to choose. They can choose even at the point of being born again to turn away from God and follow Him no more. God is loving and merciful and will not force anyone into heaven. He stands at the door of each person's heart and knocks, waiting patiently for them to open to Him (Revelation 3:20), and if they choose to evict Him He will comply, but will pursue them always. Of course that is not to say we don't have the assurance of salvation, because Jesus is our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf (Hebrews 4:14-16; Romans 8:33,34) and forgives us our sins (1 John 1:9). There are many verses in the Bible that we should look into: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." John 15:5,6 "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 2:20-22 "And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard" Colossians 1:21-23 "Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:19-22 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:11-13 All this implies that we have our part to do as we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Like you mentioned, we should delight to do God's commandments, read His word, and be in fellowship with His people through a church. "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8. Jesus says "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. God bless you all.
  11. Yes, I really like these verses: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:7-10. God bless!
  12. Yes, I would agree that there is no scriptural evidence to baptizing over and over "until you get it right." The symbolism of baptism is being buried with Christ, which is death to the old self, and being resurrected with Christ, which is living a new life by the power of Christ. "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin." Romans 6:3-7 A good reason for re-baptism would be if you didn't understand what baptism truly was when you were baptized. A pastor that believes that you should be baptized over and over until you get it right seems to believe more in some mystical power of the act of baptism rather than the power of Christ to transform a person's life. Sanctification is done by the life-long work of the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin and pointing us to Jesus as our Savior (John 16:7-15), not by any act or ritual (because that would be salvation by works instead of by faith). May God continue to bless you as you trust in Jesus and pray for truth, and to be protected from the lies of the enemy.
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    Prayers for justme

    I will definitely pray for you. Just remember that Christ is your strength and that He will never fail you. "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" Acts 14:22. I'm curious, how much meat and dairy do you consume on a daily basis? These foods are well known to cause a lot of toxin buildup, which the kidneys have to clean up, and a high protein diet also causes the kidneys and liver to work overtime to rid the body of all the excess garbage. Just some food for thought. God bless you as you continue to look to Jesus for your strength.
  14. revelation13

    Prayer, my father is passing

    Sorry you have to go through that. I will pray that God will comfort you all with His Spirit and strengthen your faith through the trials of this life. God bless.
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    payers needed for relief

    I will definitely be praying for you. I have gone through similar experiences and have found that you must cling to Jesus no matter what happens in this life because it's through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). I recommend reading the book of Job. Affliction is one way that God teaches us to rely fully on Him. Some will give up half-way through the trials and say God doesn't care, others will, like Job, say "though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." Job 13:15. The only way to have faith like that is to pray earnestly for God to give you the faith of Jesus. As to various ways of relieving acid reflux, you can eat more fruits and vegetables, cut out dairy and meat, and eat the more healthy grains that are high in fiber such as brown rice, whole wheat breads, whole grain pasta, etc. Exercise is also a great way to heal the body of many diseases. You should also drink around 64 oz. of water each day, not drinking anything with meals, and waiting about 2 hours after a meal to begin drinking water again. Of course these kind of changes should be gradual, as not to shock your system, but I assure you these are the changes I have made and I no longer deal with acid reflux, nor do I have to take any medication for it. God bless you, and never believe the lies of the enemy that says God does not care for you and does not love you. Rather, believe in God's promise that He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Turn to Him and repent of all sin, and receive His forgiveness by faith, asking for His Holy Spirit to bless you with peace no matter how difficult the trial is. "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." James 1:2-8

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