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Unread 14th January 2002, 03:10 AM
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I need Help Badly

I posted this to another thread bt im really desperate now

Please pray for me for revival of some sorts.I came to a point in which im really tired with my life and knowing that I bought this all by myself.

Honestly my life is a mess and things are not coming the way I thought them to be.And i came to a point that God's ministry is affected as well.

Im really frustrated because of the way this world has hold of me and all the struggles that christians have to face(lying, lust, greed, bad compny and influence,pleasures that is not pleasing to God etc)

Its like I have a juggling act between two worlds or as you can say: A double agent.

I don't want to feel this way anymore and I really want to serve God with all my heart, soul, understanding and life.

I keen into looking for advice of mature christians and i really wish you can pray for me as well.

Thank you and God bless you all.
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Unread 14th January 2002, 04:35 AM
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Be strong, my friend! You are in this world, but you are not of this world. Greater is He who is in you than He who is in this world. You are asked to transform this world, not conform to it. God has given you the ability to overcome.

Dwell upon His Word always. Keep studying the Scriptures.

Fellowship with strong believers, online and offline. Pray constantly.

I have been there my friend. We all go through the wilderness experience once in a while.

God is always there - He is ever faithful and will never leave you nor forsake you.
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Unread 14th January 2002, 05:04 AM
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Thanks bro.

I really feel dry and I hope and pray that I get this over with soon and that God will help me find my way again.

Thank you very much and God bless
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Unread 14th January 2002, 12:55 PM
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Oh, Blackwing, I feel for you! Your heart is in the right place, my friend.

There are times that I want to "throw the towel in" myself. I'd like to share some verses that have helped me in the past:

<font color="ff6347"><b>Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of th earth,
Neither faints nor is weary,
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to <i>those who have</i> no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew <i>their</i> strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.</font></b>
(Is. 40:28-31)

<font color="43b7ba"><b>Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.</font></b>
(Prov. 3:5, 6)


One of my favorite promises of God:

<font color="e3319d"><b>Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.</font></b>
(Phil. 4:6, 7)


<font color="367451"><b>And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.</font></b>
(Gal. 6:9)

I will lift you up before the Lord, Blackwing. God's peace and grace to you.

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Unread 14th January 2002, 04:22 PM
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It's called Spiritual Warfare my friend. I am in the same boat. I will keep you in my prayers.
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Unread 14th January 2002, 06:19 PM
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Hello, Blackwing....

You're about to get a sermon I'll never, ever get to preach. I promise I'll keep it as brief as possible, ok?

It's safe to say that Christians spend a great deal of time, energy, and study in the pursuit of "truth." After all, the word "truth" must appear a gazillion times in the Bible. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Stop. I gotta add this. It saddens me that most confuse their "knowledge" of the truth, with the very "truth" itself. I.E., it IS the "truth" which sets one free, NOT one's "knowledge" of it. That, too, is stuff for another sermon--which won't ever happen. Anyway....) "I am the way, the truth, and the life...." And so on.

Something has been bothering me for a very long time, since, oh, 1979 (the year of my last sermon). And that "something" is 1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

What's been gnawing away at me is this: Where's "truth" in all of this? I mean, with so much emphasis placed upon "knowing" truth, "understanding" truth, "living" the truth, "teaching" the truth, and so on, should "truth" not be included? Wouldn't a four-legged chair, one that included "truth," be far more sturdy, stable, safe, and secure than a tripod?

What is it about "truth" that makes it substantially "different" from faith, hope, and charity? Well, "truth" is open to discussion, debate, argument. But no man can successfully argue against one's faith, one's hope, and one's charity. Oh, he can mock it, ridicule it, dismiss it, but he has no solid ground upon which to question, or challenge, a man's faith, hope, and charity.

Am I suggesting, therefore, that people in general, and Christians, specifically, dismiss "truth" as being important? No, absolutely not. But I am saying that, at some point in one's life, especially that of Christians, there comes a time to lay "truth" aside and strive for a higher goal. And, in this case, "truth" is understood to be one's understanding of the thing, NOT the reality. Again, it IS the "truth" which sets one free, NOT one's "knowledge" of the truth.

The writer of Hebrews clearly expressed this in chapter 6: 1-2. I read these passages so many years ago and am still amazed by their impact and meaning. He writes: "Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go onto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

"Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment...."

In this list of things he says to "leave" is found to be almost the entirety of that which the Christian church, the organized religion, constantly teaches, preaches, and emphasizes! "Leave" the "doctrine of Christ"? "Leave" "repentance," "faith toward God"? And so on.

The meaning is so clear. There IS a time and place for these matters, but they are not THE vital matters of one's Christian life and experience. They are the "principles" upon which one's new life is based, but there IS, according to this writer, a "more."

It's at this point, generally, that people begin to mention passages such as 1 Corinthians 13: 13, and Jesus's words regarding the second great commandment, etc. I.E., the Christian message, once one moves beyond these "principles," is that "love" is pre-eminent.

So, in the 1 Corinthians 13:13 passage, "charity" is said to be the "greatest" of all. But is it? I'm asking because of the same inner turmoil you're expressing. A man does his best, lives his best, IS his best, and circumstances don't improve, sometimes worsen. And while there is clearly no "guarantee" that a godly life results in material and physical "reward," one is still left feeling a sense of "injustice." In fact, the Bible is clear that there is no guarantee and, if anything, the "wicked" will prosper while the godly do not. (Forgive me for not looking up all those passages....)

So what does one do when the "principles" of Christianity are simply no longer "enough"? What do you do when "love," well, "fails" to bring satisfaction and fulfillment to your life? Frankly, I spent a couple of decades in despair and downright anger. There really is no need for that, however.

"THE" answer is found in every story of every character in the Bible. And Paul put it in unmistakable terms in 1 Thessalonians, 4: 9 - 12:

"Now as to the love of the brethern, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
"for indeed you do practice it toward all brethern who are in all Macedonia. BUT WE URGE YOU, BRETHREN, TO EXCEL STILL MORE,"

(See? There is "more to it" than "love," even though love/charity is THE greatest among faith, hope, and charity.)

"and to make it your ambition to LEAD A QUIET LIFE, and ATTEND TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS and WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, just as we commanded you;
"So that YOU MAY BEHAVE PROPERLY TOWARD OUTSIDERS and NOT BE IN ANY NEED."

Blackwing, I mean no offense to you, nor anyone on this board, for y'all have been so gracious and kind to me. But maybe you've reached that point, just as I did so very long ago, where it's simply time to get on with your life. In you has been revealed the nature of redemption, a "new" you. You can never, and will never, see, nor experience, the "world" in the same way. In essence, what you are "called" to do is "lead a quiet life," "attend to your own business," "work with your own hands," all based upon the "princples" of Biblical teachings as YOU understand them to be, so that "you may behave properly toward outsiders" and "not be in any need."

For me, and I'll stop with this, the entirety and essence of the Christian "message" is best taught in the story of the prodigal son. The son was always a son. He did not "become" a son. He was always the son. It wasn't until he "came to his senses" that he finally knew, and understood, exactly how utterly profound and important this was. Likewise, you and the fine people on this board, have experienced this inner "revelation" that you are "sons" of the King.

But after this prodigal son "came to his senses," what did he do? He went back home and got on with life. He did so, however, with a new awareness, a new understanding, not only of who HE was, but who others around him were, or rather, were not. It became HIS responsiblity to "behave properly," to, in my words, try to make the world a better place.

I hope this helps, and I apologize for taking up so much of your time. (I also didn't proof any of this, so you know what that might mean!)
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Unread 14th January 2002, 07:44 PM
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I know exactly how you feel Glenn!!!

It's so weird because i just went through the exact same thing! I was just so tired of getting up every day to face the world. Every day brought another trial or test of faith and it just got to the point where i just didn't want to be tested. I didn;t even want to get up some mornings. Every day i would get in this mood where i just was so sick of dealing with everything, and i would even become angry. I just wanted to go to Heaven i was tired of this world and i just didn't want to be here anymore. That was my attitude. I would blame MY problems on the world. When really, it was all me! My attitude was just gross! I had forgotten that i had already overcome this old world! I forgot this world is not my final destination! I had taken my eyes off my ultimate goal! Then yesterday at church GOD just said to me, "I love you and my love is all you need" HE remined me why everything is worth it! So i went down to the altar at church and i just bawled! and it was like GOD just lifted this huge burden off me and at the same time renewed me! And when i got up from the altar, i felt ready to face the world because i know that i'm not gonna be here forever. Soon, everything it will all be over. And when we cross that finish line, our LORD is gonna be there with HIS arms wide open sayin "MY child, well done!"

I CAN'T WAIT!

Just thinking about it gives me chills!

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Unread 15th January 2002, 02:06 AM
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for Blackwing and Kristen.

Father, i lift up my brother and sister to You now. Fill them with Your love. Show them again that they are here for You. Bless them, Father. Hug them.

In His Name,

Amen




you both are in my prayers. God is right in front of you both, just open your eyes a little more.

God Bless!
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Unread 15th January 2002, 08:30 AM
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Thank you very much everybody

I'm planning to have an accountability partner right now to be more responsible with my actions.

The hold of the world is sometimes for me too great to handle but I just remember God's promise that He gives us no trial that we can't bear.And sometmes I'm just reminded of His great love that cn bring a person to their knees.

I'm a bit ok now and I just have to face the truth and I pray that those that I tell it to will show me love and understanding and that God will speak to them as He is speaking to me right now.

I'm truly touched by you guys(sniff!) and I just hope that you continue to pray for me in these times.

Thanks and love you all!!!
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