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Hello, From someone who’s faith feels dead

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by JacobE, May 12, 2018.

  1. JacobE

    JacobE New Member

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    My name is Jacob, I am here for prayers over me and my faith. I have been for 8 months almost, began to fear about 6:4 and 10:26-30 then repented (I think) but still doubted my salvation and worried and had fear, all the while kinda stopped the habitual sin I was in only to fall back into the the struggle with a heart that feels hard and I pray to walk in the spirit but it doesn’t happen. Starting to actually wonder if I have committed the unpardonable sin. My heart is numb to compunction, and I don’t even have fear or worry anymore it seems. I am doomed and am worse off than before I accepted Christ at 8 years old.
     
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  2. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    Jacob I am praying for you. Did you accept Jesus, or was you told that you accepted Him at 8 years old? This makes a big difference and is something to consider because I have found a few people who had a preacher pray over them and tell them that they are saved when they did not realize what was going on and it does not work like this friend. You have to have a personal relationship with Christ for yourself.
     
  3. dreadnought

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    Seems like we're all asking, "Did I commit that unpardonable sin?" If you think you did, apologize to the Lord, and then forget about it. As for praying about walking with the Lord - that's what prayer is: Walking with the Lord - so do as Paul instructed (1 Thess 5:17) and pray all the time. Then you'll be walking with the Lord.
     
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  4. JacobE

    JacobE New Member

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    I accepted him as personal savior. What is frustrating is the amount of sin an 8 year old is in doesn’t bring much of a revolution to being saved it seems when I was just born. I have been addicted to sexual immorality growing up after about 7th grade and it has destroyed my mind. Last year after I was living like any regular person not in church I was brought back to the Lord (I’d call it reproof) by Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10. Also the unpardonable sin shocked me. I had never really read the Bible outside of Sunday until then and ever since have been in the word but constantly everyday search the internet and read about different views on the topic and also pray. What bothers me is the lack of testifying the Holy Spirit does in assurances of my salvation. Surely Jesus paid it all and it’s by Grace through faith but what if I’m not reaching the point of forgiveness because of habitual sin after subsiding guilt and praying that god would take the guilt away after I would sin. I didn’t mean sorry when I prayed it only until recently. I grew up being told it wasn’t a sin. (Mb)
     
  5. JacobE

    JacobE New Member

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    Also the only thing I can think of in terms of the unpardonable sin would be saying the feeling I got around a group of West burrow Baptist groups at a forth of July event was evil. I had texted my mom a few years ago.
     
  6. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    Ok I am glad that you have accepted Christ. Friend we all have sin in our lives, Everyone is being sanctified and some things like porn and sexual sins take a lot of prayer and I suggest you find an accountability partner on this. Do you have christian friends that can help you? Maybe a pastor to counsel you?
     
  7. JacobE

    JacobE New Member

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    I had one that was a few years older than me that also admitted he needed accountability so we mutually agreed to help each other which hasn’t help cause all we do is confess it to each other. I understand it’s a struggle but what is a major red flag is the lack of guilt I don’t have and I do believe I had seared like half my conscience. I vividly remember as a child the nagging guilt that I needed to confess sin and now it’s not so much a feeling but just a fact and I also get really mad that I continue to do it after the fact rather than fight before hand. See what I mean? If I had the Holy Spirit I feel as tho it wouldn’t be a guessing game
     
  8. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    Question: "What is the conviction of sin?"

    Answer:
    The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin (John 16:8). To help us understand what the conviction of sin is, we can look at what it is not. First, it is not simply a guilty conscience or even shame over sin. Such feelings are naturally experienced by almost everyone. But this is not true conviction of sin.

    Second, conviction of sin is not a sense of trepidation or a foreboding of divine punishment. These feelings, too, are commonly experienced in the hearts and minds of sinners. But, again, true conviction of sin is something different.

    Third, conviction of sin is not merely knowledge of right and wrong; it is not an assent to Scripture’s teaching about sin. Many people read the Bible and are fully aware that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). They may know that “no immoral, impure or greedy person . . . has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” (Ephesians 5:5). They may even agree that “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). Yet, for all their knowledge, they continue to live in sin. They understand the consequences, but they’re far from being convicted of their sins.

    The truth is, if we experience nothing more than a pang of conscience, anxiety at the thought of judgment, or an academic awareness of hell, then we have never truly known the conviction of sin. So, what is real conviction, the kind the Bible speaks of?

    The word convict is a translation of the Greek word elencho, which means “to convince someone of the truth; to reprove; to accuse, refute, or cross-examine a witness.” The Holy Spirit acts as a prosecuting attorney who exposes evil, reproves evildoers, and convinces people that they need a Savior.

    To be convicted is to feel the sheer loathsomeness of sin. This happens when we’ve seen God’s beauty, His purity and holiness, and when we recognize that sin cannot dwell with Him (Psalm 5:4). When Isaiah stood in the presence of God, he was immediately overwhelmed by his own sinfulness: “Woe to me! . . . I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips . . . and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5).

    To be convicted is to experience an utter dreadfulness of sin. Our attitude toward sin becomes that of Joseph who fled temptation, crying out, “How could I do this great evil and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).

    We are convicted when we become mindful of how much our sin dishonors God. When David was convicted by the Holy Spirit, he cried out, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:4). David saw his sin primarily as an affront to a holy God.

    We are convicted when we become intensely aware of the wrath it exposes to our souls (Romans 1:18; Romans 2:5). When the Philippian jailer fell at the apostles’ feet and cried, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” he was under conviction (Acts 16:30). He was certain that, without a Savior, he would die.

    When the Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin, He represents the righteous judgment of God (Hebrews 4:12). There is no appeal of this verdict. The Holy Spirit not only convicts people of sin, but He also brings them to repentance (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:5). The Holy Spirit brings to light our relationship to God. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to our sin and opens our hearts to receive His grace (Ephesians 2:8).

    We praise the Lord for the conviction of sin. Without it, there could be no salvation. No one is saved apart from the Spirit’s convicting and regenerating work in the heart. The Bible teaches that all people are by nature rebels against God and hostile to Jesus Christ. They are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). Part of that “draw” to Jesus is the conviction of sin.
     
  9. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    So you are not feeling conviction as stated above ?
     
  10. drjean

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    Welcome to CF. Please take your conversation to an appropriate forum, if needbe to the mental health area perhaps?
     
  11. JacobE

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    I do think I am actually. Not 100% sure because my heart definitely has been hardening and softening recently but I definitely hate the sin because it’s against him and that’s not what the case was this same time last year (would just apologize and act like it was no big deal)
     
  12. JacobE

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    However I don’t have the deep nagging feels that could be considered flesh. He is faithful when I was faithless I guess and is bringing me back.
     
  13. Dropout_Theologian

    Dropout_Theologian Not an ant in God's glorious library. Supporter

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    I'm going to interject shortly and then let you all get back to your conversation (perhaps in a different section.)

    Jacob, in my experience it has been helpful to be around a group of open, LORD-seeking men (and it's a good pleasure to be around such men.) Statistically speaking, I would say at least the simple majority of young people, and many older men, struggle with or are passive towards sexual issues. You can find support groups held at many churches in urban areas, or a larger church may have its own support group.

    Thank you for sharing what you're going through because parts remind me of myself.

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  14. Lily76_

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    Welcome
     
  15. mnorian

    mnorian Oldbie--Eternal Optimist Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador

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    Hello Jacob;
    One of the best ways to awaken your faith in the Lord Jesus is to listen to and sing (even by yourself if need be) Praise & Worship music:
    welcome to CF; May the Lord Jesus guide you here as well as in the world; and may you find friends and what ever you need from the Lord here. I do have a question for you; do you like music--Praise & Worship music? Well we have a new forum here at CF just for P&W music and at the top is a directory of other Christian music threads around CF; come and take a look!:wave:

    Praise and Worship Music

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  16. faroukfarouk

    faroukfarouk Fading curmudgeon

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    Hi; good to see you. Keep reading God's Word diligently. John's First Epistle is very searching and it also deals with the topic of assurance.
     
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