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I feel sick about this.

Discussion in 'Baptists' started by Lik3, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Lik3

    Lik3 Newbie

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    I feel sick about this. I need to confess that I feel like such a failure and a lost soul. I have a hard time believing that Jesus died on the cross for me and that God exists. I know this to be true no doubt. But it is hard for me to grasp. What is wrong with me?
     
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  2. Searching_for_Christ

    Searching_for_Christ simul justus et peccator

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    There is nothing wrong with you. There is no such thing as a perfect faith in this life, if that where the case Peter would not have denied Christ three times...and he was an Apostle!

    Can I ask you a question? are you essentially saying that you are having trouble believing that you believe?
     
  3. Lik3

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    I guess I am having trouble believing things. I have a lot of trouble believing anything or any One. It is so hard.
     
  4. Searching_for_Christ

    Searching_for_Christ simul justus et peccator

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    Mark 9:23-25

    23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
    24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
    25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”


    Make it your prayer "Lord I believe, help me in my unbelief!".

    Also, I want to point out a distinction that really helped me. These issues might be stemming from not being able to understand what it means to believe. I posit that to believe simply means to trust...you simply trust that Christs death and resurrection will do EXACTLY what it says it will do for you through this trust. Don't be looking for feelings or weird intellectual understanding of how you believe...just put your trust in the fact that Christ will do what He promised :)

    I hope I helped.
     
  5. BeeWrangler

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    Hey Lik3! Nothing wrong with you. I remember I had wondered to myself if God was real or just something man made up a long time ago to scare children into doing whats right and it happened to snowball thru the ages. I couldn't grasp the concept of all the bible stories happening, like Noah for example. But after thinking about it for a while I realized I couldn't deny that anytime I ever prayed hard, when I really, really needed God it always felt like he was listening. To make a long story short I thought about how impossible it was for even science to understand some things, like how a bumble bee can fly... science can't figure it out and they say it should be impossible, but obviously a bee bumble bee can fly. It took a lot of praying for me to understand it is not Gods will for me to understand all things, he simply wants me to have faith and trust him. Over all the years now of simply trusting him and not questioning him I have found lots of proof he is real. Look at scripture and how old it is... look at all the things found like the dead sea scrolls... look at all the bible prophecies that have come true, they have all came true and continue to come true! Like the Jews returning to Isreal for example. Anyway, it is really something you will have to pray about, do some reading and if you really want to know the truth and don't just want to not be missing out on all the fun sinful things in life that can't be done while leading a Christian life (as many people turn away because of this) then do a lot of reading of Jesus' teachings and pray. Even if your not sure you believe, pray anyway.
     
  6. BeeWrangler

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    Btw, here are 10 bible prophecies that have been fulfilled. Have a look, it is pretty amazing:

    These 10 Bible prophecies were fulfilled after 1948, when Israel became an independent country for the second time in history. These prophecies foretold of modern Israel's stunning military victories and of its transition from a desert wasteland to a prosperous nation.
    1. Israel will prevail over its enemies
    Bible passage: Isaiah 41:12-14

    Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Isaiah 41:12-14, the prophet said God would help Israel during times of conflict with enemies (if the people have faith in God). Isaiah said this during a time when the northern kingdom of Israel had already been conquered by the Assyrian Empire. And the southern kingdom, Judah, was about to be conquered by Babylon. (The Bible explains that Israel and Judah lost their independence because so many of the residents had turned to false religions). But, since 1948 when Israel was re-established, Israel has been attacked by much-larger countries. And Israel has prevailed in each of those attacks. This prophecy has found partial fulfillment; Christian scholars believe that a time will come when all of Israel's enemies are destroyed.
    Here is Isaiah 41:12-14
    Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
    2. The ruins of Israel would be rebuilt
    Bible passage: Amos 9:11, 13

    Written: about 750 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Amos 9:11, 13, the prophet said that God would restore the land of David. (King David ruled Israel from about 1010 BC to about 970 BC). The land of David - Israel - was conquered and destroyed by the Babylonians, Assyrians and Romans. The land has been in ruins for much of the past 2000 years. The Jews, who had been scattered throughout the world, began to return in large numbers during the past 100 years. Since then, they have been rebuilding many of Israel's ancient cities. Amos also said there would be continuous planting and harvesting. During the past 100 years, the Jews have been using advanced farming and irrigation techniques to turn barren land into productive farmland. Today, Israel is a source of food for many countries.
    Here is Amos 9:11, 13
    "In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be,'' … "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills."
    3. Ezekiel prophesied prosperity for modern-day Israel
    Bible passage: Ezekiel 36:11

    Written: between 593-571 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Ezekiel 36:11, the prophet said that there would come a time when Israel would be more prosperous than it was in the past. The Bible describes Israel as being a prosperous nation during the time of King David and King Solomon about 3000 years ago. But, Ezekiel knew a very different Israel. In Ezekiel's day (he lived about 2600 years ago), the northern kingdom of Israel already had been decimated by the Assyrians, and the southern kingdom (called Judah) was being destroyed by the Babylonians. In the centuries that followed these destructions, Jews rebuilt the city of Jerusalem, but their homeland was destroyed again, by the Romans, about 1900 years ago. Since then, a majority of Jews have lived in exile. But during the past 100 years, millions of Jews from around the world moved to Israel and they have been rebuilding the country once again. Today, Israel again is an independent nation, as it was in the days of King David, and it is one of the world's most prosperous countries. In 1999, Israel had the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product of any nearby country, even though the surrounding countries have many oil resources.
    Here is Ezekiel 36:11
    I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
    4. Trees again would grow in Israel
    Bible passage: Isaiah 41:18-20

    Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Isaiah 41:18-20, the prophet's talk of a future restoration of Israel coincides with an occurrence in modern Israel - the construction of a vast irrigation system to improve farming. The lack of available water, including rain, is one reason why Israel had been a desolate, unproductive land during much of the past 2000 years. But, during the 1900s, when many Jews returned to their ancient homeland, they built a network of irrigation systems. And during the past century, more than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel.
    Here is Isaiah 41:18-20
    I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
    5. Isaiah said Israel's fruit would fill the world
    Bible passage: Isaiah 27:6

    Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Isaiah 27:6, the prophet said Israel would one day blossom and fill the world with fruit. This prophecy has been at least partially fulfilled, literally and symbolically. Today, the land of Israel, which had been barren for centuries, is a leading producer of agricultural products, exporting food to many countries. This prophecy also has been fulfilled symbolically with the worldwide spread of Christianity. Christianity, which began with Jesus in Israel, now has about 2 billion followers worldwide.
    Here is Isaiah 27:6
    In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
    6. Jerusalem would become the world's most important religious site
    Bible passage: Micah 4:1

    Written: sometime between 750-686 BC

    Fulfilled: Today
    In Micah 4:1, the prophet said that the Temple mount in Jerusalem would become the focal point of the world. This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. But, it is interesting to note that Jerusalem is, and has been for centuries, the world's most important religious site. Christians and Jews regard the city as the world's most important, and Christians and Jews comprise about one-third of the world's population. No other city in the world is a religious focal point to as many people.
    Here is Micah 4:1
    In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
    7. Egypt would never again rule over other nations
    Bible passage: Ezekiel 29:15

    Written: between 593-571 BC

    Fulfilled: 1967, etc.
    In Ezekiel 29:15, the prophet says that Egypt would recover from a desolation (perhaps Babylon's attack about 2600 years ago), but that it would never again rule over other nations. Up until the time of Ezekiel, Egypt had been a world power for centuries, dominating many nations, including Israel. But for most of the past 2500 years, Egypt has been controlled by foreign powers, including the Romans, Ottomans and Europeans. Today, Egypt is an independent nation again. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, Egypt tried to dominate Israel but was unsuccessful each time, despite the fact that Egypt is 10 times larger than Israel. Since the time of Ezekiel, Egypt no longer rules over other nations.
    Here is Ezekiel 29:15
    It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.
    8. Zechariah prophesied the Jews return to Jerusalem
    Bible passage: Zechariah 8:7-8

    Written: between 520 and 518 BC

    Fulfilled: 1967, etc.
    In Zechariah 8:7-8, the prophet said God would bring the Jews back from the east and the west to their homeland (Israel) and that they would be able to live in the city of Jerusalem again. This prophecy has been fulfilled more than once. About 2600 years ago, Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and took many Jews as captives to Babylon. But many Jews later returned from Babylon. The Jews rebuilt Jerusalem but the city was destroyed about 1900 years ago by the Romans. The Romans killed more than 1 million Jews and forced many more into exile. The Jews did not have control of Jerusalem again until 1967 when the Jews recaptured the city during the Six Day War.
    Here is Zechariah 8:7-8
    This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God."
    9. Israel's deserts will become like the Garden of Eden
    Bible passage: Isaiah 51:3

    Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC

    Fulfilled: Being fulfilled now
    In Isaiah 51:3, the prophet said that God will restore Israel and make it a paradise, like the garden of Eden. This foreshadows what is currently happening in Israel. The Jews have been irrigating, cultivating and reconditioning the land during much of the 1900s. Many of the country's swamps, which had been infested with malaria, have been converted into farmland. And water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled through portions of the deserts, allowing some of the deserts to bloom. Much work remains, but parts of Israel are blooming again. Although it was described as a wasteland as recently as the late 1800s, Israel is now a food source for many countries. And at least 200 million of trees have been planted there during the past century.
    Here is Isaiah 51:3
    The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
    10. Isaiah foretold of the worldwide return of Jews to Israel
    Bible passage: Isaiah 43:5-6

    Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC

    Fulfilled: late 1900s
    In Isaiah 43:5-6, the prophet Isaiah said that the Jews would return to their homeland from the east, the west, the north and the south. Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago. At that time, the Assyrians had forced many Jews in the northern kingdom of Israel into exile. Those Jews were taken to other areas in the Middle East. Then, about 1900 years ago, the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem and killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Jews. Since then, the Jews have been scattered to virtually every country in the world. But, during the past century, millions of Jews have returned to Israel, from the east, the west, the north and the south.
    From the east: Many Jews living in the Middle East moved to Israel by the early 1900s.
    From the west: During mid-1900s, hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the West (Europe and the United States) began moving to Israel.
    From the north: The former Soviet Union (Russia) is north of Israel. It refused to allow its Jewish residents to move to Israel. But, after years of pressure from other countries, Russia finally began to allow Jews to return to Israel during the 1980s. So far, hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews have moved to Israel.
    From the south: Ethiopia, which is south of Israel, also refused to allow its Jews to return to Israel. But, in 1985, Israel struck a deal with Ethiopia's communist government to allow the Jews of Ethiopia to move to Israel. On the weekend of May 25, 1991, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.
    Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the north (Russia) and the south (Ethiopia) would have to be persuaded to give up their Jews. Many countries pressured Russia for years before it began to allow its Jews to leave. And Ethiopia had to be paid a ransom to allow its Jews to leave.
    Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the Jews would return "from the ends of the earth," and Isaiah said that many centuries before the Jews had been scattered to the ends of the earth. During the past 100 years, Jews living as far east as China, as far west as the West Coast of the United States, as far north as Scandinavia, and as far south as South Africa, have moved to Israel.
    Here is Isaiah 43:5-6
    "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…
     
  7. MichaelJohn316

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    I struggled with assurance of whether I was saved or not until one night as I was listening to a sermon, I suddenly for the first time felt the presence of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit came to me and convinced me of the perfect life, divine person, suffering, shed blood, death, resurrection and ascension of The Lord Jesus Christ, I knew these things in my head, but didn't feel in my heart that Christ did it for me, since then I have been sure that Christ is in my heart and finished the work of atonement on my behalf. You need to believe [trust] Christ alone. Have you stopped trusting yourself?

    Christ will turn none away who come to Him. John 6:37

    Are you in a relationship with him, are you sure? Do you know him as Prophet, Priest, King? Is He alive to you?

    When you read the bible do you feel God speaking to you? Do you pray often?
     
  8. Emmy

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    Dear Lik3. Jesus has very good advice for you, In Matthew 22, verse 35-40,
    Jesus tells us: " The first and great Commandment is: Love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds. The second is like it: Love our neighbour as ourselves." Then Jesus points out: " On these two Commmandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." God wants our Love,
    freely given and no conditions tagged on.
    Start by treating all you know and all you meet, as you would love to be treated: kindly and with friendly words, helping hands and being always a good neighbour. God will notice your sincere efforts, and God will approve and bless you. God will also know that you Love God, because you are following God`s Commandments to love and care. Jesus will give you His Love and Joy, and the Holy Spirit will empower you with Love, also. Jesus told us to "Ask and ye will receive," Matthew 7: 7-8" then thank God and share all Love and Joy with your neighbour: all around you. Keep asking God and thanking God, then share all Love and Joy with your neighbour.
    Jesus our Saviour will help and guide you all the way: JESUS IS THE WAY.
    With God on your side, Lik, who, or what can be against you? Just keep Loving and Caring. I say this with love. Greetings from Emmy, your sister in
    Christ.
     
  9. JCFantasy23

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    I think we all briefly go through from time to time. Sadly no faith is perfect.
     
  10. Bloved1

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    Please dont feel bad, keep praying that God will reveal Himself to you (and through you). That's how He made Himself real to me (through various things like dreams and through me actually prophesying about someone else's life). It might take awhile but keep faith that He is absolutely going to verify your faith and make Himself real in your life.

    Lord Jesus i pray for my fellow sister, Lik3. I pray You will confirm her faith to her because You know it to be true, Lord. Heal her heart and i pray also you will do mighty deads with her by Your side. Wrap Your arms around her and let her know for certain that You exist and You love her so much and died & rose again for her. Build her up and protect her from the enemy's attacks on her heart. Thank you, Lord! We love you!!
     
  11. savedfromdistruction

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    Go here and use the links;
    The Way, The Truth, and the Life
     
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