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Introduction, first post

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Fellowsheep, May 15, 2019.

  1. Fellowsheep

    Fellowsheep 1 John 1:9

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    Hello everyone,

    So to introduce myself, I’m a 39 year old divorcée with three beautiful children, twin boys and my little girl. As a child my siblings and I occasionally went to my grandparents Lutheran church, but besides that, no religion was part of my life for most of my years. For the past six or seven years I had been of the Bhuddist ideology, but more recently I was starting to feel hopeless with it and feeling like what’s the point. My life had taken a dark turn after my divorce, deep depression and heavy drinking, and the road I was on was only going to end in one place. I was emotionally, spriritually, and mentally broken. Then, by the Grace of God, the Word of God came to me. It was early February, and I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior. I wasnt able to be baptized right away, and had a few stumbles before I was finally able to on April 1st, but when I did it felt like that outward declaration of obedience to Christ was exactly what I needed. I did at first have my doubts about my salvation, as I think a lot of young Christians like me can sometimes have, because of my lack of knowledge, and of reading about things like the story of Esau, and of course the infamous Hebrews 10:26. I was troubled because I had committed three separate acts of sexual immorality, and chose a casual fling over God, (which only lasted a weekend) all before my baptism. The thought kept entering my head, “that’s it, you blew it. God gave you a chance and you threw it away for the desires and temptations of the flesh. He wants nothing to do with you now.” After many sermons on you tube from Francis Chan, John Piper, John MacArthur, and my local pastors at church, they’ve helped me to understand the spiritual battle I’m now in and that that’s exactly what satan wants me to think and believe. Since my baptism I haven’t strayed and my faith feels stronger than ever. So anyways, sry for the long intro, just trying to get my story explained lol. I look forward to some good discussions with you all! God bless!
     
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    No Username Found Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Welcome to CF! We are glad to have you. I just wanted to point out that that feeling of "I blew it" may actually be a good thing. It demonstrates that your sin nature has died and you have been born again. Sin nature isn't sin. It is our desire to sin. Because you felt guilty means that you are no longer in rebellion with God. Rather, your heart wants to please God. Just remember that God's voice is convicting, not condemning. God will let you know when you messed up in order to help you grow and mature in your faith. Sanctification is a lifelong process that is difficult, but necessary. Also, remember that God is omniscient. Meaning that He is all knowing and because He is all knowing, he cannot be disappointed. He knew you before you were born. God new every sin you would ever commit, but He made you and loves you anyway. God is not disappointed with you. God knew you were going to fail. He even knows that you may fail 20 more times (I hope not). But with each failure, God knows that you are one step closer to being where He wants you to be. Keep your head up. You are in good hands. I am not just talking about CF either.
     
  3. Tigger45

    Tigger45 “That they may be one.” Supporter

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    Glad you decided to join us!
     
  4. ProGoddess

    ProGoddess Daughter of My Lord

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    Hi Fellowsheep, welcome to the forum.

    Thank you for sharing your past life experiences with us. It was indeed a tough road for you. But thank God you are no longer there anymore. With the grace of God, you have come to know Him. Congratulations on your acceptance of Christ and baptism. :cheer: It always makes me happy knowing that there is one more sheep which has gone astray and our good Shepherd brings it back safe and sound. :)

    In Romans 8, God says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." So, you need not feel condemned. It is like the Samaritan woman at the well who had five husbands and the one living with her was not her husband. But Jesus did not condemn her but gave her the water of life. John 4:14, "...whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst..." The Lord also says in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

    In the other story of the woman who committed adultery who was brought to Jesus and again, He did not condemn her but told her, "...Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.” (John 8:11).

    I pray that the new lease of life given to you by the Lord will be full of joy and peace, and with God's abundance of grace.

    It's good that you are here. There are many subforum with various topics. You can browse and read and see which is of interest to you. Hope to see you around.

    Prayers for you and your kids. Be strengthen in the Lord, always.

    :amen:
     
  5. maintenance man

    maintenance man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the forums. Thanks for sharing your story.
     
  6. Heavenhome

    Heavenhome Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum:wave:
    Thank you for sharing your journey so far.
    I hope you enjoy fellowship here, dear sister in Christ:)
     
  7. mnorian

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

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    Hello Fello;
    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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  8. gym_class_hero

    gym_class_hero Well-Known Member

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    God bless you Sheep.
     
  9. Fellowsheep

    Fellowsheep 1 John 1:9

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    Thank you for the encouraging words! I do feel myself slowly changing and being able to turn from sin getting easier every day. I will continue to keep the faith and to trust in God!
     
  10. Fellowsheep

    Fellowsheep 1 John 1:9

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    Thank you ProGoddess! I’m glad I found this forum, I think it will definitely help with my journey as a Christian. Peace be with you and God bless.
     
  11. Fellowsheep

    Fellowsheep 1 John 1:9

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    Lily76_ Pro-Life Catholic Supporter

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    welcome dear brother
     
  13. Ching Ching

    Ching Ching New Member

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    Congratulations on joining the family! I am so excited you found Christ and shared this eternal hope! I do want to say that the blood of Christ has cleansed us from all sins, and even if we occasionally "messed up", It does not mean we will just lose our salvation. The problem is with people who sin habitually and no remorse and still claim to be Christians. Hebrews 10:26 talks about sinning "deliberately", with no remorse, but what you described here was a "struggle" rather than "deliberate". Yes you slipped (before baptism), but even if It is after, God does not say therefore you cannot be a Christian. We are fallen human beings and we do struggle or even occasionally sin, but if we are convicted and try our best to not go back, God forgives! His blood has washed us from all sins because he is perfect.

    The freedom of being free from the bondage of sin is the most incredible feeling as a Christian! If he sets us free, we are free indeed (John 8:36). I would caution you to become too legalistic about sinning after you become saved. Even if you occasionally fall, if It is not intentional and deliberate, you can ask for forgiveness and there is also hope. God still loves you despite your flaws - which we all have!
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2019 at 12:03 PM
  14. tturt

    tturt Senior Veteran

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    welcoming you too
     
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