Started by Hisforever, July 03, 2020, 04:44:24 pm
Quote from: Episcopius on July 03, 2020, 05:02:48 pmHi Hisforever!My username is still Episcopius.And hi to all here!
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 12:37:49 amYou are both welcome
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 07:16:47 pmPete started this site under such circumstances as people who truly wanted to discuss faith were in various ways being targeted and treated unfairly. As the site name suggests, it is intended as haven where people can have true discussions.
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 07:43:11 pmPretty much. A read of some of the older posts would reveal this more
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 07:56:19 pmActually, no I am not in charge of it. I am just a fellow member here. Sarah (often referred to as "Mrs Pete") looks after that. What you saw is probably that I was the last one to post there.As for defending John or staying out of it ... what was God saying? That should be our only guide on what we do or do not do. And the truth is that we always want to defend those we see as being unfairly dealt with and those we have grown to love and value in any way. It is commendable, just let it be lead by God, and don't condemn yourself for what is past. What has happened in the past has happened. If what we have done is wrong, then we bring it to God and ask Him by His grace and mercy to root out whatever is behind it and to transform us to be more like Him. If it were not, move forward with confidence. But realise that God never condemns. He may convict, but never condemns. Condemnation is of the devil and is intended to bind us and keep us living small lives.
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 08:29:37 pmSometimes God does take us through seasons where we do need to just help ourselves. It is not selfish, though it can sometimes sound it. I have been through a few of those. But the truth is, sometimes where we are is not a good place for helping others. The reason could be hurts, distrust, shipwrecked faith, plain warn out etc. But even Jesus took time out by himself to pray or whatever. Sometimes it is even just learning to like our own company.Prayer doesn't twist God's arm, though, if you look at the dynamics of how many teach it that is what it is about (of course it would not be phrased like that, but if you took it down to grass roots, yeah that is what they are saying). In it's simplest form prayer is just talking to God. Being his mate so to speak, spending time with Him.I am not denying that bad things happen and things that hurt us deeply. Last night I was a mess with my Pastor because my 20 year old niece is in a serious relationship and I at 44 have never had that opportunity. It hurts. I'm happy for my niece, but it doesn't remove personal pain. Things happen: the virus, loss of a loved one, debt, ill health and the list goes on. But we must keep our perspective right and that is our choice.What do we truly believe? Is God the cause of any of these things? While the truth is no He is not, we must ask ourselves if we really believe that because that is what is going to affect our relationship with Him. And sometimes we just need others around us to help us see the real truth.God is love. What does that mean? It means He wants the best for each and every one of us. Now bad things happen, sometimes because of our own stupidity, sometimes because of those who would not receive Him, sometimes because there is an enemy determined to try and force us away from God because the devil hates us.The truth is our prayers about situations are not really going to have a true affect until we have a true relations Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg and ask them for a million dollars. Now even if it were for a good cause, I would have to jump through a gazillion hoops and still have little chance of getting it. Why? Because I have no relationship with them. But if I were a close friend, even if they knew I would never pay it back, I would still be in with a lot better chance because of the relationship.Obviously at the moment you are in a place of great hurt. We all go through those season, and sometimes the best thing we can do is just re-learn to be in relationship with God. God, just hold me. God you show me. A the prayers are still focused on us in a sense, but sometimes that is where we need to start so that God can build our confidence again in who He is. Just relax. You are a human being, not a human doing. Don't pray because you feel you should. Pray simply to know Him. From there He will lead you on the best path He has for you. And sometimes that can take awhile, because we can's see and don't know what he is doing in the back ground. Thank Him for what you do see, the warmth of the sun on your face, an unexpected call from a friend, hot water in the shower. Thank Him for everything you can think of, and just let it grow from there.
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 08:41:59 pmNo, that's not what I am saying. Praying doesn't always make you feel better. In fact sometimes it can make you feel worse. It is realising that I feelings can lie. We can feel different ways about the same thing based on a whole range of other things: what sort of day we have had, how tired we are or are not, how vulnerable we are feeling. Feelings are not truth, only the word of God is that.It is praying to develop a relationship with God. You see, once we have the relationship, He begins to guide us in our prayers and in that they become more effective, but it is always going to come out of relationship with Him.The other thing is is that we don't pray the problem. God already knows the problem. Rather it is praying the solution. God is the solution. God let Your peace come into this situation. God, I am asking You to show me what I need to do here.When it comes to situations and circumstances it is realising that we are in a big court battle. The devil is a legalist, and unless we defend ourselves by and with the blood of Jesus, the devil has his own way, just like in a real court. If you are being prosecuted for shoplifting say, and a court date is set, and you don't show up, but the shop owner does, the judge has not choice but to award the case the shop owner. God is a righteous judge, but He is also a loving Father. He wants us to win the court battle, but He still has to abide by the rules. So, by developing your relationship with Him, He will show you how to pray in such as way as it makes a big difference, but it is building that relationship with Him first.
Quote from: Foadle on July 04, 2020, 08:47:37 pmI think we have all lost our temper at sometime and for much less worthy causes than that. Do we stuff up. Yes often. But we get up, acknowledge to the Father where we have been at fault, receive His forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and by the power of Holy Spirit, we get up dust ourselves off and move on.
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