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A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3
When one decides to live their life for Christ, it is the soul that is being saved, not the flesh. As Paul states, we must overcome our flesh on a daily basis. (1 Corinthians 15:31). Today’s Word of Wisdom speaks concerning those who understand that no good thing dwells in our flesh, and if left on its own, will always fall short (Romans 7:18) – this is foreseen by the wise. So the wise will protect themselves by seeking refuge in God and His Word, (Psalm 119:11) feeding the spirit man so that it is strengthened against the flesh.
Although, we as believers all struggle at times with our flesh, many struggle continuously with the same things over and over because they do not understand that their flesh is not being saved along with their souls. Just wanting change in our lives will not make it happen. We must apply the WORD to our circumstances by meditating on it, confessing it, and praying it. Getting it from our heads into our hearts and our spirits. If our spirit man is not being fed on a regular, daily, basis then our flesh will be in control. This will keep us from continually bearing fruit in our lives, and will leave us exposed for the enemy to have his way (1 Peter 5:8).
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Here are some frequently asked questions and applicable Bible answers about living for Christ. Read below to see how you can be a part of the questions and answers found here.
Why do my prayers often go unanswered?
Sometimes it may be difficult to have faith if our prayers continue to go unanswered. We have to understand that God is in control and that if we are not praying His will, then we will have unanswered prayers. According to (1 John 5:14), we can have confidence that He hears us when we pray His will. (James 4:3) lets us know that we will not get what we pray for when we are praying our own desires. When we take our focus off of what we want, and focus on God and His will as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42), His holy spirit will let us know what we are to pray for (Romans 8:26). Then, we must be patient because God doesn’t do too many things in a hurry. Pray that He give you a thirst and hunger for Himself and His will, along with more patience and sensitivity to His holy spirit. He will do it!
Does God understand when I don’t forgive?
You may have been treated very badly by someone or even experienced something horrifying by the hand of another, and you may feel you have a right to hold onto your feelings of anger and/or hatred. But you do not. In the book Limitless Love, Gloria Copeland likens unforgiveness to poison. Poison that is taken by one, while expecting another to suffer or die. The WORD of God is very clear about forgiving each other if we expect God to forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus was the perfect example of how it is possible to forgive even the most heinous of actions: As mockers of the Son of God began their assault, one that would leave Him beaten beyond recognition and the flesh torn from His body, Jesus prayed to our Father in Heaven to forgive them (Luke 23:34). God understands your pain and heartbrokenness, but He cannot condone unforgiveness. His Son paid dearly with His life so we do not have to live that way. Do not allow ungorgiveness to destroy you. Give Him your pain and let Him heal you and make you whole. He will do it!
Can I lose my salvation?
Can you really lose something you have not yet attained? If a college student were to drop out of school before finishing the required coursework, would it make sense to say he/she lost their degree? Salvation is a process which begins when we give our life to Christ, and the process won’t be finished as long as we are in these mortal bodies. (Philippians 1:6) tells us we can be confident that God will complete the good work that He starts in us. However, this can only happen if we do our part by submitting to Him, and staying in the race. (Revelation 3:5). makes reference to not blotting names out of the book of life. This promise is conditional – to he /she that overcomes. (Hosea 6:3) lets us know that knowing the Lord is conditional – if we follow on to know. No Believer, still living, should be claiming that he or she is saved, but rather is being saved. Visit our FREE GIFT ♡ page to read more on this topic. Stay in the race!
Can I really hear from God?
Have you ever listened to someone talk about God and heard them say, “God told me…”? That used to drive me nuts. I used to wonder why God spoke to others but did not speak to me. Well God does not play favorites when it comes to talking to His children. We just have to learn how to get still and listen. Communicating what God is saying to us as a church body, (Revelation 3:22). and individually (John 10:27). is an important function of the Holy Spirit that God breathed life into when we were born again. The most common way God speaks to us is through His WORD. That is why it is important that we meditate on and learn what His WORD says (Psalm 119:11). He wants us all to hear Him and to be able to know what it is He is leading us to do or not to do. He wants us to seek Him for answers. His Word (God) promises that we will find Him and the answers we seek if we really want them (Jeremiah 29:13). That means that He will make sure that we hear from Him. He will always confirm what it is He is saying if we are truly seeking Him and not our own will. Believing that we hear God through His WORD is a very important part of our faith walk (Romans 10:17). so our enemy will try to convince us that God does not care enough about us to speak to us individually. Expect to hear from God. Get still, meditate on, and pray His WORD and watch your faith soar, knowing that, yes, absolutely, you can hear from God!
Is it okay for believers to not attend church?
For whatever reason, at times believers may feel they can get what they need to grow spiritually, and serve God without having a church home and attending on a regular basis. Don’t be deceived. This is a trick of the enemy because he knows there is power in numbers, and that we are weakened when we are alone and not part of a body of believers. (Hebrews10:25) warns to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together… and (Proverbs 11:14) speaks of safety in the multitude of counselors. If you are not part of a body, be prayerful about finding a church home – God will lead you to the right place!
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WORD (food) for Thought
On the subject of salvation – some teach the doctrine of “once saved always saved” – that as long as you believe in Christ and have accepted Him as your Savior, you will have a place in Heaven when you leave this Earth – no matter how you live out the rest of your life. If this is true, then why does the Word speak of removing names from the book of life? I guess it really depends on what is meant by believing and accepting Christ. When we believe and accept Him we don’t take His grace and mercy for granted. We press into doing what is necessary (His Word) to repent (change) and overcome our flesh to become like Him.
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