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    Roselove reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Shepherding The Flock - Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart – Proverbs 3:5-6   
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    Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

    Brethren, it is our responsibility as God’s own children to walk and live each day by faith, not by sight; for without faith it is impossible for us to please the Lord our God. (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6)  The life that we are now living in this flesh, we are to live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us and give Himself for us. (Galatians 2:20)   Just as we received our Lord Jesus Christ through faith as our eternal Savior, even so we are to walk and abide in Him through steadfastness of faith, being rooted and built in Him thereby. (Colossians 2:6-7)  We are to stand and become established in the things of the Lord by faith, and through such steadfastness of faith in Him we shall obtain a good report. (Acts 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Hebrews 11:39)  Although we do not see our Lord with physical sight, yet we are to look unto Him with the sight of faith and thereby to rejoice in Him with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8)  Even so, the four lines of Proverbs 3:5-6 present four important truths concerning this matter of walking by faith and trust in our Lord.
    We are to set our trust in the Lord entirely. 

    The opening line of Proverbs 3:5 gives the instruction, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart.”  We are not to be half-hearted in our trust in the Lord.  Rather, we are to be whole-hearted in our trust in the Lord.  We are not to be of little faith in Him.  Rather, we are to be of entire faith in Him.  We are not to waver with double-minded uncertainty toward our Lord, “for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:6).  Rather, we are to be unwavering with full assurance of faith toward our Lord. (Hebrews 10:22)  We are not to focus our heart’s attention and meditation upon the troubles that are around us and thereby to stagger through unbelief at the promises of the Lord our God.  Rather, we are to focus our heart’s attention and meditation upon our Lord who is with us; and thereby we are to be strong in faith concerning His promised presence, power, provision, and protection. (Romans 4:19-20)  Yea, even when our faith is small and wavering, we must set the focus of our heart’s attention and mediation upon our Lord, crying out with humility and confession, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

    We are to set our trust in the Lord entirely, with all our heart, with complete confidence in Him.  Certainly, He is worthy of such whole-hearted trust and confidence.  Even so, Psalm 5:11-12 declares, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”  Psalm 9:9-10 declares, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”  Psalm 18:1-2 declares, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  Psalm 31:19-20 declares, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”  Psalm 36:5-9 declares, “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, Thou preservest man and beast.  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!  Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”  Psalm 37:39-40 declares, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”  Psalm 91:1-4 declares, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, he is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”  Isaiah 12:2 declares, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”  Finally, Isaiah 26:3-4 declares, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” 

    We are to set our trust in the Lord exclusively. 

    The closing portion of Proverbs 3:5 gives the instruction, “And lean not unto thine own understanding.”  We are to have no manner of self-confidence whatsoever.  We are not to lean in any way, even the smallest bit, upon our own wisdom and ability.  Such a trust and confidence in ourselves is actually pride of heart.  Thus Proverbs 3:7 instructs us not to be wise in our own eyes, and Romans 12:16 takes it even further by instructing us not to be wise in our own conceits.  Yea, Proverbs 28:26 reveals that anyone who sets his trust and confidence in his own heart is a fool.  Yet this does not mean that we are to have no confidence at all.  We are not to lean upon our own wisdom and ability, but we are to lean upon our Lord’s wisdom and ability.  We are not to walk in self-confidence at all, but we are to walk in God-confidence with all our heart.  Even so, in 2 Corinthians 3:5 the apostle Paul declared, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.”  Yea, Proverbs 3:25-26 declares, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”  Yet again Proverbs 14:25-26 declares, “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.  The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”  And yet again Joshua 1:9 declares, “Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” 

    We are to set our trust in the Lord exactly. 

    The opening portion of Proverbs 3:6 gives the instruction, “In all thy ways acknowledge him.”  Here and in the latter half of the verse, the two words “ways” and “paths” are plural.  In the plural these words refer, not to the entire pathway of our lives, but to the individual steps of our lives, the individual decisions and directions that we make along the pathway of our lives.  Thus we are to acknowledge our Lord in every step, in every decision and direction, that we take in our daily living.  Yet what does it mean to acknowledge Him?  In the first place, it means to acknowledge His existence.  We must acknowledge that God actually exists and that He is the God over all His creation.  Yet there is more to acknowledging Him in all our ways, for the context of Proverbs 3:5-6 is quite personal.  This context is not simply about God’s rule over all, but of His relationship with us.  Thus, in the second place, it means to acknowledge His presence.  We must acknowledge that He is actually with us wherever we go and that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. (Joshua 1:9; Hebrews 13:5)  We must not be afraid or dismayed in each step of our daily walk because we know with full assurance of faith that the Lord our God is with us and will strengthen us, help us, and uphold us with His own hand of righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10) 

    Yet there is more to acknowledging Him in all our ways.  Certainly acknowledging our Lord’s presence in every step fits well with the context of verse 5, wherein we are instructed to trust in Him with all heart.  Yet the context of the latter half of verse 6 moves us also to consider His guidance and direction of our paths.  Thus, in the third place, it means to acknowledge His lordship.  In every step that we take in our daily walk, our Lord is not simply with us to help us along the way; He is also with us to direct us in the way.  He is the Lord our God, and we must acknowledge the lordship authority of His will and direction in all our ways.  Yea, in all our ways we must yield ourselves as a living sacrifice, as a faithful servant, unto Him. (Romans 12:1)  We are to live, not unto ourselves, but unto our Savior and Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:15)  Whatever we do, in word or deed, we are to do all under the authority of our Lord for His glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31)  Not our will, but His will is to be done.  Daily, in all our ways, we are to deny our own will, take up our cross of submission to His will, and to follow after Him in absolute obedience. (Luke 9:23)

    We are to set our trust in the Lord expectantly. 

    The closing portion of Proverbs 3:6 gives the promise, “And he shall direct thy paths.”  This is our Lord’s promise to us – If we will trust in Him entirely with all our heart, exclusively and not at all on ourselves, and exactly in complete submission to His will, then He will guide and direct our paths.  Then He will guide and direct our ever step in our daily walk.  Even so, Psalm 25:8-9 declares, “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.  The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”  Yet again in Psalm 32:8 He declares, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  And yet again Isaiah 48:17 declares, “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”  He will make His way straight before our face. (Psalm 5:8)  He will lead us “in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3)  He will guide us with His counsel. (Psalm 73:24)  He will teach us “good judgment and knowledge.” (Psalm 119:66)  He will teach us to do His will and will lead us “into the land of uprighteness.” (Psalm 143:10)  Every step of our daily walk, He will direct us by His Spirit, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)  Therefore, with full assurance of faith we must trust that His guidance and direction will indeed be granted unto us.
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    Roselove reacted to Salyan in Fornication and divorce question   
    Relations do not equal marriage. 
    God may have permitted this divorce ‘because of the hardness of their hearts’, as Jesus said, but we see fairly clearly that He hates divorce. I believe it’s safe to say that divorce is never mandatory in His eyes; if the union can be saved, He wants that. 
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    Roselove got a reaction from PastorMatt in I am in great need of prayers   
    I’m dealing with something very difficult and need to get it right. I’m having an extremely hard time. 
    Please pray hard for me!!
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    Roselove got a reaction from Alan in Need extra fervent prayers   
    I would be so grateful if I could get some strong prayers/be put on your prayer list. 
    I feel The Lord working on my heart about something very important and I need prayers for my doubts and my walls around my heart, to fall. 
    I would appreciate it, so much. I also appreciate you, all! You all have been very helpful in helping to teach me things, that I was having difficulty with.
    Thank you! ❤️
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    Roselove got a reaction from swathdiver in I am in great need of prayers   
    Guys, I need extra hard prayers today. 
    I ask that you would please do that. ❤️ 
    Thank you! 
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    Roselove got a reaction from swathdiver in I am in great need of prayers   
    I’m dealing with something very difficult and need to get it right. I’m having an extremely hard time. 
    Please pray hard for me!!
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    Roselove reacted to AcceptedintheBeloved in I am in great need of prayers   
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    Roselove reacted to Alan in I am in great need of prayers   
    I will be praying for you in my quiet time this morning. May God give you guidance, confidence, and peace in your heart.
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    Roselove got a reaction from Alan in I am in great need of prayers   
    I’m dealing with something very difficult and need to get it right. I’m having an extremely hard time. 
    Please pray hard for me!!
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    Roselove got a reaction from Disciple.Luke in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    I really appreciate your encouragement and sharing your sympathy towards my mental struggles. That’s very kind, hardly anyone is willing to discuss those things, so, thank you! 
    I am also encouraged by your thoughts on the matter that I wrote about, I’m going to add those points to my notes! 
    Doubts can be very hard to share, I hate telling everyone my struggles, I just get so upset. I’m a very sensitive person, I’ve always been. 
     I do have to trust that I’m saved. I believe/accept the Gospel and have called on the LORD to save me. I need to remember this! God gets the glory and longs for our fellowship, so I don’t think He would make it difficult! If someone wants Him, then He’s right there!
    Thank you, I appreciate your take on this matter! It is helpful! I will keep this in mind!
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    Roselove reacted to JimR in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    Here is one way to think about it.  We seek to be obedient children of God but we will be imperfect. No one is good but God and He knows we will not reach his standard.  That is why we need his grace.  Anyway, we sincerely try to be good disciples but also we accept His forgiveness when we fall short.  This is not an excuse for living a wild life.  We keep striving toward the goal and we get better.  Look in the rear view mirror.  See how far we have come.  Progress seems slow but the mile markers stack up.  
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    Roselove reacted to Disciple.Luke in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    I’m sorry to hear about your mental health struggles. I’ve had chronic depression and anxiety since I was very young, so I sympathize with you.
    First I want to say that you a correct about the steps to salvation - Accept. Believe. Receive.. We can only accept Gods Grace, we cant earn it or manipulate its effectiveness by religious knowledge that would develope  a  “disciple heart”. 
    I personally feel like you are expecting too much from yourself too soon. I’m guessing that the majority of people who come to salvation still have some doubt or feelings that they aren’t trusting enough like you. Your salvation isn’t dependent on your own feelings or doubt..salvation is from God alone. Your salvation was sealed when by FAITH you accepted Jesus sacrifice for you. 
    In my own personal experience, there was no immediate change in my life. In fact it was almost three years after that I finally started to bear fruit and become more bold about my salvation. We are all in the process of learning to trust him more, and gradual sanctification.
    I notice you keep mentioning “feelings”, and that is concerning. You have to realize that your own person doubts and feelings have no effect one way or another on if you are saved. God saves..all we can do is accept.
    Lastly I would like to address what you think God is “saying” to you. From the way it’s worded I have the impression that you believe God is speaking to you audibly or mentally. This my personal belief about that. 1. It’s my understanding that God no longer speaks to us in the way you are explaining. I believe that since Jesus was the “Word” that means his teachings are the voice of God. Today God still speaks to us through the Bible that was God breathed and preserved so we can hear his voice today. So if you are hearing doubtful voices then my guess it is either your own feelings and insecurities coming to the surface, or it could be Satan attacking you because you are a daughter of God now.
    Take your time. Stay in the WORD because it is God speaking to you. Surround yourself with Christian friends. Don’t be embarrassed about doubt, we all have it at one time or another. Go talk to your Pastor about your concerns. He is there to help reconcile these type of things.
    Good luck.
    - In Christ
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    Roselove reacted to No Nicolaitans in PROVEN: Biblical Inerrancy   
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    Roselove reacted to DaveW in PROVEN: Biblical Inerrancy   
    Nuff said..... I am out.
    No accusation - your starting position is the same as Thomas - I  WILL NOT BELIEVE...….
    This attitude displayed in your responses to anyone who has tried to help, and displayed further in the quotes above tells me that you are not actually after answers You are convinced that the Bible is not true, and until you move from that premise you cannot make any forward progress.
    You need to worry less about what men like CS Lewis or Peterson say and try studying the Bible in order to answer your own questions.
    You are obviously not interested in what other people have to say (because you reject it without consideration), so the ONLY course of action for you to take is to diligently study the Word of God and find the answers for yourself.
    If you are indeed in any way interested in getting the answers...….
    Have fun, but I will take no further part.
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    Roselove reacted to SAB76 in PROVEN: Biblical Inerrancy   
    I will address the scriptures you have listed as supposed contradictions. But before I do, I would like to exhort you, and say that there are many things in the scriptures that cannot be simply explained, or at times may not make sense, and seem to be contradictions. My suggestion to you is 1) Take what the scripture says as it reads. If you do not understand it or think there is a contradiction, give it time, and pray to God to reveal to you what the meaning is. 2) Keep your heart sincere. If you are truly seeking for the truth, and not proof there are errors, then God will either show you the answer through the Holy Ghost by opening your eyes to it, or he will show it to you through the Holy Ghost by using a preacher and teacher. Just as he used Philip to preach and teach the Ethiopian eunuch. 3) Accept and receive the truth you already have. If you cannot accept and receive the truth you already know, why would God reveal more to you? You must first be able to handle the milk of the word before you can handle the meat the word, or even the strong meat of the word.
    I personally always default to the fact that I am the one that is not smart enough to figure it out or to understand it, and so I ask God to reveal it to me with sincere prayer, much study, and seeking preachers and teachers.
    If you are sincere in your desire to know the truth, God will show it, and hopefully you will learn that when we think the scripture is wrong, that, eventually, God will reveal that the scripture is ALWAYS true, and we are the liars. (Rom 3:4)
    EXAMPLE #1
    Matt. 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
    Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
    As far as the example you gave above, you say that you were given a “half-butt” explanation, but if I may say, it was a PLAUSIBLE explanation. Is there not some cases where people hanged were decapitated or the rope broke, or what they were tied off to broke? (See the deaths of George Painter 1894, Tom Ketchum 1901, and Eva Dugan 1930 for a few examples)
    OSHA says that a man tied off in a safety harness must be attached to an anchorage point that can withstand 5,000 lbs of force. They have determined that the average 200 pound man “falling” and then immediately stopping (in this case, very likely, a rope around the neck probably tied to a tree branch?) generates just under 5,000 lbs of weight. So basically his fall is generating enough force to turn him into the weight of a pickup truck if he were to suddenly stop. So yes it is very plausible that he BOTH hanged himself and when the rope tightened the weight he generated from his inertia broke either the limb, the rope, or his head, and he falling headlong burst asunder when he hit the ground.
    So the question is, is the scripture contradicted or is it just giving some information here by one man's account, and a little more information from another man's account? This is no different than a detective interviewing more than one witness to piece the entire story together. And so it is with the bible...a little here, and a little there. And you are to be the workman studying and rightly dividing to fit the pieces together to make the whole puzzle fit together.
    EXAMPLE #2
    1 Chron 21:5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
    2 Sam. 24:9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
    Notice the wording. 1 Chron. 21:5 is a total all men that drew the sword while 2 Sam. 24:9 is a number of valient men that drew the sword – It would be the same if you were to say the total number of the US army was 1 million fighting men, but the number of Green Berets that are a part of the 1 million, was 100 thousand men.
    And then again look at the words of the scripture with the number of men from Judah. The total number of men that drew the sword was 490,000, while the total of the entire army was 500,000.
    EXAMPLE #3
    2 Chron 36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
    2 Kings 24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
    Let us start at the beginning. Nebuchadnezzar began to reign, and had been reigning for 5 years before Jehoiakim became his servant for 3 years, and then he rebelled. Then Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiakim captive, which put Jehoiachin reigning the throne by default, with his mother acting as queen and reigning by proxy. This reign only lasted for 3 months and 10 days because according to scripture, he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. Which means he (his mother by proxy) was rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar (See 2 Chron. 36:13 when talking about Zedekiah “And he ALSO rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar…”) Therefore, because of this rebellion, he took him and his mother captive and carried them away to Babylon in the 8th year of his reign (2 Kings 24:12). Nebuchadnezzar then puts Zedekiah on the throne, which lasted only 11 years. Now notice, while Jehoiachin was still 8 years old, Zedekiah started his reign. Which means that when Zedekiah was taken off the throne after 11 years, Jehoiachin was 18, not 19, because Jehoiachin was 8 all during the first year of his reign. So with some simple math you can see that when Zedekiah was removed from the throne, Jehoiachin is now 18. So he was given the throne a second time by Nebuchadnezzar. Giving the “18 year old” with FULL reigning authority, and no mother to reign by proxy, an opportunity to show he can be in subjection to him. But this reign only lasts 3 months, because he was right back doing what his father had done (rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar). And so he was taken into captivity once again, being released in his 37th year of captivity (2 Kings 25:27) making him 44 years old. Which coincides with Nebuchadnezzar’s reign of 43 years. So, the way I interpret it, is as the scripture states with no contradictions. It just takes believing the bible is true, even when it seems it isn’t, diligent study, and having the patience to piece the puzzle together.
    Hopefully, these explanations are clear enough for you to see, and has given you some more faith in believing that the bible is truth from cover to cover. It just needs to be studied and rightly divided in order to make sense of it, otherwise you could fall into a ditch. I am not sure what materials you have to help you in your studies, but if you are serious about learning the bible, may I suggest a vast library of commentaries and books by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman to help you with getting to know your bible. He has actually done an extensive and exhaustive work entitled “Problem Texts” that could assist you with these supposed contradictions within the scriptures.   
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    Roselove got a reaction from HappyChristian in Prayers for illness   
    I have an illness that won’t go away, I would appreciate prayers for healing ❤️ 
    I would be happy to pray for others, as well ❤️
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    Roselove reacted to *Light* in Fishers of Men   
    And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)
    There are always disagreements that I have with certain preachers and bible teachers of the past and the present; however, I do find one statement from C.H. Spurgeon that is absolutely TRUE as the Word of God can testify of its veracity. It is:
    "Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!"
    The Word of God is replete with passages instructing us to minister to those who are lost and in dire need of the Gospel message (Matt. 9:37-38; 10:7-14; Mk. 16:15; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:17; 2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 2:10; 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:5; 1 Pet. 3:15). The major problem in "Christendom" today is that most of the "soldiers" have fallen by the wayside and given up. Even more disturbing are those in a higher position who have been given MORE talents in order to serve the Lord as they were called to do so; and that they seem to have no interest in saving those who are in danger of hellfire (cf. Jas. 3:1). I am NOT speaking of those who disemminate false teachings on a regualr basis; I am speaking of unbelievers who are NOT saved and are caught up in a cycle of sin which entangles them. The bible refers to such "servants" of the Lord as "fearful"; and "ashamed of the Gospel" (cf. Rev. 21:8; Matt. 25:26; Rom. 1:16).
    Since our Lord used the fishing analogy -- and our Lord has made all of us believers "fishers of men" (Matt.4:19; Mk.1:17) -- we also know that every fisherman has his/her own technique and that all fish are different too. What all fish have in common is that if they are not biting, we are not going to catch them. But if they ARE biting, then a practiced fisherman who exercises patience always has a good chance. And in terms of actual witnessing, God is the One who is empowering the process and bringing success (cf. Ps. 90:17; Isa. 64:4; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:13; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 13:21). Divine love is the "anchor point" which compels genuine believers to reach out to the lost; and this is a sure sign that one has truly passed from death unto life (Matt. 7:12; Jn. 13:34-35; 1 Jn. 4:8-21).
    So the first thing is to determine if we really are being offered an opportunity. That is fairly easy to do, it seems to me. If the person knows we are Christian (our outward manifestation of our hearts and motives; Matt. 5:16; 23:3; 1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 5:1; Phil. 3:17; Col. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:7; 3 Jn. 1:11; et al.), and if we dangle a little bait, something like, "yes, the recent tragedy at XYZ is terrible -- I don't know HOW people get through this world without the Christian hope!"  Now if someone really is searching for the solution to sin and death, they are likely to nibble at that one (and, by the way, I'm NOT suggesting this particular one for me -- everyone has their own way of stating the divine and godly viewpoint of anticipation of salvation and eternal life, and every prospective believer is different too, and we must take the audience into account in how exactly we express the truth, remembering that the truth always has to be presented truly).
    If they don't nibble, we might want to think about waiting for a better time and a better opportunity. We can't force the issue. We wait in the boat for a bite. We can wiggle the hook, but we can't make the fish bite. If we bang on the water with an oar and command the fish to come up, guess what. We may be making ourselves feel better ("Look at me! I witnessed to so and so!" -- but they didn't respond), but we are not winning anyone to the Lord that way. The fish have a vote, because it's all about free will (Ps. 37:23; Prov. 16:9; Josh. 24:15; Jn. 1:12-13; 7:17; Rom. 10:9-10; cf. Rev. 3:20).
    What if they do nibble?  I think it can be a mistake to introduce the issue of sin IMMEDIATELY in giving the gospel, except for the critical facts that we are all sinners, that Christ died for all of our sins, and that all of our sins are forgiven when we believe (Lk. 24:45-49; Rom. 1:16; 10:9-13,14; 1 Cor. 15:1-28; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 3:18-22; 1 Jn. 4:9-10). Don't forget: the gospel changes all who respond to it. The heart is washed clean. The person is given a new heart, one devoid of hardness. At the point of salvation, the new believer is freed from all prior sinful entanglement (Ezek. 36:26; Rom. 6:6; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17; Eph. 4:24; 1 Jn. 5:4). If they really are ready to persevere with the Lord from that point forward, He will help them to walk a sanctified walk, and change whatever it is that needs to be changed. But if we make an issue of some sin or sinful behavior in which they are enmeshed BEFORE the fact, then we are putting conditions on salvation -- and there are no conditions on salvation . . . except to accept the Gift of Jesus Christ, acknowledging who He is and what He has done for us through faith in Him.
    Death is something everyone dreads (except believers), and the offer of life eternal is the most wonderful thing on this earth. To avoid death, darkness and judgment is worth all a person has, like selling everything for the pearl of great price. If the Spirit convicts someone's heart of that truth, they will flee death by running to the gospel; they will need little convincing from us. The Spirit is the One who really does the convincing (Jn. 14:15-17,26; 16:8; 2 Cor. 7:9-10). Our job is to provide the truth, the simple yet incredibly powerful truth of the gospel. It is not up to us to try and fine tune an "after response".  If we do that, there may very well be no "after response" because the person will see the gospel as huge load that requires them to "give up" this and that. Now we know very well ourself that we all ended up giving up "this and that" after we believed because the gospel and the truth we learn and accept thereafter changed us. It is the same for everyone. But that happens AFTER; it is not a BEFORE condition.
    And we don't have to worry about "saying sin is OK" either, not if we are witnessing correctly. Now if we are jamming the gospel down the throats of people who aren't interested in it, then this may be an issue because they are only interested in justifying their conduct and not in being saved, so that is where the discussion went. But if we are really only responding in love to those few who demonstrate that they DO want the truth, then it will all work fine (cf. 1 Jn. 4:11; Prov. 15:1-7; 27:6; Lk. 6:27; Rom. 8:28; 12:9-21; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Col. 3:12). If they want eternal life and are grateful to accept Jesus Christ, guess what? They will easily begin to turn their lives to Him in all respects after they are saved. That is, if we net them after we have fished them.
    How do we net them? All too many Christians and even major Christian groups engaged in evangelism get the fish to the surface and then let them go (Gal. 6:9; Rom. 10:13-14; cf. 1 Cor. 11:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Thess. 2:14-15; Jas. 5:19-20). No. We have to give them direction thereafter, help them to grow as we have grown. Of course, way too many Christians and Christian groups involved in evangelism have not grown to spiritual maturity themselves, so even if they have them their nets are filled with holes if and when they do use them. A new believer has to be led to a place where he/she can grow in the truth (cf. Rom. 12:13; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Col. 3:13; 1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Pet. 4:8-11). That should be a local church but today most of these are sadly deficient of the score of helping to produce genuine growth because they don't teach the truth in any depth of detail. Nowadays one finds what one can find where one can find it. I would be pleased for any new believer to be pointed to (or Bible Academy) or any other place where the truth really is being taught. But pointing a new believer to a legalistic "church" that will dictate their behavior or to a libertarian church that will tell them it's all OK (whatever "it" is) will not produce growth in either case, and a very large number of such new believers "get away" and revert to the world as a result.
    In Closing:
    If a person really does want to hear the gospel, that is of God: give them the gospel. Once we do, if they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, their hearts will convict them to turn away from anything and everything sinful, regardless of past behavior or beliefs. And if they are led to a good place where they can grow, they will do so in increasing sanctification. But if they aren't really that interested in the truth, will they believe? And if they "believe" on condition of doing ABC, are they really saved or is it a works contract in their heart? And even if they legitimately accept Christ, without being led to a place where they can grow, will they be able to resist the siren song of the world and their prior lives so as not to fall back away? Only the truth can save a person. Only desire for the truth can motivate a person to be saved. Only continued attention to the truth can keep a person safe after being saved.
    Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6)
    God Bless!
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    I will be praying for your physical well being today.
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    I have an illness that won’t go away, I would appreciate prayers for healing ❤️ 
    I would be happy to pray for others, as well ❤️
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    I have an illness that won’t go away, I would appreciate prayers for healing ❤️ 
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    I am a married Christian  who is being abused on a daily basis and am physically handicapped with migraines and hip pain. Please pray that God will daily remind me of His love, presence, will give me the strength to endure and health so I will be able to get a sit-down job, and be able to serve somehow in my church...& pray for my husband-He may say he is a Christian, but his actions, anger, and words shout the total oppiset! Thank you! God can do anything and I believe in miracles \ answered prayer
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    Roselove reacted to John Young in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    Repentance in Salvation (not unto) is a fruit of salvation And is a show that you have been adopted by God. Discipleship is what you do as a child of God as any child you can feel ashamed of your sin and the fact you cannot measure up or that you are not worthy to be a child of a perfect God but those feelings do not in any way determine your position in God Though Christ. If you have called upon God as your father for salvation then God's Spirit is in you and you cannot be separated from it, no matter what you do.
    Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
    Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
    Psalm 89:28-34 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. 29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. 30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 31 if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 32 then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
    Romans 8:34-39 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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    The grace of God be with you all,
                  I am Seriously afraid for my Grampa, He has cancer and there is a risk that He might die. He, along with most of my relatives are catholic. He has been a Catholic since he was born and now he is old. My Family has a very hierarchal system and It would be an affront to them to share the Gospel with Him, Being my Great Grandfather. I have tried talking to my Grandmother, and pointed her to a ministry that helps Catholics. Please pray that
    : My relatives would be saved
    : My Great Grandfather would be healed
    : My Grandma would come to the Lord 
    : There would be revival In my Family and that us all and The Laodicean church would redeem the time and wake up 
    Thank the Lord for being our Great high priest!
    Titus 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
    King James Bible
    And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
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    Roselove reacted to RSS Robot in Way Of Life - On Doubting Salvation And Struggling With The Christian Life   
    I have heard from many people who doubt their salvation, and I always try to take time to reply to those e-mails in the midst of the deluge of mail that I receive. Recently I received the following. I have removed specific references to people, places, churches, and schools for the sake of anonymity.

    Dear Bro. Cloud,

    I am writing to you to help me clear up some things in my mind. For many years now I have had extreme doubts about my salvation. So much so that it cripples me at times. I am newly married with one toddler. These doubts cause me to shrivel up, and become useless to my husband and baby. I spend many days crying and reading my Bible, and begging God to help me.

    The thing is, I have had many professions of faith. About five, and have been scripturally baptized. The last profession I made, I haven't been baptized, because I wasn't sure if God gave me assurance that I was already saved, or if I had just gotten saved. But the last profession is the one that was the most real to my heart. At that time I was in college and a preacher came by to preach in chapel about this very thing. About how he had doubts, and would have many professions and still no peace. He finally realized that he must trust Christ and his shed blood no matter if he was lost or saved.

    I knew I had to talk to this preacher, so I went up to him after he preached, and he explained salvation to me that was the most clear I have ever heard. It was exactly what I have been hearing all along, but on that day it made the most sense. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit that was helping me understand? Anyway, he said that regardless if I was lost or saved, I needed to risk my soul on Christ's blood. Trust my most treasured possession to His care. He then showed me in the Bible that only Blood can cleanse away my sins, and I was guilty before God with my sins. When Christ died, rose again, and offered HIS blood on the mercy seat, God was satisfied for the payment of man's sins.

    After we talked, I went to my dorm room and thought about all he said. He said a whole lot more, but this is what stuck in my mind. Finally I realized that if God was satisfied with Christ's blood sacrifice for my sins, then I knew I could be too. So I told the Lord just that. That I knew I was a sinner, but I believed that Christ's blood was sufficient to cover my sins, and I trusted Christ to save me by His shed blood. At that moment I had a very still quiet peace, and knew I was accepted as God's Child.
    Then why am I doubting? Well, for one thing, there is a link on your web-site to a church where they have testimonies about people who thought they were saved, but were really lost.

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