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Struggle To Obey God

Why is it such a struggle every day for me not to get up and walk on the path that the Lord has set out for me even though I have no idea what path He has set out for me?

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 ---Ferne on 11/8/10
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if the bible is light for the path, then what happened in waco tx & jonestown?

many people in jonestown contradicted jim jones. they were met with violence.

or if you just disagree with another christian you are labeled accused with something.

finally, many follow malachi & 10% but they are accused of 'lack of faith' or disobedience when it does not work. they are told that malachi is god's financial plan/will for them. so is that 'light for the path? or just another way to exploit people
---mike on 11/16/10


If you believe God is complicated then your mind, like Eve, has been corrupted by subtlety from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
---Linda on 11/16/10


Catherine,
"Because, God is extremely complicated."

Realy? I wonder why Jesus said Mark 10:15, "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."

The Christian walk is so simple a child can do it. We are the ones who make God complicated with all our dogmas and theology and man made ideas.

God's will for our lives is as simple as it is universal: Matthew 22:37-39, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind....Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
---Bruce5656 on 11/16/10


Ferne,

Why don't you know the will of God?

The Bible makes it very plain. Every place the book says "this is the will of God" is something you should do. Like this:

1 Thes 4:3 "For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality"

And by the way, the Bible, the Word of God, IS the light for the path of your life:

Ps 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
---Mark_Eaton on 11/16/10


Because, God is extremely complicated.
---catherine on 11/16/10




The way of the transgressor is hard.

Where there is no law, there is no trangression. No law, no knowledge of sin. The law entered in that the offense may abound. The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law.

We are dead to the law by the body of Christ and are free to marry another, even Him who was raised.

Sin has no dominion under grace. If sin is exercising dominion in your life, you are trying to gain righteousness by the works of the law and are fallen from grace.

Old Covenant....if you do this, I will do that.

New Covenant...I have done this, now live in it.
---Linda on 11/16/10


struggle to obey god?

do christians obey & practice 'denying yourself'?

and this question has another part

how can you follow god when you DO not know his will?
---mike on 11/16/10


Look, the reason francis ask the question was for no other reason then to bring the law. That is so obvious. We know already who are the people following the law. We know the people following Christ. It's very simple, just read what they right and you will know.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/10


//So now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain?

Moral law (not the Mosaic law) has always been binding on all humanity.

Romans 2:14 Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law,since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.

Francis - did Gentiles observe the Jewish Sabbath, the Bible does state Gentiles who followed their conscience, did by nature the things required by the law?
---leej on 11/15/10


Francis-- Right. The question was answered long ago. I'm not sure why it keeps coming up again, except that some people, who claim to be Christian, go right on sinning "justifying" their sin by claiming Grace.
These people are not Christian at all.
And they don't even understand GRACE.

A CHRISTIAN has a new heart and does not desire to sin. He is profoundly grateful for God's Grace and doesn't want to presume upon it. He hasn't forgotten the "commandments"...no need to keep reminding him.
He may stumble in his weakness, but if he does sin, he is grieved to the core.
---Donna66 on 11/15/10




So now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain?

The question is both asked and answered IN THE BIBLE.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin (transgression of the law), that grace may abound?
Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin( transgression of the law), live any longer therein?

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish(OBEY/ KEEP) the law.
---francis on 11/15/10


Mark ... The reason "they ask such questions" is that there are those who say (and it is stated even in these blogs) that it does not matter what you do after you are saved, because you saved and that can't be taken away from you.

They are so astounded at such a claim, that you can go on wilfully sinning, that they want to check it out with the rest of us.
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/15/10


John 10:10 The thief(Satan) goes through this earth seeking whom he may destroy,1 Peter 5:8 He comes to steal,kill,and destroy God's children,Christians. He who is in us,God,is stronger than Satan in the world. You fight a Spiritual war against Satan and you do it in Jesus Name. You are tempted when led away by your own desires or lusts. You overcome by rebuking in Jesus name any thought,idea,feeling which is wrong in God's eyes. Study your Bible every day,pray and praise God. Play Gospel preaching and music as much as you can. You repented of sin and were baptized and arose a new creature in Christ..
---Darlene_1 on 11/15/10


Donna66, I too wonder why they ask such questions. Everyone that loves the Lord Jesus only wants to do good. It reminds me of a song that tells us, everytime he sin, he felt as if he was putting the nails on Christ again. He felt so bad and ask Christ to forgive him. That is the mentality of the believer. We hate to sin against God, the unbeliever loves sin, and does not worry about Christ. And to put us as believers in the same category is wrong. They do because they want us to continue under the Law.
"And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance"
---Mark_V. on 11/15/10


Alan of UK -- Of course, no one escapes temptation, and Christians are quite capable of sinning. But one who has a life-stye of sin has not been born again.
Because we are saved by GRACE through FAITH does NOT mean we can't wait to get on with sinning! Anyone who thinks that, knows nothing of either Grace or faith. For the "new birth" gives us a new heart and behavior changes always follow.

Phl 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
---Donna66 on 11/12/10


I have wonderful news for you Jesus has already kept the commandments and live the life for you and it is his righteousness that you receive when you ask him to be your savior. ---mima on 11/9/10

Francis//SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain?

The unbeliever, not having that new nature a believer acquires upon spiritual rebirth (John 3:3-7) is simply unable to understand that the indwelling Holy Spirit will not tolerate sin in the believers life. True beleivers will find themselves being disciplined (Hebrews 12:6f)

Often such is the case with the fleshy legalist/religionist/cultist who demands obedience to commandments.
---leej on 11/12/10


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It's human nature to become tired in ministry & Christian work. Even just living a Godly life if you're alone- the only one in your family...however, we need to remember God tells us this life is like a vapor , it's going to be over so quick compared to eternity. So keep your eyes on the prize. The rewards for serving God far out weigh the tiredness we may experience from time to time. This is not the time for us to relax & completely enjoy. Our time is coming a little later. That doesn't mean we're not to enjoy this life too... right the opposite, God wants His children to prosper & be in good health...but this is not our home & we have to expect things to get difficult from time to time.
---Reba on 11/13/10


Why would the Christian want to do any of these things?

Because we are weak, we have desires.

And jesus in the Lord's Prayer told us to pray to be not lead into temptation.

I think He meant we are asking for protection against temptation, for strength to resist it.

If Jesus understood that, I think we have to accept that we will always be tempted
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/12/10


It is said,

" because, as I said before there are those here who beleive they are saved, and yet think it is quite OK to blithely go on sinning."

Of course there is some, actually many. There is some who think they are Christian and or not. There are some who believed that Jim Jones was God, and they were wrong. And some believe they are sinless and those people are really wrong. Just believing is not good enough, they have to have faith in the works of God in our lives. No faith, no glory for God. The assurance in not in ourselves, but in Christ. If the assurance depended on man, none would be save.
---Mark_V. on 11/12/10


// SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain? //
This question is always puzzling to me.
WHY would a Christian want to do ANY of these things?
---Donna66 on 11

donna66, I agree. And where does it say we are set free TO SIN...I believe scripture says Jesus came to set us free FROM sin.

I know, that baffles me too!!!
And to think, people actually believe THEY have more power within themselves to not sin, than the Spirit of God in you who is more powerful than anything imaginable for the remission of sin.
---kathr4453 on 11/11/10


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Why is it such a struggle every day for me not to get up and walk on the path that the Lord has set out for me even though I have no idea what path He has set out for me?

---Ferne on 11/8/10

Ferne, when I first became a Christian I asked the Lord...teach me what it it to live/walk by faith as THIS is the only thing your say is pleasing to you.

Believe me, if you really want to know...you will get an answer.

God's PATH for you is to walk by faith and live by faith..but the FAITH is the LIFE of Christ in you.

Read Galatians 2:20-21...no longer I but Christ in me. Your struggle is YOU may be in the way. Jesus said I AM the WAY...Let Him have the Right of Way!!!



---kathr4453 on 11/11/10


// SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain? //
This question is always puzzling to me.
WHY would a Christian want to do ANY of these things? If a person is really a Christian, he's not thinking "what can I get by with?" He's thinking "What does the Lord want me to do?" He doesn't need the 10 commandments as a check list of things not to do, because the Holy Spirit within him
restrains him. He's fully ABLE to sin, but earnestly desires not to.
---Donna66 on 11/11/10


Mark ... You are surely right in agreeing that someone who wilfully sins & says they remains saved, are probably not genuinely saved in the first place.

But I don't think Francis' question was bogus, because, as I said before there are those here who beleive they are saved, and yet think it is quite OK to blithely go on sinning.

It is a faulty understanding of Once saved Always saved
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/10/10


The question is the same. It always comes after someone say, their sins are covered by Christ. If a person is a genuine believer, he does not ask those questions since he knows that to sin is rebellion against God. He didn't know before he was saved, but now knows it. He has a new spirit alive to Christ and if alive to Christ, he is not thinking that now he can sin all he wants. Not a genuine believer. I don't believe the though enters my mind. I know who I am in Christ, I know that to show my love for Him I have to follow what the Spirit directs me to. So the question is a bogus question ask to those who know, by Faith, their sins have been forgiven once for all time.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


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APOLOGIES!!!

To Mark, for calling him "mark" & to Francis for calling him "Framcis"
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/9/10


markV "Framcis "Francis, only someone who loves to sin or is legalistic would ask that question" Presumably you are answering Francis' question: "SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain?"

I think Framcis was asking the question in a challenging way, saying "surely you don't beleive this Mima"

Because there are those here who do give the impression that once saved, you are free to commit whatever sin that takes your fancy.

My own view is rhat those who go on wilfully sinning, thinking they can do that and remain saved, were probably never properly saved in the first place
---alan8566_of_UK on 11/9/10


Francis, only someone who loves to sin or is legalistic would ask that question. I heard it many times before. When Scripture says we are free from the bondage of sin, and forever forgiven, everyone that thinks like you will answer with that question. You know why? because you do not, as of now, understand that freedom through Faith, if you did you would never think of suggesting such a thing. Good answer Mima.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


//SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even.//

This is the same question hearers asked Paul when he preached THE gospel of Jesus Christ. If you never have someone ask you this question when you preach, check your message. Mima, rest assured. You stand in good company.
---Linda on 11/9/10


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I have wonderful news for you Jesus has already kept the commandments and live the life for you and it is his righteousness that you receive when you ask him to be your savior. ---mima on 11/9/10 SO now is he free to commit adultery, murder,covet, dishonour his parents, maybe even worship false gods or take God's name in vain?
---FRANCIS on 11/9/10


While witnessing to a gentleman he said, I wish I were a Christian but I do not believe I can keep all the commandments and live as I should to be Christian. Whereupon the Holy Spirit prompted me to make the following statement. I have wonderful news for you Jesus has already kept the commandments and live the life for you and it is his righteousness that you receive when you ask him to be your savior.
Immediately the man said let us pray and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ's as his personal savior. I see him from time to time he tells me that without effort he has completely turned his life toward God. He himself is astounded by this as much as anyone else.
---mima on 11/9/10


Blogger, I'm completely with you on your answer. I believe what happens is that people do not see Christ in His presence daily, and kind of forget about Him while they are living their own lifes' Oh, they believe they are saved, and love Him, but never really totally committed to Him. If something goes wrong in their lives, they go streight to God. But only when they need Him. Otherwise they know He is there somewhere, but they have no use for Him at the moment. True committment is hard and not many really have it. They need to get serious with their commttment. Not take Him for granted. We make a committment to eat everyday to survive, we should do the same for our eternal salvation.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10


God never promised you a rose garden. If God has tasked you to do something quit complaining and get on with the project.
---Blogger9211 on 11/8/10


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Ferne, the only path that the Father has set for His children, is the path that Jesus followed in His relationship with Him and with His fellow man.
The only plan that Father has for us, in this life, is that which He has predestined. That we, by the faith of His Son, be conformed to the image of His Son, and it is He that empowers that faith within us,
It is He, that works within us, to will, and to do, that which is pleasing to Himself. Make an effort to rest, in Him. To quote a cliche, "Let go, and let God" do His work within you. The Journey is to hard for you, or any of us, in our own strength, abilities, or force of will.
---Josef on 11/9/10


Hi, Ferne (c: I remember going on a canoe trip. It was getting dark, and I was not yet where I wanted to camp. I came to where I needed to carrying the canoe and gear on a path to the next body of water. But I could not see the path. First, I took my pack, guided by where the trees above were separate. But then I had my canoe on my shoulders, for the next trip. I could not see up, and it was pitch dark, looking down. So, I felt with my feet for the solid path. Any time I started crunching leaves, I knew I was off track. I got across. We can feel and sense, with God, for how He rules us in His peace (Colossians 3:15) > "God is not the author of confusion" (in 1 Corinthians 14:33) > trust Him to make His way clear.
---Bill on 11/8/10


First, you need to find out what path (calling, destiny) God has for you, which can only be done by prayer (ask God what your calling, destiny, and His perfect will is for you) and reading the Word. Also, another thing you can do to find out your calling and giftings is by taking the "Spiritual Gifts Test" on Christianet. Also, repentance and forgiveness are key - repent of your sins and forgive (God, yourself, and others) - then ask God to help you to walk in the path He has for you.
---Leslie on 11/8/10


The kingdom of God as Yoshua(Jesus) said is inside you.If you listen to your inner voice. The one that points out the things your Love knows you should take care of.You know which things plague your soul when you wake in the morning,the ones that call to you. Even the things you would like to accomplish. It starts with small goals to accomplish that mountain you see in front of you. I wouldn't worry about any divine plan. After all, we are talking about a God that has commanded to kill,rape, and pillage entire citys,that condones slavery,that subdues women from leading important roles in society.We both have seen men wiser than this in our lifetime. Just listen to your mature wisdom.
---Patrick on 11/8/10


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Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.

Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Romans 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
---francis on 11/8/10


Oh my goodness, can I relate to that! I was so use to planning my days. Jesus changes everything in this world for you and for me. You must grow accustom to His ways. He is not gonna change for no mere human being, not on your liiife....Every morning I am required to wait on the Lord, to guide me, as to how to spend another day. I must admit, I get more done, able to keep it done, when God is in you, and has become your ruler.....Lets give God all the honor and praise. We can see how Satan will work in the minds and heart of his people. If you are saved, thank Him, profusely. So many are lost, and don't even know it, and don't care. Oh, but they will care. Ha, ha, ha. Jesus the name above all names. JESUS+
---catherine on 11/8/10


Ferne there is indeed a clear path set before you, it is to seek out the life of Jesus Christ in everything. To better illustrate you should start with what matters most loving God and loving people.

That one will keep you busy and lead you to failure every time until it's all at once done in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. I know this for fact, I tried it for over a month when I first met God. There's proof that even a fool can see his ways are perfect. You'll be able to live a Christian life without the power of God, but not in the fullness of the victory he has for you, you need his Spirit inside you, and if you KNOW you have it you need to stop putting out God's fire within you.
---Pharisee on 11/8/10


Because Jesus said, "If you love me, you'll obey me."

Get to know Jesus and God and Holy Spirit by reading God's word, the bible.

Start with the Gospel of John. Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you.

You don't know them so you are trying in the flesh to walk on the narrow path. "By the Spirit of God we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh." (Romans). You need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower you to do the right thing (which is obeying God's word...all of it). (((huggsss I know it's hard, but if you love Him, you'll obey Him).
---Donna5535 on 11/8/10


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