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I believe in the power of the Holy Ghost. I have fear based on my past and want to have those fears removed. I have prayed asking for the comfort and peace of mind Our Lord says is ours should we as in Jesus' name yet am still battling every day against the enemy's lies. What should I do?

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MarkV, I am now fully convinced that you just dont read things thoroughly.

That is what Proverbs 16:9 is saying:

Mans chooses belief or unbelief (his path) - FREE WILL to choose

God determines how fast he proceeds down his chosen path (his steps) - PREDESTINATION to conformity

It does not support God predestining men to unbelief and damnation! (He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked- Ezekiel 33:11) It supports the exact opposite.

My other point is that scripture does NOT say (as you seem to believe) we must believe in predestination to salvation or damnation in order to be saved. It says we must believe in and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
---Jasheradan on 7/31/13


Some peoples authority is God in their heart, some others is an idolized man. Basically, Elder is having a conversation with John McArthur jr.

---Nana on 7/31/13


Exactly Nana, they have no personal testimony of their own salvation. THAT is what is the saddest of all.

Those who have not heard the Gospel are not referred to as NON Believers. They are referred to as LOST. There is a big difference. We can say, if someone has heard and refused Christ and the Gospel message THEN you can call them an unbeliever. The games these people play with words is astounding.

There is no such group called unbelievers vs the Elect.
---kathr4453 on 7/31/13


Jesharadan, you tell me it's sad what I believe and you believe the same thing.
Unbelievers are called unbelievers because they do not have faith (believe) in Jesus Christ. Believers are called believers because they believe in Christ.

Then you say,
"..there are people here (your brothers and sisters!) who believe Jesus is God in the flesh and have called upon his name for salvation just as scripture directs us to"
So what did you say? You said there are people here brothers and sisters who believe Jesus and called upon the name of the Lord. who called Jesus? Those who believe in Jesus. Who is saved? those who believe in the Lord. So you see you know what I know, and still reject what I said. That is sad.
---Mark_V. on 7/31/13


MarkV, there are people here (your brothers and sisters!) who believe Jesus is God in the flesh and have called upon his name for salvation just as scripture directs us to - not only to be declared not guilty by him but to be blessed with the power of his Holy Spirit so that we can overcome our sinful natures. Yet you doubt their salvation because they don't believe in "limited atonement"? Thats sad, Mark. Truly sad indeed.

When you claim men are "saved" before they even know Christ and thats why they call upon him, you prove to everyone here that your faith truly lies in election and not in the blood and resurrection power of Jesus Christ. I pray the LORD opens your eyes before you pass into the next world.
---Jasheradan on 7/31/13


Jasheradan, thank you for your answer, you are correct. The fact is that God intervent in every aspect of history. But the God of Scripture is given very little credit for anything. Sinful man is admired more by almost all Christianity.
But God's providential control extends over nature or the physical world, the animal creation, the nations, individual men, the free acts of men, the sinful acts of men. There is no place where God is not operating in. God tells us that His wrath is upon all those who know He is God but do not glorify Him as God are who give Him thanks.
---Mark_V. on 7/31/13




Marks, weren't you at one time blinded by the god of thist world? And wasn't it the LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL that brought light UNTO you? Notice the word UNTO YOU, not already IN YOU as you say?

So the Glorious Gospel preached in the POWER of the Holy Spirit is what came UNTO you first. Anytime someone saved filled with the Spirit preaches the GLORIOUS GOSPEL, (remember, it's the GLORIOUS GOSPEL being preached here,) the LIGHT of the Gospel SHINES BRIGHT, brighter than your darkened mind can possibly imagine.

Now WE, those saved are the LIGHT of the World....so LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE, Let Christ in you be seen to this lost world. NOW we are His Body on earth, carrying the message of salvation to this lost and dying world.
---kathr4453 on 7/31/13


2 Peter 3:9
"John MacArthur writes on this passage: God has an immense capacity for patience before He breaks forth in judgment (cf. v.15, Joel 2:13, Luke 15:20, Rom. 9:22, 1 Pet. 3:15). God endures endless blasphemies against His name, along with rebellion, murders, and the ongoing breaking of His law, waiting patiently while He is calling and redeeming His own.?
The Fruit of the Spirit is Longsuffering byJoe McKeever
Some peoples authority is God in their heart, some others is an idolized man. Basically, Elder is having a conversation with John McArthur jr.
---Nana on 7/31/13


Elder, you say,
"That little word "all" means all not some." that's right, all of the elect," and God does not want any of them to perish. He waits for all them to be saved. God has an immense capacity for patience before He breaks for in judgment (v.15: Joel 2:13: Luke 15:20: Rom. 9:22): 1 Peter 3:15). God endures endless blasphemies against His name, along with rebellion, murders, and the ongoing breaking of His law, waiting patiently while He is calling and redeeming His own. His patient delaying final judgment.
The "any" must refer to those whom the Lord has chosen and will call to complete the redeemed the "us." Since the whole passage is about God's destroying the wicked.
---Mark_V. on 7/30/13


Kathr, we don't rewrite Scripture. We put it down for those who have ears to hear. Not those the god of this world has blinded. Only those who belong to God will understand, the others will not understand, like you. Because
"He who is of God hears God's words, therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God" (John 6:47). Jesus Said, only those who are of God hear. Only those who belong to the Father love Christ. Unbelievers do not belong to the Father. Why do you not understand? Jesus gave the answer,
"because you are unable to listen to My words. You are of your father the devil, and his desires you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand for the Truth" (John 8:43,44).
---Mark_V. on 7/30/13


Mark, if you want to talk unscriptual things then why not your comment about the elect.
"God is not willing that any perish, II Pet 3:9" that passage is speaking of the elect the beloved he is speaking to, not unbelievers."
Mark
That little word "all" means all not some.
Really now, if God were speaking of the so called "elect" here why does the verse say' "not willing that "ANY" should perish?"
In II Pet Peter reveals 3 classes of people,
1. the willingly ignorant 3:5-6
2. the reserved for fire, 3:7
3. the "we" who are Saved 3:13
The "any" is in the first two classes.
---Elder on 7/30/13




This is what MarkV and Christan and ALL Calvinists do not believe, but have rewritten scripture to say they are regenerated FIRST in order to believe. The preaching of the CROSS is the Power of God unto Salvation. ANA THE GOSPEL. The GOSPEL is that LIGHT!


WE BELIEVE:
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


2 Timothy 1:10
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

THEY DO NOT!
---kathr4453 on 7/30/13


Melissa, depending on what your past is, is your fear based on reality or not? Are there things that need to be dealt with? If yes, then you take control of those things. For instance....if you robbed a bank sometime in your past and got away with it, or killed someone and got away with it.... turn yourself in...you get what
I mean..

If not, stand in the fact that you are a new creature In Christ. satan can torment the old man, but not the NEW MAN. Read Psalms 91, and meditate on every verse, believing what God has said He will do.

Keep your mind on things above and not below.... Actually God doesn't take away the fear, He teaches us to have victory IN HIM over that fear. As we grow, we become OVERCOMERS.
---kathr4453 on 7/30/13


Elder, thanks for answering, I will try to answer your questions.
You said I said,
"You say, "Unbelievers do not seek God." I did not say it, God did, in (Rom. 3:11) In other words God says, it is impossible with men. Then say,
" They are in darkness,
They become attracted to the "Light. Some choose to seek more others reject.
That is not scriptural.
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19). Then say,
"God is not willing that any perish, II Pet 3:9" that passage is speaking of the elect the beloved he is speaking to, not unbelievers.
---Mark_V. on 7/30/13


Scripture confirms scripture.

Proverbs 16:9
A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

The man, Pharaoh, chose his own way ...

(Exodus 3:19 -- And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand)

The LORD directed his steps/pace ...

(Exodus 4:21-- see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: BUT I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go)

God prolonged the captivity to show His power thru Pharaoh's rebellion (Romans 9:17)
---Jasheradan on 7/29/13


Mark, I am confused. I am not comprehending your thoughts.
I said, "Pharaoh hardened his heart." I also said, "He did many times and God finally did it for him."
You say, "Unbelievers do not seek God." That is true in the sence that they are in darkness. That is why we testify the Gospel.
They become attracted to the "Light." Some choose to seek more others reject.
Rom 3:10-20 tells of their condition. Rom 3:21-26 shows what God can do for them that choose the Gospel.
God is not willing that any perish, II Pet 3:9.
So, what keeps everyone from being Saved? (Their choice in the matter!)
God will never force this choice but encourage it.

---Elder on 7/29/13


I agree LindaH, they hijack every single blog. Their understanding is so shallow. They can answer EVERY blog question the same way...No free will, God picks and chooses, Don't Question the Sovereignty of God, etc etc etc which leaves them the most IGNORANT on planet earth. You can't have a normal conversation with these robotic brainwashed robots. And as long as I have been on here, it's the same ol same ol same ol stale conversation they offer.

---kathr4453 on 7/29/13


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Elder, you say
"If He chose some to be Saved and others not then there would be no need for God to have taught seek and find." God has always ask to seek and repent. Those words go to everyone who hears the gospel. But (Rom. 3:11) tells us that unbelievers do not seek after God. He also ask everyone to not sin, another impossibility for all man. Would God ask us to sin a little? No. He gives us the ultimate standard. He ask all to seek, in the end, man is responsible for his choice. God is just. Everyone had a choice, that's why they are found guilty. Only the people of God, His chosen ones from before the foundation of the world will believe and come to know the Truth. God will grant them that ability not the others.
---Mark_V. on 7/29/13


Well, here is another proving God is no puppet-master.

The story of Joseph, Jacob's son. Everyone should know the story. yes what his brothers meant for evil God meant for good. HOWEVER, those brothers were STILL held accountable for their actions. Joseph didn't just immediately run out to his brothers and say...oh look, see where I am today. I wouldn't be here if God hadn't MADE you do what you did.

QUITE the opposite. AND you will see in the end, when his brothers finally knew who he was, Their Joseph, they fell to their knees in shame and repentance FOR WHAT THEY DID....

Just like Shira said.....conviction can come YEARS later.
---kathr4453 on 7/29/13


MarkV, "Limited atonement" has NOTHING to do with Melissa's question.

Why do you insist on hijacking every single blog? Please stop this.
---LindaH on 7/29/13


Elder, you gave,
"II Thess, Paul again writes brethren, 1:2-3. In ch 2:8-12, some had the truth revealed to them and rebelled so God sent strong delusion." Chapter 2:8-12 refers to the lawless one who would bring signs and wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish (the Lost v.10) because they did not receive the Love of the Truth, that they might be saved. For that reason God send them a strong delusion that they should believe the lie" They were unbelievers whom the lawlessness will bring sign and wonders to, those who are perishing, not believers.
Then say,"In Exodus Pharaoh hardened his heart and neglected what God had said." God hardened Pharaoh's heart (Ex. 4:21).
---Mark_V. on 7/29/13


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Trav, the only reason you would say what you did is because you don't understand Justice, justification and God being just.
Is God just in all of His dealings with man kind?
Is man some kind of toy that God uses to love some and smash the others?
Rev 15:3 tells it all.
If God did what you say then there is no way He could be just. If He chose some to be Saved and others not then there would be no need for God to have taught seek and find.
Matt 6:33, seeking God first.
Matt 7:7 seeking, asking and finding.
Psm 9:10, 22:26, 34:10
And, I pray that we will grow a generation like this Psm 24:6.
Remember the statement to Israel in Amos 5:4.
---Elder on 7/28/13


You're wrong Markv, 2 Timothy 2 is to believers. It's to Timothy, Markv, Paul is mentoring Timothy in the ministry. Just as Paul himself came upon opposition of those saved....like Peter for instance in Galatia. Paul corrected and rebuked Peter.

Being in the SNARE of of the devil, would also include Christians who are following false doctrine WOF maybe, or just SIN itself, like adultery, greed, pride, etc. and to say that a Christian cannot be in the snare of the devil is to preach sinless perfection. Are YOU sinless Markv? Never ONCE followed false teachings until The Lord corrected you? YOU are caught now, by PRIDE. You claim to be better than Jesus Christ????
---kathr4453 on 7/28/13


"No unbeliever can escape from the devil by his own free will...."
---Mark_V. on 7/28/13

Jesus stated otherwise, Luke 13:27-28 "But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are, depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." As Jesus was refering to that which was to come, the message was the same he always declared: "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." For the same reason, " began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:"(Matthew 11:20)
---Nana on 7/28/13


Choosing only certain people for salvation would make God unjust.
---Elder on 7/28/13

A GOD you created...but no scripture to support the statement.

Rom_9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Deu_10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

Jer_31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Luk_1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
---Trav on 7/28/13


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Elder, thanks for your answer. First of all the answer in (2 Tim. 2:25,26) is directed at the unbelievers. Here,

"In humility correcting "those who in opposition" if perhaps God will grant them repentance, so that they may come to their sense and escape (WHO?) the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."

The believers are not captured by the devil, they already belong to God.
Those who belong to the devil cannot get away, they need for God to grant them repentance so they can escape.
No unbeliever can escape from the devil by his own free will, because his will is in bongage to the devil, and his will he wants to do.
---Mark_V. on 7/28/13


Mark,
II Tim is to Paul's Saved friend. The repentance is for returning to fellowship not to gain salvation.
Choosing only certain people for salvation would make God unjust.
Salvation is the same for all for God to be just.
II Thess, Paul again writes brethren, 1:2-3. In ch 2:8-12, some had the truth revealed to them and rebelled so God sent strong delusion.
In Exodus Pharaoh hardened his heart and neglected what God had said. He did this many times and God finally gave him the hard heart he wanted.
God also gave him many chances to adhere to His word and become His servant.
Salvation appears to all sooner or later. It is what they do with the revelation that determines their outcome.
---Elder on 7/28/13


Shira 2: You also said,
"I also believe a sinner can go years without conviction. that is where me and you come in and witness to sinners. when a Christian prays and is a witness the Holy Spirit is there"
All sinners are without conviction. When the word of God is presented to individuals with power and the Holy Spirit, the person is changed at that moment. Yet the Word of God goes out to many others without power and the Holy Spirit. God decides who gets it with power and the Spirit. (1 Thess. 1:4,5). Those who reject the Word, it is because they received it without power and the Holy Spirit and there is many of those.
---Mark_V. on 7/28/13


Shira, you first said,
"I know that the Spirit draws a person and that is conviction." The Spirit draws a sinner because he had been separated from God. Dead in sin. God draws you by making you alive together with Christ by grace (Eph. 2:1-10). It depends not upon man's will or exertion, but upon God's grace (Rom. 9:16). God, for the sake of Christ, grants you the ability to believe in Him but also suffer for His sake (Phil. 1:29) God also grants you the will to repent and come to know the truth, to escape from the snare of the devil,.. (2 Tim. 2:25,25).
We sent missionaries because those chosen by God are lost and need to be brought to Christ when they hear the Word in power and in the Holy Spirit (2 Thess. 1:4,5).
---Mark_V. on 7/27/13


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Shira, I totally agree. That is one of the reasons we too are filled with the Holy Spirit. Christ IN US is at work through us is bearing witness to the lost world.

We know our Spiritual Gifts are not of ourselves either. AND one of those Gifts is evangelism.

Great Post Shira!
---kathr4453 on 7/26/13


markv, Jesus did say none of His sheep will perish. those born of the spirit are His sheep. we can bring them in, bring them in, that is what we must do.
---shira4368 on 7/26/13


markv, can I try to explain something to you? I know that the Spirit draws a person and that is conviction. I also believe a sinner can go years without conviction. that is where me and you come in and witness to sinners. when a Christian prays and is a witness the Holy Spirit is there. that is why we send missionaries out into the world. if everything was cut and dry we would not need missionaries and we wouldn't need churches. Christians are instrumental in bringing the Holy Spirit to whomever he is trying to witness to. if we don't witness to a sinner the Holy Spirit may never convict them. God expects us to do that. ok, I finished now. tell me how you feel about my statement.
---shira4368 on 7/26/13


Fallen man is flesh. In the flesh he can do nothing to please God. Paul declares, "The fleshly mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God" (Rom. 8:7,8).
Who are those in the flesh? Paul goes on to declare, "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, "if" indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you" (Rom. 8:9). The crucial word here is "if" what distinguishes those who are in the flesh from those who are not is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. No one who not reborn is indwelled by God the Holy Spirit.
---Mark_V. on 7/26/13


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Shira, the Truth is always a lie to those who do not believe. They will argue against the Word of God even when the passage is written down for them.
Jesus says, "none of His sheep will perish" they say its a lie, believers perish. Jesus says, "no one can come to Me unless the Father who send Me draws him". They say it's a lie, they come out of their own free will.
Jesus says concerning who can be saved,
"With man it is impossible" they say it's a lie, it is possible with man.
The Bible says, "thou shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins" they say, not true, He only saves those who use their free will.
The Truth is a lie only to those who do not belief.
---Mark_V. on 7/26/13


markv, you tell what you perceive the truth. as a matter of fact everyone on cn thinks they are right. you see markv, it is hard to witness behind someone peddling a lie. it is confusing to the lost. If I was a lost person in todays world I may never have gotten saved. sinners look at our churches and they don't want to belong to what is available today. God has not turned His back on America, America has turned her back against God. sinners need the truth and they aren't getting it. it is my passion to tell the truth.
---shira4368 on 7/25/13


Shirl you are so kind. God gave us a gift in you. You are so special. You are tough, loving and Christ centered. We love you.
---Elder on 7/25/13


Shira, I've heard of Elder for over five years. Never had I heard him speak on behalf of free will. He normally answers personal questions. I know he is a good man, you do not have to tell me. I respect him because I see he is always respectful. That is the reason I was shocked when he told me I did not Comprehend. Kind of reminded me of what francis called me, an idiot. You see Shira, when someone says something terrible to me, it is ok with all those who belief in free will, when I say something they don't like or don't believe, it's terrible, they condemn me. I am held to a higher standard.
I am not the savior of anyone, I'm responsible for giving the Truth, so I give Scripture. People just don't like hearing the Truth so they get angry.
---Mark_V. on 7/25/13


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Elder, you say,
"One example is the word/term trust/trusting Christ for Salvation." Your words are wrong. We trust in Christ because we are saved. Unbelievers do not trust Christ. "No one seeks after God" (Rom. 3:11). Then say
" This term is used throughout the Bible. For the most part it means, "to rely on, obey, have confidence in and/or believe." That is true, but only believer obey trust and have confidence in Christ. Then say,
"I am saved because I trusted, believed and/or have confidence in Christ."
That is not true, you are saved by the Grace of God. And because of that salvation, you trust, believe and have confidence in Christ.
---Mark_V. on 7/25/13


bro elder, you do exactly that. that is another reason I love you. you are a Godly man with a Godly wife. I love both of you. you never instigate controversy. somehow it finds us both.
---shira4368 on 7/24/13


Mark I have been on CN longer than anyone except Bill. I have always let the other person set the tone. They act I react.
So many are confused about terms and words that they don't understand what Scripture is saying.
One example is the word/term trust/trusting Christ for Salvation. This term is used throughout the Bible. For the most part it means, "to rely on, obey, have confidence in and/or believe."
I am saved because I trusted, believed and/or have confidence in Christ.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed (trusted)....
OT folks trusted/believed what the OT sacrifices represented which was the future blood offfering of Christ.
---Elder on 7/24/13


markv, I became friends with bro elder and sis jareldeen because he impressed me with the knowledge of the king james bible. I have never seen anyone surpass him. we have been friends for almost 10 yrs. they live what they believe and give all to their ministry. he knows that all the bible fit together and he knows context. he knows it isn't possible to base your faith on 1 or 2 verses. you should pray you will learn and know as much as he and his wife know. you need to learn from them. believe me when I say I've seen many who think they know a lot but none come close to bro. elders knowledge.
---shira4368 on 7/24/13


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Elder, the reason I said that to you is because the only ones who call names or get personal with me are those who hate for me to telling them God seeks and saves idividuals, they don't want to hear that so they get angry. I know you are a good guy so will leave it at that.
---Mark_V. on 7/24/13


"I answered without saying you did not comprehend, but you threw it at me."
Mark_V.
Mark I could have said you are ignorant on the subject, have no knowledge or a host of things.
I could have said, "It is plain to see that you don't understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
After all that is what you said to me.
("Elder, it is plain to see that you do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Mark - 7/23/13)
So, brother, don't get so touchy my statement was not an attack on you.
---Elder on 7/24/13


Elder, I do love you, and want you to know I do not want to get personal with you in anyway. You are my brother in Christ. You and I have touched on the subject without getting person. I know how hard it is to hear something different then what they have believed for years. MacArthur calls it theological bias. Something someone beliefs, learns to defend it, and will not let even the Truth penetrate. You could say the same thing about my beliefs.
I only present what God has revealed to me, what others do with it is up to them. I hope I helped in some way. If you want to go on, it is great with me, nothing personal.
---Mark_V. on 7/24/13


Elder, how is your comprehension?
"Mark, your problem is in comprehension. 'What I said was, " All through the Old Testament, people were saved by trusting Jesus Christ through sacrifices." Not true at all. Sinners were saved by the Grace of God. People are not save by trusting in Christ, they trust in Christ because they are saved. Man is not saved because he believes, he believes because he is saved. Paul says that we are saved "through" faith, that is as the instrumental cause, but never once does he say that we are saved "on account of" faith, that is, as the meritorious cause.
I answered without saying you did not comprehend, but you threw it at me.
---Mark_V. on 7/24/13


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Mark, your problem is in comprehension.
What I said was, " All through the Old Testament, people were saved by trusting Jesus Christ through sacrifices. They were saved by looking forward to His 1st coming."
Did you notice the words "trusting Jesus Christ" and "looking forward to His 1st coming?"
Of course you didn't.
Every sacrifice offered was a representative of what Christ was going to do. I also said that the blood of bulls and goats do not provide salvation.
---Elder on 7/24/13


Jesus died for everyone, past, present and future. Salvation is available to/for all whosoever will come.
It is that simple!
---Elder on 7/21/13

You're a good guy Elder. Respectful your past and present service.
GOD as GOD can do what he wants to do.
Mark V can be like a pin ball machine sometimes. But, he finally is honoring certain prophets and scripture.

Neither GOD his prophets or the apostles state as you do in multiple witnesses.

Mat_10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat_15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
---Trav on 7/23/13


Elder, you now say,
"it is plain to see that one of us has no clue about God's salvation. You like to build it on one or two verses." I have presented many passages, you overlook them. Then say,
" You don't even understand who "His people" are or what the verse you posted means." Of course I know who "His people" are. They are a people already "His" (Matt. 1:21) only those. They are a people whom God hath "from the beginning chosen unto salvation" (2 Thess. 2:13), and redemption is to the accomplishing of that decree. There is no failure in His mission.
We need the written word to teach us about the God of the Bible, and the gospel we are to preach.
---Mark_V. on 7/23/13


Mark it is plain to see that one of us has no clue about God's salvation. You like to build it on one or two verses. You don't even understand who "His people" are or what the verse you posted means.
You say, "God says in His Word..." If your doctrine were correct why would we need the Written Word of God?
You are so far off base you must be playing golf...
You really need to connect the dots to get the full picture.
You have believed the satantic lie and now want others to do the same.
You think you are special when there is no good thing in you. What would have made God choose you when there are so many others better than you? Read the Book!
---Elder on 7/23/13


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Elder, it is plain to see that you do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. You, like so many others teach that Jesus came to save the lost and all they have to do is choose Christ otherwise they stay lost. You make salvation condition on man. A false gospel. God tells us in His word,
"Thou shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins" Not try to save them, not if man wants to, but actually save them. Christ came here with one define object in view, and being who He is there is no possible room for any failure in His mission. You teach a Christ who continues to fail every time someone rejects Him. Your gospel is false.
---Mark_V. on 7/23/13


Nikki, you are a smart sincere lady. God Bless
---Elder on 7/21/13


Blood of animals do not cover sin
When anyone shed the blood of an animal for their sin, they were expressing faith that Jesus would some day come and shed his blood
It is not through the blood of animals, but through faith expressed in the blood of Jesus

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice
---francis on 7/22/13


Elder, you say,
" All through the Old Testament, people were saved by trusting Jesus Christ through sacrifices. They were saved by looking forward to His 1st coming."
Salvation in the Old Testament and in the New T. is by Grace through faith. The nation of Israel, including all nations were lost, millions died in their sins. Only those of the promise were saved by grace through faith. Jesus died only for His sheep. He did not die for the others. He came to save that which was Lost, His sheep. The Shepherd left the other 99 to seek the one lost. And the heavens rejoiced for that one sheep.
"I Am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep" (John 10:10,11)
---Mark_V. on 7/22/13


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When Adam sinned an animal was killed and blood shed to cover his sin.---Elder on 7/21/13

I never saw it like that?

I guess you can say as Jesus was striped and it caused Him to bleed (due to dry blood from the whipping adhered to his clothes/skin) removed the sin from us completely.

Good mediation verse.
---Nikki on 7/21/13


MarkV, it is plain to see that you do not understand who Christ is or the plan of Salvation that He gave.
When Adam sinned an animal was killed and blood shed to cover his sin. All through the Old Testament, people were saved by trusting Jesus Christ through sacrifices. They were saved by looking forward to His 1st coming.
The NT people and us look back to what Jesus came to do on the cross.
Sin was never removed by the blood of bulls and goats. Sin is removed and sanctification given only by the shed blood of Jesus then and now.
Jesus died for everyone, past, present and future. Salvation is available to/for all whosoever will come.
It is that simple!
---Elder on 7/21/13


sister Lidia, your answers are great, blessings to you.

Shira here is a passage that you may read,
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).
We know by this passage that before Jesus came millions had already died in their sins. So we know Jesus did not come to save those who died already. So we know that Christ did not come to save all the lost. Why? Because two thirds of humanity had already run its course before Jesus was born. Half the human race was already in hell when He entered Bethlehem's manger. If He came to save everyone lost, He came too late. So we know He did not die for everyone.
---Mark_V. on 7/21/13


Here are my vs. My apologies,lateness.
Ps.64 (complete read).Mic.7:7,1Pet.5:6-11,Ps.91:1,5,9,10,11 Ps.103:20,
Rev.12:10. For we struggle NOT against flesh,this is a spiritual battle
Eph.Ch.6:10-18
---lidia4796 on 7/20/13


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Shira, again, Jesus Christ did not die for all human beings. His sacrifice is sufficient to save all human beings, but it only saves those who have faith in Him. If He died for all human beings, then all human beings are saved (Universal salvation), and as we know not all are saved. When God sees us as believers He sees Christ in us. Jesus is the Mediator of all believers, their Advocate. But not the Mediator of those who do not believe.
---Mark_V. on 7/20/13


Hello,We must NOT give up,Remember Satan comes to kill,steal,and destroy, we are more than conquerers through the blood of Jesus! He comes through evil,bad thoughts,fears, when you have forgot & left the door NOT secure.. doubts fears are the cowardly way HE seeks to dominate past or unforgiveness... stay focus,if you battle like all humans/ the Christian can love God, etc.. but listen anything WORTH having IS WORTH fighting for...In this case, your faith ,your relationship with JESUS, your DELIVERANCE!
---lidia4796 on 7/20/13


bryan, Christ did die for all humanity. when God sees me, He sees the blood of Jesus. my sin is in the bottom of the deepest sea. only satan reminds us of sin in our past. satan is the accuser. death, hell and the grave was conquered by the blood of Jesus Christ. satan doesn't win the battles with God people but in the end, he is defeated and to me that is awesome. I have tried to see that in my head and I can't.
---shira4368 on 7/17/13


Mark 4 to understand what you are "marked for". Works great for me. My pass is covered by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony. All of us have a passed sin life we think we have to over come. How do I get there? Again the answer was give to us all. Mark 4 : 30, 31, 32. The word If you don't sow it in people lifes you want grow it in your own life. Then you will grow everything else but the Gospel in yourself. And that will leave you in the battle. Jesus said inter my rest Sowing the Gospel there is not battle. That is the victory that over comes the world. Be blessed in your sowing of the Gospel.
---Bryan on 7/15/13


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Hello, remember that the stradegy of the evil one,satan always the accuser of the people of God.We got to let go & let God. It is a battle many of us are bothered by him,this is why people teach it is a spiritual battle. I always pray Ps.91:1, Jesus keep my mind this is main reason, he brings up the
things of the past. It is good to stay in the word of God.We have remind our selves,we belong to the Lord we don't have to continue torcher our minds & we give only subjection to Jesus He gave his life,that through
Him, we are saved.Jn3:16,Ps.91:1,Ps.23
---lidia4796 on 7/15/13


satan will remind us over and over of things we did wrong in times past. I did many things wrong and satan throws them up to me everyday. just trying to discourage a believer. satan lies 24/7.
---shira4368 on 6/29/13


Mellisa, Catherine is correct. Many christians are still dealing with many things they did in the past and some they are still dealing with today. God just doesn't remove every bad thing in our heart from our minds. Some thing we did wrong take longer then others. It is a cleaning process, sanctification. Give the Lord time to deal with your past. In time you will get to learn how to rest in Christ for all things, patience is very important.
---Mark_V. on 6/29/13


Faith and fear are opposite sides of the same coin, one can not be clearly seen when the other is showing. "What should I do?
Melissa place your focus on faith, and rest in it's Author. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith." As He has stated "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Allow the 'love', (the motive, tendency and inclination to do that which is uplifting, edifying, and beneficial), of our Father rule your heart, in Christ Jesus. For "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love." 1Jo 4:18 NLT
---Josef on 6/29/13


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many theorize what paul's thorns were.

i believe his thorns were constant memories of his past (and the related fears.) delivered by satan's minions.

grace is sufficient.

in time, you will find peace.
---aka on 6/28/13


Melissa_Vest: I recommend that you surrender those things in your past to God in prayer, asking Him to take total control of you henceforth. Cast your burden unto the Lord and leave them with Him.
---Adetunji on 6/28/13


Some situations in this life, a believer will need time to recover from. Until you do, you must keep doing. If you are truly saved there is not much Satan can do to a truly born again man or woman of God. And that is the gospel and the truth of the gospel.
---Catherine on 6/27/13


faith defeats fear
love defeats fear
---francis on 6/27/13


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Melissa_Vest

Your body, which is your flesh, is of this world!
Rom_8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Remember!
Your mind is always going to be against God and you!
It's always going to tell you, God is not going to forgive you.
Condemning you, because you're a sinner!

As long as you keep listening to your own mind, you will always feel guilty! And rightly so!
So instead of just feeling guilty, convict yourself of sin.

Now whenever your mind tells you, don't you feel guilty? (Just tell your mind:)
NO, I AM GUILTY!
That is exactly why God sent Christ for me!

Live in the Spirit!
Peace
---TheSeg on 6/27/13


We pray for you to keep on battling fear, but how our Father corrects us and heals us to do better, how His grace in us works to have us succeeding > "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness," Jesus says in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

If we are failing against fear, this can include because there are sin things we are allowing, which help to keep us weak so fear can get the better of us.

Also, if we are not being strong in loving any and all people, and keeping our forgiving up-to-date > our laziness can help to keep us weak for fear. "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (in Matthew 5:46)
---willie_c: on 6/27/13


Cluny, again, that was a great answer you gave. you are giving many here some great advice. peace
---Mark_V. on 6/27/13


Definitely, putting on your Spiritual armor, as described in Ephesians 6 is the answer. I used to be extremely fearful. However, as I learned God's Word, and began meditating on specific Truths on an ongoing basis. When the fear would come up, I'd quote a specific verse, out loud. As you've already identified, your fears are based on the enemy's lies. Answer those lies with Truth.

Philippians 4 tells us what to think about so we have God's peace. I like to think the description there is of Christ/His Word. It will be a daily battle, but don't give up.

Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139, Romans 8:28-39, Romans 12:1-2
---Grandma on 6/26/13


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"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom" Colossians 3:16

I'd say it's time for some soul saturation, to soak up the word of God and store it up in you, but you have to drop the enemy's influences in your life. Fast from entertainment media. I gave up being entertained when I first got saved, it really has no value except to waste your time. How did Jesus say he would speak to us in the Holy Spirit? He said he would:

"bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" John 14:26

The words of Christ given full attention and magnification in your heart will set you free to hear God's voice and fear will have nowhere to stay and have to leave with all it's baggage.
---Pharisee on 6/26/13


Do you best to live in NOW, dear soul.

Remember that only IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, and not in the past, is God's love being lavished upon you.

Even if you are fearful and confused right now, consider THAT your appointed cross, and about the suffering NOW you say, "Thy will be done."

Remember that not all the things you are afraid of can possibly happen. To give a silly example, you can't die in both an asteroid strike and an earthquake, now can you?

God is always in charge.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/26/13


Eph 6 put on the full armor of God.

The mind is very powerful. The emotion of fear from that past experience re-images itself in our current environment. This is called a trigger. It is an addiction. One way to get rid of that fear is going back to reliving that fear and letting God speak the truth against that fear. The emotion that you experience at that time still thinks you are at that age and vulnerable. Here is the truth "You are not that person you are the son/daughter of the MOST HIGH GOD."
Welcome to the world of spiritual warfare. Take up the helmet, breastplate, belt of truth, and shield of faith to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
---Scott1 on 6/26/13


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