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Faith In Terrible Times

Do you have the faith to believe when things get worse with oil prices, food shortages, that you will pray and God will provide for you? Are you scared?

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2 Cor. 11 Paul shows his faith when things got worse for him.
1 Tim. 1:16 Paul says he is our "pattern"
1 Cor 11:1 Paul says "follow me as I follow Christ"

Why should we worry about food and oil prices?
---michael_e on 7/10/11

Christina, God always there! Times of stress & even times things are best! He still let's us know He cares thing is GIVE HIM the Glory! Look'n on here to see if be new folks Prayer Room/ChristiaNet before Go off to church! Thankyou All! Love of Jesus.
---ELENA on 7/10/11

Elena, God really IS good! Praise Him and thank Him. It's an encouragement to hear how God works in others life's
---Christina on 7/10/11

hello! Mary! So great hear fr you Lady! I got you n a whole lot o' folks from the NEW prayer room.. ChristiaNet got... I had prayers at church today! All of you mentioned fr the Bloggs... Others, too. I feel like We one Big Family on here! We all hey! Being ReNewed Daily! Huh! Hey, Mary please keep me informed How you doin' I am Ha! Ha! Little rough round the edges! Smile! But, really a lovable person! Off the subject.. I ask how could be PenPals with all of you's but,don't have computer... Mobile fon!Love of jesus! ELENA
---ELENA on 7/9/11

Hi Elena, wow that blackout sounds amazing how you wound up all getting along and cooking for 60 people! Sometimes hard times do bring people together. I am finding a growing raport with the various chemo patients I see each week, it's almost becoming a party atmosphere inspite of our pain! :)
---Mary on 7/9/11

God really cares. HE sees ahead that tough times will come. Our duty is to prayerfully OBEY Him always. Our shepherd will always guide us to green pastures and still waters. Remember Elijah during a famine-period in Israel was divinely sent bread or cake in the remote place he was then.
---Adetunji on 7/4/11

2 times gave me a "spiritual awaken'n" YES! GOD REALLY CARES! First husband to payrent & bills! Wrong!He spent our $ RACE TRACK became Homeless!God help' me... Then found a job! No one knew till one day my clothes NOT dry like usual...Anyway! God provided me kind lady let me always "fix myself up!"later,return to my family...God protected me n the streets...Learned tho' from that exp.Trust n GOD! ONLY! 2nd tm The Black Out! God bless I was the only one with Gas, just went food shop'n Cooked for bout 60! We sat evenings Everybody told funny stories n we all " like family" God's Love n the worst time! GOD SHOWED HIMSELF! NO VIOLENCE! No thefts!
---ELENA on 7/3/11

New babes in christ both brothers and sisters in the State of Orissa in India are facing severe persecution from Idolatrous forces. A few have been killed, their homes ransacked and many of them are living in releif camps. They are allowed to go back to their village only if they reconvert to Hinduism, which many have refused . There have been instances of rape and the law machinary has been mute spectators to he terror unleashed. Please pray for them and also request other groups you know to pray for them.
---Joy on 10/3/08

YES I do!!! I have a testimony to that too.

For the past 4 years, my life has been in a whirlwind. I lost a really good job and with that everything I had. I had to move back home with my kids for 2years. Then God opened a window- I went back to school and got my associates degree. Then HE gave me job. Well, I lost that job after almost a year(both jobs were lost through false accusations). Well, after 8 months, I am at a BETTER job. I have a car to replace the one I lost. God is replacing everything because I held on and praised HIM through the storm. Because I knew God would take care of me and my family and I still know!
---ginger on 10/2/08

Psalm 46:1-2 (read all of Psalm 46)
1.God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

I was poor growing up and at times had little food, but God never let me starve. I believe He will always make a way and give peace to those who love Him and believe in His Son Jesus.
---Kathy on 10/2/08

Atheist: If you are ever in an earthquake,hurricane,tornado,or a foxhole, you will not find another like you.Most people who do not serve God or,pay attention to His existance at all,will cry out to Him,under those circumstances.Even if only to say:Oh! God!" It is then than we come to realy believe in a power greater than ourselves.Then, we see how helpless we are in the face of tragedies.I hope thisdoesn't happen to you,but it just may.At that time you won't question that a power you don't in ACTION!
---Danelle on 9/3/08

SusieB: "If material things mean nothing to you, then you won't care if you lose all of them."

Like Paul, my life went through cycles of feast and famine. Twice did God punish me for my sins, twice becaming homeless, losing everything. Now at my age of 56, I have few possessions. I believed God prepared me for these times of homelessness because I hitchhiked across North America for a year and a half with nothing but my duffle bag and my guitar.
---Steveng on 6/17/08

donna,jesus once told some of the apostles, don,t be afraid of what men can do to you,even unto death, but be afraid of him , who after death has the power to throw your soul into the lake of in this world what have we too fear?or what should we fear?this life and its hardships? or judgement after death?
---tom2 on 6/14/08

If material things mean nothing to you, then you won't care if you lose all of them.
---SusieB on 6/13/08

I know that God will protect and provide for His people during the end-times...but it still scares me to think about it sometimes.
Psalm 91 is a good place to refill our strength and faith in His protection. :-)

esp. verses 7-8
"A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
---Todd1 on 6/12/08

How much pain can you endure before you recant your faith? How much hunger can you endure before your thoughts turn to stealing food? How much pain can you endure when your friends and family are being killed? Where are your thoughts when everything you have is taken away from you? 1Peter4:1-2,12-17, Psalm34:17-19, Hebrews12:6-8'11-13, IICorinth4:8-10,17-18, 1Peter2:20-21, IITimothy2:11-12, James5:10-11 and re-read the bool of Job.
---Steveng on 6/12/08

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A praise report on this question. Gas prices are high, but we have always had gas to do the ministry even though we drive between 1500 and 2000 miles every month. A few months ago we had a person who needed money ask us to buy his motorcycle for a bargain price. We helped him. The Lord just helped us sell that motorcycle for 2 1/2 times what we paid for it. Gas money!!!!!
---SusieB on 6/12/08

I do have the faith because God already tells us in the bible what to expect in the end times and he also tells us how he will be with his people. I don't know if scared is the word i would use, no one wants to go through terrible times but it is our faith that gives us hope and stength to trust God no matter what.
---stephanie on 6/11/08

Shawn M.T and others who responded to this question. Your faith sounds wonderful, like it will get you through anything. But I think we are forgetting Jesus KNEW who He was, who was His Father, what He came to earth to do. Yet when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, wasn't He deeply grieved and ask, "Father, if it be Thy will, let this cup pass from me." Don't any of you think you would pray like this during an earthquake falling all around you, no grocery store to go to to buy food, etc.,
---donna8365 on 6/11/08

Our Faith, whether we live or die, is that we have eternal life in Christ. WOW, who could ask for more.

If it should come down to you sharing your last loaf of bread with a sinner to share the Gospel and your unselfishness, even if you end up the one starving...who cares...look at your end, and look at theirs.

What if He doesn't....will this small amount of time on earth really matter?
---kathr4453 on 6/11/08

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well, to be honest... i well know that God is there watching over, guiding me, and that whatever happens He has His plans for me and His will shall be followed. But there are times when my faith is shaken by certain circumstances and i tend to forget about these things, or worse, ignore them... I've always known that God is always there, but i tend to forget about it when my emotions eat me up. I wanted so much to strengthen my faith, but how? I'm so weak...
---Rahn on 6/11/08

I have young but now am old. Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his descendants begging bread. Ps. 37:25
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse... and try me now in this says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes . . . Malachi 3:10-11.
---pg1 on 6/11/08

MANY people will fall away as the economic crisis gets worse because they only have FAITH and base their devotion on FAITH, but people who base their relationship on LOVE for God will remain strong in their devotion (the book of Job is a historically true LOVE story).

"the GREATEST" (1 Corinthians 13:13).
"more excellent" devotion (1 Corinthians 12:31).
---greg on 6/11/08

CrossBearer: "Faith is that one part of our religion..."

If you call yourself a Christian, then you are not part of a religion. A religion is man-made. Christianity is an intimate relationship with God. That's it, period. Christ is not returning to join with (marry) a building (let's go to church), a denomination, or a nonprofit corporation. He is returning to join with His people, Christians.
---Steveng on 6/10/08

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Like Paul, I had my feast times and my famine times. Twice I was homeless (both a long story), but you would have never thought I was homeless if you passed me on the street. I kept myself well groomed and had a bit to eat every night. God gave me only one student paying me $40 per week to live for exactly one year. I thanked God every day. After the one year passed, He gave me a good job as a technical writer / graphic artist for an avionics company.
---Steveng on 6/10/08

Those two times I was homeless God prepared me in the early 1970s for what I was going to go through in 1993 and 2003. Don't expect any churches to help you, though. In the early 1970s I didn't have any problems finding a Christian home to spend a day or two in all the cities I visited while hitchhiking across North America. In 2003, I knocked on 35 church doors all turned me away except two - one offer me the bushes in front of the church to sleep under, the other I had to become a member.
---Steveng on 6/10/08

Bill, lets make a deal! I'll pray for you and your growth in spirituality, and you pray for my health - - deal?
God bless you my brother.
---NVBarbara on 6/10/08

Faith is that one part of our religion on which everything hinges... But even that is not of ourselves... It too is a gift...
---CrossBearer on 6/10/08

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If we are in covenant with God and we know His promises of covenant, then we will not be scared that He will not hear & answer when we pray.

2Cho.20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
---Shawn.M.T on 6/10/08

Sometimes when I fall into my flesh, I become anxious even though in my mind I realize that God is in control. I rely on faith to encourage me. I am not that frightened of the economics and food shortages but rather I become concerned about my response to persecution on a large magnitude. I think that great persecution is on the way and God will strengthen us (even with joy). I'd like to develop a "bring it on" attitude:). That would be "great faith".
---jody on 6/10/08

regardless of what is happening around us we still have to trust God even when in crisis. Things will go wrong because we are approaching the end times, Wars, Famine,Destruction, unable to buy or sell. America is floating on a false economy and when the world recognises that it does not have all the billions... it is spending it will crash and the one world system will come into play.
---Carla5754 on 6/10/08

People all over the world, young and old, have suffered hunger, homelessness, and more since the human race began. Am I more worthy than they to be fed and sheltered? NO! It may keep storming, but God is with us in the storms.
---Geraldine on 6/10/08

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Faith is very important, especially in these diffcult time.
It is as we exercise it that mountins of difficulties will be removed. Math 11:22-24
It is our confidence in God that His will, will be done. 1 Jn 5:14.
Without fath, it is impossibe to please God. Heb 11:6.
We are saved by grace through faith. Eph 2:9
Through faith,we overcome th world. 1 Jn 5:4
Have faith in God! PR
---Pierr5358 on 6/10/08

I believe that "my bread and my water" will be sure!

While I am not happy with the way things are going (price of gas, home foreclosures, loss of jobs etc) I am more concerned with whether or not I am spiritually ready for the end of time. I pray that I might be. PR
---Pierr5358 on 6/10/08

Things like that doesn't frighten me too much. We are to pray in and during all seasons, this is God's will for His people.
---catherine on 6/10/08

No. Because God said that he shall supply All of my needs, not some but all. I don't fret about prices going up. Why there isn't anything we can do and complaining only makes one get a headache. So why worry about something you can't do a thing about? What I worry about is all the lost people in the world. Now that I can do something about, with the Lord working through me to see them saved.
---Rebecca_D on 6/9/08

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God's been providing for me all this time, and I have no reason to believe He's going to stop.
---kumquat on 6/9/08

The Lord has provided so far. Why would HE stop providing?
---SusieB on 6/9/08

Hi, it is scary but the other night I was reading a book that explains more about the books of the Bible and we're going through Daniel (in my church) and I was a little stressed but God impressed upon my heart that He is in COMPLETE CONTROL--something I need to really learn! :) He will get us through and someday we will remember no more suffering. :) Praise God :)
---Mary on 6/9/08

I'm not particularly pleased with how I have been doing spiritually. So, how well I would do with food running out and people going crazy around me and ready to do who knows what > I'm not sure how well I would be a loving person like Jesus says in His Sermon on the Mount. But I understand God can change me so I am good with Him and ready for whatever He knows really is going to happen.
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/9/08

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I am not scared because scripture tells us these days will come.

Scripture does not say (unless it is distorted, perverted, and taken out of context) we will have everything we want. However we do learn in scripture that God will supply all of our needs.

I am very content with what I have regardless of how much, or how little it may be.

My faith is in Christ and the things above which are eternal, and not in the material things of this world which someday will all pass away
---Rob on 6/9/08

If we have faith in good times, how much stronger it should be in bad times?
No, I'm not scared, His grace is suffecient for me. Read Ps. 91.
---NVBarbara on 6/9/08

Amazing question .
My theory.
Things men have said will never come have already but with low frequency.
Until now the earth has been relatively quiet with only short interruptions with varying degree of tribulation to the populaion.
"A new earth and a new heaven" will come so that "the meek shall (be able to) inherit the earth".
The earth shall forgo a metamorphisis and or a transition to become less physical and progressively spiritual.
Mankind survives by faith.
---earl on 6/9/08

We shouldn't worry about tomorrow.
Jesus said in Matt 6:25-34..
Do not worry about your life.
What you will eat or what you will drink, or what you will wear...

Which one by worrying can add one inch to our height.
Even King Solomon with all of his wealth was not dressed as well as a lily of the field.

Jesus said, Sufficient for the day is its own trouble, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
---lisa on 6/9/08

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These really aren't terrible times unless you are a family that recently went through a recent tornado, flood or earthquake.
But we don't hear from any of those folks, because they don't have time to blog. They're busy digging out from the rubble, cleaning up the water and mold. I wish we did hear from those folks, I would like to hear their testimonies of faith, not fear.
---lisa on 6/9/08

Whatever happens, we will be better off than those in say Zimbabwe, or darfur, or Burma, or ... or ...
Do we have the right to demand the bcontinuation of our extremely favaourable living standards?
---alan_of_UK on 6/9/08

I wish we could hear from someone in a third world nation and how they're holding up, remaining faithful until the end.
It would be good for the pampered, the blessed, to hear how the other half of the world really lives. We would count our blessings, and then some. When I hear constant daily whining from the blogging elite, I tune it out.
---lisa on 6/9/08

If you have food in your pantry and two hands to fix it, you're blessed.
If you can afford to take your family out to eat more than once a week, you're spoiled rotten.
If your gas guzzler is full and you're full, it's time to say, enough already. Don't worry about tomorrow, there are people with tiny little children and not one speck of food to eat tonight. That breaks my heart and I mean it.
---lisa on 6/9/08

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There are people starving to death who didn't receive any government aid because someone took the drop shipments that were meant for them. They're cramped up in some make shift shelter or pup tent with their babies.
If you're scared with a house of plenty, go to a house of empty. They would love to be in our shoes.
---lisa on 6/9/08

There are homeless people that have been homeless for almost their entire adult life.
Somehow, they carry on. It has to be God that gives them the courage to make it through another day when they have absolutely nothing but what few clothes they have on their back.
---lisa on 6/9/08

Am I scared for the selfish, self centered Americans that have everything? Nope, I'm not.
Sometimes it makes me absolutely sick at heart to hear the selfish ask for more.
---lisa on 6/9/08

Nope. Not at all, and I mean that.
Tomato recalls, lettuce wraps, and driveby fruitings, oil and food prices going sky high. Nope, I am not afraid, scared or fearful.
For those of us that have the luxury of blogging, I can't call that a hardship.
A hardship is living in a third world nation without clean water, no shoes and disease everywhere you turn.
---lisa on 6/9/08

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I'm not afraid, Jesus Christ gives me boldness.
What we encounter in the States is a mere blip on the radar compared to what people in dung huts are going through. If there's a big fat gas guzzling SUV sitting in the driveway, I say it's our own fault we're in this economic struggle.
Most Americans, with the exception of the homeless, have more to eat and clean water to drink in a year's time than they have in a lifetime.
---lisa on 6/9/08

I really don't think old timers consider these the bad old days. Talk to anyone who lived during the great depression and they will tell you, these are the good ole days.
If this is troubling, you better prepare for the days ahead, we've not seen anything that compares to the great depression.
If you're a blogger, you're sitting on easy street. Those that work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet don't have time for the luxury of blogging.
---lisa on 6/9/08

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