How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? It says it right there in His Word. If we believe this message, we already have favor, good standing, in the eyes of God.
It is a done deal! Have you ever been so grieved and saddened by the all sin in your life that you repented of it and gave it over to Jesus? Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of all your sins past and future , including the sin of resentment expressed in your letter? Did you do this while whole-heartedly believeing that He was God and he came to earth to die for you so that you can be free from the weight and penalty of your sin free from the condemnation of not being perfect?
Did you believe Him and trust that His blood shed for you was powerful enough to pay for all your sins and that He was the perfection lived in your place? If not then do so now! He did it for us, in our place, because it was something we could never do. The bible says:. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. Even the best things we can do for God are tainted, filthy, before Him because they are done with impure selfish motives.
For Jesus gave this example:. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. The tax collector like you realized that he had nothing to bring to God. In fact, it is just the opposite. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.
And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
It will never work for them. We accept what God says as true and live according to faith, and this abundant life works out in our experience. If we try to make it true by the way we live we will never get there. We are saved by faith and we walk or live by faith. We are neither saved nor sanctified by how we behave but by how we believe.
If you can come to understand this it will free you! You say you have many questions about the bible. I think once you understand this truth, much if it will begin to make a lot more sense for you. I would be happy to answer any questions that remain to the best of my ability. I would love to explain this over the phone because I could then understand better what you are going through.
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It is hard to convey what I mean in writing. In fact, some of the godliest men in the bible went through this. They even recorded their crisis of faith for us to read. I believe God had those put in His word so that we can be comforted, knowing that it is not uncommon for us to wonder God, where are you? I encourage you to read the book of Psalms.
It is littered with the earnest cries of people desperately seeking to find God in the midst of feelings of abandonment, loss, hopelessness, loneliness, and doubt. What you are feeling is real and valid. Here are some examples of how the psalmists cried out in the midst of this pain:. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help.
I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed?
Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? The feelings you have are no different than the ones expressed by these men of faith.
The only difference is how you have responded. The difference is in what these experiences have caused you to conclude. He goes on to say:. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? Life in this world is hard.
The world is fallen and needs to be redeemed. Redemption starts with the individual soul before God.