Have you even had times when you have wondered--is God even listening to my prayers? Does He even incline his ear to my requests and answered them?
That is a few questions. And the Bible infers the answer to the last two by what it does say.
I consider the Bible to be God's communication with us humans in the revealing of Himself. All through the first half of the Bible He reveals Himself as a person who hears prayer and answers prayer of those who are in a relationship with Him.
He gave a son to Hannah when she asked. He saved Lot form Sodom when Abraham asked Sodom to be spared if ten righteous people could be found. Only Lot was found.
He heard Jesus when Jesus prayed. He hears us also according to 1John 5:14. "And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.' (esv)
It is my contention that our asking is what is being referred to here as God's will.
this promise is only for Christians. I define a Christian as one who has a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is a family relationship.
As for belief, this is where faith steps in. For without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith says that God exists and is one who rewards those who are His.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Is it possible for a Christian to be sexual?
What a subject.
I would like to discuss if it is possible for a Christian to be homosexual and still a Christian. Or to push the envelope more, a transsexual. Let me push the envelope a bit here. Let me bring in a discussion something that most Christian seem not to touch.
This post is not for the eyes of youngsters. It should be discussed, but it is not necessary that it be read by,-- say, people under eighteen.
So that makes it a college age posting.
You can read it in some Christian magazines. I have seen it in CT. Articles written by authors who claim to be both Christians and gay.
Yes, Jesus died for all mankind. Male, female, gay. And by extension, transsexuals. No one is beyond the redemption provided by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Next step. Okay. he died for all. But would we want a be lead by a known gay person?
The Bible, which is our authority, written by God using men ( he needed the hands of his creation to record His Words) states that God created them male and female. I don't read God creating anything gay as we define gay in the twenty first century. It was the effects of sin that caused human kind to mutate into gay and transsexual.
God loves the whole world. Male, female, gay, transsexual.
Jesus died for the whole world, male, female, transsexual.
Yes. It is possible for a transsexual to have confessed his sin and accept Jesus as his personal savior and on his way to heaven when he dies.
Yes, it is possible for a Christian to be gay.
Is it what God would want? No. He wants all people to be the sex He created them. But HE understands sin and the destruction it has caused.
Please feel free to comment and let us discuss this.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
|Open The Pipeline|
Maybe I handled this issue earlier in a post a few months ago. This is the issue of prayer getting to the throne of God to be answered.
Of course we know that God hears the prayers of most everyone. Maybe not the muslim who is deep in his belief system. Not the Jehovah's Witness. Not the Mormon. Not the person who has no connection to God through the new birth.
Sin blocks our prayers from getting to heaven to the throne room. Sin has to be removed or the prayer just hits the blockage and like a pool ball goes elsewhere. But not to God.
The death of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection three days later and the ascension opened up the pipe line of prayer. Now it was possible for the prayer of a child of God to get to heaven, to the throne room ,and be heard.
The connection was now there for the prayer to go up and the answer to come down.
That is prayer's pipe line. Nothing we can do to keep it open. That is one of the gifts of God granted freely to His people.
Of course on our end we need to keep confessing so that we can be assured of being heard and assured of getting an answer.. But we have nothing to do with the pipeline. That is already set. When we confess it is like using a Drano solution to keep the pipe clear.
Monday, August 11, 2014
On Sunday I heard that the other person I was thinking to add to this blog as an author has decided to start off with another organization. He is no longer available to blog with me. So it is just a one person blog.
I wasn't always a Christian. Before I was I belonged to the Roman Catholic Church. A Roman Catholic has all the facts but the final step, that of asking Jesus alone to save them from the penalty of sin and give them assurance of going to heaven when they die.. that part is missing.
If belonging to the right group (There is none) and believing my security was in man and good works which I have done to get me to heaven, than I would have been okay. There would have been no reason for the resurrection.
Yes. It was the resurrection that sealed the truth. Not the death alone. A dead person has never been able to save another.
I was born a Roman Catholic. It wasn't something that I chose. I was educated in a Catholic environment through grade school.. And still my paternal grandmother said "if only you had stayed you would have understood." when it came to, what?
Salvation is not in a church group.
When I was twenty one and away at school , this was when I got hold of a Bible and read it for myself. I wanted to know what it said, not what a priest said it said. About this time the Vietnam war was still going on. My brother was killed in that war. He was so young.
I realized that young people died not just the elderly. And If I were to die, where would I spend eternity? And how could I be sure?
I sought answers. I was seeking for meaning.
Now, being a Roman Catholic is not all bad. The facts were all there. The application was not. Not the way that will draw you to seek answers outside the church. Nor would my saying a Roman Catholic have made the truth apparent to me as my paternal grandmother was no doubt trying to say.
A personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the resurrected Savior who took the penalty for my sins.. which was eternal separation from God, was needed.
Friday, August 8, 2014
This past Tuesday, 5 Aug, was held the national evening to thank the police and other organizations of service in the community. It was a night of food, dancing, booths where we could see what our police department and fire department and other service organizations were up to.
There was a good attendance. Also there was the Jewish organization of Chabad.
I was asked twice if I were a Jew. Now, I don't look Jewish. But I guess they ask all males.
While I am not a Jew I am grafted in to the vine. That vine is attached to the Abrahamic promise of blessing. It is the same vine from which the Jews come and the Messiah.
To pick up the trend. The Olive tree was mentioned by Saul of Tarsus in what comes down to us today as the letter to the Romans found in the second half of the Bible. The gentiles ( Non-Jews) can be grafted in as a wild branch. They can be grafted in when they have a relationship with God through the blood of Jessu Christ. This union grafts them in with the same privileges as a Jew. That is a true Jew.
What makes one a true Jew? In today's parlance that would be a Jewish individual who has found their Messiah.
But for us non-Jews we have to be grafted into the vine. It is not hard to do.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Let us look at faith.
Faith is the answer to so many things. Yet so few of us know what faith is.
It can't be touched. You can see the results, but it is not something you can putt in a testtube and mesaure.
Yet again we have in the eleventh chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews a number of names of people faith worked for. But it was a daily day by day walk without any tangible object to touch, taste or smell.
In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that faith is a substance of hope that shows evidence . But what kind of evidence? We can't see it now. We will see it later. At least those of us who are in a proper relationship with God.
Our examples of faith are listed. Abel who lost his life because he did right. Noah who saw no rain but still built the boat. Abraham who left his family and went out to a land that he never really did get. Abraham who also had a child in his old age who hung on because God said a child was coming. (Abraham who fathered an offsring that wasn't the one God was going to bless him and the world through. A child that would father the nation of Arabs) Abraham who was willing to sacrafice his only claim to fame because God told him to, but was stopped and received the child back. Moses who lead the people out of Egypt.
So many more. They are all there in the book. Our examples. Not perfect but still what I would call masrters of faith.
And it was learned.
The key. There is always a key. The key to faith is found in verse six. The rewards of faith come about because of God's existence. God delights in rewarding those who believe in Him and His power. His ability. His existence.
The question to ask is do we have our reward now? When we pray and ask in faith, do we have a tangable reward now? If we ask for finances do we get finances now?
That is the question. And the answer is..I really don't know. Yes, we believe the heaven is a place of no needs. No reason to have a form of barter. But as for this moment on earth, I really don't know the answer to the need.
This is a puzzlement.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
So now let me look at the one right we have. I call it the believer's privilege. That is the one weapon beside the Bible that we have. It is prayer.
Prayer has a power, so I have been told. Things can happen because a Christian prays.
Let me define Christian. A Christian is a person who has a relationship with God because he has acknowledged he is a sinner and that Jesus died and rose again for him. Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you shall have a relationship with Him.
And you are given a weapon called prayer. Not only a weapon but a way to talk to God. Just as a child talks to his father, so we talk to God by prayer. And if we pray right we shall receive what we request.
It seem most of the time. The request must be in accordance with what God sees is best for you to have at that point in your life.
I am also coming to undertand we must be on praying ground. As I see it praying ground is not having sin blocking the passge way. That is why we confess our sins to cler out the passage way.
And the passage way has been set up by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So we all have praying ground. God himself has provided the ground.
God sees us sinless. So the ground is always open on His end.
When can I pray? Always. The ground is open. If you have confessed all the sin you know of, you have the assurance that the way os lear. God sees it clear at all times. The blockage is on
our side if there is blockage.
Please feel free to leave your comments.