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Encountering Life's Issues - Is there a God? Is God real?
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Subject Topic: Sometimes, even if you’re a good Christian, your’e gonna mess up. - Here’s what you need to do. Post Reply Post New Topic
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Sometimes, even if you're a good Christian, your'e gonna mess up. And when you do, God is always ready to forgive you--He'll do HIS part, but you should be willing to do your part, too.

Here's what you need to do.

1. If you have been engaging in sinful behavior, cease and desist--STOP!!!!!!!

2. If you made a mistake, learn from it and don't repeat it (that's called getting wiser).

3. If you've hurt somebody, apologize and ask for forgivenss (that's called doing the right thing).

4. Ask for God's forgiveness, too. Get on your face and pray and repent!!! (He'll give you forgiveness whenever you ask, but guess what?, you have to ask)

Have you messed something up? If so, today is the perfect day to make things right with everybody (and the word, "EVERYBODY" includes yourself, your family, and your friends, and your GOD).

In the mean time, Be Radical for God!!!!

Lord Bless you and yours!!!
Patrick Conaty
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Second Chances
by Os Hillman, July 23, 2007
 
..."I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity." - Jonah 4:2

Have you ever gone through a time of disobedience with God? Jonah was a prophet of God who decided he didn't want to prophesy for the Lord. God wanted him to deliver a message to Nineveh to warn them against impending destruction if they didn't turn from their ways. Jonah had developed a hardened heart toward the people of Nineveh. He didn't really care if they repented or not; so rather than travel to Nineveh and deliver the message, he hopped a boat in the opposite direction. You probably know the rest of the story. He was eaten by a fish and spent a few days thinking about his decision.

There is a place where we all will obey. What circumstances must take place for us to become obedient? For some of us, it requires a good shakeup. For Jonah, it required a big shakeup because he was God's man to save 120,000 people. He was chosen by God to be used by God, and God didn't give up on him.

God understands our disobedient heart. He sees what we really are; yet He gives second chances. God gave Jonah a second chance. He gave the people of Nineveh a second chance. It is a lesson of love from a heavenly Father who specializes in second chances. Have you blown it? Have you disappointed someone close to you? God is the God of second chances. All we have to do is acknowledge our waywardness. He will restore. He will give grace. Ask Him.


 

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Posted: 07/23/2007 at 12:43pm | IP Logged Quote Ann Doupont

I'd like to add step #5 to what Patrick Conaty said.

Forgive yourself.

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New Things
by Os Hillman, August 20, 2007
 
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:13b-14

Our past can be a hindrance or a help in moving toward God's purposes for each of us. For some, the past has meant pain and heartache, and grace is required so that we do not let our past dictate our responses to the future. If we allow our past to make us a victim, then we have not entered into the grace that God has for us. If we live on memories of past successes and fail to raise our vision for new things, we again are victims of our past.

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland" (Is. 43:19). Our past should only be viewed for what we can learn from it. We must move forward and avoid viewing the negative or the positive for more than what we can learn. Many have allowed their past to dictate their future. God is always about doing new things in our lives. He gives fresh revelation of His purposes in our lives. Do not live in the past. Do not hold onto bitterness that may hinder God from doing new and exciting things in your life. He turns our wastelands into streams of water to give life, not death.

How have you viewed your past? Has it hindered you in some areas of your life? Have you relied on past successes to dictate what you will do in the future? Put aside such thoughts and allow God to do a new thing in your life. Ask Him to help you see the new things He wants to do in and through you today.

"When your memories are bigger than your dreams, you're headed for the grave" [Author unknown].
 
 


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by Os Hillman, August 20, 2007
 
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -
but what if you cant forget? Cant seem to move forward? Unable to forgive yourself? Feel like you let God down and  He hates you..........

 
 


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