God wants us to always know He is in control.
God implores us to cast our burdens on Him (“Cast your burden upon the LORD” —Psalm 55:22) and He promises that if we do it His way, His yoke is light (“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” —Matthew 11:30). Yet, too many times we seem determined to handle things our way, even when we’ve been taught over and over that His way is the only way. Remember, God gives us an option to do what’s right at each turn of the road: Today, try giving it all to the Lord. He doesn’t need any help.
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape . . . —1 Corinthians 10:13
Remember, God gives us an option to do what’s right at each turn of the road:
Today, try giving it all to the Lord. He doesn’t need any help.
Concerning a previous GML where you said that continual confession of sins is not necessary because of Jesus’ work on the cross, how would you explain the Lord’s prayer? In Matthew 6:12, Jesus prayed, “Forgive us our sins, as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.” Doesn’t the Lord’s prayer still apply to us as believers today?
The Lord’s Prayer was given to the Jews, living under the law, as a “model” prayer—telling them to “pray . . . in this way.” It was never intended to be words, quoted over and over, as Jesus warned two verses earlier not to let prayer become “meaningless repetition.”
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do. —Matthew 6:7
Pray, then, in this way:
“Our Father who is in heaven, Blessed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” —Matthew 6:9-13
However, specific instructions regarding prayer to the Believers living in the Church Age include:
- Pray at all times —Ephesians 6:18
- Pray for opportunities to witness —Ephesians 6:19
- Pray for spiritual wisdom and understanding —Colossians 1:9
- Pray without ceasing —1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Pray for knowledge —Philemon 6
- Pray for good conduct —Hebrews 13:18
- Pray for wisdom —James 1:15
- Pray for those who are sick/suffering —James 5:13-14
- Pray for one another —James 5:16; 1 John 5:16
- Pray for those who persecute you —Romans 12:14
- Pray for good health —3 John 2
- Pray without doubting —James 1:6
- Pray with the right motives —James 4:3
- Pray knowing God is listening —1 John 5:15-16
I have a Christian friend who is dating a non-believer. I have confronted them with this, and they have not responded by correcting their ways. What is my role? Do I discontinue hanging out with them or what? Awaiting a response!!
As a friend and brother/sister-in-Christ, your responsibility to your friend is to lovingly share your concerns. “I have confronted them with this” SOUNDS like you think you’re the Junior Holy Spirit. Hopefully not!
And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. —Matthew 7:3-5
If God allows you the opportunity, lovingly discuss (not lecture) the verses about Christians not being bound together with non-Christians.
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? —2 Corinthians 6:14
If that goes well, move on to the responsibility of a Believer to be a light to a lost world—in other words, that their God-given responsibility as a believer is to be WITNESSING TO, not FELLOWSHIPPING WITH, non-believers.
The non-believer should not even be a part of this discussion. Only through the Spirit of God would someone understand the things of God.
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God. —1 Corinthians 2:10-12
Scripture has a lot to say about friendship, so be careful not to be too judgmental.
A friend loves at all times. —Proverbs 7:4
there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. —Proverbs 18:24
In regards to your hanging out with them, that really doesn’t fall under the “do not associate” verses:
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people. —1 Corinthians 5:9
- Hot-tempered man/anger
Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man. —Proverbs 22:24
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with a gossip. —Proverbs 20:19
- Covetous, idolater, reviler, drunkard, swindler
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one. —1 Corinthians 5:11
Hang in there and pray God will open a “door” of opportunity.
praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ —Colossians 4:3
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