Issues of the Heart

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  1. Shell

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    I need some advice. I feel like I am falling away from God. I mean I have no desire to be in church anymore, or serve in any ministry. I find my heart somewhat harden to things nowadays. I find myself doing things just to make others happy, its no longer from the heart as one would say. I can barely get myself to pray let alone read the bible except on when I am at church on Wednesdays and Sundays. I feel like I am losing my desire. I have also been dealing with an issue of a certain sin. Its comes back to haunt me as I continue to do it.

    Any advice that someone could offer?
     
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  2. Salty

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    Shell, Since you did not give many details, ( and we are not asking for any more) it is hard to give specific advice. But be assured that your are on our prayer list.
    All I can say for the moment is to focus on the Lord, get into the Word and seek spiritual guidance - which may be something just as simple as a good Christian friend.

    In Christ,

    Salty
     
  3. bapmom

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    Shell!

    Im so glad to see you here again! :wavey:

    Please don't take this as harsh, it is not meant to be so. But when one is having a true struggle overcoming a specific sin than that can very often lead to a feeling of spiritual defeat and it is so easy to give up, or to lose your heart for the things of God....as you've described.

    I think you know this, as you mentioned your struggle with this sin in your OP. I think you know it is what is at the core of your problem. Find someone to whom you can be accountable on this issue. Ask them to study the Bible with you, and then be honest with her. (Needs to be a HER person, not a HE person). Again, Im assuming youre a gal like me. :)
    This needs to be someone you can trust to pray for you, and who will be willing to take that phone call whenever you are having a time of temptation.
    Sometimes we cannot overcome these things on our own. Sometimes we try and try and try, and the disillusionment comes because we are trying to do things on our own strength. Let someone else help share your burden.

    Then share their's, too.

    Im still praying for ya!
     
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    Bapmom gave you some brilliant infomation (Bapmom, don't let it go to your head!)

    Struggling with sin, fighting with Satanic temptations can leave you feeling spiritually dehydrated...
    Follow Bapmom's advice.
     
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    I agree with Tim and Bapmom, Shell, but I would also like to add something else.

    When you have a 'favorite' sin, every time you are involved in that sin you are consciously and actively pushing God away, or pushing yourself away from God, whichever picture you prefer. And yes, that will leave you feeling alienated from Him and thus alienated from the things of Him, including your own peace.

    But the first thing to understand all the way deep in your heart is that you are still loved. God will never change that part! So maybe instead of focusing on this sin, try praying along the lines of "Father, help me respond to You the way You want me to. Please give me whatever it takes to do that."

    It's funny, but the more you are worried about that sin, the more it will stay in your consciousness and dominate you. Shift your focus to God and ask Him for help in doing that, too. He doesn't want you alienated and He knows how to fix it. Whatever it is, you know it is a sin and so does He. So go to Him with that confession and the apology and shift your focus to Him. Whether you want to or not, be obedient in doing for others.

    God is concerned with your every moment. "What now?" is not a bad prayer! Learn to listen for Him in your heart for the daily directions for your life. Read the Bible so you will know for sure that the imput you seem to be getting is from Him -- if it disagrees with the Bible, you will know it is not! But if you don't know your Bible, you can be easily deceived. So read the Bible as an intellectual exercise if you cannot use it as spiritual food right now. Make sure you are not going off track by using it as your plumb line for truth.

    And get your focus on HIM! The more it is on Him, the less it will be on yourself and your own problems. You take care of others. He will take care of you.
     
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    heeheehee! :laugh: k



    Amen Helen!
     
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    Shell, I don't have much to offer after the excellent advice you have already received, except this-

    Someone has wisely stated concerning the Bible- [SIZE=-1]"This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book."

    And, the Christian's victory is found in the cross- death to self. Paul said, "I die daily." He was talking about crucifying the flesh. When we crucify the flesh we can walk in the new life- the resurrected life- of Christ.

    'Taint easy. But it CAN be done. God promised it. Jesus died to make it possible. The Holy Spirit lives in you to perform it.

    Philippians 1:6- Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

    I'll be praying for you! Please let us know how you are doing. You are NOT the only one in the battle!
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  8. I Am Blessed 24

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    Hi Shell,

    What you are dealing with is "the sin that so easily besets us". You must remember that your fight is with Satan, not with Godl.

    You will feel like your falling away from God, because guilt makes us feel that way, but rest assured, God will not fall away from you.

    It sounds like you have lost the 'joy of your salvation'. You have received excellent advice already. Go to John 1:9 and use it daily, hourly, every minute if you have to because sin will separate you from fellowship with God.

    We will be praying for you. We've all been there and, at times, I'm still there.
     

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