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Apr 22, 2021
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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
 
Apr 22, 2021
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To add, my life for those 4 months has been work and bible. It's all I did. I was advised to go on walks, which I very rarely did. I have also lost a great deal of sleep, and have tried Advil PM and anther pill, but they didn't help much. I don't have near the zeal for God I did. My mind is changing a bit as well.
 

throughfaith

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
To add, my life for those 4 months has been work and bible. It's all I did. I was advised to go on walks, which I very rarely did. I have also lost a great deal of sleep, and have tried Advil PM and anther pill, but they didn't help much. I don't have near the zeal for God I did. My mind is changing a bit as well.
Hebrews 10.26 is not addressing the body of Christ ..Eph 430 ,Eph 1 13 is to the body of Christ . We are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. We cannot be lost .
 

TheDivineWatermark

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Just adding my two cents (hope it helps you :) ):


"Hebrews 10" by Charles Stanley (1800s... ; not the one in Atlanta, GA, currently :D )

- https://bibletruthpublishers.com/hebrews-10/charles-stanley/pamphlets/c-stanley/la61566




[and]

[On "Epistle to the Hebrews" / "Hebrews"] "Perfection: Where Is It, and What Is it?" by Charles Stanley (1800s)

- https://bibletruthpublishers.com/pe...t/charles-stanley/pamphlets/c-stanley/la61576

[excerpt from first paragraph - "To help every anxious soul is my desire, and to hinder none." And further down - "This whole epistle to the Hebrews is on this subject. The going on from that which made nothing perfect, to that which forever perfects."]
 

Blade

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Verse abovee " By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. "

Some would offer a sacrifice for a sin after they were saved. Christ can not die again. What they were trying to do put Christ to open shame.

And willfully sinning is you don't care and you keep on sinning. We when we sin.. feel bad.. feel guilty of which Christ does not condemn us but we repent :)
 
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They mostly think that HEBREWS 10:26 applies to apostacy
Precious friend, Grace And Peace to you. Thanks for sharing. We have
all struggled as believers, as our corrupt flesh will still be with us until
Glorification Day! Hallelujah!!

Best is not to listen to "what men think about HEBREWS."
That book is for the Jews in the Future Great Tribulation. Our
GRACE Books for us, Today, Under God's Amazing GRACE, are
Romans Through Philemon!
{see my "note" in my signature below...}.

I would suggest, after what I will "share" with you next, is to simply start reading Ephesians a few times, Then, move on to reading Romans Through Philemon! Hope this will Richly Bless And Encourage you In The LORD JESUS CHRIST!:

God's Will, Today, Under HIS PURE GRACE? Very Simply:

(1) believe, 100% trust, place Total faith, In The LORD JESUS CHRIST, HIS
Death {Precious BLOOD}, Burial, And HIS Resurrection, According To The
Scriptures! (
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; cp Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3-5 KJB!)
Results: all sins Forgiven, Eternal Life, And, Peace With God!

(2) Fulfil ALL Of His Law, In "ONE Word: LOVE thy neighbor as thyself!"
(
Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:8-10 KJB!)

(3) "Study" HIS Word Of Truth, Rightly Divided, for "Approval!"
(
2 Timothy 2:15 KJB!)

Eternal Results: reward, ruling, and reigning With CHRIST!

Precious friend(s): Please Be Very Richly Blessed!

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask - there are NO dumb questions
About God's Precious Word, And The Amazing GRACE Life In CHRIST!!

Precious friend, see you In God's Great GloryLand!!:)
 

crossnote

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
Seems to me you need a little less feel and felt and a little more faith in God's promises.

Welcome to Christian Chat. :)
 

Subhumanoidal

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
A number of things crossed my mind reading this.
I'll first reiterate what crossnote said. Faith and feelings are often in opposition. And if your faith is based on how you feel your faith will never last. Faith is trusting something even when there is no evidence to support it. Whether you're rich and successful or broke and in prison, faith should be unaffected by either. Truth is truth and it doesn't change because your feelings or circumstances do. Focus less on your feelings.

It sounds as though you've neglected self care. Becoming a spiritual person isn't about locking yourself away and reading the bible all day. God created an entire universe. Why not enjoy it? Get some exercise and get out of the office and house and give your mind a break. Even Jesus himself knew he had to get away and take time for himself. God created a 7th day for people to take time away from their pressures.

Learn to enjoy what you have rather than relentlessly striving for what you wish you had. You have murdered the joy of your salvation by turning it into a machine where you, alone, are the sole worker.

Your focus is on sin, not God. Your focus is on works, not God.

You're describing a person who has taken the burden of their sins upon themselves to personally beat by their own will.
But, really, all these things you're destroying yourself with are because of this. The things you're striving so hard to force to happen aren't out of God's will, but yours. These changes should be a result of the fruits of the Spirit which happen as your grow spiritually.
You've stopped growing spiritually because you've left God out of the picture and began doing works by your own power.
That's not to say you shouldn't still work at overcoming sin, but the purpose here, first and foremost, should be God, not sin.

Have you ever been diagnosed with any mental illness? Your behavior reminds me of Christians I've seen that had OCD. Focusing on sin and works, fear of losing salvation or having not been saved, taking negative views of things. It all sounds very similar.

Ultimately stop trying to be God and instead get to know God. And that can happen through exercise, talking to other people, music or a number of other things. Set your time aside for bible, but utilize the rest of the time to the other things God intended us to enjoy.
 

PennEd

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
Mr Crossnote has hit it exactly.

You appear to be relying completely on your feelings and your daily walk. If you had a good day of resisting sin you feel good. If you stumble, you feel bad and lost.

Missing from the equation is what JESUS has done.

Stop focusing on how good or bad you are doing and feeling, and start focusing on Him, and what He has done for you.
 

JaumeJ

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
Any time you feel the enemy is taunting or tempting you, because you know our Savior, have the Lord rebuke him , then pray and thank God for having rebuked the evil one.

It is not we who rebuke the enemy, it is Jesus-Yeshua. Thank you for the wonderful share. You sound to be on the Way to me also.
 

Platosgal

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you

Believe it or not
This is good
Questioning your self is good
Longing for the lord is good
You need a regular person
To share and pray with
Not a pastor but a fellow
I call prayer lines when I get In that head space ' ( I am alone) recently I have an old friend who I have been praying with on the phone one day a week for just a few min
Everything changes when 2 believers
Agree
Skip the "pastors " find a friend, or even a prayer call phone line
It's my suggestion
But searching for God is the best place to be because it forces you to take action
 

Blik

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Hebrews 10.26 is not addressing the body of Christ ..Eph 430 ,Eph 1 13 is to the body of Christ . We are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. We cannot be lost .
If it is so that sin does not kill, that what we are told about sin is not in effect to anyone who has once been saved, then that scripture would not be truth. If we rebell against the holy spirit the Lord considers it rebellion.
I have a tendency to give in to a terrible sin. I learned to speak as a baby in a home that used the Lord's name in almost every sentence, it was simply part of English. If I become upset that first English I learned comes bubbling up. I do not want this in myself, I have given my will over to the Lord. I have asked the Lord to help me with this, and vowed to never eat food from animals who are built for eating garbage, as using in Lord's name in vain is garbage. It is a way of reminding myself to not let this happen again.
 

wattie

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
Context of Hebrews 10 is ANIMAL sacrifice.. so therefore.. where there is forgiveness of sins. .. there is no more animal sacrifice to do to please God.

It the other way to look at it.. where there is forgiveness of sins ... the price is paid! Cant put Jesus back on the cross to sacrifice again!
 

Angela53510

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To add, my life for those 4 months has been work and bible. It's all I did. I was advised to go on walks, which I very rarely did. I have also lost a great deal of sleep, and have tried Advil PM and anther pill, but they didn't help much. I don't have near the zeal for God I did. My mind is changing a bit as well.
I'm glad you asked these questions. Read Hebrews 13:5. It says, in the same book as Hebrews 10:26, that God will never leave it forsake us. Since God is not the author of confusion, these two verses cannot be in conflict.

First, good Bible interpretation means you don't take one verse, out of context, and make a doctrine about it.

But, God does hate sin! That starts in Genesis 3 during the Fall, right up to the punishment of the wicked in Revelation! It is theme found through the entire Bible.

But God in Hebrews 10 is speaking of this specifically of the sacrifice of animals being sin! Why? This chapter explains that Christ is the perfect sacrifice for sin:

"For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy." Hebrews 10:14

The one offering he (Christ) made, was the perfect sacrifice for sin, for those who are being made holy or sanctified.

Salvation is a 3 stage process.

1. JUSTIFICATION Romans 5:1
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

This verse tells us Jesus gave us the faith so God could save us!

Further, Eph 2 shows us that our justification is a gift of God.

"8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast." Eph 2:8-9

We simply cannot save ourselves. This verse shows us that salvation is not from us, but rather a gift from God. Neither can we keep ourselves by works, or not sinning! The first part of Ephesians 2 shows us the reason:

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins," Eph 2:1
In other words, we were dead before Christ saved us!

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." Eph. 2:4-5

Another verse, in the same chapter, that says we were dead in our sins before God saved us. Dead people cannot raise themselves. They cannot give themselves a new life!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Cor. 5:17

Once you are a new creation, God is not going to make you spiritually dead. Instead he has a much better plan!

2. SANCTIFICATION Acts 20:32
"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified."

Notice that Luke says "build you up and give you an inheritance, with all the sanctified!"

So, sanctification in Greek is the same word "holy!"
"Dictionary:
ἁγιάζω
Greek transliteration:
hagiazō

Gloss:
to sanctify, set apart, make holy; this can mean active dedication and service to God or the act of regarding or honoring as holy
Definition:
to separate, consecrate; cleanse, purify, sanctify; regard, or reverence as holy"

In other words, God is separating us, sanctify us, making us holy during our whole life. Sanctification is the entire process, which means being tempted, learning the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and applying them to our lives, learning to live with suffering as means to grow in character (Romans 5:3-5); and so many more things.

3. GLORIFICATION Romans 8:30

"And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." Romans 8:30

This is the final thing Jesus does for us. When he returns we will all be glorified, or made perfect in our spirits. Or if we die first.

So, when God saved you, you were justified by faith. That's when it's so easy and joyous to serve Christ.
That is when you are filled with passion and fire for God, in the newness of knowing him. You went through that!

Next comes the long haul - being made holy, or sanctification! This literally lasts the rest of our lives. Sometimes it means walking close to God, at other times, you get "The Dark Night of the Soul" when God seems so far away. Sometimes it is incredible blessings, and others, it is learning to trust God when diagnosed with an incurable disease. (I've been chronically ill for 25 years, and have grown so much and matured in character!)

And finally when one day Jesus returns, he will finish our transformation, and we will serve God joyfully and perfectly! It will be a glorious day!
 

Angela53510

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https://christianchat.com/members/unnamedconcerned.306922/

One last thing - someone else noticed some worrisome traits with you, as I have, too. Mental illness is a disease of the brain. It is the same as getting a broken leg, contracting COVID, cancer, or some autoimmune disease!

What you do with physical injuries or diseases is you go to a doctor and get it fixed. You might need antibiotics, a cast, or cancer meds, like I take. You get care for your body. A broken leg is splinted and checked to see it is fusing every 2 weeks. If you do that, you have high chances of being normal and walking again. If you don't get help, you may end up crippled for life if it is misaligned and it fuses wrong.

Mental health is no different. It is a Disease of the brain! In fact, the latest studies have confirmed that schizophrenia is an autoimmune disease. Further study is being done with bipolar disorder, although the results are inconclusive. I would urge you to seek help, see a psychiatrist and see what this doctor gives you for diagnosis and what meds or other therapies help!
 

Jocund

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I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be
Was this conviction because of what you were doing on your phone, or because of something you should have been doing instead?

We all face the fire of purification:

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." - 1 Cor 3:13-15
 

throughfaith

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This is the problem with Lordship salvation. Yet again .
 

lamad

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Good afternoon. I grew up christian, but didn't go to church, didn't live much different. September last year I started going to church.(OPC)
I went for about 2.5-3 months, and started praying, and then the Holy Spirit came into my life. For the first 2 weeks, I was just IN LOVE with God.
I stopped swearing very quickly, the hate in my heart went away, my talk otherwise cleaned up. That went away, (being IN LOVE with God, I think Satan got involved) and I got very anxious and depressed. I cut out everything bad in my life that were obvious, visible sins. Stopped watching ungodly TV, radio, etc. Looked away from any woman when driving down the road. I still struggled, but overall I was really trying, which might have fed my pride, which I prayed about.
There were times of great peace, when I truly felt like everything made sense, Christ died for my sins,etc. I confessed my sins and the guilt started going away, though I don't know if I have saving faith. I was starting to walk in grace a bit, when I realized I made a mistake, I'd confess it. I tended to focus on the worst versus in the Bible, Parable of the Sower, Hebrews 10:26, etc. I also just started reading The Pilgrims Progress, and the man in the cage stood out to me. On Thursday (last week), I was on my phone, and got this conviction that I shouldn't be. I finished the email and repented, but everything felt HORRIBLE. Like the Holy Spirit had left me. I feel hard. For a few days, I felt extremely empty, but now I feel sort of normal. I've struggled I feel very convinced that I'm hell bound. I've talked to 3 pastors and another man I trust, and they think I'll be fine. They mostly think that 10:26 applies to apostacy, but the way it reads, I don't like it. What are your thoughts?. Thank you
Is there something we as born again believers (really ANYONE) can do to change the way we feel in the long run? The answer is a resounding YES!

Romans 10: 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Where is the word FIRST? Paul tells us it is in our mouth first. THEN it gets into our heart. WE get God's word into our heart by SAYING IT. And SAYING it, and SAYING it. "Faith comes from hearing" and what better way to hear than to say it ourselves?

For example, you could begin saying a hundred times a day, "Thank God, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!"

Then do this: whenever you say something stop immediately and ask yourself: do I was much more of what I just said? If yes, then STOP SAYING IT! Have you not read?

Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Notice that last phrase: people get what they say! If you wish to change, first change your WORDS!