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I Wish I Knew

I wish I knew,
God's plan for me,
I'm lost,
Trapped in life,
In a knot,
Please God,
Show me the way.
lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 14, 2011

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Hi there,<br />
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You are not alone in your frustrations. We all need a sense of purpose and as Christians we know that God's plan for us is perfect. What we don't know is exactly what that individual plan for our own lives is. <br />
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If I may may a couple of intro remarks. First Let's make sure that you know what a Christian is. I Cor 15 and the first several verses tells us that we are saved by faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then goes on the lay out the three parts; Christ's death -> burial -> and resurrection. If you believe this simple truth you are indeed born again. So many people who are struggling with issues like yours forget sometimes to go back to the basics. <br />
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From now on I will assume that you are a brother or sister.<br />
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The next issue is just as important. I believe that the Bible teaches that we CANNOT lose our salvation. There are several arguments that I could lay out for you, but let's stick to a couple of basic ones. 1) Eternal life is just that. It does not end. 2) The word translated as salvation or saved in the NT is the Greek sozo. This words means safety. One cannot feel safe if they are always in fear of going to hell - let me assure you that this will not happen if God has given you the gift of faith as explained in Eph 2:8-9. 3) Eph 1 tells us that when we believe we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. <br />
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Verses that could be mistaken as teaching otherwise need to be taken in the context of this understanding and do not apply to a Christian who is saved.<br />
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Not long ago I was very much in your situation and felt like I was languishing and that my faith had faltered and I wanted so much to 'matter' in God's kingdom. Then I discovered a passage that has helped me a lot. Please study II Peter chapter 1. There are 7 areas of growth, or sanctification, spells out here that come with 2 promises. a) we won't stumble and b) we will not be useless or fruitless in our Christian walk.<br />
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I began to cling to this teaching like a person holding on to a life-raft. Slowly I started to come out of my spiritual funk and read, study, and pray on a regular basis. WOW - what a difference. My world started to open up again. I'm not saying I don't struggle with things, but I am constantly reminded of where my hope lies and I see God working in my life continually.<br />
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I'm not super-spiritual or anything - just someone who has been down pretty much the same path as you, and believe me others.<br />
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You are not alone!<br />
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'Sandy'

Thank you.