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Dear Brother Bob, 
I have a prayer request.  I have not been a good Christian lately and God is convicting me.  I am not sure how to change, but I know I want to.  Please pray that I find the time in my life for God's word and presence.  It seems like satan knows just the right buttons to push to turn our attention away from God.  I have so many other problems that I am not sure if I need to fix them first or fix my relationship with Him first.  I am just really confused and God's voice doesn't sound real to me right now.  I will appreciate any help you can give me very much....Sincerely, X


Dear X,

As it is with many prayer requests, sometimes we hold the key to the answer of our own prayers. This is one of those times. 

The fact that the Holy Spirit is moving you to change is a good sign. Now the thing to do is follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and turn away from whatever it is that you are doing that offends God, and promise Him and yourself that you aren't going to do that anymore. Here are a few verses to help you put this in perspective...

1) Make the restoration of your relationship with Christ your FIRST PRIORITY. Once your relationship with Him is restored, then He will start straightening out the rest of your life and priorities.

{18} If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 
{19} But verily God hath heard me;
 he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
 {20} Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, 
nor his mercy from me.
Psa 66:18-20 (KJV) 

But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God,
 and his righteousness; 
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:33 (KJV) 

2) Search your soul and let God show you what it is that you are doing that He is displeased with. It is often the testimony of people who have unconfessed sin in their heart that the "heavens seem like brass, and my prayers just seem to bounce off the ceiling". This is because God cannot look on sin nor have fellowship with a sinner. Your position of sonship is still intact and unbroken, but your relatioinship of friendship with God is broken.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Psa 66:18 (KJV) 

And when ye spread forth your hands, 
I will hide mine eyes from you: 
yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: 
your hands are full of blood. 
{16} Wash you, make you clean;
 put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; 
cease to do evil;
Isa 1:15-16 (KJV) 

{23} Search me, O God, and know my heart: 
try me, and know my thoughts: 
{24} And see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psa 139:23-24 (KJV) 

{8} If we say that we have no sin, 
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
{9} If we confess our sins, 
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 (KJV) 

3) Decide to turn away from the sinfull activity that is offending God, once and for all, and go in a new direction, God's direction. This is what the word "repent" means..turn around and go in a different direction.

...go, and sin no more.
John 8:11b (KJV) 

4) Use the principle of "replacement" so that your life can be renewed... replace your old way of thinking or acting that you learned from the world, or were drawn to by your flesh, or were tempted to do by the devil..replace all the old things with God's new things such as you find in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to point out to you what He wants you to change from His Word, and then change by one, one by one, and over a period of time, your life will grow to maturity.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, 
holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service. 
{2} And be not conformed to this world:
 but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
 that ye may prove what is that 
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Rom 12:1-2 (KJV) 

5) Remember always that if you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, you now have eternal life, that no one can take away from you....
eternal life means, "life that goes on forever". It is not temporary or on and is permanent and eternal. If you sin, you do not lose your eternal life... you just lose your friendship with God, until you repent and confess and turn away from the sin, and He forgives you. Then you are once again restored to friendship or fellowship with Him.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, 
and this life is in his Son. 
{12} He that hath the Son hath life; 
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 {13} These things have I written unto you 
that believe on the name of the Son of God;
 that ye may know that ye have eternal life, 
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:11-13 (KJV) 

I hope that this has helped you put your problem into God's perspective. 
God bless you as you follow Him.

in bob........<><


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