Losing Sight of Christ

Every once in a while I will get an e-mail or a comment from someone who has read one of my hubs. I try to answer any questions about the Bible as best as I can to help that person in their situation. When I say I try, I mean I am not a theologian nor do I have a degree in psychology. I do, however, have a Maters’ degree in Life from the School of Hard Knocks. I am honest and straight to the point, and I pull no punches when the situation calls for it, especially when it comes to the Word of God.

So when I get a message from someone who has stopped believing in Jesus Christ because they feel Christ does not answer prayers like He promised, and they want me to give them hope in a situation they placed themselves in, I get mix feelings on how to go about it. Therefore, I pray. I pray that God will reveal to me how He would like me to answer their questions. I pray for guidance. I am grieved when I hear that someone has stopped believing in Christ. However, it grieves me even more when I find that a person has stopped believing because they have no understanding of the Spiritual teachings in the Word.

Then I ask myself (and God), are people blinded by the truth because God is causing the blindness or are they blind because they allowed the lies of this world to enter their hearts? Maybe the answer lies in both questions. Perhaps God blinded them to the truth because He saw their hearts and how they followed the lies of this world instead of His Word.

God is no fool. He searches the hearts of men and sees how people say one thing with their lips but their hearts are very far from Him, and that is a sin against God. This may come as a surprise to some Christians, but everyone has doubts. We all have unanswered questions, however, that is not a reason to lose hope or our faith in Christ. People go around searching for answers in others when they should be reading their Bible, and asking God to teach them and give them understanding.

When people begin to listen to the distorted teachings of others and don’t know what the Bible says, it is for certain they will fall for these lies. Then they feel lost and confused, and lose faith. As I said earlier, I have mix feelings for people who put themselves in this situation because the truth is there for all to see but people reject the truth. People do not use discernment or search scripture when they hear others teach. So what happens when people lend themselves to everything but the truth? God will then give us an alternative to truth, and that is the “lie.” If you reject truth, you will get a lie. It’s that simple, and we get to choose.

Read what 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says about those rejecting truth:

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (KJV)

Jesus heals the blind
Jesus heals the blind

You do not have to have a doctorate in theology to understand the Bible. The apostles were simple minded people but God gave them wisdom and understanding, and it was given to them to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Why? Because they chose to follow Christ, and they held on to Christ even unto their deaths. They did not give up at the first sign of trouble; they had joy in their suffering because they had the hope of Christ in them, and knew their reward was not in this world.

When you pray and your prayers are not answered, do you call Christ a liar because He did not deliver on His promise to give you what you ask for in His name? This is where this man’s comment left on my hub nearly blew me away. Where is the spiritual understanding in what the Gospels teach? God’s Word does not revolve around man’s wants and needs, or what man feels is righteous. God is no respecter of man, and He is not concerned about you throwing a hissy fit either because you didn’t get what you asked for. God is concerned about His Kingdom. He is concerned about the church and reuniting with her.

Let’s put our individual feelings aside and stop running away from God when we can’t get what we want or find the answers we want. God has greater problems. We can pray but if it is not in God’s will and does not line up with what is written in His Word, then no amount of begging will get you what you pray for.

We already have a comforter in the Holy Spirit. Rather than searching for answers in man, turn to God for that hope and faith you feel you lost. He is more than willing to pull you out of your pit. And if you feel that this message comes through as being abrasive, that’s because it is. I call it tough love.

Five months ago I found myself undergoing emergency surgery. Twelve days later after the surgery (while still at the hospital), another emergency surgery was performed and I nearly lost my life. I cannot describe in words how lonely I felt in my pain, both spiritually and physically. I thought God had forsaken me. And in a moment of fear and helplessness, I saw a glimmer of hope. I saw a cross hanging from a chain on one of the hospital transporters. I reached out and touched the cross. I think back now and wonder what that man must have thought of me, but at that moment it did not matter.

You see, it was not the metal shaped in the form of a cross but what it represented that filled me with hope where there was none. Suddenly I was filled with strength and indescribable love, and I survived the ordeal to tell you about it here. There was no one holding my hand and encouraging me, no one trying to talk hope back into me. It was my Lord who pulled me out of that pit, and not man, because I reached out to Him. I don’t know how long I’ll have on this earth; this life is but a short passage. It is my final destination I keep my eye on.

May God fill you with His love, wisdom, and knowledge, as you draw closer to Him.


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boyatdelhi 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your faith.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

You are welcome boyatdelhi. Thans for stopping by to read and comment.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello Faithful Daughter. Indeed people who pray but not in the name of Jesus will not see their prayers fulfilled. They never reached the throne. I believe God does answer every spirit and Christ led prayer. We just sometimes do not care for the answer. Also people do not know or understand we have a huge part to play. God works through people and if we do not follow His instructions we invalidate prayers and answers. I really like your advice about throwing a hissy fit. It is so true! Thanks for a great devotional.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

It's always a pleasure to have you visit. A man who left a comment on one of my hubs, claimed to have great faith. He said he prayed in the name Jesus but because Jesus did not keep His promise of answering prayers when we ask in His name, he stopped believing in Him. That bothered me so much that I had to write this.

Sometimes God answers and sometimes He doesn't. There is a reason behind it and I am not one to judge God as to why, and I do not lose my faith when He doesn't give me the answer I'm looking for. In all my years of being a Christ follower, I've learned to trust my God and eventually He shows me most of the time why He didn't answer my prayer. We shouldn't lose sight of Him when we don't understand as to why things happen or do not happen.

Thanks for commenting.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi FD,

Not bad for a non-theologian :) I wonder what this man's take is on praying in the Name of Jesus. Praying in the Name of Jesus is not some hocus-pocus, but praying according to the will of God. I know for me I have to be careful or my will can be confused with God's will.

I'm glad God doesn't always give me what I ask for because He knows best what I need. Thanks for another great hub - up and awesome!


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hello LG,

Thanks for the comment and votes! I couldn't have said it better... there is no hocus-pocus when praying in the name of Jesus. Sadly, that's what many people believe today, then they find out God doesn't work that way. I've been there also when it comes to my will or God's will, and have also been glad when He didn't answer some of my prayers. Father knows best.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great hub, FD! Voted up, up and away!


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by and the votes Dexter. God bless you!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Excellent article and you are spot on. Thank you for this needful and edifying Hub. I hope you have fully recovered from your surgeries. I appreciate you sharing your testimony with us.

I agree wholeheartedly that the Gospel message is easily understood. I understood it before I was even five years old.

And yes, that fella had no clue what prayer is all about—shockingly so.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

James,

Your comment is like a balm to my spirit, thank you!

What a wonderful sight you must have been to God at five years old when He saw that enormous faith in that little heart; I bet that’s when He poured His Holy Anointing on you, and decided to keep you and not let you go.

In reference to my recovery, I’m still struggling with my health. Since writing this hub, I’ve developed more problems that will eventually require more surgery. I just don’t know if my body can take anymore surgery so soon; it’s all in God’s hands now. In all this, I’m reminded that life is very fragile and we can go suddenly and unexpectedly, that is why we should never let God go from our lives— not even for a moment. I’ve decided to stop worrying about things I have no control over and concentrate in doing the little things I had forgotten I once enjoyed... my art. Thanks for stopping by.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

You are welcome. I am sorry to hear that you have developed further health problems. I will pray right now for your comfort and healing.

James


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you James. God bless you!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi FD, This is 2 months on from the last post and I am hoping and praying that you have recovered health wise.

I do understand what motivated you to write this hub, but my feeling is that your reply is a reply that we can never hear enough of.

Gods timing is not our timing and many times I have thought, oh, that prayer I prayed was not Gods will and then a few weeks or months, sometimes years down the road, that prayer is answered. We as humans are flawed....so often, we just don't get it, or we forget, from one prayer to the next of the times our prayers have been answered in a myriad of ways in forms never expected.

God Bless and keep you FD


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

shofarcall,

Thanks for stopping by. We all need to be reminded from time to time that God is always in control and that He hears us IF we ask according to His Will (1 John 5:14).

In this case, this hub was inspired by a comment. The man had stopped believing in Jesus and had lost his faith because his prayers weren't answered. Does God hear everyone's prayers? Does He answer ALL prayers? This is what the Bible tells us:

* The Lord is attentive to the righteous’ prayers (1 Peter 3:12)

* If we are obedient and live in His Word, He will answer (John 15:7)

* We must forgive our brothers and sisters (Mat 18:35)

* He will not hear us if we keep unconfessed sin in our heart (Psalm 66:18)

* God does not listen to (unrepentant) sinners, but to those who worship Him and do His will. (John 9:31)

* We can ask for wisdom if we lack, but we must ask with faith (James 1:5-7)

Some people believe that because we use the name of Jesus, magic will happen. I believe this was the case with this man. I was very grieved when he said he stopped believing in Jesus. Somewhere in his walk with the Lord, something happened and he lost his faith. We should never lose our faith when under trials and tribulation. He failed to understand God's (spiritual) teachings. Sadly, this is why many are leaving the faith.

Again, thanks for the comment. God bless you as well.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

100% FD. If we do not come to God with repentance and faith and humbleness and all the other things you just mentioned above, we cannot expect our prayers to be answered. It is during trials that our faith is tested in the fire and hopefully we come through strengthened knowing that our Lord delivers us through the tribulations and that He is our Emmanuel. I would have been very grieved too by his loss of faith.


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FriendofTruth 3 years ago from Michigan

God bless you Faithful Daughter - I pray that your health will improve and that you will grow stronger everyday. I am glad that you were inspired to write this, not happy about the man leaving his faith, but glad that you shared your testimony with us. It is very saddening when someone leaves their faith because they misunderstand the Truth or they assume God must answer their prayers according to their own will. It saddens me when people talk about God as if He is some deceiver or whatever else they come up with because He didn't do what they wanted. If they only knew that He will not always answer how we think He should, but He is always faithful to answer. And even then, it often takes a distance to realize the reason He answers the way He does.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

FriendofTruth,

Very true what you say. I agree, God does not answer prayers according to our will but HIS will. How do we know His will? The Bible tells us His will.

This man called Jesus a liar because he said he prayed like the Bible says by using Jesus' name, but his prayers were not answered. Where his prayers in God's will? Did he mean to change God's plan by his prayers? It is already written what God's plan is for us. When God does not deliver, why are people surprised or discouraged and lose faith? Did they have faith to begin with? These are all questions I ask myself. While saddened that he left the faith, the Bible does tell us that many will.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. God bless you.


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ladyguitarpicker 12 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Thanks for this hub. I fell in that pit of sin, and as always I am sorry once again. I can not understand why I go along fine, then make the same old sins as before. God Bless


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Faithful Daughter 12 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Ladyguitarpicker, thank you again for stopping by and reading my hubs. We have all been there struggling with sin but do not give up. Repent of your sin and ask the Lord to help you overcome temptation. Staying anchored in His Word will help you and guide you in your path. God bless you.

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