Why doesn't God answer my prayers?

Where is God when you really need Him and you pray... and nothing happens? Why is God silent in your trials? How can a God who claims that He is love, abandon His people when they need Him most? Or does He? The answers to these questions are easier than they seem. Journey with me into the Bible to answer these questions and learn the Truth. You will see that God loves you more than you can imagine. "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."

By Works or By Faith?

March 13, 2014Posted by Gerard

 

As we are out praying for others, some people we run into on the streets confront us about doing "works." They are adamant that praying for the sick and giving to the poor are works, which God despises. But the problem does not lie in what we are doing, it lies in the interpretation of what is considered works.

Before I begin, I must mention how a person is saved. The Bible tells us that it is by grace through faith that we are saved (Mark 2:5-12; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Peter 3:16-22). John 3:16 tells us that we must believe in Jesus in order to be saved. Is that a work? Because it depends on us choosing to do something? "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). What about having faith? Is our faith a work? What exactly does all this mean?

Misconceptions About Healing

December 5, 2013Posted by Gerard

 

I like to call them "sacred cows," the term comes from the Hindu religion. "The cow is revered as the source of food and symbol of life and may never be killed." (religionfacts.com, 2013) There are people all over India who are dying of starvation while cows are walking around in their midst. I am not poking fun at the religion, I am simply bringing it up to share an point. We have the Bible with all the instructions and commands to make our lives better, and anyone can read it. But we don't reap the benefits of it because we don't really understand it or how we achieve the supernatural. We allow others to tell us what it means rather than reading it to understand it ourselves. If you are like I was, you go to church and hear sermons, and then compare them to what the Bible says. The problem with that is that someone has already placed an idea in your head of what those verses are saying. In some cases, the idea planted in your head is not what the Bible really says. It is not your fault, nor is it the fault of the person teaching the information. Pastors and teachers only teach what they have been taught. In many cases, they have no experience in the miraculous or the supernatural.

Don't Think...

April 25, 2013Posted by Gerard

 

...that you are not educated enough or spiritual enough or wise enough to understand God's Word. The Bible is not a mystery that only certain people can understand. It does not take a degree in theology to read the Bible and know what God's will is. It takes religion to make people think that they need an "over-shepherd" to explain the Bible to them. In actuality, the Bible is clear in that we can understand God's mysteries because as soon as we are born again, we are a new creation and we have the mind of Christ. In Ephesians 3:4, Paul says, "By reading this, you will be able to grasp my understanding of the secret about the Messiah" (ISV) and John says, "As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him." (1 John 2:27). In James 1:22, we are told, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." It is OUR responsibility to do what the word of God says to do. We will stand before Jesus ALONE. Our "over-shepherd" will not be there taking responsibility for our inaction or wrong beliefs.