Great question pancakes,Like what do you need to do to feel Him there ? : /
I agree with everything you say Dirty, except this part. I think we all need to pray, obviously , and that it is absolutely essential. Without communication we would have no world. However, I don't believe that we have to pray to receive things all the time (perhaps you didn't mean this as a blanket statement?). Sometimes, we don't even know what we need, but God does and he provides that to us when least expected.BUT: we will gain nothing if we don't first ask! We must pray to the Lord to receive anything....
Partially true... James 4:2I agree with everything you say Dirty, except this part. I think we all need to pray, obviously , and that it is absolutely essential. Without communication we would have no world. However, I don't believe that we have to pray to receive things all the time (perhaps you didn't mean this as a blanket statement?). Sometimes, we don't even know what we need, but God does and he provides that to us when least expected.
I guess what you are saying is that God will provide us with blessings if it is His will to do so to fulfill His purpose-this I would agree with.Dirty...I'm responding to this part: "BUT: we will gain nothing if we don't first ask!"
Yes, we are to gain when we pray (If, and only if, it is in His will). That doesn't necessarily mean that God limits us and doesn't answer prayers that haven't happened...
Jesus died for every person in this world (past, present and future). His love shines on all creation, we are all his most prized possession and there is nothing that would come in the way except sin. He loves you as much as he loves me and its only by his grace - which simply means that his love is not conditional by our good works.@ Jake, I've never felt that before in my life ... I guess I'm not important enough or one of His favorites : / nothing I can do about that I suppose.
I agree w/ the bolded... I get really jealous abt that too robably enough to give me a heart attack lol... but idk its like why let one exp more of you than the other? its like a parent who has two children and hugs on one and just holds their hand out at the other : /Uh oh pancakes...what do you mean? No one is necessarily "cut out" to be Gods child. He loves each and every one of us, but as I stated, our relationship with him is going to be different than what others experience. It is also a relationship that is ever growing.
When I first began this path, I remember comparing myself to those who had divine revelations and interventions. I was jealous and thought that I must be doing something wrong or that I wasn't saved. To this day, I no longer feel jealousy, but do yearn for that type of redemption that some people obtain. I can't focus on others though, because the Lord wants us to focus on him and not men or things of this word because "things" are fleeting. 1 John 2:17. Furthermore, in 1 Samuel 16:7, we see that we cannot assume ones character and I would go so far as to say, their relationship with God. While someone may seemingly have a almost unreal relationship with the Lord, it might not be that way.
I had to learn that my walk with Him is unique in nature. I must not focus on his relationship with others or even assume mine is greater. It's tough. We live in a world full of comparisons, where Satan wants you to believe you will never be good enough in Gods eyes. He wants you to doubt every little tiny thing about who you are so that you flee from God and come to the world. You know why, Pancakes? Because the world is easy. In the world you can do what you want without repercussions that last an eternity.
Don't give up. The Lord rewards those who are steadfast in their faith.