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June 17, 2004

 

Question

Pastor Malone, 

What do you do when you feel like you can't be a good enough Christian and everything you do wrong GOD is going to punish you.  

I'm not getting anything out of the preaching at our church, I don't want to go anymore.  I always loved going and working in church.     

I pray but I know GOD is getting tired of listening to me so I just give up.  I worry about tithing, I do that before anything because I'm afraid not to even if I can't pay our bills. People always say he is a loving GOD, but I just think if I don't live right he is going to do something to me or my family and I shouldn't feel that way.  

Pastor Malone what's so bad is Sunday I decided not to go to church and tithe and it felt like a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I'm sure it was the devil making me feel this way. 

I know I am saved, but right now I feel distant from the LORD.  Maybe I am just feeling sorry for myself I don't know. 

Please pray for my six-year-old daughter that is asking questions about being saved, that I am in the LORD'S will and can show her the way.

Comments

That is satan speaking to you and putting pressure on you to not go to church and tithe.  Of course, a great pressure will be released from you.  That's satan getting off your back. Just because you feel better doesn't make it God's will.  It's good sound Biblical principles that a person tithe and go to church and with a young child in your home watching your every move you need to be extra sensitive regarding your spiritual life. If church and following the Lord isn't important to you it won't be to your children either. 

God does have a plan for your life.  I'm not saying that you're going to be rich and famous (I'm certainly not), but you do have a purpose as part of the body of Christ.  Contrary to what you hear from T.V. preachers itís not your God given right to be rich, but God will take care of you.  You and I will probably have to wait for our heavenly homecoming before we are rich.

Sandy you may have a negative idea of what the Lord is all about.  He will punish (or correct) you to keep you in line with what He has for your life, but He's not standing over you to wait for you to make a wrong move.  You don't do that with your children and neither would He.  You do punish your children, but it's for their good.  And He knows you better than you know yourself.

Every once in a while we need to examine ourselves.  Ask yourself this question?  Do you view spiritual battles such as trials, temptation, and failures as avenues of growth or as obstacles? 

If you want to get your prayers answered here is the key.  Itís found in Hebrews 11:6:

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

There are two conditions to come to God in prayer.  One, you must come in faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Two, you must believe that He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him and not an overbearing taskmaster that is standing over you just waiting for you to slip up so He can torment you.  You're coming before the throne with two strikes against you because you are living by sight and not faith.

If youíre going to get in line with Godís plan for your life you will have to change your perspective of who and what God is.

If I were you I would stop listening to satan and ask the Lord to forgive you and wait on Him to do His will.  You also need to pay back your tithe.  You don't want to be a robber in the Lord's eyes.

I will pray for you that you will make the right decisions.

Pastor Malone

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