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Should I Be Disappointed In God, When It Looks As Though My Prayers Are Not Being Answered?

on Jun 21 in faith tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Joyce (Australia): Dear Pastor Chris, my sister was diagnosed with a hole in her heart. Both she and I prayed, and believed God for a miracle and we did everything we knew to do, but she died. I’m so disappointed with God. My faith is totally shaken, and I’m at my lowest point since she passed on. I’m not able to pray any more. Why did God not answer our prayers?

Answer: I wish you could see the heart of God at this moment! It will be painful for you that your sister died but two things she said which she should also consider, she said we did all we knew we could, she didn’t say we did everything we were supposed to do, according to the word of God. She did what she knew to do. There is always God’s Word for every situation, and we should also know that God is always ready to answer our prayers; the problem is always on the receiving hand.

She said why did God not answer her prayers, who said he did not answer? Very, very important, to Joyce and maybe several others who might be thinking like this. She says she and her sister prayed for her sister to be healed, and then her sister died and she says I’m so disappointed with God, my faith is totally shaken. She says we did everything we knew to do but she died. You did everything you knew to do, what if everything you need to do wasn’t enough, what if you don’t know enough, that’s why we teach the word of God, so people can know more in the Word of God, so that when the day of crisis comes, you will know what to do.

A lot of people just don’t know what to do when trouble strikes and when they are at that point in their life, they are trying to put a lot of things together, and that information just wasn’t there, and if you didn’t have the knowledge, you are going to have problems. I’m not sure you did what you knew, but what you knew of yourself was not enough. I will tell you why, first, from what you wrote, you didn’t believe because, you were disappointed at God, and this God never fails. How could you think that he failed? He never fails, and again, does death end? Do you realize one time somebody was sick, and his sister sent message to Jesus? Lazarus it was, the sister sent a message to Jesus and she said, hey, your friend was sick, and Jesus didn’t go. But Jesus said something to them, he said it wasn’t onto death. In other words, he is not going to die. So that was a word of faith that Jesus spoke. The trouble was, the man died after Jesus said he wasn’t going to die.

Now you had an option to think Jesus was fake because the man died, Jesus said that he wasn’t going to die. So what are we going to do; oh! Jesus you lied. Jesus came there four days after Lazarus died. Lazarus was already buried and Jesus came and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said, “Master you want to go there? By this time, he stinks. Decomposition is set in, it’s four days.” Then Jesus said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” And they followed him there, Jesus stood coming to the entrance of that cave, and he called that dead man by name, “Lazarus come out!“ The bible declares that he that was dead came forth, still bound with grave clothes, hopping, coming out, as soon as he showed up, Jesus said loose him and let him go.

I’m thinking about you Joyce, if you had the faith you thought you had, your faith shouldn’t have ended with death. Faith never ends with death. We give up too soon, a lot of times we give up, maybe the circumstances. Jesus said, he asked a question, Luke18:8, “when the son of man comes shall he find faith in the earth?” Because a lot of things will be going on and sometimes you don’t even have the opportunity to minister to that one, sometimes when someone is pronounced dead, the authorities take the body away and you just can’t do more. Because a lot of things have happened that work against your faith, does not mean it is about God, it’s what we allow. Think about it, it’s what we allow. Sometimes the family members don’t even let you do more. Jesus went to the grave, to where this man was buried four days. How many people let you do more, once that person has been pronounced dead? You may have not been allowed to do more even if you had more things. So think about it, God didn’t disappoint you, God was waiting for you, and he gave you faith. He says cast out demons, heal the sick, he says raise the dead, he told you. So why do we give up? We give up because we couldn’t do it, we want God do it in our time. We think it’s based on God’s time, no, our time is important and it’s our faith that determines the time.

If your faith is weak then it will take a longer time. If your faith is small, it will take a longer time because the Bible says when the edge of a machete is blunt, you must apply more force. Something you should have cut with one swipe, when the faith is sharp, it goes and it cuts once. But when your faith is blunt, you try to cut two, three or four times because it’s blunt; that’s it. If it is working, once is enough but if it is not working you have to cut many times. So if your faith is working, a short time is enough, if it’s not working it takes a long time.

Is It Possible For Someone Not To Be Born Again After Answering An Altar Call?

on Jun 21 in salvation tagged by qatranscripts

Question –Vincent (Nigeria): Is it possible for one not to be born again after answering an altar call on the affirmative because of lack of clear understanding of what was said? Or could the answer have just been to satisfy the person who made the altar call?

Answer: Is it possible for someone not to be born again after answering an altar call? If they made an altar call and he came forward, makes the prayer points, after doing all of that, because in his question he is asking; that is it possible that person might not be born again in spite of all that? Could he have answered that call just to please the one who was making the call? It is possible, it is possible to answer in your heart and not believe him, because the first requirement is that you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you can believe in your heart, and then make the confession with your mouth. So that’s it, it is possible if you are asking, is it possible? It is possible, so where does that take us since it is possible? We help him understand so that he can believe, because if you don’t understand. You can’t believe what you don’t understand. So we help him understand, that’s why we preach the gospel, that’s why we make the message known, so they can believe. And most people who answer the call, most people believe, there might be a difference if someone had believed, answered the call, and then doesn’t live accordingly after the Word. That’s a totally different thing. That doesn’t mean he didn’t believe, that doesn’t mean he just came out to please somebody. Not really, that might mean he requires to be guided to be taught, to be instructed, so he will know exactly what his new faith in Jesus really means.

That’s why we have the Church; the Church is the ground and pillar of truth. (1 Timothy 3:15). That’s why people are nurtured in the things of God and that’s why we lead souls to Christ and we bring them to Church, And if he gives his life to Christ during the service in the Church, we counsel him to keep coming to Church; so he can learn more about this new life that he has received and that’s very important.

Are Dreams Still Relevant?

on Jun 21 in dreams/visions tagged by qatranscripts

Question –Wabisa (South Africa): Are dreams still relevant? What does it mean to dream about the man of God giving you guidance and direction in a certain manner or in a certain matter? Does this mean you have to contact the man of God or must you wait for him to locate you?

Answer: None of the above. If he already gave you the guidance in the dream then that’s the guidance. Then you follow it if it’s according to the scriptures. Remember when a man of God gives you guidance, it always agrees with the Word of God, if it doesn’t agree with the Word of God, throw it away. It doesn’t matter that you got it in a dream or vision, if it is not consistent with God’s Word, let it go.

Any guidance with a man of God must be consisting with God’s eternal Word of God. And if you saw a man of God in your dream, it doesn’t mean go look for him, it doesn’t even mean he will wait until he finds you, except of course if the dream said to go there. For example, you remember when an angel appeared to Cornelius the Roman Centurion and said to him to send for Peter and he did. Now if the instruction in the dream was to do likewise, that’s not a problem then you do it, but with caution. It’s important if you are a Christian, tell your minister what revelation you got, tell your Pastor, especially if you got a dream about someone else other than your Pastor. Go and meet your Pastor, this was the dream I had and this voice (whatever it was) told me to go and see that minister. Hear what your Pastor is going to tell you, it’s important, he will guide you, he will guide you properly.

Somebody once came to Church and said that he had a dream and he saw darkness. I didn’t even let the person finish, I said there is no darkness; you can’t see darkness. Yes so, sometimes dreams can be misleading, but that’s why I said talk to your Pastor. Through the knowledge of God’s Word, you can be guided because Satan uses dreams a lot, and that’s why you don’t find much of the use of dreams from those who receive the Holy Spirit. They don’t have guidance through dreams. Really, you can’t just see dreams in the New Testament. And when God talks to you in a dream, it’s usually more than a dream, you will know it, no one will have to interpret it for you that God spoke to you.

I dealt on the subject on dreams, there are different kind of dreams, get to our website; and find out about those questions we’ve been answering. You will find some particular ones which are about dreams and I did deal with that, so check the website.

Is It Right For Someone To Work With A Mormon; Someone Who Is Not A Christian?

on Jun 21 in Beliefs tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Debbie (Nigeria): Dear pastor, thank you for giving my life a meaning and thank you for this platform. I recently joined a network to augment my income; only to discover that the CEO of the network is not a Christian but a Mormon. Am I not sponsoring the Mormon message by my membership? Should I remain or leave?

Answer: First of all, this is left to your decision really. But on a more general level, just because the head of an organization is not a Christian, doesn’t mean that Christians cannot work there. Remember when you are working in a company, it’s both ways; there are benefits to you and there are benefits for the company. It’s not that you are just working there for them because you also said you took up the job to augment your income which means you are going to get something out of it. So, on a general level, it doesn’t mean if the head of an organization is not a Christian, that a Christian should not work there, no, not so.

But on a more specific level, it depends on what organization and what type of organization it is. It all depends on what their activities are and what their vision is because if you work for an organization you want to know what are they into, what are they sponsoring, what are they after, what are their dreams, what are their aspirations. So I don’t know about this particular one and if your research and find out that they are into anything else which you don’t want to be part of, you should get out of it. Otherwise, like I said on a general level, a Christian doesn’t have to quit just because the leader is not a Christian, but if they have visions and what they do is not consistent with your beliefs, then you can quit.

Why Do People Still Address God As The God Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob, When He Has Changed The Name Jacob To Israel?

on Jun 21 in God's will and purpose tagged by qatranscripts

Question –John (United Kingdom): Dear Pastor, I want to thank you for teaching us the word, I love you endlessly. From your teaching over the years, I have come to understand that God is very interested in the meaning of names. Hence, we read of how he changed the name of Abram to Abraham, and Jacob to Israel. My question is, even after changing the names of the above characters, we still read of how God is addressed as “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”. Why is this sir?

Answer: Now there are three names here; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now when God said this, when he made the statement, he actually made it to Moses. Moses wanted to know his name, and God identified himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It’s actually a legitimate question when he said why he didn’t say Israel, because he had changed the man’s name to Israel. After all, he didn’t say I’m the God of Abram, the reason was about Israel.

At that time, the people of Israel acted differently. They acted in an unstable manner. When they acted like other nations, he called them Jacob. And when they acted according to his Word, they were Israel. Israel means prince; a prince that has power with God. But Jacob means deception, swinger and deceiver. Jacob was given to him by his father and many times Jacob really acted that way. He acted according to his character. What’s God saying when he says I’m the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob instead of saying and of Israel. Irrespective of Israel’s behavior, he was going to remain his God, when he acted like Jacob, he was his God, when he acted like Israel, and he was his God. God was not going to change himself because the man’s name was changed because of his character and behavior. He says, “You will no longer be known as Jacob, swindler, deceiver, but as Israel”.

Abraham’s case was a different situation, it was not his character; he was named that way, not according to his character, not the bad thing. Now Jacob put his hand to his brother’s heel when he was born. So he says he took him by the heel (and they were twins). He took him by the heel and God said what he did then was wrong even though both of them didn’t know good or evil. But then, God said the younger one will be greater than the older one. This went through their lives, and we find out how he asked his brother for his birth right as time went on. And his brother was careless about it. The Bible says that Esau was profane, meaning that he had no regard for spiritual things, and so he didn’t care. And God allowed this to happen; he knew ahead of time, he gave his Word concerning them ahead of time. So whether he was going to act like Jacob or Israel, the Word concerning him was steadfast. So what is the lesson here? God doesn’t turn his back on you just because you have now acted like Jacob, he doesn’t. His promises are not for you because you have acted like Israel and his promises belong to you, whether you are acting like Jacob or you are acting like Israel. But he has given you his counsel to be steadfast and unmovable.