How Do I Obey and Follow God’s Will?
I have now lived in NYC for a year and a half, and I’ve felt very stagnant and alone in my faith. I’ve never not believed in Christ and that he died for us, or in God. I somehow always have the battle of “doing good works.” meaning, I haven’t done much at all to learn, and I keep sinning. With everything online nowadays (especially tiktok), I keep seeing messages being spread on the end being near.
I know fear does not come from the Lord, but I sin and sin, ask for forgiveness and still have fear, because of this, if Jesus will take me into His arms because my thoughts are telling me im taking advantage of His forgiveness. I’ve been lazy in finding a Christian community, lazy in studying my Bible, and lately have only been thinking about death. When I commit a ‘big’ sin, I usually cry the next day about it and beg for forgiveness. I don’t know how to hear what he wants me to do.
Excerpt From The Answer
Good works don’t save us, assure us of our salvation, or bring favor with God. A great way of thinking about it, is that it’s a way of saying, ‘Thank you. I realize I’ve been saved not because I was a good person. You saved me by faith, through grace, that was the means. So let me embrace that and let me live by faith and live obediently.’
Acknowledge your sin. It’s always helpful to say, ‘Lord, I’ve sinned. I’ve sinned again. I hate it, but I’ve sinned again.’ Something that we have to wrestle with is, do we love our sin more than our Savior? Most Christians, in moments of candor, would say that’s why we choose to sin, because sin is an immediate satisfaction to something. It’s short-lived, and it’s never fulfilling, but it does saturate for a moment. That’s why we sin again and again and again, it’s insatiable. So we need to somehow cultivate our love for Christ. It’s as simple as God’s word, God’s Spirit, and God’s people. We need to have time in the Word. We need to submit to the Spirit’s control of our lives. We need to ask God to help us with His word, and we need God’s people around us.
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