I can recall times in my own life when God said “no” to something I prayed for, and to be honest, I sometimes found this hard to accept. Later, though, I realized God’s way was far better than mine, and I was thankful he had said “no.”
Your friend is on the wrong road in life, but at least she’s finally honest enough to admit which road she’s on. Then encourage her to have the same honesty about the life she’s living, and the consequences she’ll face if she continues with it.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Is it wrong to be successful and make lots of money and have nice things? My parents were always poor, and I don’t want to be like that if I can help it. But maybe God doesn’t want us to be successful.
God gave marriage to us, and his plan is for it to be a source of blessing and happiness. The problem is that all too often couples get married without realizing that it takes work and sacrifice to make a relationship strong.
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The world today isn’t much different from that of thousands of years ago. Wars, poverty, injustice and a host of other problems still rage over much of the Earth, sometimes with even greater intensity than in the past.
Believing that the universe “just happened” takes far more faith than believing in God! The Bible says, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).
God hasn’t left us to wander around in the dark, wondering what he’s like or guessing how he wants us to live. Instead, he has revealed himself to us. He showed us what he is like by becoming a man: Jesus Christ.
Realize that all your sins have been forgiven, and some day you will go to be with Christ in heaven forever. Furthermore, God has now come to live within you by his Spirit, and he will always be with you to help and encourage you.
The Bible says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves. ... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).