Questions From Readers

Where is the Unbelief In My Prayer?

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Where is the Unbelief In My Prayer?

Dear Juli,
re: your statement:

"God, if it’s your will, you can ...’ This is unbelief masked as faith, it will not work. Friends, first before you pray, find out what God’s will is (Rom. 12:2), which we can know because we have the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:10, 16) and He’s revealed His will through His Word. Know what He’s promised and then ask in faith believing it will happen (Mark 11:24; I John 5:14-15).... Just Saying!"  [ Read Orginal Article Here ].

'God, please use me as a living sacrifice to be a witness to Jesus Christ and to lead others to you as it is in your will'

Where my dear juli is the unbelief in my prayer?

Healing Videos on YouTube... New Age?

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Hi Juli,

I see a lot of YouTube footage of people laying on hands and healing in Jesus name, how can I know if these people are new age with it please?

Dave


Hi Dave,

Well I would say both laying on of hands and praying in Jesus' name is very scriptural. I do believe God heals today and I believe without a doubt that it is His will to heal. 

Can You Recommend Good Study Tools?

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Dear Juli,
I am interested in learning the historical context in which the Pauline epistles were written & learning what was going on in his world at the time. What order were the new testament books written in? Have you any suggestions for some good sources (which I can afford) from which I can research this?

Any help will be such appreciated!

Suzanne


Hi Suzanne,

I think the best resources for historical information and details about each letter; when it was written, who it was written to etc. is a study Bible and also Bible commentaries. The Life Application Study Bible is one I used several years back and enjoyed. And for commentaries, I have also used the Believer's Bible Commentary and I've also used the McArthur Bible Commentary. I don't always agree with him on doctrinal stuff (like gifts of the spirit, etc, He believes all of that has passed away) but the background information is always good. I used both of these resources for years. 

Why is God Vengeful in the Old Testament?

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Why is God Vengeful in the Old Testament?

Dear Juli,

I am trying to figure out something. I have a friend who seems to be searching. She reads the Bible a lot. But she seems to think God is a bigoted angry meanie in the OT & a nice softie in the NT. She even teaches a Bible study at her church! Bev is in Exodus. She cited 32:27. She asks me, "Why did God tell these guys to kill their own families? The law He just gave said not to kill & then He turns around & says to do it to folks that they love, not even in a war with or anything!” Sadly, I could not answer her. Stuff like this confuses folks.

Hoping for an answer,
Suzanne


Hi Suzanne,

Yes, this is something that many struggle with and are confused about. It is easy to misunderstand God’s actions in the Old Testament unless we understand a few things...

I'm Struggling With The Premise That Our Sin Nature Is Removed

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

I have read your article "Romans 5:16-19 - The Sin Nature, The Source of All Grief, is Defeated in the Born Again Believer" and am struggling with the premise that our born again experience has removed the sin nature. Your statement "The sin nature has been completely destroyed and removed. God's abundant grace overwhelmed and overcame it much in every way" is not a reality in the life of the believer.  Romans 7 speaks to the nature of sin living right in the midst of our born again lives. In other words, God has given us the power OVER SIN with our new nature, but not the removal of the PRESENCE of sin. If the sin nature was removed, we would never sin again, and therefore would have no need of 1 John 1:9.  

Please respond....
Philip


Dear Philip,

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and pose a question. First, you have to understand that we are made up of 3 parts according to I Thessalonians 5:23, A spirit, a soul and a body. Our spirit is our life force. It is the part of us that was born again when we put our faith in Jesus. The default sin nature was taken out and we were give a new spirit that is identical to Jesus (Romans 6:6-7, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 1:13, I John 4:17). Which is why were are a new creation in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). The believer’s spirit is the part that has been sanctified, sealed and redeemed (Ephesians 2:13-14, Romans 8:15-17). The spirit you have now is the same spirit you will have for all eternity, it is perfect because it is identical to Jesus, therefore no sin can exist in the born again spirit, because Jesus was sinless (Romans 8, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 10:14).

Who Restrains the Man of Sin?

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Dear Juli,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus and thanks for all the work you do in explaining amazing scriptural truths to us. God bless you richly. I have a question, however.

Romans 8:9 says that if anyone doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he doesn't belong to Christ. This makes me wonder what will become of believers after the rapture for a paraphrase of 2 Thessalonians 2:6 is that the man of sin, the antichrist, is still withheld from the world. From the scripture, I think that He who restrains the activities of this man of sin is the Spirit of God. I think it is the Holy Spirit because only God is powerful enough to restrain evil from coming forth. Am I right?

If I am right in thinking that the Holy Spirit is the restrainer of this mystery, though, then it means that after He is removed from the earth, people will not be able to be saved after the rapture. It stands to reason, by that, that there won't be any hope for salvation during the Tribulation period. However, I am uncomfortable with this conclusion because I believe there will still be hope for man to turn towards God in repentance even after the church of Christ is gone.

Would you please kindly say something in clarity of this?

Thanks and regards,
Regina


Hello Regina,

Grace to you and thank you for the kind comments about the blog! (and wonderful comments you’ve left on some of the articles in the blog as well).

Disappointed by Unfulfilled Desires

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Q&A from Readers

Hi Juli,

Please counsel me on how to remain joyful in the midst of not having my greatest desire manifest? How do I remain focus on Jesus and never let the unfulfilled desire of my heart (it almost dominate my thoughts daily) take first place in me?

What is the simple but practical steps that I can take daily or momentarily to avoid falling away from God and people (who have what I want) all because my greatest desire is taking a long while and I feel disappointed.

Next, would you please also share with me or recommend me some readings on praying in the spirit please?

Thank you Juli.
Regards, Faith


Dear Faith,

Thank you for contacting me and trusting me with this hard question. Periods of waiting in difficult circumstances is where faith is tested and refined. It’s not just the ideas and doctrines of our faith that are challenged but the very core of our belief system. It is a process that has the power to defines us. What will we choose? Will we stand firm in faith or will we give in to disappointment and give up?

Like you, I too am in a hard period of waiting. I have waited and believed for children for over ten years. It is difficult, it is painful and like you said, sometimes the disappointment is overbearing especially when all around others have it. I went through a hard period about a month ago when I felt like giving up and giving in, my hope was gone and I didn’t know if I had the energy to care anymore. It was a low I had not experienced before. I came to a point that I had to start talking about it and what I found was an opportunity to speak faith, and as I did that, my heart heard what what I believe at my core and hope was restored.