Question:

Hi, id like help with my relationship with God. In the summer of 2018, I’ve been the closest with God but now I’ve lost faith. I feel like the reason why behind this is because of the stress and time from school. I’m not sure what to do, but I don’t feel a connection with him at all anymore. Please help.

 

Response Letter:

Hi Nina,
I would suggest that you pray to God and rekindle that relationship that still is there but has been overlooked. He has not gone anywhere; it is us that turn our backs on him. He loves us and will forgive us as a loving Father would.
Ask yourself what got in the way of your relationship with God? Often some of the things that get between God and us is our flesh, money, laziness, complacency, lack of prayer, Bible reading, and I would say most of all sin. Is there any sin in your life that is not confessed and repented from?
Whatever it may be, confess it to God and turn from it. As is says in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I pray that your passion for God return as you humble yourself to God and I know that He will greet you with open arms.

Bill Greguska


Question:


(Two questions for you)

Do people go to hell because of self-perception?

Do people go to hell because they committed suicide?

Lulu

Response Letter:

Hi Lulu,
I wanted to answer both of your questions, but the first question I did not understand exactly what you were trying to say, but I can tell you this though, the only way to go to hell would be to reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We are all sinners every last one of us, but if we are have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, hell is not an option.
Here is a link to a youtube video that will help answer your question about suicide. https://www.youtube.com/embed/YTUlnyv6mbk
I was not sure why you asked the question about suicide, but if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, please go to NeedEncouragement.com/suicide-prevention
I got this information from an excellent website that I like, and I use often called GotQuestions.org
I hope and pray that what I have shared with you has answered your questions!

 

Bill Greguska


 

Question: “If a Christian commits suicide, is he/she still saved?”

Answer: It is a sad fact that some Christians have committed suicide. Adding to the tragedy is the false teaching that committing suicide automatically consigns one to hell. Many believe that a Christian who commits suicide will not be saved. This teaching is not supported in the Bible.


Scripture teaches that, from the moment we truly believe in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life (John 3:16). According to the Bible, Christians can know beyond any doubt that they possess eternal life (1 John 5:13). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:38–39). No “created thing” can separate a Christian from God’s love, and even a Christian who commits suicide is a “created thing”; therefore, not even suicide can separate a Christian from God’s love. Jesus died for all of our sins, and if a true Christian, in a time of spiritual attack and weakness, commits suicide, his sin is still covered by the blood of Christ.

According to the Bible, suicide is not what determines whether a person gains entrance into heaven. If an unsaved person commits suicide, he has done nothing but “expedite” his journey to hell. However, that person who committed suicide will ultimately be in hell for rejecting salvation through Christ, not because he committed suicide (see John 3:18). We should also point out, however, that no one truly knows what was happening in a person’s heart the moment he or she died. Some people have “deathbed conversions” and accept Christ in the moments before death. It is possible that a person who commits suicide could have a last-second change of heart and cry out for God’s mercy. We leave such judgments to God (1 Samuel 16:7).

The suicide of a believer is evidence that anyone can struggle with despair and that our enemy, Satan, is “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). Suicide is still a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. Christians are called to live their lives for God, and the decision of when to die is God’s and God’s alone.

May God grant grace and the psalmist’s perspective to each one who is facing trials today: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5).


Question:

 

I’m having relationship issues, my man misunderstood God and ended the relationship, I need God to pls speak to him and bring us back before my birthday. We’re ready for a fresh Start with God as the foundation

Response Letter:

 

Hi Bello,
I am sorry to hear you are going through a relationship problem. My first thought would be to suggest that you take this relationship issue to God in prayer. Be patient and calm. 
You might want to write him a short detailed letter explaining why you believe he misunderstood God. Write it out for him. let him read it, then you can have something to talk over. You might want to wait at least a day or two to give him the letter.
After that, taking on the phone or in person would be the way to deal with things.
My pastor’s wife told me something very wise I like to share with you. Keep your boyfriend and everything and everyone in an open palm often times the problem is that we hold on too tightly to people and things, allow God to work in your boyfriend’s heart and your heart in the next few days to see what develops.
I pray that you guard your heart and trust that God will work out things the way He knows best how to do.

Bill Greguska

 

Thank you so much this really brought relief to me, I plead that you also join me in prayers pls.

Thank you
Hi Bello,
I pray right now that God restores your relationship with your boyfriend it that is your will, Lord. If not, I pray that Bello will find her strength in you Lord and the people in her life. It is apparent that Bello would love for the relationship to get back together and have it based on you God. Hear her plea Lord and give to her what she needs. 800-633-3446

Thank you, that means a lot. 


Hi Ben,
What you are saying is right on the money. First of all, you are NOT sinning by having feelings of jealousy in this case, and if you did not have those feelings, I would be more concerned. The ones that are sinning are the ones who look at your wife lustfully. My daughter did something similar years ago, and when I confronted her, she told me that it was not her problem, but the guy’s problem. Maybe your wife is not even aware of what she is doing and how men are wired? This is what I suggest that you do:
  1. Pray about it. NeedEncouragement.com/how-to-pray
  2. Talk to your wife about it.
  3. If your wife does not like what you say, after telling her how you feel, offer her to buy her some new clothes, and give her an explanation of how men I wired to be visually stimulated which is different than how women are stimulated.
  4. If your wife still does not like what you say, do not make an argument out of it, but rather bring it to your pastor as a concern for your marriage.
Remember you are a man in your house, but be sure you are a gentleman in all circumstances and when dealing with this potential delicate subject. I hope what I have shared with you will help you and your wife!
May God bless you and your marriage and that your wife has ears to hear, and also she understands that you love her, and you want the best for her and your marriage!.

Bill Greguska

 


Question:

 

Do you provide any online or over the phone counseling? I could really use some, and so could my husband, separately.

 

Response Letter:

 

Hi Traci,
I do not do extended online or over the phone counseling myself, even though I do answer some questions when people write to me. I am a Christian that offers advice to those who inquire with the wisdom from God’s word the Bible and my personal life experiences of 58 years, although I am not a counselor who digs deep down with extended visitations
I would encourage you to contact https://krisreece.com/christian-counseling.
Here are some very encouraging videos by Kris Reece

Also here are some excellent pages from my website that can also be of help to you both

  1. NeedEncouragement.com/better-marriage
  2. NeedEncouragement.com/marriage-tips
  3. NeedEncouragement.com/marriage-relationship
  4. NeedEncouragement.com/good-marriage
I hope and pray that what I have shared with you is helpful to you and your husband. I pray that your marriage strengthens and you can love one another like you did before you were married. Do not give up on your marriage as so many others do. God hates divorce.
Make sure you pray each day about it in your time with God. NeedEncouragement.com/how-to-pray
God bless you both,
Bill Greguska

 

Question:

I don’t know how to start… I don’t know why I am doing this either. In all retrospect, this seems like a stupid idea, and that is coming from me a 13-year-old girl who in the entirety of my life has made multiple stupid choices. I believe that I am sending this because I just want someone to listen. I believe I am doing this also for forgiveness and not just from God. Forgive me, father, for I have sinned, that’s what people do when the sin right, they confess, they beg for forgiveness of a person whom they don’t even know exists (please don’t get me wrong,  I was raised by a Catholic mother, so of course I believe in God).

So allow me to confess, I have committed 7 things the commandments have said not to do, I have lied constantly, manipulated, tricked many people even those closest to me. I have thought about suicide. I have thought of many things. Growing up my mother abused me, I sometimes as a child prayed for her, but now it seems they pray for me.

My mother believes that my family is punished by God for our sins due to the facts of my father lost his job, my sister almost lost her vision, me possibly repeating school and etc. She took me one time to church to talk to God, and I had no idea of what to say, sometimes I do believe that it is a punishment from God for my sins, I feel corrupted somehow, compelled to learn about evil( ex. I have been for the past 4 or 5 years been very obsessed to learn and read about demons, but I don’t because I’m too scared to). I feel a depression from within. I feel trapped only able to accept the choice already made for me. I believe that is why I doubt Catholicism.

It only shows one side of the story ( Gods side) and not satans side of the story. We don’t know what truly happened. We can only believe that it is true. I can’t help but doubt if a God was so forgiving why do people go to hell. I can’t help but doubt, please forgive me, but whenever I was in trouble I turned to God, so why should I not turn to him now. Father help me, for I think I am damned.

 – Honorine Perera

Response Letter:

Hi Honorine,
I am glad you reached out to share what is going on in your life. Since you believe in God, and loves you, you are not dammed. You have simply taken the wide road offered by the world and the devil, but you still have time to get on the narrow road which leads to life.
First of all, I encourage you to take time right now to pray to God, and He has not turned His back on you, it is us who turn our back on Him. NeedEncouragement.com/how-to-pray
Next, I encourage you to do what it says in 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
It sounds like you have a lot on your heart and mind that you are dealing with. I understand what you are saying about the Catholic church. You might want to find a protestant Bible-believing church to attend if possible. If not since you are so young, I encourage you to check out our website and watch some good Christian videos and check out the many pages on different topics that we have. Needencouragement.com/catholic
I pray for you right now that you can ask God to give you wisdom and direction in your life. I pray that you do not become overwhelmed with too many things all at the same time. Walk with the Lord, read your Bible, and begin a close relationship with Him. You are not alone, God is with you (Emanuel), and He will put the right people in your path to accomplish His will in your life!

Bill Greguska