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fleece and faith

Posted by markwell on December 18, 2011, at 10:08:39

I have a problem that's driving me crazy. A couple of months ago I put out a fleece that if God did not want me to attend church I would hear from 2 people that I haven't heard from in awhile, I heard from these 2 people. I haven't used this since. Last night I was really suffering I asked that if this mental illness is from God and can't be cured I would hear from this girl that I haven't heard from in awhile...several weeks ago, low and behold this girl text me this morning. I feel hopeless now. I know fleece are a sign of an immature faith but could these be just coincidences. I'm already feeling suicidal and this has taken away my hope.

 

Re: fleece and faith markwell

Posted by Dinah on December 19, 2011, at 17:32:35

In reply to fleece and faith, posted by markwell on December 18, 2011, at 10:08:39

Doesn't it say in the Bible not to test God?

It probably is coincidence, but even if it means something, do you think that God would tell you not to come to church or that your situation is hopeless? One of the tests of a true message from God is to test it against scripture and what you know of God.

Maybe the reason you aren't supposed to test God is that it gives an opportunity for doubt and despair to wedge its way in, with false messages we perceive incorrectly to be from God.

Can you instead be still and know that God *is*? Listen for the still small voice. What does it tell you? Read Psalms. They are full of the struggles that man has had throughout the ages, dealing with suffering and unfairness and a desire to feel close to the Creator.

For some reason, Psalm 131 is one of my favorites. Perhaps because it feels so homey and reachable to me.

"O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore."

Markwell, God loves you. You are his child, made in his image.

 

Re: fleece and faith

Posted by markwell on December 19, 2011, at 18:34:29

In reply to Re: fleece and faith markwell, posted by Dinah on December 19, 2011, at 17:32:35

Dinah, thank you so much for your well stated post. These awful condemnations I get at night when I'm unable to sleep. I end up getting angry with God about the awfullness of this disease and this just keeps spiraling out of control. I need to come to accept what I have and trust God to help me deal with it day by day. Thanks again.
Mark


 

Re: fleece and faith markwell

Posted by Dinah on December 19, 2011, at 22:15:36

In reply to Re: fleece and faith, posted by markwell on December 19, 2011, at 18:34:29

I get night time obsessions. I find that it helps to take a step away from them. To think "I'm having the thought that..." instead of just thinking the thought. It just gives me a bit of distance.

It's not always enough, but sometimes it helps.


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