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Your Questions, Honest Answers: - August 24, 2017


Well, It's time for Your Questions, Honest Answers.

Pat, this first one comes from Sheri, who says,

once I heard a Jehovah's Witness say

that when we die and go to heaven, we all become age 31.

A while back, I heard you say something similar.

Can you explain this and show in the Bible

where it says this please?

Well, it says in the Bible that we

will be like him because we will see Him as He is.

So there's got to be--

when you're a baby, you're not going to live as a baby

all your life in heaven, so there's

got to be some maturing process where

you grow up to a certain age.

If you're 95 years old and you're kind of feeble

and infirmed, you're not going to live that way in heaven

forever, so you have to come back to some mean.

Jesus was in his 30s when he ascended into heaven.

So if we are like him, then we'll be 33.


I think he was 33 when he died.

Listen, that works for me.

That works for [INAUDIBLE].

But I don't know, in the Bible, who knows?

But we're going to, as spiritual beings,

we will be spiritual beings, we'll be spiritual.

Our bodies will be spiritual, so it won't-- maybe age won't have

any impact on us whatsoever.

OK, this is Deborah, who says, my family's

been faced with financial setbacks for some months now.

We tithe and give, yet when faced

with eviction/bankruptcy filing, the eviction judge

ruled in favor of the landlord.

How should my family continue to trust God when

it seems like he doesn't care?

God does care, but you have mismanaged your own finances.

Don't blame that on God.

You know, God's given us principles of money management.

I've written about it, I've talked about it

in "The Sacred Kingdom" and other books.

But if we are wise in relation to money over the years,

we won't have these problems.

But things do happen.

Sudden illness, sudden tragedy, they come upon us.

But if you trust God, he'll bring you through.

The way out of the wilderness is overcoming praise.

You continue to praise the Lord.

All right?

This is Ed, Pat, who says, I have believed in God

all my life, but have only started living for him a little

over three years ago.

I'm 59 years old.

I read God's word every day.

I talk to God throughout the day,

and I tell him what my heart's desires are.

I also thank Him all day long for everything.

I won't even take a sip of water from a fountain

without thanking him.

But I'm stuck right now feeling that I'm not going anywhere.

I keep thinking, am I doing something wrong?

I keep asking God what should I do or stop doing?

I'm just not getting the answer I'm looking for.

Any advice?

Yeah, you're wrapped up in legalism, that's your problem.

You think by doing all this stuff,

you won't even drink a sip of water without thanking God?

That's a beautiful thought, but it's legalism.

What you've got to do is let the grace of God

enfold you, God's unmerited favor.

Walk in grace.

That's what grace is.

And the Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord calls his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto


It's unmerited favor.

Stop trying to earn it, stop trying to do stuff.

It's not-- you let him do it for you

and just bask in the joy of the Lord.

That's what you need to do.

All right?

This is John, who says, Pat, while Jesus

was on earth, every person who came

to him for healing was healed, even some who were sinners.

None who asked for healing was refused.

Why do people who ask for healing

today often not receive it?

Well, I don't have an answer to that.

I don't think any of us do.

But there's so many things goes wrong in somebody's mind.

What have you done, is there some hidden sin?

Is there some resentment against somebody else?

Have you broken a commandment?

Do you feel guilt in your heart?

There's all this stuff, and I don't have an answer

to all of it.

And I don't think any of us do, but the Lord knows.

And when people came to him on earth, you're right,

every single person who asked for healing received it.

So does that mean God wants to do it?

The answer is yes.

Does he want to heal you, does he want to answer your prayers?

Yes, he does.

OK, this is Amanda, who says in the eyes of God,

a man and woman should not break their marriage vows.

Cheating is adultery.

So if one spouse strays into adultery,

does the other one have to stay in a relationship

with an adulterer?

Or would God allow this spouse to leave the one who strayed?

I've seen so many people who have ended their marriages

and have always wondered what God would say.

Well, the Bible is pretty clear about that.

That's the exception Jesus said.

You know, for this goal shall a man leave his mother and father

and cleave to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.

And what God has joined together,

let not man put asunder.

However, in the cause of unfaithfulness,

adultery, that marriage is broken,

and that is what Jesus, that's his exception to, you know--

We have seen many people on this program who,

for the sake of the marriage, have stayed the course then

found healing.

And so you're good, you need to follow what

God is leading you in, right?


But, I mean, he's on the side of restoration.

God is always on this side of restoration.

But if you're looking for an out--

and then I think the so-called constructive desertion,

Paul said if the unbelieving spouse

is pleased to depart, let him depart,

that's the Pauline privilege.

I think, you know, God didn't intend marriage

as some kind of a prison to put us in so we're in hell on earth

the rest of our lives.

I just don't believe that.

So look for some way of getting relief from the problem.

But if you can get restoration, as Terry just said,

if you can restore that marriage and love each other

and build together, it will be far, far better.


That's all the time we have for today.

Thank you.

Thank you very much, God bless you.


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