Insight: I think we as humans all have moments when we struggle with our faith. I believe the best thing to do when you are struggling is read the Bible; and don't just read it to read it but ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning of what you are reading. When I struggle with my faith, I find that the Bible has a way of speaking to each situation I face. If you are dealing with a particular issue, a concordance may be helpful to find the verses that best speak to the difficulty you are facing. Another way of getting back on track is to pray. Ask God to reveal what diversion led you off track to begin with and start to deal with it and get back on track. Allow yourself to rest in His presence. Put on worship music and just focus on God and allow His presence to fill you up. Surround yourself with other Christians as they can help pray for you and encourage you through these struggles. Whatever you do, do not give up, God is always with you and He always wants what is best for you.
Issue: Is it possible to still love Jesus and live a sinful lifestyle? Like promiscuity, homosexuality, adultery, etc.
Insight: I believe it is possible for them to love Jesus and still be living a sinful lifestyle. It would be an indicator of the depth of their love and commitment to Jesus though. The more you love Jesus, the more you try to be like him. Someone who is bound to habitual sin; has to come to a place where they love Jesus enough and are willing to trust Him enough, to allow Him to set them free in those areas. Many people compartmentalize their lives and allow God only into parts of their life, not into every area. Once again, it just portrays their level of commitment. However, be cautious about judging people based on their lifestyles, truly it is only Jesus who knows exactly the heart of these people and only He knows the exact depth of their love and commitment to Him. My challenge for you is if you know someone living a sinful lifestyle, but says they love Jesus, continue to pray that their relationship with Jesus would continue to grow and deepen. Let Jesus do the rest.
If God puts it in your heart to say something to them, ensure that you do so out of a place of love. Every time Jesus confronted someone it was done in love, not judgement.
Issue: There are times in my life when I feel alone. I know I am not, however even those I felt I could lean on haven't been there for me. How do I deal with it?
Insight: There have been times in my life I have felt this way, some even recently. There are days when we feel like the whole world rises against us and we are left to stand alone. When this has happened to me, I have gone to God, He is always there for us no matter what we face. The other thing I do is I talk to those who I felt alienated me in those times and explain how I felt. Most of the time I find that the other person either doesn't know their actions impacted me that way or the person feels guilt over what happened. Either way by talking it out not only do you find out what happened on their end but you have the chance to know you are not actually alone. This is a powerful feeling and the most important thing I can share with you is never let this feeling of being alone overwhelm you. When it starts overwhelming someone, that person tends to isolate themselves to protect themselves from it happening again, which only creates more loneliness; this time created by themselves. Be pro-active whenever these types of emotions come over you, it could save you sinking into a pit of loneliness and depression.
Issue: I want to pursue my dreams, but there are always obstacles in my way. Maybe I am not meant to fulfill my dreams.
Insight: Sometimes, we fight so hard for the things we want in life we come to a point when we are just tired of fighting. I believe fighting for your dreams is one of the things that can exhaust us especially when there are obstacles constantly in our path. One thing to realize is that God has given all of us dreams and desires, and it is Satan that wants us to be distracted by obstacles and to give up on our dreams. When you feel yourself getting worn down, ask God for strength, and ask God for help to bring that dream to pass. It may come about in a way that you were not expecting. Sometimes obstacles are there to get us to our dream in a whole other way, maybe even a better way. Take some time and ask God to help you get past the obstacles or find another way to achieve your dream. One other thing to keep in mind is timing. Also, ask God if this is the right time to be pursuing your dream. sometime it may come at a different time in your life when you may have more time and energy to pour into it.
I strive to help others by being a safe place for others to ask questions and pose issues they face.