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From a  13 year old boy ...

"i have prolems in school with beging with god or noing if he is there with me i go to school alone i make good grades and i ove church but i want to be all i can be to him but i thinks that i am doing somethink wrong because he is not comming and helping me like i think i fell that he is not there"

Our Answer ...

Hi _______________,

Thanks for writing Talk to a Pastor.  I would be glad to visit with you about you questions.

If I understood you correctly you fell like you need help in school and it doesn't seem like God is there for you.

You said you feel alone at school.  Does this mean that you don't have any friends and feel left out and possibly teased. Or does it mean that school is hard for you and you want God to help you learn better - or both? Please write back and share more with me.

Walking with God and living a Christian life does not automatically make everything good or easy.  Sometimes the Christian life is harder then not living a Christian life.  But of course the benefits  of knowing God in this life and certainly eternity in heaven is worth it. 

God requires faith,  Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, "without faith it is impossible to please God.  For those that come to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewards those that diligently seek Him."

God says it isn't enough just to believe IN God.  Lots of people believe IN God.  The Demons even believe IN God.  What god wants is for us to BELIEVE him.  In other words you can believe in someone, without believing them.  Faith starts with believing IN God, but must change to Believing God.  Have you ever known someone who was a liar?  You believed in them (that they existed) but you didn't believe what they said.

God wants us to believe him, to believe what he SAYS.  To live by what he Says. 

It is possible to have faith for salvation and still struggle in other areas.  Faith needs to be developed in each area of our life.  Faith is developed in three ways.

  1. Faith comes by hearing God's word (Romans 10:17)  The more you read, study and hear God's word, the more faith you will have.  Remember faith is believing what God says.  If you don't know what he said, you will have a hard time having faith.

  2. Faith comes by experience.  As we trust God and God walks through trials with us we learn that we can trust him. 

  3. Faith grows by worshipping God.  In the Psalms the songwriter says this:  "Oh come magnify the Lord with me."  The MAGNIFY something means to make it bigger in our sight, like a magnifying glass.  Sometimes our problems seem bigger than God. As we worship and pray and realize who and what God is He  becomes bigger in our sight.  Let me give you an example.  If you were standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon it would seem like an impossible barrier to cross.  However if you flew over it in an airplane it would seem as nothing.  Seeing things from God's point of view changes the size of our problems.

God can do anything.  He only asks you to believe in Him.  First, start with the truth.  You said you feel alone.  You may FEEL alone, but the truth is that Jesus said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."  When your feelings say something different then the word of God, you need to believe the word of God.  This is where faith starts.  God is ALWAYS with you, even at school.  I suggest you stop saying He isn't and start believing that He is and you will begin to see some differences.

Another Scripture tells us that, "He (God) who has begun a good work in us, will continue to work in our lives until Jesus comes back again." 

This means that God is at work  in your life every day.  He never takes a day off, or forgets about you.  He is at work.

The book of Hebrews chapter 12 tells us that "Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.  This means that God doesn't leave you on your own to figure out life.  God wants to help you in your faith.

Well ______, I hope this helps.  Lease feel free to write back and let me know what is happening in your life.

Now a prayer for you ...

Dear Jesus, I bring ______ to you and ask that you draw him to yourself.  Show him that you are with him at school.  Help him grow in faith.  Jesus, I ask that you protect him and help him in every way.  AMEN!

One last thought, "Don't trade eternal things for temporary things."

Hope to talk to you again soon,

Pastor Steve