Question of the Day

When Kenneth and Gloria started their journey of faith they had questions too—lots of them! So, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions by people like you—people who earnestly desire to find God's answers to the practical, real-life challenges of everyday living. We have a new question every day, so check back often!

If God forgives, why do I still have troubles?
If God forgives, why do I still have troubles?
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You are forgiven! It’s so important to realize that. Whatever you have done, God forgave you the moment you asked Him and received His forgiveness. At the same time, it is important to understand that forgiveness doesn’t keep undesirable circumstances from coming into our lives as a result of our disobedience. 

For example, Christians might commit adultery or other forms of sexual immorality and then ask God for forgiveness. Even though they ask for forgiveness, pregnancy, disease, divorce and emotional hurt may still be the result of such sin (Proverbs 2:16-19, 5:15-23). Another example would be Christians who break the law and are put in jail or prison. Again, they may ask the Lord for His forgiveness, yet, outside of a miracle of God, they will have to serve their sentences.

The law of sowing and reaping indicates we all experience consequences for our actions. Giving place to the devil never produces good results. Disobeying God throws the doors wide open for Satan to bring everything from sickness and disease, to destruction and death into our lives. One of the keys to keeping Satan and his destruction out of our lives is for us to obey God (1 John 5:18).

Walking in obedience is not always easy, but we can receive God’s grace to empower us to live above the plans of the enemy. We serve a good God who loves us and is able to deliver us from anything if we will trust Him! (Psalm 103:1-5). And if we ever do make a mistake, it is important for us to understand that Jesus is available—and ready—to forgive us and cleanse us of our sin. All we have to do is ask Him to cleanse us, and then receive it (1 John 1:5-10).