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Do prophets make good advisors for kings of Israel?
Dear Seeking Counsel,
Prophets did make good advisors, but today there are no prophets (read “The Lost Art Of Prophecy” for details). The kings of Israel would inquire of God all the time for all sorts of things. The first king of Israel, Saul, was upset because God would no longer answer his inquiries when Saul started behaving wickedly (1 Sam 28:6). King David asked for God’s advice even when it came to battle tactics (2 Sam 5:23). It was commonplace for the righteous kings to ask God for advice in all sorts of spheres.
Where in the bible does it tell of the devil and his demons being fallen angels?
Dear Scripture Please,
The Bible doesn’t give us much information on the devil’s origins, and since the Bible is vague, we must also be vague. The Bible says that certain angels sinned against God and were cast down and reserved for judgment (1 Pet 2:4). The Bible never specifically mentions the devil as part of that crew of angels, but this may refer to him as well. The Bible says that the devil is the father of lies and murder (Jhn 8:44). The devil was cast out of heaven by God because the devil rebelled against God and sinned. Beyond that, we have very little information. We know that Jesus bound Satan when Jesus came to earth (Mk 3:22-27), and Jesus’ sacrifice cast him out of heaven (Rev 12:7-11). We also know that the devil will eventually be cast into the fires of hell with his angels (Matt 25:41).
Is there a way to ask God a question and get an answer?
God doesn’t answer us by directly speaking to us. God speaks to us through His Word (Rom 10:17) and His Word says that we should pray without doubting (1 Tim 2:8) and that we should ask in faith (Jas 1:6). God says there are very few things that will cause Him to ignore our prayers. Read “Whose Prayers Count?” for the list of things that will make God turn His back on your prayers.
God answers our prayers according to His will, not ours – in fact, we should pray that the Lord’s will be done (Jas 4:15). Having said that, it is perfectly appropriate to keeping praying until the answer is clear – God is pleased with the consistently prayerful (1 Thess 5:17). He wants you to ask over and over – until He gives you an answer. David prayed vehemently for the life of his child until the child died (2 Sam 12:22-23). Paul prayed for his sickness to be removed three times until God told him to accept the pain (2 Cor 12:8-9). Cornelius’ prayers were constantly before the Lord until Peter was sent (Acts 10:4-5). Even our Lord prayed in the garden repeatedly that He might not have to die on the cross (Matt 26:39). The key in all these circumstances was that the requests ceased when God answered. Once God made His decision apparent, whether it was yes or no, acceptance began.
God never gets tired of hearing from His children. Christians are to constantly seek Him in prayer. The most direct example of this is Christ’s parable of the unjust judge in Lk 18:1-5. Christ taught that parable so that “men ought always to pray, and not to grow weary”. God wants to hear from His people. So don’t stop asking for help; He is listening.
If the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are considered to be one in the Bible, than why don't we worship the Trinity instead of just one God?
Dear Multiplying Worship,
There are three members of the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19). Each of the three is fully God and have all the powers of Deity. Read “The Father, The Son, & The Holy Spirit” for details on their relationship one to the other. We worship all three members of the Godhead. Jesus received worship (Matt 28:9). We are told to worship through the Holy Spirit (Php 3:3), and we pray to the Father (Lk 11:2). All members of the Godhead are worthy of praise and glory.
Jesus will return in the same way He left true or false?
Dear Looking Up,
True. When Jesus ascended into the clouds from the Mount of Olives, His apostles were left staring into the heavens with amazement (Acts 1:9). As they gazed into the sky, two angels appeared by the apostles and told them that Jesus would someday return in the same way that they had seen Him leave (Acts 1:10-11). Some day, Jesus will return and we shall see Him physically descend from the heavens to claim His own (1 Thess 4:16-18).