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Faith Counsellor | Is it wrong to visit a ‘reader man’?

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM- Unsure

Dear Joan,

About a year ago, some strange things started happening to me. I got sick and went to the doctor, but no amount of tests could reveal what my problem was. Then, just as suddenly as the symptoms came on, they disappeared!

Sometimes in the nights, I get some weird dreams of being attacked by black dogs and I always awaken with a sense of panic.

I am a Christian and I told my church brethren who prayed with me and anointed me with olive oil. I got a break, but then two months ago, I started having pains in my back. I went to the doctor and did several tests and, again, nothing. The pains have since disappeared, and this time, my sister-in-law, who is not a Christian, is telling me that "something is not right". She said she has a 'reader man' friend she can take me to and he will tell me who is "throwing blows" my way.

She said nothing is wrong with finding out what's wrong with me, as the doctors failed to do so. But I am feeling uneasy about the whole thing.

Is she correct?

 

Dear Unsure,

The mere fact that you have an uneasy feeling about the whole thing should give you a clue that it is something you should not be indulging in.

Read 1 Samuel 28 where Saul visited the witch of Endor because he could no longer hear from God. She summoned up Samuel's spirit to get him answers about what would happen in his life - the same thing you now want to know. It was wrong for Saul to do then, and it is wrong for you to indulge in it now.

As a Christian, you don't have to worry about your future or what's happening to you. The Bible states: "Greater is He that is you than he that is in the world".

Believe it or not, there is a medical explanation for all that you are going through. Just because the tests did not show anything doesn't mean there isn't something to be found.

You did the right thing in asking the church to pray for you. Continue doing that and put all thoughts out of your head that someone is 'working on you'. Half the time you are defeated by what you allow yourself to believe.

Blessings.

 

I have no faith

 

Dear Joan,

I have been a Christian for over three years and I have to admit that I have no faith at all. I pray about things and I receive no answer. I know it is because I have no faith at all. I see friends of mine pray about things and their prayers are answered almost instantly, but with me - nothing.

How can I increase my faith like 'a mustard seed'?

 

Dear J.N.,

Just because things you have prayed about did not receive 'instant replies' does not mean you are lacking in faith. You are not the only one with unanswered prayers. God in His wisdom knows just when and how to bring about the answers we need. You need to trust the God whom you are serving.

You DO have faith; you just don't realise it. When you board a bus or a taxi to go about your business, you are putting you faith and trust in someone you might not even know. If you can do that, then you can easily put your trust in the Saviour who loved you enough to die for you.

Put doubt out of your head and start learning to trust the God you serve.

Read Hebrews 11 and allow the words to permeate your being. It is referred to as 'the faith chapter', so enjoy.

Blessings.

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