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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: Some­times I feel like God is very close to me, but then some­thing hap­pens and I be­gin won­der­ing if He’s even there. I wish my faith wasn’t so up and down, but it is. Am I al­ways go­ing to be this way?

— A.T. DEAR A.T: No, you don’t al­ways need to be this way — be­cause God doesn’t want you to be this way. In fact, He has given you ev­ery­thing you need to strengthen your faith and help you know He is with you ev­ery moment of the day.

Let me ex­plain it this way. I note from your email that you are mar­ried — but how do you know? You know you are mar­ried be­cause at one point in your life you and your hus­band said “I do” — in other words, you made a firm com­mit­ment to ac­cept each other and be united to each other. From that point on you were linked to­gether in mar­riage.

And the same is true with God. You may be­lieve in Him … you may even feel His pres­ence from time to time … but have you ever de­ci­sively com­mit­ted your life to Je­sus Christ and wel­comed Him into your life? By a sim­ple prayer of faith you can com­mit your life to Him today — and I pray you will. Je­sus said, “Who­ever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).

Then take steps to strengthen your re­la­tion­ship with Christ. Just as your re­la­tion­ship with your hus­band has grown over the years, so too should your re­la­tion­ship with God. And it will, as you get in­volved in a church where Christ is preached and lived, and as you pray and learn from the Bi­ble ev­ery day. The Bi­ble says, “Faith comes from hear­ing the mes­sage, and the mes­sage is heard through the word about Christ” (Ro­mans 10:17).

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