Anonymous said: I'm a follower of Jesus, and lately I've just been feeling like a failure. I will pray and just be overwhelmed with all the things I didn't do well. I feel so guilty, like I'm not trying hard enough and that all I ever do is disappoint God. I'll do devotions and be so engaged and have a great mindset and know what God wants of me but then later it's almost as if I forget, and I let my emotions and selfishness take over. I don't know what to do anymore.

That’s the beautiful message of the Gospel. We all fall short of the glory of God, but Jesus loves and accepts you anyway. Your experience with failing God is not unique. We fail him every day in more ways than you and I even realize. 

Here’s what you need to realize about God. He’s not interested in you following His law perfectly. He already knows that you won’t! What He wants is a relationship with you where you can be honest about yourself with Him, and you’re not constantly trying to prove yourself. 

Check this out:

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
 - John 6:28-29

That’s it. You don’t need to work for God. Your debt has been paid! There is nothing left for you to do except to live in the freedom of Christ and spread this glorious message about Him! 

Breathe deep! Sing loud! Smile at a new day! Your debt has been paid and it’s all because of Jesus! 

Here’s what I want you to do every time you feel like you’re disappointing God. Thank God for what He did for you and for being the perfect Father that you need. Thank Him for freedom and grace.

Remember the prodigal son in Luke 15? The father didn’t demand his son to clean up his act. Instead, he rejoiced and threw a huge party on his return, and that’s all he cared about! So whenever you sin or fall short or simply feel unworthy, you MUST remember that your salvation and restoration with God does not rely on you, but on the work of Jesus. You are free, and God is waiting for you to acknowledge that. So instead of constantly looking down at yourself for being another imperfect human, look to the perfect Jesus who paid His own life for you! 

After all, we are just bad Christians with a great Saviour. 

God Bless and Much Love,

Samuel Assaf

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veryhappyturtle said: I am sorry for the ask I sent you, you seem to be one of the few good Christians in this country. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Can we all appreciate this person’s humility? Instead of continuing opposition or a defense of pride, veryhappyturtle sought out forgiveness, complimented me, and hoped the best for me. Let’s show a little love and kindness to peacemakers in this world. Send a little love to veryhappyturtle! 

temidade said: Jesus told us to forgive those who persecute us, does that include forgiving them even when they still believe and continuing to carry out their evil acts? If yes, then that is extremely hard to do! How can you forgive q6

Thanks for your question! 

I think it is important to understand that forgiveness does not mean affirming or giving permission to the wrongdoer.

What it does mean is that you let go of the harm people have done to you. You let go of the bitterness, anger, condemnation, and judgement that you may hold over someone. You allow God, the true Judge, to deliver justice to them when He returns, and you hope and pray that they will encounter His true love. 

Check out Jesus’ response to Peter: 

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”- Matthew 18



Jesus uses a figurative story to illustrate the Christian truth: Because Jesus forgave us of all of our debts and sins, we must also forgive others as well. We are all undeserving of the goodness of God, yet He showed  and continues to show  mercy. Because we follow Jesus, we must also show that same mercy to others in hopes that they might also turn to the mercy of God.

As well, Jesus makes it clear in John 15 that we cannot do anything without Him. If you struggle with forgiveness, it is only by the truth of the Cross that you can find the strength to carry through what He has commanded you to do. It is also the Cross that forgives you when you fail to do so. 

In closing, when you wish an ill-fate upon those who have hurt you, remember the grace and love that Christ extended towards you, and extend that same grace and love towards those who have hurt you as well. 

That does not mean that you affirm, support, or have to remain in contact with people who have hurt you in a significant way (such as an abuser), it simply means that you let go of the hate, anger, and bitterness and give it up to God. 

I hope that helps! If you have more questions, just let me know. 

God Bless, 

Samuel Assaf

lpninjaebru said: Hello brother, I am a muslim and I hope that this genocide massacre will stop, it hurts me seeing innocent people dying... I hope your family will be save in Lebanon! Stay strong, I'll pray for your family and every victim of ISIS Selam from Germany!

Thank you for your compassion and love. As the world turns dark, I hope that we will see the goodness of God shining through the darkest of times. 

Selam from Canada! 

Anonymous said: I am a Christian; the idea of dating to marry is OK with me, but at the same time, I like the societal construct of dating where you can date anyone you want to test the waters, and also having one night stand's. I believe in God, and I trust him, but I want to sin and disobey him, but I feel guilty at the same time knowing that I can't glorify him via my desires in relationships. I prayed to him and I already apologised to Him in advance. But now what? It's sad because I want to sin.

Thanks for your honesty! 

I have a few things to say, and I will be very upfront and blunt. Not because I am angry, but because you need to clearly understand the gravity of your situation when it comes to your faith. 

First, I understand how hard it is to fight the desires of lust. It is a battle that you and I will fight for the rest of our lives. 

Now. Here’s the hard pill for you to swallow:

You can ask for forgiveness as much as you want, and you can pray in advance for forgiveness for what you have not yet done, but at the end of all of this, God will not be fooled. 

He sees your heart and your desires. He knows what you want. And if you truly believe that you can sleep around and feed the desires of your flesh and maintain your relationship with Christ, you are wrong. I am not saying that you will lose your salvation(I do not know if you are saved, and you should take your salvation seriously if you are), but you will be miserable if you try to have the world and have God as well. 

You already know what you need to do. You need to fight your temptations, remove yourself from places that are tempting you, and follow Jesus. Jesus didn’t command you to have the cake and eat it too. Jesus commanded this to you:

"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” - Mark 8:34-35

So I must give you serious questions to ask yourself: Is your faith something you take seriously? If you really trust God, do you believe that His standards and design for sex are for your ultimate enjoyment and freedom? Is your deepest desire to serve yourself or to serve God? 

Having given those to you, allow me to present you with what Scripture says about you and the standards that culture gives you:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” - James 4:4-10


So you are going to have to search your heart and decide what is most important to you: is it gratifying yourself or is it following Jesus? You cannot have both. For Jesus has said:

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” - John 15:4-6


Friend, the truth is that you are going to mess up. You are going to sin. You are going to fall. But what matters is whether you pick yourself up and you continue to follow Jesus. It is hard; Jesus said you will have to bear a cross. It is a burden. You must deny yourself. But that is the cost and sacrifice of following him. It is up to you to decide what you will do. 

Be certain: Christianity is not a safety net for you to do as you please; it is an abandonment of self to pursue what is holy and true. 

I will be praying for your heart and mind. I hope that you will separate yourself from what culture has taught you, surround yourself with Godly people who will hold you accountable, and that you will give your life wholly to God and pursue His good and perfect will. 

God Bless and Much Love,

Samuel Assaf

veryhappyturtle said: Don't use your religion to make other people feel guilty about their choices.

I don’t believe in manipulating people. If people feel guilty, then something I said stirred their own consciences. But if a person does not want to follow Jesus, then there is nothing I can do about that.

Just for clarity: if people are being harmed by the choices of others, then I will step out and speak up for those who are being hurt. That’s just the way it is.

But just for fun, why are you using your opinion to make me feel guilty about my choices, and why is that okay?

Anonymous said: It truly astonishes me, that you can look at what is happening to children, mothers, and fathers and still believe in a good God. If he exists, he cares nothing for us. If he exists, he has left us alone. I lost my faith long ago on a trip to the Middle East. God turned out to be a bystander who watches as woman are raped, children are beheaded, and fathers hanged. Prayer does nothing, it is a placebo for the the weak minded. They don't need prayer, they need help through action.

I am saddened by your pain. I will keep this short, but I wish to speak into a couple of things.

First of all, Jesus never taught that we should do nothing and simply pray. Rather, we must be filled with actions and give to those who have need. 

Second of all, yes, this world is so messed up. It is full of evil. But how can you know what is crooked and broken if you have no clarity on what is right and fixed? 

We will all be held accountable for the evil works that have been done, and our acknowledgement of evil is a testimony of the standard of perfection. Jesus will return and bring justice into this broken world. Until then, He has commanded that we rescue those in need and restore what is being lost. 

Christianity is not an escape mechanism from this world. It is a calling to go into the darkest places of this world and bring redemption. 


I pray that your heart will soften and that you will come to know the goodness of God that exposes these horrid evils for what they truly are. This will not last forever. Evil and all who do evil will have to pay for what they have done. So I pray that you and many others will find the forgiveness that is offered by Jesus Christ before that final day arrives. 

God bless and much love,

Samuel Assaf

Anonymous said: I respect your stance. Heck I'm a strong Christian too, but Isis isn't someone that can turn around and be good. They are purely evil. They wish death upon Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims that peacefully coexist with non Muslims, etcetera.

I agree, they will not turn. Not without the miraculous intervening of Jesus Christ. 

I must remind you that God’s grace extends to even the darkest places of humanity. I must remind you of the Apostle Paul, who murdered and imprisoned many Christians. Yet, even he experienced the saving power of Christ and His whole life was changed:

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” - Acts 9:1-6


From there, Paul wrote many letters that we find in our New Testament, and he is an example of the change that happens when we encounter Jesus. Among those letters, Paul had this to say about all of us: 

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” - Ephesians 2:1-10


What more should I say? If we, who were dead in our sins, are made alive in Christ, should we not also pray for those who have not encountered the riches of His mercy? 

I am not saying that we should convince them not to destroy the Christians in Iraq. They will not relent (And we should not relent in stopping them, either). Instead, I am insisting that we pray that they would encounter the miraculous, life-transforming love of Christ.


Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” - Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15


It is the only way.

God Bless and Much Love,


Samuel Assaf

Anonymous said: When u started off with "pray for isis" I thought you supported their actions and was so terrified that there were people supporting murder and war.... but then I read it to the end and I admire your way of thinking.

Thank you, friend. 

Do not admire my way of thinking. It is not mine. It is commanded by Christ, and so I only wish to remind Christians of what He has said when persecution arises. 

Thank you! 

Anonymous said: ISIS's goal is to kill everyone who does not follow their radical ways. As an American I refuse to accept their actions as tolerable. I'm not going standby and gawk in awe. I'm not exactly partial to the idea of raping women, mass executions, beheading children

Neither am I. They must be stopped. 

What you do not seem to understand about my post is that I am not asserting that we must stand by and let ISIS do what they want. 

I am saying that we should pray that they turn from their evil ways as we use our compassion and righteous anger to stop what they are doing. 

Anonymous said: Iam a Muslim and I pray for all the Christians brothers and sisters who are being harmed due to Isis. I believe in peace and I do not believe in terrorism. No religion does and extremists do not have a religion. They pretend to , but no religion either Christianity, Judaism, and Islam teaches you to do harm. I'm keeping those who passed away and those who suffered in my prayers. May there be peace in Iraq. Please understand that many Muslims are feeling the same pain watching this horrid sight.

Thank you for your encouragement. I certainly understand that ISIS does not include the support of all Muslims, or even most.I appreciate your prayers and your heavy heart for peace. 

Anonymous said: Peace be upon u I'm a muslim Sunni iraqi and I swear I would never hate anyone and what those crazy people are doing is something wrong and they don't only hurt Christians but they hurt Muslims 2 May peace be to this world have a wonderful day

Yes, I have heard many things. Thank you for your thoughts and condemning their actions.