God gave you emotions. Part 4
God is not sin focused, but He wants to show us who we really are in Him.
He wants us to be grounded in who we really are. It is to be grounded in who we really are in Christ that will cause us to not sin.
For in Christ, you are holy, pure, a righteous child of God, chosen and so on.
You also need to see that when you were born again, you were set free from the power of sin, and you died from your sin. You are already crucified with Christ, and your old sin nature is dead, you must see yourself as dead to sin.
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Do not let your emotions tell you who you are not any longer. Your true reality is that you are no longer slaves to sin, but you have now a new master called righteousness. (Read Romans 6)
This is now your true reality and you can choose not to let sin rule over you anymore.
The fact that you are a new creation does not mean that sin no longer exists or that you cannot choose to sin, because even if you are a new creation, you can still choose to sin, but the good news is that there is nothing in your «new you» anymore that will make you sin (1 John 5:18).
You may be fooled into thinking so, because of your feelings and emotions can be strong at times, but now you have the authority to make the right choices in all situations. You only need to see the authority you have already been given to you because of the new creation.
You do not get victory over sin by trying to pull yourself together. You do not achieve this by trying to do good deeds and try to make up for what you have done; “pulling yourself together (getting your Christian walk lined up with the Word of God) and doing good deeds, also not by trying to remember to confess all your sins (since you were a child), but you do need to decide to believe and trust in what Jesus already did for you, that He has set you free from the power of sin, and the curse.
You need to see what Jesus already did for you on the cross: That he crucified your sin nature and eliminated any power sin had over you, you are not debtors to the flesh anymore.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh”
Remember that faith is not a feeling, but a decision. The thing that often makes our faith shake is that we feel nothing, or we have negative feelings, and we believe more in what they tell us than what the truth says, and we easily drop the decisions we have made to believe and rely on God. Does God dislike you (or hate you)?
The Devil wants you to have an image of God who comes to punish you, for if you believe and feel that God hates you, you will start to rebel against him. This was what Israel believed and felt about God when He led them out of Egypt; they had a wrong image of God because they had been many years in captivity.
“26. But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God and refused to go.
27. You complained in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us! That’s why he brought us out of Egypt. He wanted to hand us over to the Amorites so that they could destroy us”!
Why was Israel so stubborn and rebelled against God? They thought God hated them. At some point Israel had gotten the idea that God hated them. I think this is the reason why so many want to reject God in Norway and Europe today. They feel that if there is a God, He is not particularly happy with them and even hates them.
The sad thing is that we Christians often have such a picture of God. If you feel that God does not love you or that He hates you, why would you believe that He has something good for you? If someone hates you, will you not feel afraid and believe that this person will not do you any good?
Some think that God hates me because I had a child before or outside of marriage, or because I was involved in an abortion, or because I view pornography on the net. Others feel that He hates me or dislikes me because I have not prayed or read the Bible in the past week or weeks, or because I don’t tithe; or because I didn’t testify about God at school or at work when I had the opportunity.
It is very important to do something with these thoughts! You need to tear them down (spiritual strongholds), for as long as you don’t see and have a revelation of God’s love in your life, you will easily rebel against God, or you are afraid of Him and lose all your confidence to come to Him, trust Him and believe Him.
Read what John tells us:
1John 3:21(Amp) 21. “And, beloved, if our consciences [our hearts] do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence [complete assurance and boldness] before God”;
1John 4:18-19 (AMP) 18. “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown [complete, perfect] love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” 19. “We love Him, because He first loved us”.
What is the foundation for our confidence to believe and feel that God has forgiven me? It is His love. You must start to think: I am forgiven, because Jesus loves me! So what is the first thing the devil will attack to make you feel condemned? He will try to make you feel and believe that God does not love you anymore and is against you, because of something you did or did not do. The only cure against the feeling that God hates you is to know that God loves you in spite of what you have done or will do, and that you are righteous (put in right standing).
Jesus did it right for us; he took our mistakes and made it right. Therefore we are justified.