Some people are only focused on what they will receive when they get to heaven one day, and that everything will be good then, and it will for sure be, but God wants us to have a joyful life here as well. If we don’t experience this life here and now, we can’t give life to others, either. God want us to share his love and Good News to others, but we are not able to do that in an effective way if we loose our joy.
In Hebrews12;2:(AMP), it says: ”He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame.” When I read this sentence before I thought it was only talking about heaven. I thought: Down here on earth I will only have sorrow and pain, and when I go to heaven one day I can be happy. This is a religious way of thinking which says that we will only achieve joy in heaven one day.
There are perhaps many Christians, who think that if I have negative emotions, I am in sin, and I am in unbelief and then God can’t help me. But to have negative feelings and emotions such as fear, timidity, depression, etc. is not a sin, but what they can lead you to that can be something bad. Let us look at the emotions that Jesus had, and how He handled them. Jesus is our great example and He has also given us His Spirit and power. If He could not be ruled by His feelings, then we don’t have too either. Let us look at a scripture from Hebrews.
Heb.4:15; (KJV) “For we have not An High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin”.
Many people are not aware that what you think will lead you to what you feel, and then again what you do. It is important that we know how to handle the feelings right so they don’t lead us down the wrong path. And it all starts with our thoughts. If you know you have thoughts and feelings that can lead you away from God and fellowship with Him, it is important that you do something with them, so that you can control them, before they will control you. If I can control my thoughts, I will be able to control my emotions. If my thoughts are in line with God’s words, my feelings will follow.
Breakthrough! I got my breakthrough at a prayer center, but not in the way that I thought I would.
I remember I woke up one morning and I was very bad. I had breathing problems, headaches, stomach pain, etc. and I said to God: “God! You need to speak to me today! “I was desperate for something that could give me encouragement and hope. I had signed up for a service where someone would pray and prophesy over me, and I hoped that something would happen that day.
Our feelings can lead to a lot of bad things in our physical body as well, when they control us. The fact that we are not willing to forgive, for example, will cause you to feel anger, resentment, frustration and even depression. And when you have these emotions, they can lead to diseases in your body, like high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases (like allergies) and even cancer.Emotions have a lot to do with our health. Our negative emotions, which often come from fear, may release chemicals that make us depressed, and when we have a chemical imbalance in our body, it can make your immune system weak. Ask a doctor if not a prolonged fear and depression can have an impact on your immune system.
Today I will also share the first part of my testimony
Many people struggle with this question: What Is the Purpose for My Life? Or as a Christian it can be: What is God’s purpose for my life and what can he use me to? The feeling of having a purpose is an important one, because we don’t feel content with life if we have no purpose. God’s purpose for your life is actually not a difficult one, it’s easy. God’s main purpose for your life is for you to discover how much you are loved by God and to have a close fellowship and relationship with him. In fact, it is not primarily about all other choices we make and what to do and what to not do, but God’s main purpose for you is to have fellowship with Him and enjoy that fellowship.
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.
I have seen a large increase of fear and depression, especially among young people. Many believe that to get Norway and Europe to repent, we must preach the law (The 10 Commandments and morality) to them so that they feel judged and condemned, and then they will turn to God. We hear some preachers say or express: If you do not repent, God will punish you, or you will perish if you do not repent of your sin.
I don’t think preaching the law and the threat of punishment is the right approach to get people to repent. You may have been raised up by: When we feel bad, you will get better and do what is right, but to a large degree, this was not Jesus’ message to the lost, although He did preach The Law to the ‘Religious Leaders” who preached ‘The Law’ to the people (for their own greedy ends), but themselves lived a secret life of sin in their thoughts and judging attitude.
Many have the image that to be a good Christian is related to surrender, relinquish and give up everything including joy, and everything that feels good is bad or a sin. I must say that in the first 20 years of my life I was actually not sure of whether God wanted me to be happy or not, that I should feel happiness.
There was some talk about suffering for God, and give up things for God. I thought it was very spiritual to not be happy. For instants, I thought it was very spiritual to cry. I assumed that diseases and depression was a part of suffering as a Christian, and that the condemnation and guilt was something that a Christian should have. But I was wrong!
What does the Bible really say about emotion? Are emotions something that is negative or positive? Does God want me to be happy? How can I control my emotions? What connection is there between feelings and fears?
Emotions can be our best friend or our worst enemy. In this teaching, I will give you some truths about feelings and emotions that can help you to manage them in a correct and good way, and how you can feel the way that God wants you to feel.
What I want with this teaching is to show you that the emotions are there and they are given to you by God. You can either lie or ignore them, or you can learn to do something with them. When we understand why God has given us emotions and we can use them properly, we can apply them in a good way.
If I can learn how to handle my emotions, I can also deal with life and what comes my way.It is one thing that is certain about emotion: We all have them. But unfortunately there are times when the emotions have us. It is when the emotions have us that they become a problem.