I have a testimony on how God gave me a big answer to prayer, even though I was about to and felt like giving up several times. Have you ever felt that you could never overcome a situation, I will never come out of this situation or it will never change for me, or I have this weakness that I can never manage to overcome? These are feelings of powerlessness and despair, which also the spirit of fear is behind. Is this an emotion that God wants you to have? No! These feelings are actually the root of most of your negative emotion and fears. The fear that you will never succeed, and the feeling of failure, for example, has its root in that you feel it is hopeless to try, you’ve tried so many times that you feel totally powerless.
If you are what we call a “Bible Believing Christian”, (believe what that the Bible tells us is true), you often know what it says, but because you do not always feel that what it says is true, you do not really believe what the truth it is saying. Even if you are a Christian, you have almost certainly been affected by this emotionally ruled world we live in. This world tells us that you should not believe something is true before you feel or see it. But that is a lie, and certainly not faith.
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.
There are three tings that are closely connected, and effects the way we relate to our selves to God and others, and the way we can reach out to a broken, fearful, depressed and sinful world. It is also Important for your mental and physical healing.
Your picture of God – How do you see God and how do you think he sees you? Your picture of yourself – Your picture of your creator, the way you think he looks at you, reflects also how you look at yourselves. Your picture of other people. – The way you think God is towards you, the same way you will think he is to other people. Like: If you think God is constantly angry at you, you will get angry at other people, and your self the same way.
Many Christians fear that they have not been forgiven by God because they have not yet been able to fully forgive others. They want to forgive, but they still have negative feelings towards those who have hurt them.
They can easily be condemned by what Jesus is saying in Matthew 18:35, that if we do not forgive our neighbor with our heart, God will not forgive us, but reject us and punish us, which makes us have the fear that God has not forgiven us. I often skipped this scripture and was afraid of it myself, I wished it was not there because I feared that I had not forgiven all who have hurt me perfectly, but now I have seen something I want to show you, and I will give you an answer to why Jesus said what he said.
What about the first letter of John saying that God does not forgive us before we have confessed our sins? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, so he forgives us from sin and purifies us from all unrighteousness.
This is a scripture many use to explain that God has not forgiven us until we have made up for our sin and asked for forgiveness. It may seems, when we read this, that God has not forgiven us until we do the next sin and that we constantly must remember to ask forgiveness to remain forgiven, but is this so?
Am I forgiven if I have forgotten to confess a sin or sins? If I have done a sin, am I only forgiven until I do next sin and have asked forgiveness for it? Does God only forgive me for the sins I have remembered to confess? Does God hear my prayers if I have not totally forgiven someone?
I know there are many Christians who are afraid that they may not be forgiven, and many think of what Jesus said in the Sermon Of the Mount in Matthew 6:15, where Jesus says that God can not forgive you until you have forgiven others (perfectly).