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!
Many Christians often pray this prayer: God use me! I myself have prayed this prayer, especially when I were in my teens.
One of the reasons was that I were afraid that I could not be used for anything, and I attached my identity to what I could do and to be used for.
I have one year and 3 months old daughter (when I write this) and I love her over all on this earth. But my thoughts are not this: What can I use my daughter for, or what can she do for me? Had I been thinking so, I would have been a selfish, self-seeking and evil father.
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Perhaps you have heard: You steal from God if you don’t give the tithe, or you are under a curse if you don’t give, or God will punish you if you don’t give the tithe, or God will not heal you if you do not give. These two things are usually not said directly, but it can often be perceived in this way and maybe someone thinks this way too? In fact, I’ve heard someone say it like this: If you are stingy (“and do not give to us”) then you will go to hell, for those who are stingy will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I get very upset when I hear statements and teachings that are manipulative and that give you guilt, condemnation or fear like this! None of these things are compatible with God’s character, and some can easily take scriptures out of context and misuse them.
In this teaching today I hope I can give you some clarity and also free you from condemnation and guilt especially in connection with the tithe and money.