We have probably all heard that God is love (1Joh 4:8), but what does that really mean?
Some believe that God only has love, it’s only one of his attributes, and he will show it to us when we deserved it or when we have behaved good.
Some believe he only loves me and will hear my prayer when I have repented from all of the sins I have done. Some may even think: All sins I have done since I was a child and I also need to know exactly what I did. So they search and search their past and life to discover what they have done wrong, but that is not what God wants you to do. It is about how much you are forgiven and loved, not how much you have sinned.
There are a lot of people who are not very confident in their prayer, fellowship and communication with him, because they believe that God keeps a record of wrongs.
I can actually tell you my answer right away: You can’t!
When you hear this answer and statement, you may think: You must be a Bible teacher who says that it is perfectly fine to sin and we can sin as much as we want without any consequences.
Can I tell you one thing: There is no place in the Bible where it says you can loose your salvation in the same way that you might lose your wallet, for example. Salvation is not something you suddenly loose, like doing a sin or falling into a sin.
One of the biggest fears many Christians have is if they have done the unpardonable sin and loose their salvation. It could be anything from lying, or sleeping with their girlfriend, got drunk at a party or being angry with God and saying a swear word to him. Or they may even think they are not forgiven and rejected by God (lost their salvation) until they have pleaded forgiveness for a sin they have done, even several years back.
Do I say with this that it’s OK to sin then? NO by no means! Sin is an enemy and it will trick you and it has negative consequences for you and others, but you do not lose salvation when you sin.
But does it mean that when I became a Christian I was guaranteed a place in heaven anyway? Am I once saved, always saved?
This short teaching is an encouragement in connection with Christmas 2020. It will be about the gift that God gave was unconditional. I will also talk about how we can rest safely in the arms of our God the Father. The year 2020 has been challenging for most of us, but we can still rest in God’s arms.
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
If it feels good for you The world we live in today is largely governed by what they feel. You may have heard this expression: If it feels good to you. This is a wisdom guided by emotions, not God’s wisdom. And this statement is really a devilishly lie, and could not be further away from the truth. I think you are quite aware that there are many things you can feel to do, that are not good for you!
You may get the feeling to rob a bank, but that does not mean it is the right thing to do. You may feel to look at pornography on the Internet or going out to sleep with someone, but that doesn’t mean it will be good for you, your marriage, or your future spouse. Even if you feel inclined to eat a kilogram of chocolate because you are depressed, it does not mean it will be good for you. I think you get the idea.
Because so many in the world don’t have God’s Word, which is the truth, to build their life on, some will for example, as a married couple might wake up one morning and feel that they don’t love each other anymore, and they will be moved by their emotions to be separated or even divorced, because they did not feel love anymore. If you read the Bible, you will find out that love is more than just a feeling.
As a Christian it is very important that you are not led by your emotions. If you do so, you can easily get into a spiritual curse that Jesus has already set you free from. If a person is emotionally dominated, they will find themselves back in the same situation again and again.
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.