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Sin is A Power

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It is a spiritual evil force and power called sin, and it is our enemy. When other hurt me, I know that they do not see the truth about who they are, and when somebody sins against me, I also know that they are not what they do, but it is a spirit that is behind, and it’s called sin, and it has tricked them to choose to do the wrong thing.

If you or others were our enemy, we would have fought a fight against ourselves or others, but yourself or others are not your enemy (Ephesians 6: 12-13), it is the spiritual power, called sin.
It is our true enemy, and the good news, as we can also read in the Ephesians, is that we can stand after having overcome everything or as one translation says: win victory in all things.
I hope you begin to see the Good News now?


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You Are Not Sin

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Your enemy is not yourself, but the lies you believe about yourself.

We as Christians say that we have the answered for the problem of sin, which is Jesus, but in the practical life, it often does not look like it.
Many Christians struggle with sin as much as the non-Christians, some even more, although they may manage to maintain a better facade. in addition they struggle more with condemnation, guilt and self-condemnation.
You may find that some non-Christians can often exercise better self-discipline than many Christians. What is this so? Is there an answer?

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Identity And Sin

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When I bring up a subject like this, about sin, I can get many reactions.
Some people think that I will not listen to this because I feel tired of being condemned and feeling guilty.
Often this subject can be said like this: You are a big sinner, stop sinning, shame on you, try to win victory over your sin! Or they try to give you a ten-step program to overcome sin and live a victorious Christian life.

Someone else may think like this, when they hear this subject: Not another person who wants to say that sin is not so bad and not dangerous or that it’s noting really called sin.

I do not want to tell you any of this in this teaching. I do not want to condemn you and I do not want to say that sin is not dangerous or non existent.
My focus is on identity and who you are, that will help you to not to fall to any of these traps.

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What Is Sin?

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Sin may not be a very popular topic, but it is a very important one.
What I am going to say about sin in this teaching will not be condemning, but I hope you can get a new light on this subject and see sin of what it is.

The word sin is used most in religious context, and it is often about the wrong thing we do and think, and make a god angry and sin must be punished.

How you handle this subject depends on your image of God. If you have a picture of a judgmental and angry god, you will also try to avoid this theme and you will easily feel condemned.
I will talk about that sin is also not only something we do, but it is also a power. And I will also talk about that you are not sin, that’s not your true identity


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He Forgave All Your Sins

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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.


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Do we constantly need to ask for forgiveness to stay forgiven?

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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?

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When Am I Forgiven

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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).

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Jesus Did Not Come to Condemn You, Or the World!

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Is God behind hurricanes and natural disasters, or negative things that happens? Does God judge people and nations today because of sin? This is quite a hot topic and I have heard some Christian say, as an evangelist quite recently, that God sends hurricanes for punishments for sin today, even nations (this would also indirectly say that God punishes you for every sin your do, even today).

But what about what Jesus did on the cross? And what about John 3:16 and 17? What about Jesus that Jesus has forgiven all sin, for all, once and for all?

I think some mix law and grace, and the old covenant and with the new one. What did Jesus say about this? See or listen to this week’s encouragement!

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