Many Christians are often a bit confused about whether we as Christians have two natures. Some people teach that we have one nature before we became a Christian, and when we are born again we got another, new nature. This new nature is in conflict with the old one, and often we can still feel that the old nature is most dominant. The solution some preachers give is that you have to feed the good side of yourself, the new nature, so that the old one does not take over again. But that’s a lot of work.
I think this theology is not a good one, because it makes us fall under fear again! What if I don’t feed the new nature enough? And are there any of us who can feed it enough? I would argue that this way of thinking makes many Christians live in constant condemnation, and I was one of them.
I do a ministry in northern Thailand, and here we run a Saturday school. One Saturday when we had over 60 children, I was quite tired after four hours of driving, pick up and send all the children back home and to teach English for four hours. I started and reflected on this: Why did I have a feeling of contentment and joy?
For almost 20 years ago, when I started to think about going to another country to share the Good News. I was not thinking about doing children’s ministry. I had pictured it a bit different life? I didn’t see myself as a English teacher, or a driver. That was the least thing I was thinking off. I was reflecting over this and wonder why do I still have such a joy doing this? I could have chosen a much easier life, so why did I choose this?
When is God pleased and satisfied with us? Many Christians struggle with this question.
I had a quiz on my website for a while back, and one of the questions I had was: When do we please God? I was amazed how many people wrote: It is when I pray, don’t do any sins, sing worship songs, do evangelism, lead someone to Jesus and so on.
The focus was on what we need to do, but what is it that really satisfies God?
I have good news for you today, your worth is not connected to what we do, but who we are (read also more text under!).
In this world it is easy to be stressed out. It can be all from work, circumstances, family, bad report when it comes to sickness or even when it comes to know our identity.
As a believer in a mighty God, we should not give into this stress, but the reality is that we are not so much different from people in this world. We still let this things get to us and even control us. And you are not alone, and sometimes I ask why? We have an answer that this world dose not have, and a hope and a power that are beyond our circumstances. So why do we worry? Often it is actually because we feel we not please God enough, so he might not hear our prayers. And that brings us back to identity too.
The truth is or soul can be still and know that He truly is God.
Have you ever asked yourself this question: What is it all about? It may be in several contexts we can ask ourselves this question, perhaps in relation to the meaning of life, but have you ever asked this question in relation to your faith and Christian life? Maybe you’re a bit scared of this question, because it may be associated with unbelief. Sometimes it can be healthy to ask yourself some questions, and remember God does not get nervous because of it.
Today I believe that God has something very special and something new he want to speak to you about through this scripture: Phi 4:4-7. Do not think that you’ve heard this before and you do not need to hear it again! I think everyone has experienced and maybe you experiencing it right now, that you have or are worried. It can be anything from money to situations that you have at work.
Whatever circumstances you are facing, you can have a peace that surpasses all the understanding.
Before I was afraid that when I had a bad day, it was because God did not protect me, or maybe it was even He who made negative things happened and he was angry at me some how. He sent a curse because I forgot to pray or read in the Bible today, or maybe I did a sin? This is not so!
You will certainly deal with a bad day better if you have a attitude of gratitude and thankfulness, and by using time with God by praising Him, and having fellowship with him in prayer
But most days that are difficult is so because we are not living in an perfect world and we have a spiritual evil enemy too. It has nothing to do with God punishing you in one way or another.
There was one who said, “It’s not what meets you in life that will break you, but how you handle it.” If you have an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness, and believe God is really good under all circumstances, you will handle life much better!
I have heard many say that we need more of God or Jesus, but do we need more of Him? Does the Bible says that we must hunger and thirst for more and that we do not have anything of Him yet. Do we need more power, more forgiveness, more of His nature, or more blessing from God?
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?