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.
Sin is a thing that will bind you and lead you into bondage. Paul says in Romans that he who sins is a slave to sin. You are not called to be a slave to sin, but you are called to be free, free from sin and its power. God want to shift your focus away from sin and to righteousness.
God does not focus on your sin, but who you are in Him, and that you are loved.
He will establish you in what you already are in Him and that you are righteous and loved. That is His goal.
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.
Many view Jesus and God as a stern Lord or slave master, but it could not be further from the truth. Yet, many Christians are very focused on what they must do for Jesus, or whether they are doing everything right. They might think: Have I committed some sins that have made God angry at me, and in some way he wants to punish me?
What are Jesus and God calling us? Is it slaves and servants? Or is it his friend and son or daughter? I want to share with you two scriptures today that will show very clearly how God looks at you.
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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.
There are four important and essential questions that all people want an answer to. Maybe you live in denial, and think that it doesn’t matter or I am not a person who relay cares, but deep down, all people want to know the answer to these four basic questions. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or non religious. If you are a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Atheist and so on, there is a longing in all people’s heart to know the answers to these questions.
We are all looking for value and being someone important. We are all looking for love. I think if we truly saw our value this world would look very different! This applies not only to the non-Christians, but to us Christians as well!
I think there would be less gossip, envy and judging others if we really saw who we truly are, I actually think these things would not be a problem, even sin would not be a problem anymore if we truly saw who we are!
See this important encouragement, which I think can help you and inspire you!