Children aren't afraid to approach adults for help. They easily trust and are very teachable.
Matthew 18:2-4 (The Passion Translation)
Jesus called a little one to his side and said to them, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm.
Romans 4:8 (The Amplified Bible)
Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.
Romans 8:1 (New International Version)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
God doesn't want your sacrifices. His Son Jesus was THE Sacrifice.
Don't think following rules appeases God's wrath. If you want to please God, approach Him with the faith of a child.
Focus on Who He's made you to be In Christ, seek out His gifts and rewards, and you'll find victory!
Hebrews 11:6 (New Living Translation)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (The Living Bible)
...We do not tell them that they must obey every law of God or die; but we tell them there is life for them from the Holy Spirit. The old way, trying to be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments, ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives them life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (The Passion Translation) "Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new."
The devotionals in the Book Section specifically help with this.
Focusing on "not sinning" just strengthens our desire to sin. The more we sin, the more self-focused we become, and the more guilt, condemnation and shame we feel.
The Kingdom of God is God-Focused not Self-Focused.
Galatians 1:3-5 (New International Version)
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Conviction is not condemnation. Conviction helps you see the truth. Condemnation makes you feel bad.
Confession from a place of conviction leads to a cleansed conscience (or saving of your soul). Satan will not be able to get an inroad into your life in that area.
Whenever guilt, condemnation or shame come against you, KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, and rebuke those thoughts. They are not from God. Tell Satan that you've been made the righteousness of Christ and are highly favored in His sight.
Colossians 3:1-2 (New International Version) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
1 John 3:9 (The Living Bible) The person who has been born into God's family does not make a practice of sinning because now God's life is in him; so he can't keep on sinning, for this new life has been born into him and controls him - he has been born again.
Jesus forever changed the way God relates to mankind. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God's catastrophic judgment on sin, but His greatest act of judgment was when He placed all His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God's wrath.
Since that time, God has NOT been judging our sins (2 Cor. 5:19).
God's NOT angry at us. He's not even in a bad mood.
Look at the angels' joy over the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14)
You're probably familiar with this passage, yet there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it's saying. Some translations basically say that they were proclaiming "goodwill among men" or" peace to men of goodwill." So, it's been interpreted to mean that Jesus was bringing peace on earth among people. But that's not why these angels were praising God. If that interpretation were true, then Jesus's own words in Matthew would contradict this. He said,
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36)
Jesus Himself said that He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels were praising God for (Luke 2:13-14) was peace between God and man. They were announcing the end of God's war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man.Prior to Jesus's coming, there was wrath from God against man for his sins. It wasn't total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God's mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15; 2 Cor. 3:7, and 9), and people's sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people's sins against them. This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21 says:
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. . . . For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The word "reconciliation" is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins. Jesus became what we were so that we could become what He was--the righteousness of God.Jesus was like a lightning rod that drew all the judgment of God unto Himself (John 12:32). He not only bore our sins; He actually became sin (2 Cor. 5:21). Sin is no longer a problem with God. It's the church that has made it a big deal. But none of your past, present, or even future sins can separate you from God. The only people who will go to hell are those who have spurned and rejected His unspeakable gift. In heaven, you won't answer for your sin; Jesus already has. You will answer for your acceptance or rejection of Jesus.Now, you might be thinking, You're just giving people a license to sin. The last time I checked, people are doing a pretty good job sinning without a license. What I'm saying will not free you to sin; it will free you from the condemnation and the guilt that comes when you do sin.You might say, "Well, if God isn't judging me for sin, why live holy?" That's a good question, and to answer it, read what Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
If you yield to Satan through sin, you open the door for him to destroy your life through sickness, poverty, relationship issues, emotional problems, and all kinds of things. It won't be because God is out to get you; He loves you. It's just that sin gives Satan an inroad into your life. So, continuing to sin is just stupid (Rom. 6:1-2).Visit awmi.net, call the AWMI Helpline at 719-635-1111 to learn more about "The War Is Over."We love you,
(excerpt from Andrew and Jamie Wommack)