It Is For Freedom Christ Has Set You Free

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In my life I have tried to live holy, and according to a religious standard I have probably done quite well. I have never committed adultery or fornication, I have not murdered anyone, I have done pretty well when it comes to not lying. The only thing I can remember I have stolen was a chocolate from a grocery store and  some money from my mothers purse when I was 10 years old.
But I still did not feel free, because I also knew that even if I was quite good it was not good enough.
I still had thoughts and emotions and also sometimes action, even though they were not too bad, they were not holy.
I also struggled with a sickness for many years, and also thought that if I only manage to live holy enough or get enough faith God would heal me. I tried and tried, but good was never good enough. I did not feel free. I did not experience the freedom that the Bible was talking about. What was wrong? What more should I do to be free?

One evening I sat frustrated in a hotel room in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was quiet sick and felt I had come to the end of my self. I had tried all to get well, confessed all sins I knew of, tried to live holy, spend a lot of money both on doctors, seminars and had travel to healing seminars and meetings all over the world. Why was it not working for me? I have heard of many people that got healed, why did it not happen for me? Had God forgotten me? Was there still things I had to do, or things I had not done?
In my hotel room I cried out to God: What more must I do?


 



Galatians 5:1
 For freedom did Christ set us free:stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage. (ASV)

Jesus said:
Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

When Jesus came, he came to set the captives free. He came to set free those who are oppressed. He came so that we should be free and have life.

If this I true, how come that you still feel bound and oppressed. It might be sin that you're struggling with or weaknesses, defeat and sickness. If Christ have set us free, why do we still struggle with these things?

Is it because of lack of holiness or is it that we don't try hard enough to be free?

In my whole life I have been looking for this freedom to manifest, but often it only seemed to be a partial freedom.

In my life I have tried to live holy, and according to a religious standard I have probably done quite well. I have never committed adultery or fornication, I have not murdered anyone, I have done pretty well when it comes to not lying. The only thing I can remember I have stolen was a chocolate from a grocery store and  some money from my mothers purse when I was 10 years old.
But I still did not feel free, because I also knew that even if I was quite good it was not good enough. I still had thoughts and emotions and also sometimes action, even though they were not too bad, they were sometimes not very holy.
I also struggled with a sickness for many years, and also thought that if I only manage to live holy enough or get enough faith God would heal me. I tried and tried, but good was never good enough. I did not feel free. I did not experience the freedom that the Bible was talking about. What was wrong? What more should I do to be free?

One evening I sat frustrated in a hotel room in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was quiet sick and felt I had come to the end of my self. I had tried all to get well, confessed all sins I knew of, tried to live holy, spend a lot of money both on doctors, seminars and had travel to healing seminars and meetings all over the world. Why was it not working for me? I have heard of many people that got healed, why did it not happen for me? Had God forgotten me? Was there still things I had to do, or things I had not done?
In my hotel room I cried out to God: What more must I do?

Then I heard Gods quiet and gentle voice: Just know that I love you!

This truth has radically changed my life, it was a start on a healing proses from the inside out. It is this truth that has set me free.
This is the foundational truth that this seminar is build on.

Our problem is that we have been programmed wrong, both about God and about our selves, our identity.

Is God occupied with our sins?
I had many thoughts about God that that was not true. One lie I belied about God was that he is a fault finder. I thought that he was very occupied by my sins. That all the time he would convince me about sin when I did something wrong. He would point out my sins and tell me to straighten up. I did not always think like this, but I felt it often that he was like that.
My feelings was based on a lie I believed about God, that he was occupied with my sins.

I want to tell you a truth: God is not occupied with your sins. That does not mean that he says is ok to sin, but he is not focusing on them. His attention is on you, and he just want your attention to be on Him.
If you see how much He loves you, you will also stop sinning.

Often we think that if we point out people sins and tell them how bad they are they will stop sinning. By that you might get people to stop sinning for a while, but people will not do it with their heart and they will still be in bondage, often bondage to fear.

Obedience from the heart
I believe obedience to God is very important and I also believe it is important to be submitted to Him. But often we try to get people to submit to God by fear of punishment. Like: If you do this, this bad thing might happen. Or if you do this, God is not pleased with you and he will condemn you, or if you do or not do like this you can not expect God to help you, heal you or answer your prayer.

All of this is fear of punishment, and it is actually connected to the law.  The law will say, if you do this, you will be punished with this. It can even be this: if you sin, I will withdraw my presents from you for a while. This is still condemnation and fear of punishment.

So how do we get people to submit to God? By love. If people truly see that God is love, they will submit and obey him fully from their heart. If it is by the law and fear of punishment, people will not submit and obey him fully from their heart.   
They might do it with their action, but not fully from their heart.

If you have thought that you need to obey God so that he will not condemn you or not be satisfied with you, your motivation is the law and fear and you will not be free. But when you obey God out of love, you are free.  

Some also feel God is saying: repent or else. Many look at the word repent as a negative word. If you look at it in a legalistically way, it might be, because then it is: Repent or else! But if you look at it in a a way of love, you will se it in another way.

Repent basically means to turn around. So if you have been going in one direction, you change it to a total different direction. But if you repent because you are afraid of punishment you will never do it with your whole heart.

The only way you will do if fully is if it is motivated by love.

God want us to repent because he loves us, not because it is a way we most please him. Now God is pleased when we repent,  but we don't repent so that he should be pleased. God still love us even though we don't repent. But when we repent we get released form the bondage that enemy had on us, and it will make you walk in the freedom that Jesus already paid for you to have.

If you do a sin, what do you think God is thinking? What is his focus? Is it: why did you do this? This is the 100 times you have done it, how could you? I am very disappointed in you. I thought you were more mature than this.
Do you also feel that God is counting hours or days since last time you did a sin or a certain sin.

Will this motivate you to not sin again? You might be motivated by fear, but it will only frustrate you, because it is easy to find your self doing the same ting over again or do a similar sin.

It is often like we try to close on drawer in the cabinet, but then another one is opening up, and when you closed that one, another one pops out.
It is like what I don't want to do, I do, and what I don't want to do, I do not. How can we be delivered from this vicious circle?
We will experience this circle as long as we try to achieve something by our own will power, it is called to live under the law. But the good news is that as a Christian we have been delivered from this law of sin and death (Rom 8:2).

The sad ting is that many Christians do not see this truth, and I did not see it either for many years. I thought Roman 7 was the normal Christian life. I even found comfort in Paul's struggle with himself. If Paul struggled, then I could justified my struggle too.  But this is not correct, because we do not live in Romans 7, but in Romans 8.

Your freedom is already achieved
Your freedom is not something you have to achieve. First of all your freedom is already purchased, Jesus paid your freedom when he died on the cross.
To have freedom is not ten step of that or twelve steps of this.
Your freedom is already achieved by Jesus, now it is all about revelation.
It is about a revelation of what you already have!
You have only been lied to and that's why you self have put your self under the yoke of slavery again.

What kind of slavery is Paul talking about in Gal 5:1? 
It is the York of slavery that the law brought. Law is about self achievement, it is about all that you have to do.

But it is not about you and what you should do or not do, it is all about Him and what He has done for you. This is the revelation that will change your life.

The Bible is not about laws, but it is about relationship. First of all it is about a relationship with our father in heaven. God created Adam and Eve because he wanted fellowship with them. But we know that sin came into the world and destroyed our fellowship with God.  
But then Jesus came and restored what Adam had done wrong so we again can have a close fellowship with our Father in heaven again. This is the Gospel, this is the Good News, in two  sentences. It is all about fellowship. It is all about how much God loves you, and how much He wants to be with you.

The devils first goal is to destroy that fellowship, even though Jesus restored everything, the devil can still deceive us into believing that it is not totally restored. He also want to paint a picture of a God who demands something of you.  And he will use religion and legalism to point out that there is still something you need to do to be accepted by God, or what you need to do to please him.

Let me just give you a truth here and now. When you became a Christian, Jesus moved in on the inside of you. Paul is using a lot this expression: In Christ. If you are in Christ and He is in You, are God pleased with you?
Is God pleased with Jesus? Yes!
Matthew 3:17
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

I don't say that he is pleased with all the things we do, but he is still pleased with you. You don't have to do anything more than believe that and trust him.

What do you want me to do?
Many people believe, and I have been one of them, that God is very occupied by what we should do for him. Often many people is struggling with this question: What is Gods will for my life and what should I do for him? God is not occupied by what you are going to do for him, what occupies him is that you will discover him, who he is and how much he loves you.

I used to think that God needs to heal me so that I will have a grate healing ministry and so that many people will here about God. That is not what's on God mind fist of all, again what he is occupied by is that I should discover Him. Out from this many will here about God, but God does not want to heal us because then he can use us, he want to heal us because he loves us. It is out from a love relationship with Him that everything will flow.

Separation on three levels


I believe that there are an enemy out there that wants to steal kill and destroy. Destroy our love relationship with our father in heaven, our relationship with ourselves and with others.

So this is the three areas the devil will try to separate us:

  1. First, he will try to separate you from God. He wants you to have a broken relationship with your Father in heaven.  One of his weapon is to make you accuse God for negative things that happens in your life.
  2. Second is that he want to separate you from yourself by, by hating yourself, condemn yourself or to look down on yourself
  3. The third is that he will separate you from other people, often because of un-forgiveness  or bitterness.


Do you have a right picture of God?
Many Christians will say that they have a good relationship with God, and they will think that the first point here is certainly okay with me. I have a pretty good relationship with God, but maybe I need to work some on myself and with my relationship with others.

The fact is that the relationship you have with yourself and others, actually reflects the relationship you have with God, because if you don't feel loved by your Father in haven you can not give love to others.
 If you have bitterness towards yourself, or are very angry at others or yourself, you have a short temper, worried, fearful, stressed, have self-pitying, look down on yourself, condemn yourself and so on This actually shows that there are something you have not seen yet when it comes to who God is and his love for you.

Another thing too: When you encounter problems, what reaction do you have in relation to God? Are you frustrated and angry, are you accusing God because he was not with you? Are you saying to God: Why did you let this happen to me? If we begin to accuse God we really don't know God that well, or we have forgotten some truths about him. We have allowed ourselves to be deceived by the enemy, because it is he who is the accuser.

For years I thought I had a very good knowledge of God. I've been a Christian all my life, attended many Bible schools, read the Bibles several times and I have taught it several bible schools too. So I thought that my knowledge of God was pretty good. But when I met problems I always had a feeling that God was not with me. I knew what the Bibles told me that he will never leave me of forsake me, but my reaction to personal problems proved otherwise.

I always felt that I had to do something, and it was never good enough for him. I thought that if I did not fall into sin, did not look too much on television, live holy as I could, read the Bible regularly, and pray frequently, God would answer my prayers and he would be more pleased with me.
I also felt that if I made a small mistake, God would reject me. Notice that I say feel, for I knew that it was not truth, but it was a voice, or thoughts, that told me that I never could reached up to what God required of me.
This led to bitterness towards God, and  when hard times came I started to accuse God because I felt that he was not with me or for me.

I struggled with a sickens for over 10 years and one of my big frustration was that I felt there was always something more I should have done. I always felt that I was not holy enough or had enough faith.
But I found out later this was the voice of the accuser I had listen to, and that was the very thing that blocked my healing it was not God who rejected me, or prevented it from happening.

This is a fundamental truth that will change your life:
God is love, and he will never cease to love you. The perfect love that is God, it will cast out all fears.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

The Devil are terrified that you will find out how much God really loves you, because it will set you free in all areas of your life including your health. Therefore, he tries in every way possible to destroy our relationship with a God who loves us unconditionally.

  • Once you discover how much you are loved, you will also be able to love yourself and others.


Do you have a right image of yourself?
The Devil would like you to look down on yourself, blame yourself and be bitter and angry at yourself, he will make you curse what God has blessed (Gen 1:28) and said was very or exceedingly well (Gen 1:31).

God made you unique, there is none like you. You are much loved and Jesus actually died for you. But the devil will lie to you and say that you're just a worm, you mean nothing, you're ugly, you should have been better, you should have been more talkative, you should have been less talkative, no one do things as bad as you, who wants to be with you, and so on?

A tragedy is that we often agree more with what the devil say about us, than what God says about us.

What does the Bible say about you? What is the truth about you? Read Psalm 139:1-18, and confess that when the devil comes and say lies to you.
You are Gods beloved, and you are wonderfully made!

Are you bitter towards others?

Has there been anyone that has hurt you and you are not willing to forgive them? Do you carry  bitterness towards anyone? To experience the freedom God has for you, it is essential that you are willing to forgive those who have hurt you. Not be willing to forgive is a major obstacle to freedom.

To forgive is not about those who have hurt you goes free, but it is about that you go free.
When you are carrying grudges and bitterness and you are not willing to forgive someone (including yourself), and you want revenge, you have a bitterness and anger on the inside that will eat you up.
There are someone who said that to not forgive is like eating poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.

Many diseases, such as some forms of cancer, has a root of bitterness, and not be willing to forgive those who have wounded us. Not being willing to forgive can be a big price to pay.

Forgiveness from the heart comes out of how much we see how much God forgave us. When we understand his love, we can also release love and forgiveness to others. Because God forgave us, we also can forgive one another.
Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you

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