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Because this blog is in many ways a manifestation of my heart and mind, I want to take a second to address a couple things from my comment sections and make sure the way I think is understand things is clearly expounded. I do not mean to be malicious in any way.

First, I want to respond to this comment...
Guilt is such a powerful motivator, and churches and pastors and parents and spouses use it unknowingly too much!!! "There is therefore no condemnation/guilt for those in Christ." Do those in Christ still sin? Yes. Is there guilt? Not supposed to be, or at least, that is what this verse seems to say.
The sentence in quotations above is taken from Romans 8:1. The problem with quoting it this way is that condemnation and guilt are not synonymous terms. It is true that Jesus has taken away condemnation from those who treasure Him and that we are no longer 'guilty' before God. However, we still ought to feel guilty when we do wrong. The feeling of guilt is often what motivates us to change or behavior and rectify our situations. Imagine if you never felt guilty after doing wrong- how would you live?

I do not want my children to feel unwanted or condemned - not by me and not by their Heavenly Father. But I definitely want them to experience guilt for their wrong doing. This is a delicate line but its my job as a Father to walk it and to teach my kids about the truth of their fallenness and not to simply coddle them with good feelings and happy thoughts.

Secondly, I want to respond to this comment...
Poverty is not from God. It can't be a blessing. Just because there are millions who are in poverty and are believers doesn't mean that God wants it that way.
The converse of this statement could also be true. Just because there are millions of people who have abundance doesn't mean God wants it that way either. Take a second to read the accounts of Jesus finances in the Gospels. He was poor and homeless. He relied on the donations of others to finance his ministry. He couldn't afford to buy a tomb and had that donated to him as well. Jesus clearly did not live in abundance.

How should we interpret that? That if he would have prayed more he would have had more money? That his living in poverty was a sign that he was outside God's blessing? Why can't poverty be a blessing? Poverty forces us to depend on our heavenly Father more than ourselves. Poverty strips away the things that medicate us and makes us come face to face with our most fundamental selves.

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