It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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To Witness and Testify for God on the Earth

God has always wanted to be in a relationship with mankind. In the beginning He created mankind to be like Himself, to rule, reign and have dominion over the world that He created so Hewould be in relationship and fellowship with them. Sin broke that relationship and destroyed man as he was created, causing the world to be in confusion and under the authority of Satan. But God gave a promise that a Savior would come and bruisethe serpent’s head and regain authority over God’s kingdom.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” NKJ

God is always looking to commune with mankind and He wantsto have a person on the earth to testify and speak of His truthand His way to world. Just as Abel, Noah, Israel and the followers of Christ have done and will continue to do.   Godkept His promise by sending Jesus, who through His life, death and resurrection restored humanity back into a relationship and family of God. Jesus also restored God’s kingdom here on earth. 

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. NKJ

Prior to Jesus’ birth people were living and walking in darkness not fully aware of their depraved and corrupt conditions. God has always had a person on the earth to show the world His light and He had given to Israel His word and a vision of Himself. God called them as a nation to be an example and testimony to His relationship with mankind on the earth. They were to show humanity how-to live-in fellowship and serve the true and living God as their Lord and King. While some people were converted in their time, the nation of Israel fell short and failed to display God’s majesty, love and compassion to a world who was in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy.

Exodus 19: 5-6 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” NKJ

The Kingdom of God is increasing with every person that enters into the family of God through the belief and confession of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The knowledge of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the authority and understanding of how we should transact business and operate successfully in God’s kingdom. When weeffectively operate according to God’s principles and ways wedisplayed the power of God and become a living witness and testimony to the reality of who He is. 

Some people are doing evil because they are still in darkness and the light of God’s word has not entered into their lives.They only know what they have seen and heard in the depravedstate of destruction and death that they live in. God is sending His people into dark places to be the light of Christ that othersmay see and know a different way. We as followers of Christ may be the only Bible some people may ever witness. The world knows how to hate, how to kill, steal and destroy but we are to be witnesses to the love of God, the mercy of God and the forgiveness of God on the earth. This is done through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, when we consciously and continuously ask God to give us the power to forgive and show His mercy. We are to trust in God to do justly and allow Him tovindicate us according to His perfect will and not out of our selfish desire for revenge. 

Luke 21:12-13 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. NKJ

Jesus is still calling His followers to be His witness on the earth. Jesus’ call is for us to be a witness at home first, as He told the disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem. Then we are to be witness in our communities and nation as He told them to go to Judea and to Samaria and also to be witnesses throughout the world to the end of the earth. Some people would rather be a witness to their nation and to the world but because of hurt and pain done by their family they refuse to forgive and love at home.

According to the directive of Christ, charity begins at home and then spreads abroad.  One thing we must be witnesses to is the love of God that is shown through the mercy, grace and forgiveness we give to one another. 

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” NKJ

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 

John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciple, if you have love for one another.” NKJ

God is still making kings and priests of His people that they may be a witness and a testimony of His love. A king is one who protects their kingdom, increase the wealth and takes care of the poor by redistributing wealth as necessary.  A priest is one who comes before God to be a mediator and intercessor for the people. True followers of Christ are still advancing the kingdom of God, redistributing their wealth to others in need, praying to God for the salvation of others, while living a life that represents Him well as a witness on the earth.   

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NKJ

The Lord Requires Us to Love Mercy


God wants us to love mercy, not just to be alright with it or just suggest that someone be shown mercy. We are told to have passion, devotion and tenderness toward mercy which is an act of showing forgiveness or clemency.  We are to be delighted when someone is shown forgiveness and is not disciplined or given the hardest reprimand allowed because of their error, as true followers of Christ we rejoice in God’s mercy. 

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? NKJ

We often see people who want to seek revenge or demand an eye for an eye when it comes to their injuries or injustices. Some people feel they are justified in wanting harsh penaltiesof others because of what they have experienced or seen in how others were treated differently.  They want just as much, if not more punishment to be given to the perpetrator or violator. Some people are punished harshly because of their class, culture or socioeconomic background and they somehow feel cheated.  This is all part of the pride of life, in that we want to be esteemed as great as others or at least vindicated to the same extent. But we are called to love mercy in whatever form it may arise, knowing God is the ultimate judge who judges justly. 

1 Peter2:23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. NKJ

God has shown us His way, which is to do justly. That is, we are to give everyone impartial treatment as it pertains to usdoing the right thing for the right reasons, to walk truthfully and in integrity, without looking for it in return. That is the requirement that we are to set for ourselves. We are to love mercy; we should be devoted to showing forgiveness and celebrate it with passionate, open-hearted gladness when it is shown to others. We should not seek out punishment toward others, but should always look to show mercy and forgiveness no matter the situation, as God has forgiven us. 

Jesus showed us how-to walk-in mercy and forgiveness. On the night Jesus was betrayed He washed the feet of His disciples including the one who betrayed Him, to be put to death. Jesus gave broken bread to those who were with Him as a symbol of His body that would be broken for them and He poured the wine as a representation of His blood that would be poured outfor humanity.  We are told to remember Christ every time we take part in the act of communion, the one who gave His life for many. For this reason, God requires mercy of His children. 

1 Corinthians 11:24-25 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” NKJ

In this western culture most people are judged by the standards of those around them, also that which is popular is allowed to determine what is perceived to be right and socially acceptable. We are now seeing a constant clamoring for greater punishment and penalties for some of the more minor offences.  Most people find it hard to show God’s loving kindness and His tender mercies toward others. Forgiveness is paramount with God; it is a chief and dominant thing because it is an expression of His love. 

Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  

To love mercy and forgiveness is a lifestyle, a way of life that we choose to live and it is a practiced skill. To constantly show mercy and forgiveness is something we learn and exercise over time until it becomes second nature to us. Just as any new skill or talent in which we want to become competent or good at, it takes time and the constant repetition until we becomeproficient. We must change the way we view and judge others so that we may line up with God’s kingdom principle of mercy and forgiveness. The world may give limited mercy and forgiveness but Jesus told Peter to forgive seven times seventy, (490) that is so many times that we will not be able to keep track of the number of times we offer forgiveness. 

Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven time, but up to seventy times seven. NKJ

Matthew 18:32-35 Then the master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJ

To love mercy is required by God of His Children. God’s love and mercy was shown to us at a great cost to God, the death of His Son Jesus on the cross. In comparison, it is a small thing for us to show mercy and love to those who have wronged us but ittakes dying to self and pride and also humbling of ourselves before God. 

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? EVS

The Christ In You Is the Hope of God’s Glory

The glory of God’s splendor, abundance and fullness was in the world He created and mankind was the crowning glory of all His creation. Mankind who once walked in the fullness of God’s majesty and marvel, was now enslaved to the wickednessand dreadfulness of Satan and sin. Humanity was created in His image and likeness and with God’s glory upon them. The enemy came and seduced mankind and lead them astray. Satan then supplanted and replaced God’s glory with his darkness, pride and lies. God did not leave us without the hope of His Glory returning and promised us a Redeemer, a Savior and a Deliverer who would bring us back into the family of God for His glory.   

Genesis 1:26a, Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth….NKJ

Genesis 28a Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it: have dominion…. NKJ

Mankind became accursed under the dominion of Satan who hates all who are created in God’s image and has set systems and snares to derail their purpose and has tried to twist them into his perverted image of pride and hate. This world system was hijacked by Satan and all humanity was ensnared, captured and enslaved when Satan seized dominion of this world from Adam. 

God did not create mankind depraved and they are born unsullied but many are taught wrong, touched wrong and live in a society full of hate. They become a product of the life they were born into and the things they experienced. Satan ruled in the age of darkness until the light of God came in the life of Christ, who came to set us free and to open our eyes to the light and the truth of God’s word.   

Some people question why would God hold a person accountable for their actions when Satan and the acts of hateful men have twisted their mind into thinking that way? Because God has always provided a way of escape from the schemes of the enemy and has given everyone a will and the ability to choose to take the way out or to stay in that fallen state of being. It is the natural state of fallen mankind to want to get revenge and live in unforgiveness toward those who wronged us. It is our pride that wants to vindicate itself but it is not God’s kingdom way. Christ is our example and we look to Him to show us the way and we must choose to live in humbleness and forgiveness. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able , but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJ 

1 Peter2:23 and while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; NASB 

God has always had representatives in the earth to show His way, His word and His righteousness. From the beginning with Abel, to the Jewish nation and the prophets to Christ, God has always provided an example to the world and to show the way of salvation.  It has always been the choice of every person to choose whether they will remain in their fallen mind set or to let go and choose to obey the light of God’s word. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; NKJ

Jesus came and lived a life, to not only set us free from sin, butto show us the way of the Father.  He also gave us the power to live a righteous life through faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.   We all had to grow up in an evil world and may have suffered as a person who was treated wrong, handled and touched wrong or was hated unjustly. But we all will come into an age of accountability and we will decide how we will handle those hurts, whether we will let our past affect our present and our future or to let go, forgive and trust God.  

We may choose to live in a way that allows our pastexperiences to dictate our present mindset or we can let the love and the forgiveness of God be our standard. Some people will let what has happened to them as a child or in their past speak louder into their life than the word of God and who they are now in the family of God. We should release the past hurts and live in the new life we have in Christ. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ

When we are born into the kingdom of God old things are passed away and we become a new creation. Now the responsibility is no longer of the depraved or demented person who harmed us, but now we must decide who will reign supreme in our lives, our past or Christ. When the love of God becomes our motive, we will no longer live for our selfish motives, for our rights or for the love of men, but we will live a life that will draw people to Christ and brings glory to God.  When we express the love God has shown to us through Christto others, this will give the hope of God’s love for them.  

Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with him that we may also be glorified together. NKJ

The riches of God’s grace were sent in the person of Christ into the world that He would seek and save those who were lost. The mystery of God is that non-Hebrews could now be saved and become joint heirs in the household of God. God is still sending His people into the word today through the life of Christ that others may see the love of God in them and this can become the hope of His glory in their lives. The Christ in us is sent to save deliver and rescue those who are in bondage. We may suffer injustices like Christ, but it is the love of God that is shown through us and the love that is given unconditionally to others that gives hope to those who are lost. 

The love of Christ in us can bring redemption, salvation and deliverance to people from their past devastation, presentsituation or future demise and possible failures. 

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. NKJ

In the Beginning

Have you ever wondered how it all started? How did this all come to be and why do we exist?

John 1: 1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJ 

In the beginning the Word was Jesus the Son of God and He was with God from the beginning. Jesus created all thingsthrough the spoken of God, whether it was the things on the earth, principalities or powers. In Christ is the life of all things and by Him all things exist. 

Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominion, or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. NKJ

Colossian 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. NIV  

Christ is the root of every culture, every nation, every tongue and people. He created all that is and nothing exits or was made that He did not create be it in the natural or the spiritual world. All things were created perfect in form by a Holy and Just God. But a will and the ability to choose were also given to the angels and to mankind on earth. Everyone will choose to live in obedience to the truth of God’s word or deny God and go their own way. 

God created a high angel, Lucifer, created in perfection fell because of his choice to rise up in pride and to try to be as a god. This was the caused his destruction and he became a fallen being, Satan. Just as mankind fell from their original state into sin because of their choice to disobey God and to follow Satan.

To understand the reason for our existence and the direction we should take in life we must go to our created purpose, in the beginning. 

Revelation 4:11 Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. KJV 

God created all that is for His good pleasure. God created a good and perfect world for mankind. He planted good seeds to produce good fruit in the earth but an enemy came and sowed false grain that brought death and destruction. God allowedboth to reside because He was not willing to destroy the good with the evil. Therefore, He permitted both to grow and mature on the earth in their chosen lifestyle which will reveal who they chose to served in the end. 

Many people ask why did God create the devil? Or why did God allow evil to exist. God created a perfect angel and a perfect man but He allowed them to make their own decisions and not to be robots or like paper dolls that have no thought or emotion. God risk the rejection of those who would rebel against Him that He could live eternally with those who loved Him, rather than not creating mankind at all.

Most people would choose love and to have family and friends though some may leave and betray them. It is worth the risk to have a loving fellowship with those who choose to be part of our lives and accept the decision of those who decide to leave. rather than never having love or fellowship with anyone.

Our created purpose is to reflect the image of God on the earth and bring Him pleasure. To do this we must have knowledge of God to replicate and imitate His likeness. Then we must know what is pleasing to God so that we may know how bring Him glory.  

Proverbs 15: 8b-9 …But the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He love him who follows righteousness. 

Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  

1 Chronicles 29: 17a I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness….

Psalms 147: 11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. NKJ

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. NKJ

Our purpose is clear and our task is simple, to show the love of God as His representatives on the earth, to hate evil, pride, arrogance and rebellious and vicious speaking. It may be simple to say we are to put others before us, to be humble and to love those who hate us but simple does not always mean easy.

We may understand the love of God and that we should be humble and hate evil. But when it comes to living it out in real life situations it may not be that easy because we must confront self, pride and those we are associated that live in hate and havedifferent views. There will always be a testing of our commitment to truth as God has called us to live and to choose this day who we will serve.

Micah 6:6 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? NKJ

1 Peter 2:21,23 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 

Who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; NKJ

Life Choices- Cause and Effect – continued

In this present life, the circumstances and situations we are in, are the results of the ordinary every day choices we or our family have made.   Whether it is the choice of what we eat, how we use our time, or how we invest our money, it is reflected in our current life conditions. Some people may say life is by chance or like a roll of the dice were some may get a good hand while others do not, because life is about choices.  The Bible tells us that the choices of life and death are set before us and those of cursing and blessing and that we should choose life.  This is our God given will and our ability to make choices for our life.

The actions we take are a direct reflection of the choices we make. We may not admit to ourselves verbally about the choices we have made but we confirm our decisions by our actions.  When we refuse to seek God’s word we are choosing to live separated from His life and blessing and with the same action we are choosing to live under a fallen world system, which is full of death and destruction.

Deuteronomy 30:19    I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  NKJV

Our fate and future in life is the sum total of our daily choices.  A continued pattern of bad choices will result eventually into an unsuccessful life. We all have made poor choices that resulted into some undesirable outcomes and we know to continue to make those same poor choices will result into continued undesirable outcomes. It is when we change the way we think and those things that influence our decisions and mindset that we are able to make better choices and therefore have more desirable outcomes which allows success to happen in our lives.

What we see, hear and speak impact our mind and heart choices. Some people may say, “It is just a joke, a song or just a movie but many do not realize it is these things train our minds and teaches our hearts what is will desire. It through word and song that information is feed to our mind, heart and develop our mentality. What we see and hear we assess and assimilate and decide to embrace or to reject the information. The things we see and hear will influence us and how our decisions are made. The Bible says our heart is stirred by the things we recite and say. The tongue is like a pen writing skillfully on our heart.  Therefore, it is important for us to be on guard and to understand the various types of communication and media outlets we listen to as their tongues and words write as a pen upon our hearts. They will stir our hearts and will shape our beliefs and ultimately the choices and the direction of our lives.

Psalm 45:1  My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. NIV

God the Creator has said we were created in His image, in His likeness for His glory. Instead of us listening to God we have allowed people, schools, jobs and our society to define who we are and how we view ourselves.  This fallen world system want to push us into believing we are less than who we are and they want us to allow them to determine who we are and what we can or cannot do.  Satan, the same enemy who tricked Eve into believing she was less than who God created is trying to use the same trick on us to pull the wool over our eyes and have us believe that same lie. Satan would have us to focus on nonessentials and the rate race of life’s distractions to keep us from God’s word and to leave us and our communities open to his demise.

John 12:40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them NKJV

God has stated He has given each of us the ability to get wealth; He has given us His creative spirit, gifts and talent and He said our gifts will make room for us.  God is faithful to His word. Everyone has the ability to obtain wealth so that they may establish God’s covenant on the earth. Some people have asked, if this is true then why are there so many people living and dying in poverty and are homeless?   All of these situations are a direct result of someone’s choices and some of those choices have been made by past generations and they still impact the present generation.  Until someone stands and turns to the truth of God’s word and come under the covering of their new blood line which is in Christ Jesus.  When we are born again, we are a new creation and part of the family of God, joint heirs with Christ. As we learn to operate in the principles of kingdom of God, we receive the blessings and heritage from our heavenly Father.

Deuteronomy 8:18  And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJV

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJV

It is when we change our mindset and thereby our choices that we will see a change in our actions which impacts our destiny. No matter how hard the situation or test may seem God has promised a way of escape and yet we must seek out this way by seeking His word and He will reveal to us how to walk and escape. It may not be as we would want it but He has promised a way out of these circumstances. The sins of the parents impact the children born to them and this is a result of the fall of mankind.  Sometimes we see young children living in hard situations and they are living under the influences and consequences of their parents’ choices. But every child as they become of age has the same choice, to continue in that spiral depraved path which leads to destruction or to choose a different path a life in Christ. This is not to say people who follow Christ will not have hard times, because they will, but God’s word gives wisdom and teaches us how to press through and not stay in that situation.

Every life stands at the crossroads of choices and we are tempted to stay in the same rat race our parents, family and social structure that we have been in for generations.  Many people choose to continue in that same destructive life style and behavior because they are confused and scared to go through the process of change. God has made the choice available to us but it is still ours to make. Sometimes we it would be easier to stay with the familiar, however bad it may be, rather than go through the hard process of change and possible forgiveness.

1 Corinthians 10:13      No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJV

Many societies will say education is the way to a better life, but we see criminals who educated and they are only smarter at getting around the system.  Some believe they should get better jobs and we see those who have all their worldly needs met and still give up on life.   Life experiences will try to tell us to only be concerned for ourselves, that is every man is for himself and self-preservation is above all.  But that is not God’s way His ways are not like man’s ways and His thoughts are high above man’s thoughts they are higher than the heavens are above the earth. God tells us to help, love and to forgive one another even if they do not ask for it or deserve it. God tells us to seek the wellbeing of others and to help those who are in need.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. NKJV

There is a universal principle of cause and effect that some people call Karma but God says it is the principle of sowing and reaping.  If we know the type of fruit, we want then we should plant the type of seed to produce such fruit.  If we know what type of life we want to live, whether it be obtaining wealth or being shown kindness or love then we should sow the same corresponding seed and energy that will produce that fruit.   The actions or the seeds we sow toward others will produce a harvest. This occurs in both the spiritual and physical realm. Those things we want to receive in our future we should plant in our present just as we would plant corn seed in the spring to receive corn produce in the fall.

Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”  NKJV

Even with our bad choices and mistakes of our past we can change and turn those things around through sowing the seed of prayer over those situation and circumstances. God has told us to come to Him and let us reason together.  Even though our sins are red as scarlet God can turn them white as snow and will forgive our sins.  We do not have to let our past define us because in God we are a new creation. God is more concerned about our future than He is with our past. He is more concern with our eternity than our fleeting and short-lived lifestyle that is grounded in poor judgement.

Isaiah 1: 18-19  “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; NKJV

Many people will allow their past to imprison them so they are unable to be free to accomplish their purpose and live for their future. We see so many children and young minds destroyed through an act or an event such as being abused or abandonment or even poor choices they themselves have made. These are only occurrences or incidents that happened to us it is not who we are, but some people will allow these actions to define them and determine their self-worth. They are events but life is more than one event but it is a continuous life cycle of choices and actions and reactions.

We all have the same choices to make, whether to allow our past action or past abusive situation to consume and destroy our present lives and purpose or to trust God. When we trust God, we can release the hate the hurt and allow Him to settle the matter.  The lie of believing we have no hope because of our past is from the pit of hell. The good news of God is we can choose to accept Christ and become a new creation.

God knew mankind would fall and He knew our faults and failures before we were created and He provided a way through Jesus for us to return to Him before the foundation of the world was laid. God knew the strategies and lies the enemy would use against us to cause us to distrust God and hate ourselves.  But God sent truth, His Son in flesh so that we could be set free from the trap and lies of the enemy. No matter what the situation or circumstances were in our past, we all still have a choice concerning our future.  As long as we are living and breathing, we have a chance and a choice to make a difference. We may be living in some difficult conditions as the result of choices other people made for our lives but we can choose to make better decisions that can lead to better and different results.

We have seen those who get trapped into lifestyles or habits because of poor choices or because of some tragic events. Some people continue to relive those events over and over resulting in a stagnate lifestyle and they continue making the same poor choices. Sadly, they never move beyond their past. We also have seen those who have gone through some atrocious events, but learn to forgive either themselves or others and move on with their lives to become positive and fruitful people. Some people come out with a passion to help others who experienced similar circumstances.  We must learn how to forgive ourselves and others in order to live free from the past.

None of us can choose our families, race, nationality or social placement but we can choose what we do with the hand life have dealt us. We can choose to listen to the enemy’s lie that says it is because of our race, nationality, gender, social or economic status, that we cannot be successful. Or we can choose to operate according to God’s kingdom principles and precepts and trust in God and His promise to help and to provide a way for us to escape these lies.

Remember, no matter what situation we currently find ourselves in, there is hope for change. We can make our future different from our past. God has given a great gift in the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us and to secure our future but the decision to receive His Spirit is up to us. We must choose to do things differently in order to get different results. Past events can impact our future but we can rise above our past and not allow it to hinder us through faith in Jesus Christ. We can choose to create new memories, new actions with new outcomes, but it is a choice.

Joshua 24:15    But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Process To Help With Forgiveness Part II

As an act of our will it is our choice and we must choose to forgive and to obey God

As a decision of our will we choose to ask God for the forgiveness we need and by faith receive the forgiveness. Faith to receive from God is the same as when we received salvation.  By faith we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus came and died for us that we could be save. We take these same steps of faith to receive by faith the forgiveness we need. In our heart we believe God’s word to be true and with our mouth we confess as an act of our will that we forgive as we were forgiven.  

We can uproot the anger and bitterness; it is done with the word of God and as an act of our will our decision to choose to obey God. The Bible says Satan will come because the Word of God has gone forth and he will try to destroy the seeds of the word that were sown in our heart and spirit. God’s Word is sure and He tells us of the devices of the enemy.  God would not have us to be ignorant but for us to know the truth. God tells us what to look for and to know that life is coming to test our convictions and to see if we really believe the word of God.  This world system will try to take away all we have been taught and will try and steal the truth from us.  We must not be taken by surprises but be prepared to stand on the promises. 

Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. NIV

 Once we make as a choice of our will and the decision to forgive and to let those injustices, the Holy Spirit and the power of God that is in us strengthens us to walk it out.  Letting go is a choice of our will that is not to say the enemy will not try and bring those thoughts and concerns back to us but we can meet the enemy with the truth of God’s word and say, “Jesus paid for that and God has given me forgiveness for them.” Every time the enemy tries to bring up the past, remind him of your future eternally with God and his future in hell for eternity.  

Our actions and choices reveal our heart. Every time we take an action, we are making choices of our will either consciously or by default we are declaring where we have placed our hope. It is mankind’s ability to choose, their will that makes them different from all of God’s other creations in the earth.  The choices we make lead us to take action and these actions will determine where we are in life.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. NIV

 James 4:2 b…Yet you have not, because you ask not.

There are times that we hurt with such intensity that all we want to do is think about the hurt and what was done and we may not want to let it go. The intense pain of the situation may make us feel we have every right to stay angry.  If we choose to hold on to hut and hate over time minds may become use to living in bitterness and it is like digging a trench the longer you dig the deeper it gets and the harder, it is to climb out.  Some people will spend a life time nursing old wounds and will live and die with that same hate. Everyone has a choice and can choose to forgive and be released from that bondage.

God has given His Word on the matter and He told to forgive because we have been forgiven.  God’s ways are not man’s ways.  God has a higher and have a greater purpose and we may not be able to see or understand the whys of life but we can know God loves us and He is faithful. We can trust His heart of love to work things out for our good and His glory in the end.

Jesus is our Lord and He would not ask us to do anything that we could not do through His grace. We may feel as though we cannot forgive but it is our decision and choose to do so. We may need to cry out and ask God to give us the forgiveness we need for that person or situation and as an act of the will we say, “I choose to forgive them.”  The act of faith may not always be easy but God has promised to give us the strength we need to forgive others and ourselves. 

The Bible says to obey is better than giving a sacrifice, better than doing all that work you do at church and service in the community. We need to ask God to give us the forgiveness we need.  We should pray and ask God to give us the strength to forgive and acknowledge Jesus as the person who will help us in this situation. Jesus is the one that bled and died for all humanity. God tells us to cast our case upon Him. we can bring this un-forgiveness on Him and bring those persons who have spitefully used and abused us, to Him in prayer and ask God to give us the forgiveness we need. Sometimes we have to act out of obedience even when we do not feel like it. 

1 Samuel 15:22-23a  So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry… NKJV

Matthew 7: 7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 We should take time to cast our cares upon Jesus because He cares for us. We should take time to cast away and get rid of the hate and bitterness that we have upon the Lord. When people allow their pride and self-focus to lead their actions it is difficult for them to submit to God’s word and humble themselves before God.  It is when we humble ourselves before God, trust and obey His word that we are able cast our burden upon Him.  

We need to destroy all those things we have compiled, in our mind or in writing written, concerning the wrongs that were done to us and have lain before the Lord. This as an act of our can be a symbolic act of casting all our cares upon Jesus. We need to destroy these things so that the enemy will not use them against us and have these as reminders to us and to try to have us relive these situations by having us re-read or revisit our hurts over and over again. 

Now we must purge these things by giving them to God to rightly judge. As we go through this process of forgiving, we do not want to give old feels a doorway to come back with those same old hurts. If we destroy the things written, we cannot be tempted to go back or let them be used as a reminder.

Psalm 55:22      Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. NKJV

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

God is faithful to give us the forgiveness we needed and we must focus on His word and His love for us. We have confessed the truth and by casting our cares upon Jesus as an act of our will are metaphorically up-rooting the anger, bitterness and casting our cares on Jesus.  Through this act of our will we are to letting go of the poison that was inside.  Jesus bore all these problems on the cross He paid the cost for all sin, and now He will take our concerns and give us His forgiveness. We can trust God who knows how to judge justly. We can only see part of the story but God sees it all the total picture. 

 I Peter 5: 7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. NIV

We are to stand against the attacks of the enemy when those feelings and thoughts are brought back to our remembrance. We must declare out position and say, I have forgiven this and Jesus bore this sin in His body on the cross and has given me the forgiveness I need for this situation.  We stand on His promise because He is faithful to forgive and cleans us from all unrighteousness.

When the enemy tries to rise up and bring those thoughts of hurt, anger and bitterness back to our minds, we must remind him God has given us forgiveness.  We can speak out in a LOUD VOICE: “OH BUT JESUS DIED FOR THEM AND FOR THAT SIN AND HE GAVE ME THE FORGIVENESS I NEED FOR THEM”.  Even when our flesh screams for revenge we must scream back with praises to God and for who He is.  We should give praise to the Lord God Almighty for what He is doing.  God inhabits the praises of His people and our praise brings glory to God. Darkness cannot stand in the presence of light and the enemy must flee. 

We should recognize and understand the strategy of the enemy which is to try and bring that pain and hurt back to us but we can choose not to receive that lie.  Again, we must choose as an act of our will to praise God even if we do not feel like it or feel we have total forgiveness. It is a process and with most processes they take time.

God gave us a plan and method of stopping the enemy. Submit to God and resist the devil. It is one step process, when we submit to God, we are resisting the enemy and where God is the enemy must flee. We are to make this choice with our will and to decide to come to God and not be anxious, upset by doing this we are deciding to not allow the enemy come back and take what God has given. Every time these thoughts of hurt come to our remembrance we are to let those very thoughts be a signal to our mind to start praising and worshipping God and giving Him glory for what He has done. The enemy will soon stop reminding us of that hurt or the wrong because he does not want us to give praises to God.

The Bible tells us not to give place to the evil thoughts in our mind but to think on whatever is pure, just, praise worthy or of a good report, keep these things in our mind and thoughts. 

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things arejust, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you NKJV

The enemy came and attacked Jesus with the same way he did with Adam and Eve, with questions of doubt.  He will always try and get people to question God’s love for them and their identity in God. The diffidence between Adam and Eve and Jesus is Jesus spoke God’s word of truth to answer every lie Satan brought to Him.  Satan was defeated by the word of God. Adam and Eve were saying things God did not say and using their own intellect and perceptions, the same trap many of people get caught in today.  

Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” NKJV

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

Eve added to God’s word saying they were not to touch the fruit, but God only said not to eat it, and Satan used that small thing to cause her to debut God.  Jesus said only what was written, not giving His thoughts or interpretation but only what the Bible said.  Sometime it is important to stand on the word of God, not what we think it says or our interpretation but state only what the Bible states because God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours.  We may not understand God’s plans but we can trust His love and His word to be true. 

The Bible tells us people will receive the word of God in different ways once they have heard the truth of the Gospel. Some people hear the word and their heart is like hard like that of Pharaoh who heart was hardened when he heard God’s word. Some people cannot receive the seed of God’s word because of the hardiness of their heart the seed could not penetrate and the enemy would come immediately to distract and take the word from them.

Others may hear the word of God and receive it with joy. They start operating in the little knowledge they have but they do not take time to get rooted into the word of God. When trouble in life comes at them and crisis of loss of jobs, homes and when affliction or persecution comes, they become offended and allow the concerns of what they are going through chokes the word out of their heart. Because they do not have a deep root in the word of God when the heat of persecution comes, they fall way.  

Then there are those whose hearts are open to the word of God. They seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to them the word of His truth so that they may grow.  They grow in the knowledge of God by receiving the sincere milk of God’s word to grow by. When life comes to test their faith, they are not taken by surprise because they have the word of God in them to stand on. They believe in the word of God which tells them to stand and see the salvation of the Lord.

 Mark 4: 15 -17, 20 Some people are like seed along the path, Where the Word is sown, As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, they quickly fall away. NIV

20  But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” NKJV

When we set others free, we ourselves are set free because we are no longer chained to that horrible situation once we have released it, we are free to move on.

Forgiveness sets us free from the past and from the terrible and horrendous things.  In un-forgiveness we are shackled and in bondage to that person or situation being constantly reminded of the past. We keep reliving that same problem repeatedly and that problem or situation is always with us in our thoughts and mind. Our spirit can get so entangled that every time we think about the situation, we will get angry and upset.  Once we decide to set that person free by forgiving them, we also set ourselves free from torment. We are then free to live and to move on with our lives.  When we hold on to the anger, resentment and bitterness it destroys our body with sickness because the body was not designed to carry the poison of hate inside.

Just as God made provision to deliver us from sin, He provided a way to set us free from the poison of hate. He instructs us to cast all of our cares upon Him. Jesus came to destroy death, destruction and the poisonous venom that was spewed out on mankind and in the world because of sin. In His Body Jesus took on the sins of the world and with His Stripes He gave us healing. The peace and forgiveness we need He has supplied. This is the key to forgiveness. We must force our flesh and pride to lineup and submit to our will, which is to obey God’s Word and not let our feelings rule over us.

God will pay the just and the unjust. That is why He tells us to forgive because Jesus paid the price for all sin and God will judge all men according to what they did with His word and their faith in the completed work of Christ.  Our actions reveal our “will” whither by a conscious decision or by our unconscious floundering our choices are made known. 

We can choose to have faith in God and believe that we can trust His word because He is a faithful God.

Psalm 37: 1 Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the worker of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. KJV

I John 2: 2 And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Isaiah 53: 4-5 Surely He has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

We must understand that forgiveness does not mean the guilty will get by with the wrong they have done. 

Forgiveness says we trust God to handle the matter and we will allow Him to judge justly. We must believe God will avenge us and forgiveness does not mean the wicked will go unpunished or our enemies will get away without consequence. Forgiveness only releases us; it does not mean God has turned a blind eye to the situation and it has gone unnoticed. It just shows our trust in God is a righteous Judge.  God alone knows the whole situation and knows the beginning and the end. He will judge but according to His complete knowledge and His ways are not man’s ways.  Our responsibility to have faith in God and as an act of our will ask Him for the forgiveness we need. It is God who will take vengeance for the wrong done. It is not our job to make people pay for what they did, but we are to pray and seek God’s face for them and for ourselves.  We must let God settle our claims. If we try and settle the matter, we may do too much or too little and only God can handle it as the perfect judge.

Romans 12:9Dearly beloved, avenge not yourself, and neither give place to wrath: for it is written VENGEANCE is MINE I WILL REPAY SAITH THE LORD.

Isaiah 55: 8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.

This is not a sure cure for forgiveness it is a process that will help us move into that direction. Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness with the Word of God, saying “It is written…” and he left Him for a season. So, we should not be surprised if Satan come and try to attack us with those old feelings of anger and un-forgiveness trying to get us to go back to our old thoughts to try and try to enslave our minds. The enemy wants to try and get a strong hold in our heart and minds so to get us back to those old ways of thinking and hating.  

Satan uses the same tricks he used on Adam and Eva and it is the process Jesus went through in the wilderness.  Satan came three times testing Jesus tempting Him to try to get Him to fall. The same evil tactics are used today testing will come sometimes in separate occasions to see if we will lose heart but if we stand on God’s word, we will have victory, if we do not faint.  We can choose to think on the things that are good, just and pure. We can choose to stand on the written word of God just as Jesus did when He spoke aloud God’s word. God has given us the forgiveness and peace we need for those situations. We should praise God with songs, hymns or music and the world says that will silent the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 8:2 Through the praise of children and infants  you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger. NIV

Philippians 4: 4-5   Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  

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The Steps to Help Process Forgiveness

    FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a serious matter with God. It is so serious that He purchased forgiveness for us with the blood of His One and only Son Jesus.  The Bible says God gave Jesus for our sins that He might deliver us from the power of sin and death and this present evil. When we refuse to forgive, we are refusing the work of Christ through His shed blood.  God paid a high price with the death of His Son to purchase our deliverance and forgiveness, and for us to refuse to forgive is a rejection of what Christ had done and God calls that wicked.

Matthew 18:32-35         Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’  And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJV

In the parable of the unforgiving servant Jesus gave example of the importance of forgiveness when we have received forgiveness from God.  The master forgave his servant a large debt because he had compassion on his servant.  God forgave the children of Israel their sin debts when they brought the sacrificial lamb as an offering and covered their sins. Under the law people were required to forgive others or they would not be forgiven.

In this parable the servant though he was forgiven a very large debt, he refused to forgive his fellow servant a small debt that was owed him and had the servant thrown into prison. God called this person a wicked servant. Just as it is in all the Old Testament laws man is required to perform the law and his failure will result into consequences.

Forgiveness is important to God and the Bible tells us to forgive those who have wronged us just as we were forgiven for our sins against God.  Jesus gives a strong warning under the law that if a person does not forgive, they will not be forgiven and at this time Israel was living under the law of the Old Testament which was based on man’s performance.

The law was given for mankind to realize the requirements of God and the impossibility of humanity obtaining a perfect life on their own. The law not only revealed to mankind their sins but their need for salvation. Israel was given the ritual of the lamb sacrifice that pointed to a time when the True Lamb of God, Jesus would come and take on the sin of all mankind forever.

Jesus brought a new Kingdom order of Grace through His life, death and resurrection. By Grace are we saved, it is a gift of God and not by our works.  God forgave us our debt of rebellion and treason against Him by giving His Son Jesus to pay the debt that was owed. Sin costs God a great price and the debt will be paid by Jesus. We are no longer under the law to forgive others so we can be forgiven because we are under grace. We are forgiven by God’s grace and we now we forgive other because we have already been forgiven. When we forgive or refuse to forgive it only reveals our heart. It shows who we listening to and obeying God our Father or the lies of the devil.

Jesus said we must forgive from our hearts not just in word or pretense but with a true heart. Some people may say “I forgive them enough or love them enough to get to heaven,” but is this a declaration of true forgiveness or is this self-deception?  Some people will go through the motions on with the pretext and the appearance of forgiveness but their heart is full of hate.  Our decision to forgive or not to forgive exposes the true condition of our heart condition whether we realize it or not.

Those who accept Jesus as their savior and substitute payment for their sins are born into a new life and the Holy Spirit in them gives them the ability to forgive others by His grace.  When people refuse to forgive, they choose to stand on our own merit and thereby refusing the completed work of Jesus.   The forgiveness we give and the love we show only reflects our true heart which is the heart of our heavenly Father. We forgive not to be forgiven by God or to earn His Favor but because we have the Spirit of God’s Grace in us, we can forgive. It is not a natural response but a supernatural gift of God through faith in Jesus.

Many people think it does not matter if they forgive. They want to hold on to their hate and bitterness because of their pride they will not forgive. Forgiveness will reveal who we are and who our lord and master. God’s people will act like God their Father whom image they bear.   God is love and He has forgiven His people the Holy Spirit to be His representative of love in the earth to all creation. If a person does not forgive, no matter what they say, their nature and heart will reflect their true make-up whether it be the character of God or the enemy.

John 8:44 You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks his own, for he is a liar, and its father. WEB

Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that they were murderers and liars like their father the devil, but He has done what He had seen His Father, God do. Though we may call ourselves religious or saved our actions reveal the truth of who we are. Forgiveness is no light matter but it is a matter of heritage and son-ship and a reflection of who one’s true father is.  .

FORGIVENESS – THE KEY

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a serious matter with God. It is so serious that He purchased forgiveness for us with the blood of His One and only Son Jesus.  The Bible says God gave Jesus for our sins that He might deliver us from the power of sin and death and this present evil. When we refuse to forgive, we are refusing the work of Christ through His shed blood.  God paid a high price with the death of His Son to purchase our deliverance and forgiveness, and for us to refuse to forgive is a rejection of what Christ had done and God calls that wicked.

Matthew 18:32-35         Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’  And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJV

In the parable of the unforgiving servant Jesus gave example of the importance of forgiveness when we have received forgiveness from God.  The master forgave his servant a large debt because he had compassion on his servant.  God forgave the children of Israel their sin debts when they brought the sacrificial lamb as an offering and covered their sins. Under the law people were required to forgive others or they would not be forgiven.

In this parable the servant though he was forgiven a very large debt, he refused to forgive his fellow servant a small debt that was owed him and had the servant thrown into prison. God called this person a wicked servant. Just as it is in all the Old Testament laws man is required to perform the law and his failure will result into consequences.

Forgiveness is important to God and the Bible tells us to forgive those who have wronged us just as we were forgiven for our sins against God.  Jesus gives a strong warning under the law that if a person does not forgive, they will not be forgiven and at this time Israel was living under the law of the Old Testament which was based on man’s performance.

The law was given for mankind to realize the requirements of God and the impossibility of humanity obtaining a perfect life on their own. The law not only revealed to mankind their sins but their need for salvation. Israel was given the ritual of the lamb sacrifice that pointed to a time when the True Lamb of God, Jesus would come and take on the sin of all mankind forever.

Jesus brought a new Kingdom order of Grace through His life, death and resurrection. By Grace are we saved, it is a gift of God and not by our works.  God forgave us our debt of rebellion and treason against Him by giving His Son Jesus to pay the debt that was owed. Sin costs God a great price and the debt will be paid by Jesus. We are no longer under the law to forgive others so we can be forgiven because we are under grace. We are forgiven by God’s grace and we now we forgive other because we have already been forgiven. When we forgive or refuse to forgive it only reveals our heart. It shows who we listening to and obeying God our Father or the lies of the devil.

Jesus said we must forgive from our hearts not just in word or pretense but with a true heart. Some people may say “I forgive them enough or love them enough to get to heaven,” but is this a declaration of true forgiveness or is this self-deception?  Some people will go through the motions on with the pretext and the appearance of forgiveness but their heart is full of hate.  Our decision to forgive or not to forgive exposes the true condition of our heart condition whether we realize it or not.

Those who accept Jesus as their savior and substitute payment for their sins are born into a new life and the Holy Spirit in them gives them the ability to forgive others by His grace.  When people refuse to forgive, they choose to stand on our own merit and thereby refusing the completed work of Jesus.   The forgiveness we give and the love we show only reflects our true heart which is the heart of our heavenly Father. We forgive not to be forgiven by God or to earn His Favor but because we have the Spirit of God’s Grace in us, we can forgive. It is not a natural response but a supernatural gift of God through faith in Jesus.

Many people think it does not matter if they forgive. They want to hold on to their hate and bitterness because of their pride they will not forgive. Forgiveness will reveal who we are and who our lord and master. God’s people will act like God their Father whom image they bear.   God is love and He has forgiven His people the Holy Spirit to be His representative of love in the earth to all creation. If a person does not forgive, no matter what they say, their nature and heart will reflect their true make-up whether it be the character of God or the enemy.

John 8:44 You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks his own, for he is a liar, and its father. WEB

Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that they were murderers and liars like their father the devil, but He has done what He had seen His Father, God do. Though we may call ourselves religious or saved our actions reveal the truth of who we are. Forgiveness is no light matter but it is a matter of heritage and son-ship and a reflection of who one’s true father is.

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