In some previous posts we jumped right into some major areas and schemes that Satan uses against man. Things such as anger and un-forgiveness, these things can keep us so tied down with hate that we would be unable to move forward. In the post on forgiveness we went through a process, ten steps to help us identify the source of our hurt, anger and then showed how to release it into God’s hands. Understand this was a process to humble ourselves before the Lord and not for God to feel sorry for us. God is not moved by emotion but has respect for His Word. He is faithful and just to hear us when we humble ourselves before Him.
Psalms 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalms 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
The ten steps had more to do with us being humble before God and being honest with ourselves. Again, this was not about our emotions or us crying out to make God pity us. God is not moved by our feelings. God is moved by what is in His Word. What we did was line us up with God’s Word and humble ourselves before the Lord. This enables us to receive what God has already provided, forgiveness for those who wronged us. This is why we seek out what God says on any matter so that we may operate in His truths.
The success or failure of our forgivingness is based on our trust in God’s word. We seek God as an act of our will, knowing God is faithful to His Word. The Old Testament was given as an example for us to see how people engaged God and His Word. The New Testament proclaims Jesus and shows all He restored to mankind, giving us the keys to the Kingdom of God which we are now part of through faith in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:16 Now that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
Psalm 91: 14-16 Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
God is faithful to His Word and when we learn how to trust and operate in His Word we will see the power of God’s kingdom working in and for us.