Forgiveness is necessary to let go of anger!

“The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.” Numbers 14:18

God is slow to anger and can forgive any sin.  That comment in itself is miraculous, actually.  God is perfectly holy and so cannot be in the presence of any sin.  He despises everything to do with it.

Why God is not continually angry is beyond my comprehension.  How can a holy, perfect God completely forgive every kind of sin?  That’s a huge question and the answer is a role model for us…. love and forgiveness.

“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.””  Acts 10:43

For us, forgiveness can be extremely difficult, especially when intense pain has been caused by the transgression.  It is so hard for us to forgive and forget.  Even though we may try on our own to forgive, those hurtful thoughts keep creeping up in our minds, reliving the pain of the transgression.

Our minds ask many questions, “How can I forgive them?  How can I forget this?  How can I treat them the same now?  Will they do it again?  How can I trust them now? How can I love someone when they’ve hurt me?”

“And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’forgive him.”  Luke 17:4

When we read this verse, we cringe.  How can we forgive someone for the same offense, even if the same offense is done seven times a day?  It seems impossible an unreasonable to think we could do such a thing.  But, we need to understand something…. We are all in the same boat.

Part of our issue is our ignorance, our ignorance at what sin is and what its consequences are… For both, the answer is the same, “pain.”   We have been blinded by the deception of it.  We all cause pain.  Jesus understood this and asked for our forgiveness in spite of our ignorance.  Hurting people, hurt people.

“But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”…”  Luke 23:34
Once we learn the forgiveness that is offered to us through the Son, Jesus Christ, God asks us to extend that same forgiveness to others, remembering our previous ignorance.

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”  Colossians 3:12:14

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:32

Forgiving is a serious, intentional action to God.  He wants us to realize the importance of what He has done for us, and so He ups the ante and not only asks us to forgive, but He tells us that if we do not forgive, as He has, that He will then not forgive us..

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”  Matthew 11:24-26

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”  Matthew 4:14-15

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’  In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  Matthew 18:32-35 [Parable of the wicked servant who did not forgive]

Take forgiveness serious.  It is not something you can do fully on your own, but by bringing the transgressions of others, and of yourself, to the thrown of Jesus Christ in prayer, all good things will be granted to us.  God will help you to forgive others and forgive yourself, so that you can be released from the ignorance and pain of sin.

God made each and every one of us in His image. So, these are qualities that we should strive for in ourselves.

Who do you need to forgive this week?  If you are harboring unforgiveness, resentments and anger, you are giving the devil some control of your life. Stop this very minute! We have the power inside of us to overcome through Christ Jesus!  He shall provide what you need to do completely forgive and let go of all those feelings of anger and bitterness! Listen for His leading through the spirit.

““In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Ephesians 4:26-27

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”  Proverbs 19:11

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When you are weighed down….Perserve!

One of the most powerful things you can do when you’re being weighed down with negative thoughts and emotions is to worship the Lord. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but that’s exactly why you should. And it’s the most crucial time to do it. It’s what changes us, molds us and rebuilds us. Through the fire we are refined. So negative emotions (or thoughts) are never God’s will for you. Knowing that is half the battle!!!!!!  

Praise and worship is one of your greatest weapons against them! So Rise up soldiers in the army of God! March on forward… Courageous and bold! You will become stronger and wiser when you refuse to let the enemy confuse you or lie to you. God’s Word is truth and it’s our power to fight. So just for today, let God refine you into a better You!

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Where does my nourishment come from?

I like this verse below because it always causes me to think about where I receive my nourishment. I’m not talking about actual food and drink. That’s for my physical body. But where do I go to receive nourishment for my mind and soul. This verse directs our focus to the true “Bread of Life” and the “Living Water” that keep us spiritually alive. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence receiving your nourishment form the Lord. Love you all.

“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

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What Jesus is saying here is that if you come after Me, you shall never feel hungry. If you believe in Me, you will never thirst. If we pursue Jesus as if He would fulfill our emptiness from natural nourishment, He would fill us with His spiritual nourishment which lasts for eternity.“ Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

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Everything on this earth is temporary. “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV) The visible world is passing away. The unseen world is what is most important and most real. If we put our trust and faith in the things of this world, the things will eventually all die away. Then what do we have left? We are left with emptiness and a need to look for something else to fill the void. And if we continue to fill the void with things of this world, the cycle of emptiness is not broken. But if we place our trust and faith on the things that are eternal (the unseen world), these things will never die away. If we hunger and thirst for truth and hope and the answers we are looking for, and we eat and drink from the truth and hope and answers of the Lord, we are given eternal nourishment. And God promises we will never go hungry or thirst again. Where will you place your trust and faith?

My friends, I don’t know what you are facing or where your struggles lie, but if you are seeking after the world for a solution, know that the solution grounded in the world has a life span and will die someday. But Jesus Christ offers you an eternal solution and that is grounded in His grace, His mercy, His love, and His salvation for you. I’m asking you. What choice will you make? If you choose Jesus, it all starts with a prayer. A prayer that believes that Jesus died for your sins and that You desire to have a personal relationship with Him. His love, His Mercy, and His grace await you. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love and desires to spend eternity with you.

Blessed is the Man who Trusts in the LORD!

Do our actions and thoughts tell the Lord that we do not trust God? Ask yourself am I genuinely trusting the Lord or am I relying upon my own abilities and strengths? Do I find myself anxious when trouble comes or am I resting in Christ’s greater ability and superintending Lordship? I hope and pray this messages encourages you to continue to put your complete trust in the Lord. Love you and bless you!

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“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7

Trusting in God is one of the hardest things to do as a Christian. Trusting in God is vital to our spiritual lives. When we open up to ourLord in belief we will experience the amazing ways that He opens up to us. The more we trust Him the more He rewards us and reveals Himself to us. When we trust in God to come and make our life new, we need to be ready for Him to come and do just that. If we want to see miracles, we need to believe in miracles.

If we want to see God move in our life, we have to trust Him to move in our life. When we truly trust the Lord with all our hearts, we finally give Him the freedom to minister to us without getting in His way. We are retaining control over our situations by not trusting Him.

God asks the hardest thing from us; to abandon our common sense, close our eyes to everything around us, put aside our knowledge of earthly reality and logic, and trust Him. He is trying to help us grow in our faith, and in order to do that He continues to raise the bar a little bit at a time. As we grow spiritually, He asks us to believe more. God wants us to trust Him and continue trusting Him. We need to continue trusting regardless of what is going on around us, even if things seem hopeless.

God’s desire is that we take that one leap of faith to trust Him with our life. When we take that leap, He is finally able to wrap His arms around us. We need to go back to that place where we have unquestioning faith and believe as a child. God wants to give us a full and abundant life, but He only asks for us to believe in Him.

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….call things into being….

“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17b

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In my quiet time I have been reading Romans 4 which talks about the faith of Abraham and led to mediate on this passage and share it with you. Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “This is hopeless”? Maybe the doctor said there was nothing else they could do or the papers from the lawyer said that the divorce was final. Perhaps the bills were overwhelming and the job went to someone else, again. Or a myriad of other situations. If you’ve ever had that moment of, “OK, now what?” today’s verse is for you. Earlier in this passage Paul reminds us of the story of Abraham. God promised Abraham that he would be a father of nations even though to Abraham (and to people he told!) it must have seemed ridiculous. Abraham and his wife were well past childbearing age. It just didn’t make sense. How was this going to work? But as it says in Romans 4:17 in the ERV translation describes God as one who “speaks of things that don’t yet exist as if they are real.” We know how the story goes: Abraham became a father of nations, just as God promised. I wonder what his friends said when they heard the news?

Things that are unthinkable for us are not unimaginable to God. That can be hard to get your head around, especially if you’re a planner who likes to know how it’s going to happen. God doesn’t always tell us the how, but He does tell us over and over that we can trust Him. When you feel doubt and worry creep in, lean in to God. As you get to know God better it becomes easier and easier to trust Him, even when you’re starting over from scratch.

Bringing glory out of trials

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:10

If I desire anything, I desire to make much of Christ. To intentionally live in a way that brings most glory and honor to Him. Do I do this perfectly? Heck no. I didn’t really grasp that until eight years ago when I gave my live to Christ but since then, I have known Jesus as my Deliverer from all of my ugly shortcomings and I am ever so grateful. He loves me too much to leave me the way I am, and I can promise you He feels the same way about you. He teaches me daily because I allow Him to work.

I’m proof of His mighty deliverance and sanctification. Christ was delivered over to death so that we might be delivered from death. Becoming more like Christ is the hardest thing ever. It requires dying to self everyday, something that doesn’t come naturally to any of us. But knowing Christ as your Deliverer is knowing what true peace is. What true love is. What true grace is. What true mercy is. Knowing that He won’t remove all your trials, but He’ll walk with you through them.

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Who are you a slave to?

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Good day everyone!  I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on. I didn’t understand this until I gave my heart to Christ and was born again. Salvation gave me a whole different perspective about the life I used to live. The truth is I can’t believe some of the things I did, not to mention some of the things I said. It never registered with me that the lifestyle I had chosen was nothing more than a life of sin. In fact, I never gave it a second thought. I saw nothing wrong with how I was living. That is, not until I asked Jesus to come live in my heart. Sin is natural for the unbeliever. Just like taking a breath, it’s not something I thought about. I was programmed to do it and did not have the moral compass to point me in the right direction. I hope this message will minster and encourage you too. Love you all.

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“Used to be slaves to sin.”

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” Romans 6:17

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But I am so grateful that I have that compass now. Sin is no longer the natural thing for me to do because just as the Paul promised, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That’s an important point for the Christian to understand. It is no longer natural for us to sin. That’s why Numbers 15:30 says, “But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord.” To put it more bluntly, you cannot think of your body as a temple for the Holy Spirit and also believe that sin is the natural thing to do.

The Bible makes it clear that Christians can and will sin, there is no disputing this. But when we do sin, an alarm is supposed to go off and we are expected to do something about it. In other words, habitual sin is no longer a choice for us. The Apostle John put it this way: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9) If you’re continuing to commit the same old sins, day in and day out, something is terribly wrong. Habitual sin is evidence of rebellion and rebellion will affect the quality of your relationship with Christ. Paul realized that when he said, “What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2) Paul knew and taught that continued sin would adversely affect our faith, the very thing that makes a relationship with God possible.

So what’s the answer? How do we escape the destruction that sin brings to life? Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:16) In other words, when the Holy Spirit convicts you about something you’re doing, stop doing it. Ask the Lord to help you with it. Seek His forgiveness and allow Him to help you change.

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Do you have a hiding place?

“You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7

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God wants to be your hiding place. And the good news is that you can retreat to this hiding place wherever you are. In this day and time, trouble seems to surround us on every side. Yet, in the midst of seemingly overwhelming problems, God has promised to deliver us. David knew that the true Source of his security was in God. Wherever he was, David was confident that God would provide him with comfort and courage to withstand whatever trials or circumstances he faced. And it was not a temporary place to hide, but “an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

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If you want God to be God of your trouble, then you must let Him be God in your heart. God honors those who honor Him. If you’re facing problems, don’t just start kicking and screaming and begging Him to save you from them. Honor Him by going to His Word and doing what He says to do. God offers us that same place of protection, that same shelter, and that same help as He did for David. As we trust in Him and come to Him with our troubles, God promises to be our safe hiding place as well.

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My life verse! Romans 8:28

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” ~~ Romans 8:28

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We have to understand that even though life is not always fair, God is fair. He promises that He will work all things together for our good. I believe the key word in today’s verse is “together.” In other words, don’t just isolate one part of your life and say, “Well, this is not good.” “It’s not good that I got laid off.” “It’s not good that my child got sick.” “It’s not good that my relationship didn’t work out.” Yes, that’s true, but that’s just one part of your life. God can see the big picture. That disappointment is not the end. Your life doesn’t stop because of one setback. That is simply one piece of your puzzle. There is another piece coming to connect it all because God promises to work all things together for your good!

God’s plan is better

God often has better plans for us than we do for ourselves. Our view is too narrow to see the whole picture. When things are not going the way you want them to, know that God is working out something so much better than you had in mind. Keep the faith. Trust God. Keep putting one foot in front of the other one. When you stumble, get back up. It is not over, it is only beginning.

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Abba Father, I know that I am in Your plan. Thank you for showing me the church that I belong, guide me into all that You have for me, and help me make the right choices along the way.