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What happens when you Believe

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 

My Brothers and Sisters, on this day, you were awaken into your brand new reality of a day you have never seen before, nor experienced any of the joy or even the pain, that lies ahead of you at this very moment in time.

But you have a choice to embrace the moment to go with the flow, and experience the possibilities of a greater reward by accepting the fact that God has favored you and rewarded you for greatness as His Servant, or you can follow the devil’s plan and miss out on your blessing all together.

The choice is truly yours, Jesus awaken you into His Marvelous light and allowed this thought to enter into your mind, now I ask you, “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BELIEVE?

Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins. (Mark 11:22-23 MSG)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BELIEVE?  Now I encourage you to click on this short video and allow Pastor Davis to speak a word of truth into your thought as you open your mind and receive the Lord’s Favor and Blessing over your life this day.

 

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EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

"REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let your prayers and supplications be made know to God, the One who comforts your soul, body and spirit. Today is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning; let’s begin it with this prayer:

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

When you EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS you fine peace of mind; yet, some people find it hard to do so? One thing I’ve determined about life is that at some point we will experience hurt and disappointment. We miss out when we allow those elements to rob us of the beauty of what God has given for us to enjoy. Jesus often spoke about forgiveness; we are reminded, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV), and there is actually healing in forgiveness.

The main problem is that many of us don’t want to forgive because holding on to grudges, anger and disappointments gives us a sense of power/control over those we’re angry with. For some reason we feel that if we forgive someone we’re letting them off easy, but the truth is that when you’re able to forgive, you’re releasing, letting go sets you free. By holding on to resentment you create a mental bond to that person you no longer wants to be a part of, it then becomes like a game of chess, locked in.

If someone has done you wrong tell them what they did, why it hurt and then release them, let it go. This can be done by writing a letter or through conversation; once everything is out in the open and the person you’re angry with is willing to make amends, open up with clear thought, seek to gather an understanding of what each of you are feeling. In order to put the past behind we must be willing to forgive. Pride and miscommunication often lead to broken relationships/bonds simply because no one wants to be the first to say, I’m sorry.

Above all, never allow someone else’s behavior to drain your strength; remember that you can EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS.

 

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

A Mother’s Arms (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MY MOTHER was truly an inspiration to my soul.  Whenever I felt someone had hurt me, she would simply say, “Son, don’t hold a grudge against them, you must find in your heart the words to forgive them.”  I would say, “but Mom, it hurts, how can I forgive them, they hurt me.”  Son, if you truly want to stop the pain, you must release it and let it go, forgiveness is the only way to your personal peace.

MY MOTHER was a godly woman, she loved and feared the Lord, and she made sure that I understood what she meant when she said I must forgive those who would seek to do harm to me. Now let me share with you the lesson MY MOTHER taught me on FORGIVENESS.  She begin by saying, “Son if the LORD can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

FORGIVENESS works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

FORGIVENESS should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

FORGIVENESS works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

FORGIVENESS should become a habit.  When THE MASTER was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

FORGIVENESS should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

FORGIVENESS is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Then with her big beautiful brown eyes, looking and penetrating deep into my soul, the softness of her voice changing, she said, “you may not understand all that I am telling you at this moment, but when the time is right it will all come to you and you will get it and use it to help your own children and others to understand that we all must learn the art of forgiveness.

So on this Mother’s Day weekend, I salute My Beloved Mother for teaching me the art of forgiveness.

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES PART 14

LEARNING TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  It is the miracle that works the art of change.  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.  You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.   By doing this you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape.  Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.”  I say to you, forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every person has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen.  This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil.  Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

Flowers of the Field (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we repair a major breach in our lives, when that breach is the glue that binds us together?  Jesus commanded us to love one another.  Love our neighbor as ourselves.  The very first thing we need to do is to get Jesus into our homes, schools, communities, workplace and everywhere we work and playJesus is love; he is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the author and finisher of our faith.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 ESV).

Now my friends, take a few more minutes of your valuable time, and watch this video clip about love, healing and forgiveness.  Then make this day, your day of healing as you pray and meditate on the word of God that his promises will be fulfilled in the lives of those who are in need of God’s blessings this day.

Having a Spirit of forgiveness

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is good for the soul, body and mind.  When we learn the art of forgiveness, we learn a truly good thing, and the very first thing we will notice, is the calmness of our spirit, and how peaceful all things become in our lives.  Jesus taught us the art of forgiveness, now let us study this lesson and learn from the Master himself.

FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In Luke 7:47-50 Jesus spoke these word, “Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.

If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Now learn the art of Forgiveness and you will experience the joy of real peace unlike anything you have ever experience before in your life.  We leave you with our peace that your soul will be blessed with everlasting joy in the name of Jesus.  Amen!


 


TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (BEGGING FOR FORGIVENESS)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (BEGGING FOR FORGIVENESS)

Just as it is written in the Law of Moses as to all this evil [that would surely come upon transgressors], so it has come upon us. Yet we have not earnestly begged for forgiveness and entreated the favor of the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and have understanding and become wise in your truth(Daniel 9:13 AMP)

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES PART 14

LEARNING TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  It is the miracle that works the art of change.  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.  You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.   By doing this you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape.  Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.”  I say to you, forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every person has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen.  This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil.  Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGY PART 12

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FORGIVENESS IS YOUR WAY TO PERSONAL PEACE

We all have experienced love and hate relationships at some point in our lives.  However, the most important thing for us is that we at some point are able to find ourselves, come to an understanding that in order for us to ever really be happy in our relationship, we must learn how to forgive.  Sometimes this can be the hardest part of a loving relationship.  Because when we don’t forgive, we lose the joy of that great romantic sexual experience that so excited us in the beginning of the relationship.

Remember this, “the art of a lover is to make the romance last as long as possible.”  How can we make the romance last when we want allow ourselves to forgive the other person for whatever they have done.  We say this time they have really done it and this is too big for me to ever consider forgiving them for what they have done to me.  When we don’t forgive others we are only hurting ourselves more.  The pain of hurt and angry, that we keep bottle up inside of us, only acts to destroy us from the inside.  It breaks down our immune system and makes us susceptible to all sorts of germs and diseases.  If we want peace, happiness, joy and love to really rule and command a present in our lives, we must consider forgiveness as a way to changing us from the inside out.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  For every person has the need to be forgiven.

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter ask Jesus how often should I forgive a person for the crimes that they have committed again me, Jesus answered and said, “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in you, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

When you discover deep within your soul that you were created as a lover and you have the power to love and be loved, then the spirit of forgiveness is awaken and it becomes just a part of your daily score and love for you will never walk out the door.  You will become a mirror of peace, love, joy and happiness.  This will define who you are.

Now enjoy your new found freedom.  It was meant for you to have.  For what God has given to you, is for you and can’t anyone take it away from you.

FORGIVENESS AND THE FREEDOM TO LET GO

FORGIVENESS AND THE FREEDOM TO LET GO IS YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE

We are living in very difficult times; trouble is brewing in every corner of the world.  People are rising up against their governments, family and friends are fighting each other, and nowhere is anyone willing to make peace.  In our neighborhoods children are shooting and killing their parents, men are raping and murdering young children.  Where will the hate end and the love begin?  Jesus teaches us in his Sermon on the Mount, that we ought to love one another, and therefore hate will have no reason to reside in our hearts.  Now listen to Jesus teaching when he says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  (Matthew 5:43-45 KJV)

We must learn to allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives.  In this passage, Jesus was explaining to his disciples that they must live by a higher standard than what the world expects a standard that is impossible to reach on mere human strength alone.  People who have experienced God’s love understand what it means to be loved undeservedly.  Only with the help of God’s Spirit can his people love and pray for those who seek to do them harm.

A while back a lone gunman walked into a school in Pennsylvania tired up 10 young girls, shot and killed 5 of them, wounded the other 5.  This act was unprovoked and only through the art of love and a spirit of forgiveness was the people able to overcome.  Now watch this video and see if you can experience the same level of forgiveness as these families were able to experience.

This video should teach all of us the art of forgiveness, forgiving those who trespass against us.  If God can forgive us for the wrong we have done others throughout our life time, then why is it so difficult for us to reach that same level and understanding for those whom we perceive to have done us wrong. The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  Let these people you have just witness in this video be a lesson that can teach us the art of forgiveness.  Let not your heart be troubled for the power to forgive has already been given to you by the greatest power of all.

Forgiveness is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.  Which do you choose?  The choice is always yours to make.

Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When President Abraham Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgivenessshould span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in you, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Now as we close, I urge you to take a moment and reflect upon your heart those whom you feel have done you wrong and seek to forgive them and bring peace and joy back into your life.  Let this video minister to you.

If you have received a blessing from this message, share it with others and be encouraged that God is providing you with the power to heal your broken heart.  There is no hurt are pain that you cannot overcome with a spirit of forgiveness.  Love one another as God has loved and forgiven you.  I minister to you this day from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

LEADERSHIP FAITH AND FORGIVENESS GOES HAND IN HAND

Close-up photo of a mustard seed.

CLOSE UP PHOTO OF A MUSTARD SEED

LEADERSHIP FAITH AND FORGIVENESS GOES HAND IN HAND

Leaders are trained equipped and prepared to lead at all times. Jesus was a real leader, and he demonstrated his ability to lead in everything that he did. Jesus never hesitated to tell his followers that he wanted all or nothing. If indeed, Jesus said that their love for him needed to be so great that all other human relationships would be pale by comparison. While only Jesus qualifies for that kind of devotion, we can learn from Jesus that skilled leaders do not blank when urging others to count the costs. They know that no follower who has a halfhearted commitment will ever become a leader. Jesus demonstrated his ability to lead despite the strong opposition against him, that we too can do the same if we follow in Jesus footsteps.

Jesus also made it clear that a conflict should be handled personally, privately and with a forgiving spirit.  The disciples thought that such an act of forgiveness would require an added measure of faith, but Jesus taught them that they needed only to use the faith they already processed. Even a little faith in God would unleash enough power to uproot a tree. God has the power to uproot anger and bitterness.  He says, “Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. So if your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him.  And even if he sin against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled).” (Luke 17:3-4 AMP)

Careful leadership is important for Jesus followers, but so is constant forgiveness. When there is sin among God’s people, they are responsible to rebuke one another. To “rebuke” does not mean to point out every sin, for Jesus also warns against being judgmental. To “rebuke” (always in love) means to bring sin to a person’s attention with the purpose of restoring that person to God and to fellow humans. In context here, and this refers to sin that could put that person or others away from God, and thus result in the horrible judgment Jesus spoke of in Luke 17:2. When a person feels that he are she must rebuke another Christian for a sin, it is wise for that person to check his or her attitudes and motivations first. Unless rebuke is tied to forgiveness, it will not help the sinning person.  Jesus explained, in fact, that if the other person repents, the rebuker must forgive. And that forgiveness extends constantly.

The disciples told Jesus, “We need more faith.” Jesus did not directly answer the question because the amount of faith is not as important as its genuineness. What is faith? It is dependence on God and a willingness to do his will.  “And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.”  (Luke 17:6 AMP).

A mustard seed is small, but it is alive and growing. Like a tiny seed, a small amount of genuine faith in God will take root and grow. The apostle did not need more faith; a tiny seed of faith would be enough, if it were alive and growing.

Jesus pointed to a nearby mulberry tree and said that even small faith could uproot it and send it into a sea. Mulberry trees grow quite large as high as 35 feet. Matthew’s gospel records a similar teaching when Jesus said that a mountain could be told to throw itself into the sea. It is the power of God, not faith, that uproots trees and mountains, but faith must be present for God to work. Even a small seed of faith is sufficient. There is great power in even a little faith when God is there.

Now here is how faith is described in Hebrews, “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” (Hebrew 11:1AMP)

Those who do not have faith cannot see pass the physical world around them. They are limited by their said temporal circumstances and are blind to what God is doing. Nevertheless, those who open their spiritual eyes can see the spiritual realities, which transcend this world. There hope is in God’s strength and in his faithfulness. In that hope, they find the strength to endure. When it comes to faith, the world scoffs. Faith, at best, seems like a great waste; at worst, it seems almost suicidal. Do we really want to give up the pleasure to have this world for something elusive and ethereal?

Faith is never easy. However, the more convinced we are of the reality of an all-good, all-powerful God, the more I have trust will grow, and the less we will be overwhelmed, by doubts and temptations.

WHY ARE WE SO QUICK TO CONDEM OTHERS?

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WHY ARE WE SO QUICK TO CONDEM OTHERS?

Have you ever been around people from your family, friends, and even business associates and the conversation always centered on criticism of others? On the other hand, do you yourself make it a habit of criticizing others? Why do you feel it necessary to criticize your fellowman? Have you been in church sitting with other believers and another person walked in not dress the way most of the people that are in the congregation are dressed and all eyes focused in on that person, and people start whispering?

Why do you find us always wanting to judge other people? Jesus’ teaching was about teaching us how to love each other. Jesus commanded his disciples to be loving and compassionate; He explained to them what true love entails. First, he emphasized that true love does not judge others or withhold forgiveness.  He said, Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and [a]release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and[b]released.” (Luke 6:37 AMP)

While the word “judge” can mean to evaluate are analyze, Jesus did not mean that his people should refuse to think critically or make decisions, nor was he attempting to abolish the legal system or disciplinary measures. Believers must be discerning and make certain judgments. Jesus was referring to the judgmental attitude that focuses on those faults, criticizing and tearing them down. This is something we must stop doing.  We now have our very young children growing up in the school system criticizing and being judgmental of other children.  Some of them are being murdered right in front of our own eyes, and others are committing suicide.  This is so wrong and Jesus is speaking to this matter in this lesson.  Now let all of us take heed.

The believer’s special position with Christ does not give them license to take God‘s place as judge and jury. Those who judge in that manner will find themselves judged by God. Neither should they criticize are they will face their own criticism. The practice of forgiveness leads also to forgiveness by God. Those who refuse to forgive show that they do not understand what God has done for them. God’s children must be ready and willing to forgive, just as God has forgiven them.

Now listen to these words very carefully, memorialize them, repeat them often, and watch your blessings overflow your storehouse.  My name is Good Measure; Good Measure is truly my name, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”  Jesus said, “Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour [c]into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 AMP)

Generosity in giving, both off material goods as well as love, compassion, and forgiveness of others will result in return generosity. Jesus wants his disciples to be merciful and loving, not selfish or spiteful. He does away with retaliation and the concept of demand an eye-for-an-eye recompense for wrongdoing. This picture is of the blessings being returned in a bushel basket, filled to the brim, pressed down and shaken together to make room for more, then running over. Jesus wants our measure of mercy to overflow. Those who give easily will find goodness coming back to them. Those who are stingy and reluctant givers will receive in the same way.

He further told them [d]a proverb: Can a blind [man] guide and direct a blind [man]? Will they not both stumble into a ditch or a [e]hole in the ground? A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:39-40 AMP) In this parable, Jesus explained that, while his followers were to give, love, and refuse to be judgmental, they must also be discerning and careful whom they follow. Obviously, a blind person cannot lead a blind person because both of them will end up in a ditch. Then Jesus explained what this meant: a student is not greater than what the teacher is. Those who lead others must have a clear vision, willingness to learn and understand, and no arrogance or self-righteousness. Such a standard would disqualify the Pharisees who, in this instance, were the blind guidance leading people into disaster. Jesus explained that his disciples should not go beyond which they learned from him; instead, they should aim to be like him. Watch out for me to follow. No matter how many human teachers you may have, your ultimate authority must be Christ and his word.

Now Jesus really brings this on home to us as only He can do with His great parables.  He ask these questions, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:41-42 AMP)

How well Jesus understood human nature. He knew that human being find it easy to worry about a speck in someone’s else’s eye, but not be able to see a log in their own eye. It is easy for people to over look their own sins yet spots sin in others. It is true that the sin that people must clearly see in others is also present in them. Sometimes they may offer help, but there is a crucial flaw, for they will do great damage when they cannot see pass the log still lodged in their eye. Jesus hyperbole to show that someone attempting to help a brother or sister with a “speck” when that person is carrying around log makes him or her a hypocrite. The person has criticized and found fault in another without applying the same standards to himself. Before that person can be of any assistance, he must get rid of the log that is in his own eye, and then maybe he can see well enough to deal with the speck in other people’s eye.  It is time to look at the person in the mirror and stop criticizing others.

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS

Learning the art of forgiveness

Today we are going to talk about how to make a change within yourself, by learning to have a spirit of forgiveness. So many of physical problems stems from what we call, a condition known as uneasiness from our spirit.

When we hold grudges against another person that we feel has done us wrong, those feelings blocks the sunlight that the cells in our bodies need to keep us whole. Forgiveness for some of us is a very hard thing to do when we feel very strongly, that another person has done something against us.

Now please allow me the opportunity to discuss with you the art of forgiveness. The art of forgiveness, begins when you forgive someone for the wrongs you feel they have done to you. It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity. It is taking a step towards the practice of forgiveness. Hate is death, forgiveness is life, and learning to live in the presence is a joy that will outlast anything that you can ever imagine.

Forgiveness works some miracle of change. When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies he replied: if I make my enemies my friends, do not I then destroy them? When you forgive you change others and you change yourself. You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years. You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you have made. Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime. Thus you release others and you release yourself. You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you. You free your mind from the burdens of the pass so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways. You must forgive to be forgiven. He who cannot forgive others, wrote Edward Herbert, ‘breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.’

Forgiveness should become a habit. When the master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: until seventy times. He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now. Putting off forgiving only deepens the womb. Clinging to bitterness postpone happiness. Life is short, time is fleeting. Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace. It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove the hurts, grudges and resentments. It is forgetting the wrongs as though they had never been. It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heels. It is discovering a serenity you have never known before.

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1-3

Happiness is to be forgiven! It is an emotion that defies description.  It is the relief of an enormous burden lifted, of a debt canceled, of a conscience at rest.  Guilt is gone, warfare is ended, peace is enjoyed.  Can you smell these beautiful aromas’; taste the sweetness of this exotic meal?  If you truly desire to feast on such a meal, the bible says, “ask and you shall have, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.” 

Please allow me to give you the Dictionary meaning of this very important word.  First of all it is a  noun, and it means the act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.  Disposition or willingness to forgive.

Now listen further to what Jesus commands us to do, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. (Mark 11:25) AMP

When we continue to harbor our un-forgiveness of another person in our spirit, we are truly living in spiritual darkness; having that unforgiving spirit and fostering of resentment is spiritual suicide.  So I ask you today, why do you want to commit spiritual suicide, why do you want to live in spiritual darkness?  Do you realize that there is no rest for you when you continue to brood over slights and injuries and wrongs; there is no quiet repose of the mind when you constantly feel that you have been unjustly treated, and you scheme how best to act for the discomfiture of your enemy?

Now I ask you, how can happiness dwell in your heart, if your heart is disturbed by ill-will towards your brother are your sister?  How do you expect to find wisdom and humility when your heart is filled with hate?  I say shame on you.  It is time to wise up and find that happiness that the bible speaks of.  You know you deserve it, you know you want it, and you are always seeking after it, but always in the wrong place. 

Revenge seems sweet only to the mind that is unacquainted with the spirit of forgiveness; but when the sweetness of forgiveness is tasted then the extreme bitterness of revenge is known.  Revenge seems to lead to happiness to those who are involved in the darkness of passion; but when the violence of passion is abandoned, and the mildness of forgiveness is resorted to, then it is seen that revenge leads to suffering.

Revenge is a virus which eats into the very vitals of the mind, and poisons the entire spiritual being.  Resentment is a mental fever which burns up the wholesome energies of the mind, and “taking offence” is a form of moral sickness which saps the healthy flow of kindliness and good-will, and from which men and women should seek to be delivered.  The unforgiving and resentful spirit is a source of great suffering and sorrow, and he who harbors and encourages it, who does not overcome and abandon it, forfeits much blessedness, and does not obtain any measure of true enlightenment.  To be hard-hearted is to suffer, is to be deprived of light and comfort; to be tender-hearted is to be serenely glad, is to receive light and be well comforted.  It will seem strange to many to be told that the hard-hearted and unforgiving suffer most; yet it is profoundly true, for not only do they, by the law of attraction, draw to themselves the revengeful passions in other people, but their hardness of heart itself is a continual source of suffering.  Every time a man hardens his heart against a fellow-being he inflicts upon himself five kinds of suffering-namely, the suffering of loss of love; the suffering of lost communion and fellowship; the suffering of a troubled and confused mind; the suffering of wounded passion or pride; and suffering of punishment inflicted by others.  Every act of unforgiveness entails upon the doer of that act these five sufferings; whereas every act of forgiveness brings to the doer five kinds of blessedness-the blessedness of love; the blessedness of increased communion and fellowship; the blessedness of a calm and peaceful mind; the blessedness of passion stilled and pride overcome; and the blessedness of kindness and good-will bestowed by others. 

Numbers of people are to-day suffering the fiery torments of an unforgiving spirit, and only when they make an effort to overcome that spirit can they know what a cruel and exacting taskmaster they are serving.  Only those who have abandoned the service of such a master for that of the nobler master of forgiveness can realize and know how grievous a service is the one, how sweet the other.

When a man abandons retaliation for forgiveness he passes from darkness to light.  So dark and ignorant is unforgiveness that no being who is at all wise or enlightened could descend to it; but its darkness is not understood and known until it is left behind, and the better and nobler course of conduct is sought and practiced.  Man is blinded and deluded only by his own dark and sinful tendencies; and the giving up of all unforgiveness means the giving up of pride and certain forms of passion, the abandonment of the deeply-rooted idea of the importance of oneself and of the necessity for protecting and defending that self; and when that is done the higher life, greater wisdom, and pure enlightenment, which pride and passion completely obscured, are revealed in all their light and beauty.

PRAYER FOR DIVINE REVELATION

Father, You are my sufficiency.

You have given me everything I need to be and

to do all that would please You.

I purpose in my heart to  know You intimately.

Please show me the truth about You and give

me the power to walk in that truth.

Lord, continue to give me the ability and energy

to add to my faith until you are satisfied with me.

Open my eyes that I might see my completeness

in You by faith, even as I walk in imperfection.

Lord, make my struggle an example to others.

Make my striving a testament to Your faithfulness.

Move in me and through me so my brothers and

sisters can see Your power.

Be glorified by all that you make of me.

In Jesus name, Amen.

LEARNING TO LIVE A LIFE OF GODLINESS

How do you do what God has called you to do, even when you do not know how to do it?  Or let’s say you do know how, and you simply do not want to.  The power of almighty God is the only answer.

We can’t settle for a life that falls short of Him, no matter how close we come or how far everybody else is behind us.  The more I know Him, the more I know how much He loves me.  I cannot know His love without experiencing His forgiveness.  He forgave me before I ever asked Him.  Imagine that.

If I told you that tomorrow someone would break into your house and violate you and all you stood for, could you forgive him today?  When he got to your house and hurt you as planned, would you have love for him?  This is the model of Jesus Christ.

With that model comes a desire to please Him, which becomes progressively more possible as I subtract my worldly attitudes and add spiritual ones.  Then, once I determine, yes, I will forgive that person as an act of my will, God says, “You don’t have enough forgiveness in you to forgive him or her.  So, here, take some of Mine.”  And He energizes me with His power and forgiveness, and I can show that to the other person.  That is godliness.  God has set the standard and then commits Himself to giving us the power to meet it.  Godliness is not perfection.  It is continually striving with His power.

I want so much to be a godly father.  I don’t always know what that looks like.  So, I trust the promises of God, knowing He will give me a father’s heart.  I trust that if my children say nothing else about me, they would say, “He was a godly father.”

I want most of all to be a godly pastor.  I don’t always know what that looks like.  So, I trust the promises of God to never leave me, nor forsake me.  I have everything I need to be a godly father, and pastor.  You have everything you need to be all that God wants you to be.  You are fully equipped to live a life of godliness.

FINDING HAPPINESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.  A good marriage must be created.  In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say, “I love you,” at least once each day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship shouldn’t end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives; it is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding the room for the things of the spirit.  It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which “the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.”

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best, as expressed in the words Mark Twain used in a tribute to his wife: “Wherever she was, there was Eden.”

Forgiveness for Health and Healing

Having a Spirit of forgiveness

Luke 7:47-50

Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.

If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.


 


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