Olive Branch Discipleship Ministries
11.15.22 Let Go
Did you know that the Cross is all about letting go? God the Father is all about letting go? A majority of counseling and life issues are all about letting go? All of these statements are true and once we can take in the reality of these truths, our lives will become more internally peaceful and stable.
One extremely important verse in the Bible concerning this is found in Matthew 6:14-15 :
"IF you forgive men when they sin (offend) you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins (offenses), your Father (in heaven) will not forgive your sins."
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord for gave you."
Forgiveness does not mean we forget but that we let go of the "right" to hang onto the offense and to get even. Forgiveness does not always mean this person who offended you is safe for you to be around but it does mean you let go of wishing any evil will upon them or that you continue to talk bad about them. Let go and let God deal with them. Think about it. Each and everyone of us has wronged someone at some time in our life, intentionally or unintentionally. And it is a simple fact that we need heavenly Father's forgiveness between us and him every single day. We offend him in our thoughts, our speech, and our actions. I am grateful he sees us through the sacrifice of forgiveness his son Jesus made on the Cross.
Think about it. What kind of life do you want? I want one filled with internal peace and unblocked answers to prayers, with the mercy and goodness of God weaving throughout my spirit and life, no matter what is happening externally.
Check out verses concerning forgiveness towards others, of ourselves, the work on the Cross. You simply cannot love Christ and not be wise to forgive and let go. Lets grow up, become mature in Christ, stop fussing and squabbling and offending. Amen.
-Pastor Sandra Matheson
Heavenly Father, bring to our remembrance of sacrifice that Jesus went through on the Cross to submit a blood sacrifice for our sins, individually and collectively. Let us be mindful of not taking on any offenses and not putting out any. Help us to remember we are all human and have stressful and bad days, hurts and wounds that cannot be seen, and how we would like to be treated as well. Give us wisdom to know when to truly forgive and to walk away, knowing that person or situation is not healthy for us. We desire to be free and healthy in mind, body, soul, and spirit. Amen www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com
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This is now the time and season when America must wake up and realize we have enemies who mean to do us great harm, and great harm here on our own shores. We have lived in the luxury of belief that we were big enough and powerful enough, and protected enough, to never experience inward attack and that we were a nation of great protection and safety. No longer is this true. Our enemy comes from within and comes through an ideology and belief system that is foreign, destructive, and explosive to our nation.
In reading about God's commands and instructions to Israel, as they journeyed through nations and as they conquered nations, and even as they were infused with those from other nations, they were not to be infected by, nor to embrace willingly, the gods and belief systems of those who came in to their culture. It was demanded and expected that Israel be the influencing force and all those who came into Israel would embrace their culture and their God, Jehovah, or at least live respectfully under that covering. Not the other way around. History is available for a reason, and it is free for all to look into. Israel had a hard time doing this, and it seems, so do we.
We are to note, to understand, and to integrate this knowledge into our thinking so as to not repeat the negatives of History. We are to receive and accept those who sincerely wish to enjoy the freedoms of our democracy, but we are not to embrace those who desire to change our democracy and take us over into their belief system. If their belief system is so desirable, why not stay in their own nations?
Come. Come into freedom and rest and protection. Come with respect and in propriety and all will be welcomed and embraced. Wake up America!
- Pastor Sandi