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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Thanksgiving. I love the thanksgiving dinner, my favorite. I love the smells and the preparations and the company. I love the fact that it is a unit effort; everyone brings something and we bring it all together for an amazing and fantastic spread of deliciousness! The table is set, fine dishes are set out, best silverware, table centerpiece and candles. It is beautiful, a feast for the eyes as well as the belly! All our senses are satisfied!
I also love the fact that it calls up my family and friends to consider all we have to be thankful for. We are all at different stages of life and spheres of life but the thankfulness of our hearts are all the same. Our God is good! Our God provides! Our God loves and protects and heals! Our God makes ways where there really are no ways! Our voices rise up to share and tumble over others' words to proclaim what we are thankful for. Smiles flow over our faces and our eyes shine with the Light of Heaven. God's presence fills up the room and overflows on all of us.
Isn't it a marvelous thing to just sit down and be very still before the presence of God and allow our spirit to soar up and in Him, to have peace and recognition of what He has done and provided through this last year!?
I am reminded of what David said in Psalms 103: 1-6. NIV...............
"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed."
We sit down at the table, at the Lord's Table. We give praise and thanksgiving unto Him. We are amazed as we recount all His workings and blessings and encouragements He has given each and everyone of us. It is a good thing to take time and thank Him, to praise Him. It is a good thing to start a new year before the next thanksgiving with praise on our lips and gratefulness in our hearts.
Please take time to do this as you take Thanksgiving. It doesn't matter is you are alone or with a whole group of people. We must begin to purpose to be a people full of thanksgiving and gratefulness so that our lives open up into the supernatural blessings of God in our lives. I want all of that and more!
Thank Him and thank those He has set in your family, your world, for your Pastors, for your church, and for your nation. God is moving! Join in with Him.
Look up and expect new and wonderful things through praise andthanksgiving!! Enjoy as your body and spirit are filled up to overflowing in Him!! Amen..
- Pastor Sandi
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1 NIV
"That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works." Psalm 26:7 NIV