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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10.3.15 Stresses of Life
O, this thing called stress! No one is exempt from it. Every day of your life stress presents itself to you. You must learn how to recognize this and how to manage it - or it will manage you!
Stress can either be good or it can be bad. This is dependent on your perspective in how you choose to perceive it. Stress is constant in our lives here on this earth, it will always be with us in some situation and in some circumstance.
In the observation of stress in my life this last week, I have given it a great deal of thought. This is not new, I have been through many stressful issues of life and have always found - looking back - that I have survived and rallied on. I will admit, though, that there have been many times I was not sure that I would!
What makes stress good or bad? Good stress can simply be a change in your circumstance or situation - a new job, more money, change in relationships, new opportunities of life, and so on. Even good stress creates stress! Now you have to adapt and move through it all, with expectations and new players in your life. Some of these opportunities, or new players, may seem to be hard to get through, difficult and oppositional. There is great learning and new perception that are involved in good new stresses. You must be able to discern what is good and right and true, what is the direction you must go in to fulfill this new opportunity. Now, bad stress is what we are all most familiar with, or we think we are! Generally you will feel that you are out of control, something or someone is changing your life and you don't want your life changed. Some of this is true.
You can choose to fight against all this, you can grumble and complain, you can resist with all your might - and you may even succeed in some ways. But what if there were another understanding to all these stresses? What if there were a design to all these stresses in your life? What if there is a marvelous and supernatural plan in all of it? Well there is. Stress of any kind causes you to move, to grow, to expand the areas of your life. If you always remain where you are, doing what you do, narrow in all your relationships, and indifferent in expanding your expectations, you will miss out on multitudes of blessings, favors, and wonders in your life. You will never savor the greatness that God has for you, or the sweetness of His presence with you. Water cannot remain stagnant and continue to sustain life, nor create new life along its path. The choice is yours. Become stagnate and devoid of life through resistance to change and challenges of life through anger and bitterness, or fears and unbelief. God has your back, if you will only turn to Him, for He knows and He has a plan. He will work it out in you if you will allow Him to. God must bring changes and challenges into your life to grow you up, to change the direction you are going in to accomplish His plan for your life. Trust Him, He loves you more than you know. YOU have an amazingly bright future, YOU are meant to carry life - His Life - within you. YOU are meant to create new life all around you - His New Life. YOU are meant to carry within you living, moving water. Jesus.
- Pastor Sandi
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."