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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9.2.17 Unexpected Blessings
What are unexpected blessings? Do you recognize as they come? I wonder if mankind is just too focused on his/her own agendas to really see the amazing things our God places in our lives each day. Some of these blessings come to us disguised as a loss or a trauma, a negative and as a frustration. What if we truly believe God the Father is in control of our life, as we allow Him, then we must believe that He is aware of all things and allows all things. This is so hard for us to do. We have our concept of what is good and what is bad. Have you ever realized that something you thought was so terrible in your life actually ended up being a crossroad of choice and a decision that changed the course of your life? Even in death a new life has potential to begin. As Christ died on that cross and His followers knew He was laid to rest, it was the beginning of a brand new potential that the world and mankind had never known and would never know again. His followers were distraught and fearful, full of loss and grieving. There seemed to be no future and no purpose for them, their loss was overwhelming. In the losses of my life I have wondered some of these same things. As I have walked with the Lord now for many years I now have a much better understanding and trust in Him. I have had the experience of 'seeing' how He has made new life and given new promise and hope to me through all negative things. Even in some positive things I experienced loss of the familiar, of friends, of comfort. As Believers we must come to the understanding in our spirit that our God is good ALL the time and in ALL things. He always has our benefit at the heart of all matters.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to " Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you";
Romans 8:28 "And we know that IN all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Many of my greatest blessings have come as the result of hard times and loss. Dear Believer, do not be discouraged. Do not feel that God doesn't care about you or that He has forgotten you or that He is angry with you. None of that is true. Life happens, but He has promised to give us a way through it and to bring a blessing out of it. Trust Him. Believe Him. Choose to see the potential. Choose to grow up in Him! It will turn your weeping into joy...... The enemy of our faith wants us to see the loss; our God wants us to see a new potential. Remember, God IS good, and God IS good ALL the time!
-Pastor Sandra Matheson
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.