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
|Posted on November 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM|
Home. Home can mean many things to different people, and bring up various emotions. Home becomes our 'root base' in life and should and be a warm and safe place to be.
I have just completed my last major trip for this year. Traveling is amazing
and educating to be sure, but there is no place like home and I am very glad to be home! My home is where my roots re - mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Home is my place to be me and to relax, safe. Home is filled with wonderful family, amazing friends, a welcoming church to belong to.
What is your home like? Do you need to change something or overcome something to make it a place for you? There was a time when home was dismal for me, depressing, stressful and uncertain. It took me awhile to change things and to overcome issues that prevented my peace and my life from prospering, but I did manage it. Now, this doesn't mean that home will not contain conflicts, disagreements, stresses, forced changes, and maximum growth, because it will. Even living alone will require some growth and changes in your home and in your life. Sometimes these things do not seem to make sense and the growth is painful. Still, there is no place like home.
Did you know that someday you will obtain a perfect home, free of conflicts, pain, disappointments, and challenging issues? Well, it is just around the corner!
This particular home requires membership into the Family that provides it.
You must know Jesus as your Savior and your Lord first. Romans 10:9 "That if
you confess with your mouth that, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
John 14:2-3 Jesus has said, "My Father's house has many rooms If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you,? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also may be where I am."
And 2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands."
We have a perfect future home to just be ourselves, to be safe and loved and accepted. In the meantime we have an earthly home to take care of and be good stewards in. If your home s out of order, ask the Lord to show you what to do and how to do it to get order back. One key is for you yourself to be in order with God the Father first, through Jesus Christ and under the power of Holy Spirit.
Home is a good place to be. The Lord will help you if you but ask:
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears."
I am thankful to be home and to have an abundant life in Christ Jesus!
Acts 17:26 "From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live."