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 July 22, 2022 at 4:20 PM|
What is favor?
The Bible indicates that it is “an act of kindness by God the Father beyond what is due us as Believers in Christ, or what is usual.” This is purely an act of kindness not deserved by us just because we ask with a pure heart – like us as earthly parents toward our kids or family members. It is a wonder to receive. I truly believe very few of God’s children (active followers of Jesus) every even ask. To me that is so sad. I would wonder why my earthly children or family never asked me (within reason).
Let us remedy this immediately! First, check your motives. God knows our hearts so we can’t fool Him like we try to do with our earthly family. Second: the one stipulation we cannot get around is that we must have asked Jesus into our hearts, forgiving all who have hurt or offended us. There must not be any sin or separation between us.
Let’s let the Word of God speak of this to us:
Psalms 5:12 For you bless the righteous (right standing with God through Jesus), O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Psalms 84:11 For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good things does He withhold from those walk uprightly (continually with Christ).
Psalms 91:14-15 Because he (Believer) holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My Name. When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.
Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses (sins, hurts, offences, towards you), neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses (your sins and offenses against others).
Prayer: Father God, I ask you to forgive me for my sins against ___________________, any offenses I have committed against anyone, any lies, gossip, pain. I desire to be in right standing with you and I ask you for undeserved favor and blessings in my life, in my work, in my relationships, in my day. I am grateful for your love, patience, and guiding with correction. Amen
- Pastor Sandra Matheson