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FORGIVING OTHERS IS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE   Leave a comment

FORGIVING OTHERS IS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 11:25 "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."

MATTHEW 21:20-22; MARK 11:20-26

There are qualifications for believing and receiving as well as restrictions for receiving answers to prayer. Unforgiveness in our hearts will keep our prayers from being answered.

We should forgive others as quickly as it takes to make the decision to pray. The Greek word for "when" means "whenever, as soon as, or while." When we stand praying, we must forgive if we have ought ("anything at all, the least little part; whatsoever") against anyone.

When we are offended or hurt, we often feel justified in holding a grudge.

The Old Testament law expressed this when it stated, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Ex. 21:23-25). Until the offense was paid, we did not feel free to forgive. However, God dealt with all men’s offenses by placing sin upon the perfect Savior who was judged in place of every sinner of all time. To demand that others must earn our forgiveness is not Christ-like. Jesus died for every man’s sins, extending forgiveness to us while we were yet sinners, and we should do the same.

It is doubtful that a person who refuses to forgive has ever experienced forgiveness himself. This is comparable to the servant that Jesus talked about in Matthew 18:23-35. He was forgiven a debt of over $3,000,000,000 and yet he refused to forgive his fellow servant who owed him $3,000. The forgiveness that we have received from the Lord is infinitely greater than any forgiveness we will ever be asked to extend to others. Freely forgive as you have been forgiven.

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Posted September 14, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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What Did Jesus Do…   Leave a comment

What Did Jesus Do:

So many people say they are like Jesus because of a position they have in church or an anointing they say they have. But do we all really use Jesus as our example and follow what He did? On the cross Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Jesus disciple, Stephen said something or the same thing when he was stoned for telling people about Jesus. Stephen asked the Lord to forgive the people that was killing him. You CANNOT do that unless you are allowing yourself to be led by the Lord’s Holy Spirit. Years ago when I was in my early 20’s I was wronged and violated by a man in the worse way a man can do a woman. I had built up a lot of hatred and bitterness toward him. But I had something he didn’t, the Lord Jesus. The Lord helped me forgive this man. Later on, the Lord told me to tell this man “when you come to yourself I want you to know I forgive you”. I could not rest until I did it. The Lord was my strength and I forgave this man. A couple of years ago I was making a statement that forgiveness is not for us but for the other person. A lot you of may disagree with me. But if you really understood what forgiveness means you would think differently. Well, when I made that statement a woman who many considered a strong woman of God said in the same forum that when you forgive it’s for you. The danger in that statement is it’s a selfish statement. Before you judge what I’m saying to be wrong, 1st look at what Jesus did for us. Did He come to earth to die for us and forgive our sins for Himself or for us? That’s the same attitude we are supposed to take on forgiving someone else. It’s for that person. When I called that man he acted as though he was not moved by what I said; and at that moment he may have not been. But one day he will come to his right mind and think about what he did and need forgiveness. That forgiveness will help him forgive himself. Do you ever think about what Jesus did for you and how He took the beating on His body to the point He was unrecognizable as a man. The Bible said He flesh fell from His bones. That’s just how bad He was beat for us. He took every sin, sickness, curse on His body for us. He died a sinner’s death and He did NOTHING wrong. He did it all for us because He loves us. Again, do you think Jesus died and forgave our sins so He could benefit from it? What He did was a selfless act. Here is a scripture that will help you better understand why forgiveness is for the other person. I took away any doubt from me concerning this. I pray it does the same for you. If this isn’t for you, share it with others. Look at what Jesus did and that’s our example. Going back to Stephen, I’ve heard people say “well, I’m not Jesus”. No, we are not Jesus, but we are Christians, which are Christ like. I believe the Lord had what Stephen did recorded in the Bible to let us know what He did can be done through us also. We can do all this through Christ who strengthens us. That means forgiving the way He did. If you have been saved and are born again, then you have His Holy Spirit residing in you now. So we can do and have the power and authority to do what He did. Peace and blessings.

2 Corinthians 2:7-11; So [instead of further rebuke, now] you should rather turn and [graciously] FORGIVE AND COMFORT AND ENCOURAGE [HIM], TO KEEP HIM FROM BEING OVERWHELMED BY EXCESSIVE SORROW AND DESPAIR. I therefore beg you to reinstate him in your affections and assure him of your love for him; For this was my purpose in writing you, to test your attitude and see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and altogether agreeable [to following my orders] in everything. If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (the Messiah), to keep satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.

Posted August 22, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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The Faith To Forgive   Leave a comment

THE FAITH TO FORGIVE- Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 17:5 "And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith."

It is very interesting to note that the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith after He spoke of forgiveness. They observed all of the wonderful miracles Jesus performed and yet that never inspired them to ask for greater faith. Truly, walking in love and forgiveness with each other takes as much faith as any miracle we will ever believe for.

The basis of forgiveness is the love and mercy of God. It is only because God first loved and forgave us that we can love and forgive others. If we aren’t walking in the forgiveness of God, we won’t minister it to others. He forgave us before we repented or asked for forgiveness.

The scriptures admonish us to forgive as Christ has forgiven us. God offered His forgiveness towards us while we were yet sinners. Therefore, forgiveness was offered to all unconditionally. But only those who receive the offered forgiveness through repentance and faith are received as sons of God.

Likewise, we are to forgive others their trespasses, just as God has forgiven us our trespasses. We forgive whether or not the other person repents or wants our forgiveness. But we cannot restore such a person to complete relationship until there is repentance on his part. Failure to distinguish between forgiveness and restoration with their different conditions, has caused some people to make themselves vulnerable to unscrupulous people and suffer tragic results. In marriage, we should forgive our mate for anything, even adultery. But If there is no true repentance on our mate’s part, it would be foolish to trust him or her in a sexually tempting situation. We should forgive a business partner for stealing from us whether or not he repents, but that doesn’t mean we ought to put ourselves in a position to let him do it again. Complete restoration is dependent on repentance. Walk in forgiveness today.

Posted August 5, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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Let It Go   Leave a comment

Let It Go – Joseph Prince

Exodus 15:26; …I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

After crossing the Red Sea, the children of Israel came to a place called Marah. The waters there were bitter. That is why the place was called Marah, which means “bitter”. The Israelites could not drink any of the water, so the Lord made the bitter waters sweet. (Exodus 15:23–25) Then, He brought up the subject of the diseases of Egypt and, for the first time, revealed Himself to His people as “the Lord who heals you”.

Why did the Lord suddenly mention the diseases of the world (Egypt represents the world in the Bible) at a place called “bitter”? What do diseases have to do with bitter waters? I believe that it is because He wants His people to know that a major cause of diseases in their bodies is harboring bitterness and resentment!

Some years ago, a lady shared with me about her sister who had died of cancer at a young age. She said, “Pastor Prince, a number of years before she passed on, she went through a very bitter divorce. She was very bitter toward her ex-husband.” Then, she asked me, “Is there a relationship between her bitterness and the cancer?”

I have studied the subject of healing for many years. I have read many books. I have listened to many sermons and I have sat under many healing ministries. And they all say the same thing: If you have unforgiveness in your heart long enough, that unforgiveness can sometimes translate into a disease in your body.

So if you have been bitter about something or someone, it is time to let it go! Your health, joy and life are more important. If you are already sick and you know that bitterness has something to do with it, let it go! See Jesus as your healer. He is standing at your place of bitterness today and He is saying to you, “My child, I can make your bitter waters sweet. I am the Lord who heals you.”

My friend, let it all go and let Jesus heal not just your diseases, but your broken heart too!

Salvation: A Relationship   Leave a comment

SALVATION: A RELATIONSHIP – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 6:54, "And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,"

MARK 6:53-56

The word "know" can mean many things from as little as "to perceive with the senses or the mind" to a much deeper meaning of "a thorough experience with."

This knowing, then, is not just intellectual, but a personal, intimate understanding. Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Eternal life is having an intimate, personal relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son. This intimacy with God is what salvation is all about. Forgiveness of our sins is not the point of salvation. This intimacy with the Father is. Of course, Jesus did die to purchase forgiveness for our sins because unforgiven sins block us from intimacy with God. Sin was an obstacle that stood between God and us. It had to be dealt, with and it was. But anyone who views salvation as only forgiveness of sins and stops there is missing out on eternal life.

Salvation was intended to be presented as the way to come back into harmony with God. Instead, it has often been presented as the way to escape the problems of this life and later the judgment of hell. It is possible to get born again with that kind of thinking, but more often than not, people who get saved through that type of ministry view the Lord as someone to help them through times of crisis and not someone to know in an intimate way. Jesus died for us out of love (Jn. 3:16) – a love that longed to have intimate communion with man.

Most non-believers are so occupied with their "hell on earth" that they don’t really think or care about their eternal future. They are fed up with religion. They are looking for something that will fill the emptiness inside. Only an intimate relationship (eternal life) with our Father can do that. We need to tell them.

Count on God’s Forgiveness   Leave a comment

Count On God’s Forgiveness – From Joseph Prince Ministries

Hebrews 10:2; …For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

What are you more conscious of today? Your sins or the fact that you have been forgiven? My friend, don’t be conscious of your sins. Be conscious instead of Jesus and His finished work. The Lamb of God has taken away all your sins at the cross, so count on the fact that you are a forgiven child of God!

No matter what has happened or what you have done, God wants you to know that because of His Son’s finished work, He will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and lawless deeds He will remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)

That is why you should not be conscious of your sins. In fact, when you are sin-conscious, the devil brings in condemnation, and the more you receive it and condemn yourself, the more you will find yourself unforgiving toward yourself and even others.

I was told by a pastor friend that when a lady, who had cancer on her face, asked for prayer for healing, the Lord revealed to him that it was self-hatred that was keeping her from receiving her healing. She could not forgive herself and was full of self-condemnation.

When she realized her problem, she counted on the fact that God was merciful to her unrighteousness and that she was already forgiven. She received the love of God. Then, right before the pastor’s eyes, her whole face changed—she received her healing that very moment!

Something happens when you believe that you are forgiven. That is why God says to you, “I want you to believe that all your sins I will remember no more. I want you to believe that you are My child enjoying My mercy and that you can always count on My forgiveness.”

Beloved, remember that all your sins have already been paid for by Jesus on the cross. And the more you count on the fact that you have the Father’s forgiveness and that He does not condemn you because of Jesus’ finished work, the more sin and its effects—sickness, hatred, lack and so on—will lose their grip on you. You will find yourself walking in a greater measure of God’s grace and blessings!

God’s Grace   Leave a comment

Yesterday I posted a email I received from Andrew Wommack concerning forgiveness. Forgiveness is His Grace. Since I’ve been learning more and more about His Grace, I’ve been less and less burdened. I’m not afraid to come to Him with my faults any more. I’m not afraid to be honest and confess my faults as much as before because I know He Loves me and isn’t out to get me. That’s what religion under the old covenant teaches you. But even how people teach the old covenant, some teach that wrong. They teach this unmerciful God that’s angry with us and out to get us. Look at how God showed His Grace toward the children of Israel, time and time again after they messed up, time and time again. One of the most wicked woman we say that’s in the Bible, Jezebel, God was willing to help her if she only repented. Since His teachings of Grace I don’t make excuses for me sinning, I don’t want to sin. I want my heart changed because I want to be like Him. I don’t feel I have to be anymore, it’s a free choice. I’s a free obligation I’m learning to have toward Him, our Lord Jesus, more than an obligation to follow Him because it’s a rule. God doesn’t want robots, He wants His living creation to freely follow Him. And when we really know His Grace, we freely follow Him. In me there is still some resistant because of the old teachings. But the more I’m receiving His teachings, the more free I feel. Concerning yesterday’s article on receiving forgiveness; I have to admit that was hard for me to receive when the Lord was speaking to me directly about it prior to the email. But I looked up some stuff in the Bible and the things I was taught before was not in there. One of the things I looked up is "asking for forgiveness". The Lord told me I don’t have to ask for forgiveness because He has already forgiven me of my sins. I just need to confess my sins and He will cleanse me, but I have to believe He will. Nothing is based on my performance or works, but on what He already has done. Lately, I’ve been thanking Him for His forgiveness and expecting deliverance from sin. The teachings I’ve been getting from Him, He shows me in His Word. Most of the time it’s not something I need revelation for. It’s plain and simple and can see it in black and white. Focusing too much on sin was causing me to believe in me and my abilities. But focusing on Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, my Healer, my Bridegroom is causing me to be free from all the burdens of the old teachings. It’s freedom thanking Him for what He already provided for us; and one of that is forgiveness of sins. To ask means to want something. To confess is to admit faults. Pride keeps so many from admitting their faults; so pride keeps many from receiving God’s Grace. I used to think this is too good to be true. Now I just say, this is You, God. I don’t feel condemned because I don’t get it right. I made a mistake the other day and satan tried to burden me with it and the Holy Spirit of our God came and told me to accept His forgiveness and forgive myself. I tried to beat myself up, but I began to feel burdened. The Holy Spirit guided me and helped me accept forgiveness. I was fine after that and it just caused me to want to follow Him. Because of Grace sin is not having dominion over me. For the record, reminding a person of their faults and always talking about sin is not the key to stop them from sinning. Scaring them isn’t the answer. Not one time has the Lord scared me with His Word. Sorry for the long post, but maybe someone in this group is burdened like I was and need freedom. Grace isn’t freedom to sin, it moves you from sinning. Grace also helps me to believe more about things that are impossible. I don’t have to perform for God to move for me. There are many factors that causes unbelief, but the problem is still unbelief. Well, Grace has helped me to believe and I believe Grace will keep me steadfast in faith. Lately when I pray, I’m accepting more and more it is truly done because of His Grace. It’s not based on a feeling I’m feeling; for that moment. But it’s from knowledge about Him and who God really is. I’m learning to pray from Grace, which causes me to believe in what I ask.

Because of His Grace we should not have any doubt in Him. Because of His Grace we and our family are covered and protected. Because of His Grace we have all the things we need because He has provided all for us. He already provided healing, deliverance, finances. The fact He provided His Son for us is proof of His Love, Grace and Faithfulness toward us. Please check out this article from Creflo Dollar concerning God’s Grace. Peace and blessing truly belong to us. Veronica

Too Much Grace! – From Creflo Dollar

I remember my wife giving me a certificate to go skydiving on my 40th birthday. I thought, that’s going to be pretty neat, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Included in a skydiver’s equipment is one main parachute and one reserve parachute. I had the thought, what if I only had that one main chute? I began to think about how dependent I was on the second chute. Would I be able to put my full trust in just one chute? It’s a lot easier to go skydiving knowing that you have that backup chute.

Well, living the life of grace is almost like that scenario. God wants us to depend on one “chute”—grace—but we keep depending on the backup “chute”—self-effort, or self-reliance. Today, the Spirit of God is saying, “When will you get to the point in your life where you’re going to be totally dependent on that one chute, God’s grace, and everything that Jesus has already done for you?”

We are surrounded by too much grace to ever be defeated in any area of our lives. There’s just too much grace that’s been made available to us to be troubled about anything. But in order to avail ourselves to God’s grace and lay hold of what we need by faith, we have to maintain the balance of the presence of God in our lives. You have to practice the presence of God in order to tap into His wisdom concerning the circumstances of your everyday life.

One of the ways we engage His presence is by engaging in His Word. The devil’s task is to distract you out of, and away from, the presence of God. But you have to train your mind to focus on the Word because there are many distractions in life. This can be as simple as taking a scripture and meditating on that scripture every day; or before going to bed, reading a paragraph from the Word and meditating on that. When you get in the Word, you get in the presence of God. The Bible says in the God’s presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). When you get in God’s presence, He can begin to show you some things and reveal things to you that you need to know.

You have a choice; you can focus on your problems, or you can focus on Jesus. His grace is available for you, no matter what you’re going through. There’s no circumstance you’ll ever come up against in life that can prevail against God. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He is already in your future, rooting for you at the finish line!

Make it a point from this day forward to expose yourself to God’s presence by exposing yourself to His Word. Trials and challenges that seem larger than life melt when we’re in the presence of the Lord. His presence eliminates worry, fear, doubt, and frustration. That’s where His grace comes in! There’s too much grace available for you, so don’t you dare give up, cave in, or quit on God, because He will never quit on you!

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (2 Corinthians 12:9, AMP).

When you continually practice the presence of God, you can learn how to rejoice even in the midst of trouble! Why? Because your hope is in Christ, and He never disappoints!

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