forgive: to treat the offender as not guilty, to pardon, to put it away or lay it aside; to release a person from guilt or punishment
Why must I always let it go?
Why must I always apologize (even when it wasn’t my fault)?
Why can’t I do to them what they did to me?
Why must I always forgive them?
Because I always forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trepasses (Matthew 6:15, AMP).
In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part (Matthew 6:15, MSG).
Then Peter said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22, NKJV).
From the biblical standpoint, there is one race and that race is human.
There is no such thing as race in the kingdom of God.
God has made all men from one blood.
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…
The ‘Racial’ Issue in America by Bishop Clarence E. McClendon
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who wore expensive clothes and had a feast – food and drink every day. He was not named, but there was a beggar named Lazarus who was laid at the gate. The Open Bible (KJV) translated that this man was brought to the gate sick, full of sores and hungry. He desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table, but no one fed him.
Soon, they both died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, but the rich man died and was buried. While the rich man was being tormented in hell, he looked up and saw Abraham from a distance with Lazarus in his bosom.
One of the things I noticed from this parable was how their lives were reversed. Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things while Lazarus received evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented (Luke 16:25).
Even in a pandemic, some things are being reversed. Things are about to change. God knows what He is doing. His plan is to prosper His people, and that plan has not changed. He is turning things around. God is going to undo what the enemy did to you. Wealth is changing hands – from the hands of the sinner to the hands of the just. Those who are beneath will be above and the tail will become the head.
Lazarus’ name means ‘God has helped’ and your help has come. Not only will you be comforted, but you will receive good things.
And be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
I remember after my dad passed away how lonely I felt.
Prior to his death, I would sometimes imagine coming home to an empty house. No one asking me to do anything or to go anywhere. I could just go home after work and do nothing (if that’s what I wanted to do).
After his transition, I wasn’t looking for another dad, but I was constantly searching for someone or something to fill the void and the emptiness I had.
But no matter what I did or who I was with, nothing or no one could fill that void. They could not make me feel better. Sometimes I walked away feeling worse.
I was still sad and empty.
But that’s because the Holy Spirit is the Filler. He fills the void. He fills the emptiness. He fills the loneliness. He fills those areas that are broken.
I had placed such high expectations on people. I was expecting so much from people that I had stopped expecting anything from God. I wanted them to be this in my life and I wanted them to do that in my life – not realizing that they needed the same Person I needed. They couldn’t fix me and I sure couldn’t fix them.
But to all the people I hurt along the way, please forgive me for putting so much pressure on you to be who only God can be in my life.
The devil is a liar and the father of it.
What are some of the lies the devil has told you?
You will always be this way.
You will never get married.
Nothing good will ever happen to you.
You will always struggle.
You will never be truly happy.
But today, you are being released from every curse, lie and negative word.
And if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Every man and demon will be proven a liar.
But God will always be proven faithful and true to His word.
Let God be true, but every man a liar (Romans 3:4).
And know that I am God
I will be exalted among the heathen
I will be exalted in the earth
(Psalm 46:10, KJV)
When God told Moses that He was sending him to bring His children out of Egypt, that was a prophetic word. That was a promise. But when Moses obeyed God and did what He told him to do, Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go.
At first, Moses was discouraged. It seemed like what God said wasn’t going to come to pass. But instead of being upset with the enemy who was opposing him, he was angry with God. Why did you send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have you delivered your people at all (Exodus 5:22-23).
That’s what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to blame God for something he did. He wants us to think that what God told us to do isn’t working and that it will never work.
Had Moses not obeyed God and confronted Pharaoh and speak to him again and again, what God said would have never come to pass, but he kept speaking to that ‘mountain’ until God removed him.
I know some of you are getting a little weary, but this is not the time to quit and this is not the time to be silent.
Don’t stop speaking to whatever is trying to block you, stop you or hinder you. Continue to say what God said. If you don’t speak it, you will never see it. God has given you a mouth and wisdom (Luke 21:15). Use your mouth to create and use your heart to believe what you want to see.
You have been talking about it long enough. Now it’s time to speak to it.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says (Mark 11:23).
Difficult times don’t change who God is, but sometimes He allows things to happen to change us.
Who God is to you when everything is going right is who He is when everything is not going right in your life.
Despite how you may feel right now, He hasn’t changed how He feels about you or what He said about you.
He is still with you.
He is still good.
He still loves you.
He still cares for you.
And He will still do what He said.
For I am the Lord, I change not (Malachi 3:6).
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken and shall He not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?
God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14).
Don’t open the door.
For three days, I heard the same warning.
In John 10, Jesus talks about a door and He also mentions two people that will come.
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (vs 10).
When God shuts a door, he shuts it because what’s behind the door has the potential to destroy you, or even worse, kill you. It is the door that the enemy uses to steal from you. He steals your time with distractions, wrong relationships, or worry. He tries to steal your praise, your joy, your faith and even the word God gave you.
And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts (Mark 4:15).
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart (Matthew 13:19).
A door is a means of access. It opens and it closes. It allows you to walk into some things as well as walk out of some things. It takes you from one place to another.
I thought I understood what God was saying, but I really didn’t. I thought he was telling me that someone from my past was coming to my house and to not open the door. I thought he was talking about a physical door, but he was actually talking about a spiritual door.
If God shuts a door in your life, he is sparing you from what’s behind that door because it does not lead to abundant life.
Remember the last time you did something that God told you not to do. Your disobedience opened a door. For some of you, that door led to heartbreak, trouble, anger, financial loss, depression, suicidal thoughts and sickness. For others, it affected your marriages as well as your children.
But remember also how God forgave you. Remember how He brought you out of what you put yourself in. Remember how much He loves you and how He only wants what is best for you.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Become like the psalmist who would rather be a doorkeeper and guard the door of the house of God than to live in the tent of wickedness.
Please don’t open what God has shut.
There was something that needed to be repaired in my home so I went to the person who I knew could help me. I didn’t ask this person to repair what was broken nor did I ask for money to get the repairs fixed. I just needed him to contact someone to fix the problem for me or he could have given me the name and number and I would have made the call myself.
I don’t know if the individual wasn’t feeling well or maybe going through a rough time or just didn’t feel like being bothered, but he didn’t help me. At first, I was very disappointed, but then I stopped focusing on the hurt and I began to examine myself.
Was there someone around me hurting or frustrated or feeling hopeless – waiting for me to help them, but hadn’t received my help because I too busy feeling sorry for myself or because I didn’t feel like being bothered today?
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30).
There were plenty of men in the land, but no one made himself available. God wasn’t looking for men. He was only looking for a man and yet He couldn’t find one. And because He couldn’t find one, many were destroyed in the land.
I don’t want that to be said about me – that God looked for me, but He couldn’t find me. I don’t want Him calling out to me like He did to Adam in the garden asking, Where are you?
So, I am asking God to show me one person every day that I can help – and I pray that I’ll make myself available and be faithful, committed and obedient when He shows me.
Withhold not good from them to who it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it (Proverbs 3:27, KJV).
Never walk away from someone who deserves your help; your hand is God’s hand for that person (Proverbs 3:27, MSG).