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What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. Forgiveness is a gift and an act of kindness; it is indeed the greatest act of kindness you can give to yourself.
Sometimes we find it so hard to forgive people who offend us. Most times the people who offend us are those whom we trust most, someone we look up to, at times the very people whom we love the most and cherish. Forgiving can be hard, especially when someone hurts us.
What does the Bible teaches us about forgiveness?
One of the main purpose of christianity is forgiveness. In actual fact forgiveness ist one of the major teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Ephesians 1:7 KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ we have redemption and this redemption is the forgiveness of sins.
Why is it so hard to forgive?
1. sometimes we were so wounded by people we trusted most. The wound may have been old, but the pain remains fresh.
2. sometimes people treated others unfairly in order to maximize their own power. We often find it difficult to forgive because they've wounded us to our very soul.
What does God does with our sins?
- He erases them
Isaiah 43:24-25 KJV
24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- He does not record them
Psalm 32:2 KJV
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
- He totally removes them
Psalm 103:12 KJV
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
- He nails them to the cross
Colossians 2: 13-14 KJV
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Why do we have to forgive others?
1. From a Gracious God we receive forgiveness; we have all sinned against God
2. Forgiving someone is a difficult thing to do, but it's a necessity for our well-being; Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself: It improves our life by improving our physical and emotional health.
3. Forgiving someone who has hurt you could be the greatest challenge of your life. But if you choose to forgive, you glorify God and reveal His character to those around you.
Jesus died on the cross not because something was wrong with him, but because everything was wrong with us.
Forgiveness and being reconciled are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not patting one another on the back and turning blind eye to the wrong.
Forgiveness looks sin in the eye and speaks the costly words : "I forgive you."
In most cases, the only way to forgive is by remembering. It is important that we do not make a simplistic connection between forgiving and forgetting. True forgiveness requires a careful look at what has actually happened to us. It is possible that we genuinely do not remember what someone has done against us, but most often it is largely a mistake to say, "Forgive and forget." Rather, the judgment of grace enables us, through the power of Holy Spirit, to remember well and deal with it.
- True forgiveness requires the offender to own sin repentantly.
- Genuine repentance goes deeper than apology or the expression of regret.
- forgiveness is given graciously and generously; if they repent, forgive them.
Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting to remember, but remembering to forget.
O Lord our GOD, grant us the Grace to genuinely forgive those who ask us for forgiveness.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the Hills
(Psalm 121: 1-8 KJV)
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
God is ever faithful, glory be to His Holy Name forever. People may fail you, but God won’t. God Jehovah never leaves you hanging.
(Psalm 46:1 KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. God knows what we want even before we ask.
(Psalm 91: 1-3 KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
The psalmist said surely he will save you, in times of despair and troubles, let us be rest assured that God is ever faithful and He is with us to lead, to protect and to fulfill all His promises to us.
The advantages of trusting in God
1. God fights our battles
2. God watches over us
3. God provides for us
4. Nothing can move us. (Psalm 27:1 KJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
5. God delivers us from all our troubles. Psalm 34:19 KJV: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
6. God protects us
7. God guides our Steps
In times of despair and trouble, let us be rest assured that God is ever faithful and He is always with us to lead, to protect and to fulfil all His promises to us.
(Psalm 119: 89 -90 KJV)
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Brethren let us look up to God in every areas of our lives.
Watch Word for this Month: I will stay Strong, stand Tall, and be Bold in The Lord.
NO ONE AND NOTHING CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF MESSIAH'S PROVIDENCE
(Zechariah 4: 1-14 KJV)
1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lordof the whole earth.
When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no. Sometimes we find ourselves in some difficult situations and it seems like there is no way out. The Bible says Christ in us is the hope of glory. Who can stand in the way of Messiah's Providence? Nobody!
God has proved to me in so many occasions that Nothing and No One can stand in the way of his Providence. He is our living HOPE. He is the HOPE OF GLORY.
(Zechariah 4:7 KJV) Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
When we put our total trust in God and we commit our ways to him then our lives are sure and secure. God loves us and he is ever faithful.
Nothing or no one can hinder God from accomplishing His purposes in our lives.
We should commit our plans to God. He is the beginning and the end. He knows everything about our lives and He is ever faithful.
( Proverbs 16 :3 KJV)
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
No one can hold back his hand or say to him: What have you done?
My God is a miracle God, he will never change. He will do what he says he will do. People may Change, the earth may be remove but God will never Change.
The LORD is good all the time!
May the God of love be with us and continue to guide our ways (Amen).
Watch Word for this Month: Lord, Make Me a City on a Hill
DO NOT BE AFRAID
The Bible says in the book of Isaiah 44:2 KJV:
Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
We should put our total hope in God and in him we have hope of overcoming our anxiety.
The bible says in the book of ( 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
With Christ we can do all things. In everything you do, put God first, He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. God is the Author and the finisher of our Faith, the beginning and the end, He knows our end from the beginning. When we commit our ways to God, He will surely see us through. Christ in us is the hope of Glory.
How do we overcome our fear?
We overcome our fear by putting on the whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV).
What is the whole Armor of God:
1. Belt of Truth
2. Breastplate of Righteousness
3. Shoes of Peace
4. Shield of Faith
5. Helmet of Salvation
6. The victorious Sword of the spirit: GOD'S WORD.
May the Blessings of God abide with us. (Amen).
Watch Word for this Month: There's No one like our God - Jehovah Jireh
BUY THE TRUTH
(Proverbs 23:23 KJV)
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
In this World of ours, the Truth is very rare. People prefer lies. Infact liars get more favour because most time people tend to accept liars more than the trustworthy person.
People lies for so many reasons:
· Some lies to uphold themselves and make themselves more important in the sight of others, all in the name of pride, They tell lies to their friends to make themselves feel more important.
· Some lies to bring others down. Most times when they are envious of the other person they prefer to tell lies against the person and bring the person down, so many souls have been destroyed due to false accusations and lies.
· Some tell lies to get favour, the Bible says Favour comes from the Lord, when the Lord decide to give us favour it does not depend on our lies, God will do what he says he will do.
(Psalm 5:12 KJV)
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
The TRUTH IS GOLD, but people may never believe this. There are so many nice things in this World but truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding is very very important.
God want us to acquire truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.
(Proverb 4:7 KJV) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Whatever we want to acquire in the world, we should always aim at wisdom, and understanding, together with TRUTH we will be able to acquire great things in life.
The lie can run for years but the truth catches up with it one day. There is victory of truth over Falsehood.
Wisdom, understanding, instruction and truth are GOLD. God as our loving Father want us to have all these virtues, in all these there is greatness.
Watch Word for this Month: God; You are my light, the EYE through which I see.
Surrender all to the Lord
One of my favorite Songs:
I bless you Lord, God of heaven and earth
I adore you Lord, God of heaven and earth
Heaven and earth, heaven and earth.
Our Almighty God is the Lord of heaven and earth. All powers belongs to him. We have no power of our own. When we surrender all to him, he will take absolute control of our lives and he will surely manifest himself in our lives. Isaiah 66 VS 1-2:
1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
What do we have to surrender to God:
- Our lives
- Our health
- Our homes
- Our wills
- Our possessions
- Our careers
- Our abilities
- Our success
- Our riches and wealth
- Our desires
- Our disappointments
- Our challenges
- Our failures
- Our anxieties
- Our fears
As a child of God we should not strive. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs 3 VS 5-8:
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
To surrender all to the LORD we have to:
- trust him
- love him
- have faith in him
- forsake our sins
In the second half of this year 2021 let’s give all to him and we will have all the full cost to glorify His holy Name at the end of this year and forever.
Watch Word for this Month: Taste and see that the LORD is good.
GOD AND THE DESIRES OF OUR HEARTS
1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Have you ever asked God to grant you your heart desire and it seems as if He wouldn’t answer? Does that mean that our heavenly Father has forsaken or forgotten us? The answer is NO. The good news is that God does not forget whatever we ask Him according to His will.
Why do we have to wait sometimes
1. God's timing may not be your timing
Our heavenly Father knows what is best for us, He knows the appropriate time to give us what we desire. He guides each step we take because He loves us. We should learn to wait patiently on the Lord because His timing is the best. He is a very present help in times of trouble . (Psalm 46:1 KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
He will never forsake us but sometimes He wants us to wait on him because what He WANTS TO DO FOR US IS GREATER THAN WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR and he wants to be sure we are mature enough to handle the greater things he has planned to give to us. Of course while waiting we may be worried but at the end we will realise that it pays to wait on the Lord, and it pays to serve Him.
(1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
2. Not all that glitters is Gold
Sometimes we as Human desire some things and we really want to have them, but as Human we can't see all the implications and complications attached to what we so much desire. Our heavenly father; JEHOVAH is all knowing, he knows the end even from the beginning and He will only give us what is good for us because He is a good God
(Romans 8: 28 KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
3. The habit of just asking
(Psalm 22: 3 KJV) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
In other words, God “dwells” in the atmosphere of His praise. We should learn to praise and thank God in every Situation we found ourselves because even before we were formed in our mother's womb he knows us and cares for us: (Jeremiah 1: 5 KJV) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Praise - Is the voice of faith, Praise - Is the language of heaven, Praise - Sets the stage for God to move.
4. Do we pray in the right way
In the book of (Luke 11:1-13 KJV) Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite to God. It is an example of the things that should go into a prayer—worship, trust in God, requests, confession, and submission. We are to pray for the things the Lord’s Prayer talks about, using our own words and “customizing” it to our own journey with God. The proper way to pray is to express our hearts to God.
5. What is our Intention
The Intentions of our Hearts matter most. If we deceive ourselves and others, we can never deceive God because he knows every intentions of our Hearts. Let us be honest and open with God, He knows us better than we know ourselves. God is more interested in the content of our hearts than the eloquence of our words. Let us always submit our Will to God, because he loves us and has good plans for us.
(Jeremiah 29:11 KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Watch Word for this Month: Let your Will be done in my life oh God.
PSALM 16: VERSE 1 -6 (King James Version)
1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
God is an awesome God. He is a great king over all. According to the verse 1 of Psalm 16 we should endeavour to put our total hope in God and trust him for his divine guidance and care in this Month September and throughout our lives.
Our trust in God should not just be of mere confession but the one full of fulfilment and this we can achieve by choosing God as our portion in this season and forever.
As we begin the ember Months, Christmas season is around the corner. Christmas season to many is a time of merriment and enjoyment, some cannot even explain the meaning of Christmas and many did not know the JESUS that is being celebrated.
Jesus teaches in the book of Matthew 16:28 that what gain will it be for us to gain everything in this world and loss our life in heaven (Matthew 16:26:
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul).
Having Jesus Christ, as our portion of inheritance in this World is a great thing, according to the verse 6 of this Psalm it is a beautiful inheritance. Christ in us is the hope of glory; nothing can be compare to Jesus Christ in us.
Whatever opposition we face in life, we should only depend on our Lord God. He will fight and win the battle we would not have ever won; he will defeat the enemies of Christ.
God is good and He deserves to be put above all things.
Watch Word for this Month: Having Jesus Christ, as our portion of inheritance in this World is a great thing.