Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Releasing God's power through forgiveness

Text: Ephes. 3: 20; Rom. 5:5.

The bible says that God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh within us.
Ephesians 3: 20.

That power is the Holy Spirit because the bible says: ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit in come upon you.
Acts 1: 8.

That power is inside you because the presence of the Holy Spirit dwells within you. For the Bible says: know ye not that ye are the temple of God for the Holy Spirit dwells within you.
1Corinthians 3: 16.

The Holy Spirit that dwells within you can make anything possible but he is not moved by our worries, pains or needs. He is only moved by our faith. So to get the Holy Spirit to move on your behalf, you will have to exercise your faith.
1John 5: 4.

It is equally important that you know that your faith is empowered and made active only when you walk in love.
Galatians 5: 6.

The Holy Spirit is at liberty to operate only where there is love. The love of God is the Holy Spirit’s atmosphere for miracle.

Every child of God can experience miracle daily and walk in the supernatural because we’ve got love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, you can not be born of God and don’t have the ability to love for the bible says that he who does not love is not born of God.
1John 4: 7-8

If you are truly saved, it means you have the Holy Spirit, and if you have the Holy Spirit, then you’ve got the ability to walk in love and if you can walk in love, you have the ability to release the power of God in every situation of your life.

Now, one fundamental thing about love is that it has the power to forgive.
Prov. 10: 12; 1Cor. 13:4-7.

What is forgiveness?
Forgiveness means to give mercy, kindness, compassion or pardon where there is need for judgement. It also means to exonerate somebody from blame or guilt for the wrong he actually committed.

The power to forgive is inherent in love. If you’ve got the love of God within you, you’ve got the power to forgive. In other words, you can provide mercy forehand and there is nothing you can not forgive. To a believer, forgiveness is a matter of choice. He can choose to forgive and can choose not to forgive. But that is not the case with an unbeliever because he has not got the Holy Spirit inside of him.

It is important that you realise that no body you are dealing with or are in a relationship with is perfect, which means, there is 99. 9% chances that they are going to do something wrong or offend you someday and you should expect it and make provision of mercy forefront. Does that mean you should be unsettled with your neighbour? No, the Bible says there is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear. 1Jn. 4:18, which means, if you are walking in love with somebody, you will not be anxious or be too careful with him for fear that you might get offended. No, in love you will not be afraid of been offended because you know that you are dealing an imperfect person, who can make mistakes and as such, you have made provision forefront for mercy.

Unforgiveness on the other hand means to deny somebody mercy and to hold him guilty for his wrong. That is not the nature of God, and it is not of love.

5 reasons why you must walk in forgiveness

1. Forgiveness falls under the law of harvest.
There are three cardinal laws in the New Testament:
i. the royal law Jn. 13: 34, 35,
ii. the golden rule Matt. 7: 12
iii. And the law of harvest Gal. 6: 7.

Because forgiveness falls within the law of harvest, if you do not forgive any body his offence, God will not forgive you also. Matt. 6: 14, 15.

2. When you forgive, you forgive for your own sake.
God himself forgives us our sins as the bible has said, for his own sake. Isaiah 43: 25. Why?
i. So that he can maintain relationship with us, he has a father heart and wants us to be his sons and if he cant forgives us, he will have to cut us off but he does not want to do that.
ii. He forgives so that he can have and enjoy eternal fellowship with us. That is one of the reasons why he made us ,
iii. He forgives so that he can bless us because it is in his nature to bless. If God can’t forgive you, he won’t bless. That is why Jesus said when you stand praying; forgive, if you have ought against any. Mk. 11: 24, 25. Unforgiveness hinders your blessings.

3. When you don’t forgive, God says you are wicked.
And will deal with you as with the wicked. Matt. 18: 23-33 How?
i. He is angry with the wicked every day. Ps. 7: 11.
ii. He says no peace unto the wicked. Isaiah 48: 22.

4. When you don’t forgive, God will release you to the tormentors.
Matt. 18:32-35.The tormentors are the demons of sickness, the devourer, misfortune est. Jam. 3: 16. Many people have born testimony how they have been afflicted for many years with various illnesses, but the moment that they forgave and let go of their bitterness, the illness which afflicted them left them instantly.

5. When you don’t forgive, God will not fight your battles for you.
When you are walking in unforgiveness with some body, you are denying that person mercy, and his blessing especially the blessing that is meant to flow through you. You are not going to bless the person you hold grudges or malice with are you? That way, you are working against him and that is called vengeance and you don’t have the right of vengeance.

There are three cardinal things about God that he guards jealously, and will never share with another man:
i. His Godhood. I am the Lord thy God ….thou shall have no other gods before me….for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. Exodus. 20: 2- 5. I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43: 10, 11.
ii. His glory. Thine O Lord is the glory. 1Chron.29: 11 ….and I will not give my glory unto another. Isaiah 48: 11.
iii. And his right of vengeance. Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Rom. 12: 18.

God can not tolerate you paying back evil for evil, that is exclusive his domain. You do not have the right to judge, and do not have the right in Christ to pay back evil for evil. That is why he says:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”. Rom. 12: 17- 21.

The bible also says to “bless them which persecute you; bless and curse not”. Rom. 12: 14.

If you want the Lord to withdraw from your fight, all you need to do is to step in the way and make the battle yours and you will see him withdraw. There are many ways you can step in the Lord’s way:
i. By withholding back somebody’s blessing.
ii. By standing in the way of somebody’s progress.
iii. By contributing or doing something that will lead to somebody’s down fall.
iv. By refusing to pray for somebody so he can be saved.
v. By pronouncing a curse on somebody.
vi. By rejoicing or celebrating somebody’s down fall. God said we must never rejoice when our enemy falls. Prov. 24: 17- 18.

In forgiveness, the bible says we should forgive one another as God for Christ sake has forgiven us. Ephes. 4: 31- 32.

God kind of forgiveness.

The carnal man would say; I have forgiven him but I can not forget what he did. Or you would some man say; because he did this and that before, and though I have actually forgiven him, and I am not going to do anything about it, I am going to be wise next time, watch him closely and not allow him take advantage of me next time. I am no body’s fool. That is how the carnal man understands forgiveness, but that is not the God kind of forgiveness. How God did forgive us?
i. He forgave all. Col. 2: 13.
ii. He did not only forgive all, he also blotted out every record and ordinance which was contrary us. Col. 2: 14.
iii. He declared us free from the consequences of our sins. In other words, he says that we are no longer guilty of the sins we committed and are therefore not answerable for them. Col. 1: 21, 22.
iv. He renewed his thoughts towards us. How?
i. By taking out of his mind the record of our sin. Isaiah 43: 24; Jer. 31: 34; Heb. 10: 17.
ii. By feeling his thoughts with only good things concerning us. Jer. 29: 11; 3Jn. 2.

Finally, I just want to say that if only we will obey God and forgive those who have wronged us as he for Christ sake had forgiven us, we will not lack any good, we will not walk in affliction, and he will bless everything that we put our hands on. Obedience to God’s word commands the blessing.

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