Dealing with the Offense, the Offender and the Offended


Hello Everybody!

Well, this post is going to be rather short (I think) and not intended to be preachy, but I just wanted to address something here. I want to tackle the issue of offenses. In this life you will be offended, or have committed an offense and/or may have offended someone or some people in some way.


The question is how do you deal with the subject matter of:

  1. the offense,
  2. the offender, and
  3. the offended?

 

The truth is this, people who are often times offended remain offended when the offense that took place is not properly acknowledged by others as a legitimate complaint/issue. Sometimes, those that are offended fall in the class of (victim) when they receive no closure to the offense that took place. The fact is no matter how grievous the offense may be, no one can bring you closure except yourself. It’s either you forgive and let it go or you remain a victim forever and harbor bitterness inside your soul. Bitterness then turns into hatred and hatred is equivalent to murder in the Bible. You don’t have to personally stab the person or kill them with a physical weapon to murder the one who is the object of your hatred to commit murder, but hatred can drive you to do that because hatred contaminates the soul.


Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


angerIf you are the Offended, Do not allow yourself to be contaminated by hate. Having said that though, this doesn’t mean that your feelings of being offended are not legitimate. It’s how you deal with your feelings that matter. I remember when I was in grade school a guy told a weak kid he was bullying to punch me in the stomach for the fun of it to see if that kid would do his bidding, and he did. It hurt like hell, and I was incredibly offended by the offense. I wanted to beat up that kid so bad for what he did to me but my best friend who was a Christian thank God, told me to let it go because it wasn’t worth it and held me back from retaliating. At that time I wanted to punch the living daylights out of that kid for what he did in front of all my friends and classmates, and I remember holding onto this grudge for the longest time that I laughed at the kid when he couldn’t swim when we had swimming classes and that was my strength. Yes I was being immature, but mind you I think I was about 8 years old when this whole thing took place. I took the pain of being offended and became cruel in the sense that I took pleasure in the misfortunes of the one who had offended me (I wasn’t saved by the way). As time went on, I realized that my bitterness was doing me no good and one day my best friend looked at me and said “You know you’re being stupid right now, holding onto this thing forever. The only one suffering is you”. Needless to say, I was ticked off that my friend said that to me, I thought she would be on my side, and in actual fact she was, she just seemingly wasn’t nice about it but the thing was, she was telling me the truth.


anger (1).jpgThe Truth was hard to gulp down because I was too emotional, but at the end of the day, that really hit me when she said that to me and it was at that time I had to look at myself in the mirror and realize I was playing the “victim” card way too long. I decided to let it go and forgive my Offender. The kid later on came and apologized to me later for having listened to his bully like a fool. I honestly felt like the bigger fool for not seeing the full picture that I wasn’t the only victim here. He too was a victim. I later learned that he was a loner and had no friends and had a tough upbringing with difficult parents that always shouted at him all the time. I forgave him and decided to allow him in my friendship circle because I also found out he was subject to bullying.


Forgiveness brought me back to my senses. I felt human again and realized that hatred is like carrying a monkey on your back. That monkey isn’t supposed to be there and yet you keep carrying it on your back until you become a monster yourself. In no way am I saying that forgiveness is easy, but forgiveness allows you to act with grace towards others. In some cases, letting go doesn’t necessarily mean you let the offender stroll back in your life. I’m also referring to and talking about abuse situations and grievous offenses as well. I was molested when I was a child and although I have forgiven the offender, it doesn’t mean I’ll let them back in my life again. You need to apply wisdom with your forgiveness.


Forgiveness is like a protective shield. It shields you from bitterness that draws you to hate in the first place. 


Forgiveness is about releasing yourself from the bondage of hate. 


I was attacked by a guy who attempted to sexually assault me when I was in University. I never told a soul about this story, in fact my parents are currently not even aware that this happened. Although, he did not succeed, I was terrified and traumatized by the incident. I blamed myself for being tricked into going to a secluded area of the university “just to talk” because it was in the library I thought it was a safe place.


He committed an offense, he is the offender and I was the offended. I remember returning to the library a few weeks after the incident just wanting to avoid the guy because I didn’t want to cross paths but somehow I saw him stalking me in the same library and at this time I remember feeling angry and I wanted to publicly shame him and tell him off in public what he had done to me and scream at him and probably punch him in the face or maybe punch him multiple times, but then I remembered what my best-friend told me when I was 8 years old and though I was really tempted, and though my complaint was legitimate, and though my anger is justified, going after him and thinking of causing him harm wasn’t worth it. At that moment, I decided to let it go.


The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.


My Offender seemed to be afraid of me and when he saw that I noticed him stalking me in the library, he ran off. He probably felt guilty and was afraid I had reported the incident. I had not reported the incident because I was too ashamed of myself and was traumatized by the whole thing. I now understand why many rape victims don’t self-report things like this. It just re-traumatizes you to remember the incident, and I at that point in my life just wanted to forget it and move on. Maybe I should have reported it, but I was just too ashamed about it. I was a youth leader at my previous church and couldn’t even tell the pastors of the church what had happened because I was just too traumatized to speak. I guess fear gripped my mouth shut until now. I don’t know why I always tend to blog about things I want to take to my grave but I feel that this message may help someone. Usually, I am sharp at discerning people but I felt I had failed to see there was something wrong with this character. The Lord dealt with me and showed me that it wasn’t about discernment, it was the fact that I was too naive and too trusting, but I thank God for His protection because I managed to escape the assault. I was also battling a lot of spiritual warfare when I was in university and had difficulty concentrating, couldn’t sleep because of nightmares, issues with depression, etc. but I digress, the point is, hatred has a way of contaminating the way you think about people and it perverts your actions and draws you to act on evil intentions. 


tumblr_kxsl0dOghF1qzu1fjo1_400Do not allow yourself to be bound with the “forever a victim” mentality. I know, “it’s easier said than done Minister Sherline” and I agree with you. However, that way of thinking leads to death. It’s either you kill yourself over it, or you kill someone else over it. I know this sounds extreme, but I’ve lived through quite a bit and have seen things that not many people should have experienced if they lived in a “normal” world devoid of cruelty. The reality is, that’s why we need to seek God to help us forgive. Forgiveness is not automatic all the time. For some people, it may take days, weeks or even years to do it, but the most important thing is taking steps to forgive in the first place. Your Offender may never be sorry for what they have done to offend you, and you may never receive closure over it by waiting for them to acknowledge the offense, but the thing is this, you are the only one that can set yourself free from the bondage of hate by deciding that you aren’t going to let the offender nor the offense ruin your life.


You’re not going to become a monster because you’re going to let go of your hatred TODAY.


To the Offender, you may not feel like you need to be sorry about your actions, and some of you may feel like you got away with something, but I can tell you the truth, that you will reap what you’ve sown if you feel guiltless. It’s better to seek forgiveness for your actions, sometimes the people you have offended may not forgive you, but it is important to do the right thing and make right with your brother and sister that you have offended. I’m not referring to just serious offenses, I’m even referring to even the petty small ones. Make it right with your brother and sister so that before God’s eyes, you can be redeemed and be in right-standing again.You can be blameless before God.


Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.


Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.


For those that commit serious offenses, it is often-times difficult to seek to be forgiven from the person that you offended, but healing can begin for the both of you if you acknowledge the offense and apologize sincerely for committing the offense and acknowledge the pain of the offended. If the victim remains offended, you have at least done your part to right a wrong. God always looks at both parties in this whole thing. God looks at how the Offender is treated just as much as how the Offended is treated. The Offender is bound to the bondage of guilt whereas the Offended is bound to the spirit of unforgiveness. The Offended may experience unforgiveness to the Offender and in some cases unforgivness to themselves for having fallen victim to the offense. Let us remember that the Devil doesn’t care about any of the parties in relation to the Offense.


ephesians-4-321.jpgThe Offender and the Offended are destroyed if there is no admission of guilt or forgiveness of the offense. Both parties become losers to bondage and the devil’s work is done. We must remember that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy your happiness, joy and fulfillment that you had in your life by committing offenses that affect your soul. It is only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit that you can either find redemption by confessing the offense, the guilt and the shame if you are the offender and/or by choosing to forgive if offended.


Do not allow yourself to be bound in this scheme of Offense. If you need counseling to get over the offense, then seek it out, but don’t just sit there simmering in anger thinking that you’ll get even one day. You will find yourself running quickly to evil, and you will become deaf to God’s voice. I implore you to seek God’s face and be real with yourself. You may need help to forgive so seek it out, but also seek the help of the Holy Spirit to deliver you from the spirit of unforgiveness, shame, hate, anger or any negative feelings that cause you to be bound in a cycle of condemnation. Silence doesn’t make hatred go away, you have to confess what you really feel with your mouth and invite the Holy Spirit into your situation to begin the process of forgiveness.


[ Forgiveness and Prayer ] “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

BaitOfSatan.jpgThere is a book I read written by John Bevere called The Bait of Satan. That book was instrumental in my deliverance from the spirit of unforgiveness and hatred. I had some serious issues, many legitimate complaints, but despite all these offenses, forgiveness is what blessed me to operate with the spirit of compassion. In order to operate with the spirit of Compassion, you need to have been through something and felt something to understand how you can empathize and sympathize with others and lead them to higher ground. Hatred can make you arrogant and filled with pride, but compassion is born from the spirit of humility that knows you need the Saviour to keep your sanity intact. You need Jesus. I know I’m not perfect and I also know when I have issues. The last thing you ever want to be is to be in denial of your issues. This book by John Bevere will help you and I encourage anybody who has issues with unforgiveness to read that book. God wants to heal you and deliver you from the snare of unforgiveness. Life is too short to remain unhappy…you deserve freedom from bitterness, but you have to confess with your mouth and forgive with your heart with the help of the Holy Spirit, Amen!


This is an old song from 21:03 called In Your Presence. I pray that it blesses your spirit today. I love this song. If anybody needs prayer in this area, don’t be afraid to message me in this post. God bless you everybody 🙂

Hope is what we Crave


Hello Everybody!

f551c49317faa4dc520f2a11e9b40ec6There’s this song that I’ve been listening to that’s just awesome. It’s by for King and Country called Hope is what we Crave. I sense in my spirit that there are people out there facing self-condemnation.

In Christ there is no condemnation but redemption. Nothing you have done, thought and/or said can keep you from being forgiven. My challenge for those of you beating yourself up about your past mistakes is to learn to forgive yourself. Forgiveness releases you from depression, bitterness, anger, fear and doubt. Don’t exalt or magnify your mistakes either...it’s very easy to get too caught up in that so rather lean on the redeeming power of Jesus Christ that will embrace you like a father who welcomed back his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) . BELIEVE you are forgiven and move on. I’m not saying continue to sin…I’m saying, learn to repent and change your heart to be more like the loving Father.


And for those that love pointing fingers at others, make sure that there isn’t one pointing right back at YOU. God is not pleased when we make fun of others for their mistakes or weaknesses. The same measure you judge another person is the same that will be used against you. We must be a people that understand the meaning of Compassion. If you don’t have it, then get it.


 

Matthew 7 [Full Chapter]

[ Do Not Judge ] “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.


 

Romans 8:1

[ Free from Indwelling Sin ] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.


Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend to love or should I say the Agape Love of the Father when we are imperfect in our own love. Perfect love casts out fear so learn to abide in the love of the Father.


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.


[ Love and Joy Perfected ] “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.


There is literally nothing in heaven or earth that can keep you from the Love of God.  You have to be persuaded to believe that though. In order to believe, you must first have Faith that this Love He has for you is unchanging. People may change around you but God’s love never changes towards you. Circumstances may rock you, and you may even fail sometimes, but God’s love will always be there to carry you when you’re down.


Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


I don’t believe that when a child is disobedient and does something that upsets their images (1)parents that all of a sudden the parent stops loving them. Good/God-fearing parents never stop loving their children and in the same way, God never stops loving you even if we may upset Him with our disobedience sometimes, His love never changes for you. That’s why it is good news to know that you can be redeemed. A contrite spirit is one that God does not despise so bask in God’s love for you today. 


Psalm 34:18

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.


The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.


I pray that this song encourages you today and blesses your spirit. God bless you everybody 😀


 

Do Christians Anesthetize Pain?


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Hi Everybody! 

Today, I think I’m going to touch on subject that’s not always talked about and I’ve been thinking a lot as I take time out from work today. I think that in many respects we try to band-aid the issues that are occurring in people’s lives with “Christian responses” like “The Joy of the Lord is your strength” or “it’ll get better” or “You shouldn’t be sad” like as if grief or pain are virtually non-existent in the Christian’s life. I don’t even know why I am touching on this subject today, but I’ve been talking to a few people this past week who have been hurt and heartbroken because of what someone else did to them. In many respects…the individuals in question where not non-believers but believers who we think should know better but don’t do better. 

When I think about this, I think of the many countless times I myself have been hurt, discouraged, and disappointed by so-called “Christians” that I wonder why is it we put on facades at church acting like we aren’t wounded when you are. Singing a praise song isn’t healing the wound of wrongdoing done by another person and worse off by a believer in the same room clapping their hands getting away with no remorse. The worst thing I’ve also seen is how people in the Church hush people to silence and treat the problem like a silent topic that is a “non-issue” by their standards and simply sweep everything under the rug and start to alienate the victim as the problem and mark victims with scarlet letters as they gang up together to ostracise and criticize behind closed doors.

Is it really a wonder why the heart of Jesus is crying as He continues to watch people walk out of church and never come back?

The truth is, church isn’t a building, church is a community of believers…and if we are simply in a building with no believers…then the only thing for a believer to do is walk out. 

2450238_1329647988400.17res_300_297We cannot simply anesthetize the problem with worship that doesn’t even reach the hurting soul sitting there in your midst feeling as if the songs mock their grievances that are being ignored with band-aid sugar coated words of non-encouragement. I remember when I was in a situation similarly sometime last year where I was wronged by someone in the church I used to attend and they treated me like I was the enemy, that I was the liar and made me out to be a person tooting her own horn. Instead of defending my honor, I decided to apologize for something I didn’t do because God distinctly tells us in the Word to forgive our brothers or sisters otherwise our sins will be retained before God.

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
 

I fear God enough to swallow up my dignity and take the beating of someone else’s evil actions and take the slap of humiliation while they continue acting like nothing ever happened. The thing is, that is but one incident that I had endured in that church. It takes a lot to forgive countless times, but that is what we are mandated to do as Christians and the reality is that very few follow this as the standard as many continue to hurt many innocents in the church today. 

When I think back on this one incident I think to myself that forgiveness truly is divine because only God can give you the strength to forgive such wrongs.  That incident broke me because I began to realize how Jesus felt to be betrayed by the so-called people He decided to die for.

You can call me a complainer or label me as a person who is bitter if you want, but I’m just giving you some real talk right about now. At this point, I’m so done with cookie cutter responses believers give to others that don’t really address the issue that the person has a legitimate complaint, a legitimate reason to be frustrated, angry, hurt and a reason to cry. Why act like someone should simply get over it??? Yes forgive, but cry if you need to cry, scream if you need to scream, write out your feelings on paper if you have to, do what you have to do to get out how you’re really feeling inside. Don’t bottle it in…let it out and then after that go to the alter and seek God for strength to forgive and heal your wounds. It may be true that the other person may never be sorry for what they did against you, but as long as you’ve done all you could do to release yourself from being offended and remaining offended by giving it up to God, this is I think the most healthy way to deal with people in pain.

Reaching Out to Help Someone in DespairThe one thing I wish I had was someones embrace during the times when things went south in my life…Sometimes people don’t want you to say anything, they just want you to acknowledge most times silently that their hurt and are hurting….you don’t have to voice out everything to encourage them during these hard times…sometimes people just want to simply know that you’re there for them. However, in my experience…I can count the few that reached out and consoled my situations and they are the ones I currently serve with in the new church I attend. Don’t get me wrong…one incident isn’t enough to make me walk away from a situation…in fact, the incident isn’t even the reason why I left my previous church, it was God who told me it was time to leave and step into something new.  I’ve endured a lot as a believer and what I can say is that I have learned so much that I appreciate the lessons I received in my previous church of what to do and what to NEVER do to other believers in my walk with God.

No church is perfect, but that doesn’t excuse why people still remain wounded just because of it.

My question lies in why the churches particularly in North America are losing impact in the now generation and the former generation? We continue to shrug our shoulders and anesthetize real issues that exist in the church and hide behind veils of hypocrisy acting like “this can’t be happening in my church” ….“it must be happening in another church but not mine”. My question is “Are you so sure of that???” are you not simply closing your eyes to these problems…acting like “it can’t be helped?”. 

Let me get one thing straight, I’m not advocating a witch hunt for wrongdoers in the church, I’m simply addressing the fact that people are hurting in the church and hiding it or not addressing it for what it is by simply saying insensitive things like “Get over it already, People will hurt you”...Even if that statement maybe true, my question is why should that even be allowed in the first place??? Call me an idealist, but I have since discovered that as a Watchwoman for God, God’s heart bleeds for His people that are beaten down by their own fellow brothers and sisters actions. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)…we all know this verse and yet people continue to be ruthless and callous in their actions, in their words and in their deeds against their brothers and sisters. The Fear of God wouldn’t allow for this type of thing to continue to happen so I am of the opinion that what is also lacking in churches today is the reverential fear of God. If we really loved God like we so claim we do...why is it that we continue to shrug our shoulders, fold our hands or look away when a fellow believer is wronging another? is it because we simply don’t want to get involved for fear of excommunication??? Just saying that word left a bad aftertaste in my mouth…people care so much about their status quo in the church that they won’t bend to help their brother lying half dead in the back row of the pew because status is important, not your brother or sisters hurting heart…

Is it a wonder why non-believers are more like Samaritans that go the distance for a hurting believer than what should be the job of a Christian believer in the first place???? 

Please humor me and read that story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible once again if you think I’m lying: Luke 10: 25-37 

It’s one thing to have it be done by a non-believer, but believers hurting other believers, WHY should that be tolerated? I think it’s unacceptable.

I know it seems like I’m complaining…but I needed to get this off my chest today after counseling some individuals who’ve just encountered some crazy things that were done against them by their so called believer friends. I don’t think we can simply stand by like by-standers and watch like uninvolved onlookers to the wounded that are sitting next to you in the church. Let’s all develop a heart of compassion and start to reach out. Reaching out to others may not be your thing, but I’m sure you would like it if someone reached out to you when you were going through a rough time. It’s time to put our facades aside and start to be real again. So people of God, let’s get to it. This is my letter that I want to write to y’all today.

how-to-help-hurting-people040912Let’s love like Jesus today, because tomorrow may just be too late. Think about that as you go about your daily business.

There is this song that has been in my heart for the past few days. I sang it this past Sunday service and it’s such an awesome song of worship…If we really honor God, and worship God and love God, then let’s prove it by our deeds and actions and words to one another.Don’t let a Samaritan (non-believer) put what should be our job to love others like Christ did to shame. Let’s not continue to play church anymore and be the real church.

This song is by Darwin Hobbs called We Worship You Today. May this Song bless your spirit. 

Unbelievable Forgiveness – The Arturo Martinez-Sanchez story


 

Hi everybody!

I just read this story and thought it worth sharing. I am amazed at the power of forgiveness even in the most tragic of circumstances, this mans story about forgiving the man who murdered and raped his wife and 10 year-old daughter  brought me to tears. I feel challenged by this level of compassion and forgiveness. Truly, we can only forgive by the spirit of God. we can’t do things by might and power…it really is by Gods spirit.

Zechariah 4:6
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

May this post minister to those who struggle with forgiveness, for I know that such a story has challenged my faith to forgive people, but I believe to a great extent we can forgive like this man did when we seek the help of the Holy Spirit to come into our heart and heal us so that we can forgive people like Jesus did for us. God Bless you everybody!

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Man Forgives Murderer Who Killed Family
News Release (July 17, 2012)

“As a Believer in Christ, I know that God forgives all the sins of those who have faith in Him. In this, I am instructed to forgive first. Knowing that God will forgive even murderers if there is true repentance, Bryan Clay will stand in judgment before Him. It is my prayer that my wife Yadira and my daughter Karla are in Heaven waiting for my sons and me to arrive to spend eternity with them. In fact, I know this is true.” -Arturo Martinez-Sanchez

(Las Vegas, NV)—Citing his Roman Catholic faith, a Las Vegas, Nevada, man nearly beaten to death in a brutal, random home invasion that also killed his beloved wife and ten-year-old daughter, has forgiven his attacker. Just three months after being left for dead after a vicious beating by a hammer wielding criminal, Arturo Martinez-Sanchez, 39, said in a recent news conference at his newly re-opened North Las Vegas boxing gym that his beliefs make it possible to forgive the killer, who perpetrated what local police call one of the most heinous crimes in memory.

Immediately following the vicious attack upon Martinez-Sanchez, the alleged killer, Bryan Clay, 22, turned to wife Yadira Martinez, 38, and daughter Karla, 10, raping both and bludgeoning them to death with the same claw hammer that left the family patriarch semi-comatose and unable to speak. A funeral mass for Yadira and Karla was said by Rev. Alberto Alzate, Parochial Vicar of the family’s parish, St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arturo Martinez-Sanchez“As a Believer in Christ, I know that God forgives all the sins of those who have faith in Him. In this, I am instructed to forgive first. Knowing that God will forgive even murderers if there is true repentance, Bryan Clay will stand in judgment before Him. It is my prayer that my wife Yadira and my daughter Karla are in Heaven waiting for my sons and me to arrive to spend eternity with them. In fact, I know this is true,” declared Martinez-Sanchez. (Photo: Las Vegas Review Journal)

Sons Christopher Martinez, 10, and Alejandro Martinez, 5, sat next to their father at the press conference, comforting him as he tearfully read his statement. Following the April 15 attack, having spent a full day in the blood splattered house, Christopher walked to his elementary school and informed teachers and administrators of the horrible scene at his home.

Martinez-Sanchez also made it clear that he expects Clay to pay here on earth for this terrible and senseless attack. “He will pay for his crimes. He will be punished for what he has done to my family. He must face justice and whatever penalty the judge hands down, including death, if that is how he is sentenced,” said Martinez-Sanchez.

An audience of about 75 supporters, dignitaries and media gasped when he opened his statement with the phrase, “I forgive this murderer because of my faith in God and in Jesus Christ.” Later, when asked by a reporter what he would say to Clay if he could, Martinez-Sanchez replied, “I would say, ‘I forgive you.’ If he kissed me on the cheek, I would kiss him back.”

Speaking haltingly as he struggled for words, Martinez-Sanchez concluded his appearance before about 75 reporters and friends saying, “I love my Yadira. I love my Karla. I love my sons. We all love Jesus. Through his strength, we will survive.”

Source: Christian Media Associates

 

God Loves All His Children


Hi everybody!

Well, I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend and for some of us Canadians we had a Holiday on Monday so yay for the Long Weekend! Todays meditation is in regards to the Agape Love of God towards His children who are the Sons and Daughters of God. I have a video here as a reflection of How God’s love is sooo amazing through the parable of the Prodigal Son. I know that in other posts I have mentioned the prodigal son several times, but I felt the need to emphasize that God’s love doesn’t measure deeds, it measures the HEART.

The Prodical son used his inheritance to live a life of pleasure and did so with self-seeking ambition. When he asked for his inheritance from his father who was still alive it was equal to him saying “I wish you were dead already  so that I could do whatever I want to do with my inheritance”. Although, this son’s request deeply hurt his father, His father gave  him what he desired and watched him leave to go to a foriegn land to do whatever he wanted to do. The son travelled far because it was clear that he didn’t want to have anything to do with his family after he had received what he wanted out of a selfish and self-serving heart.  When the boy squandered all that he had and realized that the so called friends he had now dissappeared now that he was penniless, he was forced to work in order to feed himself and therefore became enslaved to serve others as a consequence to his disobedient and self-seeking behavior in a distant land far from home. After contemplating what He had done, he began to realize that it would be better to serve under his fathers house and felt a deep regret for his actions and soon decides to leave the foreign land to return back to his fathers house seeking the serve under him as a servant not expecting or demanding forgiveness for his cruel words and actions.

I read somewhere that under Jewish custom, the son’s deeds would have been considered criminal which would have merited him death by stoning under the Jewish law for his actions, but instead of that, His father came out running to him because he was so overjoyed to see his son back alive. The love of that father was so great that by accepting him regardless of his deeds would have caused him to have been stoned alongside with his son had people discovered that he was harboring a criminal. This is how severe and serious the prodigal son’s actions were against his father. He deserved death by returning but instead he received mercy and love.

Although the son sought to serve his father as recompense for his mis-deeds, the Father welcomed Him with open arms and gave him a signet ring which represents renewal of covenant and a relationship restored. He also gave him a robe to clothe him representing covering and sonship.  God is like that with us. If we backslide and return to him, we are like the prodigal son and He always welcomes us back into relationship with Him with open arms when we come back with a repentant heart.  Sometimes the mis-deeds we have committed seem soo blaringly wicked and pitch black on a sheet of paper that we find it difficult to believe that God can forgive because God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). We ought to be imitators of this love towards our fellow brothers and sisters but we tend to be selective which isn’t quite matching the Agape love we are to exemplify. I’ll put my hand up and confess that I know to some extent I’m guilty of  being selective at times since some people rub me the wrong way *still a work in progress here*.

Loving people that care for us is easy…but loving those that don’t seem to deserve it is our challenge. Our faith has to increase in this area of loving those that don’t deserve it because Love restores people back to the heart of God when they see it in action. It has the power of causing a sinner to repent and seek God’s face by someone’s conduct that demonstrates this love in action. We should acknowledge that we are not perfect and understanding this will help us humble ourselves before God that if we seek God to redeem us from our imperfections, then he demands and expects that we do the same for our fellow brothers and sisters who seek to be redeemed in the same way.

The songs of the redeemed come from a heart of LOVE. If God loves us in the same manner as the Prodigal son, we should treat backsliders with the same level of compassion as well. We should also treat those that do not know Christ in the same manner as well, because Love covers all sin and is able to deliver folk from that place of darkness into a place of restoration and relationship with the Father (Proverbs 10:12;1 Peter 4:8).  So today, think about increasing your capacity to love people as Christ layed down His life for us because it is this Love that the Father has for us that He seeks for all to be restored back in relationship with Him again.

“Love one another as I have loved you” says the Lord (John 13:34).

I have a song called Worshiping You by Deluge. I love this song and I pray that it ministers to you today. Have a blessed day everybody and God bless You!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

Psalm 107:2
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

Isaiah 62:12
And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

Luke 1:68
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,

John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 13:35
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Romans 12:10
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

Romans 13:8
[ Love Your Neighbor ] Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Ephesians 4:2
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,

1 Peter 1:22
[ The Enduring Word ] Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

1 Peter 3:8
[ Called to Blessing ] Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

1 John 4:7
[ Knowing God Through Love ] Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

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Catch Me Lord for there’s Nobody Greater than You


Hi Everybody!

Hope you are having an amazing weekend! Today I have a song that’s by Mary Mary called Catch Me and another song called  Nobody Greater by VaShawn. They are such an inspirational songs. They talk about how we can sometimes fall and fail but God is always there to Catch us when we fall because our God is a great forgiving God. Just like the Prodigal son was restored in the hands of his father after spending his inheritance in a life filled with foolish pleasures, he came back with a repentant heart not expecting forgiveness for his foolishness and still his father loved him and welcomed him home with open arms loving him and forgiving him even if it was undeserving. God’s love for us is the same way as this father and it is that amazing. He loves us even when we make dumb mistakes or fail to walk in His will by choosing to do things “our way or the highway” in our arrogance. God’s ways are not our ways and despite that, He is still willing to forgive us when we come back realizing that we truly need our Father’s love and guidance as he teaches us how we truly need to walk in His will so that we fulfill the call in our lives.

So today think about restoring your relationship back to the heart of the Father and seek forgiveness in areas that you have failed to please Him. God is merciful because His love and mercy endures forever (Psalm 136:3Psalm 136:2) and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). Allow God to catch you and embrace you back into His bosom as you seek God’s face to forgive you of your past mistakes and failures. We are all the works of God’s hands being perfected to do His will. Seek His will for your life today because there’s nobody Greater than our God, AMEN! Praise and worship Him today as you think about His Goodness in your life. Praise is your weapon and it is also your love song to sing to the Lord with thanksgiving so that blessings rain in your life, Amen. Worship Him today and everyday as you rejoice in God’s Forgiving Power in your life, AMEN! God bless you everybody and have a fantastic weekend!

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Scriptures to Meditate

1 Chronicles 16:34
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:41
and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because His mercy endures forever;

2 Chronicles 5:12-14

12 and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— 13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:

For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,[a]

that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 7:3
When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”

2 Chronicles 7:6
And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the LORD, which King David had made to praise the LORD, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.

2 Chronicles 20:21
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”

Ezra 3:11
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 118:4
Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever.

Jeremiah 33:11
the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the LORD of hosts, For the LORD is good, For His mercy endures forever”— and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the LORD.

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In Pursuit of Holiness – Divine Revelations of Heaven and Hell


Hi Everybody!

Well today, my post is going to be a little different. I watched this testimony of a girl called Angelica Zambrano who had died or 23 hours and she had gone to hell. The things She saw and the people she saw is a shocking revelation. Certain celebrities that we once knew she saw… I won’t mention who they are because I think you should watch this testimony for yourselves… one of the celebrities was well known…and you will know who he is when you watch this….it will give you perspective about movies, cartoons, music etc. People…Hell is real….and the Devil is laughing at us who don’t believe that it exists.

 


After watching this video my heart felt such a deep pain and sorrow for the Lord Jesus Christ. I felt like the suffering He feels for us is something we cannot truly understand. Salvation is soooooo important. It must be preached, it must be emphasized as SIN must be addressed and hence this is why I blog about my faith a lot more now. I don’t intend to be controversial, but the Truth is what it is. We may argue our way around it (the Truth),  but Heaven and Hell is real. We can get so caught up with the promises of God and so easily forget that we must purpose HOLINESS as a way of life as well. This video convicted my spirit even more concerning the pursuit of Holiness and that’s why I entitled my blog The Pursuit of Holiness.


I look at myself and think…wow….I have a long way to go in the Lord. Sometimes I feel like the distance is blaringly long to reach the Father, but that is why I aim for the goal of Philippians 3:13.


“Forgetting those things which are behind …
I press on toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13, NIV)..

The race that we run should be towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes I feel after having lived in North America for a while, that this place makes no room for people to pursue Holiness. I’m not saying that there aren’t people here who aren’t trying to live Godly lives, but I feel that because there is so much perversion, so much entertainment, so much carnality and so many forms of idolatory that it dulls our senses and our need to seek to be transformed by the renewal of the mind. However, other countries are following the same path of Godlessness which is something I fear….


I often wonder…if the Divine Alarm sounded today…who would hear it? Would people hear it if they’re at a concert, or a movie, or a festival etc…Will they hear the sound of the Alarm in the midst of all that carnal noise???? God is crying for us to seek His face…and I am feeling a deep sorrow for the only questions that are running in my mind right now is “Lord, what shall I do….what can I do to help you…What must I do to be more effective about the message of Salvation…?”. I’m still seeking God for His strategy to be more effective. I am not satisfied with what I have been able to accomplish…I feel like I need to do more and I will press on to that end.

I started this blog as my own personal  journal for self-discovery but now it has become my avenue to preach the gospel, to preach my faith to a multitude of readers that come from many nations that I hope will catch the Fire of this message.

Repent, REPENT REPENT!….. I have come to a place where I don’t care if people think I’m crazy or if they think I’m too absorbed with addressing SIN for what it is because…the price is just too much to pay. Why should I water down a message that could save a person’s life. God Saved mine and I want Him to save yours!!! You can be athiest, agnostic, or of a different religion… or simply be the Christan that lacks faith and operates in unbelief….but the message of Salvation remains the same. Sin no matter what size, big or small is enough to condemn us and separate us from the love of God. Repentance reconciles us back to the Father….so I urge you….REPENT! and if you don’t believe in Jesus…TODAY is a good day to BELIEVE in HIM. Jesus died and shed His blood so that none would perish but have everlasting life with Him in the New Kingdom. Give your life back to God and turn from your wicked ways. Hell wasn’t designed for us…it was for Satan and the other fallen angels…but Sin is causing many to go there along with Satan. God’s heart is crying…a sorrow that is soo difficult to comprehend by our level of understanding….please REPENT and change your ways.


Satan would rather have us entertained here on earth rather than persue a Holy Life. I admit…I’ve come a long way in my walk with the Lord constantly battling Sin in my journey, but I also know that it isn’t far enough as far as the Lord’s concerned. We must learn to measure our walk by GOD’s standards and not be decieved by our own standards. Being a Watchman is not a joke and I don’t want blood on my hands at all so that is why I write more and more about salvation and the image of God in us the HOPE of GLORY….check out my earlier post called The Watchman’s Duty – Insight to Prophetic Intercession to understand what I’m talking about  and read Ezekiel 33 .

I’ve come to a place where the Fear of the Lord is rising in me in that I fear not ruffling peoples feathers for the sake of the TRUTH. I don’t want my wayward relatives to die because of ignorance…I don’t want anybody to perish because of unbelief….I want what our Lord Jesus Christ wants for us… which is to have everlasting life. So people, lets check ourselves daily and dig deeper into our souls and seek God to remove all the things that block us from pursuing Holiness in our lives. I’m still searching my own drawers and have found so many items I need to repent for and still checking every nook and cranny until I am what God wants me to be. This is no easy task…but Forgiveness and Repentance is what we must practice daily and we move from being forgiven to become changed and we should always purpose to change our ways before the Lord.  Let’s set aside our pride and be humble before the Lord and become Holy people, consecrated for His Name Sake. Through Jesus, there is Everlasting life, AMEN!

Share this message to those you feel need to see this. This can change their lives forever.


I have a song I learned yesterday from my Choir practice called “You Won’t Relent” by Jesus Culture. May this song bless you all today. God bless you everybody!


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Scriptures to Meditate

Jesus Loves You and Me. His Love endures forever.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Daniel 12:2
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 25:46
And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

John 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 5:24
[ Life and Judgment Are Through the Son ] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

John 6:27
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

We are precious to our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:40
And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:47
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

John 12:50
And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

Galatians 6:8
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Romans 6:22
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

1 Timothy 1:16
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

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The Seven Last Words


Hi Everybody!

This is going to be rather short reflection today but what I do want to say is that we have to learn to pray for people that offend us. When we look at the times we have offended God with our own actions, you can know for sure that we all deserve God’s judgment in our lives. However, Jesus came in and INTERCEDED on our behalf on the cross as He prayed to the Father and said in His seven last words found in  the book of Luke:

Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

In the same way, that Jesus interceded for us…we must learn to do the same. Now, I feel like the Lord has been dealing with me on this issue because I am emotional at times when someone wrongs me in an offensive way, but I have to rise above that and overcome evil with God’s definition of good. To intercede effectively, we have to learn to forgive 70×7 times over (Matthew 18:21-23) and let me tell you that it is no easy task, but it can be done when we start to focus on changing how we feel, react and respond to those that offend us.

The battle here is operating with a Spirit of LOVE people.

Love covers a multitude of sin (Proverbs 10:12)  as demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ, so as Christians, we must learn to do the same and step our game up in the Love department. Let me tell you right now that writing about this was quite difficult since there are some people that still kind of rub me the wrong way so I raise my Hand in that I need a measure of God’s love to increase in me so that bitterness and anger don’t rob me of joy. I believe that God wants to set people free from being offended if we admit that we need His help in the whole process. Repent and be Healed, be delivered and then seek the same for your brothers and sisters who need that same display of mercy, that same display of God’s love in you in action over them so that they can change and be renewed because of your intercession, because of you standing in the gap for them as Christ our Redeemer did for us as well.

Sometimes when we are offended, we don’t necessarily “Feel” like praying for the person that offended us because of how they hurt us….but intercession isn’t based on feelings…it’s based on “LOVE”. God Loved us enough to send His Son Jesus to intercede on our behalf, and now we have to step up and do the same for our brothers and sisters who are in Christ and for those who aren’t in Christ. We all know that Perfect Love casts our Fear (1 John 4:18), and if it is able to do that, then perfect love can delivers us from evil when Love is put into ACTION.

So my Challenge to you today is sit back and reflect on the people who may have offended you in your past or even recently (no matter how grievous the offense) and put into practice, prayer that forgives them for what they did to you, because they probably don’t even know how they offended you to begin with and even if they do know, seek to pray for forgiveness and also that the Lord help them to change their ways and for the Lord to help change how we think about them so that we aren’t grounded by bitterness and anger.  I have found that over time when I have prayed over my enemies, and those that offended me in this way, I feel a release in the bitterness department as I re-shelf that room with jars of LOVE. The more Love you put into action in your own life, the easier it becomes to forgive others as Christ did for us when we didn’t know what we did to offend our Lord.

I have a song from Aaron Sledge called Closer. May this song bless you today everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Matthew 18:21-22

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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A Prayer of Repentance – Forgive Me Father for I have Weaknesses!


Nathan the Prophet confronts King David

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
   and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
   and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
  you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
   wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
   or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

I felt the need to point out Psalm 51 as a model for a prayer of Repentance.

King David had sent Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to the front lines to be killed while he stayed in Jerusalem so that he could take his wife (2 Samuel 11:1). Uriah died in the battle and David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. This was a serious offence against the Lord in that he had committed a heinous crime and had envied Uriah for his wife and acted on his envy by committing adultery with her (2 Samuel 11:27). The Lord sent Nathan the Prophet to rebuke and warned David of what he had done to anger the Lord to pronounce His righteous Judgment against him. David’s response to his grievous sin was a sincere and sorrowful, contrite and a broken-hearted spirit seeking forgiveness from the Lord for his grievous actions (2 Samuel 12). David was anointed and chosen by God to be King over Israel and yet he too had weaknesses in areas that sought to satisfy his flesh. He too was tempted and had succumbed to his temptations to such an extent as to plot someones death just to get what he wanted. David is no angel here but when he confessed to God, he did so with a sincere and contrite heart that moved God to forgive him as a response to David’s repentance of his actions. King or Pauper, no one is immune from temptation. It says in the word that:

Romans 3:22-24 (NKJV)

22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[a] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

We can only be redeemed through Christ our Saviour, so we must confess our sins before Jesus who died for us so that we can be restored to the Love of the Father.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is a Father who forgives us even for the most grievous of offenses as hard as that seems to believe. 

David’s act of Repentance allowed for him to be Forgiven because he still remained a Man after God’s Own Heart.

How God sees us as children

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Articles for Reference

Healing for the Backslider

Virtue – Fall Again

The Confession Starter – God is Enough

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, I have a song that I pray ministers to those that need to Seek God’s face in any areas that they struggle with. I admit that I too am no angel myself and this song ministers to me all the time. Confess to God your Weaknesses so that you may be healed and restored back into His Divine Loving Presence. The song I have today is from Donnie McClurkin and it’s called Create In Me a Clean Heart. It definitely epitomizes Psalm 51. Stay Blessed today Everybody!

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Healing for the Backslider


Isaiah 57: 14-21

Healing for the Backslider

14 And one shall say,
“Heap it up! Heap it up!
Prepare the way,
Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls which I have made.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
I hid and was angry,
And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to his mourners.

19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord,
“And I will heal him.”
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21 There is no peace,”
Says my God, “for the wicked.”

Today’s meditation comes with a Word of Encouragement for the Backslider”. In this walk, people must understand that life has a way of causing people to falter in their Faith. It doesn’t matter how Christian you think you are, you are not immune to Temptation and Adversity that life has to offer just because you believe in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Think of Simon Peter who denied having an association with Jesus after Jesus was arrested. Our Lord knew Peter’s weaknesses and even exposed that weakness before the event was to occur by prophetically revealing it to Peter by Word of Knowledge that he was going to deny Him 3 times.

Matthew 26:34
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 

This Word of Knowledge that came from Jesus was spoken so that Peter could understand that even as a follower of Christ, it didn’t mean that he would not be tested and that his weaknesses would not be exposed. When the prophetic Word of Knowledge of the event occurred, Peter was in serious distraught over His actions. He wept bitterly over the fact that what Jesus had said to Him had come true.

Matthew 26:75
And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

We all have weaknesses and when the attacks come. It is not as if we are immune to them just because we are believers. One thing Peter should have remembered in all this was that Jesus had already interceded on his behalf for him to overcome the grief that he would feel upon this prophecy coming true in Luke 22.

Luke 22: 31-32

31 And the Lord said,[c] “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Jesus knew what was yet to come and still with the love in His heart, had already interceded knowing the Peter would succumb to His weaknesses. He even instructs him that once Peter has realized the error of his ways, he must go and help others who suffer this level of self-condemnation to strengthen their Faith once again in Christ.  Reading this makes me feel like saying HALLELUJAH! We serve a God that is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, AMEN!

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

So even when a person backslides, it is not for us to condemn them but to rejoice for when they return back to the Lord like the Prodigal Son. The Father of the Prodigal son received Him with a Ring and a Robe and was treated much like a king (Luke 15:22), and that is what it means to understand our SONSHIP and KINGSHIP in CHRIST. A Ring is usually a symbol of covenant likened to one in a Marriage, so in the case of the prodigal son, it was a symbol of renewed covenant (Haggai 2:23) and a robe is usually symbolic of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10), because the prodigal son came back with a contrite spirit for squandering his inheritance and was Forgiven by his father of all his past. What an amazing love this father has for his own child. We should do like-wise and forgive in the same manner.

The Prodigal Son

Forgiveness Heals and Restores the Contrite back  into their fullness of Joy (Isaiah 57: 15, 18).

God is the Same with us. When we repent, we reclaim our Sonship and redeem ourselves as Joint Heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17).  Peter was the Rock that would later be called by God to be an Apostle that would build the CHURCH (Matthew 16:18).

Repentance releases us from sin and allows us to operate in the authority we have as Joint Heirs in Christ to be Sons of God, to be HIS people, humble followers and believers in Christ Jesus. Repentance is the key to the release of blessing. Peter was forgiven of his weakness before he committed it and through repentance was able to operate in the fullness of his calling to become a strong Apostle that was called to Build the Church of Jesus  Christ.

Repentance is tied to CALLING.

Sometimes we cap ourselves in self-condemnation mode that we tend to resort to backsliding and give up when we  think we can’t redeem ourselves because of our weaknesses, but God already knows the mistakes you are going to make and is always seeking to redeem us back to His throne-room of grace when we choose to repent of our mistakes and turn away to do better when we know better. The question is,  Are you Willing to change your ways?

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 Today, I want you to know that Guilt and Shame is not your Portion, Forgiveness is.

God is saying, “I want you to return to Me, Your Father. I love you. I have a robe and a ring waiting here for you, for you are my Son/Daughter in Whom I am well Pleased. I Forgive always and You are Forgiven. I Am Your God, You are my Child. Return to Me and I will be with you ALWAYS.”

Forgiveness empowers us when we come humbly before the Lord and Repent.

Ask yourself, are there areas that you need to surrender to God for Him to become Lord over your life even in your weakness?

Will you say “I’m sorry….?”

Think on these questions today and Meditate. 

Articles for Reference 

The Importance of Repentance that Allows for Release of Blessings

The Power of an Apology

Surrendering Your All to God ~ Seriously?!

Eliminate Self-Condemnation – End the Cycle

Forgive and Forget

 

I have an awesome song from Fred Hammond to Minister to You Today called I Will Find a Way.God Bless you Everyone!


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