James 1:5-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
5If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. 6But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm.
“Wisdom came from God, to me, through Jesus. Faith is the language God speaks.” Jeremy Pearsons (Grandson of Kenneth & Gloria Copeland)
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of something, we need to move. Those convictions can be anything from meeting prayer requests, to counseling friends and family or covering financial commitments for others in their time of need. It may also mean dealing with issues such as forgiving others for wrong-doing that we have been avoiding. On the way to the Office this morning, the Holy Spirit gave me a new message about Disappointment and Forgiveness.
“Disappointment is unavoidable. Discouragement is a choice.” Dr. Charles Stanley @InTouchMin
“God can work mightily when you persist in believing Him in spite of discouragement from the human standpoint.” Smith Wigglesworth
Below is a Scripture blast of Bible verses about Forgiveness. I’m notating these verses to give some Biblical insight for how God expects us to respond to offense as well as documenting how often and important Forgiving is to God. We need to be cautious about forgiving others so that we do not allow roots of bitterness and other spirits of heaviness to come on us and block our blessings. The same applies to disappointments in life and discouragement. People are going to hurt us. Parents and children are going to disappoint us and people on the job are going to discourage you out of their own selfish, jealous demeanor.
Mark 11:25 (CEB) 25 And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your wrongdoings.
Ephesians 4:32 (CEV)32Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
Matthew 18:21-22 (NLT) 21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone[a] who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
Luke 17:3-4 (NIV) 3So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Isaiah 58:8 (NKJV) 8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Proverbs 28:13 (AMP) 13He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy.
My (2) favorite verses from the above list are Matthew 18:21-22 and Luke 17:3-4. I firmly believe that it is a great picture of how gracious God is to us in His forgiveness towards any Whosoever. Raise your hand if you are a Whosoever!
On the way in to work this morning, Holy Spirit began to speak this message of disappointment and forgiveness to me and I am having a fit while driving because I can’t pull over and write anything down or send myself an Email with any notes. Again, on the way home this evening, my mind started reeling with things I wanted to mention. I knew I needed to stop and pray. When the topic came up this morning, I already had a good notion as to who and what the forgiveness factor was about. That is something I will have to continue praying and meditating on for restoration in my own life. On the side of disappointment, I think Holy Spirit is preparing me to deal with some personal things that I have been putting off. It is time to stop ignoring His desire for me to get healed of past hurts!
Growing up, even into my mid-to-late 30s, I had a great deal of image issues and self-hatred. The last thing I or anyone needs to do is have image problems. God made us in His image! We do not hate God, so why do we hate ourselves? God’s Word, the Bible, tells us in Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Yes, Ladies, that means the Cockroaches, too! Ha Ha!) Elohim, Our Mighty Creator, has so much confidence in us that He gave mankind Dominion on the Earth! Take a look at Psalm 8:4, 5 below:
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them[b] a little lower than the angels[c]
and crowned them[d] with glory and honor.
I have mentioned this before, particularly in my Tweets, but when the Holy Spirit convicts us about something, we need to move swiftly, ask Him for guidance and be able to move forward into all of the joy, hope and peace that God, through Jesus, has made for us. As I write this, I have a heavy heart, because I know there are some relationships that need restoration and some breakthroughs that God is waiting for you to come to Him about so that He can help you live your life, in abundance to the full, until it overflows! (See John 10:10 Amplified).
Now, I’m going to bring you back to Larry Huch’s book, ‘10 Curses that Block the Blesing‘, which I briefly noted in the “I am a Whosoever in Christ Jesus” post when we dealt with Racism. Let’s move back a chapter to Chapter 7 and talk about ‘The Curse of Unforgiveness: Freeing others and yourself.” Did you know that when you harbor unforgiveness, you can experience physical symptoms, such as headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, and a variety of other ailments which are causing you to block the flow of God’s blessings and His best for your life? Huch notes the following, regarding Matthew 6:9-13, “… the disciples didn’t ask Jesus to teach them why they should pray but how to pray.”
Last night, when I was getting settled in to sleep, I saw a Tweet from one of my buddies and she was frustrated because she was having some trouble sleeping. I asked her to pray Proverbs 3:24 over herself.
Proverbs 3:24 (AMP)
24When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
A few minutes went by, but my spirit was still stirring about what she had said. Even though I had given Heather the verse, I hadn’t completed the goal that the Holy Spirit had set out for me. I then Tweeted to everyone on my Time Line the following: “@scrupulousgirl As I lay down into sweet sleep, I have His super-abundant, natural peace that passes understanding covering from my head to my toes.” I saw Heather online earlier today and wanted to make sure she had seen my prayer for her last night so I then Tweeted it directly to her this afternoon and she was thrilled!
While I know Heather knows how to pray for herself, I was giving her some encouragement because of her frustration and I have absolutely been where she was, you may not know how to pray over yourself and that is ok. Knowing God’s Prayer language will give you the power to stop relying on others when you are alone and start praising God for His promises of forgiveness and releasing any condemnation you’re harboring about letting things go. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! His Word says so in Romans 8:1. I will caution you now that because you’ve read this and you have the knowledge of learning about God’s prayer language and encouragement of praying over yourself, you cannot say that “I didn’t know.” You do know and you can build the confidence to pray for yourself.
We need to take responsibility to forgive and release others for offense. God has a better plan for us and it isn’t by being tied up in Spiritual Warfare and harboring past sin, regret, shame and a poor thought-life. Do you remember when I wrote about the healing I experienced in my neck and shoulder? The pain was coming from an issue I had been having with one of my family members. This person had absolutely no clue what was going on with me. It was a revelation to me that you think about yourself more than other people think about you. You are on your own mind more than the mind of others, in part because you are the person you spend the most time with. If you allow a root of bitterness to gain entrance to your life and continue to not forgive someone or whatever thing was done to you, be it bullying, someone offending you or not taking your needs and feelings into account, you leave the door open for Satan to come in and make his home in your thought life and settle into your body through sickness and disease.
Who, or what do you need to forgive others or forgive yourself for? If you’re unsure, I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit in prayer and ask Him for a revelation so that you can open up His super-abundant flow of blessing. That migraine headache you’ve been having for 20 years, it could be the by-product of a Satanic attack. What about that Lower back problem or the rash of eczema you’ve had on your elbow for the last (6) months? Matthew 6:12-15 says we need to forgive our debtors and let’s us know that if we do not forgive, our Heavenly Father will not forgive our trespasses against one another. What would happen if you prayed for God to cover you with His Divine protection and to release the spirit of bondage from you on your past sin and unforgiveness? Could you ask the King of Kings to reveal to you how you have offended someone else vs you being captivated by the worry of someone having offended you? What would be the worst part about stepping up and forgiving your offender so that healing and restoration can begin? Are you ready to dig up the roots so that God can help you bring about the change for blessing in your life?
Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
What if Jesus asked you to forgive yourself so that you can begin to be merciful towards others every morning?