Forgiveness…

“Just as in Christ, God forgave you” as the scripture says…

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself…” as the scripture says…

The power of forgiveness is infinite…

There is no end to the power of forgiveness…

We see bitter bondages in our lives, we go around the same mountain year after year, decade after decade and even sometimes for an entire lifetime until the Lord reveals to us the power of forgiveness…

To be forgiven by God is the most liberating experience a human being can experience…

To then turn and forgive our fellow human beings, even to forgive the devil and his demons, even to forgive the Lord if that is what we feel we need to do will completely free us from the power of unforgivenss…

Oh, I forgot, we also need to forgive ourselves (Lord help me to fully forgive myself and see that every sin I’ve ever committed or ever will commit has been and will be committed against You – if I ever sin against someone I am actually sinning against You and I am actually sinning against myself – have mercy on me Lord and help me to see this with clarity I pray and be moved to forgive)…

I just saw today that I’d never actually forgiven the devil and his demons for all the hatred and malice that he and they have brought against me in my life to date…

In forgiving them I’m not becoming friends with them, I’m not saying it wasn’t their fault, I’m not expecting them to change but I’m just removing from myself all my pent up anger towards the devil and his demons – which comes out in prayer sometimes – and the Lord has revealed to me is actually giving the devil and his demons a foothold in my life…

When I say that we need to forgive the Lord, in our hearts deep down we all believe that the Lord has let us down or not been faithful or let us fall on our face or “not come through for us” and although we know in our minds that it is impossible that we should ever need to say, “I forgive you Lord for all that You’ve done to me”, the words have often formed on my lips and then I’ve just known that that’s “not a spiritual thing to say” and refrained and said instead, “Thank You for Your purpose for my life”…

Well tonight I finally said those words to the Lord, “I forgive You for everything You’ve done to me” and I started to list out my list of complaints before the Lord and I saw as I began that that spirit of “whatever” just started to lift and I started to thank Him for letting me fall flat on my face and exposing whatever was going on in my life…

I feel better having forgiven the devil, I do not like the devil and I do not want to have anything to do with him or his demons, but I am happy that the Lord has showed me to forgive him and not hold that bitterness in my heart towards him, I do not need to have “an attitude” towards the devil…

The scripture tells us to “leave room for God’s wrath” and that “vengence is Mine, I will repay” declares the Lord…

Where I went wrong a few weeks back now – in fact nearly a month ago now – was that in prayer some strange “wrath type” prayers started to come out of me and I was confused as to where they were coming from and I concluded – against my better judgement – that they must have been coming from the Lord…

But looking back now they have broken my peace and my place of silent communion with the Lord that I’d been enjoying for the nearly six months before that…

Since then I’ve been “up and down” and haven’t known what’s going on…

I remember distinctly praying very angrily about certain principalities and powers, etc and feeling that anger quite strongly…

Now there’s nothing wrong with that – in and of itself – but I think somewhere I moved from righteous anger or was deceived into thinking that I was still in righteous anger when I had moved into fleshly anger or bitterness not just towards the devil but towards certain others who’d mistreated me and I felt a certain sense of powerless towards because of what the Lord was taking me through regarding laying down my life and offering my cheek to the ones who would strike me…

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!””

Jude 1:9 (NIV)

“But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!””

Jude 1:9 (NASB)

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

Jude 1:9 (KJV)

Anyway, as I came in to work this morning one of the guys who sends us through, “Our Daily Bread” via email had sent in a word regarding forgiveness and saying to guard our hearts against bitterness…

Anyway his word – via “Our Daily Bread” – really agreed with what the Lord was showing me about forgivenss and was a great blessing…

He had a quote from Tim Stafford which really resonated with me, ‘I would rather be cheated a hundred times, than develop a heart of stone.’…

What a powerful word…

I totally agree with this…

No matter who hurts me, how many times or how repeatedly, I choose to forgive them (O Lord enable me to do this) because I do not want to develop a heart of stone…

I do not want to become a bitter and twisted person…

I want to be a happy and joyful person…

I want to always be loving and kind (O Lord enable me to do this for Your glory) to all who come across my path (only You can do this Lord) and the only way I can do this (You can do it through me) is to be forgiving…

Nothing is worth holding onto when it comes to bitterness and unforgiveness (O Lord let me practice this in my life)…

We are not made to hold grudges, we are not capable of handling the mental anxiety caused by holding grudges and harbouring unforgiveness in our hearts (O Lord help me to forgive, instantaneously and without hesitation in Jesus Name)…

“Forgiving one another, just as in Christ, God forgave you” as the scripture says (O Lord let us forgive one another in Christ, let us forgive one another for the glory of God, let us forgive one another just as in Christ God forgave us, O Praise You Jesus, let us forgive one another just as in Christ God forgave us, O Praise You Jesus, let Your forgiveness flow over Your Church, this night Father let your forgiveness flow over Your Church and let us see the true power of Your forgiveness in our lives, break the chains which hold us bound tonight Father and set us free into all the freedom of God, let us rejoice as You rejoice over us, let us accept Your will for our lives as You have planned our lives to unfold because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world, Hallelujah Father, Hallelujah Father, You are the Victor and we have victory in You)…

We are so forgiven, let us “wait on the Lord” to gain “new strength” (Father establish this in us) – “new strength” to forgive – and let us again “soar on wings like eagles, let us run and not grow weary, let us walk and not grow faint” as the scripture says (Lift us up Lord)…

Glorify Your Name in all the earth…

Magnify Your forgiveness in all the earth…

Be glorified through Your lovingkindness and tender mercies Father and blot out our transgressions, all of them, not just from Your memory – where You have chosen to remember them no more – but from our own and also from our brothers and sisters as they have forgiven us and we have forgiven them…

Let us be a company of forgiven people, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave us…

Let us know the truth of “it is more blessed to give than to receive” and let us freely forgive as if our lives depended on it, for they really do – as the scripture says – there truly is no spiritual life without forgiveness…

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

Matthew 18:35 (NIV)

O God…

We are nothing without forgiveness, O God grant us Your forgiveness that we might forgive others and forgive ourselves and all those who sin against us…

Whether they be ones who belong to You or ones who do not, let us forgive them…

This is beyond us Lord but it is not beyond You…

Hear our cry Lord and answer us from heaven…

Give us the desire of our heart, which is to forgive and to experience Your forgiveness…

To experience that closeness with You which comes through being right with You by being right with our fellow man in terms of our forgiveness of their debts against us…

O let us experience what the life of forgiveness will bring us, joy forevermore…

“Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.”

Psalm 25:6 (KJV)

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

Matthew 6:12-15 (NASB)

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Technical Director - Design, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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