Welcome to YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH! This is the audio-cast where we pray and praise the Lord and hear from His blessedness the things His heart desires us to absorb and hold dear, for our well-being.
Today’s word from His heart is very straight-forward:
DO. NOT. FEAR.
You want to hear this strong, encouraging, commanding, wisdom-filled word from Him today!
We who love Jesus Christ would be lost without the guiding hand of His Holy Scriptures. In Truth, Jesus Himself IS the Word of God. Hallelujah!
Join me today as I continue reading from one of my very favorite books of the Bible – Holy Spirit’s Masterpiece Book of Romans – Chapter 2.
Keenly penned by the Apostle Paul, this Epistle contains key instructions on living the Christian life in a way pleasing to God. It is beloved by God’s children – Christ’s Body – world-wide. AMEN.
Audiophiles note: Today’s Bible reading is done using the Audio-Technica BP40 microphone on the flat setting. It renders more of a broadcast radio sound than the RE320, which smoothes mid-tones a bit more.
Have you ever just lifted up an a capella song of LOVE in the Spirit to Abba, Yeshua, and Ruach Ha Kodesh? Well I have, too, and today I’m sharing it with all of you! Welcome to a special edition of YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH.
This is the day that the Lord has made; we will REJOICE and be glad in it – that’s what the Psalmist said (Psalm 118:24). Do you feel that way? Hallelujah! I certainly pray you do.
Welcome to the start of another week of YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH. This is the audio-cast where we hear God’s words to us, whether coming straight from His utterance, through scripture reading, or through blogs inspired by Him. It is a time to set the world aside and “rejoice” in His Goodness. AMEN.
Today’s word will thrill and delight your hearts with encouragement, strength, and God’s unfailing love. We always need words like that! 😀
When I was learning about how to have true forgiveness, I mean truly embracing it and letting it change my ways and life, this verse at the tail-end of a parable from Matthew 18 really called me out:
“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”verse 35
The verse comes after Christ’s metaphor of a man who owed millions being forgiven of the debt by his master and yet, that same man, when confronted by a man who owed him $20, refused to forgive that pittance and actually threw the man in jail!
At the end of this parable (before verse 35), I felt pretty justified in shaking my head at that hypocritical man… yeah. But then I took a close look at the gavel-dropping verse 35 – especially the words, from his heart – and I was strongly convicted.
I think I was because it’s one thing to say, “Yeah, whatever… I forgive so-and-so for what they said or did to me,” and go your way (until the subject is broached five years later, whereupon you rain down hell-fire on them as if it had happened that afternoon). It’s another thing to truly embrace heartfelt forgiveness and let that thing go, forever, as if it had never happened. THAT is challenging… and I simmered in the heat of God’s requirement for quite a while.
But then, Holy Spirit got to me (thank God). He said, ‘how have you let go of anything else I’ve asked?’ And I answered, “I just chose to.” Almost as if I could see Him grinning and nodding, He replied, ‘Exactly.’
And that’s all, folks; really, that’s all we have to do regarding forgiving anyone from the heart. Choose to. Make up your mind that you are going to side with God’s will and not your own, and then just take that offense, sin, infraction, whatever, and let it go; it’s the Greek word aphiemi (pronounced, afee-aimee), and it means exactly that. Release that thing like a helium balloon to the sky, or a paper boat in the ocean – never to be seen or heard from again.
The bottom line is it’s a command of God: Forgive. From. The. Heart.
Suck the dread out of that challenge, ladies and gentlemen. Make up your mind it’s what you’re going to do no matter what has been done to you or who did it. I’ve been healed of many things, not the least of which was childhood molestation… I know what I’m advising you to do, and I know the power of Jesus Christ to heal the obedient soul.
As soon as you let Him clean out your heart and you speak a blessing over your offenders, Holy Spirit will make you stronger and more able to forgive. Your soul will have escaped damnation like a bird from the snare of a fowler. Hallelujah! Then you can (as I do) laugh in the face of the devil and say along with this great Psalm:
“Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.”Psalm 124:7