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The Freedom to Forgive and the Bridge to Reconciliation: Part 2


Psalm 130:3-4 reminds us:

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark our sins, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Reconciliation begins when we forgive those that have trespassed against us.

For it is also written:

For if you forgive others (for) their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others (for) their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus acts as the prophet by way of reminder of Psalm 130:3-4. This prescriptive text provides the reader with the proper perspective…Sin, forgiveness, and our limitations as fallible humans. Moreover, we all have sinned against the Holy and gracious God…and everyone is accountable for our actions.

Continuing our conversation on forgiveness and the bridge to reconciliation, we previously discussed struggle to forgive. We sited Joseph’s remarkable response to his brothers after they conspired to fake his death, leaving him in a pit which resulted in him being sold into slavery.

Today, the struggle to forgive is as it always has been; and though some of us have the benefit of Christ as our mediator, we continue to be challenged.  Our ever present sin nature assures us that it’s better to remain in a place of hurt and self-centeredness; and in that place, we’ve resolved to resent the offender. Especially if the offender is clearly wrong. For many of us, it’s easier to stay there and keep the status quo.

As I walk in the Narrow Way, I’m grateful. This journey of maturity and sanctification continues to provide insight and wisdom that is breaking the fallow ground of my heart. Praise God! On the other hand, these lessons are becoming more difficult. Answered prayers are coming to fuition and I’m coming to fully understand the seriousness, weight, and size of sin.  Unbeknownst to us, much of it is encased in pride. This sin is no different. Choosing not to forgive is a great evil and breaks the heart of the Father, for which I was chastised.  In that chastening, a choice was presented to me.

The Choice: self-centered thoughts verses a more intimate relationship with God and God’s people. I chose the latter.

When resolved to hold on to resentment, it effected my fellowship with the Father and how I connected with Believers. Trust was always an issue.

God is not pleased with this way of thinking.

He has already provded atonement for the sins of mankind so that we may be reconciled to Him; and, in turn, we should extend that same grace to others, especially toward the household of God.

What is the practical application?

For those who are sincerly struggling to be free, please understand without the benefit of God’s wisdom through Christ, you will continue to be tormented because satan has full control over your soul (Eph. 2:3). I beg you to repent of your sin and believe the Gospel. Without God’s Spirit and a regenrated heart, one cannot understand true wisdom from above, which is the only wisdom that is perfect!

Friends, we must be aware of the “little foxes” and resolve to:

  1. Trust Elohim to be the one who will balance the scales of justice, He IS the perfect judge.
  2. Pray daily for a heart to reflect Eph. 4:30-5:2 and die daily,
  3. Starve your flesh and feed your Spirit with the Word of God. Eliminate elements of your life that will not add value to your sanctification, and
  4. Walk in humility.  Don’t think for a moment that we cannot slip and fall into pride and presumption. The struggle is real.

Lastly, the atoning blood of Christ is for all who believe and nothing shall separate us from the love which He so lavishly laid upon us! Therefore, resolve to honour all men. love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King! To forgive today is tomorrow’s reconciliation.

Selah

 

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The Freedom to Forgive and the Bridge to Reconciliation Pt.1

Forgiveness may be THE most difficult of directives to walk and live out daily for Believers; extremely difficult for secular society. So difficult, that the mere mention to forgive an offense often sparks debate. The foolishness of the world teaches that one should forgive to get “free” from the thoughts, or memories of the wrong committed. But what does the Bible teach?

The first mention of the act or request of pardoning of sins or transgressions is found in the 60th chapter of Genesis starting at the 15th verse. Joseph, while serving as the Pharaoh’s treasurer(steward), reconciles with his brothers.

This example would be the essence and substance of what Elohim will do through the Messiah to come. Additionally, it’s a pattern for future generations of Believers…Forgiveness is indeed divine!

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that true forgiveness is a struggle.  More often than not, we’ll say with our mouths that we’ve forgiven those persons that have hurt or betrayed us but inward, we may find it difficult to release the hard feelings. Our minds will reflect on the offense and our flesh kicks in. Even the notion of pardoning somone’s transgression causes angst and contempt. Soon bitterness takes residency in the heart, and those offenses are harder to let go….but God’s grace is sufficient. He is made strong in our weaknesses.

I stand amazed at Joseph’s reaction to his brothers and the joy of reconciliation that it fosters!

Look to the scriptures, it reads:

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” so they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

What a wonderful example of forgiveness and reconciliation! What would our relationships look like if we chose forgiveness for the purpose of peace and reconciliation?

Selah….to be continued

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Moving on……Maturity Matters, Pt 1.

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New City, new marriage, new church family……a year of new beginnings with new lessons

Lesson 1, Real Faith: Faith is not a joke or a passive lesson that ebbs and flows with life’s circumstances. Real and active faith in God through Christ must be the Disciples’ reality. Trusting that our Lord God’s sovereign will is perfect, and that He is the all powerful and wise GOD must be the TRUE CHURCH’S resolve to live the rest of our days on this earth.  Tozer writes: 

“Real faith never disappoints because it is in God, grounded on His character, promises, covenant and oath.” 

Maturing in the Faith; by Faith, the Lord is providing an awesome perspective of walking in true discipleship.  Following  the steps of Christ demands little of ourselves with respect to human capabilities, understandings, and intellectualism. Systematic and Reformed Theology can only take you so far. The Spirit must be the…

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Reading Refresher: The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges

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Too often, we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated. We are simply disobedient. It might be good if we stop using the terms victory and defeat to describe our progress in holiness. Rather, we should use the terms obedience and disobedience. When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may in fact be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey.

We need to brace ourselves up and to realize that we are responsible for thoughts, attitudes, and actions. We need to reckon on the fact that we died to sin’s reign, that it no longer has any dominion over us, that God has united us with the risen Christ in all His power and has given us the Holy Spirit to work in us. Only as we accept our responsibility and appropriate God’s provisions will we make any progress in our pursuit of holiness.

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Noam Chomsky – “10 Strategies of Manipulation” by the Media

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Renowned critic and always MIT linguist Noam Chomsky, one of the classic voices of intellectual dissent in the last decade, has compiled a list of the ten most common and effective strategies resorted to by the agendas “hidden” to establish a manipulation of the population through the media.Historically the media have proven highly efficient to mold public opinion. Thanks to the media paraphernalia and propaganda, have been created or destroyed social movements, justified wars, tempered financial crisis, spurred on some other ideological currents, and even given the phenomenon of media as producers of reality within the collective psyche. But how to detect the most common strategies for understanding these psychosocial tools which, surely, we participate? Fortunately Chomsky has been given the task of synthesizing and expose these practices, some more obvious and more sophisticated, but apparently all equally effective and, from a certain point of view, demeaning. Encourage stupidity, promote…

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Blowing the Whistle: Ezekiel’s Daughter Returns to Social Media

After careful analysis, keen observation, and contemplation, Ezekiel’s Daughter will be returning to social media.

Why is this so significant?

Well! It’s significant because  many of my contemporaries, friends, and business associates were dumb-founded, or a bit dismayed because I made the decision in 2012 to disconnect all social media outlets and go off the social media grid. With Facebook going public along with the formulation of covenant relationships  between tech companies and Government agencies, I decided it was time to be disengage and observe….which provided me a unique perspective.

Ezekiel’s Daughter is in a unique position to serve the Body of Christ through social media.(but no Facebook!)  It is; no doubt, a shift in time. Our earthly realm is transitioning into a different culture that is ruled by technology and demonic powers that mirrors those in Ancient Babylon. These powers along with technology and efforts to “dumb-down” society,  has effected and continues to effect human’s ability to engage in an organic and at a superior level.  Additionally,  these intiatives with the use of technology will shape social constructs in society, and thus changing our communication styles. Lastly, social media will be the go-to resource with regard to the delivery of news, events, and government affairs. The day is new, the times are changing and we must be strategic and intentional with our efforts of our messenging.

Ezekiel’s Daughter has committed to:

  1. Declare and Proclaim the Gospel, and the Word of God,
  2. Expose the works of the enemy with the purpose to deliver people from the tyranny of sin and its effects on their life here on Earth, and
  3. Love God’s people by the means of grace by faith, and
  4. Pass on information and prayer requests for the advancement of the Gospel and/or other needs.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter! Looking forward to following you 🙂

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The Foolery of the “Women’s March

It is written: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.

I find it interesting that an overwhelming amount of “reasonably intelligent” people are so gullible in the world today. As hundreds of people converged to the Nation’s Capital; some for the Presidential Inauguration, others for the Women’s March, I experienced a unique perspective while observing human interactions and behaviors.

Now living in the Nation’s capital I find that this on-going  journey to live a devout life for Christ will not be without God’s will for sanctification and spiritual growth. For the Father of Wisdom and Truth, sanctification and growth for His people continues to be paramount. With that said, I pray that those that have a bent toward supporting the so-called women’s agenda will begin to think logically about what this event was really about, the speakers and presenters that were in attendance, and come to the realization of the truth; understanding that this march was as unrighteous as satan himself.

  1. The women’s movement does NOT include all women, and little of what they stand for is actually linked to true freedom and equality.  The majority of women that attended the March were middle to upper class white women out of touch with the common, everyday and the poor women of our country. The fallacy is that they support equal opportunities for women, and yet, the reality is that these same women, would not risk their own comfort to afford job opportunities, offer mentor-ship, or dare I say, disciple a poor black or Hispanic woman during their free time for the purpose to see lasting change in their city’s poor or impoverished communities. As far as I can tell, many of us are invisible to much of the world, with the exception of God’s True Church. I live with this reality every day and the truth of the matter no one has ever asked us how we feel. So I say to the feminist…..”You don’t represent or speak for me nor do you speak for the 100s of 1000s of poor women in the US!
  2. Another interesting observation was discovering that the organizers of this event “uninvited” a women’s pro-life group. What!?  uninvite other women!? Soooo..it’s not about women…it’s about an ideology.
  3. This movement, though noble in their efforts to expose the evil of unequal pay, sexual harassment, and treatment of women in the workplace, it perpetuates dis unity and promotes a segment of secular humanism that is damaging to the human soul. Moreover, it is a snare to the the lost or weak Believer; For it is written:  “The woman Folly is loud, she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by who are going straight on their way,  Whoever is simple, let him turn inhere!” And to him who lacks sense she says,“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”But he does not know that the deadare there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol”
  4. As a woman I am extremely grateful for the grace and protection of God’s order and more grateful for the men and women that have been great examples for equality. This movement never mentions the importance of both sexes, and yet they preach equality for everyone.

The clear folly of the Women’s March was that it was; and is, a tool that was used to advance the enemy’s agenda to kill and distort God’s image and purpose for His creation on the earth.

My prayer is that the people of God’s Kingdom will recognize opportunities for conversations that will lead to the sharing of the Gospel to the deceived.

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