Seasons – Part 1

I think everyone is aware of seasons, though it seems few know how to use them.

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Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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Take a close look at our Text for Today.  Do you see the phrase, “While the earth remaineth?”  God meant what He said.  As long as this earth remains, we will have seasons.  In this context, it refers to spring, summer, fall, and winter.  That’s “seedtime,” “heat,” “harvest,” and “cold.”  These four seasons may vary in length or intensity, depending on which hemisphere (north or south) is your place of abode, but still, there will be four seasons.

But for the sake of our delving into this study of “Seasons,” we must also consider a second meaning of the word “season.”  While one definition of season does indeed speak to the four seasons we’ve mentioned, we must also consider other applications.  For instance, the children of Israel were captive in Egypt for a season.  They wandered in the wilderness for a season.  When Satan tempted Jesus, and Jesus completely overcame him, he left Jesus for a more convenient season.  Thank God the devil never found one.  And today, in our present world, we have sport’s seasons, fashion seasons, hunting and fishing seasons, and the like.   What we see is that a season, regardless of how we apply it, refers to a period of time in which some particular activity takes place, and that period of time has a marked beginning and end.  It can be as short as an hour and as long as centuries.

While man-designed seasons may change at a whim, the season that is implemented by the Lord has some rules.  We need to understand them.  Whether “seedtime and harvest,” or “cold and heat,” each season set in order by the Lord meets certain criteria.  In “seedtime,” there will always be seed provided to the sower by the Father, ample time in which to prepare the ground for sowing, and time for the sowing, as well as the necessary early rain to help start the growth of what is sown.  In the “heat,” there will always be necessary time for growth and maturity, and the work of protecting the field.  In “harvest,” there will always be a second rain for final growth and maturation of the seed sown, and sufficient time for the harvest to be brought from the fields.  And finally, in the “cold,” there will be sufficient time for the field to rest to be ready for the next round of season.  And finally, in those God-provided seasons, there will always be the necessary time for you to do all that is necessary to enjoy a bountiful crop the Lord desires you to have.  Now, please keep in mind that the seasons I describe here are the ones set in place by Father, whether they be the natural seasons of the earth, or the seasons He has established for every arena of your life; spirit, soul, body, domestic, professional, financial, or social.

Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Forgiveness – Part 20

Oh, the joy that belongs to the one who forgives!

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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I don’t know how much you have been involved with physical training in your life, especially at a high, or what may be called a rigorous level.  I engaged in it for years, well into my 60’s.  I engaged in field events (shot put and discus), softball, weightlifting, racket ball, and especially martial arts (taekwondo, karate, judo, jiu jitsu, and many other styles, some competitively.  There were times in each of these arenas that the physical training for them was truly intense.  After a daily workout, I would find such wonderful relief after a hot shower, a fresh change of clothes, and if possible, a restful sit in the sunshine for a few minutes.  When the muscle stress was over, the breathing settled, the heart rate slowed, fatigued muscles warmed in a hot shower and by some sunshine, and the feeling of cleanness about me, it was as if I could start all over again at any time.

While what I have described is purely physical, it creates a picture of what forgiveness does for the mind and spirit, and believe it or not, strongly impacting the physical body, too.  It is like the sense of recovery from a major illness that has you bedridden.  It is difficult to find words to describe it.  But be assured, when you walk in forgiveness, the stress of carrying that weight is removed.  When you walk in the true spirit of forgiveness, the washing of the water of the Word cleanses the spirit, being freshly suited with the armor of God brings a sense of newness and readiness to move forward, and resting in the presence and ministry of Holy Spirit as you pray and worship in the Spirit is like having a fresh fire kindled inside you. 

Forgiveness frees you from the stress of offence, your breathing is anxiety free in peace, your spirit man becomes settled in knowing victory is present, and the refreshing of Holy Ghost  puts life back into what before felt like dry bones.  In your spirit man you can hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Stand, and see the salvation of the Lord.”  It’s like seeing Pharaoh’s army lost in the sea when you took courage and crossed over to the other side.  It’s like walking on the water with Jesus back to the boat when your focus is regained.  It’s like watching lions lay down all around you, or flames step back as you walk through them with the fourth man.  It’s watching fire devour the sacrifice, the stones, the water and the dust.  It’s watching axe heads float, eating heaven’s bread, drinking new wine at a wedding feast, and seeing through eyes that were blind only moments ago.  It’s freedom, my friend, freedom.  So, forgive.  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 19


Forgive, forgive, forgive; and I’ll say it again…forgive.  Your life depends on it.

Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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I can thing of few things anyone could say that is more important than the words you read in our Text for Today.  “When you stand praying, FORGIVE, if you have ought against any.”  I have taken many days to write to you of the importance, plan, and steps of forgiveness the believer is to follow.  That will never change.  God’s Word regarding the work of forgiveness will never change.  The believer’s responsibility relating to forgiveness will never change.  So, I say again to you, “Forgiveforgiveforgive.”

Forgive seventy times seven in one day to the same person if it is possible that one person could offend you that often in one 24-hour period.  Forgive when you stand praying.  Forgive any time, day or night, that you realize you have anything in your heart against another person.  Forgive so you can be forgiven, for if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven by God.  Forgive, for failing to forgive puts you into the scenario of 2 Timothy 2:24-26; you have fallen into the snare of Satan, and until you forgive and repent of harboring unforgiveness, you cannot be retrieved from that snare by yourself, any other person, or even your heavenly Father.  Satan can do with you in that state whatever he wishes whenever he wishes.  It is dangerous beyond imagination.

Remember, your act of forgiving is NOT for the offender, but for yourself.  Until you have forgiven, the unforgiveness you carry binds you with chains to the offender and the offence.  As strange as it seems, the offender can repent, confess his sin, ask you forgiveness, and go free from the entire matter, even if you DO NOT forgive.  Think of that.  You were not the offender.  You were the one who was offended; the one who was wronged.  Yet if you DO NOT forgive, you can be bound to an issue from which your offender can walk totally free.  Please understand; your act of forgiving is not for the offender, but for you, the offended.   Make the faith decision today, right now, this very moment.  If you have been offended, follow the counsel I have shared, forgive, go free, and walk in light, life, and love.  It is your decision.  Father will NOT force it upon you, but if you do NOT forgive, there are dire consequences that can come upon you.  Jesus has done everything to set you free.  I beg you, do not allow anything to rob you of your freedom in Him, especially unforgiveness.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 18

Let’s prepare ourselves to sign the picture we’ve been painting.  It will become your self-portrait.

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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So, where are we?  An offense has come to you for which you need forgive someone.  Step One: declare war; make your declaration of forgiveness; release your faith to go to war; release the offender you’re your declaration of forgiveness; make sure you are in alignment with the Word of God (Sword of the Spirit).  Step Two: charge faith in the work of forgetting the offence; release the offence and carry it not one step further; capture every thought of the offence and bring it into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  Step Three: forget that you had to forgive; it is not enough to merely capture and remove every thought of the offence; every thought of the offence and the offender MUST be replaced with righteous thought; speak that righteous thought, sowing it into your spirit; remember, what you sow, you WILL reap.

At this point we have come through three progressive steps in the process of forgiveness.  It will work if you apply the principles of faith.  The Word of God MUST have first place and final authority in your speaking, action, and thought.  Just as Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, so He (the Word made flesh) must be in this process.  Give no place to Satan.  He is defeated and none of his weapons formed against you can prosper.  You are more than a conqueror in Christ.  You are an overcomer in Him.  And when you have given Jesus (the Word) first place and final authority, fill every place in between with the Word of God.   Nothing else can replace the Word.  It is your Sword of the Spirit.  It builds your faith (the Shield).  It girds your loins (the Truth).  It reveals your righteousness (your Breastplate).  It shods your feet (the Gospel of Christ).  Remember, you are in a war; you need the whole armor of God in this fight.  It will require as strong a faith level as you have ever known or used. 

Let nothing deter you from this process.  Follow through with it daily.  Guard your thoughts, they become your words.  Guard your words, they become your actions.  Guard your actions, they become your habits.  Guard your habits, they become your character.  Guard your character, it becomes your legacy.  This walk will enable you to walk free of all strife, that being one of the most dangerous places in which any believer can be, regardless of your knowledge or maturity.  Strife is a killer.  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 17


You CAN forget!

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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Regardless of what some folks, including some people in the field of psychiatry and psychology, you CAN forget.  And I mean REALLY forget.  I personally believe that truly forgetting like God falls into the realm of the miraculous, because it violates the course of the natural in the human mind and soul.  Just as Holy Spirit’s work in our life includes the function of bringing to our remembrance the things of the Lord Jesus Christ, He also works in our life to help remove from our remembrance those things that hinder our walk with the Lord, cause us to stumble due to Satan’s devices, and anything that is not honest, true, lovely, pure, of good report, virtuous, or praiseworthy.  And he does that by helping us to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Again today, I remind you that forgiveness at this level is a strong act of faith and an absolute choice by making a quality decision to please Father.  A quality decision on the part of a Christian is much like a commandment from God.  A commandment from God is an order from which there is no turning, and about which there is no choice.  By the same token, a quality decision on your part carries that same weight.  It is a decision you make in the Name of Jesus from which there is no turning, and about which there is no choice.  Just as a commandment is to be obeyed, the quality decision is to be carried out.  It is commitment to the Lord.  One might say, it is a vow.  If you make a vow to the Lord, keep it.

When such a decision is made to forgive, no matter what tries to bring that thought or memory back to you is to be resisted, denied, entry, and overcome.  When the enemy, in any form he takes, or through any person or situation he may use, tries to remind you of an offense done to you, your response must be, “I choose to NOT recall that incident.  In the Name of Jesus, I take that thought into obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ, and WILL NOT hold on to it.  I have forgiven JUST AS Father through Christ has forgiven me.”  To take a thought, you must say it.  That’s what Jesus said.  So, instead of taking a thought that is brought to you by the enemy of your soul, take a thought that flows directly from the mind of Christ.  Through this repetitive action of faith, you build into yourself the mind of Christ that has been given to you.  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 16


Let us continue to the pinnacle of forgiveness – forgetting you had to forgive

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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Always remember when dealing with the work of forgiveness that the manner in which we are to forgive is the same manner in which Father forgives us in Christ Jesus.  He removes the sin, forget the sin, and forgets that He had to forgive, never to bring that sin to remembrance against us again.  We are to follow the same pattern.  Declare the process of war on unforgiveness.  Activate your faith by the blood of Jesus and the washing of the water by the Word to forget the offense.  Now apply that same faith for full restoration to forget that the offense ever occurred, never to bring it up again, nor to allow the enemy to cause it to rest for a moment in your consciousness.  And this last step, my dear fellow believer, will be one of the greatest faith steps you will ever take in this life.  You CAN do it by faith, and Holy Ghost will help you every step of the way.  Remember, against love at this level, there is no law, and the raw power of God awaits your application of the faith Jesus authored and finished in your life.

Allow me to offer you a statement of strong will exercised by faith that will aid you in this walk of forgiveness.  In the English language, the strongest statement of determined will, and forgiveness, while an act of faith must still be dealt with in the will of the mind (soul), is simply, “I will,” or “I will not.”  The addition of invectives or any other identifying terms will NOT strengthen either of those statements.  They are either true or false.  There is no middle ground.  And the truth of falsehood of either statement is determined by the speaker; that’s you or me.  If I say, “I will,” and I do not, I have lied.  If I say, “I will not,” and I do, I have lied.  Once again, there is no middle ground.  You cannot almost lie, or almost tell the truth.

So, here is a statement that will help you in this arena.  First, you MUST commit to being a person of your word, of absolute integrity; a Psalm 15:4 person who “swears to his own hurt and changes not.”  Being such a person, when you forgive, and by faith choose to forget, make this statement; “I WILL NOT RECALL THE OFFENSE AGAINST ME!”  Say it and mean it.  Hold fast to it.  You have the power to make that choice.  If thoughts come, if memories are triggered, you know what to do.  CAST THEM DOWN!  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 15

Forgetting that you have forgotten requires awesome faith and an unbreakable will.

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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As we continue in our study of forgiveness, let us pause for a moment and consider the picture.  Here is the scenario. 

  • You have been wronged; an offense has come to you.
  • You make your declaration of war and say, “I forgive…”
  • You put your faith to work, choosing to use it to forget the offense.
  • You then put your faith to a more difficult task of forgetting that you had to forgive.

In the natural world, this is completely impossible, but not with God.  In Luke we read the words, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”  The Amplified Bible states it this way.  “For with God nothing is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” 

Such thinking, and especially the described action, goes so far beyond human capacity that it should be clearly understood that ONLY divinely established supernatural power must be at work to accomplish it.  Such supernatural power will only be manifest in one’s life by the application of two elements set forth in the Word of God.  One is the “washing of the water by the Word,” and the other is the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us from all unrighteousness.”  It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses from all unrighteousness, and it is the washing of the water by the Word that works to purge our minds and spirits.  And that purging of our minds and spirits by the Word is not only for the stains that have come from our sins and shortfalls, but also works to purge both out mind and spirit of those things that come in the form of thoughts and images that have not yet had time to stain us.   It is the blood of Jesus that is the life of our flesh and our entry to the Father, and the washing of the Word that we must learn to apply daily to our lives so we can be freed from every memory of unrighteousness. 

In Hebrews we are told that once cleansed by the blood of Jesus, there should remain no more conscience of sin.  And by constant application of that blood by our walk with Him, and the constant application of the Word to our lives, we will walk in that place in which we can be kept continually cleansed, not only from sins that beset us, but from memories that would draw us back into those sins, especially unforgiveness.  This work of which I am writing is not a fiction, or a dream, but a powerful reality that awaits our entry into such a powerful supernatural realm of our Father.  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26

Forgiveness – Part 14

Never forget that forgiveness is a battle to forget.

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Forgiveness – Part 14

Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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Forgiveness cannot exist in a void.  Jesus spoke of a demon spirit being cast out, but returning to the place he once lived, and finding it swept (clean) and empty, will return with seven more evil spirits worse than himself.  Unforgiveness operates in that same manner.  If you say you forgive, you have declared war, and released yourself from being tied to the offender.  But if you do not immediately begin the ongoing task of replacing the unforgiveness with the Word of God to build your faith against that unforgiveness, leaving yourself empty and void of the living Word, the death of unforgiveness will return, amplified, magnified, and emotionally sharpened to drag you down more quickly and deeper than at the time of the offense. 

You are in a battle to forget.  In order to forget, you must not only choose to push something aside, you must also choose what you will store in the place of what is put aside.  Think of this.  By the end of the first month of the first grade, now more than 65 years ago, I could tell you the name of every student in my class.  I never thought about forgetting any of them.  Today, I can only readily recall a few of those who were in my class, and if I stop and actively think about it, I can recall a few more.  Most are forgotten.  In that case, it is not because I chose to forget them, but simply because I replaced their names and faces with those of people with whom I more frequently interacted.  I pastored a single church for 28 years.  I cannot remember all the names, faces, and events of those 28 years.  It is not because I chose to forget them, but because I replaced those thoughts and memories with new thoughts and new memories that hold more importance. 

Forgiveness operates the same way, but you must also include strong faith.  While choosing new thoughts and events to fill you heart, mind, and memory, in the arena of forgiveness, you have an enemy of your soul who keeps records of hurtful events and people, and works diligently to keep you reminded of them.  For that, there is but one remedy.  FAITH!  Again, I remind you of the disciple’s request when Jesus taught them on forgiveness.  They said, “Increase our faith.”  Faith forgives, and then you must add the works that prove faith’s living presence and function.  Control your mind, be filled with the mind of Christ, “think on these things (Philippians 4:8),” and bring “every thought into obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).”  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:34-37

Forgiveness – Part 13

If you think walking ON water would be a major victory, wait until you’ve walked IN forgiveness.

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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As I’ve already indicated, forgiveness is a process; a journey.  When Peter said to the Lord, “If it is You, Lord, bid me come to You,” Jesus responded with one word, “Come.”  And on the basis of that one word, Peter stepped out of the ship and began to walk on the water.  When he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink, but Jesus lifted him up again to finish his walk.  Now view that scenario in the light of forgiveness.  When Jesus taught on forgiveness, it was a commandment, not a suggestion.  Upon receiving that command, the disciples said to Him, “Increase our faith.”  Nothing has changed.  Jesus still commands forgiveness, and it still operates by faith.  And you can rest assured that walking IN forgiveness is very similar to walking on water, with the same distractions of wind and waves, or as it is seen in the forgiveness realm, personal issues and pride.  You may be distracted by many things as you step into this process, but even if you are, if you will call on Jesus, He will lift you back up onto a sure footing.  You can complete that journey, returning to the safety of the ship.

As you can already see, at this point in the forgiveness process, you have fully engaged in the good fight of faith.  Stay your course.  Speak by faith, walking in the love (willing obedience) of God, and keeping yourself there by praying in the Spirit.  The second phase of the forgiveness process, the forgetting phase, demands of you a strong faith walk.  In this stage of the process, you will surely find every ounce of your faith tested.  Anything and everything your enemy has that he can use to fill your mind with thoughts of memories to remind you of the offence perpetrated against you will be utilized.  You MUST bring every thought into obedience of Christ.  You MUST keep your shield of faith strong and daily refurbished by every possible dosing of God’s Word to which you can attain.  Forgetting is NOT easy.  One of the greatest allies of forgetting is avoiding things that spark certain memories.  One should avoid those memory triggers, and do all one can to fill each moment of each day with the work of creating NEW memories; memories worth the making; memories of love and service to others; memories of pleasing Father; memories He chooses to use to bless you for your work, unforgotten by Him.  Fight the good fight.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:34-37;        Jude 20-21

Forgiveness – Part 12

You’re in the battle now, so, as a good soldier, you must endure hardness.

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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So, you’ve declared war on hell by choosing to walk in forgiveness towards someone who has offended you.  That is a holy thing to do.  However, you cannot now sit by and hope no memories of the offence arises to trouble your thinking.  To stop that, you must go on the offensive.  You’re in a war.  Think of this.  When a soldier has finished his training for his assigned post, he will be deployed to that post.  If his unit is then dispatched into an active military combat operation where he is called upon to take offensive action, his training never stops.  He continues to train to keep his skills sharp, to add to those skills, and to make sure he is always at a stage of readiness for the instant action to which he may be called.  The same is true for the spiritual warrior.  When you said, “I forgive,” you have not reached the end, but are only at the beginning of the real forgiveness process.

You must keep yourself strong.  Just as physical exercise to remain strong can be tiring and trying, the same is true for spiritual exercise.  One of the clearest examples we have of that was Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane where the pressure was so great that His sweat became as drops of blood.  This was a very trying time for Jesus as He prepared Himself for the final assault on hell before winning His ultimate battle.  While you may not sweat blood, you will be required to stay strong in the hottest heat of the most tortuous battle, and that work will require you to endure hardness as a good soldier.  At such a time as that, if ever you have had a strong declaration of faith coming from your lips, that is the time you will need it the most.  Jesus said that you would be either justified of condemned by your own words.  No one else can do that to of for you.  People may speak strong words for you or against you, but their words will not be the telling factor.  You own words will.

The words that MUST come from our mouth in such times arise from Father’s desire for you, and what He has called you to do.  Every thought must be brought into captivity.  You MUST not take thoughts that are contrary to Father’s will for your life.  For that reason, you MUST understand that the way you “take a thought,” according to Jesus, is to SAY IT.  Jesus said, “Take no thought saying . . .”  And the thoughts to which He was referring are thoughts that stand against you place in His covenant.  Fight the good fight of faith.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:34-37