Forgiveness – Part 9

Let’s talk more about the first step of forgiveness – the declaration of war.

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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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Yesterday I shared with you that the moment you open your mouth and declare, “I forgive,” you have must made an open declaration of war on the gates of hell.  You cannot make that declaration and just sit back, thinking all will be well. I can assure you, it will NOT.  When Jesus said, “the gates of hell would not prevail against” His church, He had no intention of the church house becoming a battlefield.  Rather, He fully intended the battlefield to be in the very gates of hell.  So, when declare, “I forgive,” you MUST, from that point forward, take the battle to the devil.  Forgiving in no way puts you on the defensive, but rather places firmly on the offense.  When you say, “I forgive,” you are at war.

The Scriptures teach us that no man of wisdom goes to war unless he has first counted the cost.  Let me settle that cost right now in your mind.  You MUST spend what you must to walk in forgiveness.  However, you can do so in full assurance that the cost is not more than you can handle, for the Lord has fulling equipped you to walk victoriously in this arena, having already provided for you all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  When you enter this battle in faith, you will never fall short in all that is necessary for your complete victory.  Once again, I serve you fair warning.  Walking in the kind of forgiveness we are describing will likely be one of the greatest faith battles you will ever fight, because it is so very personal, and pride is a powerful instigator.

One of Satan’s most successful tools against the church is strife.  Please read and meditate upon 2 Timothy 2:24-26, and allow that passage to be planted deeply in your spirit.  When a believer is in strife, also known as a place of unforgiveness, they are treading on dangerous ground.  The Word teaches us that where envy and STRIFE are, there is also confusion and EVERY EVIL WORK.  Once again, this points to the intensity of the warfare one engages when they say, “I forgive.”  Unforgiveness is a portal into EVERY EVIL WORK (the works of the flesh).  Think of this.  If ONE sin can separate one from right fellowship with Father, what can EVERY EVIL WORK (the works of the flesh) do?  Has someone offended you?  If you have not declared war on that strife, do it now!  Don’t wait!  There will be no improvement until you do.  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

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