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