The Lord’s Prayer Outline – Part Six

Outlines are like blueprints.  You can’t live in a blueprint.  You must build it.

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Text for Today – Matthew 6:9 – After this manner therefor pray ye . . .

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AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS” – Oh, what a wonderful portion of revelation knowledge from the Word of God.  It is absolutely profound, and yet remarkably simple to understand.  Doing it, on the other hand, is a great work of faith.  How note the relationship of being forgiven to forgiving.  You will be forgiven as you forgive.  In fact, the whole ability of faith to work for you as it should is based on your ability and willingness to forgive. I don’t know anyone in the world who has never been wronged or offended.  All of us, at some time, have had someone mistreat us, lie to or about us, steal from us, or even try to physically harem us.  Regardless of the offense that is committed against a believer, the believer really has only one choice: forgive!  ;If you expect to be forgiven by the Lord for your own sins and failings in life, you must first forgive those who have sinned against you.  if you choose to NOT forgive, you had better pray that you never, ever, sin again.  If you choose to walk in unforgiveness, and you do sin, God will not hear you and Jesus won’t forgive you until you have forgiven those who have sinned against you.

These are hard statements, but they are nonetheless absolutely true.  This is exactly what the Bible teaches.  In short, my friend, you cannot afford to harbor any unforgiveness in your heart against anyone.  To harbor unforgiveness in one’s heart is to be entrapped in strife, and that is one of the most frightening places I can imagine.  In that place of unforgiveness, one is ensnared by Satan, and Satan can do with that person what he chooses, when he chooses, how he chooses, and where he chooses, and that person cannot stop the devil.  What’s even more dangerous is that strife effectively blocks God from working in one’s life.  So, let nothing stop you from forgiving anyone and everyone.  It makes no difference what a person has done to you, since forgiveness is NOT a matter of emotion, but rather a matter of faith.  True forgiveness requires the cooperation of the Lord with you in that work as you believe His Word and obey it.

Rely on Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life you need to release, or from which you personally need forgiveness.  Forgive and release others so that your prayers and faith life will not be hindered.  Make a willful determination to forgive those who sin against you.  Exercise your will and your faith powerfully in this area.  Success in this spiritual arena opens the door to so many other areas for powerful success in your life.

Manna for Today – Mark 11;22-26; Ephesians 4:32; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; John 16:13; Luke 17:1-5

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