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.
Tennis is a high-energy gave of strategy, and when you’re serving, or on the offense, the best thing you can do is serve “aces.” In tennis, an “ace” is a serve that comes at your opponent with such force, speed, and precision that he has no ability to respond. Alone, an “ace” may not be a game or match winner, but put enough of them together, and you WILL win. Let me share an example of “aces” being served again and again by the greatest winner of all time in the Scripture. His Name is Jesus. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus did not see Himself on the defensive. He went after Satan. And His serve ALWAYS came with power, precision, and deadly intent. He opened His mouth and declared, “It is written.” Jesus NEVER gave any credence to Satan’s temptation by repeating them. That would have put Him on the defensive, which is precisely where the enemy desires to put you.
There is a divinely powerful secret that is fully revealed in the Word of God on how to carry out such a strategy. It is given to us in Matthew 6. There, Jesus tells us that we should not “take thought” about anything that comes against our faith or a covenant word of promise from the Father. Instead, according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, we are to bring “every thought” into captivity to the obedience of Christ (the Anointed One). We must also learn to obey the command of the Lord in Philippians 4:8, and allow ourselves to think ONLY on things that fully match the criteria for thought He has established. If we allow a thought to remain in our thinking, it should fit within ALL the following parameters; pure, honest, just, lovely, true, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Any thought that does not meet ALL those standards, should immediately be taken captive as a “prisoner of war” before it can commit war crimes against you.
Never forget that the moment you say, “I forgive,” you have declared war, and entering into what is likely one of the strongest faith engagements you will ever fight. You are fighting for your life, for personal forgiveness that can only come when you forgive, and for the privilege of living in a realm where your prayers will ALWAYS be answered. This is no place to waver, and the greatest thing you can do in this combat arena is to serve “aces;” attacks on Satan that are so powerful, so well-targeted, so fierce, and so fast that He CANNOT mount a defense. Fight the good fight of faith. “It is written.”
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