Forgiveness Before Prayer (Part 11)

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have anything against any, that your father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive will, neither  your father, who is in heaven, forgive your trespasses” – Mk. 11: 25 – 26.

 When the Holy Spirit reminds us of  people we need to forgive and let go, we try to push them aside- trying to forget them to enable us practice our faith but not forgiving especially if the offenders no longer live around us.  Some of us even worship with them in the same church fellowship.  We cannot hold our hands with them in prayer.  We avoid them so that they do not greet us because that hurts more.  What is it? Why mess up the church? And why destroy your own life in the process? My friend, the things for which you hold grudges and hatred in your heart may be true. You are indeed wounded by their deeds.  But remember that no one hurts you as much as you hurt the Lord when you refuse to obey His word in matter like this.  He says no matter what anyone has done to you, when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any, that your father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your father, who is in heaven forgive your trespasses (Mk. 11:25,26).

Forgiveness and healing are synonymous (Mk. 2:5-12) ; Jn. 5:15).  We all by our sins killed the Lord Jesus.  He couldn’t have died if we has not sinned.  But even at His death, when He stood in prayer He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” (Lk. 23:34).  It means Himself also forgave us our trespassed against us (Matt. 6:12). God cannot forgive us more than we forgive those that hurt and wounded our spirits. Or, are we saying that we ourselves have no. sin?

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive

Ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we say that we have not sinned,

We make him a liar, and his word is not in us” – 1Jn. 1:8, 10.

…Let God be true, but every man a liar “– Rom. 3:4.

By habouring hatred in our hearts we are already living in sin, and whosoever is born of God does not live in sin (1 Jn. 5; 18).

“He that hideth hatred has lying lips…” Prov. 10:18

Many atimes we deny harbouring such things in our hearts, thereby covering our sins which cost us dearly.

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.

But whoso confesseth them shall have mercy”- Prov. 28:13.

I remember the case of a woman in a wheel chair who had visited almost all big names in healing ministry for her healing but to no avail.  One day her husband wheeled her to a man of God who by the word of knowledge asked her of a person she had locked up in her heart never to forgive.  Her reaction was sharp.  She denied it and began to weep and turned red.  As the man of God insisted, she with much difficulty, admitted that her senior sister snatched her boy friend she intended to marry from her, and that before she realized it, her sister was carrying pregnancy for him.  She therefore vowed never to forgive her in life.  She was counselled to forgive her sister and write a letter to her in another city where she lived with the man, that she had forgiven her. Then her healing would come.  Initially she found it difficult to do, but when she did, she instantly got up from the wheel chair, a whole woman.

How many are in wheel chairs today because of unforgiving spirit?.  How many have developed terminal and deadly diseases for same reasons?.  Many are hypertensive and emotionally destroyed.  What shall I say more? Jesus Himself wants to heal your hurts and wounds.  The Bible says he suffered these same things so that we do not suffer them again.

“Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows; but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his strips we are healed” – Isa. 53:4, 5.

But He says, “… forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”- Lk. 6:37.

We must confess the hidden sin of unforgiveness in our lives.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – 1Jn, 1:9.

We must forgive those that hurt us.  Those around, those afar off and even those we did not forgive until they died.  Write to the living wherever they may be that you have truly forgiven them.  Someone talked about watching a film where a wife did not forgive her husband till she died and went to hell.  I know you won’t like to got to Hell.  Forgive today.  Release them please.  Release them and be released from torments of all kinds yourselves. Please, please.

When Peter listened to the Lord’s exposition on forgiveness, knowing the difficulties of having to forgive a person that injured your spirit over and again, he asked, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” That one is a bit easy to count and stop.  But “Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times, but, until seventy times seven” (Matt. 18:21, 22).

Read also:‘How Often Shall I Forgive My Brother?

Before you finally lock up your mind against someone, be sure he had wounded, hurt and sinned against you seventy times seven a day.  After telling the pathetic story of a forgiven servant who failed to forgive his fellow servant and as a result was handed over to tormentors (demons) to torture him, the Lord concluded by saying:

“So likewise shall my heavenly father do

Also unto you, if ye from your hearts,

Forgive not everyone his brother his trespasses” Matt. 18:35

Friends, this is a moment of healing.  He wants to heal your wounds and hurts.  He wants to heal your spirit.  Soul and body.  As we go into healing ministrations now, confess the hidden hatred.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed” James 5:16.

“And be yet kind one to another, tender hearted forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven you” Eph. 4:32.

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” – Col. 3:13.

As you do, JESUS will touch you wherever you are now for He is the one

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thine  diseases” – Ps. 103:3.

Begin to pray.  Sing and be healed.

“He poured me the oil and the wine,

The type that restoreth my soul.

He saw me bleeding and dying on the Jericho

Road and he poured me the oil and the wine”

O yes, you are part of “a people robbed and spoiled:… snared in holes, and … are hidden in prison houses;

You are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil;, and none saith Restore” (Isa. 42:22)

Unforgivness has robbed you your healing and blessing; hatred and anger have spoiled your health; demons of hate and malice have snared you into holes and hid you in prison houses- you are in bondage. You are their prey, waiting for the worse to come.  None delivereth you in spite of various meetings  and conferences you have attended for deliverance.  Rather than telling you that unforgiving spirit won’t let you receive healing fully, “they heal your hurt slightly, saying, peace, peace; when there is no peace: for you. (Jer. 6:14; 8:11).

None saith restore because you refused to let your offenders off the hook. This is a moment of restoration of all that have lost to the tormentors, (the demons) as you forgive and forget those things you are holding against your fellow men right now.  None saith restore but we are telling God to RESTORE your health, your peace, your joy, your home, your business, and many more today.  Go home and talk with your offenders.  Write them to know you have forgiven them, and see the salvation of God in your life.  Those Egyptians you see today, those Goliaths, those giants, and those diseases, heartache and the likes, you will see them no more (Ex. 14:13, 14). Amen. Shalom!

 


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