Watch and Pray

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Part 2 – Confession and Forgiveness

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Forgiveness

Unforgiveness breaks your full communication with the Lord. It desensitizes you to spiritual thing.

When you ask forgiveness for yourself and those who have sinned against you, you will be set free and able to walk in right relationship with God and man. Forgiveness also frees the other person, or changes the circumstances that are causing the problem. It allows the Holy Spirit to do His job, which is to bring conviction about the sin so righteousness can be restored.

If you are having a problem forgiving someone, determine to obey God’s Word and refuse to be guided by your feelings. Do not let pride keep you from having a right relationship with God Lay down your hurts, self-righteous attitude and hostilities. Forgive the person who has wronged you. no matter how unjust the offense may be. You will then experience a release in your spirit, and your feelings will begin to follow. Your fellowship with the Lord will then be restored.

There are three areas of unforgiveness:

 

1. Unforgiveness toward people who have hurt or offended you.

 
2. Unforgiveness toward God because in your perception He did not intervene on your behalf in the way you wanted Him to.

 

3. Unforgiveness toward yourself for situations you have experienced or participated in that cause you hurt, guilt, condemnation, worry, frustration, pity or shame.

 

God’s Word says, “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matt. 6:14,15). I have discovered that most people find it fairly easy to forgive others, very difficult to forgive God. and almost impossible to forgive themselves.

Total forgiveness, however, is essential to your effective praying.Make a decision every morning that you will walk in forgiveness throughout the day. Do not wait until you get into a confrontation and then try to forgive the person who has wronged you. Choose to forgive others as God has forgiven you, and do it at the time of the offense, just as Jesus did (see Luke 23:34).

Forgiveness in itself is not enough; you must also repent To repent is to feel such regret or remorse that you turn away from your thoughts or actions and release others from any bondage you or they hold Unless this is done, you will never be free. Forgiveness and repentance go hand in hand (see Prov. 28:13; Matt. 3:6,8).

When we say that we have forgiven, but we are still holding on to wrong attitudes, we rebel against God.When our daughter Peggy was about four years old, she misbehaved at the dinner table while we were entertaining guests. So my husband, Floyd, escorted Peggy to her bedroom. As he was closing the door to her room, Floyd said, “When you’re sorry, Peggy, you can come out.”

Sometimes we only forgive enough to keep an open door, but we don’t put the ax to the root of unforgiveness.

A few minutes later the door opened, but Peggy remained in her room. Floyd waited a little bit longer, but she didn’t budge. Finally he went into her room and sat beside her on the bed. “Peggy,” he asked, “are you sorry enough to come out now?”

She crossed her arms tightly across her chest and replied, “Nope! I’m only sorry enough to have the door open.” Sometimes we, like Peggy, only forgive enough to keep an open door, but we don’t put the ax to the root of unforgiveness.

Often the cause of a person’s physical or emotional weakness can be traced to unforgiveness and unrepentance. This does not mean all suffering from ailments is because of unforgiveness. But forgiveness and repentance can release the healing power of God in you and in others.

Forgiveness, like confession, does not have to be an emotional experience. It is simply an “act of your will,” responding to the Word of God by the prompting ofthe Holy Spirit.

Once you have forgiven others or God or yourself know that the Lord is faithful and righteous to forgive you of your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (see 1 John 1:9). Do not depend on your own understanding; trust the Lord for His Word is true.

If your mind’s attention is repeatedly drawn in a negative way to a person you have chosen to forgive, take authority over your thoughts. Command your mind, in Jesus’ name, to dwell on thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, excellent and worthy of praise (see Phil. 4:8,9).

Order the enemy to be silent, and cut off the power to your old memory circuits by refusing to listen to the devil’s voice. Change direction by believing what God’s Word says. It is helpful to quote Scripture verses aloud until you have the victory. You can also begin to thank the Lord for the positive qualities He has placed in that person and in the situation; pray God’s blessing upon these positive areas.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 (Types of Prayer) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves

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