Sunday February 13, 2011

The Word for today is found in Matthew 6:13-15

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

In Chapter 1, verses 13 and 14, James writes: “13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
God delivers you from evil when your mind is renewed to the Word of God and so controls your flesh. You must put your flesh under the authority of the Word, and then you will not fall into evil. Satan is the tempter, but God is the deliver.

V 14 and 15 of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 (above) run together as one teaching. Forgiveness of others is not an option for the believer.

In Mark 11: 26, Jesus said “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Jesus is talking about getting our prayers answered in the above verses, and the stipulation is forgiveness. It does not matter how much faith you have; if you cannot forgive others it will not work.

Ask the Holy Spirit to shine his light in your spirit and be sure you are updated to 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Be bless of the Lord,

Pastor Louise

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