Sunday March 6, 2011

What sin particularly blocks the flow of kingdom power?

Lack of forgiveness blocks access to the kingdom and to its marvelous power.

See the parable of the unmerciful servant, Matthew 18:21-35; also Matthew 6:5-15 and Mark 11:22-26.

The first person you probably have not forgiven is yourself.

More people lack forgiveness toward themselves than toward anybody else.

They are unwilling to forgive themselves and to recognize that God says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12).

If you are a believer, He has already cleansed your conscience from dead works so that you might serve the living God. God cleanses us for service in order not to leave us with the guilt of past sin. That should be dead, buried, and forgotten.

The second person we have to “forgive,” if we have bitterness, is God Himself.

There are people who blame God because a child died, because a husband ran away, because they have e been sick, because they have not had enough money. Consciously or unconsciously they think all of these things are God’s fault. You must ask yourself, “Am I blaming God for my situation?”

The third person you must have to forgive is a member of you family. You have to get rid of resentment, especially toward those closest to you.
Finally, there has to be forgiveness for anybody else who has ever done anything against you.

It may be that your resentment is justified. The person may have done a very evil, terrible thing to you. You may have every legal and intellectual right to hold a grudge and the hate that person.
But if you want to see kingdom life and power flow in your life, it is absolutely imperative that you forgive.

Be a blessing to another today,

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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