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Four Steps in Reconciling with God

If you’re trying to step out in faith and experience reconciliation with God (and His bride, the church), then get ready for Him to lift one heavy load from your shoulders. This is what I believe the Holy Spirit is asking you to do in this very moment.

You know who you are.

First, you must forgive the person in the church who caused you the pain. No matter how much they’ve hurt you (and even if you don’t want to forgive them), ask the Lord Jesus to help you to forgive them. Be honest with the Lord. Let Him know how hurt you’ve been (you’re not going to tell Him anything He doesn’t already know), and openly express what you’re feeling today. Your heart is important, beloved. Suppressing these hurt feelings only creates more hurt feelings. Because you are made in the image of God (designed with the need to express oneself), and have emotions (just as He does), you can no longer deny what your heart is desperate to express.

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:14-18

To believe nothing is wrong is deception (in the form of denial) with a shiny red bow.

Confront it for what it is. If you’re angry, let God know you’re angry. If you’re hurt and sad, let Him know that, too. Walk in truth beloved, no matter how much it hurts. This is the day for you to get real with Jesus. Stop hiding. If you’re ready to fully forgive, then let it go. Forgive that person. Not because they deserve it (just as we don’t deserve it), but because He does and you’re ready to move on with your life.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Secondly, ask God to forgive you for your sin. If you are wondering how you have sinned since you were the victim, remember that we are never justified to hate someone. We don’t have special permission to hold prolonged anger, bitterness, or resentment towards others, even if we aren’t to blame.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:19

We are responsible for our actions, including how we respond to sin.

Many Christians fail to realize this, but it is very biblical for us to love our enemies. This is why Jesus says all the commandments are fulfilled in love.

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

Thirdly, after you have asked Jesus to help you forgive this person and to forgive you of your sin, then ask the Holy Spirit to fill in your heart with God’s love, peace, and healing to replace the anger, hatred, and resentment. Replace the hurt with good. Replace the lies with God’s truth. Ask the Lord to help you see this person the way He sees them. This will soften your heart and keep you from meditating on thoughts that produce division, pride, and death.

“Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Allow me to comfort you with this truth: If the person truly knew what they were doing, they probably wouldn’t have done it.

Oftentimes, we hold people to unrealistically high-standards that they can never reach. May we emulate the attitude of Jesus when he declared, hanging on a cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.” Luke 23:24

Lastly, recommit yourself to God. Declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask Him to help you live a life of truth and righteousness. Ask Him to help you. He will do it. Ask Him to strengthen you and guide you. He will do it. Ask Him to draw close to you. He will do it. As the perfect gentleman, Jesus appears in places where He is welcomed. But, He won’t refuse an invitation. If you’re asking Him to show up, He will.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalms 34:8

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

In closing, here’s a quick recap: Ask God to help you forgive the person who has hurt you. Forgive them. Ask God to forgive you of your sin. Then forgive yourself. Ask God to fill any void in your heart with His love and truth, filling any area where this person/situation once lived . Walk in that truth. Truth sets you free, so you will no longer be under that yolk of oppression. Then meditate on His word daily, beloved. He will be faithful.

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Thinking of You Today

It’s is early. 6 am early. When the Lord begins to speak that He has something He’d like to share with you today.

As I sip on my hot tea, then God begins to speak……….

This what I believe He is saying to you this morning:

I am thinking of you today. As you get ready, preparing for the day ahead of you – know that I am thinking of you. Take a look in the mirror and delight yourself in what I see, because I do. I made you with My very hands. In My image. It was I who first fashioned the body of mankind and breathed into the nostrils of man – a breath that has lasted for generations. I am yours, and you are Mine. When I see you, My beloved – I see Myself. What does this mean for you? I t means I see hope, strength, and endless possibilities. On the contrary of what many believe, I do not see your faults. Your weaknesses. I see your talents, your gifts, and your natural attributes that to this day melt My heart. I see the good. Why don’t you? Am I not the Truth? Do I not reveal Truth? And speak Truth? I do, My beloved. Truth will set you free, My child. Freedom comes from Christ. Do Me a favor this week. Focus on the good. Take a break from complaint and worry. There are too many opportunities each day to celebrate Me, and the life I have given you. Don’t waste them in focusing on what will perish – on what destroys your spirit. Be joyful! Be glad! Walk in confidence today! You are Mine. You are loved. You are accepted. You are blessed by My hand. Enjoy what I have given you as your Faithful comforter and friend. I am trustworthy and I love you. Be blessed My child.

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

 

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’.” John 8:31-32

 

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

 

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

 

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Learning to Deeply Trust in God

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” Psalm 40:3-4

The sky is grey and overcast, yet the birds still chirp in exuberant joy excited for the day ahead. This undoubtedly intrigues my heart. When one (whether a bird or a human being ) rejoices in songs of praise although everything and everyone around them appears dull and lifeless. Rather than focusing on what appears grim and depressing, they decide to burst out into a joyous melody, seizing the opportunity to rejoice in the Lord!

Over the years, I’ve learned that when life delivers unexpected circumstances, there is often one factor that determines whether we  sing or whether we sink: Our trust in God.

It is our trust in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit that operates as the cornerstone for our maturity and development as a disciple of Christ. We will only grow as much as we trust Him.

Think about this for a moment.

How can we truly follow someone we do not trust? How can we obey someone who we do not believe is trustworthy?

We must first learn to trust Him in order to truly be like Him.

What is trust?

According to Webster, trust is often defined as the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. Trust is synonymous with confidence, dependence, and faith.

In relation to trusting God, it is saying with your whole heart: “I believe God is dependable and true to the point where I have complete confidence in what He asks me to do or what He says is good.”

Believe it or not, this caliber of trust with God is not developed overnight. It takes time. And it takes effort.

This is about going beyond accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, and intentionally involving Jesus in every area of our lives. If we ask Him, He will help us to trust in Him.

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

What does trusting in God produce in our lives?

  • We often feel safe and secure knowing that He is reliable – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
  • We are equipped to take more risks in life with the understanding that He is a faithful Provider  – “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” Psalm 54:4
  • We are to quick to obey His commands because we know that He is good and for us  – “But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” John 14:31
  • We are more generous because we know that He is dependable to provide for our needs – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you‘.” Hebrews 13:5
  • We include Him in our decisions in life because we believe that He will not destroy us but will prosper us – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • We spend more time with Him because we know He is upright and we need His counsel – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21

Join us tomorrow as we discuss what (very common) emotion opposes a deep trust in the Almighty. You won’t want to miss it!And thank you for choosing His Daily Dose!

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