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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:44 “” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

We have learnt that a heavenly minded person would forgive his neighbour who offends him or her.

In our study for today we would consider another way that we can employ to help us easily forgive and release people from our hearts. Our key scripture says as follows “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”. I believe most people would be saying this is a difficult thing to do. Please get this understanding once and forever, no instruction of the scripture is too difficult to be obeyed. What you need to do is to accept it and start acting in the light of what has been said. Every instruction in the scripture always carries with it the ability to obey (John 15:3, Hebrews 4:12).

Among all that our Lord Jesus said in our opening scripture is the call to PRAY for those who offend us and despitefully use us. Whenever you stand before God to pray, there comes a special release of Grace. Luke 22:43 “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven strengthening him”. The Lord received strength to do what he was praying about. The Lord would always strengthen you to love your offender. Now take this point. You can’t pray for someone and hate him or her at the same time.

When you are feeling so bad about a mistreatment meted to you, ask the Holy Spirit to help you love the individual. Bless him or her, ask the Lord to deliver him or her from the trap of the enemy. The Lord Jesus prayed for those who were persecuting Him. He asked for the Father to forgive them, adding, for they know not what they are doing. He explained away their offence, He said they don’t really know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34).

You can also explain away people’s misdeeds and mistreatment meted to you.

 CONFESSION

My goal is to be in heaven, and will not allow anything to prevent me,  not even the offences people mete to me.  I will always love them by praying for them.

 FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots””.

Acts 7:60 “”And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep”.

 

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 50:20 ” But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”.

The issue of forgiveness is very difficult for some people to handle because it can have very grievous emotional impact. We have to master all these negative emotions, lest it complicates our relationship with the Lord and endanger our final destination to heaven.

One man who was mistreated and should have had a difficult time handling the impact of the ill action was Joseph. He was usually glued to his Father, having aspiration to become a great man in the future. When the father once asked him to go and see the welfare of his brothers, they  caught him, attempted to kill him,  threw him into a pit ,and  later sold him as a slave to a  people of a faraway land, separating him from his beloved Father forever.(Genesis 37).

Ironically Joseph was least bitter about all these misdeeds, why? Joseph considered issues from God’s point of view rather than a personal, selfish view. When his brothers were afraid of a grievous revenge after the death of his father, he had this answer for them. Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, you thought evil against me but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass as it is this day to save much people”. Joseph looked at the bigger picture about the event. He rather saw his brothers as instruments in God’s hands to bring to pass His purposes.

Beloved, to every event there are two sides or intentions governing that incident. God’s view point or purpose for that event, and the devils purposes about that event.

To help you overcome the emotional pains of the hurt, try to look at God’s purpose. God says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love the Lord, to them who are called according to His purpose”. To help yourself, no matter the mistreatment, say to yourself this event has happened for my good. I would love the Lord and anticipate the good result out of the seemingly bad situation.

If you approach events this way, people would not become devils to you. You would be able to easily forgive them and master the situation.

 Your heavenly home would not be endangered.

 CONFESSION

God my Father is Lord over every event, no matter how bad it is I will keep loving the Lord and do what He says. I know that in this way everything would turn out good and my heavenly aspirations would not be affected.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots”.

Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.

 

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:32” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

One sign that shows a person’ is ready to meet the Lord, is his or her readiness to forgive all them that have offended him or her..

There are countless people and a number of them claim they are Christians, yet they keep the offences of others in their hearts. It is rather alarming to hear Christians and even some men of God expressing how bitter they feel towards others. All these is a sign of Satan’s hold in that individual’s life. Bitterness is a seed of the devil planted in the heart of an individual. Hebrews 12:15 says “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”. Bitterness is the sign that, you have failed of the grace of God. It is the grace of God that makes us everything God is and has. Without His grace we are nothing and helpless. The scriptural advice is that we must look diligently. One could easily be overtaken by bitterness.

Unforgiveness is perpetuated by pride. When Joseph’s brethren sent a messenger to request forgiveness from him after the death of his father, he wept and said in Genesis 50:19 “And Joseph said unto them am I in the place of God?” What did he mean over here? It is God’s sole prerogative to punish offenders. Anyone who does it is assuming God’s role.  Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved avenge not yourselves but rather give place unto wrath for it is written vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord”. Vengeance is the Lord’s role, don’t take it unto your hands. It is indeed an act of pride to assume that role. You, the offended, become rebellion before God when you assume the position of seeking vengeance. Leave it to the Lord, Your part is to forgive the offender. It is God’s duty to punish. God always wants peace and cordiality among men, wherever there is un-forgiveness, Satan has assumed Lordship of that individual. He would destroy you and others if you let him.

That is why the scripture said it defiles you and others. Forgive!

 CONFESSION

Unforgiveness is a luxury I can’t afford. Its effect is devastating and has serious eternal consequences. I will not allow my heart to be bitter about anybody. I will always forgive and leave every act of vengeance to the Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Mark 11:25 ” And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses”.

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”:

The Bible in one year.

Joshua 19:1-20:9,  Luke 19:28-48,  Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinth 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”

To be heavenly minded means being ready to suffer for the cause of Christ. Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ (2nd Tim 2:3).

Enduring adversity or contrary situations is something that every Christian who have heaven on his mind must be prepared to do (note: when I talk about adversity, I do not mean things like sin or sickness, which our Lord redeemed us from.)  These things are the scheming of the devil to frustrate and cause the child of God to surrender his save grounds in Christ.

Apostle Peter encourages us to be aware of the devil who as a roaring lion seeks somebody to devour, whom we must resist steadfast in faith, for the same afflictions are happening to our brethren in the world.

He said further that the God of all grace, who have called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus after we have suffered a while, will make us perfect. (1st Peter 5:7-10)

Some of us must forsake ungodly friendship. There are some fraudulent ways of making money, which must be stopped. We may have to make great financial sacrifices to support the work of evangelism. Certain young girls who might have been living in sin, because they are living with a man they are not married to. They must break that relationship and start a new life outright.

This may call for some sacrifices and suffering, yet it must be endured. You may be grievously persecuted because of your faith.

Some may even be killed because of their faith. There are some brethren who would be ejected from their homes because they have been converted from Islam to Christianity.

Our key scripture encourages us that these afflictions are light compared to the weight of glory that we would have eternally. In the light of this do not give up. Another meaning of the word suffer is ”to allow or to endure. This means you could have disallowed it, yet you have willingly accepted to go through. You do so, in order to please the Lord.

We must consider our Lord Jesus, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12:2).

There is an incomparable glory laid ahead of us, so do not give up.  Hold on till you overcome. It is those who endure to the end, who would be saved.

CONFESSION

I have a glorious and eternal home. No sacrifice I endure presently is comparable to the exceeding weight of glory. I would keep my faithfulness to the end.

 FURTHER STUDIES

Romance 8 :17.” And if children, then heirs -heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

Mark 13:13.”And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

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KEY SCRIPTURE:1 John 3:2-3  ” Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”.

 According to Acts 17:31 the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead, is an assurance to all men that, one day He would judge ALL MEN in righteousness. You have to be very careful with the way you live

 The Lord was asking a question in Matthew 24:43-51, about certain two characters. Of this two, which would you be? These were stewards or servants who were placed over certain people to take care off. The Lord described one as faithful and wise servant who did whatever he was supposed to do. He lived in readiness for the coming back of His master, although he did not know when the master will come. The second was unfaithful and foolish, who acted against his masters instructions, not anticipating his return. He suffered the consequences. His portion would be with the hypocrites, where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Dear brother or sister let us be the wise and the faithful ones. Our key scripture tells us that our Lord is coming back again. We do not know fully what we shall be, but we do know that, when He appears we would be like Him. He added that if any has this hope in Him, He must purify himself, from the state of filth in this life.

The message is that be prepared to meet your Lord. One can easily be tempted to lose his or her focus and get so engrossed with the things on this earth.

 We have to be earthly relevant yet we should be heavenly ready.

This is Apostle Peter’s advice to us 2nd Peter 3:11, “Seeing then that all those things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness”. We must all heed to this advice and purify ourselves from all sins of the spirit and the flesh, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. The truth is that God is not a respecter of persons and each person shall be rewarded according to what he would do in this body.

Be heavenly minded and, prepared for the coming of the Lord.

  CONFESSION

I am prepared for His appearing, I separate myself from the sins of the flesh and spirit and live in readiness for His coming.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”.

1 Peter 4:18 “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”.

The new creation is born from above, dispatched to this earth to show men the life of heaven, yet he does not loose awareness of his heavenly home.

Hebrews 13:14 says “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come”. We come from above and this place is not our lasting home”. This point must come home to every child of God. Many people live as if this place is all that we have. The Bible spoke about the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 that, “they did not receive the promise, but having seen them afar off   were persuaded of them, embraced them, confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”.(Hebrews 11:13b). This way of thought or thinking should influence everything we do. Our time on this earth is for the father ”s business. (Luke. 2:49)), we are here to fulfill a task and a mission for our Lord. We are His representatives to show forth His glory to men..   We are to get them from the lies and deceptions of the enemy of their souls and the vanities of this world to get them to come along with us to our glorious home.

It is good we talk about winning and reigning in this life but our purpose for all these is that the glory of God might be seen and men would turn unto our saviour and Lord.

Our Lord Jesus, who is our great example, conquered in this life. He has set the tone for us.  In His teachings, He always made it clear that we have a heavenly home to go. There is going to be judgement and rewards (2nd Corinth 5::10).  We must not get too engrossed with the affairs of this life and loose awareness of the eternal place to be.. Jesus advised that we ‘cut’ off anything that may hinder us from getting into the kingdom of God.  (Matthew 18:8). It implies therefore that, there is nothing too dear to loose now that may be compared with the pain of going to hell. This makes it a very serious matter to be attended to.  BE HEAVENLY MINDED.

 CONFESSION

We are not just here to enjoy the excitement of living in this world, but to fulfill our task and then report back to our headquarters. I would always keep in mind my mission here, and my ultimate glorious destination.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Mark 9:45 ” And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter half into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched”:

1 John 3:2-3 ” Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:8  “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.

God’s word is man’s manual for living. It shows us what to do to please the Father. Now note this, whatever that pleases the Father, is our victory. Our blessing and our success. The Bible is a success book, success God’s way.

One of such revelations for success in the Bible is our key scripture Joshua 1:8, “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it, day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you shall make your way prosperous and then, you shall have good success.

 A prosperous man is a free man. Kings are free people, God’s word shows us from this verse how to be prosperous and have a good success.

The Bible said, this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.  The word used for meditate in this verse is the Hebrew word “Hagah”.  This word means moan, growl, utter, muse, and mutter, meditate, speak and roar. It means to ponder over the word by speaking it to yourself. This would build the attitude of a winner into you and bring whatever the word says to pass..  Proverb 15:4 teaches us that “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness is a breach in the spirit”. What is a wholesome tongue? The one that speaks or declares the word of God.

The Bible instructs that we must not let the word depart from our mouth. This means we must not say something else.  Any other word, other than the word of God is unwholesome. It is perverseness, and it is a breach in the spirit. A breach is a fracture, a break, a ruin or shattering,. When we say what we are seeing and feeling instead of what the word says,  is called perverseness. This is an error in the spirit, and the results would be definitely wrong or bad.

Keep saying the scriptures day and night. If a sinful attitude and lifestyle wants to take over you, you must not say I am a sinner rather, you say I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2nd Corinth 5:21) Say it day and night, then do as the word says. Do this for any condition you want to change. The word of God on your tongue, coming out with faith in your heart is just like God speaking those words..

As you keep declaring the truth, Jesus the high priest of our confession (Heb 3:1) would communicate to the Father on your behalf, who would dispatch angels for your assistance.(Heb 1:14)

CONFESSION

My mouth would declare only what the word says. Our Lord Jesus who is the High Priest of my confession, honours every word which is in line with His word. In this way, I make my way prosperous and I have good success.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”;

James 3:2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”.

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