What Is Forgiveness – Part I
What is forgiveness?
2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMP)
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
- Humble Yourself
- Require of necessity My face
- Turn from your wicked ways
The scripture above is known to be one that many use for the subject on prayer. However, I felt inspired to use it for the basis of this message on the subject of forgiveness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 has been expanded into six parts. In the next few weeks, you’ll be reading from the various sections of the scripture.
Humbling ourselves is a process that consists of the acknowledgement of many other parts of our body. When someone offends us, how do we feel? Do we take it negatively or positively? We take in that thought and we digest it into our minds; negative or positive. If it’s negative, eventually that thought will become a negative word for someone else. If it’s positive, then we allow ourselves to exalt. In order for us to be in a humble state, we have to remember that it takes practice and diligence.
What are we thinking from our own thoughts on a daily basis? Let’s realize that we’re not here for our own pleasures but to do the Will of the Lord at any cost. We are no one without Him. Every morning, get on your knees and surrender all to Him, whether it is we need to get rid of pride, selfishness, arrogance, or negative assertiveness, we need to give it to Him to work it out in our lives.
The Lord gives us the priviledge to serve Him at the capacity we allow Him to. The more garbage we remove from ourselves in His own strength, the more He uses us as His vessel.
One of the most important aspects of prayer is the daily bread we have with the Lord.
Daily Devotion with the Lord
- Define the hour and time that you’re going to spend with God.
Setting a schedule will keep us focused. If we don’t set a timeframe, it’s easy to keep ourselves busy with other things.
- Have Privacy.
We have the opportunity to talk with God all day any time, while we’re at school, work, etc. But when we remove ourselves from the mundane busyness of the world and sit quietly, we are able to hear God better.
- Try to have devotion early in the morning to prepare you for the day.
The purpose of doing this first, equips us with the Word and when satan tries to attack us during the day, whether it be a classmate teasing, a co-worker pestering, etc., we can stand on the Word that was meditated.
- Be sincere with yourself and God.
When we present ourselves to God, be truthful about everything and anything that is in our heart. Whether it is worry, shame, guilt, unforgiveness, etc. When we’re sincere with God, He will guide us in any obstacle in our life.
- Have the Bible in your hand and allow the word to take on a new meaning in your life.
God will reveal things to you through scripture. Write down those revelations
- Command – God will reveal things and He will want us to do them. Sometimes, it’s a revelation for us to wait upon Him as he’s working things out for the good.
- Prophetic Word has conditions – We have to stay in obedience and understand that God works in past, present, and future, not time. We have to wait on God’s timing not on our own.
- God will remind us of the revelations when we’re discouraged. Write down promises. When we are down, go back to the list and be encouraged and stay in obedience.
- Have a list of petitions. Pray for people who have asked you to pray for them. Pray for people who you know are going through a tough time in their life. Pray for people in authority (President of the U.S., government, etc).
To be continued… Next week we’ll continue with the Lord’s Prayer.