God’s prerogative, “you are forgiven”

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases…Psalm 103:2,3. forgiveness-i

Forgives, salach, Strong’s # 5545: To forgive, pardon; spare someone; to relieve someone of the burden of their offense. This verb occurred 50 times in the O.T. in every occurrence God does the forgiving; never does salach represent a man’s forgiving anyone.

No small wonder why Jesus’ listeners were shocked when they heard Him say “your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20). They responded, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Luke 5:21). These supposedly well-educated scribes knew that forgiveness is God’s prerogative. In Isaiah 55:7, salach is intensified by a helping verb: “He will abundantly pardon.” Jeremiah 33:8 proclaims God’s eagerness to forgive His people.

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Do you answer to the Heebie-Jeebies?

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For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.

Sound mind, sophronismos, Strong’s # 4995: combination of sos, “safe,”and phren “the mind”; thus, safe-thinking. The word means good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

The spirit of fear may find a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human mentality; it is not from God; and it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone (1 John 4:18).

Indecision or wrong decisions are then made that could give place to bondage and great human suffering. In the face of fear, we are to remember our calling from God (2 Tim. 1 :6). We have within us:

  1. The power of God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us to no longer be victims (our text);
  2. The perfect love of God, poured into our lives through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence (Rom. 5:5);
  3. The mind of Christ by which we can apply the ways of God in making “sound” choices (2 Tim.1:7).

Applying this truth determines whether we overcome fear or are overcome by it (1 John 5:4).

 

Stony Hearts

Hearts of Stone

Word Study

 Heart: Kardia. The heart, the chief organ of physical life. {“for the life of the flesh is in the blood” Lev 17:11). By and easy transition the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.

“The bible describes human depravity as in the ‘Heart,’ because sin is a principle which has its seat in the center of man’s inward life, and ‘Defiles’ the whole circuit of his action.

Matt 15:19,20 On the other hand Scripture points to the heart as

the sphere of Divine influence, Rom 2:15 Acts 15:8,9. …The heart, as lying deep within, contains ‘The hidden man’ 1 Pet 3:4 the real man. It represents the true character but conceals it”.

 Hardened, hardness of heart: Poroses. A hardening, a covering with a Poros, a kind of stone, indicating a process- used metaphorically of dulled spiritual perception, (perception comes through yieldness) spiritual blindness, and hardness. Rom 11:25, Eph. 4:18 verse 19 ‘being past feeling’hardheart 03

Matt 19:8, Mark 10:5, Mark 16:14. Warning to obey, Rev 2:23. Can we walk in and or receive our Lords love with a hardened heart?

Humanity: Human. The best qualities of human beings- kind, tender, merciful, sympathetic, considerate, patient, gentle, loving and forgiving. Our Lord Jesus is the only true human being in all the fullness of being human as defined by God the Father.

Truth, in the context of John 4:24. “God is Spirit and they that worship Him

must worship Him in spirit and truth “…. Definition: ” The ability of heart and mind to interpret meanings and cherish others intents.” Spirit to spirit without truth causes a relationship to flow like a bank-less river in the desert —soon gone (Must have boundaries).

Truth alone is only mind to mind –and barren. Neither without the other can produce or sustain fellowship. Both spirit and truth together spark and enhance into blessed fellowship.

Remedy. Only the fire of love can melt a heart of stone.

The warmer the love given, the meaner the response. Fear of vulnerability creates hate. Each stony heart has a life of its own. It sings lies into the mind. “You know what happened the last time you risked yourself.” “You don’t want to get hurt again.” The lie is that it’s better to be alone and dying. So, the person we are trying to love to life strikes back.

The love of God is made manifest in Jesus, whose walk of love on earth culminates in crucifixion in love for humanity. It is when a heart suffers unjustly while loving the attacker that love turns to fire.

 

 

Shame Brought Saul Down, Grace Brought David Up.

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Israel demands a king. 1 Samuel 8: 7,10. Samuel tells them what a king will be like verse 11-18-19. Here is where the demands of the people where ahead of God’s plan. Verse 22, So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.” There is a distinct difference between God’s allowing Saul to be made a king and His own choice of David. God says of David, “I have provided Myself a king.” 1 Samuel 16:1.

In Saul He gives the people their king.

Chapter 9.1,2. The word power at the end of verse one is really wealth, notice it says a Benjamite, a mighty man of wealth. Meaning the family was one of significance, of influnce, well educated, well respected and ruled over many people in their family and servents. Tall and hansome are what people look for in a leader.

Saul goes looking for his fathers donkeys and ends up meeting Samuel the Seer and  prophet. In 1 Samuel 9:17-21. God speaks to Samuel and tells him Saul is the man he told him about.  Saul’s shame was manifested in his reply to Samuel in verse 21.24-saul-30-638

Many teach that Saul was very humble by his statement to Samuel in verse 21,  but it was actually the manifestation of shame because Saul was a Benjaminite and when he was told he would lead Israel the generational curse that nearly wiped out the tribe of Benjamin manifested.

This is proved out in 1 Samuel 10: 20-24 read.

Shame as a covering of the Soul. The word “shame”has its roots in meaning “to cover or hide an exposure.” Covering was a defense against being exposed, which wounded one’s self-respect. Shame was an assurance that privacy would be maintained. When someone says, I feel ashamed,” the meaning may actually express , “I do not want to be seen.”

Shame is generally defined as “an unpleasent emotional reaction by an indivdual to an actual, or presumed negative judgment of himself by others, resulting in self-depreciation.

There is a close relantionship between shame and guilt. Guilt is the product of a sense of wrong doing, and fear of punishment. Shame involves a  feeling of inferioity; a deep sense of shame that one is inherently marred in one’s personality. A simple way of understanding these two are: guilt will say, “I feel bad,” and shame will say, “I am bad.”

Where did the Shame come to the tribe of Benjamin?     Judges 19. read a bit. See verse 13,14. Jump to 22, 29. Chapter 20;11–13. end came finally in verse 46, 47.

The tribe of Benjamin was a wealthy and powerful tribe, yet they would not turn over the perverted men who raped and murdered the woman. They refused to listen to the voice of thier brethern. This lead to them almost becoming extinct.

This trait shows up latter in King Sauls life. In chapter 13 of 1 Samuel Sauls problem manifests. Samuel tells Saul because his unlawful Sacrifice his kingdom will not be long and continue along Sauls line.

In Chapter 14:24 Saul makes rash oath.  Sauls direct rebellion comes out in 15:14-24.

On and on it goes, in 1 Samuel 15:28.

In 1 Samuel 16 David is anointed King. In verse 14 The Holy Spirit departs Saul. A very sad and tragic end to this mans life. Saul had a shame based personality , devestation /bondage comes from a shame based personality.

David is in sharp contrast to Saul. Davids brothers were envious of him, David knew his Lord. Saul depended on Samuels leadership at first then went off. David respected God’s ways.

David sinned greviously with Bathsheba and we learn from his prayer in Ps. 51 that david was truely repent and listened to the Holy Spirits prompting to live according to truth.

In verse 6 read we read”You will make me to know wisdom.”  David sought the Lord for a cleansing for his soul verse 7. The Hebrew word for wash is not the one used for the simple cleaning of a dish in water, but rather the washing of clothes by beating and pounding. David wanted a thorough cleansing from the sin nature.

David was a king yet he was open to the Lord’s direction and leading. Saul was covered in his generational sin. Shame always covers the personality. In verse 8 God’s conviction bore down upon David, to the point of seemingly crushing him.

Verse 11 the absence of God’s presence is the same as the absence of His Spirit. David predessor, Saul had experienced this (1 Sam. 16:14) beacuse he would not repent from sinfulness because of shame.

Saul was a man of the people who suffered a generational shame that worked within him to bring destruction to his life and family.

David sinned but went on in life by walking in the Grace of God that showed him forgivness through repentance.

Prayer for renunciation —–2 Cor. 4:2; Amplified. We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adultrate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

In the name of jesus, I renounce all generational shame that came from my parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

I renounce the curse of shame and poverty. I renounce all personal shame and humiliation. I release from the cycle of shame caused by my own sin, or someone’s sin against me.

I renounce all family familiar spirits of shame that oppress me, my family, my children and my children’sa children. I forgive my forefathers for their sin that caused the curse of shame to come upon me.

Thank You Lord, for releasing me from shame and for release and freedom of all my possessions and goods. Amen!

Can we say, “We joyfully accepted the plundering of our goods?”

Not in America, certainly not in our churchs.The plundering is coming ready or not. Can we say what the Apostle Paul wrote in the tenth chapter of Hebrews?

But recall the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and enduring possession for your selves in heaven. Hebrews 10:32-36.

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Endurance, hupomone, Strong’s # 5281: Constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. The word combines hupo, “under,” and mone, “to remain.”

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Hupomone is associated with hope. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father 1 Thess. 1:3 NKJV.

Hupomone refers to the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. It is the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.

What do you think?

God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

Aside

Some see, some hear, yet, the mystery remains

 

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the *mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11, 12 NKJV

*Mystery, secret or hidden truth. depths of jesus

Mystery, musterion, Strong’s # 3466 from mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries,” a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. As New Testament initiates the word means something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God.

The secret thoughts, plans, dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” means that kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in His words and works, a kingdom which began to penetrate the human situation in a new way in and through His ministry, which continues to do so through the Body of Christ.

Only by faith can one recognize in the lowly figure of Jesus of Nazareth, the manifestation of God’s rule.

In nonbiblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced (Occult). In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26). NT musterion focuses on Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection, and dynamic ascension.

 

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