|God’s blessings will
only flow through an open "pipeline"--and most
of us are experts at keeping our pipelines clogged with sin.
The barriers aren’t usually "major" like
adultery or murder. More often they’re habits such as
gossip and grudge-bearing--things that are accepted as
perfectly natural in today’s feel-good churches, not
really sinful at all.
But a grudge will stop the flow of God’s blessings as
effectively as murder or adultery. Why? Because God won’t
bless anything that goes against the Law of Love. If He did,
He’d be building us into our sinfulness--rather like
giving twenty-dollar bills to a drunkard.
you do not forgive"
Consider Mark 11:25-26 (Amplified Bible):
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything
against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let
it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also
forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let
them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your
Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.
In short, if we want mountain-moving prayer power from
God and His Word, we’ll just have to let go of all those
hurt feelings, resentments, grudges, and bad attitudes.
Some of our hoarded resentments are absurdly
trivial: the time Uncle Ralph poked fun at your hairdo; the
time Aunt Hazel criticized you for spending half your life
on the phone, and so on. On the other hand, some of us have
been horribly victimized, and our first thought is apt to
be, "Surely you don’t expect me to forgive that?"
But the truth is, dear one, that if you hang onto any
grudge--no matter how justifiable in the world’s
eyes--you’re simply punishing yourself all over again. If
you’ll just make up your mind to "let it drop,"
the Holy Spirit will show you what to do, and give you the
power to do it well.
A good starting-point is to ask the Spirit whom you need
to forgive, and for what. You’ll be surprised by the
length of the list. Then, when you’re satisfied that the
list is complete, you can take it to the Lord and expect Him
to help you "let it all drop":
can be confident
"Lord, I come before You today to do some
forgiving. I’ve held a grudge against Uncle Ralph for
twenty-four years. I confess this grudge as a sin, I forgive
Uncle Ralph unconditionally, and I ask You to forgive me for
my unforgiving heart."
Forgiving someone’s offenses doesn’t mean we’ll be
best buddies with the offender, or that we have to present
ourselves for yet another kick. But it does mean
that we must work with the Holy Spirit in getting all
the rancor, bitterness, and vengefulness out of our minds
And when we’ve topped off the process by receiving
forgiveness for our own sins, we can be confident that our
"pipelines" are ready for the power of God to flow.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here