Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Day 8 - Evening Report

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Today has been a bit unusual. I am having a little trouble focusing. I am sure that at least in part in  that is due to the sacrifice of food; just fruit and water today. Its not really a bad thing just kinda in deep thought. I am truly seeking God in the area of forgiveness or... unforgiveness I guess I should say. You know we all have some.

Recently, I asked God to remind me of all the unforgiveness that I was carrying. I used the word "carrying" on purpose because unforgiveness is a burden. Usually it is caused by anger, and/or hurt; its heavy, unrelenting, its a rock around the neck. It can lay dormant for years and one day be triggered by something. Once exposed it must be recognized for what it is and dealt with. If its not dealt with it will become rooted into bitterness. Bitterness is a sin.

Besides the obvious bitterness which is a post for another day, one word comes to mind in my statement; that is burden. Speaking to His disciples Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest". When He said "labor" He wasn't talking about someone who had put in a hard days work, no. Knowing the weight or burden that unforgiveness causes I am certain it is at least one of things Jesus was referring to in that verse.

When we carry unforgiveness we hurt ourselves, AND our relationship with God. Why do I say our relationship with God...why did He send His Son Jesus to die for us on the Cross? He died for the forgiveness of our sin. He died to restore us back to a right relationship with God.

Unforgiveness gives Satan a legal foothold in our gives and gives him the legal right to accuse. He "the accuser of the brethren" (prosecutor) Revelation 12:10 has the right to stand before God (Judge) Psalm 50:6 and point a finger at us... but Jesus... our "Advocate" (Lawyer) Romans 8:34 intercedes on our behalf. A Believers sin is taken away in the court room of Heaven. While this is true however, the lack of repentance for unforgiveness will hinder our walk, our growth, limit our ability to hear from God and allows Satan a continued foothold. That is not a place I want to live in!

 Deal with it, repent from it, forgive and WIN.

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