Saturday, May 31, 2008

Those Who Trespass Against Us

Those of us who labor in the creative arts ministries will suffer many hurts. Many "walking wounded" are dancing in front of congregations and audiences today. The Lord is a Healer and a Redeemer. If we are injured emotionally, spiritually, or physically, we can begin to walk in complete deliverance right now.

Forgiveness is a thing that we must practice daily. Offenses must come, but we do not have to hold onto them in our hearts and long-term memories. Our ministries will be negatively affected if we do not continue to walk in brotherly love. We must yield our hearts and minds to the Lord daily, so that we may present ourselves holy and acceptable to Him.

Concerning that leader that does not offer support: Forgive them, Father. Regarding those "church folk" who call us crazy: Forgive them, Father. For fellow dancers who shun one another and remain divided: Forgive them, Father. For every ridiculing statement made against us: Forgive them, Father. For each person that does not believe that you have sent us: Forgive them, Father. For every time we have doubted, disobeyed, procrastinated, or condemned ourselves: Forgive us, Father.

Genesis 50:17 (NKJV)
‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

James 5:16 (NKJV)
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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