Asking for Forgiveness

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“If we expect family and friends to forgive us 70×7 times for the sins and dysfunctions that we perpetrate upon them, then let’s remember that Jesus expects US to verbally ask for that forgiveness EACH of those 70×7 times!

We cannot remain silent AND expect to be forgiven by them. We are expected by Jesus to (1) verbally confess our failure to them EACH TIME, and then to (2) verbally ask for their forgiveness EACH TIME, as many times as we expect their forgiveness.”

( References: Matthew 18:21-22 / Luke 17:3-4 / James 5:16  )

( David J. Hall )

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To My Muslim Friends

The God of Abraham (Jehovah) is not the same as Allah, even if a Muslim declares it so.

Jesus, whom you revere as a prophet (but not as the crucified and resurrected Son of God) spoke to some Jews who claimed that their God was also Jehovah. Jesus pointed clearly to the fact that just because one claims to follow the God of Abraham does not mean that it is in reality true of them.

“Jesus replied, ‘If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies Me.

Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and obey His word.

Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.’”

~ John‬ ‭8:54-56‬

Following the God of Abraham means more than a religious adherence. It involves a love and an obedience (from the heart) to God’s words, spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is absolutely true for everyone, regardless of their culture or religious heritage.

Even Christians who believe that Jehovah is the God of Abraham, and believe that Jesus Christ is His crucified and resurrected Son, must also obey the word of God. Without obedience to the One True God, there is no hope, there is no forgiveness, there is no salvation, there will be no Heaven after this life.

The Bible clearly states that even demons believe that Jehovah is the God of Abraham, and yet they shudder with fear at the enormity of His true identity, and they have no hope and no future.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

~ James‬ ‭2:19‬

My Muslim Friends, I do not despise you for any reason, or because of your current religion and participation in Islam. You are my fellow human beings. You know pain like I do, you know sickness like I do, you know the weight of the guilt from sin like I used to. Yes, past tense regarding sin.

Through Jesus Christ and His Father, the God of Abraham, I have experienced the power of God that brings life into the soul. There are many religions in this world, but only a sincere heart-acceptance of Abraham’s God and His Son, Jesus Christ, has the power to break the hold and the guilt of sin.

I know you believe in the practice of prayer. As a Muslim, you have no doubt prayed many, many times. However, if Allah has not responded to your prayers and brought peace into your heart, perhaps it is because you have been addressing your prayers to the wrong god.

Try praying the following out loud:

🔹”I pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I pray to the God that created the universe, and created me.
🔹Please, reveal Yourself to me in a way that I will know it is really You. I want to know the One True God of the universe.
🔹And if Jesus Christ is Your Son (and was crucified and died upon a cross, and resurrected from the dead for the forgiveness of my sins) please, I want to know the truth.
🔹I want to know The True God that will give to me true, eternal life, forgiveness for my sin, and peace.”

Now, look forward to hearing from The One True God!

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The Archives of Heaven

Each person who has ever lived has every one of their sins, their sins of commission and sins of omission, recorded in a set of books. Every single sin is recorded with absolute accuracy, and without partiality; there is no embellishing nor is there any diminishing. Each person will be judged and sentenced to punishment on the basis of their exact record.

Well, not everyone. There is a single book that has a list of names in it, it’s called the Book of Life. This list is comprised of names only, no other entries of deeds done. This one book only contains the list of names of people who are to be pardoned by the Judge. Their pardon has not been earned by having a smaller number of sin-entries in the other large set of books, nor because of recordings of good deeds in some other archives.

“And I saw the dead… standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books… each person was judged according to what they had done… Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

~ Revelation 20:12-15

The pardon for sin will be received only by those who (while alive) had asked Jesus Christ to forgive them of their sin, and had lived the rest of their life engaged with Him and trusted Him with their eternity.

Your sins are being recorded, but is your name recorded in the list for pardons, is it recorded in the Book of Life?

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Forgiveness First, Then Healing

A normal experience in life (unfortunately) is to be hurt by others, either deliberately or accidentally. The hurt might include physical pain, but it always involves soul-pain. The soul-pain may be short lived, or it might be a long term pain due to an actual injury or wounding of the soul.

It has been said that “time heals all wounds,” but this is misleading if time is considered to be the only element in the healing process. While the healing process may take place over a period of time, there is a critical element that must be highlighted.

“Forgiveness heals all wounds” would be much more accurate, if a simple and short statement is being sought to describe the healing process.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed…”

~ James 5:16

Confession to each other and prayer for each other implies that forgiveness has been established. Only then can healing taking place. This principle of ‘Forgiveness First, Then Healing,’ is illustrated throughout scripture in both the Divine-with-Human relationship and the Human-with-Human relationship. For example:

“if My people… will humble themselves and pray… I will forgive their sin (Forgiveness First) and will heal their land (Then Healing).”

‭‭~ 2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬

Too often we unwittingly want to wait until we are healed [and don’t feel the soul-pain anymore] before we will consider forgiving the person who hurt us. This is contrary to the truth that actually does bring healing: ‘Forgiveness First, Then Healing.’

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro. 5:8) so that He could offer to us healing for our body, soul, and spirit. Likewise, while those who hurt us are still hurting us, we should begin our internal struggle of “dying to ourselves” so we can reach the place of being able to give them total forgiveness, even if we have to do it “seventy-seven times” (NIV) or “seventy times seven” times (NKJV, Matt. 18:22).

Our unforgiveness of them is just as deliberate an act as would be our forgiveness of them. Our ongoing act of unforgiveness is tantamount to us rubbing salt and poison into our own wounds which they initially inflicted in us. In studying the scriptures regarding forgiveness and unforgiveness, I am convinced that our act of unforgiveness is worse in the eyes of God than any injurious sin another person has committed against us.

Forgiveness of others is not easy because we hold so strongly to a general principle of giving only what is deserved, like: wages for work, applause for good entertainment, or a bonus for an extra effort. However, the very definition and nature of forgiveness is that it is NEVER deserved, but is ALWAYS required.

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Bad Boys

Throughout history some of the baddest of the bad have changed their course in life by turning to God.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.”

( 1 Timothy‬ ‭1:15-16‬ )

Hey Buddy, let today be The Day that you give up your Bad Boy badge, and pick up your new symbol of honor, the Cross of Christ.

Let today be your day.

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The Prisoner in the Third Cell

Book Review by “nobody777” [Dave Y.] on Amazon.com

The Prisoner in the Third Cell,” by Gene Edwards is an amazing little book that presents the story of John the Baptist from a perspective I doubt that most people have ever considered!  You will feel as if you are right there in the story with John and you will connect with him, not merely as a “hero of the faith,” but as a real person. Continue reading

The Fires of Life & Death

I have found that there are two kinds of fire that exist, and each of us will face either one or the other. But, it is our choice as to which fire we will walk in.

The first fire that we face is the Refiner’s Fire, or the Refining Fire of God. This fire is not about final judgment, it is about purifying our lives of habits and patterns of sin so that we can live in greater freedom and walk more closely with our God.

The second fire that we face is the Fire of Torment, or Hell’s Fire. This particular fire is not for purification but is instead for punishment. Scripture speaks of the fire that does not go out and that torments those who have not undergone the refining by fire that brings holiness and a new life with Christ.

No one chooses this second fire directly (they would have to be insane to even consider “choosing” 1 or 2 seconds of it). It is however entered into by the choices made in this lifetime.

Our rejection of Christ and His incredible free gift-offer of forgiveness and new life with Him results in an eternity in hell, a place where God’s Presence just simply is not manifest. In effect, those who did not want to live in the Presence of God while on earth get to live their eternity without the Presence of God, which literally is hell.

You might be reading this and some of my previous postings which reference these “hell fire and brimstone” aspects of our encounters with God, and wondering what on earth am I targeting these subjects for?

You might be asking me where God’s Grace is in all of this.

Suffice it to say, God’s Grace is RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW! God’s Grace does not wink at our sins and our shortcomings and our little “mistakes” of adultery, drunkenness, lying, cheating, evil suspicions, and the like.

His Grace is an attribute of His Patience and Mercy. His Grace extends to us an invitation to walk through (with Him, hand-in-hand!) periods of His Refining Fire so that our lives can be restored more and more into the image that He originally created us to look like… Himself!

There are two kinds of fire that we will face during our eternal existence. This life on earth we can walk with God, hand-in-hand through His Refiner’s Fire that purifies us. This fire has a beginning and an end… a very happy and joyful ending!

Or, we can wait until we physically die and enter into the Hell Fire that has a beginning, but no ending, and there is no one there to hold our hand.

Tough words, I know. Wow, DO I KNOW! I am walking through the Refiner’s Fire even as I write this, but I cannot express how deep my love and appreciation goes to my Heavenly Father for not only His refining of my life, but for His Presence with me in the fire, the fire which will soon finish its work in this phase of my growing and maturing life in Him.

Please, join me in the Refiner’s Fire of today. Let’s avoid that other fire…

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