God’s Plan of Shalom For You Includes Forgiveness

Saturday May 31, 2014

God has a good plan full of hope and peace for you. God is the author of good things. Peace (shalom) means completeness, soundness, welfare, safety, health, prosperity, tranquility, contentment, and friendship. Isaiah 26 verses 12 and 3 say that God will establish shalom for us. You can be in a crisis on the outside and still have peace on the inside, like Jesus asleep in the boat in the midst of a big storm. Jesus expected His disciples to deal with the storm by speaking peace to it. If you can stand in peace, you can get the victory. If you can’t, then you need to get into the Word. You will get to the point that you can even laugh in the circumstances by keeping your mind on Him. A requirement is forgiveness. In Mark 11:26 we are informed that if we don’t forgive, God can’t forgive us our sins. The blood washes away my sin, but if I refuse to forgive, He can’t forgive us. What do you do about it? You say that you forgive the person and release them. When the thought of that person and your unforgiveness come up, take captive that thought. Thinking on the problem is thinking on the flesh, which is death. Set your mind by the power of the Word and truth, submitting to God’s plan. If we are not walking in forgiveness, we are in darkness. Jesus is light, and if we walk in the light, we walk in love and fellowship with one another, and Jesus’ blood can cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:5-10). Once we are born-again, we have the power and ability to walk without sin. If we say that we have fellowship with God, but we walk in darkness, we lie. We must be hearers and doers of the Word. We are deceived if we know to walk in the light, but we don’t do it. Judge yourself and examine yourself by the light of the Holy Spirit. If Christ is in you, the flesh is dead! When that memory comes from the “dead man”, tell him to be quiet. Say, “NO! I have forgiven them!” Unforgiveness keeps your prayers from being answered. God’s love is never taken from us, but we separate ourselves from Him by our unforgiveness (Romans 8:9-39). (We received communion after self-examination.)