Just have to LET IT GO.

Forgive to be forgiven and forget so that you can be free.

This is a sermon I preached and its a sticky subject to tackle because of the hurt that lies deep within. Sometime times people and events has caused us to be at a standstill in our lives. We can't move on because of the issues that has never been resolved amongst us. Many of us has suffered emotional trauma that prohibits our abilities to move on with our lives. The sad part it, the issue has passed, the people who offended us moved on, and we are stuck holding the bag.

This message will help you determine rather your hurts were self afflicted or just hings you had to go through. There is no better medicine for hurt and pain than the Word of God. You can go to all the theropists that you wish, but until you give it to God and LET IT GO, you'll always be in bondage to your current situation.

First God is the only one that can heal all wounds. His son was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed. This means that for every situation that we may encounter, it was already done to Jesus so we wouldn't have to go through it as he did.

This sermon that I preached is entitled," I am back and better than ever." After reading this, you will feel the peace of the Lord over take you. You'll ask yourself why was I upset in the first place. Please know this, I do understand where you are coming from because I too had to overcome some situations that I thought was impossible. I could tell my life story but I won't. I can say this, most things that the average person goes through, I've been there and done that.

Needless to say that the Lord has blessed me so that my emotional and phycical pain has been 100% healed. I had to give everything to the Lord and forget about it or it would have consumed me. I refused to become a statistic in a mental institution. This was my ambition to never have to go there. God was and is my source of contemptment hoped for all I do. Jesus is the center of my joy.

Forgiveness is the key

Most of us don't know how to forgive. We think by accepting an apology from someone who did us wrong was the act of forgiving. In fact that is only the first step. We have to realize that none of us are perfect. Mistakes happens everyday. There will not be a day where someone will not offend us. We could be in the check out counter and the person in front of us is taking too long, we'll automatically feel offended. Someone could cut us off on the highway and we would be offended. Someone could say something offensive to us and we will be offended. The question is, will you truely forgive them.

Let me ask this....

How many times do you offend people? You probably wouldn't know that you've offended them. You know why? Because the person you have offended wouldn't tell you. Why wouldn't they tell you? Because they have mastered the art of forgiveness.

Have you ever wondered why some people will still treat you with lovingkindness as if you never offended them.? That is because those people do not carry those types of burdens because of it. Those types of people adopt the lifestyle of love covering the multitude of sins.

We have to be the same way with forgiveness. Number one we have to be quick to forgive. Just because a person may have stepped on your shoe, doesn't mean that you have to be angry every time you see them. Forgive them, forget it, and move on. Even if they never apologize for it, LET IT GO. It is better for you than it is for them. Let them carry the burden of unforgiveness. Forgive them anyway and move on. They have to answer to God for their actions, NOT YOU!

When Peter asked Jesus how often must he forgive someone who has offended him, Peter thought 7 times. But Jesus corrected him and said, " 70X7." We know for a fact that one person couldn't possibly offend us that many times in one day. However, there are possibilities that multiple things could have offended us that many times that day. Therefore we have to forgive it that many times each day. But I really don't believe Christ meant this in actual numeric terms. I think the message was, one should forgive countless times continuous to say the least.

You have to love eachother as Christ loves the church, None of us can say we love God and hate our brothers and or sisters. If we can show unforgiveness which in turn produces hatred, how can we say we love. We don't love. If we loved than hate wouldn't be in our vocabulary. We can't say we love the Lord but yet we hurt our sisters and brothers whom are God's creations too. But that is a whole other lesson.....

Forget about it

When we come to God for forgiveness, what does God do? If he sees that we are 100% repentful for our actions, He will cast our sins into the sea of Forgetfulness and they are thought of no more. This means if God isn't holding it against you, don't hold other's against them either. Don't you hold it against you either. You can become your own worse enemy by not forgiving yourself.

One of the hardest things I had to overcome was my rape. I was raped twice and sexually assulted twice by three different men at different times in my life. When I was about 3, I was sexually assulted and fondled by my aunt's husband. I was between 5 and 7 when I was raped by my cousin. At the age of 12 again I was raped by the same cousin. In my teenage years, I was sexually assulted by a man from a church I attended. After all that, you would think that I would have trust issues with men right? Well I don't. The Lord completely healed me after, I have given it completely to him. That was the first thing I did. Then I had to understand that it wasn't my fault. Third, I had to forgive them. Fourth, I had to let it go. Lastly, I still had to love them as if they never did that to me in the first place.

I understand that these things do happen and it is up to the individual how things will end up. Which brings me to my message I preached.

I am back and better than ever.

PAST HURTS....

PAST HURTS CAN HINDER THE MOVE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE..WHEN YOU HOLD ON TO THE THINGS THAT HAS HURT YOU IN YOUR PAST..YOU ARE TELLING GOD THAT YOU DON'T TRUST HIM TO HEAL YOU...YOU ARE TELLING GOD THAT YOU ARE LESS THAN A CONQUEROR...AND THAT THE CRUCIFIXION WAS IN VAIN...YOU ARE TELLING GOD THAT YOU CAN'T DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM THAT GIVES YOU STRENGTH...YOU ARE TELLING GOD THAT ALL WEAPONS FORMED AGAINST YOU CAN PROSPER....YOU ARE TELLING GOD THAT HE IS UNABLE TO RAISE A STANDARD AGAINST SATAN WHEN HE COMES AT YOU LIKE A FLOOD....THAT IS TELLING GOD THAT HE CAN'T DO NOTHING AND HE CAN FAIL....

SECONDLY

SELF AFFLICTED WOUNDS...

THESE ARE WOUNDS ONE RECEIVE BY BEING DISOBEDIENT TO THE WORD OF GOD. THESE ARE WOUNDS THAT DIDN'T NEED TO HAPPEN IF THEY SURRENDERD TO THE PERFECT WILL F GOD..OH SOMEONE NEED TO HARKEN TO THIS...

WHEN ADAM AND EVE ATE OF THE FORBIDDEN TREE, THEY AFFLICTED THEMSELVES WITH SIN AND DEATH..

WHEN CAIN KILLED ABLE, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF WITH MENTAL TORNMENT..

WHEN THE WORLD WAS DISOBEDIENT TO GOD, THEY AFFLICTED THEMSEVES WITH THE WRATH OF GOD..AND GOD ONLY SAVED NOAH AND HIS FAMILY...

BECAUSE OF THE DISOBEDIENT WIFE OF LOT, SHE AFFLICTED HERSELF AND TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT...

MOSES HAD A BAD TEMEPER, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF, AND COULDN'T ENTER THE PROMISE LAND...

WHEN THE ISRAELITES TURNED THEIR BACKS ON GOD, THEY AFFLICTED THEMSELVES, NOW THEY ARE CONSTANTLY AT WAR...

WHEN JERICHO REFUSE TO SURRENDER TO GOD, THEY AFFLICTED THEMSELVES, AND THEIR WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN.

BECAUSE SAMPSON GAVE INTO LUST, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF, AND LOST HIS STRENGTH...

SAUL'S JEALOUSY FOR DAVID, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF, LEADING TO HIS DEATH...

BECAUSE OF DAVID'S LOVE FOR WOMEN, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF WITH MANY PLAGUES AND TERRORS ON HIS LAND....

OK JUDA'S BETRAYEL OF JESUS AFFLICTED HIMSELF, AND KILLED HIMSELF.....

PETER'S DENIAL OF JESUS, HE AFFLICTED HIMSELF AND WAS CRUCIFIED UP SIDE DOWN.

AND WE DON'T WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE CONDEMNATION OF THE CHURCHES IN REVELATIONS DUE TO DISOBEDIENCE...THATS IS A WHOLE OTHER TOPIC UP FOR DISCUSSION.

BUT YOU SEE HOW YOU CAN AFFLICT YOURSELF WITH WOUNDS YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE. IF YOU REALLY UNDERSTOOD THAT "OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN A SACRIFICE" THEN YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE END RESULT IS DEATH.

NOW GOD SAID, THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS....

I AM BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER....

NOW I HAVE TORN DOWN I MUST BUILD UP..

KNOW THAT YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER...WHEN THE ENEMY COMES AT YOU LIKE A FLOOD, GOD WILL RAISE A STANDARD AGAINST HIM...YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT GIVES YOU STRENGTH....EVENTHOUGH YOU WALK THROUGH THE VALLY OF THE SHADDOW OF DEATH , YOU SHALL FEAR NO EVIL BECAUSE GOD IS WITH YOU. HIS ROD AND STAFF COMFORTS YOU...

NOW IN ORDER TO HAVE THIS DEVINE PROTECTION YOU MUST FORGIVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS WHO HAS OFFENDED YOU. YOU CAN'T SAY YOU LOVE GOD AND HATE YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER..THAT CLASSIFIES YOU AS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN YOU. HOW CAN YOU LOVE GOD AND YOU CAN'T SEE HIM BUT HATE SOMONE YOU SEE DAILY...

I BIND ALL BITTERNESS AND ANGER IN JESUS NAME. I COME AGAINST ALL EMOTIONAL ATTACKS FROM THE ENEMY THAT COMES TO DESTROY THWE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD FROM ACCOMPLISHING WHAT THUS SAITH THE LORD. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST OVER EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND GET SET FREE FROM IT...IN JESUS NAME AMEN..

DO NOT LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON YOUR WRATH AND BE ANGRY BUT DON'T SIN. BECAUSE YOU LET THE DEVIL PLAY TRICKS ON YOUR MINDS. YOU HAVE ACCEPTED REVENGE IN YOUR HEARTS. AND CAUSED YOU TO DO THINGS COMPLETELY OUT THE WILL OF GOD...

GOD SAID VENGENCE IS HIS SO WHY ARE YOU STILL HARBORING FEELINGS...LET IT GO AND LET GOD RULE....LET GOD ARISE AND THE ENEMY BE SCATTERD....

BUT YOU TOO CAN PROUDLY SAY I AM BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER.

WHEN YOU COME INTO CHRIST YOU ARE A NEW CREATION...OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY AND BEHOLD ALL THINGS BECOME NEW...GOD WILL CAST ALL YOUR SINS INTO THE SEA OF FORGETFULLNESS AND THEY ARE THOUGHT OF NO MORE...IF GOD CAN FORGIVE YOU THAN FORGIVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS AND LET THE LOVE OF GOD PERMIATE YOUR BEING.

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