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In the game of cricket, you never score a run unless somebody throws ball at you. If the throwing of ball is adversity, then it is the blessing of the New Testament. Jesus was lied against by the Jews, tried in their kangaroo court and was crucified. A rebellious crowd stoned Stephen to death. The Philippians wrongfully imprisoned Paul and Silas.
Surprisingly, Jesus prayed for the Jews that got him crucified, Stephen prayed for all that got him stoned to death, and Paul and Silas preached salvation to their jailers. Have you ever asked yourself what was the power and the rationale behind this attitude? Why should someone do evil to you and God expect your heartfelt prayer for him in return? What exactly is God saying through the bible as regards evils that men do unto us?
Friends, I am not selling anything to you or inviting you to a church or a network of any kind. My business with these lines is to give you a key, a key that is relevant and of importance in the Kingdom of God. Many people like you are struggling and are locked outside their destinies and fulfillment, all because they do not understand the use of this key. Spiritual things are not taught, they are received. I pray that the revelation of this key will fall into your hand.
Those who study revenge keep their wounds fresh. For this reason an offended person cannot think right while embracing the seed of the offense. When your emotion quickly prevails in split second over your spirit, the word of God cannot be easily applied at that second. However, you can overcome this by enrolling in the school of the Spirit, when you start loving God’s law:
‘Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall OFFEND them.’ – Psalm 119:165(emphasis mine).
Until we all understand offense, we would not use the key in question effectively, in addition, we would not celebrate or appreciate God for giving us the key. Unlike man, God in His infinite wisdom sees from the finished works (ahead of man) back to the present. For example, before Jesus was crucified, the Lamb (a type of Jesus) had been slain before the foundation of the earth (Revelation 13:8). Isaiah said that God declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
God sees from the finished work back to the present, and from the present (if you allow Him), He gently guides you to the finished work (His determined future for you). God explained better to Jeremiah thus:
‘For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, the thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an EXPECTED END’
- Jeremiah 29:11 (emphasis mine)
From this scripture, we realize that God has an expected end for all of us; this end is no evil by any mean. Our understanding of this scripture will give us insight and foresight into the subject and issues of offense.
The word offend simply means off – end. So whenever our emotion rules over our spirit, it makes the written word be without effect; and in allowing that we go off God’s expected end. In words, we say we are offended, but in spiritual reality we are off – ended! A parallel word for this is to be off – track. In athletics, the fastest man in the world that ran in 100m dash but finished in another lane would be disqualified because of off – end (offend).
In order for us to finish at God’s expected end, He gave us this golden Kingdom key – Forgiveness. The very moment you forgive your adversary, you are back on track and your success race to greatness continues. This was the same key Jesus used to complete the offering on the Cross at Calvary. Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing’. Stephen said, ‘Do not lay this charge against them.’ Whatever we are doing outside forgiveness, is laboring under a closed heaven.
The mission of your adversary is to take you off – end, your mission is not to be moved, so you can fulfill your God determined destiny, this is only done by forgiveness. You joy would be full if you can truly forgive. Call or write those who have offended you in one way or another, and see the key opening doors of closed heaven.
Jesus used this key, and so were Stephen, Paul and Silas. Turn the key now; don’t just hold it in your mind.
Preparing the Bride,