One of the big mistakes that believers, and people in general, make is trying to hold on to things (people, places, events) that God has delivered them from. There is a time and a season for everything. When those seasons are over, they are meant to remain that way.
When God gets you out of a bad relationship or situation, it is not merited for you to reopen it or go back to you. The woman who looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah was turned into a pillar of salt for being disobedient and looking back.
That doesn’t mean that you must forget anything. It also doesn’t take anything away from the legacy. You only open the risk to tarnish your memories or the legacy of what was once great, when you try to keep using or returning to it after it is meant to be over.
Listen to the message below to hear the blessed Word of God concerning not looking back to situations, or reopening doors, that are already or should be closed.
I heard someone say that she wished her loved ones would just forget about the wrong that she had done and move forward. The idea is a nice idea, that when we do wrong others would forgive and forget. In fact, the first part of that is simply to forgive. But, as hard as it may be to forgive, it is even harder to forget.
You will actually often here people say, “I do forgive you, but I will NEVER forget!”
The Word of God often tells us to forgive. In fact, it says in Matthew 18:20-22, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
It also says, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” (Luke 17:4) So, we can clearly see that forgiveness is essential. But, let’s get to this business about forgetting.
Forgetting something is the equivalent of something dying out. Habits, knowledge, ideas, etc., are established by constant repetition of them, and likewise, they end by constant neglect of them. If you want for people to forget about something, you just discontinue the behaviors that remind them of it. Likewise, if you want to forget something that someone did to you, you also have to starve it by stop talking about and thinking about it. (If you want to know how to stop thinking about it, you must learn to catch it at first thought and challenge/rebuke it with a counter thought against it – see 2 Corinthians 10:5)
The more that those reminders are neglected and REMOVED (if it’s a behavior), the more it will start fading from memory until eventually it will be so far in the back of your or their head that it seems weird to even bring it up anymore. Then, just like in Job 18:16-17, the past “…roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. His REMEMBERANCE SHALL PERISH from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.”
Starve the memory of your past mistakes by eliminating the behaviors that surrounded those mistakes (true repentance), and in doing so, the memory of those mistakes will fade into oblivion. And then though some people who have no life of their own may still try to bring it up beyond that, it would be so awkward on them because you are so much more different than that mistake once made.
None of your God-given talents are meant to be wasted or muffled! You may be an evangelist, but have a passion and skill for hip-hop. Some would call this a conflict of interest, but the truth is that God gave you both your callings and your gifts, even those that some people would find questionable because of their limited traditional understanding that is based more on tradition than the Word itself. It is your God-given purpose, however, for you to use both.
This is where it is going to get sticky though…
Some people feel like their skill is sexual, or violent, or some other taboo. But even with that, there is a purpose. Your sexual prowess was given to you not to be loose and “spread the love” but rather that you would be a gift to your spouse in support of his or her great mission in life. Your violent gift is not about being criminal but rather making you a warrior who can protect the weaker people who don’t have the ability to protect themselves. And likewise, your other”taboo” gifts also have an honorable purpose to use them for instead of the taboo purposes that they are normally associated with.
Your gifts and skills are not meant to be muffled! Use them, no matter what they are, in service to God’s will and plan. Your superior drug selling skills (sampling, marketing, selling, financials) can be used honorably in terms of entrepreneurship to take care of your family the right way. Former prisoners, as inventive as they can be, can use those same skills to now invent things to save lives instead of to take them. None of your skills are in vain. Use them for the greater good, and God’s glory.
They were given to you as gifts. Enjoy them, and allow them to make room for you. Remember…
Proverbs 18:16 – A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Romans 13:8 – Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
You don’t owe anyone any explanations about yourself or anything in your life. It’s not their business! If they truly were concerned, they’d simply ask you if you’d like them to pray for you and leave it at that, but because they are vipers posing as caterpillars, wolves posing as sheep, they want to know each and every detail about you and your situation so that they can use it against you at the earliest and most convenient opportunity, often just for the sake of gossip or spite. You don’t own them anything, but to love them!
Likewise, don’t allow yourself to, or keep placing yourself in a situation to, have to constantly owe someone back for something. Leave the debt alone when you can. Learn to save, hustle, or invest until you can obtain. The instant gratification is often not worth the extended burden to keep it. It’s okay to do without it, or find another alternative. Take action to start reducing what you owe to others, because if anything, you owe it to YOURSELF to be able to live freely and unburdened by unnecessary debt.
Either way, take time to understand, learn, and know what you truly need, don’t need, should owe, and should not owe, for when it is all said and done, only love is essential.
Enjoy the following health tip from our health and fitness ministry, “Fu-Phil-It”
Utilize the Four Core Health Quadrants to maximize your health level. This is a non-complicated approach and simply involves making small adjustments in the four core areas that affect general health. These four core areas are:
• Walking – Walking daily, which is a very low impact exercise that most people can do, goes a long way in keeping you healthy. Daily walking is extremely helpful in preventing many forms of degenerative disease, and increasing your overall wellness while reducing stress.
• Water – Your body is composed primarily of water, and getting enough each day (the number of ounces should be at least half of your body weight) is vital in regulating many of the necessary functions of your body from temperature regulation to weight management to toxin removal.
• Sleep – In these fast paced times, the majority of people don’t get enough sleep. Sleep, however, is when the body recovers and rebuilds as a result of all of the activities that occurred during the waking hours. Enough sleep, which is actually restful, keeps the stress levels down as well, which aids in positive results instead of negative impacts.
• Food – The easiest thing to say about food is to follow the food chart, and when following the food chart, try to use food that is as natural/organic as possible. The proper balance of food, as found in the food chart, will ensure much more balanced nutrition, which helps the body to function properly.
Focusing on these four simple areas of health are the essential steps for most people to remain healthy for the long run. These areas of health will ensure a healthy body weight, much lower risk of disease, higher energy, less stress, and great overall well-being. So, considering this, don’t wait any longer in taking care of your health! Take care of yourself now so that others won’t have to later.
To your health,
…of UGFE Ministries
I’ve noticed quite a few things about shadows. For one, if the sun is lower in the sky, and thus farther away, a person’s shadow is longer. The closer that the sun gets (which is also the higher that it goes and the brighter that it becomes), the smaller that the shadow becomes. If you could get even closer to the sun and the light is intensified even greater and greater, there will eventually become a point where you no longer see any shadow because the light and its reflections will eventually dispel all of the darkness.
Now think of how this applies to you as a believer…
Yeshuah (Jesus) is the son of God and the Word shines brightly as the sun. As the light (Word) shines on your life, your shadows (sins, weaknesses, sicknesses, etc. – all elements of darkness) are cast to the ground. The further you are away in your heart from the Lord, the more darkness is in your life, and the larger of a “shadow” that is cast to the ground when exposed to “the light.”
Isaiah 60:19 – The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
The closer you get to the light, however, and the higher you seek it (even to the point where you are completely submitted beneath it, fully exposed by it, with nowhere to hide), the smaller and smaller of a dark shadow you cast. In fact, you can get to the point where the only possibly shadow left is that which is hidden under your feet.
Romans 16:20 – And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
So seek the Lord diligently. Let there be no more room for anything to be hidden. Let there be nothing left to be cast down. Be in His presence. Peace be unto you!
If somebody has done something against you and you should be over it by now, yet for some reason are still mad, consider that you may need to forgive yourself.
Often, bitterness remains in a situation because we are unknowingly mad that we didn’t respond strong enough to really “teach them a lesson” for mistreating us. We also often find ourselves regretting that we trusted them enough to allow them to hurt us. Finally, we also have the situation where we were offended because the other person did something to us that we could have and maybe even had considered doing to them, but just never did it out of consideration for them, so we’re mad that we sacrificed and gave them more consideration than they were willing to give us in the same situation.
In any case, even when forgiving the other person, sometimes – even often – it is NECESSARY to also forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for being too kind, too considerate, too compassionate, too foolish, too naive, etc., to the point that somebody was able to take advantage of it and hurt you!
…and in such, you shall be strengthened. Bless you.
___________________________________________________For more guidance about forgiveness and other spiritual principles to help with establishing peace and balance in your life, please visit UGFE Ministries at www.ugfe.org.
“Salvation is the greatest miracle!”
This is what they shout from the pulpit in the corporate modeled church, but where is the scripture to acknowledge this?
A miracle is an act of divine, unnatural, or unusual type of event. It is something that is performed by someone. Jesus/Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine.
Show me in scripture where following Jesus, or accepting salvation, is considered a miracle! Out of all the people who became disciples – even the boisterous Simon/Peter – the Bible does not refer to their conversion as a miracle.
Where does this statement come from then?
I’ll tell you where… This is a statement made to validate weakened faith. Normally this type of statement is made in churches that seem to not really believe in the full power of the prayers where they are praying.
I’ve been to the churches where though they read the scriptures and even pray, they act like they don’t believe in what the scriptures say about divine healing, casting out spirits, prophecy, gifts of tongues, restoring life from death, and so on…. despite that these are things that the very scriptures attest.
These churches will address medical science procedures as miracles.
Why? Because, by calling something they know is common as a miracle will protect them from the let down something bigger not happening. In other words, it is playing it safe and basically saying that, “if this is all I can get to prove my faith, I’ll take it.”
God’s miracles, however are REAL miracles. God’s miracles are things like: bringing someone back from death, healing leprosy with the restoration of lost limbs, multiplying food massively, casting out vile spirits, and causing a plant to die from just speaking it. God’s miracles are not figurative, but they are REAL.
When we are ready to truly walk in faith, we will no longer call the non-miraculous as miracles, but believe in true miracles. Yes all these other things are great, but God is truly able, and we don’t have to weaken our expectations of faith to help Him out!
Far too often you hear where people say things like “the Bible says ‘don’t judge'” when responding to correction or teaching on something that they are doing wrong. It is one of the most misused scriptures of all. The rest of the scripture says, “lest you be judged,” which means not to judge or YOU WILL BE JUDGED by the same manner. The scripture about “removing the beam out of your own eye before attacking the speck in mine” is indicative of being hypocritical.
But what if the person is simply reading scripture, God’s Word? Is that him/her being hypocritical, or is it teaching from the Word?
What if the person who is sharing what is wrong, or cautioning, is doing so out of genuine concern of your soul? What if he/she is fully ready to be “judged” by the same manner?
Too often, this attitude and statement is used to try to either scare or guilt the person into walking away from declaring the truth because the person on defensive just doesn’t want correction, even loving correction. Proverbs actually declares the person who hates correction as “stupid” and also states that the person who hates correction will die. (And NO, this is not threatening, or saying that we want anyone to die, just teaching scripture… it is sad that I must say that because there will be some person out there trying to twist this for more than what it really means.) In other words, the person who refuses correction is dangerous to him/herself and destroys his/her own life.
On the “flip side,” I bet you that if you approach those same people with comments about their blessings, how they must have been doing something good, or how their blessings are a testament to them being good people… they won’t throw “judge not, lest you be judged” at you! If you’re recognizing them for good things, they won’t say anything of the sort about “don’t judge me” which if it’s judgement one way (and a bad thing) then it is judgement the other way.
Ultimately, it is kind of like with a young child. A young child wants to act up all day long and only be rewarded, but as soon as you get to the punishment side for his/her wrongdoings, the child will say you are being mean.
So, to conclude, the point is this… Someone saying that something you are doing that is wrong, which really is wrong, is not JUDGING! It is a FACT! Now, if you say, “it’s none of your business” that’s another thing. But if you say that, you must don’t want true friends, because true friends are going to try to help you if they see you going the wrong direction. True friends are going to tell you you’re wrong if it will help protect you from dire results. And likewise, if you go to a church or hear a sermon of someone preaching what the WORD says is wrong and take offense, then it sounds more like the “hit dog will holler” situation than anything judgement, and if offended then you are offended by God, not the messenger!
Ultimately, the only true judge is God, whom we shall all face. Iron does sharpen iron though, and we are expected to look out for each other, including correcting or advising each other of dangerous paths. And the Bible is not so much saying you are “bad” for judging anyone, but that you will be held by the same standard that you hold others, so really, shouldn’t we all seek to raise our standard and that of the entire body of Christ?
Judge? Maybe so.