Sharing Day 56 of the reading plan I am currently on from http://www.joycemeyer.org/ Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional
Setting Your Enemies Free
When dealing with past hurts, we all know that it’s right to forgive, even when it’s difficult. However, few of us rarely take the next step that God wants us to take.
A common misconception is that all we have to do is make the decision to forgive and our job is finished, but Jesus also said, “Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]” (Luke 6:28 AMP). In addition, Romans 12:14 says that we are to bless the people who persecute us and treat us cruelly.
We are to actively bless our enemies. God calls us to extend mercy to people who do not deserve it. Why?
When you forgive, it opens a door for God to heal you, but honestly, it doesn’t do much for the person who offended you. But when you bless them, you ask God to bring truth to them so they can repent and experience the real freedom He provides. Forgiveness sets you free…blessing your enemies sets them free.
Prayer Starter: God, I thank You for helping me walk in forgiveness, but I don’t want to stop there. I ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In the same way that You have brought healing to my life, bring healing to them so they can experience Your goodness and walk in Your love.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (Romans 12:14 KJV)
Sharing Day 55 of the reading plan I am currently on from http://www.joycemeyer.org/ Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional
Making a Decision to Forgive
When someone hurts us, we often react as though that individual has stolen from us. We feel that they owe us, yet God wants us to let it go.
If we refuse to forgive, what hope do we have of receiving what we need? To receive from God what He has promised in His Word, we must obey Him, regardless of how difficult it may be. We must forgive.
The greatest deception that Satan has perpetuated in the area of forgiveness is the idea that if our feelings have not changed, we have not truly forgiven. When you decide to forgive someone, don’t let the devil convince you that because you still have the same feelings, you have not really forgiven the person.
You can make the right decision to forgive and not “feel” any differently. That’s when faith steps in. You have done your part, now wait on God. He will do His part and heal your emotions, make you whole, and change your feelings toward the person who hurt you.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I choose to forgive those who have hurt me. I release them from their debt, in Jesus’ name. Heal my heart and make me whole.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25 KJV)
Sharing Day 48 of the reading plan I am currently on from http://www.joycemeyer.org/ Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional
Nothing Is Impossible
People who think positively can see potential in even the most discouraging situations, while those who think negatively are quick to point out problems and limitations.
This goes beyond the proverbial idea of simply seeing a glass “half full” or “half empty” and extends to actually making decisions and taking actions based on either positive or negative thinking.
Have you ever noticed how negative thinking blows things out of proportion? Problems start to seem larger and much more difficult than they really are.
Sometimes, a problem may actually be impossible…in the natural. And a negative mindset forgets that nothing is impossible to God.
Meditating on God’s Word will rid you of negativity and help you refocus on who God is. A positive mindset based on God’s Word knows that nothing is beyond God. He is always present.
I’ve trained my brain to believe God and His Word, and I’ve experienced the power available to me through God when I’ve trusted Him more than my circumstances. We need to always remember that nothing is impossible with God.
Prayer Starter: Lord, it’s clear to me that I have nothing to gain from a ‘glass-half-empty’ mindset. Even in impossible situations, I know that You are there. I choose to see the positive side of things as I live in Your Word.
My cousin’s painting up at the new Gallery Orange .
Matt Yrad “Transcendence” 2014
The Gallery is now much bigger and has a very artist-y feel to it.
And yes, my cousin’s painting is in good company.
In an often misunderstood world, these artists have found their home.
Finally a niece, a granddaughter, a princess.
Having settled with what we are accustomed to for 10 years, something different and extraordinarily beautiful comes along..
Her brother’s sidekick, her Daddy’s girl and her Mommy’s world.
Nathalie Simone V. Ko
6.10 lbs, 34 cm
July 1, 2014