Unforgiving-Servant

How many times have you asked for forgiveness? How many times have you forgiven others?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35 King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1John 2:2)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I am going to make this plain. A sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world. Those very sins that we need forgiveness for. How dare we not forgive others.

Because Jesus Said So

 

The Great Commission 4Yes, I believe Jesus died and rose on the third day. In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (Matthew 28:1, 5-6) And what happened after that cannot be taken lightly. Jesus gave us our assignment.

The Great Commission

To spread the good news of salvation for ALL. Jesus was given all authority. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18) and then delegated that authority to his disciples. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

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We must learn the ways of Christ to become his disciples, so that our teaching is not short of his teaching. Righteousness comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells within us and not just from the mouth.

In Acts 1:8 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  As disciples, we are on a mission to bring others into the household of faith to begin their relationship with Christ.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

May the Lord manifest himself in your life as you learn, grow, teach, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Prophetess Huldah A Spokeswoman For God

Kingdoms brown color

Over a period of time Israel, the Northern kingdom had 19 evil kings and Judah the Southern kingdom had kings when compared to Israel were somewhat better. Josiah began to reigned when he was 8 yrs old and his reign lasted 31 years. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. (2Kings 22:2)

The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and in the course of getting the temple back in order, Hilkiah the high priest found the book of the law which he turned over to the scribe Shaphan who read it to the king. When the king heard the words, he rent his clothes. (2Kings 22:11)

The king then instructed him to go and inquire of the Lord. There wasn’t a discussion about who to see, they knew exactly who would tell them the truth of God’s word. Prophetess Huldah a spokeswoman for God.

Prophetess Huldah

(2Kings 22:14-20)14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,

16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:

17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.

18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;

19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.

20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

Then the king brought all the people together and publicly made a covenant before the Lord to walk after the Lord and keep his commandments. King Josiah took action to clean out the temple and rid the nation of its sinful ways. Read more in 2Kings 23:4-15, 24.

25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. (2Kings 23:25)

Huldah was very clear with her message that the nation was headed for destruction. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15). Also, take action for the word says, But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves James 1:22. King Josiah was a doer and he had someone like Huldah, a prophetess, a spokeswoman for God, who he could count on to tell him the truth of God’s word.

The Bible Is My GPS

GPS and BibleI think about my destination to heaven the way others think about their next vacation destination. What path do I need to take? Will the roads I travel be clear so I can see what I need to see. The Bible has all the answers. The Bible is my GPS to keep me on the right path.

 
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4 KJV)

 
With the word of God, I always want him to order my steps, but what’s just as important is I must obey where he tells me to go, even if I don’t understand it. I must trust Him and have faith.

 
There may be trials and tribulations similar to road construction we want to get around it quickly by taking shortcuts. The choice is yours, however remember what the word says I’m with you always, now that’s encouragement for your soul and you can make it through whatever may come your way. God may not take you around the dilemmas, issues, or pain but he is with us as we go through it.

 
If we think God’s path will not work, doubting his word and going off on our own we can probably expect a path of destruction that leads to sin. Let’s not be like the Israelites wondering in the wilderness and complaining. Listen to God and obey.

 
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. (Psalms 4:11 KJV)
We can try to delay taking the path that God has laid out for us, but the will of God will come to pass whether we decide to take the long way or a shortcut. I prefer to concentrate on the righteous way.

 
My Bible is the best GPS and it is always right, I just need to follow the directions in it.
Let me do a self-check to see if I’m following God’s directions exactly as spoken in the word of God:
I’m saved – Romans 10:9
My body is a temple and bought with a price – 1Cor.19-20
Exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
Be ye Holy for I am holy – 1Peter 1:16
Walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7
Worship God in Spirit and in truth – John 4:24
His spirit dwells in me – 1 John 4:13

 
I’m believe I’m on the right path. And I will not give up. I’m going to trust in the creator of my path.

 
The Bible is our GPS to stay the course and follow the path. When we go on vacation, we are excited about getting to our destination whether it be a quick weekend getaway or the luxury of one or two weeks, once we get there, we are excited that we arrived and if someone is waiting on us, they are excited too. This is what I envision, if I stay on the path reading the word of God and applying it to my life one day I will get to heaven and rejoice and God will say Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant Come On In.

God Did Rest, So Clear Your Calendar

Driving into work earlier this week I was thinking about all the things waiting for me when I arrived, then my mind quickly jumped to the things I had to do and wanted to do once the workday released me. The to do list always seems to grow so fast. Check off one task and two more tasks magically appear. If only my hair and/or nails would grow that fast…. I’m just saying.

Do we really need to fill up our calendars?

Well in the midst of these thoughts my favorite radio program is on, “Get UP! Mornings with Erica Campbell” and her sidekick Griff was talking about rest. And of course, that was confirmation for me…nope I don’t need to fill up my calendar. I need to rest!!

What is it about saying I’ll do it or I’ll be there? Does it give us satisfaction, make us feel important and popular? And as you already know after we fulfill the professional obligations and personal invitations, we are beyond tired and again we tell ourselves I can’t keep doing this, I gotta learn to say no, a very nice no. The perfect decline should take care of it. I know my mind and body will thank me for it. REST it’s the right thing to do.

But if you are having doubts or feeling guilty for taking time to catch your breath, this is for you, God rested on the seventh day.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (Genesis 2:2 NIV)

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. (Hebrews 4:9-10) Life Application Study Bible.

Rest from your labor. Rest in the Lord

I say it’s time for a new to do list and #1 on this list is REST. Oh yeah and as far as the calendar, not right now, go get some rest.

God thank you for your presence and the comfort we find when we rest in you Lord. God there is peace knowing that are needs are being met even in the resting period. We can find rest for our souls because your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Your love for us is amazing Lord and we adore you, in the precious name of Jesus Amen.