Category Archives: forgiveness

In Awe of God

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Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? Circumstances that should be one way but the results are such that you just cannot explain how it happened, whether good or bad. Have you ever had a Joseph experience where the enemy meant one thing but God turned it around for your good? Or when you look back over your life and you wonder God after all the things that I have done how can it be that you did not allow my past to overtake my future? Despite my mistakes God continues to bless me. The cultures standards say that because of my background I am not suppose to be in the place that I am today. When I reflect upon my past I am in awe of how God continues to amaze me.

We all have felt the weight of sin, the guilt and shame has made us feel that we are not worthy to lift our hands to the one who is Holy. Many people feel unworthy to serve God. I know I have felt this way, where the burden of not being perfect made me feel inadequate to serve God in the capacity in which He has called me to serve. My life story has not been perfect I have done some things that I am not proud of . Shame caused me not to own my past.

But here is some encouragement. God loves us unconditionally. He does not hold our past sin against us. When we come to Christ He forgives our sins to never remember them again. The great news about amazing grace is that you do not have to bear the weight of sin. God has taken the weight for us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took our sin to the Cross and now we are free from sin. Jesus pleaded our case, he righted our wrongs, and he broke the chains so that we could be free.

Why would he do that? Why would he give His life for ours? Love is the answer. God so loved us that He gave His Son for us. I want to encourage you today that you do not have to carry the burden of your past, when I look back at my life I have had to ask this questions many times and I sit in awe of my life now.   Certain things that have happen in my life according to the world’s standards I am suppose to be a high school drop out, living in poverty but that is not my story. In recent years have gotten to a place where I own my past but understand that yes I was not perfect and I made some mistakes but my past does not negate who I am now. My past experiences have helped shape who I am today. Jesus justified me and made me righteous GRACE IS ALL HE SEES now.

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Grace is your answer Jesus does not see your sin anymore, but He sees the Grace that He has poured over you. Do not be broken by the weight of your past let it go. Accept the free gift of GRACE. My prayer for you today is that you always stay in awe of God’s mercy never forget what He has done for you but don’t let your past guilt you out of what God wants to do for you now. “You are highly favored and blessed of God.”

Always Love,

Teresa

 

“How Can this Be” Songwriters
INGRAM, JASON / MABURY, PAUL / JOHNSON, JEFF Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, MUSIC SERVICES, INC

Read more: Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

How Can this Be

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How Can This Be !!!!

How can this be? We have all asked this question from one time or another. Whether faced with a circumstance and the results are such that you just cannot explain how it happened, whether good or bad. Some of us have had situations when it looked one way but the outcome was different and you say how can this be? How did this happen it wasn’t suppose to turn out this way. Have you ever had a Joseph experience where the enemy meant one thing but God turned it around for your good? Or when you look back over your life and you wander God after all the things that I have done how can it be that you did not allow my past to overtake my future? I Just recently heard a song by Lauren Daigle called you guest it “How Can this Be” the words to this song made me cry and reflect on the goodness of God. And how He continues to bless His people even when by the cultures standards we are not suppose to be in the place that we now find ourselves to be. The words begin like this.

“I am guilty Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become, these hands are dirty, I dare not lift them up to the Holy one.”

We all have felt the weight of our sin, the guilt and shame has made us feel that we are not worthy to life our hands to the one that is Holy. Sin has made us feel that we can give ourselves to God because we have to change in order to be saved. Many people feel unworthy to serve God. I know I have felt this way, where the burden of not being perfect made me feel inadequate to serve God in the capacity in which He has called me to serve. My life story has not been perfect I have done some things that I am not proud of so because of the shame I have been in the place of not owning my past.   But here is some encouragement

“You plead my cause, You right my wrongs, You brake my chains You overcome
You gave Your life, To give me mine, You say that I am free, How can it be
How can it be”

You do not have to bear the weight of sin, how can this be? Because Jesus has already forgiven us of the sin. He has taken the weight from us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took our sin to the Cross and now we are free from sin. Jesus pleaded our case, he righted our wrongs, and he broke the chains so that we could be free. Why would he do that? Why would he give His life for ours? Love is the answer. God so loved us that He gave His Son for us. I want to encourage you today that you do not have to carry the burden of your past, when I look back at my life I have had to ask this questions many times and I sit in awe of my life now.   Certain things that have happen in my life according to the world’s standards I am suppose to be a high school drop out, living in poverty but that is not my story. I have just in the recent years have gotten to a place where I own my past but understand that yes I was not perfect and I made some mistakes but my past does not negate who I am now. My past experiences have helped shape who I am today. Jesus justified me and made me righteous GRACE IS ALL HE SEES now.

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

How can this be? Grace is your answer Jesus does not see your sin anymore, but He sees the Grace that has been poured over you. Do not be broken by the weight of your past let it go and accept the free gift of GRACE.   My prayer for you today is that you always stay in awe of God’s mercy never forget what He has done for you but don’t let your past guilt you out of what God wants to do for you now. Just like the angel Gabriel proclaimed to Mary the mother of Jesus, when she asked this same question how can this be? The answer that was given by the angel “you are highly favored and blessed of God.”

Always Love,

Teresa

 

“How Can this Be” Songwriters
INGRAM, JASON / MABURY, PAUL / JOHNSON, JEFF Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, MUSIC SERVICES, INC

Read more: Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiveness

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Last week I wrote about loyalty and how I my loyalty was called into question. Well in the midst of all that I must say it bothered me, I mean it really bothered me and I decided to change the dynamics of the relationship. I mean the events really put me off and made me look at the other person differently and I just did not want to be bothered with that person again. But under the circumstances I have to deal with this person so I decided to put up some boundaries and just move on.

 

Well as I was going about my daily routine with these new boundaries the Holy Spirit really began to deal with me. Me why was Holy Spirit dealing with me? I wasn’t the problem, the other person was!   Well that is what I thought until I stopped debating the issue with God and began to listen.   Holy Spirit showed me that yes I was hurt and put off by the situation but I had not really forgiven the person for the offense.   You see I thought just because I prayed for the person and set these boundaries that I was over it and had forgiven but the more I debated it and meditated on the issue, the more I did not like the person nor did I want to interact and I found everything wrong in that person. I was being eaten up with unforgiveness and I was miserable. Yes miserable.

 

You see when you don’t deal with unforgiveness it will make you miserable. You become trapped in an emotional prison of bitterness, hate, stress and discontentment. This prison now has you either wanting to get back at the person for the wrong that they have committed and you find yourself so focused on the person that you can’t live your life without thinking about how to make the offender hurt just has bad as you are hurting.   Now my offense was not to the point of wanting revenge but my character was not right. So what did I do? I gave this person power of over me to change my behavior. See when you do not forgive you relinquish your life to the offender. You give them power over you, to change who you really are. I recently read a blog by Dr. Cindy Trimm and she wrote “painful experiences have the ability to create negativity that poisons the soul and spirit, spilling out like an acid that corrodes everything and everyone attached to us. Instead of forgiving ourselves and others, bitterness fills our soul”. This is why it is important to forgive and do it quickly. You don’t want the acid of bitterness to erode your heart and character. Don’t give the offender power over you. God is the only one you should yield yourself too. When I say quickly don’t get me wrong some offenses take time to heal but you can make an immediate choice to forgive and then ask God to heal that hurt. Healing is a process and by faith you will get pass the offense and be able to move on. You have the key to unlock the emotional prison, the key is forgiveness. You may never receive the apology that you deserve but set yourself free and forgive.

 

 

Always Love

Teresa

 

“When you forgive and forget, you don’t disregard the negative occurrence—you simply choose not to give it power over your life. Forgiveness gives you permission to change your life story by writing a new life script built on new paradigm”. Dr. Cindy Trimm