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  1. Shalom everyone, I just wanted you all to know that it's been an extremely busy month for me in Israel. We had a conference in Jerusalem during the week of Pentecost. In the past month, we had a member of the congregation that suffered a stroke. Also, one of the anchors of the movement in Israel just passed away, which has taken my time away from the ministry. There is way too much going on in the land ... with the threat of a war with Iran, and trying my best to pastor and do the things I normally do. When I come to Worthy and find 20+ reported threads ... that's TIME in my daily routine that I really need these days. I posted this in another thread that I had to spend a good 30 minutes cleaning up. Do yourself a favor ... if you can't discuss something in love ... then simply don't let a forum board steal your joy! Seriously! I want you to think about this ... God created a HOLY people. What is Kadosh in Hebrew -- which is translated HOLY? It means SEPARATED for Himself! What SEPARATES us from the world? In the Old Testament -- it was keep SHABBAT (Sabbath) and following God's instructions! What is God doing now? Creating for himself a HOLY NATION through YOU! 1 Peter_2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. What makes US separated from the World? Is it the commandments? Well, it's DEEPER THAN THAT! Rom 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Rom 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom 13:11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Rom 13:12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. You can become so legalistic -- that you believe you're HOLY -- but in essence have no love -- you're missing the POINT! The thing that makes us SEPARATED from the world -- is OUR LOVE for ONE ANOTHER! And how we love our ENEMIES! The reality is simply this -- LEARN TO LOVE -- and the first step is learning how to discuss things with one another in LOVE! This is OBJECT of the lesson. If you can't discuss in love with those you disagree with ... you'll find yourself on Mod Review. I don't BAN anyone ... and I don't shut down discussions without a good reason. So please ... take the lesson to heart ... be a HOLY people and learn what should truly separate us from the world! Joh 17:21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. Joh 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, Joh 17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. God bless, George
  2. Honestly if people seriously looked at what God hates maybe they wouldn't seek cause division. Pro 6:16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: Pro 6:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, Pro 6:19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Just so you know what God truly hates.
  3. What is a verse that you love, and why do you treasure it? Ephesians 1:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved. This is an exciting verse because, to me, it teaches that if the Creator of heaven and earth created me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless, and if He predestined me to be adopted as one of His sons (daughters), then He will surely work in me that I may believe. This verse makes me realize that Faith is truly a gift from God. He gives it freely to those He chose before the creation of the world.
  4. Take this parable to heart. Let's say I'm throwing a big party and am inviting the world to the party (the forums) and I want everyone to have a great time, eating (reading through posts being fed), drinking (being encouraged to walk in His Word), and having fellowship with one another. In Israel, we have Shabbat meals -- and whenever you have 2 Jews -- you have 3 opinions -- it's GREAT to be opinionated. I encourage discussions ... but during our Shabbat meals ... we never ever get to the point in disagreements whereby food is being tossed and seriously yelling takes place! And if someone comes into the meal ... and starts throwing food ... and yells at everyone -- what do you suppose the head of the Shabbat meal will do? He'll escort those causing problems out of the house! Why? Because the whole reason for the gathering was to learn from one another ... to have a great time of fellowship! Some people like to constantly throw food and yell ... they won't last on Worthy ... because they missed the point of the party ... it's a prequel to the true party -- the Lamb's Supper! All I'm trying to provide is a place to allow true fellowship ... and discussions in love ... in the hopes it will be a catalyst for true REVIVAL based on REPENTANCE!
  5. Good evening everyone, We all go through difficult times, when we have to wait it out, pray, and trust the Lord that He will see us through. And He will. He has never, ever failed us, and has never, ever let us down, and He never will. Here's an article I read that is very encouraging for those difficult times in this life. When We Lose Heart By Susie Larson www.crosswalk.com “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 When John the Baptist sat in prison, most likely knowing that his execution was eminent, he battled a dark season of discouragement and doubt. According to Jesus, John was one of the greatest men who ever lived, and yet his heart and soul were weary and in need assurance that Jesus was who He said He was. John sent word to Jesus’s disciples asking if He indeed was the Messiah or if they should keep looking for someone else. Jesus answered this way: “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” Luke 7:22-23 When, like John, we are going through a painful season of waiting for God’s provision or deliverance, it’s common for us to be so focused on the angst in our heart and on the unmet desires in our lives that we forget that God has never failed us in the past. And that He has always come through at just the right time. If you find yourself weary in the wait, step away from your current situation and recount again some of the ways that God has come through for you. Declare right now that, though you can’t see it, God is at work in your midst. He moves when you pray and He absolutely cherishes your faith. Believe it. Embrace it. Because it’s true. And if you’re tempted to blame God for your current hardship, I encourage you to consider this a dead-end attitude, one that will derail your faith and perspective. Why blame the very One who can do something about your circumstances? Nobody loves you like God. Nobody keeps promises like God does. And nobody has the wisdom to intervene at just the right time like God does, and God will. Jesus says that we’re blessed when we resist the impulse to blame Him or be offended by what He allows us to endure. As a matter of fact, we should look to Jesus as our example. He suffered torture, persecution, and rejection, yet Jesus never got offended with His Father. How’s that possible? It’s possible when you believe that the heart of your Father is always good, and that anything He allows you to endure will serve you and glorify Him in the end. Trust your good God’s promises and His process. He knows what He’s doing with your life.
  6. We are told in the Bible to love one another as Jesus loves us...and we are told to judge with a righteous judgement... I see people doing the judgement part ok but it's the love part that I don't really see much...we get so self righteous about judging that we get lost in it and forgot to love as Jesus does...people are quick to judge but not to love...isn't that sad and hard to take...Do you think if we loved as Jesus did we would be different people and many souls would be coming to Christ through us? What is love? Love is...Jesus hanging on a tree saying "Father forgive them they know not what they do" 🙌💖
  7. These wonderful names of God help reveal God's nature to us. Aspects of these names are all revealed in Psalm 23. Jehovah-Rohi....The Lord my Shepherd. Jehovah-Jireh....The Lord shall provide. Jehovah-Rophe....The Lord our Healer.. Jehovah-Nissi....The Lord my banner. Jehovah-M'kaddesh....The Lord that sanctifies you. Jehovah-Shalom....The Lord our peace. Jehovah-Tsidkenu....The Lord our righteousness. Jehovah-Shammah....The Lord is there.
  8. Nedrah

    Salvation

    It's so good to be saved and help others in God's wonderful plan of Salvation. Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior has made my life more than beautiful. I adore his grace and mercy thank God for giving us faith, without faith we would die but God chose us to live and this is life more abundantly for those who live for the Lord.
  9. I think something we miss - or at least, I do, sometimes - is that the Lord means it when he says we are forgiven for our sins. When we repent, the Lord forgives us. Satan is busy trying to scare us with gloom and doom thoughts, in an effort to discourage us, but the Lord's forgiveness is for real.
  10. You remember my prayers for a passport. It finally came out without any extra effort. Thank you for your support.
  11. One good thing has happened from all these eternal security debates. They have encouraged me to read the Bible for myself with fresh eyes.
  12. It's sunday. We had the opportunity to prepare rice for the children. I couldn't hold it but watch them eat. To avoid cheated, they shared their food and each person eat from his section. The lord provide for us
  13. As a survivor myself, I will tell you very clearly... it does matter. Being believed does matter. One of the main reasons is that the cult (handlers, programmers, perps) tell us from birth that there is no escape, and they make sure to program the child's mind heavily with denial. There will be front alter systems who "don't know." ("hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" programming) And there are very strong barriers in the mind to keep front alters from know/seeing the truth of what they endured and continue to endure (which is hidden within deeper alters who experience/d the traumas). When they (the front alters) finally come to the place where they're beginning to realize something's not right... and memories begin to seep through the layers to them ... they NEED to be believed... because the denial programming is so strong... their freedom depends on breaking that denial. A minister who reinforces that denial is of no use... and actually does way more harm than good. Trust the Lord to reveal the truth .... He will. HE WILL.
  14. Luke 7.......This is one of my very favorite Bible stories. I believe it shows the simplicity and the essence of our Salvation.A lowly, sinful prostitute who made it into the home of a Pharisee who had invited Jesus as a guest managed to find forgiveness and the promise of Salvation without doing any of the things some believe are mandatory in order to be saved .No confessions of sin did she offer, no guarantees to be water- baptized at a later date,no promise to “ be good from now on”, no assurances to make sure her repentance ledger was clean before she died, no promises to keep the commandments, no vows whatsoever.All she had done was cling to His feet and weep tears of sorrow and repentance, a non- verbalized version of “ Jesus, have mercy on me , a sinner”She came to Jesus as a lost sinner, with the faith that He was the One who He said He was.All she really knew was that she saw herself as a sinner who needed a Savior and that Savior was the One she was clinging to.For these things Jesus told her she “was forgiven”. He went on to tell her that “ her faith had saved her” and then to “ go in peace” He never warned her to “ sin no more”.In fact, he gave no instructions nor tried to elicit any guarantees of an improved performance in her behavior or even a guarantee of future faith.Why not? Jesus knew the power of Grace.He knew that the Grace bestowed on that wretched,sinful woman would never be forgotten.It would be the source of love and gratitude that stirs up the desire to please God.God’s A- bomb to defeat sin.Grace. The only thing that saved that woman that day was the only thing that saves to this day—- FAITH!
  15. @Rebecca Pickles I'm truly sorry this happened. Humans can sometimes be incredibly insensitive. I'm praying that the Lord will reach into your sadness with His gentle embrace. May He grace you with His sweet presence and comfort you in the special way only He can.
  16. Thanks! Honestly what makes Worthy what it is ... its users. People can help immensely by reporting those things that should be reported. I'm simply a steward ... the real owner of this place is Yeshua ... I'm just trying to bring a true revival ... and that begins with repentance ... with repentance comes a true love that consumes a person to the point its easy to overlook the faults of others.
  17. George, if I may. When I came to this forum, I got a very fast witness from Him that this place has only begun to fulfill all He intends to do through it. I know it's been a trial to manage and monitor at times, but I am fully confident His plans are for this place to shine brighter and brighter as the world around us continues to descend into deeper and deeper darkness. I pray for you and for this place to become all He has called both to be. I think we all have appointed "specialties" in Him, plans of good works He established and appointed for each of us from before the world was even made. I personally have a heart for some who come from backgrounds so foreign to most Christian's experience, most local churches are afraid of them and reject them. I believe He showed me He desires this place to be a place those can come and actually receive the love and support they cannot usually find in local churches. When I saw, and even got caught up in the argumentative, divisive tones so common I almost despaired of believing He would make this a safe place for people who have been broken in unimaginable ways for most of us...and almost left myself. He kept me here. The witness on my heart was to pray and fight to see Him cause this place to become what He wants it to be. It certainly made me take a hard look at myself and get a few things right with Him. Which of course He knew I needed too i guess I have noted that we have numerous people signing up, and never posting more than a few times....while the number of posters on in the past 24hrs never seems to grow. I suspect many have taken a look, seen the hatred and vitriol and just left again. The part of the harvest field my heart lies in consists of some of the most abused people this earth has ever known. They cannot reveal what they have experienced in the environment we have seen extant here. They are a people He is calling out of some of the darkest places satan has managed to construct to date. They NEED His people to come along side them and give good counsel, walk with them, enter into their suffering and support them while He completes their walk into the liberty He has appointed for them. They have been abused enough, and more harsh judgementalism is just more abuse heaped upon a lifetime of abuse. He will not bring them here while that remains such a prominent characteristic of our conversation with one another. Yet, I am seeing those (He points them out to me) now posting in greater numbers..... Please be encouraged, you are prayed for, and this place WILL become all He has laid on your heart to see it manifest for the sake of His Name and advancement of His Kingdom. Sorry if that was long winded...but I honestly do believe this is an important step and He will bless it.
  18. That's a thought provoking question that's going to occur. I've pondered this a few minutes before answering. If I (we) still have our same free will and emotions, I suspect I would initially be speechless and awestruck. I would guess my initial words would be "My Lord and Savior and my God" while prostrate on the floor. Each one of us was created unique, with our own personalities, characteristics and identity. I would suspect in our eternal state we will retain those characteristics that make us who we are, individuals and not robots. I would suspect our first words will be spontaneous and from the depths of our hearts. I suspect any planning would be futile, suddenly finding ourselves in the presence of the Glory of Jesus in Heaven. I think our hearts will automatically speak and we will not even have to think about it.
  19. Matthew 6:19-24 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. This is one of the most important passages in the Scriptures with regard to Christian priorities. According to this Scripture, the Christian is to be on constant guard in order not to stray from eternal priorities. Two choices are always before us. One choice offers immediate rewards that are temporal and deceptive. The other is a narrow road which may cost us everything, but the rewards are eternal and beyond our ability to describe.
  20. praying for you sister please stop being so hard on yourself you are actually allowed to be scared/ feel lonely/need to hear another human voice/ feel stress even sadness Remember when Christ was told of the death of his friend ? He knew He was going to bring him back to life just as He knew death was just a step into the next adventure but still we are told " Jesus wept " Allow your self to cry and to grieve and know that doesn't make you a bad Christian or weak in any way it just makes you human and more able to let go of some of the stress As for your feeling that God is absent maybe you just don't notice how very present he is because you are so stressed and he needs to help you and comfort you a different way like giving you help lines or your brothers and sister here to talk to ?
  21. I suppose you're right. I just think that being for or against OSAS ceases to become spiritually profitable when you become a clanging symbol and not a loving person.
  22. I am so glad and honored to be among fellow christians. i hope to connect and learn more here. Thanks and God bless
  23. Forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things. Forgiveness is inside of us and frees us from bondage. Forgiveness is dependent only on us and not the other person. Reconciliation often requires some type of tangible changes to occur before it can happen. I have a few people in professional settings who've wronged me that I've forgiven. One of them later became good colleague that I worked well with and got along with quite well. Another was a manager that I would never again have anything to do with in a professional setting (I left a long term job to get away) unless I saw some serious evidence of change.
  24. For me, having experienced misjudgment and rejection (to various degrees) in about 100% of the churches I've attended, I have purposed to put myself out there in helping to bring awareness to the body of Christ in hopes that I could reach some sincere hearts and help the environment within the Christian churches to be a safer place for other survivors. I long for a church home, but I realize that may never happen for me. Instead, I have a handful of friends after His heart, who I trust and fellowship with, and some of those are other survivors. There will be a huge influx of survivors looking for truth and freedom... and it's already beginning. What satan meant for us, is that we would be the "army" that helps prepare the way and usher in his End Times plan ... to bring in the antichrist. So there really really needs to be an awareness within the body of Christ of how to reach and minister to these... especially if they want to be instrumental in these Last Days in rescuing those held captive out of the grips of satan and bring them to Christ.
  25. Hello, i am new and trying to fellowship with Christians. I hope you are all having a blessed day!
  26. Yes, I am a senior Christian. Oh the sound of that! I'm joining Worthy Ministries with the heart to chat with others like myself and not like myself who have the mutual desire to sharpen each other as we strive to continue to love as He would have us love others. I've been involved in the past with ministries focused on building bridges of understanding and promoting unity. I have been challenged myself lately in this and desire to grow and overcome some hurdles in the art of loving as He loved. Care to join me?
  27. ClassyExtra

    Hello

    Hello, nice to meet you all! I'm mother of two kids, hope to find and share some really useful information here :)
  28. What is a gospel! A gospel is not a biography. It’s not a biography that covers the details of the life of Jesus. Thirty years of his life is missing, then over 1/3 of the gospels describe the passion week, the final week leading to the crucifixion pointing to the centrality of His death and resurrection in the Christian doctrine. A gospel is a news announcement. The writers of the gospels were news reporters. They were eyewitness, they saw what happened and they wanted it to be announced before they passed away that Jesus is God who was manifested in the flesh and came and dwelt among us.
  29. Father we lift up George and his precious wife to You with true gratefulness for all You have called and empowered him to do and to be. We are the beneficiaries of all the work that has been put in here, and the sheer grit it has taken to preserve and nurture it. We ask that You shield them in the shadow of Your wings and fulfill the longing for true revival, for oneness among Your people and we ask You to grant him tremendous wisdom in all He seeks to do for Your Name. We ask You to lighten their load and give them rest. Please motivate those around them to pray and cover and cherish them and all they have sacrificed for and fought for and motivate them, and us to pull along side and share their burdens. I have a deep appreciation for the many years this place has stood in preparation for such a time as this. Help us to remember to pray for them and recognize the gifts that they are. We ask that You would surround them with Your protection as they seek to minister to those who currently hate You and them. We long to see all Israel restored to Your intentions and purpose for that great nation. We long to see them return to You and complete the Body. I ask You to inspire George with words of power to finish that book with. Lord You know exactly what words are left to be written and exactly how to arrange them. I ask that You make time for George to simply sit with You and let it be a time of true joy in Your presence as Your Words simply flow through him onto the pages....we need to understand the FULL good news of the Kingdom and the restoration of ALL things. Please bless Your people with the understanding You have given George and help him finish that work speedily. I ask You to give him favor with publishers and distributors and all who will be involved in publishing and distributing his work on Your behalf. Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in this earth as surely and completely as it is in Heaven. Please soften our hearts toward one another let George's visits here become a delight and no longer a trial. Help us to lighten his load of administration and let his time be free to minister to us out of the treasures You have sown into him. I ask You to surround him with Godly advisors possessed of Wisdom Himself. Amen
  30. What a lovely way of putting it @George I can see why you are gifted for ministry. Love the way you say this is a prequel to the big party - The Lord's Supper! Yay! Oh how marvellous! Especially for people like me, who live in the middle of nowhere, and find it difficult to access a church. I have gained a lot of strength and encouragement from this forum, and to me it is my fellowship with other believers. Without this forum I wouldn't be talking to hardly any fellow believers. (Due to health and other reasons, my husband and I are planning to move, to be nearer better facilities and amenities, and I then look very much forward to be able to join a church). So, can I just say a thank you for inventing this place here. It is a God send to me. Becky.
  31. Thank you so much, George. This beautiful prayer from the heart of our Savior should make us all carefully consider our words to make sure that the "world may know" Jesus.
  32. Expressing personal thanks to George, and all who extend their dedication, time, and efforts to making this ministry the great one in Christ Jesus that it truly is. Also noted, is the post above. George, your humbleness before the Lord is highly commendable. God bless you! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  33. Sincere thanks for all you do, George, but I truly believe this forum is in very serious trouble, to the point that banning is needful. It’s heartbreaking to see what’s been going on here.
  34. I hesitate to even post that, because I have been guilty of responding very unkindly and in verbally abusive ways on this board myself. My hands are not entirely clean. But I repented and just posted less until i could get my own house in order. It's sad to see, but evidently God views harsh words between brothers very seriously if He is saying the remedy is exclusion from the fellowship of the saints and all the comfort and protection that is supposed to provide for us. IMO a bit of a harder stance against all the bitter, angry, divisive rhetoric here will do the forum a lot of good, and it appears to be essential to establishing divine order and peace in His Body. Thanks for the effort you put into keeping this place on an even keel.
  35. Hi sister Rebecca. I hope you get some peace. I think through the scriptures you can. Paul said we should not grief like the believers who have no hope. Focus on the hope God gave us. There is the sure hope you will be with her again. There is the hope that she is full of joy in the presence of God. I know she is in perfect peace in heaven. Dont feel sad about your Mom. God has his hands on her and his hands on you. Rejoice in the lord Jesus and give him praise for his mercy to you. Wayne 222
  36. Hello Praying now.. I understand I never knew my mother or my father.. but the spirit of Truth has me wanting to keep going!😀
  37. Wishing all fathers a Happy Fathers Day! Thinking of my dearly departed dad, all the things he valued in this life, and tried to instill them to me. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  38. Hi John... Yes, definitely for real! Our sins are forgiven, blotted out, removed from us as far as the east is from the west, and remembered no more! \o/ Acts 3:19... Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. So rather than focusing on our guilt over past sins that have already been forgiven, we can press on and be refreshed by God's presence in His inspired word, in creation, in prayer, and in our daily lives--always looking forward.
  39. Leyla

    Praise God

    I want to praise God for allowing me to meet my family again after such a long time.
  40. I was pondering over your post, LadyKay, and didn’t really know how to help you, but then I remembered reading this excerpt from Corrie ten Boom. May the Lord reveal to you all He wants you to know and may this little article bless you. … … … by Corrie ten Boom It was in a church in Munich that I saw him, a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken, moving along the rows of wooden chairs to the door at the rear. It was 1947 and I had come from Holland to defeated Germany with the message that God forgives. It was the truth they needed most to hear in that bitter, bombed-out land, and I gave them my favorite mental picture. Maybe because the sea is never far from a Hollander’s mind, I liked to think that that’s where forgiven sins were thrown. “When we confess our sins,” I said, “God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever.” The solemn faces stared back at me, not quite daring to believe. There were never questions after a talk in Germany in 1947. People stood up in silence, in silence collected their wraps, in silence left the room. And that’s when I saw him, working his way forward against the others. One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat; the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones. It came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister’s frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment skin. Betsie, how thin you were! Betsie and I had been arrested for concealing Jews in our home during the Nazi occupation of Holland; this man had been a guard at Ravensbrück concentration camp where we were sent. Now he was in front of me, hand thrust out: “A fine message, fräulein! How good it is to know that, as you say, all our sins are at the bottom of the sea!” And I, who had spoken so glibly of forgiveness, fumbled in my pocketbook rather than take that hand. He would not remember me, of course–how could he remember one prisoner among those thousands of women? But I remembered him and the leather crop swinging from his belt. It was the first time since my release that I had been face to face with one of my captors and my blood seemed to freeze. “You mentioned Ravensbrück in your talk,” he was saying. “I was a guard in there.” No, he did not remember me. “But since that time,” he went on, “I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fräulein”–again the hand came out–“will you forgive me?” And I stood there–I whose sins had every day to be forgiven–and could not. Betsie had died in that place–could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking? It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do. For I had to do it–I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us. “If you do not forgive men their trespasses,” Jesus says, “neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” I knew it not only as a commandment of God, but as a daily experience. Since the end of the war I had had a home in Holland for victims of Nazi brutality. Those who were able to forgive their former enemies were able also to return to the outside world and rebuild their lives, no matter what the physical scars. Those who nursed their bitterness remained invalids. It was as simple and as horrible as that. And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion–I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. “Jesus, help me!” I prayed silently. “I can lift my hand. I can do that much. You supply the feeling.” And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. “I forgive you, brother!” I cried. “With all my heart!” For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then. And having thus learned to forgive in this hardest of situations, I never again had difficulty in forgiving: I wish I could say it! I wish I could say that merciful and charitable thoughts just naturally flowed from me from then on. But they didn’t. If there’s one thing I’ve learned at 80 years of age, it’s that I can’t store up good feelings and behavior–but only draw them fresh from God each day. Maybe I’m glad it’s that way. For every time I go to Him, He teaches me something else. I recall the time, some 15 years ago, when some Christian friends whom I loved and trusted did something which hurt me. You would have thought that, having forgiven the Nazi guard, this would have been child’s play. It wasn’t. For weeks I seethed inside. But at last I asked God again to work His miracle in me. And again it happened: first the cold-blooded decision, then the flood of joy and peace. I had forgiven my friends; I was restored to my Father. Then, why was I suddenly awake in the middle of the night, hashing over the whole affair again? My friends! I thought. People I loved! If it had been strangers, I wouldn’t have minded so. I sat up and switched on the light. “Father, I though it was all forgiven! Please help me do it!” But the next night I woke up again. They’d talked so sweetly too! Never a hint of what they were planning. “Father!” I cried in alarm. “Help me!” His help came in the form of a kindly Lutheran pastor to whom I confessed my failure after two sleepless weeks. “Up in that church tower,” he said, nodding out the window, “is a bell which is rung by pulling on a rope. But you know what? After the sexton lets go of the rope, the bell keeps on swinging. First ding then dong. Slower and slower until there’s a final dong and it stops. “I believe the same thing is true of forgiveness. When we forgive someone, we take our hand off the rope. But if we’ve been tugging at our grievances for a long time, we mustn’t be surprised if the old angry thoughts keep coming for a while. They’re just the ding-dongs of the old bell slowing down.” And so it proved to be. There were a few more midnight reverberations, a couple of dings when the subject came up in my conversation. But the force–which was my willingness in the matter–had gone out of them. They came less and less often and at last stopped altogether. And so I discovered another secret of forgiveness: that we can trust God not only above our emotions, but also above our thoughts. And still He had more to teach me, even in this single episode. Because many years later, in 1970, an American with whom I had shared the ding-dong principle came to visit me in Holland and met the people involved. “Aren’t those the friends who let you down?” he asked as they left my apartment. “Yes,” I said a little smugly. “You can see it’s all forgiven.” “By you, yes,” he said. “But what about them? Have they accepted your forgiveness?” “They say there’s nothing to forgive! They deny it ever happened. But I can prove it!” I went eagerly to my desk. “I have it in black and white! I saved all their letters and I can show you where–” “Corrie!” My friend slipped his arm through mine and gently closed the drawer. “Aren’t you the one whose sins are at the bottom of the sea? And are the sins of your friends etched in black and white?” For an anguishing moment I could not find my voice. “Lord Jesus,” I whispered at last, “who takes all my sins away, forgive me for preserving all these years the evidence against others! Give me grace to burn all the blacks and whites as a sweet-smelling sacrifice to Your glory.” I did not go to sleep that night until I had gone through my desk and pulled out those letters–curling now with age–and fed them all into my little coal-burning grate. As the flames leaped and glowed, so did my heart. “Forgive us our trespasses,” Jesus taught us to pray, “as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In the ashes of those letters I was seeing yet another facet of His mercy. What more He would teach me about forgiveness in the days ahead I didn’t know, but tonight’s was good news enough. When we bring our sins to Jesus, He not only forgives them, He makes them as if they had never been.
  41. This morning I wrote a tear-stained poem for a tiny 2 pound infant named Abigail. Sadly, her twin had been a still birth upon arrival but the little sister was a fighter. For awhile she was in the incubator. Her mama was brave and hopeful that she would make it. But it was not to be. Now the parents are grieving two instead of one. They could really use your prayers. My daughter, too. She is taking it very hard (The babies mom is her good friend.) Here is my poem in honor of Abigail and those who loved her- TENDER THOUGHTS OF ABIGAIL Somehow you didn't make it We prayed and prayed you would But God must have His reasons For he is always good We just don't understand it Our hearts are filled with pain You were a loss to all of us But Heaven is your gain One day we're going to join you I pray it will be soon Up there it's lovely music Down here it's out of tune You're with the loving Savior Who gave you life and birth Although you didn't stay long And had to leave this earth Your precious life still counted Your parents miss you so But one day they'll experience The joy and peace you know
  42. The “ Narrow Path” is a person.......Jesus
  43. Earlier this week I posted about the need for friendships. This morning I arrived at church to find an anonymous note on my seat. It read: Dear Rick You have been such a great influence and supporter for my family and although some may not understand the sacrifices and efforts you have gone through to manifest riches in us, I want to thank you so very much for choosing to sew seed into places uncomfortable and sacrificial. it is because of people like yourself that I can see a glimpse of Jesus and learn to continue the ripple that comes from God. Sincerely from your friend not too far away. I am speechless.
  44. Does anyone else ever reflect upon how love, peace and thankfulness go hand in hand? We have the peace of Christ in our hearts/lives, therefore we are able to extend love and forgiveness towards our neighbor, and even towards ourselves. Also, there is a thankfulness in the heart of one who is in Christ. Be thankful for what we have, even if it is little. There are always others who have it much worse. Look for the good things in our lives....seeing, walking, hearing....all blessings from the Lord. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
  45. Hello sister.... the Lord used a dear TPM minister in my beginning years of healing and deprogramming. She was very well equipped by the Lord Himself. TPM is great, in the hands of a minister who is after His heart. In the hands of the wrong person, it can be turned into something that resembles guided imagery and is not helpful at all. But the basis for healing and deprogramming SRA/MK Ultra is allowing God to shine His light and remove the lies, and replace them with His truth. (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!) That being said, the things ES says on his site about SRA/MK/DID survivors and not believing their memories.... is destructive and plants seeds of doubt in ministers, making it more difficult for those being ministered to, to get to the real root and experience lasting healing and freedom.
  46. I've made it a point to train myself to verbally express thanks to God a lot, even in trying times. It's definitely helped out.
  47. After remaining silent for a year, she told someone. It's coming up on what would have been a first birthday. I wonder if this is starting to eat at her inside. At some point (and maybe already) she's likely to realize that this was a terrible decision on many levels that she is going to have to live with. Speaking with you might have been one of her first attempts to try to undo the damage. I don't know, but perhaps she is perhaps at a spiritual place where God can start doing some much needed work in her life. I'd guess it was probably very hard for her to bring this up and mention it to you. I suspect she remembers the date quite well and this might be something that haunts her every year for the rest of her life as it's somewhat near mother's day (at least in the US it is). I'm wondering if she's also wrestling with whether to and how to tell her husband. I'd guess this has to be having at least some impact on their marriage. Speaking for myself, I'd only make a decision to cut her out of my life based on her current attitude being awful. If her attitude is one of callousness and apathy as if this was nothing and she'd do it again, I'd have huge concerns. On the other hand, if she is seeing this as a huge mistake that pains her and she is starting to come to terms with what she did, I'd consider it from the standpoint of how much God might use you to spiritually minister into her life right now. In the long run, God can redeem everything no matter how dark. A few years from now after being spiritually restored and growing more, her testimony could well stop some women from having abortions and help those who did to find healing and forgiveness.
  48. I'm sorry for this. I've had friends and acquaintances who had abortions when we were all younger. They were not saved at the time. They didn't tell me for years later and after their salvation. Why did they tell me? They struggled with guilt and shame untold. It was crippling. What was my reaction? I loved them, counseled them, offered an ear and shoulder. I cannot imagine for the life of me scorning them or cutting them off. Is your friend a Christian? Two things: [1] Never, EVER tell her husband. That's not your place and never will be. Never, EVER tell anyone else. What would the purpose be other than gossip? She came to you for a reason. Pray to God that He will help you know what it is. [2] Have you sinned? Yes. I have, too. You can be grieved by her sin, but to cut her off - and you did call her your dearest friend - is not the Christian thing to do. If she is not saved - she needs Christ. If she is saved - she needs to repent. That's what I always ask women who have come to me to tell me things like this. One woman, who was in her 30's and just saved about 4-5 years, joined our church and wanted to sing in the choir so badly. One day, she called me on the phone to tell me about her two abortions when she was in her teens. She said, "I know my babies are in heaven. But does God hate me and will my babies hate me when I go to heaven?" I said, "Is this why you don't sing in choir?" She said, "Yes.". I said, "Have you gone to God with this and repented before him of this sin?" She said, "Yes, I have." I said, "Then get in the choir loft next Sunday. And no, God does not hate you and your babies, whatever age they may be in heaven, do not and will not hate you." She is your dearest friend.....she needs you. She CAME to you. Help her.
  49. Always pray and ask God to explain it to you. When you do understanding something underline it or keep a diary and record it. Then when a situation comes up where you can apply it to your life, do so. Usually you will find an opportunity within the week, or something has happened recently that you can apply it to. That way the word becomes a part of you and you remember it. The New Testament especially is meant to be very practical.
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