I Forgive You…

Are you like me and sometimes have a hard time forgiving yourself for mistakes you have made? It may be something that was said that we wish was unsaid; or not saying what should have been said; or doing something that caused pain; or not doing what we should have… the sins of commission and omission.

I remember a time when I had said something I wish I hadn’t. I went to the Lord in a spirit of repentance asking for His forgiveness. But, a week later, I still felt “condemnation” and went to Him asking for His forgiveness again…and again…and again. I was walking under a heavy cloud of condemnation that I couldn’t seem to shake.

After about a month of this torment, the Lord spoke:

“I forgave you the first time you asked…so why won’t you forgive yourself?”

Dearest one, are you walking under a cloud of condemnation – condemnation you have put upon yourself or condemnation that the enemy is tying to destroy you with? If you have gone to the Lord asking for His forgiveness, be assured that you have it!!

…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Beloved! In the mighty Name of Jesus, YOU ARE FORGIVEN!

Now, forgive yourself and go forward in the love and strength of the Lord!

Watchmen

All of a sudden I noticed a small bird (wren?) on the potted plant (Rose of Sharon) outside my bedroom window a few minutes ago. It was hopping from branch to branch and even hopping on the window sill. This was atypical behavior and I grabbed my iPhone and was drawn closer to take a photo.

As I drew closer to the window, I saw what was drawing the attention of the wren — a snake slithering up the side of the brick by the window!! I then noticed my cardinals flying closer…perching on a nearby plant trellis.

It was interesting to me that the snake drew their attention and they came closer. Why? Was it because my back patio is where they get their food and they were ready to defend it if the snake encroached on their place of sustenance?

One thing is for sure, my feathered friends noticed something was where it shouldn’t have been. Something that they weren’t letting out of their sight!

I pray that we are as vigilant in our being Watchmen over our families, churches, and communities. May we see any encroaching danger and give the alarm and take a stand against it!!

God be with you today as you allow the Lord to use you to defend His territory!!

You are SUPERNATURAL!

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be!” ~Maya Angelou

Brothers & Sisters, be who God has called you to be! We don’t need to look at others to be our “example.” We don’t have to try and “fit in.”

Jesus is our example!! We are to look at His life and ministry to see what our “normal” should look like.

Our “normal” is to be supernatural!! Why? Because we have a supernatural God living within us! The Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life beyond the “natural!” [see Mark 16:17-18; Matthew 10:8; John 14:12…]

We are empowered to be overcomers…to be world changers…to make a difference!!

God calls us to impact the world – one person at a time. And He has given us everything we need to accomplish His call!

He’s calling – are you ready?