to Your Faith
Sometimes it seems that we have done everything that
we can to believe God for something, and we still
donít seem to get an answer. There is another
hindrance to faith that will keep you from
receiving, and it is un-forgiveness.
Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to
them, ďHave faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to
you, whoever says to this mountain, ĎBe removed and
be cast into the sea,í and does not doubt in his
heart, but believes that those things he says will
be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore
I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,
believe that you receive them, and you will have
Forgiveness and Prayer
25 ďAnd whenever you stand praying, if you have
anything against anyone, forgive him, that your
Father in heaven may also forgive you your
trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither
will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.Ē
So we see that we can have the faith to remove
mountains, but if we are walking in un-forgiveness,
it will not work. You can speak to that mountain all
day long and it is just going to sit there.
I believe that a lot of sickness, not all, comes
from un-forgiveness. If you have bitterness in your
heart, how can God bless you and heal you? It says
here he canít even forgive you. And if he canít
forgive you, he certainly canít heal you. So we need
to search our hearts and see if there is any root of
bitterness or un-forgiveness in us and get rid of
So you say, I forgave that person, and they just did
it again. So I did my part and I still canít get
healed. Letís see what Jesus has to say about that.
Matthew 18:15-22 Moreover if they brother shall
trespass against you go and tell him his fault
between you and him alone. If he shall hear you, you
have gained you brother. But if he will not hear
you, then take with you one or two more, that in the
mouth of two or three witnesses every world may be
established. And if he shall neglect to hear them,
tell it unto the church, but if he neglect to hear
the church, let him be as an heathen man and a
Verily I say unto you, whatsoever you shall bind on
earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you
shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree
on earth as touching anything, that you shall ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father which is in
heaven. For where two or three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Then Peter asked him this "How often do I have to forgive, seven times?"
And Jesus answered this. "I say unto you, not seven
times, but seventy times seven.
So what is said here? Your job is to forgive. If the
person that you are forgiving doesnít change, then
you still forgive. Even if he continually offends.
That is not your responsibility. God will deal with
him or her. You need to put it behind you and get
inline for an answer to your prayer.
Jesus described the steps to be taken to make things
right with someone. If you follow these steps and
have no bitterness in your heart and have honestly
forgiven that person, you have done what God has
told you to do.
Now if you are counting how many times you have
forgiven them, that doesnít count. What Jesus meant
by the seventy times seven, is that you just
forgive, no matter what. Some people will never
change. They will continue to be miserable the rest
of their life. But as long as it doesnít poison you,
then you are free.
This is another great mountain moving scripture, but
you need to be sure you are free of un-forgiveness
before it will work. Then get in agreement with
someone and it will come to pass.
If we go on further in that chapter we find a story
about a man that did not forgive, even though he had
Matthew 18:23-35 There was a man that owed a
large debt to a king. The king was going to throw
him and his family into jail until the debt was
paid. The man begged and pleaded with the king to
have mercy and forgive him the debt and the king
felt sorry for him and forgave him and set him free.
You would think someone like that would be overjoyed
to have that happen to him and be merciful to others
around him. But he wasnít. He went out and grabbed a
man, by the throat, that owed him a small sum of
money and demanded that he pay it. The man didnít
have the money so he threw him in jail. Someone else
saw that he had done this and reported him to the
king. The king was furious and took the man and
threw him in jail, until his debt was paid.
"Likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,
if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his
brother their trespasses."
Jesus paid an awful price for our forgiveness. We do
not deserve to go to heaven, but Jesus made a way.
Man had sinned against God and was headed for hell.
What greater debt could you owe then that? Jesus
paid it all. When we accepted him, the debt against
us was paid. So if we turn around and do not forgive
someone for something they did to us, which in
comparison to our debt, we do not deserve Godís
And when you forgive someone, there will always be
an opportunity that will come that God will test you
to see if you have forgiven them. He will bring them
across your path and you will know if there is
un-forgiveness in your heart. So the forgiveness can
not be surface, it must be from the heart!
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NET Bible)
31 You must put away all bitterness, anger, wrath,
quarreling, and slanderous talkóindeed all malice.
32 Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also
You can test yourself for forgiveness towards
someone by the words that come out of your mouth
when talking about that person. If you find that you
can not talk about them without hard words or
bitterness, you have not forgiven them.
What are the benefits of forgiveness?
God will forgive your sins.
2 Corinthians 2:7-10
So we wonít be swallowed up with sorrow. And it
restores Christian fellowship.
Also that Satan will not get an advantage of us, for
we are not ignorant of his devices.
Yes un-forgiveness is a device of Satan to keep us
bound and in his territory. Donít be ignorant of the
devices he tries to use against us.
James 5:15-16 And the prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up and if he have
committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess
your faults one to another and pray for one another,
that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man avails much.
So we see here that if we not only forgive one
another, but prayer for the offender, we will be
healed. Talk about turning the other cheek. Pray for
the very one that has offended you. That is Godís
way. It will not only heal you, but him as well.
There are many stories of forgiveness in the Bible
Genesis 34 Jacob and Esau. Esau forgave his brother
and the family was reunited.
Genesis 45 Joseph forgave his brothers. It reunited
the family and he was able to save them through the
Numbers 12 Moses forgave Miriam and Aaron and asked
God to heal them.
Luke 23:24 Jesus forgave the men that crucified him.
Acts 7:59-60 Stephen forgave those that stoned him.
God took him to heaven I believe before he suffered
We must forgive and forget. You canít say, I forgive
you, but I will never forget this. That is not true
God forgets our past! As long as we keep ourselves
clean before him and walk in forgiveness, he sees us
as clean vessels, open to receive. I call it keeping
short accounts with God. Donít let unforgiveness
fester and become a stronghold in your life. Get it
out when it first happens and keep clean. It is
easier to get rid of when it first happens. If you
let it sit for too long it will become a stronghold.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds. Casting down
imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing every
thought into obedience of Christ.
Satan will start with a thought. If we linger on it,
it becomes an imagination. If we dwell on it too
long, it will become a strong hold. We need to cast
it down before it gets that far.
Walk in forgiveness and you will start to see things
happen in your life.