September 2016 - Grace Church San Antonio

Limitless Forgiveness

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Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Forgive is a big word. It’s huge. Just seven letters but it’s something that takes years to learn how to do well. And more than learning how to do it, it takes grace from God.

The Lord is telling us that we need to forgive 490 times a day, this is limitless forgiveness.  To forgive means one genuinely loves. Love always prefers the other person, so we who walk in God’s love will always forgive.   When we truly forgive someone, we forget the hurt they may have caused, and is for ever forgotten.  

Hebrews 10:17 NLT “Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

God desires to bless your life with his abundant grace and mercy and desires that you live a blessed life. Part of this blessed life is to be forgiven and to become a forgiver. We must take on the characteristics of our Heavenly Father and forgive and forget.  If we choose not to forgive bitterness will set in.  We are advised to sustain a forgiving heart toward all other people.  

Quote by Johnny Hunt:

“Forgiveness is the act of setting someone free from an obligation to you that is a result of a wrong done against you. All of us, at one time or another, have been forgiven, or granted forgiveness. (I’ve owed and I’ve been owed.) However, there is a temptation to bear injury in your life and, as a result, hold a grudge, allow bitterness to set in, and to become unforgiving.”

Unforgiveness is a bondage that stifles our ability to love and accept those that we know in our hearts most deserve our love. It is a bondage that chokes out the abundant life Christ promised to those who would believe.

 

Blessing

Pastor Robert

The Beginning of Knowledge

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Proverbs 1:2-7 NLT “Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

As you have just read the book of proverbs purpose statement it indicates the desire to ascertain and impart wisdom.  It’s unifying theme is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.  The word fear used in this passage means: reverence, awe, an object of respect.  This reference and awe is the principal part of knowledge.

Wisdom is explained through diversity of examples, as follows: Wisdom is the ability to judge and act according to God’s directives is the most valuable of assets.  Wisdom is available to anyone.  Wisdom originates in God, not self, and comes by attention to instructions.  Wisdom and righteousness go together. It is good to be wise, and it is wise to be good.

The wisdom contained in the book of Proverbs is as meaningful today as in the day it was written.  This is not a how to succeed handbook in the worldly sense. It tells how to order our values, which leads to character, which leads to wholeness, which leads to satisfaction.  It also warns us of the pitfalls along the way as we live, and declares folly of not developing the fear of the Lord.

Since my excellence of the free give of salvation have read this book as a daily devotion, one for each day of the month.  I have found that this book contains so much that it’s worth daily meditation and is relevant for us today and any era.

 

Blessings

Pastor Robert

The Measure Of Success

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Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJV “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.”
‭By the world’s standards, success is usually measured by three criteria: wisdom, power, and wealth.  The “successful” communicate insights that influence others (wisdom), gain strategic advantage over others (power), accumulate and control resources (wealth).  Yet God asserts here that these attainments hold no weight with Him and that true success is measured by our knowledge of Him (v. 24).

Delight means: to take pleasure in, to cherish, to love and desire. Both to understand and know contain the idea of ascertaining something through the process of seeing.  To know God is to encounter Him and to receive revelation from Him though the scriptures, He implants His thoughts into our minds.  His character begins to engulfs us with the holy wonder of a God who passionately desires intimate friendship with those whom He has created.  

We should seek Him daily in prayer and the word every single day, then we begin to take on His characteristics and we in the eyes of the Lord become successful.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Robert

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