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The Barrier of Unforgiveness

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Guarding Against Incredible Faith Barriers

STATEMENT: During this teaching, we have described INCREDIBLE FAITH as… A Developed or Matured CONFIDENCE that gives you the believer The Supernatural Ability to trust God and His Word despite Natural Impossibilities
STATEMENT: This is the type of FAITH God wants for each of us in our spiritual maturation, but Satan has other plans
STATEMENT: In Episodes 2&3, we covered two of three FAITH BARRIERS in our teaching…
STATEMENT: In this concluding episode, Pastor Tracey and I will discuss what we call “THE SILENT FAITH ASSASSIN” which is … BARRIER #3: An INCOMPETENCE or FAILURE to FORGIVE
STATEMENT: At some point in each of our lives, we have found ourselves on one side of the Forgiveness Equation or the other
We have either needed to FORGIVE or we have needed to be FORGIVEN
In the context of our teaching, we have defined FORGIVENESS as…
A Conscious, Deliberate Decision to release or pardon a person from feelings of Anger, Resentment, or vengeance who has Harmed, Hurt, or Offended you
STATEMENT: In the Kingdom, FORGIVENESS is a requirement not an option for every Believer
The Apostle Paul says this about Forgiveness in…
Colossians 3:13 New Living Translation
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults and FORGIVE ANYONE who offends you. Remember, the Lord FORGAVE you, so you must FORGIVE others.
STATEMENT: Hebrews 1:6 is a passage Satan knows very well…
Here’s what it says…
Hebrews 11:6 King James Version
6 But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
STATEMENT: Notice… The writer of Hebrews says here… “Without FAITH it is impossible to please GOD”
For this reason… Satan is constantly plotting and working against the maturation of our Faith because he knows without it, we will never please God
Note: “Not pleasing God” will always render our FAITH ineffective
STATEMENT: One of Satan’s greatest Faith Barriers is… Our INCOMPETENCE or FAILURE to FORGIVE
STATEMENT: I said to you in a previous episode, Satan uses our lack of Self-Discipline against us… Meaning, he uses our unwillingness to forgive and our willingness to succumb to emotions of Anger,Resentment, Hurt, and Vengeance against us
SPECIAL NOTE: “UNFORGIVENESS” is a “Silent Assassin” or Killer that puts to death and extinguishes our FAITH
QUESTION: What can you do to avoid this FAITH ASSASSINATION and guard against… An INCOMPETENCE or FAILURE to FORGIVE?
Here’s what I believe is a great place to start…
STATEMENT: IDENTIFY whether there may be UNFORGIVENESS hidden in your heart
Please look with us at…
2 Corinthians 13:5 New Living Translation
5 EXAMINE YOURSELVES to see if your FAITH(or in our case Forgiveness) is genuine. TEST YOURSELVES. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of GENUINE FAITH (or Genuine Forgiveness).
· You believe you’re over it.
· You tell yourself everything is ok.
· But you sense something isn’t quite right.
· You find that you are having trouble sleeping.
· You can’t stop thinking about what happened.
You can’t seem to get pass the emotional pain or hurt associated with the offense.
Here’s a Solution:
A. Tell yourself the TRUTH and OWN IT
· In other words, … STOP LYING TO YOURSELF
The Apostle Paul posed this question to the Corinthian Church in…
1 Corinthians 3:18 The Passion Translation
18 So why FOOL YOURSELF and live under an illusion?
STATEMENT: When it comes to FORGIVENESS, many of us are living under an ILLUSION and calling it… GENUINE FORGIVENESS
The Truth is… “We have not really forgiven”
B. You must OWN YOUR IDENTIFIED TRUTH and deal with it:
Meaning… Don’t pass the blame of your TRUTH on to someone else
Adam tried to pass the TRUTH of his sin on to Eve and even God in…
Genesis 3:12 The Voice Translation
12 Adam (pointing at the woman): It was SHE: the WOMAN, YOU gave me as a companion put the fruit in my hands, and I ate it.
C. CONFESS YOUR TRUTH about FORGIVENESS to God, and ask Him to help you with your FORGIVENESS CHALLENGE
STATEMENT: Listen to our working definition of FORGIVENESS again…
STATEMENT: FORGIVENESS can be defined as…
A Conscious, Deliberate Decision to RELEASEfeelings of Anger, Resentment, or Vengeance toward someone who has harmed, hurt, or offended you
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