The root of bitterness, which grows in our soul with each trauma we experience in life, causes trouble and defiles our life as well as many in our family, church and friendships (Hebrews 12:16).
However, once we are Born Again, we are able to commune with God through our spirit, which was originally dead is sin (Ephesians 2:1). We have the King of kings dwelling within us by His Spirit (Colossians 1:27).
The presence of the Trinity abiding in us helps us to forgive past hurts, and helps us to put our future hurts into proper perspective. Until we forgive our self and others, Satan gains the advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:10-11).
If we refuse to forgive, we give Satan permission to control that part of our soul, and to inflict his demons on our body and spirit as well. Satan holds us captive as slaves to His lies through our thoughts and emotions.
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The fruit of the Holy Spirit cannot manifest in those areas of our soul, and we limit God’s Spirit from using us according to God’s will. Our human efforts, actions and self-righteousness gain us nothing. Once we forgive our self and others, all of this changes.
Although we continue to experience occasional oppression by the rulers, authorities, spiritual forces of evil and powers of darkness in this world, the blood of Jesus sets us free from the bondage of sin and death (Leviticus 17:11; Roman 8:2; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 21:4).
Forgiveness is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal against Satan’s influence in our life. It takes the offender off our hook and puts that person squarely on God’s hook, where He promises to deal with that person in His way and timing (Romans 12:19).
Father God, please help us to break Satan’s bondage over our life by giving us the strength to forgive our self and others. Thank You for the blood of Christ, which paves our way to a victorious life. As we humble our self to You and resist the devil, he has to flee from our midst (James 4:7).
Then allow us to help those in our life who need love, acceptance, healing and restoration in their relationship with You. We present our self to You as a living sacrifice to do Your will for each moment of our day (Romans 12:1; Ephesians 2:10). Inspire and guide us by Your Spirit today and always.
Thought for the Day:
In Christ we have redemption through His blood and forgiveness for all of our sins, because of the riches of His mercy and grace toward us. – Ephesians 1:7