Have you ever notice that when God is trying to convey something to His people that you will hear multiple ministers speak from the same subject? Well there is a lot being said about forgiveness these days and I believe because it is the key to inner healing and wholeness in God. Yet in still it is a struggle for many of us to forgive those who wrong us. We often like living in a place of offense because we somehow feel empowered by those feelings when in fact we are powerless. Think about it we waste a lot of energy and thought on people or persons who have moved on in life and some are not even aware that they have offended you.
My husband has been teaching on this subject as well. He titled it, who offended you and stop you from your miracle? The truth unforgiveness has blocked us from receiving from God and stops us from moving forward in our destinies. If we are to be followers of Jesus did he not set the example? As He was being the sacrifice for my sins and yours He said in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This He asked of the Father for those who had beaten Him and nailed Him to a cross. I know that some of you have been abused physically, emotionally and spiritually. Seek to forgive those who have wronged you. Colossians 3:13 admonishes us to “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Lastly, forgive yourself don‘t allow guilt or shame paralyze you experiencing all God has for you. Some guilt and shame that we carry is often false, because we have blamed ourselves for what happen to us and it was not our fault. For those of us who know Christ as our savior it Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For those of you who do not know Christ but want to know and His forgiveness read this passage and accept Christ today that you may know the ultimate power of forgiveness. Romans 10:9-10 states 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Ladies, I want to pose a question to you, who are the voices in your life? When we think of a hissing sound we associate it with the sound that a snake makes and most people view snakes with a negative feeling. So my sisters, consider this thought was not Eve deceived by a snake. Eve allowed the snake to talk her out what she knew to be true. Some of us have allowed people to speak in our ears such negative and condescending words that we start to believe what we know is not true.Let’s look at the relationships in our lives there are some people who we enjoy being around, they are encouraging, uplifting, good listeners and funny. Then there are those who are always putting us down, never have a positive word to say and we are miserable just being around them. Which person would you like to be around the most? Unfortunately, some of the negative people are those who are very close to us a spouse, a parent, a sibling or someone who you may have considered a friend. Some of you who are married maybe that person is a spouse and some you feel like prisoner in your own home. There are some who have a parent that you have been trying your whole life to please and no matter what you do it will never be good enough. God never wants us to become a slave to someone else and I say slave, because a slave is not free. Submission does not mean door mat. You should never let anyone wipe their feet on you. God says that I am head and not the tail, above and not beneath so I am no one’s mat for their feet.We are gifted and anointed to do something of great impact in this world, so we must be careful who we allow in our ears. Just because someone is talking doesn’t mean you have to listen, especially if it is not adding, but subtracting from your life. I heard my pastor say this week that Martin Luther King once said, “it is not what someone calls you, it is what you answer to”. My hope is that you will answer to the call of God. He calls you a conqueror. You are victorious and you are created in his image. You are a queen, Esther waiting to be released. Let me hear from you.In Every Women there is an Queen (Esther)Rosalindwww.berelease.com
I would like to talk about developing your dream team, a team of people who can surround with prayer, advice and mentorship. I would like to discuss how to develop your God given gifts and talents. Some of you may be well aware of some of your gifts and talents and some may be thinking well I don’t have any specific gift or talents. I believe we all have them. You know as we are growing in childhood sometimes our parents notice certain things about us and that help us to cultivate those areas. Some of you may have been told by parents or others growing up that they don’t see anything that you can do. Please know that they were not telling the truth because they couldn’t recognize their on gifts, talents or abilities, they did not have the ability to recognize what was inside of you.
While I was at my conference last week, I heard an inspirational story from the NC Teacher of the Year in her opening session keynote address. I want tell the whole story but what was so significant about her story was that a teacher made her feel bad about herself because of her socio-economic status. When the principal decided that the class that she was in was a little over crowded, she was one of the children picked to go to a newly formed class. This teacher saw potential in her and her ability to write and she encouraged her. This teacher moved away and when she became NC teacher of the year she began to look for this teacher to thank her for what she did for her. She had a chance to thank her on the Good Morning America, it was a beautiful reunion. It made me think of people who have encouraged me, saw potential and helped pull it out of me.
God knew all along what he called me to do and I look back now on the people who God use to prepare me for things to come. I don’t think I would have begun to recognize a lot about myself, if I didn’t first accept him in my life and then set out to know all I could about Him. Some of your gifts and talents may be singing, dancing, hospitality, writing, listening, etc. I could name so many more that apply to many of you. It is so important that you are in church where the word going forth helps pull your potential out of you. Hopefully, there is someone on your dream team who is mentor and can help you recognize them. Lastly, it is important that you use them. It is just like faith; you have to use your faith in order to increase in faith.
I know that have not given you scripture from the word of God and there are plenty examples in God’s word of gifts and talents of individuals being displayed. I want you to begin to think about all those things that you are good at doing. Most of us know what they are and it is not arrogance to acknowledge, this is gift, talent, ability or skill. Pray ask for the opportunity to us what he has given you and you will be surprised of what comes out of you. Be Blessed my Sisters.