A Time to Dream radio interview Topic: Forgiveness Time: 28 Minutes
Hebrews 9:11-14 AMP
“When Christ came as High Priest of the good things that are already here, He went through a greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal (not temporary) redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”
When Christ was crucified, His Blood served as the total redemption for every sin committed from the beginning of time to every sin that would ever be committed. God’s wrath was taken out on one perfect sacrifice in strategic points on Jesus’ body, redeeming every known sin; perfectly and completely. This sacrificial act also had the power to cleanse our consciences from actions that lead to death so we can get about the business of building His Kingdom. (read the verse). Jesus has sprinkled His own Blood on the Mercy Seat of Heaven, allowing us access to the power of Heaven to work through any obstacle. Now Heaven is actually in you – your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit does not simply vacation at your address ( you are not Aspen) He lives in you ALL THE TIME.
Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect and complete, it had to be done this way because we cannot purchase our own freedom from sin or acts of sin. There was no higher sacrifice than God’s own Son. Jesus never struggled with sin so we look to Jesus as our hope to destroy the power of sin (in this case unforgiveness) instead of our own willpower. Willpower could be renamed ‘Soulpower’ because our souls are comprised of our mind, will and emotions. It takes God’s supernatural grace to overcome unforgiveness and other sin. When partnering with your faith, God can transform and release you from unforgiveness and sin, when your soulpower will not. When we accept Christ, we access His nature; He is in us and we are in Him. We must have a higher degree of faith in His character and His willingness to heal, deliver and transform us, than faith in ourselves.
Romans 5:20 NKJV
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more!
Romans 5:20 AMP
But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, resting in His own work, and praying for all of His Saints. If you are “in Christ” you are no longer a defeated Sinner but a very precious Saint in the eyes of God. His Spirit lives in you – would He call His Spirit a Sinner? Would God who created the Universe put His very Spirit in someone that was a Sinner that could still be sinning? Yes, He did. And that person, after accepting by faith that His Son paid for all sin, is now called A SAINT. If that is not grace, I do not know what is.
Ephesians 4:32 states, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Bring each unforgiven person before the Lord and tell Him that because you are forgiven by Him through Jesus’ sacrifice without deserving forgiveness for your own sins, that the person that hurt you is now forgiven in your sight, then release all anger in Jesus’ Name and believe that God will do the transforming work. Forgiveness by faith (not through emotion), puts God in the driver’s seat. Forgiveness is not for people that deserve it. Extending forgiveness is simply extending grace ~ undeserved, unmerited favor.
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I drove down to the Bay Revival in Mobile AL 11/30/2012 to hear Steve Hill teach on ( I assumed) the subject of healing because he has spent the last 3 years battling melanoma and appeared to be well. Instead Pastor Steve spent well over an hour talking about sin. Bummer. It was a good sin sermon but nonetheless, it left me flat. At the close of the service, he asked everyone to raise their hand that needed forgiveness from sin and then asked everyone that had raised their hand to come to the front for prayer for forgiveness of their sin. I started working through this;
(1) I am forgiven of all sin through Christ’s final sacrifice that also redeemed me back from Adam’s fall and an Adamic nature (2) That Holy Spirit lives and works in me as partner to conquer all sin (3) The veil in the temple was torn signifying that I can come into the very presence of God to speak to Him and repent from any sin issue. (4) I have Jesus Christ as my High Priest seated at God’s right hand advocating me to God. (5) When I have a sin issue, I can repent (change my mind/ change direction) with the assistance of accountability partners or in partnership with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Certain pastors possess an anointing to break spirits and yokes that bind. It is beneficial for us to recognize them and take these opportunities for healing and deliverance. Sin is no small issue. Sin matters greatly to God because His Son had to die to defeat its power. Holiness matters greatly to God, too and
I AM FORGIVEN.
Tracy’s Prayer returning from the Bay Revival ~
Dear Father – I love you so much and thank you for this day. Thank you God for forgiving me for every sin I have or ever will commit because you see me through the lens of the sacrifice of your Son. Jesus, I am so grateful today for what you did for me on the Cross. I am filled with such joy and gratitude and hope because your actions defeated Satan, and sin cannot control me and your Father sees me clothed in a white robe of righteousness. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, an heir and Offspring of the seed of Abraham and every covenant blessing has been redeemed for me. I rest in the work of Christ and so very grateful that I am cleansed and protected by His holy blood. Holy Spirit, I ask you for favor today in every place I go – and thank you for being my teacher, my comforter, my counselor and best friend. Please administrate and coordinate every area of my life today in a way that is pleasing to God.
I pray all these things in the Mighty and Supreme Name of Jesus Christ My Lord – AMEN.
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Hebrews 9: 11-18 AMP
11 But (that appointed time came) when Christ (the Messiah) appeared as a High Priest of the better things that have come and are to come. (Then) through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with (human) hands, that is, not a part of this material creation, 12 He went once for all into the (holy of) Holies not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves (by which to make reconciliation between God and man), but by His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us). 13 For if (the mere) sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body, 14 How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, who by virtue of (His ) eternal Spirit (His own preexistent, divine personality) has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the (ever) living God? 15 (Christ, The Messiah) is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an (entirely) new agreement (testament, covenant) so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance – since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the (old) first agreement. 16 For where there is a (last) will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established, 17 For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive, 18 so even the (old) first covenant of God’s will was not inaugurated without the shedding of blood.
Jesus’ Blood is different, it is very different. The precious Blood of Jesus is the single most powerful tool (and weapon) that we have as Christians. We do not need to yell or pontificate to win our battles but acknowledge and apply the Blood of Jesus for Him to take us through the process to claim a victory already won. Many people were put to death on a Cross, the universally recognized symbol of Christianity – but as important as Jesus death was for the activation of the eternal covenant (binding, unbreakable obligation between parties) the equally active power of Christianity resides in the Holy Blood of Jesus. Jesus’ blood is alive, it has infinite power when applied by faith – power administrated by the Holy Spirit. The work has been finished – Hallelujah!
Leviticus 17:11 AMP
“For the life (animal soul) is in the blood and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the Blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life which it represents. ”
So what is this saying?
That the soul and life is carried in blood
Blood has atoning power
The value of blood corresponds to the value of the life in which it rests
As a sacrifice, the life of an ox, bull or a ram has more value than the life of a sheep or goat. The life of a bird is of less value than the life of a lamb or a goat. The life blood of a man has more value than any animal –
How much worth, redemptive, atoning power does the Blood of a Perfect Deity carry ? The Blood in which rests the soul of the Most Holy Son of God whose sacrifice establishes an unbreakable Covenant saving all of mankind from eternal death, releasing benefits that cover the scope of every human need.
Shammah (His Presence, Ezekiel 48:35)
Shalom (Peace, Judges, 6:24)
Ra-ah (Shepherd-Pastor, Psalm 23:1)
Jireh (Provision, Genesis, 22:14)
Nissi (Banner of Victory Over Darkness, Exodus 17:15)
Rapha ( Healer, Exodus, 15:26 )
Righteousness (Tsidkenu, Jeremiah, 23:6)
M’Kaddesh (Sanctifier, Leviticus, 20:6)
Even the most glorious Blood of Jesus is incomplete without the Spirit – as the two work together, actually there are 3 that work together: water, blood and Spirit. Water represents repentance and the laying aside of sin, blood is the cleansing agent for sin and even the stain (guilt) of sin and the Spirit activates the power of Jesus’ blood when appropriated by faith (the leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness). This lesser recognized Trinity comprises the essential ingredients for freedom from every form of bondage – a Crimson Flow of Freedom.
Every single drop of Jesus’ blood is powerful and holds infinite worth. The process of scourging then execution by crucifixion allowed for the greatest amount of blood loss which for our benefit covered the greatest amount of sin. If Satan could have known the end result of this process, would he not have simply left Jesus alone to die a more likely death from a natural cause? The sovereignty of God’s will prevailed –
Isaiah 53:10-12 AMP
“Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him, He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life an offering for sin (and He has risen from the dead, in time to come) He shall see His (spiritual) offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see (the fruit) of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself (which He possesses and imparts to others) shall My (uncompromisingly) Righteous One, My Servant justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt (with the consequences, says the Lord).
Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great (kings and rulers), and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and He let Himself be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore (and took away) the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious).”
Father, I thank you that by the power of the Holy Blood of Your Son Jesus that no good thing will be withheld from us because we can dwell in Your presence and live uprightly because we are forever righteous in Your sight. AMEN