Each of us is faced with temptations. When Satan presents us with a temptation, he is testing the confidence we have in our identity as a one of God’s children. We can reassert that confidence by using God’s Word – just as did Jesus - when we are tempted.
Shine: Being a Light in the Darkness – Part 1
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday Aug 5, 2018
Main Idea– Each of us is faced with temptations. When Satan presents us with a temptation, he is testing the confidence we have in our identity as a one of God’s children. We can reassert that confidence by using God’s Word – just as did Jesus - when we are tempted.
Experience with darkness
- God is light. Jesus is light.
- When we move away from the light, we move into darkness and are more susceptible to temptations offered by Satan.
- Everyone has experienced temptations. Because we have experienced darkness we know what we are up against; we know what we are fighting.
- Being tempted is not a sin. It is an opportunity to lean on Jesus and pass a test. With temptations, we have an opportunity to graduate to another level.
Three types of temptations
- In sight – these are obvious temptations that everyone is aware of and can see. This is the easiest type to resist.
- In secret – temptations of which only an individual is aware.
- Inside – temptations only God can see.
- The great majority of Jesus’ recorded words speak of Heaven and of the positive things of God. Very few of Jesus’ words reference Satan or evil.
- Therefore, we should continually focus on the positive things of God. With God, there is an abundance of blessings. There is only a single source of cursing – the devil. Genesis 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
- God made an unbreakable covenant agreement with us through His blessing of Abraham: that we would all receive God’s abundant blessings and would therefore be a blessing to others.
We are in a fight
- Even though we have an unbreakable covenant with God, we still are in a continual fight against evil.
- Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Fight back with God’s Word
- As with any competition or fight, it takes training to be competitive against temptations. 1 Corinthians 9: 24-26 – Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
- Jesus taught us to pray, and to continually rely on God, even as we train ourselves to be stronger in the Word. Matthew 6:9 & 13 – “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name . . . And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. ”
- When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, He relied on Scripture to fight the devil’s temptations.
- Jesus was not by himself: He had the Holy Spirit with him in the desert; just as each of us continually has the Holy Spirit with us.
- Read your Bible, study the Word, so that when temptation comes to you you can fight it using the Word.
- When temptation comes, don’t worry about quoting Scripture word-for-word. Simply declare in your own words what you know Scripture says.
Satan tempted Jesus in three ways
- A threat to sustenance - Matthew 4: 2-4 – And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread,” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “
- A threat to influence - Matthew 4: 5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you.’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
- A threat to power and authority - Matthew 4: 8-10 – Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
- In each case, Satan presented Jesus with a challenge to His identity. Satan was tempting Jesus to question His own connectivity to the Father.
- Satan tempts us to question our own connectivity to God because this connectivity is something he does not have.
- All temptations essentially boil down to a challenge to our connectivity to God.
It’s normal to question God
- It is normal for us to question God when we are experiencing trials and temptations.
- Even John the Baptist questioned his own connectivity to God when he was in prison at the end of his life on earth. Matthew 11:2-3 – And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
- As we do this questioning, we should know God is not the one doing the tempting.Nevertheless, He always provides a way out of it for us. James 1: 12-15 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
God is always for you
- In every situation, God is always for you.He is on your side.
- No human, nor other created being, can beat you.
- Stay close to God. Learn and study His Word. Use His Word as your defense when you are challenged or tempted by evil.
- Romans 8: 31-39 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Reflective Questions for Shine: Being a Light in the Darkness, Part 1
- Have you ever thought about the temptations in your life as being small parts of an on-going fight?
- What does it take to win a fight?
- If you know a fight is coming, how do you prepare?
- What are some things a person can do to become better at knowing how to use God’s Word?
- Do you agree with Pastor Stephen’s encouragement to not worry about having to quote Scripture word-for-word when fighting the devil? Why or why not?
- How do you think God will assist you as you learn to effectively use His Word against evil?
To follow God – and to realize the destiny He has declared over you – you must allow God to do His part. You must avoid the temptation to integrate your own resources and reasoning into places God has reserved for Himself.
Summer Reading Series – Part 5
Unfollow Your Heart
Pastor Amie Dockery
Sunday July 22, 2018
Main Idea– To follow God – and to realize the destiny He has declared over you – you must allow God to do His part. You must avoid the temptation to integrate your own resources and reasoning into places God has reserved for Himself.
The error of the idea of self-sufficiency
- You cannot take authority in the worldly realm when you continually try to take control of situations by your own means.
- Contemporary philosophy encourages you to “follow your heart.”
- However, your heart will lead you away from God unless it is aligned with Jesus. The story of Achan in Joshua 7is an example of someone who allowed his heart to become corrupted by the hoarding desire.
- Our heart is part of our flesh. We should not over-value what our heart expresses. Our hearts are temporary vessels for this lifetime. We should have control over what they influence in our lives.
- If we have aligned our hearts with Jesus, our hearts have been circumcised from the world and its desires.
- When you put Jesus first, and let Him lead, then He will protect your heart from wrong desires.
- Proverbs 28:26 – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. (NASB)
The three temptations
- The story of Satan tempting Jesus is told in Matthew 4: 1-11, Mark 1: 13, and Luke 4: 1-13.
- In this story, the devil tempted Jesus in three different ways:
- He tempted Jesus to use external objects to finish an internal process.He was tempting Jesus to use a temporary fix for an eternal assignment. (Turn the stones to bread.)
- He tempted Jesus to try a quick fix for a long process. (Worship me and I’ll give you what you want.)
- He tempted Jesus to prove the legitimacy of his support system: that his support system really would work when it was important.(The angels will lift you up.)
- In the first temptation Satan was hoping Jesus would think, “I am not enough, I don’t have enough of what it takes, I need food to survive.” He was hoping Jesus would attempt to accomplish the long-term spiritual objective by satisfying a short-term physical sensation.
- In the second temptation Satan was hoping Jesus would consider himself not qualified (imperfect) for his assignment.In reality, Jesus already had dominion over the earth.
- In the third temptation Satan was tempting Jesus to prove His authority, as if He needed to demonstrate something to Satan.
The “I Am Not Enough” temptation
- Satan uses the same tactics on us that he used on Jesus. Just as he tempted Jesus to satisfy his temporary hunger pains, he also tempts us to quench a temporary desire in order to feel adequately equipped for a longer term objective.
- Satan might use the “I Am Not Enough” temptation when:
- we have become offended by something. In Genesis 13Abraham and Lot came into a series of disagreements. Lot succumbed to the temptation to solve the problem by taking what appeared to be an attractive opportunity to live near Sodom.
- we rely on our own inventories. In Genesis 18: 1-15Abraham and Sarah are visited by three men (angels) through whom God spoke. Sarah laughed when the angels restated God’s original promise because she saw no physical evidence of how the promise could become reality.
God revisits His original promises
- InGenesis 18God re-spoke the same promise He had originally declared back in Genesis 12 in order to evaluate the condition of Abraham’s and Sarah’s hearts.
- Similarly, God wants our hearts to rely on what we know internally rather than what we observe externally. God knows what we observe externally can overpower what we already have understood internally.
- God expects us to think, act, and proceed according to His promises by faith – not by what our own external inventories are telling us about a situation. God became angry with David for ordering a census because it revealed David’s reliance on visible resources and not on God’s promises (1 Samuel 24).
- We must lay our insecurities and inadequacies before God. His promises to us are not contingent on our own evaluations of resources or abilities, but on offering to God the acknowledgment of inadequacy. That is when we become strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 9-11 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in results, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. (NKJV)
We are perfectly incomplete
- God made us perfectly incomplete so we will leave space for Him in our souls as we go through life.
- We must continually be conscious of the fact we ourselves are not adequate to accomplish what He has promised will be done through us.
- In order to walk with God we must have a necessary sense of vulnerability and inadequacy.
- We should not bring in external resources, or perceived solutions, to take the place of what God has reserved for Himself.He wants a place of intimacy with us that we should not attempt to fill with our own resources.
- We win or lose in life based on how we perceive God’s role.
- We must break up the hardness of our hearts in order for them to be controlled by Jesus. Hosea 10:12 – Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (NKJV)
- When we give our hearts to Jesus, He completes us and makes us whole.
- We are not enough, but God is more than enough.2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.(NIV)
Reflective Questions for Unfollow Your Heart
- Can you give an example of how, in your own life, following your heart resulted in something good? In something not good?
- Why are we less likely to make mistakes if we have committed our hearts to Jesus?
- Why is it a blessing – in the long term view – that God has created us perfectly incomplete? What are some short term consequences we may have to endure in order to preserve the long term objective?
Planning is essential to happiness and success in life. The rest of this year can be the best part of this year if you plan for it to be that way. The first step in developing a good plan is to put God first in your life.
Summer Reading Series – Part 4
Another Shot – Five Reasons You Need a Game Plan For Your Life
Sunday July 15, 2018
Main Idea– Planning is essential to happiness and success in life. The rest of this year can be the best part of this year if you plan for it to be that way. The first step in developing a good plan is to put God first in your life.
Life goes better when you put God first
- No human being could have written the high standard that is contained in the Bible. Scripture was written by God.
- Therefore, if God said it we can believe it.
- The rest of your life will be the best part of your life if you put God first in your life. John 10: 10 – The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to be full, till it overflows). (Amplified)
- Plant yourself in a church so that God will prosper you. Psalm 92:13 – Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (NKJV)
- The reason God will bless you when you are involved with your church is so that you can bless others. Genesis 12: 2 – I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. (NKJV)
The rest of this year will be the best part of this year
- In order for the rest of this year to be better than the first part of this year you have to define what you mean by “better.”
- Describe and define where you want to go for the remainder of the year. Habakkuk 2:2 – Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (NKJV)
Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision (no revelation of God and His word), the people are unrestrained; but happy and blessed is he who keeps the law (of God.) (Amplified)
- Success requires planning. “Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein
- A goal without a plan is just a wish.
- Planning will help you control your future. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill
- Jesus told us not to worry about things. If you have a plan, it is less likely you will worry. Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Plan and pray
- Planning does not replace praying.
- Praying does not replace planning.
- Both are essential. James 2:17 – Thus faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (NKJV)
- All planning should begin with prayer.
Five reasons you need a game plan for your life
- Planning is Scriptural.Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
- The Bible is full of plans.If God makes plans, we should do so as well.
- Planning will put you in a better position.
- Plan for success and that is where you will end up.
- Make a plan, get started, do something.Not everything in your plan has to be perfect in order to begin.
- The difference-maker in your plan is that God has a plan for you. 1Samuel 16:7b - For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
- Planning is essential.
- Planning enables you to act instead of react.
- You will make better decisions when you have a plan.
- You dramatically increase the chance of something happening when you plan for it.
- Planning brings progress.
- Planning brings rewards.Effective preparation results in effective progress.
- Planning helps eliminate stress.
- Planning clarifies your decision-making. When you know where you are going, decisions are easier to make.
God is for you. He wants you to be successful
- From the beginning, God planned the future.He gave His Son so that you can have a future with Him.
- Put God first in your life, and let Him guide your plan. Proverbs 1:5 – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (NIV)
Life goes better when you put God first
- Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (NIV)
- Putting God first in your life is the best decision you can make as the first step of your plan.
Reflective Questions for Five Reasons You Need a Game Plan for Your Life
- Dave Martin began his message by emphasizing the importance of being planted in a church in order for God to bless your plans. What does it mean to be “planted in a church”? Why is this usually a prerequisite to receive God’s blessing for your plans?
- As you make and carry out your plans, when – and how often – will you incorporate prayer in the process?
Select one of Dave Martin’s Five Reasons and give an example of how it has proven true in your life’s experiences.
Your life is a story that – if you embrace it – is being authored by Jesus. God is not focused on the ups and downs of daily living, but rather, with the overall upward trajectory of your faith.
Summer Reading Series – Part 3
Between the Lines
Sunday July 8, 2018
Main Idea– Your life is a story that – if you embrace it – is being authored by Jesus. God is not focused on the ups and downs of daily living, but rather, with the overall upward trajectory of your faith.
The stories of the heroes of faith
- Hebrews 11 references the faith of many of the great heroes of the Old Testament.
- Hebrews 12 begins by explaining that those stories are witnesses to God’s grace and faithfulness; that He fulfilled His promises to all the great heroes.
- God will also fulfill His promises to each of us.
- Hebrews 12: 1-3 – (v.1) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (v.2) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of ourfaith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (v.3) For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Jesus is the author
- Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (and of all faith itself.)
- Four times in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13), Jesus refers to Himself as “the Alpha and the Omega” (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.)
- Jesus is the author of the first letter, the last letter, and all the letters in between.
- Jesus is the essence of words, the essence of sentences, paragraphs, and entire stories.
- Jesus is the Word.
Biblical examples of Jesus as author
- The Book of Revelationis a vision authored by Jesus that was given to the Apostle John near the end of his life.
- This was the first evidence in John’s long life of ministry that God had given him the ministry of prophecy.
- John was over 90 years old and imprisoned, but was being introduced to a new chapter in his life.
- We are never too old for Jesus to write a new chapter.
- It is our responsibility to strenuously pursue Jesus the author of all the chapters in our life’s story. Our life’s story is written by the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end). Pursue Jesus and lay hold of every chapter He is writing.
- Philippians 3:12 – Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
- The story of Jacob’s family going into Egypt – and eventually into slavery – is told in Genesis 47-50.
- There are times in our lives when it seems nothing is happening: that we are going nowhere.
- Jacob’s family spent 400 years as slaves in Egypt.It may have seemed they were in a bad situation, but God was actually protecting them.
- Jesus was writing a story where the family was growing as it was protected by the government of Egypt. For example, during this time no Israelite was a casualty of war.
- Similarly, God will put us into captivity to grow us; to enlarge us.
- Abraham had ups and downs in his later life, but the overall trajectory of his faith was upward.
- Romans 4: 20 – He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
- Even though Abraham displayed continual ups and downs in his daily performance in life, his faith was getting stronger all the time.
- The longer the answer of God’s promise was delayed, the stronger became Abraham’s faith.
- God is not confused. He is not so concerned if we have a bad day. God is focused on the long term.
- He is not measuring the details of your present performance. He is measuring your spiritual journey over the longer term.
- Ask yourself, “Where will I be next year at this time?”
Lay hold of your story that Jesus is writing
- Lay hold of the story of your life. Stay in your story. Regardless of a present circumstance, don’t back out.
- The ups and downs of our lives are what actually qualify us for Jesus’ authorship of our stories.
- It is to be expected our life’s story will have ups and downs, but God is always there to help us in the tough times.
- Hebrews 2:16 – For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
- It is as if God is saying, “Give me your heart and I will finish the story I started with your life. I love you. I am for you. I am with you.”
- Each of us is a living epistle that Jesus is writing. Offer yourself to Jesus; take hold of Jesus as He writes the story of your life.
- Watch the YouTube video “Bob Sorge – I Am With You” about one of Jesus’ chapters in Mr. Sorge’s life’s story.
Reflective Questions for Between the Lines
- Jesus is using your life to write a story that will give glory to God. Think about your life. What are some of the major chapters in the story? What, do you suppose, is the reason for those chapters in the bigger meaning of your life?
- Regardless of the ups and downs of your daily performance, do you feel your faith is on an overall upward trajectory? Is there evidence to support how you answered that question?
- Bob Sorge provided a useful application of Philippians 3:12 – Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Can you explain what that verse is talking about in your own words?
- As Jesus writes your life’s story, why is it important to continually “take hold of Him” and to seek His aid?
God has forgiven us through Christ; therefore, we should live life extending forgiveness to others. Choose to forgive before an offense comes. Let go of anything that is holding you back from your destiny.
Summer Reading Series – Part 2
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Main Idea– God has forgiven us through Christ; therefore, we should live life extending forgiveness to others. Choose to forgive before an offense comes. Let go of anything that is holding you back from your destiny.
Observations in the story of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21 – 35)
- Through this passage Jesus shows how our Father handles a debt.
- When Christ says, “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…”he is telling us something about God. Jesus is telling us that – like God the Father - we should not remember offenses against us.
- On the question of how many times to forgive, Peter suggested seven times might be sufficient. However, Jesus said 70 x 7 (490); which is to say we likely won’t even be able to remember what offended us as we continue to forgive.
- God is not counting our debts, and does not want us to count. In our Father’s house forgiveness is available to everyone (there is no counting).
- The debt in this story was significant and un-repayable (10,000 talents in today’s economy would be between 12million – 1billion dollars). There is no debt so great that God cannot, and will not, forgive. We should be like our Father: always willing to forgive.
- Satan wants to put distance between us and those we love. Don’t let the devil put offense between you and those you love. This takes time away from you, and keeps you from being who you want to be. Scripture teaches us:
- Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.” (NKJV)
How to Stay Unoffendable:
- Recognize Your Own Need to be Forgiven:
- All of us need to be forgiven.
- Hurt people also have hurt other people.
- Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (ESV)
- We should not forget about the pain we may have caused. While we were still sinners, God showed His love to us. It is not shame on you, it is shame off you.
- We must not stay offended because we cannot extend forgiveness to others until we receive it from our Heavenly Father.
- Extend the Same Grace You Received to Others
- Forgiven people have a responsibility to forgive others.
- The grace we did not deserve, but have received, should also be extended to others. We forgive because someone (God) forgave us through Christ.
- Matthew 5:23-24 This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God. (MSG)
- Proof of our righteousness is seen in how we treat other people.
- Jesus teaches this:
- Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (NKJV)
- The greatest opportunity to be like Jesus is when you are hurt.
- Decide to forgive people before they hurt you
- This is a life style choice: Decide to forgive others even before you are hurt.
- Waiting until the moment you are hurt to decide how you will respond, robs you of being the person you want to be.
- Make allowances for each other’s hurt and choose to forgive before an offense occurs. Choose not to be offended.
- Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT)
- Expect that offense will come and decide ahead of time how you will respond. God has already chosen to forgive each of us ahead of the sins we commit.
Forgiveness (some pre-requisites):
- Receive the forgiveness of God for yourself so you can extend forgiveness to others.
- Immediately forgive others, even before they ask.
- Don’t wait for someone to ask for forgiveness. Forgive now, and move on.
- There is no magic pill; start a journey in forgiveness with God.
- Be a person who extends forgiveness; don’t let un-forgiveness rob you of your destiny.
Reflective Questions about Unoffendable:
- Are you holding on to offense from anyone or about anything? Based on what God and Jesus teach about forgiveness, what steps will you take to let go of any offense you are holding on to?
- Is there anyone you need to ask for forgiveness?
- To walk in true freedom, are you able to make the tough call: to write the letter, or in some other way reach out? Remember, God and Jesus have already forgiven you and the other party.
- What type of person do envision being? For that better version of you, for the future you want to have, for the destiny you want to fulfill, is there a reason to delay extending forgiveness?