Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Encouraging Words From T.B. Joshua

Emmanuel! On Sunday 27th November 2011, Prophet T.B. Joshua preached a very encouraging message on the importance of forgiveness, titled, ‘Encouraging Words’.
As you read, we pray God would open your heart to His faith and give you the grace to apply this message into your daily life!

Forgiveness means that God looks at you as if you had never sinned.
When you receive His forgiveness, you are blameless before Him.
God’s forgiveness does not sweep your sins under the carpet. Instead, He completely washes them away.

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.”
Forgiveness paves the way for harmonious relationships, even with your enemies.
Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Being unwilling to forgive shows that you have not understood or benefitted from God’s forgiveness.

If you have been forgiven, that forgiveness will create in you a forgiving heart towards others.
When you love your enemy and pray for those who hate you, this releases you from the destructive emotions of anger, bitterness, revenge and others.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Luke 23:34 – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Jesus forgave even those who mocked and killed Him.

We should be more concerned about our offenders and their relationship with God and less about nursing our own grudges and self-pity – that is, ill-will.

Because the person most hurt by unforgiveness is you. An unforgiving attitude not only destroys your relationships but also poisons your soul.
1 Peter 3:9 – “…not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with hurt. Instead, when people hurt you, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called us to do and He will bless us for it.
Ephesians 4:31 – “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”

When people say hurtful things about you, God wants us to respond by blessing them.
If you fail to receive forgiveness and forgive those who sin against you, you also will find yourself in a torture chamber.

You will find yourself having to be everything, do everything, and accomplish everything totally in your own strength, ability and intelligence. Since that is not possible, you will be under high stress and emotional torture.


Suffering Becomes Unnecessary When You Are Filled With the Spirit!   
God is more desirous of your well being than you could ever be. He has given us the responsibility to win souls for Him, therefore we need to act in His stead and manage His affairs because He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness and suffering is absolutely unnecessary when we are continuously being filled with the Spirit!


I am a born again Christian, married to my lovely wife, Bertha with four lovely children namely Princessa, Dennis, Sweet and Queen. I love you all and Jesus loves you more.