We all know how a rat trap works. Put cheese on trap so when rat bites the trap snaps on its neck. Monkey has similar problem with a trap. Hunter put food in cage. Monkey goes to cage but not in it. He will reach through bars and grab bait, but bait too large to get through bars. Monkey will not let go so hunters come up to capture it. Monkey looses freedom or life because refuses to let go.
Many modern Christians are like the monkey when it comes to forgiving. They grab an offense or situation Satan caused and will not let go. All it takes to resists Satan’s bait is a choice, (forgive), yet many Christians cannot make this choice. The choice to forgive is not to relieve the person that offended them; they were the bait Satan. The monkey case is not about bait, but what monkey needed do to be saves, but wouldn’t let go. Satan uses people as bate. Like monkey, we have to let go of the offense, not the person. God will deal with them.
Every person will have opportunities to be offended (Satan). Luke 17:1 Jesus said, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Our reactions to offenses are a direct reflection of maturity and forgiveness confirms we winning in the world. Remember, God deals with bait don’t be a bait Satan can use, it’s serious. Key to monkey’s freedom – let bait go! Key to overcoming – let go and forgive.
When we catch our self saying: you just don’t know how bad I was offended? We are still holding onto the bait (tying Jesus’ hands to help us). Natural reasoning will try to convince us we are justified. Satan knows if we turn loose of the bait he lost us. Sounds crazy, but, its God plan and works. When we forgive, we are set free; when we do good we build relationships with both people and God. Holding onto offense affects our prayer results? YES, MARK 11:25-26 “when pray, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father may forgive you. “if you do not forgive, neither will your Father forgive you.” (Jesus knew un-forgiveness would block prayers). Four areas we need to constantly operate in forgiveness are: 1) Family, 2) is our church family), 3) the world Jesus died for, 4) weaken enemies. If we do your best in these four areas, we will walk in lots of freedom and lots of victory over every battle. Remember, it was the BIBLE saying ALL things are possible for those believing God!
I often us this Open Vision given July 31, 2002 through me to God’s Believers because it concerns our days.
JULY 31, 2002 Open Vision Lord gave me that I use often concerning last days we’re in: Lord started with: “As promised, I will never do anything without first telling My people. I shall bring a sword upon this land. This sword shall hit first upon My church that used my name and polluted it building itself monuments’. My Church uses My Name like an old rag to clean water. I shall bring a sword upon the land, a point where people will wonder where God is: a land that has profaned My name. I shall first strike the church as a large building that falls and dust comes up so man cannot see clearly but eventually will be clear as a field of grain drying up.
As people look to each other for help and answers seeing nothing as though there is no answer. The dust shall fall to ground as it clears as the image of a beautiful church again. Yes, the church that fails is the church man has built. When the dust falls they will see in its place a church of pure gold that is brilliant and seen throughout the world. They shall see glory, and look upon the field that was drying, seeing now a harvest never seen. These that called themselves my church will look on the glorious and beautiful monument that is My Church Body.
Yes, they shall see the wickedness of their ways running toward Me and will use My Name correctly. I will be gloried and the land shall see I am God and only God. I shall raise a Church body never seen before, but I must destroy what man calls my name that is defamed and used in every way, not of my church body, but for building of man. Out of the rubble of this crumbling building, when the dust falls, air clears and sun shows, eyes will open clearly before them. They will see the greatest church body as pure gold, powerful and mighty. Man shall come to Me and My Church shall see and say: “Yes, yes, yes, this is the Church of almighty God. I tell you this because I said I would not do anything without first telling My people.
Out of the rubble will raise a beautiful golden monument to God Almighty. Glory shall shine and their voice shall go out as people come to them knowing the world knows that I am their God. I call you, I am giving warning to encourage you to stand because I have chosen you to be part of that building that shall stand. I am the Lord God Almighty and My Words shall not fall to the ground for what I have said will happen. Hold on and stand as a monument to God. Fear not and see only the power of God as the world has never seen and experience it”.
(Our Winning Point: Walk away from situation against us believing God will take care of them for us. He will handle situations better than we could have done it. Also remember that Church is not buildings or organizations, its true Believers.)