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Forgiving the Seemingly Unforgivable

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November 18, 2020 1:00 am

Forgiving the Seemingly Unforgivable

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November 18, 2020 1:00 am

In a recent dream, God confronted and rebuked Mike for withholding forgiveness and harboring anger. He & Stu discuss how we are called by God to not only forgive our enemies, but also to love them and share the Gospel with them.

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Enjoy it and share it but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network network. This is the Truth Network welcome to If Not for God stories of hopelessness that turn to hope. Your host Mike swing in, not God. What actually sitting here with the host. The legend himself, Michael Zwick, Michael, thank you for having me to come alongside. Today Stu Epperson here. Normally it's the golden voice of the Christian car guy Robbie Delmore but there's a lot going on in the culture. There's a lot going on in God's word in his he hasn't change the stone is thrown amid all the chaos in the talk of virus in the talk of politics and corruption in war etc. etc. but welcome to show God bless you my friend yeah thanks for thanks for being on with me today. Still, I I certainly appreciated. I always do. You know, is interesting. We we talked about dreams and stuff like that but II had actually had a dream that we could go and in the dream, right where I had. I think there is a practical application because I had a dream it was Alexandria Causey of Cortez.

In the dream I was telling her about Jesus and you know I remember after waking up. I was thinking about it and I said while she at this. This is interesting. She was actually listening to what I had to say and I was asking God for the purpose of the interpretation of the dream and when I felt my spirit was he was saying that the people who you would never think would want to hear about Jesus are the exact people that you need to tell about telltale Jesus. Tell them about Jesus and I was thinking about and I said you know what it a lot of times it's the people that I never thought would respond to the gospel, who are the people who really would respond to the gospel. Have you seen that are a man that's exactly that's that's the difficult that's where the take up your cross gets real right there right westward. Jesus says they say or you have said to love your neighbors and hate your enemies. In Matthew five, but I have said but I say to you, you should love your enemies and pray for those who despitefully use you, and take advantage of you and so that is a bad dream is just confirmation of what God's word says it's easy to love people. You get along with gravity for those people and what about those that don't.

What about those it really literally want to destroy you. What about those that want to abuse you. What about those that are just so corrupt and so evil when you look at it, you watch the videos to YouTube this and acting like how it will what it will this person who is on his tip, though some cuffs on this person teaching a lesson but does the people God wants us to love and to pray for, and whose reaching them with the gospel.

So I think you're spot on brother in Jesus Christ exemplified this hang on the cross on the tree of death after all the beating and the abuse the torture.

These mock trials, kangaroo trials, he hangs there as the first words out of his mouth were not words of judgment and attack and vindication. They were words of forgiveness. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Yeah, and it was a do and you know one of the things that I was think about is like I saw something online this morning and it said there's a new restaurant. It's called karma and said there's no menu you get what you deserve.

Well, you know that's through the opposite of what we have in Christianity a matter fact I was looking in Psalms 103 and it says bless bless the Lord of my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord of my soul and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquities who heals all your diseases who redeems your life from destruction who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the Eagles. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his way to Moses his his acts to the children of Israel, the Lord is merciful and gracious, not karma, but merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will he keep his anger forever. And here it is. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his mercy towards those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us as a father pities his children so the Lord pities those who fear him, for he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust. As for me, and his days are like grass as a flower of the field, so he flourishes for the wind passes over it and it is gone. In its place remembers it no more, but the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, such as keep his covenant into those who remember his commandments to do them. The Lord had us has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rolls overall.

Bless the Lord, you his angels who excel in strength. Who do his word, heeding the voice of his word.

Bless the Lord, all you his hosts ministers of his who do his pleasure. Bless the Lord all his works and all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and when I read that you know that's not what we believe in and is karma that you know hey we we do something other people and you know that's what working to get back or whatever but you know, if you look at Isaiah 53 and you look at Jesus paying that the price on the cross we did we do anything to deserve that still absolutely absolutely yes we have.

You think about the most anger and hate.

You had toward another person that multiplied by a thousand is the wrath of God aimed at you and everything you think that that this person should get for their sin. Their evil how wrong the wrong view. You and I are guilty of the same thing so you read that he's not rewarded us according to our iniquities to do not ask God to give you what you deserve. The most dangerous place you can ever be in the most absolute worst fate. You could ever suffer is if yes God to give you what you deserve is not an pray for our country for mercy Lord will give us justice.

I can't take it I deserve it. I know I can't take it open.

Give us mercy because what you think your enemies should get is exactly what you should get because he's a holy God. In the end he so he had mercy on you. So that's what you said, forgive, and it shall be forgiven. That's what you said, forgive us our trespasses. In Luke 11 in the Lord's prayer give us our trespasses, even as we forgive those who trespass against us and all those parables to know the guy that the ruthless master not forgetting a servant right in the CERT but then finally forgive us, and certainly not in forgive the guy that you know him just a little bit the psyche of the sky millions guy for gave him another servant owed him like a couple bucks right in his room in the slammer took his whole thing.

So this the depth this all this all amplifies the depth of the mercy and the grace of God which we all discriminate the him and you know they do that that dream with Alexandria Causey and Cortez or whoever it is it's on you.I think about people in my lifetime who I may really not of light on and maybe I give somebody a chance and and I realize that once I got to know somebody there was a lot more to them the night that I just thought on the surface.

Maybe you know hey if you're a Democrat in somebody else's Republican or your Republican some the else is a Democrat. I think he saw that there was a picture where there was a Trump supporter and abide in supporter to remember that I love that your shaking hands right across the street. He told their own manner and there was a cordiality. There is a peaceful exchange. There is supposed to, you know sucker punch or some like that is illegal in the him and in one of the things that I think of is you know over over my whole life.

You know what and whenever I quick to get angry at somebody else and whenever I think about something that somebody is done to me. I tend to think that you know go back to Psalm 103 in the Lord's prayer words. Forgive us our trespasses. It's like men often. I've done a whole lot that I need to be forgiven of as well, but is it is always easy to forgive Stewart he think sometimes it's tough well is it if it weren't tough.

It wouldn't be we would need to cross the reason he died across her all that stuff it's ugliest, it's dirty, it's grimy. It's intense and the cross came. Christ came to seek and save lost messed up on forgiven people. David struggle with this in Psalm 73. The whole point of Psalm 73. Struggling because here he is serving God. Here he is servant true God loving God. And all this bad stuff happened to get these intensely wealthy people are defiance of God there. There boastful and he's like he oversaw my saying, you know, I saw the prosperity of the wicked. You know what is. Someone is corrupting the boxes you have to your you live do his 90s right when someone the sweetest Christian family loses one of their daughters. You know you know it it it it 10 years old or so innocent like that is a how does this because we have a human.

We have this karma which is totally pagan thinking we have this weird let this kind of thinking you influence in, or even creep into our our Christian paradigm or worldview and David had the struggle is what's going on with these people God wire that wire the these people prospering.

You know, their bodies are fat there there there successful there increasing in the riches, he says, have I kept my heart pure for nothing and wash my hands in innocence. He says all day long. I'm plugging temptation for nothing. Nothing.

And but then he says this he says if I said I will speak thus I would betray the generation of your children. When I thought to understand this.

It was troublesome eyes. He's just completely troubled. He sees how successful evil people are and how righteous good saintly people are dying and struggling and being plagued, he says, until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood their end Psalm Psalm 73 verse 17.

Their desolation came in a moment there. They were utterly consumer terrors as well as a dream when one awakes the Lord. When you awake you will despise their form C so he's recognizing this is what's going to come of those people.

This is a short-lived temporary thing you're enjoying it. Now the wealth the cars the women the whatever, but one day they will give an account and they will be thrown in the lake of fire is eternal, weeping and gnashing of teeth and that should break our heart.

That's why we got a step back is a God. What is your heart for these lost people and then go back even further this work it's real. What is your heart for me. Why, when I was without streak. When I was wicked I was an enemy of years, why did you save me a wretch like me when you should've just thrown me into hell and that's the beauty of grace.

Nothing you can do can earn it, and nothing you have done can escape or can can keep you from it. It's all about God's grace and so David when he realizes this, he says. Thus my heart was embittered and I was pierced and my feelings. I was a brute and did not understand. I was a beast before you say how can I be such a beast cannot see the end to be so caught up in the moment of being jealous and envious of the successful wealthy pagan God haters amid my crisis.

And here I am doing right so you close by saying nevertheless God I am continually with you, you have held me by my right hand will guide me to counsel afterward. Lori now want to see the rest of his after this break is this is really good getting a break.

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We should walk out of a movie. If there defiantly blasting the Senate hits our conscious like that you have done with those kind of things but if there is a sense, to which we are called to forgive even the people that seem to be the most unforgivable. Now is the essence of what God hit you with a guess right, Mike. Yeah. Not only that, but in addition to that, to be able to share the gospel with them because there you know some people who we may think on the cervical date they would never want to hear about Jesus because right… You fill in the blank but you know that were really called to share with everybody and I know you always say who did you tell the tell one person today about Jesus in life is short and kinda what you're talking about with Psalm 73 and I was looking at James chapter 4 in verse 13 it says come now who you say today or tomorrow we will go to such assessment, such as such, a city and spend a year. They are buy and sell and make a profit whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow for what is your life. It is even as a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you want to say if the Lord wills, we shall live, and we shall do this or that, but now you boast in your arrogance.

All such boasting is evil.

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it to him it is sin.

So when you look at Psalm 73 and when you look at James for you know the pleasure of sin. It's fleeting.

I mean it's here for a moment and then it's gone it's like is it really worth it is really worth blowing that person out you know not, and in just letting the heat the anger out on his person and not giving pauses really worth devastating. That little person yelling at your little guy there who messed up he keeps messing up. He keeps doing you know you cue stick is really worth that is it is is God's grace, not bigger and greater then our sin and blessed God not gracious on us when we Screwed up and fallen into addiction and digging a hole deeper. This is the kind of God we serve, who pursues us in pursuit us and thank God for people to pursue Jew but didn't give up on you didn't say this guy just party hardy.

Not I'm I'm done with him, but they kept after the Giving Jesus in your here today and I'm here today because of those same people that they didn't give up that went maybe somewhere with us that everyone else was at that's law he's lost in. This is a case that no one wants to touch then we hear about know so the James passes a strong first John four John talks about you know you you say you love your neighbor a hard seal of God. But you hate your neighbor. How can you love God you don't have you seal of God. You don't see that you hate your neighbor you do see. He says this is not this is this is the inverse is the opposite of what God says you show your love for God by loving your neighbor, and loving your enemy. This is the only belief system and all all the world in history the world were God actually comes down to us and actually dies for those that hate him. He actually is murdered willingly gives himself a life.

His whole life to be crucified by his haters to save them, to save his is the biggest persecutor.

The early church became the greatest perpetuators of the gospel. The apostle Paul.

He was murdering Christians and all the sudden easy at the missionary were here today because he took the gospel to the Gentiles, threats of God did something miraculous. When Stephen lay there bleeding from being bludgeoned to death by stones and Saul stood there holding the cloaks of all that all of his you know chillers, he heard the final words of Stephen Lord.

Do not hold this to their account which is the same as what Jesus said, father forgive them. They know not what they do. Saul Paul heard those words and they stuck and if you here you see what happened to him when guy got older him. He said why were you persecuting me on the Damascus Road. He killed Steven and killed Jesus, but he was killing the body of Christ even part of the body.

So this is the way of the cross, forgiving the unforgivable because God forgave me and that's pretty powerful is very powerful in letter eight here is Matthew 614 through 15. First you forgive other people when they sin against you. Your heavenly father will forgive you if you do not forgive others their sins, your father will not forgive your sins. That's a pretty thick statement right there very big statement and insisted this is impossible, by the way everything in the Christian life is impossible. And this is where it starts with going to God, the God of you know all possibilities right going to him and asking him for the power and asking him for what we do not have and when he put the Holy Spirit in us. He gave us that power. So we go to heaven.

We depend on him. You start praying for that person by name that you hate right now that you only speak to that your you're not looking forward to Thanksgiving because you have to see that person in years praying that this will go by real quick interested another part of table you start praying for them by name right now. That's who God wants you to spend Thanksgiving with.

That's who God wants you to push toward Jesus in a leader. Christ, that's who we think the Christians felt when Saul came back to Jerusalem after he got radically save the Damascus Road know they did they slam the door in his face like you killed my mom. You have the whole family thrown in prison were bankrupt. Now we have nothing were begging for food because of you and your comeback, you're saying you're one of them get the heck off my property.

Grandma get a shotgun who was a Saul guy this Rabbi guy easy. He's the reason for trouble right. One guy believed in him. One guy went to Neverland. One guy did what none of those folks did. His name was Barnabas, whose name means son of encouragement was in his real name is real name was Joseph, but his nickname was Barnabas, but he was such a bountiful encourager, the date they called them by difficulty by his nickname, which means son of occur to Barnabas and everything, everywhere. Barney went the energy of encouragement and see we are so all prone to look for criticism to look. You know, we look at someone when we look forward, look for blemishes. We we listen closely what they said all you said this were sarcastic, you know about how we will sarcasm the lowest form of humor. We we knock people we mock people we look for ways to compare ourselves better than any of this is just you in a human nature were Barnabas by the power the Holy Spirit, he saw in Paul what Nono Saul, he saw a guy who was a murderer who is a brutal attack of Christians he saw a guy who would be zealous for the gospel. He was going either believe in Paul and he took Paul, he took him in the open that door from where will slam the door in Jerusalem and he took him to the apostles.

He said the sky. We need him and throughout the whole book of acts you see Barnabas going chase after Paul and pursuing him. Barnabas shows up in Antioch and there's a massive crew crusade going on and it always people can save and what does he do he leaves in the middle of that goes to Tarsus travels always Tarsus grabs Saul brings him back so he can be up because he realizes this guy so gifted, this guy's got something and again a lot of folks are still bitter and angry.

What's all done Barnabas believe by God's power for gave in God use that to turn the world upside down to literally change the world and were here today because Barnabas believes in a guy named Saul who wrote half the New Testament and took the gospel to the Gentiles. In his three missionary journeys all the way to Rome and now today we call on Christ because of his faithfulness, but someone behind him believed in him and encouraged him and for gave him and showed grace were maybe grace wasn't deserved. So who am I gonna believe in my initial grace to whom I can go out of my way and let me just make it real easy for everyone.

After ready write down who your worst enemy is you can't stand Haley had a dream about them go after them you start praying for them by name Road combining present go by my gift hold the north like you have to give me a gift. Who cares old it and give me a gift last year. Who cares what is grace grace is not all by your wants. Next time, no graces. Thank you for that awesome lunch while God bless you.

I receive that grace is not paying back. We can't pay got back. Good luck on that you go try doing that grace is receiving something I don't deserve graces giving someone a somewhat someone they don't deserve go. Think about your worst enemy and and this is how this is by way how Psalm 73 ends.

David's bitter.

He's torn up. He's out, he's a wreck. He's an anxious wreck. He's getting plugged beat up dog by all kinds of issues and problems, and just literally hell on earth. Wally's wealthy pagan anti-God. Idolatrous people are thriving, making all kinds of money there successful their healthy there live in long. David's mad but he says, until I went in the presence of God. Then it was when I understood their fate and how they know he when he saw Barry turning their short-term life is.

Maybe find many good you know, maybe some well some comfort but their eternity is a literal hell and torment forever and David realize when I'm an animal do not see this when he saw God's view. You have to see God's perspective, any closed closes this awesome thing he says I was approved I was obese before the Almighty God is praying to God for 23 nevertheless, I am continually with you, she goes in the Lord. He leans in the Lord, you have held me by my right hand, you will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory in these awesome questions whom have I in heaven, but you and there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you, my flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Those who fought who are far from you though parish so you destroy everyone was unfaithful you, but it is good for me to draw near to God. I have taken my refuge in the Lord God, that I may declare all your works, that last part is so critical. God gives you the forgiveness so you can forgive others and declare his works nicely just get along by this whole racial reconciliation. Okay, you're gonna like your your brother from a different mother of a different color or ethnicity.

Okay, so now you like them and you says I'm not mad at you anymore because you're white because your Asian nomadic name of that she belong will unify some else each other for no that's why white people to white people and black people kill people. Right right because they don't have Jesus so God pours grace through you to love everyone and anyone of every race and every enemy so that, then he can pours grace through you to go reach them. So let me summarize a black lives matter issue. If you really think black lives matter legally want to Christ in John actually leading black lives white lives underlies all life to Jesus you will think their matter because you're not going after them with the good news of God's grace, he poured on you and to you so that he could port through you. So how are you like David said, declaring all of his works, and when he does that everything changed.

Everything changes in closing with God. First John 47 love, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love in this the love of God was manifested toward us that God has sent his only begotten on into the world that we might live through him.

In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. Loved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another that includes one another's a hard love, which by the way of looking at all of them looking right back. We were hard to love is hard.

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