Cast Up A Highway




Scape Off the Enemy's Claws

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Tears, hurt, anger. It happens to all of us at some point in time. A heart tearing woundedness.

How do we stop the pain? There is only one answer, and it's not easy: Forgiveness. A huge topic and one of major importance. Jesus taught us how to pray, and part of this ‘Our Father’ says, “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others”. In other words, if we refuse to forgive others we cannot be forgiven for our sins. Wow! See what I mean by "major importance’?

What does forgiveness mean?

It means to release someone who has wounded us (1) into God’s hands, and (2) from our retribution, and (3) from vengeful thoughts. (4) It means we allow God to handle them and our feelings about them.

It is the answer, for when we do forgive we are able to move on in life, and not allow the past to be a hook that constantly drags us back, barring us from continuing on the road God has prepared for us. Forgiveness opens the door for the entrance of joy into our lives. When we are ready, God may ask us to speak forgiveness to the perpetrator. It does not mean we have to ‘hang out’ with them; but God knows what is necessary for our complete healing. We trust God.

Unforgiveness on the other hand, holds us hostage in the enemy’s clutches, for he is only too happy to continually pour gasoline on the fire of our pain to keep it alive and burning. He will bring up pictures and feelings to feed the flame of pain and anger building it ever higher to block out God’s healing balm. Unforgiveness can also open a door to the evil spirit that possessed the one who hurt the victim. Unforgiveness can be very serious, because it is so destructive.

The Word tells us:

2 Corinthians 2:8-15 (AMP)

I therefore beg you to reinstate him in your affections and assure him

of your love for him;

9 For this was my purpose in writing you, to test your attitude and

see if you would stand the test,

whether you are obedient and altogether agreeable

[to following my orders] in everything. . .

11 To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us;

for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.

Forgiveness is obedience.

When we remember that Satan’s goal is to steal, kill, and destroy us, to turn us from our loving Father, his no good scheme is revealed. Even though it may be very difficult to forgive one who has deeply hurt us, God understands, and so He will give us grace to help achieve it! Obedience to God is extremely important, because it scrapes the enemy claws off allowing healing; and it keeps open the communication door with God, permitting His good plans for us to progress.

Are You having a difficult time forgiving someone? Ask God for help. He will respond with His grace.

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.