Chained by Trespasses Freed by Forgiveness: Matthew CH 6:14-15


with that said I want to ask that we continue
to pray for a Pastor JD Farag this asthma bout that he is going through
actually turned for the worse so we need to pray specifically for our dear
shepherd and I want to make sure that got uploaded for our viewers online as
well now there was some upcoming scheduled events that he had already
which prayerfully would help in his recovery meaning there were scheduled
time off that he had coming up so we’re going to continue to pray for him earnestly
and without ceasing and as we get updates we’ll make sure that everybody
is informed as well and one of those scheduled events was pastor and author
Billy Crone he’s actually going to be here this coming up week Thursday night
and also on Sunday the 17th for both services so we’re looking forward to him
coming for our midweek also next Sunday as well so let us pray for his
travels that they’re safe and uneventful and that the message that the Lord has
prepared for him to speak will be delivered boldly but this morning our
teaching today will be coming from the book of Matthew in chapter 6 verses 14
and 15 just two verses this morning and I ask that all who are able to please
stand for the reading of the scriptures this morning Matthew chapter 6 verses 14
and 15 and the Word of God reads 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 why don’t we pray and ask for the Lord’s blessing on
today’s teaching loving Heavenly Father we do come to You now and pray that You
would give us clear understanding regarding Your Word would You break the
hardness of our minds and hearts and allow Your Spirit to penetrate to make
this truth known and make it real in our lives so that we as your people will
live up to it to send your Holy Spirit upon this place now and bless us with
Your Word in the mighty name of Yeshua Jesus the Christ we pray Amen
please be seated thank you so the title for this morning’s teaching
is chained by trespasses freed by forgiveness and I want to begin by
stating the obvious and that is how important it is to forgive forgiveness
is serious and many times this topic gets discussed but when it’s talked
about it’s almost like it’s not really a big deal it’s just something that we
know should do from time to time that’s not the case and because it’s not
treated as a big deal as it is many professing Christians have big problems
major problems because the true spirit of forgiveness is not in them and if it
is it takes a major backseat unforgiving trespasses keeps us all chained down no
matter what and these two verses that we just read here spoken by Jesus Himself
comes right off the heels of Him teaching His disciples the model way to
pray known as the Lord’s Prayer but we know that the Lord’s actual prayer is
captured in John chapter 17 but we get the point and even prior to Him teaching
His disciples this model way to pray Jesus would speak about settling our
differences also He would say that we are to love our enemies this is Jesus how is that possible to settle
differences and love our enemies without having a forgiving heart how is it
possible and based on the Word of God if we lack forgiveness then I submit to you
that we lack the very Spirit of God and we’re just deceiving ourselves playing
and professing a faith that we truly do not believe in the bottom line is
without forgiveness we are all doomed done period and having an unforgiving
spirit will cause and prevent many positive and Godly things from happening
throughout our Christian walk we take a look back at these verses that we read
here captured in the Gospel of Matthew we can clearly see clearly see that
forgiveness is a big deal from God’s perspective would you agree it’s a major
deal and because it’s a big deal for the true and living God then it should be a
big deal for us as Christians as well we’re told in verse 14 that if we
forgive men their trespasses then our Heavenly Father will also
forgive us but first we have to be willing to forgive are we the stakes are
too high if we do not this is serious business and as new creations in Christ
the Holy Spirit within us prompts us to have a forgiving heart and when we
choose not to we grieve the very Spirit of God to our own detriment but what’s worse is what the Lord says
in verse 15 of Matthew chapter 6 which is if we do not forgive men their
trespasses neither will our Father forgive our trespasses and let’s be
reminded this is Jesus the Christ speaking these words the question is do
we believe these words he’s speaking do we think is just a muffled statement a casual statement captured in the
Scriptures for us to kind of glance over as if it’s not real if we do not believe these words that
are captured here in the Scriptures what we are doing is calling God a liar and
that’s blasphemy Jesus means what He says there’s no deceiving anyone based on His
words they are straightforward for those who are willing to listen and this is
critical to all of our understanding and critical how we live our lives as
directed by God with all discernment provided by His Holy Spirit and
empowered by His Holy Word to live this out in truth we also must know and
recognize that being forgiving having a forgiving spirit does not mean as
Christians we’re to be gullible we’re not to be gullible the Bible tells us to be
as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove not gullible and not to become
beguiled we can be forgiving yet not in this condition of gullibility it does
not require that for us we need to be wise yet also forgiving because the
implications of not having our trespasses forgiven are huge huge so
with the Lord’s blessing we’re going to examine some of the difficulties
regarding dealing with trespasses while at the same time
looking into a biblical approach for preventing them in the first place
and also working through them by the power of God then we’re going to take a
look at the world’s view of forgiveness and what that causes when we induct it
into the church and how our standard of forgiveness must remain centered on
Christ period so let’s begin close to home because this is where I believe
that deep rooted forgiveness struggles take place close to home captured in the
book of Proverbs in chapter 18 and verse 19 the Word of God reads
a brother offended is harder to win than a strong city and contentions are like
the bars of a castle much truth here wouldn’t you say so in this proverb by Solomon we have
this very pointed issue revealed for us in the Scriptures that displays what
happens to each of us when we are offended in such a way and/or the
challenges that we face when we offend someone in such a way and here the Bible is speaking about our
relatives and perhaps those closest to us brother wise this is that inner
circle of our lives that often gets damaged and then left to linger for
years and years with no resolve and for our family feud’s that are left
unchecked you best believe that they will spill outside of the home and into
our everyday lives and that will create major character flaws in each of us
especially as Christians and to me this is the beginning of a long hard road and
could even be the beginning of a very long hard life as a Christian a life
that does not have to be hard but because of our refusal to resolve and
forgive and even be forgiven in some cases you know what I mean when someone
says they’re sorry and it’s not good enough we become trapped in our emotions and we
try to be right we want to be right by winning the argument for ourselves
instead of doing the right thing and honoring the true and living God and
when we look at the definition in the Hebrew text regarding the word offended it has a very strong meaning it means to
break away from to break away from this is a strong meaning for the word
offended stay with me on this this is what it means in the text to break away
from so we’re talking about something that is major these are not minor
disagreements this is major these are situations that have a great deal of
weight behind them this is what it means in the text why
do I mention that why do I stress that because when it comes to many of us we
find ourselves offended by the most minor infractions the smallest of things and even when we think of the word offense in the English it means to insult doesn’t carry the same weight but you
would think that it did based off of our responses and those insults typically
happen when we remove discernment from our conversations and then what happens
now we begin that long journey of going on the offensive do we not just like in
a game on the offense it’s all about scoring points instead of making
practical points for an open discussion or even having that understanding if we
need to get in this discussion at all in the first place I had a guy tell me at a
Bible study he’s a lawyer too and he says the hardest thing from him
is to be able to resolve issues because he’s trained one way and his mind is
trained not only to win the argument but prove that he’s right I have to win the
argument prove that I’m right show that you’re wrong and it has to be complete
every single time that’s a lawyer talk we cannot live and operate as Christians
with lawyer talk and when that’s not recognized and we act like that we push
people away and they become beyond reachable beyond reach
because of what we have to prove and that’s more than problematic because
what happens it produces an unforgiving heart and that’s what we’re faced with and if we look no further than the next
chapter over chapter 19 and verse 11 the Word of God reads to follow the
discretion of a man makes him slow to anger and his glory is to overlook a
transgression now please do not think for one moment that I am so naive to not
know that there are some things done to us that are very difficult to overlook
and we will tackle that Lord willing but stay with me we’re talking about these
offenses that on many occasions are so minute that they drive us mad and that
attitude does not bring honor and or glory to God take a look at this passage
look at it it reads the discretion of a man makes him slow to anger and that
being slow to anger is an attribute of the true and living God which He gives
us by the power of His Holy Spirit via the fruit of the Spirit this is what we
possess the question is do we consistently
grieve the Spirit of God by not pursuing this or do we even possess it at all are
we only looking for reasons to be offended believe me I know that words
and actions can indeed hurt I know that but the question is are we just focused
on this so much to the point that once again we find ourselves being in a
constant state of being wronged so much so I’m just looking for it just to be
wrong that I cannot even do what’s right also take notice of the second word in
this verse which is the word discretion now this word aligns itself with
discernment discernment one of my favorite words and it means to have
insight or understanding and that’s the short definition to have insight in
understanding and this biblical display of discretion does not come by
experience alone this biblical display of discretion does not come by
experience alone it is made complete within the Word of God by the Spirit of
God having such gives man understanding and the more understanding that a man
has the matter the better a man can deal with knowing how to overlook such
transgressions and just commit them strictly to prayer or which ones that he
has to address as well as commit to prayer we all need this and this discretion
even goes deeper than that one commentator would say this about
discretion and please look how deep it is he says it is the ability to make
discriminating judgments to distinguish between and recognize the moral
implications of different situations and courses of action it includes the
ability to weigh up and assess the moral and spiritual status of individuals
groups and even movements thus while warning us against judgmentalism Jesus
urges us to be discerning and discriminating lest we cast our pearls
before swine discretion is huge when it comes to understanding how to deal with
many issues including trespasses and to me having a high level of discretion can
and will prevent many of these offending situations from happening in the first
place and having God’s Word shows us and tells each of us to forgive no matter
the actions of the other people tough to do huh you bet commanding you
bet our response in these situations will more often than not set the tone
for everything else we also have captured in the Scriptures
sticking with the Proverbs in chapter 15 and verse 1 the Word of God reads a soft
answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger now how many of us can
honestly say that when these contentious moments come about that we are able to give a soft answer that we can bridle our tongue and show
off this aspect of the fruit of the Spirit which is self-control and then
mind the way that we speak and take a listen to what the Word of
God says here he says a harsh word stirs up anger not a true word we can still speak the truth with
passion a soft true answer it will turn away wrath indeed it will when that
truth is presented and digestible to our loved ones with gentleness anger is
adverted at least to the point that if they are angry they are angry at the
truth and we should not take that personal because oftentimes the truth
does hurt and that’s no question but being able to give a soft answer
especially when things are heated up and we’re going to often face these that’s
an example of that much needed self-control that we all must have
another ingredient of the fruit of the Spirit self-control yet another way to advert and prevent
many trespasses from arising to the point that those acts are deemed
unforgivable the Word of God also says in chapter 25
and verse 15 the following by long forbearance or restraint a ruler is
persuaded and a gentle tongue breaks a bone a gentle tongue breaks a bone have
you ever seen this in action I will never forget sitting in my office it’s a lieutenant many I think it was eight
years ago now and a guy comes into the office and I had two young sailors
sitting next to me and it was a first class comes in he was the duty chief and
he comes in and he just starts getting irate about an issue and I’m sitting
there and he’s cursing and blah blah and these two young sailors are kind of
looking at what and how I would respond to him now okay on the right side of my
brain I was pretty heated mad and I’m like how
is this cat going to come in here and disrespect me in front of two junior
sailors as he lost his God forsaken mind that’s what I was thinking right but I remember the
Proverbs and as bad as I wanted to rail I let him finish and I said thank you so
much for that information I appreciate it we’ll get back to you
and the meantime I gave him a couple things to do and he left two sailors stood
there just kept doing what they were doing didn’t speak and I was fuming 25
minutes later that guy came back in front of them too and apologized and he
was crushed crushed it works it works it’s no question these verse that we
just went over this verse in fact other vital points in it patience matters we
have to have patience when we’re discussing these weighty matters we need
to allow those words a reason to sink in like it apparently did for that sailor
that walked away after he’s cursing in my office that would prompt him to come
back and make things right and he’s not a Christian it just works at the same time we have patience that
gentleness must be aligned with it and then we can watch the bones of those who
are resisting to be properly broken this will happen and doing things like this
will prevent us again from getting to the point of no return that many of us
are at right now we have to get out of these feuds and we must have a heart of
forgiveness how do we think that God views an unforgiving heart how do we
think he views that no matter how we have been sinned against no matter what
it is no matter what type of injustice has been done to us
should not prevent us from having that needed forgiving heart aren’t we charged to forgive now when it
comes to being trespassed or sinned against that field is very broad very
broad because of that what ends up happening is the discussion of
forgiveness then becomes weighted based on the severity of the sin that was
committed against us in other words the more grievous the sin the less likely it
is that we are required to forgive people think this way many professing
Christians believe this and they would go so far to even blame God for all that
has happened to them and being trespassed and sinned against that’s a
major problem and it is circulating throughout the church because now in
many churches they view big forgiveness just like the world views it the world
we live in has limited forgiveness by the way it’s always biased forgiveness
you’ll find that it’s all based on agendas on how they want to begin and
feelings forgiveness in the world is attached to movements that’s how the
world views it there is no heart of God in the world’s
definition of forgiveness it is Christless and we should not be party
to it at all we ought to forgive all trespasses without being ignorant and/or
gullible and not pick and choose as the world does and no matter how crafty the
world’s definition of forgiveness become they are all flawed and we should
not follow it in fact much of what the world believes regarding forgiveness
today comes from secular morality of universal utilitarianism and forgiveness and this Guardian writer Adam Lee he’s
also a blogger at daily Daylight Atheism he writes this on secular view of
forgiveness he says and I’m quoting universal utilitarianism teaches that
human happiness is paramount and refraining from causing others to suffer
is our highest duty when we violate that Duty we incur responsibility the
responsibility of undoing that hurt if possible and restoring the lost
happiness and the responsibility of reforming ourselves so we don’t perform
similar wrong acts in the future then he says this if an offender meets this
burden then forgiveness should be given but it must be deserved he goes on to
deserve forgiveness a person who does wrong must recognize and acknowledge the
wrong they have done must express contrition and a sincere desire not to
repeat that act and must express willingness to make restitution
as far as it is possible if any of these conditions are not met then forgiveness
is not merited this is the world’s view of forgiveness that has crept into the
church I continue when an act such as murder is of such a magnitude that no
true restitution is possible then it’s up to the people who were made to suffer
whether they wish to grant forgiveness if the offender is sincere and his
contrition and is willing to make restitution as far as possible than the
people who are wronged may choose to accept that but an important outcome
which I want to make note of in this view there can be no deathbed
conversions a person who finds remorse only at the very end of life when
there’s no further chance of repairing the harm they caused has come to their
senses too late to find forgiveness words alone without action do little or
nothing to alleviate suffering this is a major break with religious traditions
most which believe that a last-minute repentance can make up for a lifetime of
evil end quote now there are so many things wrong with this we don’t have the
time to touch on it but the last word alone where do they even get good and evil
from what’s the moral compass of someone who
has no morality but this ideology has crept into the church and it’s shameful the church is saying that there has to
be certain conditions met for forgiveness to be granted and in extreme
cases you don’t have to do it at all a recent tragedy it’s been on the
forefront of many news lines involved the killing of one Botham Jean by former
police officer Amber Guyger and she was forgiven by the victims eighteen year
old brother pictured here and his father father would also quote the Bible
stating if you will not forgive neither will your father forgive you that’s what
he says in an interview now to me this was a magnificent display of forgiveness
rooted in the Word of God and shown by the Spirit that appears to be with this
family and this is not required to be done this way I’m just telling you the
way I felt about it but for many professing Christians this was a problem
a major problem and I’m not talking about the verdict and everything that
went on that’s not what I’m talking about this became a problem for many
professing Christians just because the simple fact he forgave her that is madness one pastor from Dallas
Texas would say these words regarding this and you know it always has to be
sprinkled with ethnos a little bit of race baby got to put the race in there holding this pastor black people have
been so thirsty to be accepted in a country that always rejected us so in
the name of forgiveness he says we end up accepting at the expense of our
healing so in other words what this pastor is saying is that this move by
the gene family to forgive was merely a display of wanting to be accepted moreso
than an actual act of forgiveness I’m preparing my heart right now so
forgive me he would go on to say this and pay attention even Jesus on the
cross turned forgiveness over to God Jesus said Father you forgive them because
they don’t know what they’re doing so if you are not ready to forgive it is ok to
turn it over to God while you work through the process in court and this is
coming from a pastor what else is being told to that congregation did you hear this foolishness this is completely idiotic the last time
I checked Jesus and the Father are one the last time I checked forgiveness is
not an expression done in order to be accepted by man but an act of true
obedience to the true and living God we are told to forgive and to allow God to
work us through the process I had a hard time dealing with this part we could do nothing of ourselves and
this pastor that he calls himself says you work it out that’s a problem so instead of
requesting from God a forgiving heart while we heal we keep it all inside
making us fertile ground for the enemy to take root in the book of Ephesians
chapter 4 and verse 32 the Word of God reads and be kind to one another
tender-hearted forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you now
again if you think that I believe that people have to react like the Jean
family and the forgiveness process that is not the case not the case but
forgiveness is a must for each of us as Christians we need to have fervent love
for one another and not be chained down by what people have done to us and again our forgiving actions will be
different but we need to have closure that’s a must and by the grace of our
God heal properly and be freed you know that we can forgive people and never
deal with him the same ever again you know that right I hope you do this was
demonstrated by Samuel when he came no more to solve Saul’s trespass against
the Lord was too great and that’s captured in 1st Samuel chapter 15 verses
34 and 35 for your reading but guess what he did at Saul’s death he mourned
for him and he even told the nation of Israel that he would not sin against God
by not praying for them he would always continue to pray for them even though
they rejected the Lord and wanted a king forgiveness does not require us to have
to hang around and cater to the one that has wronged us it’s to free us and we
need to forgive we may find ourselves forgiving our brothers and our sisters
and others but never dealing with them the same that happens the truth is we
may never forget it but we still must forgive and another
thing that we should note regarding why we need to forgive is because of what it
causes for each of us if it is not settled in us by the power of God in the
book of Hebrews chapter 12 and verses 14 and 15 the Word of God reads the following
pursue peace with all people and holiness without which no one will see
the Lord verse 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by this many become
defiled this is the number one problem bitterness bitterness that is produced by being
chained by trespasses so what’s the price of bitterness according to the
Word of God in the book of Acts chapter 8 and verse 23 the Word of God says that
bitterness will leave us bound in sin bitterness will leave us bound in sin because when we are bitter our thoughts
become bitter and then we often act out on those thoughts that are wrong and sin
against God in the process the Bible also suggests in the Book of Numbers
chapter 5 and verse 18 to bitterness referring to a mental or emotional state
that corrodes or eats away at our minds and souls one writer would say these
words bitterness can negatively affect each of us experiencing grief or
anything that acts on the mind in the way poison acts on the body in other
words it makes us physically sick we are aged because of bitterness in addition to this bitterness is that
state of mind that willfully holds on to angry feelings ready at the ready on the
offense to go in a rage on a moment’s notice
that’s what bitterness does you’re hypersensitive to offenses now just
waiting for them hey what’s going on what do you mean what’s going on you seen it and that’s sad also in the book of Proverbs chapter 14 and verse 10 the Word of God
says that bitterness is indeed different for each of us
which means that we all have to truly take it and work it out with the Lord
one-on-one in the end we cannot allow bitterness to sit and confessing our
faults to one another is one thing but once that’s done we still have to face
the Lord and submit to His will and ask Him to help get rid of this bitterness
due to these trespasses we need to understand that according to the true
Living God there is only one unpardonable sin captured in the book of
Matthew chapter 12 and verse 31 the Word of God reads therefore I say to you
every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men but the blasphemy against the Spirit
will not be forgiven men and this means all manner of sin all manner of sin will
be forgiven this is the Savior speaking all who put their trust in him no matter
what they’ve done will be forgiven and we need to have hearts prepared by God
to be able to forgive as He says what about the evil against Jane this is
tough how do we respond to Jane’s letter her letter titled how do I forgive my
uncle so at Bible Camp at the age of 14 Jane
was in love with the Lord serving the Lord and her uncle who was
also the pastor raped Jane confused and hurt she continued to seek
the Lord and would even go back to Bible Camp that next year where she was
raped again she told her mother who did not believe it filled with guilt she
just stopped going to church her mom thought it was just an act of rebellion
and so on it went so Jane says how could God let this happen to me I only wanted
to serve the Lord and now you say that I need to forgive my uncle you weren’t
laying there how do you relate to what happened to me how do you feel how I
feel unable to move no one believing me having to see him over and over again
for holidays and birthdays having your innocence stolen and I’m supposed to
forgive him what do we say to Jane it’s a tough response my response I know that I’m incapable fixing your
broken heart I know who is though and there’s no way that I could put myself
in your position for what you’ve went through and will go through for the rest
of your life having this in your mind and the pain that comes along with it
and distrust and all of those things that are negative but I will say this
when it comes to losing innocence that I do understand not the way that you’ve
lost your innocence I’m speaking of the innocence that we have all lost since
Adam we’ve all been robbed from that perfection and that same sin that Adam
did hunts us to this day that brewed inside of your uncle making him doing
this evil act on you and it’s sickening to my heart it truly is but perhaps the
Lord will strengthen you and give you the courage to face your uncle and perhaps
speak to him in a way that’s acceptable to God and will bring glory to God by
exposing his evil by saying I forgive you for what you have done to me and
watch him break properly and recognize that the Lord has now used you to
restore something so broken including your own heart what about Christ’s actions to restore
each of us because of His forgiveness we are all freed God is the ultimate
forgiver and though each of us were chained by our trespasses we are
redeemed by His blood and everyone today who has not been forgiven are not only
chained by their trespasses but are also completely out of fellowship with God
but they can be freed and forgiven today Jesus Christ is the only answer He will
change your life forever for eternity He’ll take away all that bitterness if
you would only call upon the name of the Lord and be sure that your salvation is
secure with Him by His grace through faith in Christ and Christ alone and
that becoming saved will remove all the pain associated with being wronged and
will begin to be replaced by the joy of the Lord who is our strength and this is
done by embracing the oneness of the body of Christ by the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that Christ died for our sins according
to the scriptures and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day
according to the scriptures and it is indeed ABC simple by first acknowledging
that you are a sinner though you may have been trespassed against we have
trespassed against God every one of us and we must acknowledge that Romans
chapter 3 and verse 10 says that as it is written there is none righteous no
not one and verse 23 says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God no one of their own could be expected to enter into that
glorious kingdom without Christ and as shown in chapter 6 verse 23 the Bible
says for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord that’s the A acknowledging the B stands for believe
while the C stands for confess with your mouth which are both captured in Romans
chapter 10 verses 9 and 10 as the Word of God reads that if you confess with
your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from
the dead you will be saved for what the heart one believes unto righteousness
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation this is how one gets
saved and becomes a part of this magnificent body that is comprised of
all peoples forgiven no matter what they have done that’s the only way to ensure
that you are not rewarded the death sentence the Bible also specifically
says in 2nd Peter chapter 3 and verse 9 the Lord is not slack concerning His
promise as some count slackness but is long-suffering toward us not willing
that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and I do pray
that today is your day of true salvation and that our God will give us all His
most excellent wisdom in dealing with any type of trespass so that nothing or
no one would hamper that true joy that we all should have by Jesus Christ what
He’s done for us and forgiving each of us why don’t we stand so we can pray loving Heavenly Father Your mercies are
boundless we thank You for forgiving us of our trespasses so that we may be in
fellowship with You and saved our salvation secure and complete give us
hearts to continue to forgive help us to have discernment and wisdom to handle
all these circumstances and continue to grow gracefully in the knowledge that
You have provided for us we love You and we thank You go forth now Lord with Your
Word and penetrate the hearts of Your people and the mighty name of Yeshua
Jesus the Christ we pray Amen

100 comments

  1. Heavenly Father please heal Pastor JD Farag, in the mighty name of Yeshua we pray. And so it is. And so it shall be. Amen

  2. Lord, we pray for your Shepard, J.D. Farag. He has been faithful and a light in the wilderness! May he continue to be able to do your work and lead us with his light during these last days of darkness. We pray and ask You to heal your disciple and show Your Love, Mercy and Compassion toward him. J.D., you are loved more than you know by all who listen faithfully to your instruction. Thank you for showing us Jesus and shedding light on what is to come. More importantly, thank you for your compassion toward all our sufferings, especially for our lost family members. May God show you His compassion.

  3. Please have them check Pastor JDs IGE levels. A lot of docs dont know about chronic allergy induced asthma, the shots Xolair work well if his levels are high. I pray Some one will tell him to do this if he hasn't. ๐Ÿ™

  4. Praying for Pastor JD. It seems many strong believers are experiencing illnesses. Spiritual warfare trying to keep them down. Come Lord Jesus! Thank you Pastor Mac for your strong messages.

  5. Many blessings all in Jesus name. Pastor JD you are truly loved and in God's hands. Hallelujah! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒนโšœ๏ธโšœ๏ธโœ๏ธโœ๏ธโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ•Ž๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  6. Lord Jesus, heal our brother J.D lord did you not say if we pray in your name you will DO IT?John 15;7,John 14;13,John 16;23-26,Luke 11;9,Matt 7;7-8 i pray in your name Lord AMEN.

  7. Thank you for a wonderful sermon and God bless you and all in your church. I will be praying for Pastor JD Farag to be healed soon. In Jesus Name .. Amen!

  8. I ask in Jesus' name, and with His almighty power, for the complete healing of Pastor J.D. Farag….Thank you Father, in Your name I pray..Amen….

  9. Prayers for pastor JD and may God heal his body. Bring him back to us refreshed and with a new mind Lord and thank you brought Mac for this awesome messsge:) This was very intense and very Needed!! GOD BLESS THIS AMAZING CHURCH!! Hugs and Prayers! Xoxo

  10. In the Name of Jesus Pastor JD be healed . Lungs operating completely healed. With ability to inhale oxygen with complete filling.

  11. Prayers for pastor Jd, oh Lord please intervene on pastors lungs, please bring a total and complete healing to them, give him the rest that only you can give and restoration to his whole body in your mighty mighty name ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  12. What?!! He's not well?!! See darn. Dear Pastor Farah I pray you will be well and that God will heal you, comfort, strengthen, and give you favor and blessing even in this valley. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. I miss you.

  13. Father, please restore your servant JD to health and to his flock around the world. We need love and need him so much. Thy will be done!

  14. Thank you, Pastor Mac, for this teaching. Am currently grappling with this very issue, determined to free myself by His Grace and for His service. โค๏ธ

  15. Thank you Pastor Mac, for I am asking Jesus to examine myself and to reveal to me any unforgiveness in my heart so I can repent and receive the The fruits of forgiveness that only comes from Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit. I also like to thank you for the example of Samuel.
    Prayers also to pastor J.D. and his family and Pastor Mac family

  16. I have and will continue to pray for brother JD.
    Thanks to the brother who taught on forgiveness. I had a hard time forgiving my sister's murderer and my father for throwing my mother down a flight of stairs causing me to be handicapped for life with cerebral palsy and all the negative stuff that happened to me in life because of the affliction. Let God be true and every man a liar. I am overcoming because I believe in Jesus, his words, and what he accomplished at the cross. I have to remember that I will not be left in this state forever. It's only temporary and a cross I must bare. Many carry crosses heavier than mine, but Jesus carried them all to buy our freedom forever. I believe….

  17. Someone on line had a dream that there was a line waiting to get into Heaven and God could see in peoples hearts and some people had what looked like 1 or more black beans in them. Anyone with a black bean wasnโ€™t allowed into heaven. The black beans were grudges/anger held towards others. SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FORGIVE. It may not be โ€œfairโ€ as they deserve punishment but 1) by forgiving you allow God to dispense the judgement vs you being a mini-god and 2) what if they later repent of it? Donโ€™t you want all to receive the same forgiveness you received? We cannot judge rightly. Only our Superman…Jesus…who can see into the heart and see motive, can judge accurately. Forgiveness frees you of anger…bitterness… which hurts you.

  18. Holy Heavenly Father, i pray for Your faithful servant, Pastor Farag, heal his body and preserve him to continue his works according to Your will. Amen

  19. FATHER thank YOU in advance for YOUR healing touch on our brother Pastor JD!! We bless YOUR AWESOME NAME!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

  20. ON NO…MAY OUR BELOVED HEAVENLY FATHER SURROUND PASTOR FARAG WITH HIS ANGELS AND HOLD HIM IN HIS LOVING HANDS, TOUCH HIM WITH HEALING FROM HEAD TO TOE AS ONLY HE CAN …IN JESUS' PRECIOUS NAME. AMEN!

  21. Dear Heavenly Father please heal your servant our brother JD Farag. We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior amen!!!

  22. Without repentance no one can experience true forgiveness and restoration in a relationship is biblical. No one can come before the holy God without repentance is a fact. As is a fact that we should always forgive our perpetrators cos God is always forgiving us and willing to take us back in His fold as soon as we repent. But forgiveness repentance are two sides of a coin for relationships to be restored. God Bless you brother! But need to be wary of evil.
    Praying sincerely for bro Farag

  23. And the challenge of forgiving your mom when she doesnโ€™t protect you or doesnโ€™t believe you or remains willfully ignorant of atrocities against you by people who she allowed to hurt you….

  24. Awesome message Pastor Mac. Praying for Pastor JD. Our loving Father in heaven, I praise You and thank You that you hear our prayers and have already healed Pastor JD completely, that he may continue the work you have for him in shepherding Your lambs until you come back. Thank you Jesus, AMEN

  25. Thank you for this blessed teaching amen amen amen and Lord bless healing today for Pastor Farag and this ministry amen

  26. Loving heavenly father I pray that through your love,power,grace,glory and mersey that you heal pastor J D Farag of his illness and watch over his family through this extremely trying time in their lives AMEN! โค๏ธ

  27. God bless this Pastor…the Spirit of God is evident in his wisdom in interpretting the the truth…God truly bless you Pastors who are scriptual

  28. May God bless you Pastor JD and bring you miraculous and speedy recovery. We miss you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

  29. Wow pastor your message hit straight n my face with what's happened toy family's yes said family's cause every side of my family's have been fighting for yrs.my dad died 11 yrs ago whole family's are splintered into many pieces and at this point no return from which it started.i pray most days for forgiveness of what we (all) in my family's have done to each other.i only pray to b forgiveness of myself n pray that before my mom dies I'll b able to see again it's been 3 long yrs since I talked or even layed eyes up on her so please pray that my family's cone together under (Jesus)n become whole again . I'v tried my best to get preachers around here but fall on deaf ears.again I enjoyed your messages n got a lot from it plz tell Bro.J D I love him n get well soon .(God Bless n Jesus is King).

  30. I have posted a video urging people to
    pray for JD Farag. He needs prayers
    and he will get them! I have prayed
    and I will again every time I speak
    with the Lord. God bless you JD.

  31. O Lord we pray that you will reach out your healing hand to Pastor JD. Lord open his airways and strengthen his lungs. Bless him and his family at this difficult time and give them your peace. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

  32. Our prayers rise up and we claim paster JD your job not yet done. The devil cannot have what God our lord has blessed. We claim healing and unhealthy bonds to be broken in paster JD's life. Please lord God hold up your servant and release all demonic holds in his life. In Jesus saving name we pray Amen.

  33. Matthew 18:15-17
    15 โ€œMoreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that โ€˜by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.โ€™ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

    Question: Does God forgive unconditionally – are we to?

    I know God loves unconditionally as we should also. I know we should not harbor bitterness or be unforgiving but my concern is that we are putting love and forgiveness in the same category. Love is seeking what is best on the behalf of that individual. Forgiveness is complete cancellation of debt or penalty. When God tells us to forgive must we not consider what He said in Matthew 18? There is a case in Gods' Word where unless we repent consequences follow – Luke 13:1-5

    13 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had [a]mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, โ€œDo you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.โ€

    Also consider 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 Paul after discovering a man has his fathers wife instructs the church to forgive Him? No. He instructs them to hand him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that his spirit may be saved. It is not until 2 Cor 2:5-11 that Paul instructs to forgive.

    My question is how can there be reconciliation without repentance? Clearly if someone seeks forgiveness we should not be unforgiving and really isn't that what God is saying when He commands us to forgive? The issue is if we are to forgive unconditionally then God would be the first example of that wouldn't He? If this is the case then everyone is forgiven and going to Heaven regardless of repentance. We know from the ABC's we hear every week this is not the case.

    ย My final point consider Luke 17:3-4

    3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins [c]against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns [d]to you, saying, โ€˜I repent,โ€™ you shall forgive him.

    I believe it is UNforgiveness that Jesus warns against in these circumstances.

    Pastor, from approx 39:00–41:00 you make a point about this secular ideology has crept into the church I hope I have made clear in scripture it is not entirely secular.

    What I find to be more problematic is that the churches I have attended teach unconditional forgiveness. If that is the case how is God just? Did God just forgive everyone for their sins? Jesus had to go to to the cross to satisfy God's justice. If God expects us to forgive unconditionally doesn't that mean God forgives that way? If so, then Christ went to the cross for nothing because God could have just said you wronged me but I forgive you regardless. If in fact that is the example He wants us to follow – where is the reconciliation or justice for victims of unrepentant violators if they just unconditionally forgive their perpetrators? To forgive in biblical standards means to absovle of any debt penalty or consequence as we are forgiven when we repent confess and claim Jesus as Lord and Savior.

    When someone genuinely seeks forgiveness and we withhold it or refuse to give it that is what I see in scripture that God warns against.

  34. Pastor JD Farag,
    I just viewed a channel called "Bible Prophecy Update". This is not your channel and there are people watching it and thinking it's your channel.
    I'm not sure if this channel is completely on the up-and-up.
    Maybe you should warn you're viewers about this channel. That may be trying to tarnish your name/reputation or something.

  35. Jesus please bring healing to our Brother JD in all the needed areas, from the tip of his toes to the top of his head, In the mighty name of Jesus Amen.

  36. A great sermon Pastor Mac, thank you.(I pray for the great physican, our Lord God, )to heal our Pastor j.d.farag.Get Well Pastor Farag, we luv you.We miss you.God Bless you, and yours. And…MARANATHA!!!!

  37. Love your word! So encouraging! But ya so difficult to go through this topic at the end of your message. If you havenโ€™t been there you donโ€™t know…ive yet to meet a person yet to say so, but yet I forgive and move on. Yet no one can accept it in my life …at my age if feel Iโ€™ll never know the true love of another helpmate…are some of us destined to be alone despite our our ABC acceptance?

  38. Ohhh no pastor I pray the Lord will heal you straight away. We have missed you.
    Lord God I come to you today to ask you that you will heal Pastor JD Farag right away Lord God in Jesus mighty name I pray
    Amen

  39. Pastor mac this is a very timely message. It is right on. Forgiveness is so important! Do not stop speaking and preaching as it is. May God bless you.

  40. It can be very hard to forgive others at times. Very Hard! When I find myself having a really hard time with forgiveness, I have found praying for the person helps. Most times, after a little time, I can forgive others, the one I find the most difficult to forgive is myself. So I pray, and pray and pray. And then pray some more.

  41. Amen Prayers indeed that our Lord heal him and Intervene thanks for the updates brother !
    Amen Billy Crone coming over also ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Pastor for your preaching

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