NEWSLETTER  - January 2017
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Hallelujah, we made it through another year!!! 2017 just came so fast, that it had my head spinning.  Happy New Year Saints!!!!!
For this New Year I am going to start doing something with the newsletter I had always desired to do. And being that I don’t travel much anymore, I now have the time to do it, and I pray it blesses all who take the time to read it
I am going to be writing about Scripture that has administered to me most throughout the many years of ministry.
My first writing will be on forgiveness.

Luke 17:4 says:  “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, “I repent, you must forgive them”

 

Wow, that’s hard to do sometimes, but we must obey God’s Word.
I have struggled with forgiveness, when the false accusations and outright slander came against me, and this ministry.

Three individuals came after me with a vengeance seeking to destroy my credibility and this ministry. They were relentless in their accusations and kept fabricating new accusations maliciously. There was nothing Christ-like about these three individuals, nor did any of them mention any affiliation with a Church or a Pastor whose leadership they came under.
How could I ever forgive anyone who tried to destroy a ministry that the Holy Spirit used to see thousands upon thousands surrendering their lives to Jesus?  How can you forgive anyone so controlled by the enemy?  
God knows how I struggled day and night with this, wanting to forgive them, but not really in my heart. It was my biggest struggle ever.

 


 

If I would have told God, “I forgave them”, God would have known it was only lip service and nothing more than that.
Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible. We sometimes view it merely as a therapeutic way of detaching ourselves from those who have harmed us. Yet the heart of true forgiveness is so much richer than we may realize.


Jesus underlined the amazing nature of forgiveness in Luke 17:14: “ Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, “I repent, you must forgive them”.
 Jesus’ followers are to imitate the grace of God that pursues us in the midst of our sinfulness.


Forgiveness is not earned but given. It means to release the desire to get even or the “right” to require the offender to pay for what he has done. It is not engaging in willful amnesia, but it is choosing not to treat someone on the basis of what they have done, even though we remember it.


Forgiveness isn’t the same as reconciliation.

Reconciliation is earned. Forgiveness clears the ledger: it does not instantly rebuild trust.

Forgiveness cancels debts; it does not eliminate all consequences.

 

 
CONSIDER THESE THOUGHTS ABOUT FORGIVENESS:
FACING the FACTS.
Authentic forgiveness requires that we identify what has happened and understand its significance.
FEEL the FEELINGS.
There’s a danger of both “quick forgiveness”- a hasty verbal declaration that keeps us from processing the violation-and “slow forgiveness”, an ongoing “I don’t feel ready yet.” There’s an appropriate time to grieve the loss of what might have been.
A Decision and a Declaration.
Forgiveness is a matter of obedience, an inward choice that declares “I forgive you.”
These words declare that the issue is dead and buried.
When it comes to mind, we take it to the Lord


The last Scripture is a very profound Scripture, and should shake us up to apply God’s Word to our lives in every instance.
Matthew 6:14-15 
Part of the Lord’s Prayer most of us never bother to read, and just pray the Lords Prayer, leaving this out:
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”


If our Father will not forgive our sins then that means we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven, on Judgement Day.
That is one eye opener about how serious forgiveness is to God.


It took years, but finally I was able to forgive those three men, just as I was able to forgive my earthly father for physically, verbally and mentally abusing me as a child, and not showing me any love.

Once I truly forgave all of them, God set me free and repaired the years of hurt and anger and depression and He will do the same for you if  you will obey His Word.
God bless you

Tom Papania

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