Sept 26, 2010
The question is often asked: “What is Forgiveness?” This Pastor does a good job in explaining explains Forgiveness, what it is and what it is not.
This clip is taken from the sermon “The Lord’s Prayer,” preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington on September 19, 2010. It is the 47th sermon in our sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.
The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them. ROMANS 8:14
To hear many of us talk, you’d think we didn’t believe that verse. You’d think we didn’t believe in the Trinity.
We talk about the Father and study the Son—but when it comes to the Holy Spirit, we are confused at best and frightened at worst. Confused because we’ve never been taught. Frightened because we’ve been taught to be afraid.
May I simplify things a bit? The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in our lives, carrying on the work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps us in three directions—inwardly (by granting us the fruits of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22– 24), upwardly (by praying for us, Rom. 8:26) and outwardly (by pouring God’s love into our hearts, Rom. 5:5).
When God Whispers Your Name
The apostle Paul told the Greeks on Mars Hill that in God, we live and move and exist. He was saying that we forever remain in the Lord’s presence, which is a blessed reassurance to those who know the Savior.
The reality of the Lord’s presence is this: God is complete, and He exists in His fullness wherever He is. Psalm 139 tells us that there is no place on the face of the earth in which God does not exist: “If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will . . . lay hold of me” (vv. 9-10).
This means that God is not at one place in His mercy and at another in His wrath. He is not at one location with His forgiveness and at another in His rebuke. Rather, He is whole—and wholly holy—wherever He is. His fullness exists wherever His presence exists.
This should affect how we act, what we believe, and how we respond to our circumstances. If we believe God is always perfect, this conviction should impact our words, thoughts, and actions. It should certainly also strengthen our faith.
If God is perfect and He calls you His child, could there be so much as one single moment in which He is not looking out for your best interest? Is there ever, for one instant, the chance that something will slip past Him and into your life? Does the Enemy of your soul have even a nanosecond’s opportunity to destroy you?
The answer is emphatically no! Trust in God’s presence and know that He is with you every second.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
Psalm 37 provides cures for the fretting (Hebrew charah, “anger”) that comes in a spiritual battle. These emotions explode from the heart of the righteous saint against those who would dare lift up their hand against the Lord.
This beautiful promise and command insists that we luxuriate in our Lord. He is the Lord of inexhaustible riches (Philippians 4:19), and His inexpressible power is at work in His children (Ephesians 3:20).
Isaiah records God’s rhetorical question: “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness” (Isaiah 55:2). God reminded Israel that the day was coming when they would “be delighted with the abundance of [Jerusalem’s] glory” (Isaiah 66:11).
Jesus also said, “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).
When we trust the Lord to give us what we need, is it any wonder that He who knows all and owns all will give us the desires of our hearts? If we long for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, why should we marvel when the King of kings grants our desires?
The delight that we have in the work and ministry of the Lord is the key to His answering our “effectual fervent prayer” (James 5:16).
Simply stated, a human heart that is aligned with the beat of the Divine heart will receive God’s bountiful answers (Deuteronomy 5:29). HMM III
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.—Romans 8:37.
LORD, in this awful fight with Sin
I would not just prevail;
Against each lust so strong within
I would not almost fail.
Full, gladsome, glorious victory
Should crown the Holy War;
Lord!I would triumph well—would be
A more than conqueror.
THOMAS H. GILL.
DO not try only to abstain from sin, but strive, by God’s grace, to gain the opposite grace. If thou wouldest not slip back into sin, thou must stretch forward to Christ and His holiness. It is a dull, heavy, dreary, toilsome way, just to avoid sin. Thou wouldest not simply not be impatient; thou wouldest long to be like thy Lord, who was meek and lowly of heart, Thou wouldest not only not openly murmur, thou wouldest surely long, like the beloved Apostle, to rest on Jesus’ breast, and will what He wills. EDWARD B. PUSEY
The only real relief is in absolute conquest; and the earlier the battle begins, the easier and the shorter it will be. If one can keep irritability under, one may escape a struggle to the death with passion. JULIANA H. EWING.
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able. 2 Timothy 1:12
Able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
Able to succour them that are tempted.
Able … to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
Able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Believe ye that I am able to do this? … Yea, Lord. According to your faith be it unto you.
Ephesians 3:20. 2 Corinthians 9:8. Hebrews 2:18. Hebrews 7:25. Jude 24. 2 Timothy 1:12. Philippians
3:21. Matthew 9:28,29.
Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. Isaiah 38:17
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for- ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I
hid my face from thee for a moment; but with ever-lasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. — I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. — The blood of Jesus Christ his
Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Micah 7:18,19. Isaiah 54:7,8. Jeremiah 31:34. Psalm 32:1,2. 1 John 1:7.