Thursday, January 16, 2014

Leave Your Gifts at the Altar

"Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5:23-24 

Dance as a ministry cannot be taken lightly. We use our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit, to minister before our congregations. We may have everything right going for our ministries. We may selected an anointed song to minister to. We may have on a beautiful garment that corresponds with the song. We may understand the meaning of our movements or trained at the best dance school. However, if we are offended by any one, or if we feel that we offended someone the Bible clearly states that we have to go to that person and make it right.

Do not dance with offense in your heart

I know that sounds harsh, but the Word has something to say about us bringing our sacrifices before the throne with unforgiveness. There have been many times I was offended, went to church, and tried to enter into the presence of the Lord during worship, but I could not due to the heavy feelings of offense. It is a lonely feeling to not have communication with someone you love the most. I have a deep connection with the Heavenly Father, however He still wants me to come to Him without offense.  

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22

How many times should you forgive

This area can be a touchy subject for many believers. We come from different walks of life. Some were raised in the church, others may have been raised on the streets. Our experiences are different, therefore the hurts and trespasses committed against us are different. We will be forgiving different things and situations. Some of the hurts we experienced seems unforgivable, but we must do it. 

One might say they have been through too much to forgive. I understand. I have been through tribulations too. I've been abused, abandoned, accused, mistreated, divorced (I am married now), rejected, cast to the side, molested, talked about, controlled, taken for granted, and hurt deeply. Through all the negative things that I have gone through, forgiveness has been the only thing to free me from the effects. 

The Bible tells us how many times we should forgive each day. When Jesus answered Peter on the number of times he should forgive, the math is very astounding. Seventy times seventy equals 490. That is how many times we should forgive in a day. It means that we should be forgiving often. 

I want to encourage you to do all that you can to forgive. Trust me, when the Lord sees that you are trying to forgive and he will give you the grace to forgive, even with difficult situations. It may take some time to not feel the effects of the trespasses done against you. Just keep forgiving even if the hurt is still there. It will eventually go away.

Self examination

Before you minister in dance do a self examination. This really should be done everyday. If you know that you have offense in your heart, make it right. There are situations where you may not be able to go to a person and ask for forgiveness, however pray to the Heavenly Father and release it. You can pray and say these words, "Heavenly Father, I forgive ___________ for__________ and release them from unforgiveness. 

Whether the person is no longer alive or not speaking to you pray and speak forgiveness. It cleansess you and sets you free.  

List of people you might need to forgive

Family Members
God (Sometimes we are offended with God, although He can do no wrong)

Scriptures on forgiveness

"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15

"Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake," 2 Corinthians 2:10 (NIV)

True worshipers obey the Word in every area of their lives. God wants us to forgive so He can forgive us, even when something seems unforgivable. I read a book several years ago called "Forgiving the Unforgivable" by David Stoop, PH.D. It is a powerful book and helped me to let go of many trespasses that seemed unforgivable. You may want to forgive, but need a little help. Put this book in your arsenal and you will be free. Grab a copy HERE

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