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Feb 25, 2012

Henry Gruver #3


"Which mountain have you been climbing?…Have you been releasing others? Have you been sending them forward? Have you been dispatching and transmitting and conveying and transferring and delivering them? Then you have been remitting sins! If you have been making others responsible, placing them under obligation, repressing, restricting, restraining and prohibiting them…You have been retaining them!…You can be either a blessing or a curse. Choose the blessing and live.” (HG)

How can we puny little mortals assume such a lofty position that we can “forgive” sins? We attain our position by faith in Jesus’ completed work on the cross. (Colossians 1:13, 14, “[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.” AMP); (Colossians 2:10, “And you are in Him, made full and have come to fullness of life—in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and reach full spiritual stature. And He is the Head of all rule and authority—of every angelic principality and power.”(AMP)

By faith we also operate in God’s declared relationship with us—we are sons, brothers of Jesus. It is our right: John 1:13, “They did not become His children in the human way. They were not born because of the desire or wish of some man. They were born of God.” ICB; Galatians 3:26, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.” AMP; Hebrews 2:11, “For both He Who sanctifies—making men holy—and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…” AMP; Ephesians 2:19, “Therefore you are no longer outsiders—exiles, migrants and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens; but you now share citizenship with the saints—God’s own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself; and you belong to God’s [own] household.” AMP.

Jesus’ inheritance is also ours: Galatians 4:6,7, “And because you [really] are (His) Sons, God has sent the (Holy) Spirit into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father!) Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.” AMP; Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” KJV.

Don’t look at the situation, look at your position as a joint heir with Christ and keep remitting, remitting, remitting. Never give up! Just keep on remitting.

We must get rid of any conscious sin in our lives. We cannot remit sins unless we have forgiven the person whose sins we are remitting.. We have to be cleaned up and sold out, and not just on Sunday or Wednesday evening. Psalm 66:18, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” NIV We must have hearts that are dedicated entirely to God. When we do sin, confession should come quickly as the Holy Spirit convicts, and our attitude should reflect a sincere desire to be 100 percent sold out to God and His purposes.

However, we must not be afraid to move forward in what God has told us to do, because He will go ahead of us, and He will convict us of any unconfessed sin. Have complete faith that God hears you, and that the communication lines are open between you and God. By faith you can know that your human weaknesses will not hinder what God wants you to do, if you have done everything possible to clean up your life. (Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” KJV)

God is a loving, caring Shepherd, but He also has a plan from eternity past. He expects us to make His will a priority--always: Isaiah 46:9b, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…I say my purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” NIV



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