Saturday, July 30, 2016

DAILY DECLARATIONS OF FORGIVENESS / The Windows of Heaven are Open

This is the 6th in a series of 6 devotions with the theme
“Forgiveness”



(Adapted from James 5:16; Mark 11:25)

I declare the windows of heaven are open over my family! The blessings of God come to us daily in measures we cannot contain! We receive daily from God!

How can I make these bold statements? I have permission to declare the Word of God and believe for manifestations of His Word when I walk in His precepts. This includes forgiving on a daily basis – an hourly basis – forgiving and walking in an attitude of forgiveness constantly.

I have observed someone standing for healing. The healing is essential for preservation of life. She reads the Word and confesses healing scriptures. She reads all the right books and comes into agreement with those who believe. She speaks positively over herself and does not speak doubt or unbelief. She is doing everything right but healing has not manifested.

I wonder if this believer would examine her life, would she find little unforgivenesses that hinder her belief system? I know I have to forgive constantly. If I talk about an inconvenience, an aggravation or an offense after the fact, I am instilling unforgiveness and giving it a root to take hold in my life. I challenge you to speak over the thought of unforgiveness that comes up today, whether it be recent or something from the past and declare forgiveness over it.

If the hairdresser is running late and you have to wait, don’t complain. Speak forgiveness over her. If the clerk at the convenience store won’t take your debit card because your purchase was not over $5.00, don’t get mad at her. Forgive her and her boss and the person who made that policy. If a Jehovah Witness knocks on your door, don’t slam the door in his face. Don’t get mad at him for having a different idea of eternity than you. Don’t discuss his unbelief with others. Forgive him for being misled and pray that God will cross his path.

Father, I forgive and I let offenses drop today. I leave these and let them go. I forgive major mountainous offenses and I walk in forgiveness for little daily aggravations today. I walk in this mindset every minute of the day. I declare that the windows of heaven are open over my family and blessings are pouring out on us! I forgive and I am healed. I forgive, the windows of heaven are open.
© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley





THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN ARE OPEN

(Adapted from James 5:16; Mark 11:25)
The process of humility, the process of humility
I forgive, I am forgiven, I forgive and I am healed
Forgiveness is in the atonement, healing is in the atonement too (repeat)
I receive everything you have for me, I forgive,
The windows of heaven are open . . .
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Friday, July 29, 2016

THE SCOPE OF FORGIVENESS / Forgive

This is the 5th in a series of 6 devotions with the theme
“Forgiveness”


(Adapted from Mark 11:25)

Have you ever considered the scope of forgiveness? Forgiveness is a process of releasing someone or something from your disapproval. This process involves letting go and dropping offenses and removing them from the mind and heart. We usually think of exercising forgiveness by great measures. Many people had to forgive the investor in New York who invested their money illegally. Divorcing couples must forgive each other even in the mist of ending their marriage. Even a child must work through the process of forgiveness when he has been violated. Certainly all of these issues have to be carried to the Cross and covered with grace to process forgiveness.

Daily offenses must also be carried to the Cross. A dozen offenses could come up in one day to require me to forgive that are just as critical to my wellbeing as the major offenses stated above. The man who hurries to the door in front of me at Walmart and doesn’t hold the door needs to be forgiven. The person who disagrees with me or embarrasses me in front of people must be forgiven. I forgive the person who jumps in a parking space before me and I prefer them.

We also must consider that there are times when we need to forgive ourselves for taking offense when there was no real wrongdoing against us. This would involve keeping quiet and not speaking anything. If someone does something that I do not approve of, I forgive by not voicing my opinion or dislike. By my silence, my spirit is instructing my flesh to behave and forgive!

Father, I want to move mountains. I want my prayers answered and my requests granted. I want your power working and moving in my life. This morning I receive the revelation that forgiveness is the easiest and fastest way to receiving your grace and power in my life. Thank you for the grace today to forgive.
© LoveWalkPublishing devotion authored by RebeccaAnnCooley


FORGIVE
Devotion: The Scope of Forgiveness
(Adapted from Mark 11:25)
Verse:
Have you been wronged?
Do you feel violated
Have you been wronged?
Do you feel agitated
Forgive, forgive
Chorus:
I forgive, I stand forgiven,
I forgive I stand forgiven
Ending:
The windows of heaven are open
The windows of heaven are open
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Thursday, July 28, 2016

THE IMPRISONMENT & TORMENT OF UNFORGIVENESS / Forgive Me

This is the 4th of 6 devotions with the theme of
“Forgiveness”


(Adapted from Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 17:3-4)
We can put a religious coating over un-forgiveness inside our hearts and call it many things. We can call it hurt or upsettedness. We could call it a wound or a trauma that won’t heal. We can rationalize and attempt to diminish the sin of un-forgiveness and hope that it goes away. We can attempt to forget the pain and hope there will be no consequences. We can justify ourselves by believing a lie. But what really happens to an un-surrendered heart that holds even one issue of un-forgiveness?

Peter asked a similar question to Jesus and his answer was startling. Jesus told Peter a parable about a man who received forgiveness for a large debt but then refused to release forgiveness for a very small debt shortly after. Because the man did not extend mercy like he was given mercy, he was called an evil person and sent to prison to be tortured. Then Jesus made a shocking statement, “That’s what will happen to you if you refuse to forgive from your heart.” Is it possible that a person may be in torment of heart and mind because of un-forgiveness? Prison and torture are also metaphors for actual hell. Was 
Jesus literally saying a person who does not forgive will end up in torment for eternity in hell?

God responds to un-forgiveness the only way Love can. Love and un-forgiveness are opposite. They cannot merge. Jesus tells us this in a simple and direct way – the only way to make us understand the seriousness of holding onto un-forgiveness. He wants us to understand that un-forgiveness brings about a spiritual imprisonment and torment and separation from God. He does, however, extend mercy and forgiveness continually and immediately for those who will forgive. No wonder Jesus said, love those who hate you, do good to those who despitefully use you and say all manner of evil against you falsely. When we take love actions in response to the actions toward us that are meant to motivate un-forgiveness in us, we are taking an action toward forgiveness.

Father, put your finger on any issue in my heart that has or could develop into un-forgiveness. I don’t even want a hint of that which brings imprisonment and torment to me. I expose any un-forgiveness to you now. My enemy is not a person. My enemy is the un-forgiveness in my heart. Therefore I will take love actions and return good for evil. I receive and accept the mercy that flows from Your heart and replaces un-forgiveness with forgiveness. I am free from the imprisonment and torment of un-forgiveness.

© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley


FORGIVE ME
(Adapted from Matthew 18:21-35)
Verse
Than came Peter to the Lord,
“How many time may my brother sin against me,
And I forgive him and let it go,
How many times, up to seven times?
Jesus answered, not up to seven times
But seventy times seven.
Chorus 1
Forgive me, I’m sorry I hurt you
Forgive me / I’m sorry
I ask you to forgive me
Chorus 2
I forgive you, I forgive you,
I forgive you , I forgive your debt
I forgive your transgression / I forgive you
I forgive you / I forgive you


© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A TWO FOLD COVENANT / Our Forgiveness Covenant

This is the 3rd of 6 devotions with the theme of
“Forgiveness”


A TWO FOLD COVENANT
Song: Our Forgiveness Covenant
(Adapted from Mark 11:25-26; Philippians 2:12)

The Word says to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. How much thought do we give to working out our salvation and understanding that we have received a complete full pardon from God? Let’s look at the forgiveness covenant revealed in the Word of God. There are two parts to this covenant – receiving forgiveness and extending forgiveness. One is not complete without the other and is probably what God means when He says to work it out with fear and trembling.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop
(leave it and let it go) in order that your Father who is in heaven
may also forgive you your own failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

Therefore, work out, cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete your own salvation
with reverence and awe and trembling with serious caution, tenderness of conscience,
watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might be offensive.

Perhaps these scriptures suggest to search our hearts for un-forgiveness that might try to take root. As I think about this, I tremble at the thought of keeping un-forgiveness in my heart for even a day. If we take God’s Word literally, and believe he means what he says, forgiving others is a very serious issue. We must actively forgive on a daily basis and sometimes many times a day.

Father, search my heart and reveal any un-forgiveness that you see. Give my conscience a tenderness that responds quickly to your correction. Thank you for your mercy that gives me the gift of salvation. I extend forgiveness now to those who need it from me. Thank you for watching over my heart. I dismantle that which is offensive. I forgive. I am forgiven.

© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by Rebecca Cooley



OUR FORGIVENESS COVENANT
(Adapted from Mark 11:25-26; Philippians 2:12)
Verse 1
This is our forgiveness covenant,
If we confess our sins,
You are faithful to forgive us
And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
This is our forgiveness covenant
Verse 2
This is our forgiveness covenant
When I stand praying
If I have anything against anyone
I forgive them and let it go
This is our forgiveness covenant
Chorus 1
I stand clean before You Lord;
I confess my sins,
You are faithful to forgive me
And to cleanse me from all unrighteousness;
I stand clean as I engage in our forgiveness covenant
Chorus 2
I stand clean before You Lord ;
When I stand praying,
If I have anything against anyone,
I forgive them and let it go
I stand clean before You Lord
As I engage in our forgiveness covenant


© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

STEVEN'S CHARGE / When I Love

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions with the theme of “Forgiveness”


(Acts 7:56)

How many times have I forgiven this way, “Lord, I forgive that person, but Lord, you get them! Make them see that what they have done is wrong!” That is actually not forgiveness but a charge against the offender.

When Stephen said, “Don’t lay this charge against them,” the next thing that happened was, Stephen saw the heavens open and he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. First, the throne of God is in the seventh heaven and not in the first heaven. Jesus’ official position is seated at the Father’s right hand. So, it appears that Stephen’s forgiveness was so powerful that the Father and the Son were immediately translated from the seventh heaven to the first heaven. Jesus stood from his official seated position in honor of Stephen and personally escorted Stephen to heaven. The forgiveness that Stephen practiced was very powerful with God.

As the stones were hitting his body, Stephen was telling the Father that he was pressing no charges against them and asking that He forgive them. Could I forgive the same way? 

Father, I want to forgive like Stephen forgave. I want a heart of forgiveness.   I want to express forgiveness for any and every offense. Thank you for putting a heart like Stephen’s in me.

©LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley


WHEN I LOVE
Devotion: Stephen’s Charge
(1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:14-15; Acts 7:56)
Verse 1 and 2
When I love, when I (1. am patient) (2. forgive), when I am kind
I pass from death unto life, when I love
When I hate, when (1. I am jealous) (2. I’m Unforgiving)], when (1. I am rude) (2. I’m self seeking),
I am held captive in spiritual death, when I hate
Chorus 1 and 2
So, I’ll take action, (1. I’ll apologize) (2. I will forgive),
I’ll humble myself and (1. get) (2. keep) myself inside of love, inside of light, I’m back inside of love,
I’m back inside of light
Bridge
When old Steven was accused, as the stone were striking his body and he was dying
He forgave, he stayed inside of love
Father lay not this sin to their charge, he saw the face of God
And Jesus standing at the father’s right hand
He stayed inside of love
©LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Monday, July 25, 2016

LOVE COVERS SINS / Forgiven, I Forgive

This is the 1st of 6 devotions with the theme of
“Forgiveness”


(Adapted from John 8:11; 1 Peter 7:8;)

How many of us are without sin? Not one. Do I have a right to an opinion about another’s sin? Absolutely not. Am I supposed to judge or measure sin? No. Am I supposed to love the person living in sin? Unconditionally. What if the sin is really bad? Jesus said to the adulterous woman,

“I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

We have our own ideas about measuring sin, whether our own or something we observe. If love rules my heart, I will not sit in the judgment seat because Jesus didn’t. Love is a choice. Jesus chose to love this woman and not condemn her even though he hated the bondage of her sin. He pulled her away from sin’s grip. He saw her separated from her sin. Shouldn’t we do the same? Condemnation condemns us for our sin. Conviction calls us to repentance and frees us from our sin and from guilt.

I know of a woman in prison that killed her husband because of an affair. She is paying a price with her physical freedom and she pays a price every time she looks into the faces of her two sons that look just like their dad. With much counsel, she separated herself from guilt and condemnation and received Jesus’ love. She now leads a prayer group in the prison and counsels others! If you ask her how, she would tell you, “I am separated from sin, guilt and condemnation. I know what Christ has done for me and I know what He will do for others. I receive His love and forgiveness and I extend that mercy to others.”

When I look at another’s sin and have any conclusions at all not based on love, I am exercising religion just like the adulterous woman’s condemners. When I look through my Father’s eyes, I see a separation from sin. The most effective thing I can do is speak love and mercy over that person’s life and ask God to make Himself real to them.

Lord, I do not condemn myself or others for sin. I envision myself and others separated and freed from sin. I want Your love, extended through me, to demand mercy to cover sin whether it be my own or another’s. I receive mercy and love and I extend the same to others. I know that this attribute of love is what led You to the cross to secure mercy for me. I am one for whom You died. Thank you for revelation of your extended mercy and love to cover all sin no matter how severe. I apply that revelation to my life now and I will do the same for others.

© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion Authored by Rebecca Cooley




FORGIVEN, I FORGIVE
Devotion: Love Covers Sins
(Adapted from John 8:11; 1 Peter 7:8)
Verse:
Love does not resent
Close the door on resentment
If I will forgive
I’ll close the door to resentment
Chorus:
I’m forgiven and I forgive (repeat 4 times)
Bridge:
You gave so much for me that day on Calvary,
I stand before you forgiven
I will not resent
Much has been given me
And much do I give
© LoveWalkMusicWordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CARE PREVENTION / Walking & Talking w/ You

This is the 6th of 6 devotions with the theme from 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting Care”

CARE PREVENTION

(Adapted from Romans 11:16; 1 Corinthians 13:5; 1Peter 5:7; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 1:9;)

The first fruits of our day belong to the Lord. Scripture says,



"If the first fruit is holy, the whole lump is holy."


Morning prayer is a preemptive strike on the enemy and we begin our day with a huge advantage. It is the best time to cast our care so that we can begin our day care-free. It is the best time to confess our sins so that we can begin our day sin-free. As we emerge out of the darkness of the night, it is in the morning that we choose to walk in the light as He is in the light. It is in the morning that we find ourselves in a mode of fellowship with the Lord that lasts all day. We can truly pray without ceasing all day when we establish fellowship in our first waking moments. Talking to God in the morning is the best investment you can make in your day.


And when you add thanksgiving, you bring much pleasure to Your Creator!

Gratitude reduces the amount of care you will have to cast on the Lord. It is the ounce of prevention that is better than the pound of cure. An ounce of thanksgiving is better than a pound of care.


So go ahead, get your feet wet from the dew on the grass. Take a walk with Jesus this morning.

WALKING AND TALKING WITH YOU

(Adapted from Romans 11:16; 1 Corinthian s13:5; 1Peter 5:7; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 1:9; )
Verse 1: 
My feet are wet from the dew on the grass in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 2: 
I cast all my care on the one who cares for me in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 3: 
I confess all my sins to the one who is faithful 
to forgive and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
Verse 4: 
I walk in the light as You are in the light in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 5: 
O what fellowship, O what joy divine in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.
Verse 6: 
I am Yours and You are mine in the morning, 
walking and talking with You.


© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


This is the impartation devotion:
Father, it has been settled once and for all.  I cast all my care upon You, all of my care, because You care for me.