Resisting forgiveness.

August 16, 2007 at 9:31 am 5 comments

Been reading another book by Bill Johnson: The Supernatural Power of a Renewed Mind (Find it here).  For those of you with a background like mine it answers a lot of questions about how we got where we are in our thinking about the supernatural and the miraculous.  Bill is the king of pithy quotes and phrases, that say so simply, what some theologians seem to make so complicated.

Here is one that caught my attention:  Too often Christians live under the influence of yesterday’s failures, blemishes, and mistakes.  When we do, we depart from the normal Christian lifestyle and live under the influence of a lie (pg. 106). 

Why is it that so many of us, myself included, accept forgiveness from God but then continue to live under the influence of our past failures?  In other words why is it so hard to claim forgiveness and move on, which is exactly what God intended the confession/repentance/forgiveness process to do?  After receiving forgivness for whatever sin we have committed, no matter how horrible or devastating the consequences we are totally forgiven and set free to live just as if we never did the sin!  If you were to go to the Father and ask Him about some past forgiven sin or the forgiven sin of someone else He would say “What sin?”

Sometimes we live under the guilt of past sins because we incorrectly believe it will keep us humble.  We think if we get all down about our failures it will keep us from failing again but all that does is keep us focused on the failure and put us into an agreement with a lie.  Agreement with the enemy on anything multiples the damage and renders us incapable of operating or living in the supernatural.

There are others who think that remembering how horrible they are or how terrible their sin was somehow will make them feel good.  But I have discovered this to be a subtle form of pride.  The whole “I am so unworthy” concept is bogus.  Of course we are all unworthy, but that has nothing to do with forgiveness.  The blood of Jesus makes unworthy people worthy-that’s the point.  Living under yesterday’s condemnation doesn’t make us more humble.  If anything, it keeps us focused on ourselves instead of the Lord. (pg.107)

Living free from guilt, shame and fear of the past is the birthright of every born again believer.  If we would stop questioning what the Father has said and stop questioning who we are as co-heirs with Jesus, in all that the Father has for us, we would live with renewed minds, full up with the wisdom and power of the Spirit and dramatic things would begin to take place in our lives.

There is a bogus way of thinking out there that keeps people focused on their failures. That poor way of thinking is a primary cause for the plugged conduit that would make what is normal in heaven, normal on earth. (Matthew 6:10 May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.) Read more on this subject here.

We are the people God loves, the people God forgives.  We are the house of God, the gate of heaven on earth… You are the person God hangs out with.  You are clean and forgiven.  That is your identity. (pg. 107)

Why resist something that has the power to totally change the way we think, live and act and at the same time unplug the power of the Spirit?


Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Charismatic, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  August 19, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I know for me, there is a fear of success..not just in accepting forgiveness, but in other areas too…for some reason, failure is easier to deal with..I can’t explain why though. but I know it’s something I have dealt with..

  • 2. formedofclay  |  August 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    But are we to move on before making amends with those we have hurt? Isn’t making amends with God only the first step, not the last? …and possibly even the easier of the two, as we know He will forgive us…….

  • 3. Royal  |  August 17, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    First off, I personally think that this is a great posting. In my opinion too many people dwell in what has already been done. You can not go back and change it. You can learn from a past failure or mistake through carefully analyzing what occured. I guess like most people I catch myself over-analyzing it and then falling into the trap of dwelling on it. There seems to be a fine line that divides a good look back and a look that lasts to long. Thanks for the reminder.

  • 4. Doug Wright  |  August 17, 2007 at 7:12 am

    As I read your blog the thought that came to mind was: Failures can be stepping stones to higher new ground if we allow.
    The verse that came next: All things work together for good for those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose.
    Thanks for the good word today. Thought provoking!

  • 5. Jenn  |  August 16, 2007 at 10:26 am


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