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Single again Christians…Truly adultery Can hurt real deep…It’s destructive….But so is Unforgiveness.

Hey Singles… and Single again Christians… Adultery hurts deep, and it destroys relationships….And sadly this type of destruction of a relationship happens to often these days, (worse it even happens at times among church leadership) and forgiveness is a hard thing to “give” others at times… But learn this: When I forgive others; Forgiveness ONLY frees “me”…not them.

If I forgive them, it allows me to move forward and be truly free and not grow bitter! If I allow root of bitterness grow, it causes other fruit to hang around I don’t want too! (See Eph 4:31-32) When I’m walking in “forgiveness” toward them that harmed me, now their sin that caused me pain, has no more place in my emotions, or mind.

In cancelling the debt we felt was owed us, we let them go, and now they can be dealt with by God…not by me or others trying to make them accountable.( Only Holy Spirit convicts of sin)  But I can NOW go freely and get what ever I need from God, and that past thing with them is over.. I forget it, Like God…not forgotten, but meaning that I just don’t need to ever bring it up again.

Unless of course they accept the forgiveness and also seek the same “from” me.
Then I “could” have restoration of fellowship;  But forgiveness, although always required by God, does not necessitate, never “requires fellowship” to be restored with them as well. ( Sometimes we can not. )  Giving forgiveness only makes me healthier, and in fellowship “with” God….always my primary relationship concern as a Christian. And always God’s main concern  with us!

And maybe my “action” of “giving” them forgiveness, (even if they never ask me too ) may allow them to see their “sin” and repent, and recognize their need for God’s love …which is the only love that never leaves you or forsakes you. And He is the only one that fills the void in the heart which drives people to seek love in all the wrong places, from all the wrong people…. Hell sadly, will be full of these people…unless they can see Jesus (in us) and also turn to Him to receive forgiveness of their sins from Him!

UNforgiveness is the ONE thing “we” can control and hold on too, that can “keep us”  from holding “everything”, that God wants to give us, …”when” we let God be in control. (Mat 6:15);

ALL love is of God and when your in relationship with Him…He is faithful forever, He will always love you, always accept you, and always forgive you. When you do things His way, He takes care of you completely and protects you… and He is your integrity… and protector of it that too. (Psalm 25:20-21; Psalm 37:7-9)

I would personally blame a husband more, who allows himself to take advantage of a temptation that avails it’s self to him, which brings harm to his bride and his family….And definitely himself! As God says He is being led to destruction, which any man with a wife, already KNOWS he will be in mega trouble if caught! He was not ignorant of the potential cost, he can see it coming, and so he tries to hide it, or cast blame on everyone else when found out…Besides God said your sins will always find you out … But the husband ( or the spouse allowing this) realizes and sees what is coming…
Prov5:4-6Nasb- “For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6 She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.”…..

But notice God says the adulteress woman walking her way and leading the man to destruction is deceived, it says she really “does not know it.” …He only “acted” ignorant…she was truly blind. But I must forgive them both to receive everything I need from the Father and then decide if I can, or should restore the fellowship, or just move on to receive the best God has planned for me.(Eph 2:10) apart from them… (It is always our choice to walk in God’s plan…or take a detour!)

And I should really feel great sorrow for both participants in adultery; Because Hell is: “Eternal” place of complete separation from God, in a suffocating, burning blackness forever. I would not wish it on even my enemies no matter what’s been done to me.

The reason the disciples were able to take the punishment they “all” did, and in the end be killed for teaching about Jesus even to “their enemies”, was because they had personally known Jesus, and they saw Him ascend to heaven…and therefore knew Hell was also a certainty. Except for Paul who met Jesus personally, seeing Him as light and hearing Him. And received His Holy Spirit sent from Father.  And so they all gave their lives to help people avoid hell… Meaning they also had to forgive a whole lot of hurtful things done to them. (Mat 5:44-45)..Says bless your enemies, do good to those who persecute you. …So that you act like children of God.

Forgiveness allows you to say good things, and do good things toward your enemies… to “bless them”…even those who harmed you deeply and personally. Allowing them to see God’s work is real. And hopefully stopping their feet from taking hold of Hell. “Sheol”. …A very real place.

Because I know hell is very real, I can forgive them and move forward…. “forgetting” what lies behind, and looking at what lies ahead”. ( Philip 3:13) Paul wrote that, the Apostle who  “Jewish historians” believe might have been divorced as well;
“But Paul himself never mentions it in the bible.”… Maybe it’s because he understood forgiveness and learned how to love his enemies….Uummm

It’s like the old saying goes …If you cannot think of something good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.

So make sure you have really let go of what you “feel” was “owed you”,.. You know you have forgiven when you don’t think of being somehow repaid; Then you can use both hands, and ALL your heart to chose to receive everything that God wants you to walk in!… What’s that?

Gal5:22-23Amp- “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” …That’s a lot of good stuff from God! And go read (Deut 28:1-14) bunch more good stuff!….ALL that along with eternal life in Christ, and heaven as our kingdom home with OUR Father God!

I “see” that as, Waaaay better than hell! And why can I talk about this?…I think, cuz I am divorced (2008), a single parent; And because God did not ever leave me in the pain, but helped me forgive. Then He went and made me a teaching pastor,… seems like mostly to single adults. God still takes evil and turns it to good when we let Him…Like Joseph…Now there is a lesson on giving forgiveness, letting go, and receiving blessings from God! Gen40-Gen50:26..Uumm. “For the saving of many people” …Joseph said that (Gen50:20 Kjv )

Joseph was a “single” young man threatened with death, tossed in a pit, sold into slavery, almost raped, then falsely accused of trying to make a woman commit adultery, and then cast wrongly into prison, but he learned to forgive and trust God always,… finally promoted to place of great blessing that included a wife and family. But first he had to “learn” that forgiveness kept him free in spite of his environment,, and that it can help save others.

Be Blessed; Stay clearly on the narrow road and remain in the light! Pastor Ernie Harpster

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Are YOU trying to make Jesus provider & Claiming All powerful…But never allowed Him to be “Adoni”- Master & Owner!… Do you know him; But never ALLOWED Him to KNOW you?… Are YOU Deceived ??

In listening today to Tony Evans on Moody radio I put a couple thoughts together from something he said about our needing to allow Jesus to be “our Adoni”, I then did a little of my own study, and got a bit of  wonderful insight to my master and Lord…My Adoni !  And thought of Paul’s direction to “us” the church in first part of this verse… “Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it.” …( 2Cor 13:5 Amplified )

Because as Christians…meaning basicly “Christ like ones”; We like to call our God Jehovah… basicly means “causes to become”  Like Jehovah Jireh the Lord who causes provision , Or Elohim…basicly “having power,and strength”,…But actually He “requires us” to recognize Him FIRST as… Adoni..” Master, Owner” !

He owns ALL…including me…or I have no right to presume access to the other “names” !
Uummm Really you say? But I have called on the name of Jesus… I have Jesus!…
And you made Him what?…Because Jesus also said “I and the Father are one.”… ( John 10:30 )

Because the question is not do you know Jesus? It really is… Does He “Jesus”… Now get to “have ALL of you!?.. Uumm? Selah.
Look at this verse…
John 10:27 Nasb-“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” …
It says the sheep have made a choice to listen, and to let “Him.. know them”…and they follow. “to listen” also means to “obey.” and the English word “follow” also is translatable in other places, to mimic or “imitate”. … Uummm.

Now this next verse in Amplified bible (which describes the Greek intention of words used, of the original words),  says the disciples were “correct”…. As said by Jesus Himself… That they called Jesus…”Master AND Lord”… not just one or the other, as these words were connected together…was to be in right relationship to Him… Exactly as these “disciples” stated here …

John13:13-17 Amp-13 “You call Me the Teacher (Master) and the Lord , and you are right in doing so, for that is what I am.
14 If I then,… your Lord and Teacher (Master),… have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you”….. Remember what “Master and Lord (Owner) was= Adoni!

Now notice Jesus speaks next in this context of a “similar relationship” to servant (slave) and his (master) owner. in vs 16-17; And uses the word “solemnly” or KJV verily… a firm thing, a Truth! …So Jesus is saying this…what He now tells “us” here it is like using this statement as an exclamation point to all of what He just told them!….

John 13:16-17 Amp- “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, A servant is not greater than his master, and no one who is sent is superior to the one who sent him.
17 If you know these things, blessed and happy and to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them]”….

So he ends there, and says if you follow these things that I alone have just said to you… Because you allow me to be “master AND owner”…to ‘know you’ in this type relationship, ….then all will be well for you now and in the end…If you really do this.

Because if you try to call Him master…but never let Him rule you… You have not allowed Him to know you… “You” just know about Him… So then maybe “you”.. just like to call Him one who “causes things to become” =Jehovah ..or call Him the one with “all strength and power”..Elohim… But if you do not make Him “your” Adoni… Then it seems “You” really do not allow Him to know you. Uummm… So is that a problem?
You think about this bit of scripture Mat 7:23 and decide for your self…

I will place the vs in context of Jesus speaking it read it…
Mat 7:20-25 Amp -20 “Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?
23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].
24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.
25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”…

I would think about this today, and ask if you really made Jesus Master…”the one you submit completely to His understanding and teaching.” and Lord…”owner of you”.. if you do both Jesus had said in Kjv bible…in John 13:13Kjv.. “You say… well” …. Only two words in Greek … That together mean this as used … “to teach to exhort, advise, to command, direct to point out with words, intend, or mean to say… rightly, so that there shall be no room for blame.” …You can go look at Lexicon in blueletterbible.org and study it for your self…as we all should.

But all scripture must always agree, it can not ever contradict its self… If it seems it does…Then I am the one out of line with scripture…. I then have the problem not God, Not ever God! Scripture always agrees with Scripture. … The Spirit and Word are the same, so always agree. ( John 6:63 ).. And strengthens us.

“If” He is my Master teacher, and Lord …Do I think it is ok to conflict with Him?… As “All” my understanding should only come from my owner…only Him, who I have agreed by receiving His price paid for me, to “allow” Him to know me intimately (like a bride allows, invites a husband to know her), and whom I desire to know intimately…only Him do I follow… (John 10:4-5, then see John 10:14) and no other voice will I follow…or “imitate” mimic.

Just as Paul taught this through Holy Spirit in ( Eph 5:1 ) that we are to ‘mimic’ to ‘imitate’ (follow) God, our Father as dearly loved children… Interesting how the devil can deceive the church… ‘God’s people’… if “we” allow it, by either our ‘ignorance, or by rejection of truth’ …Why does devil try? (See Hosea 4:6 says so) …and so the devil will do things to let us think we are ok…while doing OUR OWN incorrect thing…meaning not exactly what God asked of us. How?…

Because the bible says we CAN be deceived, and so it tells us the church to be NOT deceived! ( Gal 6:7) … Especially when even the devil, according to scripture, can also do what appears to be miraculous signs when he wants too…
2Thes 2:9 Amp-” The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—”

How could this happen? …Ask yourself ..Do you “allow Jesus to know you” …as your only teacher and your owner? (and Husband) = Master and Lord. Because “You” when you are saved, you recognize that “you” are bought with a price of His blood!…And lay your life down…surrendering your own desires and rights…because dead men have no rights to themselves!… Col 3:3 Amp-“For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.” ….Because you recognize ownership.. Lordship over you!
1Cor 7:23 Amp- “You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].” ….So how do you treat Him? Like your saved? Which means delivered…And now is He your everything…”Your” Adoni?

I would think about it now…as apparently thinking about it latter might be to late to think about it.
Do you live like you desire to enter the narrow gate? Luke 13:24 Amp-“Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.”….That reminded me of Mat 7:22 above, how about you? And Jesus also said this…
Mat 7:13- “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.”..

Many entering what?.. the broad way to destruction…
Therefore it seems it is good to read the Red Ink! It might help you to know when your Master is talking. And good for all of us who say “we” believe….To study the word and show ourselves approved workman unto God (2Tim 2:15)…
To clearly stay on the narrow road… And stay in the light. (Psalm 119:105)

Pastor Ernie Harpster

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