Daily Devotional

Forgiveness-Part Five, Forgiveness Test

Forgiveness-Part Five
Forgiveness Test

Forgiveness Test
1. Does remembering a particular hurtful event trigger a strong emotional reaction?
If thinking about a hurtful situation causes strong negative emotions or even physical shuddering, that suggests forgiveness is not complete. The hurt is still alive.

2. Does the stress of remembering hurtful events trigger physical reactions or discomfort?
If remembering hurtful situations results in physical symptoms, then unforgiven issues most likely remain lodged in the heart and spirit.

3. Does the painful experience bring to mind anything for which God can be praised?
We often deliver misdirected blame towards God when we think what happened to us was unfair. We need to be honest by confessing to God our anger against Him. Of course God is not guilty of anything, and He is not in need of forgiveness. Our anger and unforgiveness are our own. When unforgiveness is lodged in the heart, it is difficult to see any way God may be using the situation to bring blessing or to write wisdom to us. Afterwards, when we have achieved forgiveness, we can verbalize lessons learned and thank God for bringing us through painful experiences with a positive outcome.

4. Can the offending party be thought of with a sincere wish that good things will happen in his or her life?
Forgiveness holds no grudges and wishes no penalties of retribution. It wipes clean the slate on which we formerly kept score and allows us to wish only the best for the other person.

5. Do you have a complete sense that forgiveness really has been accomplished?
Are you being honest with yourself how you really feel? Is forgiveness coming from your heart, or do you find yourself saying something like. "I did it Lord. You told me I had to do it. I made that choice, and I am a loving and forgiving person." You need to check your feelings and symptoms.

6. Is forgiveness producing positive results?
When a lifestyle of forgiveness is effectively achieved, it will produce wonderful fruits in the ways we feel about ourselves and in the quality of relationships we are able to have with others.

The importance of forgiving ourselves.
We characteristically have the most difficulty with others when our relationship with them triggers issues for which we have not forgiven ourselves. Usually, weakness we see and criticize in others (and find most difficult to accept or forgive) are those things about which we have not forgiven ourselves, or in which we most fear being deficient. Look at what angers you in others. Look at the kind of person you just can’t abide, and you will likely see something in yourself that you have been unable to forgive.
Letting go of our denial and facing the truth about ourselves is a fearful step.

Forgiveness overcoming blame.
Most marital problems are rooted in unforgiveness of parents. We transfer onto our marriage partner the job of fulfilling needs that were unfulfilled by our parents. We misdirect our angers and accusations that truly belong against our parents towards our spouses.

In our next nugget we will speak on the process of forgiveness.

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March 11 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 15:17-16:40
Numbers 15:17-21
Principle of giving God the first fruits

Numbers 15:30
Those who brazenly violate God’s law were set apart from the community-they were cut off. Why? So that their sinful rebellion would not ‘infect’ the nation. At times a church may have to excommunicate someone whose rebellions is infecting the church.

Numbers 15:32-36
A person working on the Sabbath was stoned to death. This was the same punishment as one would receive for disobeying their parents. Why is it as Christians we take the Sabbath so lightly? Did God do away with one of His commandments? Did God change the Sabbath? He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.

Numbers 15:37-41
The tassels were to remind the people of the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment is the only commandment that God says to remember. However, it is obvious that He wanted all the commandments to be remembered. So why did He emphasize to remember the fourth commandment? Because He knew it would be easy for man to forget it.

Numbers 16:1-40
You will want to read this passage, a movie could be made off of it. God will not put with rebellion and He will defend His faithful servants. Be aware, ‘do not touch God’s anointed’. Notice in this passage how Moses intercedes for the innocent and prays for God’s judgment on the wicked.

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March 9 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

This is a long devotional because there is some good meat.

Numbers 11:24-13:33
Numbers 11:24-29
God provided Moses co-laborers that were filled with the Spirit of God.
vs 26-29 We should not be jealous of people having the gifts of God. Joshua was showing his immaturity.

Numbers 11:31-35
God provided the quails but still judged them for their grumbling spirit.

Numbers 12:1-16
Miriam and Aaron were suppose to be a support to Moses, instead they became prideful and judgmental. God made it clear to them that Moses was His appointed man. Why did God take such a strong stand for Moses? Because Moses was humble and did not defend himself.

Numbers 13:1-33
vs 23-24 They took evidence of how fruitful the land was that they went into.
vs 27 The men proclaimed that the land was fruitful.
vs 28 Even though the land was fruitful and blessed, it was a land of fortified cities and giants.
vs 30 Even though Caleb had seen the fortified cities and giants he was determined that they could conquer the land. God had said He would give them a promised land-it was obvious that this was the land.
vs 31-33 The other men were not focused on God being their strength, so they were filled with fear and spread the fear to the nation of Israel. Their fear drove them to the point of lying. They said they were see as grasshoppers in the people’s eyes. Is this true? They were spies, they were hiding, the people did not see them. The people did not talk to them. They made this up to justify their fear. What if they had been controlled by God’s Spirit instead of the spirit of fear?

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March 8 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Very tired, worked late and got up early, so late on this devotional. Did not want to ‘bother with it’, but God spoke to me and confirmed some things to me. That is why it is good to be faithful to daily Bible reading.


Numbers 10:1-11:23

Numbers 10:1-28

God gave the Israelites specific directions on how they were to proceed. God gives each of us specific directions on how we are to proceed. Are we being obedient so that He will be with us in our battles?


Numbers 10:33-36

Great proclamations by Moses.


Numbers 11:1-3

God is providing protection, safety, food, etc. yet the people are complaining. We can be the same way. Watch out for the judgment of God.


Numbers 11:4-15

Like my pastor jokes at times, ‘Ministry would be wonderful if you could just get rid of the people’. Ministry can be challenging at times. But we must be faithful to the call of God.

Also, it helps to try and understand people. This be honest, even though God is miraculously providing manna, it would get old after awhile. Instead of complaining the Israelites should have put in a request to Moses for something different. Can we not be thankful for what God has provided, but also let him know our desires?


Numbers 11:16-23

The negativity of the people rubs off on Moses and He starts to question God’s ability to provide. Leaders need to be careful that are not influenced by those they are to lead.

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March 7 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 8:1-9:23
Numbers 8:1-26
The Levites were dedicated to be servants of God.

Numbers 9:1-14
Celebration of the Passover was important to God. Why? Because the ceremony was to be a reminder to the people where they came from, of their deliverance. This would hopefully help prevent them from wanting to go back to Egypt.
Take note of what the Passover feast was made up of. The lamb represented Jesus. The lambs bones were not to be broken-Jesus bones were not broken. They were to eat bitter greens. This was to remind them of the bitterness of slavery. It is a reminder to us of the bitterness of sin. Jesus had to partake of the bitterness of sin and death. Bread without yeast. Yeast is symbolic of sin. Jesus had no sin.

Numbers 9:15-23
Even with the pillar of fire and the cloud the people would still rebel against God. That is why when the religious leaders would command Jesus to perform a miracle, He would not do it. He knew that even miracles will not change a person with a wicked, hard heart.

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March 6 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 6:1-7:89
Numbers 6:1-21
The Nazarite vow was taken by individuals to say that they were being set apart for holiness.
Notice that a Nazarite was not to have anything alcoholic or even the potential of having alcohol. During those times the only way to be sure to not drink alcohol would be to stay away from grapes.
Why was a Nazarite to stay away from alcohol? Obvious-poor decisions are made while under in the influence of alcohol. So, why would Christians want to be under the influence of alcohol?

Why long hair for the Nazarite? Most likely because the long hair would identify the man as a Nazarite.

Numbers 6:22-27
Aaron’s Benediction. We should pray this over others-May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 7:1-87
During these twelve days of sacrifices, there was a multitude of sacrifices with blood flowing everywhere. However, no matter how much blood was shed, it takes the blood of Jesus for the redemption of man. All of the sacrifices were only pointing to the sacrificial death of Jesus.

Numbers 7:88
God’s presence was at the Ark of the Covenant. God would speak to Moses directly. We do not have to go to a church, a seminar, etc. for God to speak to us. He can speak to us wherever we are at. However, at the same time, church, seminars, etc. can help prepare our minds and heart to hear from God.
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March 5 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 4:1-5:31
Numbers 4:1-49
There were specific duties and responsibilities that the Kohathite clan were to perform, very detailed. They had a choice to do it God’s way or their way. But doing it their way, or with wrong motives, could get the dead vs 20).
There were also assigned duties for the Gershonite and the Merarite clans. They could se their duties as burdensome or a privilege and honor. How do you see doing ministry? Is it a joy or a burden?

Numbers 5:1-31
All I can say is, strange. This is a hard passage. It sounds like magic potions, superstition, to me. This is a passage of Scripture I will ask Jesus about when in heaven.

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March 4 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 2:1-3:51
Numbers 2:17
Notice the Tabernacle was to be set out in the middle of the camp.

Numbers 2:33
The Levites were not included in the census because they were not to fight.

Numbers 3:1-4
Nadab and Abihu were killed by God because of their disobedience regarding their actions in the tabernacle.

Numbers 3:10
The Tabernacle was holy and sanctified. We as the temple of the Holy Spirit should walk in holiness. We should also show respect to the church sanctuary/altar.

Mark 11:27-12:17
Mark 11:27-33, Mark 12:1-12
Jesus many times asked rhetorical questions, parables, stories to get people to think. Jesus was making it clear that He was not submitting to false leaders.

Mark 12:13-17
From this passage it is clear that we should obey the laws of the land unless they violate Scripture.

Psalm 47:1-9
Rejoice, God ultimately rules and reigns. He will subdue our enemies.

Proverbs 10:24-25
When storms come in life, the righteous will still stand