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What Is The Power of Forgiveness?


In the Navajo dialect, “Dine” is the word for “The People.”

My family lived among the American Indians from 1997-2005.

They were mainly the Navajo and Pueblo Indian Nations of New Mexico. We lived side by side to them in the small town of Pena Blanca

It’s been a privilege knowing these great people. There is so much that I can say about Native Americans. We have been hospitably received by them.

Something tells me that God will spark revival among them based on His principle that the last shall be first.

I discovered that God did not make it easy for me to preach to Native American Christians without first asking their forgiveness.  What the white man such as me has done to them throughout history in the Name of Jesus is inexcusable and irreprehensible.

One time my wife Mary and I were invited to preach at a large Navajo church in Ganado, Arizona, in the heart of the Navajo nation.

We had been video filming Holy Spirit outpourings in the Navajo Nation. The pastor wanted us to talk on the project which God had given to us. Our vision was to promote Christian television for Native Americans.

The church was packed with more than two hundred Navajo folks. Mary and I were the only white faces in the crowd.

We sat towards the back of the sanctuary. It was the only free seats. The pastor was to call me up once the worship concluded.

As the songs rang out God broke me. “How can you preach to these people without first asking them to forgive you and the white man for all the terrible things that you have done to them?”

I felt so small, so insignificant next to these great people.  I saw beauty in their faces, and the majesty of God upon them.

I realized the intense love that Jesus had for them and how wonderfully He had created them to be.  My heart broke with shame and remorse. I sat with my head hanging between my knees.

“We want to welcome Brother Alvarez from the Christian Indian TV Network, who is going to share with us what the Lord is doing with them,” The pastor’s voice rang out.

People clapped as I proceeded to the podium. I felt broken and weak. What could I say but the truth?

As I looked squarely at the mass of people nothing about the work with Native American television would come out of my mouth. I was almost crying, my heart broken in half.

Stammering and stuttering I said, “I was going to speak to you about our work with the Christian Indian TV Network, but as I sat back there God really broke me. He told me that before I could ever preach to you, I need to ask you to forgive me and the white man for all the wrong things that we have done to you. Will you forgive me and the white man?”

There was dead silence in the sanctuary.

One lady finally chimed up, “We forgive you Brother Alvarez.”

The service grounded to a dead halt.  People arose from their chairs and came up to the podium. Mary and I stepped into the river of people.  We all began hugging. Tears were flowing.  Words of love were uttered. The glory of God broke out. It was true revival!

One man came to me, “I was so bitter at the white man, but today God has set me free.”

Another man hung his bolo tie with a beautiful turquoise around my neck. A lady did the same to Mary and a turquoise necklace.

Needless to say, there was no discussion about Christian Indian Television.

The power of forgiveness is one of the greatest powers in the universe. Humbling yourself without defense or justification or asking what about the other guy is a great tool.

This is revival; this is the glory of God.

Repenting to the Dine is The Power of Forgiveness.

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With our beautiful Navajo friends in Shiprock, NM

 

Remitting and Retaining Sins and More


 Col 1: 12   Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (competent, enough or sufficient) to be partakers (accusative) of the inheritance (genitive) of the saints in light (dative):

The Greek accusative noun case is just what it states.

The accusing finger points to someone or something.

The accusative case points to where something is directed to.

The pointing finger of God is always to the Christian.

What does He point to?

It is that the Christian is partaker and sharer of all that God has, is, and wants to do.

God has not excluded the Christian from anything.

What He gives to Jesus He gives to the Christian. No more and no less.

So when you see yourself, point to yourself, and say I am a full inheritor and partaker of all that God has.

The genitive case describes possession.

We are partakers of the inheritance which God possesses.

The dative case expresses location or where something is placed.

Those whom are called saints, which are all Christians, are saints in the sphere of or in the location of light.

As Jesus is in the light, we must learn to not only walk in the that light, but dwell in the works of light and do them, and not darkness.

Since the saints of God are to be living in the world of light, if we obstinately disobey God and choose to live and do  the works of darkness we lie and are deceived.

I know of some prominent people who call themselves Christians but dwell and do the works which are in the sphere of darkness.

Their Christianity means nothing. It stinks!

Even if other people come to these people’s rescue and say that they are Christians indeed,  I know better. I know what the Word of God tells me. These people are not only lying to others but to themselves.

We are called to judge, not with condemning judgment but with discernment according to the Word of God.  Never say, “who are you to judge if its judgment with discernment according to God’s word.

13  Who hath delivered us ( snatched us/ aorist) from the power ( authority) of darkness, and hath translated us ( metatithemi/ aorist) into the kingdom  (accusative) of his dear Son:

He has snatched us from the authority of darkness.

The aorist tense, as I stated yesterday, describes an event as absolutely finalized on history’s timeline.

The Christian has once and for all us has been snatched away from  the authority of darkness, and has been physically and spiritually moved in to the kingdom of God’s Son whom He loves.

The word for translate, metatithemi, describes an actual change of place.

Tithemi is to place or put something somewhere. The preposition meta, describes a change of.

God has permanently rescued us away from the authority of darkness and has permanently translated us into the kingdom of the Son of all of His love.

We give too much attention to demons.

We would do better in attaining to more revelation knowledge of the scripture and less rebuking of demons.

Secondly, because we are now permanently dwelling in the kingdom of the Son of God whom the Father has devoted all of His love to, He now loves us with the same intensity that He loves Jesus.

14  In whom we have redemption ( the price of ransom/ accusative) through his blood, even the forgiveness ( the sending away and dispatching) of sins:

Inside of Christ we have redemption.

Redemption is an noun in the accusative case. Redemption is the price of ransom which was affected by the blood of Christ.

The accusative finger is upon this price of ransom. How wonderful is that? God’s eyes are focused on that price of ransom when He sees us.

Now the description of this price is that our sins have been sent away by means of the blood.

We have little understanding of what the word forgiveness is. It means physically and permanent to send something far away from you so that it no longer can hurt you.

Joh 20:23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

To finish, this scripture is pretty heavy.

To remit is to forgive.

If we send away another’s sins far away from them because we forgive them, they are sent far away. But if we retain them, they are retained.

Retain is the word “ krateo” which means to dominate something and keep it in check. When we don’t forgive, we dominate the person’s sins and keep them bound in them. What an awful thing.

If you choose not to forgive and dominate a person’s sins upon them, guess what, you will likewise dominate stuff upon your own life. No wonder that unforgiveness brings so much disease.

In actuality you dominate and keep the disease close to you.

Have a blessed Tuesday and pray for Wisconsin that God’s will would be accomplished today.