Proclamation of Liberty
"and you shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all it's inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you." Leviticus 25:10
The year 2005 was a year of Jubilee in the Jewish race and for all God's people who are of the new birth of Jesus. If you are exposed to the anointed teaching and preaching of God's ministers today, you have no doubt been hearing a lot about this year of Jubilee. This is a time that has been prophesied of for thousands of years, as well as by the modern day prophets. What a wonderful time to be alive and living for the King of all Kings!
This year of Jubilee is not only for restoration of lost possessions and family, but for the restoration of all things that have been God ordained, God given, yet stolen or lost. These include the peace of God, the joy of the Lord, wholeness for the entire being, and oneness in the family of God. The Lord will supernaturally restore lost time, lost ground, lost visions and lost souls. He will in many instances touch a life with His mighty arm and bring a miracle restoration into that life. He may impart to another the wisdom that they might see and know the means by which to reach out and pull their Jubilee harvest in. To others it will be through unexpected means, such as an ungodly person turning over their property or forgiving a debt. All are the result of God's acting in heaven to reveal to His people on earth, His great love, mercy and goodness; unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor.
One of the biggest area's that people have been "ripped off" is in their heart. When we have unresolved conflicts and broken relationships, our hearts rarely come out of the battle unscathed. I believe that God has given me a word for you today that will supernaturally impart wisdom, healing and understanding into your heart, that will set you free if you want to be free. Freedom if you are willing and desiring to participate in the fullness of His year of Jubilee miracles and provision. I encourage you to tune out everything else right now and be prepared to receive a life changing word!
I have found that often when the Lord is teaching me something new, and that teaching involves a correction, my flesh rebels! It takes an act of my will, out of my desire to please God, more than please my emotions, to be willing to listen to God and to obey what He tells me to do.
This happened one ordinary day when I received a teaching cassette in the mail from an 'old' friend. Now, we did not part on real friendly terms, but parted out of pure frustration! It was a mutual agreement that we were not meant for each other! Many months had gone by and I had no contact with him. The relationship had been very brief and very superficial and was not a difficult one to move past. So when this tape arrived, immediately my guard was up. (One of the reasons for parting ways was his constant criticisms) When I tore off the wrappings and saw the title of the tape, 'Unforgiveness', I reacted in a 'fit of carnality' as Jesse Duplantis calls it! My immediate thoughts were along the lines of, 'I'm sure! Ok, I'll send him a teaching tape about ____ because obviously he needs to grow up!' This 'gift' made me really mad. Why couldn't he just leave me alone? But, as soon as those thoughts came, I was instantly listening to my spirit man say, 'do not take offense at this – turn it into something good and just listen to the tape'. So I prayed, "Lord, You know my heart. I have sought Your face for evidence of unforgiveness in my heart. If there is more that I need to learn about forgiveness, I want to know it. I'm going to listen to this teaching now, in faith believing that I will receive anything that You are wanting to teach me. I forgive ____ for trying to change me and whatever harm was meant by this, I ask You to turn it into something for Your glory."
The tape was by a well-known ministry that I have learned much from for many years, so I felt safe in turning it on. I patted myself on the back throughout most of the tape. Yes, those were the scriptures that the Holy Spirit had led me to many years ago, that set me free from unforgiveness. 'Thank You Lord for Your grace that empowers me to forgive my enemies! Yes, amen!' I was in total agreement with everything that I was hearing. Confirmation of all that the Lord had been speaking to my spirit of. But wait, what was that he said? "Forgive as Jesus forgave -- Jesus said 'Father, do not hold this sin against them.' When Jesus stands before the Father, every time I use His Name in prayer, He says "Father, (Carole) is washed in My blood and I present her to You, free of guilt, white and pure by My redemption of her soul." Jesus wants YOU to stand before the Father with that same proclamation over all those that have hurt you, hurt your family, stolen from you, cheated you, dragged your name and reputation through the mud, lied to you or about you, falsely accused you, betrayed you, etc etc etc."
I turned that tape off in a big hurry. "no way!" Jesus paid the price for my sins because I confessed my sins and I repented. I was truly sorry for the wrongs that I had done and came to the cross to receive the privilege of partaking in the blessings of forgiveness. I was not forgiven without repentance. Surely this minister was taking this too far -- after all, Jesus was sent to bear the sins of the world. He had to forgive! But wait a minute, I thought, if I am so convinced that I am right, and that I have forgiven according to God's Word and will, why am I so upset and why do I have this horrible scratching feeling way down here inside of me? Must be something there, or I wouldn't be reacting this way. Again, I prayed. "Father, You know my heart and my desire to do whatever it takes to obey You and to live for You. More than anything I want to be conformed to the image of Jesus. I want do be a blessing to Your people. I want the power that Jesus walked in, the anointing to heal the sick, to cast out devils, to raise the dead. I want to go about doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the devil."
"Then conform to the image of Jesus in the manner in which He forgives." The Father tenderly spoke to my heart.
"OK Father, but I don't want to hear from a man. Please show me from Your Word that this is what You expect of and require of me. I want to walk in the fullness of truth, in the full light of Your heart."
I picked up my bible and randomly opened it. My eyes fell on Matthew 6:12 from the Lord's Prayer "…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors." (Amplified translation) "Father, I have forgiven and released to You the sins against my children and I. I hold no resentment against __ and __ for all the sins that have committed against us."
"Then let go of the 'evil hope' you have against them."
"Lord? What evil hope?"
"That come Judgment Day, if not sooner, they will receive their just reward."
Now, let me explain that one of the means by which I endure the sufferings in my life, as a victim of these people's sinful choices, is knowing that "what goes around, comes around; no body gets away with anything; as a man sows so shall he also reap; the Lord is for the righteous but His hand is against the evil doer." Knowing that they were not getting away with anything, seemed to be a balm over my wounds. Each day I was confronted with the lack and deprivations that we were forced to live with, as a result of these evil people's hands. It was my light at the end of the tunnel--it was satisfaction in knowing that one day the whole world would see the truth, that all the lies and evil reports would be exposed and that I would be vindicated. It gave me great comfort in knowing that God was seated on a throne called 'Justice'. God would bring justice. Evil doers would pay ---
It was this attitude that the Lord spoke to me about. I had researched Jesus life and ministry, years ago, to see how He reacted to those that opposed Him. I never saw Jesus forgiving the scribes and Pharisees. I never read where He forgave Judas for his betrayal of the Master. I couldn't find any evidence that Judas was in heaven, because Jesus prayed "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Rather, in John 17, when Jesus is speaking to the Father, He says "not one of them was lost, but one, the son of perdition." Speaking of Judas.
"I don't get it Lord, this is what I think I am doing with my enemies. You'll have to show me more."
I pictured Judgment Day. I could see the Lord calling people before the throne. I knew that the list of sins against my enemies would be long and hard. There had never been any repentance, never any sorrow, never any restoration of what had been stolen. No evidence of any turning of heart and going in the opposite direction. Only continual, year after year, unreasonable and wicked behavior towards everything that concerned me, that they could affect. It was not the way I wanted it. Lord knows I've wept and interceded for them year after year. Not for the sake of my restoration, but for their sake. I truly was grieved to think of them standing before God and not being able to hear those words that I live for, "Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into My rest." I willingly released all their sins without any expectancy to receive anything from them in this life. But I also knew that because of the hardness of their hearts and because of the things that had been prophesied concerning them, there was not much chance in them changing. They had made their choices, with their eyes wide open.
I flipped through a few pages in my bible. Again as my eyes dropped to the page, I read Matthew 18:35 where Jesus is talking to Peter. "So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses." Then I flipped pages back and turned to Psalm 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far He removed our transgressions from us."
The Lord then showed me what it was that I was doing wrong. I knew what was required of me. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I took a deep breath and swallowed hard, as I said these words, from the depth of my heart. "Father, on Judgment Day, if ___ is called before You, and he has not repented of all the sins and offenses against me, and You start with the list of accusations that he has committed against me, then I will stand to his defense and declare before You "not guilty". I will say to You Father, that I have forgiven those sins, and I have thrown those sins into the sea of forgetfulness. I have removed them from him as far as the east is from the west. I look at him and I do not see any remainder of guilt on him." I will stand on his behalf even as my Jesus stands for my defense each and every day that I come into Your presence."
Friend, I cannot tell you nor describe to you what took place in my spirit and in my body at the moment I made that decision to obey God and to forgive as Jesus has forgiven me. God gave me His grace -- His ability -- to do what I could not do in and of myself. I'm not some super human being that has a heart of steel. I feel pain, loss and betrayal just as acutely as anyone else. I made a choice to obey God by saying "yes" to Him when He required something of me. He gave me the wisdom, the strength and the courage to do and say what needed to be done and said.
I felt a 10 ton weight being lifted off my shoulders. I felt like I could really breathe deeply again. I was not even aware that I carried this burden. I did not recognize just how hindered I was. I was in bondage to myself and did not even realize it. I immediately was filled with a new level of joy and a release in the spirit realm. The Lord was then able to entrust me with greater anointing and power to do His will.
As the Lord continued the teaching lesson on unforgiveness to me, He showed me that my releasing these people to God means I turn loose of any expectation from them, both now and for eternity. When they stand before God, He will judge them, not for their sins against me, but for their sins against God. I won't even know what it is that God is talking about should I be there as a witness. To truly forgive we must forgive as Jesus and call on the grace of God to say "yes" in obedience and then do His Word and release all the offense. What is so beautiful is that God loved me so much that He did not want me to fall short of His glory. He corrected me because He loved me. And I praise Him and thank Him for the depth of that love!
You see, I have given the Lord that right to correct me, by continually praying that He will expose me to every part of me that is not pleasing in His sight. He does so in great love, tenderness, straightforwardness and enabling. I want to know where I need to change – to get it taken care of as quickly as possible, rather than gradually and slowly! I am able to be around these people, and God as my witness, not remember the depths of their sins against me. Because their wrongdoing against me continues on a daily basis -- in other words -- I'm still in the 'thick of it' concerning them (their choice and actions, not mine), I still feel the anger with each new offense. I still have to consciously forgive each and every new offense, and frequently the Holy Spirit prompts me to remind myself that I have removed ALL their sins as far away from them, as Jesus has removed my sins from
me! Human forgiveness is to be analogous to heavenly forgiveness. To be conformed to the image of Jesus is to partake of all the good that He did, including forgiving our enemies to the degree that we are willing to declare before our Father "not guilty!"
This was a life changing experience for me and one that has transformed others lives as well, as I have taught others as I've ministered. In this year of Jubilee, I want to proclaim "liberty" to you in this powerful revelation on forgiveness. Please allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart, and if there is fear there, then recognize that there is something inside of you that needs to be corrected. To have perfect love for people is the casting away of all fear.
I guarantee you, you will never be sorry you choose to be like Jesus in your forgiveness! The Lord will bring back all that He has put in your lives for blessings, that has been stolen. He doesn't need the help of your enemies to bring it back (although I believe we will see such supernatural displays in the days to come) but will move heaven and earth to get you what He wants for you do have, to be blessed and to bless others with. Entrust all that you have lost to the Lord, and He will faithfully bring it back in this lifetime. Expect it! Praise Him for it before you even see evidence of it! Jubilee miracles are headed your way!
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