Matthew 1:17-25

Matthew 1:17-25

Is it okay for the Holy Spirit to do a work in your life even if you don't like it?Forgiveness…this is something that I believe should be the earmark of every believer today. We are so quick today to judge one another, to condemn one another. I don’t care what the circumstances are… And righteousness dictates that we look at the circumstance, and instead of publicly humiliating and demanding the law take affect, look for ways to love and forgive…

Sin separates us from God. From the time of Adam, sin has separated us from the love relationship that God desired to have with us. God the Father created us to be in love relationship. He created us to have a place in eternity with Him, and Adam, when he sinned, made that impossible. Of course, God is great in that the impossible does not concern Him. He overcomes the impossible. He made it possible by sacrificing His Son, Jesus, to give this Son to this world in order to accomplish the dealing with the issue of sin on this earth…

One of the things that I grapple with in life is the unfairness of life that happens around me. The things that God asks me to do sometimes seems just totally and completely unfair! “God, how could You ask me to do that? Why would You ask me to do that?” But yet God throughout history has asked men, from time to time, to do very, very, difficult things… And I have to ask the question: is it okay for the Holy Spirit to do a work in your life even if you don’t like it? Is it okay for the Holy Spirit to use you how He chooses to use you even if you don’t like it? Just a question. One that I don’t like answering because I’ve answered it too many times, “No, Lord. Don’t do this to me. I don’t want this in my life, Lord. Don’t do this to me…”

When we step forward to do God’s will, when we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in our life, you will be amazed at what God can accomplish through you because you have simply allowed Him to do what He wants…

You and I still today have a responsibility to love, to forgive, and to honor God and His Word, to come into that love relationship with Him through His Word, to understand Who Jesus was — the fulfillment of prophecy given to us. Years before it even happened, He fulfilled it. He’s still fulfilling prophecy today because He’s forgiving men of their sins still today. You and I have a lot in our life that we can be forgiven for. We, in turn, need to love and forgive those around us and share the purpose for Jesus coming to this earth, and letting men and women know in our lives that they, too, can be forgiven. We can be like Joseph. We can step up in righteousness. We can be in right relationship with God simply by looking at those that have hurt us and endeavoring to love and forgive them.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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