Open Door is reopening its doors as of June 15, 2020, to those who are having struggles with life. We all have struggles in life. Our whole world is struggling as I write the July newsletter; no one is exempt. No matter what situation you find yourself in: emotional, financial, relational, spiritual, sexual, whatever; GOD wants to help you! HE knows where we came from, where we stand today, and where we’re going tomorrow. God is ready and waiting to help YOU if you will let HIM.
I would like to focus on not “GIVING UP.” Corrie Ten Boom shared: “The measure of life after all is not it’s duration, but its donation.” I believe this and know it to be true in my own life. If you don’t release those who hurt you, you will begin to resemble them. You may even have heard someone say to you, "You’re just like…”
These last four months, I have been practicing forgiveness. Brothers, sisters, fathers, husbands, wives, daughters, friends, colleagues, neighbors, ALL LIVESMATTER!!! Our relationships contain many people with the potential to hurt us, very often in small ways. Sometimes in trying to be good people we brush these hurts aside thinking, “I am not a vindictive or overly sensitive person; these things shouldn’t bother me.” But they do. They do because our EGO’s are like magnets, and resentments are attracted to them. Due to the impact of me (you) holding onto unforgiveness, resentments, hurts, etc., we become the jailer to our own prison cell that prevents us from having the key to life.
This is what I’m learning about three types of forgiveness: 1. Most importantly, I have accepted God’s forgiveness. Have you accepted God’s forgiveness? Have you accepted that all of your sins are canceled, paid for in full, and that Salvation is a free gift for those who believe in Him as their Savior & Lord? John 3:16 ASAP!!
2. I have forgiven others who have hurt me. This is a process, and I would encourage you to be willing to let go of whatever is holding you back from what God has planned for you. Forgiveness is all about letting go. Do you remember playing tug-of war as a kid? Sometimes you have to let go so you don’t get drug into the mud again. Forgiving another is letting go of the other end of the rope. Until we are able to release the other end of the rope, it continues to hold us prisoner. Hurt people hurt people. “LET GO AND LET GOD!”
3. I have forgiven myself. This is the hardest kind of forgiveness there is. My mind becomes the devil’s battlefield. I have forgiven others, and I have accepted God’s forgiveness. You may feel that the guilt and shame of your past is too much to forgive, but it is not too hard where God is concerned. He is the way, the truth and the life, and He can forgive you. Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with GOD! This is what God desires; He wants to deal with the darkness of our lives. We only have to ask Him. Please read Isaiah 1:18-19 to experience what I’m saying.
Forgiving myself has and continues to bring laughter and lightness in my life. I see myself through different lenses now. I’m finding out that life is too short to wake up with regrets or to be anything but happy. Yes, I still have challenges, but the prison door of my heart is open and unlocked through the love of my Lord.
Open Door will give you a chance to grab life with both hands, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Open Door will help you believe everything happens for a reason. It will change you for a lifetime through the love of Jesus Christ. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.
As a personal side note, many thanks for the friends in Texas who have touched my life deeply in less than two years. Here’s to you! "A real friend walks with you when the rest of the world walks on.”
Lanny Parker A Mess with a New Message “I am too blessed to be stressed, and I am to anointed to be disappointed”.
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