Daily Devotional

Forgiveness

Written By: Pat Aman

Well, let’s get started. I myself, have been hurt, by people that I loved and cared for. I have now made it through, crossed over to be free, because I have choosen to forgive them. I hope that I can share with you, what you need to do, to make it through.

I know that in reading the devotion below you are saying, ” I know all of this” but, you still may feel that you cannot forgive someone.  If this is the circumstances, the first thing you need to do, is ask God to give you the will to forgive. He will do it. I do not have a problem with forgiving.  As a matter of fact I have forgiven  persons whom have hurt and told lies against me.  I have even tried to reconcile with them. Even to the point of calling and saying Merry Christmas, and or etc.
But, there is an old saying hurt me once shame on you, hurt me twice, shame on me.
Reconciliation does not mean you have to keep going  back, again and again, or put yourself in a position to be hurt again, over and over.
Let’s say, every time you went to the State Fair, you ate a lot of junk food, then got a ride that turned you upside down, and you became sick. Don’t you think that after a while  you would catch on. If I do this, I will face these circumstances.
To be reconcile, is just to say, listen, I know what has happen, and I forgive you. If I have done anything to you please forgive me.I wish you
the best, and now  I have done my part. I made the step of faith. Now it is in God’s hands. That  is all God expects you to do. When you have forgiven the person and tried to reconcile with them, it is then up to God.
God knows that there are some people who refused to be reconciled with. But that is between them and God. You just do you part, because  I know that God also knows the circumstances, and does not want us to continue to be hurt.
I know that not only myself, but you have gone through things that were just not right.  I know that also you may feel anger, and resentment,
but you have to let it go.
Do not get caught up and trapped in the past. Do not dwell on the things and disappointments of the past.
I know that you are saying, “but I cannot forget, Pat, you just do not know how bad it hurt me.”
Friend, our life does sometimes pass before us. We remember the good and the bad. Some times we even dwell on the bad things over and over again.
You have to stop that now. Every time satan tries to bring the past up, tell him to get lost. You need to focus on the good things of life that God has for you. If you have done wrong, ask God to forgive you. When you do Praise God, He does not remember the bad in your life anymore, so why should you.

The devil can only tell you lies, so stop listening to him.
One of the scriptures that God took me too, really helped me to understand, that I must forget the past, so I could reach forward to the goal God has planned for me.

Philippians 3:12-16
12. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
16. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
I know that with the last few years of many surgeries, if I had not let go, I would not be here today. I could have let bitterness take control, but God and I had a long talk, and He told me,”Pat, for your spiritual and emotional health, you have to let it go. If you do not, you will not get well, and you will stay in bondage of unforgiveness and resentment. It will rule you and destroy you. You must not try to correct the situation. I will take care of it. You are my child, and I will make sure things are straighten out, and I will take care of those who have hurt you. You just forgive them,love them in Me, and bless them, and turn them over to me. See, Pat, I know who you
are, and the people who know you also, knows who you are, so do not worry about your reputation. It stands high in my book. And Pat, look at what happen to my Son, Jesus. He was lied on, accused wrongly,  and hurt, but He knew that He had to go through it, so you would not be in bondage to hurt and unforgiveness.”
WOW!, when God talks to you, you better listen. Thank God I did.

Matthew 5:43-45
43. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and
persecute you, 45. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 18:21-22,21. Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin
against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22. Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

I know what you are saying,”Pat do you know how many times the same
person has hurt me?”
Yes, I been there, done that, and have a metal to show for it. It seems like it has been for me the same person over and over again.
But that does not matter.  We still have to forgive them over and over again. Not for their good, but for our spiritual and emotional health.  We have to remember that they may be taking it out on us because they are in a bondage of hurt and disappointments.  That is the reason God says, “For them, and pray for them.”

Matthew 5:23 -24,
23. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24. leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 6:14-1514 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

We all want to be in Heaven together, Praising God, giving Him all the glory and honor He deserves.

Do not let unforgiveness keep you from entering Heaven. It will not be worth it.  Let God control your circumstances. Let God make a difference in your life.

Forgive and let God take care of all the rest.

Blessings, Prayers, and Love,

Joyfully, In The Master’s Service,

Pat Aman

Scriptures: The Nelson New King James Version

Author: Pat Aman
Bible Verse: NKJV

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that
my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.

Jesus is the Vine, we are the branches. Did you realize that the branches bear the fruit, not the vine? We are branches grafted to the vine; we have been attached to it. In order for a grafted branch to bear fruit it must be of the same basic nature as the vine. It must have the same texture and must be at nearly the same level of growth as the vine; if not then the branch will not receive the nourishment from the vine, and will wither and die.

The fruit Jesus wants is the fruit of Love. This is the nature of the
vine, and it is to be our nature; we are to love one another AS Jesus loved us. We cannot manage this on our own, but, bless God, we aren’t on our own. The Word and Spirit of God are ours, the very Love of God is ours. That Love, born in God’s heart, is shed abroad in our own hearts by the Holy Spirit. It comes to us from the Vine, Messiah Jesus, the Head of the Body.

Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

We are to rest from our own Earthly labors and begin to go about the
Business of our Head, the business of the Vine. We are to bear fruit for the Vine. We will bear fruit when we allow God’s Word and Spirit to conform us to the image of Jesus, for then we will be fully-grafted, and the Love of God will flow through us to bear the Fruit.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God fore knew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

And, as was said above:

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”

Jesus was a branch, and the Father was the Vine. Remember that he said, I do nothing of myself, but that which the Father does, I do. Jesus bore fruit for the Father, and now we must bear fruit for Jesus. The process requires little of us; we must simply choose the Word, the Spirit, and the Love. The Vine produces the nourishment which keeps us healthy, and that same nourishment produces the fruit through us.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

There is no greater Joy than that of doing the work we were created for.

We can only find complete fulfillment in doing the works of our Father.

That is because it is innate to our very nature. We were created so as to only be truly complete In Him. Only when we are yielded to Him, and the Love of God is flowing through us producing fruit, can we be totally satisfied.

Blessing, Love and Prayers,

Pastor Pat

Monday morning, and for a few days, I will have eight paws and two shadows following me around…. I am doggy sitting for our youngest daughter. Our Cali is usually right under me, but today she and Rosie are watching my every move…💜🐾💜🐾💜🐾💜🐾💜

Let Faith Works Come Alive In You
Author: Pat Aman…

(Haggai 2:23) says, “ In that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will take you, Zerubbabel, My servant the son of Shealtiel, says the Lord and will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, says the Lord of Hosts.”

Zerubbabel was precious to God. God gave the example of a signet ring, because a signet ring represented an article of special value to its owner.

Zerubbabel’s name remains recorded for all to see as a sign of the special place granted him by God, for he is listed in the genealogies of our Lord Jesus. Zerubbabel let the Holy Spirit bring Faith’s works alive in him. He sought God and trusted God to provide for all his needs. He made God a priority in his life.

We must as Zerubbabel trust God and not our own wants and wishes.

I asked you this, which I know you have heard before, “want to see God laugh, tell Him your agenda.” Our agenda is not always God agenda for our lives. And I will tell you now, I prefer God’s agenda over mine. With God’s showing me the way I will never fall flat on my face, but with me doing anything my way, I will definitely fall on my face right into the middle of a cow pasture, just where a cow has been walking around and probably taking care of some business. I have found out that when we are not following God’s direction for our lives we will be having to face then same old stuff and going through the same things, over and over again. I do not know about you, but I got tired of going through. I was ready to cross over Jordon River and stop daggling my feet in the water.

I learned how to let Faith Works come alive in my life. So today I am telling you that you need to have faith to know that God knows what He is doing. He never fails. We need to remember we are God’s children and precious to God. He cares for us and wants His best for us. Not our best, but His best. We need to let Faith Works come alive in us.

The challenge to faith is the same in every generation; seek first the things of God and trust Him to provide the daily necessities of life. The glorification of any work we pursue comes by the presence of God in it. God calls us to commit what we are, what we have and all that we do to Him. Make the work of God a priority, both with your time and with your money. Understand that it is the presence of Jesus that produces glory. Choose to believe and reckon as true that we turn from selfish ambition and personal agenda to focus on advancing God’s kingdom, He will bless us toward that end.

You Are Precious
Author: Pat Aman
2018 © WestBow/Thomas-Nelson

What a beautiful day. It has been raining so it is a little steamy out side, but we can say summer is now here.

It seem to have gone from winter to summer, skipping over spring time.
Winter just did not want to let go. Now we did have a few days here and there that the weather was prefect, but then winter returned.

This made me think about life.

In the coldest winter God give us a little touch of Spring to warm our hearts. And in time of trouble God gives us His son to brighten our day.

(Haggai 2:23) says, ” In that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will take you, Zerubbabel, My servant the son of Shealtiel, says the Lord and will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, says the Lord of Hosts.”

Zerubbabel was precious to God. God gave the example of a signet ring, because a signet ring represented an article of special value to its owner. Zerubbabel’s name remains recorded for all to see as a sign of the special place granted him by God, for he is listed in the genealogies of our Lord Jesus.

Zerubbabel let the Holy Spirit bring Faith’s works alive in him. He sought God and trusted God to provide for all his needs. He made God a priority in his life.

We need to do the same. The challenge to faith is the same in every generation; seek first the things of God and trust Him to provide the daily necessities of life. The glorification of any work we pursue comes by the presence of God in it. God calls us to commit what we are, what we have and all that we do to Him.

Make the work of God a priority, both with your time and with your money. Understand that it is the presence of Jesus that produces glory.

Choose to believe and reckon what is true. Do not let selfish ambition and personal agenda be our focus on advancing God’s kingdom.

Trust God, and walk in His ways, and He will bless us, as we give honor, praise and glory to Him.M

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God bless each of you today. Have s beautiful, blessed and prosperous day. God loves you.

Matthew 6: 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

“HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE”

Author: Unknown

As I got a little closer
the door came open wide
And when I came to myself
I was standing inside.

I saw a host of ANGELS.
They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said,
“My Child shop with care”.

Everything a Christian needed
was in that grocery store.
And all you couldn’t carry,
you could come back the next day for more.

First, I got some PATIENCE:
LOVE was in the same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING:
You need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of WISDOM,
a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn’t miss the HOLY GHOST,
For it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE
To help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full,
But I remembered I needed some GRACE.

I didn’t forget SALVATION,
For SALVATION was free,
So I tried to get enough of it for me, and have enough left over to share Jesus with all I see.

Then I started up to the counter
To pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I had everything
To do the MASTER’S Will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER:
And I just had to put that in,
For I knew when I stepped outside,
I would run into Sin.

PEACE AND JOY were plenty
They were last on the shelf.
SONG and PRAISE were hanging near,
So I just helped myself.

Then I said to the angel,
“Now, how much do I owe?”
He smiled and said,
“Just take them everywhere you go.”

Again, I smiled and said,
“How much do I really owe?”
He smiled again and said,
“MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL
A LONG, LONG TIME AGO.”

Author: Author Unknown

God bless each of you,
Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6:16

I can tell I have been further south the last couple weeks. WHY? Respect!

It has been so good to hear people of all colors, races and creed say yes, ma’am, no ma’am, bless you and thank you.

I maybe old fashion, but, I require it of our girls, even today.

You never get to old to show respect to your elders.

As a matter of fact, I said thank you sir, to a guy who was in in teens that held a door open for me. You would have thought I had given him a bag of gold with the big smile on his face.

Respect is respect.

Age does not matter.

Respect is a expression of love and honor.

If we show respect, we will receive respects.

We must not only teach our children manners, but, they must see us showing good manners.

Children will do as they see.

God bless each of you,
Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

Pastor Pat Aman ©1996/2017
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