Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go…
Last Saturday I clicked the switch to turn on my closet light and when I did, an entire portion of the house lost power. My husband went to the breaker box and sure enough, the switch had been tripped. He turned it on, the lights came on, but the moment I turned on the closet light, it all went black again. The breaker box had a flashing red light as something in the circuitry was not connecting.
This is the visual that surfaced as I heard a pastor speak about the link between powerful prayers and forgiveness. He described forgiveness as the firm foundation of mountain-moving faith.
When Jesus gives final instructions to His disciples, He reminds them that He’s been given
ALL authority in heaven and earth and as His followers; they are to go and do as He did!
ALL authority is given to believers, and yet, we short circuit the Holy Spirit‘s power when we allow unforgiveness in our hearts.
Jesus promises that anyone who believes in Him will do works even greater than He - and He gave sight to the blind, sound to the deaf, healed the sick and resurrected the dead!
Mark 11:23 tells us that whosoever can pray whatsoever about the mountain they are facing and it will move! But we can’t move mountains when we carry a mountain (or even a molehill) of unforgiveness.
On Saturday, when the circuitry seemed haywire, my husband decided to try a different approach. He turned on the closet light switch BEFORE he reset the circuit and voila! It came on along with all of the other lights! The red flashing light disappeared and all of the connections worked as they should!
So it is with unforgiveness…it limits us, hinders us from experiencing the power Jesus intended when He gave us all authority. We must first take authority over our own hearts before we can minister unto others.
Father, we don’t want to deadlock the power of the Holy Spirit by holding onto unforgiveness like it’s a dear friend. Let us ask, receive and offer forgiveness to whomever You bring to mind (even if it’s self!) TODAY! Let not another day go by where that hidden sin short-circuits the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives! We want to “go” unhindered with the sole aim to spend our life in co-mission with You!