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Forgiving Others Precedes Hearing God

Forgiving Others Precedes Hearing God

We were captured by this idea in the City Intercession meeting this week. I prayed what Pastor Randy Kroening proclaimed, and the Spirit opened our ears to the gentle voice of the Spirit as we shared divine thoughts together.

Specifically, Randy made the connection between our failure to forgive and our dry spiritual season. I may have been a long time since we, as children of God, could hear God gentle voice in our hearts.

A psalmist, we’re not sure which, sang an insightful song about open communication between us and God. Psalm 66:16-20 ESV goes like this:

16. Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17. I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
18. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19. But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me!

And unforgiveness is iniquity. When we nurture unforgiveness in our hearts, communication with the Lord is disrupted. Unforgiveness is a religious spirit. To rehearse the wrongs done to us by others, we can inadvertently exalt self-righteousness in our own hearts. Unforgiveness is a noise that can overwhelm the still, small voice of the Lord.

When we pray while maintaining the blockage of unforgiveness, not only will we be inhibited from hearing God, but God refrains from listening to us as we go on and on in our “righteous indignation.” Sad. So, God must wait us out. When we release it to Him, we are released.

Jesus taught us to pray first for His kingdom to come into our lives as it is in Heaven. He follows this up with showing us to forgive those who have sinned against us. And then He directs us to pray effectively, “Deliver us from the evil one.” God hears that prayer. Deliverance starts with forgiveness.

People of God, a great manifestation of the Lord took place last Sunday, as the front of the church was filled with people kneeling, and naming, and releasing, and receiving. As this Spirit-led moment was taking place, I believe a shaking of the powers of darkness was underway. Emotional prison doors were unhinged. A spiritual wind began to blow through the hearts of each of us captured by grace. We were being released from what has held us back.

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Now you are free to listen!

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