When Calamity Hits Part Two

How do we apply the fruit of Israel’s disobedience to our own lives? As I read the word “plunderers” I thought of Matthew 18:34-35. God’s word says that we are to forgive as we have been forgiven. Ephesians 4:32. Colossians 3:13.

However, when we don’t it says that He will send torturers. Matthew 18:35 is our instruction. It says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

The things that we do not shake off ~ negatively influence our thought processes. When we bury offenses, leave past emotional issues unresolved, or carry a grudge ~ we have not completely driven out the enemy. His inner strongholds remain to distract and derail us. If a train leaves the track disaster ensues.

Verse 15 says, “Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.” Distressed means: suffer from anxiety, sorrow, or pain.

Are you distressed? I recently had a new mentee write that she was going deeper and deeper into misery. Luke 4:18 Amplified says that Jesus came, “…to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our captive heart will be released when we turn from our sin to the Lord. Israel didn’t, and entered into one calamity after another. 

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