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“Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.”[1]

This passage, so often preached about having faith to ask and not doubt so that you may receive what you ask for, is used to teach us so that we may get our healing, deliverance and other material goodies, when the greatest thing we need in our lives is forgiveness—forgiveness first from God, then from others, and finally, you forgiving yourself. Of the things that Jesus taught us to prayer for, which pertain to our personal needs when He taught the disciples to pray, “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,”[2] the most important thing we need is not our daily bread or that we are delivered from evil and not led into temptation, but that our sins are forgiven. For the Covenant through Jesus Christ is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, not the Covenant of Inheritance, the Covenant of Kingship, the Covenant of Blessing and Life, or the Covenant of Deliverance and Healing, for these other four Covenants are called to God’s mind as we pray: “Our Father…” and reminds us that we have an inheritance. “Your Kingdom come…” and reminds us that we have a throne and kingship; bread and deliverance for our blessings and life; and peace and priesthood.

The most important line of that prayer is: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” This line reminds us of the Covenant of Repentance and gives us entry into the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins. And as partakers of that Covenant, we are ones who take part or share in the Covenant by also forgiving others.

Thus, the most important thing you can ask for in prayer is for the forgiveness of your sins, and for that you must not doubt that you will receive that forgiveness, for it is conditional that “if you hold anything against anyone,” you must “forgive him.” And there must be no doubt that you have forgiven him, for if you have doubt that you have forgiven someone, that doubt will ensure that your prayer does not get answered.

Thus, when Jesus said, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,”[3] you must not doubt this word of authority given to you. For if you doubt your authority to forgive sins, then your authority to drive out demons, to heal the sick, and to do anything in the Name of Jesus, is laced with doubt, and where there is doubt, what is prayed for is not done.

As such, when we forgive someone, it is not enough to just say it, wish it or think it, but there must be no doubt that we have forgiven them, which means it goes beyond just the saying, but it must be followed by the action, which confirms that you have forgiven the person. As such, the sin is not brought up again as a sin or the debt as a debt, and when we pray but have not forgiven someone, we will not have our prayers answered. However, if there is even doubt that your forgiveness is not complete, then nothing is done either, or whatever is being done in answer to your prayer is stopped. So, when we forgive, we must learn to forgive as God forgives, once for all. In this manner will our prayers be answered and not just be answered but continue to be answered.

However, before Jesus told us the truth of Mark 11:23, He said, “Have faith in God.”[4] We often think about having faith in God that He will answer our prayers for our daily bread, healing and deliverance, but again, see and learn: the most important thing that we are to have faith in God about is the forgiveness of our sins. Why do we need faith that God has forgiven us when we repent? Isn’t it a done thing, for after all, Jesus has died on the cross and we have forgiven others? However, Jesus said this: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in Heaven forgive your sins.”[5] Now, see the two words and understand why you need to have faith in God about forgiveness of sins, and why only through faith in Jesus is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins available.

Jesus said, “So that your Father may forgive you your sins,” if you forgive those who sin against you[6] or those you hold something against, but if you do not forgive, “neither will your Father who is in Heaven forgive your sins.” One word is ‘may’ and the other is ‘will’. It means this: if you do not forgive, you will definitely without a doubt be unforgiven. There is no doubt about it. Unforgiveness on your part for your fellowman only begets unforgiveness from God the Father, unless you have received the Holy Spirit. Then and only then, whatever sins “you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Thus, if you do not forgive any sins that are against you personally, you are NOT forgiven, which means, the sins that we do not forgive by the authority of John 20:23 are not personal sins against us, but are personal sins against God.

So, the faith in God that you need as you forgive the sins of those who have sinned against you is that as you forgive them, God will – not may – forgive you. The word ‘may’ means that even though you have forgiven those who have sinned against you, God may still not – yes, NOT – forgive you. Why? Because you do not have faith in God where it counts. The Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins is written and sealed only in the flesh and blood of Jesus, and unless you believe God in His testimony, then you have not had faith in God and He does not have to forgive you just because you have forgiven others their sins.

Thus then is the exclusiveness of the privilege of the blood of Jesus Christ that wrote the Covenant and sealed it, that only those who have faith in God can have any certainty that their sins are forgiven if they believed God when He said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[7]

Therefore, anyone who does not believe God’s testimony about His Son, even if they repent, their sins are unforgiven, for forgiveness comes only in the blood of Jesus. The blood of Christ has redeemed the whole world for God except for those who were given the privilege of faith, that is, man. God’s forgiveness of sins for man, not for the world, flows exclusively in Jesus and His blood. That is why since Jesus, no other blood sacrifice will suffice. Understand this now, so that when they start making blood sacrifices again with bulls and rams, though they confess and repent, they remain unforgiven. Because of Jesus Christ, the most forgiving person remains unforgiven by God unless he believes in God’s testimony about Jesus Christ without a doubt.

So then, religious piety and good naturedness will no longer confuse you in your training to be overcomers. The overcomer of Jezebel’s teachings and Satan’s so-called deep secrets is the one who will be given authority over the nations so that “he will rule them with an iron sceptre; he will dash them to pieces like pottery.”[8] For her teachings and his so-called deep secrets are to lead a person on paths that are supposed to give a person forgiveness of his or her sins without holy faith in God’s testimony about Jesus Christ. Their teachings lead people on the road of penance, reliance on the intercessory prayers of the saints and Mary the mother, good works and alms, indulgences and blood sacrifices of bulls and rams, as well as the seeking of holiness and enlightenment by detachment from the world.

God does not have to forgive any sins of those who do not have faith in Him. And since the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins is established only in Jesus’ blood, then God does not have to, and indeed will not forgive the sins of those who have not put their faith in Christ, no matter how willing they are to forgive others and no matter how pious they are. And regarding those who have put their faith in God, for any unforgiveness on their part, Jesus said they will not be forgiven.

For, if we do not forgive, our prayers are not answered. However, if we forgive and then fail to keep forgiving, but bring up the sin again as an offence and not as a testimony of what has been forgiven, we stop the work that is being done to answer the prayer, and so the answer to our prayer stops in its manifestation. However, once we master sin, and even more importantly the forgiveness of sins, such that we forgive once for all, then our prayers are answered once for all. Thus, the rapidness and the completeness of the answers of our prayers are the measure of the completeness of our forgiveness, and as you can see, we have more to learn.

So, should you be discouraged? No, for you are in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, not any of the other covenants, therefore, if there is anything you must learn to ask for in prayer without a doubt is to ask for the forgiveness of your sins, and to forgive the sins of others. The forgiveness of the sins of those who have sinned against you comes from you and therefore depends on no one else, not even God. The forgiveness of your sins comes from God and depends on God. So, if you have put your faith in God through Jesus Christ, repent, and while you are waiting for the confirmation that you are forgiven, start forgiving.

That is why the ‘Law of Giving’ is tied to the ‘Law of Forgiving’ by Jesus in this way: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”[9] As we forgive unceasingly, for we are not sure that we have forgiven to God’s standard, so shall we receive even more forgiveness from God. And God shows His forgiveness to us by blessing us with the answer to our prayers in the Name of Jesus. For in the Name of Jesus there is, above all else, forgiveness of sins, for not only was His Name given but also His whole life was given for the forgiveness of sins.

So, when Jesus said, “And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father,” we forget that the only Covenant that bears the Name of Jesus is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins. When we ask for blessings in Jesus’ Name, the Covenant for those blessings is in Abraham’s name. When we ask for life in Jesus’ Name, the Covenant for that is in Noah’s name, and so on.

Unless we begin with asking for forgiveness in His Name, nothing else we ask for is given. Thus, the lack of practice of forgiveness of sins has ensured that many have asked for much in Jesus’ Name, but nothing has been given, for as James the Younger said correctly: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives.[10] And it is true that when we ask, we do not ask with the motive of forgiveness of sins, but with a motive for life, blessings, inheritance, deliverance and healing, peace and priesthood, kingship and repentance, so that we might be blessed. We do not repent that we might be forgiven, but that we might be blessed with other things, failing to see that forgiveness is the greatest and only blessing we need from God, for when God has forgiven, then there is life, blessings, inheritance, deliverance and healing, peace and priesthood, kingship and repentance. For with life, you have time to repent, but with death there is only sure judgement.

So rest assured; anyone who has not believed God’s testimony about Jesus remains unforgiven, even if they are forgiving. Therefore, God sends for those who are forgivers, but have not yet heard the Gospel of Jesus and draws them to Himself. As such, if you have been drawn to Jesus by the Father, then you have within you the capacity to be a forgiver as God forgives. Thus, the yolk is easy and the burden is light. Easy and light because the yolk of Jesus is the forgiveness of sins and the burden is to bring all to repentance by His Gospel, which is confirmed with signs and wonders. It is easy for all who are drawn by God to Jesus because you already have that natural innate ability to forgive and repent. Those who find it hard to believe, as if God is not drawing them, have the innate inability to repent and forgive like Adam who did not repent and forgive.

Since you know you are called by God, then rejoice and put your faith to practice and forgive as you are forgiven, and see the sign of the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins—in His Name, you will drive out demons and heal the sick. And in the days to come, as you continue to mature in a way no one has ever fathomed, whatever sins you forgive for God will be forgiven. Whatever sins you do not forgive for God will not be forgiven, and thus, you will “rule them with an iron sceptre; and… dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Thus, what is easier for you to say: “‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’”[11]? Until you are able to forgive sins, no one will get up and walk at your command or prayer, for the sign of the lame walking is to confirm that, “the Son of Man has authority on Earth to forgive sins.”[12]

So, the sons of man will be separated from the sons of Adam, for man was made in the Image of God, and God forgives; but the sons of Adam were made in his image, and Adam neither forgave nor repented. And the sons of Christ will preach repentance and forgiveness in the Name of Jesus. And to show that they have received the Holy Spirit, whatever sins they forgive are forgiven and whatever sins they do not forgive are not forgiven, thus enabling the two witnesses to have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want[13] easily.


 

[1] Mark 11:22-25

[2] Matthew 6:9-13

[3] John 20:23

[4] Mark 11:22

[5] Mark 11:25-26 (verse 26 in sub-notes)

[6] Luke 11:4 NLT/NIV

[7] Matthew 17:5

[8] Revelation 2:27

[9] Luke 6:37-38

[10] James 4:3

[11] Matthew 9:5

[12] Matthew 9:6

[13] Revelation 11:6

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