Saturday, April 24, 2010

Breaking Free, Updated: Continuation

Here's an example of writing down the lies and then refuting them with Scripture. The stronghold is Unforgiveness.

LIE—I can’t forgive.

1 Kings 8:61: But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands.

2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Hebrews 4:15-16: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 3:1: Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

LIE—It’s happened too many times.

Matthew 6:14: For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 18:21-22: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

1 Peter 2:23: When he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

James 4:17: Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

LIE—Forgiveness makes them right and me wrong.

Psalm 37:6: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Job 34:12: It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.

Isaiah 30:18: Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Psalm 15:1-3: LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.

LIE—I deserve to get even. It’s my right.

Luke 18:14: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

James 4:10: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Isaiah 49:25: I will contend with those who contend with you.

1 Peter 5:5-6: All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

LIE—God won’t hold it against me.

Matthew 6:15: But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 18:34-35: In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.
James 4:17: Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

Ephesians 4:32: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

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