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One of The Greatest Hindrances to Prayer is Offense




One of the greatest hindrances to answered prayer is offense.  Recently I was perusing a book on prayer and this jumped out at me.  It was titled “Unforgiveness Hinders Your Prayers”. The last part of the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus prayed brings to light a very important principle.

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Prayer will not work in an unforgiving heart.  You cannot hold things against people and be offended and  maintain a prayer life that is successful and gets results.  It is so important for this to be realized and for it to be a true revelation to our minds!

In Ken Hagin’s workbook on prayer, he tells us this:

It is so natural, so human, to hold things against people; it is part of our carnal nature.  I have had people who were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, but who were not walking in the best of fellowship with the Lord, tell me just how badly they had been treated by someone.  They would tell me in great detail what So-and-so did to them.

Then they would say, ‘Oh, yes, I have forgiven him, alright.  But I will never forget how they treated me” (talking about their brother or sister in the Lord).  So, you see, they really hadn’t forgiven that person.  Unforgiveness was still in their hearts because it showed up in what they said.

In many cases people need help because they’re frustrated and mentally confused because they are harboring offenses on the inside of them against people.  They need to forgive.  Their frustration and confusion can many times be attributed to their unforgiveness.

I have read that medical doctors have found that resentment causes some people to be more prone to certain types of diseases.  The doctors said that when they could get these people to get rid of resentment, often their ailments cleared up, when before they had not responded to treatment.

We are learning more and more how unforgiveness is connected to sickness and disease and ultimately with unanswered prayer.  These things are all related.  We don’t want anything to hinder our prayer lives.

As you can see, satan has tied many issues to offense from our health to our power in prayer, or lack thereof.  No wonder the Bible tells us to beware of offense for a chance to be offended will come on a daily basis!  We will delve deeper in this soon.  We will find out why it is important to know the strategy of our enemy and how to successfully counteract it!

God bless you!  See you soon!!

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Bible Verse of the Day-To Be Forgiven, We Must Forgive




Matthew 6:14-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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Why Many Prayers Go “Unanswered”-If You Aren’t Walking In Forgiveness, You Have Voided Your Prayers!

unanswered prayer

Mark 11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].

23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and [g]let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

26 [h]But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.

I have heard this scripture all of my life…well,  most of it.  I have not always heard verse 26.  The problem with that is if you don’t do the last scripture then verses 22-25 will NOT work in your life.  Faith is what is casting the mountain into the sea!  The Bible tells us faith works by LOVE.

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor
uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and
expressed and working through love” (Amplified Bible, Galatians 5:6).

Love forgives and dismisses the need to see someone punished for what they have done!  Love does not keep account of any wrong done to it, but there are “Christians” sitting in churches all over the world who carry grudges, hate people, can’t wait to see them tarred and feathered, BUT YET you let a job opportunity or something they want come up, they will quote the first of these scriptures, call people to “agree” with them in prayer, yet they have animosity for others in their hearts!

Will that prayer be answered for those people?  It is highly unlikely!  Then they want to blame God and others for their lack!!  You cannot take part of the word and throw the rest of it away!  With God supernatural laws are built into the word of God.  You MUST have ALL elements in place for the Word to work mightily for you!

If you do not tithe and give, you won’t be supernaturally blessed in your bank account!  If you ignore God’s laws and harm your body, you WILL one day see sickness pertaining to your disobedience.  But let us turn this around!   If I do tithe and give, and FORGIVE those who wrong me, I will see abundance.  If I do release all bitterness and wrath and take care of my body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I will live a long and healthy life!

The Bible says if I don’t put away negative emotions and act on faith in LOVE, my faith will not act for me!  It would be like me getting into my car and telling my car to go without putting in the key that starts all the mechanics that makes my car run.  I am going nowhere!

If you are broke, tired, sick, disgusted ask yourself if you are carrying a grudge or if you are holding onto something that should have been let go of.  It is worth it to turn it loose!

Blessings, precious reader!  I will see you soon!!

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Bible Verse of the Day-Have Faith In God!

have faith in god

Mark 11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].

23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and [g]let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

26 [h]But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.

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Marriage and Family-Marriage Killer #3…Unforgiveness




My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  John 15:12

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgiveColossians 3:13 ESV

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …  1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.  Colossians 3:19 ESV

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.  1 Peter 3:7 ESV

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  Matthew 6:15 ESV


The forgiveness the world offers and the forgiveness the Christian is to offer are in direct opposition to each other.  The world says, “I forgive, but I will never forget!”  The Christian is SUPPOSED to say and mean, “I forgive you, and the incident is not only forgiven, but forgetten” and the love of God is supposed to be restored.  Now, I am not talking about horrific sin.  If someone abused your child in a felony manner, you would never entrust your child to that person again.  You would forgive (giving up all resentment and bitterness), but forgiveness in this case does not mean restoration of a relationship and blind trust!  Forgiveness does not always equate to restoration of a relationship. 

When a relationship has become physically, sexually, or mentally abusive you MUST walk away from that relationship.   I mean  disagreements and arguments over things that just come from two personalities and view points not always seeing eye to eye.  When couples start taking the attitude of “I’ll forgive, but never forget” or “I’ll forgive, but I will never do (fill in the blank) for you, again!”  then there is trouble and that trouble will only get worse.  Offense has been taken  at that point and bitterness is sure to root and grow.  A root of bitterness chokes all life out of everything it touches, and especially marriage.

When I was over the Ladies Ministry at a particular church, I was expected to be there  for women who needed a confidante to pray with them.  I had one lady come to me and I can never forget the horror this dear woman went through as a child and the hurt that carried over into her adulthood.

This lady had a mother who had mental issues.  When she was a child the only place she felt truly safe and peaceful was at her grandparents‘ house.  She would always spend the night with her grandmother, to whom she was very close, every Sunday night.  She explained to me that, that night was the highlight of her week.  This young lady‘s mother was extremely religious!  Don’t ever confuse religion with spiritual maturity.  God said spiritual maturity is measured by the degree of His love we walk in.  The mother to this young woman was a Pharisee.  She walked in legalism.  She served in the church in many capacities and never missed a service, nor did the children.  Unfortunately, love was not shown to this woman by her mother when she was a child and she was raised in a great deal of fear and mind control.

This grandmother had a neighbor who had a daughter who had a child out-of-wedlock.  This was back in the  ’60s when this just was not done and if a young lady found herself in this predicament she was hidden by her family due to shame and embarrassment.  This woman’s mother had told her not to tell anyone this young lady did not have a husband.  The following Sunday the young lady came to the church with her baby and her mother. 

The lady I was counseling always sat with her grandmother in church and a friend the age of the little girl (at that time) would sit with them, too.  Due to the mother’s legalism she tolerated nothing that seemed wrong to her from the little girl.  The least thing the mother perceived as wrong would set the woman off into an abusive, enraged frenzy!  As the children sat together, the mother sat on the pew in front of them and the unwed mother and her mother sat down the pew from the disturbed mother.  The little girl who sat with the daughter leaned over and asked where the girl’s husband was.  The lady told me she felt the blood drain from her face.  She did not know whether to lie and say he wasn’t there or to tell the truth because they were in church and her mother would also punish her for lying.  There was no winning for her in this instance.   She whispered to her friend the girl had no husband and made her promise to tell no one.  She knew if her mother found out, it would be horrific punishment, but felt it better to be honest before God than to lie to save her own skin.

That night the little girl packed her bag and went to the car with her mother to go to her grandmother’s as usual.  When the mother pulled into the driveway, she stopped the car, turned to the little girl and asked her if she had told her friend about the unwed mother.  The little girl told the truth and answered yes and why she did what she did.  The mother then became enraged and began to hit the little girl.  She hit her face, neck, and arms as she screamed at the little girl repeatedly, “I TOLD YOU NOT TO TELL THAT!!!”  The little girl felt not only the pain of the beating, but sheer fear at the mother’s loss of control.  She turned her body to the door of the passenger side of the car and the mother began to beat her back.  Finally, she stopped and screamed, “You will NEVER spend the night on Sunday nights with your grandmother again and when I get you home I will whip you and your father will whip you!!!” 

When they got home the father met them at the door and the mother told him the little girl had said something about the unwed mother and that she was going to whip her and he was, as well.  She then beat her with a belt, handed the belt to the father and watched while he whipped her with the belt as well.  The little girl never again was allowed to spend the night with her grandmother on Sunday nights.  As this lady told the story, she wept as though it had happened yesterday.  She was my age.  The reason it was so tormenting was for the fact the husband ‘punished’ her in their marriage the same way.  If he became angry enough he would tell her, “I will never do such and such with you (or for you) again!” and he wouldn’t. 

Friends, you cannot expect people to never make a mistake in your relationship with them, and especially with your mate.  To forgive is a requirement and God gives grace and mercy and expects us to do the same.  To do anything else is not only a sin, but is considered mental abuse, or it is by the state of Texas!  When you torment someone with their mistakes “making them pay” you in no way are acting Christlike and you have allowed the enemy access to your marriage, relationships and your home! 

Satan comes to do three things…kill, steal and destroy.  He will kill your love for one another, steal the blessing from your home, and destroy your marriage in the process.  I haven’t even touched on what divorce and seeing these things do to your children!  We must be imitators of Christ and keep the fleshly man, who is capable of things you never dreamed you could do,  under control! 

We all have lost our tempers, but there is a point of no return in relationships, and we should never come even close to that line!!  You will NEVER lose your temper and not regret it…think about it. 

The Bible says a man who deals unkindly with his wife, his very prayers will be hindered.  God means business when He tells us to love one another!  Faith works by love and you will receive NOTHING from God without it! 

Have you prayed for sometime for something just to see no answer to that prayer?  Check your love walk and the first place you must check it is at home.   Love ALWAYS begins at home and so does ministry.  If you cannot love the very one you have given an oath before God to, to love, honor and cherish, how can you possibly love the unlovable in the world?  You cannot!  This is one reason churches fail to grow beyond a certain number and even decline.  No matter how much we can say the gifts were in operation, if we have not love one for another, we are as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal and it profits us nothing!  Love one another, unfailingly!

Blessings to you, precious reader!  I pray your marriage and your family is blessed, as well!  Let us strive to walk in the light of the gospel and be salt to the world around us!  Go with God as He goes with you!!  I will see you soon!  Simply,  Juliana

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