Choosing to Forgive ... and Forget?
The number reason
that people do not reach their potential in
life is not because of choices that other
people make, because of circumstances beyond
their control or because of their own lack
of ability. The main reason that they can
miss their own destiny is because they have
not chosen to completely forgive those who
have brought offense. God has impressed me
to press in further to my potential by
pressing in to His riches in GRACE FOR
He has impressed me
that the higher levels in Him are full of
absolute grace for others (like the grace
that I have requested for myself, having
been the chief of sinners.) He has required
me to submit to a more stringent test that I
would like to share with you, because the
freedom found in accomplishing forgiveness
is awesome. The pure in heart see and know
the awesome grace of God's forgiveness. I
covet the very best for you, and I and our
Do you still give into the
temptation to tell someone how they hurt
Do you hope that they feel
bad or uncomfortable around you?
Do you still avoid them or
happen to leave them out?
Do you claim your
rights to apology, vindication or
Do you still hope that they
will be exposed and punished?
Do you still rehearse
what you could have said or done to
Are you surprised when God
prefers to use them in His service?
Have you lost spiritual power
and hear God less clearly than you did
Do you have physical
problems, aches and pains that have no cure?
Is your sleep
disturbed? Not restful? Troubled with
Are you still justifying your
defenses and fleshly self-protection?
Are you keeping a
better record of their wrongs than your
(Score yourself by subtracting 8 points from
100, for every "yes" answer.) Read Romans 12
for a beautiful word picture of the one who
truly forgives and have confidence that
Jesus will accomplish forgiveness in you.
Believe that you will be without hypocrisy,
clinging to good, hating evil, kindly
affectionate, humble, preferring that the
other be blessed, willing to feed them, give
them living water, invest in their future,
rejoice when they are promoted over you ...
and overcome evil (in your own heart) with
Choose to receive the inexhaustible fullness
of the grace of God for them and yourself.
If you have a
forgiveness testimony, please send me a copy
that I can post on our web site to encourage
others. Be blessed and stay under the
fountain of God's favor. Carlotta, at Cross
Cross Walk Choices
Truth and power to make better choices
Have you wondered how
some Christians can just pick up and
move to parts unknown with the assurance
that God has led them? How can we
believe that God will provide, when we
take what appears to be big risks to the
natural man? How can we have confidence
to risk it all, when the "Holy Spirit
leads us" to leave perfectly good jobs,
friends or family and reach out to
people we don't even know?
God is calling us to
make big choices in these last crucial
days and is revealing to us who the
object of our faith really is. Many of
us say "In God we trust" but we really
trust more in our own resources.
I was studying George Mueller
(who ran an orphanage and ministry for
66 years on God's provision alone) and I
was reminded of several characteristics
common to people who have a life style
of living by "faith in God."
Dependence upon the goodness of
God, not ourselves. Our right
standing with God is based on the
righteousness the Lord Jesus Christ gave
us as a gift, and is
the only ground for any claim of
undeserved favor. We choose
a child-like abandon to Him as
our provider, while we fulfill His
purposes in agreement with His heart.
all of our former gods and crutches.
"Sin" can be defined as choosing
to get our needs met outside of
the will of God. God is our source and
we choose absolute
reliance on Jesus Christ, 100%
obedience, and choose to stay in
position under the fountain of His
Faith in God's promises
as confirmed by His word. We
know that we are little and He alone is
BIG; not to believe Him is to make Him
both a liar and fallible. We choose to
lay aside every crutch that we used to
substitute for His provision and to run
ahead of His timing. We choose to lay
aside our doubts and fears; we
choose faith that honors Him
Asking in accordance with what is on God's
heart. We choose
Godly motives and must not seek any gift of
God to consume it upon our own self-centered
lusts. We choose to agree
with God. As we seek His Kingdom first, to
be done on earth as it is in Heaven, "all
these things will be added unto us."
Matt.6:33 As we lay down our own goals, we
enjoy an immunity from frustration, because
we are content with His will, way and
Waiting on God and waiting for God.
We choose not to
focus on any other source of provision, not
to focus on the challenges or blocks, or any
doubt or fear that has built a wall between
us and God in the past. We choose
to trust God's perfect timing. While we say
that we are waiting on God, many times God
is actually waiting on us, to come into
agreement with Him.
George Meuller reportedly
had several practices he called prayer
He kept a
journal of daily petitions and specific
that nothing was too small to pray
thought that laying up stores or
hoarding money was inconsistent with a
life of faith. (Keep sowing.)
four hours of work after an hour of
prayer would accomplish more than five
hours of work without prayer.
for more orphans more than he prayed for
more money, for a house, for helpers,
created a "memory reminder" to help him
to recall God's faithfulness.
I can only add
that we cannot ask to live a life with
supernatural intervention unless we will
allow God to bring circumstances into our
lives that require His supernatural
So let's choose
to trust Him and enjoy the voyage!
FORGIVEN OLD CREATURES
DON'T GET TO HEAVEN;
ONLY NEW CREATIONS!
A response to some questions about our "new
man" in Christ
and the relevance of our "old man" being
dead in Romans
I am a
theology major but I don't like to argue, so
I am simply "offering my understanding" of
the Greek definition of our
new nature in Romans. I welcome replies and
questions because I can take them to Jesus
and begin to know Him even better.
I believe that Romans 6 is about believing
that our old
unregenerate nature was crucified with
Christ and that we have been raised with Him
in newness of spirit, partakers of a new
nature. Romans 7 tells me that the struggle
for a consistent Christian life is between
the spirit and flesh, if you go by the Greek
definition "flesh" (instead of old nature as
the NIV and LB have carelessly changed it.)
Romans 8 continues to emphasize our walk
after the Spirit rather than the flesh ...
What does it matter? If you believe that
your nature, your essential being, is the
"old man" you will walk out of that belief.
If you believe that the struggle in Romans 7
is not about your essential nature or
identity, but a struggle between your flesh
and your new spirit, then you are free to
walk out of your new identity.
I believe that
this message is essential to our
understanding of our identity in Christ. If
we believe that we are a new creature (not
just 1/2 new and 1/2 old) we will walk out
of our new nature and have confidence that
our spirit can be one with His Spirit as in
1 Cor.6:17 If we believe the NIV and LB, we
may accept the preaching that tends to imply
that "we are just as likely to sin as to
walk in the spirit, because we still have
nature and it is winning over the new nature
inside us ... And certainly we could not
presume to believe that we could be one with
His Spirit, because we are half old nature
or old man."
Now to the verses in question --
I find it odd
that people preach Romans 7:1-6 totally out
of the context of this identity discussion.
The context is not about divorce primarily,
but about who we are in Christ and how to
bear fruit consistently. He points out that
we cannot be in union with the law of sin
and death and with the gospel of grace both.
We basically cannot be married to our own
works for fruitfulness and be in union with
the grace of Jesus too. Either we believe
that in our oneness with Christ
that we have to try and
bear the fruit FOR Him.
I believe that Paul uses the illustration of
a covenant relationship (between the Bride
of Christ and Jesus our Groom) to come
against performance based service, designed
to earn God's acceptance, by bearing a lot
of Christian fruit. Ironically, many Pastors
seem to be in disagreement with this, as
they pressure people to bear fruit rather
than let them know that the oneness is the
I think that Paul is saying that in the
natural, you aren't free to have another
relationship until you die to the first one
but most of us still hope to offer a great
performance to God - i.e. to do something
FOR Him. Paul is stressing that all fruit
comes out of union in the natural life and
in the spiritual life too. Isn't it
wonderful? Branches don't bear fruit by
grunting and straining harder, but by being
in union with the tree. Friendship alone
will not do it, nor hoping, nor trying. But
with our own "old man" dead, we are free to
marry Jesus Christ and where union is,
something wonderful will eventually be
This is a huge subject and I don't expect
that many of us agree on everything. I
simply know that once I began to reckon my
"old man dead" because Jesus says it is, I
began to walk out of that new nature with a
new confidence that I was "in Christ." I had
a new faith that walking in the spirit is
entirely possible because I am partaker of a
which is one with His nature. I do ask Jesus
to crucify my flesh, as needed; I cannot do
that in my own steam either.
FORGIVEN OLD CREATURES DON'T GET TO HEAVEN;
ONLY NEW CREATIONS!
We aren't "old men" with tickets to heaven;
we are "born again" spiritual people,
who wrestle with the flesh sometimes.
Thank God for our new man - born again - one
with His spirit - able to bear His fruit out
of union with Him.
the Fullness of the Godhead is in me
and I am in Him, Carlotta
Let my saints go!
I hear a very loud
word from the Lord today, commanding the church
to release the saints (members of the church
without walls) to go into all the earth, with
the simple love of Jesus.
The Pharisees, religious leaders, were
jealous when the “whole world went after Jesus”
and bypassed their religious system.
Jesus is saying enough of this huge
religious machine, enough of “selling ministry
franchises”, enough of the jumping through
religious hoops to reach God or to be prepared
If the Son shall make you free, you shall
be free indeed!
Jesus is saying, “Let me turn your world
upside down; let me send you like I did Mary.”
She didn’t say, “Oh, but I must go to
more conferences, have proper degrees, be
certified and released by these ministries.”
She said simply, “Be it unto me.”
If you teach Jesus, preach Jesus and share
Jesus, you will see results; people will love
and serve Jesus.
Spirit is crying out, “Its time to lift the Son
up," yet we exalt and idolize ministries and
what we call maturity.
Our religious pride, "Christianese" talk
and perfectionistic preparation for ministry is
putting people off and holding them back.
Our focus on our own growth and gifts has made
us self-centered; we are like fat horses
foundering in the stall. You have Christ in you,
the fullness of the Godhead. You are called,
holy, forgiven, blameless and anointed! Receive
His righteousness, as His gift. Jesus
came not to condemn
the world, but that the world through Him might
Jesus said that He was talking about the
Pharisee in each of us that supports the caste
system in the body of Christ, with its difficult
requirements, bureaucracy, necessity of the
religious Ph.D. (piled high and deep), need to
perform until the right to buy a religious
franchise is earned, and yet, not sharing
Endless hours are spent in constant meetings to
warfare against the devil and to war for
revival, while sharing the gospel is neglected.
Growth charts, budgets, goals, brochures,
videos, and tapes have replaced a genuine
passion for Jesus
which results in compassion for people.
Jesus is pleading with us to go out two by two
and simply invite real people to “to eat the
living bread found only in Him.”
The church, like Pilate, has delivered
Jesus to the will of the people.
We are comfortable with our methods, steps and
programs. Jesus kept it simple. We have
no record of Him sharing the entire “Roman road”
of the gospel all at once.
He replaced the seminary of that day with
personal discipleship by hanging out with real
people. Yes, training is good, but when does it
Church, we need to see how we oppose
ourselves. (ll Tim.24-25)
I am deeply convicted that we constantly
preach that people should “Go and share the
gospel” but we seldom take others with us …
seldom demonstrate sharing the gospel.
God wants to release a saints movement in
which we will go out in TEAMS, show them, not
just tell them.
What if the requirements to become a
Pastor were reduced to winning enough people to
Christ (yourself) in order to have a group of
people to love??
Instead, the Lord is saying that we are like
the disciples that complained, “Master, we saw
one casting out devils in thy name, and he isn’t
following us – and we forbade him because he
wasn’t following us.”
Jesus is saying, “At the least, quit
being a stumbling block to the saints movement.
Quit lifting up your denomination,
training or education."
The Spirit of God says, “He who has
builded the house is worthy of more honor than
Furthermore, there is a great repositioning
going on in God’s family, geographically and
The meaning of
will become clear as the Spirit of
Almighty God “will set every one in the body, as
it pleases Him!” without regard to the job
requirements that we have set in stone.
In John 4, Jesus said the day is coming
when you won’t boast that you worship better at
this location or that, but you will worship me
in Spirit and Truth.
The unlikely will become leaders as Jesus
supernaturally qualifies them and the
“qualified” may be moved to new positions. Those
who you think are less honorable will have more
Church, let the saints go and let them go
with your encouragement!
The thief has come to steal the abundant life
and the little Pharisee inside of each of us has
replaced it with complexities.
Jesus went about healing people with a
touch, a word, mud or spit.
He never presented multiple steps to
They brought them to Jesus and He healed them.
They brought them to the disciples and
they were freed, simply for the asking.
We have been taught to hide behind walls
of feeling unprepared, uneducated, unworthy or
immature in Christ.
Jesus, is simply saying, “Bring them to Me”
and “Lift Me up and I will draw them to Me.”
Just invite them to “Touch the hem of His
garment,” to go ahead, “Stand up and Walk.”
Release the saints to pray simple
Everyone can bring them to their home and
break bread with them, like they did in Acts 2.
Everyone is invited to receive the power
to be a witness.
Everyone is invited to “covet the best
Cor.12 and 14.
Everyone is commissioned to “Go and
teach, Go and make disciples.”
How do we get started? Simply ask Jesus
everyday, "Who's next,
Jesus?" Everyone has something to share; give
what you've got. "Who's next, Jesus?" There are
plenty of people out there who know less than
you do about Jesus. Give your testimony, lift
His name up and WATCH HIS FAITHFULNESS!
Anointing, fall on me. Anointing, fall on me.
Let the power of the Holy Ghost fall on me.
Anointing, fall on me. Agree with me that the
miraculous saving power of Jesus is already
falling in and through us. Father, release your
compassion and courage to demonstrate your heart
to real people this very day. We expect your
signs and wonders to follow our testimony as we
believe and move in your anointing.
Church, let my saints go!
Prepare for Revival
TEARING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
WALK IN YOUR TRUE IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Whenever I think seriously about preparing for
revival, I think prayer and repentance. Praying
Scripture with our
40 day Strategy is the best way I know to tear
down the fleshly strongholds that prevent revival.
The battle is on, there is no
neutralized zone and we will all be in
battle, either on the bottom or the top!
TEARING DOWN STRONGHOLDS is a commitment to
corporate prayer, using specific scriptures to
expose and tear down the following strongholds:
Bitterness, Jealousy, Shame/Fear/Control, Unloving
Spirits, Rejection, Accusation, Witchcraft and
Religious Spirits, Pride and Leviathan
WALK IN YOUR TRUE IDENTITY IN CHRIST!
Strongholds are areas of fleshly resistance in our
lives that we know are against the will of God but
seem impossible for us to change. Often they begin
when we have reacted sinfully to hurts and have
begun to tolerate sinful thoughts, followed by
excusing sinful behaviors and followed by new sinful
beliefs and expectations. When we defend all these
sinful reactions instead of repenting of them, we
are then defending our fleshly stronghold.
demonstrated how to overcome strongholds by praying
scripture for 40 days, "It is written, It is written
... ." The Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness
to be tempted (Matt. 4) and Jesus swung the Sword of
the Spirit until He had victory.
In Job 41, God describes Leviathan (a stronghold of
pride which has devastating effects on covenant
relationships) saying that his scales are so tightly
fitted that no light can come in. Strongholds are
slowly built in our lives, scale by scale, until we
resist any kind of ministry and claim our rights to
keep them. For instance, we don't decide to have a
stronghold of bitterness; we decide that because of
what "they" did to us we have a right ...
to refuse to forgive the offender until
to resent them for today and review our
record of wrongs
to judge them with condemnation, avoid or
to imagine how we could even the score or
to allow ourselves to rage or express our
wrath to others
to choose to hate them, not just their
to imagine how to eliminate them from our
to entertain murdering them with our
tongues if not violence
These are scales in the stronghold of
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until we REMEMBER areas where we have these
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began to pray these scriptures, stronghold by
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illnesses. They were documented illnesses, but
physicians could only treat the symptoms. Praying
scripture defeated them and I was healed as well.
STRONGHOLDS GIVE US A
FALSE IDENTITY and we begin to agree with it saying,
"I am angry" or "I am fearful" or "I am rejected" or
"I am jealous." Even though we know that this is not
God's higher truth about us, we feel that it is
hopeless to change. Praying the Word of God in
agreement with other Christians, will break it's
power to hold us and bring us into agreement with
God's truth about who we are in Christ.
Let us know if you would like to
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The Watchman Anointing
If you have
wondered if you are more of an intercessor or more
prophetic, the answer might be that you are called
to be a Watchman. A Watchman hears God and alerts
the Intercessors. I feel an urgency to have a
workshop specifically for those who might be called
to be Watchmen, so that we can pray the heart of God
in unity for our own area, as well as the nations.
I have only the
very highest respect for Martha Lucia and I knew her
up close, as I lived two doors from her at Christian
International. Allow me to quote Martha Lucia as she
explains more about the Watchman Network ...
The Watchman Network is a gathering of input
from the voice of watchman across the nations. Its
purpose is a communication tool to focus on words,
visions, and dreams given by the Lord that affect
In Ezekiel 33 the
Lord gives a very clear picture of the watchman. The
Hebrew word for watchman used in this passage,
tsaphah, means to lean forward, to peer into the
distance, to observe. The watchman was set in place
to see the sword coming against the land and to blow
the warning trumpet for all to hear. In Ezekiel 33:7
the Lord said to Ezekiel:
This is rather an
awesome responsibility to bring words of warning
which to some may be the smell of death, and to
others the fragrance of life.
call is clear and the time is now!
In the Old
Testament, what the watchman is seeing he calls a
"burden to be lifted up". The Hebrew word burden
means, the raising of hands in prayer, a lifting up
or a rising of a flame, a fire signal (smoke
signal), oracle, or prophetic speech. The watchman
is seen as one crying out what is coming and the
intercessors as the ones who step into the gap
before the Lord and begin to "make intercession",
plead, and petition God on behalf of the land. They
seek reconciliation between God and His fallen
By recording the
dreams, revelations, and oracles the Lord is giving
to the watchman, the intercessors can begin to labor
with the words. This will result in changing,
redeeming, and confirming all things. The watchman
is to guard the house of God against deception,
false prophets, and false teachers, to identify the
enemy, and to guard the anointing of God in the
house. Jesus warned us against these things, but we
need to be watching, peering, and identifying when
the gate needs to be kept shut and when it should be
opened - friend or foe. Since God is a God of
deliverance, the words that are brought, though they
may be words of warning, will bring
rescue-preservation from the impending harm that had
The Watchman will
become yoked together with apostles, prophets,
evangelists, pastors, teachers, and intercessors to
bring about God's end-time purpose. As the Body of
Christ begins to function as God designed it to be,
we will begin to see that which was fractured
brought into wholeness.
The time is now
for the strategic planning and timing of the Lord
for the watchman to arise and bring forth what God
is speaking. God is longing for His church to stand
as one. This will be a time of travailing and a time
of laboring, so the word of the Lord can bring forth
the fruit of righteousness, justice, and restoration
to the Church.
"I see God
strategically placing watchmen on the walls around
the nations to cry out when the enemy is coming.
With a network we can hear what each one is hearing,
seeing, dreaming, etc. We want to know what God is
doing so we can pray in agreement with the Spirit of
the Lord and not against Him. We also want to hear
into the camp of the enemy in order to go to war in
the Spirit against his plans.
Founder of Watchman Network
General of Intercession for
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