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The Power of Prayer and Forgiveness

The Power of Prayer and Forgiveness

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Published by Errol Smythe
Bible Doctrine, Christian Teachings, Faith, forgiveness, love, unforgiveness, the root of bitterness, hatred, the more excellent way, Agape Love, Zoe Life
Bible Doctrine, Christian Teachings, Faith, forgiveness, love, unforgiveness, the root of bitterness, hatred, the more excellent way, Agape Love, Zoe Life

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Published by: Errol Smythe on Mar 04, 2011
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The truth shall make you free .
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The Blessing of Forgiveness
Errol Smythe
 
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 The
Blessing of Forgiveness.We are pilgrim strangers on this earth seeking
... a city which hath foundations whoseBuilder and Maker is God..... ( Hebrews 11 verse 10 ).
Cain hated his brother Abel.
( Genesis Chapter 4 ).....By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts : and by it he being dead yet speaketh..... ( Hebrews 11 verse 4 ).
Cain had no place in his heart for forgiveness. Cain didnot want to do what was right. Cainwanted his own selfish stubborn way, the way of death and destruction.Cain had no capacity to do the will of God. Cain had a root of bitterness in his heart andmurdered his brother Abel.
(Genesis Chapter 4 ).
Josephs brothers hated Joseph because Joseph was blessed with spiritual gifts of dreamsand prophetic visions.Their bitterness and hatred contaminated the little faith they had.They plotted to get rid of Joseph. In Genesis Chapter 37 we read from verse 18 :
 
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And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
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And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
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Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say,Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
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And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not k ill him.
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And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in thewilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
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And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
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And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water init.
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And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, acompany of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
 
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And Judah said unto his brethren, What p rofit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal hisblood? 
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Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he isour brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
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Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
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And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent hisclothes.
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And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? 
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And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in theblood;
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And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, Thishave we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
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And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph iswithout doubt rent in pieces.
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And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his sonmany days...... ( Genesis 37 verse 18 to 34 ).
The brothers had bitterness, hatred ,wickedness and unforgiveness in their hearts.They told lies to Jacob that Joseph was dead killed by a wild beast. They manufacturedevidence to make Jacob believe their lie that Joseph had been killed by a wild bea st. Theymade their father cry.Bitterness and hatred drives people further away from compassion and love and deeper intothe works of darkness.Joseph was sold into slavery to the Gentile Nation of Egypt.We know the story how Potiphars wife lied about Joseph. She was attracted to Joseph. Shetried to seduce Joseph. Joseph wanted none of that wickedness.Joseph fled from that adulterous woman.Joseph that innocent man of God was sent to prison for something he never done.Judgement struck Egypt. God spoke to Pharaoh in a dream. Pharaohs own people couldnotinterpret the dream. God by Sovereign grace had someone in pharaohs household testify

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