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A day like no other

July 21, 2010

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 : Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (King James Version)

I am no fisherman and can count on two hands the times I have been fishing; and the number of fish I have caught would only need one hand.  But one expedition stands out, I was with my father in law on a family holiday, we strode down to the beach to discover it full of people fishing.  There was one area with no one so we claimed that spot and as we were setting up, learnt that fish were scarce.  So we cast our lines and almost immediately started catching fish.  Between us over about 30 minutes we would have caught 5 very good size fish, while our neighbors watched on enviously with their buckets remaining empty. The next day we returned to the beach to discover all the fishers tightly congregated around the spot we had been in the day before!

There are moments in my faith walk when stuff happens in a rush, when some major issue in my life is broken and God’s peace floods into me.  A lot of my faith walk is like the other fishers, standing around waiting for something to happen, but enjoying the view all the same!  And now and then I have an experience like my fishing tale, where I am ‘in the zone’ and things really start happening.

And yesterday was like that.

It happened while I was doing one of my prayer walks where I tell God my stuff out aloud, a kind of conversational prayer (I do this while walking through the bush/woods, best not to try it while shopping..).  And I realized that asking for forgiveness is one thing, but acting on the forgiveness is another.  So I was asking for forgiveness but not making the changes in my life I needed to, to indicate that I was serious about seeking forgiveness.

Which is why the above passage leapt out. It says:” But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty and goes on to say: but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. My big moment in my faith walk yesterday was realizing that asking for forgiveness is an important exercise of my head, but my heart needed to change in order for God to really work on me.  I can’t just mouth the words of forgiveness, I need to believe it and act on it.

We receive the true power of the cross when we turn from our evil ways.

So I made some steps to change my heart and a gentle joy came upon me.  It was like I had removed an obstruction to God’s blessing, taken away a block!!

Praise God!!

God bless

Mark Brown

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25 Comments
  1. Mel B. permalink

    praise God!! I had the same thing happen today. I realized that forgiving the people that have wronged me is significant in my walk with Jesus. How can I expect him to forgive my tow up self when I cant forgive someone else for being just as human as I am.

  2. Thank you for sharing so much! Your “The Bible” page on facebook is such a blessing and I love seeing the amount of people that it has touched. It gets me so excited to see people that are serious about sharing God’s love and the gospel of Jesus. What I like the most is that you do this simply by sharing God’s word, you can’t beat that!

    Here are some resources that I would like to share with you as well. Feel free to pass them on. Take care and Be Blessed , your sister in Christ
    Erica

    An inspiring online Women’s Ministry that also has weekly online Bible study on Thursdays (bible study is open to men and women around the world) it is http://www.beinspired-online.com , Be Inspired! also has a facebook page.

    This website has been started by a woman that I know who has a ministry for women that have been molested, raped, abusive relationships, men and women dealing with pornography addictions etc. http://www.WomenStandUp.net

  3. christine permalink

    Wow, Such a coincedence…I was taking heat from my boss and I instead of grumbling and complaining started praying for him and praying a blessing in his life..of course I do this everyday since I became born again and I just felt a Joy and a Peace within and Praying and praying blessings into people lives who are not very nice to you and asking God to forgive them and forgiviness for your thoughts of squeezing his head in a small jar: well your heart changes..Is God Great!!!! Learning how to put my Trust in him, it is a difficult process but oh so rewarding and priceless I might add…

  4. Sister Pam OPA permalink

    Thanks for the insight. I’m preaching on forgiveness this coming Sunday.

  5. Delia Rodriguez permalink

    Amen!!! Really enjoyed reading this. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. God is Awesome!!! This is the only way to get to God.

  6. christine permalink

    just kidding about the small jar thing!! :0)

  7. bill lusk permalink

    this is exactly where i am at present in my life as a christain

  8. Neil Price permalink

    Thank you Rev. Mark. As usual, spot on! Blessings to your ministry always…God is in control!!

  9. Thank you, this made me more aware of what I need to be doing…………….

  10. Brenda P permalink

    Your voice is a week late for my program on “Go tell that fox….” to the youth, but not too late to add to the finished product. I don’t remember reading that particular passage, ever. Interesting how hidden things can sneak up and steal our joy before we know it! Praise be to God for these words!

  11. rebecca permalink

    thank you for your message, I just don’t understand one would do this… I’ve been asking for forgiveness recently- especially so this week, having realized many areas of my heart in which I’ve been living in dishonesty. However, I don’t understand what “acting on” forgiveness or making that heart change you expressed is essential would mean?

  12. lLYNN permalink

    I KNOW FORGIVENESS IS A VERY BIG PART OF OUR WALK WITH JESUS. WHEN I MADE THE COMMENT 1 TIME THAT THEY DIDN’T DESERVE TO BE FORGIVEN , GOD GENTLY AND LOVINGLY REMINDED ME THAT I DIDN’T DESERVE TO BE FORGIVEN EITHER. WOW!! WHAT AN EYE OPENER THAT WAS. BUT IT WAS ,AND STILL IS VERY TRUE. AND WHAT STRUCK ME NEXT WAS HOW MUCH GOD TRULY LOVED ME TO SEND HIS ONE AND ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO DIE FOR MY SINS, AND HE GIVES US HIS GRACE AS A FREE GIFT. HE HOLDS OUT HIS HAND AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS REACH OUT AND TAKE IT LIKE WE USED TO REACH OUT AND TAKE OUR MOM OR DADAS HAND WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. I AM SO IN AWE OF GOD I CANNOT FIND WORDS TO EXPRESS IT.I KNOW HE WAS WITH ME THROUGH OUT MY WHOLE LIFE, AND HE IS WITH ME STILL. WHEN HE SAW ME BEING ABUSED HE WEPT FOR ME. WHEN HE SAW HOW I WAS USING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TO NUMB THE PAIN HE WEPT FOR ME. AND I KNOW HE’S WEEPING FOR ME NOW. FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON MY PTSD HAD FLARED UP WITH ME HEARING VOICES, SEEING THINGS THAT AREN’T THERE AND A GREAT DEAL OF FEAR. AND I HAVE TO KEEP TELLING MYSELF FEAR NOT CAUSE GOD IS WITH ME. IT’S A LOT ESSIER SAID THAN DONE, BUT I HAVE TO FIGHT THIS FIGHT AS MANY OF YOU NO DO0UBT HAVE YOUR OWN FIGHTS TO FACE. BUT REMEMBER THIS. GOD FIGHTS FOR YOU. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS, JUST AS HE IS WITH ME. THANK YOU GOD FOR YOUR LOVE AND FOR YOUR GRACE.

  13. Lydia reyes permalink

    Lynn I am praying for you. We serve a God that is fully in control and when we get to the point as you are going thru right now you must remember that we are fighting a battle with evil and our God is already the winner of this battle. I know that he will get you thru this . Don’t let satan rob you of your freedom. Jesus died on the cross for all of us and the enemy has no hold on us. Continue to pray, Stay in the word of God and praise God at all times. Remember the devil likes to attack those that are growing in the walk with God but God fills us with his spirit and satan does’nt have a chance with his followers. Try to fellowship with other believers and the army of Love {GOD} gets stronger. Mark I thank you as always for what you are doing to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless.

  14. lLYNN permalink

    thank you lydia for your prayers. they are very much appreciated. and yes lydia i know god is with me always no matter what is happening. but we are only human and when trauma like ptsd strikes it’s often hard to pray. the only prater i was able to pray was 3 words long, God help me, and i know he heard my cry and was there . of that i have no doubts. like i said, i am so in awe of God i can’t find words to express the feeling. the more i have of God the more i want.

  15. Steve Gill permalink

    Had to ask my 12 year old son the other day for forgiveness after in a “heated” little issue, I told him he was fat. I nearly fainted from my “stupidness” and in a second instant I broke down and cried and then we prayed together. Why this happened was simple. My 12 year old calls me fat all the time and in this struggle I decided to fight back. The good news is that yesterday, my son said to me (Without anyone telling him to) “Dad, I’m really sorry for the way I acted and I’m really glad we prayed. God is so amazing at how He’s putting His hands on me and shaping me. It really hurts my flesh…. but I am willing to change, to be transformed by His Loving Spirit. Thanks Mark for showing us this passage and what it means to “Act out and seek forgiveness in a real way”.

    • Kathy permalink

      Steve, this is an awesome testimony! We parents do make mistakes, but it’s so important to apologize to our kids and ask forgiveness when we hurt them. What a wonderful healing time you and your son had! Moments like that will keep the two of you close, cementing your father/son relationship. We need more fathers like that. God bless you and your family!

      • Rebecca Lincoln permalink

        That is a very touching testimony. I feel it’s important for our children to see us ask for forgiveness and admit our faults. We are setting examples in their lives that will someday help them be good parents. Thanks for sharing! That touched my heart 🙂 God bless

  16. Charl Hunt permalink

    Thankyou Mark for this scripture I have wondered after asking for forgiveness where I should go after, how do we change after being forgiven? I no it sounds silly but obviously I don’t want to make the same mistake twice I know I’m only human but I would love to go from strength to strength with God! How did you make the step to not sin in the same area? I hope that makes sense 🙂

  17. christine permalink

    actually I find praying for forgivenesss kind of like Anger Management, I just dont feel angry after I surrender it all to God, but by praying for year and half I find that I can let it go easier and somehow I feel relieved and happier..I pray for my Boss so much because well I certainly want to witness something good to happen , but I seem to have closed some of the hurtful words that comes out of his mouth..it does make me feel like I am seeing RED!!! and I am better to handle the situtation, although I have tendacy to complain still..which repent and turn away from not easy thing to do ..I would just like to relax in the Lord..enjoy being in the Lord, but I constantly changing and obeying what he states..I feel sometimes as if I am working a full time job..I just know that it is going to be so rewarding and I will be better and more loving person someday… I think that’s the Blessing to be Grown up, and to be who He designed me to be…and not the person I accepted..GOD IS GREAT AND AMAZING!!!

  18. meghan permalink

    Thank you so much for publishing this! It’s a coincidence, because I was praying the other day, and I found myself repenting and asking forgiveness for the exact same sin as I often do, and I stopped to think about it, wondering if God ever gets tired of hearing one person ask constant forgiveness for the same sin over and over. I’m sure at the very least it makes him sad. I realized that although I might seek forgiveness, I can only truly be repentant of this sin if I do something to change my behavior and take an active role in changing my heart. It’s something I have started to think about, but only have been reinforced by reading another person’s similar conclusion. Thank you very much, God bless you!

  19. Bianca permalink

    Your words are true!! Very often we repent and fall right back the same way we did previously!! I was told yesterday that this is because we try to change ourselves instead of having faith in God to change us… We try to control life when we are the same ones who say God is in control!! Changing is a very difficult task, it becomes a heavier cross when we think we have to carry it alone!

  20. Krystal Crumbie permalink

    Hi Rev Brown,

    Sent you a message on msn, please respond as soon as you can.

    Thank you in advance

    God Bless and keep you and your family!

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