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  Volume XIV, Issue 4


   Barriers to Blessing

Many Christians have barriers in their lives that keep them from experiencing fulfillment, satisfaction, peace, healing, and the multiplied blessings of God. From Calvary onward, if any barriers arise between God and man, they are on man s side, not on God s. At the death and resurrection of Jesus, all the barriers went down on God s side. So if there is any kind of spiritual barrier blocking your spiritual progress something that’s holding you back; frustrating you; pinning you down; keeping you from the joy, peace, satisfaction, or fulfillment that you ought to and long to have then the barrier is on your side and not on God s. In my personal experience, the greatest single barrier to full peace and perfect rest is unforgiveness.

   In Matthew 18:18 19, we have what I call the powerhouse of the church  the place of all power and all authority: Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

   I believe that this is the church at the cellular level: two or three believers led together by the Spirit into the name of Jesus. The meeting point is the name of Jesus, and the one who brings them together is the Holy Spirit. This is the cell life of which the church is composed.

   In physical life it is a principle that if the cell life is broken down, the body becomes unhealthy. And I believe that the same is true of the body of Jesus Christ, the church. If the local cell life is broken down, the whole body cannot be healthy.

   In this cell life is the germ of all church life and the heart and source of all power. No one needs more power than is promised there:  If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them.  What more do we need than that? All power is contained in the application of that verse. What I want to point out is that this promise of power is encircled and guarded by a fence, and you cannot get in unless you meet the conditions. I call the fence right relationship. No one belongs inside the fence who is not living in right relationship with God.

Volume XIV, Issue 4

Preaching is totally misdirected because it is aimed at people’s emotions, and thus all it produces is emotions. But every single preacher whom God has really used to change lives has preached to people s wills. Finney said, I’m not interested in anything but the will. So you do not have to feel forgiveness; you have to will forgiveness. If you are a born-again child of God, it is within your power to do it.

   Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained (John 20:23). And, if you retain a person’s sin, you are retained in your own sin, you are tied by a cord to that person. You may have divorced your husband twenty years ago, but if you have not forgiven him, you are still tied to him.

   I had the most laughable thing happen once at a small meeting. A lady came up to me and said, Brother Prince, I want you to pray for me. You see, I live in a district where all the other people drink beer. We’re the only family in the neighborhood that doesn’t drink beer. I want to get out of the area.  

   Every sentence she spoke contained the word beer. After a while I said to her, Sister, do you realize that you are an alcoholic in reverse? You’re just as much taken up with beer as the man who is a slave to drinking it! If you moved to a different area, I don’t believe things would be any better, because the problem is not in the people, it’s in you.  

   Then I asked her about her husband, Have you forgiven him? Yes, she said. He used to drink beer, but he’s saved now, and I’ve forgiven him.  

   That’s wonderful, I replied. Is there anybody you haven’t forgiven? I couldn’t forgive the bartender! Oh, I said,  that’s too bad. If you can’t forgive the bartender, then God can’t forgive you.  So It old her to sit down and make up her mind as to whether she could forgive the bartender or not. In about fifteen minutes she came back and said, I’ve decided. What are you going to do? I’m going to forgive him.  

   So I led her in a prayer, Lord, I forgive the bartender just as I want You to forgive me.  When she prayed that prayer after me, her burden lifted. A deep sigh came out of her, and she started to sob. The knots were untied and ten minutes later she walked out of that place embracing everybody. How typical! Just think what it must be like to let a bartender ruin everything for you! And yet that is typical of a multitude of believers.

   Forgiveness is simple. It’s an act of the will and an utterance of the lips. You decide it; you say it; and that s it. Name the person.  Lord, I forgive my husband; I forgive my son-in-law. Be specific. As I want You to forgive me, Lord, I forgive them.  You say it, and it’s done. Don t go back and do it again. If that temptation arises, say, Lord, on Friday I forgave her. It’s already settled.

   If you still feel resentment, start praying for the person involved. You cannot resent someone and pray for them at the same time. By praying, you replace the negative with the positive. If you are to be forgiven, God requires that you forgive others. If you are to have your prayers answered, you must forgive. If you are to experience the joy, the peace, and the fulfillment you were meant to have as a Christian, forgiveness must be in operation in your life.

   The choice is up to you! You can choose to allow unforgiveness to ruin your life, or you can decide, by an act of your will, to forgive and be set free. Adapted from a New Wine article entitled: The Barrier of Unforgiveness.  

For further study, we recommend Derek s booklet: The Three Most Powerful Words

Mailing Address: Derek Prince Ministries P.O. Box 19501 Charlotte, NC 28219-9501 704-357-3556

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