Chapter 13 - Faithful Forgiveness

            Hi! Welcome back to your incredible journey of healing, brought to you through Jesus Christ.

          Let us give God all the glory and praise that is due Him as you continue your personal healing.

          I pray that you took the time to grieve your losses and that you opened your heart and mind to the Lord's healing power.

          As you journeyed through "Good Grief," you should have felt the wounds of days past being soothed by God's love, mercy, and grace.

You should have grieved the first 5 stages and in doing so you should have:

Come out of denial,

Placed the blame exactly where it belongs,

Made a gainful transaction with the Lord,

Addressed and dealt with your inward and outward anger,

And come to an acceptance of what happened to you.

          If you have not grieved the first five stages, then I encourage you to go back and make sure you grieve it all to God before moving on to the last stage of healing; forgiveness.

          Once you have come to acceptance, you are ready to embark upon stage 6, which is the final stage of your personal healing journey.

"Forgiveness is the key that unlocks your heart's door to peace!"

          And "without taking the final step in the healing process you are denying yourself everything you have come this far for; complete healing through Christ."

          You see, if we refuse to forgive, then we keep our abuser bound to us with unholy chains of bondage.

          And believe me when I say, Satan knows exactly how hard it is for us to forgive those who have abused us.

He also knows what will happen when we DO forgive them!

          When we experience true forgiveness through the strength of Christ, Satan will lose his last stronghold against us that keeps us bound in his dungeon of deceit.

          I personally know how hard it is to forgive.  Remember, I walked in 24 years of bondage because I refused to forgive my rapist.

          When I finally had nowhere left to go but up, I asked God to help me and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to rescue me.

          When I said these 3 words aloud for God and Satan to hear, "I FORGIVE HIM," and truly meant them in my heart, the final chains of bondage fell out from around me and God's peace settled upon my soul like I have never experienced before.

          That's why I would stand in your shoes and do this for you if I could, but I can't. 

YOU have to take the final step of forgiveness with JESUS CHRIST.

No one else can forgive for you.

I pray that you will not let Satan keep you bound with his lies and deceit.

          God has specifically set aside this time in your life for you to return to the person He ultimately created you to be.

You are a Child of the King.

You are an heir to all the riches of Heaven.

          Christ is your brother— lean on His strength and complete your personal journey of healing.

Remember, get your workbook and flee to your safe zone,

Put on your armor of God,

Submit yourself—heart, body, soul, spirit, and mind to the authority
of Jesus Christ.

          Then, PRAY, asking Christ to be your strength as you take the final step of your healing journey.

          Once you have experienced the beauty of forgiveness, meet me in Chapter 14, "Vigilant Victory," and we, along with Christ, will sing our victory song and learn how to maintain your victory over Satan as we continue your personal journey.

          Until then, "may the footsteps along your journey of life always lead you to God."