It plays incessantly. Like a song we sing in our mind, our unforgiveness plays a lingering recording. It has been performed so long and so loud, we may be unable to recall the last time we didn’t hear it. All day long, every day, the same song, the same pain, and the same hurt replayed uninterruptedly. Relentlessly, we rehash and rewind the song. You are a receiver for unforgiveness. You are receiving a lie and deception that can only be broken by the precious hand of Christ. Will you give Him your song?
A deceptive spirit is extremely sly. How could it make you believe something that is in opposition to God’s Word? The deceptive spirit needs you to feed on what it gives you. The food you are receiving, although a lie, nourishes the flesh and not your connection to God. The flesh response to the devious spirit by gorging on the seeds planted in your heart. Amazingly, thorns and thistles do grow on beautiful plants and flowers. Jesus of Nazareth said Himself, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared also. The servants of the owner came to him and said, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have weeds in it?’ He replied to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’ But he said, ‘No; because as you pull out the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barn’ ” (Matthew 13:24-30).
Even better, Christ preached a parable of seed our Father graciously casts for His people to receive daily, but many defiantly reject His life-giving food, “Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea [of Galilee]. And a very large crowd gathered around Him, so He got into a boat [anchoring it a short distance out] on the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the shore. And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them, “Listen! A sower went out to sow seed; and as he was sowing, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocks where there was not much soil; and immediately a plant sprang up because the soil had no depth. And when the sun came up, the plant was scorched; and because it had no root, it dried up and withered away.
Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seed fell into good soil, and as the plants grew and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundred times [as much as had been sown].” And He said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed my words.”
As soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, together with the twelve [disciples], began asking Him about [the interpretation of] the parables. He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables, so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.”
Then He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand and grasp the meaning of all the parables? The sower sows the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation]. These [in the first group] are the ones along the road where the word is sown; but when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word, which has been sown in them.
In a similar way these [in the second group] are the ones on whom seed was sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy [but accept it only superficially]; and they have no real root in themselves, so they endure only for a little while; then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with me and] stumble and fall away.
And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
And those [in the last group] are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation] and accept it and bear fruit—thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much [as was sown]” (Mark 4:1-20).
Receiving truth is difficult. Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” (John 18:38). Nicodemus, an educated Pharisee, sought truth and could not understand spiritual teachings (John 3:1-21). Christians are promised truth through the Holy Spirit. Jesus of Nazareth assured His disciples the Spirit of Truth would guide them into all truths. Please take a moment and closely look and pray about His words. If you desire to know and receive truth, then the one to give you truth is God’s Spirit.
“But now I am going to Him who sent me; and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [and taken complete possession of them]. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in me [and my message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to my Father and you will no longer see me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Because of this I said that He [the Spirit] will take from what is mine and will reveal it to you” (John 16:5-15).
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a receiver is a device for converting signals into audio or visual forms; a catcher such as in football or baseball. Oxford Dictionary expands on receiver including a person who gets or accepts something that has been sent or given to them; a person appointed by a court to manage affairs of a business or person, and in chemistry – a container for collecting the products of distillation. If we can implement these images into our spirit, then we are a receiver– a catcher, a detector, a converter, an accepter, an appointee, and a filter – for truth.
Christians are followers of Christ. Through receiving His precious blood and death on the cross, we are given a gift. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to His people. A divine, holy, and powerful Spirit, His presence in our lives convicts, changes, and transforms our hearts into His likeness (John 16:8, Romans 12:2, Hebrews 9:14). Our faith and belief in God’s Son changes us from the inside out. I do not believe a human could ever truly forgive without the help of God’s Spirit. His Spirit holds the power to change, mend, reveal, and heal our hearts. His Spirit is like a gentle breeze we breath in. We inhale and He saturates our bodies – weaving and winding through the smallest of cells. How beautiful to know and receive God’s Spirit into every recess of our mind, heart, and spirit.
As we navigate our way through any unforgiveness in your heart, there are questions you will need to address. Are you receiving Christ’s truths, or are you receiving a deception your flesh believes as truth? As Jesus said, God’s Spirit will speak whatever He hears from the Lord glorifying His Son and honoring Him. The Holy Spirit will bring precious, nourishing fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). A deceptive spirit will offer bitter fruit posing as good: bitterness, division, anxiety, pride, grievances, anger, frustration, and slander. “For such men are counterfeit apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
To completely heal from unforgiveness, your spirit will need to be a receiver of truth and not deception. You can recognize a spirit of deception by your fruit: if you feel stifled, if there is no spiritual growth, if there is no peace in your heart, if there is division in your life, if you are not serving, if you distance yourself from godly Titus 2 women, if you spend less time in the Word, and if you spend less time in church. Truth can be difficult to acknowledge, but God’s truth brings healing and restoration to your spirit, mind, and health.
I pray this chapter has opened a door for you. May the Lord enter into your heart as you receive His Spirit of Truth. May the Holy Spirit guide you into all truths, glorifying Jesus Christ as Lord. May He refresh and mend the lies the enemy has attempted to destroy your spirit with. May God be praised for His work in you.
A Receiver of Truth
Word Association: Write the first word that comes to your spirit as you see these words. What do you believe in your heart?
Lie Believed: I cannot let go of my hurt and be a receiver of God’s truth.
Confession: John 20:22 – And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ I am a receiver the Holy Spirit.
Worship song in prayer: “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship
Journal First Emotions and Thoughts
A Receiver of Truth
Let us pray and CONFESS the Word of the Living God
We are called to be receivers of Truth.
Jehovah-Repheka, The Lord is Healer,
Jesus of Nazareth said to receive His Holy Spirit (John 20:22). Father, I receive your Spirit of Truth. I repent and desire a full change of my inner self, my old way of thinking by regretting my past sins. I desire to return to you and seek your purpose for my life. I know my sins will be wiped away so that times of refreshment may come from the presence of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19).
I want to know truth. As a Christ follower and believer, I willingly receive the Holy Spirit – the Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby (John 16:7). I pray to be guided into all truths, glorifying my King, Jesus of Nazareth (John 16:13).
Father, may I be a discerner of truth and test every spirit, which comes into my presence (2 Corinthians 12:10, 1 John 4:1-6). My heart desires to be filled with your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). I cast down and rebuke any lie or deceptive spirit, which I have believed (Psalm 73:18, Psalm 147:6). I cast down and rebuke all unforgiveness, which hinders my relationship with you. I ask all of these things in the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray.