SUCCESS 5: DON'T FORGET GOD

 
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MATTHEW 18:21-22

21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Do you recognize the tendency of our carnal mind thru Peter's question, "How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" It's almost as if he's trying to influence Christ to just make up some number. Like Peter, many times we want carnal quick-fixes to solve critical, spiritual matters. It appears his hope was for an actual numeric limit as he suggests, "till seven times?" Our carnal mind always wants what we are to do for others to be limited and restricted, while wanting no limits or restrictions on what protects and appeases our flesh. Peter wasn't even considering that he himself might need to be forgiven by someone else more than "seven times."

The number "seven" can symbolize completion or perfection in the Scriptures. It isn't certain if this was Peter's intent. What is certain is that Christ wasn't implementing a specific number of times we keep count of, but that "seventy times seven" represents how there actually is no limit. We are to forgive our brother or sister as our Father has forgiven us. This sets the tone for Christ's conclusion to all He's been teaching here about how to be successful His way. For if there is no limit to how many times we are to forgive our brethren, how many other things might we be neglecting towards them? Forgiveness fully and freely extends voluntary love. From a spiritual standpoint, there are other moments and opportunities with which we are to show love to our brethren, that are far less difficult than forgiveness. These would all fall under the intent of this parable.

The ungodly world we live in is completely unforgiving with its unjust penalties, taxes, and especially the practice of usery. With God, forgiveness, mercy, and grace are freely and abundantly extended to us. Therefore withholding these from our brother is intolerable as we are to reflect the nature of our Father.

What is the underlying reason white nations eventually lose their strength and prosperity? There is a silent killer to our blessings and faith. Christ gets to the root cause in this parable.

MATTHEW 18:23-25

23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

As we go into this, we see how there is only one who is king and all the rest are his servants- a depiction of "the kingdom of heaven." This is the way it is because obviously God can keep up with everything that's going on in His kingdom. The way our people have always mistreated one another, we must assume it's just too much for God to keep up with. Throughout this parable, Christ illustrates the absurdity of that notion. In fact, He explains how simple it is for Him, like "a certain king, which would take account of his servants."

Just following Christ's instructions makes living the Christian life simple. We've been taught to put our attention on so many things that don't even matter. What we as "his servants" must always be concerned with, is what our King sees when He takes "account" of us. Remember this whole discussion started by the disciples asking Christ a question, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" This isn't an evil question, but one which Christ answers and explains completely different than what we would expect. God's way of success is the opposite of what we see in the world and in what we see being called Christianity today. How do we know? Because when Christ's teachings are applied, its makes things better. What's predominately being taught today in the Name of Christ is not making things better, but contributing to its consistent downfall.

MATTHEW 18:26-27

26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

Through this we see how willing the king is to forgive. Our King loves His servants, freely extending His "patience" and "compassion" to us. The servant pleaded for more time to pay off the debt. The lord was so moved by the servant's desparate plea, that he completely forgave him the debt. What a turn of events to go from "his lord" having "commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made" to where "the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." Basically the lord gives this servant a 'once in a lifetime' break, a new life. Now let's notice how the forgiven servant responds:

MATTHEW 18:28-30

28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

Here we see the servant who had just been forgiven a tremendous debt, going out and tracking down a fellowservant who owed him far less. The forgiven servant extends no compassion toward his fellowservant. In fact, he grabs and threatens him. His fellowservant pleads with him almost word-for-word in the same manner he did before the king. Yet "he would not" forgive him.

So the servant who was freely and immediately forgiven by the king for owing "ten thousand talents", refuses to forgive or even extend more time to his fellowservant of "an hundred pence." Without getting too technical, it would be like the king forgiving him tens of thousands of dollars, then turning around and demanding his fellowservant pay him back a few dollars. Herein lies the answer to Peter's question and what we should use to shut down our carnal mind: The most we will ever need to forgive our brother is nothing compared to how much God has forgiven us. The over-arching lesson is to not withold needed mercy and grace toward our brethren since our King has been abundantly merciful and gracious to us.

'How shocking that the forgiven servant did this! Uh, not really. For this is what we as individual Israelites do and what white nations have done all down thru time, for it says he "went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest." THIS SCENE CAPTURES ISRAEL'S GREATEST FLAW AND THE PRIMARY REASON WE ALWAYS END UP IN SUCH A MESS: WE FORGET ABOUT GOD. Oh, we can blame it all on the jews, the muslims, the mexicans, or the blacks- certainly they are evil. We are to live separate from them, and God will deal with them. But they have nothing to do with how Israel chooses to forget about God. In fact, one of the main reasons God has allowed them to invade our lands is because of this.

The forgiven servant mistreated his fellow servant and withheld from him because he had forgotten all about what his king had done for him. When we look back now, we can't help but wonder if his display of humility before the king was just an act. We must place that same level of scrutiny on our own profession if we truly want to overcome our own personal tendency to forget God.

How many go to church every Sunday, then turn around and treat their fellow whites, even their own family, like garbage all during the week?! For some reason we have always had a knack for forgetting about God, especially when a fellow white needs us to remember the most. The question is: how long do we think we'll get by with it? Even if we think we've gotten by with it up to this point, there is still the judgment:

I TIMOTHY 5:24

24  Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

We better deal with any offences or shortcomings deep down we know we have committed against a fellow white. For if we fail to do so, we will suffer tremendous loss when we stand before God in judgment, having had this life to do all we can to make it right. We must never allow our selfish pride, greed, jealousy, or anger to cause us to forget God by mistreating our brother.

MATTHEW 18:31

31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

Though our Omniscient King doesn't require any help in this area, the Scriptures say His angels still report everything to Him concerning His servants. Plus, God does hear us when we pray for His vengeance when necessary. We see this illustrated by the "fellowservants." For when they saw the hypocrisy of the forgiven servant, especially having been so blessed, they went "and told unto their lord all that was done."

MATTHEW 18:32

32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

Ultimately, this was all the king's money. Similiarly, everything we have came from our King. By forgiving the servant, the king actually gave it to him twice. Yet the servant still was not willing to reflect his gratitude by forgiving his fellowservant's debt or at least, give him more time. The way we treat our fellowservants reflects how we really feel about God. When we hold back from our brother, we are reflecting that deep down we feel as if God has held back on us.

If anything, we should be quick to forgive others because God has forgiven us so freely. We should be ready to help others because God has always been there to help us. It wasn't his place to try to make a statement or try to teach his fellowservant a lesson. If we refuse to help others in need, we prove that we have forgotten all about how freely and unconditionally God has helped or forgiven us.

The forgiven servant wouldn't have had the money to lend, if the king hadn't lent it to him in the first place. How soon we forget. Again, this is the major issue with us today. Oh, we are religious, there's a church on nearly every corner. We have our traditions, external rituals, and practices. We make our personal displays of humility and are so 'nice.' But where the rubber meets the road is how we have handled ourselves in those cases where a brother legitimately needed something from us, and we had it to give. This sits at our door when it comes to our King taking account of each of us. White America is no longer great, because white America has ceased to be good. White America has forgotten about God. If we really want to have peace and want success to remain or return into our lives, we best take heed to this parable. The kingdom of God isn't about keeping up appearances, but remembering and honoring God by making the right choices when the moment comes to help our brethren in need.

MATTHEW 18:34

34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

What a turn of events. After we've received God's mercy, forgiveness, and blessing, have we been willing to extend a small portion of it to another in need? If not, then we shouldn't be surprised if what we try to accomplish fails, or we end up possibly losing what we once had. God controls our circumstances and as Hebrews 12 says, "For whom the LORD loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." Within the blessings we've received from God are the opportunity to reciprocate blessings towards our fellow whites in need. Our treatment of our brethren reflects whether or not we truly remember and are thankful to God.

There's no doubt the forgiven servant regretted his choice. Doubtless, he wished he could go back and change the way he had treated his fellowservant. The only thing he could do now was suffer the consequences of his forgetfulness and learn not to do it again.

MATTHEW 18:35

35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

In a world where the balance of justice seems to tilt heavily toward the ungodly, we can depend upon God's judgment to always to be perfect. Ultimately, every sin of every Israelite was paid for at the cross of Christ. In this life, we still must learn to live from the inside out in our daily practice. Many of our fiery trials are self-imposed, resulting from poor decisions, especially in regards to forgetting about God by mistreating our brethren. Through this we see God is not interested in external, EMPTY efforts, whether they seem to be good or otherwise. Christ is telling us that what comes "from your hearts" is what He takes account of.

Though Christ's parable gives an example of blatant unforgiveness, we would be foolish to assume He is limiting the application of what's taught here to just that. We all know there are many other ways we can reflect or neglect our appreciation for God's mercy and grace with regard to our brethren. Our King is gracious and merciful, as He is also wise and just. Not only does He hear us when we pray, but He also sees the way we act and live. What comes from us and is done by us on earth shall be done to us and for us from heaven- binding and loosing. OUR LIVES TURN OUT THE WAY WE CHOOSE TO TREAT OTHERS. We cannot always change circumstances or the way others treat us. We do not control many opportunities which present themselves to us. What we do control and what we can change is how we use those opportunities, how we respond in those circumstances, and how we treat others. Our highest priority is to always honor and remember our King by being grateful for His abundant blessings and forgiveness.

REFLECTION

This concludes our look at God's way of success. As we see, it is a much different pathway than the undercutting and bitter ways of the world. We cannot go on justifying bad behaviour and the mistreatment of one another, expecting for God to bless us with any success. The sooner we realize that humility, forgiveness, and faith pave the way to the kingdom of God, the sooner we will have peace and begin to experience the abundance our Father wants us to enjoy. Become as a little child and never forget your Heavenly Father.