Fearless Word Publishing is the name of the publishing arm of Restorer Ministries.
I have had a heart to write since I was in college (a very long time ago) and worked for a Christian publishing house as an editor for a time before attempting to launch my own publishing company in 1998.
That was interrupted when I was appointed to serve as Probate Judge for Chattahoochee County, Georgia in January 1999.
I launched my publishing company in 2007 under the name Provident Penny Publishing. However, it was only a web publishing company at the time. We focused on building websites.
When it came time to publish my first book in 2015, I felt certain I could find a publisher for my own book but eventually decided that I would publish under my own label. I wanted a re-brand and so we launched Fearless Word Publishing.
"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. NKJV
Everyone sins. And each and every one of us will have someone at some time do something that will hurt us.
They may do it intentionally and gleefully watch to see us in pain or they may not have done it intentionally and may not even be aware they did something that was hurtful.
The Word tells us plainly how to handle it. We are to forgive them.
“But they did it out of meanness!” you say.
The Word says “forgive”.
Has God forgiven you? Have you done things that you knew were wrong and did it anyway? You sought to hurt God willfully and yet He forgives you. If you repent, if you choose to not do it again and choose a better way, won’t He receive you back?
4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
Too many times instead of forgiving, we want to judge instead. But everyone makes mistakes, even when they do it willfully and are intentionally hurtful.
Life is too short to keep a long list of everyone who ever did anything to harm us waiting for our chance to get even. How sad are those who keep such a running account!
If we claim the name of Christ, we are called to imitate Him.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
A child imitates his father. Are you a child of God or a child of the devil? God is tenderhearted, quick to forgive, slow to keep an account of past wrongs and eager to see our relationship restored.
The devil is the accuser of the brethren—the heavenly version of the prosecutor. He seeks to find wrong in us. He seeks to constantly divide and separate us from one another. He seeks only our harm all day long.
I frequently say concerning my own son, “I couldn’t deny him if I wanted to.” He is the spitting image of me. He walks like me and talks like me and looks like I did when I was his age.
Jesus declared to the Pharisees and the Sadducees: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do” (John 8:44 NKJV).
All Jesus had to do was look beyond the flowing robes and prayer shawls of the Pharisees and Sadducees and see who they were imitating to make such a declaration to them.
Just because someone is religious doesn’t mean they are children of God. The children of God imitate their Father in heaven. You can call yourself a Christian and be totally deceived into thinking it is so when your thoughts, words, actions and deeds show that you are not imitating Christ at all.
Who are you imitating? Who do your actions declare to be your father? Forgive!
Matthew 22:41-46 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David." 43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 44 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'? 45 If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?" 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore. NKJV
In the last week of Jesus’ life, Matthew describes an encounter with the Pharisees in which they had been trying to trip him up and find some basis to accuse him. After he had dealt successfully with each of their attempts, he then turned the tables on them and asked them a question. From their point of view the question was both profound and troublesome. It was not frivolous, but it was also not a question they had ever pondered themselves. We are called to live the life of Christ and in this passage Jesus shows us several keys to doing so.
Attitude toward Scripture
The Christian’s attitude toward the Scripture should be like Christ’s. The scriptures are God breathed. Jesus used Scripture as his source of authority ; he declared it eternal , unbreakable , truthful , and reliable . Anyone who claims the name of Christ should treat the scriptures the way Christ did. Otherwise, they are mere moralists and not truly Christian (little christs). This passage also pointed out something God spoke to me many years ago. It is a saying I now live by, “We are all in error to the degree we explain away the plain truth of scripture.”
We tend to gloss over passages of scripture that mean nothing to us. The scripture teaches us that we should meditate in the word of God. This does not mean sitting in a lotus position and going “Ommm.” It means to chew on the scripture the way a cow chews the cud. There is much in scripture that is missed if all we do is read over it and pass on. How many times have I been reading the scriptures and did not understand what was being written for my benefit? The Holy Spirit is our teacher if we learn to ask , he will teach us . God does not give his special treasures to those who cannot appreciate them.
The Right Questions
Through the years I have discovered that in reading the scriptures, the best answers come from asking the right questions. Jesus asked a question that, if they had sought to understand it, would have revealed that the Christ was the Son of God and not just the son of David. The most profound truths are often hidden to those who do not think to ask the right questions.
To live the life of Christ means having the right attitude toward Scripture, it means that I must do more than read the Scripture but I must find ways to do what I see and hear and it means that I need to learn to ask the right questions when I do not understand. Only in asking the right questions can I begin to truly see who God is and like a child imitates his parents , we imitate our Father in heaven.
Father, Help me as I read and listen to Your Word to apply the things I see and hear to my life. I want to be like You and live the life of Christ in the earth so that people will see Jesus in me. It is in the name of Jesus that I pray. Amen.
About the Author
Pastor Van Horn leads My Father’s House Family Church at 501 Broad Street in Cusseta, Georgia and has been in ministry for over 25 years. This meditation is based on his Thursday night Bible study on the Life of Christ.