Dr. David Levy - God’s Wisdom Freshly Revealed
Imagination 2 of 4: Surgery, Forgiveness, Orphan Character

Imagination 2 of 4: Surgery, Forgiveness, Orphan Character

October 20, 2021

Surgery failure and my father forgiveness story. I displayed the character of an orphan.

In John 14:18 Jesus calls his disciples orphans. Why does Jesus use this term?

Are you acting like a spiritual orphan? How fast do you eat? How are you sleeping? How are you with trusting people? Do you trust God?

Do you act like you are on your own? Are you in survival mode? Do you believe in a God of scarcity or abundance?

If your faith isn't growing, you are going backwards.  Hope is the Bible's word for imagination. How is your hopeful imagination?

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Imagination 1 of 4: My Story

Imagination 1 of 4: My Story

October 12, 2021

Imagination Series Part 1 of 4. Are you speaking life? What words are you speaking over your life and over the lives of those you love?

Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue...

To read the Bible you must have a good imagination. God requires a vivid imagination to understand His Kingdom. You won't grow spiritually without being able to imagine good things happening in your life.

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George‘s Anger: Part 3

George‘s Anger: Part 3

September 3, 2021

Part 3 of 3. Story of a difficult relationship with George and Barb. George had been a pastor and had multiple health issues as well as repressed anger. He and his wife requested medical advice but did not want any spiritual or emotional advice. Is anger like murder? Why was Jesus angry if he told us never to be? Why did Jesus instruct us to turn the other cheek? Are Jesus' disciples to be doormats inviting and even encouraging exploitation? Where does forgiveness fit into the anger scenario? While expressing anger as rage and violence are bad for health and relationships, repressing anger can also be bad for health. Have you been taught to repress your anger?

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George’s Anger: Part 2

George’s Anger: Part 2

August 27, 2021

Part 2 of 3. Story of a difficult relationship with George and Barb. George had been a pastor and had multiple health issues as well as repressed anger. He and his wife requested medical advice but did not want any spiritual or emotional advice. Is anger like murder? Why was Jesus angry if he told us never to be? Why did Jesus instruct us to turn the other cheek? Are Jesus' disciples to be doormats inviting and even encouraging exploitation? Where does forgiveness fit into the anger scenario? While expressing anger as rage and violence are bad for health and relationships, repressing anger can also be bad for health. Have you been taught to repress your anger?

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George’s Anger: Part 1

George’s Anger: Part 1

August 20, 2021

Part 1 of 3. Story of a difficult relationship with George and Barb. George had been a pastor and had multiple health issues as well as repressed anger. He and his wife requested medical advice but were not interested in any spiritual advice. But why? George believed anger should never be expressed and had scripture to back it up. Is anger like murder? Why was Jesus angry if he told us never to be? Why did Jesus instruct us to turn the other cheek? Are Jesus' disciples to be doormats inviting and even encouraging exploitation? Where does forgiveness fit into the anger scenario? While expressing anger as rage and violence are bad for health and relationships, repressing anger can also be bad for health. Have you been taught to repress your anger?

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The Bookkeeper Betrayal

The Bookkeeper Betrayal

August 6, 2021

(Part 2 of 2) What happens when the rug is pulled out from under you by someone you trusted? Years ago there was a woman who did my bookkeeping and tax preparation. I'll call her Polly. After I left on Sabbatical to South America she took my money and ran. I was angry, vulnerable and betrayed. How could I forgive her? Even though I was teaching forgiveness in prisons and orphanages, It wasn't easy.

Bitterness was binding me to Polly. I was ruminating on her, thinking often of what she had done and the pain she caused me. Too many thoughts were focused on her. I was losing sleep and it was affecting my health and life negatively.

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When I began the process of forgiveness (it was a process, not a one-time event) I began to focus on how God had forgiven my sins (Unlike Polly's offense which I felt strongly, the weight of my forgiven sins were not something I felt unless I focused attention on them). I began to develop compassion for Polly as someone who needed money so badly she needed to steal it. (Not a content person and unable to communicate a need)  I cancelled her debt to me. It was God's money and God could replace it. I had been relating to God as a God of scarcity and poverty, I began to see God as a God of abundance and provision. I used gratitude and appreciation to focus on what I had vs. what I lost. Over time the pain decreased and the extreme pain of the season went away. Forgiveness is a difficult but worthwhile process. 

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What does Justice mean to God?

Forgiveness Illustrations by David Levy

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10,000 Talents

10,000 Talents

July 23, 2021

(Part 1 of 2)  Matthew 18 Jesus tells a story about a King who forgives an enormous debt of 10,000 Talents. The servant who was forgiven the debt does not forgive the man who owes him a smaller, but not insignificant debt. What are the nuts and bolts of forgiveness? Why is it so hard to forgive?

There is a binding chain that develops between two people when you feel someone owes you an apology––or more. It doesn't seem fair for you to give to the person who has already owes you. How can it make sense to forgive?
As long as you believe someone owes you something,  you are emotionally bound to them. While not easy, Jesus draws our attention to the fact that (although we don't feel it) we have all been forgiven much––10,000 Talents––more than we can repay. If we focus on the forgiveness we have received, and the gifts God has given us, forgiveness is easier. But rarely is it easy. It goes against our feelings of justice and fairness. Envy and rumination keep us focused in the wrong place. We must allow our faith in God's love for us, and faith in God's justice to prevail. It takes effort to feel God's love when others dismiss you. Forgiveness is probably the highest form of faith. Ultimately we want to be like Jesus more than we want immediate justice. We therefore follow Jesus' example and forgive.

 

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Hearing God’s Voice 7: Forgiveness

Hearing God’s Voice 7: Forgiveness

July 9, 2021

Forgiveness Illustrations

God doesn't need your help with justice. Envy becomes part of the problem when we focus on someone else. Envy will damage your relationship with God. The problem with focusing and ruminating on another is that you can't see or feel your own blessings.

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Help to forgive:

Your identity as a member of God's family is the basis of forgiveness. It is difficult to forgive without a healthy identity. i.e. how God sees you. To God you have very high value. Using Gratitude and Appreciation tunes your heart to God and away from your offender. Your value hasn't changed. Canceling the debt is a difficult but important step to break the connection and release yourself into freedom.  Is it OK if God brings you what you lost from another source?  Developing compassion with people who hurt us doesn't prevent setting boundaries. Wounded people wound people. Focus on the good things you have. An apology goes a long way to restore someone you offended. But most of the time we won't be getting one.

Joel 2:25 KJV And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten...

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Ask God to help you forgive if it is too big for you. Humble yourself and ask God to help you to do what He asked you to do. God comes close to those contrite and who forgive.

Forgiveness Declaration is on my website. DrDLevy.com

Hearing God’s Voice 6: Obstacles

Hearing God’s Voice 6: Obstacles

June 30, 2021

Problems in the soul (emotions) can overflow into the body and affect your health. Spirit-Soul-Body Illustration for first segment.

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Forgiveness illustration. Someone has taken something from you. What message did you receive?

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What happened to your value? How often do you think about it? What did you lose? Would you like vengeance? Your emotions are negative focused on the offender.

Why is forgiveness so difficult? What can be done? What lie are you believing?   "I don't matter" is a common lie that makes us fight and dwell on the offense.

 

Hearing God’s Voice 5 Holy Spirit

Hearing God’s Voice 5 Holy Spirit

June 11, 2021

Can you hear from God when you make a mistake? Is there grace or condemnation?

Ezekiel 36:26,27 I will give you a new heart and a new spirit...I will put my spirit within you...

Col. 1: 27 ...Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

Eph. 1:13-14  ESV  ...were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit...

Freedom is not doing whatever you want. It is doing what you were designed to do. You get to decide to who or what you will be a slave. 

Will quenching the Holy Spirit make it more difficult to hear from God?

God moves toward those who are humble and repent. 

Do you experience God as being in you? 

Are you stuck in some relationships? Are there people in your life who bring you down? Setting boundaries is not easy. Which of your relationships are yielding negative fruit? Is it time to sow in another field?

Sabbath is a helpful tool to make time and space to hear from God. 

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