All posts by Carlo Merrick

Saved by the power of God. Huband, father and preacher. Living to reveal the heart of God to the world.

No new year prophetic word.

Last year God showed me a wild ox regarding this year. Like so many words I have gotten yearly about blessing, overflow and revival, it never accompanied how to, since we have been trained to sit and wait to see what God does. But we rarely see those promises as a body, because we as a body need to move with the head.

But this year I took some brave/stupid moves out of my comfort zones and I didn’t realise what it would entail. So as a wild ox, you face the attacks of wild animals and need to find your own sustenance as well. My point is there is a practical side to a word.

So instead of giving a prophetic word for 2023, I will rather just say what I am seeing, because the scope of it is bigger than next year.

On Christmas day God showed me how He gave His Son as a Gift to the world. So many Christians choose to celebrate that gift on Christmas, but there is more to it. We are to see what the purpose of the Gift is.

He came as a Son, so that there would be many sons.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:29 ESV

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
Hebrews 2:10‭-‬11 ESV

The purpose was and still is His childrens(sons). Just like He was and is the gift, He leaves us His Spirit also as a Gift.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
Galatians 4:6‭-‬7 ESV

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Romans 8:14‭-‬16 ESV

So the Spirit is our witness of being Gods’ sons. We are to live according to the Gift(Spirit) and not according to our flesh(own ability and reasoning).

Because of Jesus and Holy Spirit, we are made the gift to creation. This is why scripture says it this way :

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Romans 8:19 ESV

Creation waits for you to manifest a son and not your flesh. The son is driven by the Spirit of God. But the shift will come when we realise we are a gift.

This is not the prideful and arrogant thinking we are used to, thinking we are some gift to the world through our own flesh effort or ability. It is realising the calling and purpose of our life through God.

This will be accompanied by a leveling that is coming upon the church. Every part of the body will start walking as a gift to the earth. Not just the pastor or prophet on your facebook banner. The leaders will be the greatest servants and cheerleaders to the rest of the body of Christ to walk in their calling as a gift.

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
John 13:12‭-‬16 ESV

So I want to ask you if you know that you are Gods gift to the world? Or do you want to remain feeling like the problem? Or that some other person is more anointed and that you will only at least make it to heaven?

His purpose is that you will walk as a gift from Him, with His purpose and heart toward the earth. Creation is waiting, this is not a one man show, not even Jesus thought so, because you are His body. Level up or level down, wash some feet. God wants us all to be part, so the body can function as it was supposed to.

Forgiveness Part 2.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”John 20:22‭-‬23 NKJV

How does this verse above work?

This is the difference between forgiveness prior and after the crucifixion, the source.

The old covenant forgiveness was from us toward others.In the new we use the forgiveness of Christ and give it to others.

Just like we love others like we love ourselves in the old. But it the new we love others like God loves them.

This explains it well too :

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.II Corinthians 5:19‭-‬20 NKJV

So forgiveness is retained in us if we don’t give it to others, because they remain in condemnation. But if we forgive for the sake of Christ(not to gain or benefit ourselves) then Christ’s forgiveness becomes part of their life, just like Christ reconciled the world to Himself but gave us the word of reconciliation so those who would respond to the word we have can also have it for themselves.

If we receive Christ’s forgiveness over us, we will overflow to those around us. Because we don’t work for it, but we source forgiveness from Him.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness works different in the new testament than in it did in the Old Testament.If you hear people telling you that you have to forgive people to get freedom then you know their perspective is old testament.

Jesus says before the crucifixion(which is actually Old Testament).

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.Mat 6:14

And we could mention this one as well :

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;Luke 6:37

Many still quote these verses to Christians today to try condemn them into forgiving people.

After the cross forgiveness is talked about this way.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.Ephesians 4:32

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.Col 3:13

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight. Eph 1:7-8

It is in being forgiven(past tense) that we gain the ability and perspective of being free from people and what happened in the past, now we can forgive them out of our own freedom provided in Christ.

When we try the old testament way of trying to forgive people enough to get free ourselves we realise we can’t get free, because people around us keep misbehaving.😁

But the blood of Christ is faithful and steadfast, it will keep us clean and free personally if we keep our focus there instead of on people.

he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.Col 1 :22-23

After Christ rose from the dead He said this :

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”John 20:22‭-‬23 NKJV

Isn’t that a contrast to “forgive so you can be forgiven”? Now it is “forgive so they can be forgiven”. Because your forgiveness is past tense and the gospel message you now carry is forgiveness for all. That is our reason for forgiving, otherwise people will live in unforgiveness, so we share forgiveness so they can live free too.

Too read how John 20:20-23 works, checkout forgiveness part 2.

Jesus was never forsaken by God.

We have heard it many ways, for example : Jesus was forsaken so God would never forsake you or when Jesus became sin God couldn’t look at Him.

But what if scripture says different?

We know this verse :

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”Matthew 27:46 NKJV

We take this verse just like that and say : see the bible says it clearly. But that is how we misunderstand much in the bible.

If we look at the other times Jesus speaks to God the Father, He never refers to Him as God, but as Father. So when He says “My God, My God”, He is doing it to make a point. The Jews who heard Jesus say that knew their old testament, especially a psalm like this one.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?Psalms 22:1 NKJV

Jesus was quoting David! He was drawing attention to what David said in Psalms 22. Why would Jesus do that? See what it says :

All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!” I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.Psalms 22:7‭-‬8‭, ‬10‭, ‬16‭-‬18‭, ‬24 NKJV

He says the words from David so that the Jews would see the relevance and fulfillment of what was happening! But even when you read Psalm 22 you see that God never hid His face nor ignored the cry because of sin.

This is why this scripture makes sense :

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 NKJV

God didn’t forsake Christ, He is not forsaking you either. He loved you while you were a sinner. You might not have loved Him, that makes a big difference, because when you love Him, you change.