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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26 ESV)

If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer – His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable. Amen 

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How Much Mercy Do You Need?

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Just in case you were concerned that all this talk of mercy and justice was only an Old Testament concept; today I share the words of Jesus.  Matthew records Jesus’ scolding words in Matthew 23.  If you are afraid to come to Jesus because of some sin you carry, if you have never accepted the amazing gift of God’s grace and mercy that Jesus embodies, if you think becoming a follower of Christ is all about following rules, keep in mind the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 23 are not for the “sinner.”  Jesus never spoke harshly to a sinner.  God didn’t sacrifice His only Son to lord your sin over you or simply for the pleasure of reminding you how wrong you are.

Too Weary to Love

Jesus’ words in this passage are for those who claim His name.  Jesus’ words do sting, only because God wants His followers to be HIS ambassadors, not free agents who claim His name.  The call of the Christian is not to make our own rules.  The call of Jesus is not to disregard the rules.  The call of Jesus is to give the rules the proper weight.

A few days ago, in the post, Accept No Substitutions I shared my real-life experience with the concept Jesus was trying to get across.  As I read this passage, it stings my heart because I’m content to do my best at what I’m good at doing.  I will, in essence, give a tithe of my spices; for me that’s easy.  Jesus is saying that isn’t enough.

When I look at the call to be merciful, just and loyal, it’s then I realize I underestimate my need for God’s mercy.  How can I possibly be merciful to others, if I don’t completely understand the magnitude of God’s mercy to me?    How can I act justly if I see others as different from me in our need for a Savior?

Seeking God’s Mercy

This month as I’ve read about and pondered the notion of justice and mercy I’ve come to realize how my heart harnesses and stifles God’s goodness.  I’ll admit, I need salvation.  I’ll admit, I need grace.  I’m reluctant to admit I need mercy. Remember, mercy is not getting the punishment you deserve.  If I’m reluctant to admit I need mercy, I’m not very likely to act in mercy toward others.

Have you asked God for His mercy?  How much do you think you need?  A few weeks ago, I would have shrugged at both of those questions.  I’ve come to realize I need an infinite supply of His mercy.  I can follow the rules good enough to be accepted by those around me, but I need a huge, daily shot of God’s mercy; more than I ever realized, to be truly obedient.  I need God’s mercy not only to be obedient in my motives and actions, but also to make sense of the world around me.

Lamentations 3 is one of my favorite chapters.  I looked at it differently today.  Life is a constant barrage of consequences, inconvenience, suffering and in some cases pain.  In the middle of all of that, regardless of the situation, God offers new mercy each morning.

For what?  To make it through the day.  Each day, I need to rely on God’s mercy for the events of the day.  I need God’s mercy; not for some Herculean task but simply to make it through the day.  I need mercy.

How about you?

Father, thank you for your infinite mercy.  Thank you for giving it freely.  Help me truly understand your desire, not for robotic obedience, to act in justice and mercy and to seek a deeper relationship with You.

By • February 14, 2014 

Reblogged from http://blog.febc.org/faith/much-mercy-need

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HAVE YOU BEEN BORN TWICE?

Have YOU been born twice? Have YOU been born twice? This may seem like a very strange question to you but Jesus Christ said:

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
[John 3:3]

If being born a second time is essential for getting to heaven, then we all need to know what Jesus meant when he said that we must be born again. Jesus explained that he was speaking about our spirit (our soul), not our body:

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” [John 3:6].

The Bible says we are born spiritually dead:

“And you hath he quickened [made alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins” [Ephesians 2:1]

For a person to be ready for heaven, a spiritual birth must take place:

“Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” [John 3:4-5].

This spiritual birth does not occur by water baptism. It is a gift from God who makes people realize the following things if and when He saves them:

1. God sees us as totally unfit for heaven:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” [Romans 3:10-12]

2. Our sins separate us from God:

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” [Isaiah 59:1-2]

3. If we die unsaved God will hold us accountable for every sinful thought, word and deed:

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” [Matthew 12:37-38]

4. Eternity in hell awaits us if God does not give us a complete pardon for every sin:

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” [Rev 20:15] “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night” [Rev 14:11]

5. Only God has the power to remove sin from us:

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” [Ezekiel 36:26-27]

6. The sins of every person who will ever get into heaven were paid for in full by Jesus Christ:

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities … All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” [Isaiah 53:5-6]

7. God does not compare us with other people. According to Him, we all deserve to go to hell:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” [Luke 18:10-14]

Are you interested in being born twice?

If you really do care about the eternal destiny of your soul, we strongly urge you to read the Bible carefully, asking God to show you the truth about how sinful He sees you and about how holy He is…

“Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.” [Numbers 15:31]

Find out why Jesus Christ left heaven and came to earth to suffer the full fury of the wrath of God. Was it for YOUR sins? If not, then you will indeed be damned because there is no other Saviour…

“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” [Isaiah 43:11]

“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” [1John 4:14]

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]

Jesus is not your Saviour until He has converted you…

“Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” [Matt 18:3].

You must repent of your sins, forsaking them and hating them as God hates them…

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.” [Ezekiel 14:6]

Ask God to give you a hatred for your sins and to enable you to faithfully serve Him.

Cry out to God to have mercy on you and to save your lost soul from the wrath to come – before its too late…

“God be merciful to me a sinner” [Luke 18:13].

SO, HAVE YOU BEEN BORN TWICE?

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Jesus Christ – [John 5:24]

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