His Mercy Endures Forever

Today I wanted to share my Active Word Devotional message that was on my YouVersion Bible page.  It was about the mercy of God and they gave such a great example of what mercy truly is and it made me think of all of the times God has given me not only His grace but mercy.  I’m undeserving of either of these from God, but He gives willingly because… because He loves me and He gives it because He loves you.  I was on pricked in my heart to repent for my sin and turn to Him for everything I need.  I see that He simply wants me to love Him, and look to Him for my needs.  That is so amazing to think that God only wants what is best for us, at all times.  Even more incredible is the fact that He is in every situation whether we realize it or not.  If it is good or bad; He is there waiting for us to look to Him.  We only need reach for our Father and He will give us rest.  Sometimes, when He intervenes we don’t understand why He does in the way He does but He knew that we would not understand His ways and so He left us His Word to let us know that His ways are higher than our ways.  I take comfort in this knowing that God is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent.  Think about it, when we are in a situation God already knew we would be there; He is there; and He is the only who knows what will come from there; so why not rest in Him and what He knows to be good for us instead of our own judgment.

This week I had a hard time coming to terms that my dreams, my ideas of what I want must be surrendered in order for me to become the willing vessel I was professing to be.  It is easy to admit now but it wasn’t a few days ago.  I didn’t even know I had my own plans or agendas hidden in what I thought were God’s plans for me.  I kept hitting this wall feeling apart from God and I knew it was sin but could I give it up; could I walk away from the temporal to grasp the eternal.  I’ve struggled with my faith, whether I was saved; and if I was saved why am I not simply choosing to do God’s will instead of my own.  God is chipping away at the hard shell getting down to the precious kernel of wheat that is truly worth something deep within.  I couldn’t see the amount of selfishness in my life; and of course I did harbor the spirit of pride.  Thank Jesus, that He is patience and love and kindness and that He gives mercy and grace unfailing in all of these and forever.  Jesus said, “Blessed is the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3 NKJV).

I'm a sinner.  I need a Savior daily, to save me from myself more so than anyone or anything else.  I give it all to Christ.  I'm bankrupt spiritually and need Him to fill me so that I can be right with God. I'm new in Christ, covered by His righteousness, but sin even though I'm saved still separates me from God and the things He wills to do in my life.  I will never be perfect want to be like Jesus and desire a closeness with Him; to abide in Him.  I want my heart to be home for Him and needed to come clean before Him about my agendas, my plans, and the sin.  I needed to be cleansed, washed by my Father.  The Lord delights when we come before Him and repent with a heart that is truly broken and surrendered.  

Thank God for being Sovereign.  He is the Authority.  He is All.  Jesus is God and I will serve Him forever.  I look to Him and pray that I will fall on my face before Him when I sin. I want to be like Christ.  He is eternal life.  Below is my copy of the devotional that prompted me to blog today.  I hope it encourages you to take the Lord’s mercy today and repent for any sin in your life.  God has so many things for us to do and sin makes it hard for us to see God’s will for our lives clearly.  The path of the Lord is righteousness but to stay on that path we must purge the sin when it is brought to our attention by the Holy Spirit.  Be cleansed by the Lord today and praise and worship will be a new for you.  Worship and praise the Lord, our God with a clean heart.

Genesis 19:16 (NKJV)

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Mercy

Context is key when it comes to understanding mercy. For example, in the passage above, which is the first time mercy is mentioned in the Bible, we need to understand the circumstances in order to understand the meaningfulness of the Lord’s mercy.The setting is Sodom, and God is about to bury it in judgment. But before He does, He warns Lot and his family to flee. As time is running out, Lot lingers. It’s then that the Bible says the Lord mercifully has Lot taken by the hand and saves him from destruction. That’s such an apropos portrait of mercy, because mercy is the act of sparing and saving us from judgment and destruction. 

That’s how God is. He’s merciful. He doesn’t stand back with folded arms as people face imminent judgment, and He doesn’t delight in their destruction but desires to preserve and rescue them from it (Ezekiel 18:23, John 3:17).

God’s mercy means He meets us in our proverbial Sodom, takes us by the hand, and mercifully leads us out of our destructive situations. Unfortunately, that’s such a far cry from the image many people have of God. They picture Him impatiently poised and ready to incinerate us at the first opportunity.

That’s not mercy, and that’s not the God of Scripture, whose mercy endures forever (Psalm 136). May we not only receive God’s merciful nature for ourselves but also reflect it for those who don’t know it.

Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18 NKJV)

Mercy is the act of sparing and saving us from judgment and destruction. God is merciful. He doesn’t delight in people’s destruction but desires to rescue them from it.

( YouVersion Bible Reading Plan,  Active Word Devotional 11-13-2011)


The take away…
This passage reveals to me that I serve the one and only Living God.  He is majestic, awesome, mighty, and powerful. The only One in my life that deserves praise and worship.  He deserves all my attention, at all times; because His love is unfailing and endures forever.  Who is like our God?  There is no other but Jesus.  Who has the ability to love without limits?  Who is good and wants only the very best, for us?  Who can endure the disobedience from their creation, yet continue without fail to love them purely, so much that He extends the arm of grace and mercy through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross? Only Jesus, only God!  How could we not repent and turn to the only One who loves us without limits or restraint?

I must know my God and He must reign in my life!  Lot lingers because he loves his sin; he has come to like and love this sin in Sodom even to the point of disobeying the Lord’s request knowing that the Lord’s destruction is coming yet he lingers. Somewhere deep in his heart he yearns for something in Sodom.  So I ask, what sin causes you to linger when the Lord is asking you to obey and come to him?  What in your life is keeping the blessings from running over in your life? What is holding you back from sharing the Good News with everyone you know?  Convicted -right now, it is not the sin alone but the length of time we are willing to walk around with the heaviness of sin knowing that our Father is all knowing and compassionate to offer forgiveness.  “Keeping short accounts” is what was said this week at my women’s Bible study, so true. God is so very gracious to allow us to come before Him. Yet sometimes we would rather to stay in the mire and muck of sin rather than grasp at this gift to be right with the God of the universe.  You see we don’t know how to turn it loose but our Jesus is mighty and able to save.  In Him all is crucified and forgiven at the cross. We only need acknowledge that we are sinners and repent; acknowledge that we need Him, and believe in Him that the resurrection power of God is working in our lives to transform us from who we were and currently are, to be in the image of Him.

“We Will Run to You”
Create in me a clean heart, a clean heart
For I have turned my face from You
Teach us of Your ways oh God, oh God
For we have turned away from You
Lord have mercy

We will run to you, we will run to you
Turning from our sin we return to You
Father heal your world, make all things new
Make all things new

Your love and mercy build and shape us
Break us and recreate us now
Lord have mercy

We will run to you, we will run to you
Turning from our sin we return to You
Father heal your world, make all things new
Make all things new

Oh, bring us back to you

Lyrics taken from NewReleaseTuesday.com
by Gungor | from the album Beautiful Things
The beauty of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is beyond our comprehension.  He demonstrated His love and the power within it when He provided Himself, as the sacrifice for a dying and disobedient world; so we could have a relationship with our God. He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6 NKJV).  He is returning soon, let us take every opportunity to purge sin and abide in Him; holding steadfast to our faith and hope of His return, by keeping our eyes on Him.  Amen.
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  1. You have an excellent commentary in this post, I enjoyed reading it very much.

    • I apologize for the lateness of this reply but I wanted to say thank you for reading my blog and commenting. God Bless,

      Andrea Brown
      19ya71

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