God’s Mercy and Compassion

It is sad to watch our nation go from drifting away from God to now running away from God.  You see on television that the city of Detroit is putting up a statute of satan.  Planned Parenthood is selling human body parts taken from aborted children.  It is horrible!  Yet, America still exists.  This is a miracle!  God’s judgement is sure to come crashing down upon America.

People laugh and even scoff at the idea.  People live like there is no God.  There is coming a day in the not so distant future that they will scoff no longer.  It is by the mercy of God that we have not been destroyed as of yet.  Look at what king Solomon said in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Rest assured that one day God will judge America for her sins.  I am sorry that I can be named in the list of those who have sinned against Holy God; but, I am.  Now, all we can do is beg God for forgiveness and turn away from our sin and seek Him.

So, how are you doing?

Grace and Mercy

Joshua 2:1, “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.”

Recently I attended a camp meeting at a local Church.  One of my favorite Preachers was there.  The format was to have my friend preach one evening while another family provided the music.  Then the next night my friend would do the music and the other Brother would preach.  It was a great meeting.  I really enjoyed meeting Brother Ron Hoy.  His a big man with a big voice.  He has written some song and I was privileged to receive a copy of their CD’s.

The first song I listened to was “Grace and Mercy”.  It is an awesome song about the two spies coming to Rahab’s house.  This song is so full of truth.  I listen to it all the time and I cannot help shedding tears every time.

Brother Hoy brings out some things in his song that are just wonderful.  I love the picture he paints of salvation in the song.  The two spies are represented by grace and mercy.  If it were not for God’s grace and mercy we would be forever lost.  Then the talks about the scarlet thread (vs. 18).  This causes me to think about the scarlet thread of the blood of Jesus that is all throughout the Word of God.

If it were not for Jesus’ finished work on Calvary we would have no hope.  All because of Jesus we can have mercy and grace extended to us and we can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Have you been visited by the grace and mercy of God?  If you have not then let me take the Bible and show you how you can be saved.

So, how are you doing?

 

What Revival Is 1

What is revival?  If you asked one hundred people you would get a multitude of different answers.  In our Churches we pray for revival.  I really wonder if we even know what we are truly praying for.

As I continue this thought of revival I want to take the next few days and consider the thought of “What Revival Is”.

Today’s thought is that revival is God having mercy on us.  Look at Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”  The Word Web dictionary describes revival as 1.) Bringing again into activity and prominence.  2.) An evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion.”

We all know that the Church needs revival.  We need to get back to some things.  We need to get back to the Word of God.  We should have a structured time of reading the Bible everyday.  This is God’s Word to us and we need to put it into our heart.  Our attitude toward the Word of God will determine our readiness for revival.  A person who will not read the Bible is not giving the Holy Spirit of the Living God anything to work with.  He takes the Word of God and ministers it to our heart.

Revival starts with God having mercy on us.  When we are people of the Word then we are convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit using the Word and then we have the mercy of God to withhold right judgement.  If it were not for the mercy of God we would all be in hell.  This does not mean that we will not suffer the consequences of our sin.  God extends His mercy to us because He loves us supremely.

Thank God for His mercy in sending revival to those who will meet his conditions.  He is willing to send revival; but, far too many of us are not willing to receive it.

So, how are you doing?

 

Help For The Hurting

What do you say to someone that tells you that they do not have enough gas to get to Church and they don’t have the money to get the needed gas?  I hate to admit it; but, there was a day that I might have responded in a way that was not very Christ-like.

Well, let me say that I have changed my tune on that one.  We live in a day of financial turmoil to say the least.  Far too many of my friends are just a breath away from foreclosure, bankruptcy and the like.  What do you do?

We need to listen to God’s Holy Spirit speak to us about what to do.  We must be careful not to be an enabler to someone that experiences financial problems due to a sinful lifestyles.  If a person cannot get to Church or have money to get to Church because they gamble it all away then we need to get to the root of the problem and deal with it and go from there.

We need to exercise discernment along with compassion.  I love the words of Jude 22, “and of some have compassion, making a difference:”  What a difference we can make in the lives of others when we show them the compassion of Christ and not some religiosity.  We have to be real with people.  If we are going to win others then we need to show them a believable example of Christ in us and that He is their hope for all things.  Oh, and by the way, it will change your tune when you experience these things firsthand like I have experienced.

So, how are you doing?

The Next Day

I was at my cousin’s house the other day and we had a discussion about a quote.  Here it is (I think I remember it), “Humans can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, 4 hours without oxygen; but, humans cannot live one second without hope.”  I do not know who originally said this to give credit.  I don’t think I quoted it totally correct; but, you get the meaning of it.

Hope is necessary to life.  If we lose hope then we will eventually lose everything.  I think this is the broad meaning of this quote.  I have thought a lot about Peter this year.  For some reason Mark 16:7, “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” keeps coming to my mind.  I believe it is because I so often fail the LORD and I need forgiveness and hope.  This verse to me just overflows with hope.

Peter failed Jesus greatly!  Well, wait just a minute before we go bashing Peter.  As I look at my life I see instances where my life has denied the LORD.  Maybe, when presented with the opportunity I have not said that I do not know Him; but, plenty of times my life has denied Him by my works.  This is just as bad to me.  So, I receive hope along with Peter in that passage in Mark 16:7, “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”  You can put your name there too.

So, how are you doing?

Go Home 5

Mark 5:18-19, “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Go home and say what – your message.  We have a message that need to be gotten out to the masses.  If you had the only cure for a disease that is sweeping the world would you not want to share it?  I hope so; but, I know there are people that would not share it.  This is tragic.

It is the same way in the Church.  The world is infected with sin.  We have the cure for their sin problem and we sit, soak and sour each week and let people go on and die and go to hell.  Shame on us all!  Shame on us for not doing more!  I am just as guilty; if not more so, as anyone else.  We have a message to share and we must share it!

The message is a message of grace.  Grace is God giving to you and I what we do not deserve.  We do not deserve eternal life and all the blessings of God; but, God loves us so much that he lavishes His love on us.  He started with giving His only Son Jesus to pay for our sin.

The message is a message of mercy.  Mercy is God withholding just judgement.  In other words we deserve to die and go to hell; but, God in His mercy provided a way that we do not have to go to hell.  Thank you Jesus!  We deserve eternal punishment; but, Jesus took our punishment on the cross so that we do not have to experience it.

The message is a message of peace.  Peace is a result of God lavishing His grace and mercy upon us.  When God pours out His grace and mercy on us it brings about a deep peace in our lives.  If you do not have peace then you need to put your faith and trust in Jesus and receive peace which surpasses all human understanding.

So, how are you doing?

Thanksgiving 30

Today is the last official post for Thanksgiving.  I have been reflecting back on many days gone by.  We have endured some really tough days.  There have been days of sickness.  There have been days where our son’s autism nearly killed us.  There have been days that friends turned against us.  There have been days of all kinds.

Thankfully there have been days of victory.  There have been days of joy.  There have been days that put a smile on your face as well as deep into your heart.  Yet, the Word of God tells us to be thankful no matter what kind of day it is.  This is easier said than done some days.  I know you understand.  The fact remains that we have been commanded.

Look at I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  Please notice that this verse of Scripture does not tell us to be thankful for every thing.  The Word of God tells us, “In every thing give thanks:”.  It is like one man said after he was robbed.  He thanked God that he had something to be taken from him and he was thankful that it was not he who was doing the robbing.  No matter what your circumstance give thanks “in” in no matter if you cannot give thanks for it.

So, how are you doing?

Thanksgiving 18

As I sit to write this post the winds are blowing fiercely outside.  I can hear the vinyl siding shaking in the wind.  Storms are; unfortunately, a part of life.  Sometimes these storms are of our own creating.

When  storm comes into our life we seem to want to sit down on God so to speak.  We want to quit.  There is not room in God’s army for quitting.  The mission before us is so insurmountable that we must all grab a line and pull with everything we have.

Yet, when we do quit there is always forgiveness if we will humble ourselves and ask.  Then we can get back into the saddle so to speak and go on for God.  Our God is a God of second chances.  I am so thankful for this truth.  Look at Jonah 3:1, “And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,”  This is one of the most encouraging verses in all of the Word of God.  God gave Jonah a second chance and He will give you and I a second chance.  All we have to do is turn from the sin that separates us from our Father and then He will give us a second chance.

So, how are you doing?

The Arms Of The LORD

On Sunday evening a dear Preacher friend, Evangelist Dale Tilley shared an amazing illustration and I just have to share it with you.

In the days of D.L. Moody a man named Henry Moorehouse stood on the streets of London, England and watched as men made bets on how many rats their dog could kill.  The rats were contained in a cage sitting there.  One man with a terrier placed his bet and the dog was put into the cage with the rats.  The fight was on.  The dog only killed 8 of the 20 the man had bet that his dog could kill.  The man took his dog and kicked it and then picked it up and walked away.  He went by the lion’s area of the zoo and threw his dog into the lion’s containment.  Everyone watched as the lion came out and walked over to the dog.  He put his enormous paw gently down onto the dog and began to lick his wounds.  The zookeeper came out of the building and yelled at the crowd, “Who threw this dog in here?”  No response.  Again he shouted the question.  The dog owner confessed that it was his dog.  He then felt bad and asked the zookeeper if he could have the dog back.  The zookeeper assured him that he could.  The zookeeper offered to open the lion’s containment and allow the man to walk in and get the dog.

So many people today are just like that terrier.  The devil runs rough shot over them and he leaves them broke and bleeding.  If they will trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour then they can experience The Lion of the tribe of Judah come to them and put His paw over them and begin to heal their wounds.  Look at John 12:38, “That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

So, how are you doing?

Gaps

As you look around the world you see hurting people everywhere.  People are loosing jobs right and left.  Families are breaking up before our eyes.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not shed tears over something.

As a father of a child with special needs I find myself often sitting in prayer and tears scalding my face.  I cannot help it as I am tenderhearted.  It is usually my prayer that God will send someone to just put an arm on my shoulder for comfort.  There have been times that I have asked God to literally do this for me Himself.  The awesome thing is that He, Himself put an arm around me.  What comfort!

As i was reading the other day I read the following passage of Scripture in Ezekiel 13:5, “Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.”  The word “gaps” is also breaches.  It brings to my mind a dam holding back millions of gallons of water with a baseball sized hole in it. The word “made” can also be translated hedged the hedge.

When people who have children with special needs sometimes they feel like their live is like that dam.  What we need is someone to put a hedge about us and then have someone else put a hedge about that one so that there are multiple hedges.  Ultimately, God is the One who puts the hedge about us; but, He uses real people in His ministry too.

So, how are you doing?