Mercy Flows

As difficult as it is to love people today, God is ALWAYS in the mercy business…whether you think the person deserves it or not:

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. ~ Matthew 9:13

Never Too Far Gone

Thank God we are never too far gone to receive mercy and forgiveness…a fresh start. The only ones who don’t receive are the ones who don’t ask. Whatever God says He will do, trust Him to do it. He is faithful ❤

Isaiah 1:18 Living Bible (TLB)

18 Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!

When you know how the log feels

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 NASB

This scripture has been speaking to me in a new way and I will tell you why.

When Jesus spoke these words, He had been teaching the people who were present for His sermon on the mount. From Matthew chapter 5 through chapter 7, the knowledge Jesus shared encompassed truth regarding God’s kingdom, how people are to relate to God and to one another, faith, prayer, marriage, the purpose of His coming to earth, giving to the poor, fasting, how to live free from anxiety, discerning good from evil, the way to life vs the path to destruction, and the correct way to build an unshakable foundation of faith. You can spend weeks studying these two chapters and have a feast to chew on for years to come. Matthew chapter 7 concludes with these words:
“…the crowds were amazed at His teaching, for He taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.” Matthew 7:28b – 29

You just know when you are listening to someone who knows what they are talking about. There is a difference in the way they deliver their words. Not only is there conviction and confidence in what they speak, there is power.

The conversations and encounters that have made a lasting impact on my life have come from such people. These are fellow believers who have walked the path I’m on and can relate to my struggle. They understand my pain or confusion because they have experienced similar feelings. Instead of blasting me for my weakness, they lovingly point me in the direction of God, right where I am, showing the compassion and mercy I so desperately need. Even if it’s correction, the people who have received the loving conviction of God turn around and extend that same loving conviction to me.

When God has been merciful to me with my sins and failures, how can I turn around and condemn someone else for theirs?

So, back to the verse Matthew 7:5 and what it means to me:

When I get real with God and allow Him to work in my life, I’m giving Him the green light to have His way. He teaches me right from wrong in every situation; He gives me wisdom and direction, encouragement and peace. I let Him have access to all the dark, fearful or ugly aspects of my life and He in turn showers me with mercy, love and grace. He is conforming me to the image of Christ, turning me into something beautiful out of the ashes of my former self. And I in turn want to point others to God and all of His goodness.

When we care more about helping someone than judging them, then we are prepared to offer assitance for the speck of dirt in their eye:

Matthew 7:3-5 The Message (MSG)

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

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“You will taste my Mercy”

Sharing from the Passion Translation Team:

I Hear His Whisper…

“You will taste my Mercy.”

Today you will see that My strength never fails you. For many days you have felt that your progress was so slow, but from today forward, you will soar swiftly like an eagle in the sky. But I am asking one thing of you today, that you would learn to forgive, even as I have forgiven you. The gift I give to you that will make you fly, is the gift of forgiveness. Freely take this gift and give it away. I have died for all and forgiven My enemies, even praying for those who pierced Me.

You will find in heaven many people that will surprise you, for in their later years I came to them with this gift and they received Me as their Redeemer, the One who took away their sin. Now today you will extend a hand of mercy to those who have pierced you, those who have brought pain into your life. For as you forgive you will fly.

You will taste the gift of mercy as never before, but only as you give this gift of mercy to others. I will take that dark veil away from your heart and you will begin to see others in the light of grace, the beautiful light of mercy. Even as I have freely forgiven the most vile offender, I call you to walk with Me and find that My strength will not fail you– the strength to forgive. This is the new ministry I am calling you to embrace. You will need My grace to accept this calling but it will bring life into your soul, for My life will cause you to overflow with great love expressed as you forgive.

Today you will have opportunities to say the words that I once spoke and My servant Stephen also spoke, “Father, forgive them.” As you release this forgiveness I will release the pain from your heart and you not feel it again. My grace will wash and cleanse and empower you to forgive and forgive and forgive, until you no longer keep records of wrongs against you.

Even as I cooked breakfast for the one who denied Me three times, you will show mercy. Today you will learn that My strength will never fail you, for you will taste the sweetness of My mercy.

Psalm 34:8-9 The Passion Translation

Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God.
Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives
to all who turn to hide themselves in him.
Worship in awe and wonder,
all you who’ve been made holy!
For all who fear him will feast with plenty.

Prayer for Today

“Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again!
  Give us back the joys we once had!
  Or have you utterly rejected us?
  Are you angry with us still?”

Lamentations 5:21-22 (NLT)

This prayer is specifically for the United States of America at this time. Please join me in agreement, if this speaks to your spirit today:

Holy Father, please restore us and bring us back to you, back to Your heart where we can worship You in spirit and in truth. Bless us with a hunger and thirst for righteousness that only You can satisfy.

Father, please bring new life to the lost. Open the eyes of the spiritually blind to see You as You truly are: beautiful, Holy, righteous and pure…merciful and compassionate, faithful and true.

Let our identity be found in You – in Christ; and not only found, but grounded in the truth of who You are and who You have created us to be. Reveal the lies of the enemy that seek to destroy your people and those who do not yet know you. You are not a god of confusion, but God of peace, love, joy, hope and righteousness. You don’t make mistakes. You have not created accidents or people to be thrown away or cast aside. You see the trouble we are going through; You know the pain we all feel and You are ready to come to our rescue!

Please send revival, the fire of Your presence, and turn our hearts back to you. Keep us from going our way in stubbornness, in disobedience, blinded by our own pride or fear, and bless us with the grace we need to trust You again.

We ask all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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