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Hope in His Mercy

A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, a feeling of trust is the definition of hope.

Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm is how mercy is defined.

The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil this is the meaning of redemption.

Now let’s take these three definitions and replace them in the scripture for the words used. This will give us a more clear understanding of what Psalm 130:7 is telling us.

O Israel, expect or desire a certain thing to happen,have the feelings of trust in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone who it is within His power to punish,
And with Him is abundant action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

The Bible is telling us in Psalm to expect or desire a certain thing to happen that we should trust in the Lord. That God is compassionate and forgiving towards us and that He will save us from sin, error, and evil– abundantly!

That alone should bring us peace and give us a great reason to put our hope in His mercy. God is patient with us and always by our side showing compassion and saving us from our sins and the errors in our ways. God knows we will make the wrong choices from time to time and find ourselves in a mess and He is already there waiting to save you– to rescue you from the evil.

We have to keep our hope in His mercy in order for us not to become defeated and choose to give up instead of pushing through. The Bible also tells us in Psalm to be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart as you keep your hope in Him.

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

God wants us to come boldly to His throne– to ask Him for help in our times of trouble. (Heb. 4:16) Without God we can often get wrapped up in trying to solve our own problems in the ways of the world– only to leave us feeling hopeless. With God we can be of great courage, confident, peaceful, and full of hope in His promises and His mercy!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Lord I want to thank you for your mercy and redemption. My hope is in You alone Lord. I am thankful you have called us to come boldly to Your throne and I ask You today to fill me with Your Holy Spirit– let me be filled with Your hope and love. God, forgive me for trying to solve my problems in my own strength. Forgive me for allowing myself to feel hopeless in my efforts and not seeking Your guidance first. I pray that You will strengthen my heart as I hope in You, in Jesus mighty name I pray.
Amen

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Discovering Absolute Truth

One who is sincere in searching for the truth will ask questions either directly or indirectly. Questions that help lead them to the truth, such as: What is truth? Where can I find it? How do I know when I find it?- and so on. On the other hand there are those who lack the sincerity of finding truth and often settle for the mindset- truth is whatever is true for me. The problem with this thinking is many people believe lies, false truths, and even have little to no knowledge of something, then go on to claim facts about a particular subject can not be true. This is a distorted way of thinking and living- robbing the person of the absolute truth which can and will set them free.

The good news is that the truth can be discovered, defined, and experienced. Making the reality- that what a person believes- DOES matter. Truth matters.

What is truth?

Dictionary.com defines truth as that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.

Truth can not be altered and refers to things how they really are- no matter what people may believe. In the world we live in today postmodernism advocates that “something is true, if its true for me.”

Christians deny this definition because we believe in absolute truth, meaning that truth is truth- regardless of a person’s personal experiences. In order for something to be considered “truth” it must be measured, but NOT against what they believe- but against absolute truth.

God is the Absolute truth and is the foundation for all truth because He is truth.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

God loves truth and hates falsehood.

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

God can NOT lie!

Titus 1:2
in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

Because God is truth- He holds His people to His standard of truth. Psalm 51:6 tells us we will desire the truth in our inward parts. People of truth exhibit behavior that matches their words. They seek to be accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.

How can we be people of truth?

We can ask God to help us. Ask Him to lead you, guide you, and teach you what is true and acceptable to God. (Ps. 25:5) The Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth, will lead us to the truth of God’s word, give us receptive hearts and minds, and submissive will to know the truth, be the truth, and do the truth. When someone is sincere about seeking the spiritual truth, the Holy Spirit, will bear witness in our spirit through God’s word and we will know it is the truth.

In order to be a person of truth you must be genuine and authentic. This includes being honest with yourself in all areas of your life. Truth will not settle for anything less than honesty with yourself and others. When you seek the truth- it has a way of shining the light into the dark areas of our life- so that we can clean it up, dust it off, and move forward in truth.

When we are people of truth and know the absolute truth, we will behave accordingly. Truth will inspire us to live authentic lives and speak authentic truth. Truth will refuse to rename sin in our life or the lives of others. Truth will urge us to speak the truth to people- out of love- as we seek peace with others. Truth will prompt spouses to be faithful to one another. Truth will stimulate parents to live consistent lives before their children. Truth will inspire us to pray that God’s will be done.

How can the truth help me?

Truth will help you be prepared and equipped to do battle against the enemy- Satan- the father of all lies! Satan and his demons will flee from the truth. If you are in truth with God you can withstand and quench every fiery dart from the devil. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. You are protected by the full armor of God. (Eph. 6:12-18) The belt of truth has to be in place before the rest of God’s armor will fit.

Truth plays a large role in helping relationships. We have to be truthful with ourselves and others in order to be able to help them. We also have to require truthfulness from those we are trying to help. We have to be able to speak to hurting people from a place of truth and experience.

The hurting souls around us need to learn truths such as:

  • Their relationship with God is not based on performance, but on His grace and what He has already done for them- Salvation is a gift from God- not to be earned only accepted. (Eph. 2:8-9)
  • In a relationship with Jesus, they are a person of worth and value- perfectly and wonderfully made. (Eph. 1:4-5)
  • They need to accept, they are human with failures and limitations and where they are weak He(God) is strong. (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • Their pain can be used by God to help them grow and mature and then help others. (Rom. 8:28-29)
  • They can experience freedom and joy in their life with Christ. (Gal. 5:1)

The Freedom’s of Truth

Jesus promised us that the truth will set us free.

John 8:32
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When people know the truth- that is Jesus Christ- it sets them free from the lies and deceptions of Satan. It breaks the bondage that spiritually and emotionally binds us. The truth of Jesus can break chains and generations of sin- deliver us from the pain of our past- and break us out of the imprisonment of our emotions and thought life. The truth will help people rebuild their self-image and worth and see themselves as the unique and powerful child of God that they are.

In absolute truth that is Christ- we can be all that He intended us to be- it gives us the freedom we need to enjoy building an intimate relationship with Him.

Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Just as prisoner’s long for their freedom- those bound by sin and engulfed by a negative thought life long to be free of the sins and bondage that is keeping them miserable. Jesus tells us that we can have that freedom by knowing the truth- which is Him.

Truth is not an abstract concept- it’s a reality and absolute truth can not be changed, altered, or skewed. Jesus came into the world to ‘bear witness to the truth’ (John 18:37)- He was truth in the flesh.

Jesus frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deceptions, and from deception from Satan. The truth in Jesus will set you free! Free from sin’s death penalty and the destructive, corrosive effects of sin and deception in our minds and over our life.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Your truth and for the opportunity to know it and live it. Lord, help me to see Your truth in every area of my life, if there is deceit happening in me or around me- expose it in Your light. God, as I seek You and the truth- guide me, protect me, and surround me with Your love. I want to know You more, know Your truths and live a life of freedom and joy just as Your word promises. Thank you God for being a trustworthy and honest Father. Lead me in Your truth and teach me Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and gird my waist with Your truth so that I can withstand the schemes of the enemy- in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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Daily Bible Verse- February 11, 2020

Psalm 18:25-27

With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
27 For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.

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God Never Fails

Have you ever felt like you have prayed and prayed about something and it just seems as if God is not hearing you? Maybe you feel like God is just ignoring you–He is mad at you– or worse, He is punishing you. I want to assure you today that God is NOT mad at you and He is definitely not punishing you. This is a common misbelief about God and His character–a straight lie from the devil himself, to keep you shackled in worthlessness, fear, anxiety, doubt, and disbelief. Satan uses many different lies to attack our minds– to entrap us in our feelings and to keep us focused on the negative.

God is one of Mercy, Forgiveness, and Unconditional Love. He is the answer– not the problem. He is the head–not the tail. He is the King of all Kings. God never fails.

How can I boldly proclaim “God NEVER Fails!”?

Here are 5 evidential reasons with scriptures from the Bible to show You are Loved and God will never fail you!

God chose you before you were born!

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

God made each of us- individually- for a specific purpose in the world. Jeremiah shows us that He has ordained (appointed) us and sanctified (set apart as or declare holy; free from sin; purify) us BEFORE we were even born. We each have a purpose that God wants to see through. Why would He fail us- when He designed us? He doesn’t. He desires we live for the purpose He created us for. He desires to fellowship with us–to grow closer in a relationship–as the good good Father, that He is.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God doesn’t lie.

Numbers 23:19
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

God is not of this world-He is not human. Though people in the world may let you down- God will not. God is one who makes promises and KEEPS them. The world is full of sin, pain, darkness, and hate- it should come as no surprise that in a broken world- it is broken promise, after broken promise. People are not perfect- no matter how hard they try or want to be. Guaranteed every single person has broken a promise to someone-probably more than once. It may not be intentional but things happen-life happens.

BUT GOD- is a promise keeper! He has an untouchable track record and will always work things for the good to those who love Him.

God will never abandon you!

Though you walk through deep waters- experience seasons of turmoil and heartache-push through periods of darkness and struggle- You are NOT alone. God did not promise us we would not have troubles- in fact, He told us just the opposite. The Bible tells us in the world we will have troubles but we can still be at peace- remain happy- and rejoice- for He has overcome the world.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

God is near to the broken hearted (Ps. 34:18)-He hears our cries for help(Ps. 34:17) and sees every tear(Ps. 56:8). God promises He will never leave you or forsake you(Deut. 31:6)- He will be your refuge in the storm(Ps. 46:1)- He will hide you in His secret place and protect you from the enemy (Ps. 91).

God is our provider.

In the busy world we live in, often times we get lost in the game of cat and mouse. Chasing the next best thing- chasing the life of “success”- trying to build a life that says “I did it.” The life I am talking about looks a lot like this:

high paying job, new car(s),new home (often far larger then what is truly necessary), name brand clothing, all the newest technology on the market , etc.

This is what “success” looks like in the eyes of the world. Becoming too “busy” trying to self-serve and provide the things we want– in our way– in our timing. We are a society of impatience and pride. Which often robs us of our true purpose in life– to laugh, love, be fruitful and enjoy life-casting our cares upon God.

Don’t get me wrong- all of these things are nice to have and if we are blessed enough to have them- we should enjoy them. I am not saying you shouldn’t have nice things or desire to have nice things in life-BUT I am saying not to get so lost in chasing the material things that your never take time to rest and enjoy life.

Often times when we are caught up in chasing our career or the next best thing– other areas in our life get neglected. It’s usually the one’s that really should be priority- like our relationship with God- our spouse- our children. Satan has so many people falling into his trap and believing this big lie-

Money and Material Possessions = Success & Happiness

The Bible warns us in Mark 8:36-37 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

One excuse I hear from people as to why they don’t seek God or make time for a relationship with Him is — they just don’t have time– or they simply have some other need they find a priority over God.

I think it is safe to say our society as a whole are worriers. Stress-Anxiety-Depression are at all time highs. We tend to worry about what we will eat, drink, wear, where we will sleep and so on. God does not want us to waste our time worrying. He wants us to pray- seek Him- and cast our cares on Him.

1 Peter 5:7
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

God will supply our every need. He created everything- He knows what we need before we even ask.

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God will provide your every need- it may not be what you want, how you want it, or when you want it. But He always provides what we need when we need it. The Bible tells us His timing is perfect- never early, never late.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness– He provides every need physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Bible shows us throughout the scripture that God is our provider- our comforter- our counselor- our helper- our healer, our refuge from the storm, our redeemer- our protector- our strength- our hope-our joy- the rock of our salvation- our Savior- our Father- our all in all. God is love.

God never changes.

We live in a world where change comes just as sure as the sun will rise. Though our world is always evolving- always changing. One thing remains the same and always will– Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forevermore. Which means- the same Jesus that healed the blind and deaf- that rose the dead- that split the sea and walked on water- is still alive and still doing miracles today!

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Malachi 3:6
“For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

Society often tries to make it seem as if God is no longer relevant. That “times” have changed- the world has evolved- and there is no place for God. The enemy wants us to believe this-as a way to excuse our sinful behavior and make us feel better about doing things against God’s will- to keep us distracted from all of the blessings He gives us daily.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

The world today will twist and turn scripture to make it fit what they want it to mean–take things out of context– or even leave some parts out all together. Yet, the truth remains God’s word and God’s character never changes and never fails.

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


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Daily Bible Verse- January 20, 2020

Psalm 13:5

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation

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Daily Bible Verse- January 6, 2020

Psalm 6:2

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled

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FREE GIFT: Mercy

Do you like free gifts? No strings attached, a gift that you do not have to earn? What if the gift that is being offered could guarantee you happiness, joy, peace, and overflowing love and acceptance? Would you accept the gift? Would you be willing to receive it and all the benefits that come from the gift? That is what I would like to share with you today….God’s mercy which is an absolutely FREE gift to anyone and everyone whom is willing to receive Him.

Mercy is defined as disposition to be kind and forgiving, the feeling that motivates compassion. Our God is a merciful God, as he sent Jesus, His only begotten son, for those of us who are needy, imperfect, and weak. He sent Jesus to be our help, to rescue, deliver, and save us from death. To die for our sins, so that we may have eternal life. Yes, that is right, Jesus was tortured and ultimately killed for sinners like you and I to be saved! WOW! That is one great example of how merciful, compassionate, and loving God is.

What this means is you can’t force God to love you, he loves you freely. I find peace in knowing that God’s love will NEVER change. You also can’t earn God’s mercy, He has already given it to you, all you have to do is freely and openly receive it. God’s mercy is an overflowing mercy, and the Bible tells us, at least 44 times, that God’s mercy endures forever.

God’s word, the Bible, has many references to how God is a God of mercy.

Psalms 59:17 (NKJV)

To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.

Exodus 20:6 (NKJV)

but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deuteronomy 5:10 (NKJV)

but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

I Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

We make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God daily, that is what makes us human. Its our reaction and responses to the mistake that determine if we are going to grow in God and with God or grow away from Him. When you make a mistake recognize it and choose to react differently.

Don’t Say.. I am not what I should be, I will never get there, I am a bad person, I have failed, what is the point…

Do say.. I made a mistake and I am sorry. I am thankful that You, God, are a merciful and forgiving God. Lord have mercy on me and forgive me for my sin(s).

Psalms 51:1 (NKJV)

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

 

It’s a journey with God, a walk, made up of many, many small steps. As you walk with the Lord, you begin to grow and He changes you from the inside out. God is looking for progress not perfection and He wants you to be happy and celebrate your progress no matter how big or small it may seem.

I myself have struggled with this very concept, God doesn’t expect us to be perfect and to change over night, I mean He should know right? He created us and He is the one working in us and changing our heart. So if God created us and God is the one changing us then why do we act like God is surprised when we mess up? Truth is, God is not surprised, you and people in this world around you might be surprised, but God is not.

Dr. Phil Willingham, pastor of Heartland Christian Center, said it like this during one of his sermons…

  • Justice is GETTING what we deserve
  • Mercy is NOT getting what we deserve
  • Grace is GETTING what we DON’T deserve.
  • The word “mercy” is used 252 times in the Bible and it literally means, “Love in action.”

Truth is none of us really want what we truly deserve.

Either by nature or by nurture many people believe God is a fickle God and you never know what He is going to do. This is not true the Bible tells us exactly whom God is, what He wants for us, how to handle the world we live in, and what to do when we “mess up” along the way.

Receiving and accepting mercy is not an easy task for many people.

After a lot of reading, studying, and research, this is what I have found (I am sorry I didn’t keep track of my sources) Here are a few reasons why it’s difficult for some people to receive mercy ….

1. They were never given mercy as a child.

2. They have perfectionist temperaments and usually only see what is wrong instead of what is right.

3. They have learned an improper teaching of God’s character.  (God is NOT mad at you! However if you have a rule-oriented, religious attitude, you will think God is expecting things from you that He is not. You will feel pressure continually feeling like He is angry or displeased The Bible says God is slow to anger.)

Psalms 103:8 (NKJV)

The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

4. They feel mercy is not fair. Its given to those who do not deserve it and that is difficult for some to grasp. (But…..If we are all honest with ourselves we know we have all done things that we (or God) are not proud of and that puts us in the I don’t deserve God’s mercy category).

The struggle with mercy could be linked to our struggle with accepting genuine love (not worldly love). Mercy is love in action, so as humans, we often unknowingly compare Gods love with those whom we love and interact with in the world daily. Here is an example from my pastor that helped me….

Human love often looks like this…

I love you….UNTIL you frustrate me.

I love you….UNTIL its easier to love someone else.

I love you….UNTIL you make me mad.

I love you….UNTIL (you fill in the blank)

Gods Love looks like this.

I love you….UNTIL eternity, no matter what.

Gods love is unchanging and unshakeable.

Gods love is steadfast and knows no end.

I ask you today, if you have not already, will you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you done this? This is GREAT NEWS and calls for celebration! Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior does not change you overnight… you must spend time with Him in His word (the Bible) and learn about who He is and the promises He offers to those whom accept Him, seek Him, and love Him with all their heart.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus I pray that this post will reach those whom need to hear your message. God I pray that you open each and every one of their hearts. I pray you give them eyes to see the way you see things. Ears to hear Your word and direction. I pray they would have understanding and clarity about what you are speaking to them today. God I pray they accept Your free gift of mercy that You offer to each of us that are willing to be faithful and follow Your path. God I pray that they will have all the mercy they need in Your name. For your ways are higher than our ways, and Your plans are better than our plans. God I pray who ever is reading this will be moved by your spirit and put their trust in You and Your Word. It is in Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

 

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D.B.V.- January 5, 2018

Titus 3:5- not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit

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D.B.V.- December 30, 2017

James 5:11- Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by  the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

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D.B.V.- November 29, 2017

Hebrews 4:16- Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.