Monday, 22 October 2012

Acknowledge God's Mercy ©

God's mercy and grace give me hope - for myself, and for our world".  Billy Graham 

Everybody loves to receive good news  or to be the recipient of something unusually wonderful ,
 especially when  the  good news , events or gifts  prevent something unpleasant or provide relief from suffering. 
The bigger the good news , the blessing or the event , the better.
There are marked differences between the facial expressions , the  gait , the speech , the body language and indeed the whole being of the  persons who are recipients of  bad news  and the persons who have received  mercy which brings shouts of victory.
 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee " Isaiah 12:6.

Mercy is a journey or mission or an act   performed out of a desire to relieve suffering; motivated by compassion. 
It is Unusual Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within ones power to punish or harm. 
 Mercy is forgiving and easily  entreated whereas evil  carnal nature demands "an eye for an eye ".
Mercy  gives relief , like oil to the bones, balm to pains and sorrow . It brings joy, hope and encouragement, 

Mercy is one of God's numerous  attributes ; it is His very nature . His Throne and His reputation  are built on Mercy.
"Justice and judgement are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face ". Psalms 89:14.
 Mercy and Compassion are on God's "calling - card"  by  which  He  describes Himself.
 "And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth," Exodus 34:6.

God's mercy is His unending mission of intervention to bring all - round reliefs.When His mercy intervenes in lives and situations , there is transformation.
In the beginning , God intervened and then the Spirit of the Lord moved upon the face of the waters . Darkness was changed into Light, emptiness and chaos were transformed into beauty and order. Genesis 1: 1-2.
God 's mercy is still the same today. It is the intervention of God's Mercy  which can fill our  mouths with the shout of a king! Numbers 23:21.
"In their camp there is sorrow and weeping  but in ours are shouts of joy!"

To question the goodness of God is to deny that God is rich in mercy and compassion.
This is an act and attitude of ingratitude. 
All around us we can see His good works. The creations of God's hand  all declare that God's mercies endure forever. 
Gratitude is thankfulness or appreciation,  for gifts or favours received .
 That , for me , is putting it , simply basically .
I believe it , I practise it and I preach it : that the higher level of appreciation is when Gratitude is expressed  for things NOT seen  but which are believed  as " ALREADY RECEIVED" .
God , because He is merciful, is the Giver of all good things.
 God sees the end of a thing  , an event or the end of a person's intentions from their beginnings. 
He will not give sugar-coated poisons , wolves in sheep clothing  and ticking time-bombs to those who trust  and wait on His mercy.
God's  blessings add no sorrow. They are perfect and they arrive at the right time .
Over the years , I have  seen the assurance that when and if I desire something which I THINK  is the best for me and it does not  arrive when and how I expected it ; then it means God is saying to me , "No, my daughter,  THAT , definitely is not the best for you ; I have something much greater and better  than all that  for you.
 Trust me . You just wait and see!"
And surely , as sure as there is  Night and Day, I have seen the Lord's goodness.
God has been faithful to His promises  in my life.

Have you desired thing(s) , you have  pleaded and "wrestled " with God for  them , but they  seem not forth coming? 

Be confident that the mercy of God is at work in your life . 
Watch it. God could even have given you the best answer to your prayers but you failed to recognise the perfect answer  of peace , because you were looking for it elsewhere !
 Be sensitive in the Spirit .
Or else you will be like  one of those who are still knocking their heads on the wall  praying  for the coming  to earth of the Messiah , even  over two thousand years after He had come and gone back to  Heaven !
Do not base your  expectations on the worldly systems ,  on their  cultural values , traditions and definitions of what should be classified as  "blessings and miracles".
If you are walking on that level, then , what you perceive as the ULTIMATE BLESSING " may be like mud, like costume jewellery when compared to the gold and diamond cache which God has  prepared  for you, not only in Heaven , but right here , during your life time on earth.

Maybe you think  trusting God to give you the best  of everything is "self- consolatory ". 
 " After all , you say , God  has promised that He would grant us the desires of our heart " ?
Yeah , God promised to grant us the desires of our hearts.
God , also , is able  to do "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power  that works in us".   ( Ephesians 3:20 ). 
Think back and you will agree that  weeping  may endure for a night , for a season , even for years on end ; BUT God brings JOY and relief in the morning .
For where you and I are today, are glorious testimonies  of  God's answers to our prayers of  many years ago .
The glorious promotion , open doors and  the wonderful benefits which  we  have received as at today , are far above what  we were thinking of , targeting and believing God for. 
The Mercy of God has made it possible so that even the sky is not the limit for  those who believe.  

It is not  a "self- consolatory" attitude to trust God's mercy  when expecting  the very best and  excellent blessings from God. 
This is the  wise choice of  waiting on the Lord  to receive strength  and guidance; to soar on eagles wings ; far above our peers, our competitors ; above our friends , our age mates and  colleagues .
It is the place to receive  power to be lifted up , far above our enemies and their weapons and and above all those who have despised , mocked and written  us off  as "Hopeless Cases! "
God's mercy brings relief to every dry, barren and waste land.
Mercy uplifts the beggar from the dung hill and delivers the prisoners from their dungeons.
The place of God's Mercy is the table , which the Lord sets for you before your enemies ; where you sit and feast on the good of the land , peacefully. 

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not.
 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him ".
Lamentations 3: 22-24.
In hearts and mouths where there is acknowledgement  of God's mercy , there  must issue forth gratitude , praise and thanksgiving  and this would result to the manifesting of greater mercies .
But  refusal to acknowledge God's mercy  is ingratitude which  births bitterness and rebellion 
This is not the portion of the believer.
May the Lord fill our mouths with his praise and honour  and our hearts with thanksgiving every day. Amen 

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