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Friday, January 27, 2006

What a Pleasant Morning!

We awaken to many situations in our lives. There is weather that effects us, physical needs that may trouble us, financial problems that may trail after us, circumstances that will indeed challenge us.

No matter your situation, you awaken to a very pleasant morning because you awaken to God's new mercies, Lamentations 3:23. What a blessing to be given life, today, by the Life-giver!

R. A. Torrey gives us a great list. He has expressed His mercy in a myriad of ways. In Luke 1:78, Zacharias said it was through the mercies of God that the Lord Jesus (the dayspring) came.

Our salvation is a blessing of His mercy. Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Lamentations 3:22 our God is very patient with us because He is very merciful. [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

The Mother of our Lord said this in her great hymn to her Son in Luke 1. Luke 1:50 And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Here is a blessing. There is mercy for us when we backslide, Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. This is precious, Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

His Mercy is purposeful, Romans 9:15, For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

This is a very pleasant morning because our Lord has expressed His wonderful mercy to us. Be thankful for the mercies of God today. No matter what your need is today, He has great mercy and is merciful.

Have a wonderful day serving our Wonderful Lord, by Grace Alone!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

It is His Delight!

Who is a pardoning God like Thee, or who has grace so full and free, or who has grace so full and free?

This is the chorus of perhaps my favorite hymn. To think that the One to whom we are responsible to obey, would look upon us with such favor is mind boggling to me. The Bible tells me that when He loved me, I had no pleasure in Him. When He moved in grace to me, I moved away. When He extended pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, I refused His kindnesses.

Yet He drew me, and conquered me, to make me His own. When I deserved none of His grace, He delighted to send me His mercy, and overcame my stubborn, rejection of His salvation and saved my soul! Praise Him! Praise Him ! Jesus our Blessed Redeemer.

Micah speaks of such Mercy in Micah 7:18-19 - Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The very fact that you and I are children of God my friend is not because we finally came to our senses and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, but because He delights to show pardon and mercy!

There is another song that comes to mind. I've found a Friend, oh, such a Friend! He loved me ere I knew Him; He drew me with the cords of love, And thus He bound me to Him. And round my heart still closely twine Those ties which nought can sever; For I am His, and he is mine, Forever and forever. Listen to the last verse, He continues to show us mercy after we have come to Him. I've found a Friend, oh, such a Friend! So kind, and true, and tender, So wise a counsellor and guide, So mighty a defender. From Him who loves me now so well What power my soul can sever? Shall life, or death, or earth, or hell? No-- I am His forever.

And my dear friend, we have only found Him because He has drawn us by He wondrous mercy, love, and grace. How very wonderfully precious He is!

Oh, I praise you Lord, grant us mercy, grant us mercy!

Have a wonderful day serving our Wonderful Lord, by Grace Alone!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What is it?

They greet me at morn when I waken from sleep, And they gladden my heart at the noon; They follow me on into shades of the night, When the day with its labor is done.

What is it? The Mercies of our God! What a great old hymn, but better still what a wonderful grace of God.

His Mercy is:
Great Mercy, Numbers 14:18 The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression,. . .

Rich Mercy, Ephesians 4:2 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, . . .

Plenteous Mercy, Psalm 86:5 For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Abundant Mercy, 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Everlasting Mercy, Psalm 136, . . . for His mercy endureth forever. . . .

Tender Mercy, Psalm 103:1-4 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;. . .

Mercy that Fills The Earth, Psalm 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

And everyone's favorite, Fresh Mercy, 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.

As you awaken to this day, be thankful, and seek His mercy!

Have a wonderful day serving our Wonderful Lord, by Grace Alone.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Perhaps this Year - to Day!

Since the first of the year one thought has been resurfacing in my mind - the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have been thinking of great songs of Christ's return. "Christ returneth, hallelujah, hallelujah, Amen!" "Is it the Crowning Day?" Or a more contemporary one, "This Could Be The Day".

But the Scriptures is what give us hope. And there is one verse in particular that is a blessing as I think of these things. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

The Feast of Firstfruits gives the believer a great promise of hope - Our resurrection is sure in Christ our Lord!

In this Feast the assigned priest, along with others, would cut a sheave of grain and bring it to the High Priest who would wave it before the people as a promise of more harvest to come. By Christ being the first fruits of resurrection, it is as though God the Father is waving Christ in front of all to see, that since He is resurrected, those who are dead in Christ shall be resurrected also.

Here is where it all gets exciting. Paul said, 1 Thess. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wow! What a day that will be!

In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul wrote: 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The assurance of resurrection for the believe is Christ who raised from the dead! For the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Firstfruits guarantees our resurrection and home in Heaven!

Will this be the year of His return? Better yet, THIS COULD BE THE DAY!

Have a wonderful day, serving our Wonderful Lord, by Grace Alone!