Tag Archive | mercy

Every day is our FATHER’S day

I love the fact that regardless of whether we have a living father, a father engaged in our life, a father that cares or a father that doesn’t care for us now and perhaps never will, the one thing that every follower of Christ can be assured of is the love of a Heavenly Father.  His love knows no bounds. His love has been demonstrated to each of us who call Jesus Christ Savior and Lord in the most wonderful and powerful way possible.

He loved us when we were most unlovable. While we were up to our eye balls in sin, He saved us through the sacrificial death of His most precious Son!  That’s powerful love! That’s limitless love! That’s love that we should never take for granted! His love exceeds any possible love that an earthly Father could demonstrate because He was willing to send His perfect, blameless Son to a painful and agonizing death on the cross for you and I in order to restore a relationship with Him.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The incredible love and mercy God demonstrated to us and continues to demonstrate to us through Christ is too much for us to really fathom. Just as Peter points out, we have been given a new birth (salvation) and a living hope of Eternal life all because of God’s great love towards us!

We have no excuse to live a defeated life as a follower of Christ due to the less than perfect actions of our earthly fathers. We have been given restored relationship with the Creator of the Universe, the Father to the fatherless, the lover of our souls through Christ and we need to move forward in the freedom that comes with that.

We serve a living, loving and merciful Father who has provided us with salvation and the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk out  the calling He has for our lives in victory! So let us lay aside our self pity and excuses and let us move forward as we abide in Christ and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. Let us be thankful every day that we have a Heavenly Father that loved us and continues to love us more than any earthly father ever could. Let us praise Him and show our devotion to Him by obeying His Word and living  a life of service to Him, through Christ.

Blessings!

A Call to Obedience

As believers we don’t have to look far to see that there is a great deal of teaching on t.v. and in all forms of the media emphasizing God’s mercy and His love.  It’s vital that we understand how important both of these things are in our lives. Without God’s love He wouldn’t have demonstrated mercy in saving us from our sins and selves. We should never forget the price Christ paid in His demonstration of that love for us! We also need to be mindful of the great mercy He demonstrated at Calvary and the great mercy He demonstrates daily in our lives. Our God is an awesome God that loves us with a love we cannot really even fathom.

Unfortunately, we have to look a little harder to hear balanced teaching on God’s judgement. When we become children of God, we have an advocate that goes to God on our behalf interceding for us. That is Jesus. He doesn’t leave us to our own devices but provides through the Holy Spirit a means of hearing His voice and teaching us His ways. With the word of God (Bible) and the Holy Spirit we are well equipped to serve God. If we slip up, we have Jesus interceding on our behalf and have only to confess our sins to be forgiven. We are not however,  to take for granted God’s mercy or His forgiveness. There is plenty of words of warning to each of us with regards to continuing in willful disobedience. Once God has made it clear through His word and through His Spirit that we are to surrender a behavior or activity to Him and we continue on and ignore that gentle voice it can become a very large obstacle in our prayer life and in our communion with God. As with any good parent, there are times we correct our kids and do so for their own best interest. If they continue to ignore us and carry on in their disobedience there is always negative consequences.  It is the same in our walk with God.

Just as a parent can see the dangers of disobedience in the future of their children, God can see the danger it will present in our lives. It is out of love for us that He calls us to a walk of obedience.  Not as a slave but as a child. A child that He longs to give the experience of joy, peace and freedom that come from close communion with Him. That communion can only grow through our obedience to His voice. The Bible is very clear on the importance of obedience in response to the price Christ  paid for us, just as it is clear on the opportunity for restored fellowship with God when we mess up by turning to Christ and asking forgiveness.

Job 36:11 NIV 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Romans 1:5 NIV Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

Matthew 7:21 NIV 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

1John 2:3-6 NIV We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Acts 5:32 NIV 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

And finally the following sums it all up… 1John 2:1-11 NIV 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command;its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Let’s keep a balanced look at the cost of serving God. We are blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine but it does not come without a price and that price is to stay in communion with the “lover of our soul” and in doing so, we are called to walk in obedience.

Psalm 85:8 NIV 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;He promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly.

Rise up and do something!

We live in a dog eat dog world. Many believe that in order to get ahead we have to climb our way to the top. Bashing others is common place if it means making ourselves look superior. The squeaky wheel is often the one that gets the attention therefore being loud and boisterous gets results. Reality tv shows abound with self absorbed, selfish people that brag about their dysfunctional lives and demand others give them the attention they feel they are due. It’s pretty crazy out there!

God did not create us to be legends in our own minds!  He created us to love and serve Him and to love and serve others.  Philip2:4ESV Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  We don’t have to look far to see needs all around us. Though we can’t fill every need or help everyone out there, we certainly can start in our own backyards.

Some of us have family, friends, acquaintances or co workers  that need our prayers. Intercession is something all of us can do and it is at the heart of bringing about change and help to others. It is helping in a way that man cannot help by calling on God and opening  the door for Him to begin to work. Perhaps if we do this first, rather than as a last resort when man’s ways fail we will begin to see positive changes and answers far quicker. Galatians 6:2 ESV Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

There are  many local charities that are already doing a great work helping others. Perhaps we can volunteer our time or our resources to help them out. For example, the Salvation Army has locations in most communities and they sure help others in very tangible ways. They provide food, clothing and other resources that many wouldn’t have without their help. Prov.19:17 ESV Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Perhaps if we have an ailing neighbour we could volunteer to make a meal or meals, cut their grass or help out with any other chore they may need assistance with. Babysitting is another way of helping out. In this tough economy many people have had to relocate from their hometowns to find work and therefore don’t have family around to help out when they really need a sitter.                          Luke 10:27 ESV And Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Sometimes something as simple as opening a door for someone with a disability or with their arms full can make their day a little lighter.  A kind word can go a long way when someone if visibly upset.  There is no limit to ways we can reach out.  The only thing limiting us is often laziness.  James 2:13 ESV For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

I am committed to spending less time on the couch and more time praying and doing.  Time is short and there are many things that need to be done before Jesus returns. It’s time to rise up and do something!

Hebrews 13:16ESV Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Learning to help early in life. 🙂