14. July 2017 · Comments Off on IT IS THE LORD’S MERCY THAT PREVAILS · Categories: Compassion, Jesus Christ, Mercy, Repentance, Restoration

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.” So then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift] (Romans 9:15-16 AMP).

Beloved, yesterday, I celebrated with a friend who passed her driving test after failing it so many times. Before she went for the test, we had our usual prayer session where we found ourselves praying for the Lord’s mercy. After that, she went for the test but I had no idea at the time because she didn’t want to tell me just in case she failed again. She just said she would be a bit late for our next prayer session. However, a few hours later, she called to tell me the good news. She later revealed that on her way to the test, she just kept praying for God’s mercy; Lord have mercy… Lord have mercy… This was unlike her previous prayers which were; Lord, if you help me pass this test, I would be able to carry many souls to church; you know how we do it when we think we can bribe God but she failed every time (LOL). However, this time things were different because like it is often said; if everything else fails, the Lord’s mercy would always prevail.

Beloved, in our feature text, the Lord says… I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion and God’s choice is not dependent on human effort… the totality of human striving, but on God who shows mercy to whomever He chooses. I like how the Message translation put it… God told Moses, “I’m in charge of mercy. I’m in charge of compassion.” Compassion doesn’t originate in our bleeding hearts or moral sweat, but in God’s mercy…

This is why we must always appeal to His mercy and there was one man that knew about how merciful the Lord is. His name is King David

Jonah was another person though he was angry at the Lord because of how He dished out mercy on the people of Nineveh after He had said He would destroy them because of their sins.

This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that You would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people (Jonah 4:1-2 NLT).

Well, the Lord says… I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy and it is the same Lord that showed David mercy after he committed adultery and murder… Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins (Psalm 51:1 NLT).

Beloved, do you need to appeal to the Lord’s mercy today?

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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25. October 2016 · Comments Off on THE CRY OF RESPONSIBILITY‏ · Categories: Compassion, God's Plan, Intercession, Jesus Christ

When Jesus saw Mary’s profound grief and the moaning and weeping of her companions, He was deeply moved by their pain in His spirit and was intensely troubled. Where have you laid his body? Come and see, Lord. As they walked, JESUS WEPT (John 11:33-35 Voice)

Beloved, this past weekend, I attended a women’s retreat themed ‘Alabaster Box’ based on the woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her tears (Luke 7:37-38), and let’s just say I’ve never cried like I cried over the course of the three days. During worship, I cried. When I was ministering, I cried. When someone shared something, I cried. It got to the point it was all becoming too weird and I remember telling someone that if you ask me why I am crying, I honestly have no idea but I cried so much that my tears could fill a bucket. In fact, I didn’t just cry. I wailed to the point that it was becoming embarrassing.

After I got home from the retreat, I was so exhausted from all the crying but as I settled down in bed to watch the replay of a Sunday service I usually follow, it just happened that they were preaching about the time Jesus fed the multitude after blessing and BREAKING 5 loafs and 2 fishes. At some point, they started saying that “the tears are a sign that He is breaking you. The tears are not tears of pain. They are TEARS OF RESPONSIBILITY. God is about to break you into a brand-new level”. Hmmm… you can imagine that what they said caught my attention.

How weird? However, I must say this isn’t my first experience. A couple of weeks ago, I shared how the Lord has allowed things to provoke me just so I can travail before Him like Hannah did. And then, earlier in the year, my friend was telling of a painful childhood experience but while she was laughing as she was telling her story, I began to cry uncontrollable and again, this wasn’t ordinary tears. I knew it was the groaning of the Holy Spirit. It felt like it was all the tears she had bottled up from her childhood and I knew Jesus was up to healing some deep-rooted wounds.

Beloved, that was the first time our feature text became very alive to me; “Jesus wept”. Yes, His tears were tears of compassion but they also represented responsibility which said “I’m the One sent to carry the burden of these people and bring about their deliverance.

Why am I sharing this? It’s because there are probably some people who may be experiencing something similar. Perhaps, you’ve become very compassionate and like me, you are now a cry baby. That’s a sure sign of brokenness. Your tears are tears of responsibility and deliverance. God said to Moses… I have avidly watched how My people are being mistreated by the Egyptians. I have heard their groaning at the treatment of their oppressors. I am descending personally to rescue them. So get up. I’m sending you to Egypt.” (Acts 7:34 Voice)

Beloved, what are you crying over? Could the Lord be sending you as a deliverer? (Obadiah 1:21)

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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