Love you all, praying for you.
Praise God. He uses imperfect people who act imperfectly, but He uses us to draw people to Himself. Praying that in everything He leads you to do today that your testimony will point to Him. God always surprises me.
I Kings 21:20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So you found me, my enemy?” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD. I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel slave or free. I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provided me to anger and caused Israel to sin.
The next verse explains why… V25. There was never a man like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezabel, his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel. (Of course, because Jezabel was the daughter of a king of the Amorites. No wonder Ahab worshipped the baals. But…
V27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sack cloth and went around meekly. V28 Then the Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself I will not bring this disaster in his day… (Amazing! After all that Ahab did, years of wickedness – God showed him mercy. His son could have done the same. What if he deposed Jezabel, and removed the baals and the high places and returned to the LORD? Perhaps God like Ninevah would have relented from the disaster He had planned. No matter what mistakes you have made, even past willful sin. For those who repent – God longs to show mercy. He is a merciful God.
Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you mercy. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him. (Mercy – that benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart – which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; The disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than the law or justice will warrant. Compassion toward offenders.
A friend on our Daily Call shared a testimony of God’s Grace last night going home after Family Dinner – he was stopped for speeding. But Praise God! – only got a warning. That’s mercy. The bad you deserve – you don’t get. Yet Jesus took it even further! He showed mercy AND fulfilled the law. He’s the God of Justice and Mercy. (like if the cop had paid the ticket for him). Mercy and Justice. It’s what Jesus did. Paid your price – to show you mercy – fulfilling all the law, and showing you mercy. What a heavy price He paid for you. The death you deserved he took, and the life He deserved, He gave to you!
Praying that you are waiting on Him today. To receive mercy. That your love for HIM would leave any sin far behind. And that you, like Him, would show mercy to others. If you get a chance, listen… “Jesus I Need You” – Hillsong Worship. It will help you praise Him for His great love and mercy to you.
Love you all,
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