Mercy Will Meet Us

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You. – (Psalm 86:5, NIV)

My Lord, You are good and merciful. You love all those who call to You for help. – (Psalm 86:5, ERV)

O Lord, You are good and ready to forgive; Your loyal love flows generously over all who cry out to You. – (Psalm 86:5, VOICE)

 

I am so thankful for the forgiveness and love that are ever available in Christ. We do not have to jump through hoops to prove ourselves repentant enough, or somehow worthy of love. Instead, God calls us to come before Him, just as we are, and be transparent before Him. He already knows all that we have and have not done, and His love is not determined by our own “worthiness“. Christ already paid the price for our sin and shame, and is willing and ready to forgive, if only we choose to ask. He loves us because we are His created, not because we have done “enough” or have become “enough“. In this beautifully busy season, this is just the reminder that I need. Daily, I need to call on Him for help, for forgiveness, and for grace, as I cannot do all and be all that is expected of me on my own. His love is generous; in His kindness, He will meet us in our need. May we ever look to the Lord for His mercy and help, as His love and grace are poured out upon all who call on His Name.

 

O Lord, You are good,IMG_2491

Forgiving and kind;

I am so grateful,

That Your love is mine.

As I call on You,

You’re faithful to hear;

Whatever my need,

As You remain near.

Thank You for the grace,

That You ever give;

Your help and Your hope,

Life to truly live.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You for help. Thank You that You love us to life, and provide help and hope so that we may move in the direction we have been called. Forgive us for not crying out to You for help when we are in need. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would call on You in all things, as You are generous and loving, wanting what is best for us. Show us how to love those around us in a way that extends goodness and mercy in the same way that it has been given to us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we call on You for help, trusting Your goodness and mercy to meet us in all things and at all times. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Radical Obedience

Yesterday, as we continued our series, Into the Wild, the title of the day’s message was Radical Obedience.  The message was based on Genesis 17, as God continued to ask Abraham to step out in obedience, in order to walk blamelessly before Him.  As the story unfolds, three key points were conveyed.

1.  Obedience isn’t a suggestion, it is an expectation. God Almighty expects us to live blamelessly in obedience to Him.  We ought to obey because He is worthy.  What He asks of us is not to restrain us, but rather to free us into what will be.  (As He knows the ultimate outcome of all things.)

2.  Obedience requires sacrifice.  There is always a personal cost to do what God asks of us, yet His return, is far greater than any price we may initially invest.  Abraham had to give up comfort and endure pain, yet He entered into a covenant that was sacred between he and God, that was to last for many generations to come.  To be considered God’s chosen people, was well worth the temporary pain.

3.  The outcome of obedience is a change in our hearts, not just in our actions.  (see Hosea 6:6) When we obey for the sake of stuff instead of for our heart, it’s religion.  When we obey to change our heart, it is relationship with our Redeemer.

(three points outlined by Pastor Matt Ramirez @ gcfw.org)

May we seek to obey,Radical Obedience

for the sake of our heart;

to honor our great God,

follow Him from the start.

Allow no sacrifice,

to steer our hearts away;

for whatever the cost,

will be worth it one day.

Our great, Almighty God,

alone worthy, indeed;

let us live without blame,

so His return we’ll see.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us into radical obedience unto You.  Thank You that You do not just want part of us, but rather, You want all of us – heart, soul, strength and mind.  Thank You that as we choose to sacrifice our own selfishness, the return in You, is far greater.  Forgive us for our disobedience, or for obeying in hope of getting stuff.  Help our hearts hold You in the proper place, so that our motivation is Your worthiness, and our desire to know and honor You.  May we grow deeper roots in our relationship with You.  Let us live and love as You love us, so that many may come to know the saving grace that You so generously give to all who call on Your Name.  Be glorified through every act of obedience.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us. – Psalm 67:1