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Throwback Thursday week 23

Throwback Thursday

Week 23

By: Tim Sader

John 8:36

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Last time we discussed how to stand firm in the Lord and how to stand on His promises to see results in our lives. Before we can stand we must learn to be obedient to the Lords voice and calling on our life. To be obedient might mean we need to take some kind of action not just sitting around praying about it. The Lord sometimes wants us to stand up and be obedient to what He asks and our obedience the Lord sees and we get what we were Standing for. To Stand in the presence of God we must come to Him with a pure heart and conscience, not submitting to idols, and not following what is false. When we do what is right in His sight we are redeemed and will receive the blessing He has in store for us. As believers we are to stand on Christ and His teachings even to the end of this world. We should stand firm in what we believe because of what Christ did to give us freedom from sin. Since we have been given this freedom we must always stand in it so we do not let ourselves become slaves to sin again.

When we accept Christ into our lives we are gaining freedom from a life of sin and death. By Standing on the power of his sacrifice we have been set free and are no longer in bondage to the powers of the enemy. When we were set free we must stand on the promises given to us by his sacrifice so we will not find ourselves bound again to sin (Galatians 5:1). When we are saved and receive this new freedom it really don’t matter the situation we are in, we should always try to make it better and with Him we can. If we are bound to a type of slavery we know that in Christ we are free but also we must realize to be free from the world we must become willing to be slaves by obeying his voice and call on our lives (1 Corinthians 7:21-23). Even creation is seeking freedom from the bondage of decay that will not be made perfect till the children of God are revealed. When we suffer we must remember we suffer for freedom and when that freedom is manifest in us His glory will be revealed and all creation will celebrate. All we must do is chose to be given freedom in Christ and walk according to the plans of the Lord (Romans 8:18-21). When we chose to follow the Lords agenda by submitting to him and standing on the truth we are then in his freedom and will experience the greatness of our God.

To be given freedom is a privilege but not everyone experiences this freedom in the same way. Some remain bound to old religious traditions, doctrine, beliefs, and principles that may or may not make them weak in the context to the freedom we have been given. Please read 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 it explains how to experience freedom but not cause others to stumble because of your freedom. Notice that discretion is important because we know right from wrong and should never seek our own good at the cost causing our fellow believer to stumble. In the times of old what people ate was a big deal because it was the law but others not influenced by these law believed that if God created it then it must be good. So if an unbeliever invited us to a meal and informs us it was offered as a sacrifice he may expect us not to eat and by doing so his conscience will be at ease because we didn’t eat. However if you are trying to show respect to your host and eat anyways and thank God for it why would that cause them to stumble? Whether we eat or not isn’t the issue but whatever we do, do it for the greater glory of God so we don’t cause others to stumble. By remembering to do well in the sight of others we are remembering them so they may be saved and enter into freedom with us. It is true we are called to be free because of what Christ did on the cross but we must not take this freedom to the point of taking part in our sinful nature. Instead we must be willing to serve and show love to our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Love is the greatest command so we must make it priority or our quarrels will destroy us (Galatians 5:13-15). When we read the word it should reflect into our lives, love is the fulfillment of the perfect law so when we walk in love we walk in freedom. When we are diligent and do what God tells us to we will be free and blessed in what we do (James 1:23-25).

Isaiah receives a prophecy telling of things yet to happen many hundreds of years later when the Lord will send His son to save the people and set Israel free (Isaiah 61:1-2). After those several hundred years Jesus opened the scroll of Isaiah and read what it said. After reading it he rolled up the scroll and told the people, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus told the people the prophecy was about him it didn’t go over so well but notice he came to set the captives free (Luke 4:17-19). What do you need freedom from today? Whatever it is look to Jesus because He came to set us free. God sent his son to be a sacrifice to all so that through the church God would become more real to all authorities in heaven and earth. Nothing could stop Christ’s love for the church his mission was to restore man’s relationship with God so we could have the freedom to communicate with God and have confidence in doing so (Ephesians 3:10-12). When we approach the Lord says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” When we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior his spirit comes to live inside of us so He is always with us. Everything He has and all of His power is on the inside of us. His sacrifice made us free and with his Spirit in us we walk in freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).

If Christ is inside us then people should notice him in how we act and no one will be able to speak against the power manifest in us as true believers in Him.  We are to live in this wonderful freedom not to cover up our evil but so we can show the world we are servants of God.  We need to always show respect to others, love our spiritual siblings, fear the lord and always honor him as our king (1 Peter 2:15-17).  We need to act right and treat others as the Lord says by showing them mercy, treating them with respect and loving them as Christ taught (James 2:12-13). If we treat others unfairly then we will be shown that kind of judgment but by walking in the laws of God we have the freedom to be saved from our wicked ways. When Jesus went to that cross and died for our sins he set us free from the bondage of sin and death we were trapped in.  He set us free from sin, free from sickness and disease, free from poverty and free from every attack of the enemy.  Believe in this freedom, stand on this freedom and fight the good fight for this freedom today and every day.  It is true what the scripture says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Today is the day to claim your freedom not so we can do what we want but so we can serve him better and receive all good gifts from Him especially our Salvation.  Claim your freedom today it is yours in Jesus name!  Obey his word, stand on all his promises and walk in freedom. Be free today and every day because Christ set us free!

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Posted by on 08/28/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 22

Throwback Thursday

Week 22

By: Tim Sader

Ephesians 6:13-14

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then.

Last week we learned about the importance of being obedient to the Lord and how we will be blessed when we do so. Obedience is a concept most learn as children so they will be safe and live a long life. It continues into our spiritual walk with God since by being obedient to Him we will receive blessings, want for nothing good and be made righteous. What we chose to serve in life we become slaves to, if it’s the things of the world we are obeying sin but if it’s the things of God we serve Him. When Adam chose to listen to temptation and ate the fruit he made us all in bondage to sin by disobedience but if we believe in Christ His obedience to suffer death on a cross made us righteous. If we follow Christ when He speaks to our hearts we must learn to listen so we can have a blessed life full of grace and peace. Being obedient may not always be what the flesh wants but until our desires become more like Christ we may have to make sacrifices. We must learn to Stand for what is right despite the desires we feel. When writing this I felt like I finally knew what the Lord means by Stand it has the potential to transform my life. It truly was a divine revelation from the Lord so today seemed like a good day to learn how to Stand the way the Lord wants us to. Stand so we can be ready for the plans He has in store for us. While learning how to face spiritual battles we discussed the full armor of God, which is spiritual armor that defends us against the attacks of the enemy. In today’s scripture it tells us to put on our armor so we will be prepared for the enemy’s attack. Then it says, “to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then!” We must be willing to Stand for whatever it is we’re seeking God for and even when it seems hopeless we need to keep standing because He will see us.

In Exodus 14:13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Moses had a close relationship with the Lord and he fully put his trust in Him. He knew the Lord would deliver them from the hand of their pursuers if they would Stand and believe in the power of God. He will protect us and deliver us from trouble when we stand firm on His word and remember all the good things He has done. 1 Samuel 12:16 says, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!” Are we believing for something special from the Lord, are we seeking His promises in our life? If so Stand Still and watch what the Lord is about to do. If we have prayed, read our bible, know the promises and believe He has done it then Stand and it will come. The Lord will do what he said He will do when we stand and simply watch Him move. No matter what is coming against us when we remember the Lord first and lift it up to him we can’t go wrong. 2 Chronicles 20:9 says, “If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.” In all these terrible scenarios listed we are told to Stand in his presence and cry out to Him. He wants us to reach down inside of our temple and enter into His presence, stand on His promises and He will save us in our time of need.   Psalm 40:2 says, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock   and gave me a firm place to stand.” When we enter his presence and cry out to Him in trouble He will pull us from the pit and set us in a place of safety. He will deliver us and give us a firm place to stand. When We pulls us through something we are delivered; it is a victory and each victory moves us to a higher level. As our feet are planted firm and our faith grows we will have a stronger foundation to stand on.

In Joshua 7:10 The LORD said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?” In this verse Joshua is troubled greatly because Israel is facing an enemy, which seems impossible to defeat. He prays and prays for the people; finally the Lord tells him to stand up because he has work to do before Israel can win this battle. Sometimes there are things we know the Lord wants us to do and sitting around praying when He is waiting for obedience won’t get it done. We need to Stand and do what He asks then we will see Him move for us. Jeremiah 1:17 says, “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.” Here the Lord is saying stand and listen to what I say then do it without fear or be terrified by the opposition and fall into their trap. In Ezekiel 2:1 it says, “The Lord said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” If we stand when the Lord tells us to He will speak to us. If we want to hear the Lord it is time to stand and listen for His voice so we can be ready when the enemy comes. Then we will be able to Stand and fight, not fall in defeat.

Psalm 24:3-6 says, “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.” To stand in the holy place we must be pure, not distracted by idols or following what is false. If we do what is right we receive blessings and vindication from God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” We must stand firm in the Lord and let nothing move us because He is in control. To do this we should always be doing the Lords work because His work is not in vain and doing so keeps us in His will for our lives. In 1 Corinthians 16:13 it says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”   To stand on God’s foundation we must be on guard and Stand firm in our faith. Part of standing is being strong and having courage despite how things look. We must continue to Stand no matter what.

Mark 11:24-25 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Whatever we ask when we pray will be ours if we believe we received it. Notice it says, when we stand praying, forgive so our Father will forgive us. When we pray we must stand for what we are praying and believe then the Lord will see we get what we need. When Paul was in Lystra he saw that a crippled man had faith to be healed. In Acts 14:10 he called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.” Paul saw this man standing in faith for His healing and acted on what this man was standing for and he received exactly what he needed. The man literally stood after being cripple his whole life, he jumped up and began walking at the command to stand. Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” We have been justified through or faith in Christ and have now gained access by faith to the grace we stand on. When we stand by grace we always have the hope of Gods glory because He shows up when we stand. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 says, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” If we take our stand on the gospel that saved us we are truly standing for our beliefs. Otherwise we are standing on nothing and have believed in vain. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” When we stand firm in Christ He sets His seal upon us. His Spirit enters our hearts and guarantees what our end will be.

In James 5:7-8 it tells us, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” When we Stand we must be patient just as the farmer, waiting for the rains and harvest to see the fruit. We must stand firm because the Lord is coming back soon. Luke 21:28 says, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” The end is coming so we need to stand and be ready and the Lord will reward us with eternal life. The Lord will save those who are faithful and stand on his truth, follow him in all things. The Lord is asking believers to stand for their faith, for grace, glory, salvation and for return of Christ. He wants our attention and wants us to be on our feet ready when the enemy tries to attack us. If we are sitting around living a passive Christian life we are missing our full potential. Each of us have been blessed with gifts and talents we need to stand in to glorify God and build a foundation for us to stand on.   Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” We should stand in what we believe because of what Christ did to give us freedom from sin. Since we have been given this freedom we must stand in it so we do not become slaves to sin again. Who the son sets free is free in deed. Make a stand for the Lord today, put on the armor, be strong in faith, always pray and always stand even when it’s hard. Stand and keep standing by the power he has given us.

 
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Posted by on 07/10/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 21

Throwback Thursday

Week 21

By: Tim Sader

2 John 1:6

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

I was having an interesting week when this was written. My battle with chest congestion landed me in the hospital for five days, I just needed a little extra help but as we learned last week, this battle was not won by medication; though man’s God given knowledge helped. This battle was won in the spirit; God knew I was winning even in my weakest moments while being sick. His hand was leading the hands and minds of those put in my path to see me through this tough time. This sickness was taken from me long before my body knew it was better. My battle was not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. As Ephesians 6:12 says, the hand of God in the heavenly realms won my battle. When I was at my weakest the good Lord made me strong. So I got out of the hospital and got back to my daily life. It was difficult because of being stuck in bed for five days. The truth is I needed a vacation to recover from being stuck in that place. While in the hospital I did get to spend a lot of time with the Lord and being built up by the people I love. I experienced sadness, loneliness and just wanted to have my life back. I spent mother’s day in there but and I got to spent it with my mom those who meant the most to me. On our way to the cafeteria a cleaning lady talked to me in the hall and we got to talking about the Lord and this bible study, the first day I left my room the Lord guided my steps to that woman just to remind me of his goodness. Later that day the Lord began reminding me of something he had been pulling on my heart to do to have a blessed relationship with my girlfriend in 2009. We decided to be obedient and we were blessed until we grew apart.

Leviticus 26:3-5 says, “if you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” When we are obedient to the Lord and follow His commands He will see to it that we are blessed with everything we need. He will feed us and bless our harvest, keep us safe and bless our land. We may not have harvests of fruit and vegetables so much anymore but if we will be obedient the harvest we are waiting for will come to pass. Deuteronomy 28:1 says, “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” If we obey the Lord and do what He wants we can be set high above the nations. The Lord loves obedience and when we obey Him He will greatly reward us. Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Obedience is an elementary concept and is important to learn even as children. Honestly it is the main requirement for a child to live a life of blessing for the rest of their lives. Ephesians 6:1-3 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise— that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” There are obvious reasons why it is important for children to obey parents because they know what’s best for their children to keep them safe. Just as parents know what’s best for their children our heavenly father knows what’s best for us. He will keep us from harm when we obey Him. Just as obeying parents will lead to a long life if we continue in obedience to the Lord we will continue to be blessed.

When expected to obey we are not asked to obey because of an obligation but to experience love. Today’s scripture says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” When we walk in love we are being obedient to what the Lord commanded us because as we know loving the Lord and our fellow man is the greatest commandment. A way to show love to the Lord is by being obedient to his command and walk in love. Romans 16:19 says, “Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” Obedience will cause joy in our lives and the lives of others around us because your obedience brings blessings. They will experience joy because only in love can we be wise about what’s good and innocent about what is evil. In life we are all obedient to something. People are obedient to all kinds of things such their jobs, spouse, friends, lifestyle or the law. People sometimes become slaves to what they obey most and let those things rule over them (Romans 6:16). We must be careful what we chose to follow. Is what we follow leading us to sin, which then leads to death? Or are we being obedient to God so we can be made righteous? The choice is up to each one of us when we obey God we reap all the blessings He has for us by being in right standing with Him. Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve?” It is our choice to obey the Lord and live a blessed life or to serve the world and fall by the waste side, you decide.

In Romans 5:19 it says, “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” The disobedience of the first man, Adam we were all separated from God and made to walk in sin. Adam’s disobedience maybe brought sin into the world but each of us makes our own choice to obey the sin or to obey the voice of God. Christ made that choice possible by laying down His life in obedience to the Father so we could chose blessing not the curse. Disobedience to God is dangerous and always causes us to fall; so what the Lord says should be considered serious business. If we truly believe when He speaks to us we should gladly obey and know in our spirit blessings are on the way. Hebrews 5:7-9 says, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” When Christ walked the earth He was constantly praying and crying out to God because He knew only God could save Him from death. By His dedication to prayer and obedience to God to die a horrible death we were saved. Through suffering for us Christ learned the power of obedience so we should obey Him because He obeyed the Father.

1 Peter 1:2 says, “All who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” As believers we all have been chosen by the Father through the Spirit and because of our obedience to follow His voice and believe He died for us on that cross we are saved. If we continue in this obedience and continue listening to His voice I am certain we will enjoy all the goodness He has for us. He promises grace and peace in abundance when we are obedient to His voice in our lives. When He speaks to us and we know it is the Lord we must be obedient, trust in him and know what he asks is for our own good so we will not fall into sin. Remember delayed obedience is disobedience so listen when He speaks!

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 20

Throwback Thursday

Week 20

By: Tim Sader

Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Last week we discussed the bondage of fear and how it has many believers operating under one of the biggest strong holds over the church today. We know that fear is the opposite of faith and in fear we can have no peace since fear attacks our faith where we struggle most. Also last week in 1 John 4:18 we see perfect love casts out fear and that there is no fear in love. If we have fear we are punishing ourselves because we cannot be made perfect in love. Fear is a sad state of affairs for the church to be trapped in and we must free ourselves from this bondage to reach that level of faith to see things happen and help set others free as well. We studied some of what the word has to say about fear. We discussed how to face our fear, seek God for all we need to defeat whatever obstacle stands in the way of our victory. To overcome fear we must truly believe 2 Timothy 1:7 it says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.” If we believe in what Christ did on the cross and know we are saved by his mercy and grace, fear has no place inside of us. We are sons and daughters of God not slaves to fear. On the Sunday after writing about fear at church hey talked about Psalm 91; which tells us to put our trust fully in the Lord and seek refuge in Him. If we do so all the horrifying fearful things listed will have no power over us. There was also a prophecy concerning someone going through a difficult time and that it was for our testing to prove to us when we are weak he is still strong. Obviously the Lord is telling us, look to me, do not fear what is happening in the world! If we look to Him we will be delivered and set free, just look to Him and let Him be our deliverance!

To be set free from fear we really need to understand what we are up against and today’s scripture pretty much sums it up for us. We must remember when we face an obstacle in our lives as believers we are not children of the world so our battles are not of this world. Our battles are fought in heavenly places against all rulers, authorities and powers of evil in this world. Prior to verse 12 it tells us to be strong in the power of God and to put on the armor of God to stand against the devils schemes. In Ephesians 6:14-17 it tells us to, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Just as we are not fighting against flesh our weapons are not weapons of flesh and blood but of spiritual truths. We must be prepared by putting on truth and righteousness so our feet can lead us by the gospel of peace. Our faith is a shield that can be used to block anything the enemy can throw at us. As believers we all have salvation no matter when we received Christ; if we are saved we have one of the most important pieces of armor. The helmet protects the head and no matter how we are attacked salvation will always save us. Our weapon is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and the more we learn to use that word the more effective our weapon will be. Our armor is our protection against all rulers, authorities and powers of evil in this world. Along with putting on our armor Ephesians 6:18 tells us to, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” There is no two things more important for spiritual battle then prayer and the word of God together they are an unstoppable force.

In Romans 13:11-14 the Lord is saying wake up people; we have been sleeping to long because today is the day of salvation. It is time to walk away from the darkness that stained our past and put on the armor of light so we can stand up to the attack of our enemy. We must stand up to what is impure and unholy by remembering the spiritual function of our armor. If we clothe ourselves in the same manner as Christ putting on our armor we will not even want to gratify our sinful nature and we will overcome this world. In Mark 16:15-18 Christ told his followers to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to all creation. Christ laid down His life for all so everyone has access to be part of the army of God through Him. He also told us what to look for in those who believe. These signs are all forms of tactics to use against the enemies of darkness when we are being attacked. In Christ we can cast out devils, speak in new tongues, pick up snakes, drink deadly poison and not be harmed as well as lay hands on the sick and watch them recover. These are all ways for us to counter act all the schemes of the enemy and be more then conquers in Christ Jesus.

Last week we discussed the battle between David and Goliath. The odds were stacked against David in the natural but he believed that God would deliver Goliath into his hands and the Lord did as David had the faith to believe. This battle seemed to be of flesh and blood though David chose weapons that seemed inferior for warfare he chose what God showed him and what he knew. Because of his faith the battle was won not because of what happened in the natural, it was won in the spirit before Goliath ever even challenged the armies of Israel. In Joshua 6 is the Battle of Jericho, again a natural battle that could possibly be won by natural means and brute force but the Lord had his ideas for this battle. He marched the armies of Israel around the city for six days the only sound was of the trumpets accompanying the arch of the covenant. On the seventh day they marched around the city seven times and the final time they let out a loud shout and the city came tumbling to the ground. God again won this battle in the spirit. His children didn’t have to take up physical arms to win this battle they simply had to be obedient and watch God move on their behalf.

In Deuteronomy 3:22 we learned not to be afraid because the LORD our God will fight for us when we are in trouble and call on Him. In 2 Kings 6:16 it says, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” When we face a battle in our lives and feel the forces of darkness on our back we need to remember those who are with us in the heavenly realm are greater then any force opposing us. Psalm 18:39 says, “You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.” When we face battles the Lord is the one preparing us for the attacks of the enemy; He will deliver them to us and they will be defeated. Psalm 140:7 says, “O Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle.” The Lord gives us all the protection we need in our day of battle. If we trust in him to deliver us in our battle He will because He is the one who shields us. Over and over we see the Lord will protect us against our enemies when we trust Him and let Him work it all out for His glory.

When we are faced with a battle in our life remember God has prepared us for battle. He wants us to not fear the attacks of the enemy but to ready ourselves for battle. He wants us to put on the armor of spiritual truths to stop the attacks of the enemy. He wants us to use the faith He’s given us to stop the arrows of wickedness from hitting us. We are to pick up our weapons, prayer and the word of God and learn to use them to keep our trust and focus on the Lord. As the battle rages around us this week remember to go back and read Psalm 91 and do as it says, seek refuge in the shadow of the Almighty and allow Him to deliver us in times of need. Verse 15,16 says, “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” He is listening and will deliver us when we need Him most. Finally in Proverbs 21:30,31 it says, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” When we enter battle and have the Lord fighting for us nothing can stand in our way because no plan of the enemy can prevail against Him. The battles we are fighting belong to the Lord; He knows the outcome and He is faithful. Just believe!

 
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Posted by on 05/29/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 19

Throwback Thursday

Week 19

By: Tim Sader

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.

This week’s message is kind of the opposite of last week’s message on peace but to walk in peace we must overcome today’s topic. This topic is fear and was been my personal battle while I wrote this. I had come in contact with a bit of a chest cold. For most this would not cause panic but I am fighting Muscular Dystrophy as well so my cough is quite weak so it tends to hang around awhile. Thank God he is my healer and got me through it all but it can be difficult convincing the mind that the body is ok. The mind says, “Oh, this is what happened last time when you had to go to the hospital, hurry and go or it’s going to get worse, you can’t cough hard enough.” It tells us not to trust God but to follow the insufficiencies of man and his knowledge. God has gifted some with the skills to be a doctor and treat illness but if we trust in them more then God we have put our trust in the wrong place. This was an attack from the devil and I had to resist his power and focus on God to give me victory. In this situation I was doing what I knew to do in order to seek God but as I pressed in, fear and worry come to try and hold me back. When this started I had a strong support system building me up telling me not to worry because God will make it better, I had every machines at home, so I was fine. At that time I heard several sermons about fear and putting our trust in God. Despite being concerned with my health I made it to church that Sunday and went up for prayer. Again they took authority over fear and worry. This was something I needed to work on. After some research I learned over 80 percent of Christians are in some kind of bondage because of fear. This is a major blow to the body of Christ; with that kind of oppression we need answers to get control over fear.

In the bible are many stories about men of God facing their fears to do what the Lord has set before them. One example can be found in Exodus 4 when Moses speaks to the Lord in the burning bush. We can tell Moses is full of fear because he was full of excuses. First he asks the Lord, “What if they don’t believe me?” The Lord shows him two signs; first he tells Moses throw down your staff and it became a snake, then tells him to grab it by the tail and it turns back into a staff. Second he tells him put your hand in your cloak and it came out leprous, then to put it back in his cloak and it comes out clean. The next excuse Moses gives the Lord is, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” These excuses really seem to get on the Lords nerves; here the Lord is talking to him in a burning bush and Moses cant trust him with his speech. God fixes this by sending Aaron to speak for him. When the Lord made Moses face his fears it helped him overcome them. God gave him all he needed to set the people free. The Lord helped Moses and he will help us in similar ways. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Just as he was with Moses in that burning bush he is with us, so why do we fear. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Again it tells us God will help us, he will even take us by the hand and lead us so why do we choose to fear? Hebrews 13:6 says, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Let us then say with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. We need to overcome fear, stop looking at what man can do to us and focus on the one true God.

In 1 Samuel 17 is the story of David and Goliath. This story shows we can have the victory over fear if we will face the giant in our life head on and trust God for it. Well delivering food to his brothers David heard the challenge Goliath made and to his surprise no man in Israel would accept, they were all afraid of the giant. David however was not; he trusted God and knew the giant would fall because he was provoking the children of Israel. David was given the choice of armor, sword and javelin to fight the giant but instead chose five stones and a slingshot. An unlikely choice for battle but that was all the Lord needed to slay Goliath. In verse 45, 46 David says to Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.” Unlike Moses, David faced Goliath with full confidence and trust in God. Sure he could have been afraid and gave God excuses but he knew the Lord would make away for him to have the victory. Because of David’s unwavering faith and lack of fear God was able to defeat Goliath without having to prove himself over and over. David knew the outcome, believed the outcome and saw the outcome; he left no room for fear only trust in God. Psalm 56:4 says, “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” This is something David believed he was not worried of one man because he trusted God and did not fear. David also believed Deuteronomy 3:22 it says, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” David was no more then a vessel the Lord used to defeat Goliath because God fought the battle for him. If we trust God He will fight our battles too so why fear?

Isaiah 51:7 says, “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.” If we know what is right and do it we should not fear, especially not what men can do to us. God will not only make their insults of no value but He will save us when we choose to live by faith and not fear. Isaiah 35:4 tells us, say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Are you fearful? If so the Lord is telling us, Be Strong, Do Not Fear! God will take care of what is causing us fear and will save us from our troubles. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” The Lord knows exactly the path we will walk; He goes before and is with us. He will never leave us or turn his back to us so we need to be free of fear. In Mark 4:40 Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” After already experiencing some amazing miracles even Christ’s closest followers remained afraid and had no faith. They were being attacked by fear so when we are attacked it’s not time to fear and lose faith. It is truly puzzling how these men were following Christ and still had fear. I’m sure they were under attack by the armies of darkness, the devil was hoping to destroy their faith with fear, the enemy of faith. Even when armies pursue if our confidence is in the Lord then Why Fear? 2 Kings 6:16 Elisha says, “Don’t be afraid,” he answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” In this verse Elisha and his servant were surrounded by an army but Elisha knew they were not alone because he seen the armies of heaven ready to protect them. If nothing else says fear not, I believe having all of heaven ready to go to war for us should do the trick.

The Lord sees much value in every one of us and will take great care of us. Matthew 10:29-31 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” He knows every detail even the number of hair on our heads; shows we are worth far more to him then a few birds. We are worth so much to him he has given us access to his kingdom. Luke 12:32 says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” If He gave us His kingdom we are not only chosen but are sons and daughters of God. Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Lord is our Father so we can cry out to Him; He will listen and Set Us Free From Fear. Even if we endure hardships and have to suffer for our beliefs we should not fear. 1 Peter 3:14 says, “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” We are blessed when we suffer for what is right so why fear when we suffer for the goodness of God. Revelation 2:10 says, “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Every one of us has faced a type of prison; sickness, disease, financial burdens, simple phobias, or any other type of bondage. If we are faithful even to the point of death and are not afraid he will bless us with the crown of life. We will live the life of blessing he wants to give us.

Finally we should love because in love nothing can stand in our way, love conquers all. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Love drives out fear, it gets rid of it because there can be no fear in love. If we have fear we are punishing ourselves because we cannot be made perfect in love. Let us choose love and send fear on its way. Psalm 91:5-7,15-16 says, “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Here is a pretty long list of things many people fear but we are children of God and if we call on Him none of these things have power over us. The Lord hears and answers our prayers. He will see us through when we focus on Him and turn from fear. He will deliver us and bless us with a long life and salvation. Let us walk by faith today, learn to love better and send fear far from us!

 
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Posted by on 05/22/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 18

Throwback Thursday

Week 18

By: Tim Sader

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

During last weeks study we learned about mercy that is one reason Christ saved us. Before mercy we learned of grace and how by the grace of God we are saved. Ephesians 2:4,5 says, “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Grace and mercy are pretty much a team, they are paired up over and over one in context to the other working together so we can receive salvation. Both these studies surrounded Easter and are the two most important spiritual truths to celebrate Christ resurrection.   Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” If we show mercy we will receive mercy, can’t get much simpler than that. 2 John 1:3 says, “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” Along with Grace and mercy here peace is added to the mix much like hope and faith must be done in love, mercy and grace produce peace. I can’t help but notice these truths and think of grace coming from the Father, Christ showing us mercy on the cross and the Holy Spirit being sent as a comforter, giving us peace. John 14:26 says, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” The Holy Ghost is our comforter as believers in Christ, before Jesus ascended He promised a comforter so we would always know how to live right in Him and have peace in our lives.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Peace as the world gives is not true peace it may give you that easy feeling but is not the peace of God in Christ Jesus. The world tells us follow the laws, social trends and the media to have the current information and be part of the “in-crowd.” The world says get a good job and store up wealth so you can buy an RV and travel the country when you get old and leave a little behind so your children can follow the trend. All these things are a blessing to have but true peace is not in material things or superficial images of our lives, but in the spirit of the living God. If we have true peace from the Lord he will take care of our needs and we will not be troubled in our hearts because we know the Lord supplies our needs. In John 20:21,22 Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Christ knew his followers would need help as He had to go on and be with the Father. So He breathed on them to receive the Holy Spirit and they received it in full on the day of Pentecost.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” When we put our trust in the Lord we are filled with joy and peace and when these things fill us to overflowing we begin hoping in the power of the Holy Spirit who fills us and keeps us on a path of righteousness. Romans 14:17-19 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” If we serve God it isn’t about what we do in the natural but what we have on the inside. When we live by peace and are filled with the Spirit we should do what leads to peace and building each other up. Romans 12:18 tells us, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” This is saying we should do our part to live in peace with everyone and even if others aren’t at peace with us if we pursue peace we are doing our part. 2 Corinthians 13:11 says, “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” If we live in peace we see the God of love and peace will be with us. Then later in Colossians 3:15 it says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” When we get saved and Christ enters our heart His perfect peace comes with it which keeps us at peace with the body and peace is a gift we should be thankful for. In Hebrews 12:14 it says, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” We must live in peace to be considered holy because without holiness we cannot see the Lord so we need peace to truly see the Lord.

We as believers should always try to do what’s right because doing the right thing is what keeps peace. Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” If we follow the laws and do what is expected we will be at peace. But if we are constantly causing trouble we will have no peace and before you know it we will stumble from peace. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.” When we do what’s right and pleasing to the Lord He will even make our enemies be at peace with us. Let’s face it how can a peaceful person really have an enemy, they won’t worry about you if you’re at peace. Romans 2:9-11 says, “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.” It does not matter who we are or how others see us, if we do evil we will find trouble but if we do what is right we will find peace. To do what’s right and live in peace we must recognize and resist evil. Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” We need to turn away from wrong and do what’s right to pursue peace. Proverbs 12:20 says, “There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.” Those who are evil have deceit in their hearts and usually get trapped in their own evil plots. If we chose a path of peace we will be filled with joy and live in peace and happiness. 2 Timothy 2:22 tells us to, “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Evil can be a big temptation, almost exciting in away. If we pursue righteousness, peace and other spiritual truths we can call on the Lord with a pure heart and be set free from our evil ways.

Psalm 85:10 says, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Just as we’ve learned before faith and love work together, righteousness and peace also go hand in hand. We are made righteous through Christ. Romans 5:1,2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” We are made right when we have faith that Christ died for us and as we believe we gain peace in the Holy Spirit and access to God. Ephesians 2:17 says, “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.” Christ made peace available to all no matter how far from Him we are, all can receive peace that will just believe. Referring to wisdom Proverbs 3:17 says, “Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.” When we are choosing to have Godly wisdom our paths will lead to peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” When we seek peace there is a certain feeling of safety in knowing the Lord has everything in control. In today’s scripture we can see the peace of God don’t always make sense to us but we can trust it will guard our hearts and minds if we put our trust in Christ’s sacrifice. Psalm 4:8 says, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” When we sleep we can know the Lord has our safety in mind so we can have peaceful rest. In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Since there is no real peace in the world we can rest assured because Christ overcame the world and gave us true peace.

As we walk in peace good things will happen to us because the Lord will bless us for doing what is right. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” In Christ’s ministry many people received miracles of healing. In Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Also in Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” In both cases Christ healed the woman and sent her away in peace because when the Lord heals us or touches our lives in anyway it gives us a peace. Luke 10:5,6 says, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.” When we offer peace it may not always be excepted since not every operates in peace but we should not loose heart if we show peace and it’s not received it will rest on us. Regardless of the outcome peace has rewards. If we live in peace we should be producing a harvest of peace in our lives and relationships with others. Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Discipline is tough to endure but at the same time it teaches us how to live right and this produces peace and righteousness in our lives. What we learn to sow is exactly the harvest we will produce. James 3:17-18 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” Here we see what wisdom is, and all these different truths can all lead to one thing. That thing is peace because wisdoms paths lead to peace. So as we follow wisdom and sow peace we will raise a harvest of righteousness and they kiss each other because righteousness is the offspring of peace. They go hand in hand. May the peace of God guard your hearts and minds today and every day!

 
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Posted by on 05/15/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 17

Throwback Thursday

Week 17

By: Tim Sader

Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Five years ago on Easter the whole service was truly a blessing and refreshing experience of rejoicing in our risen savior. During praise and worship I was truly touched with the confirmation that in spite of my absence from fellowship I am still an active member of the body of Christ. During this time of worship were the topics of most of the studies I have done this past month and the manifestation of several fruit of the spirit during the service. I just wanted to share this as proof from the Lord that these topics I share are touching my life as I pray they are touching the lives of those who read this each and every week. Last week we learned in 2 Corinthians 12:9 it says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We really reached out and looked into many aspects of grace and how it is given freely by God to all people so we can be made right with God. Ephesians 2:4,5 says, “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Since here it says we are made alive by grace through Christ, because of God’s love and rich mercy for us. What better spiritual truths to surround the Easter celebration with then, what saved us and a reason why he chose to do so. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” He saved us because of His mercy not because we are righteous on our own. We are made that way because Christ died and was raised from the dead.

Micah 7:18 says, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” God’s mercy is given to preserve the remnant of His inheritance who by faith believe Christ died for their sins. When we become His chosen ones he delights to show us mercy and by grace He will not remain angry when the blood of Jesus washes us. Psalm 119:132 says, “Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.” This scripture tells us God always has mercy on those who love Him. Love the one thing that Christ commanded us to do and the one thing that destroys the law of sin and death in our lives. Love Him and receive mercy, that simple. In times of old the Lord showed His mercy over and over to Israel, who were often being disobedient and separating them further from the Lord. Nehemiah 9:31 says, “But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.” He never fully destroyed His people; they were killed, tortured and enslaved due to their disobedience but the Lord was faithful to rescue them as they turned back to Him. Luke 1:50 says, “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” Sometimes He showed mercy only because of promises He made to the patriarchs of the past. When we fear the Lord and have a reverence for Him we are gaining His mercy for ourselves but maybe for those who come after us as well.

Romans 11:29-32 says, “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” This says at one time we who are now following Christ have turned from our disobedience. He continually offers His mercy onto all who are disobedient because He is just to all mankind and his mercy is for every one of us. He lets us all be disobedient so we can all be given the same mercy in Christ Jesus. In Deuteronomy 13:17,18 the Lord tells the children of Israel, “None of those condemned things shall be found in your hands, so that the LORD will turn from his fierce anger; he will show you mercy, have compassion on you, and increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, because you obey the LORD your God, keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.” The Lord commanded the children of Israel to avoid the corrupted things in the land they were to enter. By being obedient to this the Lord was to turn from his anger and show them mercy. Keeping these commands meant keeping the promises God had given to the forefathers of the faith. He would increase their number and have compassion in their struggles.

In Psalm 79:8 the psalmist asks the Lord, “Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.” Here we see there is a desperation and a need for the Lord to show mercy in this situation. They ask for mercy on their behalf not based on the sins of thier fathers. 2 Samuel 24:14, David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.” Here we see David in deep distress because of his enemies, he prays to fall into the hands of the Lord who shows mercy when men won’t. He knows if his enemies capture him it is over for him so he calls on the Lords great mercy. Psalm 57:1 says, “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Again we hear a cry for mercy in a disaster, the psalmist needs help so he cries out to the Lord seeking refuge in the Lord. Psalm 40:11,12 asks, “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.” We often times have problems surrounding us because our sins have taken control making us feel like a failure. This is time to call on the Lords mercy so His love and truth may protect us and set us free. Psalm 28:2,6 says, “Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.” Most importantly when we cry out for mercy the Lord hears us and acts according to His love and truth on our behalf. Also when we lift our hand in praises to Him even in trouble acknowledging Him; He honors it by granting mercy and being the help we need. Psalm 116:1 says, “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.” The Lord hears their prayers and grants mercy to them just because they reached out in faith and asked for it.

Many people since the beginning of time have been seeking healing in their bodies when something just isn’t right. In Psalm 41:4 the writer writes, I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Here it seems the writer is seeing his sin as a sickness and asks the Lord for mercy to heal him from his bondage of sin. In Matthew 20 the blind men shout, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” In verse 31 it says, The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus of course because of their faith and willingness to seek mercy received their sight when Christ had compassion on them. Philippians 2:27 says, “Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.” Here Paul was about to lose someone he cared for and the person almost died but because of the Lords mercy to His faithful servant the man was cured. This would spare the sorrow Paul would feel from the loss. Hosea 6:6 says, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” When we do the things of the spirit and follow God the religious rituals we do to look righteous don’t so much matter to the Lord because He judges the heart of man not only not only if we go to church every Sunday and Wednesday and pay our tithes. Doing this is important but without making an inward decision to follow God, following tradition won’t save us. Matthew 9:13 says, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” He wants us to cry out to him in our disobedience and be saved because He shows us mercy not because we claim to be righteous. Matthew 12:7 says, “If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.” The Lord is merciful to us when we are sinners so when we become righteous we should not want to put others down but show them mercy as our heavenly Father has shown mercy to us.

Today’s scripture says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” The Lord wants us to be merciful to others so we can be shown mercy. In Luke 10 is the story of the Good Samaritan and in verses 36,37 it says, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” In this parable the Lord is telling us to show mercy to others, everyone is our neighbor and we should show them mercy. James 2:13 tells us to show mercy, “because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” If we show mercy to others we will triumph over judgment and be blessed by gifts from God. Romans 12:6 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” Then in verse 9 it says, “If it is showing mercy (the gift), let him do it cheerfully.” Mercy is a gift we are to fully give and receive back from the Lord. Galatians 6:15,16 says, “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.” The old laws of circumcision are no longer what sets us apart as children of God, but instead it is by believing Christ died for our sins and rose again so we can be made a new creature. If we chose to believe this and are born again we are promised peace and mercy and are His chosen ones. Proverbs 28:13 tells us, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” When we try to hide our sins we will not prosper and since we cannot hide them from God we should confess them to him so we can find His mercy every day. Mercy is one reason God sent His Son to die for our sins and since He first showed us mercy by redeeming us from sin we need to be merciful to others we come in contact with. If we do so we will receive a blessing of mercy and not condemnation so do so and walk in his blessing of mercy. This is my wish for you today!

 
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