Monday, February 24, 2014

Mercy

Brief note to our fellow brethren:

We solemnly bless the Lord for our faithful readers. These weekly articles we post here are not in vain and they are not teachings we make up or think up on our own, but the Lord Himself says what we must write about. We are therefore right in saying that these are the Lord’s teachings. The teachings are basic and unambiguous. Also, many people have developed the habit of trying to explain complex prophetic utterances, and this is creating a lot of confusion and false interpretations.

Having said this, the Lord says He wants us to learn and apply the things we understand while we focus on Him. We asked the Lord on many occasions to explain and teach us some of the end-time prophesies since many people are claiming to hear from Him on these subjects. He told us He did not send some of them, but they are driven by their own curiosity, which is the reason why many of them are giving false utterances. Furthermore, the Lord said that we should hope in His second coming, but we must take in every teaching that builds us up in Him, producing fruits of dedicated and faithful service to Him in preparation for His appearance. The Lord said, in His own words: “Concentrate on the things that you can easily apply in your life and produce fruits of obedience while witnessing, and I will reveal future things at the proper times.”

God is Merciful

Simply put, mercy may mean “an act of kindness, compassion or favor.”  In other words, Mercy is applied and manifested when we have committed an offence. This holy attribute resides with the God-head (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (Deuteronomy 4:31). In expressing the greatness of God’s mercy, Paul wrote “But 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” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV).

This is the most striking demonstration of Divine mercy, God’s great act of salvation in saving us as sinners from the just consequences of our sins and giving us forgiveness and eternal life (Romans 2:4; Titus 3:4-5; 1 Peter 2:3; Isaiah 63:9). Let me put it this way, NO RELIGION, NO MATTER HOW LOFTY AND WELL DEFINED ITS TEACHINGS MAY BE, COULD SUPERSEDE OR REPLACE THIS MERCIFUL REDEMPTIVE WORK OF CHRIST JESUS AND GOD’S ULTIMATE DEMONSTRATION OF HIS MATCHLESS KINDNESS TO THE HUMAN RACE.  We must not take this great mercy lightly (Romans 2:4).

When God bestowed this great mercy upon mankind, the angels of God rejoiced and praised Him for the grace He showed to us (Luke 2:8-14). Our Lord Himself repeatedly referred to this great mercy saying, "... No-one is good- except God alone” (Mark 10:18 NIV) and “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven…” (John 6:51 NIV). Beloved, prior to the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ and the demonstration of God’s Mercy, the reality that humanity was subjected to is best described in Romans 2:12-16. In this portion of Scripture, the reality of future judgement is partially revealed, showing us just how much kindness God extended to us.

Furthermore, in the rituals of the Old Testament, the sinners were dependent entirely on God’s mercy for their acceptance of God. It was God’s mercy, not their own religious acts, which saved them. In addition, God’s throne was called the Mercy Seat; it was the place where God symbolically sat and where He mercifully accepted sinners into His Presence (Exodus 25:21-22; Hebrews 4:16). Also, the Lord told me that many people think they are doing Him a favor by serving Him. Some, He says, are serving Him just for what they could get from Him while showing no love and obedience to Him. The Lord further said He provided His mercies for our salvation and rewards our obedience by answering our prayers and providing for our needs and in the correct quantities (Deuteronomy 28:2-14; Exodus 16:18).

Be Merciful

As children of God, we are commanded to be merciful and compassionate (Luke 6:36; 10: 36-37; Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 2:10). By being merciful, we are demonstrating who is alive within us (1 John 4:4) and that His mercy is flowing through us into others. The Lord Jesus’ parables and teachings should serve as a constant reminder that God takes notice of the way we treat others (Matthew 5:7; 25:34-40). The Lord fully possessed the apostle Paul and all the apostles and the fruit of His will was evident in their lives, and they no longer lived for themselves but for the good of all mankind (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13). As it is, when we have allowed God to work His mercy through us, we show no personal interest in our own needs or ambitions, for the Lord takes care of these.

The Power of God’s Mercy

As a sinner, I was exposed to many dangers that could have ended my life and HELL would have been my destiny. Not that we are looking for people’s sympathy; God is the one we want to be seen glorifying for He alone is Mercy. Earlier in my life, I was run over by a big truck, but miraculously I sustained no permanent injuries and I escaped with my life; this is the sole truth. Another time, I was dosed with paraffin while asleep; I was healed of this.  I also escaped and survived knife battles. I could have been brain damaged when a huge pole fell right on my head; it left me completely dizzy and confused and lame in my feet as I could not walk. I was never treated in a hospital in all of the above cases, even though some people insisted to it.  God has demonstrated great patience and mercy to me. I give very great praise, Glory and honor to the Lord for His ultimate love and kindness to me. This I mentioned with a strong conviction. This is not a show of me; surely I am absolutely nothing! I am telling of God’s mercy.

In conclusion, I would like to share a short vision showing God’s mercy to my daughter Charis these past few weeks. The devil took full advantage of her condition. Charis is suffering from seasonal allergies. She experiences blocked nose and sneezing, etc. The last three weeks were a battle as she had breathing difficulties. She would feel as if something was sitting on her chest blocking the air and making it impossible for her to breathe. She would often scream for help with no sound, and the moment she receives relief she would pray. This past Friday she was again severely attacked and she almost died, but God had mercy on her and granted her just enough grace to pray by faith as she lay helpless, but still resisting the devil (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:16).

Yesterday morning (February 23, 2014) the Lord sent an angel who reported to Charis: “The devil wanted to end your life, but because you had strong faith and prayed, God showed His mercy to you and spared your life”. Let us therefore be merciful as our Heavenly Father has been merciful to us.

Blessed and Gracious Mercy to You in Jesus' Name,
Brother Glenn.