#5856 – The Mercy Of God

Good morning people whom the Lord God Almighty deeply loves with tender mercy.

King David fell greatly. His sin was not small, and it was not a brief moment. David needed the mercy of God.

The truth is, you and I also need the mercy of God.

Here’s the opening words to the Psalm that David wrote after Nathan challenged him about his sin with Bathsheba.

Psalm 51:1-2 NIV Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

The word mercy in this scripture is so rich: it means to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior. Oh, Father, please speak to us!

I want to remind you of the prophetic picture that Father gave me about myself in 2010 when I was struggling with my own sin and failure. Here it is again:

I saw a picture of myself standing up and I was dressed in a pure white robe. As I glanced down, I saw a tiny smudge on the bottom right-hand hem of the robe. At the same time that I saw the smudge, I saw the Lord kneel down in front of me, look me in the eyes with indescribable love, and as He wiped the smudge away, He said, “Here, let me get that for you”.

God’s kindness is the motivation for His mercy. I think this itself is a life-changing truth. Yes, we are inferior to God – He is infinitely greater. But this does not result in the Lord “lording” it over us in judgement every time we stumble and fall. Rather, God’s starting point to a repentant heart is His mercy; God Himself bending down to us in kindness.

May the mercy of God overwhelm us today with gratitude for His goodness and kindness.

Read my 7 day YouVersion devotion on ‘Indescribable Love’.

#5855 – A White Robe

Good morning people who live by God’s picture of your life.

Father is stirring my heart to look more deeply at the essential truth of mercy. So, let’s explore this together over the coming days.

I want to start with a picture that Father gave me about myself back in 2010. The context of receiving this very clear picture from the Lord was in response to me asking Him how He sees me. At the time, I was very aware of failure in my life, and I felt unworthy before God.

Maybe this is how you feel right now too. I pray this picture does you good.

I saw a picture of myself standing up and I was dressed in a pure white robe. As I glanced down, I saw a tiny smudge on the bottom right-hand hem of the robe. At the same time that I saw the smudge, I saw the Lord kneel down in front of me, look me in the eyes with indescribable love, and as He wiped the smudge away, He said, “Here, let me get that for you”.

How do you feel as you read this?

I believe for those who are in Christ, this is more of an accurate picture than the one we often have of ourselves.

So, what is the difference between our view of ourselves and God’s view of us?

For a start, a different picture than the one Father showed me is based on a greater focus on our sin than on God’s grace and mercy. One of the ongoing enemies that we all have to overcome is an unhealthy focus on self. It can even sound right and noble, but it does not lead to greater freedom and life.

Jesus paid the price for our sins, and through His shed blood, we are now privileged to stand before the Father dressed in a white robe. This robe is the pure righteousness of God. It is not based on our efforts, but on the finished work of Calvary.

This is the starting point for understanding God’s mercy. It starts with acknowledging, honouring and receiving what Jesus has done for us.

 

#5854 – Do It Again Lord

Good morning people who partner with God’s eternal purposes on earth.

Mark 6:12-13 NIV They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Here’s another three things I see in this verse today.

Firstly, the disciples went out and preached that people should repent. We need some good old-fashioned preaching on repentance. No one can enter into eternal life outside of repentance. No one can undergo a transformation of life outside of repentance. The kingdom of God and the gospel cannot be received outside of repentance. It’s time to preach repentance again.

Secondly, the disciples drove out many demons. This is an uncomfortable area for most Christians, but it shouldn’t be. Much of Jesus’ ministry involved driving out demons, and it was true also of the early disciples. Why? Because there are a lot of demons that are terrorizing people’s lives! There was then and there is now.

While we must not see a demon under every rock and behind every sneeze and cough, we must not pretend that they don’t exist or ignore that they are more common than we realise. Remember, one third of all of the angels fell, and they are hellbent (literally speaking) on trying to do the opposite of what Jesus paid for on the cross of Calvary. It’s time to wake up to the spiritual reality of people who need to be set free from demonic harassment.

Thirdly, the disciples anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. Jesus healed people, the early disciples healed people, and we too are called to heal people. Once again, this is so important. Why? Because Jesus paid a price for our sins and for our sickness. The example of Jesus was healing all who were sick and oppressed. Therefore, this should be our pursuit and our measure too.

Finally for today, I’m clearly speaking the truth of God’s Word. We are all on a journey – I’m very much included. We are not there yet, but I do want to keep on walking towards Father’s stated intention.

Will you join me?

I say do it again Lord! Save people, set people free, and heal people we pray. May we all walk in supernatural kingdom order and authority. Amen!

 

#5853 – Called And Sent

Good morning people who yearn to walk in kingdom authority like the early disciples did.

Mark 6:7 NIV Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

Three things immediately speak to me from this verse.

Firstly, Jesus calls people to Himself. The starting point of our relationship with God is through the essential doorway of coming to Jesus. The starting point of being a disciple is following Jesus. There is no other way.

Secondly, those who Jesus calls to Himself, He sends out into the world. This is what Jesus did with the twelve, the 70, the 120, and to every person who declares, “I follow Jesus.” A disciple learns and goes. There is no other way.

Thirdly, those who are called and sent are sent with spiritual authority. Oh, this is so important! Let’s lean in.

The authority that we are to operate in does not originate from ourselves. It is delegated authority; Jesus gives it to us.

I believe that the world needs encounters with those who are called, sent and who carry heaven’s authority. People need an encounter with people who believe and live on earth as it is in heaven.

To some who are reading this, you instinctively think, “That’s not really for me Steve. Maybe for you, but not for me.” Respectfully and lovingly, that’s not true. In fact, I want to expose the author of that lie – it is Satan who wants us to believe that this is for others and not for us.

One other lie the devil uses is to say that we are not ready yet to be sent out as witnesses. May I remind you that Jesus was sending out the twelve while He continued to disciple them, including, His need to correct them and call them up. He never waits until people are perfect because none of us are.

May the people of God enter more deeply into the revelation truth that we are actually people of God; empowered by God and sent by God with all that we need.

 

#5852 – Biblical Teaching

Good morning people who have a high value for the precious Word of God.

Mark 6:6 NIV He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

In my Bible, there is a gap between the two sentences in this verse above. I’m pretty sure that there was a change of scenes. But I also believe Father wants us to hear something important from Him today.

Part of the answer to a lack of faith is solid biblical teaching. Sometimes inspiration is not enough.

I have always been a student of God’s Word. I can’t get enough of diving in deep and going below the surface. I love meeting with the Author of the Word as I meditate on His words. I love the Bible!

And I also love being taught the Word of God by others. I love when preachers teach God’s Word. I love hearing truth proclaimed with power, and I love hearing scripture interpret scripture. I love hearing ministers correctly handling the Word of truth.

If you are a preacher today, I want to encourage you to preach the Word. Don’t just preach good sermons – preach the Bible. Anchor yourself in God’s Word. Go deep. Call people up. Talk about God more and more.

For us all, feast on God’s Word personally, and also, feed yourself from people who accurately and authentically teach the Bible. There is much more for us all to learn.

There is a deeper relationship with God for us all that will be further fueled through clear biblical teaching.