Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Day New Mercies

New Day New Mercies:

"Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:22-23)

His mercies never end. I rattle my soul within me, as though trying to awaken it, exhorting, "It's a new day, and the Lord's mercies have been refreshed for you yet again! His favour rises upon you with the rising sun. Awake O soul, rise from yesterday's ashes into the glorious goodness He has planned for THIS day!"

"But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God." (Nehemiah 9:31)

Gracious and merciful You are O Lord! I praise Thee alone! For none can compare to the vastness of Your glory and splendour. None can compare to the glory and wonder of the Lord.

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

You have made Your dwelling among us sinners. You, in all Your magnificence and holiness, are living in us, sinners prone to degradation and disobedience. Mercy and patience like no other, that You would enliven our hearts of cold stone from deadness unto the abounding joy and eternal life of salvation and restoration.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

I'm not merely repaired in Christ, I'm renewed in Christ. God doesn't just "make-do" with my brokenness, He makes NEW!

His mercies never falter, and they never cease to flood me day after day. The more I yield every area of my life to His unyielding grace and compassion, the more I can experience the true joy of abundance and freedom from the ghastly grip of the fears that once controlled me with an unforgiving vengeance.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)

"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalms 16:11)

You're the Lord who gives gracious gifts. You bless and provide generously, not sparingly. I worry because I wonder. I wonder, "What if God doesn't want to bless me?" But, as with every situation, Scripture puts my ferocious fretting to rest.

"...Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you." (Jeremiah 31:3)

God, I believe. I believe that today, and every single day to come, You're continuing the astounding wonder that is Your great faithfulness unto me. I trust. I trust that You are sensitive to my every concern, and You care about each one. I rejoice. I rejoice in the truth that I am free to live a life of abundance and rest. Yes, God, You bless me with abundance and rest. Oh, soul, embrace that abundance and rest.

I declare Your great faithfulness and unending goodness over EVERY part of my life. Not just a few areas, but all areas. Not one little thing goes unnoticed or uncovered by Your marvellous mercy. I give You thanks and I give You praise for all the days of my life.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Streams of Mercy Never Ceasing

Streams of Mercy Never Ceasing:

"For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring" (Isaiah 44:3)

I know Your promise to me. I know You're a personal Lord, who specifically speaks to each one of His children. I know what You've told me, "Honour Me, and I'll bless you."

I know that if I'll obey and surrender to Your way, You're going to bless me abundantly with abundance and mercy and blessings. If I'll step back from white-knuckling my life into the cool and refreshing stream of Your unending mercy, I'll begin to see many blessings manifest.

"But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”" (Luke 11:28)

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

You're not trying to trick me into something and then forsake me. You don't work like that. When I step out of these choking chains of fear and into Your promised lands, I can boldly take hold of all you have with which to bless me.

If I forsake fretfulness, lay worry at the foot of the Cross, I can see the unfathomable love and grace and favour pouring out over me. If I leave my comfort zone, I know Your blessings will overflow.

Spiritual blessings occupy my heart with reverence, and physical blessings are held in my hands with gratitude. I know You're going to bless, because that is who You are. You are the God from whom all blessing flow.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3)

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits" (Psalms 103:2)

"Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness" (John 1:16)

My spirit rejoices, for You provide nourishment for my thirsty soul. My entire being releases the worry for control, because I know You care for me in whole. Not just my spiritual needs, but also every detail of my life. You care. For what more could I ask? The God of Israel blesses and watches over me personally.

Abundance. You Lord are a God of abundance. You tell me, "Rest and be renewed. I'm working on behalf of you." What goodness and graciousness I cannot comprehend! O Lord, You're so good to me! Hallelu Yah!

It's difficult, if not impossible, for me to comprehend why You would chooses to bless little old me. Why would You, Sovereign Lord and Maker of the universe, take the time to hear my concerns and then put to rest every need for doubt? I have no intellectual answer or formula for coherence. What it all boils down to in the end, in every situation, is grace. Grace, mercy, and unending love.

It's not my responsibility to break down the wires of this miraculous mechanism of God. It's only required of me to receive by grace through faith, faith in Him and faith in His faithfulness. What a marvellous God.

The very things we convince ourselves we don't deserve and could not ever possibly receive, are the very things God takes from the spattered dirt of shamefulness and turns back towards us through grace upon grace. It's that simple. God is Love, and His love knows no ending and no boundaries. He blesses and blesses out of the abundance of His goodness simply because that is who He is.

Receive this today. God's love never ends and never halts because we've sinned too much. Let me repeat this, because it's hard for me to grasp as well.

God's love NEVER ENDS. His love NEVER HALTS because we feel as though we have sinned "too much."

God doesn't look at our past anymore, because we've been reconciled to Him through Christ. Proclaim the blood of Christ and the power of redemption unto righteousness over yourself today. Taste and see how faithful God is, and experience His blessings of abundance.

-The Introverted Evangelist

*A word on the photograph used: I chose to post this picture of my dog, because of how simply at peace he was. Whilst I was toiling away, up to my knees in work, I turn to see a relaxed and completely at rest pup. I feel like it was a nice reminder God gave me saying, "Be at peace, and rest in the warmth of My Presence." Enjoy His Presence today my friends.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wholly His Own

Wholly His Own - A Monday Morning Prayer:

"Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David." (Isaiah 55:3)

Quiet my soul, O Lord. Provide peace for this shaken spirit, and caress me with Your care. I know You're here with me; I know Your goodness won't leave me. I know Your goodness never fails me.

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)

Let the jubilance of this day ensue without hesitation, for Your children await the joyfulness of Your Spirit to fall upon them, Lord. You are our God, and You are the everlasting hope we desire. You're the only One we need.

You're the Lord who leads His people, and never leaves them. So lead us this day, God. I can faithfully declare that You lovingly care; I shall never despair, for Your grace is always there. I am wholly Your own. What a triumph, what a praise! I am Yours for all my days!

-The Introverted Evangelist