|KHANDIE'S KORNER - "MAY 12, 2003"|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
MERCY ENDURES FOREVER"
But God, who is RICH IN MERCY, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:4-10) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, THE FATHER OF MERCIES, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2nd Cor 1-3-4) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER (1st Chr 16:34)
Since the beginning of time, and the creation of man, the Lord God has poured his great mercy and grace upon humankind. Even when we were dead in our sins, the Lord God, desiring NOT to destroy the very works of his own hands, because of HIS MERCY and LOVE, prepared a way that we may be raised to life, THROUGH FAITH in Jesus Christ our Lord. Even the very gift of salvation was given out of grace and mercy as none truly deserve it nor can it be earned, and as with any gift and/or promise of the Lord, we receive it by FAITH!
Throughout the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, the mercy of our Lord is demonstrated. From the fall of Adam, to the rise of Christ and thereafter, God has been merciful unto we who are sinners who have fallen short of his Glory. His LOVE, greater than the love of man, His COMPASSION far supercedes the limited compassion in the heart of man, Our Heavenly Father hears the cry of a truly repentant heart, and unto such, he delivers HIS MERCY. He comforts the broken hearted and gives strength to the weak and feeble, and all who come to Him, he will in no wise cast out.
There are those who are of the faith, that have received His Mercy in the forgiveness of their sins with a truly thankful, humble and repentant heart. Their hearts are surrendered to the Lord, because of his unfailing love for them, and the washing and cleansing them of all unrighteousness. Their past may have been soiled and dirty, filled with lies and deceit, trickery and craftiness, drunkedness and lawlessness, lewdness and sexual perversion, and all manner of wickedness AND YET .because HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER when they cried out to him, He answered. And by FAITH, they received his word which declares: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1st John 1:10) And as they have received the Lord Jesus with a heart of true sorrow, and a desire to turn away from the corrupt ways of which theyve known, the BLOOD, the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD, rinses away ALL the stench of the past and the sins thereof and no longer remembered. When one has lived a life once filled with wickedness and corruption, and the Lord rescues such literally from the pit of hell, such a one tends to have a heart as of the Lords, MERCIFUL. Such a one usually finds no difficulty in LOVING his/her fellow brother or sister, and FORGIVING those whove sinned against them as he/she is so very humbled and consumed with gratitude to the Lord that their sins have been forgiven. As the Lord spoke concerning the woman considered by the Pharisees and all who were in the house, the woman who broke the alabaster flask of fragrant oil and anointed his feet washing them with her tears and drying them with her hair: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; FOR SHE LOVED MUCH: but to whom LITTLE is forgiven, the same LOVETH LITTLE.
Then there are those who profess to be of the faith, that have received his mercy in the forgiveness of their sins with arrogance, pride and a sense of haughtiness. Their hearts are not humbled, and tend to believe their sins were or are not so terrible, thus they are better off than the next man who may have committed murder, or the next woman who may have sold her body for profit. They are like the Pharisee so FULL of themselves, who went into the temple to pray in the book of Luke 18th chapter and spoke these words: God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or ever as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess (vs. 11-12), and then the publican (tax collector) praying also in the temple, was so ashamed of his sins that he couldnt as much as lift his eyes to heaven, but simply beat upon his chest and spoke the words: God be MERCIFUL to me a sinner. (vs. 13) and the word of God says that he went back to his home MORE justified than the other. You see, his heart was humbled. He hid not his sins, nor did he attempt to cover his sins by professing all of the good things hed done, but simply asked the Lord for MERCY and received just that. The proud and arrogant Pharisee, who is like MANY within the Body of Christ, who religiously followed the letter of the law, could only boast and brag in self-righteous arrogance. He was unaware that although he may have OUTWARDLY did everything right, INWARDLY his HEART was CORRUPT and far from receiving and producing MERCY. He believed that his good works would obtain the Lords Grace and Blessings, However the Lord says in his word that He desires MERCY and NOT sacrifice. What good are works, if the heart is not right with the Lord. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Then, there are those who profess to be of the Faith, who know of their sins and yet believe they can continue in sin as long as they Confess their sins to the Lord. Such have taken his Mercy for granted, having no true desire for repentance, whose hearts are far from the Lord and having one foot in the church and the other in the world, foolishly attempt to serve both. They believe that since His word speaks of forgiveness, he would undoubtedly forgive, despite if such a one remain in his/her sins. How UNKIND we are to the Lord, how very unkind and ungrateful. Does the BLOOD mean anything at all? An individual who continues in sin, lack the understanding that it is not enough to simply say Im sorry over and over again, one must REPENT and true Godly sorrow will lead to repentance.
Yes, it is so very true that HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER, But the word of God also declares: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
I love you all so very much.
Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the
GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always .Khandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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