My Journey through Romans 9

All You Need to Know About God’s Mercy- A Choosing of One Over the Other

Read slowly the following verses:

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Ref. Malachi 1:2-3)
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

So what say you of God’s mercy? We often cry out loud, “Lord have mercy…” when tragedy happens or when someone does something outside of their character. We ask quietly in prayer, “Lord have mercy…” when things are not going the way we want them to go in our lives and/or in the lives of others.

Some of us as Believers wrestle with believing verse 13 as being something God could do. Even though Esau aka Edom was hated, we find in studying God’s word that Esau (Edom) was still blessed. Know the spiritual meaning of the events between Esau and Jacob to understand God’s statement so I don’t have to go into it here. (Read Genesis 25- 27) We know that everything starts “In the beginning, God”.  We know that Esau and Jacob (Israel) were twins. We know from God’s mindset, there can be only ONE ruler that He chooses to oversee and follow through on His will. That I firmly believe and Jesus is the CHIEF model for my belief.  There have also been many a times, God has stepped in to put a chosen person back in line with his will; Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah and even you and I, are just a few that he chose to have mercy on. From the beginning to the end of the bible, we are shown that there is always a choosing of one over the other.

Years ago, I purchased a book titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. It was a book written about lessons learned in the authors’ life. As for me, all I really need to know about life and how God operates I learned in the book of Genesis. The events found there clearly show why He had to come down to earth as Jesus in the NT face to face to show us what we need to know. Is that not the mercy of God leading us back to Him as in the beginning?

quote-4In some cases, we show mercy upon those we do not know but hear about via news reports and those that don’t seem fitting to receive our mercy, but God. When we see others that we truly love losing their way in life or hurting do we not choose to show mercy by helping the one that is lost and in pain? There are also those who some choose to harden their hearts against (last U.S.A election is a prime example) as God chose to harden Pharaoh’s heart against God’s own people.(TYHS) A quote came to my mind made by General Thomas Jonathan Jackson aka “Stonewall Jackson” of the Civil War, that reminded me of our election outcome. He said “Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.” Many exercised their duty to vote, enough said.  Isn’t that eerie, Stone Wall and here we are about to inaugurate a President that wants to “build a wall.” Get ready to Watch God Work is all I can say. The Holy Spirit led me to say more about our election than I wanted to. Thank you Holy Spirit, there must be a message in here for someone out there. 

Wisdom Moment– There’s a message here for you. Grab it!  God is about to do some great things in teaching the world who He is once again. It’s his H.M.O. (holy modus operandi) He made the choice. The bottom line is that God chooses to works through whom He wills. Being a preacher’s kid, a doctor, or a church goer doesn’t necessarily put one in the line of God’s will to lead. Remember that God chose Paul, a murderer of His chosen people.(TYHS) Question to you beloved reader: What did you learn about God’s H.M.O when he chose to show Paul mercy? And what did Paul teach us about ourselves in 1Timothy1:15? “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

clapNow beloved, go back and read the verses at the beginning of this blog; add verses nineteen(19) through twenty-nine (29) to get a blessing. It is a truth for me in reading this chapter that ‘All You Need to Know About God’s Mercy- A Choosing of One Over the Other’ is a message that we all need to be attentive to. It’s not about hate, but about righteousness and God’s choice to fulfill His will and promises.Glory Hallelujah!

I leave you with some quotes from the author of All Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum:

“I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my childhood back.
Nobody is going to give me that. I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I try. I know it doesn’t make sense, but since when is Christmas about sense, anyway? It is about a child, of long ago and far away, and it is about the child of now. In you and me. Waiting behind the door of or hearts for something wonderful to happen. A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded and terribly vulnerable to joy.”

And While He Lingered… The Lord Had Mercy – Genesis 19:16

And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.(Genesis 19:16-22 KJV)

Most are familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, right? I wanted to share with you something the Holy Spirit shared with me concerning this story . It’s about lingering, the Lord’s mercy, and yes, the sin of not helping others (doing nothing) and leaving the people of God to be consumed in a place of chaos. (Ouch 1!)

doing nothingquotesWe as the people of God in this very day and age, still linger when He tells us to go. We as his people also have a bad habit of looking and running the other way when we need to hold the hand of (help) others; we knowingly and cowardly let them become consumed. Why? Is it because we don’t have or never had anyone to grab us by the hand like the angels helped Lot, to lead us out of the place we are in to avoid being consumed? Have we forgotten how to show mercy to and make sacrifices for others? (Ouch 2!)

We are taught and told by many that God doesn’t speak directly to us anymore as He did the prophets of old. That could be true for some, however, He does speak to us through his Holy Spirit, others and His angels, those who He have given charge over thee per King David’s experience. “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”- (Psalm 91:10-11) and,  “For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”(Luke 4:10-11) *Be*

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Toe Stepping Moment

The four ethical questions I have when chaos hits are: (1) While most linger when God tells us to go; shouldn’t we have family, friends, or someone in the body of Christ helping us to go forward? (2) If so, then why has the church become a place concerned with the building up of a larger or new building while neglecting to build up its very members? A lot of churches have forgotten about planting seeds, they are more concerned with planting cement. (3) Why do family and so-called friends take off in the opposite direction, choose sides, or ignore the ones in need when chaos presents itself?  The elephant is always present and its presence is always ignored seemingly to be the norm for most. (4) Have you ever seen a herd of sheep around an elephant? (Ouch 3!) Ok, I’m stepping off of toes now, mine included. 🙂

It was made manifest to me that through the interceding’s of Abraham (Gen. 18:23-33) and by the hands of the Lord’s angels that Lot would have never gotten out of the chaos (place) on his own for he was comfortable living there amid the chaos. Let me bring it to you on another level. Sometimes we worship where we live no matter what is going on around or in that place. Sometimes we worship a church place for the wrong reasons, and/ or a  place of employment and we linger when the Lord is telling us to go elsewhere less we “be consumed.”

We should learn that the Lord always have something better planned for us(Joshua 1:9, Jer. 29:11) even through those people, places, or things we have a hard time of moving away from or losing. In verse 22, we find the angel of the Lord telling Lot, that he cannot do anything until he “be come thither”(KJV) or “flee there quickly” (NIV) *Come*

Uh oh! I just had a ‘the boot doesn’t fit’ laughing moment from the movie Toy Story 2 to insert here. Let me share it with you.

Jessie: You callin’ me a liar?
Woody: Well, if the boot fits.
Jessie: Say that again.
Woody: [slowly enunciating] If the boot-tah fits!

In this case, the “boot-tah” doesn’t fit, (and I love boots) therefore I am not a liar when I made mention of the above occurrences. 

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Sacrificial Thinking Moment– Lot tried to give his own daughters over to the violent men for sex, instead of giving the angels over to them for sex. He did not linger in that thought. Why not? What a sacrifice for a father to make to keep God’s own angels (people) safe! Get it?

 

 

When there is someone in need of your help and you know that they need help(spiritually or physically), though they linger and have not asked, put forth your hand to help them move out of the chaos. *Thither* This is the time when God speaks through his angels(you quite possibly) to relay a message  to others. Trust me, it is true. I don’t know about you, but I always know when someone is going through something and I do not hesitate to help people in some way. I have put my own self at risk of losing things to help others out. I know that the Lord will see me through my loss. I am also guilty of not asking others for help-Lord help me in that area. This is what the people of God do for one another. There is no time for gossip about what one is going through.

We who are of the Lord better Wake UpNo More Lingering; we are to stretch out a helping hand to one another and stop thinking of self and self’s earthly possessions, positions, and what others think. For the word said “And while he lingered the men laid hold upon his hand…”  It was the light for me in His word beloved that this was a show of mercy from the Lord on Abraham, not just on Lot and his family. Are you not of Abraham’s seed? It also shows us that when one who art in the body of Christ is hurting, that in spiritual reality, all are hurting. The Lord does not want His people to live in hurt, nor to linger. 

Do you know someone who is lingering? If so, go back to the ways of old…the Lord’s Way in helping others who linger. Where is your show of mercy (your helping hand)?  For the Lord’s angels said:… “for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither.” In other words to stop lingering when He tells you to “Go” and to stop lingering when it comes to helping others.

I’m going to end with more words from Toy Story 2. (TYHS) Find the hidden message that is relative to this post(three words are located thither*)

Alien toys: You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful.
Mrs. Potato Head: You saved their lives? My hero! They’re so adorable. Let’s adopt them!
Alien toys: [Gathering around Mr. Potato Head] Daddy!

 I Love You

Love Covers A Multitude of Sins

 

 

Oh! Mercy, Mercy Me, People Ain’t/Aren’t What They Should Be- Matthew 5:7

 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

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Mercy– (n)- compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also: lenient or compassionate treatment: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion

Merciful– (adj)- : treating people with kindness and forgiveness : not cruel or harsh : having or showing mercy: giving relief from suffering : full of mercy : compassionate

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Yeah I said “ain’t” – And they aren’t what they should be, especially God’s children. “That’s the fact Jack.”

There are many verses in the bible that speak of mercy toward the people of God, i.e. mercy from God and mercy from others. This verse automatically made me think of Saul aka Paul, the one who was rather mean to Christians. You know the event where he was brought to his knees, blinded temporarily, had to rely and believe in Christ, became a new man in Christ?

Here’s my WISDOM for you- If you cannot be forgiving of others, you need to leave them alone(join Shrek in the Kingdom of Far Far Away) and pray for yourself deeply. If you are led by the spirit of the devil, and you choose to continue being led by him, then go on with your bad self and burn. No one likes to be burden with someone who smells like smoke all the time and is down and out (unmerciful), and have no love for others, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Flee! Don’t be a slave to sin, be merciful.

As I read verse seven(7), I had questions for self for when/what I SEE. Some may appear monotonous, however they are not. Just use your Helper. Now you too can check your eyes and heart. Ok?

  1. Are you forgiving of your past? (confess to God, ask for mercy, ask for deliverance)
  2. Are you forgiving of the past of others? (the devil stirs others and you to keep your past present)
  3. Do you believe that others should be under your control? (think cruelty to animals campaign)
  4. Have you shown mercy TO DAY to someone?
  5. Do you feel bad for people who can’t seem to come to Christ, after you have been spending Jesus-Time with them? (hardened hearts, unbelievers, weak mind-set that the bible is just stories written by men)
  6. Do you have compassion for the sick?( ex. mentally ill, alcoholic, drug addict)
  7. Do you have compassion and respect for the elderly and homebound?
  8. Do you have compassion for the disabled?( ex. physical infirmities, includes false prophets and teachers)
  9. Do you have compassion for those who have suffered?(ex. the abused, the disconsolate)
  10. Do you have compassion for the overlooked and poor? (ex. the homeless)
  11. Do you call or visit people you have not seen in your church for some time?
  12. Have you gone or do you go out of the way to help others in desperate need?
  13. Do you have someone on earth that you can go to in confidence about issues in your life? (someone that you know that the bucks(words) stop there-not worrying about gossip or flinging it back in your face) (Wow!)
  14. What purpose does it serve to keep throwing up a person’s past, better yet who does it serve?(Whoa!)
  15. Who is your neighbor and what have you done for them lately?
  16. What is the meaning of relief?
  17. What does God’s Word say about forgiveness?

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I reviewed my answers and the Holy Spirit put me in check. (TYHS) No, we are not perfect. Think about this-what fee do you pay by being merciful? Remember these important things if you do not remember anything else about the word M-E-R-C-I-F-U-L:

She hit 2 home run verses!

She hit 2 home run verses!

 

James 2:13- For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment

Matthew 18:33 – “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?” ( for the unforgiving and merciless to ponder)

 

 

 

 

Quotes

Let us sing- Here a quote, there a quote, everywhere a quote quote! Enjoy Beloved- Peace Out!

“God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue.”

William Law

“The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy.”

Warren Wiersbe

“Here is the life of prayer, when in or with the Spirit, a man being made sensible of sin, and how to come to the Lord for mercy; he comes, I say, in the strength of the Spirit, and crieth Father. That one word spoken in faith, is better than a thousand prayers, as men call them, written and read, in a formal, cold, lukewarm way.”

John Bunyan

“No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence. A just man does justice to every man and to everything; and then, if he be also wise, he knows there is a debt of mercy and compassion due to the infirmities of man’s nature; and that is to be paid; and he that is cruel and ungentle to a sinning person, and does the worst to him, is in his debt and is unjust.”

 Jeremy Taylor

Casting and Investing Seeds ( A Show of Mercy for Others ) Ecclesiastes 11

I was taken way back to a childhood memory when reading this chapter. Stick with me now!

I was thinking back of an incident that took place when I was 7 years old. My Pawpaw invested in many ventures, so this chapter was right up my alley. The biggest one he invested in was various seed plantings for they are still around even today waiting for me to chop them down and replant. I recall asking him why he had planted things and then had them picked or cut down. He said it was “called investing in the future of seeds and one day you’ll own the seeds to pass on.” What? Seeds ain’t got no future. They grow, get eaten, chopped down and they get struck by lightning and blown away by big storms then they fall in ditches. Is that why you plant stuff over and over again?, I asked. Needless to say I was told to go in the house and help Grandma. Later on that week I was given some books and 4-H pamphlets for kids to read on the subject of seeds as he told me more about it. When he was preparing a Sunday school lesson from Ecclesiastes, I was there in training helping to prepare lessons with my questions. I bet he wished I wasn’t. And here we are some forty five years later back on the subject of seed investing and in the book of Ecclesiastes. Go figure! That seems to be a karma instance of reaping and sowing for sure. Ya know, that bread expands in water? Try it as a scientific experiment.

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In this chapter my understanding is that Solomon suggests that we invest in being charitable, prepare for death and the judgment following. However, my focus will be on casting and investing. How many times have we given money to the poor and homeless standing on street corners or near shopping areas asking for money? How many times have we given to and through our churches or private giving to organizations asking to help the less fortunate? Do we ever think about what is being doing with the money or items once it leaves our hands? Do we realize that once it leaves our hand it is an investment? When we donate time, food, clothing or housewares, teaching others how to plant and grow,it is also a part of investing-did you know that? Some see it is a risk of faith.(TYHS)

Know this, once it leaves our hands and is invested in others per their claims, what is done with it is out of our hands and controlled by the recipient, whether it be a church, an organization, or an individual. Therefore we are told in verse 4 -” He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” The only reason we do observe is for tax purposes, so I guess that is ok. Also know that you have done as God have asked with the casting of your bread , you have invested a seed with the expectations of it growing to its maximum potential and you obtain a heavenly return. And here is where we run head into verse 3 for our answers to the questions that stirred in my mind. “…There It Shall Be…” Whatever or whoever you have given to, “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.”fALLEN TREE IN RIVER-WIKI

I’m coming to a close soon and I pray for us all to come to the knowledge and be wise in knowing that “As thou knowest not what the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grown in the womb of her that is with child; even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” Therefore we as children of God should know that “In the morning sow they seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” Amen to that!

It is my belief that “waters” is equivalent to many people. A full meal is equivalent to many people. One day of clothing is equivalent to a full wardrobe for many people. It comes down to pittance versus portion. Since God is rich in mercy, what is our excuse not to be rich in mercy also? If mercy were to have a dollar amount representative of itself, we would not be able to compute the cost. Do you see what I’m saying? (TYHS) division of bread

God’s mercy is infinite. Praise the Lord that infinity exists, because whatever we cast, we are told that we “shalt find after many days.” We will never know when or if the tide may turn(reversal of a situation) on us. Comprende? We are all poor and that is one reason that God has mercy for the human race. When he extends mercy we are to be obedient to His requests. We are to be merciful to others so that we also obtain mercy from our Heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:7) “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all  longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” (1 Timothy 1:15-16)  Even if you gave away 1/4 of what you have, you still have 3/4 left. That’s mercy-ology!

Have we been a merciful race that practice and believe in casting and investing our seeds upon the waters?

“When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor’s gift” – Maya Angelou

 

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