A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, January 15, 2014
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” – Lamentations 3:22
Too many people, including numerous believers, view God as a harsh Father. This false depiction of our loving Creator is truly sad, and was started by a bitter fallen angel who was cast out of Heaven because of an attempted character assassination.
Our study verse for today sets the record straight, by ripping through the heavens shouting “Not true!” The Hebrew word for “mercies” as used in this verse is checed (pr. kheh-sed), which means “kindness, favor, loving-kindness, merciful, good deed” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
We serve a merciful God. We are partakers in the constant and overflowing favor, poured over us by a doting Daddy. We are sons and daughters of a most loving Father. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “favor” as “to show partiality,” and further defines “loving-kindness” as “tender and benevolent affection.”
God’s favor is undeserved and cannot be earned. Our Holy Father shows His children partiality based solely on Who He is and His love for us; and not because of what we do or don’t do, but in spite of what we have or have not done.
And what is this “good deed” that is one of many infinite mercies of God? Certainly, it is not anything good we have done. This good deed was committed as the ultimate act by a heart-broken Father with an immeasurable love to save His children who became lost and could not save themselves—nor deserved to be saved. What we did or did not deserve was not even a consideration when Love stepped in and saved the day. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Do you know that God loves you immensely my brother and my sister? I am here to tell you this day, and with absolute certainty that He does. Instead of pouring out His wrath, which is what we deserved; He poured out His love through the death of His Son, Who hung naked on a cross between Heaven and Earth.
Allow God’s love to heal every hurt, to meet every unmet need, and to wash away every restrictive drop of bitterness, anger, and resentment from you right now. Just bask in the presence of the Father’s love. Receive the love of the Father that many of you never experienced from your natural father, who may or may not have even been around. God, your heavenly Father, wants to step in, take over, make up for, and make up the difference of where love fell short in your life.
This is the moment you have been waiting for, my brother. This is the answer to your prayer, my sister. Accept it, without hesitation, and without reservation; for it is all you will ever need, and everything you need to be made whole.
Father, thank You for Your mercies that keep us, and Your compassion that will never end. We call on You now, most loving and gracious Father, to overtake us with Your love, so that we will be healed, made whole, and never be the same again. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love You because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to see God for Who He really is and not as the false portrayal that the enemy depicted Him to be. God is a loving and merciful Father, full of favor and loving-kindness for everyone who calls on Him. Call upon God to become your Father, and He will adopt you as His own. And continue to fight the good fight of being kept by your Father’s mercies; for God, your More-than-Enough, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.