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Faith appeals to God for mercy!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  Judges 9-11, Psalm 17, Luke 23

Key Scriptures:  Luke 23:39-43 “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, “Are you not the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!”  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.”  And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.””

Jesus had been crucified and hung on the cross between two other criminals.  One mocked Jesus in bitterness and unbelief.  Jesus was silent.  The other rebuked the first, asking if he had not fear of God, the ultimate judge that all must answer to.  He then asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom.  This was a acknowledgement of faith in Jesus and in the resurrection.  To this Jesus broke His silence, simply stating that that man would be with Him before the day was over in Paradise!  On this Good Friday, look to Jesus and humbly appeal to Him for mercy for yourself and others.

Psalm 17:6  “I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me; hear my words.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for hearing my prayer for mercy and for granting me a place in Your kingdom.  Help me today to share the good news of Your mercy towards sinners.  Thank You for Jesus’ great sacrifice and mercy.

Judges 10:10  “And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.”

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Only believe!

Scripture reading for February 16th:  Mark 5

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 5:35-36  “While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler.  “Your daughter is dead,” they said.  “Why bother the Teacher any more?  Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

Jairus had come in faith to Jesus for healing of a daughter that he knew was dying.  Jesus had responded and went with him to minister to his daughter.  On the way, another hurting woman reached out and touched Jesus’ garment and He felt divine healing power flow from that exchange.  He stopped and after identifying the woman, declared that her faith had healed her.  But bad news arrived from Jairus’ home–his daughter was dead!  The servant told him not to bother Jesus any more!

As Jairus was contemplating what to do, Jesus spoke a simple word of encouragement:  “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”  Believers must never feel that bringing a need to Jesus is bothering Him in any way!  We must hold onto our trust and press on.  Simply resting in Christ Jesus brings us peace and fear must leave!

Observations for over-comers:  Even in the face of an impossible situation, running to Jesus in faith is the answer to receiving a miracle!  In the face of bad reports, we cling to our faith to see it become sight!  “In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from Your sight!”  Yet You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.  Love the Lord, all His saints!  The Lord preserves the faithful, . . .”  (Psalms 31:22-23)

 

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My Soul Takes Refuge in God!

Scripture reading for June 15th: Psalms 55-59

Psalm 57 has a note in the title stating that David wrote the psalm when he was hiding in the cave near En Gedi from Saul’s pursuit.  David was a young man who was chosen to minister to Saul with the harp.  Saul became jealous of David after he slew the Philistine giant, Goliath.  Saul’s jealousy provoked him to throw spears at David and seek to kill him.  David fled from Saul, but Saul would pursue him like hunting an animal.  David and his men were hiding in a cave when Saul came in to relieve himself.  David cut off a corner of his robe, but would not kill him.  (1st Samuel 24:4-7)

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.  I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.” Psalm 57:1-2.  David goes to God for help and safety.  He hides in the cave and waits on God.  God brings Saul right into the cave and David has opportunity to kill him and is urged by his men to do so.  But David leaves revenge to God.  He trusts God to fulfill His purpose for him.  David has already been anointed as the next king of Israel, but does not reach out his hand to take it.

“I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts–men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.” (Psalm 57:4)  David feels like he is a victim waiting to be eaten by those much stronger than him.  The words that have been said have hurt deeply and are eating at his soul.

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  Awake, my soul!  Awake, harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn. Psalm 57:7   Early in the morning David chose to worship God with harp and lyre in songs of faith.  His worship would sustain him and he spoke strength to his own heart!  He promised God to proclaim His goodness and love to the nations.  He thanked God for His faithfulness in worship!  “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 57:5,11)

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