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The Everlasting Mercy of God

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“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1)

God’s mercy is a monumental theme in Scripture. The English word appears some 341 times in the Bible. The four Hebrew and three Greek words appear a total of 454 times and are also translated by “kindness,” “lovingkindness,” “goodness,” “favor,” “compassion,” and “pity.” Of the 66 books of the Bible, only 16 do not use one of the words for mercy.

Even though “mercy” is an important concept, it is somewhat difficult to prescribe a definition for it, especially since “grace” is occasionally coupled with it.

In the first reference where “mercy” is used, Lot has just been expelled from Sodom by the angels of judgment. In spite of the command by the angels that Lot and his daughters “escape to the mountain,” Lot begs: “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, . . . this city is near . . . Oh, let me escape thither” (Genesis 19:17-20). And later, the New Testament saints are told to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). In these and other such passages, the two terms appear to address similar subjects.

However similar they may appear to be, these words are not synonyms. “Grace” is most often associated with the sovereign dispensation of totally undeserved favor, and it is specifically connected to salvation. “Mercy” is more often connected to the withholding of judgment: “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment” (James 2:13).

Set aside some time today to read and meditate on this psalm. You will find the day less wearisome if you do. HMM III

When Nations Forget God

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“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17)

The subject of hell is widely ignored today, even by evangelical teachers and pastors. Heaven is commonly mentioned at funerals, of course, since almost everyone attending a funeral wants to think that the deceased has gone there (assuming there turns out to be such a place). Hell is rarely acknowledged as even a possibility, on the other hand, even for mobsters or other criminals.

Nevertheless, hell is real and it is going to be more fully populated than heaven. The Lord Jesus said (and He should know!), “Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: . . . narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

But just who are the “wicked” that will be turned into hell? According to the Bible, “there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10), and “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19). By the principle of Hebrew poetic parallelism, our text would indicate that “the wicked” are those who “forget God,” where the connotation of “forget” is “become oblivious to.”

Can whole nations become oblivious to the true God of creation—and do business and legislate and conduct all their affairs just as though God no longer existed? If so, those nations (or at least those citizens of those nations who practice such wickedness) are in mortal danger. “Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross” (Psalm 119:119).

But “Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6) and “blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:12). We who trust Christ therefore surely need to work and pray earnestly for our nation, and its people, that they return to genuine love of God and His Word. HMM

Destroy Them, O Lord

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“Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.” (Psalm 5:10)

No less than 20 of the psalms contain what are known as “imprecations” — that is, prayers to God to judge and destroy the wicked — and this verse is the first of them. As such, it sets the pattern, helping us to understand why the Lord would include such vindictive prayers in His inspired Word. At first, they seem incongruous with a God of love and mercy who has told us to love our enemies, but they help us to understand that God also must judge sin — especially the sin of rebellion. In them, we are taught to see the sin of rebellion in its true light — through the eyes of a loving Creator who has been rejected to the point of no return.

It is one thing to commit an act of wickedness when overcome by temptation; it is quite another thing for men to deliberately rebel against God Himself, seeking by their “counsels” to turn others against Him, and even, if it were possible, to destroy Him and His Word altogether.

This is the age-long sin of Satan, as well as that of the leaders of both ancient paganism and modern evolutionary humanism.

Like the psalmist David, we must pray for God to defeat them and their counsels, for otherwise they will continue to lead multitudes of others into their own transgression.

There is still room for forgiveness of individual sinners, of course — even among such as these — if they come in true repentance, but most such rebels are already irrevocably hardened against God and His Word. The appropriate prayer in such a case is (as David prayed in another of the imprecatory psalms):

“Scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. . . . let them even be taken in their pride” (Psalm 59:11-12). HMM

The God’s of Molech and Christian Silence

💦 Authenticity 101: Tis been a long while since I had posted this type of musing. So, hear goes:

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I awoke around 5:00 a.m. this morning to the reality that the state of New York has gleefully allowed “doctors and nurses” the “privilege” of ripping a full-term child from a mother’s womb.

My heart was telling me that our once lovely America – a nation already at the precipice of God’s judgment as it accepts homosexuality as the new norm, promotes the change of marital definition, celebrates the coast-to-coast consumption of drugs and sexual deviations and outwardly boasts of every evil thing as “good” but, every good thing as “evil” ~ has made the last turn from God’s grace and mercy.

Tearing out a full-grown baby from the womb is now being celebrated as “freedom”? My God! What have we, as a people, become? Where’s the church’s response? Why aren’t the pulpit preachers thundering out warnings of God’s impending judgments? Where are the mother’s vehemently protesting their peers murderous actions?

As a father, I held each one of my four sons – even before their own mother had – and, rejoiced in holding their precious lives in my hands. Not so with all those sons of bitches who cloak their selves in the garbs of “good doctors and nurses” and then, using those same hands, forcibly extract the lifeless, dismembered body of a child from the womb from a woman – an animal who is, herself, a willing murderer of the innocent.

I’m not sure if I am just damned angry right now or crestfallen or both. I am not even sure to whom I am more angered toward: the practitioners of death or the silent Christian whom “just wants to move on” and, “not talk about it anymore.”

Yes. I could mention that God is willing to forgive a person whom has done such a vile act of murder. But, that’s not what my post is about. It’s about our turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the obvious.

Dear God folks! We are butchering our own children right before our eyes! We are become a nation of moral slugs – concerned more about what the entertainment industry, career politician or news commentators has to say about morality – then what God Himself warns:

🔥 “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so, profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 18:21

We, as a people in America – are traveling the very same road to God’s judgment as did of our counterpart; the Israelite people of long ago. At the height of their national power (and arrogance), God allowed a foreign power to invade them. The Babylonians proceeded to butcher the Israelite children, raped the women, murdered the elderly, took all the possessions and then, took the rest in to captivity.

I have a deep, unnerving pit in the deepest part of my soul that is telling me to prepare for the end of our nation as we know it. If God did not spare His own people, the Jew, why do we assume God will spare us? The LORD warns:

🔥 “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. So it is said: “AWAKE, OH SLEEPER, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore DO NOT BE FOOLISH, but understand what the Lord’s will is. DO NOT get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:13-18

Personally, I am no longer concerned as much with the direction of my own country but rather, my own direction and how I am living it – knowing that one day, I will give an accounting.

Better late then never…

🔥 “Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and raging fire that will consume all adversaries.” ~ Hebrews 10:25-27

What are your doing, Christian?

Isolation, the Silent Killer

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” ~ Proverbs 18:1

Isolation can be a killer. To remain unconnected from meaningful, accountable relationships with godly men is an invitation to disaster.

Joe* was a young man I mentored in the early nineties. At one time he made it big in the world of high finance. Successful. Articulate. Bright. Educated. He was a married family man with four beautiful daughters.

Joe accepted Christ and subsequently sensed a call into the ministry. He planted a church not far from where I live. The ministry grew and prospered under his capable leadership. We would meet periodically over lunch, and our connection of trust allowed us to go to build accountability that kept us both on track and healthy.

But out of nowhere he stopped showing up. I emailed and called him several times and didn’t get any response. I decided to assume he was simply busy.

Then one day I received some news that sucked the wind out of my lungs. Joe had an affair, separated from his wife, and a few months later, he committed suicide. I felt substantial levels of grief the morning I heard the news. Beyond the obvious, my grief was intensified by the unnecessary nature of this tragedy.

If only he stayed connected to someone… perhaps a wife would not be a widow, four girls would still have a daddy, I would still have a friend, and a church would still have a loving shepherd.

Let this serve as a wake-up call to all of us. We need each other, because isolation can be a killer. You and I were not meant to do life alone. Men need other men to help us be the men God created us to be. ~ SS

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