Mercy, Blessings, Pleasure

Psalm 67:1   (KJV)   67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Psalm 67.1 - Mercy, Blessing, PleasurePraise God, He’s willing to grant us mercy, to bless us, to delight in us. We come to Him humbly and boldly and pray for those things knowing that our loving God and Father desires to give them to us.

To live in His mercy, blessings, and pleasure is to live an incomparably and indescribably wonderful life. We don’t live under God’s judgment, lack, and rejection. He ably spares us from continuous pain-filled tears and utter restlessness. We don’t fear destruction, displacement, and disaster.

Those of us who fully trust in God fully rest in Him, surrounded with comforting and encouraging songs of deliverance, we bravely face every situation in life; we don’t cower from our enemies; in fact, we love them. The threat of terror may abound, but because God is within us, those who insidiously plan evil against us are the ones caught in their own snares.

Because of God’s mercy, we don’t have to fear a nation’s or even this world’s impending doom. The slowest among us run swiftly, the weakest among us are infused with divine strength. Because of God’s blessings, we are not in want. We don’t fear famine or plague. We may be laid-off from our jobs, our businesses may not pick-up, our friends may turn their backs from us, but our God provides us all our needs. Because of His pleasure, we live above pressure. We don’t live for the pleasure of people. We can’t please everybody all the time anyway. We don’t need to please everyone, we just please One, and that One is more and greater than everyone.

Through us, others see the beauty and wonders of God, His handiwork, His ways, His salvation.

Father, In Jesus’ Name

John 16:23   (KJV)   23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

A day was prophesied and that day is now that we pray directly to the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus. When we, do God grants our prayers. The veil between us and God has been torn apart. We now boldly come before the throne of God. We do so not John 16.23 - Father, In Jesus' Namebecause of our own righteousness or accomplishment; it’s because of our Lord Jesus. Because of Him, there no longer remains anything that separates us from the Father.

We maintain a healthy balance of sincere humility and lion-like boldness. We’re not deserving of being in the presence of the greatest and perfectly holy Being; we can’t help but approach His awesome presence with utter lowliness of heart. At the same time, we don’t cower away, knowing that we have an advocate to our Father. He is worthy.  It’s because of Him and in His Name that we have access to our heavenly Father.

In the lighter side of things, some people ask, “Do we pray to the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?”. As expected, answers vary. Here’s one passage telling us to pray directly to the Father—in Jesus’ Name. Of course, this is not the only Scripture though that addresses the issue. For now, we just pray the best we know how, and it’s been an awesome experience so far.

Persistent Pursuit

Mark 10:48   (KJV)   48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

There are those who are physically blind but who see with the eyes of faith. Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as the “Son of David”—a then-known title for the awaited Messiah.

mark-10-48-persistent-pursuitOppositions can arise in our pursuit of the Lord; pursue Him nonetheless.

Presence of oppositions and obstructions doesn’t necessarily mean being out of God’s will. In fact, hindrances and attacks may be positive indicators that we are on the right track.

Persistence is a virtue—if it’s for the good, right, and godly.

We’re not obligated to always listen to what the crowd says. Praise God we know Who to always listen to. He’s always right.

The majority isn’t always right. Remember, there are a lot more people who prefer to enter the wide gate and walk the broad way.

There are desperate times when we need to push harder and raise our voices louder.

God’s mercy covers not only our deep spiritual needs but more than all our needs.

It’s Okay When We Can’t

Mark 9:28   (KJV)   28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

With all the intimacy the disciples had with the Lord Jesus, there were still some things they did not know and some things they could not do.

mark-9-28-its-okay-when-we-cantEven in a saints’ most spiritual state, Jesus is still set apart so highly from us, we will be in continuous process of learning from Him.

Just because we’re unable to accomplish what we need to accomplish doesn’t mean we’re not living up to our call and duty as believers; we’re just presented with new opportunities of learning, higher levels to attain, more understanding of our Lord’s words, will, and ways.

It’s okay to ask the Lord questions; many times, the most spiritual thing we can do is to ask questions.

There’s a huge difference between asking the Lord questions and questioning Him.

When we succeed in something other believers don’t succeed in; it doesn’t mean we’re more spiritual than them; it may just be because we cover the area needed to succeed in a specific situation, and they cover another area where they succeed in and we won’t.

We’re not disappointed when there are some things we haven’t yet learned or areas we’re not gifted with because we have already been taught many things and we’ve been given gifts in many areas.

The Humble Heard

Psalm 10:17   (KJV)   17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

The humble has their Champion. They’re not alone; God’s aware of whatever they’re going through. Others dread the thought of humility because of the potential of being abused and treated like rugs. But believers are called to this—not rugs but humility, and for us, it psalm-10-17-the-humble-heardisn’t a struggle at all. When this path of humility becomes difficult, our heavenly Father comes running with His arms extended, to embrace us into His comfort.

The temptations to fight back abound; there are so many situations when others could care less if they hurt us or not. They neither have any fear of God nor any regard for us. To them, we’re tools and pawns. Humility is definitely far from their thoughts and consideration. They take the opposite route. Some of them take it to a really dangerous extent. They raise their hearts and hands against the Lord; they affirm, support, and promote evil, serving only their interests, never others.

Our trust is in the Lord. His silence never means cowardice or defeat. The cries of our hearts are heard loudly in the heavens. They go straight into His ears, straight into His heart. God is never clueless about or apathetic to our plight. He pays full attention. Our time of waiting is His time of masterfully orchestrating our strengthening and growth, a time of setting up every “prop”—situation or person—in place, ready for the revelation of our exaltation to greatness. So yes, humility isn’t helplessness; it isn’t a demerit; it’s a great advantage.

The One Mediator

1 Timothy 2:5   (KJV)   5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus became man; that’s the Word becoming flesh. But He isn’t just a mere man. It’s worth noting: He took upon Himself the form of a servant in the likeness of man; humanity was something He took upon Himself. What was He before? He was in the very 1-timothy-2-5-the-one-mediatorform—or nature—God. That’s why He’s the perfect mediator between God and man—He’s a part of both worlds—both nature: GodMan. He is the fulfillment of the “kinsman-redeemer.” Hallelujah; He truly is one of our very own—our brother.

In Him resides the hope of sinful humanity’s reconciliation to our holy God. Everyone has hope to be saved though not everyone will be saved. With love, with faith, we pray for everyone nonetheless—whoever they are. Yes, I pray, even for leaders I almost don’t feel like praying for; it’s a natural tendency for the righteous not to like treasonous tyrants who attack God’s people and destroy the country they’re supposed to uphold. It’s natural for me not to like bullies, but I have to pray for them—lovingly, simply because God loves them, and He commands us to love even enemies. But I pray that God will bless them with a changed heart—a heart that pursues what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly.

Our dear Lord Jesus paid dearly as a mediator. For us to be brought back, reconnected with the Father, He had to pay with His life. We were in chains, shackled by sin and death, but because of the precious sacrifice of our Mediator, we’re free. As those who now live in God, we spread that Good News, while living out what we preach. There will be sacrifices, but nothing compared to what He has offered. We may not live in luxury, but even that is a blessing. We don’t have to incessantly try to climb up the ladder of the world’s ever-changing yet empty expectations—chasings after the wind. We live simply, modestly, yet full of satisfaction. That’s what we have after we find ourselves mediated back to fellowship with the King.

Our Heavenly Father’s Promise

Luke 11:9   (KJV)   9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

God delightfully desires to give us good gifts. That’s natural for earthly fathers; much more so with our most loving heavenly Dad. Some may ask: “He’s God; we’re not. Can we really be His children?” Yes, we can be and yes we are. Either we’re His children through luke-11-9-our-heavenly-fathers-promisecreation, or we’re His children both through creation and spiritual birth; the former covers our temporal life; the latter covers both that and our eternal life as well. Any which way, we’re all God’s children, although I highly prefer the latter—where our “childrenhood” secures our eternal togetherness with our Father.

My heart goes out to those who don’t relate to the wonder of God’s “Fatherhood” because of their painful experiences with their earthly Dads. I pray for your total healing, comfort, restoration and deliverance. I pray that the reality and presence of the perfect and Holy Dad brings you joy in your hearts and smiles on your lips. He cares for you; He loves all of us. He never uses, misuses, or abuses His children. He very much wants to give us everything we need. The power and authority of His Kingdom backs us up. He’s our perfect, inerrant “GPS” or map continually giving us direction so we’re not lost.

He makes sure we have steak or fish, potato or rice, water or soda, etc.—everyday of our existence. He gives charge to His invisible heavenly armies—His angels—to keep us safe. We have the Holy Spirit empowering us against the lures of the “mighty” dollars, sexual stimulants—whether from the computer screen or phones, printed materials, or real people; keeping our egos in check so that we don’t find ourselves falling so fast so low flat on our faces. He cleans and/or changes our hearts so we can live free from any ungodly desire—even those of getting even or revenge. Whatever we’re facing, our Dad’s making Himself available to us. He never gets tired of us coming to Him, in fact, the opposite is true: it’s a joy for Him. So we keep asking, seeking, knocking. We’re sure of this: our Dad’s always readily and longingly waiting.