DECEMBER 2019 FAITH-MAIL

THE MERCY OF GOD BROUGHT YOU THIS FAR!

Day after days, week after weeks, month after months, year after years, the mercy of God has been consistent to see you this far, not to become a victim of the wicked world.
Just as power belongs unto God, mercy also belongs to God. 
The mercy of God means God is compassionate or kind forbearance that never runs out. 
The mercy of God is His loyal love; it is the conventional love of the covenant-keeping God. 
Only God that is in the position to render mercy unto all, unfailingly.
The mercy of God is no man’s merit but the goodness of God. 
God cannot be intimidated or manipulated by any of His creation for the release of His mercy.
God declared and was testified of in Romans 9:14-16, “…I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So, then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”
God’s mercy is in place for all and nothing under heaven can displace or deny one which God is set to visit with His mercy.
It was with mercy that God led the children of Israel out of the bondage of over four hundred years. The Bible records, “You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed…” (Exodus 15:13) 
In this wicked world, understand and know to live life to attain the mercy of God as the Bible records His word.
THREE POINTS AMONG WAYS OF PROVOKING GOD TO OBTAIN HIS MERCY ARE:

The mercy of God is attainable when the life of one aligns with the word of God
One that lives life according to the word of God will always receive the mercy of God. Joseph’s life was the evidence of one that lived according to the word of God, the will of God. Every time there was an incident that could tempt him to violate the word of God, he did not give himself to the temptation to fail before God (Genesis 39:7-15). In one instance, he denied the offer to sleep with his master’s wife by claiming, “…How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9) Joseph’s reaction to his master’s wife provoked God’s mercy for Joseph. The Bible mentions, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor…” (Genesis 39:21). 

The mercy of God is attainable when one loves God
One with the love for God will always provoke the mercy of God. The Bible makes us realize that loving God is keeping His commandments (John 14:15). To love God is to fear God.  
The story of Joseph points out that Joseph kept God’s commandment by forbidding adultery when he fled away from sleeping with his master’s wife. Joseph loved God to obtain the mercy of God.

The mercy of God is attainable when one asks or plead for His mercy
Job, a man God declared as none like him on the earth; a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil found himself in a position to plead for God’s mercy when he said, “For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge” (Job 9:15). Despite God’s testimony of Job did not excuse Job to receive the mercy of God without pleading for His mercy. 
Just like Job, pleading for the mercy of God, Psalmist did the same saying, “Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.” (Psalm 9:13). 
Sometimes, there is a need to ask for God’s mercy to receive from God.

The book of Numbers 14:18 says, “The Lord is long-suffering and abundant in mercy…” God does not run out of mercy.
Are you living outside of God’s word while expecting His mercy?
Understand and know that God’s mercy is abundant. Live life for God in obedience to Him. 
There is nothing done under heaven that is beyond merciful God’s response.
Now, be consistent to live life by the word of God to attain the unfailing mercy of God.
God is merciful to respond with His mercy.

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