I was sure by now that You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, but it’s still raining.
>> As the thunder rolls,
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you” And as Your mercy falls,
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives, and takes away
I’ll praise You in this storm, And I will lift my hands
You are who You are, no matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried, You hold in Your hand
You’ve never left my side, and though my heart is torn…
I will praise You in this storm
I remember when, I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone, how can I carry on
If I can’t find You
I lift my eyes unto the hills Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
We have often come across the term “Absolute Surrender”. Something like that would mean giving up everything without control over anything. As believers, that is exactly what we do when we accept Christ to be the President of, and Resident in, our lives. When we surrender everything into God’s hands, we are telling Him to take it all and use it toward His Glory. At the same time, our surrender should be ABSOLUTE – we can’t say, “God, I’d like you to look after all these things in my life except THIS. I think I know pretty much all about this to handle it just fine…” – that would be exerting control and would hinder God’s absolute, perfect plan in our lives.
When we surrender completely into God’s hands, He is going to shape us into perfection – into the masterpiece that He wants us to be. He is going to shape us to be more and more like Him. Consider it this way – God is going to ‘chisel’ away all the unwanted ‘deadwood’ in our lives. Now chiseling is not exactly a pleasant experience – it might even be a painful experience – but what is really important is the end result in which we become masterpieces in the wonderful workmanship of our Lord. ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
Revelation 3:19 says: ‘I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.’ (NLT) It is only because of God’s love that He rebukes from our wrong doing and sets us on the right path. We need to accept this ‘pruning’ so that we can grow in the right path according to His will.
Sometimes, this ‘chiseling’ and ‘pruning’ and ‘correction’ can work up quit a storm in our lives. At these points of time, we need to stick firm to our refuge – our Lord – or else we may be blown away by the storm and go astray. But once we realize that the storm we are in is for our own good, we will be able to accept it all the more easier. As human beings, we tend to ignore the bigger picture and focus merely on the present. When we focus on the Lord and cling firmly to Him, He will help us to grasp that bigger picture and help us through the storm.
Sometimes these storms come into our lives in order to bring us down on our knees, reminding us of our weakness and our dependence on the Lord.
We need to adopt an attitude where we are ready to accept all the challenges that come our way so that we finally result in the masterpiece that God wants us to be. We need to understand that it is for our own good, and that no matter what storms may breeze through our lives, we will not be shaken and continue to follow the Lord.
Mikeschair’s song ‘Let the waters Rise’ says it best:
“There’s a raging sea, right in front of me;
(It) wants to pull me in, bring me to my knees,
So let the waters rise, if You want them to,
I will follow You, I will follow You…”
When the children of Israel were initially rescued from Egypt, they were mere ‘children’ in terms of Spiritual growth as well. They were yet to encounter the miraculous, wonder-working hand of God, as they would wander through the wilderness for 40 years, under the leadership of Moses. This is precisely why their encounter with the first obstacle to reaching Canaan – crossing the Red Sea – did not take much of “doing” on their part. (Read Exodus 14) They did not need to set forth a shout of worship that would cause the mighty waves of the Red Sea to part, making way for the multitude of the children of Israel to cross. It took mere obedience and patience. The Lord responds to Moses: “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14: 15, 16; NKJV) The children of Israel were merely asked to go forward, and everything would open up for them accordingly.
As they progress through the wilderness, they meet other obstacles – bigger ones. These other times, they are seen to be tested on their spiritual growth as well. They were not merely children any more. They had to be grown spiritually as well. When it came to bringing down the great wall of Jericho under the leadership of Joshua, it took a lot of “doing” – This was what the Lord asked them to do: “March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” (Joshua 6: 3-5; NIV)
And that is exactly what “Worship” was all about. It was the humble obedience to the voice of the Lord and it was claiming the Powerful, mighty name of the Lord. A loud shout was uplifted to the Lord because of the victory He had already given to them. The Lord’s presence was heavily present that day.
Fast forward around 2000 years later, when Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross. It was foretold through prophecy in the Old Testament that the Messiah (Jesus) would return to Earth, and He would die for the sin of all mankind. This was the foremost reason that Jesus came to Earth – to redeem us and unite us once again with the Father. For this, Jesus gave up His life as a sacrifice for the entire human race. In the Old Testament, it is necessary for a sacrifice to be made for the remittance of sin. It is equally important that the sacrifice is pure, clean, sinless and free from all blemishes. In the Old Testament, the Sacrifice was usually a young newborn lamb – pure, white and free from blemishes. When it came to the sin of all mankind, it required a sacrifice of the same magnitude to be offered – Which is why Christ was the perfect sacrifice. He – God – came in the form of a human being mingled with us, set forth an example and to redeem mankind once again. Although Christ came in human form, he was sinless and blameless. He was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. He would be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind forever.
God, the Father, out of His incredible Love for mankind sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for the iniquities of all mankind. In His life on earth, Satan tempted Jesus, willing for Him to slip up and sin. Satan even used Scripture to argue his case. But, the Lord Jesus Christ, ever victorious, triumphed over sin and temptation, by taking hold of the Word of God and responding wittily, with greater authority to Satan.
At 33 years of age, it was finally time for the Lamb of God to be slain. Satan felt victorious – he had convinced a group of Pharisees to plot the death of Christ with the help of an insider, a betrayer – Judas Iscariot. The deed had to be done, and Christ was willing for the will of the Father to be implemented. Jesus was full of love and forgiveness toward everyone – even His torturers. He was tortured and put on a Cross to die.
A couple of Jesus’ followers (not His 12 disciples), took down His body from the Cross, and laid Him to rest in a tomb. For the time, it seemed as if the darkness had won – Satan may have rejoiced that night.
Jesus’ disciples may have felt sorely confused and uncertain. Till then their Rabbi (Master) had constantly been with them and guided them. If they were at all confident then, they were really uncertain now.They felt like sheep without a shepherd – they did not have anyone to guide them. All appeared to be lost. Or so it seemed…
On the third day, miraculously, according to prophecy and the Will of God, Jesus rose from the dead! Even Death could not hold Him back. Our Lord is all-powerful, and victorious. There is nothing that can defeat Him or put Him down. OUR LORD IS ULTIMATE.
Even the Grave could not hold Him in. Jesus Christ is now risen from the grave, and has conquered sin and death. What’s more – He’s given US the power to overcome sin and death as well. Our Lord cannot be defeated – because He wears the Victor’s Crown. No matter what may happen, our God always triumphs!
Satan may seem strong for a moment, but our Lord is stronger. There is nothing above or beyond Him. The Word of God also claims so. (Luke 11: 21, 22) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.” If Satan is the strong man, Jesus is the stronger person who will shatter Satan by his foundation.
Darlene Zschech brings out this aspect of our all-powerful Lord, who wears the Victor’s Crown. The song is so powerful and was co-written by some of the renowned worship leaders of our time – Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe and Israel Houghton.
From personal experience, I have come to believe that every one of us, as believers, will come to a point when we reach rock bottom – reach the depths of hopelessness – when there is absolutely no way out of the situation we are in. God has a plan even in these times. He knows our full potential, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. It is because of this that He deliberately makes us undergo this trying time. It is only when we hit rock bottom – hard! – that we stop looking around and look up, reaching out for divine help and guidance.
It’s kind of funny that we sometimes think we are strong and big and all these materialistic aspects just creep into our lives. When we reach rock bottom, however, none of these things seem to matter. When we look up at this great, awesome, mighty God, we realize that we’re actually Nothing compared to Him. We’re smaller than a speck of dust that makes up the entire universe. The most amazing part, however, stands in the fact that this great, awesome, powerful God actually cares about us, and actually takes the time to talk with us and feel our pain and provide us with comfort.
I felt internally compelled to share my testimony today, and it is out of personal experience that I say almost every believer goes through a point in their lives when they hit rock bottom and finally turn to the Lord. It is at this point of time when we indulge in a bond and relationship with the Lord like never before. It is at this point of time that we reach the most humble peak in our lives (if you have probably been through this situation, you know what I am talking about – You’re completely broken and in the depths of weakness and depression and you’re just bracing for what’s going to hit you next). And then we just cry out to the Lord in total surrender, “Lord, I just can’t do it anymore, it’s more than I can handle. Lord, I am so weak, don’t you see? I can barely move another step forward, and I see this huge mountain in front of me. I’m expected to cross that mountain, Lord – how can I? I barely have enough strength for another step! Lord, I’m broken, down to nothing, but I’m still holding to the One thing – that You are God and You are strong when I am weak. This Life – this battle – this mountain that I have to climb, Lord I can’t! Carry me, Lord! Carry me…”
And that’s what the Lord does, He just carries us over that mountain – the next moment you know, you are on the other side of what appeared to be a huge, un-climbable mountain. When we humble ourselves to nothingness, the Lord gently lifts us up, out of the depths of our sorrow and pain and struggle, and He just takes us to greater heights that we could never even have imagined before. It’s in our weaknesses that He shows Himself to be Strong. Stronger than we could ever imagine.
And there is so much comfort in His presence; God is so loving, tender, merciful and patient. He remains with us every step of the way, no matter what we go through. And we can always call out to Him in all our times of needs. He never fails us.
It was when I was going through a trying situation as this, that I felt God speak to me through Matthew West’s song – ‘Strong Enough’. That’s when I realized that God sometimes makes us go through trials and hard times, only to reunite with us in a closer way than ever before.
“Maybe, maybe that’s the point,
To reach the point of giving up.
‘Cuz when I’m finally, finally at rock bottom,
That’s when I start looking up and reaching out.”
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,
I don’t have to be strong enough, strong enough…”
During my baptism, God miraculously spoke to me through His word. At that point of time, I was so weak and emotionally broken, I was ready to give up the fight. But I just put my Hope in God and asked Him for the strength to continue. I wanted to surrender everything to Him, because I couldn’t take it any more. I felt like I had to handle this burden on my own, like I was alone in my battle. And I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. That’s why I took Baptism. I told God, “Lord, I’m willing to do anything for You. I would even lay my life down for You, but I need You now, more than ever. I need you to carry me through this mountain and get me to the other side. I need You to be the Strength in my weakness. I need You to show Your power through me…”
And after my Baptism, at the Service, God miraculously spoke to me through His word. He gave me a wonderful promise. His words were:
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) –
“FEAR THOU NOT; FOR I AM WITH THEE: BE NOT DISMAYED; FOR I AM THY GOD: I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE; YEA, I WILL HELP THEE; YEA, I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
For anyone else reading this now, it may seem like just another promise from the Bible – nothing significant. Or you may even think that it was probably just a well-timed coincidence. But I beg to differ. I had never come across this verse before. And at that moment when I was completely broken and was begging God to take over and be my strength, these words were such an amazing miracle in my life. I cannot express the joy I felt in words. It’s something you can only experience to realize its intensity.
I was completely overwhelmed. I always had fears and doubts to the extent where I would question God. And even before I was given the promise, I had been praying exactly that: “Lord, I am very weak and so afraid. I can’t do anything on my own, and I am a big sinner who is in no way worthy of speaking to You. Yet, with your awesome power and tender mercies, You have given me this chance… God, I need Your help – so bad! I am completely, totally, entirely dependent on You, and yet I am so afraid! Lord, help me! Please, help me…”
And that verse was like an answer to my prayer! It was so amazing! I’m so happy that first, God chose to speak to Me – an insignificant, tiny human being, and that He would use such choice words. Honestly, more than my baptism, or a clean slate to start over on, that unforgettable verse is what made my day, and changed my life.
Baptism is a wonderful chance to start out on a clean state as you are burying the “old man” (Romans 6:6) when you are immersed in the water. It is an outward display of the change brought upon you when you accept the Lord into your heart. It is a way of displaying your decision to the world. Baptism gives one the qualification to partake in the Holy Communion, additionally. It is a wonderful process and Jesus himself set an example when He took Baptism at the hand of John the Baptist.
Jimmy Needham’s “Yours to Take” best portrays the feeling that accompanies Baptism.
This is my second chance, This is no song and dance:
You came in and renewed a right spirit!
This is grace at its best,
This is taking a restless, messed up heart and having you clear it
I can feel the weight is lifting, I’m barely staying on the ground
And I can feel the wait is over, Finally the lost is found!
>> So, this is what it feels like to live life
So, this is breathing air for the very first time
The Son of man, He came here to give life
And in return He asking for mine.
Well, I’ve Been captured by grace, I’m not going away,
I’m Yours to take.
I was down for the count, I was all but knocked out,
When I heard pardon for the interruption.
Then like out of blue, Out came glorious You,
You picked me up with barely any introduction,
You won my heart by a landslide, You tend to do that every time;
So, everything I have is Yours now.
Even my very life!
Your kindness leads me to repentance,
Leads me to the cross, which leads me to forgiveness
So, I’m counting it all as loss…
The Change Inside of Me >> Mercy Me
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Pardon me, If I’ve been acting strange,
I haven’t been myself lately.
What you see, Is a person rearranged,
Someone affected me greatly.
And I’ve got so much to say,
Ever since Jesus looked my way.
Your life You gave for mine to save,
Its nothing less than a miracle.
Your name I praise, because the change inside of me is so beautiful.
“…So many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death… Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life… our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” (Romans 6: 3, 4, 6-9)
Legendary Gospel composer Albert E. Brumley wrote:
“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Indeed, this is the hope that believers live in. The Earth is not our home – Heaven is. The Earth can be seen as many things. Hebrews 13:14 says “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.” (NLT).
Hebrews 11: 13-16 (NIV) says:
“… admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
We are not of the world, just like Jesus isn’t a part of this world (John 17: 16). [Also see Philippians 3: 20, 21]. Everyone will agree to a statement like: “There’s no place like home. Home sweet Home” The City Harmonic says it best, in their song “I Have a Dream (Feels Like Home). I can promise you, this song will give you goose bumps. Home – a place where Love is True, but in this love, He finds you. It’s a place where everything is alright. It is a beautiful place – a symphony of Peace, where we will be together as brothers and sisters – free at last. This song will make you long for home. 5 stars.
This world is not where we belong. We are merely “aliens” and sojourners on a foreign land. We have been planted here on Earth for many a reason. It is a test of our Faith, before we enter our heavenly home. Or, you could see it as a short vacation away from home. But one thing’s for certain: “All I know is I’m not home yet, This is not where I belong. Take this world, and give me Jesus, This is not where I belong.”
Where I Belong >> Building 429
MercyMe is one band that writes a lot about going back home. Can you imagine it? It’s the most beautiful place you can think of – in fact, far beyond your imagination! The 21st chapter of Revelation clearly describes Heaven as we may see it. Imagine: Walls made of Jasper, a city of pure gold, all kinds of precious stones, there will be no sun or moon because Jesus would be the lamp shining at all times; there will be nothing impure, shameful or deceitful. It is a beautiful place where there will be no more crying or sorrow, and ultimate peace. Most importantly, we will be reunited with our Savior, the master and sole love of our lives. There could exist nothing greater than that moment. All the angels and heavenly beings will be constantly declaring God’s praise, and we would spend eternity with our Savior – every single moment – in praise, adoration and worship.
Imagine that moment when we will get to meet our Savior. It’s indescribable – the feelings that will run through us. What will your reaction be? What will my heart feel? Will I dance for You, Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine…
I Can Only Imagine >> MercyMe
Doesn’t that already make you long to go home, away from this place of sin, shame guilt and all the carnal things of the world? Have you ever wondered what you would do when you reached home finally? Perhaps MercyMe’s ‘Finally Home’ is a close enough description…
Finally Home >> MercyMe
I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck and tell Him that I’ve missed Him; And tell Him all about the man that I became and hope that it pleased Him; There’s so much I want to say, so much I want you to know…
When I finally make it home…
Then I’ll gaze upon the throne of the King, frozen in my steps; All the questions that I swore I would ask, words just won’t come yet; So amazed at what I’ve seen so much more than this old mind can hold…
When I finally make it home…
And the sweetest sound my ears have yet to hear voices of the angels…
When I finally make it home…
All this talk about ‘Home’ kinda makes one ‘Homesick’…
Homesick >> MercyMe
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However, the first step we took Homeward, was when we accepted Christ in our hearts. That’s the greatest decision one can ever take as a turning point toward home.
Everybody hopes that maybe somewhere down this road, we’d finally find that place where we belong; That place where we’re complete, the one that occupies our dreams, that place we’re lucky to call our home.
The best part is that we have arrived at this place – the moment we accepted Salvation’s free gift and let God in us. That’s the moment when we have arrived, and there’s no way we can keep this inside…
Where I Belong >> MercyMe
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Like we saw in the last post, God’s compassion and love towards is so infinite. He loves us no matter where we are – or where we go. His gift of Salvation on the Cross is complete and all-encompassing. When Christ died on the Cross that day, He demonstrated God’s forgiveness of Sin – ALL kinds of sin. We, therefore, cannot go around judging if a sin is big or small. God forgives Sin – that means all sin.
And the amazing part is that God still forgives us. Indeed there are times when we listen to the wrong voice and go astray, wandering away from the Lord in paths that we think is best. However, God always creates some signal and gets us back on track. Usually, we always wander away into trouble, and then begin to fall – deeper and deeper – till we hit rock bottom. And quoting Matthew West, “That’s when I start looking up and reaching out”. When we do reach this point of realization in our lives that we just cannot do it without God’s help – we would lose anyway and there would be no point to the fight – we come back to Him. We return with guilt and shame and probably reek of sin, and we probably expect God to completely leave us in anger and walk away. But No, that isn’t God’s nature at all!
God is Love. Regardless of all our past misdeeds and iniquities, when we just speak the word “Lord, please forgive me”. Right then, right there, God has forgiven our sins and forgotten them. Despite our unpresentable, hopeless condition, He just runs towards us, embraces us and just shows His unconditional love towards us. Indeed, He has forgiven us completely and like Audio Adrenaline says, “Your sins are forgotten, They’re on the bottom of the ocean floor.”
Remember the story of the Prodigal Son in Scripture. That’s the real Father we are talking about. John Waller’s ‘Still Calls Me Son” pictures that amazing moment when we try to return home, heavy with guilt and shame. But the Father awaits with open arms, eager to welcome the lost prodigal back into His fold. This song says it better than anything.
Jeremy Camp’s “Take You Back” also wonderfully talks about that infinite compassion that our Father has. He is ALWAYS ready to take us back into His fold and redeem us – regardless of our follies and transgressions. He takes the battle as His own and tells us, “Child, relax. I’ve got this one.” That’s the kind of compassion and kindness our Father shows us.
The Lord promises – “I will not fail you, nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 – KJV) and “lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20 – KJV) There is absolutely nothing in the world that can take us away from God’s unconditional love. In Romans 8: 38-39, Paul says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)”
I Belong >> Kathryn Scott:
There is no one who is perfect. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 – NIV) and “There is no one righteous, not even one;” (Romans 3:10 – NIV). There is no sin we commit that God cannot forgive. When Christ died on the cross around 2000 years ago, he paid the price for all of our sins. With His gift of Salvation, we can enter into His presence with pardon for our sins. Within the context of human nature, it is impossible to remain Holy, although we can strive to be. However, it is in God’s perfect plan that we are made to be completely dependent on Him. We can do nothing without Him. Even when we back slide but return to Him, He awaits us with open arms, as He is the only one who can undo what I’ve become.
Undo >> Rush of Fools
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In the book of Lamentations 3:22 and 23, the prophet Jeremiah says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”
Think about it. It is very simple, just putting it out there – maybe once in a week, a Sunday probably, where you just head out to church and mumble a ‘Thank You’ to the Lord an return. But think about it. Amidst everything – our joy, our strife, our peace, our pain – amidst EVERYTHING, God has just shown Himself to be Able and strong.
Examine that chapter in Lamentations. As the title of the book exhibits, the entire chapter mourns and laments defeat, sorrow and pain. However, in verse 21, the entire chapter takes a turn. “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” In the midst of all the suffering, the strife, defeat and sorrow, just one thought – “God is still in control” – This thought just boosts all the courage in the speaker to move on.
And truly, no matter what our difficulty, we would not be alive here if it were not for His mercy. You may think that the problem facing is you is so great, that you cannot handle it; but in I Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul says that “There hath no temptations taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” And, our God is faithful in ALL His works; He will never let you down.
Within this context of God’s infinite mercy, we see God’s amazing, compassionate Love. His Love is so unfailing and complete that God stands as the Epitome of the greatest, unconditional love. He loves us not because of what we do but because GOD IS LOVE. He loves unconditionally, despite all our misdeeds and iniquities. His love and mercy toward us is so amazing that He is there for us at ALL times, no matter what situation we are in.
Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Mercy came running” portrays this unconditional Love of God. “When I could not reach Mercy, Mercy came running to me.” This one line just sums up God’s amazing, tender compassion. His love for us is never failing. Even when we don’t have the strength to reach out to Him, He reaches out to us.
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Rhett Walker Band does an amazing job of revisiting that first day of Salvation, when Mercy came looking for us – lost sinners. It’s a beautiful description of that moment of Salvation: “In one moment, everything changed, who I was got washed away, When Mercy found me. My Savior’s arms were open wide and I felt Love for the very first time, When Mercy found me.”
No matter where we’ve come from or what we have been through, God’s Mercy is so infinite and everlasting, it’s always there. And it is so tender – It just raises us from rock bottom and carries us through the harsh ordeals of life into that place of unimaginable Love and healing. It is only God’s mercy that keeps us alive and breathing today.
As believers, even when we backslide, God’s mercy continues to pursue us, hoping for us to return to that First Love in Christ. God’s love for us does not fit into boundaries – it is infinite and He just waits patiently for us to return to Him. He promises to never leave us or let us go. He is always there for us. We may feel like we let God down so many times in our lives – but today, God says that in this relationship, it is never us who is holding God up. It is God who carries us and holds us up; we can never let God down at any point of time. Even today, He still waits with open arms for us to return to Him and accept His compassionate Forgiveness.
The Lord loves you SO much, you couldn’t possibly even imagine it!
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