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Mercy (3 of 6)
In REACHING others for Christ, we must show forth that attribute of God called MERCY. In reaching us, God showed us great mercy. Mercy is that attribute that connects a HOLY GOD to a SINFUL HUMAN BEING. If it wasn't for the mercy of God shown to us, where would we be today? We must have the same heart for the lost. And the first step in understanding the mercy of God:
WE CAN'T FORGET WHERE WE CAME FROM!
Isaiah 51:1 ''Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
Isaiah here is talking to ancient Israel, God's people, those that were following God, seeking the Lord and His righteousness, and God is saying to them, ''look back to the place where you were, the rock from which you were cut (you were embedded in a rock quarry called sin), it had you in its grip, but I came and cut you out and set you free, it was Me that literally dug you out of the hole of the deep pit that your transgressions caused you to fall into. DON'T FORGET WHAT I SAVED YOU FROM, WHAT I DELIVERED YOU THROUGH, WHAT I PULLED YOU UP OUT OF!
32 years ago, I too was embedded and stuck in sin. I was part of this world system, earthly, hardened by sin, and steeped in self. My alcoholism had me bound and deep in a pit. Then one day, I heard the voice of the Savior whose voice shook the heavens and the earth. The rocks began to shake and the earth began to quake and Jesus pulled me out of the hard mold that the devil had me in. God's outstretched arm reached from heaven through the cross down to the pit that I got myself in and He saved me and delivered me! He healed me from the inside out and made me whole and I will never be the same again. It's been 32 years and I never went back. No turning back to it, but I only look back to remember how far He has brought me! He brought me a mighty long way!
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