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Mugs Shots and Mercy Moments!

June 25, 2011 todd tomasella toddtomasella

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The LORD Delights in those who Trust in His Mercy and not their own Merit-less State

“The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” Psalms 147:11

According to Psalms 147:11, just WHO did your Maker and Judge say that He takes “pleasure in”?

  • “them that fear him”
  • “those that hope in his mercy”

Concerning your initial thoughts when you see that mug shot, examine yourself for a moment by answering the following questions:

  • Do you hold out mercy and understanding for yourself while harshly judging others in your attitude, never knowing the shoes they walk in?
  • Do you understand that Jesus promised that His children will be accused of “all manner evil against” them “falsely” and instructed them to “rejoice” when this happens? (Matthew 5:10-12) Do you rejoice at persecutions?
  • Do you know that Psalms 17:2 says our “sentence” ultimately comes from the LORD and not mere men?

Holding out mercy is important. Having a mercy-filled disposition is godly.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

 

Bible Hint: God says that if you want mercy, you must show mercy. In many cases, in eternity, things will reverse completely as the Bible teaches. Many of those in positions of authority in this brief life will be in hell and under the authority of the truly God-fearing saints who have lowly status now (Ezek. 21:26; Lk. 16:19-31; Rev. 5:10; 20:4, 6, etc.).

The fires of eternal damnation shall forever feed upon the hopeless souls who leave this earth without having received and walked in (to the end) the mercy of the Almighty which He offers all men through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

 

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15

Hell’s Mug Shots are Forever!

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

 

The Bible establishes the inherent sinfulness of all men and that would include you my friend.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10, 23

Those whose mug shots we often see of those caught for their sinful activities and whose sins are made public are just like you – sinners! Just because our sins aren’t known to the mass public does not make them any less a violation to the holiness of our Maker and Judge. If you have ever stolen anything, lusted or hated in your heart, you are no less a sinner than the mug shot guy or girl.  The only difference here is that they have been caught and are in jail for a temporary time in this brief life. When you die your doom or bliss is sealed. Don’t wait friend – turn to the Good Shepherd today. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” 1 Timothy 5:24

God sees/knows ALL sins. He knows ALL of the sins you have committed in your heart and then those you committed in action. Nothing escapes Him.

Do you realize that if you die in sin that you will spend eternity in the lake of fire?

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

Will your mug be forever posted for all to see as you sizzle in the flames of eternal damnation?

Getting Off the High Horse

The LORD delights in His people and wants them to see things the way He sees them (Romans 12:2). His first desire is to restore and show mercy and does so when the sinner repents.

All is recorded in Heaven (Hebrews 4:13). God sees ALL your sins and will pull the curtains back and roll the tape of your life on judgment day. Every single thought and deed of your life is on file with God. He made provision to remove and desires to forgive all. If  you die without His forgiveness, you will face the Almighty on Judgment Day in the Supreme Court of the Universe as a guilty sinner who refused to be pardoned. In trembling ruins you will stand shameful and without excuse before a holy God.

Put your own face in that mug shot! Admit to your own sins! Own up to your vile thoughts, meditations, lusts, adulteries, fornications of heart! And then begin praying for God to show mercy on others as He has shown upon your own filthy soul! Beg Him for a pure heart so that you can see Him! (Matthew 5:8; Proverbs 20:9)

Why do you self-righteously and arrogantly boast as if you have no need for divine mercy this very hour?

“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” Proverbs 20:9

If you will be in Heaven eternally, you had better get in touch with your infinite need for divine mercy (Matthew 5:20; 21:31).

Let’s ask: Where are “the eyes of the LORD”?“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

What does God behold? – “beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

What did Jesus tell us is going to be “covered”?“nothing.”

“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. “ Matthew 10:26

Word to the wise – You better get off that high horse or the flames of eternal damnation shall forever feed upon your helpless, conscious corpse!

It’s time to dismount from the high horse of pride and mount the lowly donkey of humility. God is going to eternally bless the lowly, humble souls who live to celebrate His Majestic, blessed only begotten Son who bled for our sins. Don’t miss this eternal celebration and bliss!

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10

Back to the Mug Shots….

 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."  Acts 16:31

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31

The thieves on the crosses that flanked our blessed Savior were mug shot criminals! What is your view of them? What is your view of mug shot criminals today?

When is the last time you lifted the mug shot person in prayer? What about the flashy story on TV about some evil doer? Did you pray for them?

What is your very first thought concerning mug shots you see in print in your mail box or on TV or the internet?

Firstly, it’s time to get a clue! Do you know how many false arrests go on in this nation? Staggering! Do you know how many false imprisonments go on in our injustice system? Staggering!  Do you know that many Christians are in jail right now serving sentences as a result of persecutions and false evidence fabricated against them in order to jail them? Many of the LORD’s most blessed patriarch’s of Christ were jailed! Joseph, several of the prophets, John the Baptist, Paul, etc.

God does not forget people in this earth’s jails but he does forget those who left the earth outside of a relationship with Christ – those who chose to “forget” Him. They will forever be vanquished into the fires of damnation (Psalms 9:17; 50:22).

Concerning this matter, Mark McIntosh writes:

“Sometimes it’s BETTER to be in a PRISON and be found by JESUS and TRULY REPENT of our SINS than to be free in a world where your SOUL is in BONDAGE and hell is pending! Repent and BE FREE INDEED …. in jail, prison or in society … it doesn’t matter where … AMEN?”

But just what if that next person in a mug shot you see is truly guilty? Are they beyond God’s hand to redeem and forgive? Is God’s hands shortened? (Isaiah 59:1-2) Is God’s Word lying when it tells us that Jesus is alive and well at His blessed Father’s right hand and able to save from the utter most to the uttermost? (Hebrews 7:24-25) Where is your faith? Repent of such evil thinking that is emanating from an uncircumcised heart! (Mark 7:20-23)

Think like a disciple of Christ friend. Memorize Romans 12:1-2 today!

Are you still so very blinded by your own sin that you join the depraved hearts of the world’s sinners in condemning criminals? The reality is, that in the “Holy, holy, holy” eyes of the Almighty, you are in need of no less mercy that the vilest of criminals in this fleeting life (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

What did Jesus do to the two criminals who were each of His blessed sides while He hung for YOUR sins? He gave both of them the full privilege to be saved into His eternal kingdom of bliss and praise God one of them received Him!

“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43

Looking for Mercy!

Do you realize that gutter prostitutes and the vilest of criminals in this world have a better chance at going to Heaven than self-righteous religious people who pastor churches, cast out devils, speak with tongues, serve in their church, sing in the choir, go on missionary trips, and do many wonderful works in Christ’s name?

The Son of God says to the religious leaders of His day:

Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots (whores, prostitutes) go into the kingdom of God before you.” Matthew 21:31

Who did the LORD tell us will receive the full strength of undiluted judgment upon their own heads?

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against (triumphs over) judgment.” James 2:13

Did you catch what James says here?

Read it again and answer this:

  • Who will receive to themselves “judgment WITHOUT mercy”? – Those who “shewed no mercy” to others in their thoughts and out of their mouths!

Some self-righteous soul may still be saying “But, But, But that criminal did this or that….” ….. Jesus died for unholy criminals like you and me! He found and saved your wretched soul didn’t He? Does He love that mug shot soul any less?

My advice to you is to genuinely surrender to Christ, to die to self completely, to cry out to Him to break you to the core of your being. Then, you will cease sitting in the seat of the scornful, and truly be able to be used of Him. Get low or to hell you also will go (Psalms 1). Whatever you do, read Psalms 51 and take special note to every word this time!

God’s Word tells us that those who will be saved are “looking for the MERCY of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” They do not stand in their own self-righteous, filthy, sinful rags but rather they stand looking to the LORD for His blessed mercy!

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the MERCY of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:21

Just what are believers to be “looking for” in light of the fact that we shall all meet our Maker soon? – “mercy”!

Live and Preach this – The Pharisee and the Publican

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14

The only one of these two guys who was justified and ready to survive the holy wrath and judgment of God was the one who cried from his needy heart “God be merciful to ME a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

If you are being convicted by the truth and the Holy Ghost of God, it’s time to repent and truly turn to the LORD and be broken, crying out to the LORD for His mercy upon your own wretch, self-righteous and evil heart before it’s too late.

Read Psalms 51 and beg the LORD to forgive you as you cry out to Him to search YOU, to cleanse YOU … it’s only “THEN” that He can use you.

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

Just because the mass public doesn’t know about YOUR sins doesn’t mean that your sins are hidden! The LORD saw your evil thoughts, lust, covetousness, and hatred! God saw you do it! What shall you do?

Peace with God

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“LOVE MERCY”

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16

The life of the Christian is about receiving the life Christ was raised to give us after He laid down His life for us, and then allowing His resurrection life to propel us forward to bring His life to others/going forth in like manner to bring His life to others/as a dead man raised by Him to spread the news of salvation.

“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:13

Undiluted condemnation and judgment will come to those who refuse to “love mercy” and show no mercy toward others in their thinking, actions, and words.

“He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8

God requires us to show mercy in order to receive His mercy. If we don’t we won’t (Matt. 18:21-35; Mk. 11:25-26).

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. “ Ephesians 4:30-5:2

PRAYER: LORD Jesus please break me that I may possess a heart of flesh. Please take away all stony places. No one on earth needs Your mercy and grace more than me. This moment I bow in my heart to thank You for all the mercy you have shown me – a wicked, depraved, and sinful person who has transgressed Your holiness innumerable times. In joyful obedience to You, I choose this day to extend mercy in my thinking toward others who are no different that I in the sense that we all in desperate need of Your mercies. I love You Jesus. Amen.

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“The Root of the Matter” of Mercy

Do not ye judge them that are within?” 1 Corinthians 5:12

We are certainly to call sin what God calls sin and judge those among us and yet, that judgment is for them to again receive divine mercy. This ministry and “word of reconciliation” is to be done especially by mature disciples in “the spirit of meekness.” (Galatians 6:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

Before judging others, firstly, I need to know my own heart and spiritual state by judging myself and examining myself daily and moment by moment. All the sinful logs must first be removed from my own life before God would ever possibly use me to help someone else (Matthew 7:1-6). I am not qualified to help restore anyone else if my own life is not surrendered and policed, and cleansed! Judging our own lives can be a full-time job! Have you noticed? Read 1 Cor. 11:31-32; Matt. 7:16; 2 Cor. 13:5; Rom. 7:18, 25. NO one needs Jesus more than me! God be praised for His blessed mercy through our LORD Jesus Christ!

Job understood the need to recognize his own sinfulness or tendency toward iniquities.

“But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?” Job 19:28

Where is “the root of the matter” that we are to individually most concerned with? According to the Word of God, where is the root of the matter that I am to attend to and be most diligent concerning? In others, or in me? – “But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?” (Job 19:28) “Why persecute we him”? Do we not need to persecute or judge our own hearts and lives first? We should stop dead in our own tracks and ask this same question – “Why persecute we him?”

Let’s read a bit more of the passage:

“But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? 29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.” Job 19:28-29

Job tells his friends here that their undue “wrath” or condemnation of him will bring “punishments” and “judgment” upon their own heads.  While his friends should have been saying to themselves, “Why are we judging him, to real root of the matter is inside of our own hearts and lives!?”

“IF we would judge OURSELVES we should not be judged …” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32

The preoccupation with the supposed sins of others is a clear reflection of our own sin and need to turn back to God in faith and repentance (Rom. 2:1-3). Perhaps we are projecting upon others the sin/guilt that is still in our own hearts.

Do we not realize that Jesus told us that He is going to judge us according to the rule of measure we use to judge others? (Matt. 7:1-6) And, He told us that if we judge (even in our attitudes) others harshly or when we show no mercy that we will be judged by Him “without mercy.” (James 2:13) We may wish to stop sending out boomerangs.

Righteousness can only be received as a free gift. Man cannot earn righteousness on his own merit, hence imputation or righteousness given to the sinner’s account when he believes upon Jesus. This is God’s righteousness at Christ’s expense (G.R.A.C.E.).

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THE EARMARK EVIDENCE THAT WE KNOW HIM

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

“Love” is the earmark fruit or evidence that one truly knows the LORD.

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.” 1 John 3:16-19

Walking and living in love, possessing genuine Christian love, the ironclad, earmark evidence that one knows God, is that he possesses God’s love toward the brethren.

“Love one another…love one another…By this (love) shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35

In God’s economy men will know His children by the love He puts in their hearts and lives through their abiding relationship with Him. Notice that He didn’t tell us here that true believers are known by their “soul winning” or by “teaching a Bible study” or “singing at church” or “prophesying” or  any other good works. In fact, He warned us that there will be “many” who did great ministry feats and yet will go to hell for not knowing and obeying Him (Matt. 7:21-23).

Are you ready to see the Scriptural specifics of God’s love? Love can be defined or privately interpreted any way one wishes, especially if he seeks to justify his own position. But how did the LORD define this earmark and tangible fruit of knowing Him?

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Christian love is rare these days. As Christ foretold, the love of many has waxed cold (Matt. 24:10-13). Those in leadership are rarely found possessing it. Authentically knowing the LORD ensures we will have His love “shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.” (Rom. 5:5)

What does true salvation/God’s love look like when it is resident in an individual’s daily personal life?

“Charity…

  • suffereth long
  • is kind
  • charity envieth not
  • charity vaunteth (boasts) not itself
  • is not puffed up (not conceited or prideful)
  • doth not behave itself unseemly
  • seeketh not her own (is not self-serving)
  • is not easily provoked (not easily offended)
  • thinketh no evil
  • rejoiceth not in iniquity
  • rejoiceth in the truth
  • beareth all things
  • believeth all things (believes the best in others until proven otherwise)
  • hopeth all things
  • endureth all things
  • Charity never faileth…”

Charity proves we know Him – don’t leave earth without it because “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 Jn. 4:8)

According to 1 Corinthians 13, none of the following things constitute (validate) that God’s love is in an individual’s life:

  • speaking “with the tongues of men and of angels” v1
  • having and operating in “the gift of prophecy” v2
  • being able to “understand all mysteries, and all knowledge” v2
  • having “all faith, so that I could remove mountains” v2
  • though one “bestow all” his “goods to feed the poor” v3
  • though one chooses to “give” his “body to be burned” v3

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, break me down. Crush me to powder and remake the very constitution of my innermost being. Whatever it takes let your Word, Spirit and image/character dwell in me richly. I want to truly know You. Father, into Your holy hands I release my whole being. Amen.

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RECONCILING WITH OTHER SAINTS

STOP PRAYING & LEAVE IT!

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; FIRST be reconciled to thy brother, and THEN come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

Here Jesus gave us the instruction to stop praying! What!? Someone may be thinking “Todd, are you being sacrilegious now!? What is your problem brother!?” Keep reading okay.

According to the Son of God, just when if ever should the believer stop praying? When he remembers that a brother has “aught against” him. Yes, I know this may raise eyebrows to say Jesus told us to stop praying, but He certainly did. That’s what we read of His very words in Matthew 5.

Jesus is saying here: “Stop praying or doing any form of worship until you have first done all you can possibly do to make peace with that person you had strife or misunderstanding with, offended,  or wounded – The person that still has aught against you, whose heart isn’t yet clear in the matter. Your prayers and any form of supposed worship will not be honored in Heaven until you take care of this matter. Since I am holy I require certain things of you and one of them is that you do your best to keep unity with others, especially My people. Remember how I told you to love one another and to treat others as you wish to be treated?  I love you and want clear communion with you and am simply not going to allow you to have a clear conscience until you work things out with that other person who has aught against you. Remember that though I love you, I care about others as much as I care about you. Get that human relationship right first and then come and seek My face in worship and we shall commune.”

As a believer, the LORD holds me personally accountable to facilitate reconciliation and peace in others when there is a rift and no matter whose fault it is (Matt. 5:23-24).

First and foremost we must realize that when we sin it is against the One who is “holy, holy, holy.” (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8) After that fact, we at times sin against or offend men (James 3:1). So, when we have wrongly offended someone who is created in the image of God, we should first confess that sin to the LORD and then do whatever it takes within our power to make it right with the person.

Child of God, are you aware of anyone who might be upset with you for something you have done or they thought you did? Is anyone offended at you?

This writer is no stranger to wronging people, but is learning to follow this simple truth in Matthew 5, making sure to openly and transparently facilitate healing in those I have brought hurt to or who are offended at me for any legitimate reason.

Grant it, we are going to offend people at times when it is not our fault. I am not talking about that. I am talking about when it is our fault of the situation is questionable or a close call.

Have you been offended? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where someone else held the key to your closure? Think back in your life: Have you ever needed someone else’s help in getting free in your heart from something concerning a situation?

Jesus called the divine Person of the Holy Spirit “the Comforter.” (Jn. 14:26; 15:26; 16:7)  God is all-powerful and can help us walk through a heart-rending ordeal where another person has hurt us and is unwilling to partake of the healing process according to the Word/instructions of the LORD. This He can and will do, yet He holds that other person responsible for doing their part – “Leave there thy gift before the altar – FIRST be reconciled to thy brother.”

Those made righteous by the blood of Christ are to do all in their power to facilitate healing in others.

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18

Jesus Christ came to make captives free and such freedom is the desire of all who follow Him. They desire also to see people set free and do their part when it is in the power of their hand to help (Prov. 3:27).

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

When need be, we are to work hard to make sure God’s peace abides among the saints.

“Endeavouring (working hard)to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

“Endeavouring” – it’s hard work at times to keep unity in the body. Have you notice that things happen that need attention, patience, humility, admission where wrong has been done, etc.?

It is our personal responsibility to keep schisms out of Christ’s body as much as it is in our power.

That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

The LORD promises us that He commands His precious peace where brethren dwell together in unity.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there (in the unity of believers) the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” Psalms 133:1-3

The person who is truly born again cares for the body of Christ. Peace among the saints is where God’s blessing abides.

We know that we have passed from death unto life (we know we are saved), BECAUSE we love the brethren.” 1 John 3:14

Without love we are nothing (1 Cor. 13). Divine love, authentically demonstrated in our lives, is the earmark fruit of the Heaven-bound disciple. There are no exceptions – “Hethat loveth not knoweth not God.” (1 Jn. 4:8) If such charitable love does not presently appear in our lives, we should consider going before the throne of grace and making things right with God (repentance). The genuinely born again person is filled with God’s love and teachable to the precepts of the LORD. When he discovers a previously unknown (to him) truth, he swiftly hearkens and obeys. Remember, God’s eternal kingdom and the terms for entrance into it are based on the LORD’s terms and not any individuals. Either we meet the terms and conditions or we shall found without (Matt. 7:21-23; Lk. 6:46-49; 13:24-30; 1 Jn. 2:3-5; Rev. 2-3).

We know that we have passed from death unto life (we know we are saved – been brought from spiritual death to spiritual life), BECAUSE we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:14-16

Child of God, do you have a key that would help another get free? If you possess the key that would assist in obtaining their freedom, the LORD holds you personally responsible to use it to help unlock that person’s heart and assist in their returning to a heart that is right with God, free from anything that hinders that relationship.

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Ephesians 4:26

Don’t let the sun go down upon that which you can do to cause reconciliation in Christ’s body for which He bled. Leave your prayer closet and any and all worship and go get things right with that person the LORD may be placing on your heart. You will be glad you obeyed the LORD in this.

You see, if we truly have an intimate and saving relationship with Christ, we realize that nothing could be more important to us – and others. Knowing Jesus is everything. Armed with this knowledge and moved upon by the Holy Spirit, we are to be compelled to help others in their relationship with Jesus in any way we possibly can.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for sending Your only begotten Son Jesus to live and die for me – for all of my many sins. Be my first love Jesus! Bless my heart with sensitivity and a deep conviction for truth. Bless me to be a person of godly conviction! Please bless me to lift others to You and help them in any and every way I have opportunity. I am all Yours and You are all mine my LORD. Quicken my heart in any matter that You wish me to make amends with another person. I now humble myself under Your mighty hand and ask You to use me to help facilitate peace between You and others Jesus and in Your body. Please bless Your body to live in truth and in peace with You and one another. Amen.

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Prayer, Early Instead of Late

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalms 5:3

Someone has wisely stated that “Prayer is to the spiritual life what breathing is to the physical life.” unknown

ANY person who has a biblical prayer life will be sharing it with others. The life of Christ fills the hearts and souls of all who seek His face in daily prayer, dwelling and abiding in Jesus, crying out to and communing with Him who is truly their “first love.” (Revelation 2:4-5) They are brimming over with His Spirit and cannot but communicate to others the necessity of sweet and daily prayer communion with the blessed LORD.

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” – E. M. Bounds

Jesus taught and practiced early morning prayer (Psalms 5:3; Matthew 6:33; Mark 1:35). Is this not the earnest of our trust in God? The Paul writes that we are to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) It seems that in putting Jesus first by having prayer communion with Him when we awake, would launch us as a springboard into a day full of prayer communion and fellowship with Him.

“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.” – Bunyon

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