Posts Tagged ‘mercy of god’

The Foolishness of Presumption

Feb 18

by Victoria Robinson

Making presumptions can be foolish. Like seeing the warning lights blinking, the safety crossing gates down over the road, and a train coming down the railroad track with the whistle blaring, yet presuming you can race to make it across the tracks before you and your car are crushed into oblivion. This is pretty much what the Israelites did when they presumed upon the mercy of God when they raced into the promised land against the warning given by Moses. As they soon found out, one should not make presumptions. They were fiercely attacked and beat down. All the presumptions we may make are not as obvious.

Some foolish presumptions people may have …

  • I am a good person—I will go to heaven
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
  • I have a husband—I cannot lose him

Each of the younger women must be sensible and kind, as well as a good homemaker, who puts her own husband first. Then no one can say insulting things about God’s message. ~ Titus 2:5 CEV

The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 NIV

  • I have great strength—I cannot fail

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. ~ Psalm 20:7-8 NIV

  • I have wealth—I will never be in need

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. ~ 1 Timothy 6:17 NIV

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. ~ Proverbs 23:5 NIV

  • I have sinned—God will have mercy on me 

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction … ~ Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

What about you girlfriends, are you guilty of making foolish presumptions? If so, recognize it is wise to take heed of the Lord’s truths. Dearest girlfriends, let us ask our heavenly Father to forgive us in any areas we have made foolish presumptions.

Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the LORD’s covenant moved from the camp. Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah. ~ Numbers 14:44-45 NIV

Take It to Heart Girlfriends!

Feb 02

by Victoria Robinson

In a prayer for his people, King Solomon prayed they would take it to heart when they sinned. Great admonition for us all. Taking it to heart would be to have a change of heart which would be to repent. There cannot be recovery from sin unless we take to heart the wrongs we have committed. King Solomon asked God to forgive them because they were His people. If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, then you are His and can expect restoration from your sins once you have taken them to heart.

King Solomon’s father, King David had committed some grievous sins during his reign. One as we know was to have an affair with Bathsheba, who by the way was Solomon’s mother. The second sin occurred when David tried to cover up his affair by murdering Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. At first, David did not acknowledge his sin, but when he did, the painful restoration process began. Yes girlfriends, I did say painful. That is because all sin has repercussions. The mercy of God is a mystery which cannot be totally explained, but He has made it clear He will show mercy on whom He chooses to show mercy. Therefore, we should never presume upon the mercy of our heavenly Father understanding He will always treat us fairly.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take to heart the wrongs we have committed and marvel at the wondrous restoration our heavenly Father will bring about in our lives.

If they have sinned against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and give them up to the enemy, and they have carried them away captives unto the enemy’s land, far or near; and if they shall take it to heart in the land whither they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captive, saying, We have sinned, and have done iniquity, we have dealt perversely; and if they return unto thee with all their heart and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city that thou hast chosen, and the house that I have built unto thy name; then hear thou in the heavens, the settled place of thy dwelling, their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their right; and forgive thy people their sin against thee, and all their transgressions whereby they have transgressed against thee, and give them to find compassion with those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them for they are thy people … ~ 1 Kings 8:46-51 DBY
 
“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you. ~ 2 Chronicles 6:36-39 NIV
 
And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ~ Exodus 33:19 NIV
 
The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise. ~ Psalm 51:17 NLT