Tender Mercies

Psalm 103:3-4

He forgives all my sins

    and heals all my diseases.

He redeems me from death

    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

When you pray while you are sick or hurt…depressed or lonely…fearful or anxious… know that our Father God is listening, crowning you with His compassion and anointing you with His healing. His constant mercy to soothe your concerns and salve your wounds is ever so tender. He covers you with a white blanket of peace. He carries your cross. You wear His robe of righteousness, His clothing of compassionate love. Receive through prayer and God’s healing Spirit His abundant, ever flowing and tender mercies.

Open and Be filled

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Our God is faithful. Let us look into our past with open eyes and reflect on His faithfulness. In our emptiness, He fills us. In our weakness, He strengthens us. In our lostness, He guides us. In our depravity, He provides for us. In our desperation, He renews us. In our loneliness, He is an abiding presence. In our fear, He answers with love. In our failure, He transforms these ashes into beauty. In the winter of our souls’ aching, He brings the newness of joy and the stillness of peace. He reverses everything in His power and faithfulness. Amen.

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (which means God With Us).

2 Peter 1:19 “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

The prophet Isaiah prophesied in the 8th century before Christ was born that the Immanuel would come. Evidence of the authenticity of this scripture in Isaiah exists in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which have lasted thousands of years. But God’s Word also tells us that scripture is authentic; 2 Peter tells us prophecy is reliable, and if we take it to heart, we will be shining lights that glorify God. We know this because John 1 tells us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Living Word. His life is the light of all mankind. He shines in us, and His light overcomes the darkness.

We rejoice in the truth of the prophecy of God With Us being fulfilled in Christ, who shines in our hearts.

Hope of Christmas

Romans 8:3-4, 5-8 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that…. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!

The hope of Christmas is Emmanuel… GOD WITH US. Not just baby Jesus being born in a manger 2000 years ago… but God, through His Spirit, because of His Son, living and breathing in our bodies. He is our very energy and strength of aliveness. Breathe in the Spirit of our living God and find life beyond comprehension. It is the wonder and hope of Christmas that God is with us now.

God’s Promise of Renewal

Isaiah 40:12

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

or weighed the mountains on the scales

and the hills in a balance?

…..

28 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

Do you ever fall prey to thoughts of self-sufficiency? The false belief that you can manage everything on your own power? Are you left feeling exhausted?

God intended us to be grace-sufficient, thinking and living daily by His strength.

The promises in isaiah 40 remind us how powerful and renewing our God is. Notice how God does not say “can”…. He says “will.” When you hope in God instead of yourself, you will be strengthened and renewed by the same powerful hand that forged oceans, nations and heavens!!!

His power is independent of your thoughts and circumstances, and dependent on God’s unfathomable grace. Receive the grace that comes from God’s mighty hand to restore your strength and renew your mind.

Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

(But the Lord watches over all who honor Him and trust in His kindness)

When we hope in God, there is always hope. God is the eternal spring of hope deep within us. His love is bottomless. To hope in Him, is to entrust everything to Him in prayer, believing He loves us and Has plans of hope for us. To turn to Him when we fear is to acknowledge His goodness and love. Such trusting prayer honors our Father, whose love is never ending and never failing. Our Father God sees when we turn our fearful hearts to Him in trust and hope, and He revives and resuscitates our hearts with joy and peace emanating from His loving heart.

Help

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When life is overwhelming, approach God with this simple prayer, in faith: “Help Me, Jesus.” Boldly ask for help from our all-powerful, gracious God. He will answer with peace and mercy to meet your need.