Forceful Mercy – Divine Intervention
Hi everyone, we’re coming to the close. Year end. What kind of year has it been for you.
Before we get into the usual, I’d like to send a heartfelt shout welcome to Nairobi Central SDA Youth. Glad to have you all. Hope you are blessed but the sharing and the caring as my sister puts it. Please note that this list is mixed, has a variety of people of different age groups, located in different places all over the world and is made up of both Christians and non-Christian, let alone Christians of one specific denomination. Different people different walks different locations different races different needs but all looking for one thing. Shalom. For those who know me, my email signature below explains that word by breaking it up into its intended components. First being safety, then peace, then blessing, then good health, then long life, then prosperity (yes we arent afraid to expect to be blessed even if we don’t deserve it), and finally culminating in the all time favourite…grace. So I wish Shalom on all of you. Wanted or not :-). Sounds presumptuous doesn’t it? Here’s the thing though, should God bless you when you do good or live good or should God bless you because He has blessings to give? Or simply, should God SAVE you because you are good or do good or live good or should God bless you because its His obligation (yes I said that) to say a fallen human race He loves dearly that couldn’t save itself even if it evolved for billion years ? So if God saves you simply because He IS Salvation (Ye-HoShuva – the Lord! He Himself will save me) because He is love because He can…why do we somehow get it warped that God only blesses when you’ve been on your best behaviour? Do you even have a best behaviour? Are you capable of best behaviour? And what happens after you’ve been blessed do you maintain best behaviour? What happens to the blessing if you slip up? These are the kinds of questions we discuss and tackle. The way you were saved (not of works lest any flesh should boast) should COLOUR your world view, should affect your God-mindset, should dictate (yes I said that) how you interact with God. If you were saved just coz, then should it not also follow that you should be bless just coz, should it not also follow that you can change into a better person just coz.
Although, by the grace of God, I write these emails out hoping to touch the hearts and minds of young people, there are also people who are young at heart on this email list. So that having been said, please be considerate when responding to the entire list. However, you can be as inconsiderate with me directly as you want but to me only. Also if you have any questions, queries or prayer requests, please feel free to send them through because there are people scattered all over the globe who are willing to pray for you even though they’ve never seen you or heard of you. And by His Grace, we share a deep heartfelt love for one another that we’re only beginning to learn about and tap into. So to conclude my little rant (for some) or my sharing (for others) this list is mostly a peek into my struggles and my hopes and dreams in Jesus Christ. Predominantly, with the hope of inspiring young people either not to make my mistakes firstly or secondly to imitate the areas you feel that may have gone right in my life. Paul wasn’t perfect but had enough confidence in God to say, I’ve learnt a few things, I can teach them to you, even though I am…least of the saints, least of the apostles and chief of sinners. I’m not a good guy so to speak. I’m just a guy trying to help people not only be better at this Christianity thing than me but to emulate God to their fullest. I want you people to surpass me. The way those mighty men of valour of old surpassed their captain David in martial prowess (simple english, David had mad battle skills, but he taught people to have tighter skills than he did). Maybe then, I can face my God and say, “Father, here is my living sacrifice..thank You for using me…unworthy as I was, Baba, Lord, I did the best I could…”
By the way…did you know Grace comes with a debt of gratitude? Why should God save? Why should He forgive you? If He does all these things..what should you do?…. “let each one offer themselves as a living sacrifice, for THIS is their REASONABLE service”. I must warn you though. I get really hectic or provocative sometimes. Not cause I’m try to sound nice. Lots of my emails have spelling mistakes lol! I do it because I’m trying to push through something in my worship (in my emails I worship God). There’s somewhere I’m trying to get. And sometimes something gets PUT in me that fights and pummels its way out. That’s why I can say things like..God takes my filthy fingers, covered in mire muck and sin, and takes off his shirt, and kneels down (yes God kneels in front of you) and washes my hands (with His blood) so that I can eat with Him at the table (become filled with the word of God) so that I’m full motivated (dynamically powered by the Holy Spirit) and then these dirty hands, now clean and washed are suddenly able to write these emails. Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit sayeth the Lord. See the God I know, lets you serve even though its a privilege you don’t derserve. Why do we wait, to offer what little we have? Why do we want to be right and be ok before we can do what should be poured into in the first place? Why do we wait for good moods or the perfect church or the perfect financial season? I fear for such people. It means they’re stuck in the habit of ministering from themselves rather than from their first-fruits or their increase. Again plain simple? I’m afraid for people who don’t realise they are giving to God from themselves when nothing they have was ever worth giving in the first place. You give to God back what He gave you. You give to God when you don’t have. You give to God when you’re pennyless (2 mites). You preach for God when you stutter badly (Moses liberated a nation of millions). You worship God with songs and hymns (when there’s no one there but sheep to “see” you like David). You write for God’s people because the Holy Spirit told you yet last week you were stoning the loved one of a family member now listening to you preach (Paul). You evangelise when you have no qualifications in theology (Peter the fisherman). You baptise and convert when you have no house no car no job (John Baptist). You praise God when it makes utterly no sense at all and in fact when you should be cursing God (yes I said that by quote e.g. Job’s wife) because He’s allowed you to suffer like no one ever did but instead you praise Him after the devil takes the lives of your kids and servants, your money your house and even your wife doesn’t physically recognise you cause your body is so twisted with disease (Job). You migrate to become wealthy when you don’t know where your going. You wait your whole life to be blessed for something specific something special something pivotal to your happiness only to have God ask you to kill it (Abraham…by the way why do you think God didn’t say anything to Sarah bout killing the boy?).
These are very deep things. Jeremiah 33. Deep mysteries. If religion has no mystery it has no life. If God makes perfect sense He is not God. So anyway, don’t wait for ideal conditions and don’t do stuff when it feels right, rather do it when your ministry is needed by God and by the other person. Be available. Be usable. Be poured-out-able. Be use-up-able. Be MAD (Make A Difference). Be blessed so that theres something in you to give in the first place. Is there anything in you?
Its time for some more DMC (Deep Meaningful Conversation). I was with a friend at lunch yesterday. And he was sharing with me some sermons he’d been listening to and I had to share.
Lets make a few a assumptions
- God is love
- God is always the gentleman and doesn’t force Himself except on believers (we’ll develop that) for their own good
- God can make a personal appearance in your life just for you
- God can cover someone else just because you asked and because you love Him…other people can benefit just because of your walk with God (easy pick any Bible heroe. Israel was blessed when its kings blessed God)
Key Verses and breakdown
Genesis 19:10Genesis 19:10
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10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
— [ Here we see assumption number one and assumption number 3, God loves you, as a result, cause He can’t help Himself, God will make personal divine appearances in your life ] —
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” 16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
— [ If you love God but you’re being an idiot and youre putting yourself in danger (anyone raising their hands with me and saying “mercy Lord”) then since your love has given God MANDATE, this is not for unbelievers in the same way, for them God doesn’t have permission in their lives to be a dictator :-), but for us who say we love God and actually believe it, then God will “take us by the hand and bring us out” of our nonsense. I love God. If my earthly father saying me as a little child playing with fire and the fire logs were about to collapse on me DO YOU THINK HE WOULD WAIT FOR MY PRAYER TO SAVE ME!!! No! My dad will SNATCH my silly little self out from under the fire right? Question: Is my father more loving than God? Or more compassionate or more caring? ]—-
17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he[a <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+19&version=NKJV#fen-NKJV-475a> ] said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords! 19 Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. 20 See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.”
Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
— [ Sometimes God will bless someone else just because you are there in their presence. Why must people in our offices suffer mistreatment or witchhunts when we are there? Why must johannesburg or Nairobi or New York have crazy violence when we live there….. Maybe its cause we didn’t ask or we don’t care about where we live? Lot asked… “I want to live!…let me go there so I can live” Why must some employees miss out on bonuses when they’re in your office? Why must our brothers and sisters suffer divorce when they are our siblings? I’m asking questions I can’t answer myself but the Bible tells me God has a strange non-Human (thank God) wayof dealing with things and grace can EXTEND itself simply because of the presence of a believer so how come stuff is so messed up? I’ll be honest. I don;t know, but these verses give me hope and that is this…God can save me who loves Him even when I waste time. God can also bless whereever I go simply because I asked Him for blessing when I get there. Lastly God can make a personal appearance in my life and turn things around even when the people closest to me don’t understand, or sometimes try and hold me back God is for me.] —
Is God for you? Do you love God? Do you need Forceful Mercy or Unasked for Divine Intervention…. Tell you what… I bet right now no matter what you’re going through, God is working to help improve and bless you and He didn’t even bother to warn you.
Come on somebody…! Live with expectation from God! He’s in the business of blessing. That’s what it means to be God. To live by principle. To be nice because you don’t know how to not be nice. To bless because you don’t have the capability to be stingy. Does not the sun shine on the wicked and the righteous? Is oxygen only for Christians?
Let’s pray for more Holy Spirit power then maybe we’d bel able to more intimately understand God and get to know God better and then we’d love God CORRECTLY and FULFILLINGLY. Did you know God wants you to be fulfilled? He fasted over you in the desert! Don’t blame yourself when you can’t fast properly and you’re still learning. Its already done. God prays for you to Himself “for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with deep groanings only God understands” WHY are you feeling guilty because you’ve come to such a bad place in your life you can’t pray properly you feel or you can’t pray like you used to?
Guys…lets be changed. Somethings wrong with our christianity right? We’re, I’m, a bit twisted.
Thank God for grace and peace and patience. The Holy Spirit is on my side. So tomorrow I will be different. Today I will be empowered and forever I will be ….prince of the House of the Almighty God. (I didn’t ask for it…I was just “born again” into that family)