Friday, 27 April 2018
Have you ever tried to buy someone a present that you think he (or she) desires but discover that it is not what you think? The word ‘desire’ is a strong sense of longing… What does God desire of us? As I meditate on the word, a few verses came to mind. God desires obedience. God desires mercy.
The Lord says, “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.”
As a parent, do we sometimes ask, “What can I do with you…?”
The Lord says,
During a service (on a recent missions trip), I could sense how much the participants desire God to touch them… Let us seek the Lord while He may be found. Let us call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for HE WILL FREELY PARDON.
Dear Father God,
I know there are people who are not able to let go of their past… I know there are people who think that they have to be good before they can come to You… I know there are people who look at us, followers of Jesus Christ, but do not see Christ in us. You know who they are.
Father God, I pray for mercy. No matter what ‘it’ is, I command ‘it’ to be removed, in the Name of Jesus. I pray for all who desperately desire to encounter God to be released from all bondages and strongholds, in the Name of Jesus. Father God, set them free. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray! Amen!
James said, “…judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” James 2:13
Some of us may go through longer periods of suffering and it is not easy for fellow Christians to understand why. Let us persevere in prayer. God is working. He is not sleeping. He is not blind. He is not weak. He has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. Let us trust Him in all circumstances. Our part is to pray and to keep praying. Some of us may be suffering grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that our faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though we have not seen Him, we love Him; and even though we do not see Him now, we believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for we are receiving the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:6-9).
The WORD of the Lord stands forever. If you are thirsty, come and drink from the fountain of life.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is God’s Word that goes out from His mouth: It will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what HE DESIRES and achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11).
Lam Yee Ling