Season of Hope: Mercy and Promise

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And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
– Luke 1:50

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I Am Guilty

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What did I bring
To your salvation table?
I had
no righteousness to offer,
no strength to give,
no wisdom to present.
There was
nothing
that I could deliver
that would commend me
to You.
I crawled broken
to your table,
weighed down and crippled by
my sin,
my guilt,
my weakness,
my foolishness,
my pride,
my shame.
I had no right to be with you,
but you picked me up
and placed me there.
You fed me the life giving nutrients
of grace
with your nail scarred hands.
And I haven’t left your
table of mercy since.

“What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:31

From New Morning Mercies

by Paul David Tripp

 

 

 

If I told you my story…

if i told you my story

If I told you my story…..
You would hear hope that wouldn’t let go
If I told you my story
You would hear love that never gave up
If I told you my story
You would hear life but it wasn’t mine

As I listened to this song by Big Daddy Weave I thought about how the good parts of my story that have been so much about Him. And so little about me.

About how His grace was  greater,

About how I received justice and mercy when I deserved judgement and vengeance.

About how He took a life that was so ugly and selfish and gave it beauty and meaning and worth

About how He died for me when I was still His enemy.

If I told you my story it would be about His love that never gave up, even when I turned away.

I attended a Mens Encounter this weekend with over 500 men in attendance. I saw His story, rewriting their lives. Men who were bound by sin and religion, trapped by addiction and pride, wrapped up in hopelessness and shame. I watched as they received

grace greater than sin

justice served and now mercy wins

kindness of Jesus that draws them in.

When they tell their stories they will tell of Him.

Stories that tell of victory over the enemy, of victory won for all, you and me. God is at work in these last times, and He wants to write your story.

Will you let Him?

What will your story be?

Flawless

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He has made you flawless!

For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. Ephesians 2:8

So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear? Romans 8:31

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13

There are times when you come face to face with failure in your life, the inability to do what you know you should do. And you wonder if your life will ever be different and the voice that says “no this is who you are” is the loudest voice you hear.

You are not alone. And that is not who you are.

The good news is our life is no longer defined by our failures. And in our weakness we find strength because of what Jesus has done. And that is enough. The Scriptures above remind us of truth, about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going.

It was never about what we could do to be good enough to deserve His love

No matter how unworthy He alone has made you worthy. He loves you and He is for you!

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, the old you with its sinful ways is gone, a new you, and a new chapter has begun

No matter how hard or how difficult it is or may be no matter how many voices tell say “you can’t do this”, keep running the race. The One who began a good work in you will finish it and the best is yet to come.

He has made you flawless!

There’s got to be more
Than going back and forth
From doing right to doing wrong
‘Cause we were taught that’s who we are
Come on get in line right behind me
You along with everybody
Thinking there’s worth in what you do

Then Like a hero who takes the stage when
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

Could it possibly be
That we simply can’t believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough
To take a filthy wretch like this
And wrap him up in righteousness
But that’s exactly what He did

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

Take a breath smile and say
Right here right now I’m ok
Because the cross was enough

Then Like a hero who takes the stage when
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late
Well let me introduce you to grace grace
God’s grace

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

No matter what they say
Or what you think you are
The day you called His name
He made you flawless
He made you flawless

Flawless-Mercy Me

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