Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Requirement of a Merciful God
This message about the mercy of a loving God is to understand this most important attribute and to incorporate it into our lives. We need mercy and also need to extend it to others.
What is mercy?
Trying to digest this definition of mercy, according to the 1828 Webster dictionary, should be enough to cause us to fall on our face, to cry out for YHVH’s (the LORD’s) mercy and ask to be endowed with this unique Godly characteristic.
Note the use of Scripture in defining mercy:
(1828) Webster MER'CY, n. [L. misericordia.]
1. That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.
The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty. Num 14.
2. An act or exercise of mercy or favor. It is a mercy that they escaped.
I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies. Gen 32.
3. Pity; compassion manifested towards a person in distress.
And he said, he that showed mercy on him. Luke 10.
4. Clemency and bounty.
Mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upheld by mercy. Prov 28.
5. Charity, or the duties of charity and benevolence.
I will have mercy and not sacrifice. Mat 9.
6. Grace; favor. 1 Cor 7. Jude 2.
7. Eternal life, the fruit of mercy. 2 Tim 1.
I cry thee mercy with all my heart.
9. The act of sparing, or the forbearance of a violent act expected. The prisoner cried for mercy.
To be or to lie at the mercy of, to have no means of self-defense, but to be dependent for safety on the mercy or compassion of another, or in the power of that which is irresistible; as, to be at the mercy of a foe, or of the waves.
Webster MER'CIFUL, a. [from mercy.]
Having or exercising mercy; compassionate; tender; disposed to pity offenders and to forgive their offenses; unwilling to punish for injuries; applied appropriately to the Supreme being. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, the LORD, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth. Exo 34.
1. Compassionate; tender; unwilling to give pain; not cruel. A merciful man will be merciful to his beast.
Dale Cresap (comments concerning mercy: edited)
- It is one thing to love mercy extended to you, and another to love mercy extended to your brother who has offended you.
- The Bible teaches both mercy and justice. It gives a perfect standard of conduct, and offers a way for redemption for those who have strayed, including you.
- Yeshua had to correct His disciples who wanted to call down fire from heaven on their enemies. Do justice out of necessity, but love mercy and you will be an agent of mercy.
- Those who judge demonstrate that they don’t understand the mercy they receive.
A few Scriptures that exemplify Mercy
Matt 23:23(NAS unless indicated) "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Titus 3:5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
Heb 4:16Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
Jude 1:21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
Ps 86:5 NJKVFor You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Matt 5:7"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Luke 6:36"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Need Mercy?Consider these verses:
Proverbs 28:13 NKJVHe who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Psalms 107:10-13There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains, Because they had rebelled against the words of God, And spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses.
How Great is YHVH’s Mercy?
Manasseh, The Wicked King of Judah, repented, prayed and received mercy and then did acts of righteousness.
Manasseh’s Wicked Beginning:
2Chr 33:1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he also erected altars for the Baals and made Asherim, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD of which the LORD had said, "My name shall be in Jerusalem forever." 5 For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 And he made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger.
2Chr 33:7Then he put the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; 8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them according to all the law, the statutes, and the ordinances given through Moses."
2Chr 33:9Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel. 10 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.
Punishment - Humbling - Repentance - Mercy
2Chr 33:11Therefore the LORD brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze chains, and took him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
Good results from YHVH’s Mercy
2Chr 33:14Now after this he built the outer wall of the city of … Then he put army commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, as well as all the altars which he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. 16 And he set up the altar of the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it; and he ordered Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
2Chr 33:18Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh even his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are among the records of the kings of Israel. 19 His prayer also and how God was entreated by him, and all his sin, his unfaithfulness, and the sites on which he built high places and erected the Asherim and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the records of the Hozai.
Jonah likewise Repented - Prayed and Received mercy:
Jonah 2:1Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; Thou didst hear my voice. 3 For Thou hadst cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Thy breakers and billows passed over me. 4 So I said, 'I have been expelled from Thy sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Thy holy temple.’ 5 Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6 I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But Thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God. 7 While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer came to Thee, Into Thy holy temple. 8 Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, 9 But I will sacrifice to Thee With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD."
Jonah 2:10Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.
So What does Elohim require of us?
Micah 6:8 [NKJV]He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Mercy and Truth
Proverbs NKJV 3:3Let not mercy and truth forsake you; … Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs NKJV 28:13He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Have Mercy on the Needy
Proverbs NKJV 14:31He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
Proverbs NKJV 21:21He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor.
Oh merciful Elohim may we be like You, that we do justly - love mercy and find life
"Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he will get good consequences; if they are not, he will suffer for it."Harry Browne
This is probably the simplest basic truth we find in scripture. Whether proverb or parable we will live by this standard regardless of our status.
Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Eternal One - we are blessed because You are faithful to reflect justice tempered with mercy.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"Jesus humbled himself unto death and opened the path in which we too must walk… Humility must lead us to die to self: so we prove how wholly we have given ourselves up to it and to God; so alone we are freed from our fallen nature and find the path that leads to life in God, to that full birth of the new nature, of which humility is the breath and the joy." Andrew Murray
We need to die to self; this will prove our determination, our desire to be freed from our fallen nature and seek YHVH’s sinless nature. Mercifully YHVH has provided a way that leads to life. Remember Manasseh King of Judah - 2Chr 33:12 …he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
Yeshua, may we humbly yield to Your example - to humbly die to our selfish nature.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
The Sure Mercies of YHVH
When the work of YHVH is being hindered by adversaries we need to trust our Creator to work out the details.
A little background:
The returning Jews from Babylon (under decree) were instructed to rebuild the Temple of YHVH. The adversaries, being not accepted in the re-building process, endeavored to hinder the Jews which halted their progress (Ezra chapter 4).
Rebuilding restarted through Prophesy and dedication with determination:
Ezra 5:1When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them, 2 then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them.
Ezra 5:3At that time Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, "Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?" 4 Then we told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building. 5 But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until a report should come to Darius, and then a written reply be returned concerning it.
The adversaries write to the King of Persia:
Ezra 5:17"And now, if it pleases the king let a search be conducted in the king's treasure house, which is there in Babylon, if it be that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to rebuild this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send to us his decision concerning this matter."
King Darius answers search:
Ezra 6:1Then King Darius issued a decree, and search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. 2 And in Ecbatana in the fortress, which is in the province of Media, a scroll was found and there was written in it as follows: "Memorandum -- 3 "In the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: ' Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be retained, its height being 60 cubits and its width 60 cubits; 4 with three layers of huge stones, and one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the royal treasury. 5 'And also let the gold and silver utensils of the temple of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be returned and brought to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; and you shall put them in the house of God.'
King Darius then adds to the decree:
Ezra 6:6"Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your colleagues, the officials of the provinces beyond the River, keep away from there. 7 Leave this work on the house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover, I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of this house of God: the full cost is to be paid to these people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the River, and that without delay.
Ezra 6:9"And whatever is needed, both young bulls, rams, and lambs for a burnt offering to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine, and anointing oil, as the priests in Jerusalem request, it is to be given to them daily without fail, 10 that they may offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.
Under penalty of the edict:
Ezra 6:11"And I issued a decree that any man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and his house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this. 12 And may the God who has caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who attempts to change it, so as to destroy this house of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued this decree, let it be carried out with all diligence!"
Success through Prophesying:
Ezra 6:14And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Ezra 6:16And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
YHVH You work in mighty ways to bring peace to those that do Your will, thank You - Amen.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
What is success? In the world’s eye that may be getting that big house, a new car, and the high paying job. Are riches your driving force? It is time we stopped and examined ourselves to see where our focus lies. Are we trying to "look good" and be successful in the world’s eyes? We will find true success when God is our desire, focus, and goal in everything we do. It is to please Him and not others or even ourselves. Despite what we have heard, it is not all about you, your wants and desires, it is about Him.
Then said Yeshua (Jesus) to his disciples, Verily I say to you, That it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.(Matt 19:23)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?
A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Hence the phrase...'Goodnight , sleep tight'
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'
It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service.
'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
Believe it or not, you can read this.
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Sources not all verified.
Author: Stephen Covey discoverer of The 90/10 Principle.
What is this Principle?
10% of life is made up of what happens to you.
90% of life is decided by how you react…
What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.
The other 90% is different as you determine what happens - How? …By your reaction.
You cannot control a red light. However, you can control your reaction.
Do not let people fool you. YOU can control how you react.
For example you are having breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what has just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react.
You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your wife and you criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish her breakfast and getting ready to go to school. She misses the bus.
Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles per hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60.00 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you realize you forgot your briefcase.
Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home.
When you arrive home, you find a small wedge in your relationship with your wife and daughter. Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day? Did the coffee cause it? Did your daughter cause it? Did the policeman cause it? Did you cause it? Of course you did there is no other answer.
You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you - Your daughter is about to cry - You gently say: "It’s okay, honey, you just need to be more careful next time." Grabbing a towel you go upstairs and change your shirt. You grab your briefcase, and you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minute early and cheerfully greet the staff.
Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different. Why? Because of how you reacted. Your really have no control over 10% of what happens in your life. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.
Now you know the 90/10 Principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. Very few know and apply this Principle.
Absolutely everything we do, give, say, or even think, it’s like a Boomerang - It will come back to us… If we want to receive, we need to learn to give first… Maybe we will end with our hands empty, but our heart will be filled with love… and those who live life, have that feeling marked in their hearts…
The perks of reaching 60 and heading towards 70 and older!
1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run----anywhere.
4. People call at 9 pm and ask, did I wake you?
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out...
8. You can eat supper at 4pm.
9. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
10. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
11. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
12.You sing along with elevator music.
13. Your eyes won't get much worse.
14. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
15. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
16. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
17. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
18. You can't remember who sent you this list
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
Bits and Pieces
"Know thyself! Know that you are a child of the Almighty God who spoke the universe into being."
"It’s amazing to me that although thousands of years separate us from the time of Moses, man hasn’t changed much. We like to think of ourselves as progressive, as smarter than those that came before us, but the underlying nature of what makes us has remained the same throughout the history of man."
"How can you say nobody loves you, when He has already proven just how much He does?"
"You have been redeemed, you have been plucked out of the darkness and brought into the light, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and as such you can stand before your heavenly Father, and speak to Him and He will hear you!"
Michael Boldea Jr.
People don’t plan to fail; they fail because they don’t plan.
Every so often, invite the person in the line behind you to go ahead of you.
To many people, the ideal occupation is the one that doesn’t keep them occupied.
One of life’s great mysteries is how a 2-pound box of candy can make a person gain 5 pounds.
Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
If you are dissatisfied with our lot in life, build a service station on it.
If little ears should not hear it, big mouths should not say it.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness(mercy), and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8; ESV)
…requirements always exist. Expectations are requirements.
All of us live each day with a sense of requirements. From determining what to wear, the route we take to work or school, how we interact with family, friends, colleagues, and the public - even though we do so unconsciously most of the time - we are constantly fulfilling requirements.
For some reason many of us - both in our personal and business lives - hesitate to determine requirements. …sometimes we so fear failure that we think that as long as we don't define our requirements, we cannot be held accountable for failure. I think it is evident that the fear of failure is, therefore, one of the greatest causes of lack of success. Unless we clarify requirements, we will never know if we are truly successful. (If you do not know where you are going how do you know when you get there? MEM)
Thankfully, God, through the Scriptures, has provided us with clearly defined requirements.
The above Scripture statement is a summary that embodies the detail of God's extensive requirements.
The prophet Micah summaries God's requirements as, "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." If we are careful to fulfill these requirements, we can be confident that we are living life exactly the way God designed it. Any other agenda, goal, or desire is contrary to God's requirements. Even those of us who claim to be keen to do God's will have a tendency to ignore his requirements in favor of our own. We may imagine that God wants us to fill our lives with religious rituals, money, or grand projects, but if our efforts fail to stay within the confines of Micah's words, we will fail to meet God's requirements.
It is remarkable how much is covered by this requirement statement. God calls us "to do justice." This means we must be careful to always do what God has determined is right - both in our personal lives and unto others. We are "to love kindness." The word for kindness can also be translated "mercy". It's a way to speak of God-inspired love. As we strive to always do right, we must do so with an attitude of kindness, mercy and love. Justice and mercy are not contradictory. It's that neither are ever fully achieved unless they are held in balance. The final statement, "to walk humbly with your God," gives us proper context within which we do justice and mercy. The justice and mercy we are called to do is not a humanistic one which we determine on our own. Rather it must be that which has been defined by the God of Israel. This includes both our need to be in right relationship with him through trusting in the Messiah and to adhere to the abundant practical life directives we read throughout the Scriptures.
God in his graciousness has not left us with vague, undefined requirements. Rather he has told us what is good and what he requires of us. Therefore, let us be sure to pay close attention to his requirements and live.
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, Thou dost restore him to health.
Oh the Mercy of our Creator - The NAS translation often puts lovingkindness in place of mercy but no one word in English can adequately be translated with the total depth of YHVH’s mercy. The Proverb that supports the above Psalm promise:
Proverbs NKJV 14:31…But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
Micah NKJV 6:8He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
1. Judas Iscariot - John 13:26
3. Jericho - Hebrews 11:30
4. Protects, trust, hopes, and preserves - 1 Corinthians 13:7
5. The entire army - Exodus 14:28
6. Joshua - Numbers 27:18-23
7. Saul - 1 Samuel 9:21
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