Friday, November 11, 2016

Mercy for the USA - Now Think On This by Steve Martin


Mercy for the USA

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.” (Romans 9:15-18, NASU)


The United States of America experienced God’s mercy the week of the national elections, rather than receiving judgement on a nation that has in many ways turned its back on God. We could have continued to be cursed with unrighteous leaders, who swore to uphold the ungodly ways we had allowed to overtake us in these last decades. But His mercy prevailed.

With the acceptance of same-sex marriage, applauded (and exalted by the White House); continuing unlimited murder of our unborn children since 1973; adultery and fornication ruling the day; and despising the very laws of God that were foundational in our formation over 240 years ago; the USA was well deserving of the Lord’s righteous judgement.

But instead we received His mercy. Or as a dictionary reads, “the kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation.

How many in our country realized this merciful action of the Living God? How many will acknowledge that it is only by His Hand that we still stand, living another day, with His provision and abundance given our way?

Only by His mercy do we still stand.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:4-10, NASU)

We do not deserve His grace. Our transgressions as a nation have been seen by all the nations. And it is only by His grace that we have been saved. It is not of ourselves. It is another gift of God, being rich in mercy.

My prayer is that our hearts will be turned back to His, that we will repent of our sins, receive His full mercy, and be a light on the hill that we were created to be. I pray that we will not use His mercy for our own pleasures, or as an excuse to continue in unbridled transgressions, but will walk in His light and goodness, to be an extension of the hand of God, reaching out to ingather those He longs to save.

The Lord God of Israel has once again had mercy on the USA. May we not take this unmerited grace for granted.

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Founder
Love For His People, Inc.

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