Friday, June 4, 2010


2 Chronicles 7:14 summarizes God’s call through the prophets: "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Deanies Thoughts: This scripture is for us today too!

Also Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Over my many years of following Jesus, I have heard this same question asked, time and time again, ‘What does the Lord require of me? Lord how would you have me live, or what would you have me do?’
It is very interesting to note that God said in Hosea 6:6 (NIV) For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings. To have love, mercy and compassion in your heart, towards one another is better, than just go through the motions of having religious ceremonies and routines without any heart felt meaning. Is it possible that we can simply go through the motions of being a Christian, without making any difference in the world or to those around us, because we do not have one ounce of compassion or mercy towards our fellow human being? Have we become like Jonah, a reluctant preacher who did not want any converts, but wanted them to get what they had deserved. God does not want us to walk with a self righteous attitude, nor be pretentious, pompous and pious, a people who look down their noises at the unsaved without love or mercy.
A people who are so full of their own self importance, elevated to be come legends in their own mind; these people are not legends but rather leg-ends, who have become so vain and self conceited. Wrapped up in themselves rather than in Jesus.

God has showed us what is good through His Son Jesus; He is our perfect example of how to love one another in God, how to love the sinner and saint a like, and how to act towards them and do good unto them in His name. He has called us to act justly without prejudice, to treat all men equal; to love mercy rather than sacrifice; to be merciful to each other, to forgive each other, just as in Christ God for gave us.
And walk with humility before our Lord, to serve Him with a humble heart, to love Him with everything that we have.

My friend, what does that Lord require of us? It is not to be Christ like in our walk and show mercy compassion and love towards all? To live in Him with a humble heart ready to say at any given moment, ‘Here I am Lord, wholly available, as for me I will serve you Lord.’ To act justly, to love mercy and walk humbly before the Lord; this is what sets you apart for everyone else, who would want to do the opposite. To live for Jesus; challenges us to radically change our lifestyle, to live differently from everyone else; to live with a merciful attitude, loving the lost, seeking to win souls, to make disciples of those who chose to follow the Lord, and walk humbly before the Lord, this is what the world needs. To do what is good, to be a imitator or of Jesus of whom it is said of in Acts 10:38 (NIV) He went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with Him.
People loved Jesus, because he was never pretentious or pompous or pious, but He was real in His relationship with God, and through it He acted justly, He loved mercy and walked humbly before God. Let us do like wise.

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