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Nov 27
2015

God's Mercy

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“God’s grace and mercy are sufficient for me; so don’t ask me for any.” This seems to be the attitude of Christians today. God’s Grace prompts us to GO but we as the church we often times tell God no.

In the Book of Jonah there are 2 very important truths that we as Christians should be aware of:

1 – God is on a mission to change the world, a mission to advance His Kingdom.

2 – His church is often reluctant to join Him.

            The main obstacle standing in the way of reaching the unreached is God’s very own people. The church of Jesus Christ is hindering the advancement of the Kingdom. We as the church have a tragic misunderstanding of God’s mercy and of how just amazing God’s grace really is.

When it comes to mercy we often times think of it for ourselves, but not others. We need mercy in our lives and in our daily situations, but we are very reluctant to show mercy to others in their times of need.

Jonah 1:17

Grace means Go, but if you say no, God will use another means of getting you there.

We should come to church knowing that we are the most dangerous organization in our city, in our county, in our state and around the world.

Where Jonah misunderstood mercy Jesus accomplished it.

Grace Means Go!

The whole time Jesus was on earth he was on a mission. When He saved us by dying on the cross, He commissioned us with the same mandate Jonah had – Go to the lost and to the Gentiles and give them the grace and mercy I gave you!

Grace means Go!

Jonah 2:1-10

Time out!! You mean to tell me that NOW you want to do what is right?

Lord, if you just get me out of this mess, I will serve you forever!!

Jonah sounds like a little kid pleading for mercy when they have been caught doing something they shouldn’t!

Seriously, Jonah that is what God wanted you to do in the first place!

In verse 10 the word Vomit in Hebrew – means Vomit! To literally spit out of ones mouth.

I see this as a statement of what God thinks of Jonah’s Prayer!

Look at

Revelation 3:15-16

God knew Jonah’s heart.  God says, “Jonah do you see that I want to share my mercy with people who do not deserve it? Don’t you get it? I just demonstrated it to you!”

Later you will see that Jonah doesn’t really get it. Even here in the belly of the whale, He is not quite sure!

Irony – The man who would not show mercy is now crying out for it!

Later you will see where Jonah is still reluctant to show God’s mercy then cries when God shows mercy to Nineveh.

God shows his mercy to Jonah by saving him from the belly of the whale.

Jonah says in verse 9 Salvation belongs to the Lord!

What a hypocrite!!

He says this out of desperation! He doesn’t fully believe it.

Matthew 10:7-8

Freely means NO strings attached! You can’t earn it, you can’t work for it! That is free!

God’s Grace and Mercy are free!

Here is a couple of principle’s concerning freely receiving and freely giving!

1- The Church is supposed to operate on the principle, Freely receive and freely give.

2- The Christian life is supposed to operate on the principle, Freely receive and freely give.

            It is what governs our heart! We should be thanking God everyday for dying on the cross. It allows us to stay as close to God’s grace as possible. The closer we are to the Grace of God the more apt we are to show the grace He has given to us to others. When we do this we are in the presence of God, which gives us the power of God, which is where our purpose is defined and propelled.

3- We demonstrate the value of what we have received

If we believe that God’s grace and mercy are too small and too embarrassing to show others then why do we want to keep it?

If we believe that God’s grace and mercy are great and powerful then why will we not pass it on?

Being a Christian and Advancing the Kingdom is never and should never be about being to embarrassed, being to dangerous or to exhausting.

It should always be about showing mercy and grace!

No matter the Place

No matter the Time

No matter the Cost!

We need to be conduits of God’s grace and mercy and advance His Kingdom to the ends of the Earth.

Sadly, most churches in the western world are still in the belly of the whale.

Jonah is sunbathing on the shore as a recipient of God’s Mercy when we get into chapter 3.

Jonah 3:1-4

Verse 1 – Jonah get’s a do over!

Verse 2 – Jonah is issued the same mandate as in chapter 1

Verse 3-4 – Jonah has to walk for 3 days doing ministry and blows it all out day 1 with one phrase! “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.”

That was so half hearted because he still is not convinced of the mercy of God!

He delivers the worst sermon in the Bible!!

Grace means Go!!

Here are three take away for this part of Jonah:

1 – Cry out!

For ourselves – repent and seek God!

For others – The people around you that you will be the demonstration of grace and mercy in their lives.

2 – Do Over!

God is a God of second chances – +99 do overs on those second chances. There are people out there that need second chances.

3 – All In!

Let’s not play church! Let’s together get out and be the church! Let’s change the world together in our lifetime. Outreach and evangelism is not something we do, it is something we live!!

Let’s be a conduit of grace and mercy not a cul-de-sac!

GRACE NEEDS GO!!

Until next time….Shalom!


 
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