September 28, 2018

Psalm 103:10-11..He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is higher above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west , so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

We need to be grateful to God at all times because of his goodness and his mercies toward us that fear him  The scripture of today says He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. I personally thank God that I have been forgiven of all my sins both when i was young and even when I became adult and had gotten married. I was somebody that liked to criticize and always finding faults, and yet my own life was full of sin. That is why I know that this verse is truly the nature of God, if it were not so, I would not have been alive today since the wages of sin is death. The story of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar also shows the compassion of God because the Lord promised them a child unfortunately Sarah took laws into her hand and advised her husband to go in unto Hagar their maid. When Hagar discovered that she was pregnant, her mistress, Sarah was despised in her eyes, and Sarah dealt harshly with her and she ran from home. The Bible tells us that “the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. The LORD went after Hagar that committed an offence against her mistress. He told her to go back home and submit unto her. That is to say that you were wrong for doing what you did but I am not counting it against you. Go and apologize and behave well unto her. The LORD also blessed the baby in her womb and told her that he will multiply him and make him a great nation. God does not deal with us according to our sins. He is a merciful God. Isn’t that awesome for a sinner to be loved by God.

He pities us as a Father pities his children. He remembers that we are dust. The blessings we receive is not because we are righteous, it is because of God’s mercies. Some people take blessings as a means of right standing with God. Far from it. When we remember the sin of David with Bathsheba, and how David tried to cover up by killing her husband, we will really understand this scripture that says “As the heaven is higher above the earth, so great is mercy toward us that fear Him. King David really enjoyed the mercy of God because God could have dealt with him as soon as he killed Uriah, but instead, He sent Nathan the prophet to him to give him a riddle that made him to pass judgment on the culprit, not knowing that he was the man being referred to. What David did displeased God, but His mercy allowed him to remove his sins away from him just as He said in this verse, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us”. God is good, and He forgave him when he repented (Psalm 51), but he lived through the consequences which was the judgment from God because of this sin. God could have removed him from the throne, or kill him, but he did neither because His mercies endures for ever.

So if you are rich or you are in an enviable position, and you are sinning, I pray for you today that the mercy of God will still be available to you to make a turn around before it is too late. You need to realize that God abhors sin, and there are consequences for the sins we commit. Some might receive their judgment immediately while God might pass their judgment unto their children, and children’s children. In the Book of Esther, one man called Haman was an enemy of the Jews and decided to wipe them out because of what one Jew (Mordecai) did to him. He had prepared gallows to hang Mordecai before embarking upon killing the remaining Jews that were scattered all over the province under Ahasuerus. Before he could carry out the plot, the king ordered him (Haman) to be hanged in the same gallows that he prepared for Mordecai (Esther 7:10). This is what is called INSTANT JUDGMENT. It is God that determines when to appropriate the punishment. That is where His mercy comes in. He is the One in total control. Another situation happened during the time of king Ahab when the king and his wife (Jezebel) plotted and killed Naboth, the man who refused to sell his land to king Ahab, and the LORD passed judgment on both of them, that the same place where they killed Naboth, they both will killed, and dog will lick his blood, while Jezebel’s body will not be buried because her body will be eaten up by dog. This was exactly what happened to both of them.(1 kings 21:1-29)

Children of God let us do good, and run from sin, because the Lord sees all that we do. Even if it seems as if we are enjoying the mercies of God in our earthly pleasure (which is sin), know that He will ask us to account for it one day. Psalm 103:9 says that “He will not always chide, neither will he keep his anger forever” This is the time to move closer to God because his mercy is visited on those that fear him. If we want to continue to enjoy the mercy of God till the end, let us follow the advice of Paul that says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this zeal, The Lord knoweth them that are his, And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”. (1 Timothy 2:19).  Are you one of his? If yes, don’t let sin dwell in your mortal body. The Lord will uphold us to the end, Amen.

Prayer…Pray that the Lord will fill you up with himself so that sin will not find space in you to dwell in any more in Jesus Name, AMEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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