Endowed with Mercy

I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service– Romans 12:1. Mercy means that judgment has been withheld, judgment that is rightfully due and should have been pronounced, has now been denied us by God Himself. This is why we can honestly present our bodies to God. The body means our inner self with all our frailties, hopes, and dreams. We are currently equipped in the joyful knowledge of being risen to a new life with Christ, a life that can be lived without condemnation, clothed in God’s own righteousness and standing. It is only by the mercies of God that we may be so bold as to fearlessly present ourselves to the Judge of all Who acquitted us of all sin, endowing each believer with the mercies of and from the Creator of life.” ~LMJ~

Our Heavenly Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The first three chapters of Ephesians shed much light on what God has given to His Church, and to the individual believer. The last three chapters’ guide God’s Church on how to apply in practical living what God has so freely given to us. In Ephesians 3:19, God’s Word says that we have the love of Christ, and with the love of Christ we can know that we have been “filled with all the fullness of God.” How can believers truly fathom what it means to be filled with all of the fullness of God?  How can we grasp that (collectively) we are the actual habitation of God Himself?  How can we believe that we are quickened together with Christ and can we really understand that we were raised up together with Christ and how can we know that we are seated together with Christ?  How is the Church of God fitly framed together and how are believers built together into the household of God? The last three chapters of Ephesians reveal to us the “how” to know, apply, and enjoy all the spiritual knowledge in what God’s Word says we have.

Ephesians 4:1 – I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation {calling} wherewith ye are called,

Paul referred to himself as “the prisoner of the Lord” because the love of Christ had captured his heart and Paul with his entire being belonged to Christ. The very first instruction on the practical side of Ephesians is to hear with our hearts God’s calling, to recognize His beseeching, and to desire His imploring of us to walk within the heavenly calling that God called us to walk worthy in:

Ephesians 4:2-3:
-2:  With all lowliness {humbleness} and meekness {to God’s Word} with longsuffering {patience toward others}, forbearing {uplifting} one another in love
-3:  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit” is a continuous effort to live with the love of God, especially towards our fellow believers who have also been called into God’s Church.  To walk worthy of our heavenly calling, the Church must endeavor to have a spiritual unity in the bond of peace with one another. “The bond of peace” that believers can experience is literally coming to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is, for he is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and he is what we all have in common with each other. When we begin walking worthy of God’s calling, then we will begin enjoying and also applying His divinely given spiritual love. God’s love builds up the believer as well as promotes the true spiritual unity that we all have together in and with Christ.

Ephesians 4:15-16 (Amplified*):
-15:  Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, loving truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed one).
-16:  For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts {you and I}), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied {by God}, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

This Is the Day Which the LORD Hath Made; We Will Rejoice and Be Glad (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

According to the Bible, each and every day is a day to rejoice and be glad because the LORD made this day for men and women, for boys and girls, for young and old, and for you and me.

Psalms 118:24:
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Word of God encourages us to rejoice and to be glad in this day. Recognizing God throughout the day brings great gladness and joy into our lives. When we walk with God and recognize that He is with us, being grateful simply for the air we breathe, then we will also realize that the Lord indeed made this day for us. The Psalm continues:

Psalms 118:25:
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Save now is referring to this day that the LORD hath made, and in this day, the Psalmist is beseeching the LORD to send now prosperity. This passage is referring to the necessities that we need today, and thanking God for those things that we now have. Then, beyond the basics, what further abundance would bless our lives today? When we recognize that God indeed cares for us and we trust in Him, then the daily prosperity that we receive will cause our hearts to rejoice as it draws gladness out from our very souls.

Every person has different circumstances and daily needs, but God can and does care for each of us individually. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

God promises in His Word that He will meet our needs, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {that we need to sustain life ― mentally, physically, and spiritually} shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The true blessings of God come to us according to our believing His Word. By looking to God’s healing Word, and by prayer offered in the name of Jesus Christ, and with genuine thankfulness from the heart, we may also look for and expect that our God will be there for us with daily blessings, and we can in thankfulness recognize that His blessings have become reality for us.

John 6:11:
And Jesus took the loaves {5 loaves of bread}; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down {about five thousand people}; and likewise of the fishes {2 small fishes} as much as they would.

When Jesus gave thanks, he was asking for God’s blessings on what they had, that the blessing would go a very, very long way ― and it certainly did. This is the power of true prayer with the giving of thanks to God in prayer.

Many people “say grace” before meals but the Bible says to “give thanks” to God (in advance) for His blessings and grace upon us. Grace comes from God to man, thanks goes from man to God. In fact, did you know that the Bible never instructs believers (ever) to “say grace,” but rather His Word encourages us to enjoy and accept His graces that have been freely given to us in Christ and to give thanks, always ― even today, for this is the day in which the LORD made for you and me to rejoice and to be glad. Learning to enjoy an attitude of thankfulness in our prayer life softens the heart, squelches greed, and humbly accepts the grace of God without reservation for His abundance to begin flowing our way.

In John 6:11 above, Jesus did not see any lack in the limited amount of the food he had, but he thanked God to do miraculous things with the little they had for a multitude of people, for giving prosperity to those for whom Jesus was responsible, and everybody thankfully had as much as they would. This was Jesus living the true meaning of send now prosperity, as he was beseeching God with the giving of thanks for His care upon them this day. The place where this miracle took place became known as “. . . the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks” (John 6:23b). It is in our thankfulness for what we have that allows God to truly work miraculous things in our own lives, today and every day.

I want to tell you a story about a young man who was down on his luck, out of money, and very hungry. Someone explained to him about being thankful to God in his prayer life, and so he prayed, thanking God in Jesus Christ’s name for his little twenty-five cent bag of potato chips to somehow fill him up (about ten or twelve chips). Then he began to eat as he was reading his Bible; about a half hour later, he looked down into the bag and realized that the chips had miraculously filled his famished appetite. He saw a half of a bag of chips still in the bag, and he uttered, “gee, thanks God, I have had enough” as he then ate the last few chips! I believe this happened for him because he thanked God for the little he had. This man was blessed by God in order that he would rejoice and be glad on that day. This man did not just sit around waiting for a miracle to happen, rather he simply was thankful to God and gave his need to Him in prayer, and God became his sufficiency.

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it,” in the Hebrew Text, Psalms 118:24 poses this question: Will we rejoice and be glad in it?” The answer is, yes, yes when we recognize this day’s Maker, for then rejoicing and gladness in this day bubbles up from within! Note the ending word in the verse is “it,” and when we realize that This is the day which the LORD hath made, then the “it” becomes HIM, because we become glad to be in and with HIM!

When we believe: This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will be living a lifestyle in daily thankfulness and we will rejoice and be glad in HIM, not just for one day in the year but for always. If we have food to eat and a place to sleep, we will have every good reason to be thankful today for the blessings bestowed upon us, and our God will give us great expectations for all our tomorrows.

I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Corinthians 2:14a:
Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ.

II Corinthians 9:15:
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Philippians 4:6 (The Amplified Bible):*
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Colossians 2:7; and 3:15 (The Amplified Bible):*
-7: Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
-15: And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permissoin.