5/17 God's Mercy Endures

King James Daily Bible Study Devotional
Message Title: God's Mercy Endures
Date: Thursday May 17, 2012Today's Chapters: 2 Chronicles 29-31

Hello My Friend,

Once a month as a congregation we observe the Lord's supper, first, the preacher reads a verse from the Bible, a tiny wafer is passed to every member, then he says a prayer and we eat the bread. Once again, the preacher reads a Bible verse, little cups of grape juice are passed to every member, and likewise, the preacher says a prayer and we drink the juice. Now, some churches will do this and represent the bread and juice as the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, but that is not what Jesus intended it to be used for, it is to remember that Jesus gave His flesh and blood to save the sinner. “
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” - Luke 22:19,20.

I heard it be known that anyone partaking of the Lord's supper in vain would face some serious affliction in their lives should they continue to live in sin, but that is one thing I do not take lightly so I couldn't tell you if that were the case. I can tell you that as someone who lived in the world that the thought of Christ sacrificing His life to save me from what should be my punishment for the things I did is sobering. It is something that none of us should take lightly, but the sad thing is that many do take it lightly and I just pray that people start waking up and realizing that if it wasn't for Jesus God wouldn't have mercy on them. “
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” - Romans 9:15,16.

After generations of halfhearted kings choosing the follow God on their terms, Hezekiah begins to reign, he walked in the ways of David. He reopened the church, had it repaired and even got the nonpracticing priests to sanctify themselves to serving God the way it was written in the Law of Moses. “
And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs. Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.” - 2 Chronicles 29:4-6,10,11.

Today, God's presence no longer dwells in a building, He dwells within every believer of Christ who has been washed in His blood. It is important for those whom have called on Jesus Christ to save them sanctify themselves and return to serving God His way. God loves us all and is merciful and forgiving to all who come to Him, but He will not be mocked. “
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” - Galatians 6:7,8.

Hezekiah did not just want people in Jerusalem to return to God, he wanted all of Israel and those who dwelt in Israel to return to God. He sent letters all over the country in hope that everyone would come to Jerusalem for the first true passover observance since Solomon was king.

So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him. So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.” - 2 Chronicles 30:6,9-11.

Billions of people are given some form of information about Jesus Christ and how they can be saved, such as a knock on the door, a pamphlet, a letter, or even through the internet, yet only a remnant will accept the invitation to come to the Passover Lamb. Jesus said, “
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” - Matthew 7:13,14,21.

After the passover there were so many people stirred up for God that they came together to rid their homes, business, and even the streets of the wickedness and corruption in Judah. Once they cleaned the cities they began serving God on His terms not theirs.
Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities. And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD. He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.” - 2 Chronicles 31:1-3.

Many people will get saved and go on living the lives they live unknowing that the Holy Spirit is working in them, they will face affliction and challenges to get them to go beyond receiving Christ as their Savior, but will never do anything more than get saved. However, those who take that extra step to let the Holy Spirit direct them will learn to be hears and doers of God's Word and they will, day by day, eliminate the sins, the habits, and the idols that corrupt them. God will use anyone who has a willing heart, He will soften the heart of any soul that decides it wants Christ in it's life. “
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Timothy 1:12-14.
Today's Psalm: 13:5 - “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Today's Proverb: 16:6 - “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Today's Prayer: (from Psalm 30) God, I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. In Jesus name. Amen.
Enjoy the rest of your day/night. God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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