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Daily Tonic – THE TRUE SUCCESS

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THE TRUE SUCCESS

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” —Psalm118:1-3

We are loved by Him, and therefore, we are lovers of Him. That is our primary identity. From this perspective, life looks totally different because no matter what happens, a song fills our hearts, our spirits are stirred, and our inner man becomes tender toward God. I have set out to do some risky enterprise endeavors in the Name of the Lord that the Lord called me to and have unexpectedly hit many brick walls. During such times the Lord makes clear to me that He does not want ministry or financial success to be our primary reward. He wants His Son to be our magnificent obsession, not the fact that we might preach to a stadium of one hundred thousand people and lead ten thousand to the Lord. The great news is that when your primary reward is in place, you can be in prison and still be successful. You can have the disappointments of a lifetime in your ministry and have people in the local church misunderstand you and write you off, but you will still be successful in your heart if loving Him and being loved by Him are your primary reward. The Church in Ephesus got a knock on the head for abandoning their first Responsibility of loving the Lord, and focus on Ephemerals.”….Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV. The scripture tagged them “loveless.”

WHAT IS LOVE?

God is Love as Apostle John put it, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1John 4:7-9 NKJV Apostle Paul wrote this to the Church,  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the  gift  of  prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the  poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”  1Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV In Love we are perfected, and our peace and success comes from Loving God. Little wonder He commanded His disciples on Loving one another as He loved us, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” John 15:12-14 NKJV We may preach the best message in church or on social media, we may work mighty signs and wonders to the admirations of people, without the Love of God, it is nothing. Now, what are you waiting for? Keep demonstrating Him by loving.
PRAYER
Loving You and being loved by You are all the reward I need. Keep me from allowing achievements or successes to be more important than Your love.

 

Freely give!

The Merciful God

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THE MERCIFUL GOD

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented [changed His mind] of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”—Jonah 3:10

After much resistance, Jonah yielded to God to go to Nineveh to preach repentance to that great city in Assyria. Then the pronouncement was made that after forty days God would judge the city with His wrath.
With urgency, the king declared a fast that even included the animals. The people wept and begged for mercy, and with an open heart they prayed to God. Because they humbled themselves in prayer, God lifted His declaration and spoke life, and not death, over them. Our God does not show favoritism,

“for His mercy extends the globe” says John 3:17.

The love and mercy of God can reach anyone—from the uttermost to the guttermost. He can reach out to wherever your unsaved loved ones are and set their feet on the SolidRock of their salvation.
Mercy is the withholding of a just condemnation. Throughout the Bible, God gives many illustrations of His mercy. God fully demonstrates His mercy in Jesus Christ.
God was merciful to the wayward Solomon in 1 Kings 11:13 . God was merciful to Israel in captivity (Psalm 106:45 ; Nehemiah 9:31 ). David illustrated God’s mercy when he showed kindness to Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:7 ). God’s mercy was illustrated every year on the Day of Atonement, when the high priest entered the Holiest Place and sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice before the
mercy seat (Leviticus 16:14 ).
Another illustration of God’s mercy is found in Matthew 18:23–27 . In this parable, Jesus describes a rich ruler who was owed a large sum of money. The ruler ordered that money be collected, but then the debtor came and begged for mercy. The ruler, in turn, graciously forgives the debt. Here’s the point: we owed God a debt we could never repay, and He has freely forgiven us that debt in Christ! Interestingly, after the ruler in the parable forgives the debt, the person who owed the money refuses to forgive someone else. The ruler then judges that ungrateful person. God requires us to be merciful and forgiving to others here on earth (see Matthew 6:15 ). We who have been forgiven so much have no right to withhold forgiveness from others.
Mercy is coupled with other attributes of God in Psalm 86:15

“You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (ESV).

God’s mercy is rooted in His love for us. He is merciful, in large part, because He is love (1 John 4:8 ). As sinners, we deserve punishment (Romans 3:23 ). God’s righteousness requires punishment for sin—He wouldn’t be holy otherwise. Since God does love us and is merciful, He sent His Son (John 3:16 ). The fullness of His mercy is seen in Matthew 27 . Jesus is brutally beaten and murdered on our behalf; Jesus received our just condemnation, and we received God’s mercy.
Because of His love for us, God wants us to be with Him. His mercy is required for that to take place; there is an inseparable connection between God’s love and mercy. Jesus laid down His life and became the sacrificial lamb (Isaiah 53:7 ;
John 1:29 ) so that God’s mercy could be extended to us. Instead of punishing us for our sin, God allowed His Son to take the condemnation in our place. That is the ultimate act of God’s mercy
Ephesians 2:4–5. To our eternal benefit, “Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13b ).

DEMONSTRATE HIS LOVE
Think of loved ones who are lost, and pray for their salvation today. Think of those in your city, nation, and world who are lost. Pray for their salvation today. Ask God to be merciful to them and to seed His Spirit to convict, deliver, save, and heal them today.
Jesus, I pray for the lost this day. I pray for my loved ones who are lost. I pray for all the lost in the world. Extend Your mercy and send forth workers into the harvest to proclaim Your GoodNews. Amen.

 

Freely give!

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