Experiencing the Glory of God 2

A Revelation of God’s Great Mercy

by Pastor John Hamel


We are talking about the Glory of God.  It is easy to get into His presence in the time that we are living in.  Everything we have need of will begin to just start showing up in our lives; healing, finances, wisdom, family salvation, etc., if we'll just take the time to get into the presence of God.   One thing that makes it easy to step into God’s presence is to become Scripturally acquainted with His mercy.  We’ll do that in this study.  God is looking to show you mercy.


“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.  At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:  For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John 16:23-27)


When someone loves you they want you to have joy, not fear.  They want you to have abundance, not lack.  They want you to be healthy, not sick.  Well, the Father loves you.  Religion teaches people that God is mad at them, particularly when they make very human mistakes.   Some religions teach that Jesus stands between God and man, protecting man from the wrath of God.  That is not what the Bible teaches.  The Bible teaches in John 3:16 that God sent Jesus because He loves the people of the world and wants to help them.  Unless we keep our thinking in line with what the Bible says about the Father, we'll never receive from Him as proficiently or as abundantly as He desires for us to.  Let's look at some things the Bible reveals about our merciful God.


The Bible Reveals that God is Love, Not Wrath 


You will never find one single, solitary place in the entire Bible where God judged someone for no reason or just because He's a big mean God.  As a matter of fact He always sends someone, a Prophet, Pastor, fellow Christian, etc. to warn us before judgment comes.  He will even do this time and again.  I have seen it.  He would prefer that we simply repent for wrongdoing so that we won't have to be judged.  One time in the Bible He actually warned Israel to smarten up and repent seven times before judgment finally came.  That's big time mercy!  Even when we refuse to repent, God Himself does not have to judge us because the Laws of Sin and Death and the Laws of Sowing and Reaping will simply take over and do it.  He set them up this way.  When we live right, the Law of the Spirit of Life blesses us.  When we do not live right, the Laws of Sin and Death and the Laws of Sowing and Reaping are designed to drive us back on track.  God simply steps back, so to speak, and allows His Laws to go into operation.  Quite frankly, our own sins will correct us.


Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 2:19)


When we get into a backslidden position, we set the Laws of Retribution into motion against ourselves.  God does everything He can, short of violating our free will, to turn us back because He loves us.  He does not want us to suffer for wrongdoing.


“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.” (1 Peter 4:15)


Some people actually believe that God leads them into sin so He can punish them for it.  The Bible says that God leads us away from sin so the Law of Sin and Death will not go into operation against us.  Unless we understand this, we will never get into the Glory where our needs will be met.  Wrong thinking about the nature of God will grieve Him and prevent the Glory from showing up.


A Biblical Look at God's Fatherly Attributes


“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.” (Psalm 59:16-17)


Now isn't that how a real Father should be?  When we are in trouble, even trouble of our own making, we can run to Him as our refuge and He will defend us.  This is why we like to say, “God is never your problem.  God is always your solution.”


“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel


“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high 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.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” (Psalm 103:1-13)


"Pitieth" actually means “compassionately loves.”  This is where we get the instinct to have mercy when our children go wrong.  We are created in His merciful image. (Genesis 1:26)


“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.  They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 


“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy [permit / Jeremiah 2:19].  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 145:8-21)


There is a confidence that comes when we realize that God is not out to get us.  He is out to bless us.  If He was out to get us, He would have gotten us all by now.  We are not that smart and He is not that dumb.  So we see even in the Old Testament that God eagerly yearned to have mercy on people.  Some boneheads simply would not listen and they brought judgment upon themselves. 


God's Mercy Is Even Better in the New Testament


“But now hath he [Jesus] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6)


“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?  It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:31-33)


God is for us, never against us, even when we are wrong.  He desires to freely give us everything we need in life.  He justifies us, as opposed to condemning us when we miss the mark because of our humanity.  Wow!  What love and mercy He has for His family!


“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)


"Tribulation" is actually “pressure.”  That would be the pressure of persecution, sickness, trouble, etc.  He wants to comfort us even when we are under the pressure to sin.  He wants to comfort us and strengthen us against that kind of a mess.  He does not get mad.  He does not get even.  He is not some white-robed, moody, puritanical monster, leaning over the balcony of Heaven waiting for us to miss it so He can whip up on us to fulfill His mean quota.   He loves us and He longs to help us in times of trouble.  As a matter of fact, when we do something wrong, He actually sends the “Gift” of repentance to us so we can make things right.


“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26)


God actually sends repentance when we miss it because He wants to restore us.  He doesn't want us to be judged by the Law of Sin and Death.  Get a hold of His Fatherly attributes or you'll never get into His Glory.  He is offering you mercy.  He is calling you into His Glory.  He wants to help you.  He cares about every little detail of your life. 


Let me remind you in closing that King David said that God is our refuge and our defense in times of trouble – even when that trouble is of our own making.  All we have to do is to yield to the “Gift” of repentance when God pours it into our hearts.  He'll do the rest.  He's so merciful when we acknowledge wrongdoing.  It is confidence in His mercy that enables us to step right into the Glory where all our needs are met.


“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)


The Bible reveals God as a God who is gracious, full of compassion and mercy who is just looking for someone who has a perfect heart that He can show Himself strong on behalf of.


The word for “perfect” there actually means "friendly and ready."  Are you God’s friend?  Are you ready for God to show you mercy and compassion?  All you need to do is ask Him to forgive you for any compromise He has been talking about to you and off into the Glory you will go.  You know if He has been telling you to repent in some area.  Quit playing games.  Quit looking for the needle in the haystack.  Look for the elephant in the bread box.  You know if you’ve got sin in your life and you know what it is.  Take advantage of that “Gift” of repentance and allow God to once again show Himself strong on your behalf.


Someone once asked Mrs. Barbara Bush, wife of the former President, “Which of your children is your favorite?”  She responded, “Whichever one is in the most trouble at the moment.”  Now there’s a woman with a revelation of the mercy of God. 


Have you been in trouble?  That means you are favored of God. (Psalm 5:12)  He’s longing to help you back into the Glory where all of your needs will be met


Be blessed ... Pastor John and Barbara Hamel



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