There Is Forgiveness with God
Heaps of Mercy & Deliverance, Too

by Barbara Hamel

“If thou, Lord, shouldest mark [keep record of] iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee … hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy [unfailing love], and with Him is plenteous redemption.” (Psalm 130:3,4,7)


Forgiveness is a subject that most definitely affects every human being on Planet Earth.  Every single one of us has need of forgiveness regardless of nationality, gender, family name, social status, education or religious affiliation. 


I can say this confidently because the Bible clearly states, “All (of us) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  And because the Bible also reveals that the wages of man’s original sin in the Garden is eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23a), it is imperative that we seek forgiveness or pardon for our sin. 


Initially, we receive forgiveness from God when we accept His Son, Jesus Christ as Savior.  It’s a package deal. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23b)  Because He’s a very loving and uncomplicated God, He made this as simple as saying, “God forgive me.  Jesus, I choose You as my Savior.” (Romans 10:13)


Once we’ve done this, we become members of God’s Family.  However, we’re still going to be faced with the very real issue of sin.  Satan is the god (small “g”) of this world and he’s not going to show any of us any mercy whatsoever. (2Corinthians 4:4)  He’ll do all he can to trip us up, enticing us back into sin and then condemning us for listening to him.  When this happens, God, Who is now our Father, promises to cleanse us from all of our slipups.


“If we [His children] confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 2:1; 1:9)


Almighty God Alone Has the Authority to Forgive Sin


“O Lord … there is forgiveness WITH THEE …” (Psalm 130:3,4)


The Hebrew word for “Lord” in this Psalm is “Adonay.”  This word is used exclusively as a proper name for God only, not Buddha, Mohammed, Rev. Moon, Krishna, Allah or any other make-believe god.  It is an emphatic form of the Hebrew word “Adown” or “Adon,” which means “Sovereign or Divine controller.”  That would be Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and your Creator/Father, as well. (Genesis 1:1,26)  He alone is the One from Whom you receive forgiveness for sin. 


Many false gods and false religious leaders promise forgiveness for sin, but the simple fact of the matter is, they are unable to produce.


As His Family members it’s vitally important to keep in mind that our Father God is a good God.  Our Father is a good and loving Father.  He’s not nearly as concerned with our slipups or our falling down as He is with our asking forgiveness and getting right back up again. 


My husband and I always tell people, “When you’re in trouble don’t run from God, run to Him.  Just as fast as you can.  He’s always your solution.  He’s never your problem.”


Jesus perfectly illustrated this fact in the narrative of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32)  When the Prodigal returned home to ask the Father for forgiveness, the Father didn’t reject him, berate him or even punish him.  The Father saw him coming and ran down the road to meet him.  He hugged and kissed him and immediately restored him to a position of dignity and authority within the Family.  This is what our Heavenly Father longs to do for you today if you have fallen away and desire to come home. 


With God There Is Endless Mercy


“… hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy [unfailing love]…” (Psalm 130:7a)


Religious tradition teaches that God is often angry and out to get you.  It portrays Him as a white-robed puritanical monster leaning over the balcony of Heaven awaiting the opportunity to zap you with a bolt of lightning.  It wrongly portrays Him as mean and moody, striking you or some loved one with sickness or poverty or tragedy to teach you a thing or two.  Trouble is, no one ever knows exactly what it is He’s trying to teach. 


Religion also cautions you to walk around on tiptoe because you just never can know what God is going to do.  Have you ever noticed that these false teachers and religious leaders can never give you Scripture to verify these wrong allegations?  When they do quote Scripture to back up their false teaching, it is always taken out of context and twisted to mean something other than what the Bible says about the God of mercy. 


Here’s what the Bible really says about the God of Mercy.


Almighty God is our “Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” (2Corinthians 1:3) 


His mercies “are new every morning” and they are “from everlasting to everlasting...” (Lamentations 3:23; Psalm 103:17)  God doesn’t take yesterday’s mercies back in order to give you new mercies today.  God will never send out a “recall” on yesterday’s mercies.  You can never accrue too much mercy.  Our loving Father lavishes us with mercy. 


The Bible also declares that “God is love” and that He has loved us “with an everlasting love” that never fails. (1John 4:8; Jeremiah 31:3; 1Corinthians 13:8)  In other words, God’s love is fail-safe.  Now that’s Good News. 


I don’t know about you, but I choose to go with what the Bible says God is and what He will do, not what some uninspired “religious” leader espouses to the contrary.


No matter who you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done, God is offering you mercy today.  Lots of it, too.  With Him there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1)  Are you making a point of receiving His mercy?  It’s as simple as opening your mouth and saying, “I believe I receive mercy, deserved or not, in Jesus’ Name.” (Mark 11:23,24)


With God There Is Plenteous Redemption


“… with Him is plenteous redemption.” (Psalm 130:7)


We’ve seen that only the Lord God of the Bible has the authority to extend forgiveness to anyone.  Period.  We’ve also seen that with Him there is an abundance of mercy available on a daily basis. 


Now, also from Psalm 130, let’s look briefly at that word “redemption.” 


The Hebrew word used for “redemption” also means “deliverance.”  Jesus Christ delivered each one of us from Satan’s evil clutches when He went to the Cross and fully paid the penalty for mankind’s sin.  This means that we don’t have to pay the penalty for our own sins any longer, based upon our acceptance of what Christ has done.  Now that’s even more Good News!   


In Psalm 130 the Hebrew word for “plenteous” also carries the meaning of “exceedingly, great, heaps and store.”  These further meanings make it clear that with God forgiveness, mercy and deliverance is not just a one-time event.  


It’s not a matter of “You better not blow it after making Christ your Savior or you’re a goner.”  No.  This Scripture is telling us that with God there is tremendous, tremendous forgiveness, mercy and deliverance available, no matter what the problem.  


No matter what.  No matter where.  No matter when.


We could actually read our verse this way.  “With God there is exceedingly great heaps of forgiveness, mercy and deliverance stored up and waiting for you whenever you need it.” 


No matter what your problem, because of Christ, you have an absolute right to draw on God’s exceedingly great heaps of forgiveness, mercy and deliverance.  He’s just waiting for you to ask.  


What do you need deliverance from?  Adultery?  Pornography?  Lying?  You can draw on God’s exceedingly great heap of deliverance.  


Do you have trouble keeping your word?  Maybe you are plagued with being a busybody or a gossip?  You can draw on God’s exceedingly great heap of deliverance.  


Do you need deliverance from stealing or cheating?  You have an absolute right to draw on God’s exceedingly great heaps of deliverance.  He’s just waiting for you to ask.


We are not condoning sin.  Sin is wrong.  


However, we are condoning repentance.  Repentance is always right.  


Our loving Heavenly Father has stored up for us exceedingly great heaps of forgiveness, mercy and deliverance.  It’s available immediately, upon request, 24 and 7.


So we have seen that Almighty God alone has the authority to grant forgiveness for sin.  Not only does He have the authority, He is willing to use that authority on your behalf.  He’s willing to release His mercy on your behalf whatever the need.  Not only does He have the authority to forgive and the mercy you are in need of, He’s got exceedingly great heaps of deliverance stored up and available to help you now.  All you must do is ask.


Have you made Jesus, the Prophet, the Lord of your life?  If not, simply cry out of a sincere heart, “Jesus, I choose You.  God, forgive me, have mercy on me and deliver me from my sin.” (Romans 10:13) 


At that moment in time you supernaturally become a member of God’s Family and a brand new creation in Christ.  This qualifies you for the Family benefits of forgiveness, mercy and deliverance from whatever it is that was driving you to do those things you didn’t want to do. 


From this point on whatever it was that was tripping you up, stumbling you, tormenting you or causing you to lag behind, is now subject to you.  You can talk to it in the Name of Jesus, commanding it to be bound and rendered void in your life and it must obey.


Make a point of taking some time to follow some of the live links in this study.  I’ve connected them to other related studies that will help you quickly learn your authority in Christ. 


Remember, our Father’s forgiveness, mercy and deliverance is stored up in exceedingly great heaps.  He longs to lavish it upon you.  Simply let Him. 

Be blessed in Jesus' Strong Name … Barbara and John Hamel



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