Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Insects can be incredibly annoying. Buzzing about, biting, and landing on things and in places where they are not wanted can be frustrating. They remind me of our enemy, Satan.
He is buzzing about, trying to annoy, and disturb the peace of my soul. His words become arrows of accusation when I do wrong. There are words of doubt cast upon God’s promise or character when my expectations aren’t met.
When my emotions are extreme in any way, he uses them to pull me away from the very One who knows me best and can aid in calming both my heart and the situation.
So when I find myself distant from God because of my sin, the devil will thwart my steps with accusations that God doesn’t care, is mad at me, or has left me alone. It is during these times that God’s Word must be employed to combat the enemy.
Today’s passage was a jewel when I first found it and a weapon against my enemy ever since. I have long before trained my heart to know that God will never run out of mercy, never leave, and never forsake me.
One of the tools that is not taught much in our churches is memorizing God’s Word. The psalmist reminds us:
Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
How often we excuse our lack of inability when our brain is like a muscle. If we do not use it, it will atrophy and fall into disrepair.
Before I was saved, I had killed many brain cells due to my alcohol consumption. SO when I was challenged to memorize Bible verses, I said, “I’ve killed too many brain cells, so I can’t.”
Is this the smell of Satan’s work?
It is a scientific fact that we use only a small portion of our brains to function. What I have found is that the more I use, the more I learn and retain.
I began memorizing when I was first saved. It has helped tremendously in combating evil thoughts, depression, and dark times in my life. We all go through attacks that seem so powerful that we feel as if we have no strength to overcome them.
So, when I sin repeatedly, I can combat the lies of the devil with what I know about forgiveness. I know that upon confession and repentance, my sin is removed as far as the east is from the west, put into the deepest part of the sea, placed behind God’s back, and here the best part.
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
God’s choice to forget my sins reveals a love I had never known until now.
God’s mercy is a wonderful and marvelous thing.
His forgiveness is unmatched by any other.
He withholds His judgment, shows mercy, and gives forgiveness; he gives me the grace I know I do not deserve. We are blessed and share a love unlike any we could ever know. The depth, breadth, and height of that love are unmeasurable.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
To know that God is bound to that love, and committed, is an amazing truth.
His love for us is unmatched, immeasurable, and everlasting. It is that same love that binds our hearts to His. It causes us to feel the full measure of indebtedness for that which has been given so freely.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Because of the mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness we have received, it moves us to action.
May this day be filled with thee sweet remembrances of what we’ve read. May we also work to hide God’s Word in our heart to combat the assault on our minds from the enemy and draw ever closer to the One whose love for us never changes.