Never Run Out!

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.”

As a young child of God, reading the Bible began to be a treasure hunt of sorts.

You see, I came out of a religion that taught you must be good and do good to get to Heaven. I failed miserably at both. When presented with God’s plan of salvation, my heart began to hope that there was a way for me. 

After trusting Christ, reading the Word of God started to make sense. What was once clouded and confusing became clear and concise. Some passages, chapters, and books were still challenging to understand, but God began to open my understanding over time.

I found:

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

What I lacked in wisdom was now available to me by God if I but asked.

I began to read what I received at salvation. When the truth of sins forgiven started to sink in, the importance of my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father took on new significance. 

I was made new in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

I saw that everything had been done to have my relationship with God that was severed by sin restored by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Romans 5:10-11 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

The sins that brought guilt and shame and put me in bondage now are gone! 

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

The judgment, punishment, and penalty for my sins were placed upon Christ on the cross. He paid the debt in full. When salvation came, my heart beat true for the very first time.

The emptiness was filled.

Sins forgiven and forgotten now became the foundation for a relationship made new because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. 

Now, the daily, ongoing relationship with my Heavenly Father is and has been under attack every day. Our enemy, Satan, knows that if we are submitted, committed, and filled with the Holy Spirit, he is no match against such power.

That is why God says:

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

So, our enemy’s attack is to distract, divide, and destroy our close, personal relationship with God, so we believe the enemy’s lies. He gets us to think we are worthless.

He rubs our failures in our face telling us God no longer loves us because “How could God love someone who did what you just did?”

Our only weapon to combat the attack of the enemy is the Word of God. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Jesus showed us what to take into battle and how to use His Word.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

But, when I read this passage in Lamentations, my heart skipped a beat. 

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.”

God’s mercy to me and His faithfulness is not just a step above the rest; it is beyond anything I can comprehend. God’s mercy keeps what I deserve from being delivered. God’s grace gives me what I could never earn.

His faithfulness to me is not merited but given from, and everlasting love is given unconditionally. 

God’s mercy will NEVER run out. Though there are days when my failures and disobedience seem to exhaust that supply, His promise to us is that His mercy to all is inexhaustible! There is no end to what God will do to provide restoration to His children to come back to Him.

It is my prayer that this Monday is made better by sharing these thoughts with you!

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