Beatitudes Part 4
Synopsis of Bible Study 06/06/12
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
First of all, mercy is holding back inevitalbe consequences. All of us have been recepiants of God’s mercy.
God set Adam and Eve up, but sin got them cast out of the garden. Even after the flood, God gave us another chance to get things right. He raised up prophets to speak to us on his behalf and yet we still would not listen to them.
Because of Jesus’ crucifixtion, we have eternal life. God saw the worst in us, yet gave us the best in him. In otherwords, the worst that we were, met the best in him. God extended mercy to us and allowed us to be here today. We deserved what was coming our way and mercy said no! We are not here because we were so good. We are here because of God’s mercy.
We then are recepients of God’s mercy.-Exodus 34:6: 6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,-The keyword in this scripture is, longsuffering. We have to have a spirit of longsuffering. We all have a threshhold when it comes to dealing with people and their issues. For example, one might say, “You got one more time to ___.” If God were like us, we would be in trouble. Think about it; we have pushed God to the point we call our threshhold many times. Imagine then how longsuffering God is. God is so longsuffering, that he goes beyond normal threshholds. He sees the best in us, when noone else does.
I. What does it mean to be merciful?
If we can remember where God found us, we will have compassion for others.
What does mercy look like? If a boy comes up struggling with an issue and then an old person comes down and shares how they were delivered from the same thing, this would be an example of what mercy should look like. Perhaps a promiscious girl comes down to the altar and a Mother comes up and shares where they were delivered from. Don’t let folks fool you. You would be suprised to know where some of these folks around you were delivered from. You simply have to show compassion, because you want to alleviate what has gotten a hold on a person.
II. How do we do this?
- It involves love- Ephesians 2:4: 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,-You can’t have mercy, unless you have love. There is no deficiency in God’s mercy. His mercy indicates how much he loves us.
God loves us so much, while we were running from him, he still loved us. He knew the capacity that we had to love him. We are the lovee and God is the lover. Never will the lovee determine the love of the lover. God knew that one day we would be able to love him back. When you have had this kind of love, it is easy for you to extend this kind of love.
You can’t have mercy without love– We dont have to like you, but we have to love you. Ex- Bishop Walker says he explains to upcoming Pastors all the time that all preachers are not meant to be Pastors. You have to be able to love people (despite what they may do) to be a Pastor. Being a good preacher then doesn’t necessarily mean you would make a good Pastor.
What do we have to have in order to show mercy?
- It involves satisfying needs – Even by a spring of water He will guide you. Jesus says he will give us springs of water or in other words, He will provide for us. This is why when you see people in destitute situations; try to be a blessing to them. If you don’t have what they need, be able to send them to somone or somewhere that does have what they need.
- Involves forgiveness. Daniel 9:9: 9To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; — Forgiveness is being able to get past offense. There is a book called a Bait of Satan. In it are demonstrations of how the devil dangles the bait around you when somebody does something to offend you. As a Christian, you are not supposed to take this bait. Ex-Remember what happed to Jesus on the cross. Some of us forgive in stages, but the Lord forgives absolutely. Jesus has been betrayed, spat on, denied, he is being crucified, and given a crown of thornes, and he says, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. “ Translation for this: forgive them, because they didn’t know who he was. When you get to this place, where you are able to say, “Father forgive them, because they didn’t know who I am”, then you will be better able to forgive. If you get to a point where what they’ve done no longer influences your life, then forgiveness will not be a problem for you.
- Involves love of enemies- Luke 6:35:35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.-Be merciful to people you know are your known enemies. How can you know that somebody doesn’t like you and yet you still be merciful to them? It is because we are recipients of mercy. Learn how to disarm your haters with kindness. Go out of the way to be kind to them.
- No one’s emotional environment will not control who I am. Your disfunciton will not disqualify my character.
III. How does this really work?
- By showing gentleness with sinners – When somebody does something to us, we say dont worry about it, but we end up giving them the left foot of fellowship. Galatians 6:1:1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.-The reason we don’t restore people is because we dont think we have the capcity to get caught up in what they are caught up in. Ex- Imagine if we had a card attached to a cable and if the card touched your head, your thoughts would show up on a jumbo screen while for everyone to see? Many of you would just get up and leave right away.
If we are strong in one area and you are weak in another, we are supposed to restore you rather than kicking you out.
Why should we do this? It is because everybody gets a turn to be the offender. Be careful how you treat people when they go through, because you will get a turn too and you will reap what you sow. Ex- You talked about other people’s kids when they got into trouble and when you got into trouble, you wanted the church to come pray over you, while all the while you sat in judgment of others.
- A Christians convictions are different when:
- When others are not sold on your principles, it’s ok. We show patience with people, when they don’t believe what we believe. Romans 15:7: 7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. -After all, at least they are in church.
- When people are dead wrong, you still have to show them mercy. 2 Timothy 2:25-26: 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. -You don’t have to bible bash people. Show love and mercy. The bible says you are the salt of the earth … Ex- Salt is a seasoning, but too much salt will destroy a meal. We can’t try to give a sermon everywhere we go and in every social setting we find ourselves in. We then have to talk about the Lord in moderation. Don’t be too salty. Ex-People would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
- Psalm 41:1-2: 1Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. -What’s important to God should be important to us. If we make what is important to God, important to us, He will always take care of us. Psalm 37:25-26:25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. -God is merciful and lenient and so should we be
- Don’t let people who use your giving spirit, cause you to stop giving. Your seed is blessed, because of your ability to show mercy. Ex-We have legitimate and illegitimate processes for help. Ex- Whatever you want more of, give it way. Ex-Bishop explains that he is writing book as he is living it. There is a person in Genesis 50 called Joseph. He was thrown in a pit, and then put in a palace, put into prison, and finally elevated. He was elevated after his crisisand able to give out bread. He thought of the concept to save in the season of plenty, so you will have in the season of famine. This is much like our 401k and IRA concepts. The only people that can pull you down is the people that are beneath you.
- Genesis 50:17-18: 17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
- Genesis 50:19-20: 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. -If Joseph hadn’t done what he did, Egypt wouldn’t be here today. We have to thank God for what we went through while he was showing us mercy all the while.
- God holds back, what I deserve. Psalm 103:1-4: 1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; -God forgave our iniquity. It is like a cancer. Cancer is the sin. The cancer wants to metastasize so it can’t be spread. The body is at ease. It can’t manage itself. Sin does just like cancer. It spreads to other parts of our lives. Sin is untimely and like cancer, it can destroy. God blocked the cancer and didn’t let it metastasize. You have been saved from the hand of the enemy.
- People don’t know what you were caught up in, beause of His love and kindness; you look like you have never gone through anything before. Psalm 103:5-8: 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. – The devil will tell you that God is angry with you. If you repented from whatever you were caught up in, God is over it.You got to understand that God doesn’t hold a grudge. God is over it, you keep holding on to it.
- Psalm 103:9-10: 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. -We deserve certain things, but thank God he didn’t deal with us according to what we deseve.
- Psalms 103:11-14:11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. -Everyday we wake up, dust gets out of bed. We leave a trail of dust everywhere we go. God says he knows what we are capable of. How then can we refuse to extend mercy to somebody? If you are recipients of God’s mercy, we realize every day we wake up, that great is his faithfulness. Yesterday’s mercy has consumed yesterday’s mess meaning we need His new mercy every day.