The Year of REBUILDING – 2017
Over the month of December, I have seen in the spirit realm hammers over people’s heads. I have seen saws, wrenches and other tools over individuals that God has provided for them to rebuild their life. I believe in these visualizations that God is profoundly speaking to all of us. This is a season of His mercy over us. Cry out for God’s mercy and allow His grace and love to settle your hearts and establish you. Submit yourself to the One who created you and allow Him to rebuild, reconstruct, re-erect, and reestablish you. This is the time, the heavenly re-set has begun!
There is one prayer that our heavenly Father always answer. And that is the prayer of His mercy. Mercy is not receiving what you and I deserve. Mercy is God’s love displayed to us in the midst of us being selfish, stubborn, imperfect, prideful and down-right mean. Psalm 103 is a good portion of scripture to meditate on that exhibits God’s character of mercy. I am so thankful we have a compassionate and gracious God.
The main reason God is NOT into condemnation is because His goal towards us is transformation. As followers of Christ, we are called to be transformed. It is crucial that we understand that this transformation happens best in a healthy environment of mercy. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2)
In the preceding verse, Paul urges his readers to offer their bodies as living sacrifices as they comprehend God’s great mercy. We see that transformation truly only flourishes “in view of God’s mercy.”
This is my commentary: as we ponder, and think on God’s great mercy, we offer ourselves up to Him, because we know that He is the only one who can transform us. We can’t “white knuckle” it, and we can’t “try harder.” For years, I believed it was my duty to beat myself up for all the bad and wrong I had done. These self-flagellations never produced real or lasting change within me. It was only when I threw myself on His throne of grace, that I was able to find His mercy. My transformation began as I exchanged all of my shame and fear for His mercy. Ultimately, all of our desired change occurs in the hands of our heavenly Father who is slow to anger and who abounds in great love. Robert Gelinas states it this way, “God’s mercy is for sinners, and God’s mercy is also for those who are in pain.”
“Son of David, have mercy on me……”
Over and over as you read the New Testament, you see people calling out to Jesus to impart His mercy towards them. In not one place, can you see that He denied this request. I invite you to go through the gospels and read of the humble state of men and women who knew to appeal to God’s mercy. Every time this request is cried to our savior, it was from people who needed to be delivered from great pain and suffering, NOT because of a sin they had committed. One could say that mercy is God’s grace in action.
The mercy God offers us brings true forgiveness and lasting transformation. It is a change that actually converts our very identity. Think on this…we are invited to be a part of God’s family as adopted children. When we are able to embrace this level of identity change, transformation explodes in our life!
One of my favorite verses is found in Psalm 121:5, “The LORD is my keeper; The LORD is my shade on my right hand.” God’s mercy becomes a shade, or a covering over our life. This allows us to flourish under His love because it is a place of protection and safety. Here in this place, His garden, we can grow up into all that He has called us to. We can become that tree of righteousness that was planted and He gets ALL the glory. (Psalm 1:3)
In the New Year that is before us, my prayer and hope is that we would all be nurtured and developed into our true identity, according to God’s deep mercy. May we all get into the habit of praying, “O God, have mercy on me!”
As we enter into 2017 may it be a year for all of us to fully enter into the words spoken in Isaiah 58, “those from among you shall build the old wasted places, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations.” Today, do not delay, pick up your spiritual hammers and tools and place yourself before the One who can shape and form you into something marvelous.
Love, Lisa (#bebrave)
“God remembered us in our lowly state, His mercy endures forever.
He rescued us from all our enemies, His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136:23-24,26 NKJV