Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't Starve to Death Outside the Banquet Hall

By Kristen Wetherell
The mercy of God is utterly true of him, all the time and in every way. 
Yet, for the believer who is struck with a clear indication of sin within the heart, the mercy of God can seem the first attribute to fly out the window. How easy it is to forget that the blood of Christ is enough, in fact is final, to cover over every sin that rears its ugly head within us!

There is preaching of the gospel to be done for ourselves in times of discovery of sin and our confession of it, so as to remember that our rest is found in the divine mercy of our God, purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ. He is compassionate.

A.W. Tozer examines two responses to God's mercy in The Knowledge of the Holy:
We may plead for mercy for a lifetime in unbelief, and at the end of our days be still no more than sadly hopeful that we shall somewhere, sometime, receive it. This is to starve to death just outside the banquet hall in which we have been warmly invited.
Or we may, if we will, lay hold on the mercy of God by faith, enter the hall, and sit down with the bold and avid souls who will not allow diffidence and unbelief to keep them from the feast of fat things prepared for them.
(p 92)
Believer, if you are struggling to come to terms with a specific sin in your life today, you have two options:

Respond in unbelief, somehow believing that God's compassionate mercy does not extend toward you...at least not right now, or;

Enter the banquet hall of mercy, to which you've been warmly invited in Christ, who has prepared a place for you by His righteous covering over your sin.

Which will you choose? Jesus is Lord, which most certainly means we will account for sin, but Jesus is also the Savior of sinners. And if you have put your faith in His ability to save you from sin, then rest assured, there is now no condemnation for you in Christ.

What Good News to preach to your own heart today!

Merciful Father, Thank You for extending grace and mercy to Your children in Christ! We never could have saved ourselves: we were desperate and rebellious, yet You showed us mercy. Reveal sin in our hearts, so that we may approach Your throne of grace with confidence, asking for Your help in overcoming sin and aiming to please Christ...knowing full-well that we are fully accepted in Him. Help us to attend this lavish banquet of grace You're prepared for us! We don't want to miss out.

In Jesus' Authority, Amen.

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