in His Reach
IN JESUS WE
BEHOLD THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF MERCY.
He showed compassion to those
admitting they were sinners.
Those who advanced their own righteousness
met His judgment.
While religious leaders judged sinners, Jesus
extended mercy to them.
Luke 7:37-39 And, behold, a woman in
the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisees house,
brought an alabaster box of ointment ... . and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet,
and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee ... saw it, he spake
within himself saying, This man, if he were a Prophet, would have known
who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.
FATHER, how many are the times I have judged others! I
have looked on outward appearance and presumed others were sinners. Please set
me free from this attitude. Give me a compassion and love that embraces
everyone I know.
I must remember
that everyone has sinned,
Isa 53:6; Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12
People who are self-righteous dont understand
Luke 7:48-50 And He said unto her (the
woman who washed Jesus feet with her tears), Thy sins are forgiven. And they
that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that
forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee: go
DEAR LORD, let me never forget it is Your mercy that has
set me free from sin. If I grow self-righteous, please
convict me. Remind me of the pit from which I have been drawn. Work with me
till I become a channel through which Your mercy will flow to others.
To keep us merciful,
the Lord will keep us mindful from whence wecame.
51:1; Ps 40:2,3
A repentant sinner gains the mercy of God.
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to
pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and
prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are
... And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me
FATHER, I rest in Your mercy, and in that alone. I have
nothing of goodness in which to boast before You. Now,
LORD, please draw me to become a good person. Let me never be content
with any sinespecially the sin of spiritual pride.
We rejoice because
the mercy of the Lord endures foreverPsalm 117:1, 2
Jesus became like us that in His mercy He
might bring us to God.
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved
Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful
and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation
for the sins of the people.
MERCIFUL HIGH PRIEST, I worship You. I extol Your Name,
the highest of all names. I submit myself to Your
grace that brings me to Your Father. Oh, what grace You are showing
me! What amazing love!
us from our sins in His own blood and made us priests unto God
JESUS TAUGHT THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL CONVICT
EACH OF US CONCERNING SIN.
We cannot know how
sinful we are till He makes us aware. If we then repent, we receive His mercy.
We cannot know how sinful indeed we are till
the Holy Spirit convicts us.
John 16:8,9 (Jesus said,) And when He (the Holy
Spirit) is come, He will reprove (convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on Me...
LORD, I am so glad Your Spirit brought conviction to my
heart. I praise You for showing me how great a sinner I am!
Thank You for bringing me into Yourfold. Now, please let Your Spirit
bring me on to maturity.
come to the light will receive
All manner of sin can receive Gods mercy
the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy
against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh
a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever
speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither
in this world, neither in the world to come.
FATHER, let me never blaspheme Your Spirit. If I have
done this without being aware, please forgive and cleanse me.
Even if in ignorance I have been critical of the movements of Your Spirit,
cleanse me. Give me a pure and sensitive heart that can acknowledge Your
We can become
aware of the different manifestations of the Holy Spirit
When Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost,
great conviction from
the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard.
Acts 2:37,38 Now when they heard this, they
were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the
Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
DEAR LORD, let conviction from Your Spirit fall on us
in the Church. Let those among us who continue holding sin
in our hearts be drawn to repentance. Oh, we long for the great movement
of Your Spirit the Prophet Joel promised would come in the last days.
The Prophet Joel
told of the last daysJoel 2:28-32
THE LORD JESUS FAVORED NO ONE OVER THE OTHER, BUT POINTED ALL TO THE GREAT MERCY OF HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN. We
see clearly how He responded to those seeking answers from Him.
The Lord Jesus gave a compelling answer to
a religious leader.
John 3:2,3 The same (Nicodemus, a religious
ruler of the Jews) came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him,
Rabbi (Teacher), we know that Thou art a Teacher come from
God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except
God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily (indeed, indeed), I say unto thee, Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
LORD, I know many try to enter Your Kingdom by listening
to religious discussions aboutYour Kingdom. Many do this regularly,
once a week. I dont want to be one of these. I want to know
You intimately. I want to be certain Ive been born of Your
Spirit. Oh, let me have a continuing communion with You!
to keep Gods Law without being born of His Spirit will stand
guilty before HimRom 3:19,20
A woman with her life in shambles was transformed
by an encounter with Jesus.
John 4:13-15 Jesus answered and said unto her (the woman at the well outside Samaria), Whosoever drinketh
of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the
water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water
that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing
up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give
me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
DEAR LORD, I praise You for the wellspring You have opened
in me. Oh, let that Living Water flow out from me to others who
thirst. Let it flow on and on, till everyone around me has partaken
of it, and had the chance to receive the light and life of Your
Jesus told how
the Holy Spirit would flow like a river of living water from those
who believeJn 7:37-39
A noblemans faith in Jesus power
was rewarded by the restoration of his son.
John 4:46b,47 And there was a certain nobkman,
whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was
come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought
Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the
point of death.
Jesus saith unto him, Go thy
way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the Word that Jesus
had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
DEAR LORD, what a powerful Savior You are! How full of
mercy You are toward us who suffer pain because someone in our
family is ill! I worship You for this. Please release Your mercy
and power toward these I hold before You. We have no hope but
The noblemans faith in Jesus and His Word brought healing to his
Even the misplaced faith of a sick man gained
of the Lord Jesus.
John 5:6-8 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew
had been now a long time in that case,
He saith unto film, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man
answered Him, sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled,
to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth
down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and
walk. And immediately the man was made whole.......
LORD, for many around me, their faith is misdirected.
They look to relics, rituals, places and preachers who mislead
them. In Your mercy You have touched many of us who have had misdirected
faith. What a merciful Savior You are! Please bring these I hold
before You into a pure and positive trust in You.
Lord knows us allPs 142:1-7
THE LORD JESUS HAS SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR THOSE
OF US WHO WILL BE HIS DISCIPLES. He sometimes puts us to tests
that will cause us to grow in faith and in character.
Sometimes Jesus will draw His disciples over
into the working of miracles.
John 6:3-5 And Jesus went up into a mountain,
and there He sat with His disciples. And the Passover, the feast
of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and
saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence
shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this He said to prove
him: for He Himself knew what He would do.
ALL POWERFUL LORD, here we are in this hopeless situation.
Please use us here. Make us instruments of Your hand. In Your
mercy, show Your power through usfor Your glory.
We rejoice in
the everlasting mercies of the LordPs
Those close to the Lord sometimes fail in
but He remains merciful.
John 6:18-21 And the sea arose by reason of
a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and
twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea,
and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith
unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received
Him (Then they wanted to receive Him) into the ship: and
immediately the ship was (came to be) at the land whither
MERCIFUL LORD, here we are. We have moved with presumption
and now we are in trouble. Its a fearsome spot were
in. Our only hope is in Your mercy. Oh, great High Priest, show
us Your mercytoday!
In His mercy,
the Lord will be our refuge and defence
in our time of trouble
Some who walk for a while with the Lord become
discouraged and go away.
John 6:66-68 From that time many of His disciples
went away, and walked no more with Him. Then said Jesus
unto the twelve. Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered
Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal
DEAR LORD, I believe You have sealed my heart. It is my
confidence that I will never turn from You. But, LORD, let me
not walk in presumption. Let there not be one day that I turn
aside from communion with You. Teach me to always dwell in the
light of Your presence.
In His goodness
the Lord will lead usPs 25:4-9
THE LORD JESUS KNOWS HIS DISCIPLES ARE UNABLE TO
FULFILL HIS COMMISSION WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore He made promise to send the Holy Spirit after He went
back to his Father.
Jesus gave promise that the Holy Spirit would
come to those who thirst.
John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day
of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst,
let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me as the
Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe
on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was
not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
LORD, there is one thing for certain about me. It is this:
I thirst after Your Spirit. All that You have done in my life
up to now only causes me to thirst for more. How gracious and
loving You are to all of us! Please cause these I now hold before
You to thirst more and more for the wonderful Living Water You
The quest of
the thirsting soulPs 42:1-5
Jesus will show mercy to those whom many religious
people will condemn.
John 8:3,4,7 And the scribes and Pharisees brought
unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her
in the midst, They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken
in adultery, in the very act ... So when they continued
asking Him, He ... said unto them, He that is without sin
among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
LOVING LORD, I have no merit of my own to make me
acceptable for Your Kingdom. Without Your mercy I would be as
condemned as any person in the world. Oh, I praise You again and
again for the grace You have extended to me! Please let that grace
flow on through me to others.
We who were once
enemies are now reconciled to Godand we have received the
ministry of reconciliationCol
1:21,22; II Cor 5:18-20
There is power in the Lord Jesus to liberate
from sin all come to Him.
John 8:10,11 When Jesus had lifted up Himself,
and saw none but the woman. He said unto her, Woman, where are
those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No
man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:
go, and sin no more.
LORD, how I praise You that You forgive sinners! Oh, what
grace! What grace! What love and mercy You have shown me! I could
go on and on praising and worshiping You. Thank You for receiving
me with love. Thank You for keeping me close to Your heart.
will not be found in the final day of judgmentIsa 41:11,12;
Jesus has called us out of darkness into His
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them,
saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 1:7 But if we walk (without ceasing) in the light,
as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus ChristHis Son cleanseth (cleanses and cleanses
and cleanses us without ceasing) us from all sin.
GRACIOUS LORD, I am learning to love the light. It exposes
me, but I have learned that Your blood continues to cleanse me.
Oh, let that precious element of grace move over my soul! Let
it make me not only pure before You but also pure for my testimonys
Our Lord has
called us out of darkness to walk as children of lightEph
THE LORD JESUS BROUGHT LIGHT AND LIFE INTO THE
WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.
This light and life come
from out of eternity and bring us on into eternal life.
We find our freedom in the truth that Jesus
brought into the world.
John 8:31b,32 ... If ye continue in My Word,
then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Psalm 25:5 Lead
me in Thy fruth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation;
on Thee do I wait all the day.
Oh, DEAR LORD, the Psalmists prayer is mine:
Lead me in Your truth, and teach me. You are the
God of my salvation. I am learning to abide in Your presence.
I am learning to hear Your voice. I praise You that I need never
be apart from Your guiding light.
As the Prophet
exhorted us, we are learning to walk in Gods new way
2:3; 30:21; 35:8; 54:13
We are called to continue in the freedom Christ
has brought into our lives.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you
free, ye shall be free indeed.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore
in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
LOVING LORD, I praise You for this freedom that now is
mine! I praise You that the stranglehold sin once held on me is
broken! Oh, give me the grace and the wisdom to stand fast in
this liberty! Let me now be an instrument of liberation for others.
believers, we are learning to stand steadfast
I Cor 15:58; I Cor 16:13
Christ Jesus has done a work in our lives
from which we shall not turn back.
Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith (a just person shall live out of the resources that his or
her faith provides): but if any man (anyone) draw back (withdraws from the faith), my soul shall have no pleasure
in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition (destruction); but of them that believe to the saving (saving and preservation) of the soul.
DEAR FATHER, I praise You for the faith Your spirit has
released in my spirit. Thank You for the bountiful resource You
have opened to us who are willing to believe, and keep on believing.
Please let my life reflect Your grace and mercy, so others can
know this amazing salvation You give to those who repent and believe.
it is impossible to please the LordHeb 11:1-6
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