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Do You Want to See a Miracle

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Miracles happen not just because of our faith but Love unlocks the supernatural power of God because He is Love.

When we are praying for a miracle for ourselves or for another person, we must come to the Lord not only in faith, but also with a heart of compassion and love. When we pray for a  miracle for ourselves, we must know that God is compassionate and that Jesus is moved with compassion. We must trust that He loves us and wants the best for us.  We can know that He will make a way where there seems to be no way because of His great love for us. Jesus is the Way! We can trust in the Lord’s compassion for us because the Bible is full of reminders of His great love.

 If we are praying for a miracle in a loved one’s life or in another person’s life then we should be praying for them out of a heart of compassion and love and trust that Jesus also loves them and so does our Father. If we are praying for a loved one out of a heart of judgment, condemnation, criticism, aggravation or frustration then we will not see the wonder working power of God at work. Love for another and compassion for someone else moves us to stand in the gap for them and pray for God’s mercy and love to be at work in their life. Evil is overcome by good. Hate is defeated and deflated by love. We forgive others because we have been forgive of so much. We pray for others because our heart is broken that they are wandering in darkness when we know that they don’t have to be in darkness any longer. We pray for others because we know that our Father loves them and wants to heal them, bless them, show them the Way, keep them from stumbling, give them hope and so much more!

Our prayers are hindered when we pray out of wrong motives. BUT: When we forgive others and love them with the love of Christ, seeing into their heart and not  judging by only what we see, but look deeper into that person’s heart and see that we are all in need of love and compassion and mercy and pray the same type of prayers for them that we pray for ourselves, then we will see miracles!

LOVE + COMPASSION + HUMILITY + FAITH + HOPE + STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

= MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGHS

Any motives beyond love and compassion hinder our prayers.

Love and compassion and humility open doors – the doors to a move of God like we haven’t seen!

Look past the illness, the addiction, the pain, the lifestyle, the sin, the hatred, the darkness TO THE PERSON!

Every person, including yourself, equals a hurting heart and soul that Jesus bled and died and rose again for, so why wouldn’t He want to heal every person and set every person free?

Jesus was moved with compassion and healed! Mark 8:2, Mark 6:34, Matthew 15:32, 20:34, 14:14, 9:36 and God is compassionate! II Chronicles 30:9 and many more!

Get in on the love and compassion of our Father in Christ! Be unified in the Spirit of Love and power of Jesus!

Compassion and compassionate are in the Bible over 100 times as used to describe God, Jesus and those who are in Christ, believers in Christ.

Here is a link to the list of where compassion and compassionate – just those two words – are in the Bible (NIV)

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will havecompassion.

and none of the condemned things are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors—

But the Lord was gracious to them and hadcompassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence.

If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be showncompassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious andcompassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.

So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your greatcompassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

“But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.

[ Psalm 51 ] [ For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. ] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

[ Praise and Prayer ] I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to hiscompassion and many kindnesses.

After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’

“This is what the Lord says: “‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and havecompassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.

then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”

“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all mycompassion is aroused.

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said,Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I havecompassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full ofcompassion and mercy.

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Compassion Rather than Condemnation ~ December 26 Morning Devotion ~ Angela

compassion cures more sin than condemnation beecher quote

December 26, 2014

Friday 4:30 a.m.

I woke up thinking about how Jesus is our friend but He is also King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our relationship with Jesus should bring us to love Him even ever more and in humility. The more we get to know Jesus, the more we love Him and the more we see how holy and righteous He really is and how much in need of Him we are. To see His beauty and grace and to see my true self – only makes me love Him more and walk more humbly with Him.

Being friends with Jesus doesn’t make us better or more special than other people – it should make us more humble and compassionate. Jesus was humble and compassionate as He walked on this earth and among us. He humbled Himself to come and walk in our shoes and to grow up among us from a babe in a manger, to a lowly carpenter, to a ministry full of compassion and teaching and healing and love – to die on a cross for everyone’s sins so that whosoever would call upon His name could and would be saved. Truly, we have a LORD who understands us and our sorrows and flaws and who was willing to come and do what He has asked us to do. God was willing to come here, walk among us, be tested and tempted and to persevere, obey the Father and ultimately to overcome and to conquer so that His victory could be transferred to us and repeated by us because He defeated the curse of sin and the grave!

He is a God who understands. Jesus is a Savior who understands. He has sent us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to live in us and teach us and guide us into all the Truth.

When we see or hear of someone that seems to personify evil to us – like a murderer or a rapist, or a child abuser or drug addict – we need to check our hearts for humility and compassion in the likeness of Jesus. If we find ourselves thinking something like the following statements, then our hearts are not right:

“I would never treat someone like that!” “I am so glad I am not like her, I know

better than to do something like that.” “I can’t understand how a person could do

something like that – I’d never do that!” “That creep needs to burn in hell for

doing that!”

Friends, Jesus would rather us pray for that person that they repent and turn to Him and have their lives transformed by His work in them that they do good instead of evil. Our first thought should not be about how much worse that person is than us. Our first thought should not be how much better of a person we are than others who are caught in sin. We are not here to condemn others. We are not here to gloat over others’ failures and flaws and use them to make us feel better about ourselves.

We should recognize that we are only “not as bad” as someone else because of the grace and mercy of God and His work in us. We all fall short of God’s glory. We all sin and mess up and fail and fall. Some people sin differently than we do, but all sin is sin. All sins, whether they are big or little, horrible or seemingly justifiable, are enough that Jesus died to cover them with His blood to pay the price for them. The cost for all sin is the blood of Jesus Christ.

So let us all be moved with compassion for others and pray for God to work in others as well as ourselves to bring us all to godly repentance when we sin and to bring us all to a saving knowledge of Jesus and a love relationship with Him. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to minister to each one of us who seek to know the Lord, to bring forth and bear kingdom fruits in our lives. Let us pray for conviction and repentance. Let us pray for the transforming of our minds and read God’s Word and allow our minds to be renewed in Christ Jesus so that we do become more like Jesus. While we may not be addicted to alcohol – are we giving ourselves credit for what God alone is doing in our lives? While we may not be murderers, are we taking the credit for that by believing that something we are doing is actually responsible for that?

Our hearts as humans are wicked and our good works are like filthy rags. Only through Jesus and His blood are we able to become God’s children. And as God’s children, our goal is to make Him known and to love Him supremely and our neighbors as ourselves.

Following all the external rules is not all we are to be doing – if we are not loving as Jesus loves us, then we are missing the mark just as much as the thief who steals from his neighbor. When we withhold the love of Jesus from others and act out of condemnation rather than love and compassion, we are stealing blessings from our fellow man. How can those who are in darkness be brought into the light if we do not tell them of God’s love by sending Jesus to bring them out of that darkness and into His glorious kingdom of Light? If all we do is stand in judgment and see and remark about the wrong that they are doing, but offer no answer, share no love or light with them, then how are we different from them? Is the love of Jesus and His Light within us? If so, then we are compelled to share this love and His Light with others, especially with those who are still in the darkness.

Bottom line of this morning’s thoughts:

I cannot take credit for where God has brought me from and for the work that He is doing in me to change me from the lost and wretched sinner that I was. It is only Jesus and the work of God through the Holy Spirit in me and in my life that I am not who I once was. I was a lot of things that I am not now. I am now a new person and I do desire to be fully surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. But once, I was not this way and I can only thank God for the change in me and in my family. I can never look down on anyone or condemn anyone. I have been forgiven of so much and I do choose to follow the command of Jesus to forgive others or I will not be forgiven. I remember the parable of the man who was forgiven of a huge debt and when he went out, he met a man who owed him very little. Instead of forgiving him of his small debt, the man who was forgiven of the huge debt threw that man who owed him little into prison. The one who forgave the man of the huge debt heard about it and was very angry. He could not believe that this man whom he had forgiven of such a huge debt had someone else who owed him little thrown into prison. I do not want to be like that. I led a life of such wretched sin. The Lord Jesus looked beyond my faults and saw my need – my need for a Savior, a Redeemer, a Deliverer, a relationship with a Heavenly Father who created me and loved me and wanted me to know Him. I am so thankful that Jesus loves me and has made a way for me to be forgiven and to know Him, to know that Father and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

For those that do not have this same relationship with Him, I am filled with compassion and pray for them to know just how good God is. I long for others to know the love that I have found in Jesus and the freedom from worry and strife. I so wish that I could explain and show you just how good God is. But you have to taste and see for yourself, by faith. I pray that you do. I really do. God bless you!