Monday, November 16, 2020

GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY

Suggested Reading: Numbers 19-20

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The olive grinding wheel at Nazareth Village.

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Key Verse: Numbers 20:6

So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.

 

The charge against Moses and Aaron was cruel and unjust (20:3-5). They turned in silence in the right direction. They prostrated themselves before the Lord. The result was that Moses was given a new vision of God and, at the same time, a command and a promise (20:8). Moses could’ve brought a message of the goodness and grace of God, but instead he was overcome with anger and seemed to forget God’s word to him. He called the people “rebels,” and became a rebel himself. Nevertheless, God provided abundant water so that His promise of the Promised Land to the people would eventually be realized. The deaths of Miriam and Aaron are sad and were followed over 40 years by the passing of the entire generation who left Egypt, with the exceptions of Caleb and Joshua. God forgives our sins, but the circumstances which arise because of our actions are very unforgiving.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for total deliverance from past hurts, real or imagined, which may cause me to lose my ability to respond in Your way, with grace and obedience. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Suicide is unforgiving. In other words, once the act has been accomplished, there is no way back. Therefore, a few year ago, Crossroads launched a campaign to stop suicides, with an emphasis on Jr. High and High School students. Here’s a response to my blog. I wept for joy at one life that was saved…

“Hi David, I wanted to say Thank you! About 35 yrs ago I was a young girl contemplating suicide. I was a Christian and feeling God’s whisper I wrote you a letter. You wrote me back! As a little girl I was in awe that you had taken the time to write me back! It was not a printed letter, it was handwritten. You gave me hope Mr. Mainse! I reread the letter many times. Years later I wrote you again in despair. I was constantly told by my earthly father how worthless I was. Again I received a letter from you. You helped me see my worth in my Heavenly Father’s eyes! I watched you everyday on T.V. My mom taped it. I pretended you were my earthly father. I love you! Thank you for taking the time to help a lost little girl. I knew I had worth and that Jesus loved me because of you!” – Michelle

Yours for sharing the message of life and of obedience to God’s will,

David

35 thoughts on “Monday, November 16, 2020

  1. Grateful for today’s scripture, prayer and message from David. Thank You Lord God for Your deliverance over us in trials and testing. We give You all the thanks and praise. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. Please pray for me saints as I had a fall this morning and one on Saturday. Wishing you wellness and safety, today. The wind storm continues here. His blessings of love peace and joy be upon you, today.

    A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18 ESV

    Old Timeless Gospel Hymns Classics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR453_q5CpM

    • I also had experience with suicide but in helping survivors cope with their loss through messages in simple poetry.Here are but 2 of those with the attached notes:

      ” A beautiful Irish lady in a poetry site asked me to write
      a poem for her close friend whose adult son took his
      own life.She was having a hard time.I wrote the first
      one and she made a second request for a prayer.
      This was before I was led to or even knew of any
      grieving sites.”

      # 1….. 09.10.2011, 4:27
      A Note From …….
      I could not convey the pain inside
      For it is a fire we choose to hide
      And God knows that a sorrowful mind
      Is on a quest for what it can not find.

      We must carry the pain for others
      For we are stronger than our brothers,
      But sometimes Satan slips on through
      Past our defenses no matter what we do.

      No one can prevent what can’t be seen;
      What is well hidden you could not glean,
      I was well loved and love you still,
      I am still here just over the hill.

      Be not of sorrow and do not cry long
      For I will be happy,you must be strong,
      Nothing you said or did was so wrong,
      So continue your journey singing a song.
      G W (Bill) Marshall

      # 2…..» 09.10.2011, 4:30

      Also a Friend

      Oh Lord,my God let Your love heal
      A shattered heart ,this is my appeal,
      For a life cut short by a tragic end,
      You are our God but also a friend.

      Human words fail me to convey
      Please Lord grant me words to say,
      For you know Lord that the blame
      Goes to Satan and his deadly game.

      Though darkness gathers all around,
      It’s your grace that is to be found,
      That allows your love without bound
      To come like thunder without sound.

      Let it be known in hearts that grieve
      That a loved one gone is just a leave
      For they await you can believe,
      And on His promise you can cleave.
      G W (Bill) Marshall

      Several months later she wrote back to say
      that the poems helped her friend …and they
      also helped her deal with her own brother’s
      suicide back in 79.I cried. “

    • Lord Jesus, I pray in Your Mighty name and ask for Your healing power to cover Beverlee, to ease pain and refresh her. thank You Jesus, Amen!!

    • Amen Beverlee, thank you for posting the song. How true, ”A hot temper man stirs up strife”:; may we be slow to anger, and keep our emotions under control.

  2. Dear Father, thank You for caring, for delivering, for saving, for healing… please help Beverlee and my mom, who both had falls this weekend. Please wrap them both in Your caring, healing, and comforting arms today. Show them Your love and Your care, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Amen Rob
    Praying for Beverlee and your Mom.

    Your poems were beautiful William.

    Still praying the God’s will be done in the outcome of the US election.

  4. I also experienced what that little girl experienced never once receiving any encouragement.My mother was a loving mother but without an ounce of patience and she had 3 children at home when dad was killed at the bottom of the deepest coal mine in North America when I was 7.I was the youngest and only boy with no father figure to guide me.Here is the explanation for the cause of suicide.He uses the weaknesses caused by depression as his way in:
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Control

    Satan blends his thoughts with yours,
    You think they came from you,
    For his goal is to close all doors,
    To control everything you do.

    He starts this at an early age,
    His lies make you the liar
    And if you are in a rage,
    That’s when you fuel his hellfire.

    But just like Satan who sneaks in,
    There is Another who is true,
    For He knows well about sin
    And what Satan wants with you.

    He will only enter if invited,
    A slave is not His goal,
    He seeks a fire be ignited
    From within to make you whole.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / 13 June, 2013
    “…. the evil one comes and snatches
    away….” Matthew 13:19a (NIV)
    (I wondered after these words came to me
    if they could be true.Several years on,I now
    know that they are true through experience.)
    Charles Stanley agrees in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMlXW1ITjmI

    I’m including this one to.They help survivors understand the motives behind suicide for often a note is never left because the act itself is spontaneous in a moment of sinking ‘grief’ and hopelessness.
    The Devil’s Son
    (Suicide/overdose)

    I did not want to go but sorrow won,
    For we feel grief when there is none,
    We ache until it’s over and done,
    That is depression,the devil’s son.

    He is a constant companion each day,
    I don’t want him but each step I make,
    He’s right behind me along the way,
    And follows me down each path I take.

    There is not a thing you can or could do,
    It’s up to us to find the door,
    I tried but could not find my way through,
    I searched until I could search no more.

    But now I am free,the pain is gone,
    And now I can see what I missed;
    For I missed the nights and a new dawn,
    I missed the baby I never kissed.
    G W (Bill) Marshall/Friday,Sept14, 2012
    ……………………………………………

    • It is nice that you found your expression in poetry, William. However, it is nunwise to generalize and speak on behalf of others’ experiences. It is impossible for you to know another person’s situation, especially on such sensitive topics of suicide. There are many components linked to the act of suicide for people. In fact, Charles Stanley has expressed views about suicide for Christians that I find discouraging. True, Satan is behind a person doubting him or herself. However, telling people as I heard Charles Stanley say in a sermon that, “suicide is selfish, selfish, selfih,” is a terrible thing. I have since heard him revise his comments on the topic.

        • I am referring to your comments preluding your poetry, not your poetry, itself. Praise God you have your Heavenly Father as David Mainse was there for the woman in the story he wrote about. Wishing everyone a better day. His mercy and grace endure forever. Amen.

      • Dear Beverlee I am so sorry and I am praying that will have your operation very soon.
        Yesterday Edward went out to take the garden umbrella from the picnic table because of the high winds. He had one foot on the seat the other one ion the ground. He fell and hit the side of his face on the concrete.
        Because of his leukaemia the blood was flowing. I managed to get him cleaned up and my son took him to hospital. They gave him a tetnes shot and a catscan. Praise the Lord he was ok internally. His face is a terrible mess but he is ok.
        Stay safe everyone and God bless. Eleanor M.

        • So very sorry to hear this news about your dear husband, Eleanor. I have wondered if anyone on the blog has had trouble because of the wind. Edward has enough to deal with from the leukemia, alone. A hard fall and cut face on the concrete with blood sure adds to what he is dealing with already. I can imagine he is pretty sore and that you were very worried. Know that I will be praying for him, for both of you. God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you….

          • Beverlee: Thank you for your concern and your prayers for Edward. I sure was very upset, but I prayed a lot and God answered me. Edward was in the hospital for about 21/2 hrs but I couldn’t stay in the hospital. He is feeling a good bit better today, Please be careful❤️ Eleanor M

          • ❤️❤️ One for each of you, Eleanor and Edward. May Angels whisper sweetly in your ear as you sleep, tonight. May you rise tomorrow morning with the strength of Angels’ wings. Amen.

      • Dear Beverlee I am so sorry and I am praying that will have your operation very soon.
        Yesterday Edward went out to take the garden umbrella from the picnic table because of the high winds. He had one foot on the seat the other one ion the ground. He fell and hit the side of his face on the concrete.
        Because of his leukaemia the blood was flowing. I managed to get him cleaned up and my son took him to hospital. They gave him a tetnes shot and a catscan. Praise the Lord he was ok internally. His face is a terrible mess but he is ok.
        Stay safe everyone and God bless. Eleanor M.

  5. Like Moses and Aaron, and David, may be quick to pray for those in need,

    Eleanor, I pray for a complete recovery for Edward. Praise God, you were there to get him to take him to hospital.

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