Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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 years 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

16 thoughts on “Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  1. What a beautiful story!
    Thanks to all who keep on putting out this blog. May God bless each one of you.

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

  2. I agree with Rob completely.
    I never experienced a one bit of encouragement from my widowed mother and anything I attempted was never good enough.Otherwise she was a loving mother,but very over protective and I was too young to see the bigger picture.Many times I thought of suicide.That is why the Lord used that to give me insight to write several poems on that.Notes are attached to some of my poems out of necessity and this one explains how these poems came to be written,like taking dictation.I hope they bless someone.

    ” 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 knew of any
    grieving sites.”

    # 1….. 09.10.2011, 4:27
    A Note From Heaven

    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.

    • Poetry, like music, is so very healing.
      Thank you William, for sharing your heart re. Widowed Mom and feelings of never being good enough.
      You are growing into a mighty and caring and kind man of God.

  3. Father, I pray for anyone who might be contemplating suicide. Speak to them, through Your Holy Spirit and let them know how much you love and care for them. May they feel hope and their lives be spared. I ask it in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Amen!

  4. David Mainse was wonderful in reaching out and being there as a substitute father for those who needed one. I remember many of his stories and always appreciated 100 Huntley Street being on television to watch. It was a lifeline for so many and still is. The weekly Friday midnight phone in show he ran with Norm McLaren decades ago was also pivotal. Many individuals phoned in who needed to know they had a heavenly Father who loved them as well as substitute earthly fathers. Thank You Lord for Your all–encompassing love for us. Amen. The following song comes to mind.

    Keep me safe, O God. For I have come to you for refuge. Psalm 16:1

    Who Am I | Casting Crowns
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvTz6k7cTIA

    • Who Am I (Live)
      Casting Crowns

      Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
      Would care to know my name
      Would care to feel my hurt
      Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
      Would choose to light the way
      For my ever wandering heart

      Not because of who I am
      But because of what You’ve done
      Not because of what I’ve done
      But because of who You are

      I am a flower quickly fading
      Here today and gone tomorrow
      A wave tossed in the ocean
      A vapor in the wind
      Still You hear me when I’m calling
      Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
      And You’ve told me who I am
      I am Yours, I am Yours

      Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
      Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
      Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
      Would call out through the rain
      And calm the storm in me

      Not because of who I am
      But because of what You’ve done
      Not because of what I’ve done
      But because of who You are

      I am a flower quickly fading
      Here today and gone tomorrow
      A wave tossed in the ocean
      A vapor in the wind
      Still You hear me when I’m calling
      Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
      And You’ve told me who I am
      I am, I am Yours

      Not because of who I am
      But because of what You’ve done
      Not because of what I’ve done
      But because of who You are

      I am a flower quickly fading
      Here today and gone tomorrow
      A wave tossed in the ocean
      A vapor in the wind
      Still You hear me when I’m calling
      Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
      And You’ve told me who I am
      I am Yours, I am Yours

      I am Yours
      Whom shall I fear
      Whom shall I fear
      ‘Cause I am Yours
      I am Yours

      Songwriters: John Mark Hall.

  5. Agreeing with the above comments. Asking the Lord to direct our paths, and thanking Him for His promises. Claiming His promises can bring us much peace and restoration along with guidance, provision, and, direction. Thank You Lord. Please open our ears and our understanding. Amen

  6. Agreeingi in pray with all comments, trusting in the Lord to heal those who are at end of their tether. Thanking Jesus for saving Laur’s friends son from taking his own life. Lord heal him physically, mentally and spiritually.
    🙏🙏🙏

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