June 27, 2021 Pastor Prep Notes

HE IS - I AM : LIVING OUT OF MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST!

HE IS MERCY - I AM LIBERATED.


What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, who he prepared in advance for glory? Romans 9:23


June 27 He is - I am.

Mercy -freed from the weight and bondage of guilt


the fact that I am the object of my Father’s mercy frees me from guilts burden, as through repentance, his mercy restores me to full and unhindered fellowship. while I may have been guilty, I do not have to carry guilts weight. p. 64


Freedom from the burden of guilt means that I am free from oppressive feelings of deserving blame. (imagined offences and a sense of inadequacy). p.64


In Christ, I walk in God’s mercy.p.65



Bible Focus: Nathan’s Moment with David: 2 Samuel 12:1-25

(remember Veggie Tales and the rubber Ducky’s)


Psalm 51 -what David wrote after being confronted by Nathan.


Reflection:


I love when you catch glimpses of the Gospel in the Old Testament stories. The very fact the the Bible refers to David as “a man after God’s own heart” is a testimony to the mercy and goodness of God.


David gets caught, is found guilty, and yet experiences incredible mercy from God. In brief, David pursues the wife of one of his soldiers. He sleeps with her. She get’s pregnant. He tries to convince hubby to spend some at home time with his wife so that the pregnancy can be credited to him. However, the soldier, loyal to David and his fellow soldiers refuses the pleasure of being with his wife, while others are risking their lives in battle. A totally honourable man. So what does David do? Commands his commanders to leave this soldier in a position on the battlefield where death will be the only outcome of his efforts to fight for the King. How totally unfair this is. And just as the Gospel is revealed in Christ, David will experience the mercy of God and still be referred to by God himself as “a man after God’s own heart”. ( Acts 13:22 ) Unbelievable.


But that “unbelievable” Good News gives us hope too. Psalm 51 was written after David’s moment with Nathan. It’s a beautiful prayer of repentance and call for grace. Take note of David’s profound value for the “presence” of God in his life. Bottom line, no matter how he may fail, David understands God’s heart.


You can see this even as he repents he cries out to God for a miracle concerning the child that Besheba carries. His request for miracle does not come, the child dies. And to the surprise of everyone around him, he stops mourning and get’s back to doing life with God. He trusts His mercy. Even Besheba get’s to walk in God’s Mercy. She becomes part of God’s plan to bring Christ into the world through the lineage of David.


All unbelievabley Good News!! That is of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s mercy is REAL. It can free us from from the Bondage of guilt. When we know God’s heart, trust him for who is and believe it within our whole heart, we too, just like David can walk away from the bondage of guilt that was rightly ours to bear. Why? Because of God’s MERCY towards us in Christ! Davide cried out, “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.” Psalm 51:1.


We can do the same. Is there any area in you life where you experience the weight and bondage of guilt. Call on God just like David did. Repent, receive, believe, and walk free into your future. For YOU too will bring glory to Jesus Christ. Have faith like David did. God’s heart is to have you do this life in His presence. It’s why he sent his Son Jesus Christ. Believe in His mercy. Live free!



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