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Being Mercy Brokers

Luke 10:30-37

“I’m not even sure that Jesus would be in church if he were in this world today, cause he said that he would leave the 99 to seek after the one.” – Glenn Burris

1. Mercy is compassion in action. Mercy is not a feeling or emotion. It’s not being sympathetic.

2. Mercy will cost you something. If it doesn’t cost you anything, then it probably isn’t mercy.

3. Mercy is doing without expecting a return.

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Breaking New Ground: Time to do Something!

James 2:14- what good is it to say you have faith, but don’t show any actions? What good does it do?….some may argue that some have faith and some have good deed…..I will show you my faith BY my good deeds. Can’t you see that faith without works is dead? You say you believe in God? Good for you, even demons believe this and they tremble. Don’t you remember that father Abraham was shown right with God by his actions when he offered his son on the altar. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the scriptures say: Abraham believed God and God counted it to him as righteousness. He was even called a friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, and not by faith alone. Just as the body is dead without breath, so faith is dead without good works.

-Just believing that God exists does nothing for my day to day life!- anyone can wear a t shirt or have a bumper sticker. That means nothing at all!

-James says we must do something about it!

-the reason we aren’t breaking new ground is not because we don’t want it, but because we aren’t doing anything about it!

James is challenging us to not stop at proclaiming. He is pushing us to put action behind the proclamation.

-there is no divine intervention unit here is human exhaustion. We must do all we can do, then God will do all that He can do.

-God won’t get involved until we get involved.

-in the Bible, we see that God starts out almost every miracle with instructions first.
–examples: water to wine miracle, Lazarus’ resurrection, -in each case, people had a role to play in the miracle.

-God won’t do what we don’t wanna do.

-we need to access the areas of our lives that need to change and do what He says to do.

-stop wrestling with regret and learn from it to start doing your part now! Regret should bring us to repentance and teach us a lesson we don’t want to repeat. But then we must move on. We aren’t called to live with regret for the rest of our lives. Nobody can unlock our chains of regret but us. God has forgiven us if we have asked. We need to open the door and walk out of the cell. We can’t live our past everyday. Let the regret go! Move forward.

Joel 2:25- so I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts have eaten. – God can restore what was lost. He can do more in one year than the enemy can do in 10! When we make the decision to change and move forward,

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Giving God Your Awl (all) Ex 21: 2-7 – v7 Master shall pierce his servants ear with an awl; and the servant stays forever. This is the pattern for our lives as Christians. A transition. God is calling us to love Jesus so much that we never want to leave Him. Jesus should be at the center and the top of our love. If you don’t love Christ will all of our hearts, eve rules thing else will get out of whack. We MUST fall in love with Christ! This requires a heart transformation. We naturally get our priorities 1. When we love our master, he has our ear. The awl went through the ear of the servant who didn’t want to leave. The servant freely gave his ear. For us, this shows that we value His voice above anything else. No matter what anybody else says, our Master has our ear and we follow His voice. Its not what everybody says. Its what His WORD says. If i will open up the word and read it, God will open up His word and speak to us. Deut. 6: 4-5 love God with all your heart, soul, and strength. Make no mistake about it, if we don’t serve God, we WILL serve something. We always have a master, even if it’s not THE MASTER! 2. When you give God your all, you gain your freedom. When we give all to God, He gives all to us that we need. Some of us love hearing about the things of God, but we let it go from our minds to our hands, thus bypassing our hearts. We need heart transplant. Ez. 36: 23- I will give you a new heart. I will take out your stony heart, and replace it with a tender, responsive heart. Allow yourself to fall in love with God everyday. We can learn something new about Him everyday.