January 7, 2010

New Mercies, New Commitments

The promise of a fresh delivery of new mercies every 24-hours is a great promise to live by. It brings great joy and it brings great hope when you know that if you can make it through these 24-hours, there are streams of mercies you’ve never known already promised, poised and reserved with your name on them. Be assured that the new mercies are necessary in that either they address new issues or they present another way and another opportunity to address an old issue.

You cannot address the old issues with the old mercies. The real fact of the matter is that if the old mercies were going to help the old issues, then the old issues would not still be an issue in the new day. God gives us new mercies that deal with new issues or that provide a new approach to an old issue. It requires a measure of maturity in God to determine what the new mercies are really for and the bottom line is this: the new mercies equal new commitments..

The new mercies are confirmation that God is speaking, that God is drawing, that God is compelling you to do something new—something that is not rooted and grounded in what you did before. Something that is totally different from the way you previously thought or responded. What is so amazing is that it happens every 24-hours. Morning by morning, new mercies I see—which is an indicator of three things:

1. God’s intention is to let us know that He is in control of the day. He is in control of the times and the seasons.
2. God provides a way of escape for every situation we find ourselves in—everyday.
3. God expects us to commit ourselves to that which He has committed Himself to: The success of our day in Him. Why else would He provide new mercies?

So morning by morning, while we’re thanking God for the new mercies, we ought to re-commit to His intention for our lives and begin to understand what those re-commitments look like. It may just mean ‘get up, take up your bed and walk’ instead of laying there with your new mercies and doing nothing with them.

“ Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” John 5:8