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Meditating on God's Mercy & Grace
Posted August 2nd, 2012 by Pastor_David
Last night at the "Who is God?" class, David Fullerton taught us about God's mercy and grace. He gave us some devotional guides on these themes to use in our private study and prayer times. To read the devotionals click here.
Next week in class we are studying God's sovereignty. You are welcome to join us. The class meets at the church office on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, through the end of August. (If you want, come early for pizza at 6:45pm.)
God’s Mercy and Forgiveness
If we could remember that the divine mercy is not a temporary mood but an attribute of God's eternal being, we would no longer fear that it will someday cease to be. – A. W. Tozer
Do you think of God’s mercy as a part of his character? What difference does that make in how you think of God?
Read Psalm 51
1. Read verses 1-2. What is David asking God for? Pray these words back to God and ask him for his mercy.
2. Read verses 3-6. How does David describe his sin? Acknowledge your own sinfulness before God.
3. Read verses 7-12. How does David describe the forgiveness he is asking for? Pray some of these phrases back to God and ask for his forgiveness.
4. Read verses 13-17. How does David say he will respond to God’s forgiveness? Pray your own response to God’s forgiveness.
5. Read verses 18-19. Even in the midst of his suffering, David prays for his community. Lift up your family, friends, neighbors, and community to God and ask him to make them whole for his glory.
God’s Grace in Weakness
The cause of the weakness of your Christian life is that you want to work it out partly, and to let God help you. And that cannot be. You must come to be utterly helpless, to let God work, and God will work gloriously. – Andrew Murray
In what ways are you tempted to trust in your own strength in your Christian life?
Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
1. “There was given me a thorn in my flesh” (v. 7) Are there any areas of reoccurring spiritual, mental, or physical struggle in your life? Are there areas of your life where you despair of ever getting better? Bring them before the Lord and express honestly any frustration, pain, or disillusionment you feel.
2. “My grace is sufficient for you” (v.9) Do you believe that God’s grace is sufficient for you, whether he brings healing or not? Allow God to speak this phrase over your life and pray that he will help you to accept his grace.
3. “My power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9) Acknowledge your weakness before God. Admit that even where you think you are strong, you are not strong enough. Ask for Christ’s strength to shine in your weakness.
4. “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses” (v. 10) Ask God for this kind of perspective, for the faith to praise him in the midst of struggle. Thank him for the struggles he has sustained you through and for the strength he will provide in the struggles you face now.