Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Intercessor of God






An intercessor: One who intercedes, a person who intervenes on behave of another, especially in prayer.

An intercessor is someone who is either called or chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who cannot or will not intervene for themselves. An intercessor pleads, counsels, requests, begs, discusses, risks, and sacrifices themselves for those who need them. Intercessors make positive impacts on final outcomes for those people they serve.
Intercessors and a praying person are not the same. Anyone can pray and not all praying humans are intercessors. Intercessors live their lives to intercede on another person's behalf. They wish to bring favor and impact while changing God’s heart for another. There were numerous people in the Bible who were intercessors and here are some of their characteristics.

Intercessors Take Risks and Sacrifice Themselves:

Abraham suffered God’s displeasure by pointing out at least ten godly people in Sodom and Gomorrah. This can be found in Genesis 18:22.
Moses chose to be extinguished from God’s book in Exodus 32:32.
King David disobeyed and took the census. He was willing to be destroyed to seek safety for his people in 1 Chronicles 21:17.
Daniel spoke with God even when he was angry in Daniel 9:16
Martha risked her friendship with Jesus and challenged His decision to delay in John 11:21-22.
Jesus became sin and laid down His life so we could find forgiveness in Isaiah 53:12.
Risking public exposure, a father feared man’s opinions interceded for his possessed son in Mark 9:17.
Stephen risked an angry crowd and asked God to forgive them in Acts 7:59.
Queen Esther put her own life on the line and defended her people before the king. She was willing to face the king and receive banishment or worse in Esther 4:16.
Young David faced Goliath for Israel and won in 1 Samuel 17:37.

Intercessors Defend and Volunteer:

Each person above defended others with boldness. Whenever someone they loved needed them, they were there to defend them with their lives. Most parents of numerous species have the instinct to defend their young. For them, it’s part of their makeup. Their hearts bubble to the surface when a threat occurred.
Intercessors have the willingness to do something for another person. They will volunteer even when not asked to participate in another person’s defense. Intercessors step up to the plate to accomplish something greater than themselves. We know that Jesus said there is no great love than to lay down one’s life for his friends in John 15:13. 

Heart of the Intercessor:

Intercessors stand in the gap for others. They seek mercy instead of judgment and they seek life over death. They are more than willing to risk and sacrifice in order to capture mercy for others like in James 2:13.
They stand in humility and service. They have a strong willingness to serve in their heart with humility. Intercessors highly esteem those they see as worth saving like in Matthew 23:11.
Those people within the Bible mentioned above found a place of favor with God. They walked and talked with God and trusted in Him. Even those without a personal relationship with Jesus, but knew His works and His Words understood His nature and authority. They risked it all no matter what.

The Intercessor’s Results:

Past and present intercessors lay down their lives, dreams, ambitions, and personal agendas in order to follow Jesus’ footsteps. They understand the results of this journey multiplies with each intercession they stand in. they pray, request, take a stand, and bear fruit for the masses at large.
The Bible shares Jesus wants our input, but he makes the final decisions. He listens and He becomes part of the outcome. For additional scriptures about volunteer intercessors who lay down themselves for others. Isaiah 64:7, Isaiah 59:16, Isaiah 53:12, Jeremiah 30:13, Jeremiah 27:18, Ezekiel 22:30-31, Psalms 106:23
God will restore the calling of intercessors to the body of Christ. He raises up an army of volunteers who are willing to count their cost. They see what is at stake and they are willing to put themselves on the line for those around them.
 



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

God's Compassion



Compassion: Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortune of others.

God’s compassion overrules all. His sympathy and compassion stretch throughout the world and further. In Deuteronomy 30:3, God turns thy captivity and has compassion on thee. In 2 Chronicles 36:15 God had compassion on His people. When God forgives iniquity and forgives in Psalms 78:38, God turned His anger away and did not stir up His wrath. In Psalms 86:15, God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Jeremiah 12:15, He plucks them out, then returns them to their heritage and to their land.
There are many others in scriptures who had compassion upon others like Pharaoh’s daughter in Exodus 2:6. She had compassion on the babe which was one of the Hebrew’s children.
In Isaiah 49:15 a woman has compassion upon a suckling child.
In Matthew 14:14 Jesus went forth to a great multitude as His compassion moved Him to heal their sick.
In Mark 1:41 Jesus moved with compassion, put His hand out and healed.
More of compassion and Jesus: Mark 5:19, Mark 6:34, Matthew 20:34, Luke 7:13,

God’s Mercy and Grace:

God’s mercy implies compassion that forebears punishing even when justice demands it. He shows kindness when we might not see it as such. Whenever God moves with mercy, He is revealing to us love, understanding, and unwavering compassion toward His creation. We are God’s creation. In a way, God is offering charity to us when we are expecting His justice. When God shows up mercy, He is showing us favor in His sight. When favor is presented, it’s a gift from God himself. What a gift to receive.
God shows mercy to those who keep His commandments, love Him, repent for their sins, ask for forgiveness, and those who lay down themselves for others. God will offer a habitation for His people if they seek His face and His Word. Those who do these things discover His grace as well.
Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It’s kindness we might not deserve. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. What did Noah do that was different compared to those around him? Noah abided by His Word and did what was asked of him. Noah was an average man, but he listened and built the ark when asked to build it in a certain way. This is why Noah found grace in God’s eyes. In Genesis 19:19, both mercy and grace were found.
The heart of a person is what God looks at. If the heart is filled with compassion, unconditional love, and forgiveness, God will offer grace and mercy. If the heart is filled with hate, unforgiveness, harm, and doubt, God also sees that. In order to fill ourselves with Him, we need to seek His face and His Word.

Have Compassion:

The only way to receive compassion is to show compassion, even if the other person is not willing to offer it. Whenever we walk with God compassion is there waiting for us. Throughout our lives, many have seen people come and go, but how many had compassion for your or your circumstances? Not many took a second look at what was happening here. I suppose life filled them with other life-altering issues.
Not everyone receives compassion from those around them. What if we offered it to someone who didn’t deserve it? What would happen then? I bet a different outcome would surface. It could be a life altering event for you and for the other person. Not everyone deserves compassion in our eyes as humans, but in God’s eyes, they do and they do receive it when they ask.
From Micah to Matthew to Mark, God shows compassion in many of their lives. He doesn’t do it to be nice. He does when forgiveness is shown. When asking for His compassion, remember that He doesn’t give it freely to all. He gives it to those who are doing right by Him and others.
Ever wonder why God loves us with everything He has on the inside? We are His creation and we were made in His eyes. He will forever adore us as we adore Him. Whenever we step out of line, God gently or intrusively brings us back to Him. Those who do not understand the power of God will never see how awesome He is. God is merciful, loving, and when we abide by Him, we find ourselves protected and guided. That is the God I know and love.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cat Heist: A Marmalade Cat Mystery #1


Kidnapped Kitty

My name is Marmalade and I'm an orange tabby who's on the case of the missing cat, Ruffles, a feverish gray kitty belonging to Mrs. Wiggins. I soon discover a few clues with Midnight, the other clinic cat who lives with me. Together, we discover clues leading to who took Ruffles. Will we find Ruffles and the culprit or are we just chasing our tails?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Capable of Doing Anything Through God


Compassion: Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortune of others.

God’s compassion overrules all. His sympathy and compassion stretch throughout the world and further. In Deuteronomy 30:3, God turns thy captivity and has compassion on thee. In 2 Chronicles 36:15 God had compassion on His people. When God forgives iniquity and forgives in Psalms 78:38, God turned His anger away and did not stir up His wrath. In Psalms 86:15, God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Jeremiah 12:15, He plucks them out, then returns them to their heritage and to their land.
There are many others in scriptures who had compassion upon others like Pharaoh’s daughter in Exodus 2:6. She had compassion on the babe which was one of the Hebrew’s children.
In Isaiah 49:15 a woman has compassion upon a suckling child.
In Matthew 14:14 Jesus went forth to a great multitude as His compassion moved Him to heal their sick.
In Mark 1:41 Jesus moved with compassion, put His hand out and healed.
More of compassion and Jesus: Mark 5:19, Mark 6:34, Matthew 20:34, Luke 7:13,

God’s Mercy and Grace:

God’s mercy implies compassion that forebears punishing even when justice demands it. He shows kindness when we might not see it as such. Whenever God moves with mercy, He is revealing to us love, understanding, and unwavering compassion toward His creation. We are God’s creation. In a way, God is offering charity to us when we are expecting His justice. When God shows up mercy, He is showing us favor in His sight. When favor is presented, it’s a gift from God himself. What a gift to receive.
God shows mercy to those who keep His commandments, love Him, repent for their sins, ask for forgiveness, and those who lay down themselves for others. God will offer a habitation for His people if they seek His face and His Word. Those who do these things discover His grace as well.
Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It’s kindness we might not deserve. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. What did Noah do that was different compared to those around him? Noah abided by His Word and did what was asked of him. Noah was an average man, but he listened and built the ark when asked to build it in a certain way. This is why Noah found grace in God’s eyes. In Genesis 19:19, both mercy and grace were found.
The heart of a person is what God looks at. If the heart is filled with compassion, unconditional love, and forgiveness, God will offer grace and mercy. If the heart is filled with hate, unforgiveness, harm, and doubt, God also sees that. In order to fill ourselves with Him, we need to seek His face and His Word.

Have Compassion:

The only way to receive compassion is to show compassion, even if the other person is not willing to offer it. Whenever we walk with God compassion is there waiting for us. Throughout our lives, many have seen people come and go, but how many had compassion for your or your circumstances? Not many took a second look at what was happening here. I suppose life filled them with other life-altering issues.
Not everyone receives compassion from those around them. What if we offered it to someone who didn’t deserve it? What would happen then? I bet a different outcome would surface. It could be a life altering event for you and for the other person. Not everyone deserves compassion in our eyes as humans, but in God’s eyes, they do and they do receive it when they ask.
From Micah to Matthew to Mark, God shows compassion in many of their lives. He doesn’t do it to be nice. He does when forgiveness is shown. When asking for His compassion, remember that He doesn’t give it freely to all. He gives it to those who are doing right by Him and others.
Ever wonder why God loves us with everything He has on the inside? We are His creation and we were made in His eyes. He will forever adore us as we adore Him. Whenever we step out of line, God gently or intrusively brings us back to Him. Those who do not understand the power of God will never see how awesome He is. God is merciful, loving, and when we abide by Him, we find ourselves protected and guided. That is the God I know and love.