There is only one verse in the entire Bible where the Lord describes what HE desires from us as humans. This was not a command nor a direct order to a prophet. He was simply stating what HE desired. The verse is found in Hosea 6:6 which says, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” Saints, without love it is impossible to show mercy. What is mercy? Mercy is when someone wrongs you and they rightfully deserve punishment. They rightfully deserve judgment and you have a legitimate claim against them to bring them to justice, but instead you choose to forgive them. To absolve them of the debt and punishment of whatever crime or sin they have committed against you. To do this, you must set your heart to love. Not to love the way that the world loves (for the world loves with a selfish love). They love as long as it meets the ends to whatever benefit they selfishly desire. No, in order to love with mercy always being the desire of your heart you will need to love the way God commands us to love. This is love is described in 1st Corinthians 13. This means you will need to set your heart to be patient. Asking for this form of love will require you to tolerate suffering through circumstances without getting angry or upset. It also means you will be kind and be in a heart to show others benevolence when they least deserve it. A love that requires you rule over envy by not showing discontent in coveting others’ advantages and dispositions. This is a love that does not boast or
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
You see, without the precious Holy Spirit, given to us by his mercy and grace, we would not be able to rule over these competing desires that wage war within us that would otherwise tempt us against showing the mercy he desires us to show others. Now, because of our Kings sacrifice we have been made into new creatures (2nd Corinthians 5:17) and because of his unlimited mercy shown to us, we now have the capability through his Holy Spirit to truly show others the meaning of true mercy. To be that light in the world he desires.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOD
Then as we walk along our collective assignments and paths, it is good that we acknowledge him in everything. That we take absolutely no credit for ourselves. This position requires us to adopt the mindset that WE are not the provider of our homes, HE IS. That it is not our responsibility to fulfill the miracles, signs and wonders required to fulfill our God given assignments but rather HIS responsibility. That we submit wholly in acknowledging his Lordship over every area of our lives.
This requires faith.
Faith like the centurion from so many years ago. The story of the centurion is found in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. There are only two places in the Bible where it is described that Jesus was “Amazed” by a display of Faith. The first, is Jesus being amazed by the faith of the Centurion and the other is the lack of faith by those in Nazareth (Mark 6:6). We should all strive to display the faith of the centurion in our own way. You see, the centurion could have let many obstacles stand between him and Jesus — Pride, doubt, money, language, distance, time, self sufficiency, power, race. But he didn’t. If he did not let these barriers block his approach to Jesus, we don’t need to either! To acknowledge God in all things you must have faith that he is the Lord over ALL the things of your life. The Lord over every circumstance, The Lord over every perceived hardship and The Lord over every breakthrough. When you have a breakthrough SHARE your testimony! Your testimony is the fundamental weapon that we use to overcome the works of the enemy! (Revelation 12:11)
Your testimony is not something trivial. It not only fulfills one of the single greatest desires the Lord has to acknowledge him, it also overcomes every work of the enemy and helps increase the faith in others about our great King. In a moment in history when so many have fallen away from faith, I would like to encourage you to SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY and stand firm in your acknowledgment of him so much so as you would not even shrink from death. To stare death directly in the face without any fear and still retain your peace because you are willing to acknowledge him this much.
These are the two things the Lord desires. Mercy and acknowledgement of him in all things. You cannot make an excuse for how others will live their lives, but just like the Joshua of old, you and I as brothers and sisters in the faith will adopt the mantle, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
We serve a God that can make the impossible POSSIBLE!
Sr. Pastor, The Empowerment Center Church, ChurchFreedom.org and TestimonyToday.org