Mercy Is His Name

Lamb of God” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Mercy is a central part of God’s nature—in fact, His name is mercy. In Exodus 34, God responded to Moses’ desire to see His glory. And as He passed before Moses, verse 5 says that He “proclaimed the name of the LORD.” And the proclamation that rolled forth was: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but many times when I would read this Scripture, I would find myself quite focused on the latter half of the verse! I trembled at the God who punished the guilty and allowed iniquity to be a generational inheritance! Due to my own woundings in life, I found it hard to see the other side of God’s character—His overwhelming heart of mercy. And I think my struggles with perceiving (and receiving) mercy have been due, in part, to how I learned to interpret much of Scripture.

There are many ways to view the story that is told from Genesis to Revelation, from the creation account until the return of our Conquering King. We can choose to focus on the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden, or we can rejoice over the prophesied redemption that God promised would come through one of their offspring. We can obsess over the moral failings of the forefathers of the faith and the children of Israel, or we can marvel at those who walked with God and how He walked with them.

In the Word of God, humanity’s cycle of sin, repentance, and redemption are on display for us. And if we look in this mirror closely, we can most definitely see ourselves. However, how do we view the story that is there? While we certainly don’t want to minimize the cost of sin, I would argue that it would also be unproductive for us to navel-gaze at our individual and corporate failings. Do we choose to obsess over our fallen nature? Or can we look at our rather challenging corporate journey with God through His eyes of mercy?

The more we allow the Holy One to shape our character to look like His, the more that we will be able to see the beauty in our human experience. This story isn’t about what we have done, it is about what the Creator is doing and who we are becoming through Christ. For there is a crimson road that is woven throughout Scripture, throughout human existence, and throughout our individual lives. In the face of all of our failings, we can rejoice that God has paved a way back into His presence through His great mercy.

Exodus 34:6 (VOICE) Then the Eternal One passed before him. Eternal One: The Eternal God, full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, and abundant in loyal love and truth….

[“Mercy is His Nameoriginally posted on Waiting in the Wings, reposted in its entirety with permission.]

Don’t Strive, Just Come: A Love Letter From Abba

“Come to the River” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

My beloved,

I’m writing you this love letter because it’s important for you to understand My heart. I created you in the secret place. I knit you together. I numbered every hair on your head. I mapped out the journey which would become your life. I know where you’re headed and how long it’s going to take you to get there. I know every detour you will take; some will be Mine and some will be yours. I know every word you will speak and the context of those words. I know every intention, inclination, and temptation you face in your life…every…single…day. Continue reading “Don’t Strive, Just Come: A Love Letter From Abba”

Lunchtime Live: God’s Heart of Mercy

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Lunchtime Live: Mercy

Lunchtime Live: Mercy

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Daily New Beginning

Psalm 103:12 (AMP) As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

When God forgives us He literally forgets it at the same time. He looks at us as blameless and holy since Jesus is what makes us righteous  with God. Yet we tend to hold on to our past mistakes and go over them in our minds, over and over. We think that continuously apologizing for them  somehow sets us right with God when we already are! Continue reading “Daily New Beginning”

Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26)

This is a series of five Prophetic Nuggets from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams that are connected by scripture / theme. It is a series of five Prophetic Nuggets based on the Aaronic Blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP):

The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’

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Good Pain (Hosea 6:1)

Eyes of Mercy by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Recently, God has been talking to a couple of us on the Dyed4you Team about His mercy. And as He did, He began talking about His refining fire. Initially I was confused because I would not have thought of trials and refining as being connected to the mercy of God. But as Papa began to give the revelation, He brought to mind Misty Edwards’ song “Servant of All.” In the song, she makes reference to the fact that the Kingdom of God is an “upside down kingdom,” where we die to live and lose to gain. This seemed to parallel what we found with trials and the mercy of God. If we can embrace this upside-down nature, we can truly begin to flourish. Continue reading “Good Pain (Hosea 6:1)”