I WOULD BE DISHONEST TO MYSELF IF I CREDIT THE RESULTS IN MY LIFE TO MY PERFORMANCE. I AM A PRODUCT OF THE MERCY OF GOD.
ONE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF SUCCESS IS THAT WHEN YOU SUCCEED AND THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON YOU, IT BECOMES EMBARRASSING TO GIVE CREDIT TO GOD
WHEN THE STRENGTH OF GOD COMES AND IT FINDS STRENGTH, IT WILL GO BACK. THE STRENGTH OF GOD COMES LOOKING FOR BROKENNESS.
IT IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT THAT GOD DOES, IT IS WHAT YOU WANT THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISION THAT SCRIPTURE ALLOWS
GOD CANNOT BE COMMITTED TO THE BELIEVER OUTSIDE OF THE ALLOWANCE HIS PROMISES IN SCRIPTURES CREATE.
GOD IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF CHRISTIANITY OR OF CHURCH, HE IS YOUR LIFE. ANY POINT YOU ARE SEPARATE FROM HIS INFLUENCE, ANY DECISION YOU MAKE FROM THAT POINT WILL GET YOU INTO DISASTER
BROKENNESS IS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE SPIRITUAL STATE THAT ANY AND EVERY MAN MUST TAKE TO BE A RECIPIENT OF GOD’S MERCY
THE CONDITION FOR MERCY IS NOT SERVICE, THE CONDITION FOR MERCY IS NOT BEING FLAWLESS, THE CONDITION FOR MERCY IS BROKENNESS.
MANY BELIEVERS ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE OF THE MERCY OF GOD BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE NATURE OF MAN THAT WILL NOT ADMIT THAT YOU ARE LIMITED BY DEFAULT.
– Apostle Joshua Selman at WAFBEC 2022
The subject at hand is The Mercy of God. Until now, the mercy of God is always looked at from the angle of the sinner and one who is deserving of forgiveness but that is only one angle of mercy. If we approach mercy just from a standpoint of pardon and withholding punishment from the guilty, it will not fully capture the essence of the subject of mercy. So from a broad perspective, you see that everyone requires the mercy of God to make progress in life. If guilty and a sinner, then you require pardon. If weak and inadequate, you require strength that will be able to push you forward.
It is not just enough to understand the concept, you must understand the administration of mercy. How mercy is administered from God to men and from men to men. If we only understand the concept, we will appreciate it but never be able to experience it. There is a spiritual technology for administering mercy and this is what I hope we will understand tonight.
There is a weakness in man, especially the fallen man by the reason of the fallen nature and the consequences of the fallen nature upon man, there is that weakness that is inherent in man that will perpetuate necessitate the mercy of God if we are ever to thrive and rise to the fullness of our prophetic potential, this has nothing to do necessarily with the fortitude to sin or to fall, it is just an inherent limitation that is in all men: the reality of the humanity of men.
You will notice in Revelation and Ezekiel also had that vision of what we call the four living creatures. These are a vision of the full dimensions that must find expression in man to fully reveal the glory of God. The four living creatures stand before the throne of God as a representation of holistic spiritual development.
1. The face of the lion talks about dominion, power and royalty. If that is the only dimension you know, the side effect of manifesting that dimension alone is pride.
2. The face of a calf. This is a balance to the first face. That the purpose of power and authority is service. But if you have these two alone, it also has it’s side effects because being a calf alone will weary you to death.
3. The face of man. It puts a balance so you do not stretch yourself above your capacity. If you dwell on your humanity, chances are that you will give unrestrained access to the flesh. Then it reminds you that although you are human, you are also divine.
4. The face of the flying eagle.
These are expressions that must be captured in our spiritual experience to be balanced and holistic.
Tonight I am interested for the purpose of our discussion on the reality of the human nature.
There is something about the weakness of man, that if unassisted cannot produce the glory of God. The Bible is very clear about the frailty of man. That something about our weakness and limitations, you find that expressly detailed in Psalm 51. This was a very honest expression of the weakness of man.
There is a limitation that is enshrined in my humanity that cannot allow me glorify God unassisted. The reality of the humanity of men is a factor that if not examined we will never appreciate the necessity for His mercy. We will never be able to rise to our full prophetic potential. God’s mercy is a system of advantage given to man to enable man rise and bring glory to the name of the Lord In spite of all of these deflects enshrined in man, God had to put this factor of mercy so that regardless of the limitations of men we will still be able to birth the purposes of God. By the provision that His mercy gives and provides, we will be able to rise and become full expressions of His expectations regardless of our humanity.
Mercy is an action word. You can feel the pain of another that is compassion but when it has to do with mercy, all through scripture it is “have mercy” or “show mercy” there is nothing like “feel mercy” in scripture. I am particularly concerned about the administration of mercy. As cheap as mercy is, there are individuals who are in desperate need of His mercy who may never be able to receive of His mercy because they don’t understand His system of administering mercy.
We need to understand how God designed His mercy to be administered. Several people have received the Coro injection, when you come to receive it, there is a system for receiving it. You don’t bring your head and say they should put the syringe as far as it gets into your body. There is a system. Just because it is the mercy of God does not mean it works anyhow.
The Bible gives us a state that a man must assume to access the mercy of God. There is a kind of man that God is vulnerable to. It is almost like a weakness in God that the Psalmist in studying God, he found a weak point that no matter how God hardens His heart, there is a posture spiritually you take and immediately you get His attention. Anyone who assumes the position of a broken and a contrite spirit God will not despise. Not everyone will truly and sadly be a recipient of God’s mercy, there is a posture that any man must assume. Brokenness is the name given to the spiritual state that any and every man must take to be a recipient of God’s mercy. Psalm 34:18. It is impossible for Him to be far from those that are of a broken heart, those who will experience His salvation expressed as mercy are those who are of a contrite spirit. The Bible helps us to know God by revealing three components:
1. The promises of God
Every time you open your Bible to learn God, you find captured in scriptures the promises of God, God cannot be committed to the believer outside of the allowance His promises in scriptures create. God limits His dealing with men to the allowance of scriptures.
It is not what you want that God does, it is what you want that is consistent with the provision that scripture allows. He has exalted His word more than His name.
2. The principles of the Kingdom
This is the modus operandi of the kingdom. It gives you a capture of the ways and methodologies of God captured in stories, captured in parables, captured in similitudes, so that when you study these stories and parables, behind the stories are a revelation of the ways of God. We are going to examine very quickly a story that captures, in my opinion, the most detailed expression of rebellion against authority and then how the mercy of God is administered.
This was the first decision he took outside the influence of his father and it was a disaster. All his results are credited to the connection of his father. The Devil who knew his immunity and his strength was connected to his relationship insisted to dissociate him from his father and the first decision he will take outside the influence of his father landed him in trouble. Same thing happened with Abraham and Lot, the first decision Lot will make outside of the influence of Abraham landed him in Sodom.
“and when he came to himself…” (Luke 15:17) This is a powerful revelation of what God put in men, the Bible did not say the Holy Spirit spoke to him, the Bible didn’t say an angel appeared to him. It is within the ability of man to come to himself, you cannot help yourself but you can come to the realization that you need help. Sometimes hunger is a blessing because it contains a unique ability to make you come to yourself.
There would be no need for this kind of intelligent discussion if he did not come to himself. It took a lot of thoughtfulness to get to that point where he knew the extent of his sin. Everywhere you find the mercy of God administered, you always find a broken and a contrite heart. It is within your power to come to yourself and it is within your power to take a step that demonstrates brokenness.
“This my son was dead…” you don’t need to die to be dead. There is a condition equal to death even though you are alive. God’s idea of death is not just cessation, but separation. Once you are outside of your connection with your source. Once you cut away, you are dead. You can be so close to the point of mercy and never receive it. The elder brother made one mistake and it is called self righteousness. He believed he was deserving of mercy by reason of his flawlessness. He marked his script, graded himself and demanded an award called mercy. Both of the man’s sons were dead. The only difference is that one acted out his rebellion, the other one remained in the house but he was not broken. The condition for mercy is not service, the condition for mercy is not being flawless, the condition for mercy is brokenness. Herein lies the mystery behind God’s supposed commitment to the life of others and it looks as if God seems to handpick a few people. I show you the system of administering mercy, when the strength of God comes and it finds strength it will go back. The strength of God comes looking for brokenness. Brokenness is a state of admittance of your inability to help yourself, that you are inadequate by default.
You don’t have to wait to act it out and learn a lesson from your pain. That at any time you are unassisted by heaven, the result is a disaster. It is a matter that is ever before you that God is not just a matter of Christianity or of Church, He is your life. Any point you are separate from his influence, any decision you make from that point will get you into disaster. The mercy of God is ever searching for brokenness. If you do not know what God looks for in men to help men we will continue shadowboxing in self-righteousness hoping that we will find His help.
Many believers are unable to receive of the mercy of God because there is something about the nature of man that will not admit that you are limited. There is something about the pride of men especially in the presence of results that prevents us from admitting that we are limited.
Jonah refused to go to Nineveh and he ended up in the belly of the fish until he was broken. Jonah continued to express brokenness in the belly of the fish and the fish could not eat him again. Jonah 3:1 – 4:2 Jonah ran away because he knew that if God finds brokenness, He won’t do all the things he prophesied and it will seem as though He is a false prophet. Jonah was angry and said “I know that you have a weak point that when you find broken people, families, churches, individuals, nations, you can turn against even your prophet.
You sent me and now I am looking like a liar”. Jonah was a genuine prophet, he knew God. That when He finds brokenness, nothing can withhold your mercy.
2 Chronicles 7:14
There are many people who believe that just because they are aware of the benevolence of God, that awareness will immediately impact mercy to them. That is a serious error.
There are many people who continue to jump and claim the mercy of God without brokenness. As powerful as the mercy of God is, there is a state that a man must be in to receive mercy. How many people are so desperately deserving of mercy and yet you do not find brokenness in them. How many workers to their bosses, how many men and women to their spouses, how many people are so deserving of mercy and hope that mercy will travel and come and meet them.
The Bible said if you want to obtain mercy you have to come before the throne of grace. The prodigal son never met his father at home but the father never met him in the place of his mess. They met somewhere in the place of his obedience and brokenness. If we want to experience the mercy of God in our lives we must understand that it is a broken and a contrite spirit.
Luke 18:9-14. Jesus talks about the danger of self righteousness. Luke 18:35-39. He never said “heal me” because healing is an expression of God’s mercy. The man was not clear what exactly he needed but he knew that whatever it is that will solve my problem is under the department of God’s mercy. Mercy has to do with forgiveness and providing pardon to the guilty AND providing relief to the distressed and the weak. Every one of you will require one or more of these expressions for the rest of your life. Luke 18:40-43. If Jesus was truly the visible image of the invisible God, He should not see brokenness and pass. So he stopped and asked him to be brought to him. Have you seen that everywhere you see the manifestation of God’s mercy it always comes in response to brokenness.
Therefore if you embrace brokenness as your default state, now you understand what Jesus was saying when He said in His beatitudes “blessed are they that hunger and taste…” He was not finding joy in their predicament.
He was trying to describe a state that if you are aware of your inadequacies you will always be filled. Ask anyone who has experienced the grace of God upon their lives, the basis of God’s attention upon their lives. They may not be able to articulate it, but there is something about their walk with the Holy Ghost that has brought them to a place of brokenness. Brokenness is not a state of self condemnation, brokenness is a state of awareness. Was it not what happened to Isaiah when he beheld the glory of God. Believers I don’t know about you, but this man standing before you is a product of God’s mercy.
When I hear people brag and celebrate their achievements I stand back and know that I would be dishonest to myself to credit the results in my life to my performance. Be careful lest when you build houses, that you will say my power and the might of my hand have done this. That is the side effect of success, it is possible that when you succeed and the spotlight is on you that it becomes embarrassing to give credit to God. There is something about men and our itch to be celebrated.
There are men and women that will rise in this end times, you will add them up and you will see that as an equation they don’t add up. You will find what is the wow factor and not find it. It is hidden in the mercy of God invested in the place of their brokenness.
You will see entrepreneurs rise and you will sit and talk with them and you will feel you are wasting your time yet you cannot deny the results that come from their life. Behind their frailty, there is a jealousy of a great God backing them. You will see this in preachers, you will see this in mothers, you will see this in business man and women.
When you understand the theology of the mercy of God, you will know what to look for in administering mercy. No one just blackmails you spiritually show mercy, I must find brokenness like God. Perfection is exhausting and unnecessary, find brokenness.
Asking people who answer the altar call to come and stand before everyone is to help them establish their brokenness before God. So they come and stand, are you ashamed of him to stand before men?
Do you know that when Jesus walked upon the earth, He never called himself Father. He perpetually admitted that there was someone above Him. He did not think it was an embarrassment, to say that I can of my own self do nothing.
I show you a deep mystery in the kingdom, behind the mysterious rising of many. Behind the mysterious jealousy of God’s power and grace upon people who are seemingly unqualified. In all your diligence, in all your being productive, in all your contending for knowledge, in all your executions. Remember that there is a state of inadequacy in man.
I believe in diligence, I believe in productivity, no visionary leader will use the subject of God’s mercy to produce laziness out of his people. The subject of God’s mercy if not understood makes it look like there is no need to be productive, there is no need to be hardworking.
Peter was in the right location with the right tool and the right mind, yet having no results. There are times when everything is right yet there are no results. There are times when from the standpoint of men everything is in place yet you will not catch any fish. At that point, leave your skill and look for Jesus.
Someone came to Church today wondering “Lord I have been around you, I have been in Church for five years yet my life has no testimonies to show. A stranger comes in and before the sermon, he is already crying and he leaves with a buffet of testimonies”. I show you the missing link could it be that you have not realized that the best of man is still limited. The mercy of God provides pardon for the sinner but it is still an advantage to remedy for your inadequacies by reason of wearing a mortal body. Jesus can pray because he is still in heaven as a man. His intercession is based on his relation to our reality.
He is seated at the right hand with his human body. It is on the strength of the awareness of God’s mercy that we are also strengthened to communicate mercy to others. The best of a man is still flawed, all it takes to reveal that flaw is time.
Pray and ask the Lord to perpetually keep you in a place of brokenness. When God finds brokenness, you are ready to be a recipient of His mercy. Cry to your maker, do not make the mistake of praying the prayer of Pharisee. Cry to He that hears the prayers of broken people.
– Your life will be an epistle that will help people understand the mercy of God.