New Mercy & Fresh Courage?
Do you feel that you are at the end of your rope? Don’t worry. As Woodrow Kroll points out “our quitting point is God’s beginning point”. When we are finished trying to manage on our own, God can step in.
We can’t summon up strength on our own, but God is our strength.
We can’t use yesterday’s manna, but there will always be new manna in the morning.
We can’t store grace, but there will always be enough if we are in Christ Jesus.
Certainly the faithful love
of the LORD hasn’t ended;
certainly God’s compassion
They are renewed every morning.
Great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3: 22-23, CEB)
Every morning I do plea for new mercy and fresh courage. Because there is no going without God’s grace. And guess what? God is happy to pour out new mercy and fresh courage for all of us!
Just think of Joshua. He did not receive strength and courage only when he was selected to be the leader after Moses. Joshua found his courage day by day in the strength God provided him. Joshua lived by faith battle by battle. God was with Joshua every step he took. Without God Joshua wouldn’t have had the needed strength and courage to lead. But with God he became an invincible leader.
The same way we can find new mercy and fresh courage in the strength God provides us daily. If we try to make it on our own, we just wear ourselves down. But when we walk with God, there will always be a fresh supply of mercy and courage available! We just need to ask!
In order to be successful Joshua was also instructed to always ponder and meditate the word of God and also put it in practice. The same goes for us:
We are to chew on Scripture day and night.
We are to let the Word of God change us inside out.
We are to obediently follow God wherever He leads us.
We are to put everything we have into serving God.
We are to continually dwell in God’s presence.
Because…when the Holy Spirit dwells in us we can do anything God asks us to do.
Then it’s not a question about our inadequacies but about God’s possibilities.
Then it is about the strength God provides us day by day.
Then it’s about receiving new mercy and fresh courage.
Then it’s about living in grace and walking with God.
Nothing better than that!
Give us new mercy and fresh courage!
Pour out grace and mercy, love and hope!
Fill our empty hearts with your joy.
Give us strength and courage.
Empower us and equip us and
then use us for your glory!
You are beyond wonderful!
You are beyond amazing!
You are beyond awesome!
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How does God sustain you?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you fill up new mercy & fresh courage! Be strong and courageous! God is with you!
Image courtesy of John Silver. Linking up today with What’s on Your Heart Tuesdays &Soli Deo Gloria & One Word at a Time: Fresh Blog Carnival.
12 thoughts on “New Mercy & Fresh Courage?”
Mari-Anna, that’s a great reminder for the beginning of the year.
All throughout the Bible, God has shown that we aren’t supposed to “stock” things, He wants us to depend on Him day by day. It’s “give us this day our daily bread” and not “give us bread for every day of our lives”.
We have to focus on the present and be assured that He renews everything (blessings, promises, provision) every single day.
Thank you, Cris, for your thoughtful comment! Yes, we need our daily bread! We’d like to be done with it but that’s not how God works. But God’s way is way better than ours! God wants to be in touch with us daily, to have a personal relationship with us. That is amazingly wonderful! Blessings to you, Cris, on your faith journey!
Sometimes it takes courage to show mercy too! And it is related to the amount of time we spend with God!
That’s true, Shanda. Thanks for chiming in! Abundant blessings to you and yours!
I feel like God sustains me by pouring out His Word on my life. He is faithful to speak specific verses (or tell me to look them up). Without that, I would be so lost.
Thank you for sharing, Jen! That’s exactly why we need to be faithful in reading the Word. Without that, we all would be lost. May God continue to guide you clearly and love you dearly! BLESSINGS!
I am reminded of the Hymn: “Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness,Morning by morning new mercies I see:All I have needed Thy hand hath providedGreat is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”
That is such a wonderful hymn full of assurance of God’s care. Thank you, Hazel. God’s rich blessings to you and yours!
You described it exactly as it is needed. Grace, Hope, Mercy, Courage… whatever it takes to serve the Lord in any ways He has lined up for us. I’ve discovered in the last 4-ish years that life has changed significantly in ministry… I couldn’t have imagined it heading this direction. And, with those roads, I have to rely on myself to rely on Him; can’t be my usual “independent” personality, or I’ll miss the next opportunity to follow Him. Serving Him is all that’s important; I need to “stay” in that focus.
Yes! Exactly! Thanks for sharing how you follow Christ! Inspiring! Abundant blessings as you continue on your faith journey!
I saw a lady in a restaurant in Galveston Sunday, wearing a tshirt which read “Mercy Courage Grace”. I felt a bit of a shake within. I know that I am to seek out and find out more daily regarding God’s plan. I am now 59 years of age. But, this I know, it’s never too late. I do feel him with me daily.
Thanks for sharing, Kate! I’d love to have one of those t-shirts! But, most of all, I am delighted that you heard God’s message for you. It’s definitively not too late! You are special in God’s eyes. Keep abiding in Him! Huge blessings to you!