Oct. 25, 2005
The Power of a Changed Life. It all begins with God's Mercy.
How many of us really want to change. But the struggle is too great. The power to change begins with God's Mercy. But so many miss out on God's mercy and never receive it. What is the key to receive God's mercy?
REALIZE YOU ARE MESSED UP AND BEG FOR GOD'S MERCY!
Here Jesus tells a story to some people who didn't think they were messed up (becuase they were confident of their own righteouseness).
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Download the audio file Key to Receive Mercy part 1 to hear a two minute devotional on receiving God's Mercy.