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Who is like our God?

Who Is a God Like Our God? Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. —Micah 7: 18 The psalmist describes God as “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy;” a God who “has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103: 8,10). So great is His compassion that He told Ezekiel to pass on a message to the people. “Say to them: ‘As I…

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No Restrictions

No Restrictions Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted? Are these His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly? —Micah 2: 7 Is the Spirit of God restricted? Is He limited to whom He can speak through, or what He can say? Is the Spirit to be blamed for what is happening to the nation, or for the seeming weakness of the church today? The answer is no. **God has no restrictions, no limitations. The Spirit of God is not restricted in any way. Though we are weak and ineffectual, He is not. The Holy…

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Lying Vanities

Lying Vanities They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. —Jonah 2: 8 (KJV) After three miserable days and nights—days and nights he brought upon himself—Jonah hit dry ground and sought the Lord. And then he declared what he had learned in the belly of the whale: “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” What were the lying vanities Jonah had observed? First, he believed that he could run from the call of God. Secondly, he believed he could find a place where God wasn’t and actually hide from God’s presence. And lastly, he believed that his…

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Possess Your Possessions

Possess Your Possessions But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. —Obadiah 1: 17 God had promised to give Israel the whole land, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. It was theirs already—all they had to do was to put their foot down and claim it. Sadly, they failed to do that. They limited what God would have given them. Paul described God as, “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3: 20). There is no limit…

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Prepare to meet God

Prepare to Meet God Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel! —Amos 4: 12 God warned Israel repeatedly. He brought calamities upon them. He tried to turn them back from their chosen path of destruction. But for all that, they would not return to Him. Now the time of judgment was at hand. The prophet Amos issues a warning to the people: “Prepare to meet your God!” This time, however, the meeting would not be for purposes of love and fellowship and unity. This…

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The Chosen

The Chosen “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? —Amos 3: 2-3 God chose Israel—not because they were good, or powerful. He chose them simply because He loves them. And it is through the nation of Israel that God chose to bring the Savior into the world. Like Israel, we too have been chosen not because of our own goodness or because we have something God needs. God chose us because He loves us and wants fellowship with…

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Fasting

Fasting “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” —Joel 2: 12 Our nature has two sides: the flesh side, and the spirit side. We feed the flesh side pretty consistently—usually a minimum of three times a day, with liberal snacks in between. But we are not usually as consistent about feeding our spirit. Fasting is a way to deny the flesh and strengthen the spirit. If you fed your spirit as consistently as you feed your flesh, you would be spiritually fat. Fasting reverses the usual process—it starves…

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Wrestling with God

Wrestling with God He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept, and sought favor from Him. —Hosea 12: 3-4 How could a man ever wrestle with God—or an angel of God—and prevail? It doesn’t seem possible. Yet Hosea tells us it happened, and the explanation is found at the end of the sentence: “He (Jacob) wept, and sought favor with Him.” In other words, Jacob said, “Please don’t go without blessing me!” Jacob’s wrestling match occurred the night before he…

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A Heart Condition

A Heart Condition Their heart is divided; now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars. —Hosea 10: 2 Israel gave God a place in their heart—but only a small place. They couldn’t offer Him their whole heart, because they had also chosen to worship other gods. Jesus told us that it isn’t possible to serve two masters (Matthew 6: 24). Yet that is exactly what many people try to do. Instead of giving God total devotion, they settle for giving Him just a nod now and then. **God is not satisfied…

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