God's Mercy Extends For Generations

God's Mercy Extends For Generations

Young people are fun. We take risks. We make snap decisions. We live on the edge. However, some of us make very bad moves and still escape serious repercussions. Sometimes, we stray off the path God designed for us and still survive disaster. For some of us, things just seem to work out even though we know we have done nothing to deserve it. It even confuses us. Why is God so good to us? Why do we seem to get such favor? What's going on?

Today, we continue with Part 9 of our latest series; "God's Mercy - Why Do Some Get More Than Others?" See Part 1 for the full list of seven points described in "A Method To God's Mercy". Click here for Part 8 - "Judge Yourself First And Receive God's Mercy". We'll continue today with 5) People can inherit mercy because of their family history.

Deuteronomy 7:9(NKJV) - โ€œTherefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments

Do any of your parents love The Lord? Do you have a praying grandmother? Has anyone in your family paved a pathway for you to follow in God's Kingdom? Do you know that because of your lineage you could be the beneficiary of inherited mercy? When people love God and keep His commandments they trigger a "Mercy Snowball" that continues rolling for a thousand generations. If you're wondering why God is being specially merciful you might be caught up in the middle of one right now.

Psalm 18:50(KJV) - Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

How could David's seed be shown mercy for evermore if His seed was not born yet? If mercy is only dependent on a person's actions, then that would be completely impossible. Based on the actions of one man, the decision was made to show mercy to his descendants. Now think about that. This is a big deal on so many levels.

Luke 1:50(KJV) - And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

If you fear God, the mercy of God you receive is generational. Not only are you going to benefit from it but so will your children and their children and their children, etc. This is like the ultimate "Mercy Snowball". Wait.. it gets better. Do you know that even if your parents screwed it all up and their parents did and the screwing up went all the way back until you find out your great, great, great, great.... grandfather was Judas Iscariot you can still inherit mercy? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here's how!

God's Mercy Extends For Generations

Luke 1:70-75(KJV) - As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

God made a covenant to show Abraham's seed mercy. He promises to save them from their enemies. As a result, the people of Israel remain God's chosen people regardless of what they've done. Even after they rebel against God and totally enrage Him they seem to always end up right back in fellowship with Him. His mercy toward them is unbelievable. Now, here's where we fit in.

Galatians 3:26-29(KJV) - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

If you are a Christian you are also Abraham's seed which means that you also inherit the mercy God awarded to him. Maybe that explains why you're in the middle of a "Mercy Snowball." Everytime it looks like you're done, God always seems to pull you out of trouble. Even when you openly disobey, God still seems to give you another chance. He doesn't judge you because of your family name, He judges you based on your relationship with Christ. If you didn't grow up with parents who loved God or your grandmother was an atheist, you can still receive mercy due to your new family heritage.

1 Peter 2:9-10(KJV) - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Before you joined the family of God you did not have access to this generational mercy unless you inherited it from your earthly family. Some of us were blessed to come from Godly families but you may not have had the same experience. However, to God be the glory for your new family because this connection has hooked you up with an everlasting flow of mercy.

It's the same mercy Saul received on the road to Damascus which changed his life and turned him into Apostle Paul. It's the same mercy Simon Peter received when he denied Jesus three times the day Christ died on the cross. He was forgiven and chosen to become Apostle Peter, the first leader of The Church.

It's the same mercy which I received. It's the best mercy on the market. It's the mercy you want to have. It's because of His mercy that you were taken out of darkness and placed into His marvelous light. You are chosen. You are royal. You are holy. You are peculiar. You are a child of God. You have obtained mercy.

Even if you make a bad decision and disappoint God, ask for forgiveness and tap into this mercy. It's always available. God's mercy extends for generations. Why not forget about your past and set things up for your future? Why don't you love God with all of your heart and obey His commandments? That way, you can start rolling a "Mercy Snowball" in the direction of your descendants.

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