Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

So, I’ve been studying the great book of Jonah these last couple of weeks. Can I just say this, Our God is just crazy amazing!

I think everyone including me has heard of this story as a child at their church’s Sunday school or someone had referred to it some way or the other. And like you I was fascinated by it!

Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever studied this book as deeper nor understood it better until now.
It amazes me how Jonah can experience the fullness of God’s Mercy himself even when his mission was to send the message of Grace to the Ninevites!

Jonah is quite a Character! And so relatable…
He reminds me of me really!
Let’s go on this great journey with Jonah, shall we?

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He Really Does Leave The Ninety-Nine To Find The ONE!

Every time and Again and again . . .
You are the ONE He’s chasing after! 
This piece was originally published on The Daily Seed back in April 2014.
Four years later, I heard the Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury which inspired me to revisit this beautiful reminder and prompted me to share it again.

Lost and Found

Chosen one, I am glad you made it here today. What a privilege to be alive!

I just want to inspire you with these few words today.  I encourage you to read on…


Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-10

Before you read, I want you to open your hands with your palms facing up. Sit for a moment in stillness and ask your heavenly Father to tell you important words that you need to hear today. Tell Him that you are open to His guidance.

Now read the passage.

By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing and when you got home call in your friends and neighbours, saying, ‘celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it – there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over  ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

“Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbours: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it – that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”


In this passage two things – A Sheep and A Coin – are lost and then found. And both are celebrated upon their return.

As you think about the two stories of the lost items, which story hits you the most right now?

Think deeply why that story jumps out at you today. Read it again and put yourself in it.


When have you felt lost? Why did you feel that way?

In both stories, A Shepherd, A Woman – proactively went after the lost item.


How does it feel to know that God Himself is proactively pursuing you for the simple yet profound fact that He loves you deeply?


Notice the element of celebration in these stories.

How does this celebration make you feel? What should you begin to celebrate in your life or in the lives of others?


Today, I celebrate the Love of God in my life. I know I am loved by The One who never gives up on me. He comes looking for me every time I purposely wander off and when I frequently get distracted by the storms of life.

And In the lives of others, I celebrate the joy that fills God’s heart when the lost is found.


Listen for God in these areas:
  1.  What might He be communicating to you regarding your lostness?
  2. Regarding the fact that He desires to find you?
  3.  Regarding how He celebrates your life?

Recognise what God is doing in your life today – in the spectacular and in the mundane – and then celebrate it.

Remember, you are the ONE He’ll leave the ninety-nine for. God will not stop until He finds you. He is crazy about you!

Enjoy the fresh start today. Freedom lies in the love of our Father.

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Freedom: the humble will find mercy

Freedom happens when we humble ourselves.

When we are humble, we rely on and trust in the saving power of Jesus alone to save us not in our own ability.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

While studying John chapter 8, I realised that this chapter speaks volume about the condition of our hearts. So much wisdom and revelation in one chapter!

These are some interesting points I gathered whilst reading…

  • John 8 1-11 described the scene of Jesus teaching the scribes and the Pharisees. Whilst teaching, a woman caught right in the middle of adultery was brought to Him – not to be saved but to be condemned, openly shamed and killed. The woman is undoubtedly guilty of adultery, and according to the Law of Moses she should be punished by death. Instead Jesus did something unexpected. He sets this woman free. However, the revelation I received from this event is this. Although it was never recorded the type of conversation that had happened beforehand between her and the accusers but what I noticed is that this woman never tried to justify her sin when she got to the presence of Jesus but instead she humbled herself. I hear you say, well she had no choice but to humble herself as she was in a vulnerable situation. Yes, that’s correct! I can think of many vulnerable situations that I clearly needed help that pride stopped me from obtaining! What I believed happened here is this -she encountered something amazing that day, which is greater than anything she has ever known. She met with LOVE in flesh.  She met face to face with LOVE Himself and and all she could do was surrender.  I’m guessing from this woman’s story, this is someone that has been trying to fill a hole in her heart by sleeping with men, searching for a real love but all in the wrong places. So, when she finally met with the LOVE she has been searching for all her life face to face, Jesus, a stranger who showed her what true love and kindness is. She bowed in humility and surrender. This is how her story changed forever.

The love of Jesus humbles us to surrender


  • The other part of the story. People will condemn you and leave you worse off than they found you but Jesus said “I won’t condemn you. Go and sin no more” John 8:11. This is what freedom looks like when we admit to our sins and repent. “And therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1

Freedom has no condemnation only Victory!


  • John 8:12-30 Upon all the teachings and actions of Jesus in the previous verses. He continues to implore the Pharisees to believe and turn back from their wicked ways. It was clear they were not ready to let go of what they know or have been taught. They believed in God but not in Jesus. They believed in the law of Moses but not in the saving grace of Jesus. And just like us today, we choose what is convenient to believe in and when it suites us to follow Him. There is no shame in admitting we struggle. Jesus made that clear in the previous verses, He is made perfect in our weakness. Remember, “the Proud will never see God”. Freedom happens when we truly let go. If you want to be free, Let GO!

I can’t, Jesus can, Let Him.


  • John 8: 31-59 Finally, after Jesus had demonstrated and taught them what True Freedom is they preferred to remain as slaves by hiding and “defending and justifying” their sins. Even though they know the Word of God, they fail to comprehend the key message in this chapter which is ‘JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND LIFE’. Similarly, a large number of us”Christians” are like these Pharisees, “the educated people of their day, cautious, law-abiding”. Too often we rely on our own wisdom and ability to be perfect. We believe we know what is right for our lives. Just like the Pharisees, we justify our actions because we think we know “the law” and our interpretation of the law is “right”. We pick ‘n’ choose what to and not to believe. Self-reliant! Proud much? The Pharisees preferred to remain captives bound in the chains of “law” as to admitting that they’ve been wrong all along and be set free. What a pity! Imagine, to stand in the presence of Jesus, the Saviour, the Son God and God Himself in flesh and still be living in bondage? Listen, majority of us Christians are still living in bondage today and yet we claim Jesus is our Saviour?! Jesus can only make His home where He is allowed! It is when we give Him full access to all areas of our lives can we then receive complete freedom. So, if you want to be free stop boxing Jesus out, stop thinking that only you can deliver yourself. That’s pride!

“Is He Lord in every aspect of your life?”


Let us think back to when we’ve tried to do things by our own strength. How we failed woefully and yet we refuse to admit we are struggling. We continue to hide under the illusion of freedom.

Get rid of pride and receive true freedom today!

“You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.”

Proverbs ‭28:13‬ ‬‬

‘So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. ‘

John 8:36 

 

FREEDOM 2018

My Word for 2018 is 

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A word can be a meditation, a reminder, a promise of what God has in store for us.

In the 4 years I’ve been choosing a word for the year, my life has certainly changed for the better.

Previous words were FOCUS, ABIDE, JESUS. I have truly understood that God gave me these words for a reason indeed. For example, in 2017 JESUS was the only one that could have saved me from the depression I went through towards the end of the year.  I can truly testify that I experienced the true love of God through His only begotten Son – JESUS who pulled me out of the darkness of depression. JESUS took my mistakes, worries and anxieties and replaced them with Love, Hope, Peace, Joy etc. There is power in the name of JESUS.

Another example,  in 2016 ABIDE was the word that truly changed the course of that year, perhaps my life. I experienced a move of God in all areas of my life. A lot of people said that year was the hardest year but I experienced the opposite. I received answers to prayers, MASSIVE turnaround in my story, my shame was turned to glory. Throughout that year I learnt that when you truly seek God and abide in Him there will be an answer to all prayers, and all godly desires will be met. John 15:7 NKJV

I encourage you to find your word for this year if you haven’t already. It will not only help you spiritually but in all areas of your life.

Back in December while I was asking God for a word for 2018, the Holy Spirit said Freedom. At first, I was reluctant and replied “but I am Free already!”. So, I dug deeper  through the scriptures and prayed. He reassured me.

John 8:36 reads, So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Galatians 5:1 reads, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I can only see parts of the picture right now, but I know He will reveal the full picture of His heart and intentions for me this year.

My prayer for you today is that you too will experience the FREEDOM of Christ in all areas of your life this year. May you be free to worship Him, live up to your full potential. May you be delivered from every cycles of sin, mistake, shame, worry, unforgiveness, financial struggle, generational /family curse, depression, sickness, anxiety and stronghold in Jesus name, Amen.

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

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