“blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.” (matthew 5:3-7)
i’m watching The Call DC 2 with my friend mark today and during the opening lou engle declared that “we don’t need change, we need mercy”. that phrase has really gripped me for a few hours now and i started pondering that statement. it was then that i realized that Jesus said in the sermon of the mount that the first requirement of a true believer is that they understand their spiritual condition without God and mercy; that they are eternally broke without God giving them mercy and that they would mourn and cry out (hunger and thirst) for righteousness because of this fact.
it has been an election year here in america and we have heard about the “need for change” more this year than in any previous election that i’m aware of. there is a massive debate between candidates on how is the better “agent of change” for america, who has the better and newer ideas to turn the nation around.
the problem lies in that we think we can save ourselves. God addressed this issue with me this past week when i was thinking that i should go to certain church members’ houses and give them a “word” of harsh warning of the times and seasons we are entering into. God asked me:
“do you really think you can do more in your flesh than you can do in the place of prayer asking Me to intervene in this situation?”
likewise, we must come to an understanding that there is only one man who can change america…and that man is Jesus Christ. no matter how good our “solution” to fix our problem may be…it will only end in our destruction, like when israel wanted to have a king instead of God. let’s pray that God hears the prayers of His holy church and breaks in to this nation.
we need mercy from the One who can truly bring change.