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A Fresh New Start

Mercy or Wages- What will the coming year be for you?

Isaiah 60:1-5 // ““1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”

In these verses we find areas in which God desires to breath something new and refreshing into our lives.

This is a promise at all times for all believers

Last week we discussed five areas:

• A closer walk with Him as you experience light for darkness

• Increased favor with others

• Restored relationships

• Breakthrough in your finances

• A new season of Joy & Happiness

But a prophetic word is conditional.

Matthew 10:41 // “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a

prophet’s reward.

If you lay claim to this promise of a fresh new day of God's glory and blessing, you are on your way!

Today we will address one other area that will be critical in you walking into this bright new future.

We find this in God's dealing with Moses when he asked to see God's glory.

Exodus 33:18-19 // 18 And Moses said, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory.”

19 Then God said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim

the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I

will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

To see God's glory, and all the blessings that follow it, you must have a revelation of God's goodness.

When you begin to hear God's promise, the devil is going to try to make you believe that you are not worthy of it.

God will remind you of His gracious nature, in that face of our failures and sin.

You must understand three things:

Mercy, Judgement, and the wages of sin.

We must understand that God is a God of judgement as much as He is a God of Mercy & Love.

Exodus 34:6-7 // “The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means

clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the

children’s children to the third and the fourth generation."

God is a God of judgement as well as mercy.

In this age, God's judgement is withheld and His mercy is freely available to all!

2 Corinthians 5:19 // “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting

people’s sins against them.”

God is not passing out judgement today.

In this age we are left with two things: mercy and wages of sin.

Romans 6:23 // “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in

Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Sin has wages.

But in addition to sin's wages is the wonderful mercy of God.

Exodus 34:6-7 // “The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin...

God extends the opportunity to receive mercy that can nullify the wages of sin.

In the coming year will it be Mercy or Wages in your life?

For you to receive mercy and the free flow of God's glory, you have to desire it more than disobedience.

Until you decide in your heart that you want God's stuff more than disobedience any longer, you can't receive mercy.

When we make the choice to forsake disobedience for all the better things of God' mercy comes flowing down to produce:

  1. Forgiveness
  2. A Fresh New Start

1 John 1:9 // “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins

and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The choice between disobedience and mercy was the choice Jonah had.

Jonah 2:1-9 // “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish’s belly. ... the

floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. Then I said,

‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ ...

“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up

to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own

Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I

have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.”

Jonah had a choice between disobedience and hard times but he did not FORSAKE HIS OWN MERCY.

How do you forsake mercy?

By choosing disobedience.

But Jonah turned his back on His disobedience and found mercy!

To walk in the glory promised for this coming year, you must receive the Word and then forsake disobedience

Hebrews 8:12 // “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no


You must embrace this truth and not let the devil rob you of it.

Psalms 103: 10-12 // 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

The biggest thief of God's glory & goodness is sin consciousness.

2019 will be a year of wages or mercy, it is your choice!