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Mercy Has No Memory

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Mercy Has No Memory

 

The two young women walked happily down the busy sidewalk carrying several shopping bags. They took great pains looking into every store window, expecting to find another bargain.

They had been best friends since they were little girls. They chatted and laughed as they walked, the conversation was light-hearted. That’s when they saw her! They both recognized her immediately and hurried to greet her.

The woman they saw was standing on the corner carefully watching everyone scurrying by. She was a lovely mature woman who smiled sweetly at everyone who acknowledged her, waving back to those who had waved at her in recognition.

Almost stammering, the first young woman nearly ran up to her, put her bags down on the sidewalk preparing for a hug from the older woman. Her hug was returned with great warmth.

Smiling and with tear filled eyes, the younger woman said, “Oh, I want to thank you Mercy, for all you have done for me and for giving me another chance. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for you!

The woman she called, Mercy, smiled back with a blank smile. She showed no sign of remembering what the girl was talking about.

“Don’t you know who I am, Mercy?” She asked desperately.

Mercy responded with a tighter hug. “Certainly I do darling. I know who you are indeed but I am sorry, I just don’t recall the things you are thanking me for.”

The young woman was shaken by Mercy’s response. She turned to her young friend with wide eyes, hoping for an answer. The friend came closer, put her arm around her for comfort while she smiled graciously at Mercy.

Leaning close to her friend’s ear she said softly, “The reason she didn’t respond like you wanted her too is because Mercy has no memory!” She remembers you, but not what you did.

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Heb. 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb. 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 29, 2016 at 12:12 am

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The High Cost Of Mercy

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The High Cost Of Mercy

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

  • Extending mercy to others will not be cheap.
  • Not extending mercy to others will even cost more.

Mercy is one of the most expensive commodities in the world. A monetary value cannot be placed upon it. And yet, neither can the rewards of being merciful be measured.

 

Calvary Was About Our Mercy And Forgiveness.

 

Jesus Paid For Us To Have Mercy With The Silver Of His Tears And The Gold Of His Blood.

  • He paid the ultimate price. His life.
  • Visibly, all we have to give are our words, and our hand.

 

It Is Expensive To Forgive

  • It costs some their pride.
  • It costs some their insistence on being right.
  • It costs some their superiority feeling.
  • It costs some the sympathy that goes with being the injured party.
  • It may even cost all of your emotion and tears.

 

Mercy Is Not Cheap

  • Some are too hard-hearted to be merciful.
  • Some are too proud to say, “I forgive you.”
  • Some choose to hold a grudge like it is money in their emotional bank account.
  • Some refuse to pay the price for peace and harmony.
  • Some cannot see the bigger picture; they only see their hurt.

 

How Much Would Showing Mercy Cost You?

How Much Would Not Showing Mercy Cost You?

 

Being Merciful Doesn’t Make The Other Person Right.

  • Being merciful doesn’t justify their wrong.
  • Being merciful doesn’t save them.
  • Being merciful doesn’t mean they deserve mercy.
  • Being merciful not only brings peace, but God’s mercy and forgiveness into your life.
  • You cannot afford to withhold merciful.
  • You will curse your own soul.
  • You cannot afford to not pay the price mercy demands.

 

In The Old Testament, Mercy Demanded A Sacrifice. It Still Does!

  • Mercy required a lamb.
  • Mercy required a bullock.
  • Mercy required a heifer.
  • Mercy required a turtle dove.

 

Back Then… The Cost Of Gods Mercy Was An Animal Sacrifice.

Today The Cost Of God’s Mercy Is You Sacrificing Yourself In Repentance.

  • Today, you are the sacrifice.
  • Today, your pride is the sacrifice.
  • Today, your will is the sacrifice.

 

The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Matthew 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

(Evidently God can take back the forgiveness He once gave you, if you are unforgiving to others.)

 

Showing Mercy Is A Sign Of Strength, Not Weakness.

  • It takes strength to say:
  • “I forgive you.”
  • “Let’s put this behind us and go on.”
  • “Let’s start all over.”
  • “I love you.”

 

Extending Forgiveness Is An Act So Important That Heaven Keeps Track.

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

The last thing any of us want or need is for God to refuse to show us mercy. There is a direct connection between the mercy we show and God showing us mercy.

 

God Removes His Forgiveness From Your Life, When You Do Not Forgive.

  • The price of mercy is always high.
  • The price of not showing mercy is so much higher.

 

What Is Gained By Being Merciful?

  • Favor with God.
  • Favor with man.
  • Peace
  • God’s blessing.
  • God’s mercy.
  • Forgiveness is God’s greatest blessing. Don’t throw it away.

 

What Is Lost When Mercy Is Not Shown?

  • Your personal forgiveness from God.
  • Your home in heaven.
  • Showing mercy to others is so important to God that your whole eternity is affected by your lack of forgiveness.
  • I find no Bible to support the belief that one can be saved and be unforgiving as well.
  • The extremely high cost of unforgiveness is prohibitive.

 

Showing Mercy

  • Showing mercy puts marriages back together.
  • Showing mercy puts families back together.
  • Showing mercy brings churches a much-needed healing and revival.
  • Showing mercy restores damaged relationships.
  • Showing mercy displays Christ’s Spirit in us.

 

Are You Willing To Show Mercy In Spite Of What Has Happened?

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

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Inside Mercy’s House

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A Short Story for Young People

By

Martyn Ballestero Sr.

Edited By

Nila Marxer

© 2014 Martyn Ballestero Sr.

All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission. Contact martyn238@aol.com

 

Dedication

I dedicate this story to my precious Grandchildren.
They all make me proud!

Kalyx Ballestero, Carlton Ballestero, Braden Ballestero,
Huntley Ballestero, Christyana Ballestero, Christian Ballestero, Caison Ballestero, Gentson Ballestero
Jeron Ballestero, Chloe Ballestero, Zion Ballestero
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“Shame stood there quietly in woods while the afternoon sun lazily highlighted his disheveled hair. His head hung down from sheer exhaustion. He didn’t feel like he could run another step. The birds had stopped singing momentarily to watch this unwelcome intruder as he looked for a place to sit down out of view of the path.”

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October 24, 2014 at 2:34 am

“Is There Any Hope For Me?”

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“Is There Any Hope For Me?

“I don’t think God can forgive me! You don’t know what I’ve done and I am too ashamed to say anything to anyone. You may not even want me to come back to your church, and I wouldn’t blame you. I’ve made a mess of my life, but I really want to be saved.”

The old pastor sat looking at the tear filled eyes of the desperate man in his office. He had no idea what sins had been committed, and really didn’t want to know every detail unless he really had too.

Knowing that thoughts of hopelessness may drive some people to do drastic things, he turned slightly and reached for the Bible on the edge of his desk. The gentle sound of pages turning in the Bible became punctuated with several sniffles and then a loud nose blowing.

“I want to read to you a very old Scripture, son.”

The preacher ran his finger down the right side of the page until it came to rest on what he was looking for, and then he began to read the verse in a gentle and calming tone.

“Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”

All manner of sin shall be forgiven unto men, and all is a very large number.

The preacher leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes while he lifted his face a bit toward the ceiling.

“ Now, I haven’t asked what you have done, but I can tell that your conscience is severely tormented. Let me do something unusual and start listing some sins that God will forgive. He will forgive them, because His Word said, ‘all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven’ so that should cover things like:

“Lying

“Cheating

“Stealing

“Shoplifting

“Robbery

“Theft

“Blackmail

“Extortion

“Embezzlement

“Bribery

“Fraud

“Murder

“Abortion

“Drinking

“Smoking

“Drug Use

“Drug Trafficking

“Kidnapping

“Car Jacking

“Pornography

“Adultery

“Fornication

“Perversion

“Immorality

“Prostitution

“Lusts

“Abuse

“Hatred

“Wrath

“Assault

“Battery

“Envy

“Jealousy

“Back biting

“Gossip

“Tale bearing

“Rebellion

“Love of the World

“False Doctrine

“Disobedience To God

“Disobedience To Man

“Women cutting their hair

“Women wear slacks

“Men letting theirs grow long

“Robbing God

“Not paying your tithes

“Backsliding

“And the list goes on…

“These are only some of the sins He forgives. All you have to do is repent and really mean it.”

The old preacher opened his eyes and smiled kindly at the distraught form in front of him.

“The good news for you is, yes there is hope for you. Yes, Jesus will forgive you, and yes He still loves you and yes, so do I.

“Let me quote 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

“Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

“In the name of the Lord Jesus… Means baptism in Jesus Name.

“By the Spirit o our God… is the Holy Ghost.

“There is forgiveness for everyone if they will repent. You’ve already obeyed Acts 2:38. You’ve already been baptized in Jesus name and you’ve been filled with the Holy Ghost. So, all you need to do to get right with God now, is repent. Confess and forsake your sins.

“Repentance is the first step. It’s the key that gets your life turned around and your sins forgiven. He knows you’ve done wrong. But He is not willing that anyone should perish or go to Hell. Not even you. He’s waiting for you to repent right now.

“If you would like, we can pray right now. Would you like for me to pray with you?”

The pastor stood up and walked toward the weeping man. They both knelt and began to pray in earnest.

That’s when Mercy walked into the room…

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Mercy Healings

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Mercy Healings

Just the title alone sounds unfamiliar and out-of-place. Mercy Healings. We tend to associate mercy with forgiveness and repentance. We directly connect mercy with salvation, and rightly so. However, mercy is also connected with our healing.

Thank God, that in His mercy He has granted us the privilege of repentance! Thank Him too, that His mercy for is also for our healing! The stripes on His back are our reminders that He included our healing in His mercy.

 

 

Remember The Story Of The Desperate Mother?

healing-the-womanMt 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

Mt 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Mt 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mt 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Mt 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Mt 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Mt 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

  • She Asked For Healing Mercy, And Received It.

 

 

Remember The Story Of The Desperate Father?

Mt 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

Mt 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

  • He Asked For Healing Mercy, And Received It.

 

 

Remember The Story Of The Two Blind Men?

Mt 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Mt 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Mt 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

Mt 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

Mt 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

  • They Asked For Healing Mercy, And Received It.

 

 

Remember The Story Of Blind Bartimaeus?

jesus_healing_blindMk 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

Mk 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Mk 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Mk 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

Mk 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

Mk 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

Mk 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

  • He Asked For Healing Mercy, And Received It.

 

 

Mercy for healing was always given to those who came asking for mercy. On the other hand, there are examples of the Lord’s mercy coming to those who could not come to Him.

 

 

Remember The Story Of The Lame Man At The Pool of Bethesda?

(Did you know that the word Bethesda means Mercy’s House?)

 Jesus-at-the-pool-of-Bethesda-001John 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

John 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

John 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

 

 

Do Not Despair In Your Sickness And Pain.

Cry Out For Mercy, His Healing Mercy! Jesus Still Heals!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

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“I Used To Go To Sunday School There!”

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“I Used To Go To Sunday School There!”

It was cold! The outside temperature in South Bend, Indiana showed three degrees above zero. The snow was falling in big gentle flakes. There was already about eight inches of new and unplowed snow on the street.

It was after two o’clock in the morning as I walked to my van from Bro. Victor Simon’s house. His wife, Sis. Helen Simon had called after midnight and said that her husband was in severe pain with a kidney stone. He wanted me to come and pray for him, and so I did.

The Simons were not just members of the church; they were pillars in the church as well. In their senior years, they were still very active. It pained us all to watch Bro. Simon suffer with this horrible condition.

I unlocked my custom-sized van as I came out of their house and stepped up onto the running board kicking the snow off of my shoes before getting in. The wiper blades removed the snow enough for me to see, as the engine started. I was only ten blocks or so from home, so the heater wouldn’t be of much help tonight.

There were no tire tracks in the new snow, so no one had been down this road in a long while. I pulled up to the first intersection, which was only about a half block away, to make a left turn. That’s when I saw a hood-covered man walking under the street light with his head down.

It was miserably cold out. Not windy, just cold. I felt bad though, for anyone having to walk in deep snow. Besides, it was two in the morning and did I mention that it was cold outside?

I swung my van close to the curb, rolled my window down and asked him if he’d like a ride. He nodded and got in.

As I put the van in motion, I asked him where he needed to go, and he said, “just keep driving.”

His response and word choices just sounded wrong. I could tell that things were going to go bad very quickly. I smiled and said nothing. One block later he announced in gruff tones, “I got a knife!”

The knife he brandished threateningly at me had a blade about eight inches long. It looked like a hunting knife at first.

After my initial glance at the knife, I looked back through the front windshield. And, as if nothing had just happened, I started talking.

“I’ve just come from the house of an old man who is member of the church that I pastor. He’s in a lot of pain with kidney stones right now. He wanted me to pray for him because he believes God will heal him. That’s why I’m out here this time of night.” (By now, the hooded man had been in the van for about two blocks.)

“What church do you pastor?” The hood-covered figures asked.

“I pastor Christ Temple Apostolic Church on the corner of Elwood Avenue and Elmer Street.”

He paused a brief moment in thought and then said, “Pull over right here!”

I pulled the van to the curb. His hand was on the door handle as he half turned his hooded face toward me.

He began to speak in an apologetic tone as he put the knife away. “When I was a little boy, I used to attend Sunday School there. That’s a good church, and those are some good people. Keep up the good work.”

With that, the mystery man got out of the van and closed the door. He was unwilling to talk anymore. No doubt condemned by his own attempt to do wrong, and realizing how far from Sunday School truths he had fallen, he slipped into the night.

I drove on through the unplowed snow, thanking God for his mercy, and for every Sunday School Teacher in our Church!

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October 24, 2012 at 12:29 am

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The God Of Seven Chances

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The God Of Seven Chances

Prov. 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:

Everything about God speaks of Mercy. That doesn’t mean he tolerates sin. It sure doesn’t mean He approves of our wrongdoings. Yet His Mercy is everlasting. It NEVER runs out.

Sin still requires judgment. That’s why we must judge ourselves guilty and repent now, so we won’t have to face our sins at The Great Judgment Day.

Nevertheless, even after we have been born again of the Water and the Spirit according to Acts 2:38, our walk with God may not be one that is perfect. Mistakes are sometimes made by the best of folks. Failures may be more common than some could imagine, even in good people.

In Biblical Typology, the number Seven represents perfection and completeness. It speaks of God’s complete provision in His dealings with men. The number Seven appears though out the Bible beginning in Genesis.

  • There were the 7 days of creation
  • Every 7th day was a Sabbath.
  • Every 7th year was a Sabbatical year.
  • After the 7th Sabbatical year was the year of Jubilee.
  • Every 7th month was holy and had 3 feasts.
  • The Passover feast lasted 7 days.
  • The feast of Tabernacles lasted 7 days.
  • The blood of the sin offering was sprinkled before and upon the Mercy Seat seven times on the Day of Atonement.

By the time wise old King Solomon got done observing men’s lives, he plainly declared that even the best of people have problems too.

Prov. 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:

If the just or righteous man would fall seven times, how many times would the unrighteous fall?

No one can even guess how many times the unrighteous man will sin and do wrong. That is not ours to worry about. I willingly leave that in God’s Hands.

If Seven is God’s number of completeness, then God is not limiting your mistakes to seven. He is not saying that a man only gets seven chances (literally) and then he will not be forgiven anymore! That’s not the truth nor is it what the Scripture was trying to convey.

Solomon is telling us that God’s mercy is complete. It’s perfect. And no matter how many times we mess up, there is still hope for us.

Lam. 3:22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Lam. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

If Jesus asked all of us to forgive our brother 70 times 7 in one day, (that’s 490). The Lord will forgive us, even if we ask Him 490 times in one day. All He needs us to do is repent when we fall down and get back up when He forgives us.

That dirty devil will tell you that you have messed up too many times for God to forgive you. The devil will say there is no hope for you. He is still a liar. There is hope. God is in the forgiving business.

His Mercy is waiting for you. You haven’t used up all your chances.

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August 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

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