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November 11, 2016

Last night before going to bed, Lisa and I read Matthew 15, and part of it
struck me, and has stayed with me all night, and even now, fills me with
humility over the grace that has been poured out to us who believe.  The
story is about a Canaanite woman, a non-Jew, who cried out to Jesus to save
her daughter, who was tormented by a demon.  Interesting, He did not say a
word to her. His disciples wanted Jesus to send her away, and Jesus would
say to her: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But
she came, knelt before Him, and said, 'Lord, help me!' He answered, 'It
isn't right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.'  'Yes,
Lord,' she said, 'yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their
masters table!' Then Jesus replied to her, 'Woman, your faith is great. Let
it be done for you as you want.'  And from that moment her daughter was
cured." Matthew 15:24-28  She wasn't saying, "I'm just as good as anyone
else, so I deserve this!"  And instead of crying out, 'Racist! You are
calling me a dog!'  She simply understood that He had no obligation to grant
her request, or heal her child.  We live in such an entitled society, that
we cry out anytime someone hurts our feelings, yet, is the answer to get
ruffled feathers, over something that seems like we are being treated
unfairly?  What if everyone took on the attitude of this Canaanite woman,
and realized that we are not worthy of anything this world has to offer.  We
are what we work for, in the secular sense, and we are what we believe in
the spiritual sense.  So many do not believe today, yet want God to make
them whole; want God to give them the desires of their heart, without them
having to humble themselves before Him.  They just feel like they are
entitled to the best of what everyone else has, even if they don't desire to
work for it.  Well, with the Canaanite woman, she was not shying off from
work, and she was not asking for something she felt she deserved, but she
was asking for mercy.  (Have mercy on me) She realized that there was
nothing she could do about her race, her upbringing, or her lot in life, so
she came before the One who she knew could heal her daughter, if He would
desire to do so.  This then becomes an object lesson for His disciples, and
for you and me.  The lesson, is that faith, even for those who seem unworthy
of favor from God, can receive it.  We have to come humbly before the
throne, not defiantly, and to beg for the mercy of God to be graceful to us.
Even now, as I have been a believer all these years, I still find it
humbling to think that, as undeserved as I am, that God loves me, just as
much as He loves the Jews, the Samaritans, the black, white, brown, the
rich, poor, sick, healthy, ignorant, or smart, we all fall short of having
the credentials that God HAS to honor. Rather, we all are red underneath,
and we all are sinners deserving of judgment, but instead through belief in
Jesus, we obtain mercy. So in my prayer, and in the honest state of my
heart, I must humble myself before the Lord, Almighty, and ask for mercy
once again, not because He has taken it away, for He has already supplied
it, but I must ask, for my heart still continues to feel so blessed that
this God, our Lord Jesus, would die for one such as me.  Yet in my heart, I
know that He has, and that He loves me, and I am totally happy to just
receive the crumbs that fall from the master's table.  I will take the place
at the far end of the table and feel content, or wherever I have to sit, for
just being at the table, is such a great honor.  I will be grateful that His
love has supplied me with all that I need for Salvation, and the desire that
I have to serve Him, is not to get special favors from Him, but knowing that
this unworthy heart will be happy just to be in the presence of our Lord.
And that makes me humble like the Canaanite woman.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father.  Your grace is so sufficient! Your love so unbounding! Your
mercy so far spread.  I feel a sense of humility just coming before You.  I
thank You for lessons from a Canaanite woman, that You Father, saw fit to
include in Your word for our benefit.  I pray that You will pour out Your
grace over this nation once again, as we humble ourselves before you for
just the crumbs.  I ask, not for myself, but for those who are becoming
etched in my heart, after daily praying for their deliverance.  Please have
mercy on us, and reveal Yourself to those who need an infusion of grace over
them today. So I lift up once again:  Our nation, for the angry, the hurt,
the lost, the bitter. Please touch them. I pray for Don, Dwight, Jim,
Vanessa, Becky, the Markle family, Travis, Virginia, Eric, Eva, Max, Rita,
Pastor Berkey, Nancy, June, JT, Candace, Meredith, Carolyn, Mike S., Ramona,
Loren, Judy, Ben, the Young family, Robby, Kathy, Terri, Becky, Montella,
Charlie, Kim, Nada, Angie, Isabel, Terry and his dad, Tim and his mom,
Shelly and her mom, Richard and his dad, Pam and her son, Kelly and her son,
Julissa and her friend, Ellen's friend, Kristena, Abby, Malachi, Corbin,
Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Ada, JV, BJ, Ida,
Betty, Briggs church, Jackie Ann, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Alan, Fisher,
Tuly, Betsy, Michelle, Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea,
Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Joyce, Betty, Gus, Lisa, Alice,
David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Marliana, Cynthia, Betty, Johnny, Annette,
Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam,
Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred, Dotty, James, Scott, April, Craig, Hunter,
Betty, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Abe, Trent, Garret,
Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jade, Bob, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah,
Japheth, Matt, Liz, Mike, Megan, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Laura, Carmello,
Kaitlyn, Tim, Michelle.  I pray for my family and me, as we seek Your will
this day, and for all these I ask for mercy in Jesus name.

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