The Mercy Seat

WHAT IS THE MERCY SEAT?
 
(CARMEN'S STORY )422010. 
 
I SEE THE MERCY SEAT AS DADDY GOD'S BIG ROCKING CHAIR. 
 
GOD IS THE ONLY REAL FATHER I EVER REALLY KNEW.  I HAVE KNOWN HIM AND HIS LOVE AND LOVED HIM EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SO MUCH SO, THAT I WANTED TO BE A NUN AND SPEND  MY LIFE IN PERSONAL SERVICE TO HIM.  AS A TEENAGER, I ADDED THE DESIRE TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST TO THAT VOCATION.  AS A YOUNG CATHOLIC GIRL, THAT IS HOW I INTERPRETED GOD'S CALL ON MY LIFE.  LATER ON, HIS CALL DEVELOPED INTO A FULL TIME MINISTRY OF DELIVERANCE,  PRAYER COUNSELING, PREACHING AND TEACHING. MY LIFE EXPERIENCES HAVE PROVIDED A UNIQUE  FOUNDATION OF UNDERSTANDING IN MANY AREAS OF SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALING, AND HAS CAUSED ME TO BE A "ROOT SPECIALIST".
 
TO SEE ME TODAY, ONE WOULD NEVER KNOW WHAT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH. GOD HAS RESTORED ME, TRANSFORMED ME, TRULY INTO A NEW CREATION JUST THE WAY THE WORD STATES. "OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY AND BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW."   I LIVE A FULL LIFE OF ABUNDANT PEACE AND PROSPERITY THROUGH HIS GRACE~ HIS MERCY SEAT.  I HATE IGNORANCE AND EVEN MORE SO I HATE THE KIND OF IGNORANCE THAT IS ARROGANT.  THE FIRST THING I ASKED THE LORD FOR, AFTER THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WAS HIS WISDOM. 
 
I AM A LOVER, A GIVER AND A FORGIVER. I HOLD NO UNFORGIVENESS TOWARDS ANYONE. GOD HAD MADE ME AN OPTIMISTIC PERSON, BUT MOST OF ALL, I AM A RECKLESS SEEKER OF HIM AND HIS TRUTH AND DAUNTLESS WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING FOR HIM.  I AM SINCERE IN MY SURRENDER TO HIM AND HAVE ABANDONED ALL FOR HIM.  I WANT TO SPEND MY LIFE LOVING HIM.
 
JOHN G. LAKE SAID, "SANCTIFICATION IS THE PROCESS OF WAKING UP" THAT IS SUCH WISDOM AND TRUTH! 
 
GOD HAS LITERALLY TAKEN ME FROM THE PIT TO THE PALACE. 
 
I GREW UP VERY POOR, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IT UNTIL I GREW UP. LITTLE CHILDREN ARE OFTEN OBLIVIOUS TO FINANCIAL AFFAIRS. WE LIVED IN A NEIGHBORHOOD AMONG THE POVERTY STRICKEN AFRO-AMERICANS.  BECAUSE OF THAT, I GREW UP WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PREJUDICE. IN FACT, MY BROTHER (RONALD) WAS AN ENTERTAINER WHO COULD SING LIKE LOU RAWLS AND RONALD SO WANTED TO BE BLACK. HE WOULD ASK MY GRANDMOTHER OVER AND OVER AGAIN, "GRANDMA, ARE YOU SURE WE AREN'T BLACK?" THE BLACKS HAD SOUL AND HE WANTED SOUL.  HE COULD SING WITH SUCH SOUL!  HE REALLY HAD A GIFT.
 
 MY BROTHER AND I ULTIMATELY ENDED UP TAKING VERY DIFFERENT PATHS IN LIFE. HE SPENT HIS LIFE FROM THE AGE OF 13 ON DRUGS, THAT LED HIM DOWN A PATH OF THE NEW AGE.  HE DIED TOO YOUNG. THROUGH THE YEARS I TRIED TO TALK WITH HIM ABOUT THE LORD, BUT HE SO OFTEN WAS UNDER SUCH DELUSIONS BECAUSE OF THE DRUGS THAT IT WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH TO HIM.  HOWEVER, I WAS ABLE TO LEAD HIM IN THE SINNER'S PRAYER.
 
GOD GOT ME OUT OF THE SNAKE PIT.
 
BUT GOD...
 
GOD HAS BEEN SO FAITHFUL TO ME.  HE SOVERIEGNLY RESCUED ME AND BROUGHT ME TRHOUGH THE PROCESS TO RESTORATION.  HE HAS TRULY MADE MY PLACE OF PAIN AND PLACE OF VICTORIOUS REIGNING IN CHRIST. I HAVE SUCH AN INTIMATE, LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, CHRIST.  HE BROUGHT ME THROUGH, BUT NOT WITHOUT MANY BATTLES.  I HAD TO FIGHT MY WAY THROUGH TO THE ABUNDANT LIFE JESUS CHRIST OFFERS.  THAT IS HOW I KNOW WHAT I KNOW. 
 
                        ZIG ZIGGLER SAID, "LOGIC WON'T CHANGE OUR THINKING BUT OUR EXPERIENCES WILL." 
 
EXPERIENCES, I HAVE HAD MANY.   FIGHTING THROUGH TO EXPERIENCE THE TRUTH OF WHAT JESUS SAID I COULD HAVE IN HIM IS HOW I "STUMBLED" INTO DELIVERANCE.  I WANTED NOTHING TO STAND IN THE WAY OF ME AND MY LORD.  
 
IS IT ALL REAL?  IS JESUS REAL?  IS WHAT THE BIBLE STATES TRUE?  I KNOW IT IS BECAUSE I HAVE EXPERIENCED JUST ABOUT EVERY KIND OF PAIN THERE IS.  I HAVE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE AND I KNOW WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT'S TRUE. MY LIFE IS LIVING TESTIMONY TO THE TRUTH AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,  GOD, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND HIS WORD. 
 
THE BIBLE STATES, "MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE."  GOD PARAPHASED IT FOR ME THIS WAY: "WHAT WE DON'T KNOW CAN KILL US!" SATAN ATTACKED ME WHEN I WAS A TEEN.  AT THE TIME IN MY LIFE, WHEN I NEEDED SUPPORT, LOVE, GUIDANCE AND THE WORD, I RECEIVED NONE.  I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO DEVOUR AND PLANT THE WORD OF GOD DEEP DOWN IN YOUR SOUL. HIS WORD GIVES YOU THE STABILITY AND PEACE YOU NEED. 
 
    SATAN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MY STATE OF DEPRIVATION AND STARTED PULLING ON MY CARNAL NATURE. 
 
I CLEARLY REMEMBER AT THE AGE OF 15 THINKING THIS THOUGHT,  
 
                  "JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ALL OF MANKIND, THEREFORE, ALL OF MANKIND IS SAVED." 
 
BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE THE WORD IN ME, THAT SOUNDED LOGICAL.  IT WAS A  THOUGHT THAT SEEMED RIGHT TO ME.  HOWEVER, THE BIBLE STATES, "THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO MAN, BUT THE END THERE OF IS DEATH".   
 
                                              LITTLE DID I REALIZE THEN THAT WAS A NEW AGE THOUGHT. 
 
HOW COULD I HAVE KNOWN THAT? I DIDN'T KNOW THE WORD OR HAVE ANY TEACHING ON FALSE DOCTRINE.  I CONTINUED TO ATTEND CHURCH AS A DEVOUT CATHOLIC. THEN, THE ENEMY CAME IN MY LIFE IN  THE FORM OF A BOYFRIEND.  AS A TEENAGER IN THE SIXTIES, I STAYED PURE. I DIDN'T "TUNE OUT OR TUNE IN OR TURN ON" OR JOIN THE "HIPPIE MOVEMENT." I DIDN'T USE DRUGS BECAUSE I HAD SEEN WHAT IT HAD DONE TO MY BROTHER. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF MY ABUSE,  I ENDED UP IN A VERY CO-DEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS ENCOURAGED BY MY FAMILY. 
 
AT 18, I MARRIED AND THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE IN MY LIFE.  I LATER LEARNED HE MARRIED ME UNDER FALSE PRETENSES.   I MARRIED INTO A FAMILY OF TRUE EVIL.
 
(MAY I SUGGEST THE BOOK BY CHRISTIAN PSYCHIATRIST, SCOTT PECK'S  PEOPLE OF THE LIE )
 
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.  VICTIMS ARE VERY GOOD AT COVERING UP THEIR PAIN.  SOMETIMES THEY ARE EVEN THREANTENED TO THE POINT OF DEATH TO KEEP SILENT.  THAT IS WHY IT IS CALLED "THE SILENT HOLOCAUST"
 
TO BE CONTINUED
 
I would like to invite you to please not gamble with your life and ask Jesus into your heart.
 
The bible states that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
 
Because of sin we need a Savior.  While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:18
 
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, Romans 6:23
 
Whosoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
 
Pray this simple prayer.
 
Dear Jesus,
 
I recognize that I am a sinner and I need you as Savior to save me from myself, and hell.
I want a personal relationship with you.  Please forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and cleanse me now.
I make you Lord of my life.  Amen

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