Recently I had the privilege of working with a couple who taught me the actions of faith This couple opened a new business, invest a million dollars or more in the business spend months in renovating the building themselves in order to get it exactly how they wanted it. Then hired a manager who began a living nightmare for them. This person was not only verbally abusive but mentally as well and within three short months had nearly destroyed the fledgling business but completely demoralizing the entire staff and owners. Yet these owners believed that their walk of faith would overcome the destructive spirit within this person. The result was a continual degrading of their spirit and finally terminated the manager. However even after all they endured at this wicked criminal’s hand they still could only hope for the best for him In all they did they acted worthy of the faith they confessed in the Lord. They walked by faith and operated in compassion, an example to all who come to know them, and an example for us to examine now.
Compassion works best in the heart that is full of praise, you always find those filled with praise are filled with compassion, they are an example of the righteous found in Psalms 112:1-10. Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. No one desires something evil to occur to those who are wicked but when our actions of of faith and we stand in the fear of the Lord doing what is right then we can walk through all the wicked may throw at us into victory. Praising the Lord as we move forward.
Praise ye the Lord, this is a theme that is reoccurring constantly from the writer of Psalms. There is a strong release of the power of God in our lives when we enter into praise. Praise is the key that ushers us into the heavens with the speed of light. The phrase we use “Praise the Lord” comes from one word that we use much but may not be fully acquainted with, that word is Hallelujah meaning “praise Jah” or praise Jehovah. Jehovahs name has great meaning for us, “the God who makes and keeps covenant with us, fulfilling all His promises.” Every time we say hallelujah we are saying “Praise belongs to the God who makes and keeps covenant with me. I cannot fail because I praise the great I Am. Hallelujah is a shout of praise, joy and gratitude. It is bringing into our minds everything that Jehovah God is, all that He declare Himself to be in His sixteen titles. It should bring to our remembrance (making for Him a memorial, a never ending exaltation) all of the benefits that He gives us in our everlasting covenant. Psalms 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The benefits of trusting in the Lord and the covenant he makes with us are without number but just a few are listed here in this verse for us:
Physical healing for your body
Protection from your enemies
Promotion and recognition
Youthfulness and energy
Blessed is the man that fearth the Lord, once again we find that when we walk with God we are not the cursed or the lacking ones. We are the blessed, given power all about us to prosper, another way of viewing the word blessed is to be “supremely happy”. No man could claim this kind of happiness outside of God. No man living in poverty, sickness or in the grasp of the devil could honestly say that he was supremely happy. We must do those things that would cause such great happiness to come upon us. So what are they, look at the next line.
That deligtheth greatly in His commandments, this is always the key to receiving from God. Many seem to believe that it is no longer necessary for us to live or follow after God’s commandments. If you believe you don’t have to go after what God directs, then don’t expect Him to bring the blessings upon you as well. You must make Him your great delight, set aside all other desires and make Him your one and only delight. Study His word, place it in your life as if nothing else matters, for nothing else does. When God becomes your great delight then all else will be centered around Him, one of two events will occur. Either way, what is hanging on to you will fall away or it will be God given and will become deeper and far more excellent.
Notice too that the delight isn’t just an occasional happening but it is a great delight. Something that consumes the major share of your time. God, not your problem should be what consumes your time. He is also the giver of your time.
His seed shall be mighty upon the earth:, Here again we see that the blessing of God covers more than just our personal use, we can believe God for our family as well. Not only for their salvation but a great amount more, such as prosperity. To be mighty is to be powerful, a valiant warrior, a conqueror, this is what God is formulating your children to be as you walk as the blessed.
What is the guarantee that this will really take place. Look at the next line “the generation of the upright shall be blessed. The same blessing that is upon you comes to your children as well. It is a promise that is never changing. Your children do not have to be sifted by Satan, God will bring upon them the same blessings you enjoy, because of your uprightness.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house, not when he gets to heaven but in his house now. There can be no doubt that God wants His children to live in spiritual blessings but it is not just a spiritual thing with Him. It is also a material thing. Why, because the blessed can be trusted with wealth and riches. They will use them for the furtherance of the work of God. They will see to it that those who have a need will be supplied to the full amount. We see later that this is God’s intention for the wealth and riches. Don’t kid yourself God also wants us to live in a better life with plenty having nice things too.
It is time that those who so vehemently withstand this God given doctrine know what the facts are. It is time for all who knowingly deny that God wants to bring healing, prosperity, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit know that they are in danger of not only missing out for themselves but for those whom God has commissioned them to be a blessing to. When God heals, brings prosperity or infills someone with gifts through the outpouring of His Spirit but it said that these are the works of the devil then you are walking line that can never bring the blessing. Matthew 12:22-37, Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 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. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
And his righteousness endures forever. (His right standing with God will endure forever), that should put a lid on the mockers of the faith and prosperity message. It is the blessed who possess the wealth and the riches and they stand righteous before God forever. Isaiah 54:17-55:13. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in darkness, what could this possibly mean? Well the trouble maker is out there to cause problems for all. When trouble comes darkness surrounds the situation. Yet the promise is that there will be light in the darkness. A solution to the problem granted to the upright by God. The solutions that He has given us are the power of the Name of Jesus, the authority of the Blood of Jesus, and the power in the Word of God.
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous, let’s take each of these words one at a time. Gracious, he is accommodating, hospitable and pleasant. He is like His creator that made him, ready to grant undeserved favour. The Hebrew word here is “chanan” it means to bend or stoop with kindness to an inferior or one who possesses less than you. This is of course what God did for us. He bend over, stooped down and showed us the greatest kindness ever, pulling us out from the bondage that Satan had placed upon us. You must never stoop to Satan, but if you will stoop and assist those bound by Satan, Satan will always be stooping to you.
Compassion, this man is not only gracious he is compassionate. His very bowels yearn to do good to others. He cannot abide seeing another hurt without reaching forth to take away that hurt. He will move all his wealth and riches to see to it that the hurt one is experiencing is finished once and for all. Men call this type of a person a philanthropist, because of his benevolent works. Yet most do not take part in this kind of works believing that they should be performed only by the rich. (YOU ARE THE RICH) How do you think they became rich in the first place, and how you think they stay rich? God says that “wealth and riches are in the house of the blessed”. It is time for the church to practice philanthropy and begin to show their compassion on one and other and stoop down and meet the needs of all those who require it.
Righteous, this the law abiding man that makes it into the definition of the blessed. There is no gain had in law breaking. Sure they might for a season seem to prosper, but in the end they will reap for themselves the destruction that they have sown.
A good man, a bountiful, cheerful, fine and kind man, a pleasant, prosperous and well favoured man. That is what God calls this man. That is also what God calls you.
What does he do? He shows favour, the word here for favour is the same Hebrew word chanan. Again the point is made that he is a very gracious man. Holding nothing back, now remember that you were also made in His image. What God wants you to be exactly what God is. Never take for granted that anything that God wants you to do He will not do for you as well.
Now how is that the good man shows this kind of favour? Look at the next two words, he lendeth. Now this seems as a very poor example to us, for when we hear that word lend then we immediately think of getting what is given back. The word however has a much greater meaning than just getting back what we lend. The word comes the Hebrew word “lavah” and it means “to twine, or to join oneself to the problem. What the blessed are to do? They are to entwine themselves around the problem of another so that all that is at our disposal is brought against the circumstance. Psalms 37:20-26 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
This is all well and good but is it what Jesus would do? Let’s look at Matthew 20:29-34 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 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. 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. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Jesus had compassion on these two blind beggars. In one stoop he took them from sick to healed, from beggars to prosperous, from hopeless to full of faith. Now, notice the word “touched” this is the Greek word “haptomai” which means “to attach oneself to”. Jesus did just what the blessed man does. He attached himself to the blind man’s eyes and because of the power that flows through Him no blindness could ever stand or stay.
What is the end of the blessed man, let’s return to Psalms 112,
A) he shall not be moved
B) he has an everlasting remembrance
C) he has no fear when evil circumstances come
D) he has everlasting righteousness
E) he has honour and praise
F) he sees the destruction of his enemy
This then is the blessed compassionate man. Look now at Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. What God wants us to be, He first gives us the example. So follow in that example. As He is so are we to be. 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. We are to be exact copies of Him now, in this world. How is He? Full of compassion.
Scripture tells us that Jesus was moved by compassion, Matthew.9:36, But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Also in Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. So if Jesus was moved by compassion, what is it? Dakes says compassion is “a characteristic of God and Jesus and should be of the believers. It is the drawing and the agitation of the innermost parts at the sight of any distressed or miserable object. It causes revolting action in the innermost being to bring deliverance from such unlawful and inhuman misery and suffering”. In other words compassion is “to experience what another undergoes and have the power to change it forever”.
The Hebrew word for compassion is racham which means “to fondle, to love, to find, have, obtain, show mercy, to have pity.
The Greek words are splagchnizomai this means “to have the bowels yearn” and eleeo which is “to receive compassion by divine grace”. This is what moved Jesus, the very heart of God went out from Him when he saw the people overrun by the enemy.
Let’s look a few examples Matthew 15:32, Jesus moved by compassion feeds 5000 men plus women and children.
Matthew 20:30-34, Jesus has compassion on two blind men.
Mark 1:41, Jesus has compassion on a leper.
Whenever Jesus was confronted by the works of the enemy, compassion flowed from Him and he preformed works from deep within Him to free the person involved.
Now we have said that faith is moved by compassion. Why is this, because they both flow from the same place from the very heart of man. Look at Mark 9:14-27, And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.here once again we find Jesus confronted by one who was possessed by a demon spirit. Certainly it had to be more than just a dumb spirit, it attacked very much like an epileptic. Notice that the father says “If you can do anything have compassion upon us, and help us”. Jesus’ answer shows us that there is a relation between faith and compassion and that two work together. He says “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes”.
Faith and compassion, they are inseparable. The man speaks forth with the truth, he says “Lord I believe help my unbelief”. The word help is the Greek word boetheo which means relieve, in other words the man was saying “Lord I believe, relieve me of my unbelief. Even in unbelief Jesus shows compassion and relieves him and his son.
Some may be saying that they never have experienced this kind of compassion from God. Not so for your salvation is the greatest example of Gods compassion upon you. Deuteronomy 30:1-3 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. Call to mind the things of God and He’ll continue to show you compassion. Walk in compassion and you will the destruction of the enemy wherever it is needful.
Some believe compassion to be just a feeling that makes one feel sorry for the plight they or others are facing. But feeling sorry for yourself or another changes nothing, to must tap into compassions power and do what is right, change the situation to that which will be the best solution for now and forever. When we allow the Holy Spirit to move within us then we have that power.
Remember we said in 1 John 4:17 that as Jesus is so are we in this world, so in order to be moved by and be moved with compassion, we must reflect Jesus in our life, so what are we in Christ, take a look.
Romans 3:24 Redemption is in Christ.
Romans 8:1 There is no condemnation in Christ.
Romans 8:2 The law of the Spirit of life is in Christ.
Romans 12:5 We are one body with Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:30 Christ is wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification to all that are in Him.
1 Corinthians All hope is in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:22 All are made alive in Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:21 The anointing and establishment of the anointing of God is found in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 The ability to become totally new is in Christ.
Galatians 2:4 There is liberty in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 All spiritual blessing are in Christ.
Ephesians 2:13 You are brought near to God because of the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 3:16 You partake in the promises of Christ through His gospel.
Colossians 1:28 Perfection is obtained in Christ.
Who we are is settled forever, now go and walk as Jesus did.