Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mercy said NO

Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more." John 8:10-11

I will never forget the night the Lord opened my eyes to who and what I really was and how is Love and Mercy set me free; it was while I was listening to this song, “Mercy Said No” by Cece Winans. But I mean I really listened to the lyrics and it all came together “God’s MERCY was over my life,” as I fully engulfed myself to the understanding of how merciful My God is, it brought me to my knees as the flood of grateful tears pour down uncontrollable. I felt in my spirit the immense love that God has for me. I saw the weaker side of me and how life was without him.  

As I continue to hear this song, I saw how sin had control over my life for years and how it felt it had dominion and power over me, as if I belonged to it!! I felt the Lord leading me to feel and understand how his Mercy and Grace followed me all the days of my life, how he was always the wall that stood between me and sin.  And from a distance he always kept a watch over me not allowing sin to over take my soul, but he needed me to understand that my life without him was worthless, that my life would be filled with the emptiness and void that sin offers, a world full of darkness, lies and hate, but the glory of his GRACE penetrated through those walls that kept me in bondage, but sin demanded justice for my soul, but as the lyrics says: “Mercy said No!”  I’m Not going to let you “{Maribel} go; I’m not going to let you {Maribel} slip away – Sin will never take control” So Life and death stood face to face and from the cross he built the bridge to set me Free!  In His wonderful mercy and amazing grace He poured out His unspeakable gift of a new life” 

He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, "Remove the filthy garments from her." Again, he said to her, "See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes." Zechariah 3:4

What a moment to remember! How could I ever forget the moment that the precious blood of Jesus Christ washed me clean and pure? How could I ever forget the moment that all my sins were forgiven and forgotten? How could I ever forget the moment God gave me His peace, the “peace that surpasses all understanding”? How could I ever forget the joy of the new life in Jesus Christ! Thank you Jesus!!  Also, this song lead me to write “The Doors to my Purpose” which one day I will post it in my blog.

Behold, I am making all things new. Revelation 21:5

I tell you from my very heart and soul that I am forever thankful for that precious moment when God spoke to my heart and saved my soul! He has given many, many more things in my life for which I continually give Him thanks. I could easily make a list that would fill a book. But if it had not been for that one precious moment, I would never have known what it is to be truly, eternally thankful.

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 

Loving Father, you have sacrificed so much for me and you have given so much to me. I do not have enough words to express my thanks, my appreciation, and most importantly, my love for you. But please receive my words knowing the commitment and passion of my heart when I say, "Dear God, I love you and as {Psalm 63:3} says:  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  In Jesus' name I praise and thank you. Amen.

Cece Winans- Mercy Said No

Written by Maribel Castillo 
June 26, 2013 


  1. Thank you for this lovely reminder. That is a wonderful song. Blessings to you always! :)

  2. Love the Testimony on Mercy! XOXO - Frances Zambardino