Saturday, February 26, 2011

EXTRAORDINARY MERCY Sunday 27 February

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “For he shall have judgement without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgement.” (James 2:13)

READ: James 2:12-13

In 1 Samuel 1:12-17, after Hannah received an unusual approval from a backslidden priest. Immediately, she stopped praying and fasting; she brightened up, was joyful and became expectant. There are times when you touch Heaven by your persistent intercession. There are days when your acts and seeds provoke a response from Heaven. At such times, prayer and fasting no longer be necessary. May you connect with your day of favour in Jesus name.

Another sign of your day of favour is that you can enjoy unusual mercy. It is a terrible thing to come under God’s judgement. God hates unbelief and doubt with a passion; hence, Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without believing in Him. When God was about to reverse the famine in Samaria in 2 Kings 7:1-20, he spoke through Elisha that there would be a drastic change in 24hours. The Minister of Economic Planning cum adviser to the king doubted the prophecy and that led to his death. When Sarah equally doubted the fulfilment of God’s word on the promised child, God handled it differently. Her case should have been worse because she laughed God to scorn. Nevertheless, she got away with it because her day of favour had come, instead of judgement, she was preserved to witness and enjoy God’s promise. This is extravagant mercy!

“For he shall have judgement without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgement” (James 2:13). One reason the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land was because of unbelief. Unbelief can hinder one from entering one’s promised Land. What hindered millions of Jews in the wilderness could have hindered Sarah, yet she entered her Promised Land. It is like the case of ten people committing a crime, but nine are killed, one is spared. This happens because mercy could rejoice over judgement. If you are doing things that can bring God’s judgement upon you, but that judgement is stayed, know that you are most probably benefiting from God’s unusual mercy. However, this must not be taken for granted. It is not a license to continue in sin but a leeway to repent and amend. Are you taking God’s mercy for granted?

PRAYER POINT
Ask God’s mercy to prevail over judgement concerning every area you and your family have offended God.

Bible in One year: 1 Kgs. 12-15