Open Heaven 26 May 2023 – The Gate of Mercy
MEMORISE: All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10
BIBLE READING: ROMANS 9:15
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
It is true that we wrestle with many external enemies described as principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in highThe gate of mercy is very wide and this is inspired by God’s immeasurable love for us. Psalm 108:4 says: For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.places (Ephesians 6:12). Many people however, fight against themselves thereby constituting an internal enemy to themselves.
The gate of mercy is so wide that it can take everybody in the world John 3:16); however, this gate of mercy can be shut suddenly, in a way that no one can explain. The gate of mercy can snap shut within the twinkling of an eye. Proverbs 29:1 says, “He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy”.
Many a time when the gate makes an attempt to snap shut, God’s love will push it open again, but a time would come when it will snap shut and nothing can open it again.
Some years ago, a woman was very sick and the doctors said there was nothing more they could do for her so her relatives brought her to me for prayers. As I laid my hand on her, I felt the anointing like hot oil flow through my hand, but as it got to her head, it returned immediately. I asked God why and He said, “I have had mercy and warned her several times, but she wouldn’t listen. It is now my turn to refuse to heal her”.
I ran to the altar and cried to God, saying, “Please Lord, You said You don’t want the destruction of a sinner and Your mercy endures forever; please have mercy!” I ran back to her and placed my hand on head again but the same thing happened. I ran back to the altar, pleading for God to have mercy on her, but by the time I went three times and returned to lay hands on her again, she was dead.
Remember the story of the fruitless tree in Luke 13:6-9? God said, “For three years I have examined this tree and done everything I could for it, yet it bore no fruit; I will cut it down”. Mercy said, “Give it another chance, another year, to see what happens; if it still doesn’t bring forth fruit, You can then cut it”.
You don’t know when your last chance will be. You don’t know if the last time you sinned was your last chance before the gate of mercy shuts against you. Surrender completely to Jesus Christ now before it is too late.
REFLECTION: The gate of mercy can be shut at any time. Start living holy now so that it doesn’t shut you out of the mercy of God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ESTHER 6-10
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – The Gate of Mercy – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 26 May 2023