April 11, 2023

GREAT MERCIES - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Today the special word for you is taken from the book of Isaiah 54:7, “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. ”

From the above verse the Lord is saying that for a mere moment He had forsaken you, but with great mercies He will gather you unto Himself. What a great God we have. Sometimes our deeds may not be pleasing before God. Our bad behaviour, our ruthless behaviour in committing sinful deeds, our deliberate sin in treating someone unfairly or our wrong way of speaking hurts God. By seeing all these bad qualities in us God becomes vexed over us. So all this causes God to close His eyes from looking at you. This is a dangerous period of time for God to refuse seeing us. If the Lord takes away His gaze from us then we would be in distress. So we need to please God always. That day with much expectation God appointed Saul as the King of Israel. He was just an ordinary man. But God through Prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the King. Later the deeds of Saul irritated the Lord. He became disgusted with Saul. God told Samuel that it displeased the Lord to have made Saul as the King of Israel. The moment God was displeased with the wrong attitude of Saul, the good spirit departed from him and an evil spirit came into Saul and distorted his life. His kingship was taken away from him.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today the Lord is looking at you and saying, For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you.’’ Though God had taken away his view from King Saul, the Lord was not very happy about it but rather it caused distress in his heart. God regretted for punishing Saul for the mistake that he had made. That is why before anointing David as the next King He assured David that He would not take away His grace from him in future, as he dealt with Saul. Dear Children of God that is why God is saying that for a moment He had forsaken you but with great mercies He will gather you. Our God is one who shows mercies to those who are merciful and He shows mercy for a thousand generation. It may be your wrong deeds, your sinful life, and your bad speech and behaviour would have caused displeasure to God. Your bad behaviour has irritated him in such a manner that he had to forsake you for a moment. That is why He says, “I have hidden My face from you for a moment, But because of His love for you and due to His mercy, He promises to gather you again.” And because God had closed his eyes from you for a moment you had to suffer many unpleasant things in your life. You had been surrounded with many dangerous and cruel happenings in your life which you never ever expected. And they have buried you deeply that you are unable to come out of your struggles. Yet the Lord says that he has taken pity on you and I wish to give you another opportunity for you my daughter, my son, and with great mercies I will gather you. So always be cautious never to make God vexed about you.

By all this God is saying that God is giving you back the presence of God, had been taken away from you. God is going to give back to you the lost relationship and embrace you with His loving arms. Therefore the Lord is telling you, to hold on to him and follow His precepts that will safeguard you and preserve you from all danger and harm. Don’t keep anyone as your role model, but Jesus Christ as your role model. You can do your ministry with Jesus as your role model. You can run your family with Jesus as your role model, and also do your business or carry on with your job with Jesus as your role model. Then He will be pleased with you and you shall be successful in your career, in your business and in your ministry. God out of His mercy has pardoned all your sins, and has drawn you close to Him. He has shown His abundant mercy to you. But God out of His mercy has gathered you to Himself, and out of sympathy He is going to do many miracles for you. Be thankful to God for His merciful kindness to you.

Prayer: Lord we thank You. Lord I bless all the children who are reading this message in the name of Jesus. Lord in case the children have hurt You and You have become vexed with them , I pray on behalf of them and ask you to forgive them of their wrong doings. They too are asking you for forgiveness. So hereafter please do not turn your face away from them. Since your face was hidden from them for a moment, they had faced difficulties beyond limit. So do not hide your face from looking at them. They need to walk according to the law of God. Just as the face of the Lord was over the people of Israel from the beginning of the year till the very end let your children live under your direct observation. May the eyes of God be fixed over them. And may it provide the blessing of God for them. In Jesus Name We Pray.

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