EXPRESS IMAGE GLORY MINISTRIES
THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 2, No. 29 – Monday, 17th July, 2017
(Psalm 31:16, 123, Matthew 23:23, James 2:12-13)
THE MYSTERY OF MERCY (Part 2)
It happened in Ibadan, the largest city in Africa (with more landscape and population than Cairo (which currently stands as the second largest city in Africa). Ibadan is a city well-seated upon seven hills and located in south-western part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
There it happened at about the 1980s-1990s. This 46 year-old man faithfully spent every weekend with his family at Ibadan. As a banker, the bank with which he was an employee was located in Ile-Ife (another city in southwestern Nigeria).
As a matter of unfailing family commitment, this man left Ile-ife every Thursday at the close of business hours to be with his family until Monday morning. After about 14 years of marriage with the gift of four lovely children, information began to trickle-in to the effect that this man’s wife was living in acute sexual unfaithfulness.
Despite the series of warnings and the reservoir of information at his disposal, this man would not for a time question the confidence he had reposed in his wife.
Friends even confronted him with facts to the effect that his wife was often seen ridden around town on week days in a Peugeot car by a certain man. But not for a time would this man budge.
As seasons rolled past, a tragic-comedy event began to unfold. This 46 year-old man, father of four children came home one Thursday as usual, feeling very sick.
Whilst lying down in his bedchamber almost dead, his wife persuaded him over and over again to perform his intimacy role as her husband. But the illness had so much paralysed him that he could not.
Neither was there an iota for such sexual feeling in him. With painful struggle, he returned on Monday morning back to Ile-ife to resume his official assignment. Unknown to him, that weekend’s illness was purely a fallout of God’s mercy.
Later that same week, the other man often seen with his wife in a Peugeot car suddenly died. On returning home for the weekend, he arrived with pomp and pageantry as usual but his wife was cold, unwelcoming and unenthusiastic about anything.
Later that night, she woke him up from his sleep with great trepidation, sorrow and tears. ‘I have some confession to make’ she said. ‘You came home last weekend feeling so sick; that sickness was a blessing in disguise, otherwise you would have been dead instead’.
‘Dead!’ the husband exclaimed. ‘How do you mean?’ ‘We had a plan for you but God thwarted it’. On further questioning by the husband, the wife said: ‘myself and my man-friend who happens to be the father of our four children agreed to end your life and move on with ours since he is the father of my four children’.
‘We agreed and Magun (an occultic concoction) was administered to my body. Whoever sleeps with a woman infused with magun is bound to die after 3 or 7 days.
Fortunately for you, you refused to sleep with me and so you escaped death’.
It is worth noting however that there is a major problem about magun. If magun is not contacted from the carrier by means of sexual intercourse, after certain number of days, the carrier herself must die.
The woman continued: ‘so, with your escape, I was left with no other choice but to deceive my man-friend that you had contacted magun from me and that I was now free for him to carry his sexual-sleep-spray with me. This was why he died’.
I decree, at that moment when it seems all is over, mercy shall pave a way of escape to glory land, in the name of the Lord Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I decree, the confederacy of the wicked against your life shall be shattered by the power and presence of divine mercy.
Understand dearly beloved that the marked, singular difference between failure and success, between a mega-star personality and the downtrodden and between the hero and the villain, is mercy and the conscious realisation of mercy.
The reason some commit suicide or give-in after waves and waves of oppression and delay is because of the absence of this realisation that problems are by no means the final bus-stop, but mercy is.
What the failure of this realisation produces is the sad business of forgetting to ask for and depend on mercy. Do you know that there are men who are so swift to praying every other kind of prayers; however, they never remember to pray for mercy?
Many inform us that without faith, no miracle can be gained from God. Agreed, faith is one foremost currency expended in the spirit realm in exchange for divine blessings.
Albeit, understand that where faith is not sufficient or doubt is so overwhelming, counting on God’s supreme mercy is a better option.
It is a mystery of man’s spiritual walk with God that God knowing the frailties of man in his walk with Him considers the fact that even faith is trumped by mercy.
Even the fiercest judgement most deserving to the offender bows in absolute submission at the sight of mercy.
It is therefore a spiritual fact that the broadest-best and simplest but truest description of the Almighty is subsumed in this five-letter word called “MERCY”.
Hear what this great Man of God, Charles Spurgeon had to say in relation to the mercy of God. Spurgeon wrote: ‘God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God’.
Therefore, realising and asking for mercy, depending on mercy and yet never failing mercy are sure tasks for which man must not fail if fulfilment of destiny will be assured. Why? The simple answer lies in the mystery that mercy has its nondetachable companions. These are the two companions of TIME AND CHANCE.
BE INFORMED THAT THE SUCCESS WHICH MAN’S BEST EFFORTS AND BRIGHTEST BRAIN WILL ACCOMPLISH IS THE LEAST ON THE GALLERY DISPLAY OF SUCCESSES ACCOMPLISHED BY MERCY, RESPECT FOR TIME AND TAKING CHANCES.
Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour