2 Chronicles 16:9
Kenneth E. Hagin
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. — Psalm 145:8–9.
Our text says, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion. . . .” The phrase, “full of compassion” could also be translated merciful. In other words, many times “mercy” and “compassion” are interchangeable words in the Scriptures. To be merciful means to be full of compassion. God is full of compassion, and “the Bible says He is of great mercy (Ps. 145:8).”
“God’s eyes can see throughout the whole earth! And the Bible says the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
40 And there came a leper to him [Jesus], beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41 And Jesus, MOVED WITH COMPASSION [or mercy], put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”
In Mark 1:41 it says that Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the leper. The word “compassion” could also mean pity or tender mercy. One dictionary definition of “mercy” is a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion. In other words, compassion or mercy was what motivated Jesus to heal that leper and make him clean again.”
“If you’ll read through the Psalms, which was the Israelites’ prayer and songbook, you’ll see how the psalmists constantly wrote about God’s goodness and mercy. They constantly magnified this aspect of God’s nature and character. What happens when you magnify God’s goodness and mercy?
We read in Second Chronicles 5:12-14 that when the Israelites began to praise and thank the Lord, their praises brought a manifestation of God’s glory and power. In verse 13, the Bible says the glory of the Lord filled the temple like a cloud.
2 CHRONICLES 5:13–14
13 . . . then the house WAS FILLED WITH A CLOUD, even the house of the Lord; 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAD FILLED THE HOUSE OF GOD.
Many times in my own meetings I have found that in magnifying God’s mercy,especially His healing mercy, I would see the glory of God just as the Israelites did in these verses. I would see the glory cloud in the back of the auditorium come rolling in like ocean waves.
I particularly remember one meeting I held in Colorado when the glory cloud was evident. I was ministering to the sick by the laying on of hands when suddenly I saw a cloud come rolling into the auditorium. I knew from the Scriptures and from experience that it was the glory of God. So I stopped ministering to the people and stepped back onto the platform.
The people who were in the healing line had their eyes closed so they didn’t see the cloud. When that cloud moved directly over them, I just waved my hand to one side, and everyone in that line fell under the power of God like dominoes going down in a row.
However, the Spirit of God didn’t minister just to those who were in the healing line. The glory of God filled that entire auditorium. After I closed that meeting and came back to Tulsa, I received a letter from a woman who had attended the”
“meeting with her husband. She said her husband had had a severe heart condition, and that heart specialists had told them, medically speaking, he was beyond help. Doctors could do nothing more for this man, and they said he wouldn’t live much longer because of the heart disease.
This woman went on to relate that her husband didn’t want to attend the meeting, but she just kept after him until he finally agreed to attend. They arrived at the meeting late and sat in the balcony of the auditorium.
The woman wrote, “Almost the entire time you were preaching, my husband kept saying out loud, ‘I don’t believe a word of it! There’s nothing to it.’ People sitting around us kept telling him to be quiet, and I just bowed my head and prayed. Then, Brother Hagin, when you started praying for people, my husband kept saying, ‘That’s nothing but hypnotism! He’s just hypnotizing those people.’”
The woman said she just continued to pray quietly for her husband. She wrote, “When you stepped back onto the platform and waved your hand and the people started falling under the power of God, my husband said, ‘It’s going all over me! It’s going all over me!’” She asked him, “What’s going all over you?” He answered, “That power he’s talking about! That anointing! It’s going all over me.” Glory to God, that man was healed by God’s healing mercy!
Someone asked, “Why did that sinner man who was griping and complaining get healed?” The answer is very simple: The Bible says Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6), and this man qualified! Praise God for God’s mercy.
God’s mercy reached out to this man and got through to him.
This man went back to the heart specialist for an examination, and the heart specialist told him, “Somebody up there likes you because you’ve got a brand-new heart!”
The woman who wrote me the letter, said, “My husband is a brand-new man. He’s not only new physically because God healed his heart, but he’s also new spiritually! He’s been born again!”
“You see, you can’t come in contact with the mercy of God without His mercy affecting your life. And, thank God, His mercy reaches every area of our lives. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works!”
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures forever.
If you are getting stuck in receiving – walk around and say, “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever – His mercy is helping me – I’m getting better everyday. Every morning I get new mercy! That mercy is triumphing over the judgments of the devil and sickness!”
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.