Health Food – October 21

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God’s Mercy

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. — PSALM 86:15

In F. F. Bosworth’s book Christ the Healer, he brings out the following point:

“The psalmist David understood healing to be a universal privilege. In Psalm 86:5, he said, ‘For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.’

In his book, Bosworth has a chapter called “The Lord’s Compassion” that goes into detail about this and brings out this point: “Throughout the Scriptures, when the sick came for healing, they asked for mercy. You see, God’s mercy covers man physically as well as spiritually.”

Again and again, we read in the four Gospels that Jesus had compassion on the sick (see Matthew 9:36; 14:14; Mark 6:34; and Luke 7:13). The same Greek word for “compassion” is also translated “mercy.”

Blind Bartimaeus, who sat by the wayside begging and crying, said, “Jesus of Nazareth, have mercy on me.” And Jesus stopped and asked him what he wanted. He said, “That I might receive my sight.” Jesus had mercy on him and healed him. (See Mark chapter 10.)

When you read through the four Gospels, every time it says, “Jesus had compassion,” it means He had mercy. Therefore, Jesus, according to the Old Testament promise, showed that He was plenteous in mercy by healing not some, but all who came to Him!

Confession: God is good, ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy. He is compassionate and gracious to me, healing all my sicknesses and diseases.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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