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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:55am On Dec 08, 2017|
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017
A JUST VERDICT
TEXT: EZEKIEL 18:19-32
"For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye" (Ezekiel 18:32).
It is a common experience in a political setting that when a new government emerges, those on the opposition often face harassments and litigations on accusations of unpatriotic conduct such as fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, mismanagement and lots more while shielding their party loyalists who might have been involved in the same or have even done worse. In other instances, heinous crimes go unredressed because they are hidden from the 'short sight' of human law. This is not so with God.
God is all-seeing and all-knowing. He is the impartial and righteous God who sees not only the actions but also the motives. He is the righteous God Who will by no means spare the unjust or punish the righteous. The erroneous conclusion that children shall be partakers of the punishment of their ancestors' sins was corrected here by God in this passage. It is the soul that sins that will bear the consequences. If the son does not continue in the father's errors and abominations, he cannot be punished for his father's iniquities. Genuine repentance and a righteous life deliver from the second death.
The so-called inter-generational curse or inherited oppression and affliction are cancelled and destroyed at the point of genuine salvation according to this principle of God as found also in other similar passages of the Scriptures. Anyone in Christ is a new creature; old things must pass away and all things become new. In the same vein, children born by righteous parents cannot inherit the righteousness of their parents just as the child of a medical doctor cannot inherit or practice with his father's certificate. To be righteous, you must have a personal encounter with God. And the righteous is enjoined to hold on to the experience till the end to spend eternity with God in heaven.
Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 13-16
Thought for the day: Righteousness is not transferable; obtain yours from God.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:57pm On Dec 09, 2017|
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017
TEXT: 2 KINGS 15:13-26
"And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2 Kings 15:24).
In honour of his parents who were Baptist missionaries to Argentina when he was a child, Steve Green penned the following lyrics in his popular song: "After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone. And our children sift through all we've left behind. May the clues that they discover, and the memories they uncover become the light that leads them to the road we each must find. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe. And may the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful."
Scriptural records reveal that all the kings who reigned over the northern kingdom of Israel were grossly ungodly. They all took after the evil legacy of Jeroboam, their foremost progenitor who was the first king to rule over the ten tribes of northern Israel after the kingdom was divided. In our text today, we have a mention of some of the kings that reigned after Jeroboam and how they "departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2 Kings 15:24). The chain of wickedness is clearly observed: the reigning king is killed and the killer ascends the throne. The people are oppressed, extorted and led into idol worship.
There are still many who belong to Jeroboam's school of thought and subscribe to his legacies. They can kill their rival to gain a political office. The Bible says, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). But the good news is that the Blood of Jesus can make you clean. So, turn away from evil and pass a righteous legacy to the coming generation. Then, you will be counted worthy of reigning with Christ in His coming Kingdom.
Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 17-19
Thought for the day: Every man will be remembered for what he has done.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:46am On Dec 10, 2017|
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017
DO NOT LOSE YOUR HEAD
TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 18:8-13
"When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations" (Deuteronomy 18:9).
There was a story of a successful man who always moved about with a particular box anywhere he went. People wondered endlessly about the contents of the box because he hardly ever opened it in the public glare. But there came a day when he had to unleash the mystery of the box. The only thing in the box was an old picture of his when he was ragged and wretched. Any time the feeling of pride overtook him, he went into a closet to look at the old picture as a constant reminder of his humble beginning.
There was a clear instruction to the children of Israel in our text that "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations" (Deuteronomy 18:9). But no sooner did they get to the Promised Land than they forgot all the instructions and started doing exactly what they were commanded against. An example was Saul, the first king in Israel, who went to inquire from the witch at Endor contrary to God's directive in our text not to consult with familiar spirits or necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:10,11). Many other kings after him soon followed suit, erecting high places for idol worship and leading the people in the wrong direction.
Some who were very fervent and humble when they were nothing become proud at the slightest elevation. They have forgotten that their wealth and comfort here on earth do not equate with heaven's grandeur in any way. Some others patronize Satan in order to keep the position given to them by God. What a pity! These things happen gradually. A little carelessness here and there, and before long, the substance is gone. Hence, the warning not to go after the abominations of those nations (Deuteronomy 18:9). Believers are further encouraged to watch and pray lest they fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41).
Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 20-21
Thought for the day: It is wisdom to always remember the Lord as the Architect of all goodness.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:17pm On Dec 11, 2017|
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
BEHOLD HE COMETH!
TEXT: LUKE 19:28-40
"And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest" (Luke 19:37,38).
It is commonly observed that when two distant mountains are viewed, they immediately seem too close as if to touch each other, but as one gets closer to them, the fact that they are far apart and visibly separated by a huge valley becomes clearer.
Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem had been predicted 500 years before its fulfillment (Zechariah 9:9). And just as His first prophecy was fulfilled with His first coming so will His second coming certainly come true.
Nearly all prophecies concerning our Lord Jesus Christ have been fulfilled. What we read in our text is the fulfillment of Prophet Zechariah's prediction over five centuries earlier. Did many believe? How would they accept their King who would come in such lowliness and humility? By riding into Jerusalem, the holy city, this way, Jesus declared Himself to be the Messiah and Saviour.
Just as there were doubters and disputers then, there are many more today. However, if there is any event that is so certain and beyond all reasonable doubt, it is Christ's second coming. Knowing that time is short, we should be prepared for His return. It will be tragic should the King come and find you unprepared. The wise believer will quit the ranks of doubters and jokers who hold Christ's second coming as a fascinating story. Whether it is believed or not, Christ surely "...cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him…" (Rev 1:7).
Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 22
Thought for the day: He came before; He is coming again.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:37am On Dec 12, 2017|
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
Let Them Grow Together
TEXT: MATTHEW 13:24-43
"But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew 13:29,30).
The desire of every good and efficient classroom teacher is that all his students should excel and earn promotion to the next class. The students that want this desire actualized would normally devote their time to study, resisting all attempts to engage in unprofitable activities. But the dull, playful and those that are not serious would not be bothered. The teacher would allow them to remain in the class till the examination does the inevitable separation.
The enemy had gone to sow tares among the farmer's good crops. Soon both the wheat and the tares sprang up together. Was it not necessary, the disciples wondered aloud, for the tares to be pulled out leaving the edible wheat? But Jesus cautioned otherwise that they should leave them to grow together till harvest time when the reapers would separate them, the wheat to the barn while the tares would be burnt. The kingdom of God is made up of the tares and the wheat. Jesus explains thus: "As therefore the tares are gathered and bound in the fire so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth His angels and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father..." (verses 40-43).
Today, the only claim many people have to Christianity is in their name. Inside the Church of Christ are all sorts of people – the unrepentant harlots, hardened thieves/robbers and adulterers. But the time to separate the false from the real is coming soon, when the King would come in His Majesty to judge the earth. Are you among the tares in the Church? You can change your position today by turning away from sin.
Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 23-24
Thought for the day: You cannot enter heaven with false identity.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:23am On Dec 14, 2017|
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017
A NEW MAN
TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:20-32
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22,24).
The story was told of a man who did not know Christ. He was a petty thief, picking his neighbours' dresses once they were washed and spread on the cloth line to dry. He had stolen a neighbour’s expensive shirt and denied he ever saw it. Soon after, the house was sold and every tenant was asked to leave. Later, he heard the gospel and gave his life to Christ. He went out one day to evangelise with a partner and met his former neighbour. He immediately introduced Christ to the man who gazed intently on the evangelist's shirt. He pointed out this discovery to the evangelist who promptly acknowledged the theft, broke down and wept and asked for forgiveness.
Being born again means becoming a new person. It is a mystery. Old things pass away and all things become new. The new birth experience must affect our entire lifestyle, the totality of our conduct. This must be evident to all around us. The redeemed becomes a new man serving a new Master, Jesus Christ, having parted ways with Satan. He thereafter lives to please Christ and Him alone. When he is offended, he readily forgives 'even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us.’ He cuts off all links that can lead to old sinful habits, develops hatred for those sins which he wantonly committed before, and readily returns items stolen from people or place of work.
The new life in Christ is beautiful, refreshing, fulfilling and incomparable with anything else. "For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver or gold... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18,19). The new life is a treasure greater than silver or gold. Anyone who has not tasted it should repent of sin and be reconciled with God. Everyone thus saved must abide in the experience to ultimately enter into a glorious eternity with God
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 1-3
Thought for the day: Looking for the greatest miracle? Try the new birth.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:03am On Dec 14, 2017|
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
Irresistible Cry of Faith
TEXT: LUKE 18:31-43
"And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me" (Luke 18:39).
"Three boys gave their definition of faith. One said, "Faith is taking hold of God." The second said, "Faith is holding on to God." And the third said, "Faith is not letting go." Each boy was right. "Doubt sees the obstacles, Faith sees the way! Doubt sees the darkest night, Faith sees the day! Doubt dreads to take a step, Faith soars on high! Doubt questions, 'who believes', Faith answers "I believe."
The story of the blind man by the road to Jericho has instructive lessons to teach the believers today. He would not allow his condition of blindness get in the way of his vision or make him yield to inner "shortsightedness." He demonstrated unrelenting FAITH for being: Focused even though sitting by the road side with many passing by him; he was able to single out the Saviour's steps and grabbed the opportunity to get his healing. Attentive: for he was careful to discern the change in the voices around and asked what was going on. Intelligent as he was intuitive enough to raise his voice to the level that would draw the attention of the great Physician. Tenacious as the people's instruction that he should hold his peace could not stop his mouth from crying out the more until he was able to draw the attention of Jesus; Humble to cry to be heard.
The blind man got his desired miracle. He neither refused to accept his predicament as final nor was he satisfied with the life of perpetual begging by the way side. He would not allow the opinion of people around him to stand in the way or be coerced into silence. Though without sight, his inner vision and intelligence made him use his mouth to shout aloud for his miracle. He remained focused to the end, being specific about what he wanted. Do not allow your situation or people around to coerce you into silence, cry out to God when the need arises, and your miracle is sure.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 4-6
Thought for the day: God rewards the diligent seeker.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:46am On Dec 15, 2017|
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017
JUDGEMENT IS CERTAIN
TEXT: JUDGES 2:11-23
"And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and He said, Because that this people hath transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice" (Judges 2:20).
The reason organizations have rules and regulations is for the orderly and decent conduct of their affairs. This is a necessary bedrock on which the successful attainment of the organization's objectives depend. Obedience to such rules and regulations is of paramount importance. Failure to observe the rules attracts disciplinary measure.
The history of the children of Israel, particularly their relationship with the Almighty is one that elicits a feeling of awe and indignation. Today, they are on the mountain top obeying God implicitly; tomorrow, they are down the valley worshiping man-made idols. Yet, God would not utterly abandon them; He would send a prophet to warn them. God's commandment ought to serve as a constant reminder of the benefit of obedience and the inescapable punishment for rebellion.
Baal worship involved cult, prostitution and child sacrifice. The prophets repeatedly condemned Baal worship with its associated sacrifices and warned the Israelites of the anger of God. They were, most times, far too gone to pay any heed. Soon, the nation began to decline "because they forsook the LORD and served Baal and Ashtoreth" (verse 13).
The inevitable eventually happened to them as "the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel." He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy" (Proverbs 29:1). Why not take a cue from the sad and unfortunate example of Israel and avoid courting God's ire and indignation.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 7-8
Thought for the day: To be stubborn and obstinate before God is to court His anger and Judgement.
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Special Invitation From Pastor W.F Kumuyi.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
TEXT: MATTHEW 12:22-37
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men" (Matthew 12:31).
God's nature is such that He is above reproach even by those who hate Him when He reprimands. This is because He does everything in love; even when He punishes, He does so in love, and every punishment by the Lord is preceded by a series of warnings.
Jesus had performed a spectacular miracle which the Pharisees attributed to the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons. Witnesses of this miracle had been amazed and wondered aloud 'is not this the Son of David?' But the religious leaders of the day attributed the spectacular work to demons. Jesus reading their thoughts, reprimanded their stand: "And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?" (verse 26). God of miracles is still working through His ministers, to whom He said: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17,18).
As we evangelize the unconverted, the power to heal and deliver the oppressed is the weapon the believer has against Satan's onslaught. Are you one of those who believe divine healing and miracles ended with the apostolic age? Please, read your Bible again and you will discover the enormous power Christ has bestowed on believers today as we engage in the Great Commission. You will then realize that only Jesus Christ has the power to heal the soul and the body.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 9-11
Thought for the day: Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:52am On Dec 17, 2017|
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
OUR MERCIFUL GOD
TEXT: 2 KINGS 13:1-9
"And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them" (2 Kings 13:4).
An evangelist of repute once yielded to temptation and fell into the sin of immorality. It became a scandal and he was devastated. His ministry was ruined. How was he to pick up the pieces of his broken life? By God's goodness and mercy, he was restored to fellowship and to the ministry, and in gratitude to God, he composed these verses: "For years I traveled a road all wrong, My heart had lost its joy and song; Till grace placed me right where I belong; When mercy rewrote my life. His mercy rewrote my life. I could have fallen and my soul cast down. But mercy rewrote my life. My mistakes that day He turned into miracle, my tears he turned into joy, all past sins were forgiven and a new name was written…"
Now, let us turn to the case of Israel, "And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him... And the LORD gave Israel a Saviour (verses 4,5). Genuine repentance attracts God's free and undeserved mercy. The oppression of Israel moved Him to a decisive action against Syria. The infectious sin of Jeroboam had contaminated successive kings and its multiplier effects resonated throughout all Israel.
God does not want His people to be oppressed. He forgave their sins and showed them mercy not so much for their repentance as for the humble plea of Jehoahaz. Leaders and pastors must always be spiritually alert to stand in the gap for the people, to identify the presence of sin in their lives, and ask God for mercy or forgiveness.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 12-14
Thought for the day: God saves but also judges.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:06pm On Dec 18, 2017|
Mercy Rewrote My Life
Jimmy Swaggart (Jimmy Lee Swaggart)
For years I travelled a road all wrong,
My heart had lost its joy and song;
Till grace placed me right where I belong;
When mercy rewrote my life.
Mercy rewrote my life
Mercy rewrote my life
I could have fallen my soul cast down
But mercy rewrote my life
My mistakes that day He turned into miracle,
My tears He turned into joy,
All past sins were forgiven and a new name was written
When mercy rewrote my life
Mercy rewrote my life
Mercy rewrote my life
I could have fallen my soul cast down
His mercy rewrote my life.
I could have fallen and my soul cast down.
But mercy rewrote my life.
|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:35pm On Dec 18, 2017|
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
CHILDREN OF LIGHT
TEXT: EPHESIANS 5:1-10
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8 ).
A preacher once recounted his experience on the way to work. A co-passenger in a cab was reading a magazine filled with pictures of gorgeous nɑked women in seductive poses. He would comment on each woman's finer features and ask for his response. He was stunned at his depraved disposition.
The question however is, how should you as a Christian respond to such situations at work when the other workers share the latest dirty jokes. Should you say nothing and just walk away?
These are the difficult, real-life situations that Paul the apostle addressed in the text. He was answering the question of how we, as children of light, should relate to a morally dark world. He does not give us specific directions to follow when we face these difficult situations but he gives us comprehensive guiding principles. By understanding these principles, each of us can think through on how to respond when these situations arise, as surely they will. We are admonished to steer clear of moral vices prevalent among the unregenerate: fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, "which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks."
Therefore, all those merely professing Christianity and relationship with Christ but daily live without corresponding evidence of a transformed nature, risk eternal damnation in hell. Some Christians have become so much like the world in their attitude and behaviour that there is no appreciable difference between them in dressing, talking, choice of career, marriage, and so on.
Being children of light implies that we radiate our transformed lives. Just as He created light out of darkness, He has changed us from being darkness itself into light in the Lord and to the world.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 15-17
Thought for the day: The redeemed is a light to the world.
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|Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:17pm On Dec 19, 2017|
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017
GOD IS WATCHING YOU
TEXT: PROVERBS 24:1-20
"If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?" (Proverbs 24:12).
Among the numerous words of admonition the Lord issues out in our text is the unfeigned rebuke for those who neglect the work of soul-winning. If the totality of the Scriptures from the Old Testament through the New is to demonstrate the love God displayed in sending Jesus Christ to die for the sinner, then it goes without saying that soul-winning by saved Christians is dearest to God's heart.
If the condition of the lost was not a grave concern to God, He would not have sent His Son to the world. This is why God's words in verses 11 and 12 bear irrefutable relevance and urgency: "If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?"
Those who have received the grace of God and have been forgiven their sins are warned that they have no excuse not to evangelise. They cannot claim not to know the demand of the Great Commission on all Christians. They cannot claim that they are not aware of the eternal doom awaiting unrepentant sinners. The Bible says God will not accept such excuses. God says, He knows the heart of every man and will judge those who put up needless reasons for not sacrificing time, energy, money, skill and talent to "Go… into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature," and thus deliver them from the wrath to come. No excuse for failing to preach the gospel is acceptable to God (Proverbs 24:10). After all, everyone comes to the knowledge of the gospel and salvation as a result of the Word preached by some other people who obeyed the Lord's commandment.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 18-20
Thought for the day: Excuse making is not tolerable in matters of soul-winning.
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017
STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS
TEXT: PSALM 119:137-144
"Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights" (Psalm 119:143).
Those who would not serve God in difficult or tough times would have much to learn from the Psalmist in our reading today. Those who remember to praise their Creator only when the going is good are still miles away from understanding the dynamics of the Kingdom of God the way the Psalmist did. It is only those who do not falter in the days of trouble that enjoy an even relationship with God.
This is the sum of the Psalmist's experience. It is also the story of the sincere follower of the Lord. The writer of the psalm, guided by the Holy Spirit, first establishes the fact that God is righteous in both what He does and in the laws He issues to instruct man. He asserts the point that God is faithful in His dealings with man. He then proceeds to declare that "Thy word is very pure: therefore, thy servant loveth it" (verse 140).
Once we admit all these sacred truths, it follows that we would serve God and honour Him under any condition. It is the reason the psalmist is "small and despised yet do not I forget thy precepts," even when others have forgotten God's commandments (verse 139). The true believer in Jesus Christ would not abandon God to "follow a multitude to do evil" (Exodus 23:2). He would not succumb to immoral practices or absorb the doctrines of unrighteousness even if he is the last man standing on the matter of holiness.
Obeying God's injunctions during trials, temptations and persecution would be a thing of joy for the Christian whose focus is on heaven. It will not be the time to make ourselves unavailable for the work in the Lord's vineyard." Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights" (verse 143). This should be the testimony of every Christian who is conscious of the fact that he is a pilgrim here.
Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 21-22
Thought for the day: Mighty is he whose strength is God's law.
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It's a yearly event where people from diverse ethnic groups, tongues and languages come under the teaching, inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit for guidance, blessings and instruction for a better beginning. This Year's event promises great blessings as the Bank of Heaven promises one thousand and one manifold blessings for all its participant through the anointed ministers of God. Be a partaker and Live to tell others.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017
Make No Room For Sin
TEXT: JUDGES 1:21-36
"And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day" (Judges 1:21).
The children of Israel treated with levity, God's warning on the long-term destructive effect of allowing cohabitation with the heathen whose ways are at variance with His. The Lord told them that once they got to Canaan, they should drive out its wicked inhabitants, eliminate them and make no room for their culture or religious practices. God did not want His holy people to be corrupted. But the Israelites failed to flush out the Jebusites. Centuries after centuries saw these Jebusites constituting themselves into a thorn in the flesh of Israel. A case in point was when King David sought to enter Jerusalem to complete his hold on Judah. He overran everywhere except Jerusalem, the land of the Jebusites. Its inhabitants sent a word to David that they would resist him even with their blind and lame citizens (2 Samuel 5:6). The Bible records that it was only with the help of God that David overcame the Jebusites.
The children of Israel could have saved themselves and the future generations these avoidable troubles and wars if they had heeded God's wise admonition to drive away the natives upon entering Canaan land. God's ways are superior to the thinking of man with all his presumptuous attitude of knowing it all. Man fails to recognize that God Himself is Wisdom.
It is the same challenge of contemning God's laws the sinner has. He does not deal decisively with the sin problem in his life when the gospel of Jesus is preached to him. God expects him to promptly renounce sin, part ways with any association with unrighteousness and ask for forgiveness after confessing Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. The lesson is that sin, whether at the initial stage or at an advanced point, ought not to be allowed any space of existence in anyone anxious to make peace with God.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 1-3
Thought for the day: Give no room to sin no matter how minute.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017
TEXT: 2 KINGS 14:8-16
"Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?" (2 Kings 14:10).
Although secular history is replete with the narratives of great men who paid the supreme penalty for their pride, the Holy Bible takes the prize for stories of classic examples of such persons. The cases of Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and others pale beside Bible characters that overrated their strength and did not hearken to what the Word of God says: "Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).
After the king of Judah, Amaziah, had ascended the throne in Jerusalem, he embarked on a murderous vindictive spree. First, he slew the servants who had assassinated his father the king. Next, he launched a military campaign against Edom and killed ten thousand of their troops, seizing their stronghold of Selah and changing its name. This conquering march of Judah planted the notion of invincibility in the mind of Amaziah. He began to fly on the weak and unreliable wings of pride.
This led him to begin to see his northern Israel neighbour as the next in his growing list of victims. He launched a war against Israel and this became his undoing. He failed to listen to the warning of King Jehoash of Israel that he should desist from war. This is what the Bible says of how Amaziah was humbled and disgraced: "And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents" (verse 12).
When our Lord Jesus Christ spoke on the matter of self-conceit (pride), He did not mince words with regard to the fate that befalls the arrogant: "…whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke 14:11). He also lets us know that all power really belongs to Him and that man, apart from Him, is weak and hollow, incapable of securing lasting victory and joy.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 4-6
Thought for the day: Pride goeth before destruction.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017
TEXT: MATTHEW 13:1-23
"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Matthew 13:23).
The parables of our Lord Jesus Christ, numbering about 30 in the three synoptic gospels, are graphic stories that the Lord derived from aspects of nature and human life. They are packed with powerful, dramatic and convincing lessons that compel attention and readiness for soul-winning and for preparing one for life in God's kingdom.
One of the most famous stories has remained the parable of the sower which some call the parable of the four soils. Our Lord seeks to lead us into a harvest of instructions about the experience of one sower working with several seeds on four different soils. These are familiar images to the audience of our Lord during the age in which He ministered.
That the seeds (the word of God) of the sower (soul winner) do not all fall on good ground (the heart willing to repent) should not discourage evangelism work. We are only reminded that there will always be different types of responses – hardened, shallow and worry-wracked souls, all getting the same word of God from the preacher. But not all the word preached goes to the unfruitful and unwilling souls. Our merciful God directs a great deal of the sower’s seeds "into the good ground… that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (verse 23).
This is God's way of telling believers to preach at all times. The Bible declares: "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper either this or that..." (Ecclesiastes 11:6). How true this is, given the experience of missionaries in unfamiliar territory all over the world. They always return with stories of signs and wonders that followed the sowing of God’s word in the souls of thousands of people.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 7-8
Thought for the day: A preacher does not give up in the face of challenges.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2017
GOD AND THE FAMILY
TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:1-9
"Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free" (Ephesians 6:8.)
If society rests on the family, it follows without any shred of dissent that it is the aggregate of all those who make up the family. So society is the coming together of family units. Turn in God-fearing families in the society and you will have a godly nation, a god-loving community and god-honouring neighbourhood. The incontrovertible conclusion therefore, is that to address the moral laxity in any society, man must set the rules of the game according to the terms and conditions of God who created the family.
God presents these valuable guidelines through Apostle Paul's letter to the Ephesian brethren. Children must obey and honour their parents. There are two reasons: it is the right thing to do and also the first commandment that came with a promise that it would be well with such obedient children and that they would live long.
Fathers and mothers are also solemnly enjoined not to provoke their children to anger. Rather, these young ones must be trained and counseled in the way of the Lord for the fulfillment of God's word in Isaiah 54:13: "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children." Masters and servants are also captured in the picture of the blessed home under God's watch. Both are to show reciprocal respect in the way they relate to each other. The master, realizing he has a Master in heaven, must not threaten while the servant must offer service "as unto Christ," with whom there is no "respect of persons."
The present world is bereft of these virtues and values because it has failed to bow to the laws of God which are grounded on the salvation brought by Jesus Christ. It is only when man, beginning with the constituents of the family, returns to His laws that we can enjoy peace in the society.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 9-11
Thought for the day: Troubled man needs the comfort of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2017
BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS
TEXT: JEREMIAH 28:1-9
"The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him" (Jeremiah 28:9)
The emergence of two prophets claiming to be of God but issuing contradictory messages was an embarrassing spectacle in the Bible which the Lord never failed to resolve decisively to teach us not to play pranks with His name. In this case, we have the false prophet Hananiah challenging Jeremiah, the true prophet and servant of God.
Hananiah, claiming to report what God had told him, said the king of Babylon who had invaded Judah and exiled the children of Israel while desecrating the temple with the seizure of the holy vessels, would return all these in two years. Now, this contradicted an earlier prophecy of God in Jeremiah 25:11,12 and later in Jeremiah 29:10 that the captivity would last 70 years. But strangely, Hananiah in announcing his own prophecy said: "Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel." What an audacity!
The difference emanated from the fact that Hananiah sought to please the people and the king with his popular but untrue declaration while Jeremiah's sole objective was to deliver the Lord's message even if it was bitter and unpopular. The true messenger of God would cease to be representing the Owner of the message the moment he submits to the whims and caprices of his audience and forges lies.
As it was at that time, so it is today. Many false prophets are out there deceiving and being deceived. They lure unsuspecting people, including believers, away from the truth. Many of them are motivated by what to eat and allure of earthly riches. But they will never escape the judgment of God. Even so, these so-called prophets are sustained by the gullible with itching ears who prefer error to sound doctrine. If there arises a people whose devotion to the true word of God is sacrosanct and treat those who peddle falsehood with disdain, surely, the ranks of false prophets will dwindle.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 12-14
Thought for the day: It's foolhardy to walk and work against God.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2017
PASS THE BATON
TEXT: JUDGES 2:1-10
"And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?" (Judges 2:2).
The passage introduces us to the distressing life in Israel in the generations that came after Joshua following the settlement of the Israelites in the Promised Land. It was a cycle of sin, judgment and repentance, and then another round of transgression, punishment and remorse. These cases of recurring apostasy leading to oppression at the hands of their enemies were however not God's plan because He made this agreement with their patriarch Abraham in Genesis 17:7: "I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee."
While God kept His side of the pact, Israel did not. Rather than destroy the inhabitants and idols of Canaan whom they met there, they retained them. These became a snare unto them, leading them to disobey God, their Redeemer. The Lord commanded Israel to teach her children and future generations which would occupy Canaan all His statutes. But they did not comply and the consequence was clear: "And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel" (Judges 2:10). A generation guided by the laws of God ought not to depart without passing His word to the next generation.
Christian families must not leave the duty of imparting biblical values in the hands of the society or schools. It is the primary responsibility of believing parents to relentlessly teach their children the ways of God. The home should be their first Church where they learn about the love of God and how to reverence Him. When they see their Christian parents, they will see the love of God radiating in them and be convinced to emulate them.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 15-17
Thought for the day: Parents are the representatives of God in the family.
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017
THAT STORM WITHIN
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:21-26
"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:22).
A temperamental monk always passed the buck for his fits of anger: his habit was to blame his fellow monastery residents. Finally, he decided to go to a place of complete quietness in the desert. He assumed that if he was left alone, he would be free. One morning as he was alone to himself and solitude, the monk accidentally knocked over a pitcher of water. He ignored the incident. But when he ran into it again later, the pitcher fell on its side and spilled its contents. In anger, the monk picked up the water container and broke it into pieces. That was when the truth hit him: he could not be blaming others for his flare-ups. It was a problem caused by a storm within. It could only be tamed by a power from outside.
Anger, says Jesus Christ, is only a step away from the danger of hell fire. God will not accept the work of a believer who is prone to anger and tantrums in his relationship with his brother, wife, friends or brethren. Indeed, the Lord says, if there is an offering of work for us in His vineyard, we should stay away from the service and settle matters arising from angry outbursts before appearing before Him.
Back in the Old Testament, the Lord says in Proverbs 22:24, 25: "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shall not go: lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul." The Lord does not desire the "leaven" of the sin of anger to swell the assembly of the saints, hence that warning. Jesus reveals that anger is related to murder which, God declares, we should not commit (Exodus 20:13). Anger violates God's law on love and without which we cannot please Him. Genuine salvation and sanctification are the antidote to anger and make us possess Christ-like love and gentleness.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 18-20
Thought for the day: Courting anger is an express passport to hell.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017
POWER IN THE WRITTEN WORD
TEXT: EZEKIEL 24:1-14
"Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day" (Ezekiel 24:2).
God has told us repeatedly to obey His laws as we read it regularly. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).
And so in January 588BC, that is some two and a half years after the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the Lord appeared to Ezekiel the prophet and asked him to record that date of the destruction of the City of David. There had been a 30-month siege on Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar's Chaldean forces resulting in its final capture in 586BC. Earlier, God led Jeremiah to prophecy this fall in Jeremiah 25:9-11.
God asked Ezekiel to write down the great day of His judgment on Judah for her sin of rebellion and idolatry. Between verses 6 and 14, God gave graphic details of what befell Jerusalem. A siege would lead to famine, devastation and finally death and captivity. Jerusalem would be purged of her iniquity and defilement and she would cease to be a city.
We ought to honour the written Word of God the way the Lord accords attention to it. We need to read and meditate on the written Word so that we do not fall into the errors of the past that brought judgment on those who committed them as a result of neglecting divine laws. So, we must constantly remember His Word to avoid falling into misleading doctrines. As demonstrated by our Lord when He was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, the written Word is the sword of the Spirit we can always use to overcome trials and attempts by purveyors of unscriptural doctrines and practices. The record of God's word is also meant to comfort the believer. When we read it and appropriate the promises therein, we receive comfort in times of persecution and discouragement.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 21-23
Thought for the day: Follow the Word; it never fails.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017
THE COMFORTER WE NEED
TEXT: JOB 32:11-22
"I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion" (Job 32:17).
To soothe a grieving soul requires far more than the presence of sympathizers and their fair speeches. It takes more than the mere wisdom of man or a personal experience of loss, sorrow or death. The plight of Job reveals that his friends who came to comfort him did not help matters.
Elihu, who joined the three older counsellors, equally did not succeed in alleviate the condition of Job. He called for attention as he rested on these aphorisms: "Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment" (verse 9). Thereafter, he also began to lash out at Job, accusing him of "drinking up scorning like water." He also charged Job with being "in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men" (Job 34:7,8.)
This judgmental attitude is far from the teaching of Jesus on the noble ministry of comforting the grieving. When His disciples began to be sad because the Lord told them that He would soon depart from them and go back to His place in heaven, He assured them that he would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to console them. He told them that the Comforter would abide with them and guide them into all truth. In John 16:33, the Lord restates His own great mission as a Comforter with this gratifying statement: "These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Elihu failed to comfort Job. There is obviously no peace and comfort in the world. Jesus is the Prince of peace and Source of real comfort. The world is grieving and sorrowing as a result of its disconnect from God and His laws. The believer must reach out to this world with a message of hope that all is not lost for those who can repent of their sin and come to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 24-26
Thought for the day: Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Comforter.
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Thought for the day: Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Comforter.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017
KEEP IT HOLY
TEXT: JEREMIAH 17:19-27
"Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers" (Jeremiah 17:22).
Sometime in the history of the children of Israel, the nation was so money-minded that they took to doing business on the revered Sabbath Day, contrary to the instruction of God which forbade it. It was not a legal code they were violating; rather they were in grave breach of centuries-old sacred pact God had made with their ancestors.
As a loving God who would not want swift destruction to come upon His erring people, He sent His servant Jeremiah to warn them to amend their ways. God said in verses 21 and 22: "…Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day… neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day as I commanded your fathers…" He asked Jeremiah to place himself strategically at the gates of Jerusalem to issue the warning.
The point was that keeping the Sabbath was a sign that the nation and its people were obedient to God and His word. Not keeping the rules of rest from work on that day meant a rejection of God's inviolable commandment or not having any relationship with Him and His blessings. It amounted to forfeiting the inheritance reserved for submissive children.
Now, God would not allow His law to be trampled upon without punishment. He first spoke of the enduring blessings He would bestow on the people and their rulers if they obeyed Him concerning the Sabbath Day. However, should they continue to turn deaf ears at Him, He would consume Jerusalem with unquenchable fire. This is not at all uncharacteristic of the God of Justice who would not tolerate impunity.
He rewards obedience and punishes disobedience. He rewards those who regard His mercy and love, but frowns at those who abuse His grace and lovingkindness.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 27-29
Thought for the day: Disobedience begets the wrath of God.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017
DROP THE SIN LUGGAGE
TEXT: PSALM 114:1-8
"The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs" (Psalm 114:3,4).
Once, while a man lay in bed reading a book, the Lord decided to teach him some sobering lessons. Momentarily, sleep took over, his book and pen dropped off. About a minute or so later, he woke up to discover that the book and pen he firmly held had broken loose from his grip. It dawned on him that at death or end of a race, there would also be an inevitable finishing line. Every activity would cease. No secular race is endless. One would have to let go of whatever he would be holding or doing.
So it is with the fixed seasons of time. A year begins and ends. It was the same with biblical Israel. There was a period of bondage that appeared to be endless. But it did end on an eminent note for liberated Israel as Psalm 114 recounts. The elements saw the children of Jacob marching away from an old order into a new one and gave way at the commandment of God. The mighty Red Sea broke into two walls and created a dry expressway. So did the River Jordan. The mountains on the land followed suit. They "skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs" (verse 4). They all trembled "at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob" (verse 7).
As the Christian also transits from the old to the new year, everyone should let go of the past and be confident of marching forward in the power of the Lord. If the outgoing year was full of the stress of the reckless race for survival, it will be good to concentrate your thoughts on what the new year holds while not forgetting the crown of life that awaits successful pilgrims in heaven. So, let inconsistency of the past be replaced with abundant life of victory through the new year.
Let us embrace the Lord as our lifetime Partner as did the children of Israel when they came out of slavery in Egypt. We shall be guaranteed the same glorious outing they had when they depended on God for guidance into a new era. If we did not make the outgoing year count for Christ, let us make a reverential commitment to enable each day count for Him all through the incoming year.
Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 30-31
Thought for the day: Don't take the burden of the past into the New Year.
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MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
TEXT: PSALM 73:1-28
"Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee" (Psalm 73:25).
A Scottish preacher, Andrew Bonar, wrote in his diary: "This day 20 years ago I preached for the first time as an ordained minister. It is amazing that the Lord has spared me and used me at all. I have no reason to wonder that He used others far more than He used me. Yet envy is my hurt... Lord, take away this envy from me!"
The psalmist narrated in the text how he nearly abandoned his faith in God when he considered the prosperity of the wicked. He thought that if God was angry with the wicked, why do they prosper and appear to live well? The prosperity and progress of the godless who are not suffering any visible or immediate consequences for their actions affected his determination and consecration to follow the Lord. This continued until he went into the sanctuary and received enlightenment that the prosperity of the wicked, like a dream, vanishes, the same way their lives will suddenly end in eternal damnation. Knowing this, the psalmist renewed his consecration to follow God till the end.
Focusing on the possessions of others is the quickest way to become envious and unhappy. It makes one lose perspective or vision of greater values of life which should be our priority and pursuit. God wants you to place priority on the spiritual above the physical, on the eternal above the temporal. The change that brings proper vision takes place in the inner life. How?
Repent of all sins, ask God for pardon and cleansing in Christ's blood and invite Jesus to live in you as Saviour. Salvation is the basic spiritual experience that opens the door for all other blessings (Matthew 6:33). Without it, earthly life will be full of needless hassles while hope of a blissful afterlife will be a mirage. The ultimate goal in life, you need to understand, is not prosperity or the absence of pain but living in His presence here and hereafter.
Bible Reading in one Year: GENESIS 1-3
Thought for the day: Reputation is what you bring on arrival; character is what you’re remembered for upon departure.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018
AN INTRIGUING MEMORIAL
TEXT: JOSHUA 4:10-24
"And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land" (Joshua 4:21,22).
A large body of research indicates that visual cues helps us to better retrieve and remember information. The research outcomes on visual learning make complete sense when you consider that our brain is mainly an image processor, not a word processor. In fact, the part of the brain used to process words is quite small in comparison to the part that processes visual images. Words are abstract and rather difficult for the brain to retain, whereas visuals are concrete and, as such, more easily remembered. That is why we, and especially children, learn faster through visuals.
One of the most intriguing memorials was erected when Joshua led the people of Israel across the Jordan River. The water stopped flowing just as the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant stepped into the water at the river's edge until the people crossed safely into the Promised Land. While they were crossing, Joshua told twelve men, one from each tribe, to select twelve large stones for a monument to teach their children how God cut off the waters of Jordan and brought His people across to the Promised Land.
There is tendency to forget God's goodness and provision in our lives while continuously focusing on new challenges that require His intervention. Memorials like this give us opportunity to speak to the next generation about God's faithfulness to us. It also helps our children to easily learn and understand the centrality of God to their overall success in life.
Failure to pass on our faith to our children has led to the current youths' disorientation. So, prayerfully teach your children the word of God, lead them in prayer to obtain salvation, sanctification and Holy Spirit baptism experiences, and live exemplary godly life that affirm the truths of Scripture you teach them.
Bible Reading in one Year: GENESIS 4-7
Thought for the day: A man's past helps to better understand his future.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018
TEXT: HEBREWS 11:32-40
"And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions" (Hebrews 11:32, 33).
When Hudson Taylor went to China, he made the voyage on a sailing vessel. As it neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, the missionary heard an urgent knock on the stateroom door. As he opened it, there stood the captain of the ship. "Mr. Taylor," he said, "we have no wind. We are drifting towards an island where the people are heathen, and I fear they are cannibals." "What can I do?" asked Taylor. "I understand that you believe in God. I want you to pray for wind." "Alright, Captain, I will, but you must set the sail." "Why?" "That's ridiculous! There's not even the slightest breeze. Besides, the sailors will think I'm crazy." But finally, because of Taylor's insistence, he agreed. Forty-five minutes later, he returned and found the missionary still on his knees. "You can stop praying now," said the captain. "We've got more winds than we know what to do with!"
The Bible passage contains acts of faith by patriarchs, judges and King David also who defeated well-equipped heathen armies in battle. Natural laws were suspended through demonstration of faith and these faith-filled heroes overcame difficult situations in life and became valiant in fight. They paid a tremendous price for what they believe in. They were men and women who would not accept deliverance or any other blessings on the condition that they deny their faith but held on till they died for the truth they held so dear.
We must recognize that great things can only happen when we put our faith to work during challenges and trials. As we approach the very end of the end-time, it's not only the love of many that are waxing cold but their faith also are nose-diving. In order not to falter or fall, our faith must be focused only on God such that no matter the circumstances that arise, we are able to hold firm till the end.
Bible Reading in one Year: GENESIS 8-11
Thought for the day: Tests and tempests are often the forerunners of testimonies.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018
AN INVITATION TO MOURN
TEXT: JEREMIAH 9:12-26
"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters" (Jeremiah 9:17,18).
Some of us may not be the best preachers or teachers, but even our weak tears can bring a great awakening. The Lord God will never forget those who invested their tears in watering the land for Him; those who with tears awaken the deadened consciences of people who cannot weep for themselves.
At a time of overwhelming judgment against sinful Israel, a mark of preservation was set only on two classes of people: those who sighed and those wept over the iniquities of the land (Ezekiel 9:4). In the verses under consideration today, a prophetic demand was made for mourners to weep over the nation of Israel.
When the Lord begins to call for lamentation over the nations, it is an indication that the situation needs urgent intervention. The Church has the ability to awaken Christ-like righteousness; but if we are at ease in Zion, the land sinks deeper into the mire of sin. While we are busy with necessary activities to keep life going, we must never forget our most important duty – preaching and weeping over our communities filled with gross immorality, idolatry and wickedness. Sadly, the voice of preaching men and women to warn and lead sinners to Christ has surprisingly silent in many places today.
Our tears over the nations speaks powerfully. In days of His flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ wept over the city of Jerusalem. Jeremiah was a weeping prophet over Israel. God stores our tears and transcribes them in words which are preserved in His book of record (Psalm 56:8.) That book of record echoes our voices of supplication long after we may have ceased praying or forgotten that we have even prayed.
COVER TO COVER: JOB 1-5
Thought for the day: Saint's tears sometimes speak louder than their words.
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