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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:47am On Jan 05
Daily Manna
FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

WHEN THE TABLES TURNED

TEXT: ESTHER 9:13-19

"On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness" (Esther 9:17).

There is an Australian weapon called the boomerang, which when thrown properly, follows a singular curve and returns back to the hand of the thrower. Simply, you throw a boomerang and it returns to you. The boomerang has become a symbol and a figure of speech. It characterizes actions which go out today and return tomorrow, often with multiplied consequences! Well, the Bible tells us about some boomerangs of which we need to be aware. Each of these has the amazing skill of returning to the one throwing it.

From the text, the tables turned on the enemies on the thirteenth day of the month Adar, the very day they planned to overcome the Jews. The hunter now became the hunted as the Jews overpowered those who hated them. Mordecai, by a dramatic turn of event, became very powerful in the palace with the growth of his reputation in all the provinces. After Haman was hanged openly in the city, Esther requested again for an extension to other evildoers which was granted by the king, enabling the Jews to seal their victory by putting down all their enemies throughout the provinces. This effectively turned their day of mourning into joy.

The lesson here is that Haman's evil plan was officially thwarted and brought to an end. And then, the next day's campaign to solidify the security of the Jews throughout the kingdom was completed to confirm to all that the tables had turned. God is able to turn things around to favour His people. He is able to completely change a situation of oppression and utter despair into that of favour and overwhelming joy for His people. He is able to bring the wickedness of ungodly people upon their own heads and set His people in positions of honour and authority.

Thought for the day: The hunter becomes the hunted when the tables turn.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 6-9

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:00pm On Jan 06
Daily Manna
SATURDAY JANUARY 6, 2018

CONQUERING NEGATIVE TRAITS

TEXT: JONAH 4:1-11

"And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death" (Jonah 4:9).

"I've had a few arguments with people," comedian Buddy Hackett once confessed, "but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you're carrying a grudge, they're out dancing."

From the text, forty days had passed and God's judgment did not fall upon the city of Nineveh as prophesied by Jonah because they repented. God still requires repentance or complete turning away from and forsaking all sins, asking for forgiveness and cleansing through Christ and receiving Him as Saviour from everyone today. The repentance of Nineveh should have cause joy for Jonah as a missionary. Strangely, he was greatly disappointed. He had made himself a shady booth from which he could enjoy the spectacle of its destruction, perhaps like Sodom and Gomorrah. Jonah should have got a knock but the Lord overlooked his negativity and provided a gourd to provide him a shed. When it suddenly withered, exposing him to the terrible heat of the sun, his anger was aggravated. But God had taught him lessons on forgiveness and compassion.

Jonah's angry reaction to Nineveh's repentance was ridiculous. God's question to him should have served to call his attention to the utter sinfulness of his anger, which was a reflection of Israel's pride and prejudice as a nation that made them assume that God owed them blessing and reserved judgment for their enemies. Inbred sins, like anger, jealously, malice, etc. can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus through earnest prayer of faith.

Saved and sanctified believers are filled with Christ-like love for all people. So, we must not shut the door of grace against those we label 'unbelievers' but go out with a positive attitude to preach the message of salvation by grace through faith to them. And God will save them.

Thought for the day: God is not selfish; His grace is for all: don't hide or hoard His message of grace.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 10-13

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:00pm On Jan 07
Daily Manna
SUNDAY JANUARY 7, 2018

OUTSTANDING PRAYER TEMPLATE

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 4:1-10

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it grieve not me! And God granted him that which he requested" (1 Chronicles 4:10).

During some of the darkest days of the American Revolution, after the Continental Army had experienced several defeats, a farmer who lived near George Washington's camp decided to pay the soldiers a visit. As he approached the tents, he overheard agonizing prayer. A closer looked showed Washington on his knees, asking God for assistance and guidance. The farmer crept away. On returning home, the farmer said to his wife, "It's going to be alright. We are going to win!" "What makes you think so?" his wife asked. "Well," he said, "I heard General Washington pray out in the woods today~such fervent prayer I have never heard. God will surely answer that kind of praying."

It's obvious Jabez's name is buried in a long list of genealogies but like a shining star in a long list of anonymous characters, he is remembered for just his prayers. The matters covered in his prayers are summed up in just two verses but when expanded covers so many needs. He requested for a special blessing, enlargement of coast and protection from evil and grief which had characterized his generation. And the conclusion was "and God granted him that which he requested."

Jabez had obvious limitations. Born in sorrow, his name was a reminder of that hardship which prevailed in his family at the time of his birth. Rather than allow this reality to make him accept the ordinary life he grew up to discover, Jabez effectively rejected the status quo through fervent prayer. So, you can obtain salvation and all other blessings you desire today through sincere and fervent prayer of faith in God in the name of Jesus. God can change lives, families and destinies for good but He is waiting for you to ask Him to do them.

Thought for the day: Pray aright fervently to live differently.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 14-16

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:54am On Jan 08
Daily Manna
MONDAY JANUARY 8, 2018

USE IT WELL

TEXT: PROVERBS 11:22-31

"As a jewel of gold in the swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion" (Proverbs 11:22).

The way we make use of a thing is determined by the value we place on it. Precious things are always put into very special and careful use. What we use it for must match its worth. It is a show of lack of wisdom and discretion when a substance of high and esteemed value is thrown into the mud!

The passage for meditation calls us to a wise and discretional use of our precious possessions. As it is foolish to put a jewel of gold in the snout of a pig, so is it a lack of discretion when we fail to realize the value of our gifts and possessions and we use them in the wrong way and for the wrong purpose. A beautiful woman who flirts around shows lack of proper understanding of the worth of her life and beauty. The same is true of an individual who holds on tenaciously and selfishly to his wealth or possession thinking that by so doing, he would preserve or increase them. Hoarding our gifts, riches, knowledge and other possessions reveal that we lack understanding and wisdom.

Life is a precious and beautiful gift. So are all other gifts and possessions that come with it if we truly understand the worth of our lives and other possessions and place the right value on them – be they beauty, gifts, talents, riches, knowledge or any other possessions – we will make efforts to use them for God's glory and the good of our fellow men. It is as we use them this way that they will abound the more. Besides, God will reward us on earth and in heaven if we use our gifts and possessions for His glory.

Thought for the day: An enriching life always gives!

COVER TO COVER: JOB 17-20

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:00pm On Jan 09
Daily Manna
TUESDAY JANUARY 9, 2018

A LIVING HOPE

TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-10

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:5,6).

Have you ever had moments of expectation of someone or something great? It may be the visit or arrival of someone very special to you – a spouse, family member, friend or expectation of an entirely new experience like a job, a new possession or an exciting trip to be embarked on. Usually, as the appointed time approaches, so do your hope and excitement rise.

Christians have great expectation of the return of Jesus Christ to take them with Him to heaven as He has promised. This hope kept early believers going despite untold hardships, trials and persecutions. As some attempted to overthrow their faith by falsely alleging that the coming of the Lord had passed, Apostle Paul reassured them that this hope had not changed. He told them to remain watchful and avoid false doctrines so as not to be left behind since the Lord's coming would be sudden. He also assured them the Lord had not appointed them unto wrath.

This admonition is equally applicable to present-day believers. This is more so as we have a lot of false teachings that try to rubbish the hope of the Lord's return. In addition to this is the great increase in iniquities and falling away of many saints. At such a time as this, we need to be reminded of our lively hope. We must not allow our spiritual senses to be dulled by sinful pleasures or worldly pursuits. The coming of our Lord is nearer than before, nearer than we think. So, let's keep our hope alive in order to make our election sure.

Living with "no hope, and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12) is a miserable existence. So, repent of sin, pray for forgiveness and receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and live holy to have this living hope. Hope of reward, eternal bliss, union with Christ and reunion with departed loved ones makes us endure trials, bear griefs of bereavement and rejoice in serving the Lord.

Thought for the day: Undying hope in Christ is the sure anchor that keeps the soul.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 21-23

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:39am On Jan 10
Daily Manna
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10, 2018

THE PRINCIPAL THING

TEXT: PROVERBS 3:13-26

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding" (Proverbs 3:13).

King Solomon made the right choice when he asked God for wisdom to rule instead of asking for riches, power or victory over his enemies. Little did he know at that time that he actually asked for the key to all other blessings. Many in his shoes would have done otherwise. He was adjudged the greatest king that ever lived going by the depth of his wisdom, riches and the extent of his kingdom.

Writing from his experience by divine inspiration, Solomon reveals in today's passage that truly, wisdom has all that mankind really seeks. The value of wisdom is far more than riches and gold or any other material possession. Wisdom comes with long life, wealth, riches, health, honour, real pleasure and true happiness; hence, the admonition to seek wisdom and value it above every other thing.

Foolishness in man is revealed in the way he leaves substance to run after shadows. He thinks that by getting wealth and riches, he will have peace, be happy and free from worry and anxiety. But this has not been the case. This is why wisdom becomes the principal thing to seek after.

How then does one get this wisdom? Like King Solomon, we must ask from God. It starts with getting your life right with Him. This means that you must enter into a relationship with Him through repentance and faith in Christ's sacrifice. Then, be schooled in the Scriptures as the Bible is the treasure book of wisdom. If you want to have this great wisdom, you must make it a habit to thoughtfully read and meditate on the word of God daily. You also need to live, walk and be guided by the Spirit of wisdom.

Thought for the day: You have all if you have Jesus, the Wisdom of God!

COVER TO COVER: JOB 24-28

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:29am On Jan 11
Daily Manna
THURSDAY JANUARY 11, 2018

SYNERGY IN SERVICE

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 9:14-34

"And certain of them had the charge of the ministering vessels, that they should bring them in and out by tale. Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary...." (1 Chronicles 9:28,29).

A large amount of labour saved by giving workers specialised tasks during the Industrial Revolution led to the development of the principle of division of labour by some classical economists. Making workers focus on specific tasks in the production line led to more effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Much time and labour were saved while many tasks were accomplished at a lesser cost.

Interestingly, this principle has been long in practice in Bible days as seen in the case of the Levites and their different assigned duties. The Levites were specially called and set aside for the service of the Lord in Israel. But there were different divisions and sections of the work assigned to the different families of the house of Levi.

The ease of running the temple service and worship depended on each family carrying out its assigned duties. It is interesting to observe here how this was done without friction. Everyone recognised his importance in the whole picture and played his part without rivalry, strife or envy.

This unity in service is expected among Christian servants today. We must recognise our specific calling and commit ourselves to fulfilling them without hindering others from serving God. There must be unity. If unity in service will not be mechanical, believers must seek and obtain the sanctification experience through which the Adamic nature of pride is uprooted in earnest prayer of faith.

We must thus recognise the fact that we cannot do it all by ourselves, no matter how strong and multi-talented we may be. We have to recognise the place and importance of others and give them room to function. Remember, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cooperated to accomplish our redemption.

Thought for the day: A three-fold cord is not easily broken.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 29-31

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:49pm On Jan 12
Daily Manna
FRIDAY JANUARY 12, 2018

A WORTHY IMAGE

TEXT: LEVITICUS 21:16-23

"No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God" (Leviticus 21:21).

Secular kingdoms and kings are usually careful in selecting their ambassadors and worthy representatives. They ensure that their choice truly reflects and represents the image, wealth, strength, glory and splendour of their land. As such, no one who appears weak, feeble, fearful and incompetent with any form of impediment is chosen for that office. They, therefore, expect their would-be representatives to be a true replica of those they represent.

In today's passage, God specifies the physical qualifications of the priests who were to be His representatives and servants. They were to be whole and perfect without any form of physical deformity. Reasons for this are quite obvious. They were to be the true representatives of the Almighty who is in everything, complete and perfect. The priest who stood between God and man was to rightly reflect the nature and image of God. It’s important to remember that the Old Testament priesthood and sacrificial order were pointers and foreshadows the perfect New Testament order. The priest was a type of Christ, the perfect and blameless High Priest.

Though the issue of physical deformity does not disqualify one from the ministry, we must not lose sight of the symbolic relevance. God still demands perfection from His people today. No one with any form of moral deformity or blemish is fit for God's service. And if such is not fit for His service, he is equally not fit for His holy abode.

Remember, Christ is coming for a glorious and perfect Church. So, pray for cleansing by His blood, live a righteous life and obey the word of God in all things to be fit for the Master's use here on earth and fit to dwell with Him in heaven. You must possess "holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).

Thought for the day: It's only clean vessels that are fit for the Master's use and honour.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 32-35

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:45am On Jan 13
Daily Manna
SATURDAY JANUARY 13, 2018

THE FATHER'S YEARNING

TEXT: JEREMIAH 3:1-12

"Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever" (Jeremiah 3:12).

No matter how pained, hurt and disappointed a father may be over the misdeed of his child, there is always a longing in his heart to have the child back to his love. True, he may take some steps to discipline the child; but he has just one purpose for doing this: to have the child realise his wrong, repent and ask for his father’s forgiveness. A real father is ever so ready to forgive and reinstate a truly repentant child.

In the passage under consideration is God's gracious invitation to the children of Israel to repent and return to Him. The children of Israel had consistently sinned and rebelled against God, provoking Him with innumerable abominations in spite of His love for them and the many wonders He had done for them. He had, in the previous chapter, reproved them for their sins and warned of the great punishment for their apostasy. They rightly deserved to be punished and abandoned by God. But here, He pleads with them to return to Him in repentance. This shows that God delights more in showing mercy and forgiveness than in bringing punishment and judgment on sinners and backsliders.

The good news is, no matter how far and deep you have gone in sin and backsliding, God is willing to forgive if you are penitent. Do not allow the gravity of your sins to drive you further away from Him. Yes, God hates sin and rebellion and will surely punish the sinner but He is willing to forgive if you truly repent of your sin, confess and forsake them and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Thought for the day: God's mercy rejoices over His judgment.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 35-37

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:51am On Jan 14
Daily Manna
SUNDAY JANUARY 14, 2018

NOT DESTINED TO DAMNATION

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 4:1-11

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1).

It is very common for people to want to attribute whatever happens to them to fate. By so doing, they try to exonerate themselves from their failures and misfortunes. It is true that some occurrences are 'acts of God,' a whole lot of others happen either as a result of carefully calculated plans and efforts or through sheer negligence, carelessness or ignorance. Thus, we must take responsibility for the outcome of our choices in life.

In the passage of reading, Apostle Paul speaks of the events of the last days. He foretells that there will be great apostasy and explains why this will happen. People will begin to take interest in strange doctrines and teachings of the devil. There will be so much insincerity and hypocrisy – people will not be ready to admit the truth about the real state of their lives. Hearts will begin to get hardened as a result of repeated sins and deliberate neglect of the truth.

As we look all around us, we can see this prophecy of the Scriptures already being fulfilled. People are already departing from the faith. But it doesn’t have to be you! While some will surely be part of those whom this prophecy will be fulfilled in their lives, no one, in particular, has been destined to perish. Those who depart from the faith do so because they fail to take to heart the warning of the Spirit. Everyone is saved through repentance and faith in Christ. Thus saved, you can choose to be part of the many others who will not depart from the faith by staying far away from sin, strange doctrines and teachings, and being careful of where you fellowship and who you fellowship and pray with. Everyone who is righteous must watch, lest they fall.

Thought for the day: It is sheer folly to treat one's spiritual focus with disdain.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 38-39

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:08pm On Jan 15
Daily Manna
MONDAY JANUARY 15, 2018

HOPE IN MISERY

TEXT: JOEL 3:1-20

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim" (Joel 3:18).

At the time of Prophet Joel's ministry, a deadly plague of locust took place in Judah, so grave that the Jews' daily sacrifice had to be discontinued. The suspension of this age-long service partly meant the stoppage of the full worship of Jehovah. For such a discerning man of God as Joel, some more severe danger lay ahead. God revealed to him that the plague of locusts was a harbinger of the "day of the LORD" when the people would be tormented by palpable darkness. "The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining" (verse 15). The picture speaks of utter destruction, gloom and judgment from God.

What was the cause? The people of Judah experienced unprecedented prosperity that drew them into spiritual laxity and complacency. They went further into self-centredness and idolatry which disconnected them from Jehovah who would not look on without meting out appropriate chastisement as a good father should. Now, Joel said a bigger and more encompassing war would occur on the "day of the LORD." It would be a conflict between God and the people who refuse to submit to Him or call on the name of the Lord for their salvation. And no one will be able to endure the calamity on that day.

The prophet also spoke about the restoration of God's people and full Kingdom blessings for them. "But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion" (Joel 3:20,21). Truly, escape from divine wrath and restoration to favour with Him happens when the sinner/backslider repents and asks for cleansing by the shed blood of Christ. Saved, believers must commit themselves to preaching the gospel so sinners can escape divine wrath.

Thought for the day: The door of mercy will be shut forever after the day of Judgment.

COVER TO COVER: JOB 40-42

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:42am On Jan 16
Daily Manna
TUESDAY JANUARY 16, 2018

CRY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

TEXT: PSALM 74:1-23

"We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long" (Psalm 74:9).

This Asaphite dirge is the typical lamentation of one who has abandoned his God and after suffering torment at the hands of his satanic master seeks to return home to the Lord. The point here is that it was not God that stayed away from His people but the wayward lifestyle of His people that kept them away from Him, exposing them to harm.

The psalmist acknowledges the sacking of Jerusalem, the defeat of Israel's army, the attempt to annihilate any trace of God and reminds the Lord that the children of Israel are still His people. After recalling the tragic aftermath of the enemy's invasion, the writer goes on to remember the great accomplishments of the Almighty in the past. God had delivered them from centuries of Egyptian bondage; won countless battles for them; conquered nature on their behalf and had given them prophets and priests to guide them. He had served as their King and above all, He was the supreme Lord (verses 16,17).

Just as the prodigal son never had true happiness when he left his father's presence, all those who forsake the Lord always experience disappointment and grief, because it is only in the presence of God that we can find enduring joy. The world is going through difficult times because it has forsaken the laws of God and has embraced the ways and laws of the devil. Jesus taught that the prodigal son’s suffering ended upon his return to the father’s abode where he was received and restored.

God is expecting you, as a prodigal son or daughter, to return to Him now. He will heartily welcome you if you repent, confess your sins and ask for cleansing and promise to abide in Christ till the end. His promise to you is, "I will heal [your] backsliding, I will love [you] freely: for mine anger is turned away from [you]" (Hosea 14:4).

Thought for the day: God is ready to hear the cry of the contrite sinner.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 12-15

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:40am On Jan 17
Daily Manna
WEDNESDAY JANUARY, 17, 2018

DREADFUL NEWS

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 3:11-21

"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not" (1 Samuel 3:13).

If the temple at Shiloh was ancient Israel's most priced treasure, Eli the chief priest did not reflect this honour in the way he handled his sons' contempt for the house of God. While the Lord found no fault with Eli for allocating responsibilities in the temple to his sons, Hophni and Phinehas, He upbraided their father for not stopping them upon discovering their vileness. Eli defaulted in parental guidance and discipline. It hurts to find that those who ought to be models of good conduct in God's house are the source of defilement. This obviously was a worse display of disrespect for righteousness.

God had to intervene. In 1 Samuel 2:27-36, He sent someone to warn the priest of the impending judgement that would bring an end to Eli's priesthood and the death, in one day, of Hophni and Phinehas. Their family would also no longer be in the lineage of priests. Finally, there was the prediction that Samuel would replace Eli. There are three key lessons to learn here. First, it is not enough to claim to please God on the basis of merely being a worker in the vineyard of God. Second, God does not take dishonouring of His precious Church lightly because "he hath purchased (it) with his own blood" (Acts 20:28).

Finally, family and church members must be watchful to urgently discipline errant brethren in order not to bring down the entire fold when God moves to judge sin; for "if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged" (1 Corinthians 11:31). God will punish sinners on earth and in eternity. Repent now, forsake all your sins, receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour and live a holy lifestyle to escape God's wrath.

Thought for the day: Move from sin to avoid God's move against.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 16-18

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:56pm On Jan 18
Daily Manna
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018

COMPLETE OBEDIENCE

TEXT: EXODUS 24:1-11

"And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do" (Exodus 24:3).

One major undoing of King Saul of Israel was his partial obedience to God's word. He received divine commission through Prophet Samuel to utterly destroy the Amalekites – sparing no man or animal. He complied but not completely. He spared Agag their king and the best of their animals. By this act, he earned God's judgment and condemnation.

The resolve of the Israelites, from the passage, contrasts sharply with the action of Saul. Here, Moses who had been away on Mount Sinai got back to the people and acquainted them with all the commandments, laws and ordinances from God; and "…all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do." Moses thereupon put the laws in writing, read it out to the people and ratified the covenant by sacrifices. The congregation of Israel reiterated their commitment to obey God. The people's attitude is quite instructive.

The implication of their resolve is that every one of them without exemption was prepared to comply with the word of God. Moses had set God’s terms so clearly before them so that they would take an informed decision.

As we are privileged to have the whole counsel of God and to be inheritors of the covenant of grace, we should be more committed to obeying every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. When you choose what to obey from the Scripture, you become like King Saul and earn God's disfavour. "… To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams" (1 Samuel 15:22).

Thought for the day: Partial obedience to God's word kindles His wrath.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 19-21

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:26am On Jan 19
Daily Manna
FRIDAY JANUARY 19, 2018

UNTAMED CHARACTER FLAWS

TEXT: GENESIS 34:13-31

"And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males" (Genesis 34:25).

Scripture has proved that untamed or unchecked habits turn out to be fatal in the long run. Simeon and Levi were said to be "instruments of cruelty" (Genesis 49:5), who committed genocide in a city where they and the entire family of Jacob were strangers. The word of God does not condone vices such as anger and vindictiveness. When Simeon and Levi resorted to mass murder and guile to retaliate for the rape of their sister, Dina, by Shechem the Hivite, they relied on base instincts and ungodly measures to settle scores.

Dina was wrong in the first place to have gone out to mingle with the unregenerate people of Shechem where she was desired and defiled. Her implacably angry brothers ought not to have lured Shechem into a false sense of security while planning to attack his people in their vulnerable condition. The point was thus proved that man cannot have peace and harmonious relationship with fellow man if he is ruled by anger, lust, distrust, rivalry and vengeance.

These sins are curable only through salvation and purity of heart and character. Christ shed His blood to cleanse everyone who sincerely prays for it. He rose again to empower every believer to live godly. Christians who have thus had encounter with Christ abhor anything that elevates self, promotes conflicts or downplays biblical holiness. As believers, we must promote peace and peaceful coexistence among different peoples in the neighbourhood, community and everywhere we find ourselves.

Thought for the day: Sinful habit is Satan's cord that weaves around the sinner's soul: only Jesus can break it.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 22-24

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:14am On Jan 20
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SATURDAY JANUARY 20, 2018

CONFRONTING HERESY

TEXT: GALATIANS 1:6-12

"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel" (Galatians 1:6).

It has been proved that the truth in the epistles to the Galatians and Romans was what Martin Luther used to drive the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Luther discovered the basic message of absolute faith in the crucified and risen Jesus as the Cornerstone of salvation and eternal life.

After Paul the apostle had delivered the unchangeable doctrine to the Galatians during his missionary visit, some Jews went there to undermine his teaching. Those deceivers taught the Galatians that it was not enough to rely on faith alone in Jesus for pardon, justification and eternal life. In other words, they claimed salvation was by outward works of man or a reward for good deeds.

This was clearly erroneous. It contradicted the doctrine of Christ, which the apostles received from the Lord and taught. So, Paul came hard on those erroneous teachers and their teachings with which they subverted the doctrine of Christ and turned the minds of the Galatian converts toward apostasy. He clearly and indisputably affirmed the unchanging truth of God's pure word (Psalm 119:89).

Our age is not different from the time Paul wrote this foundational epistle to the Galatians. We are also coming across heretical teachings that seek to overthrow our faith in Jesus Christ. We are unceasingly assailed with unscriptural doctrines on marriage, prosperity, worship, church administration, healing, deliverance, and so on. Like Paul, we must uncompromisingly resist them through relentless prayer and preaching of sound doctrines.

Thought for the day: It is wisdom to contend for heaven without compromise.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 25-26

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:32am On Jan 21
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SUNDAY JANUARY 21, 2018

A DAY LIKE A THOUSAND YEARS

TEXT: LUKE 4:33-44

"And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them" (Luke 4:42).

Moses' and Apostle Peter's statement that one thousand years in God's sight is as momentary as a day (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8.) could hardly be understood by the finite mind. For how can a man who would not live up to one thousand years in his mortal state appreciate what a millennium is?

Examining a typical day in the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry would aid us to grasp, as it were, the concept of a thousand years as a day. Our Lord was always on the move, from one point to another, ministering to the needs of the people. In only twelve verses, He is seen teaching, preaching, healing and delivering the tormented. In that sense, our limited sense of comprehension would be able to capture the enormity of the earthly work of the Messiah: He packs a thousand and one activities unto one day.

The Lord wants us to work tirelessly as He did, taking maximum advantage of the twenty-four hours God has given to us. We have the Holy Spirit to empower and teach us as we preach to the sinners. God has also provided us with massive Christian literature along with electronic materials.

Above all, we are armed with the Holy Bible. When we have, by the grace of God, done our part of the work – soul-winning, visitation and follow-up – we should not rest on our oars. Like Jesus, we must declare: "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent" (verse 43). This way, we shall be heeding the commandment: "Occupy till I come."

Thought for the day: Soul-winning is the duty no true believer retires from.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 27-29

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:15am On Jan 22
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MONDAY JANUARY 22, 2018

SHATTERED YET SERVING

TEXT: LEVITICUS 10:12-2

"And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy" (Leviticus 10:12).

Vance Havner, the great American revivalist, once observed that "God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume..." The sudden and shocking death of Aaron's two grown-up sons in a swift divine punishment must have had a crushing effect on his family.

In their role as priests, Nadab and Abihu (Aaron's children) had offered strange fire before the Lord and were killed. Aaron and his remaining sons were still hurting from the grievous bereavement when Moses, under God's direction, instructed them to carry on with their sacred service. Indeed, they had been instructed not to mourn for the dead lest they give the impression that they resented the divine judgment or were bogged down by it.

In the text, Moses gives further instructions regarding the meat offering. Unfortunately, they burnt the sin offering instead of eating it – not out of rebellion but because of their confused state. In all, Aaron and his remaining sons continued in their consecration and service despite being crushed. God expects no less consecration from every Christian. In a sense, every believer is a priest to God and must have the consciousness and consecration that befits the office (1 Peter 2:9).

Like Aaron, our love and devotion to God should transcend our earthly affiliations and aspirations. As such, temporary afflictions and adversities should not keep us from our devotion to God. No amount of trial should make us display rebellious attitude towards God. This calls for absolute consecration and brokenness.

Thought for the day: The broken Christian is a mighty weapon in God's arsenal.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 30-31

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:55pm On Jan 23
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TUESDAY JANUARY 23, 2018

BITTER FRUITS OF BACKSLIDING

TEXT: JEREMIAH 2:1-19

"For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2:13).

The nineteenth-century English preacher, J. C. Ryle had this to say about backsliding: "It is a miserable thing to be a backslider. Of all unhappy things that can befall a man, I suppose it is the worst. A stranded ship, a broken-winged eagle, a garden overrun with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins - all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still."

Israel was no stranger to such ugly sight. They were divinely favoured like no other nation. But their journey with God was punctuated by a series of backsliding. At some point in the life and ministry of Prophet Jeremiah, Israel descended into an almost irrecoverable backsliding. The Lord, through Prophet Jeremiah, enumerated His special loving favour for the Israelites, which they returned with an amazing ingratitude by their backsliding. Their piety was spoken of in the past tense. They progressively went far from God, walked after vanity, became vain and went into alliance with idolatrous nations and reaped self-destruction.

Backsliding does not necessarily have to cross the apostasy line before it is considered destructive. If your love for God, commitment and consecration to Him is in the past tense, yours is a case of backsliding. Backsliding, like drifting, is most subtle but progressive and at the end, yields bitter fruits of misery, disappointment and Destruction. Thus, it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on your relationship with the Lord 'then' and 'now' and see how you measure up. If you repent and consecrate yourself to the Lord again and live a holy and watchful like until the coming of Christ, He will heal your backsliding and bring blessings. For "let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Thought for the day: The worst backslider is the one who knows not from whence he has fallen.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 32-34

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:11pm On Jan 24
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24, 2018

KEEPING YOUR VESSEL PURE

TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1-8

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour" (1 Thessalonians 4:3‭-‬4).

Of the many false teachings that fill the Christian landscape today, none is perhaps more damaging than the fallacy that all our sins - past, present and future - are forgiven and that we can live the way we like. Every true Christian must be concerned about holiness of life. Charles Spurgeon captured it thus, "A faith which works not for purification will work for putrefaction. Unless our faith makes us pine after holiness, it is no better than the faith of devils, and perhaps it is not even so good as that. A holy man is the workmanship of the Holy Spirit."

When Paul the apostle exhorted the Thessalonian believers to please God in the way they walk, he especially harped on the pertinence of purity of life. He was emphatic about the nature of the general calling of believers: "God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness"; that God's will and expectation is that Christians should be pure and chaste. Their lifestyle was to contrast with those of the unbelieving Gentiles of their day who were addicted to lusts of the flesh, fornication, adultery and all manner of uncleanness.

We also live in an era when obscenity, pornography, fleshly lusts, sexual pervasion and all sorts of uncleanness are encouraged, promoted and celebrated. This evil is increasingly fuelled by the mass media, internet, the entertainment industry and a host of other institutions run by agents of darkness. Satan is fighting his last battle and has unleashed the lethal weapon of sexual impurity and perversion to herd souls to hell.

While every sinner should repent and be cleansed by Christ's blood, the believer should "possess his vessel in sanctification and honour" through constant prayer, absolute reliance on God's grace, wholehearted consecration, conscious discipline of the body and untiring efforts to always put the whole armour of God.

Thought for the day: In God's house, only purged and consecrated vessels are for His use and honour.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 35-37

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:02am On Jan 25
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THURSDAY JANUARY 25, 2018

SMARTER THAN GOD?

TEXT: PROVERBS 3:1-12

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).

Those who understand the illusory fixation of teenage tendencies will be amused by the message of a poster that reads: "Attention Teenagers – If you are tired of being hassled by unreasonable parents, now is the time for action! Leave home and pave your own way while you still know everything!" Generally, youth comes with inexperience. But it often proves difficult to convince a youth that his choice is wrong. Many people, including Christians, seem to be hunted by the same illusory teenage tendency. They go about with the I-know-what-is-right-for-me attitude. But experience shows that even the wisest of us make poor and, sometimes, detrimental choices. This is because as humans, we are not all-knowing. Only God is.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" does not imply that we should negate our reasoning faculty and act irrationally. Rather, we are called to totally place our confidence in God. This entails implicitly obeying Him, having reverential fear of Him, cherishing His word, bringing Him into the picture in everything we do, giving due portion of what we have to His service and gladly submitting to His discipline.

As we walk through the labyrinth of life, leaning on our limited understanding is irrational and detrimental. Many Christians tend to "use" God as a last option. In major and minor decisions that they take, they completely rely on their imperfect understanding. God is only brought in when their own choices drive them to their wit's end. It always pays to trust God in choice of marriage partner, career, investment, ministry and a host of other issues. God never fails to guide those who put their trust in Him.

Thought for the day: It goes well when God holds our hands and not that we hold His.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 38-40

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:22am On Jan 26
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FRIDAY JANUARY 26. 2018

"ALMOST" WON'T DO

TEXT: LEVITICUS 11:1-12

"Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you" (Leviticus 11:4).

Almost every adult can recollect some moments when he/she came so close to a targeted goal but, alas, missed it. Such near misses often bring a sense of regret and dissatisfaction. The bigger the thing at stake and the closer the attempt, the more painful the memory of the incident. Even with a "consolation prize" for our effort, we are still tormented by the forfeiture of the coveted prize. One lesson learnt from such experience is that "almost" is not enough.

This truth can be deduced from the instruction that the Lord gave to the Israelites concerning clean and unclean animals. God required that they eat only clean animals – animals that part the hoof, are cloven-footed and chew the cud. Any animal that did not meet the three criteria was unclean and was not to be eaten. Similarly, fishes with no fins and scales were to be regarded as abominable.

In the gospel dispensation, such ceremonial laws are not applicable to us. But we can learn some principles from the narrative. Observe that some animals almost made the list of clean animals. The camel chews the cud but has no parted hoof; the swine has parted hoof, is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud. They were considered unclean. Almost is not enough in this case. There is a spiritual dimension of this truth. Like Agrippa, many sinners are "almost persuaded" to be Christians. By the overwhelming evidence before them, they are convinced and convicted about repentance and yielding to the Lord, but certain considerations have kept them from taking that necessary step.

Today, there may be something that the Lord has laid in your heart to accomplish or an act of simple obedience He expects of you. Allowing alternative considerations will lead to disobedience. Almost won't do it; be altogether persuaded and yield.

Thought for the day: Nobody gets God's blessing for almost obeying Him.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 41-42

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:41am On Jan 27
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SATURDAY JANUARY 27, 2018

A GLIMPSE OF HIS GRACE

TEXT: PSALM 76:1-12

"At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep" (Psalm 76:6).

In 1863, former President Abraham Lincoln of the United States declared in a state address: "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."

That was a sincere acknowledgment of God's graciousness to America which hitherto placed its trust in Him. If so much could be said about God's grace and greatness towards America, more of such can be said about Israel. The Psalmist acknowledges and celebrates this, especially as demonstrated in the defeat of the enemies of God's people. Great men of the world, stout-hearted, powerful and tyrannical, may rage but at the rebuke of the Most High, they and everything they trust in is destroyed. For this, God ought to be feared and worshipped by all.

It is sad that most people know little about the incredible greatness of God (Isaiah 40:15,17). By His power, He is able to preserve His people till date. As true believers in Christ, we are recipients of God's bountiful grace. He is our Defender and Refuge. We ought, therefore, to honour Him with all our being and belongings.

Thought for the day: God is truly gracious and good: appreciate Him and live by this truth.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 43-45

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:07pm On Jan 28
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SUNDAY JANUARY 28, 2018

LENDING TO THE LORD

TEXT: LUKE 5:1-11

"And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship" (Luke 5:3).

John Mason, preacher and bestselling author, was right when he observed that "the big problem is not the haves and have-nots; it's the give nots. The Lord loves a cheerful giver – and so does everyone." Unfortunately, many people strive to get as much as possible and give little or nothing away. That way, they continue to miss the ample blessings attached to giving.

The experience of Simon Peter in the Bible reference for meditation bears testimony to the blessedness of giving to the Lord. Peter gladly released his boat to Christ to minister to people who had come to hear God's word. After ministering to the multitude, Christ turned to Peter and instructed him to launch out into the deep and let down his nets for a catch. He did and the catch was so huge that his boat almost sank!

Simon Peter lent to the Lord and got much more than his professional skill and experience could ever fetch him – something way beyond his imagination. The secret of getting is giving. We deprive ourselves of blessings when we begrudge the Lord the use of our "boat." Again, those who rely on self-management and others who thrust themselves into ministry without God's approval should remember how Peter and his colleagues toiled all night and caught nothing.

True success comes when we act on God's word. What is it that you are keeping from the Lord? Does the Lord have access to your heart? Can He use your time and property freely? Is your talent at His disposal? How much are you "lending" to the Lord? The Lord requires that you lay your all on the altar today for only then are you assured of constant divine flow.

Thought for the day: A closed heart and clenched fist shut out God's manifold blessings.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 46-47

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:42am On Jan 29
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MONDAY JANUARY 29, 2018

A NEW IDENTITY

TEXT: JONAH 3:1-10

"So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them" (Jonah 3:5).

Unlike some nations who became stiff-necked even after repeated warnings from God, the people of Nineveh were contrite in spirit. They knew they had offended God and needed His mercy. They also did not take God for granted; hence, their prompt response to Jonah's simple message. The people of Nineveh did not wait to see any sign; they did not want to behold God's angry frown. Jonah had been sent to the city of Nineveh to warn them of an impending doom as a result of their sin.

In the preceding chapters, Jonah had initially thought he could hide from the presence of God as he was reluctant to carry out the simple assignment until he suffered some strange punishments from Him. When he was rescued from the belly of a fish, he decided to preach to Nineveh. The people received the message and repented in ashes and sackcloth. The king declared a national mourning for their collective sins and fasting to show their level of sorrow for sin. As in all cases of genuine repentance, the omnipotent and omniscient God decided to show them mercy.

It's glorious to read how a whole city moved from condemnation to justification. Nineveh got a new identity; they changed their status (2 Corinthians 5:17). It was now a new day for Nineveh. As they repented of their sins and turned to God in faith, they were spared. Today, the same grace Nineveh appropriated is available to whosoever will humble him/herself. The Almighty is willing and able to forgive and forget. Today will be a day of grace for you if you, like the Ninevites, truly repent, forsake your sins and receive Christ as Saviour. God never despises a broken and a contrite heart.

Thought for the day: God is more interested in forgiving sinners than in destroying them.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 48-50

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:45am On Jan 30
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018

REMAIN FOCUSED

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 1:1-11

"Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do" (1 Timothy 1:4).

In the course of daily life, there are always contending and contrasting signals that crave for the attention of the unwary. He that is without a clear focus is often a victim of the push-and-pull tendencies of life.

At this time, Timothy was left in Ephesus by Paul the apostle for a purpose. He charged Timothy to instruct brethren to teach no other doctrine than that which they had been taught. Timothy was warned not to dabble into fables and genealogies which only "minister questions." While some came to teach false doctrines at Ephesus, there were also some Jews who used the Old Testament law to justify themselves. They were unable to keep the demands of the law and were resistant to the law of God. They placed great importance on the keeping of correct ancestral records. This attitude left them in spiritual destitution. Timothy was charged to focus and concentrate on those things that edify. He was not to engage in meaningless discussions.

If Timothy was instructed to be careful in his dealings with the legalistic Jews, we need God's guidance in our dealings with unbelievers today. As believers and representatives of Christ here on earth, we must not give attention or dissipate energy on irrelevant arguments that do not profit. We must also heed the charge to refrain from "fables and endless genealogies" that cannot save or take anyone to heaven.

We must take our attention away from irrelevant things today and focus on significant spiritual matters. Our preoccupation must be with preaching the whole counsel of God to save and take people to heaven.

Thought for the day: There's no gain in winning the argument but losing the soul.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 1-3

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:39am On Jan 31
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31, 2018

A WORTHY WALK

TEXT: 1 JOHN 2:1-19

"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked" (1 John 2:6).

In an era when every Dick, Tom and Harry claims and wears the tag of "child of God," John the beloved admonishes believers to go beyond the empty claim of knowing God. In verse 6 of the chapter, he uses the phrase, "ought to walk" It means that if we claim allegiance to God, we have a moral burden and obligation to follow Christ's steps. It is only those who live according to the will of God that will remain in fellowship with both the Father and the Son.

Believers are admonished to hold onto Jesus, who alone is the Saviour of the world and our Advocate "with the Father." Every professing Christian must genuinely follow the path of righteousness as Christ did. Christ-like life and walk are only possible through the gracious experience of salvation. To obtain this experience, the sinner must turn away from sin, believe that Jesus the Son of God died and rose again to procure forgiveness for him/her and receive Him as His personal Lord and Saviour. As Christ comes in, He activates his/her heart to love God and live a righteous lifestyle.

One who is saved will be different from a pack of other so-called Christians who make mere profession of their love for Christ but live contrary to Him. It is strange to note that many churches today are populated with people who are bereft of genuine experience of salvation. Any superstructure without a foundation will surely collapse. That is why John the beloved conveyed God's message of Christ-like living to all classes of people.

As witnesses for Christ, we must carefully and wisely choose words to suit those we witness to in order to achieve maximum success. We must not forget that we are in the last days and this truth places a heavy burden on us to watch over our lives while guiding others on the path of righteousness and into God's kingdom.

Thought for the day: Those who walk worthy of their profession of faith will ultimately fulfil destiny.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 4-6

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:39pm On Feb 01
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

A SHINING LIGHT

TEXT: PROVERBS 12:17-28

"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad" (Proverbs 12:25).

The writer in this passage addresses the character of some individuals – how their attitude to life promotes or diminishes their worth. He talks about a diligent person who will always find food and the man who runs after fantasies and lacks good judgment. Whereas righteous men work for their food, the wicked would rather steal from others than work for honest wages. The writer also points out that a man must reap whatever he sows.

Nowadays, many people are depressed on account of the challenges of life. A large number of the people go into harmful practices while seeking solution to life's challenges. Sadly, many seek solution the wrong way and from wrong sources. By so doing, they complicate their cases. The only sure refuge in time of trouble remains the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Many lives have been destroyed by wrong use of words. In these perilous times, the love of many is waxing cold; people are lovers of themselves and have no affection or regard for others; interpersonal relationships are going down the drain. People freely employ caustic against others. It is also sad to see that even within the Body of Christ, this insensitivity is manifest as so-called believers tear apart their brethren through uncharitable words.

These unchristian behaviours have destroyed the faith of many and have caused heaviness of heart to others. This is the reason some churches are becoming scanty and believers who were once vibrant are no longer showing interest in the things of God. It can be traced to the carefree attitude of some Christians who are detached from fellowship and see no reason to show the all-important Christian love which soothes the wounded heart. Let's return to the cross for cleansing so that our first love for God and fellow men can be restored. Then, there will be revival!

Thought for the day: A soothing word doeth good like medicine.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 7-9

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:46am On Feb 02
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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2018

THE LUCIFERAN SPIRIT

TEXT: ISAIAH 14:12-15

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" (Isaiah 14:12).

There is much evil semblance between the boastful, yet, barren language of Satan in today's Scripture and the arrogant rendition of Ahithophel when he joined the rebellion of Absalom against King David. Lucifer repeats "I will" five times to announce his futile programme to "be like the most High." He did not achieve his goal.

Of such human-driven words doomed to fail and draw the anger of God, Jude writes: "... Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming at their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever... their mouth speaketh great swelling words..." (Jude 12,13,16). The Scripture has given the irreversible verdict on those who cast their language in the blasphemous manner of Satan and Ahithophel.

Pride prevents man from acknowledging the sovereignty of God. If you admit the rule of God not only in your life but also in the affairs of all humans, you will not make plans and leave God out of them. Thus, James cautions us to accommodate God even in the so-called trivial things of life: "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow... for that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil" (James 4:14-16).

Satan's haughty utterances ended in misery, taking him into eternal damnation. It was the same with Ahithophel who committed suicide to compound his woes. Others like Pharaoh and Sennacherib rode on the high horse of arrogance to perdition. Our language reflects who we are. Those who spoke relying on their power and worldly resources, and not on heavenly strength only succeeded in failing. We should pray today to possessing a heart devoid of pride and a tongue seasoned with salt.

Thought for the day: It is futile to plan without God.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 10-12

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:42am On Feb 03
Daily Manna
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018

OUR DEPENDABLE GOD

TEXT: JOSHUA 10:12-27

"And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel" (Joshua 10:14).

Five kings entered into a league to destroy Gibeon. Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, cried unto the kings of Amorites, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon for help. The people of Gibeon got wind of the plot against the city and sent word to Joshua to come to their rescue. Gibeon was able to secure the assistance of Israel because it had earlier made peace with it. Joshua dispatched men of war to prevent Gibeon from being overrun by the five kings led by Adonizedek.

Israel conquered enemies of Gibeon so severely that the five kings not only took to their heels but also hid themselves in a cave. Two special miracles took place in this war: one, God fought on the side of His people. Two, nature took side with Israel until they won the battle. So, Gibeon was delivered from an evil conspiracy.

The Bible reference for reading shows what a believer is entitled to by simply making peace with God through genuine repentance and faith in Christ. Like Joshua, who commanded the sun to stand still and the moon to stay in order to give Israel more time to defeat their enemies, believers can ask God for redemption blessings that are seemingly impossible and He will grant unto them.

As a believer, you should be aware that there is an ongoing battle between right and wrong. And whatever battle you are currently fighting–economic, psychological, emotional, spiritual or academic – God is capable of giving you a resounding victory if you put your faith in Him. Joshua did not doubt the capability of God to grant his petition. If you will simply trust Him, you will defeat all the enemies of your life.

Thought for the day: Fear not in the face of challenges but contend and win with God.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 13 -15

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — ESCAPE FROM GOD'S ANGER by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:19am On Feb 04
Daily Manna
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2018

DO THE EXTRAORDINARY

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 11:10-25

"And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate" (1 Chronicles 11:17).

David's success in bringing the nation together under his rule was because he had surrounded himself with not just very capable but also loyal men. A spectacular incident took place while at the war front against the Philistines. Three of David's men risked their lives to bring him water, but he would not drink it. Their daring venture manifested the extremity of their loyalty to him. David had demanded "water of the well of Bethlehem." To David, it was a mere wish. Yet, these three brave men took the challenge and risked their lives to get the water for their master.

David also demonstrated a rare leadership trait and equally proved himself a man who had feelings for his subordinates by refusing to drink the water. He instead poured it on the ground as an offering only God deserved. He equated the water with the blood of the men to underscore the gravity of the risk they took. There are important lessons for us here. One, we learn the pertinence of loyalty to God-ordained spiritual leaders. Two, our service to God must be absolute. As believers, we must bear in mind that serving in His Army requires a holy life and complete allegiance.

Our services to God must be unconditional, offered strictly on His own terms. He who will be of worth in God's hands must be willing to consecrate his all on His altar. That's the beauty that the service of David's three servants portrayed. As believers, we should be bold and courageous in combing the nooks and crannies of our communities to fish souls into God's kingdom. Be assured that our Lord, Emmanuel, is always with us as co-Labourer.

BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 16-18

Thought for the day: Only extraordinary work attracts extraordinary rewards.

COVER TO COVER: EXODUS 13 -15

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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