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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:18pm On Dec 21, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday 10, December, 2015

Judgment Is Certain

TEXT: ISAIAH 26: 12-21

"For behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:21).

A troubled Hebrew prophet asked God this perplexing question: "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous that he?" (Habakkuk 1:13). Years later, another fretting prophet approached God with the same poser: "Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? Wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? The beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end” (Jeremiah 12:1,4).

Long before these prophets, however, God had settled the matter through inspired Scripture: "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off" (Psalm 94:9,10,23).

Jesus Himself establishes the certainty of this end-time judgment: "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:30, 31).

As a sinner or backslider, the only escape route to imminent indignation is genuine salvation and holiness through Jesus Christ.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 34 – 37

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stave off God's judgment through righteous living."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:31pm On Dec 23, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, 11 December, 2015

The Leaven Of Faultfinders

TEXT: JOHN 12:1-11

"Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" (John 12:4,5).

Christ warned His disciples about the "leaven of the Pharisees". This leaven, according to the Scripture, means hypocrisy or the doctrine of the Pharisees (Luke 12:1; Matthew 16:12). The reference here therefore borders on lifestyle and influence. Perhaps, another set of people of whose leaven we must be wary is the faultfinders. They, like the hypocrites, carry with them masked but sinister intentions.

Judas Iscariot, in today's text, exhibited the trademark of chronic faultfinders. Six days before the Passover, Christ was in Bethany where he had raised Lazarus from death. Mary seized the occasion to express her appreciation and love for the Lord Jesus by anointing His feet with a costly ointment of spikenard, wiping same with her hair. Judas found fault with this lavish honour, regarding it as wasteful and loudly wished the ointment were sold and the proceeds given to the poor. But notice verse 6, "This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein."

Mary's act of worship and adoration was however regarded as significantly prophetic and connected to Christ's death. It was a most sacrificial and self-abasing commitment to Him. But faultfinders will always censor any commitment or consecration superior to anything they can offer.
Beneath such censorship is always a selfish motive – envy, jealousy, pride or some other inordinate quest. Often, these ulterior motives are covered with care-for-the-poor kind of mask. Fortunately, we are dealing with God who knows the heart of everyone.

As we reflect on the goodness of God in our lives, it should be our resolve to always offer to Him the best that we have. We should not let anyone's censorious attitude moderate our devotion or deter us from going the extra mile for the Lord. The Lord's commendation is all that matters.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 38 - 41

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To the upright, the world's criticisms often translate to the Lord’s commendation."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:01pm On Dec 23, 2015
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Saturday, 12 December, 2015

When Purging Is Needful

TEXT: HEBREW 12:18-29

"And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrew 12:27).

A shepherd boy, David went to the battle front to see his brothers and to convey his father's goodwill message to them. On arrival, he saw Goliath, the arch-enemy of his country, terrorizing Israel and mocking their God. He elected to go fight the enemy, and he was decked with all the paraphernalia of war by King Saul. But he couldn't move. He needed to be free; he requested that all such shakable things must be put out. He went after the enemy with one unshakable thing - undeniable faith in God Almighty. And he was victorious!

In our text today, Paul the apostle talks about the willingness of God to shake away every immaterial thing hanging on our lives. God expects us to put on His righteous nature. He does not tolerate double loyalty.

In the Christian race, moderation is required from believers. Recourse to excess luggage is not permitted. Paul said the essence of shedding off the shakable things is to enable us "serve God acceptably, with reverence and great fear." He noted that failure to do so would attract God's displeasure because He is "a consuming fire."

Today, you must take candid stock of your life and point out all those "foreign bodies" in your life compromising the Christian life. All categories of sin are shakable materials that should not be allowed to have a place in your life. Even so, excellent virtues must be allowed to dwell and abound within. They are the unshakable things that nurture a life of godliness. Why not put these on always like a vesture?

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 42 - 45

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Virtues not vices define the worth of every man."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:32pm On Dec 23, 2015
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Don't Succumb To Despair

TEXT: PSALM 102:1-11

"For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread" (Psalm 102:3,4).

Pain and affliction are a universal phenomenon. They come on people for various reasons. They also come upon believers through the purifying process of daily identifying with the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan as the 'god' of this world exercises his evil power, causing pain and affliction. Suffering pain and affliction have been part of man’s experience after his fall (Genesis 3).

In our text, this anonymous psalmist speaks about affliction as an experience of all ages. He reflects not so much on the intensity of his bitter experiences as in the unchanging nature of God in His dealings with men. He also reflects on the fleeting nature of life itself: "my days are like a shadow that declineth and I am withered like grass" (verse 11).

Life's challenges sometimes seem insurmountable, and nearly everything seems to be going wrong. We appear helpless in our attempt to change the situation. In such trying circumstances, we need to place our life in the hands of Him who is the Master of circumstances. He understands all situations and can provide needed solution. Those who place their confidence in Him will not be disappointed.

Are you sailing through life aimlessly? We have an Anchor that keeps the soul; Steadfast and sure while the billows roll; Fastened to the Rock which cannot move; Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love. From today, learn and practise the art of anchoring fast and deep in Christ.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 46 - 50

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Storms of life should some time cease."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:35pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Monday, 14 December 2015

They Will Not Prevail

TEXT: JOHN 12:12-22

"The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him" (John 12:19).

There are things worth trying and others not worth trying. One of the most foolish things to do is to attempt to fight against the truth. As observed by former U.K. Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

This truth very much applies to the case of Christ and the Pharisees. Long before Christ came into the world, the Pharisees commanded high esteem among the Jews. They, indeed, craved the praise of men and positioned themselves as custodians of God's holy standard. Unfortunately, they were "like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." Christ rebuked their hypocrisy and corrected their misinterpretation of Scriptures. This hurt their pride and they gave Christ no breathing space with their ceaseless antagonism and even death plots.

In today's text, the Pharisees got incensed by Christ's high popularity rating among the common people, especially after he raised Lazarus from death. During the Passover feast, even the Jews that came from different parts of the world, having heard about the miracle, were anxious to meet Him. The commoners were so delighted that they gave Him the best reception by waving palm fronds and singing, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord". The Greeks among them also desired to meet Him. The Pharisees acknowledged that all their efforts to stop Christ had failed!

It is a constant principle that the truth – and those who stand by it – cannot be defeated. At the height of the persecution of the early Church, even Gamaliel, a staunch Pharisee and doctor of the law, counselled his colleagues to desist from fighting the truth. True believers should stand for the truth always.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 51 - 55

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "If your enemies are God's enemies, step aside and watch God fight for you."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:30pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Restoration is Nigh

TEXT: PSALM 102:12-28

"Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come" (Psalm 102:13).

An English songwriter, George Asaf, once wrote, "What's the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile, so pack up your troubles in your old kitbag and smile, smile, smile". This song stresses the need to be undaunted during distress and trouble and demonstrate positive attitude of courage and hope.

Our text has relevant interpretation for those who are passing through problems today; that reliance on God will bring restoration of whatever has been lost or damaged. Though the Psalmist realized the undesirable state of Jerusalem and even foresaw its future devastation, he was hopeful that one day there would be restoration of Zion into its former glory and of its attaining a more desirable state. Rather than succumb to melancholy, he resorted to prayer and positive confession.

To find oneself in an undesirable situation is not new in life. Yet, our attitude at such times is what matters most. The Psalmist confessed that there would be restoration for Zion as God would favour her. He knew that the wall of Jerusalem would be broken down, the city would be devastated by the enemy and people of the land taken into captivity. In spite of these, he was hopeful that the time of restoration shall come.

God understands what you are passing through this time. Never allow worry a place in your heart. It may appear there is no job today; job will come tomorrow. You may have married and no children yet. Remember it is God who gives children, and in Him you must trust. Whatever the challenges you are facing, why not cast your burden upon Jesus so that there will be restoration? Nothing pertaining to us is hidden from God. Therefore, cheer up and expect restoration, for it will certainly come for those who trust in God.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 56 - 60

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is always light at the end of a dark tunnel."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:21pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What Manner Of Love?

TEXT: JOHN 13:34-38

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (John 13:34).

The Apostle Peter along with other disciples discovered to their shame when they forsook their Lord in His moment of need that the love He taught them was infinitely superior to the world's. They could not project their love sacrificially as Peter boasted he would. In his case, he even denied His Saviour in order to escape persecution.

The love Christ endorses is called agape in Greek. It is different from the sensual one the world celebrates every day. Agape is a self- surrendering love that seeks the good of others. It marks the Christian out as a distinct and consecrated follower of Christ who Himself lived what He preached and taught. Relationship among believers must be characterized by a devoted concern that sacrificially seeks to promote the highest good of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Lord says, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Yet, there is a caveat: in loving all Christians, even those who do not belong to our denomination, we must not compromise or surrender Bible-based doctrines of purity and holiness. We must not go for so-called ecumenical unity or oneness that leads to compromise and apostasy.

The love Jesus teaches is not a one-off affair which we celebrate once a year. It is that which we put on as a garment all the time and allow to influence our dealings with other people irrespective of their tribe, colour or culture.

We must remember, however, that loving others does not amount to dropping holiness, righteousness and other biblical truths. Instead, love for God and His word must always come first. That is the essence of agape love which God wants us to celebrate every day.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 61 - 66

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Loving others like Christ is a daily affair, not a showy yearly ritual."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:09pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Costly Assumption

TEXT: ISAIAH 28:9-21

"To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear" (Isaiah 28:12).

Many people are so stubbornly set in their ways that they refuse to acknowledge that they are on the wrong path. They would not seek help, nor change their ways. They thrive on the false assumption that no harm can come their way. Many continue on this path until it is too late, and the consequences are upon them.

This was the lot of the children of Israel. The prophet here complains of the wretched stubbornness of these people. They were incorrigible and rejected the means of grace available to them. They continued to live to satisfy their selfish aspirations. Their mistakes were not rectified, their hearts not renewed, nor their lives reformed. Their prophets taught them the knowledge of God and His will, and sought to make them understand the mind of God. This was God's way of dealing with men, to enlighten their minds first with the knowledge of His truth, and thus, gain their affection, and bring their will in compliance with His laws.

But, the people were unwilling to learn, just as it was impossible for them to deeply imbibe any knowledge passed to them. They had no capacity to receive what is taught them, having made up their minds about how they wanted to live. Therefore, all the noble efforts of their prophets fell on deaf ears.

Those who would not hear the comfortable voice of God's word shall be made to hear and experience the dreadful voice of His rod when He brings utter ruin upon them. It is indeed a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. No power in the universe can deliver out of His hands. The only way to escape is through total repentance and continual obedience to all of His will as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and taught by His ministers.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 1 - 2

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ is the only Anchor for the soul."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:38pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Friday, 18 December 2015

Yoke Fellows

TEXT: HEBREWS 13:1-3

"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body" (Hebrews 13:3).

Someone said: "Our lives intersect with others all day, every day. Sometimes we know these other lives well; frequently, though, the points of connection are brief and transient. Who are these people? How might they tell their own stories? What thoughts preoccupy their minds? What joys and troubles are coursing through their feelings?

Empathy is our tool for beginning to know these things. It asks the question: "If we could catch a glimpse of others' stories, would we treat them differently?" These are trying times. Believers are daily persecuted in many parts of the world. In Nigeria, for instance, Christians are being murdered in some parts of the country under an insurgency that tends to target Christianity. The insurgents say their aim is to impose a form of religion on the nation. Since the crisis heightened in 2009, many believers and worshippers have lost their lives while inside the church on fellowship days.

Nowadays, some believers only mind their own business when it comes to bearing fellow believers' burden. They shut their bowels of mercy. Although times are hard, the work of the Lord must be done nevertheless. Circumstances of life must not prevent believers from showing empathy to others.

Today, the Home Caring Fellowship system is no longer vibrant because people complain that the love that used to characterize the fellowship is no longer obtainable and that members are no longer enthusiastic about attending such meetings owing to the pressures of life. This is wholly unacceptable. We are to reach out to those who are going through persecution, hunger and deprivation, and be of help to them. Believers must also pray for those in bonds and fully identify with them.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 3 - 5

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A little deed of kindness is strong enough to revive a soul."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:03pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

A Voice Of Praise

TEXT: PSALM 103:1-22

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2).

The popular saying that "a person who knows how to show appreciation for a previous favour will receive another", instructively guides us into our discussion today. It is doubtful if there is any culture the world over where good gestures are not appreciated. And there is no individual anywhere who does not understand what it means to express gratitude for favours and kindness received from a benefactor.

David, the great psalmist, here calls our attention to who and what God is, His attributes and actions; who and what we are in the light of His omnipotence and lavished blessings upon us. It is not unlikely that we often take all that we are enjoying for granted and never meditate on the source of our blessings and favour. How often do we praise God in appreciation of His goodness?

The passage outlines the attributes of God as they touch on human frailty and our need of divine power to survive the challenges of our world. God is righteous and just, merciful and gracious, loving and faithful. He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, protects us from death, surrounds us with tender mercies and satisfies us with the good things of life. What a good God we have!

We are challenged never to forget all His benefits. In our daily activities, the hustling and bustling of our cities and engagements in Christian service, we must always remember to praise God for all the wonderful blessings and mercies we receive from Him.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 6 - 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A gush of gratitude to God provokes further blessings from Him."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:24pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Dealing With Troublous Times

TEXT: JOHN 14:1-10

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1).

When a military complex rumbled with explosives in Lagos, Nigeria, several years ago, the tragedy recorded more deaths several kilometres away than at the epicentre of the disaster. Thousands who heard the thunderous blasts were troubled and fled in panic, with hundreds meeting their end in a deep canal, covered by hyacinth.

Our Lord Jesus Christ understands what awaits a perturbed mind. It is worse with spiritual matters. The heart wracked by apprehension and guilt is home to the devil. Satan assaults such with a whirlwind of destructive ideas that send the heart to directions opposite of God's desires and purposes.

In the midst of vast and unprecedented technological and scientific breakthroughs, the human race is yet ill at ease. There are high and low intensity wars by terrorists making mockery of the arsenals of peaceful nations. Homes are disintegrating with a depravity called LGBT (short for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). Violence and killings are the staple of the news media. All these are symptomatic of a troubled world. Rebellious man caused it through the rejection of the plan of God.

But Jesus, "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" has offered the all-time panacea. In our reading today, He is assuring mankind that true and lasting peace is with Him. He promises a satisfying abode for those who receive Him as Saviour and Lord, declaring that He has prepared mansions for us in His Father's Kingdom.

The way out for troubled man is to forsake the human-inspired solutions to the universal crises and embrace God's programme of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 9 - 13

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ is the permanent solution to man's crises."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:43pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Monday, 21 December 2015

Covetousness Forbidden

TEXT: HEBREWS 13:4-7

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5).

Covetousness is a mortal sin that has taken over our society. Today, many people want to get rich by all means and at all costs. People live above their means. Envy has become a common thing as people struggle to acquire wealth illicitly.

People want to own the best mansion in town, drive the best car, some even dream of private jets even though there are no defined means to get such things. Some are in a hurry to join the millionaires' club through shortcuts at others' expense. Innocent and hardworking men have had to lose their lives as a result of unjustified attacks by those who want to reap where they did not sow.

From our text, Paul the apostle warns believers not to join the ungodly rat-race for acquisition of wealth and other mundane things. He warns believers against discussing other people in bad light. He also adds that we must be content with what we have. There are those who discuss others with the attitude of running them down. Some, out of envy, get involved in evil conversation and backbiting.

Paul's admonition that believers flee evil conversation and covetousness is very apt. It is not by discussing others or their success that anyone's situation will change. Engaging in sidetalk or evil conversation will not improve our lot. Instead, it will rob us of boldness before the throne of God's grace. How we need to keep our tongues and hearts free from every act of covetousness so that our blessings will not elude us.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 14 - 17

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God remains the Source of true wealth in all ages."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:59pm On Dec 24, 2015
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Lean not

TEXT: ISAIAH 31:1-9

"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!" (Isaiah 31:1).

If there is anything that the Lord cherishes, it is absolute confidence and trust in Him. He often lavishes His blessings on those that put their hope in Him. On the contrary, He is unhappy when His children put their trust in men or gods.

In the passage, God had harsh words for the children of Israel for going down to Egypt to seek help against the king of Assyria. He was disappointed that they had forgotten His great works and deliverances in the past. The foolishness in relying on ordinary mortals is further portrayed in verse 3: "Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together".

He warned them that both the children of Israel seeking help and the Egyptians offering to help shall both be judged to show the utter powerlessness of men. Then He promised that He would protect the city and overthrow the king of Assyria if they turned to Him.

As Sovereign, God owns us by creation and by redemption. He is not happy when we do not have faith in His ability to solve our problems. He wants us to have complete and absolute confidence in Him and His promises. Whenever we are faced with a difficult situation, the Lord wants us not to look towards men for help but to look up towards heaven from whence comes our help. He is our very present help in trouble.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 18 - 21

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is unwise to lean on the shoulders of carnal men."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:07am On Dec 25, 2015
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

In spite of them

TEXT: JOHN 15:18-27

"But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause" (John 15:25).

The service of God Almighty demands cross-bearing. And in this solemn address to His disciples, Jesus made it clear that temptations, trials and persecution would attend our sojourn on earth. He pointed out to them that they needed not the applause of men, stressing that since He was hated of the world, they would also be hated. He made it clear that if they could so treat Him despitefully, the disciples must be prepared for more humiliation. Although He came to the world and rendered selfless service to humanity, the world still hated Him without a cause.

From our text, being a Christian exposes one to attacks from haters of the gospel. Believers who are not aware of the manipulations of the devil often misinterpret the source of their problems. God may allow a believer to pass through some trials in the hands of evil men. It is not a sign of weakness or as though God cannot deliver His own. The believer ought to know that "we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

Believers are to count the cost of their determination to serve the Lord. Following Christ is fraught with challenges, but with courage and determination, we shall make it to the end. Whatever trials we may be passing through; whatever afflictions and persecutions we may be experiencing, we must realize that our Redeemer and Captain also suffered.

Moreover, in times of adversity, we must not give in to self-pity and regret. We must commit all things to God who judges righteously. All we need do is to keep praying, trusting and believing that He who keeps us never sleeps or slumbers.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 22 - 24

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Righteousness always triumphs over evil."

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Re: Daily Manna (DCLM) — IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:22am On Dec 25, 2015
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Stand Firm, Please

TEXT: HEBREWS 13:8-15

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8 ).

Various political parties across the globe promise change if voted into power. A newly-recruited company executive officer also gives the assurance that he/she is going to effect changes. Even in religious circles, people talk about change and some of these changes are known to have compromised standards and negatively altered spiritual values.

The drive for "change" is always on the upswing because the world system is not perfect. People continue to experiment to see if there is any way things can improve in society.

But the more they try, the more corruption, impunity, wickedness and lawlessness pervade the society. The passage today holds a contrary view. It shows the portrait of Jesus Christ who remains unchanged in all circumstances. He does not lower standards to accommodate those who complain of difficulty in complying with laid-down rules. He does not bow to the tempter to prove He is the Messiah. The bows, arrows and other terrifying instruments of destruction which the Jews brandished when they came to arrest him, and the ill-treatment meted out to Him on the way to Golgotha, could not make Him change His mind on who He is.

In the text, Apostle Paul tells the Hebrew brethren to remain steadfast and not be tossed by every wind of doctrine.

He draws our attention to the Lord Jesus Christ who had to "suffer without the gate" in order to set a worthy example and admonishes us to do good at all times and form the habit of communicating with God always, so that we might please Him. We must resolve to maintain our faith in the face of trials. We must remain steadfast and committed to the Lord, always looking up to Him as the Author and finisher of our faith.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 25 - 28

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "No matter what, truth always triumphs over falsehood."

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Friday, 25 December 2015

His Kingdom

TEXT: ROMANS 14:10 – 22

"Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth" (Romans 14:22).

Martin Luther King Jr. Once said 'Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the wellbeing of a person or animal is at stake; society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way'.

The Christian church, while uncompromising in its stand against conducts opposed to scriptural standards, should not make rules and regulations that are not in tandem with the force of God's laws and commandments. This is because such rules and regulations could possibly have been formulated on the basis of mere morals, personal dislikes or tribal and cultural sentiment.

Our text deals with issues that border on the believer's understanding of true Christ-likeness, holiness, fruitfulness, doctrine and morals. This involves a sincere evaluation, correction and rebuke of one another in love and humility, when and where necessary.

Believers should refrain from judging one another. Christ our Lord is the One who has the right to judge. We must avoid anything that constitutes stumbling-block to fellow believers especially the weak. Whether we are strong or weak, we must realise that true liberty does not lie in the exercise of that liberty if it will disrupt the peace of the body of Christ, knowing that the highest good is not attained in the use of liberty but in its use to edify the church.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 29 – 31

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Don't use your liberty as a cloke of maliciousness."

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

It Pays To Be Faithful

TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 1:8-18

"The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me" (2 Timothy 1:16).

Writing from Rome as he approached execution at the hands of Nero, Apostle Paul was evidently inspired by the Holy Spirit to dwell on the indispensability of steadfast endurance during the believer's race to heaven. The epistle is addressed to young Timothy, the beloved apostle's trusted co-labourer in the Lord's vineyard. He expects Timothy to impart the teachings in this second epistle to the brethren in the church at Ephesus, where Timothy had been ordained a bishop.

The topic of consistent righteous living comes in handy for Paul who himself had had abundant grace from the Lord to endure the afflictions that had been his lot since he first met the Lord. The prospect of death did not even put him in a state of panic. He cheerfully declares: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (02 Timothy 04:06-08).

Paul encourages Timothy and the Ephesian believers as well as all believers in Christ to follow his footsteps by refusing to be lured by the gilded attractions of the world which made some old companions (including Demas) to turn away from the faith.

Onesiphorus did not turn away from Christ. He was not scared or discouraged by Paul's predicament. He earnestly looked for the apostle in Rome and refreshed him, with a grateful Paul offering this prayer: "The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day" (2 Timothy 1:16,18). May God reward your faithfulness as He did for Onesiphorus.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 32 – 35

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The liberal soul will be made fat."

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Not The Ultimate Goal

TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 12:8-14

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher, founded the school of thought that proclaimed the pursuit of bodily pleasure as the greatest good. He claimed that the absence of pain constituted the highest form of happiness that should be the objective of man. He and his followers believed that this ideology would lead to a state of tranquility and freedom from fear.

How sadly wrong they were! Because more than 600 years earlier, a king of Israel who had swum in wanton affluence and pleasure proved the tragedy and futility of life without holiness and God. According to Jewish tradition, King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes during his last years of life, after he had seen the worthlessness of materialism as a way to happiness.

The son of the great King David, Solomon inherited massive affluence. He went on to experience power, honour, fame and sensual pleasure, marrying 700 wives and keeping 300 concubines. But it was all empty existence and disillusion. He did not derive any joy in all these carnal possessions. This explains the occurrence of the word "vanity" 37 times in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Yet, despite the underlining pessimism of this intensely personal book, Solomon concludes by foreshadowing the crux of Jesus' teaching about 1000 years later. We should not store up treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19-21,24). It is senseless to gain the whole world and forfeit one's soul (Matthew 16:26). A man's life is not weighed by materialism (Luke 12:15). We should not trust in riches if we are believers in eternal life which comes through Jesus (1 Timothy 6:17).

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 36 – 38

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A life apart from Christ is a life torn apart."

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Just Obey

TEXT: HEBREWS 13:16-25

"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you" (Hebrews 13:17).

Instructions are hard to obey. In every society, there are laws that must be obeyed by every citizen; failure to do so attracts punishments. Whether in religious or circular world, there are laid-down rules that are not negotiable. A society that is full of rebels cannot move forward.

Anti-social behaviours anywhere in the world constitute serious distraction to authorities. By the same token, when there are rebellious members of the church, the work of the Lord suffers.

In the text, Paul the apostle sternly warns against any attitude that could amount to rebellion in the church. He urge members to "obey them that have the rule over..." them. He noted that if by any act of disobedience the leaders fail in their duties, it would be unprofitable for the disobedient followers.

Nowadays, there are many rebellious people in the church who oppose every decision by the authorities. There are those who constitute themselves as a destabilizing force within establishments. It ought not to be so. Some people think they can do whatever pleases them and get away with it, but the Scripture is clear on the dire consequences of putting a wedge against the progress of God's work.

Like the children of Israel who resisted Moses on their way to the Promised Land and received a recompense for their disobedient actions, even so shall those who constitute a stumbling-block for others on their journey to heaven receive punishment for their destabilising actions.

However, the Bible is replete with God's promises to those who obey Him. He never changes. All He wants is a life of obedience and cooperation with leaders He has appointed over us. When we do, we shall reap abundant blessings here and hereafter.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 39 – 42

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Obedience brings blessing."

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Let Go!

TEXT: ISAIAH 43:18-21

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19).

It is said that he who sits down to recount his past failures and disappointments increases his sorrows. Looking back causes him to lose focus and faith in God.

Our text deals with God's unfathomable love and mercy towards Israel. The people had ceaselessly sinned through abominable idolatry and disobedience. They dishonoured His commandments and went into spiritual harlotry; neither did they heed God's warning through His prophets.

But as His people repented and returned to Him, He assured them, "I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth... I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" (verse 19). He also gave them a charge, "remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old" (verse 18). There was going to be a new time of forgiveness, blessing, restoration and God's abiding presence if they could put the past behind them and focus on the present and God's ability to make the future better.

Today, believers who have gone astray and away from the Lord are called upon to return to their God. Sinners outside the fold of Christ are required to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. Together, we are to be witnesses of the grace of God and the great provision He has made for us. This we can do effectively if we take our minds off our past failures and disappointments. Your future is as bright as the promises of God.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 43 – 44

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Each day is new for the believer, signalling a new dawn."

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A Grand Rebellion

TEXT: REVELATION 19:17-21

"And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh" (Revelation 19:21).

From the remotest point of antiquity, men have longed for and talked about a golden age, a utopia, an age of peace and justice and righteousness, a time when oppression and war will cease. Poets have written about it. Folk singers still sing about it. Politicians promise it. Prophets predict it. Most people cry for it. But no one can actualize it but Christ.

From our text, King Jesus comes to destroy the ungodly and to take His elect from all over the universe into His Kingdom. This comes at the end of the Great Tribulation according to Matthew chapter 24. When all of the judgments pronounced in our text are complete, then the King comes to defeat the Antichrist and his prophet.

Christ is coming back to destroy all the ungodly who refused His lordship over them. Those who reject His message and redemption today and follow Satan in his rebellion should expect His judgment at the end of their lives.

The story of the fall of man in the garden of Eden was Satan’s first attempt to co-opt man into his group of rebels. Since then, man has been deceived into various acts of rebellion as the devil urges him on. The army which the Antichrist will bring together from every part of the earth will be his biggest act of rebellion; yet, they shall be utterly crushed and Christ shall set up His millennial kingdom.

This kingdom will not be a coalition of governments, but an absolute one with an absolute Monarch. It will be the best regime ever. You can begin to prepare now to be part of that kingdom where sin, sickness and Satan shall be shut out; but there shall be absolute peace and joy for all who served the King of kings and Lord of lords when they were on earth.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 45 – 46

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Rebellion damns; avoid it."

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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Hope Of His Calling

TEXT: EPHESIANS 1:15-23

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints" (Ephesians 1:18).

The Book of Ephesians declares two basic themes: how the true seeker is redeemed and how the redeemed should now live his new life. Therefore, Paul the apostle seeks to strengthen their faith and spiritual foundation by revealing the fullness of God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle's prayer for the Ephesian believers reflects God's highest desire for every believer in Christ: that the Spirit will work in them in a greater measure so that they may receive more wisdom, revelation and knowledge concerning God's redemptive purposes for present and future salvation. And, for the believer to make progress in grace, advance victoriously over Satan and witness effectively to the lost world, he must always have God's power abiding in him.

Being thus enlightened, the Christian believer progressively recognizes the priceless value of his salvation and the treasure he is to God. Having tasted of God's power through conversion, he devotes Himself more to receiving from God and obtaining strength for daily living.

As the believer awaits the coming of his Saviour, he devotes his life to sharing the good news of salvation with people around him, extends a helping hand to those struggling with life’s challenges, engages in activities that touch people’s lives and ensures he lives a holy life before his Lord. By these, he shall be drawn daily into deeper understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom, growing in the grace that comes through Christ.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 47 – 48

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Our calling is for the glory yet to come."

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Beyond the Present

TEXT: ROMANS 11:1-6

"But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal" (Romans 11:4).

The telescope was developed in 1609 by an Italian scientist of the Renaissance Age, Galileo, to establish the certainty of the movement of the earth round the sun. This tool led to the tradition of seeking what the future held in store for man. It was held that if man could invent the means of seeking farther than his immediate physical environment, he could also possibly project himself into the future without divine input and guidance. What a folly!

To the Almighty God only, is reserved the precise knowledge and fine details of the future and eternity; not to man or his short-sighted devices. And He reveals such secrets at His pleasure to His people (Deuteronomy 29:29). He did it for Apostle Paul by the leading of the Holy Spirit when he declared that Israel, God's people, was only temporarily rejected. God in His mercy had a bright future for them.

Paul's reference to Prophet Elijah who lived nearly 600 years earlier also underscores the sorry condition of man when he presumes to know the depth of the present or the future. When the fiery prophet laments that he is the only one left in Israel who has not given in to the idol, Baal, the Omniscient says He has kept for Himself 7,000 others who have not "bowed unto Baal".

God is still the Sovereign of the universe. He is aware of the minute details of what goes on in the world and in our lives (Matthew 10:29- 31). He is there at the beginning of the year and right there each step of the way throughout the year and beyond. We do not need a horoscope or palm reader or telescope to look into the future or to know what to expect in the New Year. God has everything worked out for the faithful Christian as long as he is in the centre of His will every moment of his life, believing in His precious promises: "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20).

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 1 – 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Launch yourself into the New Year trusting only in the Lord of Eternity!"

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Evil Awaits Evil Persons

TEXT: Micah 2:1-5

"Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil" (Micah 2:3).

The generation of Americans at the time of the end of the US War of Independence took a wise decision in framing conventions, treaties and ordinances to guide the allotment of land to the states. According to historians, the newly formed nation comprising 13 states would have been plunged into a more devastating conflict had there not been a strict adherence and enforcement of those laws.

Now far back in history, the children of Israel in the days of Prophet Micah failed to follow God's precepts on land inheritance. The Lord knew the destructive consequences of dispute over land, so He had divided portions of the Promised Land among the tribes of Israel. His perfect plan would not make room for any encroachment as no tribe or family was without inheritance. Even the daughters of Zelophehad who were first denied land possession because their father had no male child had the decision reversed by God.

However, several centuries later, Israel set aside God's laws on land possession. A rich and powerful class emerged that applied force to seize the property of the poor. These people had no other business than to plot evil from dawn to dusk.

God would not stand indifferent. So in verse 3, He pronounced woe upon the perpetrators of evil, oppression and land-grabbers. Man cannot get away with disobedience to God. There may be a deceptive lull blinding the perpetrator from perceiving the looming danger. Yet, unless the sinner repents, he cannot escape the full weight of the sentence and eternal perdition. God is always waiting for that crucial moment of godly sorrow on the part of the wicked. It is not an endless wait, though. One day the door of mercy shall be shut and the Lord shall say to the tardy and the negligent: "...I know you not whence ye are; depart from me..." (Luke 13:27).

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 4 – 6

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The wicked will harvest evil on the day of judgment"

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Unassailable Love

TEXT: GALATIANS 6:1-5

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2).

Early in 2015, a woman's globally acclaimed charity work for the poor in India was disparaged by insinuations that her motives were not altruistic. Her critics claimed that the nun's enormous sacrifices for the sick and the underclass were not borne out of genuine love and determination to uplift them, but rather to convert the idolatrous Hindus she fed and looked after to Christianity.

These adversaries were not swayed by the woman's lifetime vow to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor". Their comments on the intentions of the respected charity worker caused a storm worldwide with most people coming to the aid of the late nun. They insisted that only genuine love for the poor as commanded by Jesus Christ could have led the woman to live all her life among the poor, and spend and be spent till the day of her death.

To love Christ's way is to offer sacrificial service in the belief that one is doing it because the Lord commands it. The law of Christ is to love your enemy, love your neighbour as yourself. It is to love your spouse with all his or her imperfections as the Lord Himself loved us so much that while we were yet in sin, He offered to die for us so we would not perish if we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.

To fulfil the law of Christ is to follow in His footsteps. We must stoop to serve the brethren and the Church of Christ. Our service must not be to align with the mood or pleasure of the world. Instead, it must be as a result of our love for the Lord and His work. If we love the Lord and His commandments, we shall love the brethren.

This Christ-like sacrificial love is missing in the world today. Genuine Christians must fill the gap to honour our Saviour.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 7 – 10

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "True greatness lies in being a channel of blessing to others"

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Monday, 4 January 2016

The Perfect Reign Is Coming

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 6:1-6

"But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel" (2 Chronicles 6:6).

Bible scholars agree that the golden age of ancient Israel was during the reign of Solomon, son of King David. They hold the view that the period witnessed unprecedented peace, power, prosperity, prestige and an ambitious expansion of the kingdom. Another indisputable consensus is that the era began with Solomon inviting God to step into the project of ruling the people from day one.

Solomon pleaded while dedicating the temple in Jerusalem: "Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attend unto the prayer that is made in this place". God's answer to the request is found in the tranquillity and blessedness enjoyed in Israel in the days of Solomon. The young monarch swam in splendour and greatness not witnessed by his father whose reign was full of rebellion and family troubles. Solomon was endowed with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that attracted great men and woman from far and near to his palace. His proverbs and sayings were not ordinary. His utterances soothed and comforted the sorrowful.

Although rich, Solomon still saw kings and queens bringing more wealth to him. You enjoy prosperity when you ask God to step into your affairs.

We may marvel at the abundance supply in the time of Solomon. But it is only symbolic of a far better reign which is to come under the Perfect King Jesus Christ. It foreshadows the eternal reign of the King of kings in Whose time we shall have an "kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:14).

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 11 – 13

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Eternal bliss awaits those who endure till the end"

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Awesome Judgment

TEXT: PSALM 82:1-7

"They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course" (Psalm 82:5).

A private in the United States Army medical department became extremely nervous when told the colonel-in-charge wanted to see him. He had not met such a senior officer before; so, he wondered what awaited him. He thought with apprehension what offence he might have committed that was to bring the boss' wrath on him.

A more awesome dread is the lot of those who are responsible for putting "all the foundations of the earth out of course". The worried writer of Psalm 82 surveys the spiritual desolation where there is gross miscarriage of justice and asks for how long this would go on.

From this pedestal, he cries out to man to go back to where God wants him to be. He must resort to fair judgment; he must not decide matters to favour the rich and the powerful in society; he must not look on while the defenceless is deprived of his goods and rights. A society in the long run is not assessed by its wealth or number of rich men. It is rated by how it accommodates the weak elements in its fold.

Since nothing escapes the all-seeing eyes of God, the psalmist offers the inevitable: "Arise, O God, judge the earth". But God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:32). He has made provision for the sinner to make right his way and secure pardon. He sent Jesus Christ to die a proxy death for the wicked so that the latter's sin does not take him into eternal destruction. When the sinner thus has his sin cleansed by the blood of Jesus, he does not need to have any fear of the wrath of God if he remains faithful to Him.

It is those who are not sure about their relationship with God who fear each time there is a message on the coming of the Lord. A genuine Christian, saved, sanctified and serving the Lord faithfully should not be like the American soldier.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 14 – 16

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Fear of God's laws promotes love for His second coming"

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Encountering God's Love In Adversity

TEXT: LAMENTATIONS 3:55-58

"Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not" (Lamentations 3:57).

When Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5 that the tree of hope is watered by tribulation, patience and experience, he was being taught by God to restate the truth He revealed to Prophet Jeremiah some 660 years earlier. Like Paul whose experience of hardship in the course of faithfully serving the Lord drove him further to love and trust God, Jeremiah's similar persecution led him to hope in God Who did not disappoint him.

As he wrote the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah recalled his celebrated encounter with the faithfulness of God when he was thrown into the pit by the princes of Judah. Left alone to die in the dungeon, the prophet cried unto the Almighty for deliverance from the hands of his enemies. God rescued him in his hour of need. Following his experience, Jeremiah was emboldened to plead for Jerusalem when the Babylonian army invaded Judah and wasted the land.

A Christian's challenges in his day-to-day activities and how the Lord helps him overcome them must form the basis of his hope in Him. The believer in the Lord is allowed to pass through some trials and temptations in order to strengthen and enable him bear his cross. When testimonies of such deliverances are shared among the brethren, they serve to edify the saints as well as win souls for the Lord.

The moments of persecution and affliction are no moments to flinch from God. They are times to be grateful to Him for the salvation He has wrought for us and for preparing heaven for the redeemed. It is a moment to praise God in anticipation of deliverance; they are moments to remember what He did for us in the past. We must believe in the God "Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us" (2 Corinthians 1:10).

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 17 – 20

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's compassions fail not; they are new every morning"

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Divine Prophecy Dramatized

TEXT: EZEKIEL 4:9-17

"Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment" (Ezekiel 4:16).

Secular actors and playwrights pride themselves on their skill and ability to work at drama they claim is useful to correcting the ills of the society. Their writing has led to the creation of a huge industry that in turn has offered employment to thousands of citizens. But there is a downside: it is a modern Pied Piper of Hamelin playing deadly tunes drawing most of society into sensuality, irreverence and ultimate moral bankruptcy and eternal damnation.

The time to visit sinning Judah had come. The land was filled to the brim with rebellion, apostasy and idol worship. The law of Moses given to guide the children of Israel in the path of righteousness some 875 years earlier had been set aside. In its place were idolatrous conduct and immorality. Punishment was coming via a siege and eventual fall of Jerusalem. But first, the warning was through a dramatization symbolism of the wrath to come.

God asked His servant, Ezekiel, to lie on his left side in the full view of the residents of Jerusalem. He would do so for 390 days. Next, he was to rest on his right side for 40 more days. All these indicated that the people of Jerusalem would have their activities severely restricted under a siege coming their way. There would be food shortages as symbolised by the small amount of food Ezekiel was asked to take (verses 9-11). He was asked to cook his food over cow's excrement to reflect Judah's spiritual defilement.

Ezekiel acted all these in obedience to the Lord. His complete submission to God's order is a lesson to his followers. We must be willing to witness for the Lord on His own terms without seeking permission for adjustments to suit us. We must pray for greater boldness to "dramatically portray the sins" of society the Ezekiel way, without minding the comments of friends, colleagues and relations.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 21 – 23

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The old-time religion is still the answer to taming sin"

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Friday, 8 January 2016

No Room for Boasting

TEXT: ROMANS 11:12-18

"Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee" (Romans 11:18).

According to a story in the Grand Rapids Press, the owner of a small foreign car had begun to irritate his friends by bragging incessantly about his gas mileage. So they decided on a way to get some humour out of his tireless boasting, as well as bring it to an end. Every day, one of them would sneak into the parking lot where the man kept his car and pour a few gallons of gas into the tank. Soon he was recording absolute phenomenal mileage and boasting of getting as much as 90 miles per gallon. It was even more fun to watch his reaction when they stopped refilling the tank. The poor fellow couldn't figure out what had happened to his car.

Paul the apostle in our text spoke about our salvation as entirely the work of grace, leaving no room for boasting. Israel were set aside due to their present rejection of Christ and the grafting in of the gentiles that followed through faith. Gentile believers are cautioned not to boast about the favour they now have, but rather be thankful and humble, lest their rejoicing and unguarded attitude lead to their fall.

The exhortation from this text should be taken seriously by every standing believer today. There are many reasons we should avoid the euphoria of thinking we have already arrived, and boasting ourselves against those who have fallen from the faith. One of the reasons we should never boast is because we are saved by grace through faith and not by our own works. We equally should remember that the story of those who fell could be our story if we become careless and prayerless. The doctrine of eternal unconditional security does not have a place since God is no respecter of persons; those who sin against Him will face the wrath of His judgment as their former walk with Him in times past will no longer count.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 24 – 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The discerning runs purely on the fuel of grace"

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Never an Easy Ride

TEXT: JEREMIAH 12:1-6

"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5).

A story was told of a boy who deliberately failed third grade so he wouldn't have to go into fourth grade and write with ink. Today, our children are not worrying about ink in elementary school but are learning to use simple computer programs so they'll be prepared to use more difficult programs in high school and college. There's no growth without challenge, and there's no challenge without change.

Prophet Jeremiah had this theological crisis in our text. He found himself struggling with the paradox of wicked people prospering. He couldn't understand why a holy God would permit false prophets and unfaithful priests to prosper while he, His faithful servant, was facing trials. God's reply to him wasn't the kind he expected. Instead of focusing on the wicked, he was encouraged to concentrate on himself. He was told not to expect an easy ride as the life of the prophet involves suffering.

Jeremiah probably would have had a comfortable and secure life if he had not accepted the call to be a prophet. He was like a man running a race and having a hard time keeping up. He was now to progress running with foot soldiers to racing with fast horses. And from a level playing ground to coping with an overflowing Jordan.

As Christian pilgrims, we must not expect an easy ride. Life on the narrow road can bring about hardships, misunderstanding and opposition by even members of our own families. Each new challenge (horses, jungles, opposition of relatives) will help us develop our faith and prepare us for more fruitful ministry and heaven at last.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 26 – 28

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "An easy life stifles maturity; challenges develop spiritual muscles"

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Daily Manna
Sunday, 10 January 2016

Danger of Backsliding

TEXT: 2 KINGS 1:1-6

"And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease" (2 Kings 1:2).

Bertrand Russell was born into a Christian home and taught to believe in God, but he rejected his training and became an outspoken atheist. His daughter, Katherine Tait, said of him, "Somewhere at the bottom of his heart, in the depths of his soul, there was an empty space that once had been filled by God, and he never found anything else to put in it."

In the days of Elijah, Israel continued in the sins of Jeroboam, a well-celebrated index case of backsliding in the northern kingdom. Ahaziah, the ninth king to rule this part of Israel continued in the sins and wickedness of his fathers when he ascended the throne. The consequence of his sinful reign was terrible. First, the economy suffered a recession when Moab, a tributary nation, rebelled against Israel. His health equally took a downward turn when he accidentally fell from his upper chamber. His attempt to seek solution from the gods of the Ekronites was rebuffed by God through Elijah the prophet, who communicated God's judgment on him through his messengers: he will die of the disease for failing to seek the God of Israel.

We learnt a lot from this passage. Those who knowingly depart from the teachings of God's word to seek refuge in darkness must be prepared to cope with the evil that lurks in dark places. And when we already know that our problems are caused by our iniquities, we must repent and return to God rather than seek help from places where there is no help.

Those who continue to seek solution from the wrong sources must realise that they are on a wild goose chase. Seeking help from a woman with familiar spirit brought down the kingdom of Saul and contributed to his eventual death (1 Chronicles 10:13). Returning to God for mercy still remains the only viable option.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 29 – 31

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Hard is the way of transgressors"

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