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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:54pm On Oct 12, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, 09 October, 2015

A Precious Offer

TEXT: JOHN 4:1-26

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24)

Aiden Wilson Tozer, an American Christian pastor, once said: "Salvation is, from our side, a choice; from the divine side, it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our 'accepting' and 'willing' are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God".

The text, highlighting the challenges of preconceived notions about social and ethnic barriers, particularly between the Samaritans and the Jews, reveals God as the final authority in all things. Prior to this time, the two nations had hated themselves to the extent that the Jews, while going to Galilee, would avoid passing through Samaria, which was a direct route. Instead, they would circumvent Samaria, making their journey twice the normal.

Jesus was not given to such animosity, especially as He came to break such barriers and bring salvation to souls. When He met the Samaritan woman at the well and demanded for water, she expressed shock because she thought Jesus would manifest a life of hatred and unhealthy rivalry, which was the practice between the Samaritans and the Jews. In the course of their conversation, Jesus offered her the free gift of "living water".

The grace of God which brings salvation is available to all men. Believers must work with this mindset to reach every soul for Christ. In Jesus, you cannot trace ethnic, religious or tribal animosity. If it were so, the Samaritan woman would have been lost for ever. The grace of God that brought you into Christ can also reach other sinners if you dare open the bowels of mercy in you to them.

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 17 - 19

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God’s grace has no artificial frontier; it is available to all"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:32am On Oct 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday, 10 October, 2015

Hostility Towards God

TEXT: PSALMS 78:10-20

"They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law" (Psalm 78:10)

The Israelites, for quite a number of times, displayed hostilities towards God, in spite of what He did for them. They refused to keep His commandments but only interested in what they liked to do. As Ephraim had everything it needed to fight a war but ran away, so also God gave His people everything they needed but they refused to obey Him.

God made a way through the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through, while the Egyptians were drowned. This miracle was the first of its kind in the world. God also showed them the way through the desert by the means of a special cloud in the day and at night. He supplied water for them in the desert when they thought they would die of thirst. After all these miracles, the people still refused to obey God's laws or keep the covenant.

Surprisingly, there are so-called children of God who are more hostile to God than the Israelites. God has helped them and lifted them beyond measure in their families and society. He gave them wives, husbands, children, promotion and riches. Yet, their hearts are buffeted with pride and arrogance. Some have completely forgotten God, who helped them to overcome their challenges and blessed them with abundant resources. He has healed, comforted and strengthened them. Yet they have refused to reciprocate His kind gesture.

The believer's relationship with God cannot be based solely on what we receive from Him. We are to worship God and appreciate Him, even if His blessings momentarily "cease." It is more than enough that He has saved us and is preparing us for heaven. Whatever else He does for us must be sufficiently appreciated, so that He will always be satisfied and happy with our sacrifices.

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 20 - 21

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin is a deadly reproach to both man and God"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:23pm On Oct 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday, 11 October, 2015

Fierce Judgment


"I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies" (Jeremiah 12:7)

Frontline evangelist, Billy Graham, many years ago, was arrested for over-speeding. When he was charged to court, he pleaded guilty. The judge, though friendly, embarrassed him for being in his court and fined him ten dollars. Graham noted that if the judge had let him go free, it would have been inconsistent with justice; he had to pay the penalty."

The Israelites, according to our text, attracted the wrath of God upon themselves. They worked against God, blasphemed His name, opposed His authority, became defiant and cried out against Him as a lion in the forest. God's pastors, who were supposed to take care of the people, became uncultured, ravenous and ungovernable. Therefore, God refused to associate with them and His temple there because they had polluted it. He marked them out for ruin and utter desolation.

He equally promised to judge other nations, who had robbed His people of what He had given them. Many of these neighbouring people, He stated, would go into captivity. Among these nations were Egyptians, Assyrians, Edomites, Moabites, Ammonites, Arameans and Babylonians. God would only have compassion on them and bring them back at the end of their captivity, if they repented of their sins, put their trust in Him and worshipped Him. But if they did not repent, He would destroy them again.

God is also warning sinners and backsliders to repent and trust in Him to avoid a similar fate. The repercussion of sinful lifestyle is severe. As He pronounced punishments on Judah and other nations who contravened His commandment, so also He has prepared the lake of fire for unrepentant sinners. The only escape route is total repentance from sin and acceptance of Christ as Lord and personal Saviour.

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 22

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's judgment is without partiality; He never overlooks sin"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:21pm On Oct 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, 12 October, 2015

A Ready Witness

TEXT: ACTS 8:26-40

"And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple" (Acts 9:26)

As the age winds to a close, the Lord Jesus is in dire need of those who will faithfully and unconditionally give themselves to soul-winning. One sad thing that has befallen Christendom today is that we have become too busy and preoccupied with many activities that the Lord can hardly get our attention to speak to us and get us do His bidding.

This is where the life of Philip the evangelist comes as a great challenge. Although he was busy and occupied with the revival that the Lord had used him to start in Samaria, he never allowed the euphoria of that success to deafen his ears and make him insensitive to the Spirit of God. He was a ready, willing and available man for God's use. That was why God was able to use him mightily in Samaria in the first place. Now, when the Lord needed a man to witness to the Ethiopian Eunuch, He could count on Philip; he did not fail Him.

Can God get your attention when He needs it? Is it possible for Him to get you out of your busy pursuit and engagements to run errands for Him? Should the Lord need someone to send to a ripened soul waiting to be harvested into the kingdom, will He call on you? Or, are you so buried in your business that you cannot hear the cry of the dying world or the voice of the loving Saviour bidding you to go and help someone understand the way of salvation?

There are many "Eunuchs of Ethiopia" around us today, longing for some "Philips" to help them understand the way of salvation. If we are to be worthy vessels that the Lord can employ for emergency rescue missions, then we must be surrendered, willing, ready and open to the voice of the Spirit of God. Our vessels must be clean at all times and filled up with the Holy Spirit.

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 23 - 24

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God will only use a willing and ready heart; are you one?"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:38am On Oct 14, 2015
Daily Manna
Tuesday, 13 October,2015

How To Go Further In Life


"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8.)

Many times, we give faith the meaning it does not possess. We think faith means that we can claim anything and receive it. In reality, faith is not reckless adventure, nor is it blind resignation. It does see things, usually invisible things - things that natural wisdom, great talent can never get for you. This is what makes faith compelling and hard to ignore.

Noah had such faith. He knew nothing about rainfall until God told him that a deluge was imminent. He believed that a great downpour was coming, simply because God said so. This faith influenced him to construct the ark with which he preserved the lives of not only his family, but also of God’s creatures. Abraham too packed up and commenced a journey to the unknown. He was content to live as a stranger in the land of promise which he was later to inherit. All the time, he kept his eyes on the heavenly city built by God. His wife Sarah, too, had faith that enabled her to conceive and bear a child in old age. She, who was hopelessly considered incapable of having a baby, would later become the mother of multitudes, too numerous to count. All these heroes of faith died before the promises given them could be fulfilled. This apart, they were more preoccupied with the heavenly city which God has prepared for His children whose lives do not bring Him shame.

The promises of God do not always come too soon to children of God. Sometimes, God wants to test our faithfulness to see if we truly trust His ability to solve our problems, to keep His words and perform His promises. We are not to question the veracity of what He has said, but simply take Him at His words. The greatest of those promises is God’s desire to take us to heaven. To qualify for such honour, we must never do anything that will drag the name of the Lord in the mud.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 1 - 3

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Faith and obedience are inseparable twins"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:17am On Oct 15, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

What Do You See?

TEXT: NUMBERS 13:17-33

"And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30).

All through the ages, the wrong use of the eyes has constituted a serious problem for many. It has ruined lives and many individuals are now in hell lamenting over the damaging use of their eyes! Many have also lost great opportunities for seeing insurmountable challenges where opportunities abound. The Bible expressly warns about the lust of the eyes. Achan got into trouble because he "saw" the goodly Babylonian garments and coveted them. David got into series of sin because he saw a nude woman taking her bath.

Moses saw the need to send some leaders to spy out the land of Canaan. The terms of reference included: finding out what kind of people lived there, determining whether the city was fortified or not, discovering whether the dwellers were strong or weak, ascertaining whether the land was good or bad, judging whether it was a walled city or not and observing whether the people lived in tents or strongholds. While Caleb admonished the people to arise and conquer the land, the evil report of majority of the spies, based on what they saw, caused confusion in the camp.

The days in which we live are evil and too many things are happening that are capable of discouraging those who operate carnally. Today, there is fear within and without; there are crises, hunger, pestilences and wars. This was the situation with majority of the spies. They reported what they saw with their eyes, but Caleb saw differently even though he knew that giants inhabited the land.

What you see influences your utterances and actions. Do you see hope in the midst of hopelessness? Or, are you like the 10 spies that said it was impossible to go against the Canaanites? Cast off your doubts and go in this might of yours to take the land, for you are well able under the guidance of the Most High.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 4 - 6

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Dare to be different and seize the bull by the horn"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:26am On Oct 15, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday, 15 October, 2015

The Untamed Beast

TEXT: JAMES 3:1-18

"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell" (James 3:6).

A Mongolian story was told of two geese which were about to embark on their annual autumn migration southward, when they were entreated by a frog to take him with them. The geese expressed their willingness to do so if a means of conveyance could be devised. The frog then produced a long stalk of grass, got the two geese to take it one by each end while he clung to it by his mouth in the middle. In this manner, the three were making their journey when they were noticed from below by some men. The men loudly expressed their admiration for the device and wondered who had been clever enough to discover it. Whereupon the vainglorious frog opened his mouth to say, "It was I", lost his hold, fell to the earth, and was dashed to pieces. Such is the ruin of the untamed tongue with its damning portents.

The size of the tongue in relation to the whole body is illustrated with bits in the horse's mouth. Though it is so small, yet it is powerful enough to control the whole movements of the horse. Our tongue is a little member in the body, but has the potential and capacity to determine our immediate and future destiny.

The untamed tongue of the unregenerate is filled with unsavoury words, emanating from a perverted heart. Boastful words, arrogant words, gossip, backbiting, angry words, despiteful words, curses, abuses, words of deception, lies, evil speaking, and such like, are products of the untamed tongue, which could lead the carrier to untimely physical and eternal death in hell, if not repented of.

On the other hand, a tamed tongue, washed and purged with the blood of Jesus Christ is used for the benefit of the carrier and people around him. A tamed tongue preaches and wins souls for the kingdom of God. Out of the tamed tongue issues kind and loving words. Say, which tongue do you possess?

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 7 - 8

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Your tongue is a spiritual thermometer; use it wisely"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:01am On Oct 19, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, 16 October, 2015

Great Tribulation? Not For Me


"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the LovePeddler, and shall make her desolate and Unclad, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire" (Revelation 17:16).

Encountering the symbolic scenes the devil would establish during the Great Tribulation, as seen in our text, should make true followers to take a firm decision never to be part of that awful age. The prostitute sitting upon the waters (verse 15) indicates that there would be a centralised global religious system in the first part of the tribulation. This religion would be integrated into the system of the Antichrist when he captures political control.

Yet, as verse 16 reveals, the prostitute, representing the religious (apostate Christianity) wing of the union will fall out with the Antichrist (the political arm), with the prostitute and her institutions losing out. They would be crushed. It is God's will. It is God's judgment against the fallen world's religious order and its leaders who rejected God's truth in Jesus Christ. This will leave the scene for the trio of the devil, Antichrist and the false prophet to be in full control of the world.

The joy of the believer reading this prophecy is that eventually "the Lamb (our Lord Jesus Christ) shall overcome them for he is Lord of lords and King of kings" (verse 14). The knowledge of this should encourage us to show more appreciation to our Lord for saving us and assuring us of eternity in His Kingdom by doing more evangelism and remaining faithful to Him in holiness.

Believers need to strive for the truth that sets free. Many a believer, out of desperation for getting transient problems solved are being unwittingly shackled and manacled as it were to mere religious persuasions that manifest token signs and wonders, which are really from the pit of hell. The end of all religions as the book of Revelation exposes should make believers look beyond pretended signs and wonders to seeking the truth that can stand the tests of time and eternity.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 9 - 11

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Live daily for Christ and avoid the grim reality of the Great Tribulation"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:49pm On Oct 19, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday, 17 October, 2015

Courting God's Mercy


"How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?" (Psalms 89:46).

George Washington, the first President of United States of America, in his inaugural prayer for the nation, prayed: "Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection for one another and for their fellow citizens at large. And, finally, that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind."

The psalmist made a special prayer full of complaints that, in spite of God's promises to establish the kingdom of David forever, the royal family had faced some crises and was nearly ruined. After the complaints, he turned into prayer, seeking God's mercy. He had not lost confidence in Him. He noted that their afflictions came because God hid Himself from the people, which could be because of their sins. He had high hopes that God would forgive and show them His favourable countenance. He pointed out the brevity of human life, which, if they did not receive any taste of the divine goodness, would imply they were created in vain. He drew God's attention to His previous mercy towards their forefathers, and how other people now ridiculed them because He had abandoned them.

Many Christians today are accusing God of leaving them in the lurch. They fail to find out the cause of their affliction. God is never the cause of any problem; man is. Where there is sin to be repented of, do so without delay to avoid its retributive justice. If the challenge is from Satan, then utilise the weapons of our warfare to defeat him and his agents. In all things, refrain from charging God foolishly; plead for His mercy always.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 12 - 14

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To reject mercy here is to face judgment in eternity"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:43am On Oct 20, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday, 18 October, 2015

Draw Others To Christ

TEXT: JOHN 4:27-42

"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work" (John 4:34).

Dale Rasmussen, in his testimony of salvation, described how he got involved in criminal activities at a tender age of nine. He started with stealing small things like bottles of pop and candy bars. This led him to steal bigger items and break into houses. At age 16, he was caught and sent to reformation home. Later, his criminal activities became nauseating and started reflecting on the lives of his sisters and others who had Christ. He could now see the deep love of Christ. Eventually, he gave up the bad behaviour and embraced Christ.

When Christ's disciples saw Jesus having a conversation with the Samaritan woman, they were surprised, but none asked him anything about it. Jesus has no penchant to obey rules set by men, except they are in consonance with God's commandment. This should be a lesson to all. Rules set by men can only be obeyed if they are not for vain deceit, in compliance with the tradition of men and the rudiments of the world.

After Jesus had told the woman things about her life, she hurriedly went to town to inform others about Him. Her words convinced them because she started with her life experience, which they knew perfectly well. We can learn from this. When we tell others about Jesus, we should try to tell our personal experience of Him, which is not merely agreeing to follow the rules of a religion.

Unfortunately today, many Christians have not taken God's work seriously as their necessary food. Jesus never forgot His special assignment from God. Sadly, many of us have abandoned the great commission. It shows we do not have the same vision with Christ. The harvest is ready but there are few labourers. We need to quickly mount the chariot of the gospel, like Philip the evangelist, to continually preach the everlasting good news to all.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 15 - 17

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Be a channel of blessing, not a medium of confusion"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:03am On Oct 20, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, 19 October, 2015

Submission To Higher Powers


"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (Romans 13:7).

The world is filled with Satan's inspired ego; the ego that rebels against constituted authorities and promotes anarchy and disorder in the society.

At the time of writing the book of Romans, the civilized world was under the colonial rule of the Roman empire. Nationalists, zealots and patriots in many countries viewed the Roman authorities as occupiers, strangers and robbers of their nations' wealth. So, they decided to antagonize and possibly fight off the Romans.

Paul the apostle exhorted Christians in all the occupied countries to have a different view of authorities. Firstly, "all the powers that be, are ordained of God". Nobody seizes power behind God. Secondly, authorities are put in place to avoid anarchy and to ensure the well-being of citizens. Paul then cautioned against rebellion by Christians as it is synonymous with rebelling against God.

Paul's counsel resonates accurately today as many Christians, ignorantly and for tribal or ethnic reasons, will readily join in antagonizing people in governments. Christians are to pray to correct any anomaly observed in constituted authorities. We are the light and salt of the world. Christians are not human right activists. They are agents of the Prince of peace.

Believers must shun recourse to disobey constituted authorities whom unbelievers wantonly disdain. There is no power on earth that is ordained that does not have God’s tacit knowledge. Our stance therefore, is not to align with the bandwagon of evil doers and politicians. As the light of the world, believers must distinguish themselves through obedience to lawful dictates of government.

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 18 - 20

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Submit yourself to constituted authorities"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:13am On Oct 21, 2015
Daily Manna
Tuesday, 20 October,2015

Quiet Please!


"And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!" (Numbers 14:2).

A song writer scripted: "Quiet please, too much has already been said, just let it be and learn to listen instead, for sometimes thro' the silence, big problems become small and if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all".

In our text today, the genesis of the murmurings of the children of Israel was the faithless report of the ten out of twelve spies that Moses sent out to spy out the land of Canaan. After they had told the congregation about the presence of the descendants of the Anaks in the land and frantically insisted it would be suicidal for Israel to attempt to go against the giants, the people's heart sank. Even then, the people's reactions worsened the situation. Whereas they could have kept quiet and urged their leader Moses to seek the intervention of God, they began to talk about their desire to die in the open wilderness.

Believers must be cautious in responding to any information, however unfavourable. Rather than pass comments that may injure the faith of others, we must learn to keep quiet in desperate moments. Believers must live a life of few words, reacting to situations by absolutely trusting in the Lord. In the days we live, there are heart- rending pieces of information that fly about. We must learn to talk less but pray more.

Today, people die of heart-related challenges because of the dysfunctional information they received. People are depressed, and many are lying critically ill in hospitals nursing avoidable health crisis because of words spoken unadvisedly which they allowed to clog their minds.
As believers, how we respond to unfavourable news differentiates us from unbelievers who have no trust in God. If we fret and fear the same way those who have not known Christ do, where then lies the faith we profess. Quiet please!

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 21 - 22

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The Lord knows the way through the wilderness; just silently follow"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:19pm On Oct 21, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday, 21 October, 2015

Duty To The Society

TEXT: MATTHEW 17:22-27

"Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee" (Matthew 17:27).

There are some Christian sects who misunderstand the doctrine of believers' separation from the world. They think this has to do with having nothing to do with the laws that govern their nation. They consider it idolatrous and worldly to sing the National Anthem or take part in any civic duty expected of the citizens of the country. Since Christians are not of the world, then they must not have anything to do with the world, they think.

Yet, the example of Christ in our text today shows us that as Christians, we must be responsible citizens of our country. Though He had right not to pay the temple tax, still, He went ahead to pay, demonstrating to us that we must be law-abiding and peace-loving. As Christians, we have the duty to positively influence our land and community with the gospel as "salts" and "lights." We must be careful that we do not make our gospel unsavoury and detestable to the people through our unfriendly and repulsive lifestyle. If we are to win the world, then we must be good citizens.

The life and examples of the Lord Jesus demonstrate to us how we ought to live as Christians. Those who look away from Christ always fall into the error of extremism, fanaticism and hypocrisy. Christians should take the lead in performing their necessary civic responsibilities. They should not dodge tax or duties or present false information concerning their earnings in order to pay less tax on their income. It is not ideal to present false documents so as to pay less duty on importations. It is our duty to protect public properties from being vandalized and ensure we conduct ourselves peacefully always. Nothing must be done to reproach the gospel or the name of Christ.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Failure to perform civic responsibilities is a mark of shallow spiritual life"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:54am On Oct 22, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday, 22 October, 2015

Genuine Faith

TEXT: JOHN 4:43-54

"Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way" (John 4:50).

Abraham Kuyper, said: "When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith."

Though our text x-rays the unquestionable authority of Jesus over every situation, it significantly noted the genuine faith of an official of the king in Capernaum. When Jesus left Samaria, He went to Galilee, a region where He grew up, and performed His first miracle of turning water into wine at Cana. He knew the mind of the people and told them, without mincing words, that a prophet must have respect, except in his own country.

When the king's official in Capernaum heard that Jesus had arrived Galilee from Judea and that He was in Cana, he made efforts to see Him. He didn't consider the distance from Capernaum to Cana, a distance of about 32 kilometres (20 miles), as a barrier because he desperately wanted Jesus to heal his son who was at the point of death. Jesus did not go to Capernaum with the official. Instead, He told the man that his son would live. The man sincerely believed because he trusted Jesus completely.

Some people in our contemporary time have little regard for Christ. They make themselves more important than Him; they have wavering faith towards Him. Some even seek only miracles and not Christ.

The official's son was about 32 kilometres away from where Jesus was, yet He was able to cure him through the authority of His word. This shows that distance is not a barrier to receiving answers to prayers. So trust in Jesus; you will receive answers to your prayers.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 4 - 6

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God answers prayers"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:58am On Oct 23, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, 23 October, 2015

The Secret Place Of The Most High

TEXT: PSALM 91:1-16

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1).

A child is never more confident than when he is in his father's arms. To him, the father is a superman – no matter how frail the father might be in reality. When threatened by any bully, he runs into those arms and his fear disappears like a shooting star. If there is a rampage, the child looks up to the father and trusts that he is up to any task.

The secret place of the Most High and the shadow of the Almighty offers a surer ground of confidence for a child of God than any mortal father can provide. Psalm 91, sums up the invaluable benefits that accrue to those who dwell in God's secret place. The secret place of the Almighty is not a physical structure. It is a spiritual state of being in which the faith and life of a believer align with God's holiness and by that, draws down His power and presence. It is a life of intimate communion with God – a life "within the veil." Only those who dwell in this state can abide under the shadow of the Almighty. That shadow depicts God's nearness to His children.

It is not enough to memorize, recite or claim the content of this psalm, one have to be sure that he actually resides in the secret place, where God's power and presence is seen in his life. There can be no better place to be in this troublous world. Dwellers in God's secret place are here promised peculiar and comprehensive packages of blessings. The blessings include: protection, preservation, privileges, provision, power, promotion and permanence (longevity).

Dwelling in God's secret place is not another expression for belonging to a "living church" or being actively involved with religion. It entails walking through the veil that Christ's shed blood has ripped open into God's holiness. If you are still outside that realm, go to God with penitence and faith in Christ. Get cleansed and consecrated to God.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 7 - 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "If you are not experiencing God's power in your life, then He is not there"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:34am On Oct 24, 2015
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Saturday, 24 October, 2015

Publish It Everywhere

TEXT: LUKE 7:19-30

"Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached" (Luke 7:22).

Years ago, a woman became distraught because she had no opportunity to serve the Lord the way she wanted. She claimed she could not work in the church because most of her time was used to take care of her large family. But the Holy Spirit let her know that she could testify of Christ to the people who made deliveries to her home. She did exactly so.

It proved a great relief as the word of God was ministered to many who received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Thereafter, she found immense joy in the Lord. Our Lord Jesus Christ led the way in showing that the good news of salvation should not be hindered by any means. Wherever He found Himself and under any circumstances, He preached the gospel.

In the text today, He seized the opportunity of a visit of the emissaries from John the Baptist to declare the constituents of the gospel. John was in prison for standing for the truth and holiness. He sent to know if Jesus was the promised Messiah. "…Tell John," Jesus replied, "what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached". Jesus used John's enquiry at a difficult time for the followers of John the Baptist to preach. This is the sum of the purpose of Jesus' ministry on earth. Every occasion and place was fertile ground for preaching the word of God.

Preaching is not to be undertaken only in the church or on meeting days. It must be done everywhere. "Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:4). God assures believers who obey the great commission that they shall return not only with signs and wonders, but also with a great harvest of saved souls.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 9 - 11

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Genuine believers use every moment for evangelism"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:14pm On Oct 25, 2015
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Sunday, 25 October, 2015

What A Great Change!

TEXT: ACTS 9:23-31

"And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him" (Acts 9:23).

When someone becomes truly born-again, the evidence are very clear. Apart from the changed lifestyle and conduct, there is also a dramatic change in virtually every other sphere of life.

As we look at our text today, this is what we see. Paul, who was once an admired champion of the Jews, suddenly became a target of their assassination plot. He had previously championed the persecution of Christians. He masterminded the killing and imprisonment of many of them. It was even while he was on the way for the same mission that he had the unforgettable encounter with Christ. Now that he was born again, he switched loyalty. He was no longer loyal to the cause of the Jews but had become a bond slave of Christ. He now preached the gospel he once denounced and sought the fellowship of the Christians he once despised. The change that took place in his life left no doubt in any one that he had truly encountered Christ. What a great change!

When someone becomes truly born-again, the changes cannot be hidden. It is not only his life and conduct that will change, his associates and friends too will. His focus and pursuit, ambitions and goals will all become turned around. Paul now has only one goal, which is to do whatever the Lord wants. As heaven rejoices over his conversion, so does hell roar in anger.

Are you newly converted and wonder why those who once loved you now turn their backs on you? Does it make you feel you have taken a wrong decision? Not at all! You are just on the right track. The changes that you see in you and the oppositions they now attract are enough evidence to show you are now a new creature. Like Paul, you don't have to be discouraged or ashamed of your new found faith. Seek out and fellowship with the people of God.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 12 - 14

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is difficult to hide a life that is truly changed"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:03am On Oct 26, 2015
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Monday, 26 October, 2015

Discovering God's Voice


"At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking Unclad and barefoot" (Isaiah 20:2).

It is futile to add to God’s Word as adequately catalogued in the Bible. The Book is full, faultless and fortified with power.

Isaiah was told by God to appear in public, stripped of his clothes for three years. He was to walk barefooted. This was a sign of humiliation and shame to an average man. Isaiah readily obeyed God, and carried out this divine assignment single-mindedly, not minding the social embarrassment associated with it. History has it that Isaiah freely moved in the court and advised kings and the nobles. He equally identified with the poor, the lowly, the oppressed, the widows and victims of injustice and exploitation. God spoke through him to Judah and Jerusalem in the days of many backslidden kings and emperors.

The revelation of God in the Scriptures is not only for believers alone, it applies to both saints and sinners. God spoke through Isaiah to demonstrate the fierce and terrible humiliation and shame that Egypt and Ethiopia would suffer at the hands of the Assyrians. This message was equally applicable to Judah as a nation, that put her trust in other nations for help rather than in the God of their fathers.

The lesson for today can be summarised in the words of Apostle Paul, thus: "whatsoever things are written aforetime were written for our learning..." (Romans 15:4). God speaks to us through His Word to regulate our lives. Believers must always be ready to hear and obey Him even in matters that may seemingly bring shame, humiliation and persecution. God's word can only be received and truly acted upon by those who are renewed. They are empowered to hear Him whenever He speaks and enjoy His manifold blessings.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 15 - 17

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "When His message comes to you, there is but only one thing to do, just obey"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:40am On Oct 27, 2015
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Christ's Healing Power

TEXT: JOHN 5:1-16

"Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath" (John 5:8,9).

Our text sufficiently reveals the power of Christ to heal any deformity. Jesus never isolated Himself from people, except from sin. He fellowshipped with them on a regular basis, at the temple, and also celebrated the Passover with them.

On a particular occasion, when He went to worship at Jerusalem, He met a man who had an infirmity sitting at a pool called Bethesda. It was generally believed then that an angel would come on a certain season to stir the pool and anyone who first stepped into it would be instantly healed. But this man had been sitting by the pool for thirty-eight years, hoping to receive his healing.

When Jesus got there, this man became a cynosure of interest to Him. He asked the man if he would appreciate being healed. The question possibly looked strange. Jesus possibly wanted the man to look at Him to be able to make his faith come alive. The man gladly accepted the offer and was cured immediately, to the surprise of many people. But the Jewish leaders, who ought to have appreciated the wonderful act of God became bitter, hinging their anger on non-observance of the Sabbath. When Jesus later saw the man in the temple, He warned him to desist from sin, which probably suggested that there was a connection between his illness and sin.

Clearly, sin is a barrier to receiving God's blessings. Faith is equally important; without it, it is impossible to obtain anything from Him. The reaction of the Jews indicates that it's not everybody that would like to rejoice with you at the moment of your miracle. The man, in spite of the Jewish leaders' attitude, did not hold it against them. This is equally instructive, that we should not have ill feeling towards anybody. Jesus is our Refuge and Strength; a very present Help in trouble who will always remember those who trust in Him.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 18 - 20

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Jesus is our Helper and Healer"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:54am On Oct 28, 2015
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Obedience Through Faith

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:17-22

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son" (Hebrews 11:17).

Our text, which gives a catalogue of people who exhibited absolute faith in God, discloses Abraham's greatest trial of life and how he overcame. Isaac, his only son by Sarah, his wife, was earmarked for sacrifice. God had earlier promised that through Isaac, He would bless mankind. With this development, Abraham obviously found himself in a dilemma. Should he kill Isaac as God commanded, how would the promise be fulfilled? And, if he refused to do what God asked him, would the promise still be there? Finally, he decided to ignore his personal inclination, and do what He told him to do. For Abraham, God must find a way to keep His promise. What a challenge for all.

Isaac believed what God promised his father when he blessed his two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob, when he was about to die, equally blessed Joseph's two sons – Ephraim and Manasseh. Joseph, who also believed and trusted God's promises, was sure that He would deliver the Israelites from Egypt and asked his family to take his bones along with them to the Land of Canaan after his demise.

How many of us have such an unalloyed faith as Abraham, who overlooked his own predilection to please God? How many of us could comfort ourselves like Isaac, who built upon what God promised his father to have a better future? There are many who still scoff at God's promises. Despite all odds, our confidence should be in Christ, not in man; our sustenance should be in things He provides, not in things we receive through strife and vainglory.

Until we re-order our lives to fully trust God, we will not please Him completely and unreservedly.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 21 – 23

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The difference between an overcomer and the defeated is faith"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:19am On Oct 29, 2015
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Severity Of God's Wrath


"And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them" (Jeremiah 13:14).

Shortly before his death, a friend of William Claude Dukenfield, an American comedian, actor and writer, visited him in hospital. He was surprised to find Dukenfield flipping through a Bible and he curiously asked him what he was doing with it. Dukenfield replied, "I'm looking for loopholes".

The people of Judah could also be said to be looking for loopholes in the Bible. They had a penchant for disobeying God due to their association with neighbouring nations. God, therefore, decided to punish them. In symbolic language, God instructed Jeremiah to purchase a linen waistband and wear it without washing it, which he did. Later, the Lord told him to take his waistband to Euphrates and hide it there in a hole of the rock. After a while, God asked him to return to Euphrates and retrieve the waistband. When he did this, he found out that the waistband had become ruined beyond usefulness.

God's initial purpose was for Judah and Jerusalem to cling closely to Him and become an ornament of glory. Unfortunately, they had turned to worship idols. They had tarnished themselves and got spoiled by contact with the polluting influences of other nations. Their stubborn attitudes to worship other gods made God angry with them. So, He decided to destroy their pride, just as the waistband was destroyed.

Those who refuse to learn from the past are often condemned to relive it. Judah failed to learn from Samaria's mistakes, and drew herself inexorably into utter ruin and perdition. Just like Judah, many people still refuse to learn from God's indignation upon the impenitent. It is only while suffering from their iniquities that they belatedly begin to call upon God. Don't wait until it is too late before amending your ways. The time is now. Tomorrow might be too late.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 24 – 26

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Beware of God's severity and wrath!"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:15pm On Oct 30, 2015
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Friday 30, October, 2015

Wisdom Is Key

TEXT: JAMES 4:1-17

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).

The strong pull of worldliness creates conflicts that are harmful to the growth of our faith. The pursuit of its pleasures produces covetousness, envy, fighting and arrogance.

The believer's only alternative is submission to God with a humble and repentant heart. This will produce a transformed attitude towards others as well. Submission and humility will help the Christian to avoid falling into the temptation of becoming proud, unjust and selfish.

In the passage under consideration, James points out that believers must make appropriate and judicious use of their short life while on earth. He goes further to underscore the need for them to totally handover their lives to God for direction, as self-management is destructive as it is not Christian-like.

He also admonishes believers to tally their plans with the purpose of God for their lives. If you have been living without involving Christ to direct the affairs of your life, you can begin today.

James also warned against the mad crave for materialism regardless of the source. These days, some believers have embraced all means in their desperation to defeat poverty and make money. To them, the end justifies the means. Let us not forget that "a man's life does not consist of the abundance of the things he possesses".

No matter how long a man lives on earth, there comes a day when he must bid the world good-bye. In the concluding verse of the chapter, James notes: "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Let this principle be your guide today.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 27 – 29

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Life is like a vapour"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:27am On Oct 31, 2015
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Saturday 31, October, 2015

Damning Tendencies


"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow" (Revelation 18:7).

To the natural mind, it is inconceivable that this world, with all its glitz and glamour, would be totally destroyed one day. Some wondered that, "how can it be that with all its impressive, intimidating structural and social development, the flourishing economic progress, and the new heights that man has attained in the quest to conquer the earth, it would be destroyed?" It is thus, not plausible to them that in one day, all would be wiped out.

God's programme is neither open to debate nor subject to man's sanction. The fact is that Babylon - a metaphorical name for the present world and its evil system - would be destroyed soon. All those who exclude God from their considerations, relish worldly goods, will be swept away. Even if they have exploited the world's system to their selfish benefits, they would be brought to account for their deeds on the judgment day. Just as they glorified themselves and lived luxuriously, so would they be tormented and made sorrowful on that day. What they feared most would befall them. They would face death, mourning and famine. The whole world would be burned with fire, as determined by the Lord.

Hence, it is dangerous to focus one's attention on the world, exploit the sinful pleasures in the world or yield to temptations to take advantage of the evil system in the world to amass great wealth for oneself. This may bring one great fame, pleasure, security and comfort; but make one to trust self and not God. Therefore, we must then shun all tendencies to live like the world and follow Christ's example of obedience, truthfulness, sacrifice and service to God and to our fellow men.

Bible Reading in one Year: PROVERBS 30 – 31

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Remember, what the world offers ends in the world"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:24pm On Nov 01, 2015
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Sunday 01, November, 2015

Absolute Obedience Demanded

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 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.

The resolve of the Israelites, in today's text 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. Their response was "…and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do." Moses therefore put the laws in writing, read it out to them and ratified the covenant with sacrifices. The congregation of Israel reiterated their commitment to obey God.

Although it has been shown that pledge and performance do not always match, the people's attitude is quite instructive. The implication of their resolve to obey God is that every one of them was prepared to comply with every word of the Lord. Moses had stated God's terms clearly before them so that their decision would be by choice. 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 obey every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

When you choose what to obey in God's commandments, you may end up like Saul, who inadvertently, earned God's disfavour. "...To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 1 - 2

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Absolute obedience is what it takes to please God"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:07am On Nov 02, 2015
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Monday 02, November, 2015

A Noble Call

TEXT: LUKE 9:1-9

"And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece" (Luke 9:3).

Most carnal minds will sell their souls for fleeting material considerations because they are driven by real or anticipated material benefits. To them, a person's worth is determined by what he possesses as against the sacred values he propagates. The number of those driven by the noblest of virtues is very few.

The instructions given by our Lord Jesus Christ in today's passage contrast sharply with the practices of many preachers and religious practitioners today. While He sent His disciples, equipping them with power and authority, He expected them to live lives of absolute dependence on God in their journeys. All those things Christ told them not to take could constitute distractions on their way which may reduce their efficiency and performance. He instructed them to show that in all things, they were ambassadors for God, and should therefore, continue with His charges.

What a challenge to those who must possess cars, houses, fat salaries and even a guarantee of pension allowance before they can take the initial steps of missionary journeys today! It is evident that the Lord who sends believers has all it takes for them to make ends meet. Preachers who muddle things up by placing material things before the primary message need to retrace their steps to the foot of the cross at Calvary and allow the Saviour to lead them, and not just run on their own prompting.

God is looking for people who will implicitly trust Him for provision, not those who are seeking to serve Him because of material benefits.
As a Christian, what is your motivation for serving God? Get it right today, and allow the unlimited powers of God to be deposited in you. Only when you cast aside the ambition for materialism, can you be more useful in the hands of God.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 3 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is always a choice to make between God and mammon"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:53pm On Nov 03, 2015
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Tuesday 03, November, 2015

Miracles Still Happen

TEXT: ACTS 9:32-43

"And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately" (Acts 9:33,34).

There have been great testimonies of the effect of God's power in solving the problems of men in recent times. There are verifiable miracles that testify to the power of God today. Many of these have been witnessed in our contemporary times.

Miracles are supernatural interventions of the power of God in matters beyond human abilities. We find this in the passage of our meditation today. Aeneas had kept his bed eight years, sick and paralytic without hope of ever getting better. But when Peter arrived with the power of God, there was an instant change. In another scenario, Dorcas was dead; and her case appeared hopeless and irreversible. All her friends could do was to weep and wail. But when Peter came with the power of God, life and joy were restored to her and her friends. Miracles!

There are people who feel that the days of miracles have passed. They believe that the miracles witnessed in the days of the apostles were necessary because those were the days of the beginning of the Church, and those miracles were to help herald the gospel message. So, now that the gospel is known everywhere, there are no need for them. For some, with the breakthroughs in the field of science, technology and medicine, there were no more needs for miracles. They believe that contemporary miracles are merely make-beliefs or aided by occultism and satanic powers. But whatever anybody may think or believe, miracles still exist today.

Do you have a situation that seems hopeless even with modern technology? Are people giving up on your case and you feel you have to live with your problem for the rest of your life? There is good news for you. God's ever-potent power is still at work and He has never changed. Reach out to Him in faith and you will soon become a living proof that miracles still happen!

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 5 - 7

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's efficacious power is very real today"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:47pm On Nov 04, 2015
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Wednesday 04, November, 2015

Dare To Be Exceptional

TEXT: NUMBERS 14:11-25

"But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it" (Numbers 14:24).

Not too long ago, a department in a university recorded a massive failure of its students. Out of over 20 undergraduates that sat for a course, only one made an 'A' grade. Majority failed while only a few had a 'pass grade'. When the outstanding student was asked the secret of his exceptional performance, the young lad said: 'I did not underestimate the course. Everybody knew it was a tough one; so while most of my colleagues refuse to try at all, a few put in a wishy-washy effort. I gave it all my attention and determined to conquer it; and thank God I did.'

The children of Israel never ceased to offend God. The evil report brought by the spies broke the people's heart. While they were lamenting over the report, Caleb said they were able to go up against the country despite the seeming impediments on their way. And for his positive attitude towards the challenge, God singled him out for a special blessing.

In like manner, believers should learn to be positive in their utterances. They must see success where others see failure. Apostle Paul charged us that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Our ability to confront difficult situations lies in our confession, because "as he thinketh in his heart, so is he".

Successful people are made by their dogged determination; they see possibilities where others see brick walls. Evidently, people who have the "can do" spirit have always excelled. We must be exceptional in whatever we do, so that there would be a positive difference between us and unbelievers.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Your attitude determines your altitude"

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:05am On Nov 05, 2015
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Thursday 05, November, 2015

All Things Are Ready

TEXT: JOHN 5:17-24

"But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" (John 5:17).

The potentate of an Arabian kingdom was stunned when a group of Western missionaries he had invited to a feast. The sultan wanted to know why these believers in Jesus Christ had abandoned their prosperous society back home to come to the desert. They were building missionary schools, roads and health centres for his people. In the process, these Christians exposed themselves to infections that sometimes proved fatal. He asked if they did all these in order to secure a place in heaven. "No," was the answer that jolted the Arabian ruler. "We are doing all these to show our appreciation to our Lord Jesus Christ who died for our salvation. He has earned heaven for us through His sacrificial death on the cross at Calvary. And He says we must go and preach to all creatures about the salvation He has brought, so that no one would perish in sin. We obey that commandment as His faithful servants... Our works can't earn us heaven; only faith in Him, repentance from sin and obedience to what He says".

This is a thorough understanding of the salvation plan of God. Everything we need to enter into the Kingdom of heaven hereafter was provided by Jesus Christ when He was crucified. No act of man could do it. It is for him to submit to the conditions needed for the appropriation of the benefits of Calvary.

We appreciate God for Calvary when we obey and have faith in Him. We honour him when we resist temptation and shun sin. We put Satan and his agents to shame when we preach Christ to sinners who are under the yoke of the powers of darkness. The genuine Christian knows that Jesus has made all "things...ready" for him in heaven.

So, like the missionaries in Arabia, today's believer must appreciate God for making heaven ready for Him by going to the uttermost parts of the world to preach Jesus.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 9 - 10

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is 'a woe' awaiting believers who refuse to preach the gospel."

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Re: Daily Manna — Deliverance From Defilement by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:27pm On Nov 06, 2015
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Friday 06, November, 2015

The Beauty Of Love

TEXT: ROMANS 13:8-14

"Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10).

A young man left his employer, a timber merchant, and began business in competition with him. For a while, he prospered greatly and got many orders that would have gone to the company he left. But just when his business seemed to be most flourishing, a huge fire destroyed all his timber. A day after the fire incidence, his old employer came to visit him. The young man said later, "I could have hated him, for I thought he came to gloat over my misfortune. But he came as a friend in need and said, 'I know you have agreed to supply timber to your customers by certain dates, and this unfortunate fire makes it impossible for you to do so. My timber yard is at your disposal. You can have what you need and pay me at your own convenience'". The young man was overwhelmed by this embodiment of virtue; the rivalry and hatred that he had nursed gave place to love.

When a lawyer came to ask Jesus Christ for the great commandment, Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself". Apostle Paul expatiated on this when writing to the Romans that "love is the fulfilling of the law".

The golden rule is doing unto others what you would want them to do to you. Definitely, we all want others to love, honour, respect, and empathize with us. Love towards others prevent or make it impossible for one to do any form of evil against them. Your love will seek others' welfare rather than their downfall or hurt. After highlighting the nine gifts of the Spirit, Paul said, "and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way – follow after charity [love]". Love, therefore, is the pinnacle of the Christian experience.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 11 - 12

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Love, agape love, demonstrates the majesty of the Christian life."

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Planted In The Lord's House

TEXT: PSALM 92:1-15

"Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God" (Psalm 92:13).

There are marked differences between weeds and plants. The most important of these is the fact that weeds are free-growing, whereas plants are cultivated. Weeds are often invasive and grow rapidly but are undesirable. Plants, on the other hand, are delicate and are painstakingly nurtured to bear desirable fruits or for their aesthetic, therapeutic or other values.

This horticultural reality aptly illustrates the contrast between the righteous and the unrighteous. Today's text highlights this contrast in a most graphical way. This Psalm underscores the duty and desirability of praising God. God is most worthy to be praised, especially for His works and wisdom. Unfortunately, there are some ungrateful people who are willfully ignorant of such marvelous works. They rationalize such thought by attributing God's works to a product of a big-bang warped science.

The ungodly are not only, brutish for not glorifying God, but they are very much like weeds. They may spring up as rapidly as grass and flourish outwardly like summer flower, but "they shall be destroyed forever".

In contrast, "the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon". They may not attain the rapid growth of weeds, but shall grow gracefully, steadily and enduringly like palm trees. Like the cedar, they are stable, incorruptible and fruitful. The righteous is God's plant; planted in the best of soils – the house of the Lord – where he is nurtured on God's rich counsel, care and comfort.

Are you a weed or a plant? On what soil is your life planted? Are you rooted in the vanities and wickedness of this world or in the rich soil of God's grace and fellowship? Straighten your way with God through repentance and faith in Christ. If you are already "planted", consecrate to God for more growth and fruitfulness.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 13 - 14

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Are you a weed or plant?"

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