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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:55am On Nov 12, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday 08, November, 2015

What You Ought To Do

TEXT: ACTS 10:1-8

"He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do" (Acts 10:6).

Religion has become a very fashionable thing in this clime. More worship centres are springing up daily. This development has caught the attention of the music industry and different genres of music now have gospel themes as their focus. What is however disturbing is the shallowness and emptiness of most of these religions. This is aptly illustrated by the true story of a devout and religious woman who became ill and was at the point of death. Really, doctors had confirmed that she was going to die. She became greatly afraid and cried out to God: 'I am afraid, I am a sinner, and I am not fit to die, and I don't know how to be saved. But if You will get me well, I will learn how to get ready to meet You!' God heard her prayers. She got well and immediately sought out a revival meeting to attend. While explaining her situation to the preacher she said: "I saw then that my religion might be good enough to live by, but certainly not to die by!" She gave her life to the Lord and became really saved.

Cornelius in our text was in a similar situation. Although he was prayerful, devout and generous, his profession and practice of religion lacked something very essential. God had to send an angel to him, instructing him to send for Apostle Peter who would tell him what he ought to do. He promptly obeyed and became truly saved.

Your religious devotion is not enough if it lacks the power to make you righteous and prepare you for death. You need more than mere religious devotion and good works to get fit for heaven. You need Jesus and the salvation He offers. Those who refuse to learn from the emptiness of mere religion are condemned to die unprepared to meet the Lord. You need to get rid of religion without righteousness and get truly born again. This is what you really ought to do.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 15 - 16

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Religion without Christ is vain?"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:23am On Nov 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday 09, November, 2015

The Wise Choice

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:23-25

"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter" (Hebrews 11:24).

His friends warned him that he was treading a rather dangerous path, avoiding fellowship and spending his time with women of easy virtue and alcohol. He merely laughed, maintaining that fellowship and Christ had gone out of his life after his graduation, and that he should now be left alone to savour his liberty, a so-called liberty. They persisted but their warnings fell on deaf ears. Johnson, had made a choice that gave no room for Christ. Soon, the pleasures of the world with its glittering light consumed his passion, and bound him hand and foot to the devil. Not long after, he lost his life in a tragic accident.

Moses had the best upbringing available in ancient Egypt; the purpose was to make him an heir to the throne. He gave up the pleasures of the palace to identify with the squalor and humiliation of the down-trodden people of God. He saw, by faith, the great wealth and prestige surrounding him as being of temporal and fleeting nature, "choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (verse 25).

The essence of human existence is not just for 'now', but for 'hereafter'. The choice we make today will obviously determine where we would spend eternity. Charles Spurgeon described death as 'a changing room where we put on the robe of immortality'. Then we receive the reward of the choice we had made to spend eternity either in heaven or in hell. Heaven is real; hell also is real. It is either heaven or hell; there is no neutral place, no waiting room. Heaven is for the righteous saints who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hell is for sinners who reject Him. You have a choice to make.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 17 - 18

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The choice you make today determines your place in eternity"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:49am On Nov 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Tuesday 10, November, 2015

Sound The Alarm!

TEXT: ISAIAH 21:1-10

"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth" (Isaiah 21:6).

In ancient times, it was customary to have watchmen in most cities. The watchmen essentially warned of impending danger, allowing people to prepare their defenses.

Against the backdrop of war and imminent attack on Israel, God commanded prophet Isaiah to assume the role of a watchman. Isaiah is to look to a prophetic future and tell the people what he sees approaching. He saw a chariot of horses and a couple of horsemen, and immediately began to lament for the destruction that is coming on the nation's agricultural heritage, its economy and people at large.

Like in Isaiah's days, war rages in our world today. The expectation is that believers will assume the role of watchmen over the people they are called to lead. There is need for believers to take their stand, look at what is approaching and open their mouths and sound the warning loud and clear. When the watchman in our passage saw trouble approaching, he did not keep the message to himself. Instead, he opened his mouth and shouted out the warning for all to hear.

The enemy is doing everything he can today to invade the Church and lead us down the path of peril. Our home and family are also under severe attack. Children are being taught evolution in schools. The seat of learning has been high-jacked by the devil to teach the children that God is a myth from our repressed past. We must arise quickly and sound the alarm against evil before time eventually runs out.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 19 - 20

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Your warning can save a soul in danger"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:34am On Nov 14, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday 11, November, 2015

Damned Through Riches

TEXT: JAMES 5:1-11

"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you" (James 5:1).

Riches is a double-edged sword. It can either be a source of blessing or ruin. Abraham Lincoln, a foremost American President, who tasted both divides of riches and poverty said that poverty in itself does not kill; it is riches and power that have the capacity to destroy.

Apostle James took a journey down history lane, and discovered that most kings in Israel, who were humble, level-headed, prayerful and spiritual when they were poor and needy, suddenly became heady, incorrigible, and wicked when they became rich. Saul was humble, shy and self-effacing before he was anointed king over Israel. He suddenly became heady, incorrigible and wicked when he came to the throne. Solomon was prayerful and obedient at the beginning but became wayward as his reign progressed. Rehoboam was found faithful enough to have had entrusted into his hands, ten out of twelve tribes taken away from Solomon's posterity. Yet, he soon became ungrateful and insensitive to the point of leading Israel away from God.

The character of carnally-fixated rich men in all generations are so similar, prompting James' rebuke and scathing remarks for those of his generation. This was with the hope that they would repent and put less trust in fleeting material perquisites. Thankfully, not all the rich men in the Bible were condemned. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were rich, but they were righteous and blessed. Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Lydia of Thyatira, Theophillus, and Cornelius were rich people in the New Testament, but they chose to be righteous. Riches which are not used to glorify God are worthless. Christians must be cautious of fleeting riches and embrace true riches by Christ, which can neither be moth-eaten nor stolen by thieves.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 21 - 22

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "True riches with righteousness bring present eternal blessings"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:54am On Nov 14, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday 12, November, 2015

Ruined Without Remedy

TEXT: REVELATION 18:9-20

"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you" (James 5:1).

Alexander Maclaren, an English non-conformist minister of Scottish origin, noted: "In such a world as this, with such hearts as ours, weakness is wickedness in the long run. Whoever lets himself be shaped and guided by any thing lower than an inflexible will, fixed in obedience to God, will in the end be shaped into a deformity, and guided to wreck and ruin".

The revelation of John the Beloved, depicted how Babylon, a city widely endowed with potential and real resources, was destroyed in just a brief moment. God found it guilty of many crimes. Babylon had made herself an enemy of God’s people, opposing and fighting them. The city was responsible for the deaths of many of them. Babylon also plunged itself into sensual pleasures, idolatry and trafficking. The kings, who associated with it, were greatly infected with Babylon’s evil ways. They worshipped the beast and turned away from God. But His anger came upon the city, and He destroyed her with fire. Her associates could only agonise in tears and sadness, but could not come to her rescue. They were assured that God would punish Babylon because of its sin. These kings became much worried when they saw what God did to Babylon and felt they could share the same fate; they could suffer as Babylon had suffered.

Babylon's ruin is an indication that God is no respecter of persons. No matter how wealthy or influential you are in the society, God cannot lower His standard to accommodate you in His kingdom. When you allow relations, friends and business associates to lure you into sin, you will bear the consequences alone. The kings, merchants and ship owners could not rescue Babylon from the wrath of God. This is how it would be on the last day – the soul that sinneth shall die.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 1 - 2

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There are no sacred cows with God, the righteous Judge"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:09pm On Nov 15, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday 13, November, 2015

Warning Of Divine Humiliation

TEXT: JEREMIAH 13:15-27

"Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear" (Jeremiah 13:26).

A. W. Tozer, in his book entitled, 'Men who met God,' said: "We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude finds its way into the church. We have liberty, we have money, we live in comparative luxury. As a result, discipline has practically disappeared. What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician's instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not disciplined?"

Jeremiah knew the Israelites were adamant in their sins because of pride. God, therefore, pronounced immeasurable divine judgment upon them; they would be overwhelmed with darkness and stumble in their way. At that moment, they had some light and they hoped to get more. But God said that deep darkness would overtake them, except they confess and repent of their sin. Jeremiah, who knew the implications of God's warning, told them never to ignore it as failure to listen to Him would earn them captivity.

God does not gloss over sin. He punishes it severely if it is unrepented of. He damns a careless soul in hell who is hardened in his sin. He humiliates the proud and abases the high-minded. Jeremiah tried, unsuccessfully, to draw Israel's attention to God's judgment awaiting them if they refused to repent. It was as if Jeremiah's proclamations against sin were an empty wolf's cry. They paid dearly for it. God's clarion call to all today is that we depart from sin and pursue peace. He sacrificed His Son on the cross so that sin and its consequences might be done away with. Whoever, therefore, fails to accept His offer of mercy and forgiveness will surely receive His wrath and judgment.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 3 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin is not just breaking God’s laws, it is breaking"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:12pm On Nov 16, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday 14, November, 2015

Be Wise In Your Decision

TEXT: JOHN 5:25-31

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).

God has never ceased to show compassion to sinners. But when Jesus healed an impotent man, who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years, some Jewish leaders went after His life, claiming He healed the man on the Sabbath day. This, according to them, was unlawful. Jesus explained to them that God had never stopped His work, but only rested from the work of creation on the seventh day. By implication, God still loves people on the Sabbath and the healing of that man was an expression of compassion for him.

Jesus' reply infuriated the Jewish leaders, who felt Christ's excuse was not tenable. They equally faulted His claim that He was the Son of God, stating that by that position, Jesus was trying to equate Himself with God, which they would not like to entertain. But Jesus pointed out that He would not do anything, which God never permitted, adding that He made Him a Judge of all things. On this premise, those who believed in Him would receive eternal life, while anyone who rejected Him would be condemned.

Today, people still have the choice to either believe in Jesus as God's Son, their Saviour and Lord or reject Him. To reject Christ is to reject God Himself. One can only receive eternal life when he decides to believe in Jesus as his Saviour and Lord. A new life will then ensue the moment Jesus is made the Cornerstone and Pillar of life.

Death cannot snuff out a life redeemed by the Lord. At His appearing, the momentarily dead believer will rise-up from death and be united with the Saviour and other raptured believers. The beauty of the Christian life and the greatest benefit of salvation lies in the fact that all believers will live forever with their Saviour. Let this therefore be your comfort and consolation.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 5 - 6

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God still saves"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:05pm On Nov 16, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday 15, November, 2015

Living Unto The Lord

TEXT: ROMANS 14:1-9

"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived that he might be Lord both of the dead and living" (ROMANS 14:8,9).

Paul the apostle, said in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me". This is a summary of the life of one who, after being separated from God by sin, has truly repented and accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour.

A believer should always make a bold statement about his stand in Christ and also of his level of spiritual maturity. Paul the apostle raised, in our text, the issues of strong and weak faith, what to eat, what not to eat, and the attitude of those who tried to judge others who were doing what they themselves considered unacceptable. He made it clear that no one had the right to judge another man's servants.

Paul the apostle concluded that while some matters were strong enough as they bordered on the foundation of the truth, others were not so important to be legislated upon. He surmised summary that believers should distinguish between essential and non-essential matters as they affect doctrines. However, the challenge about whether to eat or not to eat meat or herbs was more acute for those who were idol worshippers before their conversion. They preferred not to eat meat, to avoid being reminded of their past pagan lifestyle.

The lesson for believers today is that eating anything should not be seen as a moral matter. Our personal attitude about eating or not eating should not lead us to unjustly condemn one another. And concerning estimating one day above another, we must rise beyond such parochial definition. We are to give every day in the week unto God. The first day of the week however is recognized in the New Testament as having a special significance because of Christ's resurrection.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 7 - 8

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Eat, drink and do all things to the glory of God"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:13am On Nov 17, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday 16, November, 2015

A Positive Tongue

TEXT: NUMBERS 14:26-39

"Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD" (Numbers 14:37).

Robert Schuller, a writer, pointed out in one of his books, that "you may not be able to control the times, but you can compose your response. You can turn your pain into profanity or into poetry. The choice is up to you. You may not have chosen your tough time, but you can choose how you will react to it."

Man, most times, is the architect of his fortunes or misfortunes. The Bible says that as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Those who say, "I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me" have always made it to the top. Cowards and fault-finders never made it. Never say to your boss, "the task is impossible, I can't do it". The wisest thing to do is to keep quiet and try your best. When he sees your efforts and the impossibility of the task, he is likely to recall you; he will be glad you obeyed him in the first place. Today, many people see failure even before they begin a task. How we perceive a task determines the outcome.

Today, we see the story of ten spies who chose to see things with carnal eyes. They decided to respond negatively to a potential challenge; polluted the minds of others and incited them into murmuring against their leader and against God. Had they joined Caleb and Joshua (part of the spies) to confess positively their ability to overrun Canaan, God would have confirmed their words.

Many believers unnecessarily get into problem because of their negative reactions to issues. They easily dismiss instructions from leaders, and also incite others to disobey instructions from their superiors. Such attitudes lead to rebellion and divisions in the church. And since God is not an Author of confusion, He does not condone such flagrant exhibition of unruly behaviour. To escape God’s wrath, such acts of rebellion must be speedily repented of and forgiveness sincerely sought.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 9 - 10

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is wise to use the tongue to build, not to destroy"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:50pm On Nov 18, 2015
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Tuesday 17, November, 2015

Gateway Through Prayer

TEXT: ACTS 10:9-20

"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour" (Acts 10:9).

When God is about to call a person to the discharge of a special duty, He often, in a special manner, prepares him. Paul was converted on the way to Damascus when he was blinded by divine glory that shone from above. When Ananias was called to find Paul,7 he was told "…behold, he prayeth" (Acts 9:10,11). The first task Paul was saddled with by the Holy Spirit after his glorious conversion was praying. He needed that to be able to fulfill the ministry he was about to receive from the Lord.

In our text, the Lord was about to open a great door for the Gentiles to come into the kingdom through the gospel. Having decided to use Apostle Peter, the Spirit nudged him to retreat to a secluded rooftop to pray. Peter obeyed, not knowing, that some gentle enquirers were coming on their way. It was necessary for him to pray in this manner as directed by the Spirit so that his witness and preaching might be under the fresh influence and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

If we are to be useful in the kingdom for great works, we must recognize and always heed God’s call to separation and prayer. The Lord cannot do much with believers who are not totally dependent on Him in constant prayer and intercession. Though David suggested morning and evening and at noon as times to pray (Psalm 55:17), God's call to prayer or intercession can come anytime in between. We are to be sensitive to the nudging of the Holy Spirit and yield our lives and time to labour in prayers for the never-dying souls of sinners all around us. Please, pray that God will find you dependable in this regard.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 11 - 13

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Prayer is our first and necessary duty"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:55am On Nov 19, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday 18, November, 2015

Unalloyed Faith In God

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:26-29

"By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27).

Amy Carmichael prayed: "Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay, the hope no disappointments tire, the passion that will burn like fire, let me not sink to be a clod: make me Thy fuel, flame of God."

Our text reveals men with uncommon faith that moved the hands of God. It shows men of history, who stood in the gap to avoid destruction on God's people. It x-rays men who conquered kingdoms, obtained promises and stopped the mouths of lions.

Many years after Joseph's death, the new king of Egypt was uncomfortable with the growing number of the Israelites. This Pharaoh subjected the Israelites to slavery and ordered the killing of their baby boys at birth. But Moses' parents trusted God and defied the king's order. They hid him for three months. When they could no longer sustain the act, they placed him beside the river, where Pharaoh's daughter, by providence, saw him and adopted him as her son. His parents, by divine arrangement, nursed him before he went to live in Pharaoh's palace. But when Moses grew up, he refused to be called Pharaoh's daughter's son. He chose instead to go back to his own people, who were poor slaves. He chose to suffer with them rather than have a comfortable life without God. Obviously, his parents had imparted into him godly virtues.

Moses demonstrated absolute confidence in God and what never happened in the history of mankind was accomplished through him. He was a peculiar man of God who was mightily used.

How is your take in life? Do you value the things of this world more than the promises of Christ? Do you have a living flaming faith that can lead you to surrender totally and be obedient to the commandments of Christ? Pray never to disappoint God.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 14 - 15

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Temptation exercises our faith and prompt us to pray more"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:47pm On Nov 19, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday 19, November, 2015

God Is Still In Control

TEXT: PSALM 93:1-5

"The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea" (Psalm 93:4).

You may have heard the story of the man that got insanely frustrated about God and decided to spit at Him. As he positioned his mouth heavenward and spat, the wind returned the full measure of the spittle upon his face. God possesses a deep sense of humour.

As the scepter of unbelief and ungodliness is being raised today in line with the long predicted end-time norms, it is important to reassure ourselves that the almighty God is still in control. The 93rd Psalm most eloquently captures the universal and eternal government of God. Plainly, it states that "The LORD reigneth". His reign has been from eternity past; He reigns till date and will reign forever. He reigns over every being and everything we call nature. He is clothed with pure majesty and strength. The monarchs of this world may be decked out in finest of royal robes, but what is the dim glow of the firefly in comparison to the full strength of the sun! The earth, the order in it and all planets derive their stability only from His providence.

Although Satan may lift up floods of opposition and waves of persecution to blur the brilliance of the glory of the Omnipotent, He remains, "I AM THAT I AM". He is on high and is mightier than the noise of doubt and unbelief, human philosophies and profanity, willful ignorance and brazen rebellion. His word and revelation are infallible and everything about Him is holy.

The true Church of God eagerly awaits the fuller demonstration of this glory at the millennial reign of Christ. Meanwhile, it pays to have a deeper understanding of God's true nature and His sovereignty. This will bring us more comfort, confirmation, courage, confidence and commitment.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 16 - 17

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God must first reign in you before you can reign with Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:25pm On Nov 20, 2015
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Friday 20, November, 2015

No Hope Elsewhere

TEXT: ROMANS 15:1-13

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).

A dying girl was sent home by doctors after futile attempts to cure a malignant tuberculosis that had destroyed her lungs. They told her to spend the rest of her few days on earth with her relations. At home, the young woman reached for the Bible and turned to 1 Peter 1:24, where the word of God insists that by the scourge Jesus Christ endured at Calvary, believers are healed. She reminded the Lord of this written Word and pleaded that He fulfill His promise. Did He? Yes, for the story of the girl revealed that the almighty Creator gave her two brand new lungs, and she later had children.

If any man has fallen abysmally in despair, it is not because God has abandoned him. It is rather because man has moved from where He placed him. The change in location has led to a departure from the life-saving precepts only the Bible offers. No where else would you find the divine injunction that the "strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves". No earthly philosophy can sincerely preach that "every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification".

The world has rejected the Bible and created a doctrine that believes in the survival of the fittest. The upshot is the decline of morals and worship of prosperity and not the pursuit of the kingdom of God. They teach that the end justifies the means.

There is hope if the worldly man would make a U-turn from this destructive and helpless path leading him to perdition and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. In this redeemed state, he can read the Scriptures and be comforted by God's declaration that soon, He will put an end to this evil system (Revelation 21:1-4).

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 18 - 19

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The world is hopeless without the word of God"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:45am On Nov 22, 2015
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Saturday 21, November, 2015

Punishment For The Ungodly

TEXT: REVELATION 18:21-24

"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all" (Revelation 18:21).

Our text captures what God prescribed as the total destruction of Babylon, which shall be sudden and catastrophic. The sins of the city were that she deceived many nations and killed saints. God had a controversy against her and brought her beneath the surface where nobody could see her again. The city, which was once basking with socio-economic activities became a shadow of herself.

John the Beloved, in this vision, saw a mighty angel throw a stone, like a great millstone, into the sea, aptly portraying the downfall of the great city and its system. The angel, as a confirmation of this declares, "Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all".

Entertaining sounds of harps, singers, flutes or trumpets ceased on her streets, while craftsmen, who furnished the items of luxury, were no more. Industrial activities was totally destroyed; the millstones, which grind the grain for flour, could not get grains, thus affecting food supply. Lamps, which lit the homes and businesses were permanently put out and darkness engulfed everywhere. The merry voices at wedding parties ceased. The destruction of Babylon is a note of warning to everybody, particularly as we conduct our lives in this world, with the prevailing mindset that money is everything.

Even after the Bible had clearly warned that "the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows", many remain adamantly wedded to committing heinous crimes because of money. What happened to Babylon is instructive to all: great destruction awaits those who have made mammon, (money) their god.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 20 - 21

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Love of money ensnares and kills"

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:18am On Nov 24, 2015
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Sunday 22, November, 2015

The Big Question

TEXT: ISAIAH 21:11-17

"The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?" (Isaiah 21:11).

Asking questions has been a very important tool in the learning process. Without questions, no scientific progress would have been made from creation. Questions are asked for various reasons and they reveal the character of the persons asking them. For instance, the first recorded question in the Bible was asked by Satan from Eve: "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" This was asked with an evil motive of weakening Eve's faith and to lure her to disobey God. Such crafty questions abound. However, some questions are significant and demand answers that may define our future.

The question of the man from Seir, directed at the watchman, Prophet Isaiah, was significant and relevant, even to us today. "Watchman, what of the night?" he enquired. The repetition of the question accentuates the anxiety prevailing at that time. Then, the Assyrian army had subdued Judah and its neighborhood, including Dumah (Edom) and fear was on every side. The question then was, "What of the night [of calamity]? Is there hope of deliverance?" "The morning cometh, and also the night...", came the answer from the prophet, implying that deliverance (morning) would soon come to the captive Hebrews, and punishment (night) to the Edomites. The prophet encouraged sincere enquiry and repentance as the only means of securing an answer of peace.

Today, the world is facing nights of crises. There is palpable apprehension. Very soon, it will be a glorious dawn of deliverance for believers in Christ, and night of severe punishment for the God-forsaking world. As watchmen, believers ought to speed up preaching the gospel to save more people.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 22- 23

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The big question is no longer "where's the world going?" but "where are you going to be?"

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Monday 23, November, 2015

Even Now, God Can

TEXT: JOHN 11:18-32

"Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee?" (John 11:21,22).

"Faith," says American pastor and author, A.W. Tozer, "sees the invisible but it does not see the non- existent." The Bible renders it so emphatically, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". It is so because it is directed at God. The Bible says, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God".

This truth played out, as seen in our text, when Christ arrived at Bethany where His friend, Lazarus, had died four days earlier and had been buried. The situation was very pathetic. Relatives, friends and other concerned people had gathered to mourn with Mary and Martha who were bereaved. When Martha met Christ, she expressed the same sentiment that her sister, Mary, also eventually voiced, "If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died". This statement has a ring of settled despair in it. But observe the next remark of Martha – "But I know, that even now...". That was an expression of faith in God's ability through Christ.

It is more difficult to exercise faith in a situation that is considered hopeless. When it seems that God is late in arriving, and the undesirable has happened, can He still act? When the matter appears to have been "sealed up" in the tomb of hopelessness for many days and "by this time [it] stinketh", will you be willing to roll away the stone of doubt for God to work? When your mind is already adjusting to the reality of the undesirable event in your life and your only consolation is in the hereafter, can God still intervene?

Yes, God can. He never arrives late. Passage of time or tenseness of the situation do not dull the sharp edge of His power. The same way He raised Lazarus, He will intervene in your humanly hopeless situation. Martha said, "I know that even now...". What do you say about your case?

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 24 - 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Feeling hopeless? Do not resign to fate; reassign your faith!"

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Tuesday 24, November, 2015

A Lifetime Preoccupation

TEXT: ROMANS 15:14-22

"Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation" (Romans 15:20).

Some years ago, an uncompromising newspaper columnist and radio commentator, John Calvin Thomas, was to take part in a TV network news program. Shortly before the show was recorded, the producer asked Thomas not "to use any Bible verses tonight". On another occasion, he was dropped from an appearance on a morning presentation; the producer fearing that Thomas, a faithful evangelical Christian, “might quote some Bible verses".

Apostle Paul also had challenges in his days while going about the business of the great commission. The authorities sought to shut his mouth from preaching. He was stoned and jailed, betrayed and maltreated by false brethren. He suffered humiliation and neglect, and experienced denial of rights and physical deprivation. Still, Paul, like the other apostles in the early Church "strived to preach the gospel" (Romans 15:20).

A born-again child of God who is fiery for Christ is unstoppable in the face of any opposition. He marches on to preach that Christ is the Saviour of the world and is willing to save sinners. Resistance may come in different forms; friends and relatives may forsake him; and he may be "a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions". Knowing he has been given the grace to overcome adversaries, he will not give up but move on to surmount the oppositions.

This is the key point in our passage today as Paul rounds off the inspired letter to the brethren in Rome. He spoke of having "been much hindered" from coming to meet them. Nevertheless, he commends the faithfulness of God to empower him.

Paul's missionary works were accompanied by miracles. Believers are also assured of the same signs and wonders if we preach the word of God with single-minded regularity today.

Bible Reading in one Year: ECCLESIASTES 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The Word is to be preached and lived out, not placed under the pillow"

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Wednesday 25, November, 2015

No Variance With God

TEXT: NUMBERS 15:1-16

"One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, and ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD" (Numbers 15:15).

The "tribe" of human rights advocates has greatly expanded in the last couple of decades. At the heart of these movements and campaigns is the vexed issue of equality. These movements seek to address specific situations they consider biased and unfair in societies. They seek equal rights in certain social and economic contexts, and the removal of legally enforced discrimination that are based on such conditions as gender, religion, race, age, health, etc. Much good has come from these efforts. When abused, however, it has the potential of dragging societies along terribly permissive lanes.

In today's text, God recommended the principle of equality in the instructions He gave Israel concerning offerings and sacrifices. The nation had just recovered from an episode of rebellion and had been forgiven, after Moses interceded. As they stood at the verge of the Promised Land, Moses reiterated the instructions and guidelines they were expected to observe when they settle in the land.

Our interest here is the instruction concerning equal treatment for the Israelites and the strangers (Gentiles) among them. This law applied to both responsibilities and benefits. It implies that in sacrificing to God and in receiving blessings, no difference would be made between the Jews and the Gentiles who have joined them to worship God. This law forestalled adulteration of worship and helped to foster unity and love among the people. It was also a pointer to the era of grace where "there is neither Jew nor Greek...bond nor free...male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus".

In the same manner, God expects all His worshippers to uphold the same standard and be holy, irrespective of their gender, social status, cultural background and denominational affiliation.

Bible Reading in one Year: ECCLESIASTES 4 - 7

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God is not partial"

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Thursday 26, November, 2015

Work For Everyone

TEXT: ACTS 13:1-7

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13:2).

"A man willing to work and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight… under the sun", remarked Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and writer. It is not the will of God that man should be idle, doing nothing. He has work for each one of His creatures to do. The various creations He made on the earth lend credence to the fact that even the minutest creature has its own place, its own work and its fitness to do it. The birds, though without hands, make intricate nests for their abode; the spider spins its webs to trap its prey for daily bread; the ant is ever busy working in its season to shame the idle man. We are made to render service unto God and humanity.

In our text, God, by the Holy Spirit, declares that He had work for Paul and Barnabas, for they were called to dedicate themselves, their time and talents. In secular life as well as in ministry, we do not all have to look the same direction or copy the other man in the service he renders. There is a work assigned for every man. Every man is endowed with relevant abilities and is brought to the place he finds himself at a particular time to achieve divine purpose.

God could not have raised a man and endowed him merely for his own sake; for He said: "This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise" (Isaiah 43:21). God has called us for Himself that we may share in the glory that is in His son Jesus Christ. He has left the great privilege of accomplishing the great commission to us, to tell the world the wonderful story of the love of Jesus.

Let us, therefore, ponder on this eternal purpose; that God has put us in the place where we are to do His will. When there is any opportunity to serve God and our generation by proclaiming the gospel message, we must take care not to let it slip.

Bible Reading in one Year: ECCLESIASTES 8 - 12

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A worthy son serves sacrificially in his father's vineyard"

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Friday 27, November, 2015

The True Heroes

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:30-40

"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions" (Hebrews 11:32,33).

In a museum in Scotland resides the sword of famous Scotsman Wallace, who was a hero and patriot. A visitor once said, "I do not see how it could win such victories". "Ah sir, you do not see the arm that wielded it," came the reply.

Hebrews chapter eleven is truly a chronology of heroes of faith. Our text summarized the exploits of several ordinary people from the Old Testament who did extraordinary exploits through faith. Gideon defeated a great host of the Medianites through a small army of 300 wielding touches and earthen vessels, while David killed the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone. Others, including Daniel and his colleagues, were said to have obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions and miraculously escaped the fiery furnace. The list includes women who through faith, had their children raised from the dead and ended with those who endured great persecutions and suffering even unto death in order to defend the convictions they held very dear to their hearts. All are said to have obtained a good report.

Today, many look up to sport stars and athletes, movie stars and musicians as heroes. They are seen as heroes because in many ways, they do things that most people can not do. We often overlook their moral failings and bad examples while we focus on their incredible exploits. But God's heroes in the Bible were not men and women of extraordinary ability or talent but men and women of extraordinary faith. They were ordinary people with little abilities who had their lives transformed by grace after a very poor beginning.

You can be a hero of faith today, not by focusing on your strength or ability, but by relying on God's grace which is freely available to all who ask for it. The first step to becoming a true hero of faith is submitting to the will of God, believing and living by His Word.

Bible Reading in one Year: SONGS OF SOLOMON 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God makes heroes out of zeroes"

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Saturday 28, November, 2015

The Limits Of Oppressors

TEXT: PSALM 94:1-11

"LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?" (Psalm 94:3).

Today, there are many international, government and non- governmental organizations that campaign or fight against injustice and oppression. Many of them are genuinely concerned about the atrocities going on in the world. Unfortunately, despite these political, legal and social solutions, injustice still prevails. This is because the problem of injustice and oppression lies beyond these solutions. Ironically, some of the anti-oppression crusaders themselves engage in oppressive activities.

The prevalence and promotion of evil in the world often causes the righteous to employ the kind of petition found in today's text. The preceding verses acknowledge God as the Source of retributive justice and mercy, and appeal to Him as the great Judge of the earth, for redress. Notice the familiar observations about the wicked: they are exultant because of their worldly success. They oppress and exploit the helpless with impunity. They have atheistic orientation and a wrong notion of God.

It is dangerous to emulate ungodly, oppressive and proud people of this world. They have no regard for God's holy standard or judgment because they willfully deny His involvement in the affairs of men or even His existence. They do not understand that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. They need to understand that not only does "he that teacheth man knowledge" know all things and understand the vain thoughts of men, but will judge them at last.

Believers need not despair for these things nor get discouraged by the persecution from arrogant oppressors. Oppression has limited time. This is a golden time to prayerfully reach them with the only means of salvation – the gospel of Christ.

Bible Reading in one Year: SONGS OF SOLOMON 5 - 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Atheism is a pretence that only exist on earth; not in hell"

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Sunday 29, November, 2015

Mighty In God's Hands

TEXT: ROMANS 16:1-16

"That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also" (Romans 16:2).

God is at His best when He uses things we view as commonplace to accomplish extraordinary feats. For instance, He took the inarticulate and hesitant Moses to free millions of Israelites from centuries of bondage.

Today's Scripture reading shows a display of divine attention on saved women who served in God's kingdom. As Apostle Paul ends his epistle to the Church in Rome, the Holy Spirit led him to reveal the simple people God raised to support His Work. Only the couple - Aquilla and Priscilla, appear to be well known; others are silent workers. Among them are no less than eight women. Despite their social status as "weaker vessels", God used them to render special services to the Church and the kingdom of heaven. Paul did not hide his commendation for their work.

In the case of Phebe, who delivered the letter to the Romans from Corinth, Paul asked for unique hospitality for her. Describing Phebe as "our sister", he urges the church in Rome to "receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of; for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also" (verse 1,2).

Phebe and other saints, including women may have been in the background. They may not have been numbered among the regular apostles. But they did not just make up the crowds. They worked tirelessly in the church to make God notice them for a mention in the Bible. They were committed to God's work and evangelism.

The exemplary service they rendered should challenge us to seek to please God and not expect the applause of men. We are not to operate by man's standards. It is God who gives us the unction; we must meekly function by His laws. There should also be no competitive spirit in our midst if our goal is heaven.

Bible Reading in one Year: HOSEA 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God is looking for ordinary people He would use to do the extraordinary"

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Monday 30, November, 2015

The Great Banquet

TEXT: REVELATION 19:6-10

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:7,9).

He had scrupulously hatched a plot to have a group of people completely exterminated. He must have felt convinced that the plot was woven in iron-cast secrecy. Then there was this banquet to which he was invited as a special guest. While the wining and dinning was in full swing, Haman's plot to exterminate the Jews was exposed. The banquet turned out to be his waterloo.

Earthly banquets at best serve carnal purposes. Both in the Old and New Testaments, most banquets had been used as occasions for vicious acts. King Herod used the occasion of the birthday party he organized for his lords to behead John the Baptist. Queen Esther's banquet was to expose Haman's plot against the Jews. But there is a great and unique banquet that is to hold at the end of time, different from the banquets of the world. It is a Messianic banquet, the marriage supper of the Lamb, during which the patriarch and all the righteous will be guests.

The bride is the Church (the body of believers). The event would be the culmination of human history. The bride's clothing would be the righteousness of the saints standing in sharp contrast to the filthy clothing of the great LovePeddler (Revelation 17:4; 18:16). At rapture, the church will be taken away to meet with the Lord in the air to celebrate at the marriage supper of the Lamb. It will be a magnificent banquet that the finite mind of man cannot comprehend now. It will unveil the Saviour as the full and central focus of God’s revelation and His saints as partakers of His eternal glory.

We are saved not by works but by grace. Even today, grace is available to the sincere seeker. As you read this, make a lifetime decision to surrender your life to Jesus and live a consistent Christian life to be qualified to be a guest at the awe-inspiring great banquet.

Bible Reading in one Year: HOSEA 5 - 9

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Labour not for the bread which perisheth"

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Tuesday 1, December, 2015

A Privileged Offering

TEXT: EXODUS 25:1-22

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering" (Exodus 25:2).

Man, by nature, is full of absurdities. He always likes to receive good things. In spite of God's benevolence toward him, he is most unwilling to give unless it is extracted from him. But for a person that will walk with God acceptably, he will not only accept to give, he should be ready to give willingly, for such attitude makes the offering acceptable to God.

In our text, God instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to bring their offering, but made it clear that only those offered willingly were to be taken on His behalf. The offering was to be deployed in the worship and service of God, and in building a sanctuary unto Him. God's work, however, suffers a lot today because many worshippers do not give to God and when they do, they do so reluctantly and sparingly. Such worshippers sometimes harbour the erroneous belief that whatever they give goes to church leaders and founders. But God makes it clear here that whatever is brought to His house is meant for Him.

His commandment in Malachi is a further proof of the divine ownership of tithes and offerings: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in my house…" (Malachi 3:10).

It then implies that those who give to God are promoting or sponsoring His work. Besides, those who pay their tithes and offerings are also honouring God (Proverbs 3:8 ). If you want to be prosperous in a manner that glorifies God, become a cheerful and bountiful giver from today.

Bible Reading in one Year: HOSEA 10 - 14

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is a privilege to give to God"

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Wednesday 2, December, 2015

Jesus Wept

TEXT: JOHN 11:33-40

"Jesus Wept" (John 11:35).

In most cultures, men are brought up to believe that shedding tears is a sign of weakness and emotional instability. Because women are more emotional, it is considered normal for them to express their feelings with tears. However, memory lane is dotted with notable cases of the stoutest of men cracking up with tears in certain circumstances.

Today's key verse, "Jesus wept" is the shortest verse in the Bible, and it is equally significant. If there is anyone on whose cheeks tears were never expected, it was Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. But He wept. However, this did not reduce His character or divinity. Here, He wept in a house of mourning - on His way to Lazarus' grave. The tears He shed were an expression of His tender affection for Lazarus as attested to by the Jews around Him. "Behold how he loved him!" they said. Of course, still groaning in His heart, He eventually raised Lazarus from death.

Christ did not weep over any personal loss or pain. Even the cruel scourging of the Roman soldiers did not draw tears from His eyes. While hanging on the cross, He admonished His weeping admirers to "weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children." He wept over Jerusalem for the impending destruction coming on it and the failure of its inhabitants to seize the opportunity of His mission and ministry to change their fortune.

How tender is your heart? Are you easily moved to tears because of the sinner's plight and eternal end of the wicked? Are you part of the godly few who sigh for the decadence in the society? Weeping is not always a sign of weakness. You can ask the Lord today to make you a part of the godly few.

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Dry eyes are often a symptom of a hardened heart."

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Thursday 3, December, 2015

Travelling Light

TEXT: HEBREWS 12:1-4

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrew 12:1).

What is a besetting sin? It is a sin that besieges; one that is unyielding, yoked to its host as it were. In sports, like skating and biking, blocking and boxing are strategies to control and stymie the efforts of an opponent. A besetting sin hems you in. It blocks you. It trips you up to fall. The sin that besets you does not just slow you down - it blocks and even stops your progress.

The clouds of witnesses here are true heroes of faith who died for their testimony of Jesus. Though these witnesses paid the ultimate price for their faith, they are still alive and are actively cheering the believers on till we finish our race. From the text, a race has been "set before us." God wants us to lay aside every besetting sin and run with patience, while looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Certainly, all sin is bad for the Christian pilgrim; but for most of us, there is a sin that is particularly besetting…it is the sin that we struggle with all the time. It may be an addiction or obsession, a habit, an attitude, a bias, a critical spirit, a bad temper, selfishness, gossip, bitterness, being untruthful, impatience, an envious spirit, Internet porn, self-righteousness, and the list goes on and on.

We must consciously shake off hindrances that hold us back from completing the race that is set before us. If we fail to do this, the weight of besetting sin can be a hindrance to our eventual coronation.

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 5 - 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Running while fully suited is a recipe for defeat."

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Friday 4, December, 2015

Take Heed To Thyself

TEXT: NUMBERS 16:36-40

"To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses" (Numbers 16:40).

Punishment for crimes is not only that the offender may suffer for his wrong doing but it also serves to warn and deter others from doing the same thing. This is why in most cases, meting out punishment on offenders is not made a private affair. The purpose is to deter others from going into crime.

Our passage today echoes the same principle. God had publicly judged Korah, Dathan and Abriram for their challenge and open rebellion against Moses. This was followed by divine judgment of fire on the two hundred and fifty men who offered incense contrary to the order and commandment of God. The men had challenged the priesthood of Aaron and had gone ahead in defiance to offer incense. God was angry and consumed the men with fire. After their death, God commanded Moses to instruct the sons of Aaron to gather up the censers of the slain men and make a sheet of covering from them. The coverings were to be for the covering of the altars but more than that, to serve as a memorial of the divine judgment. It was to be an eternal reminder that God would punish sin and rebellion.

Laws are given to ensure orderliness within a community. Where such laws are not obeyed and enforced, there are bound to be disorderliness and chaos. In a family, church or society where sin is not frowned at and punished, others will definitely not see reason to desist from it. To prevent the encouragement and spread of sin and rebellion, necessary actions must be carried out on offenders once the sins are found out and established. In meting out punishment however, care must be taken that there is no partiality. Nobody should be treated specially for any reason. We should be quick to rebuke wrong doings and save our homes and churches from being taken up by the "little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump."

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 9 - 12

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A better way to learn is from other people's mistake."

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Saturday 5, December, 2015

The Blessings Of God's Rod

TEXT: HEBREWS 12:5-13

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yielded the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby" (Hebrews 12:11).

We can share the insight of one time English writer and deacon, Abraham Wright that, "We may feel God's hand as a Father upon us when He strikes us as well as when He strokes us." No earthly father can love his children as God loves His own. God so loves His children that He spares no gainful measure that will keep them on the right path in life. One of those measures is the application of His rod of correction.

Today's text succinctly addresses the matter and makes it clear that the blessings abound in God's rod of correction. Chastisement is an inevitable reality in the life of every true child of God. This is because we have all the tendency to stray. Every caring and prudent parent knows the importance of child discipline. A child left to himself, without any restraining hand, will not fare better than a bastard. God knows us more than we know ourselves. In His infinite wisdom, He may allow some sort of affliction or ugly experience to come our way to drive us right back into the circle of His perfect will. Usually, such experiences are not pleasant, but it can be comforting to discern that God intends them for our good. We can make the most of them because they always yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

Verse 5 shows us two extremes which we must avoid when we are under divine chastisement. One is to despise the chastening by making light of the experience and being insensitive to it as not to make the chastening effectual. The other extreme is to get so miserably discouraged as to defeat the essence of the discipline. The first thing is to discern that the suffering or trial confronting us is God's rod. If it is, it should be borne with faith and patience.

It does not matter how or through what agency God's discipline comes to us - peculiar circumstances, challenging experiences, sanctions from church leadership, etc. - it all comes from God's heart of love and it is for our good.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 13 - 17

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Only cherished plants need pruning; weeds grow freely but are meant to be cut and burnt."

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Sunday 6, December, 2015

Christ Triumphant

TEXT: REVELATION 19:11-16

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war" (Revelation 19:11).

When Julius Caesar returned triumphantly from his first campaign, he entered Rome riding in a chariot pulled by white horses. From then on, white horses became a standard symbol of military victory when a general returned triumphant from battle. Julius Caesar is credited with turning the Roman Republic into the Roman empire. Here, rides One far greater than all the Caesars combined.

The passage starts with the heavens opening to reveal a white horse with a rider who is called Faithful and True. This rider justly judges and makes war. All his battles are fought in righteousness. This rider has eyes like blazing fire and on his head are many crowns. He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood and His name is called, The Word of God.

All the descriptions point to Christ, the Conqueror coming with the saints to defeat the Antichrist and take over the kingdom of the earth for a thousand years. In a final attempt to prevent Christ from taking the reins of His government, the beast allies with the armies of the world to make war against the Lord and His army; but the beast and false prophet are captured and thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. The rest of their followers will be killed with the sword and their bodies consumed by vultures.

When Jesus comes, He will be accompanied by the armies of heaven clothed in white linen and on white horses. This is no doubt an army made up of the saints of God and holy angels.

Those who take sides with the Antichrist, either by religion or practice should expect defeat at last. The future belongs to Christ and His Church. You are either with Christ or with the devil. Your choices now will determine your destiny in the future.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 18 - 21

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Christ's Kingdom, there are no victims, only victors."

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:09pm On Dec 10, 2015
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Monday 7, December, 2015

Demands Of Holy Living

TEXT: PSALM 101:1-8

"I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart" (Psalm 101:2).

Sometimes, people wonder what constitute holy living. "If I say I am holy, what does this mean?" they ask. To some, holiness is a kind of abstract experience which is kind of difficult to grasp or explain. They think it only exists in the heart and in dogma but cannot be translated into everyday living. There are those who completely rule out the possibility of holy living in this present world.

Our passage, however, gives a practical definition and demonstration of holiness. It shows that it is a possibility in the life of every Christian. King David, in our text, made a clear decision backed up by a strong determination to be holy. His holiness affected his associations and relationships. He will have nothing to do in the way of intimate relationship or close association with the ungodly who is wicked, deceitful, slanderous, proud and boastful. He will only keep company and do business with the faithful who walk in a perfect way. In this, he shows that holiness is living right.

We can never be holy except we decide to be. Though the Lord has graciously provided for us means by which we can be holy, this cannot come to us unless we are willing and decisive about it. Holy Living is the practical responsibility of every believer. We must make a daily determination to be holy both in the secret of our homes and in public glare. Like David, we must be determined not to set any unclean thing before our eyes. We cannot expect to be holy in our minds and thoughts if we continually gaze on unclean things on the TV, Internet, handsets or literature. Holiness will not only affect our attitude, character and conduct, but will also touch our associations. We cannot successfully maintain holy life on a daily basis if all our very close and intimate associates are ungodly. When we seek close friendship only with the Christ-like, it helps us safeguard our experience.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 22 - 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Practical holiness of life is a must for every child of God."

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:08am On Dec 21, 2015
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Tuesday 8, December, 2015

The Venom of Jealousy

TEXT: JOHN 11:47-57

"Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? For this man doeth many miracles" (John 11:47).

The action of the chief priests and Pharisees, in today's text, was not only borne out of jealousy but also shows the ridiculous extent jealousy can go to bring down its target. Christ had just performed one of the greatest miracles of raising Lazarus from death four days after burial. Expectedly, this brought so much joy and excitement in Bethany and beyond. As a result, many Jews believed in Him. It is unimaginable that a few of the observers of this miracle were mischievous enough to make report of it to Christ's arch-detractors with the intention of instigating them against Him.

The Pharisees and chief priests sat in the council to determine what to do against Christ. "This man doeth many miracles; if we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him," they said. Uncomfortable with Christ's increasing exploits and fame, they decided that he should be killed. Of course, God had already planned to use Christ's vicarious death as a channel for the salvation of mankind even as unwittingly prophesied by Caiaphas. Their jealousy and malice only fuelled Christ's glorification while His detractors fizzled out miserably.

Jealousy is as strong as death and poisonous as venom. The trouble with it is that it unleashes more harm on the person harbouring it than its target. No matter how you are tempted, do not let the devil drop this deadly venom in your heart. If you are the target of jealousy, lean on God and be rest assured that He will cause its venom to water the plant of your life to success.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 26 – 29

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Another person's promotion does not mean your demotion until you confirm it with jealousy."

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Re: Daily Manna — GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD! by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:44am On Dec 21, 2015
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Wednesday 9, December, 2015

Hold It Tight

TEXT: HEBREWS 12:14-17

"For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears" (Hebrews 12:17).

A cleric, Charmaine Braatvedt, said, the story of Esau was about values and about the need to hold on to good and right values in life. He observed that Esau was a short-sighted man who had no insight into what he was giving away; he had flawed judgment because he gave away something so valuable in exchange for so little; and did not understand the spiritual value of his birthright. He also could not see beyond his physical needs and thus he bartered away his unspeakably holy and precious privileges; and had no respect for his inheritance.

Sometimes, some of us carry ourselves like Esau in the choices we make, where we place our priorities and what we value. How we need to be reminded of what is really important in life, lest, like Esau, we sell our souls for a perishable 'mess of pottage.' Followers of Christ are heirs to a spiritual inheritance. It is so precious that we need to do everything possible to preserve it.

In a world full of permissiveness, serious-minded believers are called to a closer, higher, consistent walk with God. We are constantly reminded that we are strangers and pilgrims and have no continuing city here. We are made to understand that our sojourn in this world will be over as soon as the trumpet sounds to call us home; hence, the need for us to walk circumspectly. Paul warns the Hebrew church to beware of things that can cause them to fall from the grace of God. Present-day believers must be reminded to first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, knowing that other necessities of life will surely be given to them by God. "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 30 – 33

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Our attitude is the cardinal factor which determines our destiny."

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