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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:03pm On May 04, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, May 04, 2015

The Lord Knows

TEXT: JUDGES 13:1-7

"And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son" (Judges 13:3)

When we are assaulted with diverse trials and temptations, and we hope for divine intervention in our situation, we are not allowed to take our arguments to man or try to seek relief in strange places, for the God we serve knows about our needs in details and is willing to help us.

Our text reveals divine knowledge of the delayed hope of childbearing afflicting the family of Manoah. “Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not…” This bit of personal information about Manoah’s wife announced by the mouth of a “stranger” must have come to her with doubt and a sudden shock. But we need not be surprised. God is aware of all that we go through. Our cries and secret prayers are heard by Him. He also knows the reproaches of enemies against each of His children.

Our God has great compassion for people who wait on Him. Though, our wait for Him may seem long, He will surely answer and comfort us. The angel of the Lord that came to Manoah’s barren wife showed sympathy but also gave a blessing – “…thou shalt conceive, and bear a son”. It may appear that the desired answer is long awaited; but when it comes, it will not only soothe our pain, it will also give us a future blessing, joy and hope.

As we wait for our promised blessings which must surely come at God’s appointed time, we need to separate ourselves from all sin and impurities so that we may receive the blessing. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 15 - 16

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "He cares for you"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:42am On May 05, 2015
Daily Manna
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Wanted: Burden Bearers

TEXT: EZRA 9:5-15

"And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens" (Ezra 9:6)

John Calvin, an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation, stated: “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”

Ezra, a prophet of God, never disobeyed the Lord. In humility, he went before Him for the Jews, praying as if he was involved in their sin. He was deeply sad about the sin of his people, which, he said, had swept over them like a flood that could reach up to the heavens. He noted that the Jews had lived in sin all through their history, which was why their enemies defeated them, killing some and making slaves out of others.

Ezra acknowledged that notwithstanding God’s kindness to the Jews, they still did not obey His laws. As the former owners of Canaan were not obedient to God, doing wicked things, God told the Jews to completely separate themselves from these other nations and not to marry them. Yet, the Jews did not obey Him. They did the same things, which their forefathers did. Ezra knew that they had no excuse for their actions.

Today, the same situation still befalls many Christians. Some have completely enmeshed themselves in sin, paying little regard to God’s feelings. God sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to rescue us from our sin. Yet, not many people have utilised this great opportunity. You can only have a right relationship with Him when you live within the framework of His commandment. There is still an opportunity today. If you turn to Him with a humble and sincere attitude, He will forgive you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 17 - 18

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Greatness is measured in terms of selfless service rendered to others"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:56am On May 06, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Compassion And Action

TEXT: MARK 8:1-3

"I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat" (Mark 8:2)

Passion and compassion are admirable qualities that can help a person accomplish great things in life. But without action, passion turns lame and compassion becomes feeble. Compassion and passion must lead to action before they can bear useful fruits. The Good Samaritan did not earn his reputation by merely nursing compassion but by the actions that backed his compassion (Luke 10:33-35).

In today’s text, Christ had compassion on the multitude of people that were with Him without food for three days. These were the common people who were hungry for the teaching of Christ and followed Him in the wilderness, listening to him. He was considerate about their situation because if He should dismiss them without food, “they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.” His compassion was not passive. He put action behind it even if it meant doing what was humanly impossible. He fed the four thousand people miraculously by multiplying the only available seven loaves of bread and handful of fish before dismissing the assembly.

Christ was concerned, not only for their spiritual welfare but also for their physical well-being. Often, in our bid to spiritually cater for the teeming multitudes of the unsaved people in our communities, we overlook the other aspects of their well-being. But Christ’s teaching and examples show that love, kindness, consideration and compassion go hand-in-hand with the gospel.

You may not multiply loaves of bread – it may not even be necessary to do so. But you can multiply the love and compassion of Christ. If He lives in you, do not hold back the compassion He desires you extend to the people around you. Back this noble feeling with concrete action.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 19 - 20

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "You are not truly moved with compassion if it doesn’t move you into action"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:08am On May 07, 2015
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Words Of Peace And Truth

TEXT: ESTHER 9:29-32

"And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth" (Esther 9:30)

Truth actually had the final word in the case of the Jews under the Persian Emperor, Ahasuerus. Powerful Haman, the archenemy of the Jews, had maliciously plotted their complete massacre for no just cause. He succeeded in getting the signature of the emperor on the wicked decree that he drafted and had it circulated throughout the land. Thousands of Jew-hating people were ready to execute the decree before the Jews, through divine intervention, had the decree overturned. The king ordered the execution of Haman on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai, the Jew. A new decree was written and circulated, empowering the Jews to defend themselves against their aggressors on the appointed date of the planned massacre. Thus did the Jews eliminate their enemies throughout the land.

The turn of events that led to the deliverance of the Jews also brought Mordecai to a dignified position in the government of Ahasuerus. In their official capacities, Queen Esther and Mordecai wrote yet another decree to confirm the observation of Purim among the Jews. Although this was an authoritative letter, it contained only words of peace and truth. The first decree that was issued by Haman based on falsehood and malice brought terror and hopelessness; this one based on truth, brought peace and joy.

The gospel, indeed, the whole Scripture, is about words of peace and truth. Satan, the enemy of our soul, would rather have us confined to eternal damnation; but Christ Jesus, the embodiment of truth came to set us free. Those who acknowledge and appropriate this truth are set free and enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 21 - 22

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "If your ways please God, he turns your enemy’s decrease to your increase"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by davidedmorn: 6:14am On May 07, 2015
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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:05pm On May 08, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, May 08, 2015

God Will Take Control

TEXT: ISAIAH 4:1-6

"And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain" (Isaiah 4:6)

The Scripture affirms that this world with its filth and depravity will not last. God, Who created it will reclaim it and wash it clean for Himself and His people. It will start with the Church and later the whole world.

This is the focus of today’s meditation. For a long time, the women of Zion had walked their own way, away from the teachings of God. They were given to “all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). They looked for immorality and thought only of their selfish interests, showing no concern for holiness or for the poor and the oppressed. They steeped themselves in the fashion of the day, spending heavily on the things that perish with no regard to their spiritual development. The ornaments they put on made an irritating noise in the ears of the Almighty.

But God said He would eventually step in through the Messiah, Who is referred to as the Branch in verse two: “In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel”.

God will uproot the evil in the world by washing “away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning” (verse 4).

He will create for Himself a Holy place fit for a holy God and His holy saints. The power of God would put an end to all defilement such that nothing unclean will dwell there. God’s glory will then hover above His people. It will be a place of impregnable refuge for all the saints of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 23 - 24

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God is preparing an Eternal refuge for believers in Christ"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:30am On May 09, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Compassionate Touch

TEXT: LUKE 5:12-16

"And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean" (Luke 5:12,13a)

A palm-wine tapper was witnessed to by a local pastor for years to no avail. He would not receive the gospel nor come to church. No, not even on the Lord’s day. He esteemed the gain from his infamous trade more highly than the souls of many promising young men now turned drunkards in the small village; no thanks to the cheap liquor that was his stock-in-trade. He fell off a tall palm-tree as he went up to collect the product one Sunday morning and came down with injury to his spine. Doctors pronounced his case to be hopeless. In hospital, he sent for the village pastor whose preaching he had spurned these many years. The pastor arrived immediately, prayed for him and rallied church members round him in an intense prayer meeting for his recovery. Three days later, doctors said he got better. About six weeks later, he was ready to go home. Christ had touched his soul and healed his pain not minding his shameful past.

The leper in our text must have heard of the ministry of Jesus for he knew He had power to heal him. However, he was not sure Jesus would be willing to touch him, probably because of his putrefying sores. He was ignorant of the intense love, mercy and compassion of Jesus. Being humbled by his hopeless situation, he pleaded and cried out to Jesus for help: "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."

The response from Jesus is ever so reassuring – "I will". That is Christ’s same answer to us whenever we turn to Him for help in our distressed, helpless state. He will never turn away those who penitently come to Him though they be untouchable sinners or diseased fellows. Jesus is a compassionate and loving God. When you are suffering, remember that He feels your pain with you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 25 - 26

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The Lord’s love and compassion are without parallel"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:32pm On May 10, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Who Am I?

TEXT: EXODUS 3:11-22

"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11)

Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced the missionary in eloquent and glowing terms. He told the congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as “our illustrious guest.” Taylor stood quietly for a moment, then opened his message by saying, “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master.”

There are times when we hesitate to do God’s will because of feelings of inadequacy. Moses, in today’s text, felt so inadequate to lead the children of Israel that he offered several excuses to God. He was such a humble man who saw himself not up to the task of bringing Israel out of Egypt. But God had found His man in Moses; therefore, He assured him and persuaded him to accept the task. God not only reminded Moses of His covenantal promise to Abraham, but used the name “I AM” to teach him about His unchanging nature. This is because a right concept of God is essential to serving Him with proper perspective. Moses was soon ready to undertake the task. The scepter of Egypt which he had stood to inherit was replaced with the staff of a simple shepherd. The self-appointed vigilante who had slain an Egyptian taskmaster had, over the space of four decades, become the meekest man on the face of the earth.

We may have at one time acted rashly and took laws into our hands in our zeal to carry out our self appointed tasks in the vineyard of God. Trying to do the work of God ourselves without His mandate is not a very practical plan and God is definitely not in it. But the Lord will qualify us for the task ahead if we truly and sincerely seek Him, with the mind-set to serve on His terms only.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 27 - 29

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "True servants of God are groomed in the furnace of affliction"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:14pm On May 11, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, May 11, 2015

Will The Lord Be Pleased?

TEXT: LEVITICUS 10:12-20

"And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD... and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?" (Leviticus 10:19)

When pleasing the Lord is our main motive in Christian service, then we would always be concerned with the way the Lord feels about our service. Many people do things without thinking of how the Lord feels about them. They do not seem to be bothered about how God views their actions and services. They feel okay if they are satisfied with their actions and have the supporting approval of others. But if we are conscious of the fact that the Lord takes interest in all that we do, we will render a more acceptable service to Him.

Moses in our text was surprised when he found out that Aaron, the high priest, did not eat the sin offering as it was his duty to do. The response of Aaron to this gives us a very challenging and instructive lesson. He did not just want to carry on with duty for the sake of it. He was concerned with rendering acceptable service before the Lord. At this point, he grieved over the death of his two sons whom God had brought instant judgment upon because they offered a strange fire before the Lord. Aaron’s action was not to protest the death of his sons. He just felt that with what had happened that day, carrying on with religious duty may not please the Lord.

The primary focus of Christian living and service should be to please the Lord. There is no point trying to carry on a spiritual duty when we sense that such service at such a time will not be acceptable before the Lord. If we realize that the state of our hearts disqualifies us from giving unto the Lord holy and acceptable service, it is better to suspend such a service and get our hearts right before the Lord. Don’t just carry on with duty because you want to satisfy yourself or those who have appointed you. Focus on pleasing the Lord alone.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 30 - 31

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Let pleasing the Lord be your daily desire"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:33am On May 12, 2015
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Righteous Indignation

TEXT: JOHN 2:17-25

"And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" (John 2:17)

In the earlier portion of the chapter, we saw the extent to which the Lord went against those desecrating the holy temple of His Father. Christ had to take exception to such desecration as a mark of the extent of His pain to what the unbelieving Jews were doing. They left where they ought to sell doves and oxen, or the appropriate places to do their money-changing business and invaded the temple of God. Of course, Jesus could not tolerate such excesses. He had to practically whip the dealers out of the place.

The seventeenth verse must be considered most instructive to all saints, for it reveals how a true believer in Christ can and should go to protect the sanctity of the true worship of God when it faces the threat of being profaned by unbelievers. We saw a similar zeal in the life of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, when he could not behold the evil of a fellow Israelite. While the whole congregation was weeping over the anger of God determined against them as a result of their whoredom, one of them brought in a Midianitish woman and still had the courage to wade through the crowd and went in to commit evil. Phinehas went after him and the woman and killed them both with a javelin. Commending Phinehas, God said: “He was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy” (Numbers 25:11).

Believers must not tolerate sin and must speak out against sin no matter who is involved. A believer who sits still when God’s name is being blasphemed is not a worthy ambassador.

Your action when unbelievers are taking the name of God in vain shows who you really are. And your attitude to iniquities being committed right under your nose truly declares how fluorescent your light is and how tasty your salt is.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 1- 3

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stand-up for God in every situation and be on the side of righteousness"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:32pm On May 13, 2015
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Wednesday, April 13, 2015

Refuse To Compromise

TEXT: GENESIS 21:22-34

"And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest" (Genesis 21:22)

Nearly ten years ago, it was estimated that 200 million Christians worldwide were being persecuted for their unflinching stand for Jesus Christ and Holiness. It was reported that they were denied their rights and entitlements as citizens for refusing to compromise with sin.

Why does the world hate us Christians when we love them and preach salvation and the love of God to them? Jesus told us the reason. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light” (John 3:20). “...The world hateth them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19).

But in midst of this hostility, God still protects and blesses those who are faithful to Him, those who decide that come what may, they would not give up their trust in Jesus Christ. As God shields His people and gives them the grace to remain steadfast in holiness and selfless service in the ministry, He opens the eyes of their adversaries to see the blessedness in the lives of the persecuted Christians.

It was the case with Abraham, the believer’s forerunner in faith. The patriarch had been subjected to maltreatment by the heathen king Abimelech and his servants in the land of Gerar (Genesis 20). They took his wife and his well. After these setbacks, however, Abraham began to enjoy a period of great divine visitation during which he got his wife, Sarah, back. She conceived in old age to give him the promised child, Isaac. He had also become prosperous suggesting that indeed God was behind his successes.

Christians should not fret when there is persecution. Instead, they should rest on God’s unchanging promises (Joshua 1:5).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 4 - 6

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Trust His promise never to forsake the true believer"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:30am On May 14, 2015
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wealth Without Christ

TEXT: PSALM 49:15-20

"But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me..." (Psalm 49:15)

He had everything going for him; wealth and riches as a result of enormous proceeds from his bountiful harvest. He thought of what to do and decided to pull down his subsisting barns to build a greater one that could house all his fruits and goods. Then he said, “I will say to my soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.” He evidently had no thought for the God of the harvest. Little wonder “God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee...”.

Our text is one of the Psalms written, not to give praise, but rather to instruct and to lay bare the vanities of earthly riches. The rich and the poor have one thing in common: at death, they leave behind all they own here on earth. Many people today are engaged in the rat-race for wealth and some acquire it at the expense of their souls. At the time of death, many would wish they had invested less on earth and more in heaven.

Wealth invested here on earth would soon be corrupted by moth and rust; thieves and robbers would also break in and steal. It is futile to trust in riches that have a transitory nature. One whose life consists only of abundance of possessions, worldly pleasures and fame, has chosen to spend eternity in misery, weeping and utter damnation.

It becomes instructive then that as you read this, you will recognise the need to make up your mind to live for God, invest more in His kingdom and boast no more of your earthly riches. As believers, we are enjoined to rise above the ungodly pursuit of wealth and fret not at the prosperity of the wicked.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 7 - 8

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "We brought nothing into the world, we will take nothing out"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:46am On May 15, 2015
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Power In The Blood

TEXT: HEBREWS 9:16-23

"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22)

Years ago when a preacher in the United States went to work on a person possessed with demons, he called on the choir to sing what he described as “Blood songs”. “Get the Blood songs ready. Just sing Blood songs. We are going to conquer the devil,” he ordered.

The preacher understood the power in the blood of Jesus which is so eloquently declared in our reading today. But applying blood to “conquer the devil” is only a part of the innumerable functions of what the blood of Jesus can do.

His blood cleanses the sin of all who repent and believe in Him (Matthew 26:28). By His blood, Jesus ransoms all believers from the power of Satan and evil influences. He justifies all who believe in Him. The blood of Jesus cleanses believers’ consciences that they might serve God without guilt.

The blood opens the way for believers to come directly before God through Jesus in order to find grace, mercy, help and salvation. The blood is also a guarantor of all the promises of The New Covenant. We continuously appropriate the saving, reconciling and purifying power of the blood of Jesus Christ as we come to God through Him.

The blood of Jesus never fails to remind us of the suffering on the cross at Calvary. So, we are warned not to trifle with the salvation He gave us. The blood beckons the believer to contemplate so great sacrifices by the sinless One for the sinners. Thus, we are challenged to ever remain faithful and obedient in the ministry work He has chosen us for.

The believer has been redeemed by an all purpose blood, infinitely superior to any other. And it guarantees us, not only victory here on earth, but also paves the way to heaven, His abode.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 9 - 11

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:11pm On May 16, 2015
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Consecrated Vow

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 1:14-28

"Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there" (1 Samuel 1:28)

Edward McKendree Bounds, an astute clergyman, who gave himself much to prayer, once commented thus: "Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one's self in God's glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God."

Nothing could better explain Hannah's consecration than the way she conducted herself, according to our text, when she was in anguish. She had longed for a child, but it was not forthcoming. It looked as if God had forgotten her. But it was not so; it was only a delay. She knew that God was all-powerful and only Him could help her. So, she went to Him, not praying aloud, but in her spirit. Eli the priest, who did not understand her, thought that she was drunk, which was a misjudgment.

Perhaps, Eli had seen other people behaved badly in the temple and thought Hannah could be one of them. In spite of this accusation, Hannah never allowed anger to rise in her heart. Rather, she lovingly and patiently bore the ridicule. When Eli realised his mistake, he blessed her. Leaders, sometimes, can make a mistake and accuse you falsely. Your disposition will determine whether you are born again or not. But as a leader, when you realise your mistake, do you tender unreserved apology, or do you allow haughtiness to take over you, simply because you are occupying one position or the other in the church?

Hannah made a vow to dedicate the child, if God granted her request, to the service of the Lord all throughout his life. God out of mercy, answerd her prayer and she gave birth to a son. When the child, Samuel, was old enough to eat proper food, Hannah fulfilled her vow and dedicated him to the Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 12 - 14

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:11am On May 17, 2015
Daily Manna
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Unqualified Favour

TEXT: 1 KINGS 10:14-29

"So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom" (1 Kings 10:23)

It boggles the mind why most peoples' priority lies in the realm of the profane and the carnal. Not many realise that a God-given wisdom is the answer to all the challenges of life.

When Solomon became the king of Israel, he went for the real thing - God's wisdom, not wealth. He probably knew that wealth without God would amount to vanity. And God, who promised that when you seek first His kingdom and righteousness "all these things shall be added unto you," favoured Solomon with abundant blessings. Our text shows Solomon's great wealth, which came from taxes that merchants paid and countries that his father, David had conquered. Much of the wealth equally came from merchants, while others came from people who paid him for his advice and from trade in horses and chariots.

All around Solomon was wealth and he flaunted it in the best ways he knew. All his dishes and cups in the palace were made of gold. He had a royal seat on which he sat to give laws and advice. He also made some gold shields, which he used in ceremonies. Solomon's great wealth is incomparable with God's. But he was able to tap into God's blessings because he, first of all, sought for what was needful, the wisdom from on High.

God's wealth, unlike Solomon's, will never fade. Seeking God wholeheartedly attracts His favour. Many today seek Him half-heartedly, asking for frivolous things. They value material acquisition more than God's precious salvation and holiness of life. But if you will decide today to distinguish yourself before Him, through a lifestyle of holiness and consecration, God will surely honour you with His blessings, especially His wisdom.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 15 - 17

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

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Whom God loves, He favours; therefore, seek His love"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:13am On May 18, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, May 18, 2015

The Wrath To Come

TEXT: REVELATION 14:14-20

"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle" (Revelation 14:14)

A great number of pages of the book of Revelation is about hope for the believer in Jesus Christ. There are lines that breathe words of comfort for the Christian who is able, by the grace of God, to endure to the end. There are assurances of the reality of heaven, the dwelling place of God and His Son as well as the Holy Spirit, the angels and all heavenly hosts including the redeemed saints. And there is the beautiful hope that our Saviour will lead us there.

Yet, alas in the same book, there are visions of eternal doom in hell which will be the home of those who do not die in Christ, those who reject the salvation plan of God, or those who through careless living, lose their salvation. This place of eternal damnation was not created for man but for Satan and his fellow fallen angels, according to Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:41. In addition to numerous pages that issue clear and distinct warning about the end-time and the events that would lead to a separation between those marked for heaven and those for hell, Revelation 14:14-20 also addresses the activities of the last days of the Great Tribulation. “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” (Revelation 14:20).

The treading of grapes was a symbolism for the execution of divine wrath on the ungodly (Isaiah 63:3). At the return of Jesus Christ by the end of the Great Tribulation, all unbelievers in the world will be gathered and judged. A massive slaughter will take over at the Battle of Armageddon.

This is the reason believers should be on their toes preaching the gospel to save the lost, while at the same time asking for more of God’s grace to endure to the end. “For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 18 - 19

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Show love for the lost"

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Not External Religion Please

TEXT: PSALM 50:1-15

"I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds" (Psalm 50:8,9)

The underlining precepts of the kingdom Jesus preaches are spiritual and moral re-armaments with the powerful capacity to renew many a soul, however depraved through the grace of God. The Lord’s messages are not about religion; instead, they are about a revolutionary spiritual rejuvenation which
transforms a sinner into a saint, made to fit into God’s kingdom entirely by grace through Christ’s substitutionary atonement.

The carnal Jews rested in the external performances of their religious duties but missed the mark of a more excellent way of love, prayer and faith in God. In our text today, the Psalmist detests insincerity and vain spiritual worship that is void of implicit obedience to God and to His moral standard. It further highlights the future appearance of a righteous judge with holy instructions for pure worship and a rebuke to pretenders who live in serial disobedience.

God deals with those who place their religion in ritual sources while neglecting practical and inward righteousness and holiness. A mere observance of physical piety without genuine experience of salvation and freedom from sin will attract the wrath of God. Attending church services and prayer meetings without personal and definite encounter with the Lord in simple confession and forsaking of sin is vain. God does not esteem those who worship Him with lip service because He only regards those who worship Him in spirit, truth and sincerity.

Today, going to church services, taking part in the Lord’s table, evangelizing, water baptism and paying tithes and offerings have been turned into mere ritual by many. These activities are vain and empty if they are done for earthly recognition. Obedience, loyalty to God and an attitude of devotion are necessary to serving Him acceptably.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 20 - 22

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Religious profession without Christ is vain"

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

God Is Able

TEXT: ISAIAH 18:1-4

"For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest" (Isaiah 18:4)

Our text reveals God’s displeasure towards Ethiopia’s request from Judah. Ethiopia, which Isaiah described as a major world power at that time, ruled Egypt and was a major rival to Assyria. Through its ambassadors, who sought for an alliance with Judah, Ethiopia demanded that Judah should send swift messengers to align itself with it against Assyria. But God rejected such alliance, informing that as Judah’s Lord, He was more than able to deal with the Assyrians Himself. He wanted Judah to trust Him.

God noted that He could destroy the Assyrian army completely to the extent that they would be left as prey for the mountain birds. As God felt that Ethiopia’s request was unnecessary, Isaiah the prophet also announced that a day would come when the Ethiopians would come to worship the Lord and bring gifts to Him. So, instead of Israelite’s messengers bringing news to Ethiopia for an alliance against Assyria, the Ethiopians would, one day, come and worship God at Mount Zion.

There are so-called Christians who seek help where there is no help. Idol worshippers and occultists, who actually need help, have now become consultants to some believers. What a pity! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego never sought for Nebuchadnezzar’s help at the moment of their trial. Jesus never implored for Pilate’s assistance at the “downturn” of His life. Paul the apostle never beseeched King Agrippa for help when the Jewish leaders moved against him.

Who do you take after? Are you abandoning God and seeking help from those you are indeed supposed to help? Are you not supposed to stand for God, no matter whose ox is gored, so that unbelievers will turn away from their sin and come to Christ? If you are truly a Christian, be a model in this evil and adulterous generation.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 SAMUEL 23 - 24

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is no limit to God’s ability to save to the uttermost"

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

He Is Coming Again!

TEXT: HEBREWS 9:24-28

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Hebrews 9:28)

A part of worship service in Israel in the Old Testament times entailed the entering of the holy place of the sanctuary once in a year by the high priest. He would go in with blood sacrifices for the atonement of his sins and those of the people. It was a reverential function which only he could perform, after purging himself of his transgressions and fulfilling all the conditions laid down by God. He risked swift judgment of death if he faltered.

So, the Israelites anxiously waited for the reappearance of their high priest from the inner sanctuary where he had gone to intercede for them. They prayed he would be back to signal the accomplishment of the work of atonement for their sin in this once-a-year affair.

This is symbolic today of the true believers’ wait for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our High Priest Who after sacrificing Himself for us has entered into the heavenly places. He is our Advocate on the right side of God, pleading for us. We are waiting for His reappearance, just as the Israelites looked forward to the return of their high priest from the Holy of Holies.

Under the New Covenant, we are enthusiastically looking up for the rapture, when Jesus would come again and take us from the world to heaven and effect our complete salvation. True, we have salvation already through Christ’s work on the cross at Calvary. But we need the perfection of the salvation operation (Philippians 3:20,21).

Genuine believers in Jesus Christ ought to engage themselves in prayers and evangelism in preparation for this great Second Coming of our Lord to consummate our salvation. This is the high-point of our faith in and allegiance to Him.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: RUTH 1 - 2

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Jesus is coming again only for those preparing for Him"

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Led By The Spirit

TEXT: NUMBERS 10:11-13

"And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses" (Numbers 10:13)

A Christian today is not led by dramatic or eventful signs such as pillars of cloud and fire, the way the children of Israel were led when they journeyed through the wilderness. He is not asked to make trumpets of silver to call for the congregation to gather in worship or for war as God demanded of the Israelites. When we read passages in Numbers and the other texts that relate how God planned and guided the movement of the Israelites, we are compelled to see the abiding love of God for His people.

In Numbers 10:12,13, the Bible says: “And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran. And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.” Thereafter, for organizational harmony and ease of control of the large number of the people marching on, Moses set leaders over the armies of the tribes and groups. Naturally, the presence of these leaders and the instructions they gave did not rule out the superior guidance of the pillars of fire and cloud, just as Moses’ leadership did not stand for independence from God. It was still God Who “went before them” and directed where to tread through the movements of the pillars (Exodus 13:21).

In our time as followers of Christ, we also have a sure compass, the Bible and the indwelling Holy Spirit, given to us by Jesus Christ to see us through the wilderness of this evil and corrupt world. The Holy Spirit and the Bible should be our constant companions as the pillars of cloud and fire were to the Israelites.

We will overcome the temptations, the battles and the challenges of life if we abide by the injunctions of the Holy Spirit of God as Jesus Christ taught us. They will lead us to heaven, the Christian’s Promised Land.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: RUTH 3 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The heavenly-minded pilgrim is not led by worldly milestones"

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sin Attracts Punishment

TEXT: 1 KINGS 11:14-25

"And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom. And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah" (1 Kings 11:14,23)

Dr. Robert Greene Lee, a Baptist evangelist, was noted to be delivering a particular message entitled, ‘Pay-day some-day.’ The thrust of the message was that you may live a life of sin and appear to be getting away with it but judgment must surely come, whether in this life or in eternity.

When Solomon turned away from God, the Lord stirred up adversaries against him. He had married many strange women, including Pharaoh’s
daughter, much against God’s warning. He subsequently backslid. Therefore, the Lord allowed Hadad, an Edomite, and Rezon to cause a lot of troubles for him. Everything started when Hadad, a young man from a royal family in Edom, had an unpleasant experience. David, with his army commander, Joab, had fought Edom and killed all the men. But Hadad managed to escape to Egypt with some of his father’s servants. But when Hadad heard that David and Joab had died, he made his way back to Edom to fight Solomon. Rezon, son of Eliadah, another adversary to Solomon, ran away from his master, Hadadezer, king of Zobah, when David attacked them. He became a leader of a group of rebels but when David defeated the armies of Zobah, the rebels went to Damascus, where they lived till David’s death. He attacked Solomon from the north, while Hadad launched his own attack against Israel from the south. Solomon paid for his many follies.

When encountering certain challenges, a Christian must have a proper self-examination to ascertain whether sin is at the root of it. It is difficult to attract God’s favour and blessings if there is any iota of sin in your life. Stop blaming the devil for every transgression. Look inwards, repent of every sin and God will surely have mercy on you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GALATIANS 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin exposes one to danger and defeat"

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Made Perfect Through Trials

TEXT: JAMES 1:1-15

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:3,4)

The scene is being replayed over and over again. The devil had always thought he could crush and destroy the believer and his faith by throwing him into the fire of suffering and affliction. But each time, he had found that his plot, instead of crushing and destroying the Christian faith, had only succeeded in perfecting it and making it better. That was the case with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fiery furnace, thinking he would destroy them and their faith. But he ended up promoting them and their faith. Trials do not kill the believer; rather, they make him better.

This is the message the Lord is passing across to us today. Our text encourages believers not to dread trials nor misunderstand them to mean that they have fallen out of favour with God. When we are faced with unexplainable challenges that seem unbearable to us, let us not think or feel the Lord has abandoned us. Rather, let us know that the Lord has permitted them in order to bring out the best in us.

Trials, difficulties, afflictions, persecutions and temptations are the usual experiences of true Christians. It is therefore, important that the Christian puts up the right attitude at such moments. When trials come, we are not to grumble, feel dejected and cast down. Neither are we to mourn and be sorrowful. Instead, we are to rejoice, counting it all joy knowing that such trying moments have been allowed to perfect us. At such a time, we are to patiently endure the trials. When we struggle to free ourselves from such trials by trying some carnal solutions, we will miss the purpose in our lives. So, we must patiently endure. This is why we need to ask God in prayer for grace and wisdom for such moments. And as we ask in faith without doubting, God will respond with great mercy and benevolence.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GALATIANS 4 - 6

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Trials only come to make you strong"

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Let Him Lead

TEXT: NUMBERS 10:14-28

"In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab" (Numbers 10:14)

Change is very difficult to manage, whether in the secular or in the spiritual realm. There is a general disposition in man to settle for the status quo rather than venturing into the unknown future because of his limited understanding and peculiarity. Those in military and paramilitary organizations easily and promptly respond to signals, especially from higher authority. God is unchanging, yet He is progressive. He wants us to move forward to the next level in response to His divine signals and directions.

Our text reveals the instruction of God for the children of Israel to move forward two years, after leaving Egypt on their way to the Promised Land. They had stayed for about one year waiting for the next signal or instruction from God to move. The cloud was up, and they took their journey according to the commandment of the Lord. The squadron of Judah moved first with their team leader and others followed according to God’s instruction. After three days, they rested in the wilderness of Paran. The children of Israel constantly responded to God’s signal because His presence was with them.

Moving with God and responding to His divine signal is the beauty of a Christian life. The clear instruction of God to the children of Israel reminds us of His divine ownership of His people, and His readiness to lead and guide them from time to time.

God’s promise to lead Old Testament people still applies to modern-day believers. He will guide us by His Word and Spirit, and direct the paths of people who acknowledge Him. When God leads and we obey, the future is better, brighter and beautiful.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOEL 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To be led by Christ is to be led to life and glory"

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rebuke For The Wicked

TEXT: PSALM 50:16-22

"But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth"? (Psalm 50:16)

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

From our text, the Lord was talking to people who believe they were in a covenant relationship with Him, since they recite the statutes of the Lord and proclaim His covenant with their lips. Yet, their hypocrisy was very evident to Him. They hated instruction and turned their backs on God’s words. These people consent to the evil deeds of others. When they saw a thief, they consented with him. They joined in with the adulterers. Their mouths were full of evil and their tongues were full of deceit.

Forgetting God has severe consequences. God prosecutes the hypocrites based on their own deeds and the evidence against them is mounting. The image used for divine judgment is that of a lion or similar beast tearing its helpless prey. Further, there will be no one to rescue these people from this judgment. We cannot think that we are God’s covenant people when we are exercising such obvious disobedience.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: AMOS 1 - 5

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A man’s follies and wickedness will eventually mark him out"

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Leaders Of Tomorrow

TEXT: LUKE 18:15-17

"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:16)

Child training begins as soon as the baby is born. Psychologists say that a child’s mind is like a board (tabula rasa) where all manner of things fall on. Even at that tender age, a child hears but may not communicate. It matters what is fed into it at that age. The mistake many parents make is that they think it is too early to begin to teach the child the right values. Even believers think it is too early to teach the child how to pray and worship God.

In our text today, the disciples of Jesus wanted to prevent children from being brought to Him because in their own thinking, Christ was only for adults. This faulty thinking is still being held by many people today. Many parents and even governments of the day pay lip-service to protecting the interest of the child. This is evident in the poor provisions they make for child development in society.

Today, parents expose their children to herbalists and all forms of secret cults. They encourage the sinful habits of those children by over-indulging them. Governments of the day tend to direct them to things that appeal to the flesh as against those things that promote righteousness and sanity. These are manifested through the kind of curricular that are run in schools and the antichrist nature of policies in the educational system.

Sadly, some Christian parents, right from day one when the child is born, do not make any plan for him. We now see children of believing parents joining cult groups and involving themselves in all manner of anti-social behaviours because of poor upbringing. Today, as the world marks the annual Children’s Day, believers must remember the future leaders in prayer and earnestly pray that God should give us children with the fear of God in their heart.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: AMOS 6 - 9

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Train up a child in the way he should go..."

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bring All To Christ

TEXT: NUMBERS 10:29-32

"And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel" (Number 10:29)

Charles Spurgeon said: “When Andrew went to find his brother, he little imagined how eminent Simon would become. You may be very deficient in talent yourself, and yet you may be the means of drawing to Christ one who shall become eminent in grace and service.”

Our text reveals Moses’ efforts in bringing his brother-in-law, Hobab, to the land of Canaan through a persuasive approach. Hobab was not an Israelite, but Moses felt that as a relative of his through marriage, he could bring Hobab to enjoy the benefits of God. He pointedly told his in-law that God had promised them good fortune and it would be his pleasure if Hobab with his family agreed to go with them.

Hobab objected to the offer, preferring to go back to his country to be with his own people. But Moses was unrelenting. He pleaded with him, pointing out that apart from his in-law getting the share of the good things which the Lord would give to the Israelites, he could equally be a good resource person in terms of guiding them through the desert since he was familiar with the area, being of the tribes of Midian, who lived in the desert that was next to Canaan.

Today’s lesson is most pertinent. Some Christians, after marriage, feel they have nothing to do with their in-laws, not even in rendering assistance to them or making efforts to bring them to Christ. They fail to realise that marriage is a fusion of two families, which must be nurtured by good relationship. True, in-laws should not unnecessarily interfere in their children, brothers or sisters’ marriages. Notwithstanding, heaven-bound believers must ensure that their in-laws and friends experience the joy of salvation.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: OBADIAH - JONAH

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Be a channel of blessing to others..."

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Reconnecting To God

TEXT: PSALM 51:1-19

"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit" (Psalm 51:12)

True stories abound of people who went from rags to riches; from “zero to hero” and from nobodies to significant personalities. But every now and then, we also stumble on true riches-to-rags stories – stories about people who, for whatever reason, fell from top of the success ladder to the bottom. It is such a painful experience. However, more painful is the experience of falling from grace – out of favour with God.

David, the great psalmist and king of Israel, once found himself in that ugly position. Our text is a record of David’s prayer seeking reconnection with God. King David had fallen into the sin of adultery. When his attempt to cover it failed, he plotted the death of Bathsheba’s husband. By this, he lost connection with God and forfeited the joy of salvation and blessedness of a pure heart. Although he was still a king and had much power, he experienced the unbearable misery of a backslider.

David fell. But as soon as he got convicted, he repented. He did not rationalize or cover his sins. His penitent prayer in this psalm is an all-time classic, and offers a deep insight into what attitude, prayer and decision that can help to reconnect a backslider to God. This prayer drips deep godly sorrow, repentance and positive resolve. The sinner or backslider returning to God must, like David did, own up his sins – recognizing the wickedness of those sins, ask for pardon, confess the specific sins and resolve to accept God’s pardon, the leading of His Spirit and commit to doing God’s will.

Hanging on to church or ministry work or leaning on social influence and goodwill when you have gone into sin and defiled yourself will not restore the lost joy of salvation. Pretence and self-deception will do more damage. As seen in David’s case, only sincere, contrite and determined “returnees” can reconnect with God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: MICAH 1-4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To fall from grace is terrible; to remain in the fall is tragic"

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Key To Happiness

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:7-9

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8.)

We go to great length in pursuit of happiness in life. We spare neither expense nor efforts to obtain what promises to give us lasting joy. We enthusiastically adopt and practice all the formulas recommended by so-called experts. Yet, happiness remains elusive. The preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes summarizes this baffling situation well, when he exclaimed: “Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them”.

Obviously then, true happiness lies elsewhere. And the Lord Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, finally unveiled the key to genuine and lasting happiness in this life, and in the life after death. He said that real happiness lies in showing mercy to others, for only then can we obtain mercy ourselves. We are happy when we have pure hearts - free from any spot or stain, malice or hatred, animosity or prejudice - for such qualifies us to see God. Peace-making also has the capacity to give us happiness, and rightly earn us recognition as children of God.

As a believer, you should not live to please or satisfy yourself. While you should patiently bear your problems, you must at all times seek to relieve those in misery and need. The greatest expression of this is to show compassion and pity to sinners and do all in your power to bring them to Christ. And it is holiness that enables you to imbibe the attributes of God, to be loving and compassionate, to be happy and heaven-bound.

The realization that one day you will see God, makes everything else pale into insignificance. There is no offence you cannot take; there is no suffering you cannot bear. Your preoccupation is to be a peacemaker, and to truly show that you are a child of God. The question is: have you found this key or are you chasing mere shadows in pursuit of happiness?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: MICAH 5 - 7

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Holiness unlocks the door of happiness and gives access to heaven"

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Sons Of Ulam

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 8:33-40

"And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons’ sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin" (1 Chronicles 8:40)

Today, there are traditional and on-line publications that are dedicated to compilation of remarkable people from different walks of life. The world has never come short in supply of such people considered to have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields. Those who make these lists are not necessarily selected because of moral uprightness, but basically for the contributions they have made in leadership, religion, philanthropy, arts, science, social work, military, sports and a host of other human endeavours.

The books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles are basically historic account of the experience of the Israelites over a period of time. 1st Chronicles, in particular, contains a genealogical listing of the various tribes of Israel, from the earliest times to the death of David. Such a huge compilation of names hardly had room for reasonable biographical comments. But in every tribe, there were names that were too remarkable to be listed without comment. In the tribe of Benjamin, the sons of Ulam are one of such. The Chronicler took time to remark that the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour and archers.

This set of people were very courageous and had mastery of one of the major ancient weapons –archery. Bible commentaries noted that ancient archery required great strength and skill as the steel bow was bent by treading with the feet and pulling the string with both hands. The Ulams therefore, earned their honour by being masters in this area. They certainly endeavoured to make the most of their God-given talent.

We may not be skillful in archery or have such earthly attainments that can earn us a place in the Who-Is-Who of this world. But we all have ample opportunities to live a remarkable life. A child of God that makes the most of his God-given resources and gifts by positively touching lives; brightening the corner where he is, thereby glorifying God has booked a place of honour in heavenly chronicles.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: HAGGAI 1 - 2

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Does your life count for God?"

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Monday, June 01, 2015

A Worthy Legacy

TEXT: GENESIS 25:1-11

"And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac" (Genesis 25:5)

Wildlife conservationists are, more than ever, fighting to save hundreds of animals regarded as endangered species. Their prospect of going into extinction stems from the disruptive activities of humans as well as climate change. So much money and effort are now being spent just to keep them on the face of the earth.

Abraham had a more vital reason to secure a bright future for Isaac, his son. It is true that he made a fatal mistake in his earlier years when he got a child through his housemaid. It is also true that, at old age, he got remarried to Keturah through whom he had many other children. But when it got to taking out a will before his death, he made a significant difference. To his other sons, including Ishmael, he simply but fairly “gave gifts” (settled them). But he “gave all that he had unto Isaac”. He also ensured that all the other sons were sent away from Isaac.

Abraham did not only bequeath his vast earthly estate to Isaac, he transferred to him the privileges of the covenant. He did not lose sight of the fact that Isaac was his proper heir and child of promise (Genesis 21:12). It was needful that Abraham’s other sons were put far away from Isaac and that this distinction be made while Abraham was still alive lest there be any rivalry after his death.

Isaac symbolizes the Christian believers who are now the heirs of promise and unto who, are reserved the blessings of a better covenant (Galatians 4:28). In Christ Jesus, we are “a chosen generation… a peculiar people”. As such, God has a special portion for us. To others He gives common blessings but to His Isaacs He reserves peculiar temporal and eternal blessings.

Be rest assured today that your heavenly Father knows better and has your interest at heart. Just cling to His promises and at length you will find that “all things are yours”.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 CHRONICLES 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Nothing but your best will please the Master"

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

God Can Use You

TEXT: EXODUS 4:1-7

"And Moses answered and said , But, behold they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod" (Exodus 4:1,2)

We often under-estimate the extent God can go to get the best out of us. We may make excuses for our assumed or obvious inadequacies. Or we may plead for more time to brush up ourselves, so as to become suitable for God’s use in achieving His plans. We momentarily forget the Scripture that says: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty... That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

Moses was like many of us. His major concern when God called him was the reaction he would get from the Israelites. He thought they would neither believe nor accept his authority. To convince him that he was mistaken, God asked what he had in his hand. He responded that it was a mere shepherd’s staff. God then commanded him to throw it to the ground. He did, and the stick turned to a snake, which when he took by the tail, became a stick again. But God knew that Moses needed further proof. So, He asked him to put his hands under his bosom. He did, and his hand turned leprous. When he repeated the exercise, his hand became normal again. The Lord said that when the Israelites see these signs, they would believe that the God of their fathers had appeared to Moses.

We must never panic over what may go wrong in the task God has given to us. Instead, we must recognize that He does not always call us to the places where the means for success exist, but where we would trust Him to pave the way for us. God does not require special abilities but our willingness and commitment to serve Him. Our inconsequential talents, when put at His disposal, can be used to achieve extraordinary results.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 CHRONICLES 5 - 8

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Give God a chance and He will use you to His glory"

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Re: Daily Manna — THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:36pm On Jun 03, 2015
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Suffer For Righteousness

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:10-12

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake" (Matthew 5:11)

Some insurgents, during China’s Boxer Rebellion in 1900, captured 100 students in a mission station and blocked all the gates except one. They placed a cross flat across the gate and ordered the students to file out one after the other. Each was either to trample on the cross underfoot and be set free or refuse to do it and face firing squad.

Terribly frightened, the first seven students trampled on the cross and got freed. But the eighth student, a young girl, refused to commit the sacrilegious act. After praying, she braced up the challenge. Strengthened by her example, the remaining 92 followed her to the firing squad.

From our text, Jesus pointed out that Christians could be persecuted on account of their righteous and godly living. Sometimes, people could order them to worship a false god or compromise their faith through sharp practices. It could be at the work place or during other period. The refusal to yield to any ungodly influence could provoke one form of punishment or the other.

Jesus clearly counsels every believer that persecution might not be out of place. The Scripture also declares that all who desire to live godly in Him will suffer persecution. Following this, the Lord admonished believers to count it a thing of joy to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because of the rewards that await them in heaven. A true child of God will take persecutions in his stride. Since our Saviour Himself was persecuted, we must not be under any illusion that we will not suffer persecutions. The values of God’s kingdom are in sharp contrast with earthly dictates; hence, the challenges we suffer. Our comfort and consolation lies in the fact that although weeping may endure for a night, joy will surely come in the resurrection morning.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 CHRONICLES 9 - 11

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Persecution makes believers stronger in faith"

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