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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:36pm On Jan 02
This Is That Year.

This is that year I have been telling you about; the year when truly, everything becomes new.

The year of endless possibilities, unlimited potentials and divine favour backing it all. It is the year we have been waiting for because God has promised to do us good.

This is that year when the floodgates of heaven have already been opened, the blessings we have long prayed for is on its way and an outpouring of revival has begun.

A year when we will keep looking for more and more chances to share the good news of Christ, to share testimonies of his miraculous work in our lives and to share a word and actions of faith, hope and love.

Remember when you shed tears of pain, distraught and fear, this year, tears of wonderment, fulfilment and immeasurable joy will be ceaseless in running down your cheeks.

Children for those who have sought for it, the family that wants one gets one, those who desired twins, will get theirs, and those who have prayed and sought for long, have you started preparing? Multiple births are coming your way.

Admissions into institution of higher learning, scholarships to back them up and retentive and innovative brains to ensure you emerge with a First class has been placed on you.

Start to practice how to share your testimony, because you will have to do it, and do it again, and then share an even bigger one.
Those that expect an outpouring leave home with an umbrella, those that know God has made this year just for them leave their house every day with a smile and the assurance that "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Our tears have been wiped off, our sorrows turned to joy and our hope has been restored.

When I told you that this is the year we have been waiting for, do you now know what I mean? Why not start counting your blessings and naming them one by one, because, in twelve months time, they will be too much for you to count.

Are you ready for the best year you have ever lived? Don't forget, there will be no lack, no loss and no limitations in your life this year.
This is your year.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:51am On Jan 03
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY JANUARY 3, 2019

A CROCODILE SMILE

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 18:22-30

KEY VERSE: "And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son in law" (1 Samuel 18:22).

Not too long ago, a country's army within the West African subregion launched an operation which is code-named, "Operation Crocodile Smile" in a particular region of the country to combat the frequent incidence of vandals sabotaging oil installations in the region. We all know that crocodiles don't smile; therefore, this code was used metaphorically to denote something more serious.

Saul, a master schemer, sent his servants to David to persuade him to become the king's son-in-law and to tell him how much the king and his servants loved him. Meanwhile, he was busy laying a terrible snare for his life. For the bride price, he asked for him for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, intending to have him killed in the process of securing them. Against all odds, David got even more than what was required and Saul was compelled to give his daughter, Michal, in marriage to him. But this was the beginning of the games on his life.

Saul had been David's arch enemy right from the day he killed Goliath to dwarf his achievements and reputation as Israel's king. And when the women rose up in songs heralding the exploits of this young lad, Saul was envious, and unjustly planned to have David eliminated. He played nice in order to make him relax and not be on his guard so that he would kill him. But God delivered David from his evil plans.

As believers, we must realise that the murky waters of life are infested with hidden enemies like crocodiles, waiting to make a kill. Therefore, we should walk carefully and prayerfully under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to overcome in the battles of life. Through prayer and watchfulness, we must not succumb to the wiles of the devil.

Thought for the day: "It is folly to succumb to the subtle strategies of evil men."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 7-10

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:35am On Jan 04
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY JANUARY 4, 2019

WHEN JUSTICE IS DELAYED

TEXT: PSALM 10:1-10

KEY VERSE: "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts" (Psalm 10:4).

Vernon Madison, one of the longest-serving inmates on Alabama's death row, was scheduled to be executed on January 26, 2018. But 30 minutes before the scheduled execution, the U.S. supreme court issued a temporary stay. The stay was later granted and Madison's execution called off. Madison, 67, has been on death row for over 30 years after being convicted of killing a mobile police officer.

Psalm 10 could be taken as a plea for divine justice. The psalmist catalogued several actions of the wicked that should have resulted in instant punishment from God, but there seemed to be no immediate judgement. The wicked, like a bull on rampage, is said to carry out his wicked acts with impunity. He lies in wait for the innocent and denies the poor of justice. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit. He partners with evil people like himself and together they ignore and forget God.

There are proud people like the ones described in our text today. They live so wickedly year after year. By the world's definition, they appear successful in business, politics and work. They have perfected their deeds and could avoid being held to account, especially by the equally corrupt system and government under which they operate. The obvious expectation is that they face instant judgement from God but in His mercies, they are allowed to run their course until their cup is full.

Evildoers should understand that no matter how long the game lasts, their day will eventually come. It will be incumbent on them to repent and seek the Lord while His mercies last. Are you at the receiving end of vexatious antics of the wicked? Nevermind, the lamp of the wicked against you shall soon be put out.

Thought for the day: "No matter how fast error runs, truth will catch up with it."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 11-13

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:22am On Jan 05
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019

THE BIGGEST QUESTION

TEXT: PSALM 15:1-5

KEY VERSE: "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?" (Psalm 15:1).

For years of sitting in a classroom at high school, it was often frowned upon for a student to be the one asking questions ceaselessly for further explanation. In many cases, there was an unspoken rule among students: they must do their work, learn something, and leave when the bell rang, though some might not understand what was taught. But students who ask questions, benefit the most.

David asked the greatest question about what it takes to live with God eternally in heaven. And the answer quickly came from God, describing a life that is worthy of His presence. The list of requirements includes an upright walk and a righteous work. Not backbiting and slandering others, and not doing evil to one's neighbours; complete the list with an unflinching consecration and hatred for bribes.

Definitely, David must have been thinking about the life beyond to contemplate this kind of question. Those whose thoughts and focus are only about the present world and how to get the best out of it will not spend their time thinking about the afterlife, let alone the expectation that they will be required to give an account of their stewardship on judgement day. They consider a life of piety, holiness and righteousness unprofitable.

For a sitting king, with so much riches and honour, to reason to this extent about the afterlife is certainly food for thought. Those who are thinking there is still plenty of time to leave and savour the pleasures of this earth should have a rethink and borrow a leaf from David. Only the heart that has experienced the truth can speak the truth, live by the truth, obey the truth and appropriate the truth.

Thought for the day: "Good questions engender good answers."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 14-16.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:49am On Jan 06
OLAADEGBU:
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

WHEN THE TABLES TURNED

TEXT: ESTHER 9:13-19

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: JOB 6-9

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:08pm On Jan 07
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019

GIVE GOD THE GLORY

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 7:5,6

KEY VERSE: "And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein" (Nehemiah 7:5).

From the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar to the time of Nehemiah, the city of Jerusalem had been depopulated. The approximately fifty thousand returnees who came with Zerubbabel on the first return in 536 BC settled primarily in the rural areas of Palestine. The four thousand who came to Ezra in 457 BC settled in Jerusalem and the immediate area. Because of the small population in the city, special measures were taken in order to make those in the city safe. Thus, the gates were closed at night and not opened until everyone was up and alert in the morning. Following the divine permission he got, Nehemiah planned to repopulate the city. He said: "And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy." Nehemiah had the habit of giving credit to God who had put it in his heart to accomplish any task in reference to the re-establishment of Israel in Palestine.

Nehemiah said that God put "into mine heart." The major problem many people have today is that they do their own will, not God's. They do not hear from God before they embark on projects. Whether in our individual lives, family life, corporate engagement, church, work or whatever it is that we want to do, we must endeavour to seek the approval of God.

Many people have burnt their fingers by venturing into businesses and careers that God did not plan for them. Nehemiah had a habit of listening to God and following through to whatever He has laid in his heart, and that was the secret of his success in the ministry God gave him.

Thought for the day: "The secret of success in life and ministry is doing God's will."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 17-20.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:29pm On Jan 07
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019

SCARCITY OF GODLY MEN

TEXT: PSALM 12:1-8

KEY VERSE: "Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men" (Psalm 12:1).

The United States Marine Corp clearly states that they want "a few good men." Honestly, only the best of the bests make it through the training. We have heard a song written by Bill Gaither, stating that Jesus needs a few good men. God wants men who are good and godly as well. Not all men are necessarily godly.

The psalmist lamented the scarcity of godly men on earth. He observed that the world was full of lies and deceit. Many people cannot be trusted because they lie one to another. Despite the apparent drop in trust due to double-dealing, the Word of God remains pure as silver; purified and clean. The difference between the Word and the deeds of men is as far as the East from the West and as clear as the day is from the night.

It is a paradox when the system punishes someone who is righteous and upholds the truth and equity. Deceit has become the order of the day in some places. Faithfulness is no longer rewarded and cherished as it should be. In some corrupt countries today, people who get rich through unlawful means are celebrated rather than investigated and put in jail.

That does not mean the whole world is corrupt and ungodly. There are a few godly men and women today who model righteousness through the transformation that has taken place in their lives when they made Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour. They hold the fort and shine the light in their workplaces, homes and the communities where they live. A great reward awaits all who live godly and faithful in the world to come. Such must be the examples of God's saints who radiate as lights in a depraved world.

Thought for the day: "It is wisdom to be a beacon of light in a world steeped in darkness."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 21-23.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:50am On Jan 08
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2019

JUST BEFORE BREAKTHROUGH

TEXT: EXODUS 5:1-14

KEY VERSE: "And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves... ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God" (Exodus 5:6-8).

Life experiences have shown that most often, things seem to get worse just before they get better. As such, one is encouraged not to give up hope when it appears that one is experiencing the worst downturn in life.

The children of Israel had been in captivity of the Egyptians for over 400 years now. Their situation was seemingly getting worse with each passing year. Now, it was time for God to fulfil the promise He had given to their great-grandfather, Abraham. Having called Moses, God sent him with Aaron to Pharaoh to release the children of Israel to go and worship Him. Instead of listening to their request, Pharaoh was rather enraged and decided to inflict more hardship on the people. They had with joy welcomed Moses and the message of deliverance that he brought. But now, instead of the promised deliverance, they were experiencing the contrary.

As Christians, there may be times we receive a promise of breakthrough, deliverance, healing or answer to one prayer request or the other. We may have even been prayed for by an anointed man of God and have received a clear prophecy of breakthrough. But instead of experiencing the victory immediately, matters may seem to be getting worse. At such a time, there is a tendency to want to feel dejected and give up in despair. But you don't have to! If the Lord has given you the promise of breakthrough or deliverance, He will surely fulfil it.

Keep believing, confessing and expecting your triumph. Pharaoh turned down the request of Moses to let the Israelites go many times but Moses never gave up. He kept confronting him over and over again until he had no choice but to let the Israelites go. Keep your eyes on the promise and your faith on God, and no matter how tough or stubborn your situation may seem, deliverance will surely come!

Thought for the day: "When your situation is toughest then your breakthrough is nearest!"

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 24-25.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:00am On Jan 09
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019

BE OPEN TO COUNSEL

TEXT: EXODUS 18:13-27

KEY VERSE: "Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God" (Exodus 18:19).

One of the secrets that make for success in life's endeavour is the ability to be disposed to counsel. The truth is that no matter one's experiences and attainments in life, one cannot possibly know everything. There is the need to count on the wisdom, knowledge and experiences of others if one is really going to go far in one's calling.

From our passage today, we cannot but be challenged by the attitude of Moses to the counsel of his father-in-law. Jethro, who came to visit his son-in-law observed with interest and concern how Moses carried out his leadership responsibility. He was worried that if Moses, though having a good intention and doing a good work, should carry on the way he was going, he would soon wear out. He therefore counseled him to select capable hands to whom he would delegate some responsibilities while he would only see to very important matters.

It is instructive that Moses who had received his call and ministry directly from God did not despise the counsel of his father-in-law. There are a number of lessons we can take away from this. One is that divine call does not excuse us from equipping ourselves with necessary training and skills that can help us perform better in our calling. Two, we do not become perfect and absolute in knowledge just because we have been called directly by God. Three, to help us fulfil our call and mandate, God surrounds us with people whose knowledge, experiences and skills we need to succeed. Four, no matter how good and logical a counsel may be, it is important that we seek God's face for His final word on it. Five, no leader is under any obligation to take to the counsel of others. He must understand that he is solely responsible for the outcome of whatever decision he takes. We need to be open to counsel if we must succeed in life.

Thought for the day: "You cannot always know everything; be open to wise advice"

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 26-28.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:59am On Jan 10
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019

LET GOD HANDLE IT!

TEXT: PSALM 10:12-18

KEY VERSE: "Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none" (Psalm 10:15).

As we witness the various forms of wickedness being perpetrated by the ungodly around us every day, there is the tendency for some to become filled with hatred and bitter desire for revenge. Christians are being called upon in some quarters not to continue to resort to prayers only but to take up arms and go against their assailants.

This was exactly the same way the psalmist felt in the portion of our meditation today. The whole chapter of the Psalm is filled with the psalmist's disgusting feeling over the acts and arrogant attitude of the wicked. What was even more disturbing to him was that the wicked rationalised their actions and felt that God did not take note. Unable to take these anymore, the psalmist calls on God, to punish and destroy the wicked.

Is it really right to pray that the wicked be punished and destroyed like the psalmist did? As believers, we must note that it is left to God to do something about evil against us. We must not take law into our own hands. God has not assigned us with the duty of bringing judgment or taking vengeance on the weekend. Vengeance and judgment belong solely to Him and He says He will recompense. We must therefore not listen to the calls of those who are urging us to stop praying for God to defend and deliver us.

God watches and knows what is going on; He will deal with the wicked and ignorant at the right time. Yours is just to continue to focus on doing right and pleasing the Lord.

Thought for the day: "Though God bears with the wicked; his lamp shall be put out if he repents not"

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 29-31.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:12am On Jan 11
OLAADEGBU:
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10, 2018

THE PRINCIPAL THING

TEXT: PROVERBS 3:13-26

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: JOB 24-28

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:21am On Jan 11
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

NO EXCEPTION!

TEXT: EXODUS 4:18-26

KEY VERSE: "And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him" (Exodus 4:24).

The expression, "All animals are equal; but some are more equal than the others" is a popular quote from George Orwell's Animal Farm. The expression goes to prove that the equality before the law is known to be entrenched in the nation's constitution, there are some who appear to be above the law. The immunity clause given to some political office holders goes to confirm the truth expressed by George Orwell.

God does not give room for any exceptions. He had called Moses and commissioned him to go and deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian captivity. He had promised to be with him and ensure that no one will hurt him. But as he journeyed back to Egypt, while in the inn, God decided to confront his family with judgement obviously over the issue of the circumcision of his son that Moses had overlooked. God had commanded that every Israelite male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after birth. Moses knew this but failed to do so. God's dealing with Moses and his family shows that He never overlooks any minor detail in His Word.

There are no exceptions when it comes to obedience to God's word. No part of the Word can be relegated to the background. We do not have the right to categorise the word of God into degrees of importance. Every part of His Word is of equal importance and must be obeyed. Again, we learn that there is no exemption of anyone when it comes to obeying God. Your calling, position or privilege does not in any way place you above the word of God or exempt you from obeying any of His commandments. It is not our prerogative to sacrifice obedience to God's word for the sake of peace in our homes or elsewhere. It is our responsibility to give God top priority in our lives and homes.

Thought for the day: "No matter who you are; God requires total and implicit obedience from you!"

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 32-34.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:26am On Jan 12
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019

RESPONDING TO GRACE

TEXT: EXODUS 4:27-31

KEY VERSE: "And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped" (Exodus 4:31).

In 1829, George Wilson committed a crime, was tried, found guilty and sentenced for execution. However, the president of the United States then, Andrew Jackson, exercising his power of Prerogative of Mercy decided to grant him pardon and have his death sentence changed to a 20-year prison term. Strangely, George Wilson refused the offer. In his comment, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, "A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of laws... (But) delivery is not complete without acceptance..." Since Wilson rejected the offer of grace, he had to face the consequences of his crime.

The elders of the children of Israel had a better response to the offer of grace given to them by God through Moses and Aaron. The nation of Israel had been under the cruel Egyptian captivity for over 400 years. Without any hope of deliverance from anywhere, God decided to show up in their case. He initiated the rescue mission Himself, commissioned and empowered the minister He would use. As the elders listened to Moses and Aaron narrate God's promise to deliver them, they responded in faith, submission and acceptance. Their worship here is a symbolic demonstration of their acceptance of God's offer of grace to them.

Today, God has made His offer of grace that brings pardon and freedom from sin and its terrible consequences available to all. Yet, it is left for us to respond and accept. We can only enjoy the blessings and provisions that God has made available for all when we respond with the right kind of attitude. Therefore, approach His throne of grace with faith and true submission in worship.

Thought for the day: "The benefits of grace can only be enjoyed when you believe and accept."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 35-37.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:34am On Jan 12
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FRIDAY JANUARY 12, 2018

A WORTHY IMAGE

TEXT: LEVITICUS 21:16-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: JOB 32-35

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:44pm On Jan 13
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

FIND A REASON TO SING!

TEXT: PSALM 13:1-6

KEY VERSE: "I will sing unto the LORD, because He hath dealt bountifully with me" (Psalm 13:6).

It is usually difficult for most people to sing and praise God when they go through difficulties or disappointments in life. But not so with David. At the moment in his life, he sounded utterly exhausted and unable to bear his afflictions anymore. He was hopeless and helpless. It was as if God had abandoned him: He had been silent despite his incessant prayers and petitions. These were the realities surrounding him, David still found a reason to trust God rather than doubt and sink in despair. What really encouraged him to praise God? He remembered God's mercies and bountiful dealings with him in the past. Remembered that God loved him and he decided to trust in the steadfastness of His love. Though he was yet to see an immediate respite to his sufferings, he knew His love would never fail. This gave him a reason to sing.

Regardless of our circumstances, we must appreciate the fact that God loves us. And because He does, He thinks and cares about our circumstances.

Never mind that it may appear He is far away and does not seem to hear your cries. Never mind it may seem the enemy is about overrunning you. Instead, think about the ways He has shown His love to you in times past. Think about your salvation and the numerous mercies and grace you have received in the past. The present won't be different because God's love is steadfast and unchanging.
So, join the Psalmist today to ...sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with (you).

Thought for the day: "God's love for His own will never fail."

Bible Reading In One Year: Genesis 38-40.

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MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2019

FRUSTRATED BY FAILURE?

TEXT: EXODUS 5:15-23

KEY VERSE: "And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil unto this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all" (Exodus 5:22,23).

Imagine the kind of crushing feeling you have when you know you have fully prepared for a project or a task, but failed woefully or met a serious resistance at first attempt.

Moses and the elders of Israel did not expect to meet the kind of reaction they got from Pharaoh, nor were they prepared for it. Not with the kind of assurance he had received from his miraculous encounter with God and the many other signs he has given. Buoyed with these and the encouraging acceptance from the elders of Israel, Moses and Aaron marched confidently to Pharaoh to present their demand. But Pharaoh reacted in rage. He claimed not to know the God they were talking about and swore not to let them step out of Egypt. To worsen things, he decided to give them tougher tasks and increased their hardship. This not being what they bargained for, the elders of Israel poured their frustration on Moses, wishing he had never come up with the idea of leaving in the first place. Moses too could not hide his pain and frustration as he wished he was never sent on such a mission.

The experiences of most Christians may not be different from that of Moses. They may experience tough resistance or failure in ministry, marriage, career of business. But for the latter experiences of Moses, they should learn not to allow initial disappointment or opposition to seal their fate. Most good projects meet with initial failures. What you need is the staying power to remain resilient and steadfast.

Like Moses, if you go back to God with your feeling, you are sure to bounce back with renewed strength and courage to press on until you succeed. Don't let the first failure frustrate you. You can still succeed if you press on in faith.

Thought for the day: "That you failed once does not mean you will fail again; never give up."

Bible Reading In One Year: GENESIS 41-44.

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NOT DESTINED TO DAMNATION

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 4:1-11

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: JOB 38-39

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TUESDAY JANUARY 15, 2019

LOVE MARATHON

TEXT: JOHN 13:1-15

KEY VERSE: "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end" (John 13:1).

Pheidippides, a legendary Greek runner and news-bearer, was said to have run a distance of about 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of Greece over Marathon in 490 BC. As soon as he delivered his message: "Nenikikamen" (We have won), he died. This is how long distance running acquired the term "marathon race."

Christ's love for His disciples could be best described as marathon. "Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end." Unlike what happens in a hundred metres dash, which lasts but for a brief moment, He loved them till He physically departed from this world. He chose them out of love, taught them out of love, put up with their shortcomings out of love and made them what they became out of love. He demonstrated this love by stooping to wash their feet.

The love of Christ for His own did not stop at the point of His crucifixion. He showed Himself to the disciples after His resurrection and treated and admonished them most lovingly. That love has continued till date. He so "loved the church, gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:25-27).

If you are one of those who have placed their faith in Christ and saved from sin by His grace, you should be rest assured that Christ loves you with a special love. He is such Lord and Saviour that is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He cares and is powerful enough to walk you through your earthly struggle and take you to heaven at last.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The love of Christ mingled with the love for Christ is the right blend for the Christian."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 45-47.

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16, 2019

VALIANT SOLDIERS OF CHRIST

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 11:26-47

KEY VERSE: "Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem" (1 Chronicles 11:26).

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) is generally acknowledged to be one of the strongest and most vigorous president in the United States' history. His brave and irrepressible disposition is quite evidenced in his following notable quote: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they lie in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." A brave spirit like this if found in any army could be the determinant of victory if God is in it.

This, then, was the privilege of David as God prepared him to be king over all Israel. Great men came over to him and held a meeting with him to make his kingdom strong. The list is long but they are all referred to as valiant men in our text. They were tough and no seekers of pleasure. They preferred rejection and hardship of life to living under the oppressive hands of King Saul. They fought alongside David until he was made king and the kingdom was established under him.

True Christians are not only followers but also soldiers of Christ. We are to be brave and steadfast in our faith and service to the Lord. A steadfast Christian soldier is never a deserter. He endures hardness and he is never a lover of the world or the attraction it holds. He loves the Lord.

As David's great men individually distinguished themselves in battle, and in their own right qualified to be included in the list of great men by their deeds of bravery, so must we fight the good fight of faith and overcome sin, Satan and self to stand out as soldiers of Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is a divine roll call; we must strive to enter in."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 48-50.

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THURSDAY JANUARY 17, 2019

GATEWAY THROUGH PRAYER

TEXT: ACTS 10:9-26

KEY VERSE: "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 him, he was told: "...behold, he prayeth" (Acts 9:10,11). How badly he needed that to be able to fulfil 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 hearing of 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 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 must be useful in the Kingdom, we must always heed His calls to Christian separation and prayer. God cannot accomplish much with us if we are not totally dependent upon Him in constant prayer and intercession. Though David said: "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray..." (Psalm 55:17), God's call to prayer or intercession can come any time 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 around us. Pray that God will find you dependable in this regard.

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

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 1-4.

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DREADFUL NEWS

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 3:11-21

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 16-18

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FRIDAY JANUARY 18, 2019

IN YOUR INTEREST

TEXT: PROVERBS 9:11-18

KEY VERSE: "If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it" (Proverbs 9:12).

It is the punishment placed on offenders of our laws that help to abate, to a great extent, the spate of crime and civil disorders in our society. Generally speaking, a sinner deceives himself by thinking that obeying God's word or respecting civil government is doing a favour to God or to society. He counts it a loss to himself not to indulge in fleshly sin. He takes sin as a sport sometimes, thinking he can have the pleasure of sin and avoid the consequences.

Man is the ultimate sufferer of the products of his sin. In fact, the consequences of his sin may truly affect fellow men, but the greater effects are reaped by him. Living out the Word for others to see may bring about changes in the lives of others, but in the final analysis, the doer reaps the blessing. In the same vein, if we continue to live in sin, we behave unwisely and will reap sickness, and eternal death but righteousness and holy living will prolong our lives and help us stand before the Son of man.

Sin attracts punishment and ruin, but holiness and virtuous living have the promise of life and health. Without any doubt, it is in the best interest of man to stop sinning and live a life that is glorifying God.

Sin is enticing and its effects are devastating. One sin leads to another until the sinner is almost inextricably entwined. Consider the consequences of sin today and deliver your soul like a deer escaping the hunter's hound. Wisdom demands that you confess your sin now and surrender your life to Jesus. He will have mercy on you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is wisdom to shun sin like the proverbial plague."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 5-7.

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SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2019

OFF LIMITS

TEXT: JEREMIAH 13:1-14

KEY VERSE: "The evil people, which refuse to heɑr My words, which wɑlk in the imɑginɑtion of their heɑrt, ɑnd wɑlk ɑfter other gods, to serve them, ɑnd to worship them, shɑll even be ɑs this girdle, which is good for nothing" (Jeremiah 13:10).

John the Bɑptist went ɑbout in rɑiment of cɑmel's hɑir ɑnd ɑ leɑther belt ɑround his wɑist eɑting locust ɑnd wild honey to rebuke the unbridled ɑffluence of the professors of religion in his dɑy. Isɑiɑh wɑlked nɑked and bɑrefooted for three yeɑrs (Isɑiɑh 20:3,4) ɑs ɑ messɑge to Isrɑel of the shɑme in depending on Egypt and Ethiopiɑ. When mɑn closes his eɑrs to heɑring God's wɑrning, He often demonstrɑtes sɑme with signs he cɑnnot but see.

The Lord wɑs speɑking to Isrɑel ɑnd Judɑh thɑt hɑd been dull of heɑring through the pɑrɑble of the linen girdle. Prophet Jeremiɑh wɑs to put the linen girdle on his loins without wɑshing it. After mɑny dɑys of going ɑround with this, he wɑs to go ɑnd hide sɑme in the Euphrɑtes (250 miles ɑwɑy). His ɑbsence wɑs to send ɑ messɑge ɑs he hid the girdle ɑnd cɑme bɑck without it. After ɑ while, God ɑsked him to go ɑnd bring it back. Whɑt he brought bɑck for Isrɑel to see wɑs ɑ girdle mɑrred ɑnd good for nothing.

Isrɑel and Judɑh were like ɑ girdle to the Lord; ɑs ɑ girdle cleɑves to ɑ mɑn, they were to cleɑve to the Lord to be ɑ people for ɑ nɑme, purpose ɑnd glory but they would not heɑr; they wɑlked in the imɑginɑtion of their heɑrts and served other gods. They becɑme like ɑ girdle good for nothing but judgment without mercy.

This pɑrɑble hɑs mɑny ɑpplicɑtions to believers. To presume thɑt one cɑn be mɑrred with sin ɑnd still retɑin the closeness, fɑvour ɑnd power of the Almighty will be delusionɑry. Proverbs 30:12 stɑtes thɑt "there is ɑ generɑtion thɑt ɑre pure in their filthiness." Our prɑyer todɑy must be, "keep bɑck thy servɑnt ɑlso from presumptuous sins; let them not hɑve dominion over me" (Psɑlm 19:13).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sinful life, Mɑrried life."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 8-11.

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UNTAMED CHARACTER FLAWS

TEXT: GENESIS 34:13-31

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 22-24

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SUNDAY JANUARY 20, 2019

HIS SACRED BOOK

TEXT: ISAIAH 34:11-17

KEY VERSE: "Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and His Spirit it hath gathered them" (Isaiah 34:16).

Talks about God's judgment are all too familiar, yet very few people take this seriously to heart. The vast majority hold a very wrong perception of God as One who is permissive and kind, who will wink at sin and soft glove unrighteousness. This view is wrong because the God who shows mercy and kindness is also the same who is unflagging in the administration of judgment against the wicked.

The certainty of judgment as a result of disobedience to God's word is clearly revealed in the Scriptures. Today's text describes the judgments which are the just punishment God would inflict upon the land because of their many sins. God, in His infinite love, always sends warning before pouring His wrath upon rebellious people.

The Bible, also referred to as "the book of the LORD" is God's revelation to man. The picture of life-past, present and future is revealed in the Scriptures. Book written by men project the thoughts of man's finite mind but the Bible has the solution to all problems. Sir Waiter Scott once said: 'Happy is he to whom God has given grace to read to fear and to obey its content. And better had they never been born who read to doubt or read to scorn.' No man's education is complete if he does not know the Bible. No believer can live the Christian life to the full without an adequate grasp of the Bible.

The Bible, being the inspired word of God, has divine authority that is both final and timeless. It is the final authority and the last court of appeal in all matters pertaining to the Christian. Read it every day, meditate on its precepts, desire it more than your necessary food, love it more than gold, keep it continually and obey it explicitly.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A life without the Bible is like a stream without water."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 12-16.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:50am On Jan 21
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MONDAY JANUARY 21, 2019

ABSOLUTE TRUST IN GOD

TEXT: ISAIAH 36:1-10

KEY VERSE: "Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him" (Isaiah 36:6).

The foolishness of trusting in man becomes real and pronounced these days as many more people are being disappointed, betrayed and jilted especially in times of difficulty, trials and challenges of life. The Lord says, "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!" (Isaiah 31:1).

Sennacherib of Assyria was taunting Judah and Hezekiah for trusting in Egypt. Rabshakeh, the ambassador to the proud monarch came with a message of the threat to further intimidate Hezekiah and the people of Judah for the step they had taken to ask help from Egypt.

None should think that his situation is so bad that there is no hope from God. Believers must pray in faith and expect miraculous intervention of God in every challenging situation of life instead of putting their trust in man. Trials, threats, hatred and persecution from seemingly higher power will fade away when God is trusted and allowed to take charge of the situation. Christians should not organise their lives around human promises, advice or support; instead, they should reflect on God's unchanging promises.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "They that trust in God will never be ashamed."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 17-19.

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TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2019

RESOLVING CONFLICTS

TEXT: JAMES 4:1-17

KEY VERSE: "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded" (James 4:8).

There are seven situations that form the root cause of conflicts: people having opposing agenda; people have something that the other person needs but does not have; when there are personality conflict between individuals; when there is a significant change in the relationship equilibrium between individuals; when there is betrayal of trust between individuals; when there is thoughtless and irresponsible behaviour of an individual and when the need of certain groups or individuals are not met.

The passage today puts lust at the very centre of man's conflicts and wars. This lust leads to all evil works: murder, fight, war, worldliness, pride, enmity with God, etc. But we can obtain the grace of God to help us subdue these carnal propensities and also resist the tempter.

This grace also helps us to avoid presumptuous language as regards our future. We are able to remove the arrogant "we will" words that disregard the authority and providence of God and ignore the shortness and uncertainty of life. Our speech must promote our habitual dependence on God, not only for our life but also every one of our plans and projects.

Self lies at the heart of man's conflicts and problems. Self-goals leads to lust, envy, fighting and quarrelling. As people get lost in their selfish pursuits, they become opposed to God and man. The word of God likens them to adulterers and adulteresses, who out of the desire to please self, act in deference to their family and friends. As believers, we should put God first in everything we do.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Obtain the grace to subdue carnal propensities."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 20-22.

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A DAY LIKE A THOUSAND YEARS

TEXT: LUKE 4:33-44

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 27-29

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23, 2019

THE COMPASSIONATE TOUCH

TEXT: LUKE 5:12-16

KEY VERSE: "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 local pastor witnessed to a palm-wine tapper for years to no avail. He would not receive the gospel nor come to church, no, not even on the Lord's day. The gain from his infamous trade he esteemed more highly than the souls of many promising young men who are now turned to drunkards in the small village. He fell off a tall palm-tree as he went up to collect the product one Sunday morning. He came down with injury to his spine. The 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 rally 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. Although he knew He had power to heal him, 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 our Lord. Being humbled by his hopeless situation, he cried out to Jesus for help: "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."

The response from Jesus is ever so reassuring. 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. Jesus is a compassionate Saviour. If you are suffering, remember that He feels your pain with you. Your sin is more destructive and debasing than leprosy but He is willing to touch you. Humble yourself and confess your sins to the Lord. Sincerely ask Him to cleanse you from your defilement and heal your soul today.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Ask what He wills for your life and stick by it."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 23-25.

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MONDAY JANUARY 22, 2018

SHATTERED YET SERVING

TEXT: LEVITICUS 10:12-2

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 30-31

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:24am On Jan 24
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2019

SHINE THE LIGHT

TEXT: EXODUS 27:9-21

KEY VERSE: "And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always" (Exodus 27:20).

One of the most difficult things for believers is not to profess faith in God, but to live a shining and sparkling life. Yet, this is what makes the difference between those who love Jesus Christ and those who do not.

Moses had been receiving instructions from God on how to construct the tabernacle in the wilderness. Here, the Lord explained to him how to make the courtyard of the tabernacle. He was told of the curtains to adorn various sides of the tabernacle, their lengths and quality. He was to make pillars and sockets and hooks and fillets for the tabernacle; some of brass work and others of silver. The gate of the courtyard was to be draped in blue, purple and scarlet curtains, made of fine needlework. The curtains were to be made to measure a hundred cubits in length, fifty cubits in breadth and five cubits in height. All the vessels of the tabernacle, including the pins, were to be made of brass. It was to be an imposing edifice that should be made of brass. It was to be an imposing edifice that should command the awe and reverence of God. The work done, Moses was to instruct the Israelites to offer pure olive oil to serve as fuel for the tabernacle lamp which must burn perpetually.

As Christians, we are the tabernacle of God today. He has made us to a specification of righteousness and holiness. But the beauty of the Christian life is in the quality of God's grace that we possess. Grace is the oil that makes our lives to shine. It produces in us works of love, compassion and patience. When we possess the grace of God, our lives will positively impact others. Our lives will lead people to Christ and not repel them. Is your life a shining and burning light? Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A life full of grace is a continual praise to God."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 26-29.

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Re: Daily Manna — AT THE LORD'S TABLE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:38am On Jan 25
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2019

A VEIL FOR PROTECTION

TEXT: EXODUS 26:31-37

KEY VERSE: "And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework" (Exodus 26:36).

A soldier who was left behind by his retreating colleagues dashed into a little cave for safety. He soon heard voices and footsteps of enemy forces approaching. Fearing for his life, he closed his eyes in the open cave and prayed for God's protection. Presently, a little spider soon set to work its cobwebs across the entrance of the cave. The first enemy soldier approached the entrance of the cave, broke the cobwebs and turned back. "Men, let's go!" He said. "He can't be here. Nobody has been here for a long time. There are cobwebs all over the entrance." Thus, the Lord delivered the poor soldier with the aid of cobwebs.

From our text, a veil or curtain separated the holy place from the most holy place. It was hung upon four pillars. This veil was for a partition between the holy place and the most holy place. Another covering was for the outer door of the tabernacle. This was the defence the tabernacle had. God takes care of His Church on earth. A curtain shall be, if God is pleased to make it so, as strong a defence to His house, as gates of brass and bars of iron.

With the abundant wealth in the tabernacle, and leaving it thus exposed, one would think it might be a temptation for thieves; but God is mighty enough to defend His house.

"There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength" (Psalm 33:16). God led the Israelites through the wilderness; there were neither physical walls nor iron and concrete bars to protect them. God was their security. As believers, we should not put absolute trust in the security arrangement in our neighbourhoods; we should not trust in the arm of flesh but wholly lean on Jesus' blood.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Don't be like the ostrich which thinks security is burying its head in the sand."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 30-32.

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