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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:42pm On Jan 11, 2016
Daily Manna
Monday, 11 January 2016

Purpose-Driven Life

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 2:1-10

"And Solomon determined to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom" (2 Chronicles 2:1).

The most basic question everyone faces in life is "Why am I here"? "What is my purpose"? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren, the author of the book, "Purpose Driven Life" says the starting place must be with God and His eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God's purposes for putting us on earth.

From our text, king Solomon eventually began to fulfill his life purpose of building a temple to the great God of Israel. He was determined to fulfill this goal without highlighting and magnifying the difficulties around him. He requested assistance from Huram, the king of Tyre, in the cutting of cedar and algum trees which will be floated from Lebanon to Israel and the provision of an expert who can work on the temple utensils and vessels to bring the work to the desired standard. Solomon would in turn, send to Huram agricultural produce which will represent payment for the goods and services from Tyre.

Solomon knew that his life purpose was to build a befitting temple to the glory, honour and majesty of God. He therefore, must have spent quality time thinking and strategising on how this vision of building God a house can be realized. He had an attitude which brought him to the altitude he desired.

Fulfilling our God-given destiny cannot be by accident. Let's not sit down and wait for our life dreams and goals to happen by accident. Let's maintain the right attitude and seize every opportunity to drive our goals towards their achievement. God gives visions to individuals who will then seek helpers to help drive their vision to reality. Beloved, look out for those helpers and strike the iron while it is hot.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 32 – 34

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stop looking for excuses; drive your vision with the right attitude"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:09am On Jan 13, 2016
Daily Manna
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Prophets Of Wine And Strong Drink

TEXT: MICAH 2:6-13

"If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people" (Micah 2:11).

Research studies by one Paul Harvey, show that after drinking three bottles of alcohol, there is an average of 13 percent net of memory loss. After taking only small quantities of alcohol, trained typists were tested and their errors increased by 40 percent. Only one ounce of alcohol increases the time required to make a decision by nearly 10 percent; hinders muscular reaction by 17 percent; increases errors due to lack of attention by 35 percent.

God's case against Israel and Judah was outlined in Micah's prophecy. Although he started out from the first chapter to lament over the sins of Israel, the people appeared very indifferent to his calls. They continued in their sins while their condition grew worse. From our text, the Israelites were preventing prophets from doing their work. They made themselves enemies of God by moving farther away from Him. They desired preachers who taught error and supported their appetite for strong drink and wine. Micah warned of God's impending judgment; even as he prophesied that the Lord will break them in pieces in His wrath.

So-called Christians who drink alcohol have tarnished their testimonies to the world - as well as to those in the church. And the ones who are hurt the most by these compromised behaviours are children. Youths of this present generation are so far away from God that they consider even church attendance unnecessary.

When a sinner knows and acknowledges his or her sinfulness, there is hope for restoration. But when they come to the point of willful disobedience and resisting every attempt to reprove them, their condition becomes pathetic. The world has fallen to its lowest state of depravity with the happenings we witness every day. Wise believers will firmly take a stand, never to be part of the world's depravity.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 35 – 37

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is sheer folly to make a prophet of wine one's model preacher"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:51am On Jan 14, 2016
Daily Manna
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Religion Or Righteousness?

TEXT: GALATIANS 6:11-18

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" (Galatians 6:15).

William Booth, a Methodist preacher who started the Salvation Army in England in the middle 1800's was once asked what dangers he thought lay ahead for Christianity. He replied, "In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell".

Paul the Apostle in our text, concluded a large letter to the Galatians primarily aimed at keeping them in the faith without giving in to preachers of Judaism and advocates of religion that cannot save. In this conclusion, he reminded these precious converts in Galatia that the Jewish traditionalist's outreach to them is to make them conform to their religion and customs. He reminded them that the circumcision which counts in the sight of God is not that which is outward but the inward heart circumcision.

The confusion about which teachings takes precedence; the Bible or tradition continues today. Many, today, respect the traditions of their churches over and above God's word. Some ignorantly believe their church leaders are infallible, that is, they cannot make mistakes. Those who are fanning the embers of religion must understand that people don't get to heaven by complying with man's requirements. It is only God's immutable dictates and the necessary compliance that will get sincere seekers to heaven. No wonder Jesus denounced the religious leaders of his days for teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Upon which foundation do you stand? The Bible or tradition? Making models of religious men who are blinded by tradition, and neglecting the inspired word of God carries grave consequences. Please be warned!

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 38 – 40

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Single-minded faith, not religion, is the gateway to heaven"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:43am On Jan 15, 2016
Daily Manna
Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Confederates Against The Truth

TEXT: PSALM 83:1-8

"For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee" (Psalm 83:5).

America's moral decline rapidly accelerated following one event - the US Supreme Court's removal of prayer from the nation's schools. On June 25, 1962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of the nation - publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day. The school children have always prayed thus: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation". Since this prayer was stopped, America has experienced radical decline in each of the four areas which the children's prayer touched upon: youth, family, education and national life.

The psalmist in our text, cried out to God, pointing out the apparent unity of a group of nations confederate against Israel. About ten nations were named in our text as a coalition of the willing, joined together in one mind to wipe Israel out of the earth. The psalmist does not appear to recommend any human defensive mechanism in confronting this group. Rather, he puts his hope in God to defend and protect His people.

The enemy is doing everything he can today to invade the Church and lead us down the path of peril. The homes and families are also under severe attack. Children are being taught evolution in schools, and made to accept homosexuality as a normal life. The seat of learning has been hijacked by the devil to teach the children that God is a myth from our repressed past. In the West, the situation is worst as the present generation does not have any desire to worship God. They are completely engrossed in the pursuit of fleshly lusts and damning pleasures of the world.

We must arise quickly and sound the alarm against evil. We must cry out unto God. We must pray for a revival of righteousness and holiness in our age.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 41 – 44

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

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:48pm On Jan 17, 2016
Daily Manna
Friday, 15 January, 2016

His Sacred Promises!

TEXT: ROMANS 11:25-36

"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance" (Romans 11:29).

Great monarchs of old pride themselves on the strength of their words, decrees and promises. Their words are so powerful that they are not carelessly uttered. Once they make a promise, their integrity lies on the strength and reliability of their promises. Apart from monarchs, men of integrity in every age are respected for their ability to keep to their promises. A man is said to be a "man of his words" when he is known to be trustworthy and dependable. But we know that however sincere a man can be when he makes a promise, his limited human nature can make him to fail in living up to his words.

But not with God! Whatever He promises, He also has the power to accomplish. No situation or circumstance places a limitation on Him. He does not suffer a mood-swing that makes Him oscillate on His promise. Also, God does not make a rash promise which He thinks He does not mean. He says what He means and means what He says. His promises are irrevocable.

This truth is revealed in His dealings with the children of Israel as revealed in our text. God specially chose the nation of Israel to be His people. He promised to always be with them and bless them as long as they obey. And when they sin, He would punish them by rejecting them. The purpose of this severe chastisement is to make them, on the long run, repent and return to Him. This promise remains unchanging.

It is encouraging to know that we can rely wholly on God's words and not fear that He may change His mind or fail us. At the same time, we must bear in mind that His promises of judgment will not fail as well. While He has promised great blessings for those who live and walk in righteousness, He has also promised to judge all those who ignore Him and live in wickedness. These promises cannot fail.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 45 – 47

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God never oscillates on His promises"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:21am On Jan 19, 2016
Daily Manna
Saturday, 16 January, 2016

Cleave To Him

TEXT: JEREMIAH 13:1-14

"For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear" (Jeremiah 13:11).

Educators know the importance of using visual aids to help learners understand the lesson being passed across. In the past, this form of teaching was thought to be only relevant and appropriate to young learners. With the application of modern technological devices to the teaching and learning process, however, this method has been found to have profound effects in the teaching of various categories of learners.

God, the Master Teacher, had always employed this method in helping His people understand in clear and vivid terms, the message He is trying to pass across to them. In our text, He used the waist cloth to show how close the children of Israel were to Him. As long as the waist cloth was tied to the prophet Jeremiah, it remained okay and useful. But the moment it was loosed from him and buried away somewhere, it lost its usefulness and became corrupted. How illustrative this is! As long as the children of Israel stayed close to God, they were at their best. But once they detached themselves from Him and got buried in the world of sinful pleasure and idolatry, their beauty became corrupted and their usefulness lost. They became good for nothing except to be thrown away in judgment.

The lesson is clear to us as Christians today. We cannot survive without God. Our usefulness, value and beauty are only ensured and enhanced as long as we remain close to Him. As we walk by His side and obey His words daily, we receive the needed vitality and grace to live, blossom and flourish. But once we lose ourselves free from the Lord to get entangled with the world and be buried in its sinful concerns and pleasures, we begin to die and decay.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 48 – 50

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Our relevance to life is made manifest by our attachment to God"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:16pm On Jan 19, 2016
Daily Manna
Sunday, 17 January, 2016

A Double Loss!

TEXT: 2 KINGS 1:13-18

"And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die" (2 Kings 1:16).

There are some inevitable things humans are often afraid of and will, as much as possible, try to avoid or at the best, push forward. One of such inevitable things is death. Nobody wants to face this reality of life. Many people will do whatever is in their power to avoid it. But the truth is, whether it comes today or much later, it will certainly come. What is best for us to do therefore, is to be ready for it.

King Ahaziah had taken seriously ill, owing to a domestic accident he had in his palace. Becoming so concerned over his state, he wanted to know if he would recover from his ailment. He was obviously afraid to die. But instead of asking counsel from God, he sought after Baalzebub, the god of Ekron. Sure, he had no confidence to approach God because of the life of sin and wickedness he had lived. Sin robs one of the boldness to approach God's throne of mercy. Unfortunately for him, Elijah confronted his obstinacy and gave him a message that he would die. But instead of seizing this as an opportunity to cry unto God for mercy in repentance, he chose to fight God by fighting the man of God. On the long run, he died. His was a double loss; he lost here on earth and in eternity!

There are certainly some things in life that are actually unpleasant and discomforting which we want to find solutions to. We may be struggling with life-threatening sickness, financial burden owing to joblessness and economic hardship, delay in childbearing, etc. We should be very mindful how we seek solutions to these problems. It is important to ensure that we do not succumb to the pressure of seeking solutions away from God. Whatever the situation, we must remain true to Him. Those who run away from Him to seek solutions elsewhere, end up compounding their problems. They suffer a double loss!

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 1 – 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is no true help outside God"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:33pm On Jan 20, 2016
Daily Manna
Monday, 18 January, 2016

The Best For His Service

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 2:11-18

"And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's" (2 Chronicles 2:13).

The place of service and the personality to be served often determines the choice of the servant. In every case, great men often look out for the most skillful and talented to enter into their service. The retinue of a king speak volumes of his glory and wealth and the quality of the service to be rendered.

King Solomon had undertaken to build a house for the Lord in fulfillment of the dream of his father, David. With all the necessary materials put in place, he needed the best hands to handle the work. Huram was sent as one of the people to undertake the work. His résumé shows he was the best in the service of the king of Tyre who had recommended him.

The lesson we draw from here is the quality of men that we recommend or take into the service of the King of kings. If building the kingdom of God is truly the greatest and most important service any mortal can be privileged to enter into, we should be careful to select the best hands to do this. It is disheartening to know that some people give themselves to the service of the Lord only after they have retired from the service of the world. When the best of their youthfulness and energy has been used up, that is when they want to give the ‘leftover' of their lives to God. Although God chooses "the foolish things of this world to confound the wise", this does not absolve us of our responsibility to see that we improve on our skills so that we can give our best to God.

If we always bear in mind that we have been given the greatest privilege to be in the highest The Bible form of service, we will know that we cannot but give our very best to it. It is only then that we can render an acceptable and rewardable service.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 5 – 7

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is no true help outside God"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:53pm On Jan 20, 2016
Daily Manna
Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

Awesome Judgment

TEXT: MICAH 3:1-12

"Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings" (Micah 3:4).

At times, we wonder why, with all our prayers and fasting, the heavens appear quiet, still and difficult to penetrate. In our part of the world, there has not been a time in history when we had an increase in religious activities as there is today. The volumes of prayers that rise each day, and the gamut of the "prophecies" that are being received appear to be completely rubbished by the cries of woes and oppressions the ordinary man is facing. Why does it appear that the heavens are sealed against us? Why are we having tales of woes instead of testimonies of triumph?

God answers these questions in the proclamation of prophet Micah to the people of Judah in our passage for meditation today. With the whole people given to corruption, from the leadership to the led, the priests, the prophets and the people, there was no way the heavens could pay attention to them. In fact, God resolved to deal with them as they had behaved contrarily towards Him. It was very sad that everyone was caught up in the corruption and rebellion that ravaged the land. The priests and prophets who should have turned the people to the right path became themselves very corrupt. They lied to the people, took advantage of their miserable conditions to exploit and milk them dry.

It is not the number of prophets that roam the streets that matters. It is not the number of churches that counts either. It is not our proud claim of religious piety. As prophets and priests of God, we must ensure that we are true to our calling. Preach the truth without fear or favour. We must truly follow the Lord and refuse to give support to those who lie in His name, claiming they are prophets. These we must do if we want God to hear us when we cry to Him.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 8 – 11

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The heavens will remain silent to those who turn their backs against God"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:18am On Jan 26, 2016
Daily Manna
Wednesday, 20 January, 2016

When Dreams Are Fulfilled!

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 5:1-10

"Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God" (2 Chronicles 5:1).

There is nothing as satisfying as seeing that we successfully accomplish the projects we set out to execute. However, more satisfying is the fact that we have been able to put a good succession plan in place to ensure the continuity of what we spent our lifetime to plan and pursue. This is what truly defines success. Whether in a family setting, a business enterprise, a church ministry or a political setup, failure to put in place a good succession plan can rubbish all the good things one has spent his lifetime to labour on.

Today's text shows the completion of the building of the temple and the placement of the ark of the Lord and other instruments in the temple. It was a mission accomplished and dream realized both for Solomon and his late father, King David. It will be the joy of every parent or leader to see their successors follow up conclusively on their visions and dreams. To make for the continuity of good and viable dreams, there is need to have a good and well laid out succession plan. Properly document the plan and see that it is well communicated to the would-be successor. In addition, adequate provisions must be made for the continuity and accomplishment of the vision. David was able to do all these before passing on the baton to his son, Solomon.

We must take a cue from Solomon. He committed himself from the onset of his ascension to the throne to pursue and fulfill his father's dream. As the baton to fulfil God's mandate is passed on to us, the onus lies on us to see that we passionately drive the vision till it is accomplished. Posterity will judge us for what we did with the opportunity given to us by God.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 12 – 16

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Better to be a dream-maker than a dream-killer"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:57am On Jan 26, 2016
Daily Manna
Thursday, 21 January, 2016

Stripped Of Honour

TEXT: LAMENTATIONS 1:1-11

"Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her unclothedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward" (Lamentations 1:8 ).

Many times, we are shocked as we watch men who had once occupied great positions of honour sank into disgrace and stripped of their once cherished prestige. This is true of some great political leaders and athletes. As soon as acts of wrong doings are discovered against them, they are stripped of the honour they once enjoyed and led away to jail. Great businessmen, popular entertainment stars, former Olympic gold medalists, etc., have had all their glories and wealth taken away from them as a result of a wrong doing. Sin brings disgrace.

Jerusalem was once the envy of the nations around her. She lived in plenty and enjoyed the special favour of God. But soon, she got carried away and lived in pride, rebellion and all sorts of abominations forbidden by God. She also ignored all the warnings and entreaties of prophets to repent and turn back to God. Because she refused to yield, God gave her up. She was stripped of all that once made her proud, led to captivity and her land ravaged and destroyed. She that was once the envy of others was now despised and mocked by all.

To enjoy our envied position of honour in the Kingdom of God, we must steer clear from sin. We cannot remain compatible with God if we walk contrary to His words. Sin has never added anything good to one's life. Rather, it takes away all the good that he has. Examples abound of many who once walked in the path of God but later chose to go the way of the world. They now live in bitter regret of their unfortunate actions.

We must not be deceived. There is no pleasure whatsoever in sin. Don't get carried away by its alluring glamour and damning satisfaction. Once entrapped, it sucks life out of the deceived. And worse, it leads to hell. Sin is both deadly and damning.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 17 – 19

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Always remember this refrain: "Sin brings disgrace"!"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:26pm On Jan 29, 2016
Daily Manna
Friday, 22 January, 2016

How Do You Rate Yourself?

TEXT: ROMANS 12:1-8

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" (Romans 12:3).

Many people often have an exaggerated opinion of themselves. This may be because of skills they possess or their high attainments in the activities and professions of the world. For some, it may be due to their illustrious family background. Either way, a bloated self-esteem is dangerous, as it can blind the mind to good reasoning and conduct.

Unfortunately, this is not just a problem in the world, but also among Christians. Hence, Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, prescribed practical guidelines on how Christians should live. They must present themselves as living sacrifices to God. They must be holy, for that makes them acceptable to Him. They must not conform to the standards of the world, but be transformed and renewed in mind. They must moderate their self-esteem, recognizing that God has endowed everyone differently. They must function as parts of the human body which, though separate, are inter-related and work in complete unity. Each person has a different gift, and God expects Christians to use their gifts according to the proportion of faith in them.

We should neither under-estimate nor over-estimate ourselves. Actually, the basis of our self-esteem is not in evaluating ourselves by worldly standards of success, but in recognizing that what makes the difference is our identity in Christ. Without Christ, we will fail all tests by scriptural, eternal standards. Whatever our talents, we must recognise that they are incomplete without the support of other people's gifts. The earlier we realise that no one person can do the work of God alone, the better for us, and the more realistic we become in assessing ourselves.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 20 – 22

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God lifts those who humble themselves before Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:39pm On Jan 29, 2016
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Saturday, 23 January, 2016

Pride Is Dangerous

TEXT: JEREMIAH 13:15-27

"But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive" (Jeremiah 13:17).

One of the deadliest effects of pride is that it shuts a person's senses to good reason and blinds him to his weaknesses and limitations. It makes him think he is more important than other people. Such a person does not see any need to change his ways. As a result, he ends up suffering defeat and experiencing severe setbacks in life.

In his numerous entreaties to the people of Judah, Prophet Jeremiah warned them to abandon pride, listen to, and obey God's commands. He urged them to humble themselves before the almighty God. He warned them that they were toying with the danger of being forcefully sent on exile as captives in the hand of a merciless foreign power. Their land would be stripped bare of men and animals, and left desolate because of their pride, arrogance and rebellion against God. He wondered why they were unwilling to change their ways, especially considering the danger that awaits them. He could not understand why they continued to disregard God and believe in the false hope that no harm would come to them for their actions. Yet, for their rebellion and numerous sins, God rendered them helpless and brought them to shame before their enemy.

Like the men of Judah, pride still hinders people from abandoning their sinful and indulgent lifestyles. They look down on God, just as they do to other people. They leave no room for God in their plans. Such people are so set in their behaviour that they lose the desire to change their ways. This is a very dangerous state to be in. The only option open to people in this condition is to recognise their folly and quickly repent, else, face dire consequences of their action.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 23 – 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Those who shrug shoulders at God's word will sooner or later, suffer bruised ego"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:31am On Feb 16, 2016
Daily Manna
Sunday, 24 January, 2016

Focus On Your Goal

TEXT: 2 KINGS 2:1-6

"And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on" (2 Kings 2:6).

Things that are significant, enduring and greatly beneficial, do not usually come easily. They demand hard work, dedication and focus. They require that you are painstaking, single-minded and shun all distractions, even when you do not fully understand how your objective will be achieved.

Prophet Elijah had known that his ministry on earth was coming to an end. Years earlier, he had, at God's command, appointed Elisha, a successful farmer, to assist him. God knew that Elijah had trained him enough, and that Elisha would continue with the work begun by Elijah. Yet, Elijah did not presumptuously hand over power to Elisha. He decided to put him to test to see if he was prepared for the task ahead. As his departure approached, he initiated a journey from Gilgal, first to Bethel, then to Jericho, and eventually to Jordan. From the beginning, he sought to discourage Elisha from embarking on the journey with him. But he would not be dissuaded. Even the students in the training school for prophets, the so-called "sons of the prophets" also keep taunting him about the imminent departure of his master. But if they thought that would discourage him, they too were disappointed. Elisha himself knew that his boss was about to go to heaven, and he had a goal in mind: to receive the final blessing of his master. So, he was unflinching in his resolve, as "they two went on" the journey.

Heaven is the goal of all genuine Christians. Therein lies the blessings untold which God our Father has prepared for us. But in the journey to heaven, we would run into disappointments, discouragements and distractions. But whatever we experience in life, we must focus on getting there. We must live righteously, obey God completely and serve Him fervently as He commands.

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 26 – 29

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Set your mind on a goal, and the sky will truly be your starting point"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by feeltee: 10:43am On Feb 17, 2016
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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:22pm On Oct 21, 2016
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Glimpse Into Heavenly Order

TEXT: EZEKIEL 10:8-22

"When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them" (Ezekiel 10:17).

The ceremonial march display of the armed forces could be admired for the orderliness, harmony, beauty and precision displayed in their movements. Nothing best illustrates the beauty of unity and orderliness as this.

The record of the prophet Ezekiel in our text today gives us a glimpse of the heavenly hosts that carry out the services and orders of the Lord of Host. The vision gives an insight into the cherubic beings who have been assigned to carry out the judgment on Judah due to their departure from the worship of the true God. The description of these beings reveals the precision, harmony and order in their operations. It is a revelation of the order that must characterise activities in heaven. For sure, heaven must be devoid of the chaos that often characterises our most organised societies here on earth. The reason for the orderliness of these creatures is the "spirit of the living creatures" that was with them. The Spirit's presence ensures order. God's Spirit in the church as well as in the individual Christian does not bring about disharmony, disorder and chaos. It fosters harmony and ensures unity of purpose solely directed at bringing about the glory and honour of God. Where God's Spirit is present, we cannot expect rancour, sharp and irreconcilable disagreements and all forms of backstabbing often witnessed in most congregations. There will be a replication of the order of Heaven in our churches and homes.

If we are hoping to live in heaven forever, then we must begin to get ourselves acclimatised here on earth. We must allow the Spirit of God to dominate us and blend us such that all our differences are lost. Even though we may retain our individualities, we can still function in perfect harmony. This is the will of God for His church and for our homes. Heaven is a place of incomparable beauty.

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 61 - 66

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Thought for the day: "Harmony is beautiful to behold"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:08am On Oct 22, 2016
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Truly, God Is Good!

TEXT: PSALM 73:1-17

"Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart" (Psalm 73:1).

The final analysis and conclusion of people who truly know God and understand His dealings is that "God is truly good". He is not unrighteous or unfaithful. Many times, we tend to misjudge His dealings with ours, particularly when we become impatient with Him and do not understand the direction He is leading us or look in other directions, making undue carnal comparison. But if we patiently trust and wait for God's time, we too will come to the conclusion that He is good.

The psalmist had thought that his faith in God was in vain and that he had been stupid, trying to live a righteous life. He drew this conclusion when he compared his lot with his neighbors who live in all forms of wickedness without any recourse to God and His Word. The prosperity of the wicked is but for a moment of time. They wither away as soon as they sprout up. Their gains do not last. So, it is not worth envying.

Sometimes, things may not go well with the believer, but that does not mean that God is not good or faithful to him. Whatever path the He chooses for a Christian is for his ultimate good and well-being. He does not tempt anyone with evil. We sometimes misjudge His intention and purpose when we fail to look in the direction He wants us to look and are not patient enough to walk at His pace. Envy makes us miserable and lose sight of all the good things around us.

It blurs our eyes and dims our vision such that we cannot see His goodness all around us. The more you pointedly look at the wicked and his seeming prosperity, the more miserable you will become. You will forget all the goodness of God to you in the past and will not be able to see all the good things that He has in store for you. This is why Johnson Oatman Jnr in his hymn, counsels you to "Count your blessings, name them one by one; and it will surprise you what the Lord has done". When you do this, you too will conclude with the psalmist, truly, God is good!

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 1 - 2

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Thought for the day: "Envy only makes life miserable"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:47am On Oct 22, 2016
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Saturday October 22, 2016

Wholly Follow The Lord

TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 1:34-46

"Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD" (Deuteronomy 1:36)

Something will always separate the purposefully minded from the crowd of mere followers. When the going is good, it is easy to find majority of people express their faith in the Lord, but when challenges arise, the true nature of such faith begins to emerge. Good enough, God cannot be deceived by the show of religion and zeal. He knows those who truly love and follow Him and it is for these people that He reserved the blessings of eternal abode with Him.

In our text, Moses rehearsed to the children of Israel their journey from Egypt so far. He explained to them why, after many years of leaving the land of captivity, they were still wandering in the wilderness. They had not been able to make the expected progress in their journey to the Promised Land. In fact, God had ruled out their gaining entrance to the land just because of their state of heart. They had not exhibited real faith in Him but have allowed unbelief to make them doubt and disobey Him. For this reason, they were all to perish in the wilderness with the exception of their little ones, and Caleb and Joshua because they had total faith and confidence in Him. Their faith was not tied to that of the multitude, neither was it influenced by them. They knew why they believed and were determined to stick by it no matter what.

We need to remind ourselves that following the Lord is a personal affair. We cannot and must not allow the attitude of the majority to determine and influence our faith. If your faith is linked or attached to someone else's faith, then you may not be able to go far with the Lord. This is because, if the person stumbles in faith, you are likely to fall with him.

The secret of steady spiritual progress is having a strong personal conviction and faith that is abiding in the Lord. With this kind of faith, you will keep standing and moving where others fall.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 3 - 4

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Thought for the day: "Partial faith is as bad as having no faith at all"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:16pm On Oct 23, 2016
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Sunday October 23, 2016

Come Down!

TEXT: LAMENTATIONS 3:42-54

"Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven" (Lamentations 3:50)

The story of Zacchaeus' encounter with Jesus is instructive. He was a rich man of high social status, but diminutive in size. He was a sin- stricken man who needed his life to be touched by the Sin-bearer. He wanted a contact with Christ but felt the crowd would pose a hindrance because of his short stature. He therefore, took an option of climbing a sycamore tree so that he could catch a glimpse of him as he was passing by. Jesus spotted him on top of the tree and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down...". He came down from the tree and entered into an experience with Jesus.

In our text today, prophet Jeremiah was lamenting the ordeal of the people of Israel, particularly, the daughters of Jerusalem, as a result of their sin. Their transgressions and rebellion pushed the face of God away from them and caused the enemy to pursue them. God left them alone because they had decided to join themselves to idols (Hosea 4:17). But when their affliction became unbearable, the prophet cried out on their behalf.

Today, many believers go through diverse challenges as a result of meddling with sin. Some had even unknowingly joined themselves to idols and brought severe consequences upon themselves. Jeremiah bore the burden of the calamity of Israel. They suffered from a national depression, and the future looked so bleak. In reality, the nation was dead!

You may have lost your joy as a result of your soured relationship with God, but if you wholeheartedly seek His face and humbly, like Zacchaeus, make a desperate attempt, He will pardon you. But you must first come down from the tree. To become what God destined you to be, come down from your height with haste! He is waiting to pick you up at the base.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 5-6

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Thought for the day: "Jesus forgives and forgets"

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Monday October 24, 2016

Prove It

TEXT: PHILEMON 1-9

"For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother" (Philemon 9).

A song writer, filled with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote: "Your life's a book before their eyes; They're reading it thro' and thro', Say, does it point them to the skies, Do others see Jesus in you?" The song emphasises that believers in Christ must let others see Jesus in them. Yet, another song writer challenges believers to "prove it by the life you live".

Our passage today narrates Paul's letter to Philemon commending him on an earlier report he (the apostle) got by Onesimus and Epaphras that Philemon had being a faithful and loving person, both toward Jesus and his brethren. Paul applauded his commitment to the gospel and encouraged him to continue in his good Christian behaviour.

Philemon was not a nominal disciple. Paul's commendation of his Christian behaviour reveals that he had a great impact on those with whom he came into contact. He was a disciple who had great impact on the lives of others outside his region. The totality of a Christian life is its ability to positively impact the lives of others. Paul was encouraged to make mention of Philemon in his personal prayers, because of his challenging lifestyle.

As a believer, what can be said of your Christian life? Do people see Jesus in you? Do you forgive others when they offend you, even in the vineyard of God? Onesimus had offended Philemon and fled to Rome, yet, it was he who gave the good report of Philemon's commitment to the gospel. What story do people tell about you?

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 7-9

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Thought for the day: "Let your life shine before others"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:49pm On Oct 25, 2016
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Tuesday October 25, 2016

Bonded

TEXT: SONG OF SOLOMON 6:1-13

"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine; he feedeth among the lilies" (Song of Solomon 6:3).

In God's divine plan for marriage, He abhors unfaithfulness. The Holy Scripture says, "marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled".

In this series of Solomon's love songs, through divine inspiration, he revealed the very heart of God. In the passage today, in a poetic manner, he imagined what a woman could have said to her beloved: and vice versa.

Solomon was eminently qualified to speak on love, nay, the downside of multiple relationships. He had many women — legitimately and otherwise; but he had great regrets and later confessed that, "All is vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

Although Solomon used the romantic interaction between a groom and his bride, drawing the closeness that must exist in a God-controlled union, he was, however, painting a picture of the type of relationship that should exist between our Lord Jesus Christ (the Groom) and believers (the bride).

As the writer uses "perfect love" to describe what should exist between a couple, believers should therefore be reminded of their commitment to their marital vows, and must cherish their spouses even as Christ cherishes His bride. Our homes must always radiate the true essence of Christian union. Every genuine believer must appreciate and treat his/her spouse with utmost respect and lavish him/her with the conviviality that promotes peace and unity in the home.

It is totally against the will of God for believers to abandon their spouses and begin to lavish love on others outside the union. They must be bonded in their homes.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 10-12

Thought for the day: "God, give us a Christian home"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:13pm On Oct 26, 2016
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Wednesday October 26, 2016

Don't Be Timid

TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 10:12-18

"To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand" (2 Corinthians 10:16).

Every man has treasures of divine deposits of wealth inside him. These treasure or potentials are God's investments in his life. They are seeds of greatness planted in his life for optimum living. God expects everyone to make maximum positive use of the potentials in a way that it would profit Him.

The impact we make with our potentials will bring fulfilment in our lives and create more opportunities for us to maximise them. For Apostle Paul, from the first day he met Christ on the way to Damascus, his life never remained the same. He began to do exceptional things and breaking new grounds. Ordinarily, he could have been timid and naive; he could have chosen to operate in the shadows of the likes of Apostle Peter and others who indeed, saw Christ one-on-one, or he could have decided to seek notice since his conversion was unique. But he chose to create a niche for himself. He knew that God had deposited in him some special gifts and potentials, and he decided to launch out to "the regions" afar.

In our text, Paul says he is not interested in carnal comparison. He will not involve himself in power struggle and personalities clash that exists in other worship places. So, in order to defend his work, he confined his report to the works of his life. He will not report the works of his life in a competitive spirit nor with a boastful attitude. Since he is judged only by God, he neither needs to compete with others, nor seek the approval of others to do his work.

For us believers, this is very instructive. We must shun the competitive spirit that has destroyed many churches today. By sinful manoeuvring of church politics, many so-called but carnally-minded preachers are merely interested in positions and by so doing, lead many souls astray. But as believers, we must live out the potentials God has deposited in us in a modest and humble manner.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 13 - 14

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Thought for the day: "God, the chief employer, knows His genuine workers"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:13am On Oct 27, 2016
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Thursday October 27, 2016

Divinely Protected

TEXT: 2 KINGS 6:8-12

"And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber" (2 Kings 6:12).

Testimonies abound of God's divine intervention in the lives of people through the prayer ministration and words of prophesy by genuine men of God.

Many have testified of how they were restrained from embarking on a journey or taking certain decisions through the utterances of these generals of God. Some also recounted how they had got delivered from attacks after encountering these servants of God in their dreams, telling them to take certain steps. These are some of the numerous things the children of God enjoy by coming under His protective umbrella.

In our text, a terrible evil had been determined by the king of Syria in the secret against the king of Israel and his people. But the all-seeing God is alive and would not allow His people to come to halt. He sent His prophet to "spill the beans", which caused a great confusion in the camp of Syria. The king of the enemy nation wondered why the king of Israel had refused to cross the line, a trap he had set for him, as planned in the secret. He never knew that He that keepeth Israel never sleeps nor slumbers.

Believers need not to fear. The angels of God are always on standby to deliver us. When danger is ahead and in front of us, the angels restrain us from going there; and when it is behind us, they propel us to move quickly forward. Surely, the rod of the wicked will never rest on the righteous.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 15 - 18

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Thought for the day: "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"

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Friday October 28, 2016

Don't Despair

TEXT: PSALM 74:1-11

"We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long" (Psalm 74:9).

A society that has no genuine prophets of God is doomed. In many societies all over the world, the devil has succeeded in raising his altar so high that true worship of God is now rare. He succeeded through the instrument of persecution and injection of all forms of perversion in the society. At a time when pastors leave their call of soul-winning for politics and politicians have also stolen their hearts with money, only a handful of genuine men of God are standing. This is an evil time!

The children of Israel were sold into slavery by their transgressions. They began to experience things they never did. Enemies desecrated their land; even the sanctuary and synagogue of God were not spared. In the passage, the Psalmist lamented over the ordeals of Israel and called on the Almighty to have mercy. He interceded on behalf of the entire nation and prayed for national deliverance. He recognised that things were not normal. For instance, he said: "They have cast fire unto thy sanctuary; they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground. They have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land" (verses 7, 8.)

The experience of the Israelites is not so different from what happens in many societies today. As believers, we must, like the Psalmist, stand in the gap, pray and make sincere intercession for the deliverance of our country. We must not relent in our supplication. Every sincere believer must determine to be "the last man standing" (if possible), in the midst of a sin-stricken world. We must not be discouraged by the taunting of the wicked one or his blasphemy.

The people were taken into captivity; the temple was burned. The Psalmist therefore, called on God to remember His people that He had formerly redeemed from Egyptian captivity and He did.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 19-21

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Thought for the day: "He will answer"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:12am On Oct 29, 2016
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Saturday October 29, 2016

You're His

TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 2:1-7

"Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward" (Deuteronomy 2:3).

Throughout history, God has always remembered His people. He may try their patience, but He always intervenes at the right time. He never forgets His own.

The children of Israel had wandered in the wilderness for forty years and it appeared that they were stuck and had no future. But Moses waited for God's directive on their next line of action. As expected, God instructed them to move northward, but sternly warned them not to cause any inconvenience to the children of Esau dwelling there in the coast of Seir or be too comfortable with them. They were to only pass through their land and purchase anything they needed. The need for this instruction was to drive into their consciousness that they must not meddle in the affairs of sinful nations or rely on them for sustenance to avoid ridiculing the name of God.

Today, the passage reminds us of the need to wholly rely on God for all our needs. God is aware of whatever situation we are in and He is always touched by our infirmities. He makes everything beautiful in His own time. He does not expect His children to put their trust in any man. Although God may use unbelievers as channels of blessing to believers, it is however, never His will for His children to see a fellow man as a messiah. While God has limitless power to change anybody's circumstance, man's ability is very limited.

Are you wandering in the desert of unemployment, barrenness, illness, afflictions, poverty or persecution? Relax, God understands! He knows the heartache you are going through. This morning, He is telling you to "turn northward", but with a warning not to sell your birthright to be free from adversities or mix up with the multitude in desperation to be free from temporary afflictions. As a believer, there's nothing to worry about.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 22 - 24

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Thought for the day: "God makes all things beautiful in His time"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:29am On Oct 31, 2016
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

That Which Counts

TEXT: ACTS 8:9-25

"And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money" (Acts 8:18).

Countries across the globe spend a huge money trying to fight the spread of counterfeited products. Regulatory agencies deploy men and materials to rid the society of these unwholesome products. But in most cases, fake products appear genuine on the face value. Most times, innocent and unsuspecting members of the society are deceived by the fantastic presentation of such injurious products, whereas they are valueless. Many people therefore, lose huge sums of money to purchase fake products thinking they were paying for the genuine ones.

This was the case in the city of Samaria when Simon the sorcerer held sway. He enjoyed great fame while the shenanigan lasted; but the truth was revealed with the arrival of Peter and John into Jerusalem. Although he knew he was fake, Simon the sorcerer still went ahead to demand the transfer of the apostles' power on him to enable him continue to make merchandise of the people.

Before now, Simon was respected by everyone in Samaria; he had made much money for himself that he commanded respect. But he could not withstand the genuine power in Peter and John. In order to deceive the fickle-minded, some counterfeit miracle-workers claim to possess the power to heal and perform all manner of miracles.

Today, many people parade fake testimonies and powers. They, like Simon, are very bold even in their wickedness. Such fake pastors in our contemporary times lay claim to what they do not possess. Those who deal in counterfeits are enemies of both God and the society. They kill innocent souls through their nefarious activities.

Just as it does not make any economic sense to patronise those who deal in counterfeit products, trusting in fake Christian experiences will only lead to eternal death. We must always endeavour to go for the real thing.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 25 - 27

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Thought for the day: "No matter how enticing a counterfeit product appears, it remains worthless"

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Wholesomeness Demanded

TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 12:8-14

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

Evangelist Bud Chambers, a gospel song writer, scripted some lyrics, "Born to serve the Lord," showing the totality of man's business on earth. He wrote, "From the dust of the earth, my God created man, His breath made man a living soul; and God so loved the world He gave His only Son, and that is why I love Him with my soul." According to him, it would amount to a waste of precious life to abandon the very essence of our living here on earth. He believes disobedience to the will of God will attract eternal punishment.

In this concluding part of the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon reminds everyone that the purpose of our creation is to fear God by doing His will. He also reminds us that every work of man would be judged. Although man may invent other purposes for his existence here on earth, one incontrovertible fact is that any invention of man cannot distort the purpose of God.

In the Garden of Eden, God made man a living being to praise Him, day in day out. But when man sinned, that purpose of his creation was distorted. Through the first Adam, sin reigned in us; but we are made alive by the second Adam, Jesus Christ. It was the first coming of Christ that brought man back to that initial purpose. The frontiers of God's grace are available to those who are desirous of knowing His divine purpose for their lives.

Many people live as though they have no purpose in life. It is only lower animals that death terminates their existence eternally. As for man, at death, he begins another journey either in heaven or hell. That's why the way we live our lives today matters a lot. The Lord will bring all our works to judgment as our text truly reveals. It is instructive today that you abide in sobriety and discover God's purpose for your life.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 28 - 30

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Thought for the day: "We live our lives as a tale that is told"

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Blow The Trumpet

TEXT: NUMBERS 10:1-10

"Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginning of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God" (Numbers 10:10).

Clear instruction deserves prompt obedience. God's messages to the children of Israel have always been clear and without ambiguities. All His instructions are intended to enhance the well-being of the people though they perceived some directives as cumbersome.

God had instructed Moses to make two trumpets. Different occasions determined the manner of the sound of the trumpets. When only one trumpet was blown, it was to gather the princes and leaders of a meeting. When both trumpets were sounded, it was to gather the entire assembly. An alarm was to indicate that there was a serious matter in the land that needed urgent attention so that the people would be at alert. The instruction was given to enhance communication between the leaders and the congregation of Israel. However, such instruments were not to be abused by employing them for other purposes. They were not supposed to be misused with uncertain sounds emanating from them.

Those whose duty it was to blow the trumpets ensured that alarms were sounded at the appropriate time and occasion. One important use of the trumpet was to appeal to God for help whenever the land was invaded by enemies. At that time, they were to blow an alarm because it was a desperate moment. Blowing the trumpet also signified crying aloud to God in the event of an invasion by enemies. God instructed that Israel must cry aloud when in a tight corner.

This is a challenge to today's believers, that we must make supplications to God whenever we are faced with terrible challenges. Some people are inclined to say since God is Omniscient, He sees and knows when we are in trouble. Of course, He does; yet He says we must ask. Israel was to call His attention in times of trouble. We need to do so even today!

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 31 - 32

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Thought for the day: "Obedience begets divine approval"

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Re: Daily Manna — PYRRHIC OR PERMANENT VICTORY? by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:38pm On Nov 02, 2016
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Proclaim The Good News

TEXT: MARK 7:31-37

"And He charged them that they should tell no man: but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it" (Mark 7:36).

Someone said: "It is not enough to hide God's word in your heart, you must speak for God in your place of influence."

A great miracle has taken place through Jesus Christ. A deaf and dumb man has been healed of his condition and this elicited celebration and great joy, not only from the recipient of the miracle, but indeed from those who witnessed the supernatural manifestation. But Jesus charged them not to tell anyone about it. Yet, the joy was so much that they continued to publicise it.

In our text today, Jesus showed an example of doing good deeds not to be praised by men. He just wanted the people to understand that what transpired was of God and that they should rather give God the glory. On the other hand, the people demonstrated that: "we must rather tell others what God has done in our lives than keep quiet." The receiver of the miracle considered it a mark of ingratitude if he kept quiet and behaved as if nothing great happened.

This clearly shows the importance of showing gratitude to God. We should draw a line between things that offend God and those that actually please Him. The deaf and dumb man who decided to publicise the miracle he received did not commit sin of disobedience by telling others.

Today, some believers hide under some flimsy instructions they receive to deny God of the glory due Him. We must not allow ourselves to be gagged. Every gift from God must be testified of to encourage other people who are looking up to Him for a divine touch in their lives. We will not be doing well by hiding the blessings of God in our lives.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 33 - 35

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Thought for the day: "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so"

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Behold! He Is Near

TEXT: REVELATION 16:13-21

"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk Unclad, and they see his shame" (Revelation 16:15).

Events across the world, no doubt, have continued to confirm that the present world is running its full course and ready to drop its worn-out garment of sin and disobedience.

John the Beloved was privileged to be shown the events of the last days as documented in the book of Revelation for our learning, instructions and necessary actions. Nobody can claim ignorance of some of the recent happenings across the globe, all confirming earlier predictions and prophecies from prophets.

In our passage, the Bible lifts the curtain and gives us a picture of some of the fearful events that will happen after the saints had been raptured home. Although many religious assemblies may give different interpretations to some of these events, the fact remains that no true believer must go through any of them. It is better imagined than experiencing the sufferings and judgment that follows. The reign of the Antichrist will reach its height at this time and he will mobilise the world to fight against our Lord, Jesus Christ and the saints.

The fiery judgment of God will be poured upon the people that will be on the face of the earth during this period. There will be no hiding place for anyone. The sufferings and anguish will be so severe that rather than repent, men will still blaspheme God. This is because it is rather too late to repent as the Holy Spirit that could bring conviction upon men would have been withdrawn.

The time any sinner must repent and align himself with the will and word of God is now! Don't get caught up in the coming battle and outpouring of God's wrath upon the world. This is the time to be watchful and be prepared for the coming of the Lord through a consistent righteous life and watchful waiting for His coming.

Bible Reading in one Year: JEREMIAH 36 - 38

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