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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:39am On Feb 23
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2019

JUST ONE BODY

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31

KEY VERSE: "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular" (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Discrimination is a natural tendency among the morally depraved. Sometimes, the church unwittingly allows such vice to creep into it unnoticed.

This was the tendency Apostle Paul rebuked in the Corinthian church. He decried the attitude of some members of the body who assume a superior posture in their dealings with others.

He could not see any reason for pride as he noted that "those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness" (verse 23). Every Christian is, as it were, a subset of the whole set. There is need for all the subsets to function in harmonious relationship, to avoid working at cross-purposes with one another and in violation of the demands of Christ. The gifts of God in us are not for vain glory. They are to complement other gifts in other believers to edify the Church. Our virtues and personal characteristics must be tailored to make the body strong and functional for our prime mandate of evangelism.

God has put us in the Body of Christ as He wishes. None needs to feel inferior or superior to the other. It is unacceptable for believers to discriminate against one another. As products of unmerited grace, our disposition to each other must be one of humility, love, compassion and voluntary acceptance of each other's worth before the Lord. We must not allow colour, gender, class or status to obscure our vision of other saints.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is unscriptural to discriminate in the church."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 17-19.

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:39pm On Feb 24
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2019

A MORE EXCELLENT WAY

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

KEY VERSE: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" (1 Corinthians 13:13).

The world's notion of love is at variance with heavenly love, which transcends the loose definition of love in its filial, limited and selfish perspectives. God-like love is what a writer calls "true love to God and man, a benevolent disposition of mind towards our fellow Christians, growing out of a sincere and perfect devotion to God."

This chapter dwells on charity (love). It is meant to correct the wrong notion the Corinthian Christians had over the possession of spiritual gifts as "all in all." The thrust of the message is that, a mere possession of those gifts does not necessarily portray a higher spiritual stand before God. Gifts not ministered with perfect love is vain and worthless. Love is a virtue that makes other gifts meaningful and useful. God is love, and if you would love, you must abide in Him and He in you.

The essential virtue, capable of producing the greatest impact with spiritual gifts is charity. What are its components? It is patient, kind, not inflated with its own importance. It does not brag and knows no enemy. It does not behave itself unseemly, neither is it temperamental. This charity rejoiceth in the truth, finds no pleasure in evildoing and does not hold on to memory of any wrong against it. It is all enduring absolutely trusting, bears everything with triumphant fortitude and never for once, cease to hope.

Every other gift will dry up and soon be forgotten. But love is convincingly permanent, overwhelmingly complete and incontrovertibly supreme. A writer once said that "faith without love is cold and hope without love is grim. Love is the fire which kindles faith and is the light which turns hope into certainty."

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Love is supreme; Jesus' love proves this."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 20-21.

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:52pm On Feb 25
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2019

WITHOUT CEASING

TEXT: EXODUS 9:27-35

KEY VERSE: "And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses" (Exodus 9-35).

A woman was in hospital for a heart surgery. After the successful operation, the heart would not start beating. The doctor massaged the heart to get it going and even tried using other procedures, but nothing worked. In an act of desperation, the surgeon knelt down beside the patient and said: "This is your surgeon. The operation went perfectly and your heart has been repaired, but you need to tell your heart to beat again." Immediately, her heart began beating! The patient needed to cooperate with him. By an act of her will, she had to start her own heart beating.

Pharoah, king of Egypt resisted God's command to let Israel go. The Lord had to forcefully deliver Israel by sending plagues upon Egypt. It was the seventh plague. The hail and fire had smitten everything in the field - man, beast, herbs and trees. Pharaoh, as usual after each disaster, would plead with Moses to "intreat" the Lord for him to stop the plagues. This time, he confirmed that he had sinned; his people were wicked and the Lord was righteous (verse 27). Yet, his heart was hardened as predicted by the Lord.

The symptoms of hardened hearts as highlighted by Jesus in Mark 8:17,18 are: inability to perceive; to understand; to see; to hear; and to remember. The sensitivity of the heart is determined by what it is focused upon. Conversely, whatever you fail to consider, your heart becomes hardened to. Being hardened is the devil's strategy to derail the believer, as it leads to lukewarmness, backsliding and outright departure from the faith. The good news is that this condition can be reversed. It requires repentance, study of the Scriptures, soul-winning, living righteously, prayers and watchfulness. You have the power to determine what your heart accepts or rejects. Your heart is in your hand; focus it on God and His Word so that it will always beat for Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The heart focused on God will never cease to beat."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 22.

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:24pm On Feb 26
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2019

BETTER THINGS FOR US

TEXT: HEBREWS 11:32-40

KEY VERSE: "And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:39,40).

Faith is important in the Christian walk as it opens the treasure house of God's abundant provisions. Without faith, the believer cannot receive the required grace to please God and walk in righteousness and holiness.

Today's passage catalogues the exploits of heroes of faith, who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, out of weakness were made strong and suffered many things to obtain a good report. Yet, they received not the promise and could not be made perfect without the New Testament believers.

In the plan of God, He had in mind the full realisation of His promised blessings for the life that would be experienced by all new covenant believers. Believers under the old covenant could not receive the fullness of blessings brought by the death of Christ because these were to be achieved only as part of the new covenant.

The better things God has in the better covenant for the New Testament believers include salvation through the blood of Jesus, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, unlimited access to heaven through prayers, healing, deliverance, perfection (holiness), Christ's intercession/mediation, etc.

These privileges should encourage everyone to come into this covenant relationship with God to enjoy the benefits of the covenant. How do we become partakers? We become partakers when we truly repent of every sin and demonstrate our faith in Christ's substitutionary atonement. This is the platform upon which the better things, established upon better promises are predicated. These privileges come to those who have invited Jesus into their heart.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ is the Chief Priest of the Better Covenant."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 23-24.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:30pm On Feb 27
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2019

DROP YOUR PRIDE

TEXT: MATTHEW 2:1-13

KEY VERSE: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem" (Matthew 2:1).

The speaker at a convention attended by a quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada (who cannot walk because of a diving accident at age seventeen), urged everyone to kneel to worship God. The handicapped woman began to cry being the only one unable to kneel. With tearful eyes, she said, "Lord Jesus, I can't wait for the day when I will rise up on resurrected legs. The first thing I will then do is to drop on grateful, glorified knees and worship you."

In our text, we read of the wise men's humble attendance upon this newborn King of the Jews, and the honours they paid Him. From the east, they came to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, resolving to seek until they should find. Having found the King, they presented themselves first, and then their gifts to Him: they fell down and worshipped Him.

Few people earnestly seek Jesus today like the wise men because they are ashamed to be labelled fanatics and unserious. But those who first sought Jesus were wise men. They not only worshipped Him but also showered precious gifts on Him. The human mind cannot fathom the depth of love, grace, power and wisdom in our Lord Jesus. He is the Source of all good, the Fountain of every Excellency, the Mirror of perfection, the Wonder of the earth and the Light of heaven.

A single encounter with Christ could change a man's destiny for life and for eternity. You must not allow your status, wealth, age, knowledge or circumstance hinder you from seeking Jesus if you are wise. The wise men from the east sought Him, found Him and never returned through the way they came. So have many wise people since His birth and throughout ages. Allow His Spirit and Word to lead you to have a personal encounter with Him and thereafter be a light to guide others to follow the Saviour of the world.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "No one follows Christ and goes astray."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 1-4.

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:16pm On Feb 28
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2019

ORDERLY WORSHIP

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:6-40

KEY VERSE: "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying" (1 Corinthians 14:26).

A man saw himself being carried to church in his dream. He saw the organist vigorously playing the organ, but no sound was heard. The choir and congregation began to sing, but their voices were not heard. Then the minister began, energetically to pray, but no tones came from his lips. The man turned in wonder to his angel guide, "you hear nothing said the angel, because there is nothing to hear. These people are not engaged in worship but only in the form of worship. Their hearts are not touched and this silence is the silence that is yet unbroken in the presence of God."

The Corinthian church was as controversial as it was spiritually gifted. The immaturity exhibited by members in the use of spiritual gifts generated confusion and made their worship disorderly and unedifying. Apostle Paul had to call them to order and set out precepts for the proper use of spiritual gift in an orderly and edifying worship.

The church is a people called out and taken out from the evil world. The members have repented, been forgiven and cleansed from sin and given a divine nature by Christ. The worship services should thus be orderly as led by the Spirit of God for the glory of His name. There should be a laid-down pattern of worship, which must be strictly observed so that new and old worshippers could be edified. It is not supposed to be a congregation for jesting, comedians' entertainment, talent shows or a place to compete for laurels. The worship should not be chaotic, but a solemn worship where they hear God and He hears them.

As we await the imminent return of Christ to take His saints Home, the church must preach and teach the Word, pray with unfeigned faith and praise God in the beauty of holiness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Orderly church services glorify God and edify the people."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 5-7.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:48pm On Mar 01
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY MARCH 01, 2019

BREVITY OF LIFE

TEXT: JUDGES 12:7-15

KEY VERSE: "And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead" (Judges 12:7).

For every man, life is short and uncertain. Only the near approach of death is ever so sure. It is therefore necessary that we place priority on living a life that counts for eternity.

The story of Jephthah shows that God can use anyone to accomplish His purpose. Through his boldness and faith in the God of Israel, he obtained great deliverance for Israel against the Ammonites.

Jephthah was firm in his decision and vow to God. His steadfastness is a lesson to contemporary believers. Although, he died after only six years of his victory over the Ammonities, that victory brought peace that lasted over 31 years to Israel. The three judges that ruled immediately after Jephthah had no wars to fight for their reign were peaceful.

However, after the death of Jephthah, Israel soon went back to their sinful lifestyle. The three succeeding judges passed away quickly after their respective short reigns that God might again visit Israel for their sin and backsliding. When iniquity abounds in the land, and righteous leaders become few, it is a sign that evil days are near.

The lessons in today's passage are many. First, we must come to term with the brevity of life. No matter how long we live, our life is short in view of eternity. Second, it is unwise to bask endlessly in the joy of any earthly victory or success; we must not lose focus of eternity. Third, the peace we make or the row we cause today may have effects running on after us for some generations after. We must, therefore, endeavour to make peace with men at all times.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The righteous is taken away from the wrath to come."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 8-11.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:15pm On Mar 02
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY MARCH 02, 2019

TARRY STILL

TEXT: Genesis 26:17-25

KEY VERSE: "And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land" (Genesis 26:22).

People respond differently to seemingly great opposition and conflict. Some give up too quickly and easily while others opt to fight back fiercely to defend their rights. Neither of these is always the right approach.

Isaac was by no means a coward; he was a realist. The odds were overwhelmingly against him when pitched against the more populous people of Gerar. Twice he dug a well and found water and each time, the herdsmen of Gerar fought against him and claimed the wells. Strikingly, each time also, Isaac moved farther away from them, and began prospecting for water all over. By the third attempt when he struck prospecting for water all over. By the third attempt when he struck water, his enemies had got tired of fighting to claim his property. Even when he could have fought back, Isaac took his predicament philosophically, giving striking names to the wells of argument. The second, he named Sitnah or the wall of anger. And the third was called Rehoboth, which means, the well where there was room enough for us at last. He believed that it was the Lord who had made room for him and his family. And soon enough, the Lord appeared to reassure him that He would bless him abundantly.

It is not every time that we must stand to claim our rights. More appropriately, we must be prepared to cede our rights if that will make for peaceful coexistence, trusting God to grant us favour or subdue our opposers. We must ask Him for the wisdom to know when to withdraw and when to stand up and fight for what rightly belongs to us. We must not however, tow the line of social agitators whatever venture we are engaged in, we must persist, even when the road is strewn with thorns and opposition. When we persist long enough, and remain on the high ground of righteousness, in due course, we shall succeed.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Those who give up easily in the face of opposition, cede their posterity to others."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 12-14.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:11pm On Mar 02
"QUIET PLEASE"

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE FEBRUARY 24, 2019 ADULT CHOIR MINISTRATION


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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:00am On Mar 03
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY MARCH 03, 2019

PEACE LIKE A RIVER

TEXT: GENESIS 26:26-35

KEY VERSE: "That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD" (Genesis 26:29).

Imagine how the world would have been if every human inhabitant of it were peaceable and would go the extra mile to secure it. In such a state, there probably would be no need for the police. All the defense mechanisms and security measures that men have surrounded themselves with would have been needless. But such a world exists only in our imagination until the millennium reign of the Prince of Peace. In reality, peace is a scarce commodity all over the world.

The wickedness and contradictions of the world notwithstanding, the Christian is expected to "follow peace with all men" and as much as possible to live peaceably with all men. The Lord has so designed it that the man of peace attracts peace. "When a man's way please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7). This was the case of Isaac in our text.

The visit of Abimelech the king of Gerar and his friends, whether borne out of feeling of guilt or feeling of fear of repercussion, was a peace mission. The result of that meeting was a covenant of peace between Isaac and the people which was sealed with a feast that Isaac made for them. Observe how Isaac readily forgave the people and was willing to forge a peaceful and neighbourly relationship with them. He did not continue to nurse the injustice earlier meted out to him. It was more than a coincidence that the same day Isaac entered a peace treaty with Abimelech and his company, he was rewarded with a new well.

No less an attitude is expected of a Christian. As you step out today, make up your mind to chart a course of peace. Be willing to pay a reasonable price to secure peace. If Abimelech, a pagan king, took the initiative to make peace with a wronged Isaac, you should have more grace to initiate peace overtures to anyone whose way you have crossed.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "We may not hope to achieve world peace, but we can achieve peace around us."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 15-17.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:49am On Mar 04
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY MARCH 04, 2019

THE SIGN OF IMMANUEL

TEXT: ISAIAH 7:10-25

KEY VERSE: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

Men commonly seek for signs to validate the truth concerning a matter. To acheive this, some resort to getting information from dubious sources and sometimes go as far as seeking help of prophets or fortune tellers to unlock the secrets of the unknown future.

From our text, God told Ahaz to ask for a sign, any sign. But the king was really not a friend of God; so he did not ask for a sign, hiding under a false sense of humility. God decided to give him a sign anyway. And the sign was going to be the birth of the child Immanuel through a virgin. This was a prophecy that would take more than five hundred years to be fulfilled, but God gave the sign to let the ungodly Ahaz know that He cares for His people. God called the child Immanuel because He had a plan for His own. Although Ahaz had abandoned the Lord, He will not abandon His people. He is a faithful God who, in the midst of calamities that would befall the land, would provide help and a way of escape for His own.

We have many people today who are seeking for favourable signs while ignoring obvious signs of the end of time. They want to see signs before they will believe the truth of the gospel while conveniently ignoring the signs in the living word of God.

God has given us Immanuel. There is no better alternative to the signs that He gave man. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We should be careful not to behave like the Pharisees of old who were always looking for signs even when God speaks audibly that He is with us (EMMANUEL). The word of God is with us. The witness of the Holy Spirit is in our hearts. The signs are visible enough. Believe them and be blessed.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Many have sight but no vision."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 18-20.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:53pm On Mar 04
Sunday Worship Service March 03, 2019 CONGREGATIONAL SONG


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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:29am On Mar 05
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MARCH 05, 2019

TESTIMONIES OF DAVID

TEXT: PSALM 18:29-50

KEY VERSE: "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect" (Psalm 18:32).

Alexander Whyte was a Scottish preacher who always began his prayers with an expression of gratitude. One cold, miserable day his people wondered what he would say. He prayed, "We thank Thee, O Lord, that it is not always like this."

Grateful souls always see reasons to praise and thank the Lord in every situation. Their spiritual mood is never determined by the weather. Such was the experience of David in our passage for reading today. He looked at every circumstance that he went through from "God is good" perspective. He ascribed the numerous breathtaking victories over enemies like Saul and the host of Philistines to the power and favour of God. He confessed the goodness of God in fulfilling His perfect plan for his life. He recognised God as the Kingmaker who enthroned him over Israel. He saw God as his Avenger and the One who fights his battles and makes him victorious always. He saw God as perfect, powerful and purposeful in His dealings with him. Therefore, he promised to praise God always.

David saw the hand of God in every area of his life and he was grateful. He saw God as a teacher who taught him the art of warfare, enabling him to win in the battles of life. Do you give credit to God for your victories or is it only when things turn bad that you ask Him why? David was not ashamed to give God the glory for his victories. Neither should you keep quiet about the love and goodness of God to you even in difficult times and solutions. After all, everyone will shout when the wall of Jericho is down but only a man of faith will shout when the wall is still standing. Be like David today and appreciate God for His goodness and love to you even in difficult situations.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Praise is valuable currency in life's struggles."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 21-24.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:54pm On Mar 06
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 06, 2019

TRUSTING GOD FOR SAFETY

TEXT: PSALM 16:1-11

KEY VERSE: "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust" (Psalm 16:1).

The psalmist here expresses his confidence in God for protection and his gratitude for His goodness towards him; his delight in the people of God and his abhorrence of idol worship. He thanks God for all His provisions and counsels. As he sets the Lord before him, he believes he would not be moved and he hopes that even in death, he would rest in hope and travel "the path of life" that would lead him to God's joyful presence. This psalm was twice quoted as referring to Christ in the New Testament.

Saints of God over the generations, have had implicit confidence in God's trustworthiness in preserving them from evil even when they walked "through the valley of the shadow of death." The reason is that God never changes. Walking in this assurance keeps the Christian pilgrim free from all unnecessary fears and anxiety which bedevil those who have not found rest in Christ.

Today, people are troubled about many things - weather, economy, family matters, health issue and other concern. For those who are not abiding under "the shadow of the Almighty," there is danger because the evil one is walking about as a roaring lion seeking whom to destroy. But thankfully, through Christ, the power of God has been made available to as many as will believe and trust Him. The onus lies on every individual therefore to "seek [God now], while He may be found, [and to call] upon Him while He is near." There is a rest for the people of God both now and in eternity. Everyone who desires this rest can come to Him because He is good to all.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's strong hands are sufficient to keep His children in safety."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 25-27.

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:21pm On Mar 07
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THURSDAY MARCH 07, 2019

CONQUERING THE MIGHTY

TEXT: JUDGES 8:4-21

KEY VERSE: "And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host" (Judges 8:12).

The children of Israel, in their usual manner, had sinned against God and He sold them into the hands of the Midianites who mightily oppressed them for seven years. But when they repented and cried unto the Lord, He raised up Gideon as a leader and judge to destroy the Midianites. And to make it clear that the battle was God's, He gave him only 300 men to go to that battle. In our text, we see Gideon and his men in hot pursuit of the fleeing Midianites; "faint, yet pursuing them."

Even the refusal of the men of Succoth and Penuel to give assistance of food to his hungry soldiers could not deter him from pursuing the two kings of Midian until they were captured and executed in addition to over one hundred and twenty thousand Midianites earlier destroyed.

The Christian life is full of battles. Satan had drawn his sword against the children of Adam especially those who have pledged their loyalty to the second Adam. His relentless onslaught against the Church of Christ is a reality that no true Christian should take for granted. As soon as someone renounce his sins and turns his life to Christ, he becomes a primary target of the enemy. But the truth is that the Christian needs not panic because Christ, "the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed..." Like Gideon, the believer must continue in the good fight of faith "till every foe is vanquished." To retreat or surrender can never be an option, as he keeps pressing "toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus"

There is the need to stand on God's unfailing promises in the face of all odds. Having received the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, the Christian must live his life in daily victory over sin, Satan and the world.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Calvary guarantees the believer's victory."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 1-2.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:51pm On Mar 08
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FRIDAY MARCH 08, 2019

CRY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

TEXT: PSALM 17:1-15

KEY VERSE: "Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them" (Psalm 17:7).

The missionary to China, Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936), met a very hostile community which attempted, on several occasions, to destroy him and his family. But each time they came, they met so many armed soldiers guarding the compound with some on the rooftop. It was not until these villagers started getting converted and demanding to know the whereabouts of the "soldiers" that the man of God realised that God did send angels as armed soldiers to guide his family in times of danger. David's petition to God was as a result of the wicked that oppressed him and the deadly enemies who compassed him about (verse 9). Having established that God knew his heart to be right and that he had obeyed the word of God and walked in His way, he proceeded to ask Him for protection from the hand of the wicked. He pleaded that God should keep him as the apple of His eye while asking for the defeat and destruction of those enemies.

Righteousness is a great asset that gives the true believer boldness in prayer. Abraham's righteousness and prayer made him to secure the lives of Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom. Moses' prayer averted the annihilation of Israel when God wanted to wipe them out of their idolatry. Joshua, through his right standing with God, was able to stop the sun and moon for one whole day.

Spending days and weeks on "mountains" in endless prayers will get very little or no results without righteousness. However, through faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary, a sinner can become the righteousness of God in Christ, because righteousness is imputed when Christ is received as Lord and Saviour. The believer's righteous life is the proof that he has become a "new creature" in Christ. God will always answer the cries of the righteous and deliver him out of his afflictions.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Righteousness is the evidence of genuine salvation."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 3-4.

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — His Revelation by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:43am On Mar 09
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SATURDAY MARCH 09, 2019

GOD'S GLORY REVEALED

TEXT: PSALM 19:1-6

KEY VERSE: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork" (Psalm 19:1).

"What is sextillion?" a puzzled Julius asked the physics teacher who had just told the class that the mass of the earth is 6.6 sextillion tonnes. "Well," the teacher answered, "to make it simple for you; you know that one bag of cement weighs 50 kilogrammes. So, one tonne will be twenty bags - right, 6.6 tonnes will then be 132 bags. Now if you multiply 132 bags of cement by one billion, you will have 132 billion bags of cement - isn't it?" This quantity multiplied by one trillion will give you 6.6 sextillion tonnes - that's the mass of the earth that revolves round the sun at a speed of 66,600 miles per hour. That's the power of our God", the teacher concluded.

Our text reveals God's marvellous creations which are clearly displayed for all to see. Each day announces it to the following one and the night repeats same. Without words, their message is transmitted for all to hear and see! The sun is seen (from the earth), as going from one end of heaven to the other daily with its burning heat that touches all. The moon at night with its glorious light is a beauty to behold and so on. Compressed into just two chapters at the beginning of Genesis is the amazing story of how God created the heavens and the earth. The orderliness of nature is intriguing.

Surprisingly, some people claim that all these happened by a random error, and that there is no God that created them. The Bible calls such fools. The world, as complex and as multifaceted as it is, is the creation of the Almighty. And the world is not about to spiral out of control. God is absolutely in charge. Let your abiding trust be in the Most High who is perfect in counsel and excellent in working. No one else wields His awesome powers.

However, the great privilege of being a child of this great God must be treasured by living daily to glorify Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's creations portray His majesty."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 5-7.

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SUNDAY MARCH 10, 2019

SOWING AND REAPING

TEXT: PSALM 18:20-28

KEY VERSE: "With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward" (Psalm 18:25,26).

There's this story of a man who lived an honest life and died without leaving much for his children in the form of inheritance. His daughter felt her father's life was not good enough until she attended an interview for recruitment into a certain corporation. She changed her opinion when she learnt from the Chief Executive Officer of the establishment that it was her father's help years back that lifted him to become what he was. The lady got the job and later rose to become the CEO of that corporation with a resolve to uphold the virtues of her late father.

In our text, the psalmist highlights his virtuous life before the Lord. The Lord also rewarded him for keeping himself away from sin. The law of sowing and reaping states that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Everyone on earth is sowing something daily, knowingly or unknowingly. The words we speak are seeds, our daily decisions, actions and thoughts will eventually "germinate" to bring about varied results and happenings in the lives of men. Actions and inactions based on various decisions will ultimately determine the eternal destinies of men. Joseph's decision not to "do this great wickedness and sin against God" made him reject Potiphar's wife's invitation to sin. Though he was imprisoned for his uprightness, God elevated him in due course.

As days, weeks, months and years are counting, and eternity draws nearer and nearer, we must exercise great discipline and self-denial for the incorruptible crown that awaits the overcomer at the end.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sow good seeds and reap good harvest."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 8-10

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MONDAY MARCH 11, 2019

EFFICACY OF THE WORD

TEXT: PSALM 19:7-14

KEY VERSE: "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:7).

7. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11. Moreover by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Hakeem belonged to another religion. He recalls with joy the day a friend invited him to the church. He had failed on many occasions to honour the invitation, but one day due to the persistent pressure from his friend, he went. "The preacher descended on me" he said. "Everything I was doing was what he talked about in his message." He became angry and upset and went to him after the message and asked him why he should use him for his preaching. But he said, "I am sorry my brother, I have never met you or known you before. The word you just heard is from God and I am only being used of Him to speak His mind." I then asked him to pray for me and he did; that's how I became a Christian."

The word of God is described with various synonyms as the law, the testimony, the statutes, the commandment, judgement, etc. It shows in various works - in converting the soul, giving wisdom to man, in rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes and enduring forever. It warns the believer against sinning and there is great reward in keeping them.

The Word is God's greatest treasure. He honours it more than His name. All things were created by the Word. The Word is spirit and life. It is a discerner of the intents of the heart. It gives eternal life. It is truth. It is fire and hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. It is health and medicine to the flesh. Faith comes by the Word.

The Word of God is the life of the believer. No wonder, a man of God counselled that all the true believers must "go with the Word, walk the Word, believe the Word, teach the Word, preach the Word, talk the Word, think the Word and act the Word." That's the only way to a truly victorious Christian life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's word is the tonic that sustains life."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 11-13

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THE LORD'S GOODNESS

TEXT: PSALM 18:1-19

KEY VERSE: "He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me" (Psalm 18:19).

A soft drinks company decided to give out crates of their products on one festive occasion to families in a particular beach, as a promotional strategy and also to measure the level of people's gratitude. While some housewives received the gifts barely saying "thanks," a particular woman was overwhelmed and grateful. Knowing that this woman was not poor, the curious company staff wanted to know why she was so grateful. "Oh," she said, "I appreciate anything anyone gives me, from a smile to a cup of water, because it takes love to give somebody something".

In this psalm the author declares his love, loyalty and trust in God. He went on to give an account of God's deliverances for him and the display of His anger and power against those that rose up against him. He recounted God's response to his distress calls.

David's travails started soon after he killed Goliath and the women of Israel sang in recognition of that heroic feat. All through his life, he had one problem or the other to contend with. Yet, he was a man after God's own heart because through it all, he learned to honour and praise God. He also sought after God's will before taking major decisions of his life.

David proved beyond all doubts that someone can actually live a life of praise and thanksgiving irrespective of life's challenges and afflictions. God wants His children to always live a life of thanksgiving and gratitude for His abundant goodness unto them. Learn to be grateful to God for the salvation of your soul, His keeping power, grace to live above sin, the Bible and the deep revelations of God therein and above all, for the hope of heaven. Arise today and rend the heavens with loud proclamations of the wonders and the glory of the Most High God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Praise is glorious, an odour of sweet scent."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 14-15

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 13, 2019

REBELLION LEADS TO CAPTIVITY

TEXT: ISAIAH 8:1-8

KEY VERSE: "For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria" (Isaiah 8:4).

A male lecturer in one of the higher institutions in West Africa was alleged to have made immoral overtures to one of his female students in exchange for a change of her grades. The report went viral on social media which made the management of the institution set up a probe panel on the allegation. After a thorough investigation in which both parties were invited, the lecturer was summarily dismissed and brought to shame, having been found culpable of the allegation.

In our text, God spoke to Prophet Isaiah concerning the captivity that would soon befall Israel and its confederates - Syria and Samaria. He went in unto a prophetess who bore a son whom the Lord requested that his name be called Mahershalalhashbaz. The Lord spoke to Isaiah that before the child would grow up and have the knowledge of converse, the land would be invaded and their riches and glory taken away. Isaiah was further told by the Lord that the Confederates would be overrun and taken into captivity because of their rebellion and refusal to stay within God's provisions for them in Shiloah and for confederacy against Judah.

The word of God stands firm against rebellion and in fact, categorises it alongside the sin of witchcraft. When a nation, family or an individual rebels against God's word, the end is usually devastating. The sinner may possess riches and seem to be having a nice time now, but as soon as the cup of judgment is full, he ends up in captivity both in time and eternity.

In order to escape the looming calamity, the sinner must repent from all sins and turn to Christ, the Saviour of the world. The believer must shun all forms of concord or agreement with the world and evil doers. Only then can we escape the judgment to come.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Though hand join in hand, the sinner shall not go unpunished."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 16-18

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THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2019

THE MESSIAH IS HERE

TEXT: ISAIAH 9:1-7

KEY VERSE: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

In a time of national distress and affliction, people usually look up for a saviour that would deliver and set them free from bondage and oppression. They may even seek for a revolution that would change political leadership so that tyrants and wicked rulers would be eased out of office. Similarly, in time of sorrow and despair, we should not fear but take comfort in the promise of God.

Our reading today contains the prophecy of Isaiah about a coming Deliverer, who shall lead God's people into a life of joy, peace and a right relationship with God. This was at a time when Zebulun and Naptali, two northern tribes of Israel were hit hard by Assyrian invasion. The invaders devastated the land and brought untold suffering on the people. There was a real need for a messiah to remedy the situation. Isaiah's prophecy therefore described the character of the expected Messiah. The prophecy maintained that in the darkness of Israel's distress and affliction, the Child being born shall be a great light to the people. And of His kingdom, there shall be no end. It is eternal.

The world today is in darkness of sin and ungodliness. God has sent His Son Jesus Christ as the Saviour. He is the Child that was born and the Son that was given. He is the Light of the world and anyone who fails to accept His Lordship is in darkness and has deliberately spurned the love of God. Such individuals are still in darkness. That is not the desire and plan of God who desires all men to be saved and reflect His light in their lives.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Light repels darkness everytime and everywhere."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 19-21

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

ARROGANT SINNERS

TEXT: ISAIAH 9:8-21

KEY VERSE: "For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts" (Isaiah 9:14).

The Christian Value magazine tells the story of a group of people who planned a "hurricane party" to welcome hurricane Camille in Pass Christian, Mississippi in 1969. They wanted to hold a party through the storm even though they knew the apartments were directly in the line of danger. They spurned the persuasion of the police chief, Jerry Peralta, and the officer left after collecting the addresses of their next of kin. Scientists clocked Camille's wind speed at more than 205 miles-per-hour and the worst damage came at the houses known as Pass Christian, Mississippi, when 20 people were killed at a party in the Richelieu Apartments. Nothing was left of the three-storey structure except the foundation. They were warned, but they chose to arrogantly ignore the warning.

Israel sinned against God and He allowed her to be invaded. The invasion of the Assyrians was a warning that God sent to jolt them to the reality of divine displeasure. But instead of repenting, in their pride, the leaders and the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel ignored the Lord and His Word.

The twenty-first century has also produced the generation of arrogant sinners who mock God and His Word. Irreverent behaviour and lifestyle, arrogance and stubbornness have increased in many religious circles. In the face of natural and, sometimes, man-made calamities, men remain unrepentant and sometimes insensitive to prevailing dangers. They would not humble themselves and turn from their wicked and rebellious ways.

God's judgement is real and certain. His desire is that every sinner of any status, shape or colour will come to Him in contrition and humility. He wants you to forsake sin and live, for He is a God of mercy that pardon iniquities.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Fools mock at sin."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 22-25

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SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2019

CONFIDENCE IN GOD

TEXT: ISAIAH 8:9-22

KEY VERSE: "Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us" (Isaiah 8:10).

D.L. Moody once said, "Trust in yourself, and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in your friends, and they will die and leave you; trust in money, and you may have it taken from you; trust in reputation, and some slanderous tongue may blast it; but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity."

In our passage today, the Lord sent Isaiah to reassure Judah that the conspiracy of Israel with Syria against her would fail. He therefore wanted Judah to repose confidence in Him as Saviour and Lord. Judah should not fear the confederacy against her because He has raised Isaiah and his sons up for signs and wonders. Isaiah stated further that Judah must not seek any other God or help from familiar spirits. She must trust the Lord alone and not allow any contrary counsel or opinion to turn her away from Him.

It is not the desire of God for His children to live in fear of the enemy. In spite of the various threats and fear-generating situations around today, we must be confident and hopeful. He wants us to have confidence in Him and trust His word in every situation. To gain confidence in Him, we must "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among [His] disciples." Our confidence in the word of God must be resolute and sound.

Whatever the devil may bring on your way today has been covered by the promise of the Lord. He has promised to deliver you. He delivered His people who waited on Him. And He will still deliver His children who trust and believe His word continually. As you go out in the confidence He has given in His word today, you can be sure that He will take care of you and save you completely.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God is greater than any challenge in the path of the redeemed."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 26-28

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SUNDAY MARCH 17, 2019

NEW WINE, NEW BOTTLE

TEXT: MATTHEW 9:14-26

KEY VERSE: "No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rest is made worse" (Matthew 9:16).

John Bunyan once wrote, "The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration, in the parish of Repentance unto life. He was educated in the School of Obedience; he works at the trade of Diligence and does many jobs of Self-denial. He owns a large estate in the country of Christian Contentment and wears the plain garments of humility. He breakfasts every morning on spiritual prayer and sups every evening on the same. He also has meat to eat that the world knows not of. He has gospel submission in his conduct, due order in his affection, sound peace in his conscience, sanctifying love in his soul, real divinity in his breast, true humility in his heart, the Redeemer's yoke on his neck, the world under his feet, and a crown of glory over his head." Bunyan's description of the happy man is the picture of a Christian whose life is transformed by grace.

Using the illustration of garments and wine, Jesus told His disciples that there must be a clear difference between old things and new ones. Drawing heavily on the cultural practices of the Jews, He explained that old cloths would not go with new pieces neither would old bottles serve with new wine.

The christian life is a brand new relationship with the heavenly Father because of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross brought forgiveness and pardon for our sins and opportunities of experiencing new relationship with the Lord. In the new life, new rules guide our walk in newness of life and we begin to do all things to the glory of God. That is why in the new life, miracles become our portion every day. Such was the experiences of the woman and the girl in our passage today. May such an experience be yours too in Jesus' Name!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The cross of Jesus offers new and better life for all."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 29-30

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MONDAY MARCH 18, 2019

AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR

TEXT: GENESIS 26:6-16

KEY VERSE: "For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him" (Genesis 26:14).

A charcoal-burner carried on his trade in his own house. One day he met a friend, a fuller, and entreated him to come and live with him, saying that they should be far better neighbours and that their housekeeping expenses would be lessened. The fuller replied, "The arrangement is impossible as far as I am concerned, for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again with your charcoal."

The goodwill that existed between Abimelech and Isaac was like that of the charcoal-burner and the fuller. Isaac was a son of promise, while Abimelech was an uncircumcised Philistine. Abimelech appeared to be a good neighbour at first when he rebuked Isaac for fearing to introduce Rebecca as his wife. He used his kingly authority and charged the Philistines to refrain from harming either Isaac or his wife. However, the growing prosperity of Isaac, awakened the envy of the inhabitants. The envious Philistines were afraid that from a sojourner he would go on to be a settler, and acquire rights of property. Abimelech asked Isaac to depart from his land because he was waxing too great for his comfort.

The Philistines exhibited the carnal and corrupt nature of fallen man which grieves at the good of others. Like Abimelech, the sinner may pretend to be good initially but when his selfish interests are at stake, he reveals his true nature.

The only proven agent that can change the charcoal-burner nature of the sinner is the blood of Jesus: it washes whiter than any fuller on earth can achieve. Why not turn your heart over to Jesus today?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Envy and wickedness portray the nature of the carnal mind."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 31-33

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TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2019

A BETTER DAY

TEXT: ISAIAH 35:1-10

KEY VERSE: "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isaiah 35:10).

Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, the world has not got rest. There is prevalence of evil and wickedness, ranging from family coups, inter-tribal wars, civil war, cold war, world war, international war, sicknesses and diseases, political insurrections, economic and social problems, natural disasters, abominable and unimaginable occurrences of kidnapping, homosexuality, ritual killing, cannibalism, armed robbery and assassination, environmental pollution and operational disasters.

The good news, however, is that evil will not continue forever. Our text foreshadows Christ's millennial reign. It will be a time of monumental recoveries, spiritual joy, encouragement, victory over enemies of God's children, and restoration of sight to the blind. This glorious event will certainly take place. Although, at the moment, the United Nations and some other agencies are trying their best to ensure social peace around the world, their efforts yield little or no results.

There can never be true peace in this present world until Christ's millennial reign. Besides, some of these events are even signals that Christ will soon come and that the world will soon come to an end, thus, ushering in the glorious reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For anyone to partake in this glorious Kingdom, he must have accepted Christ as personal Lord and Saviour, and daily live to please Him. Remaining steadfast in holiness and righteousness will afford us the opportunity of going in the rapture when Christ comes.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Don't despair: better days are ahead."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 33-34

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

THE ENEMY'S STRATEGY

TEXT: MATTHEW 10:16-33

KEY VERSE: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

In 2005, a scholarly article outlined 5 strategies terror groups employ for a successful terror crusade. One and the most common strategy is 'spreading fear for international effects.' Why do you hear of suicide bombing and other hard shattering gruesome killings by terrorists? It is to create the waves of fear, to weaken the resolve of civil people and to make the war against terror a hard-to-win affair.

Preparing the mind of His sheep against marauding wolves, our Lord Jesus gave a glimpse of what to expect from persecutors in the last days. Persecutors will stop at nothing to threaten, beat, kill and maim those who believe in Christ. Some of these persecutions may even be hosted by family members or close kin. But the Lord gave us an idea of what the most potent weapon of the enemy is, that is fear. The very aim of persecutors is to entrench fear into the heart of their victim.

When Stephen, the first martyr of the early Church, was stoned to death by the religious Jews, the news sent ripples of fear to practicing and would-be Christians. The persecutors were invariably sending a determined message to those who believed in Jesus and those who would want to. But thank God for the resolute commitment on the part of early believers, who though persecuted for their faith, endured to the end.

The persecution of believers in Christ Jesus is on the increase in many places today. We are to pray for those persecuted and provide the needed succour where possible. When persecuted, we should remember that Christ our Master has both tasted and suffered persecution. Therefore, reacting the way He did will help us overcome. There might be a need to escape a deadly attack from the enemy in order to preserve the truth. But no believer should ever renounce his faith because of persecution.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The sting of terror, but God's Judgement is eternal!"

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NUMBERS 35-36

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

SIMPLY ROBBERS

TEXT: ISAIAH 10:1-19

KEY VERSE: "Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!" (Isaiah 10:1,2).

A story is told of a pencil manufacturer in a town. Before he packed and sold his pencils, he would tell the story of the character of the pencil. He said the pencil always left a mark on any surface. That one could correct mistakes of these marks if the eraser was intact. What was in the middle of the pencil determined its worth. The pencil could be sharpened and reshaped if broken. And the hand that holds the pencil will determine the merits of what the pencil would produce.

God had sent a strong warning to the house of Israel and the heathen nations around them through Prophet Isaiah. The warning started with those who use their pen to subvert justice, rob the innocent and defraud the vulnerable. God was also talking to those who were at leadership or vantage positions, who depended on themselves or some idols other than the living God. It is wrong to oppress, defraud or subvert justice because of gain. It is doubly wrong to take undue advantage of persons who we are to use our privileged position to help.

Some people use their pen, position and privileges to plunder public wealth. They siphon and mismanage resources meant to cater for the vulnerable, and the resultant effect is gross poverty, economic recession and an unstable polity. God condemns all such activities, whether it is being perpetrated in the home, church, community or workplace.

Like the pencil, we are to leave a godly mark on everyone and everywhere we live or work. If as a result of sinful past we erred, we are to correct our mistakes by making due restitution and returning stolen resources. Our hearts must be kept from offences if we are to escape God's judgment at any time.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "We escape God's judgement when we live a godly life."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: DEUTERONOMY 1-3

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FRIDAY MARCH 22, 2019

WHERE ARE THE SHEPHERDS?

TEXT: MATTHEW 9:27-38

KEY VERSE: "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd" (Matthew 9:36).

As at March 2018, the world's population was estimated to be approximately 7.6 billion. 2.91 billion of them live in unreached people groups with little or no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Joshua Project, there are approximately 16,500 unique people groups in the world with about 6,900 of them considered unreached. The vast majority (95%) of these least reached groups existed in the 10/40 window and less than 10% of missionary work is done among these people. Another missionary-minded group called Finishing the Task, said there are 440 unengaged, unreached people groups with populations over 25,000, together numbering over 24 million souls that are still beyond the reach of the gospel. These 440 are perhaps the neediest of the needy as they are unengaged, which means that they have had no contact with church, missionary or mission agency. Thus, no one has yet taken responsibility to tell them about Jesus Christ.

The summary of Christ's earthly ministry is that He "went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him" (Acts 10:38). He never considered the multitude of people that came to Him for help as mere statistics. What people see in the multitude determines how they react to them or treat them. Politicians, business people, advertisers, etc. see the multitudes from different perspectives.

The human soul is beyond statistics to God. And it should also be to those who are God's. If we have accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour, we must like Him, seek to have a shepherd's heart and compassion on the many who live around us daily without the knowledge of the true God. We must in utmost compassion reach out to them before it is too late.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is virtuous to be a shepherd to wandering souls."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: DEUTERONOMY 4-6

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SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2019

GROSSLY MISUNDERSTOOD!

TEXT: MATTHEW 11:1-15

KEY VERSE: "Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" (Matthew 11:2,3).

Sometime ago, a village lacked good drinking water. The villagers would go miles just to get clean water in a faraway stream. There was a cabinet maker in the village, who though could have been wealthy through his vocation, yet chose a parsimonious path. He neither married nor raised children. He was a laughing stock amongst the villagers. Then, a tragic thing happened; the man died! The people decided to bury him in his rather modest apartment. After his burial and while going through his belongings, they found a Will written and a note directing them to a chest full of money and some precious pearls he had kept from his youth. He had willed his entire life savings to the village to enable them build a water reservoir to solve their water problem. He had been living for them to have more comfort.

No other person in the history of mankind had been greatly misunderstood like Jesus. He came to live and die to give man the greatest of all comfort - eternal bliss with Him in heaven. Yet, He was grossly misrepresented by the very people He came to save.

John the Baptist, who had earlier announced the coming of 'the Lamb of God,' also briefly misinterpreted the ministry of Christ and what He was to accomplish. Being in prison, he sent his disciples to know if Jesus was truly the expected Messiah. The Jewish nation had thought the Messiah would raise a political crusade against the Roman government occupying their land at that time.

Today, Christ is still being misunderstood. When we hear His words and turn a deaf ear, we misunderstand His love and patience. When we need His miracles more than His mercies, we also misunderstand Him. How we need to have a balanced appreciation of He who came to save!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Grace misapplied turns into sinful disgrace."

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