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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:13am On Oct 07
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY OCTOBER 07, 2018

THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE

TEXT: GENESIS 24:2-67

KEY VERSE: "And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death" (Genesis 24:67).

The arrival of Rebekah as a wife to Isaac was a wonderful gift from God after three years of loneliness due to the death of his mother, Sarah.

Abraham's chief servant, Eliezar had gone on a long journey to Mesopotamia to seek a wife for his master's son, Isaac. Abraham had instructed him under oath to go to his family house to get a wife for his son. Eliezer obeyed and went. Helped by God after a brief prayer, he was able to come back with Rebekah as Isaac's bride. Isaac was returning from the field where he had gone for meditation when he sighted the coming camels and hoped his wife would be in that approaching company. He was right. On enquiry, Rebekah had been told it was Isaac she had just sighted and had to cover herself with a veil as was the custom for new brides.

God instituted marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman. One man, one woman. The purposes are for procreation, partnership, fellowship and pleasure. For the godly Church, the marriage institution is a type of the union between Christ and His Bride, the Church. It is a sacred union. Similarly, Christian marriage remains the bedrock of a healthy society.

Unfortunately, in some countries today, this sacred institution has been desecrated. They practice sinful acts like same-sex marriages. But God's truth and warnings remain unchanging in the face of man's waywardness. Knowing that life is not only about man's brief stay on earth, it is only foolish for anyone to sell himself to the dictates of the devil to the detriment of his eternal well-being. "Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street" (Proverbs 1:20). We must hear the voice of wisdom and live a godly life as it pleases the Lord.

Thought for the day: "Marriage is honourable in all and the bed undefiled."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 8-9; Mark 2

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:55am On Oct 08
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY OCTOBER 08, 2018

CONSEQUENCES OF SIN

TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 15:13-23

KEY VERSE: "And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword" (2 Samuel 15:14).

God's impartiality is unquestionable. He renders to every man according to his works. He judges iniquity no matter who commits it.

David had to take an emergency flight with his household as Absalom, strongly supported by many Israelites, approached Jerusalem in his quest to take over the kingship. David's servants had expressed their willingness to abide by whatever instructions he would give as all, except ten concubines, left Jerusalem amidst weeping. David, barefooted, with head covered also, wept as they hurriedly left the city.

David's sins of adultery and murder had given the enemies of the Lord occasion to blaspheme. God's verdict was unmistakable – "the sword (was) never to depart from (his) house" and the Lord determined to "raise up evil against (him) out of (his) own house…" (2 Samuel 12:10,11). Absalom's rebellion was in fulfilment of this prophecy. David thought that everything was "all done and dusted", after his shameful acts were rebuked. But God never overlooks sins.

Sin is evil. The consequences are great and far-reaching. David's case is a lesson for all believers that "...him that thinketh he standeth [must] take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). David had sent Joab and others to battle and lingered in Jerusalem, and Satan took advantage of it to lead him to sin. Peter failed to pray when he should and he denied Jesus. How do you spend your time?

Believers are admonished to be sober and vigilant because the adversary, like a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom to devour. We must hold fast to our "so great salvation" by being mindful of how we spend our time and cautious of thoughts so we do not fall into temptation.

Thought for the day: "'Tis wisdom to avoid sin like leprosy."

COVER to COVER: John 5

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:17am On Oct 09
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 09, 2018

GOD WILL PROTECT YOU

TEXT: PSALMS 61:1-8

KEY VERSE: "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:2).

Sometimes, the circumstances of life seem to overwhelm us. It appears as if we are covered by a pall of darkness. We are gripped by the fear of a foreboding, evil occurrence. Most people panic at such a time, and might even resort to self-help or other desperate measures. But for children of God, such a time calls for heartfelt prayer for security and assurance.

David found himself in such a situation at least once in his eventful life. It was a lonely and fearful time, when it appeared that God had forgotten him. But David remembered to cry to the Lord. He pleaded with God to hear and answer his prayer; after all, he recognised that wherever he was on earth, God was there. He sought security and protection from God. He pleaded that God should shelter him, like a strong tower, from the enemy.

He affirmed his faith in His faithfulness, having obtained favour from the Lord "as one of those that fear thy name." He prayed to God for long life and reaffirmed his commitment to Him. He also asked that His mercy and truth should preserve him from evil and pledged to praise God and fulfil his vows.

When life's journey becomes dreary and dangerous; when we are fearful and frightened by enemies, situations and circumstances; when it appears that we are all alone in the whole wide world, without comfort or consolation, we should remember to turn to God in prayer. We should trust Him to draw near and spring to our help.

Wherever we are, we must know that distance is no barrier to God; His presence is always with us. And in good or bad times, like David, we should learn to praise God and repose utmost faith in Him to protect us.

Thought for the day: "They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 12:1; Mark 3; Luke 6

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:01pm On Oct 09
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Daily Manna
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017

GOD: A RIGHTEOUS JUDGE

TEXT: JOB 31:13-23

"For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure" (Job 31:23).

"Conscience is an open wound. Only the truth can heal it," so says a sage. Someone whose conscience is void of offence towards man, no doubt, has applied the therapeutic balm of truth assiduously to it and can stand before God to defend his record.

Eliphaz, one of Job's friends had in Chapter 22 insinuated that Job's troubles stemmed from his moral deficiency. Job's gutsy push-back on these allegations revealed an impeccable record of sound moral judgment on socio-economic issues of his time and how patently uncharitable and groundless the accusations were. He meticulously and mercifully dealt with all matters concerning the poor. The widows and orphans received special attention. He actually responded to their needs instinctively. He wrapped up his defence with a curse upon himself if he were found guilty as charged.

Believers must not be deterred by the insinuations of people who seek to smear their character. However, we must learn from Job never to lose sight of God's character of holiness which will not permit the wicked to escape punishment nor deny the righteous of commendation. "Destruction from God was terror to me…" (verse 23).

Mortal man cannot play God. Whatever we have, we received from God. All possessions, visible and invisible are fleeting phenomena. What defines a man is the integrity of his heart, his morality and his penchant for helping others to discover and realise their goals in life and ministry. These enduring virtues ultimately shape our relationship in a way that pleases God. We must repent of all moral indiscretions and stay meticulously away from the path of divine wrath.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 17-18

Thought for the day: A clear conscience fears no accuser.

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:52am On Oct 10
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2018

LET THERE BE NO DISCORD

TEXT: GENESIS 23:1-16

KEY VERSE: "And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant" (Genesis 23:16).

Abraham needed to bury his wife, Sarah who had died, and he, being a stranger had to approach the land owners – the Hittites for a burial ground. Their positive and reverential response to Abraham's request is an indication of the harmonious relationship that existed between them. They offered to give him a place freely but Abraham opted instead to pay the price that was named.

Here is a lesson for the church and believers. It is always important to secure all legal documents relating to any purchased property. When God instructed Jeremiah to buy a piece of land in Anathoth from his uncle's son, at a time when the fall of Jerusalem was imminent, as a sign of God’s faithfulness to still bring His people back from the Babylonian captivity, all due legal processes were observed – the payment for the land, the signing of the deed and the presence of witnesses, "according to the law and custom" (Jeremiah 32:6-14).

The church can do no less today. Instances of persons who purportedly gave some properties to the church only to come back and demand them again can be avoided if all legal documents and handover notes were obtained. Even among the brethren, in our day-to-day business relationships with one another, it is always necessary to have a properly defined, documented and mutually understandable working agreement. Failure in this area in the past had given Satan opportunity to cause discord amongst brethren.

In all, God demands that all things be done decently and in order. It is wrong, if not foolish, to take things for granted and assume that our faith will grant the immunity if we overlook matters of documentation, probity and accountability. Let us be more serious, better focused thorough in all we do.

Thought for the day: "We gain the more when we make thoroughness and diligence the pivot of our transactions."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 5-7

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:33am On Oct 11
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2018

LET'S MAKE PEACE

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:21-26

KEY VERSE: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift" (Matthew 5:23,24).

Christ's teachings reveal God's intentions and true meanings of the commandments which the Jews misapplied.

The Jews had restricted the meaning of "thou shalt not kill" to just physical murder, but Jesus explained that anger and abusive language would equally attract the judgment of God. He emphasised the need for genuine love and consideration for one another above mere service to God. Also, efforts must be made to make peace with an adversary to avoid unpleasant litigations and associated inconveniences.

The Christian life is of two-fold – the character and the service. Both must go together. But quality character precedes Christian service. Our services to God and for one another must be with love and from a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22). As the members of the body function effectively and harmoniously without opposing one another but complement each other, so must the Church (members of the body of Christ) be. Anything that could cause any form of malfunctioning of the body such as tribalism, fault-finding, unforgiving spirit, evil speaking and bribery must be jettisoned to enhance effective fellowship and union. The hand must not say that because it is not the eye, therefore, it is not of the body.

As every member of the body is useful to the effective working of the system (including those not seen), so is every Christian useful to the growth of the Church and its divinely assigned duties on earth. God is always faithful; His admonition to you is: " Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded" (2 Chronicles 15:7).

Thought for the day: "Be a promoter of unity in the body of Christ."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 8:1; Luke 7

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:21pm On Oct 11
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017

DEEDS OF THE WICKED

TEXT: JOB 24:14-25

"The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night as a thief" (Job 24:14).

Man is governed by a divine order that makes him go out in the morning to labour till sunset in order to provide for his family and dependents. But the wicked turn this order upside down by making the night their day in carrying out their evil activities. It is a perplexing situation for the man in his limited understanding and knowledge to understand why certain things do happen.

For instance, why do the wicked seem to prosper in this life? "The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face." Job's friends knew that the prosperity of the wicked was for a brief moment. They had reasoned that Job's suffering was as a result of his sins and concluded that God had, at last, visited him with divine judgment.

They concluded that he was among the wicked, who "are exalted for a little while but are gone and brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others." The truth was that Job did not suffer for any sin he committed. The righteous may suffer affliction but the Lord will surely deliver him. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." It is better to suffer for righteousness' sake than for sin and wickedness. Some afflictions are permitted by God to strengthen our spiritual muscles and to teach us to wholly depend on Him.
If you search yourself and discover that the affliction you are passing through is not on account of any sin, do not give in but wholeheartedly wait for God's perfect timing for deliverance and liberty. Storms should not alarm the believer, for they must cease.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Kings 21-22

Thought for the day: The confidence of the believer is in God's righteousness.

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Deeds of the wicked.
Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:50am On Oct 12
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2018

CONFRONTING FALSEHOOD

TEXT: JEREMIAH 26:7-24

KEY VERSE: "And all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die. Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD" (Jeremiah 26:8,9).

God sends His servants, the prophets, to bring His message of love and warning to guide the people in the path of rectitude. Jeremiah was one of such prophets. God had instructed him to go to the temple and declare His word to the Jews who were gathered for worship. But his message angered the religious leaders – the priests and prophets who accused him of functioning outside the will of God, saying he was worthy of death, for daring to say the temple would become like Shiloh. Such charges carried capital punishment (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). But God used the people and princes to save his life (verses 16-24). He, however, insisted that what he preached was the truth as given to him by God.

The battle for the souls of men is now at its peak; as Satan is doing everything possible to keep men bound in darkness and error. The infiltration of the Church by worldly-minded preachers who give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils is doing a great harm. So, true and standing Christians must "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).

In a way, the eternal destiny of all, is in the hands of all believers. If believers fail to reach out to the people, they will perish in their sins."Son of man, I have made thee a watchman over the house of Israel: therefore, hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me" (Ezekiel 3:17). Present-day believers with all the advantages of technology cannot have any excuse, but must go forth and preach everywhere, having been assured by the Lord that He will confirm the Word with signs following. What are you waiting for? Rescue the perishing, win the lost to Christ.

Thought for the day: "Preach the word despite persecution."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 11

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:01pm On Oct 12
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

HIS AUTHORITY AND POWER

TEXT: LUKE 11:14-28

"And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered" (Luke 11:14).

One of the great rewards that God has bestowed upon our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for His suffering on the Cross is that at the name of Jesus, every other name should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, as all power has been given unto Him in heaven and in earth. Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, opened blind eyes, cleansed lepers and freed sinners from the bondage and consequences of sin during His earthly ministry. Here in our text, a dumb victim of Satan had been freed and the devil cast out of him by Jesus. As the dumb spake, hostile and misguided unbelieving elements attributed the healing to the power of Beelzebub which they said Jesus used.

The Scriptures make it clear that unpardonable sin consisted in the denial of God’s power through the Holy Spirit in the healing process. And worse still is to attribute such miraculous healing and deliverance to Satan. How can Satan cast out Satan and thus divide his house and ultimately cause its fall? There is a power stronger than Satan's: the power in the name and blood of Jesus.

Are you one of the doubters of the power of Jesus to heal, deliver and free the vilest of sinners from the consequences of sin? You can be free today only if you can believe, acknowledge your sins, confess them and accept the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. Every believer needs a profound, yet sublime, revelation of that Name to be able to appropriate the fullness of God's blessings therefrom.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 1-2

Thought for the day: In Christ alone lies the fullness of God's redeeming glory.

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His Authority and Power.
Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:02pm On Oct 12
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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:31pm On Oct 13
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2018

BEARING THE RIGHT FRUIT

TEXT: LUKE 3:1-14

KEY VERSE: "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham" (Luke 3:8).

The coming of John the Baptist as the forerunner of Jesus Christ marked the end of about four hundred years of "famine" of the word of God as prophesied (Amos 8:11). Isaiah, over seven hundred years before, had also prophesied that John would come "to prepare… the way of the LORD..." (Isaiah 40:3).

And as he came with the word, hungry masses trooped out to hear his message of repentance and baptism. He preached that they must repent and bring forth "fruits worthy of repentance" as a token of genuine faith. A mere lip confession of being the biological seeds of Abraham was not enough guarantee against "the axe" of judgement that was already laid on the root of the trees to cut down anyone who failed to bear the right kind of fruit.

Salvation experience, which begins with genuine repentance and renunciation of sin and faith in the finished work of Christ, marks the beginning of a true Christian life. Genuine salvation produces a positive change of character – an internal transformation that metamorphoses into a visible and undeniable godly lifestyle. A born-again Christian thus becomes "a new creature" after old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Without doubt, genuine repentance produces genuine salvation. Unfortunately, many modern-day preachers have excluded repentance from sin in their sermon, in what they call "positive gospel". All the prophets, the apostles, emphasised repentance as a precondition for God’s forgiveness. "Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out..." (Acts 3:19). You can do this by first acknowledging that you are a sinner, confessing yours sins and praying and asking God for forgiveness. He forgives the penitent sinner.

Thought for the day: "The fruits, not leaves, make the difference."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 12:22; Luke 11

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:35am On Oct 14
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 2018

STAND AND BE COUNTED

TEXT: 2 KINGS 11:1-12

KEY VERSE: "And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in" (2 Kings 11:8).

Today's passage reveals the commendable efforts of some individuals who put their lives at risk against the murderous and treacherous onslaught of Athaliah, who sought to usurp royal authority after the death of her son by killing the entire seed royal. But God frustrated her agenda through the courageous efforts of personalities like Jehosheba, the sister of Ahaziah who hid Joash and his nurse from death. Jehoiada the priest mobilised guards to keep watch over the king's son. The rulers over hundreds, the captains and the guards all played their roles faithfully to ensure the safety of the king's son until he was old enough to take over the realms of power in the kingdom.

A crucial lesson from this passage is that we must understand that no one is insignificant in the quest to sustain right values and move the society forward. Rather than criticise and blame evil men and women like Athaliah for the challenges in our nation, we should look inward for ways to contribute our little quota in making things better like Jehosheba and others. A little act of kindness, a little courageous effort could ensure the salvation of souls. Parents must show godly examples to their children and raise them to be responsible citizens. In the workplace, we must demonstrate loyalty, conscientiousness and honesty. Bosses like Jehoiada must give direction, provide resources and motivate workers under them to give their best.

Most importantly, as a Christian, you are to demonstrate your love for the King and His kingdom by jealously guarding the truth of the gospel as well as propagate it faithfully.

Thought for the day: "You will be remembered by what you have done."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 13; Luke 8

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:59am On Oct 15
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY OCTOBER 15, 2018

THERE IS HOPE

TEXT: EZRA 10:1-14

KEY VERSE: "...We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing" (Ezra 10:2).

Most often, it has been discovered that people fail in life not because of the enormity of their problems, but because they give up easily and are not ready to take personal responsibility for their circumstances. Actually quitters never win.

The passage reveals the challenges Ezra and some concerned leaders faced in bringing Israel back to God from their backslidden state. They prayed, wept, confessed, repented and made restitutions. It is clear from their action and attitude that they clearly understood the maxim that "Every cloud has a silver lining".

The uniform testimony of the Scripture is that as much as God is angry with sin, He loves the sinner and is ready to deliver those who follow the path of repentance and rectitude. A lot of problems with individuals and society will be solved, if we pray aright rather than search for answers where they don't exist. Going to the mountains, visiting prophets, paying and compensating people to hold vigils on our behalf will amount to nothing if we do not sincerely repent. You can experience positive change, if you simply look inwards, own up to your faults, confess them to God, repent of them, make restitutions where necessary and yield to Christ completely. This will definitely open the door of recovery, revival and renewal in your life. Be courageous to do it because there is still hope for you.

Thought for the day: "The darker your night, the brighter your dawn when you repent."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 8:14; Mark 4-5

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:59am On Oct 16
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2018

HE IS EVER FAITHFUL

TEXT: PSALMS 89:30-46

KEY VERSE: "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips" (Psalms 89:34).

The story was told of an exhausted wayfarer who ran out of water in a desert. He later got to a well and in his desperation pumped with the strength remaining in him with the aim of getting water but to no avail. About to give up, he saw a jug of water with an inscription on the side directing him to pour the water into the machine for priming before pumping to get water. In this desperate situation, he was afraid of taking the risk of pouring the water into the pump and not getting needed result. However, he summoned up courage, poured the water into the pump and started pumping. He got water surging out of the well which he used to refresh himself, stored up for his journey and filled back the jug as he was instructed.

The house of David had a divine bouquet of promises wrapped in God's faithfulness and love. He promised pardon since God knew that sin could block their access to His promises. God's promises are true, universal and made out of a heart of love. However, the enjoyment of His divine benevolence is always predicated on readiness to fulfil certain conditions.

As it was with the desert traveller, drawing from God's well of love and mercy, so is it for everyone who approaches the throne of grace with faith and trust. Your destination depends on the route you choose. To benefit from God's unbroken promises and put an end to grumbling, complaints and lamentations, decide to turn away from sin and receive Christ as your personal Saviour. Then He will forever remain faithful if you consistently abide in His word.

Thought for the day: "God is ever faithful when He is approached in penitence."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 9-10

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Re: Daily Manna — SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:44am On Oct 17
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2018

THE ESCAPE ROUTE

TEXT: MATTHEW 11:20-30

KEY VERSE: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Mathew 11:28).

Practical experiences during childhood reveals that, it isn't all the threats or lies aimed at creating fear in the child that are real. Most times, an inquisitive child soon discovers that nothing like the foretold consequences happens. This often emboldens him/her to flout other instructions believing that there would be no serious adverse consequence after all.

This same scenario, no doubt, plays itself out in the attitude of most people concerning the stern warning of Christ to the religious, carefree and impenitent of the dire consequences of their sinful lifestyle. We need to understand that God is not a man. His words will ever be true and He has appointed a day for judgment of evil men and women. Many justify their rebellion against God on the grounds that many church leaders and religious people commit sin without any consequence.

The Scripture describes the unfortunate condition thus: "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil" (Ecclesiastes 8:11). It should, however, be noted that no sinner will go unpunished, because on the judgment day, God will not be swayed by money, emotion or any other factor.

The sure way of escape is repentance and faith in Christ as revealed through the solemn invitation in our text. Those who reject the invitation of Christ to repentance today will one day face the sordid reality of judgment in hell. Be wise to repent by acknowledging, confessing and forsaking your sins so that heaven can rejoice over you too. Pray for pardon.

Thought for the day: "The wheel of God's judgment may drive slowly, but it is imminent."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

GOD CALLS THE SHOTS

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 14:1-15

"And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee" (2 Chronicles 14:11).

A combination of self-confidence, forgetfulness and outright rebellion had been the hallmark of Israel through the ages. The result was that Israel was left so spiritually bankrupt that even tiny nations rode roughshod over her.

King Asa must have learnt a great deal from Israel's checkered history in warfare. He resolved to do all things to please God. Happy are those who walk by this rule: not to do that which is right in their own eyes or in the eyes of the world, but only what is approved by God. We find by experience that it is good to seek the Lord. However, aiming at pleasing the Lord while pursuing the world, will amount to vexation of spirit.

King Asa consulted with the people and concluded that they cannot afford to be complacent. He fortified Israel with defenced cities in strategic locations, and raised a combined army of five hundred and eighty thousand men from Judah and Benjamin. No sooner had he done this, than Ethiopia, heavily buoyed by a million-man strong army and three hundred chariots, invaded his kingdom. This was a test of Israel's allegiance to God. Asa's prayer was short, but it was a real language of faith and expectation from God. He succeeded because he understood the meaning of handing over the reins to God, at his most vulnerable moment.

In times of turbulence, where lies your loyalty? It has to be firmly rooted in the Almighty. We should, by all means, avoid spiritual complacency because the state of today's world demands watchfulness and intense prayers. God is ever willing to arm us with the requisite grace. As we go forth in His name, we are sure to win, knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and enjoy His favour.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 KINGS 11-13

Thought for the day: Victory is sure when we fully trust in Jesus, the Master Strategist.

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 18, 2018

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES

TEXT: JUDGES 21:1-15

KEY VERSE: "Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife" (Judges 21:1).

The need to pause and evaluate issues critically before taking decisions cannot be overemphasised. It has been said that today's decision is tomorrow's reality. Every decision we take will, by extension, have implications on the lives of many others, even generations yet unborn.
Israel, in her presumed zeal for God, twice took decisions in anger which they ended up regretting. Their rash decisions resulted in the destruction of lives which they could not restore. In fact, they had to also kill the men of Jabesh Gilead in their attempt to get wives for the Benjamites which still couldn't solve the problem. It is important to note that God warns against anger or associating with an angry or furious man (Ephesians 4:31; Proverbs 22:24).

Decisions taken in anger or reacting angrily to issues is a reflection of the foolishness in man because "He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly…" (Proverbs 14:17). Rash decisions often result in regrets. It compounds man's problem and aggravates error and disaster.

It is wrong for anyone to take another person's life under the excuse of being zealous for God. There can be no element of divinity in any spurious swallowing up of humanity. Therefore, subsume your temper to the control of the Almighty. To avoid fatal errors and regrets, approach God in prayers before taking decisions. "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established."

Thought for the day: "Think before you act; don't act before you think."

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2018

BREAK THE BARRIER

TEXT: ACTS 11:1-18

KEY VERSE: "But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common" (Acts 11:9).

It is quite important to understand that life throws diverse forms of barriers on our way to progress. The most significant key to success in life is how effectively one handles the barriers. In today's text, Peter faced two critical situations. One was the confrontation from the elders of the church in Jerusalem who expressed displeasure about his preaching to the Gentiles. His response is a classic example of how to handle misunderstandings among brethren in the church. He humbly and courteously narrated the events that led him to the Gentiles with the gospel of salvation.

The explanation was no doubt convincing because Peter was doing the will of God and was wise in his presentation. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). There will be less suspicion, bickering, divisions and splinter groups in the family and society, if we all learn to display humility as we communicate with one another. A believer should not feel too big to be questioned.

Peter's other challenge was the innate Jewish prejudice against the Gentiles which was easily taken away from him once he surrendered to the absolute will and word of God. The Church will certainly be able to do more good in the world by drawing sinners to Christ, if members of the Body of Christ will do away with all forms of prejudice and the holier-than-thou attitude. To win people to Christ requires genuine demonstration of love to others in our neighbourhood, marketplace, workplace or wherever we have the opportunity of interacting with others.

It is not God's will to discriminate against any on the basis of tribe, status, gender or any other factor either in the church or outside.

Thought for the day: "Barriers separate, but love attracts."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 15; Mark 7

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2018

GOD'S UNFAILING PROMISES

TEXT: ISAIAH 65:17-25

KEY VERSE: "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isaiah 65:24).

Today's text opens on a very optimistic note of God's promise to create new heaven and a new earth. Aside the eschatological perspective, it is equally important to point out its relevance to our current circumstances. There is no reason you should give up in life to discouragement or failure if you can trust His creative power and promises. His word gives the assurance that something new can come out of your inglorious past. You should therefore trust that whatever your past or present has been, your future can be glorious.

His promises, as outlined in the passage encompass the removal of the fear of death and bestowal of longevity. He has also promised to prosper and bless the work of your hands, to rebuke the devourer for you and grant you peace and tranquillity. He also assures us of instant answer to prayers, provision and security. In essence, through God, we can have life in abundance with no lack, no loss and no limitations. It is clear that these great promises are for those referred to as, "my people," "mine elect," and "the seed of the blessed."

The bitter truth from this passage also is the assertion that, "the sinner being hundred years old shall be accursed." The question therefore is, where do you belong? The "blessed seed" or "the accursed." It's not too late to open a new chapter by allowing God to make your life and character new through cleansing in the blood of Christ. If you are a sinner, you must sincerely repent and ask for forgiveness before He does this in your life. Where you belong determines what you enjoy.

Thought for the day: "The accursed sinner will not be part of Christ's glorious kingdom."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2018

THOU ART THE MAN

TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 12:7-14

KEY VERSE: "And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die" (2 Samuel 12:13).

A leader without a leader, and he who controls without being under any control is under the imminent danger of falling into arbitrariness. The text centres on David, the shepherd king of Israel who was divinely anointed as king, preserved from evil and bountifully loaded with God's liberality. These could have been increased by God if he had asked for more. Yet, he couldn’t resist the temptation of coveting his servant's wife.

Like David, many contemporary leaders instruct, direct, correct and reprimand people under them but end up perpetrating worse atrocities without any one being bold enough to challenge them. The message of God through Nathan is instructive. It clearly shows that God is no Respecter of persons and will not excuse any sin even when it is committed by a leader. Little wonder the Scripture says, "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things" (Romans 2:1).

Those who occupy positions of leadership must therefore remember that they are accountable to God, hence should avoid acts of impunity. Leaders in the church, government, associations, family and at whatever level, must remember to lead with the fear of God, be exemplary in character and avoid acts of impunity because to whom much is given, much will also be required.

A leader must be humble enough to acknowledge his mistakes like David and follow the path of rectitude. Spiritual leaders, who sin against God must take personal responsibility, expose themselves and repent genuinely. The gate of mercy is still open for those with contrite and humble spirit, who wish to avoid the danger of having to face God's ultimate judgment.

Thought for the day: "A leader's sin is a leading sin."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28

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MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2018

WHERE TO FIND LASTING HELP

TEXT: ISAIAH 30:18-26

KEY VERSE: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Isaiah 30:21).

A man arrested for hard drug peddling was in his cell in Canada where he found a copy of the New Testament Bible. As he opened it to read for lack of anything else to do, his eyes fell upon Mathew 11:28, where Jesus said – "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." As he read it again and again, tears of repentance filled his eyes. He prayed to God for mercy and forgiveness. To his greatest surprise, an unspeakable kind of joy filled his erstwhile sorrowful heart. He knew God had forgiven and saved him.

It is a paradox of sort that while God's good intention and ability seek to safeguard and help His people, they seek alliance with foreign powers that could really not help them against the enemy. The Old Testament is a chronicle of Israel's repeated failure to seek lasting help from God in trying times.

Today, God continues to call on all humans to return to Him as the only One who has the solution to the myriads of problems confronting them. Advancement in science and technology, as good as it is, has not provided reasonable solutions to all kinds of problems – wars, diseases, natural disasters, political instability and hunger that have plagued mankind since the fall of Adam. But if people will return to God and walk in His commandments, then the peace that has eluded them will return to them. "For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and in rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).

Thought for the day: "The God of peace is the solution to man's troubles and restlessness."

COVER to COVER: Matthew 18

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2018

BEWARE OF IDOLATRY

TEXT: ISAIAH 30:18-26

KEY VERSE: "Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood" (Deuteronomy 29:18).

God has never hidden the fact that He is a jealous God. Hence, He will not condone anyone serving Him with other gods. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,…" (Exodus 20:3-5).

In contemporary times, idolatry has gone beyond worshipping of objects. Whatever you love, appreciate or give attention to more than God constitutes an idol. The social media, politics, sports, games, fashion, family, career, business, etc. have become the modern-day idols in the lives of many because they do not only compete with God, but also have relegate Him to a position of second fiddle in their lives.

The passage for today reveals the fact that one can be drawn into idolatry through interaction and communication with idolaters as well as seeing or secretly coveting idolatrous activities. The Bible clarifies that "…evil communications corrupt good manners." The text also outlines some of the consequences of idolatry to include: turning the heart away from God, poisoning the life of the idolatrous as "a root that bears gall and wormwood", leading to delusion with the idolater blessing "himself in his heart", and hardening of the heart. It further stated that God will not spare the idolater from His curse and anger. To keep away from idols, we must avoid fellowship with idolaters and guard our hearts diligently.

Thought for the day: "God's judgment awaits all idolaters."

COVER to COVER: John 7-8

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2018

THE JUDGMENT OF THE RULERS

TEXT: ISAIAH 3:3-26

KEY VERSE: "The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses" (Isaiah 3:13,14).

Walker, a prominent politician, was about contesting for an election,but he was sued for being a rebel. Earlier, he had bribed his way in the law court through the judge. And instead of him to be convicted of not being eligible to contest for the election, he was rather favoured by the judge. This shows the unjust nature of man's judgment.

In today's world, sinful living often appears glorious, exciting and clever. Nevertheless, it remains a rejection of God’s ownership and control. Like the daughters of Zion, those who shift their affection from God to material things adorn themselves with clothing and jewellery to be noticed and approved by men rather than God, become self-serving and self-centred, lavish God’s resources and live licentiously will eventually face the judgment of God except they repent.

Likewise, leaders who become unjust, oppressing and defrauding the poor should be prepared for judgment. They must remember that they will account for whatever they do with their leadership privileges. They must not oppress the poor and the less privileged because God holds them in high esteem and will quickly respond to their call for vengeance. Regardless of how the society perceives it, in the long run, sin will make its captives miserable and unfit for the kingdom of God. Every sin committed shall receive a just recompense.

Thought for the day: "Leaders should lead in the fear of God."

COVER to COVER: John 9:1-10

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 25, 2018

THE SOLUTION IS BY YOUR SIDE

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:12-24

KEY VERSE: "And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid" (1 Samuel 17:24).

There was war between Israel and the Philistines in the valley of Elah. All the men of Israel were sore afraid when they saw Goliath, the champion of the Philistines and they fled from him. Eventually, David, the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse, was providentially and circumstantially brought to the scene of the battle. Though he was not enlisted as a soldier in the army, the Spirit of God moved him into action.

We should realise that it was the wise God who moved Jesse to send David, his youngest son, to the raging battle at this critical juncture of the war between Israel and Philistine. Jesse's purpose of sending David to the battlefield was to see how his three eldest sons who were fighting in Saul’s army fared and also to give them food. Little did he know that he was merely carrying out God's plan to send a deliverer to humiliate Goliath and grant victory to the people of Israel. Other Israelites, including the three brethren of David, might misunderstand David's arrival at the battlefield at that critical moment. But God knew why. Therefore, when certain things happen which you do not understand, commit them to God in prayer rather than complain, criticize or come to a wrong and sinful conclusion. Man's understanding and knowledge are limited.

While the Israelites' army panted and shook for fear of Goliath, they did not recognise that David was the champion in disguise that God had sent to the scene to deliver them. At the peak of your fear and anxiety, God will bring the solution very close to you.

Thought for the day: "Only faith in God will make you see His presence in the storms of life."

COVER to COVER: Luke 10-11; John 10:22

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2018

WHEN GOD NEEDS YOUR ISAAC

TEXT: GENESIS 22:1-19

KEY VERSE: "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of" (Genesis 22:2).

The reason for trial or test is to show the disposition of the heart; whether it is holy or disobedient. "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham…" (Genesis 22:1). The test God gave Abraham was not to lure him into sin as Satan does. Abraham's obedience or otherwise in this situation, would only show the level of his faith in standing with God.

Neither Abraham nor Isaac, the son to be offered in sacrifice, argued. They both showed absolute obedience and cooperation. The young lad saw the fire and the wood for the offering and wondered where the lamb was and his father answered him in faith that God would provide a lamb for a burnt offering. At the point when Abraham was to slaughter the lad in sacrifice, God provided a substitute for him which was a lamb. This signifies Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the pascal Lamb that came as our perfect Substitute.

It becomes clear therefore that those who are willing to part with anything for God, shall have it made-up for them with unspeakable blessings. As Abraham passed God's test, and his obedience proved his faith, we see that obedience is the only way to blessing. Whenever God demands for your "Isaac," you should not hesitate. You may not need to sacrifice your son to God; but whatever is dear to you is your Isaac. Therefore, whenever God demands for it, you should not hesitate to offer it, and His blessings will manifest in your life.

Thought for the day: "Obedience begets blessing."

COVER to COVER: Luke 12-13

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2018

ENDURE PERSECUTIONS AND TRIALS

TEXT: 1 PETER 4:12-19

KEY VERSE: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you" (1 Peter 4:12).

Christians are counselled on how to comport themselves whenever they are tried for their precious faith. Believers' relationship with Christ will definitely make them to suffer the hatred, opposition, reproaches and sufferings of Christ, just as they will partake in His glory, if they endure to the end.

The text for today encourages believers to be glad and joyful whenever they suffer for Christ's sake, as this brings a clear assurance that they are the children of God. Persecutions should therefore be borne by Christians with patience, fortitude and full dependence on the promises of God and support of the Holy Spirit. That a Christian is facing persecution does not mean he or she has committed a sin.

Believers are therefore forewarned not to allow their persecution to be on account of their sins or violation of constitutional laws. If so-called believers fail to make heaven because of their inability to endure sufferings brought upon them by their persecuting neighbours, how much more will it be for the enemies of God, the sinners in hell forever. If sufferings brought upon believers by the persecutors as trials and tribulations are not easy to be borne, how awful will the day of judgment be for the sinners who outrightly reject God's plan for their salvation?

In other words, if the way of the righteous is so hard, how terrible then will be the end of the ungodly and unrepentant sinners, who operate in sin with joy and think the believers are fools for patiently bearing their pains and for sometimes facing reproachful and shameful death without a just cause. This is the needful caution for sinners to repent of their sins before it is too late.

Thought for the day: "Christians' persecutions are light pains that bring large gains."

COVER to COVER: Luke 14-15

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EVER DEPENDABLE GOD!

TEXT: JEREMIAH 17:12-18

"As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee" (Jeremiah 17:16).

One night, a house caught fire and a boy, who was inside, could only escape to the roof. His father, on the ground with outstretched arms, called on him to jump, so that he would catch him. The boy could not see him, except the flame, smoke and blackness. He was afraid and protested "Daddy, I can’t see you." The father replied, "But I can see you and that’s all that matters." In our dealings with God, what matters really is relying on His promises and not looking at the challenges we daily face.

From the text, Jeremiah acknowledged God's supremacy in all things. Jeremiah said God would put to shame those who had neglected Him while their names would be completely obliterated.

With faith that God could also rescue him from his enemies, Jeremiah praised and appreciated Him for His favour, comfort and overflowing fullness. The prophet, however, reminded God of how people disbelieved his prophecies and ridiculed him.

In spite of their derision, Jeremiah said that he was not deterred and that he would still look after the people, like a shepherd after his sheep, and would never have pleasure in their misfortune. He asked God not only to shelter and protect him from his enemies, but also prove to his attackers that they were guilty.

Let us conduct an introspection here! Are you deterred from doing God’s will because of people’s mockery? Do you take comfort in God’s business in spite of your challenges, or you abandon it because of the reproach of people? Yours is to rely on God for protection and help. Whatever challenge or sickness, must be taken to God for healing and deliverance. His hands can bind up the troubled conscience and heal the broken heart. As the greatest Physician, God can cure the worst of diseases. Trust Him.

Bible Reading in one Year: SONGS 1-4

Thought for the day: Faith in God is believing what we do not see.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2018

WHAT DOEST THOU HERE?

TEXT: 1 KINGS 19:1-10

KEY VERSE: "And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:9).

Elijah had doubtless fought a good fight of faith by single-handedly defeating, disgracing and destroying 450 prophets of Baal at the contest on Mount Carmel. Jezebel, the wicked wife of King Ahab, was most aggrieved and thus sent a threatening message to Elijah for what the great prophet had done. She swore never to stop until she destroyed Elijah.

Elijah seemed to have forgotten that the God of heaven who granted him victory on Mount Carmel was still there to protect him. He forgot that God would never lose any battle. As Elijah fled, God reckoned that he was running away from the path of duty and therefore was not in a place he was supposed to be at that point in time. For this reason, God asked him a pertinent question, "What doest thou here, Elijah?" Elijah's great faith on Mount Carmel seemed to have vaporised at Horeb, the Mount of God.

The great questions every believer should ask himself or herself now are: Am I where I should be? Am I still on the path of duty? Am I planning to run away from where God is using me for His glory because of fear or a threat from a Jezebel or from any wicked personality? Am I planning to quit the ministry because of despair? The counsel of God for you is that you should not allow the fear of man to distract you because the fear of man brings one into a snare and perdition. As a child of God, you should not allow despair or success in ministry to hinder you from continuing in the work of the Lord.

Thought for the day: "Quitters never win, and winners never quit."

COVER to COVER: Luke 16-17

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

FAITH THAT FAILS NOT

TEXT: 1 KINGS 15:16-24

"There is a league between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me" (1 Kings 15:19).

"The Bible," A.W. Tozer asserted, "recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin."

This was what Asa, who ruled Judah for 41 years, could not realise. As a reformer, he embarked on total cleansing of his kingdom with the removal of the priests, who engaged in immorality. He also destroyed all the idols, including the one that his grandmother erected, and even removed her from being queen because of her involvement in idol worship. He was quite sincere in his reformation agenda.

The in-depth account of his reign in 2 Chronicles 16 revealed that when Baasha, king of Israel attacked Judah, Asa did not trust God anymore for assistance. Instead, he bribed Benhadad, king of Syria with gifts to break up all military relations with Israel to make Baasha end the attacks against his kingdom. Benhadad agreed and attacked some cities in Israel, which made Baasha to withdraw his offensive on Judah.

Prophet Hanani, reprimanded him, reminding him of the good outcome of his trust in God when the Ethiopians and the Libyans came against Judah. Instead of repenting in dust and ashes, Asa put the prophet in prison. Some contemporary Christians are like Asa. They begin to serve God very well but with time, they throw their faith to the wind. They often resort to self-management or carnal support. Is God dead or on vacation? No. He says, "call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Psalm 50:15). We must learn to always trust Him completely in every situation. Our resolve during perplexing moment must be to trust less in the arms of flesh but fully in the everlasting arms.

Bible Reading in one Year: SONGS 5-8

Thought for the day: He who faints in the day of adversity has a limited strength.

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MONDAY OCTOBER 29, 2018

BEWARE OF DECEIT

TEXT: JOSHUA 9:3-16

KEY VERSE: "And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD" (Joshua 9:14).

People react to things differently. As many people come to Jesus Christ to accept His lordship and offer of salvation when they experience or hear of the supernatural work of God, some others come with open confrontation, bitter hatred and avowed persecution. The same thing happened when the nations in Canaan heard about the exploits and victories of the Israelites.

The people of Gibeon and three other towns in the central highlands, came up with a different approach to defend themselves. They came to sue for peace but through trickery and deception. Some people say if Jacob had not lied to his father, Isaac, he would have missed his father's blessing. They err. God had promised to bless him and to multiply his seed. He and his mother erroneously thought they could help God to carry out the promise.

Similarly, many believers might wonder why Joshua, that great man of God and other elders of Israel were so easily deceived by this heathen nation of Gibeon. Before collecting victuals from the Gibeonites, they "asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD." This was a great mistake.

Flattery and gifts corrupt and blindfold even people of God when the counsel of the Lord is not sought. A second look at Joshua's pardon for the Gibeonites shows vividly the grace and mercy of God for sinners who come in total repentance. The Gibeonites' agreement to serve the Israelites signifies their strong decision and determination to forsake their idolatry and sinful practices and accept the lordship of the God of Israel. The only way sinners can escape the judgment of God is through repentance, not by lies or deception.

Thought for the day: "There is no shortcut to salvation."

COVER to COVER: John 11

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017

NO WAY FOR HYPOCRISY

TEXT: LUKE 11:37-54

"And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness" (Luke 11:39).

Adolf Hitler, who does not need any introduction in history, at assumption of office in Germany freely used Christian vocabulary, professed God's blessing and Christian confessions, showed his pre-war tattered Bible and declared that he drew strength from it. These claims made people to welcome him as a man sent from God. But was he really a believer in Christ?

Our text is Jesus' clear warning against hypocrisy which He spotted in the Pharisees' lives. As one of them invited Him for a lunch, Jesus did not wash His hands as expected by the pharisees. That, of course, triggered their censorship. Jesus, immediately, cashed in on the opportunity and firmly upbraided them for their wrong way of worship. They had many rules, which principally centred on outer things like washing cups and dishes. They emphasised these outward things, while failing to love God and exercise faith in Him. They paid their tithes but failed to take care of the needy. They always wanted to appear superior to others, desiring to be seen and respected. They were like graves with no marks, which people could walk upon without taking notice, and end-up wounded.

Though they pretended to honour the prophets slain by their ancestors by building their graves, they did not obey what those prophets had taught them to do. Invariably, they behaved like their ancestors – approving their evil deeds.

Today, many so-called leaders still insist that people must follow unimportant rules while they themselves disregard God's injunctions. At the end of time, God will tell them, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." God wants us to have right thoughts and attitudes and be classic models of genuine transformation and purity.

Bible Reading in one Year: HOSEA 1-4

Thought for the day: No child of God is a hypocrite.

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ROB NOT GOD OF HIS GLORY

TEXT: ACTS 12:20-25

KEY VERSE: "And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man" (Acts 12:22).

One aspect of Africa's idolatrous practices is the art of giving praise names to flatter and honour people who are held in high esteem. The unbelieving Africans shower praises and by-names on great people during important occasions to adore and exalt them for their positions and accomplishments. In that process, men are sometimes given praises for what is obviously done by God. The heathens are oblivious that praises due unto God should not be given to or received by any man.

In the text, King Herod was flattered by the people of Tyre and Sidon who came to appease and conciliate him in order to regain his favour and love as he was their benefactor. They ascribed to him honour and glory due unto God. They shouted with one voice after the elegant and royal speech of King Herod that his voice was the voice of a god and not of a man.

It should be realised that our God is a jealous God who will never share His glory or praises with anyone. No wonder, an angel of God struck Herod dead and was immediately eaten up by worms. God will definitely be glorified upon anyone who refuse to glorify Him.

No child of God should allow anyone to give him any praises due unto God. When a believer is praised or flattered, he should direct the glory to God immediately. Praise names, cognomens, bynames, flatteries and undue praises are the properties of Satan and his agents, which no believer should accept.

Thought for the day: "Self-exaltation leads to public humiliation."

COVER to COVER: Luke 17:11-18

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