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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:16pm On Jan 26
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2019

THE LITTLE COUNSEL

TEXT: PROVERBS 19:10-20

KEY VERSE: "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end" (Proverbs 19:20).

These are indeed the last days. Unfortunately, many do not take into consideration things that matter for the future. The turn-table like life man lives presents him with no choice on earth than to have a share of almost every position or situation in life. However, obedience to God is the path to greatness.

Our text discusses different personalities and their reactions to circumstances as well as people surrounding them. We could envisage positions representing servitude, kingship, sonship, wife and motherhood as well as fatherhood. A man that is void of wisdom and grace is not fit to have a taste of heavenly goodies. It takes a king, one who is capable to be a ruler, to discern between friends and enemies as well as their rewards. It is only wise parents that would painstakingly train a child who in turn would become a man of prudence and diligence.

Tiny drops of water make a mighty ocean, they say. Counsel in life is inevitable and right counsel is what we are encouraged in God's word to receive. "...that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end." To be successful in family, ministerial or secular engagements, we need wise counsel. Age is a function of a number. Thus at any point in time, man should be open to counsel. Obedience will make us act wisely and profitably.

The teaching of the scripture emphasises wisdom in obedience to counsel (Proverbs 12:15). Foolishness is always the hallmark of people who refuse or reject wise instruction from their parents, leaders as well as God's word (Proverbs 15:5).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Obedience to God is a pathway to life."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 33-36.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:55pm On Jan 27
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY JANUARY 27, 2019

NEEDED WORKS OF FAITH

TEXT: JAMES 2:10-26

KEY VERSE: "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17).

An unsparing holiness preacher concerning whom little was known of his domestic life lived downtown in a Council flat. He told his staff and congregation never to visit him at home without an appointment. An usher living close by frequently flouted this rule, preferring to come to the pastor's house to submit reports without prior notice. The pastor desiring to know the reason asked the young man: "Did you realise you are disobedient by coming to my house without me inviting you?" He answered and said: "I am sorry, but I did it that I might, by some chance, come to discover how you react to the provocations of belligerent neighbours, the disturbing noises of infant wards and the mischief of domestic staff in your home. This I hoped, would help me beyond lessons from your sermons."

Our profession may be great, but our conduct and attitude both in good and bad times are the real proofs of our hearts and the evidence of our faith.

In today's reading, the writer placed high premium on faith evidenced by its works. The faith that shows no corresponding positive traits is dead and useless. True faith in our Lord Jesus Christ works out some positive changes in the believer. If these desirable changes are not in our lives, then it is doubtful whether we have been united with Christ. Those who are destitute of the fruits of the Christian life cannot claim to know the Saviour.

However, we cannot produce these fruits by our own efforts outside of Christ. Though we may try to do what is good and right, staying close to Jesus and being obedient to His word is the only way to living a fruitful Christian life. We must determine to quit surface level Christianity and show forth evidence of a true walk with God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A tree is known not by the leaves but by the fruits."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 37-38.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:23pm On Jan 28
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY JANUARY 28, 2019

HEART'S TREASURE

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 1:1-3

KEY VERSE: "That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem" (Nehemiah 1:2).

A man's heart is upon what he treasures most. He carries it in his heart, sleeps and wakes with it and goes about with it day and night.

Nehemiah's patriotism and fervent love for the holy land was something deep in his heart but it is seen in his passion and quest for information concerning Jerusalem. Though he appeared to have lived all his life in exile, he loved the holy city, Jerusalem, and was in waiting expectation of a return to the homeland to help remove the reproach of the broken down walls. Nehemiah's comfortable position in the palace did not reduce his interest and commitment to Jerusalem. His inquiry concerning the state of the inhabitants and of the city itself revealed a heart burdened for the people of God. He appeared to have no other burden outside his necessary daily duties but this. No wonder, the Lord sent those men his way to satisfy his heart that was longing and praying for the city.

If we have such intense yearning and desire for God and His word as Nehemiah did toward Jerusalem and its people, we would become recipients of His grace, holiness and great power. We fail to receive definite inspirations and answers to prayers because our hearts are filled with earthly cares instead of God's word.

Bad dreams, evil thoughts, fear, defeats, etc. do not abide in a heart like that of Nehemiah. If our hearts will always look heavenward, our visions shall be of the Lord of glory and great possibilities. Therefore, "...set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1,2).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Lay up treasures in heaven, that thine heart be heavenwards."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 39-40.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:03am On Jan 29
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY JANUARY 29, 2019

GET THE CLEANING FIRST

TEXT: ISAIAH 6:1-8

KEY VERSE: "And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged" (Isaiah 6:7).

Charles Spurgeon had a sinful habit of smoking cigarette. It became a concern to many of his followers who saw him smoke openly. One day, he invited a guest minister who spoke on the need for believers to shun "little foxes" such as smoking, adding that anyone who was still involved in the habit of smoking was not really a child of God. There was rowdiness in the congregation because they wondered why their pastor was into smoking. After the preacher ended his message, Spurgeon was said to have climbed the stage and in a bid to water down the effect of the message, said: "Brethren there are things which to men appear sinful, but to God they are not so; despite what Brother Pentecost has said, tonight I hope to smoke a good cigar to the glory of God."

Within days, tobacco companies in the country used his picture to advertise their products. We are told that it was that sad experience that got him genuinely converted. He gave up the habit and was totally purged of it. He later accomplished a lot for God.

Prophet Isaiah had been living his life, dwelling among people of "unclean lips"; he never realised he had a serious limitation until the very day when he had a special visitation. For the first time, he "saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the temple."

He had an experience and encounter that changed his life completely. He had his mouth touched with live coal by a messenger of God, a Seraphim. It was after that touch that his sins were purged and iniquity taken away. The presence of God should make us humble in worship like Isaiah.

Those who are still "undone" and of "unclean lips" have no business bearing the word of God to others. You need to be purged today.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A clog on wheel of revival we would be, unless we distangle ourselves from yokes of limitations."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: MATTHEW 1-3.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:00pm On Jan 29
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THURSDAY JANUARY 25, 2018

SMARTER THAN GOD?

TEXT: PROVERBS 3:1-12

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).

Those who understand the illusory fixation of teenage tendencies will be amused by the message of a poster that reads: "Attention Teenagers – If you are tired of being hassled by unreasonable parents, now is the time for action! Leave home and pave your own way while you still know everything!" Generally, youth comes with inexperience. But it often proves difficult to convince a youth that his choice is wrong. Many people, including Christians, seem to be hunted by the same illusory teenage tendency. They go about with the I-know-what-is-right-for-me attitude. But experience shows that even the wisest of us make poor and, sometimes, detrimental choices. This is because as humans, we are not all-knowing. Only God is.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" does not imply that we should negate our reasoning faculty and act irrationally. Rather, we are called to totally place our confidence in God. This entails implicitly obeying Him, having reverential fear of Him, cherishing His word, bringing Him into the picture in everything we do, giving due portion of what we have to His service and gladly submitting to His discipline.

As we walk through the labyrinth of life, leaning on our limited understanding is irrational and detrimental. Many Christians tend to "use" God as a last option. In major and minor decisions that they take, they completely rely on their imperfect understanding. God is only brought in when their own choices drive them to their wit's end. It always pays to trust God in choice of marriage partner, career, investment, ministry and a host of other issues. God never fails to guide those who put their trust in Him.

Thought for the day: It goes well when God holds our hands and not that we hold His.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 38-40

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:21am On Jan 31
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2019

PREACH ANYWAY!

TEXT: ISAIAH 6:9-13

KEY VERSE: "Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed" (Isaiah 6:10).

Polycarp, who lived in the first generation after the apostles, was born in Smyrna and later became the bishop of the city. He was the last survivor of those who had talked with the eyewitnesses of Jesus. As a very old man, he was arrested, tried and condemned. When asked to renounce his faith in Christ, he replied, "Eighty-six years have I served him and he hath done me no wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me? He was set ablaze. But the flames refused to consume him, he was killed with the sword and then burned.

Isaiah was commissioned to a spiritually insensitive people, a people who were dull of hearing. They were dull of hearing because they had no interest in hearing the word of God preached. Thus, the prophet voiced his frustration because of the futility of the mission.

Despite the desolution determined against the people for the dullness of their heart, the Lord God promised that "the holy seed shall be the substance thereof." The desolation of the people for their stiff-neckedness would be almost complete. But out of the stump, the promised seed-line given to Abraham would be continued through the Davidic seed-line. The remnant would emerge and remain. From that remnant, one would come forth who would be a blessing to humanity.

Naturally, the heart of man is unyielding and wilful. Despite God's warning through His faithful servants, they take His word for granted and continue in their evil ways. Although their hearts are hardened, the Lord wants His servants to continue to reveal His mind to them.

The attitude of the world to the word of God will not change His plan. Therefore, believers will not change His plan. Therefore, believers should be faithful in dispensing the Word of Life to sinners and backsliders, their disposition notwithstanding.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 4-5.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:31pm On Jan 31
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY JANUARY 31, 2019

DO NOT FRET

TEXT: ISAIAH 7:1-9

KEY VERSE: "Thus saith the Lord GOD, it shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass" (Isaiah 7:7).

Since the coming of social media, many more people appeared to have died of heartaches and unnecessary fear through the misuse of such a channel. Every day, people post all manner of heart-rending pieces of information through social media, many of which is an outright falsehood. Thus, people's hearts are failing them; many die as a result of fear.

At this time in the history of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the people had fallen far away from God that they made a league with Syria to fight against Judah. Despite the gang-up, God sent Isaiah to King Ahaz to tell him, "…take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted…" it was a time to remain calm in the face of an alliance of two nations that sought to conquer Jerusalem.

God also challenged Ahaz by saying, "if ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established." This was an opportunity for him to call on Ahaz to believe what He was saying through His prophet, Isaiah. If he did not believe, he would be taken out.

The days we live in are dangerous; fears lurk within and without. There are many events and happenings that threaten people's faith. Families are going through searing poverty; diseases and infirmities are wreaking havoc on many people. News of retrenchment, economic recessions, massacres and of impending wars have become a routine.

As believers, we are encouraged never to lose faith in the midst of all challenges. Instead, we should continue to look unto God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Whatever is the situation, once God has given His assurances, we must take it as final.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Only divine assurances are potent enough to bring hope."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 6-7.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:34pm On Jan 31
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FRIDAY JANUARY 26. 2018

"ALMOST" WON'T DO

TEXT: LEVITICUS 11:1-12

"Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you" (Leviticus 11:4).

Almost every adult can recollect some moments when he/she came so close to a targeted goal but, alas, missed it. Such near misses often bring a sense of regret and dissatisfaction. The bigger the thing at stake and the closer the attempt, the more painful the memory of the incident. Even with a "consolation prize" for our effort, we are still tormented by the forfeiture of the coveted prize. One lesson learnt from such experience is that "almost" is not enough.

This truth can be deduced from the instruction that the Lord gave to the Israelites concerning clean and unclean animals. God required that they eat only clean animals – animals that part the hoof, are cloven-footed and chew the cud. Any animal that did not meet the three criteria was unclean and was not to be eaten. Similarly, fishes with no fins and scales were to be regarded as abominable.

In the gospel dispensation, such ceremonial laws are not applicable to us. But we can learn some principles from the narrative. Observe that some animals almost made the list of clean animals. The camel chews the cud but has no parted hoof; the swine has parted hoof, is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud. They were considered unclean. Almost is not enough in this case. There is a spiritual dimension of this truth. Like Agrippa, many sinners are "almost persuaded" to be Christians. By the overwhelming evidence before them, they are convinced and convicted about repentance and yielding to the Lord, but certain considerations have kept them from taking that necessary step.

Today, there may be something that the Lord has laid in your heart to accomplish or an act of simple obedience He expects of you. Allowing alternative considerations will lead to disobedience. Almost won't do it; be altogether persuaded and yield.

Thought for the day: Nobody gets God's blessing for almost obeying Him.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 41-42

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:33am On Feb 02
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 01, 2019

YOU CAN BE UNSTOPPABLE

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 6:15, 16

KEY VERSE: "And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God" (Nehemiah 6:16).

In all ages, men have always constituted themselves an opposition to the work of God. They have always waged relentless war against His will and purpose. But the truth is that in spite of their threats, the counsel of the Lord shall stand.

Regardless of all the opposition, Nehemiah and those faithful people who worked with him accomplished their goal. Expectedly, the enemies were disheartened when they saw the great work. They know that if under the great opposition, the Jews were still able to complete the work of building the walls, then nothing could stop them.

Believers must not lose sleep over the offensive push from enemies. They are the descendants of Tobiah and Sanballat who never wanted to see the progress of the Jews.

Every God-given assignment that is destined to glorify Him is always a subject to contention. It provokes a fierce battle from the kingdom of darkness. Even the devil himself and his cohorts know that every God-given destiny carries potentials that are capable of paralysing the activities of his kingdom. Therefore, he will always fight to see that such tasks are never accomplished.

A winner cannot emerge without battles. You cannot be a champion without experiencing myriads of life challenges and battles. Just as our redemption did not come without battles, no good victory will come without battle. As you go about your business today, always remember God's promises. He said, "Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake" (Isaiah 54:15).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Think less of the devil's limited power but more of God's limitless power."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 8-9.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:25pm On Feb 02
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 02, 2019

FOUND WANTING?

TEXT: REVELATION 20:1-15

KEY VERSE: "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works" (Revelation 20:13).

Napoleon Bonaparte, a French emperor, who like Adolf Hitler, brought death to millions of people to satisfy his lust for earthly power, screamed: "I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!"

There are many stories from the Scriptures and in our contemporary time that expressly show the real experience of men after death or near the door of death. There is the passionate cry of the rich man who died without God, but pleased that warning should be sent to his brothers to avoid them meeting him in the same place. There are numerous stories of atheists, who while on earth, deceived many with their erroneous beliefs and teaching, but while on their deathbeds, cried like babies.

It is self-deceit to think that death is the end of all activities. The passage brings to reality the hereafter events that will affect all mortals. John uses prophetic figurative languages in order to rehearse the effect the gospel has had on the work of the kingdom of darkness. The seventh and last symbolic vision in Revelation is given to manifest the totality of the victory of the gospel over the spiritual powers of darkness.

John emphasises that no unrepentant sinner in this world will escape the final judgment. The beast and the false prophet will also be judged.

If you must escape the looming judgment, adequate preparation is required. As a sinner, you must confess your sins, forsake them and accept Christ as a personal Lord and Saviour while believers must remain steadfast in holiness and righteousness till the end.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Victory belongs to the courageous."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 10-11.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:57am On Feb 03
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SATURDAY JANUARY 27, 2018

A GLIMPSE OF HIS GRACE

TEXT: PSALM 76:1-12

"At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep" (Psalm 76:6).

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

That was a sincere acknowledgment of God's graciousness to America which hitherto placed its trust in Him. If so much could be said about God's grace and greatness towards America, more of such can be said about Israel. The Psalmist acknowledges and celebrates this, especially as demonstrated in the defeat of the enemies of God's people. Great men of the world, stout-hearted, powerful and tyrannical, may rage but at the rebuke of the Most High, they and everything they trust in is destroyed. For this, God ought to be feared and worshipped by all.

It is sad that most people know little about the incredible greatness of God (Isaiah 40:15,17). By His power, He is able to preserve His people till date. As true believers in Christ, we are recipients of God's bountiful grace. He is our Defender and Refuge. We ought, therefore, to honour Him with all our being and belongings.

Thought for the day: God is truly gracious and good: appreciate Him and live by this truth.

COVER TO COVER: GENESIS 43-45

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:45am On Feb 03
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 03, 2019

FAITHFUL MEN WANTED

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 7:1-4

KEY VERSE: "That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many" (Nehemiah 7:2).

The word "faithful" has become a very scarce commodity in today's world. Many nations of the world are in crisis because those who run the affairs of such countries are not faithful men and women. They are those who appropriate the commonwealth to themselves, leaving the masses to pine in penury. Although they promise to serve selflessly, they are, unfortunately, not accountable to the people. They are selfish and self-serving.

In many religious circles, the scarcity of faithful ministers and leaders has become a huge threat to the gospel, as many of them are interested in the purse and not in the pursuit of souls.

The testimony of Nehemiah concerning his brother, Hanani, that he was a faithful man, is a challenge to every professing believer. He appointed him to take charge over Jerusalem because of his faithfulness. He knew that he would not take advantage of the appointment to feather his own nest; Nehemiah also knew that he would not take undue advantage of their familiarity to perpetrate acts that would embarrass him.

Nowadays, people abuse privileges. When appointed into positions of authority, they pride themselves above the law. They are unruly and uncontrollable.

People who handle God's work with levity or make merchandise of His people cannot escape His judgment except they repent. How do you handle your secular and ministerial work? Remember, God watches our motives and actions.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God rewards faithfulness."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 12-13.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:28pm On Feb 04
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY FEBRUARY 04, 2019

LEADERS ALSO GIVE

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 7:70-73

KEY VERSE: "And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments" (Nehemiah 7:70).

A cleric who doubled as a writer decided on a discreet way of giving to the church and his immediate community. As he was not on salary but generously supported by the Household of God, he began to churn out great books that were instant best-sellers. When asked to take possession of the huge fortune that was coming his way through his writings, he demurred. He turned over the enormous proceeds to the church and the needy saying: "I need also to give to God the same way I serve Him through pastoring."

He was following in the footsteps of Nehemiah, who with Ezra the priest, championed the rebuilding of Jerusalem after its destruction. It was a most troublous time. There were external and internal enemies that obstructed the work of God being undertaken by the Jews.

It is instructive that the leadership style of Nehemiah and Ezra attracted the cooperation of the people, notably in the matter of giving for the work of God. In addition to his work as the governor of the land, he was not behind in also giving for the project. He and the leaders gave generously.

True stewards in God's service do not rest on their oars while there is work to do in the Lord's vineyard. They roll their sleeves and plunge themselves neck-deep in work the same way their brothers and sisters are doing. By so doing, they build His church in readiness for the imminent return of His Son.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Armchair leadership easily wrecks the ship of the church."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 14-16.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:59am On Feb 05
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 05, 2019

UNEASY LIES THE HEAD

TEXT: PSALM 3:1-8

KEY VERSE: "I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me" (Psalm 3:5).

King Henry the Fourth in William Shakespeare's play of the same name was sleepless one night in the splendour of his palace. He took a walk in the vast surroundings that led him to servants' quarters. He was shocked to find his "poorest subjects" soundly sleeping in "smoky cribs" and "loathsome beds" while he in "kingly couch" was denied even "partial repose." He failed, like millions of others, to understand that the peace of mind that brings calm sleep is not guaranteed by material possessions.

The tragedy of man since his alienation from his Creator as a result of sin is that he believes the works of his hands are sufficient to replace the goodness of God he lost in the Garden of Eden. We have made idols of our scientific and technological inventions, hoping they would deliver us from the torment of the rat race the modern age has unleashed. Some resort to drugs, alcoholism, occultism, immorality and other Satanic ways to induce sleep, rest and peace. But they get more enmeshed in physical and spiritual restiveness.

King David's experience when distress came upon him as a result of Absalom's rebellion teaches us where to go for help when troubles deny us sleep and peace. We need to run the Prince of Peace. In the book of Isaiah, there is God's fatherly assurance to give "perfect peace" to those who trust Him.

The God who delivered David and others is still available if sinful man would heed his call. The first step is to renounce sin and loyalty to Satan, and declare faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. You then establish a lasting relationship with Him that makes you enjoy all the benefits of His kingdom.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Heed His call today and enjoy peace."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 17-19.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 06, 2019

READING THE WORD FOR REVIVAL

TEXT: NEHEMIAH 8:9-18

KEY VERSE: "And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them" (Nehemiah 8:12).

News had reached Nehemiah of the sorry state of the beloved capital of the Jewish nation together with the burning of it gates, thus exposing it to further desecration. He did first things first: he went to God asking for mercy and for the Lord to touch the heart of the king concerning his request to be away for God's work in Jerusalem.

These petitions were granted and Nehemiah, now in Jerusalem promptly discerned the task at hand. He discovered the missing link in the returning Jews: they needed a spiritual revival. Restoration was required to heal the nation's tattered spirit that hung on them like old discarded garments. Revival did not lie in the words or homilies of man but in the word of God. The people must be led into the Law of Jehovah; they must be aware of His promises to comfort the despondent.

There was a season of mourning among the Jews, who appeared disconsolate in view of the widespread destruction of Jerusalem. But after the Law of Moses was delivered to them by Ezra the scribe and the Levites, their emotions changed to excitement and joy. It confirms David's submission in Psalm 19:8: "The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes."

God is also addressing today's world which desperately needs revival and joy. As the Jews had joy, revival and restoration through receiving the Word of God, the Word still heals the sorrowful, the weary and downcast. God is the Source of revivals that produce true joy.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Wielding the Word works wonders."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 20-21.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:06am On Feb 07
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 07, 2019

CANDIDATES FOR HEAVEN

TEXT: JOHN 8:12-31

KEY VERSE: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, if ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed" (John 8:31).

It is instructive that some of the far-reaching statements of our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry did not emanate directly from sermons or formal teachings. He made profound declarations at private encounters with such individuals as Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, blind Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus. Another platform often used by the Lord was in discourse with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes.

Today's subject is drawn from an engaging discussion between the Master and a group of Jewish traditionalists who never ceased to oppose Him. They knew the truth of Christ's messiahship. Being learned, they had read about all the prophecies concerning the coming Anointed of God. They had seen His miracles which mere mortals could not have performed. They had heard him preach as no one else ever did. Reports had reached them from their own that no man ever taught like Him. But a pall of darkness blocked their spirit from accepting the truth of His Word.

How could this be overcome? It is simply by accepting that Jesus is the Light of the world, who came from the Father in heaven. He gives light to this world of sin, and draws those who receive Him out of the darkness of hell and guides them to heaven.

Our passage concludes with the Lord telling the Jews that "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." True discipleship that leads to heaven is based on total and continuous obedience to the teachings of the Master. Selective and staggered obedience would disallow the full bestowal of the oil of grace that enables the believer to endure till the end. How we need to ensure a strict obedience to God's word, that we may partake of His blessings!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Random obedience to God is rebellion."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 22-23.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:37pm On Feb 08
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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 08, 2019

SHUTTING OUT THE PRINCE OF PEACE

TEXT: ISAIAHh 2:1-9

KEY VERSE: "...And shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isaiah 2:4).

Visitors to the United Nations building in New York are often perplexed when they read what is written on a cornerstone there: "...they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." This is part of a prophecy about the conflict-free reign of Jesus Christ when He returns to establish His government on earth as depicted in Isaiah 2. The UN quotes it to suggest that the body is capable of bringing peace to our war-plagued world.

But since 1945 when this global grouping came on board, there have been more threats to world peace and insecurity than mankind has ever known in its history. There are frightening weapons of mass destruction along with sophisticated guns in the hands of both state and non-state actors. There are low-intensity wars across the planet and daily there are fears they might erupt into a consuming conflagration.

The reason for the flight of peace from man is that although men quote God's promises, they do not satisfy His requirements. They have alienated the One who gives security. They have shut His Son out of their lives. Yet He is the Author of peace we desperately need.

God's blessings manifest only when we obey and serve Him as He directs in the Bible. We must not only quote His promises or inscribe them on our buildings. We must not have an academic disposition to the Scriptures. The word of God is what we must preserve and do if life is to be cherished.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Peace avoids those who void the Bible."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 24-25.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:05pm On Feb 09
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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 09, 2019

BEHIND EVERY CHALLENGE

TEXT: JOHN 9:1-7

KEY VERSE: "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him" (John 9:3).

We should follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ in His perception of intricate problems. While here in the world, He encountered difficulties that both His disciples and those outside expected Him to deal with. There was a wide gulf between the two on how they viewed such issues. Where others saw a crisis and despair, our Lord interrogated them with an opportunity to behold the glory of God. An understanding of these contrasting positions is key to building our faith.

When Jesus saw a man blind from his birth, His followers asked an intriguing question: "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" Their poser sprang from an erroneous Jewish tradition that physical infirmity was the consequence of the breach of God's laws. Instead of going into arguments about Jewish customs, He educated them about the dynamics of the kingdom of God, pointing out that what the ordinary eyes saw as problems were opportunities for God to exhibit His glory. In other words, behind every apparent enigma, there is an opening for God to perform and attract praises to His name. Jesus moved on to prove His point by healing the blind man in a dynamic manner.

As believers, we should not fret or panic when difficulties arise in ministry or secular life. We must trust Him for the right solution that only heaven can provide. And we must obey without hesitation what He asks us to do as the blind man did and got his blessing.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Be prepared for God's miracles when difficulties arise as you stand your ground."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 26.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:08pm On Feb 10
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2019

INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE

TEXT: JOHN 9:8-12

KEY VERSE: "The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?" (John 9:8).

One of the great attributes of the Holy Bible that have continued to confound literary experts over the ages is its dramatic style of presenting events in both figurative and literal dimensions. A short passage may tell a story, but look deep into the narrative and you will find a bigger picture of what God is revealing. That is the case with the five-verse text before us in today's reading for meditation.

Before the blind man met our Lord, he lived in shame, isolation and penury, depending on charity. Deprived of sight, he also required a guide to lead him around. He was helpless and at the mercy of friends and relatives. He would not know the extent to which he could trust them for a correct account of what passerby dropped into his hands since he could not see. He dared not dispute their claims of the earnings of the day for fear they might abandon him in retaliation.

That is also the picture of mankind until God sent His dear Son to come and open our eyes and break sin's hold on us. Sin's grip puts us in fetters that did not allow us to enjoy God's riches. We were blind and could not see the marvels of nature God had put in place for His creatures. But Jesus came to our rescue.

This short verse, in a figurative way, is the story of salvation. When the sinner meets Jesus, He opens his eyes and transforms him. We were like the blind man before Jesus changed us into what we are now. The sinner will remain rooted to the same spot of torment at the hands of the devil if he does not reach out to Jesus for help. It's not God's desire for His creatures to be so oppressed after He has made a way of redemption. Reach out to Him in faith today and be vastly transformed, becoming a partaker of His divine nature.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ's eyesalve is available for those who admit their blindness."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 27-28.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:14am On Feb 11
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2019

DECEITFUL DEALING

TEXT: EXODUS 8:25-32

KEY VERSE: "And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD" (Exodus 8:29).

A shepherd boy who had joy in playing pranks on his people had this penchant for shouting 'lion, lion, lion.' His village would run out with guns and staves to help confront the wild beast only to see no lion. And the young man would laugh them to scorn. This he did a number of times until the people knew he was merely playing pranks. But one particular day, the lion indeed came and again he shouted for help but nobody responded. Needless to say, the lion indeed had a field day with his sheep.

Pharaoh had continued with his deceitful pranks. He did not sit down to calculate the cost of what he was doing. This time, he had met with Moses to once again go to plead with God promising to let the people go. But as soon as God relented and eased their pain; "Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go" (verse 32).

It is difficult to understand how a man purporting to be leading a people could so harden his heart to the point of insensitivity. It is to be noted that the plagues grew in severity of judgment. First, the Egyptians' comfort was affected, then their property, then came physical pain, mental frustration and finally death.

Is there any area of your belonging you have held too tightly and have refused to let go? Are you holding back what belongs to God? Have a rethink today. Beware of Pharaoh's obstinacy, lest you suffer the same fate as Pharaoh's.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God's ownership over His creation is indisputable; submit to His Majesty."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 1-3.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:53am On Feb 12
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2019

PAINFUL BUT PROFITABLE

TEXT: RUTH 1:6-22

KEY VERSE: "And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee for whither thou goest I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" (Ruth 1:16,17).

A country's president had initially vied for the highest office in the land but failed at the first attempt. Four years later, he came out to vie for the same office and again he failed. Yet, he made a third attempt and did not succeed. When he now decided to try for the fourth time, some people felt there was no point in doing so for he appeared seemingly unelectable. But he was adamant, went through all the campaign rigours and at last succeeded. Talk of iron-cast determination.

In ancient Israel, the period of Judges was one of war and unrest. At this time, there was famine in Israel during which the man, Elimelech decided to go to sojourn in Moab, a Gentile nation, with his wife, Naomi and two sons. While in Moab, they married Moabite women. In the process of time, both the husband and the two sons died, leaving Naomi alone with her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah and without any children.

Information reached Naomi that the situation in her home country had improved as the Lord had visited His people. It was now time to go back home. She naturally appealed to her daughters-in-law to remain in the country Moab, remarry and raise families. After weeping for a while, Orpah decided to go back to Moab but Ruth clave to her mother-in-law. And in the most emotionally touching language, she said "...whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" (verse 16). And so both of them returned to Israel.

By going to Israel, Ruth would become a worshipper of the true God. She was to be chosen of God to establish the lineage that would produce the world's Saviour. Where does your allegiance lie? How determined are you to follow Jesus to the end in spite of all odds?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A man's decision will ultimately determine his destiny."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 4-6.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:59am On Feb 13
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2019

SOW AND REAP

TEXT: ISAIAH 3:1-12

KEY VERSE: "Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him" (Isaiah 3:10,11).

God, in His wisdom, has separated the time of planting from the time of harvesting. And because of this, many people are unmindful of the long or short term consequences of their action good or evil. This is the reason there is so much evil and wickedness in the world.

As a consequence of the peoples' sins, God's judgment was coming and would touch every part of society and all classes of people would suffer. The rulers had failed in their duty to deliver the people. God's wrath was kindled against them with a firm promise to replace them with children and insolent, immature novices. The rulers had shown little or no concern for the poor and the less privileged. They were selfish, wicked and nonchalant. They never bothered about the people's welfare and need. When leaders reject God's ways, society is open to injustice, oppression and cruelty.

God hates the ill-treatment meted out to the poor and the needy in society. He has great interest in the way and manner we relate to one another even in the church today. Those who remain faithful in spite of societal upheavals and the leaders' mis-governance, the Lord says it would be well with them. They might suffer for righteousness' sake but the end would be rewarding. As for the wicked, they would surely reap the terrible consequences of their sins.

Consider God's thought towards you. "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" When things seem to be going wrong, when the multitudes tilt towards Satan, when the standard of God's word is not kept, stand in obedience and make His Word the unflagging standard of your life. You will be glad you did.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Heaven is God's eternal abode for the pilgrim who overcomes."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 7-10.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:01pm On Feb 14
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2019

STRIVE NOT WITH HIM

TEXT: EXODUS 7:14-25

KEY VERSE: "And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear" (Exodus 7:16).

There is a popular saying amongst countryfolk that anyone killed by a moving train is incurably blind and deaf. This is because the train by its sheer size and noise, announces itself while still afar off, its horn reverberating through the villages and farmlands. Those who farm near or close to the rail line take extra caution as they watch the train rumble ferociously along its track.

After Aaron's staff swallowed up all the rods of the magicians, they simply walked away from the scene without their sticks, thus affirming that a true supernatural work had taken place. Their leader should have been wise to understand the futility of the task he had embarked upon.

The warning from God was clear. God multiplied His signs and wonders in the land of Egypt so that the Egyptians might know He is the Lord and that there is no other God beside Him. Other gods might have some power to perform magic; but true and ultimate power belongs to the almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Perhaps, you have a fringe relationship with God in which you are yet to partake of His supernatural manifestations. Or perhaps, you are like Pharaoh who was cynical about God. Why not opt for a much closer walk with Him today; have abiding faith in Him and trust Him to the uttermost. It will not be too long before you start reaping the undying rewards.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stand on Christ, the Solid Rock for all other gods are man's works."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 11-13.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:36pm On Feb 15
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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2019

HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART

TEXT: EXODUS 8:1-15

KEY VERSE: "But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said" (Exodus 8:15).

"Once bitten twice shy" is a cautionary saying meant to guide people against repeated failings. But when one is set on the part of self destruction, no number of bites will be sufficient to put one in check and take him away from the path of danger and death to which he has irreversibly committed himself.

The first warning from the Almighty God to a recalcitrant Pharaoh was Aaron's rod swallowing up his magicians' rods. This heralded the commencement of the plagues as the waters of Egypt all became blood. The fish in the rivers and streams died and stank. Yet, the Egyptian king remained unmoved.

Then came the plague of frogs. "And the LORD spake unto Moses, say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt" (verse 5). Ironically, Pharaoh's magicians' enchantment multiplied the frogs. Who can battle with the Lord? In ancient Egypt, frogs represented gods and were thus sacred. Through the plague, the Lord attacked the gods of Egypt to show that His power was far superior to all the magicians' power.

Understandably, the plagues demonstrated God's power over the gods of Egypt and all the forces of evil; it also revealed His judgment against the nation's leadership for stubbornly refusing to obey His command to let His people go. Today, God is still very much angry with the wicked particularly those in leadership who oppress the poor and the needy while enriching themselves with the nation's God-given wealth. As a true believer, avoid backsliding to join to the ranks of the wicked whose damnation is sure and whose punishment in the lake of fire is forever.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A stubborn fly follows the corpse to the grave."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Mark 14-16.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:25am On Feb 16
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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2019

A CLEAR DIFFERENCE

TEXT: EXODUS 8:16-24

KEY VERSE: "And I will put a division between My people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be" (Exodus 8:23).

Reproof and punishment are mild ways of deterring an offender, so that he does not continue in wrongdoing. But if the offender remains adamant and incorrigible so that the reproof cannot achieve its desired effect, then the result is unavoidably fatal, with unintended consequences upon other innocent and hapless souls.

The scriptures clearly declare that "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" (Proverb 29:1). But the issue here is not that of the destruction of one man and his family, but that of a whole nation. At the point, there had been three plagues: the plagues of blood, frogs and lice. And this was to be the fourth - flies.

It is inconceivable that a man born of a woman could so brazenly challenge his Creator. The magicians acknowledged the 'finger of God' as being superior to all other powers. It would have been wise to surrender, but not Pharaoh whose heart had stubbornly reached a point of no return.

There is no way the Almighty would go into competition with mortal man. All that He did with every plague was to increasingly lead Pharaoh to recognise how futile it is for man to fight his Creator. Is there any tendency of Pharaoh in you? Show it the exit door out of your heart and ask God to forgive and cleanse you. It is perilous to fight with one's Maker. Don't be foolhardy. Turn around and let Christ occupy every area of your life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is foolishness for a man to challenge his Maker."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 1-2.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:12am On Feb 17
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2019

MIRACLES ARE OF GOD

TEXT: JOHN 9:13-38

KEY VERSE: "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth" (John 9:31).

In Bible days, the critics of Christ challenged Him in several ways. In the Gospel of John, they questioned His miracle ministry (5:16-18), His paternity (8:41), His integrity (7:12), etc. Their criticism was not too different from what obtains today in spite of obvious pointers to the reality.

A notable miracle had taken place but the perverse reasoning of the Pharisees placed them in a dilemma from which the only way out for them was to disprove the miracle that had been performed. They put up the argument that no miracle could have occurred because it was a Sabbath day and God would not violate His law on Sabbath rest. Yet, that position was baseless as the man was healed perfectly. Unable to disprove the man's testimony and unwilling to confess the divine nature of Jesus, the religious authorities excommunicated him. This was good for him because if he had been allowed to stay, he would have been in danger of drifting back to the traditional ways of Judaism.

There is a streak of hypocrisy in many today, which faithful saints must scrupulously avoid. Simple faith in Christ can perform wonder. It is not by upholding religious activities and traditions that we can predict the mighty hand of God to move in certain circumstances of life.

Our God can do anything, anywhere and at anytime. He is not limited by time, space or matter. They all take their existence from Him. Strive today to always hold Him by His Word. His mercies which endureth forever are the cornerstone of the blessings we receive from Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is great wisdom to avoid the leaven of the Pharisees."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 3-4.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:10am On Feb 18
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2019

DIVINE DISTINCTION

TEXT: EXODUS 9:1-12

KEY VERSE: "And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel" (Exodus 9:4).

Well known American pastor and Bible teacher, Warren Wiersbe said: "The safest place in all the world is in the will of God, and the safest protection in all the world is the name of God."

Pharaoh's heart was hardened after he seemed to relent under the former plagues. But God, determined to set His chosen nation free, warned him of other impending ones, the fifth and sixth plagues. The fifth plague for the first time targeted personal property (livestock). God would stop at nothing in His determination to accomplish His divine purpose for His own.

Following this devastation plague, Pharaoh sent out spies who confirmed that the children of Israel lost not so much as one of their cattle in fulfilment of God's earlier pronouncement to Moses. God had bound Himself by the most solemn oath to be a God to His people and deliver them. It was in pursuance of this pledge that He was their pavilion and canopy in this awful hour. Israel stood there and was safe, not only from the hail but also from the destroying sword. He was their hiding place from the storms of judgment and condemnation.

God sets His children apart in the midst of trouble and shows Himself strong on their behalf to show forth His glory. When we trust in Christ, He becomes our Refuge. This should be a great comfort for us today. While it is true that some things happen to both believers and unbelievers alike, such as aging, death and sorrow at the loss of a loved one, sincere followers of the Lord have a Rock to stand on for comfort which others do not enjoy.

The Lord knows how to deliver His own. "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverb 18:10). The souls that shelter under God's wing, do not panic in times of pestilence and plagues.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "We are secured and safe under divine covering."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 5-6.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:49am On Feb 19
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2019

OBEDIENCE IS PARAMOUNT

TEXT: EXODUS 9:13-26

KEY VERSE: "He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants and his cattle flee into the houses" (Exodus 9:20).

Many years ago, the steamer "Portland," left harbour indicating a stormy weather. The port agents advised all vessels not to sail out. But the captain of the "Portland" did not take heed. He told the keeper of the lighthouse to keep the light brightly burning that night. But just outside the harbour, the vessel was brought down by a mighty storm and no one on board ever came back. The captain ignored the clear warning.

In our text today, God determined to deliver the nation of Israel, pronounced the plague of hail and graciously advised Pharaoh and his people to send for their servants and cattle out of the field so that they might be sheltered. Pharaoh and many of his people despised God's word and paid dearly for it. Only those among his servants that hearkened to the warning escaped God's judgment.

God's order must be obeyed if we are to stay safe. Anything short of this is a disaster waiting to happen, because delayed and partial obedience are twin brothers of disobedience with dire consequences. Saul's attitude to the command of wipe out the Amalekites completely cost him the throne. God demands outright, prompt and total obedience from us.

There are people who run from one mountain, prayer house and miracle service to another while they are walking in clear disobedience to God's instructions. There is no prayer or anointing that can cancel divine laws because God prefers obedience to sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

Our response to God's warning will determine our destiny. Unfortunately, many despise God's warning to their own peril. Why not cast away pride and self-conceit and run to the Lord in simple faith and obedience.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Wholehearted obedience to God eminently brings forth His blessings."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 7-8.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:08pm On Feb 20
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2019

PROFITING FROM GOD'S GIFT

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-25

KEY VERSE: "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church" (1 Corinthians 14:4).

God's gift are not for showmanship; they are for edification. Wonderfully enough, the folly of man can never subvert God's standards.

Here was a seemingly thorny issue that Apostle Paul had to deal with in the Corinthian church. The word prophecy is used here, not in the limited sense of foretelling the future, but of pouring forth heaven-inspired utterances. There was a strong tendency at Corinth to magnify the use of tongues to a point of making a show of it. The Apostle rebukes this, and says that it is far better to be able to speak to the edification of the hearers. Indeed, he directs that speech in an unknown tongue should be withheld, unless someone were present who could explain and interpret it because it is unintelligible and makes no sense to an unlearned hearer except it be interpreted and understood. When the disciples first spoke in tongues, it was principally to act as a convincing sign to the unbelievers who became "...amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" (Acts 2:7,8). Words that are devoid of meaning will make no impart on the mind.

Speaking in tongues or even praying in tongues when Christians come together for worship is out-of-place when ministering to one another. Believers should covet earnest spiritual gifts of charity and prophecy. But the gift of prophecy in its use should not be an invitation to confusion. Prophecy from the Lord should be for the edification of the body of believers. We ought to watch carefully over the gifts of the Spirit and how we use them. We need to pray that the Lord will guide us in the use of what He has given us, for edification and not for confusion.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A meaningful word is better than ten thousand meaningless words."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 9-10.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:06am On Feb 21
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2019

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34

KEY VERSE: "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:27).

Unregenerate man handles God's sacred ordinances with levity and disrespect.

There was much disorder in the Corinthian church because the love-feast which preceded the Lord's Supper, was the scene of riot and disorder, ostentation and jealousy. In the love-feast of the early Church, each brought his own supply of food, which was put into a common stock and shared by all alike. But at Corinth, each family or group retained their own provisions, and a great distinction was thus made between the rich and the poor. This caused much rivalry that was unworthy of followers of Jesus.

The Lord's Supper is intended not only to commemorate the supreme sacrifice at Calvary, but also to enable us to spiritually incorporate into ourselves the very life and essence of the death of Jesus. This will enable us live for Him. Through it, believers are reminded of the death of the Saviour and of the hope and imminence of His return. Sadly, the Corinthian church soon lost its true meaning and replaced it with wanton discrimination between the rich and the poor. Paul promptly cautioned them and presented to the church the significance and process of conducting the Lord's Supper, as given by the Lord.

We are liable to condemnation if we allow division in the Body of Christ. The bread and wine (emblems used at the Supper) are symbolic representations of the body and blood of the Saviour. Partaking in the Lord's Supper shows that we are remembering Christ's sacrifice for us and renewing our pledge of service to Him. Taking the ordinance unworthily portrays ignorance of the implications of Christ's sacrifice at Calvary. How then do we partake in the Lord's Supper? We must do so prayerfully and thoughtfully, with humility, contrition of heart, honour and due reverence to God. That way, we receive fully the blessings of the "holy sacrament."

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To get it right, we must do it right."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 11-12.

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Re: Daily Manna — SIMPLY ROBBERS by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:29pm On Feb 22
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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2019

FUTILITY OF WORLDLY WISDOM

TEXT: JOHN 9:39-41

KEY VERSE: "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind" (John 9:39).

History is replete with men of great wisdom and knowledge. Some have written volumes of books in an attempt to share their knowledge and thinking. Others have propounded theories, which today, are foundational to many erroneous beliefs. In an attempt to be "wise" in human philosophy and ideas, many have ruined their lives and become entangled in the complex web of philosophy.

The Pharisees saw themselves as wise men. Their great knowledge in the Jewish law and tradition completely blinded their eyes to the depth of their sins: self-righteousness, sectarian practices and religious bigotry. In their pride, they said, "...Are we blind also?" The Saviour, in His answer, told them that if they had acknowledged their ignorance, the grace of God would have brought pardon to them. But since they claimed they were wise and rejected the Saviour, there was no hope that their sins could be washed.

Many there are today who reject the word of God and the Saviour Himself. To do this means to reject life, and remain in sin. There cannot be hope of eternal life when someone rejects the Saviour. The only true wisdom is knowledge of the most High. Man's wisdom will fail and bring about judgment, but God's wisdom will keep us safe and secure from all evil. It takes much more than the human mind to comprehend the infinite God. It takes abiding faith and real trust to know and to walk with Him. Appreciating God with the carnal sense will lead to utter confusion; it will attract God's anger. Step out in faith today and believe with all your heart all that God has proclaimed. And you will live a life that truly pleases Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The wisdom of this world is foolishness before God."

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 13-16.

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