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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:25am On Jul 06, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, July 06, 2015

Beware Of The Pharisees And Sadducees

TEXT: MARK 8:10-21

"And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod" (Mark 8:15)

Of all vices, hypocrisy is the most subtle – and therefore, most damning.

The Lord Jesus Christ was armed with this truth when He warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. The Pharisees constituted themselves into archenemies of Christ. Their grouse stemmed essentially from the fact that Christ authoritatively reproved them for their contradictions. They could not bear Christ’s fame that was rising exponentially. Therefore, they tried by all means to get rid of Him.

Here, they came tempting Christ by requesting a sign from Him. He declined and sighed at the extent of their insincerity and wickedness. His numerous signs could not change them. He left them and got over to the east shore. There He warned His disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. This has nothing to do with bread as the disciples thought, but the corrupting doctrines and influence of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees were noted for hypocrisy (outward righteousness), pride and religious showiness. They equated the tradition of men and rituals with God’s word and were legalistic. The Sadducees, represented here by Herod, were promoters of free thinking, skepticism, worldly-mindedness and political exploitation.

The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ days have since expired. But the present age is full of modern Pharisees and Sadducees of whose “leaven” we must beware. They wield powerful influence in society, even in religious circles but their professed worship of God lacks spirituality, sincerity, sobriety and simplicity. Instead, they are selfish, sinful, showy and stubborn. If you are Christ’s, you will have nothing to do with such except to grieve over their state.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 17 - 20

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ is the Hope that can never be put to shame"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:36pm On Jul 07, 2015
Daily Manna
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Wages Of Sin

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 2:12-36

"Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Samuel 2:30)

Living with heaven in view was what Eli, the priest, with his two sons never had. When God gave them the special privilege to assist the people who came to Shiloh to offer sacrifice to Him, He allowed them to have certain parts of the sacrifices. Yet, they were not contented with it. Eli’s sons forced the people to give them what they wanted to eat. They also had immoral dealings with the women who assembled there. Samuel never associated with Eli’s sons in their evil acts and God was pleased with him. But He was not pleased with Eli’s sons because of their sin.

Eli merely warned his sons that God would deal with them, but they did not repent. God, in Deuteronomy 21:18-21, had instructed that a father must discipline his son and if his son refused to repent, the leaders of the town should judge him. God put in place that injunction because He wanted evil to be completely removed from among His people. Eli, who knew the character of his sons, ought to have stopped them from performing any duty in God’s house. Yet, he allowed them for reasons best known to him. A man of God came to warn him about the consequence of his and sons’ sin but they still did not repent.

Today, God is still intolerant of sin; His judgment against sin is fierce. Some leaders prefer their family and ethnic members to occupy one position or the other in the church, even though they know these people are not living right. The warning God gave Eli and his sons is the same warning He is giving to them today. There is judgment hanging upon every sinner, except he or she repents. God can never be taken for granted for He is not a respecter of anyone.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 21 - 23

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Punishment is justice for the unjust"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:35pm On Jul 08, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A Sad End

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 10:1-14

"So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it" (1 Chronicles 10:13)

The history of the Church is full of stories of men and women whom God picked up from their lowly state and used greatly for the salvation of men only for them to turn around in the latter days of their lives and die in such a miserable state. One of such was a known American who had such a powerful and healing ministry. When he died at the age 59, he was found to have been an alcoholic. The sad end of notable men of God calls today’s Christians to a more careful and sober walk.

Our text presents us with the story of the death of Saul and his sons. Saul had had a wonderful start. When he was picked to be the first king of Israel, he displayed a great sense of humility and obedience to God. But as his reign became strong and powerful, he derailed to a life of selfwill, stubbornness and disobedience to God’s word. He went to the point of practicing necromancy, that is, seeking divination from spirits of the dead. Unfortunately for him, it was in this sad state that he died.

While success in life and ministry is something very desirable, it can become the source of one’s eternal undoing if it is not properly managed. Many people become so blinded and obsessed with success that they forget their humble beginning and early vows and consecration. Others become so arrogant, proud, self-willed and incorrigible. There are those that allow their success to lead them to wrong companies and associations which result in many compromises and unthinkable sinful practices. And there are those who in the bid to sustain their success, look away from God to indulge in satanic and occult practices.

To properly manage our success, we must constantly keep the word of God before us and see that it guides and directs all our actions and decisions. We must also maintain a humble disposition that will help us to seek and receive counsels from those who can help us.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 24 - 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is not enough to begin well; we must also end well"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:37am On Jul 09, 2015
Daily Manna
Thursday, July 09, 2015

Joy Of Prompt Obedience

TEXT: LUKE 5:27-39

"And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him" (Luke 5:27,28).

It is a lot easier to accept God’s calling when it comes to us, no matter how difficult it may seem, than to face the consequence of rejecting or postponing it. The blessedness of obedience at the first call of the Saviour is something that may never be experienced by the hard-hearted sinner whose rebellion must be broken by afflictions and needless pains before they come. So much joy and happiness we lose when we delay.

Our text unfolds with Christ’s invitation to Matthew, the tax collector. He was a man despised for his occupation and lifestyle yet, Christ called him out unto salvation. Christ’s call to Matthew is akin to His call to every believer today. It is a call from a life of sin to that of righteousness. It is a call from our old occupation, companions and commitment to a new vocation and a new friend in Christ Jesus. He has called us to a new goal of preaching the gospel to every creature.

Matthew’s call was glorious but his response was much more glorious and challenging. The call came to him with an apparent suddenness, but his response was equally swift and glorious. His ready heart and self-surrender are a pattern for everyone who hears the gospel message. Like the song writer says “When His message comes to you, There is but one thing to do, Just Obey”.

God’s call must be acknowledged as a privilege which must be gratefully accepted. The believer must receive God’s call wholeheartedly and fulfill it overwhemingly. How terrible will it be if once filthy tax collector abandoned all to serve the Lord, and you fail to do so. Do not allow Matthew the tax collector to stand as witness against you in judgment.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 26 - 28

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Obedience to God is paramount for a successful walk with Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:00am On Jul 10, 2015
Daily Manna
Friday, July 10, 2015

Penitent Heart

TEXT: EZRA 10:6-8

"Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away" (Ezra 10:6).

Charles H. Brent, an American clergyman, who served in the Philippines and western New York, once stated: "The happy sequence culminating in fellowship with God is penitence, pardon, and peace – the first we offer, the second we accept and the third we inherit."

The prophet, Ezra, as our text reveals, was a man with uncommon contrite spirit. When he heard of the transgression of his people who came back from exile, he became very sad. He felt they had not learnt their lesson. God allowed them to go into captivity as a form of chastisement to enable them fully evaluate their shortcomings and repent of them in order to have good relationship with Him. Unfortunately, they continued in their old order of sin which attracted the wrath of God upon their lives.

Ezra moved away from the front of the house of God to Johanan’s chamber which was situated in the temple. Johanan was the son of Eliashib, the priest, and he was a man of note. While there, Ezra did not eat any food nor drank any water. He was absolutely sad because the people who returned after the exile were not loyal to God.

It takes a man with uncommon burden to achieve uncommon vision. Today, many Christians have lost the vision to rebuild their lives, families and church to achieve God’s purpose. Some believers are no longer perturbed about the misconducts of their wives, husbands and children, let alone other brethren in the church. They have lost the sense of burden to rescue sinners and backsliders from the claws of sins; they allow them to have comfort in sin. God is counting on us to have the vision of Ezra and become the motivation through which His righteousness can be imparted into others.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 29 - 31

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "An honest heart seeks to please God in all things"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:02am On Jul 11, 2015
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Saturday, June 11, 2015

Of Cause And Effect

TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 10:8-15

"He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him" (Ecclesiastes 10:8.).

A story was told of an eagle perched on a block of ice just above Niagara Falls. The swift current carried the ice and its majestic passenger closer to the edge of the great precipice. The cries of other birds and animals warning the eagle of the danger that lay ahead were to no avail. "I have great and powerful wings," he boasted. "I can fly from my perch at any time. I can handle it." Suddenly, the edge of the falls was only a few feet away. The torrent of water rushed the block of ice over the great falls. The eagle spread his powerful wings to mount up over the impending doom only to discover too late that his claws had become frozen to the cake of ice. He went headlong with the block of ice to the rocks down the fall.

Many men and women have gone to the grave prematurely due to the damning allure of sin. There is a principle of "cause and effect", or "sowing and reaping" in sin. The consequence of sin is death (physical, spiritual and eternal). Unfortunately, Satan makes sin so appealing and seductive that man’s sense of danger is deadened to its damning and dangerous consequences.

The people of Sodom and Gomorrah (ancient examples of present-day homosexuals and lesbians) were so given to their vices that on the eve of their destruction, they were eager to mess up with angels. Samson, a man whose birth was foretold by an angel, and who was a Nazarite from the womb was not excused from the sin spiral. He was so carried away with the pleasure of the flesh that he forgot he was dinning with his enemies. He ended up in the prison of his enemies with his two eyes gorged out.

Children of God are exhorted not to dig the pit of sin, or to break the hedge of the commandments of God. The consequences are always dangerous and damning.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 32 - 34

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin has the capacity to destroy to the uttermost"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:25am On Jul 13, 2015
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

New Birth, Please

TEXT: JOHN 3:5-12

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).

As a leopard cannot change its skin, so can no man, by his own power, change his sinful ways. Birth is the beginning of life and to be born again is to begin a new life with God. This new life has its source in Christ, the Son of God.

In our text, Nicodemus is introduced as a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. Jesus Christ plainly tells him that except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. This great truth of the necessity of regeneration, a second birth is thus solemnly laid down. Nicodemus did not grasp Christ’s message. He however humbled himself and sought for explanation from the Saviour, which He gave willingly. Jesus corrected the erroneous belief that the Messiah would come to condemn the world. He emphasized that God’s plan is to save the world and bring judgment and condemnation upon those who reject Him.

God’s plan of redemption is for all men, both Jews and Gentiles (John 3:16). The humility in Nicodemus should challenge many today who have a form of godliness but deny the power of God. Church membership, religious observances, alms-giving, natural goodness and tithing without the second birth are worthless and unprofitable.

We must carefully note the progression of the Lord’s discourse with Nicodemus. First, a man must be born again to see the kingdom of God (verse 3). Even so, a man must be born of water and of the Spirit to enter into the Kingdom (verse 5). In other words, it is not just enough to see the Kingdom through the new birth; you must enter and can only abide therein as you submit fully to the agency of God’s word and the definite leading of the Holy Spirit. If you claim to be born again without being ruled by God’s word and led by His Spirit, you are none of His.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 35 - 37

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "He who is born once will die twice, but he who is born twice will die once"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:00am On Jul 13, 2015
Daily Manna
Monday, July 13, 2015

Ever The Same

TEXT: PSALM 72:1-20

"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed" (Psalm 72:17).

All through the ages, enemies of Christ had waged fierce battles against Him. But they have always lost in such battles. The battle began when Herod tried to kill Him at birth and in frustration of not getting Him, directed the massacre of all infants within the age-range of Christ. He thought that with that evil edict, Jesus would be eliminated in the process. Again, he was wrong.

Several attempts were made at His life until the appointed time when a band of evil men crucified Him in line with the Scriptures. Yet, He rose from the dead and ascended up to heaven to be with the Father. Today, despite the fact that He is no longer physically on earth, His enemies are still fighting to obliterate the mention of His name.

In our text today, the Psalmist says that no matter what the enemies of Christ do, His name shall endure forever; that His name will continue as long as the sun continue to shine and that He will continue to bless His people. Although all over the world, believers are being persecuted and martyred, we are not to be discouraged by the spate of these atrocities for we have a God Who is infinitely greater and incomparably superior to our enemies and the awesome challenges we face daily.

Believers must be rest assured that whatever happens, the counsel of the Lord must stand in their lives. Stories abound of believers who passed through tough oppressions in the hands of the enemy, yet they eventually triumphed. No matter the situation, it is sweet to know that nothing can dim the star of a child of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 38 - 40

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Jesus lies ultimate triumph and victory"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:19am On Jul 14, 2015
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Impending Judgment

TEXT: ISAIAH 19:5-10

"The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish" (Isaiah 19:8.).

Henry Drummond, an English banker, politician and writer, noted: “If a man find the power of sin furiously at work within him, dragging his whole life downward to destruction, there is only one way to escape his fate – to take resolute hold of the upward power, and be borne by it to the opposite goal.”

Our text reveals God’s impending judgment upon the Egyptians because of their evil deeds. Isaiah pointed out that God would raise causes for their destruction from among them, which would be executed speedily, except they repented. The River Nile, which had been their succour in terms of irrigation for their farming, fishing and transportation through boats, would be dried up.

Many other rivers and streams in Egypt would cease to flow. As a result, the plants that grow in the water would die, as well as those that grow near the water. This would cause a lot of lamentations due to the adverse effects on the food supply and economic activities. The fishermen would weep bitterly because they would not see any fish to catch, while people who grow plants for material to make clothes would be helpless. The entire development would bring a great depression on them.

Today, there are those who regale in doing things defiantly, not mindful of the spiritual implication. They believe that since God is seated in heaven, He would not come down to punish them for their evil actions. Just as Korah, Dathan and Abiram, who contended with Moses, had erroneously thought that they could get away with their unruly behaviour, there are those who still behave as if they are the owners of the earth and that God would always tolerate their sins. God does not need physical bullet to punish any erring person or to execute His judgment. He has diverse ways of dealing with people and nations who choose to disobey Him.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 41 - 44

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Get rid of the self in you and escape God’s wrath"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:54am On Jul 15, 2015
Daily Manna
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Courage In Adversity

TEXT: ACTS 7:57-60

"And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep" (Acts 7:60).

The greatness of a man is not necessarily measured in terms of the accumulation of material perquisites. Greatness is measured in part by the adroitness and strength of character displayed in the face of intimidating odds. It is also quantified through the readiness manifested to be a medium of out-poured grace and blessings to others.

Against the foregoing, Stephen, the first martyr amongst the disciples must be adjudged a great man. The religious leaders understood the meaning and implications of Stephen’s preaching and what it was all about. They could no longer withstand his bold and powerful message. Stephen on the other hand, was not intimidated by the furious and malicious men. The enraged religious leaders went ahead to order that he be stoned to death. In the midst of it, he was courageous, undaunted and uncompromising. He prayed for his persecutors that God should not lay it to their charge.

There are people who are easily crushed and broken in times of difficulties and challenges of life. They think that they are helpless and hopeless. Some who suffer a little defeat are fallen unto the dust of failure, despair and discouragement. A courageous believer can never accept defeat as final because there is something better, higher and brighter ahead. Stephen demonstrated the virtue of true discipleship by asking forgiveness for those hell-bent on killing him. His spirit of forgiveness clearly manifested the divine nature of Christ.

Life is not a treasure for us to tuck away but to invest in the noblest of virtues that count for God. This must be done in spite of the trials, temptation, troubles and challenges of life. The death of Stephen undoubtedly concluded his ministry. Yet, his martyrdom is a testimony to all who will take a courageous stand for Jesus. How courageous are you in times of challenges and battles of life?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 45 - 47

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Life invested in Christ will have bountiful dividends in time and eternity"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:04am On Jul 16, 2015
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Avoid Vainglory

TEXT: JEREMIAH 9:12-26

"Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches" (Jeremiah 9:23).

Undue confidence in one’s intellectual, physical, material and financial acquisitions is a clear manifestation of the pride of life. Man is prone to boast of his achievements as if they were gotten by his power. The human society is replete with vain and arrogant fellows who parade their so-called accomplishments contemptuously and want men to worship their exaggerated sense of self-worth.

These vaunted portraits irritate God. In our text, God told Prophet Jeremiah all that He was going to do against Israel because of their sin. Obviously, there were those in their midst who bragged about their achievements in life. But God told Jeremiah that they should only glory in the fact that they understood and knew God experientially. But they did not.

The almighty God hates swelling words, especially when He knows that man is nothing without Him. This is a wake-up call for every believer today that no matter what we may have acquired or our societal, spiritual, academic or financial attainment, we must be humble in heart and in deed. We must not make a boast of such things as if we were better than any other person. If we do, we are liable to punishment from God.

A pompous disposition irks God; His mercy is for those who recognize the source of their blessings and accord respect to the Giver of such blessings.

When Satan asked Jesus, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down…”, he had wanted Jesus to demonstrate physically that He is the Son of God. But Jesus knew it was not Satan’s opinion about Him that matter but the view that the almighty God held about Him. A sincere believer must not engage in unethical or sinful behaviours to prove his worth. It is the net worth approval of God that counts.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 48 - 50

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Without God, earthly acquisition is chaff"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:44pm On Jul 17, 2015
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Justice Is Sure

TEXT: AMOS 2:1-5

"But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem" (Amos 2:5).

Modern theology teaches that there is no hell or a lake that burns with brimstone and fire; only an eternity of bliss in heaven after death on earth. The implication is that man can live here independent of God’s laws, and yet end-up living with Him in eternity.

God endured the antediluvian, that is, the generations before the flood, for about two millennia. When they refused to repent of their sins and wickedness, He flushed them out of the earth with flood. Only eight people survived God’s wrath and punishment.

The people of Sodom and Gomorrah stuck to their lewdness and wickedness instead of repenting of them. When their cup of iniquity became full, angels came and razed the whole place to its foundation. Only Lot and his two daughters survived God’s wrath and judgment. At this time, Judah had left the true worship of God, and went after idols of other nations. God sent Prophet Amos to warn them that He would not condone their evil practices. Judah turned deaf ears to the prophets and ended-up in exile in Babylon.

The judgment of God is imminent upon this present world. It will come upon sinners, as well as upon those who take God and His word for granted like Judah did. You can escape God’s judgment and wrath by turning a new leaf today. It is unwise to continue in rebellion and disobedience only to court God’s indignation in the end. People who fail to learn the lessons of life are doomed to a life of misery in time and eternity.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God’s Indignation awaits those who scoff at His word"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:19am On Jul 18, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday, July 18, 2015

No High Looks

TEXT: ROMANS 12:1-8

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

One thing that is very common in our world today is the "notice me" attitude that is being put forth by virtually everyone. This attitude is the thing behind what most people do. But the Spirit of the Lord is warning against such practice in our text. The Lord expects us to present our bodies and yield all we have to Him as living sacrifices. Once this is done, we are no longer in possession of ourselves. All that we have – gifts, talents, treasures, beauties, graces, etc., no longer belong to us. They are now the Lord’s who owns us. This being the case, we can no longer use our bodies and all that we have the way we like. They are to be used to the glory of God.

Having this understanding then, we know that all gifts and graces we possess have been endowed to us by God. In the exercise of these gifts therefore, there must not be a show of pride or boasting. Every gift and privilege must be used with the understanding that it is God that has so graciously endowed us with them. Also, in the exercise of our gifts, we must not try to go out of the limit of the grace that God has given to us. Our ministries must be "…according to the grace that is given to us…" Those who go out of the limit of grace are the self-conceited who desire nothing but a show of self and a pursuit of self glory.

In the same vein, as we recognize our gifts and seek to use them to the glory of God, we must also recognize and appreciate the gifts and grace of God in the lives of others. We must realize that we and others make up the body of Christ and all of us together have important functions in the body. Therefore, we must not do anything to run down, belittle or overshadow other people’s gift, nor prevent them from functioning with their gifts.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 5 - 7

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "True Christians only seek to reflect and project the beauty of Christ!"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:43am On Jul 19, 2015
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Don’t Doubt God

TEXT: DANIEL 11:5-12

"But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail" (Daniel 11:7).

The man who appeared to Daniel after his 21 days of fasting and praying told him that a king in the north would be more powerful than that of the south. But later, they would enter into a peace treaty, which would make the southern king to give him his daughter to marry. The lady would be exalted but she would later lose her position. The woman, with her husband and their children, would be killed. But her brother, who would eventually emerge as the king of the southern kingdom would stage a revenge. He would capture some cities in the northern kingdom and carry their idols and valuable things to Egypt. The king of the north would launch unsuccessful attack on the south. Also, his sons would attack the southern kingdom again and fail.

God’s word will always stand. This prophecy was fulfilled about 350 years later when Philadelphus, the king of Egypt, from the south and king of Syria, from the north, engaged themselves in a serious war. When they settled, Philadelphus gave his daughter, Bernice, to Theos, the king of Syria, as wife. The king of Syria divorced his wife, Laodicea, and married Bernice. Somebody eventually murdered her with her husband and children.

When her brother, Euergetes, heard of her death, he launched an attack against Syria and defeated Callinicus, who later became the king. Soter, who succeeded Callinicus attacked Philopator, the new king of Egypt, and lost the war. The sons of the king of Syria, after gathering a large army, went again to attack Egypt, but they were defeated. The king of Egypt, consequent upon this feat, became very proud.

The prophecy was fulfilled to the letter and this gave credence to what Christ said that “till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). Do you still doubt the Second Coming of Jesus, the rapture and Great Tribulation? Do you still doubt that all sinners will go to hell? Repent before it becomes too late.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 8 - 11

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven"

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Obedience Is Key

TEXT: EXODUS 16:22-31

"And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning" (Exodus 16:23).

The children of Israel had been in and out of troubles. They had experienced God’s readiness to protect, deliver and provide. He had never disappointed them, not once. Yet, they never failed to fear each time trouble came their way.

In our text, despite the fact that they were forewarned never to go out on the Sabbath day to look for manna, some of them still went. They suffered from fear and anxiety; they doubted the possibility of having enough for the day if they did not go out. All they needed to do was simply to act as Moses had directed according to the instruction given to him by God. By disobeying God, they incurred His wrath and attracted punishment to themselves.

Holding on to God’s word concerning our lives is the most effective and lethal weapon we can use to silence the voice of discouragement, doubt and fear. Without His word, you do not have a defined destiny. His word, spoken into your life, seals it all. If you keep on believing in the ability of His word to deliver and to provide no matter the circumstances, your strength will be re-invigorated on a daily basis as you keep moving forward and trusting.

Today, we are on a journey to heaven just as the children of Israel were to Canaan. But many believers fret about meagre resources at their disposal. They seem to have forgotten that God has made abundant provision all the way. When we begin to entertain fear, discouragement will set in. The greatest threat to a believer’s success is fear of failure. And until you conquer fear, you cannot conquer your enemy. Your success story will start today if you can only obey and fear not.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 12 - 16

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Don’t try God, prove Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:31pm On Jul 21, 2015
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Getting It Right From The Root

TEXT: EPHESIANS 2:10-22

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20).

The dynamics of erecting an enduring structure in ancient times required a start with what builders called an alignment stone for the foundation. The stone lay at an extreme corner to set the parameters
for a strong base. This angle of the cornerstone was very precise, determining all of the subsequent lines and other angles of the building. It became a standard for the bearing of the beams and walls in the construction of the whole work. In other words, the strength and durability of the building derived from the alignment stone known in modern times as the cornerstone.

That exactly is what God is teaching believers in today’s study: Jesus Christ is the First and Foremost component of the undergirding structure upon which everything else in the Church is aligned. Whatever we teach in the church must line up with the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must have concern for the eternal welfare of a spiritually lost world, as well as for the development of God’s people to full and perfect growth.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the foundation of the Church, and those who would build upon that foundation must be diligent to keep their eyes on Him. That is the way to get it right in the Christian race, since “without me (Jesus Christ) ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

This is the reason why the leaders of the early Church jealously guarded against distraction from the teaching of the sound word of God when there was discontent over food administration to the Gentile widows (Acts 6:1-7). Studying and abiding faithfully with the doctrine of Jesus Christ should form the center-piece of all activities in the church. All else should be secondary; the same way every element of a building is secondary and dependent on the cornerstone of the structure. Only that way can the believer abide.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 17 - 19

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stand on the Rock of Ages, and you won’t be rocked by the crisis of ages"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:39pm On Jul 22, 2015
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Everything...

TEXT: LEVITICUS 11:1-12

"And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth" (Leviticus 11:1,2).

Some Christians ignorantly think that there is a limit to what the word of God demands over their lives. While it is okay for the word of God to regulate how they conduct their spiritual lives, they feel that it is none of God’s business to be concerned with the way they choose to conduct their day-to day physical lives. What has God got to do with what they put on, what they eat, where they go, who they associate with, etc.? They sometimes wonder aloud. In their misunderstanding of what they call Christian liberty and grace, they allow whatever they like in their lives. Of course, such people are never known to be able to live victorious lives.

True Christians are totally under the control of God’s word. God’s word regulates every aspect of their lives. Our reading today carefully illustrates this. The Lord did not only dictate how the children of Israel were to conduct their worship and spiritual lives, He also spelt out how they are to go about their eating habit. He specifically commanded them on the kind of animals and seafood they can eat and those they must avoid. They were not expected to be like the idolatrous nations around them who did not discriminate between clean and unclean animals. Since the children of Israel belonged to Him and He had paid so much to redeem them, He wanted them to be different and unique. He wanted them to preserve their distinctiveness, maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid questionable associations.

The Lord does not want us to take His grace as a license for careless living. We are not at liberty to dress anyhow or conduct ourselves in whichever way we like. We must ensure that our lifestyle and actions do not bring offence to the gospel of Christ. Therefore, everything we do should be to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 20 - 22

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Obedience to God’s whole word makes our lives unique"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:27am On Jul 23, 2015
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

An Angel Of God

TEXT: JUDGES 13:15-25

"For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground" (Judges 13:20).

A teacher was explaining to her class the words concerning God’s angels, which she called “ministers of His who do His pleasure”. She asked, “How do angels carry out God’s will?” Many answers followed. One said, “They do it directly”. Another said, “They do it with all their hearts”. A third said, “They do it well”. And after a pause, a little girl added, “They do it without asking any questions”.

The angel of the LORD came with the good news of the conception of Samson to the mother who had been barren for many years. He was recalled by the prayer of Manoah to reiterate his earlier prophecy. As the angel was about to take his leave after confirming His earlier prophecy, Manoah and his wife detained him so as to prepare some refreshments for him. He declined the meal, and counselled them to offer their sacrifice unto the LORD.

From the foundation of the world, angels have been God’s ministering spirits. They do His bidding, will and pleasure. They do it directly. They do it with all their hearts. They do it well. And they do it without asking questions. In the Old and New Testaments, they ministered to the needs of saints, fought the enemies of the children of God, and made sure that the will of God was done at all times.

Our Lord Jesus Christ called the pastors of the seven churches in Asia-minor angels of the church. This means that all leaders at all levels in the church are the angels of the church. The expectations of God concerning His angels today have not changed. They are “ministers of His who do His pleasure”. Do you see yourself as an angel of God? Do you do His pleasure or yours? As a priest and king to the Lord, nay, as an angel of God, you need to serve the Lord unconditionally from this day henceforth.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 23 - 25

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God’s saving grace provokes the noblest of service in a believer"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:11am On Jul 25, 2015
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Solemn Warning

TEXT: HEBREWS 10:19-28

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)" (Hebrews 10:23).

Shortly before the Roman General, Titus, sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple, the Jews who had turned from Judaism to Christianity were undergoing intense pressure and persecution. They were denied their normal rights as citizens, professionals or artisans. In some cases, they were beaten and dispossessed of their property. This made them wonder if they had not made a grievous mistake in accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.

When this suffering hit them in the early days of their conversion, they remained faithful. But now, doubts and loss of faith began to creep in as the public ridicule, torments and affliction intensified. These Hebrew Christians began to question if the old order was not better after all.

But the inspired writer of the book of Hebrews insists that Christianity is superior to Judaism. He tells the Hebrew Christians that in every way, Jesus Christ is better and greater than angels, Moses and the Old Testament priests.

Our text comforts and reassures believers that whatsoever they have lost here on earth as a result of their steadfast stand for Christ, they would get in return for more precious assets in heaven when the Lord would take them home to enjoy indescribable joy forever.

As the day of the Lord is fast approaching with increasing signs, we must constantly identify with God’s children and “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 26 - 29

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Stick to Christ in unwavering faith to escape eternal crisis"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:52pm On Jul 25, 2015
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Never Murmur Against God

TEXT: NUMBERS 11:10-15

"Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased" (Numbers 11:10).

In his poem entitled, "The Will of God," Victor Knowles of Peace on Earth Ministries stated: "The will of God will never take you, where the grace of God cannot keep you, where the arms of God cannot support you, where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, where the power of God cannot endow you."

Unfortunately, the Israelites did not realise this, as they were full of complaints and murmuring. Shortly after they had a wonderful praise session by the Red Sea, they complained against Moses and God because they could not get water to drink. Again, as soon as they left Sinai, they complained about the hardships and lack of meat, even though God had been feeding them with manna.

God ensured He fed them with "the bread of heaven." Instead of being contented with it or pray to God for a change of diet, they remembered the fish which they used to "eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick." They forgot the bondage they were in Egypt. Moses was infuriated but took the complaint to God, who could solve any problem.

Unfortunately, many professing believers, today, crave for worldly things instead of having their affections set on things above. Some churches have turned themselves into entertainment venues and not places that can melt sinners' hearts to repentance.

Others have become monetary centres where fellowship bias is for prosperity. Where this is not forthcoming, gimmicks are employed to impress the people. No wonder, God’s presence is never experienced and real Christian character never manifested. We need to earnestly return to the undiluted Christian principles so that we can appropriate the best from God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 30 - 32

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Complaining only makes things worses"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:35pm On Jul 26, 2015
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Discerning God’s Voice

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 3:1-10

"Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place" (1 Samuel 3:9).

Paul Fritz, Professor of Missions at the Trinity College of Florida, while delivering a message entitled, ‘Knowing God’s will,’ quoted an unknown author and said: “When God bolts the door, don’t try to get in through the window.”

Our text indicates the first time that God spoke to Samuel. He always slept in the house of the Lord, which had the Ark of the Covenant. He ensured that the lamp which was usually put out every evening, would not go out until the morning. He was diligent in his service to God, helping Eli the priest.

The Lord had not spoken to Samuel before in a clear voice until this time. In those days, it was gathered that the Lord hardly ever spoke directly to people and did not appear to them in dreams very often either. Some Bible scholars noted that in the days of Moses and Joshua, the Lord often spoke to the leaders of the Israelites. But when the people went into sin, worshipping foreign gods, God could not speak to them in clear voice anymore. Yet, one night, He called Samuel, as Eli was asleep in his room. When he heard the Lord’s voice, he thought it was Eli’s and he ran to him. Eli told the boy that he was not the one calling him. This happened thrice before Eli realized it could be God calling Samuel. He therefore taught the boy the proper way to reply the Lord.

Our text, which is quite significant, indicates that God can speak to His children through a clear audible voice. But when there is sin, He can be completely silent. God stopped speaking to the Israelites when sin came in. This in effect, means that sin can strain our relationship with God. He was able to speak to Samuel because the boy’s way pleased Him. So, if our ways please Him, God will surely draw us closer to Himself. The choice is entirely ours.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 33 - 36

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God only honours those who honour and reverence Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:34pm On Jul 28, 2015
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Don’t Forget The Mirror

TEXT: JAMES 1:16-27

"For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was" (James 1:23,24).

Imagine yourself standing before your mirror in the morning dressed to go out. As you looked at the mirror, you observed your hair is not combed, your clothes not well adjusted and everything just looked rough and disheveled. What would you do? Would you ignore what you saw in the mirror and feel it is not important? Would you think it would be okay to go out all the same and manage that shameful look? Do you think you would be able to carry on with an air of confidence all through the day if you went out the way you looked without making every necessary adjustment? Certainly not. When you take a look at the mirror each day, it is not just for the fun of it. It is to ensure you are looking good enough and well suited for the day.

That is the same thing we do each time we look at the word of God. The word of God is the divine mirror that tells us exactly how we look. It reveals our true spiritual state to us and tells what we need to add on or put away in order to have a perfect day. In our text today, we are admonished to receive the word of God with meekness. As we read the Word, we are to adjust our lives by it. This is what it means to be doers of the word.

We cannot really tell our true spiritual state until we take a deep and sincere look at the Bible. While it is possible for some mirrors to give us a distorted impression of ourselves, the word of God shows us exactly how we look. There is no defect in God’s word.

More than showing us how we look, the word of God has the power to set our lives right if we allow it. This is why we must make it a daily practice to take a look at the mirror of the word of God before we set out each day. This gives us the confidence we need and guarantees our success in all that we do.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 37 - 38

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "You are not ready for the day without a look at God’s word"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:07pm On Jul 29, 2015
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

God’s Impending Purging

TEXT: 1 KINGS 13:1-6

"And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee" (1 Kings 13:2).

Israelites’ pollution was occasioned by their idolatrous activities. One day, as Jeroboam went to worship a strange god at the altar in Bethel, God sent a prophet who announced that He would raise a king, Josiah, from the family of David, to cleanse the system. Josiah would sacrifice the bones of the priests, who had worshipped other gods on the altar. As a sign for the authenticity of the prophecy, the prophet said the altar would fall apart, while the ashes upon it would pour out.

Jeroboam was not comfortable with the prophecy and ordered the arrest of the prophet. But his hand, which he pointed at the prophet, dried up instantly and became lifeless. He was unable to move it. With that event, God proved that Jeroboam had no power over the prophet. Jeroboam then pleaded with the prophet to pray to God to cure him. The prophet did and God healed him.

Today, God is still sounding His warning of imminent purging of the Church. Many Christians, including some leaders, now live a compromising life. Money is now their god while others who live in immorality still mount the sacred pulpit to preach or sing. Some so-called Christian husbands have turned their wives into punching bags.

The Lord is calling everybody to repent to avoid eternal damnation. His clarion call remains as potent as ever. Therefore, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 39 - 40

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "We must learn to live on the heavenly side and look at things from above"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:07am On Jul 30, 2015
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Call For Cleansing

TEXT: EZRA 10:9-11

"And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel" (Ezra 10:10).

Our text notes the cooperation of the Israelites to cleanse themselves of the sin, which had caused them serious national embarrassment. Ezra, since he heard of the people’s compromise, had been much concerned. The princes and elders assisted him to call an assembly. The people felt very sorry for their sin as they gathered in front of the house of God.

Ezra made it clear to them that they had disobeyed God’s laws. When God brought their forefathers out of Egypt, He had told them point-blank not to take wives from among the people around them to avoid a situation where their hearts would turn away from Him. He equally ordered them to pass the instruction to their children. Unfortunately, the Israelites could not keep this divine injunction. For God to have mercy on them, they must confess their sins to Him, send their strange wives away, separate themselves from the idolatrous nations and avoid close relationships with them.

Obedience to God must be absolute if anyone is to be assured of His abiding mercies and benevolence. Without mincing words, Ezra firmly admonished the congregation that sin had made them miss the mark. They must repent and return to God in order to be spared of His indignation and judgment.

If you have missed the mark in your walk with God, you must return to the basics; repent and forsake sin and make restitution where necessary. Tithe and offering, good works and alms giving can never take the place of repentance. The sacrifice God accepts is a contrite and a broken spirit.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EPHESIANS 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "All that God asks is that the heart be cleansed from sin"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:13am On Jul 31, 2015
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Answer To Rebellion

TEXT: REVELATION 16:13-21

"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done" (Revelation 16:17).

Our Lord Jesus Christ brings the end of the wicked age closer home in Matthew 24:21: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Our reading today unfolds the divine judgment on the infernal trio of Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet, along with their followers. Unclean spirits like frogs (verse 13) will have a field day during the Great Tribulation to perform fake miracles in order to deceive the leaders and people of the demonised world system.

The Church of Christ that served as a restraint to the unleashing of these forces has been raptured and so there is an unparalleled madness all over the world. Man and his satanic backers attempt the unthinkable: waging war against the almighty God! Nature is averse to this monstrous rebellion against its Creator and shows its anger through thunder and lightings and earthquakes, resulting in Islands and mountains disappearing. Babylon, symbolizing the corrupt world system that comes into power after the rapture is judged by being given "the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath."

Those who reject Christ are also rebelling against God, and judgment will fall on them if they fail to repent. It is gratifying that believers will not partake in the horror and scourge of the Great Tribulation; only careless souls will.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EPHESIANS 4 - 6

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Rebellion against God attracts divine rejection"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:08pm On Jul 31, 2015
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Wait On The Lord

TEXT: PSALMS 73:1-28

"But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked" (Psalm 73:2,3).

The ungodly bid to make money is dominant in many societies nowadays. For many, it does not matter how the money is made, since the end justifies the means. It is usual to hear nowadays that a man killed his wife or child for money making. Parents sell their children for money; children arrange for the kidnap of their parents and relations for ransom. Easy money has become the in-thing. A lot of unholy activities are daily going on in the society for the sake of money. This has also crept into the church as many so-called members are more carnally-minded than being heavenly-minded. They have joined the rat race, always comparing themselves with unbelievers.

In our text, the Psalmist says he saw such exhibition of ill-gotten wealth in his time and was envious. What he saw nearly affected his relationship with God as he confessed that his "feet were almost gone" and his "steps had well nigh slipped".

Many believers who were vibrant for the Lord have denied the faith, owing to the allure of easy money. There are those who had served God faithfully until they began to compare themselves with others. They began to reason that there’s no need holding on to the promises of God. They let go of their faith in pursuit of material wealth. Genuine believers must wait on God who has promised to provide all "our needs" according to his riches through Christ Jesus.

Even so, all believers must note that the so-called prosperity gospel is nothing but the devil’s creed to sway unwary pilgrims from their pursuit of heaven. Once the kingdom of God has been truly sought and earnestly gotten, with true righteousness appropriated and Christ’s glory eminently revealed, the lust and crave for money must wane.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: PHILIPPIANS 1 - 4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It pays to travel the success way through integrity road"

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Don’t Forget!

TEXT: EXODUS 16:32-36

"And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan" (Exodus 16:35).

The human nature is evil, primed to acts of depravity. This is why it requires a real new birth experience to turn this obstinate nature around. It is a pity that tons of theories and concepts about civilising the human element has always turned out a pipe dream, an excursion into failure.

When the children of Israel were given the modalities on how to collect manna and what not to do about the miraculous food, some of them openly flouted them. For instance, they were warned against going out on the seventh day to collect manna because they must keep the day holy. Some of them still went out to collect. God was really disappointed in them and showed His displeasure over their habitual disobedience.

God’s blessings have always endured. He usually follows up His promises to their logical conclusion. The Almighty is also interested in documentation. He does not expect His children to forget the blessings they had received from Him in the past. In His dealings with Israel, He always told them to set stones or some permanent structures as a memorial/reminder of what he had done for them. In our text today, He commanded Moses to do the same by keeping an Omer of the manna in a pot for the coming generations to see.

Believers are challenged to document the goodness of God in their lives, as a reminder that when faced with a similar challenge, God who did it in time past is capable of doing it again. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget this counsel. They are always asking for new blessings without recounting the former ones. When we praise and thank God for what He has done, He is inclined to rain more blessings on us. It is also good to share His past blessings with our children to help their faith. By this, they will know we are indeed serving the living God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 1 - 3

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Christ only lies true transformation"

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Great Provider

TEXT: NUMBERS 11:16-23

"And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen... Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?" (Numbers 11:21,22).

The story of Hagar and her son is most instructive and evergreen. Thinking that every hope was lost, after she was sent away from Abraham’s house with her son, she wondered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba expecting to die of thirst. But the Lord saw her distress and heard the cry of the child; “And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink” (Genesis 21:19). God provides many things seemingly out of nothing.

In today’s text, Moses had by this time, seen much of God’s power. The miracles in Egypt were spectacularly beyond human understanding. Now freed from Egyptian bondage, they were worried about flesh to eat. They failed to learn from the consequences of their earlier complaints (verse 1). Even Moses forgot God’s power and all the miracles in a moment of frustration and undue pressure.

Many people doubt God when they are faced with severe challenges. They forget victories already won through divine intervention, their level of spiritual maturity notwithstanding. Our victory is assured if only we can completely depend on God at all times. We must avoid the temptation of leaning on our understanding. God knows all our trials and needs. He lessened the burden of leadership on Moses through the assistance of seventy elders. He knows the burdens you are called to bear in His vineyard and will support you all the way. “Lo, I am with you alway,” He says.

Are the challenges of life and ministry becoming heavier than you had hoped? Don’t give up. He who has called you is well able to provide all your needs as you faithfully serve Him. Soon, it will be over and we all will enter into His rest.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 4 - 5

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The night is darkest when the dawn is near"

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Jesus' Teaching On Adultery

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:27-32

"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28).

Latimer was raised to the bishopric of Worcester in the reign of Henry VIII. It was the custom of those days for each of the bishops to make presents to the king on New Year’s Day. Latimer went with the rest of his brethren to make the usual offering; but, instead of a purse of gold, he presented the king with a New Testament in which was a leaf doubled down to this passage, “Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is one of the most well-known passages in the entire Bible. Many of its expressions are commonly used in everyday speech, often without people being aware of their biblical origins. Most people do not have trouble understanding the Sermon on the Mount. This is because most of it is relatively straightforward, even for unbelievers, who may admire the general principles laid down therein, including love, non-retaliation, peace-making, kindness, and the Golden Rule. However, many people do find this passage on adultery and prohibition of divorce for whatever reasons extremely difficult because they do not think they can live-up to the standard that Jesus set.

Jesus said that adultery originates in the heart and is completed by acting upon that desire. Jesus did not say the Old Testament law against adultery was superseded, outdated, inapplicable or impossible to keep today. In fact, a few verses earlier, He stressed that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfil it. Therefore, with a graphic metaphor, Jesus illustrated exactly how His listeners were to obey God in this area.

Sin is deadly, and believers should remove themselves from any situation where they might be tempted. If there is anything in your life that causes you to lust, or tempts you to consider indulging in any extra-marital activity, remove it from your life with a grim determination.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 6 - 7

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Escape sin rather than excuse it"

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Not By Bread Alone

TEXT: LEVITICUS 11:13-20

"And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray" (Leviticus 11:13).

Many fast food establishments in the world operate a franchise system, a concept that is very common in the industry. A parent company, such as McDonald’s or Mr. Biggs, could permit its franchisees to operate branded restaurants in exchange for a franchise fee or a share of the revenue. Franchisees are supplied with uniform ingredients by the parent company or its suppliers and are typically obliged to follow strict operational guidelines. Though many busy people take their meals regularly in fast food restaurants, there is a growing concern that fast foods may not be healthy to the body after all.

The Law of clean and unclean food, found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, was in force long before Moses. Abel was a keeper of sheep, not of pigs (Genesis 4:1-5). Jabal, of the line of Cain, specialized in raising cattle (Genesis 4:20). Noah was told to take unclean animals into the ark by twos, but clean animals by sevens (Genesis 7:1-3). After a safe arrival on Mount Ararat, Noah built an altar upon which he sacrificed every clean animal and clean fowl. From the Old Testament law, any warm-blooded mammal which had split hooves and chewed the cud was clean to eat. Other warm-blooded animals were considered unclean. Of the creatures that live in the waters, only the fish with fins and scales, were clean to eat; others were unclean. God did not permit the eating of the flesh of fowls which were scavengers. All reptiles were unclean, as were all insects except locusts, grasshoppers and certain beetles.

Under the New Testament economy, the believer is set free from all the ceremonial, ritualistic laws and observances. However, he should be careful not to eat the type of food that can cause or promote illnesses and diseases. Neither must he stretch his liberty to eat foods whose consumption might compromise the faith of others. In sum, a Christian must not live by bread or meat alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 8 - 9

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Remember, you are what you eat"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:02pm On Aug 05, 2015
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Self-Will

TEXT: JUDGES 14:1-11

"Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well" (Judges 14:3).

History reserves unkind remarks for people who wasted their God-given gifts and privileges on the altar of debauchery and frivolity.

Samson was intended by God to be a Nazarite and live according to God’s highest standard for His people. He grew up in Zorah and wanted to marry a Philistine woman from Timnah. This was a clear contravention of God’s commandment on mixed marriages. Although God had blessed him and given him His Spirit in a full measure (Judges 13:24,25; 14:6,19), he nevertheless, committed fatal errors that led to his spiritual failure and eventual death. God never initiated or approved Samson’s intention to marry an unbeliever. He did so to satisfy his fleshly desire.

Unequal yoke in marriage in Israel - marriages contracted outside God’s definite commandment - had always attracted tragic consequences (Judges 3:5-8 ). As it was then, so it is today. God’s word and standards are unchanging in every clime and situation.

Samson’s life reveals the tragedy of self-will. His marriage was a violation of God’s laws. That God, in His sovereign wisdom, ignored his character defects and weakness was to fulfill His purpose for Israel. However, no true believer should set aside God’s commandment on the altar of selfwill. Unequal yoke in marriage, business, etc., should be avoided at all costs. It is only when we act and live in consonance with God’s perfect will that we are assured of His abiding presence.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 10 - 12

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Gains of self-will are temporal"

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:13pm On Aug 06, 2015
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

A Worthy Investment

TEXT: MARK 10:28-34

"Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee" (Mark 10:28).

Hearing the Saviour’s command to sell all and give to the poor, Peter, on behalf of the other disciples, tells Christ that they had left all to follow Him. It was the best bargain they could ever make in life. By leaving all immediately, and following Christ, they showed that they were willing to follow Him wherever He led them.

A man wedded to the world will renounce Christ rather than the world. Little did the disciples know what awaited them when they “left all” to follow Jesus of Nazareth. As believers, we cannot fully comprehend the blessings that await us until we meet with the Saviour face-toface. Having been called out of the world, the Lord expects that we cheerfully and faithfully follow Him, willing to commit everything into His hand.

Christ gracious answer to Peter’s question reveals that every true child of God will surely receive reward for his obedience, consecration and commitment to the Lord. The rewards of faithful service are both temporal and eternal. While still on earth, the believer enjoys pardon for sin, divine favour, divine provision, protection, peace of mind, support in trials and persecution, among others. Above all, he will spend eternity with Christ in heaven.

You can make the best investment today in things that serve Kingdom purposes. Therefore, invest your energy, time, talent, resources, wealth, etc., to promote the cause of the gospel. Every effort we make to bring sinners to Christ, help the needy and support the church will never go unrewarded, both now and in eternity.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 13 - 15

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "No one ever regrets his investment in God’s service"

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