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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:11am On Nov 23
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018

UNGODLY CONTENTMENT OF INGRATES

TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 32:15

KEY VERSE: "But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation" (Deuteronomy 32:15).

Often, those who were once marvellously helped by God turn out to be rebellious ingrates. The case of Jeshurun in our text typifies this ugly nature of some humans. How and why do some individuals turn out to be ingrates to God and other benefactors? The answer is not hard to come by. "But Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked; … then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation."

Pride of success and accomplishment in secular endeavours often lead some people who initially depended on God for strength and succour to lose sight and fellowship with their Maker and Helper.

Are there repercussions for leading such life? Yes! The Lord warned His disciples on what would happen to such individuals, when He said, "Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep" (Luke 6:25). This scathing remark is what the Judge of the whole earth has for people who think they have made it in this life and as such have no need of God and His mercies upon their lives. We should not be foolhardy; God formed us.

Yes, He created us for His pleasure and fellowship and we should not allow the passing glories of this world to detach us from Him. The consequences of failure in this regard are grievous and regrettable in time and eternity. To escape being spiritual ingrates, we need to genuinely repent, reconcile with and reconnect to the God of heaven from whom all blessings flow. Thereafter, we must stay connected to Him until we see Him in glory.

Thought for the day: "Those who forsake the mercies of God today, should prepare to weep and mourn forever."

COVER to COVER: ACTS 15-16

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:26am On Nov 24
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Daily Manna
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

YOUR 'GOLD' AT HIS FEET

TEXT: LUKE 19:28-35

"And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him" (Luke 19:33,34).

Alexander MacLaren in one of his comments said: "Christ comes to us in like fashion, and brushes aside all our convenient excuses. He says, 'I want you, and that is enough." The Creator of the universe needs us and desires to fit us into His eternal design! Though all-powerful and not dependent on any creature, He has chosen to carry out His plans through lowly human instruments just as He chose a donkey to serve as His royal vehicle.

In our reading today, we see Jesus come to the last, critical week before His crucifixion. He carefully and deliberately sends His disciples to make arrangements for His arrival into Jerusalem. Jesus had been to Jerusalem at least half a dozen times before now; but there was something very special about this particular journey on a colt. It was important that it wasn't a horse, because that would send the message that Jesus was a man of war.

For much of His ministry, Jesus did everything He could to discourage people from publicly celebrating Him as Messiah. But on this day, Jesus was going to be praised and adored as Messiah. "The whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice." On this Charles Spurgeon remarked: "And yet, I suppose, those disciples had their trials as we have ours. There might have been a sick wife at home, or a child withering with disease." Yet they all praised Him for the mighty works He did in their lives and those of other people. They praised Jesus with whatever they had, using simple things like palm branches (John 12:13).

You may feel you do not have a great voice, heart or life but use it to praise Him with it. The Lord has need of it. It does not matter what your reputation is; the Lord has need of you. Like this colt, take courage and break loose from what has bound you because God has need of you!

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 25-28

Thought for the day: Little is much when God is in it.

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Your 'Gold' At His Feet.
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:23pm On Nov 24
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2018

WHO AM I?

TEXT: MARK 8:27-38

KEY VERSE: "And He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto Him, Thou art the Christ" (Mark 8:29).

This is an inescapable question everyone must ask and be prepared to supply unambiguous answer to. Yet, majority of individuals walking along this part of eternity consciously or unconsciously, fail to address this question. The Lord Jesus in our text wanted the opinion of His disciples on who men thought that He was. Yet, He posed a second and stronger question to them: "… But whom say ye that I am?…" (Mark 8:29).

These questions were pertinent to the Lord who desired to know what men around and His disciples in particular knew about Him. We must know who we are in the sight of God, in the light of His word and based on the objective assessment of men around us.

Failure to ascertain the facts of who we are before God and the watching world will affect the quality of life we live in terms of our vision, mission, ministry, message and morals. We must first present our lives to Christ and allow our hearts reverence Him in the private and in the public. We must commit ourselves to thinking and acting right daily, maintaining good conscience before God and men as well as letting the world see Jesus in us in our daily living.

This level of the Christian life is possible and can be attained through utilising the resources available to us in God's word and fellowship with His abiding Spirit, who reveals all truths about life to us. Knowing who we are in time and in the future, is indeed the greatest laurel any man can achieve in life. Many of God's saints, past and present, have achieved this feat. You too can make it.

Thought for the day: "Our greatest task in life is to see ourselves through God's lenses."

COVER to COVER: GALATIANS 1-3

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:52am On Nov 25
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Daily Manna
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

KEEP IT HOLY

TEXT: LEVITICUS 23:1-8

"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings" (Leviticus 23:3).

The subject of Mosaic and Christian Sabbath has been contentious over the years especially among the Jews, some Christian sects and Bible-based believers. The divide appears to widen as we approach the close of this age. As obedient children of God, our position is to search out the whole truth about this divine injunction and faithfully observe and uphold the truth.

The subject of our consideration today is the third commandment: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8.). This ordinance was observed by Israel until Christ the true Light and the perfect image of God arrived the scene of humanity to fulfill all the law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17). Christ did not negate the Mosaic Sabbath but put the best meaning and significance to this ordinance by emphasizing also the social and moral components of it.

Today, believers should follow Christ's example of observance of the Sabbath. He fed the hungry, healed the sick and protected the rights of weak and ignorant folks that were being violated by Jewish religious leaders on the Sabbath day.

Christ's miraculous bodily resurrection after crucifixion on the first day of the week (Sunday), not Saturday, attest to the fact of Christian Sabbath or the Lord's day. Apostles of Christ recognized this day and as such, organized Christian gatherings on Sundays thereafter. If we believe in Christ, we should obey His Word and follow His example by keeping that day holy (free from servile work).

Even so, the observance of the Lord's day must be matched by the right attitude and disposition that would attract divine intervention in all affairs of life. The Lord's day is as sacred as the comportment with which we observe it.

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 29-31

Thought for the day: Solemn worship from holy hearts befits the Lord's day.

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Keep it holy.
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:14pm On Nov 25
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2018

CONSECRATED FOR LIFE

TEXT: NUMBERS 6:1-12

KEY VERSE: "All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD" (Numbers 6:8).

It is amazing how God demonstrates His love and affinity for fellowship with an earthen vessel like man. Encouraging also is how God would like to pour His Spirit, power and presence into His chosen human vessel. A typical example of this kind of choice and affection is found in Samson, the military judge of Israel. He was consecrated for life as a Nazarite right from the womb by the almighty God to fight His enemies and deliver Israel from Philistine bondage.

Every consecrated man or woman in Israel observed some strict rules according to the Mosaic Law. Such individuals must not indulge their appetite in any alcoholic beverages (Numbers 1:34). They were required not to shave off their hair - a unique look that distinguished them from others and they were not to touch or come close to any dead body no matter how close such might be to them. These rules are visible signs of the Nazarene's separation and willingness to bear the burden for Jehovah.

Today, we have a perfect example of a truly consecrated life in Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens (Hebrews 7:26). God calls His children to total consecration in this new dispensation. Attaining this spiritual height is now possible through the all-sufficient grace of Christ, which we obtain when we accept Him as Lord and Saviour, believe His word and remain connected to Him for a lifetime.

Living a truly consecrated life is the standard experience that God calls every believer into now and always. We cannot afford to fall short of it. We must maintain our consecration in Christ to the uttermost.

Thought for the day: "To be fit for heaven, you must consecrate all to Christ today."

COVER to COVER: GALATIANS 4-6

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Daily Manna
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017

ODOUR OF SWEET SMELL

TEXT: PSALM 117:1,2

"O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people" (Psalm 117:1).

Praise is comely and pleasant. It is a universal expression often echoed by those whom the Almighty has shown His mercies. David, the psalmist and king of Israel, sang and invited all nations and people to join him in solemn praise of God.

This invitation to praise the Lord in our text occurred several times in the book of Psalms and many times in the Bible. This call resonates everyday in the life of every Christian as God performs His marvelous works and wonders in their lives.

The believer owes it a duty to praise the Lord for many reasons. These include our creation and redemption, His love and mercies towards us, unparalleled deliverances, defeat of our foes, victories over physical and spiritual enemies, undeserved favour and above all, the hope of eternal life with Christ in heaven. The realization of these facts makes it imperative for us like the psalmist, to praise the Lord and encourage others to do the same.

It must be remarked that praising the Lord should not be only when we feel good about the great things He has done for us. We should employ the weapon of praise and prayer, like Jehoshaphat, in times of trouble and fear. God has provided His saints with the weapons of praise to defeat the band of foes. Remember that Paul and Silas prayed and sang in the prison. They obtained deliverance and won the Philippian jailor and his household unto Christ. Through sincere heartfelt praise of God, wonders will happen in your life in Jesus' name!

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 36-38

Thought for the day: Praise is the aroma of sweet smell that pleases God.

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Odour of sweet smell.
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:10pm On Nov 26
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2018

NEVER AN UNBELIEVER!

TEXT: GENESIS 24:1-9

KEY VERSE: "And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell" (Genesis 24:3).

Getting hooked in marriage to a wrong partner is the worst pitfall any serious-minded individual can ever encounter in life. Abraham, the partriach and father of Isaac did not want to put-at-risk the life and destiny of his son and lineage by marrying any of the daughters of Canaan.

The problems of unequal yoke in marriage, business, spiritual and secular endeavours are better imagined than experienced.

Believers must be wary of who they want to partner with in short and long-standing relationships. The scriptural injunction which serves as a guide for Christian pilgrims in this matter today is: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…" (1 Corinthians 6:14). This, however, does not prescribe non-association with unbelieving colleagues in social circles but a strict warning not to knot our life and destiny with such individuals through whom Satan can wreak havoc on us as believers.

One may retort and wonder how possible this stance is today! Yes, the chief servant of Abraham faced similar problem and felt the same way when this injunction was first given by God through father Abraham. But Abraham’s answer was reassuring, appropriate and practicable even in our contemporary time. He said, "the Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house…; he will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence" (Genesis 24:7). God and His good Spirit will guide you when your heart is steadfastly inclined to do His will. Never allow the current tide of evil in the society sway your heart away from obeying God and following this time-tested principle for Christian pilgrims.

Thought for the day: "Do not knot the tie with an unbeliever."

COVER to COVER: ACTS 17-18

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:20am On Nov 27
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2018

DON'T JUMP THE PRECIPICE

TEXT: MARK 10:1-12

KEY VERSE: "And He saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her" (Mark 10:11).

The divorce dilemma is a growing social scourge that must be carefully avoided by everyone. The pangs and pains trailing failed marriages make it imperative for all sections of the social strata to understand the root of this plague and identify effective ways of preventing its occurrence. Jesus, the great Teacher and Lord of all, has the panacea to this social problem.

His recommendation is, "What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder" (Mark 10:9). Marital relationship between two male and female adults, with parental consent, conducted based on any religious or cultural belief, are binding and indissoluble by scriptural standards.

Divorce dilemma is such a precipice that no person should contemplate of jumping from. It hurts deeply and could hurt eternally, as no adulterer or adulteress, which a divorce situation occasions, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Every person associated with a failed marriage - couples, children, relations of partners, friends and well-wishers of the couples - feels the pain. The society is not spared because the products of crashed marriage are released into it with known heart and headaches they cause.

Thanks to God, who has provided ways of escape from marital malaise. How? Be a believer in Jesus Christ, who is the Author of life and Giver of all good gifts. Obey and follow His teaching on all aspects of life, including marriage and enjoy His fellowship by remaining wisely connected to Him daily. God is faithful who will always bless and heal your marriage in whatever area it aches. Amen!

Thought for the day: "Marriage is for life and never a part-time business."

COVER to COVER: 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Daily Manna
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017

COME BACK HOME

TEXT: JOB 34:31-37

"That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more" (Job 34:32).

The courage to make amends is a proof of genuine spiritual transformation and desire for spiritual progress and promotion. Many who have strayed away from home and happiness often delude themselves with excuses and reasons for staying away. But the prodigal son would ever be remembered and commended for his decision to go back home and reconcile with his father – even when he felt he had disappointed his father woefully and as such had lost the status and privileges of a true son (Luke 15:17-22).

Repentance from sin and all dead works is central to reconciliation, pardon, peace, worship and fellowship with God. The counsel of Elihu, Job's friend in our text is a wise and timely one which resonates each time the gospel is presented to those who have gone astray. Repentant sinners should be humble and earnest to ask God for help to understand their faults and resolutely plead for grace never to repeat such sinful acts. Indeed, it is worth crying out to God like Elihu had rightly counseled "…if I have done iniquity, I will do no more" (Job 34:32b). This is the only way of securing the mercies of God for the penitent sinner who desires to return home to make peace with God.

In a world like ours where godly and moral standards have been terribly compromised, seekers after God must humbly pray for spiritual enlightenment and grace to follow the right way and constantly say no to all evil. Our God is so faithful to pardon and welcome every returning prodigal child home.

Even so, believers must not lower the gospel standard in the bid to save the lost. Repentance from all sin, not health and wealth theology, must be the cardinal point of our gospel message.

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 39-42

Thought for the day: In repentance and rest shall every sinner find respite.

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Come back home.
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:42pm On Nov 28
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2018

EMPOWERED FOR IMPACT

TEXT: ISAIAH 22:15-25

KEY VERSE: "And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open" (Isaiah 22:22).

David the anointed king of Israel was enthroned by the almighty God to impact the life, economy and military capability of the nation of Israel in his own time. In like manner, God lifted up His servant Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah and appointed him over the house of Judah to bring peace and succour to His afflicted people while captivity and anguish remained the lot of the enemy nations which had troubled God's people.

It is noteworthy from our text that Eliakim was not a military leader in Israel but an administrator in the government of Hezekiah, king of Judah (2 Kings 18:18; Isaiah 36:3); yet God used him to give Judah and Jerusalem the needed respite. God has also empowered us through the Spirit of the indwelling Christ with whom we have been baptised to function in and for His kingdom.

The open door God granted Eliakim is similar to the open door of global evangelisation today. God has promised to give us the heathen for an inheritance and the ends of the world for our possession. No one should rest on his oars until this divine mandate is accomplished. As we march out gingerly in obedience to our great Commander, the enemy shall submit to the superior power of our God and His Christ.

The task of conquering the world for Christ with the gospel must never be misconstrued as the prerogatives of pastors, church leaders and workers alone. The pew and the pulpit must determinedly converge to bring the full-orbed gospel to the whole world.

Thought for the day: "God empowers and uses earthen vessels to accomplish His purpose."

COVER to COVER: Acts 18:19-19:1-41

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:31am On Nov 29
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Daily Manna
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017

FIGS IN TWO BASKETS

TEXT: JEREMIAH 24:1-10

"One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad" (Jeremiah 24:2).

According to the BBCgoodfood.com, one of the world's oldest trees, the fig, can be traced back to the earliest historical documents and features prominently in the Bible. Figs are native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. They were held in such high regard by the Greeks that laws were once enacted to prevent their export. Figs are high in natural sugars, soluble fibre and minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper; and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.

The passage for meditation tells of a revelation God showed to Jeremiah. He saw in the temple two baskets filled with figs. One basket was full of ripe and "very good" figs while the other was filled with naughty, "completely evil" and inedible figs. God said that the captive Israelites who allowed the experience to soften them, bow to His sovereign will and turn away from their sinfulness, represent the good figs in the basket. He would forgive, cleanse and restore them. On the other hand, the team led by King Zedekiah who chose to seek alliance with Egypt instead of going to exile, represents the evil figs in the second basket. God promised to oppose them and fight them until they are eventually forced to lose their land to the enemies.

We need understand that every individual represents one of two baskets of figs. You might be the good fig or the evil one. Humility and submission to the will of God in every area of life will make one become a good fig. On the other hand, resistance or careless attitude to the Word will make one to be useless. God is unhappy with such figs because He cannot use them. Such are His enemies in time and eternity. May God grant us grace and wisdom to be a good fig always.

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 43-44

Thought for the day: Better to be good for God's use than be useful in Satan's kingdom.

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FIGS IN TWO BASKETS
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:23am On Nov 29
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2018

VALLEY OF VISION

TEXT: ISAIAH 22:1-14

KEY VERSE: "The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?" (Isaiah 22:1).

Could you remember the first time you posed for a colour photograph? How did you look in the picture? Good! We have pleasure to introduce to you the man who made that possible; a man whose research efforts successfully produced the first colour photograph in 1861. We are talking about James Clerk Maxwell, who believed that "God had endowed human beings with the power to investigate His handiworks and to harness the power of this created world."

Prophet Isaiah was given a vision concerning Jerusalem. He saw Jerusalem in anguish and pain. She was full of stirs and a tumult in spite of being a joyous city. Her slain men were not killed with sword or dead in battle but with famine. All the rulers who fled were overtaken and bound by archers. It is punishment for sins. Judah was warned but would not repent.

Vision is the picture you have in your mind or heart that makes you look beyond yourself, ability, environment and your present state. Vision is crucial in life. There are different kinds of vision: Satan-inspired, self-generated, society-imposed and Spirit-inspired.

If the Lord painted on your mind a picture of what He wants you to be or to do, then run with it. But you need to understand that you cannot do it alone. Therefore you will need virtue. Vision without virtue is destructive. As a believer, you should have the vision to leave the world a better place morally than you met it; the vision to improve the lot of people around you. For born again Christians, the right kind of vision is to reach out for the unsaved and backslidden with the gospel.

Thought for the day: "Where there is no vision, the people perish."

COVER to COVER: 1 Corinthians 1-4

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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For more on James Clerk Maxwell see here--->https://answersingenesis.org/creation-scientists/profiles/james-clerk-maxwell-1831-1879/
Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:30pm On Nov 29
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Daily Manna
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

AFFLICTIONS OF ISRAEL

TEXT: 2 KINGS 14:17-28

"For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel" (2 Kings 14:26).

The word 'affliction' is defined by a Bible dictionary as that which causes or tends to cause bodily pain or mental distress; the state of being in pain or trouble. An individual or nation can be afflicted with sickness, poverty, loss, oppression, war, invasion, conquest by foreign peoples. Persecution of New Testament believers is also a form of affliction.

Our passage today highlights the condition of Israel as a national, self-induced affliction. It came as a result of the ungodly practices of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat "who made Israel to sin." Although Jeroboam chose to lead the nation into idolatry and Baal worship, the afflictions of Israel in the text touched God in a special way. No help was in sight; evil and oppression walked the streets and the messages of prophets that God sent could not rescue the situation. Then, God stepped in and against all odds, saved the nation from self-destruction.

Today, God's grace is still available in times of afflictions. Whether as an individual, family or even nation, a sinful lifestyle will always attract all sorts of afflictions. Sin is like a magnet that draws evil to itself. But the mercy of God is available for everyone who seeks freedom from afflictions whether self-induced or not. Grace saved Israel from afflictions; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is also available to set man free from the oppression of the devil.

Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 45-46

Thought for the day: Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

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Re: Daily Manna — SURE HIDING PLACE by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:51pm On Nov 30
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2018

GOD STILL ANSWERS PRAYERS

TEXT: GENESIS 25:12-26

KEY VERSE: "And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived" (Genesis 25:21).

In his book "Shaping History Through Prayer And Fasting," Derek Prince tells how his prayer and fasting changed the course of war in favour of the Allied Forces during the Second World War. He also told how he and his Jewish wife stood in for Israel in 1948 when the Syrians wanted to overrun them as they returned home to become a sovereign nation once again.

In our text, we see the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son from Hagar and his twelve princes, as God had promised Abraham. Also, we see Isaac intercede for his wife who had been barren for years and God's answer by giving them twin children struggling in their mother's womb.

God did not promise His children a trouble-free life, but assures of His help in times of need.

Saints in Bible days like Abraham, Samuel, David, Jehoshaphat, Elijah, Daniel, Hannah, Esther and so on had become conquerors through fervent and consistent prayer. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, prayed exceedingly during His earthly ministry and taught His followers "that men ought always to pray and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). George Muller who established an orphanage in Bristol that catered for young people "determined that the children will be provided with everything they needed by prayer and faith without making an appeal to anyone for money but God." The number of the children grew to over 2,000 at a point, and he took care of them without any standing income as he depended only on God in prayer.

As the end gets nearer, there is no better time to pray than now. Pray without ceasing.

Thought for the day: "Unceasing prayer connects the believer to the invincible power of God."

COVER to COVER: 1 Corinthians 5-8

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY DECEMBER 01, 2018

LESSON FROM A LEPER

TEXT: LUKE 17:12-19

KEY VERSE: "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God" (Luke 17:15).

An African adage says, if you express profound gratitude for a favour received, there is a certainty that you would take home more blessing. In other words, if prudently handled, one blessing could pave way for more favours.

From the Scripture reading, a leper who had a life-transforming meeting with our Lord Jesus Christ perfectly understood this principle of acknowledging a good deed in order to get more. Rejected by society, he and nine other lepers could not get help and acceptance elsewhere but in Jesus. There was neither Elisha nor Moses around to heal them. But Jesus, who is greater than both Moses and Elisha, was available.

Although Jesus asked them to show themselves to the priests to fulfil the Mosaic demand in Leviticus 13:2-6, the Lord was saying in effect that He was the final Priest the lepers had approached for a cure. That was demonstrated beyond doubt when "as they went, they were cleansed" (verse 14).

The central focus of the passage is the returning leper who gave thanks and worshipped the Lord after he had been healed. The others stayed away, content with only one stage of healing. But the grateful leper received four more blessings the other ingrates missed. First, he saw Jesus at close quarters unlike the first time when he "stood afar off" (verse 12). Second, he had the unspeakable joy of worshipping the King of kings and Lord of lords (verse 16). Third, he got commendation from Jesus (verse 18). Finally, the appreciative leper received salutary healing of a unique type.

Thought for the day: "A grateful Christian receives more miracles."

COVER to COVER: 1 Corinthians 9-11

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY DECEMBER 02, 2018

BEFORE THE JUDGMENT

TEXT: DANIEL 12:5-13

KEY VERSE: "And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished" (Daniel 12:7).

The emergence of computer has greatly fuelled the advancement of science and technology and drastically changed the way we live. Alongside these advancements is increasing sense of insecurity and apprehension – no thanks to recent social, economic and political developments in the world.

Both Testaments of the Bible foretold what the end of the present age will be. The book of Daniel is one of the prominent scriptures in this regard. Its last chapter summarises and concludes the great revelations contained in the book. The earlier verses foretold the eventual deliverance of the Jews from Antiochus who will greatly persecute them. Beyond that, it points to the fate of believers (dead and alive) before the coming of the Antichrist. They will be raptured to meet the Lord in the air and be rewarded for their works.

Christ’s coming at the rapture would be to deliver believers from the troubles that would be unleashed on the world during the reign of the Antichrist. The Bible reveals that he will reign for seven years. He will deceive the world for three and half years, gain global acceptance and eventually enter into an agreement with Israel. But Israel's real trouble will begin with the last three and half years when the Antichrist will renege, desecrate their worship and persecute them.

Truly, "Left behind" believers will weep and gnash their teeth. Do you want to be among them? Thus, "give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10,11). Be prepared.

Thought for the day: "The greatest miss of all times will be the missing of the rapture."

COVER to COVER: 1 Corinthians 12-14

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MONDAY DECEMBER 03, 2018

BEFORE NAME

TEXT: HOSEA 1:1-11

KEY VERSE: "The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD" (Hosea 1:2).

In many African cultures, personal names are more than mere labels for distinguishing one person from another. Names reflect circumstance of birth, change of status or aspiration etc. We should be familiar with the significance of a name like Ichabod (the glory has departed). That was the name given to Eli's grandson whose birth coincided with the loss of the Ark of the covenant by Israel to Philistines.

In the narrative contained in our text, we find Prophet Hosea in a parabolic situation where he was divinely instructed to marry a harlot. The harlot gave birth to three children who, like their mother, were "children of whoredoms."

The first child was Jezreel (God will scatter) – an allusion to the end of the Jehu dynasty and the ultimate ruin of the ten tribes. Next was Loruhamah (not pitied) – God would no more have mercy on them and the third child was Loami (not my people) – God disowned them altogether.

God loved, favoured and cared for Israel. But on their part, they were unfaithful to Him. Israel's idolatry was as repulsive as a wife surrendering herself to the lustful embrace of other men. In contrast, God promised to save the tribe of Judah and hinted at the present era when both Jews and Gentiles would come under the saving grace and lordship of Christ.

It is vain to take God's love for granted. We must not live in spiritual adultery; thereby, sharing our affections between Him and the world. He is a jealous God and will not share His glory with another. Do not be part of professing Christians whose professions contradict their conducts.

Thought for the day: "The worst fall is to fall from grace."

COVER to COVER: 1 Corinthians 15-16

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 04, 2018

OVERCOME THAT TEMPTATION

TEXT: MATTHEW 4:1-11

KEY VERSE: "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil" (Matthew 4:1).

Temptation is an allurement or enticement from the devil to make us do evil. Temptations, if not yielded to, are not sin. Satan's temptations often start at the eye, blinded to things it should see, and dazzled with vanities it should be turned from. Temptations commonly rise from the world and the things in it; the lust of the flesh and the eye, with the pride of life. These are the major weapons the devil uses.

The experience of our Lord Jesus in the wilderness reveals that no one is free from or above temptation. Jesus was tempted when He was hungry. This made turning a stone into bread very proper for His necessary support. It is one of the wiles of Satan to take advantage of outward condition to plant his temptations. The use of unlawful means to get relief could bring setback to us. It is better to starve to death than live and thrive in sin.

The aim of Satan in all the series of temptation was to bring Jesus to sin against God and render Him incapable of making the Substitutionary Atonement for the sins of mankind. Had he succeeded, he would have been too glad to have Christ’s honour ceded to him.

Believers are to employ careful measures so as not to be caught in Satan's web; knowing full well that the glory of the world is the most charming temptation to the unthinking and unwary. The comfort we have is in the fact that Christ conquered all the tempter's tricks. He conquered for us. Hence, followers of Christ are given power to overcome all temptations and remain more than conquerors (Hebrews 2:18).

Thought for the day: "He who yields to temptation succumbs to Satan's snare."

COVER to COVER: 2 Corinthians 1-4

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 05, 2018

HE KNOWS

TEXT: EXODUS 2:23-25; 3:1-10

KEY VERSE: "And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows" (Exodus 3:7).

The following statement was found penned on the wall of a prison cell in Europe: "I believe in love even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent." Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" He replied; "they’re the only ones who can take it."

From our text, the Israelites grew in number after the death of Joseph. The new Pharaoh that emerged at the time conveniently chose to forget Joseph’s contributions to the Egyptian economy and his good legacy, deciding rather to punish Israel with a view to breaking their will and reducing them to slaves in the process. Israelites, now facing pain and agony under the Egyptian oppressors, cried out to God who responded by assuring them that He hears, He sees and understands the sorrows of men. He sent Moses as a deliverer because He remembered His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Many want to know why God allows suffering today. 'If God is a loving God,' they say, 'He would not allow natural disasters and wars that claim the lives of thousands.' The answers are not hard to find. God told Israel in Isaiah 59:1,2 that their iniquities had separated them from Him and made Him hide his face from attending to their cry. When Israel abandoned God and turned to idolatry in Egypt, the Lord allowed them to suffer at the hands of the Egyptian taskmasters, until they cried to the Lord in repentance.

Whatever we face today, we must understand that God sees, hears, knows and understands. He knows the oppressors and what they do to us. When we repent and turn away from our sins, He will protect and deliver us from all evils and make everything work out for our good and His glory.

Thought for the day: "You may go through a period of loneliness, but you're not alone."

COVER to COVER: 2 Corinthians 5-9

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 06, 2018

A HUMBLE FAITH

TEXT: LUKE 7:1-10

KEY VERSE: "Then Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof" (Luke 7:6).

Humility, as opposed to pride and arrogance, has the potential of opening closed doors. The humble in heart always esteems the other better than himself. Some nations have had to fight needless protracted wars because their leaders held on to vain pride while their people perished in unnecessary and avoidable conflicts.

Our text deals with the issue of a centurion's servant's sickness. He was a Roman army officer and ordinarily, he would not have bothered about his servant's sickness. But he took the matter to Jesus, not as a last resort but because he believed Jesus came from God. He had recognised the Jews as carriers of God's redemption message and had built a Synagogue for them. His faith and humility was particularly amazing because of his Gentile background, having not been brought up to know the living and true God. He made it clear. 'I am not worthy...'

As a military commander, the centurion knew that Jesus, by far a greater Commander than himself, did not need to come to his house for the servant to be healed just the same way he (a mere military commander) did not need to be present, for his orders to be carried out. Thus, he said to Jesus, 'Speak the word only.' Immediately, Jesus spoke the word and the servant was healed.

Many people have lost the opportunity of receiving their healing and deliverance at various church programmes because of lack of simple faith and a humble disposition. If, today, such people could sincerely show humility and exercise an unwavering faith in God's word, they will receive their much-needed miracles. You can do so today.

Thought for the day: "Before honour is humility."

COVER to COVER: 2 Corinthians 10-13

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 07, 2018

SERVE HIM UNCONDITIONALLY

TEXT: LUKE 9:52-62

KEY VERSE: "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

In pursuing a course of action, many will opt for the path of least resistance. Very few will plod daunting avenues laden with thorns and thistles. Besides, partners in a venture want to undertake such strictly on the terms that appeal to individual whims. Even so, adhering to strict, altruistic convictions is not easy to come by.

Our text captures the experience of the Lord Jesus Christ as He charted the daunting course to Jerusalem, where He paid the supreme price for man's sin. He had set His face as a flint on this journey and nothing, not even the agony of death, could alter this course. As He proceeded, there emerged diverse responses from His disciples and other allies. An acquaintance wanted to follow the Lord, without a thorough knowledge of its implications. Another wanted to bury the dead before becoming a real disciple, while another requested a ceremonial goodbye before accepting the call to follow the Lord. Evidently, these men did not comprehend the demands of discipleship. To them, following Jesus was conditional and for reasons that oddly verged between the violent and the permissive.

God's call to all is lofty and holy. Those with discernment accept the call with sobriety, without the usual recourse to a pleasurable and a compromising existence. They understand that the call is laden with suffering, persecution and tribulation but the aftermath is always glorious and rewarding. Christ's call to all requires unswerving conviction and focused commitment. The call, once accepted, is on His terms only. Only those who gratefully accept the call and submit to the majesty of God's will despite the odds that will eventually receive His crown and enjoy His eternal fellowship.

Thought for the day: "Following Christ entails a complete emptiness of self."

COVER to COVER: Acts 20; Romans 1-3

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 08, 2018

PLAGUE OF JEALOUSY

TEXT: JOHN 11:47-57

KEY VERSE: "Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles" (John 11:47).

Tuthmosis III was the sixth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. He was regarded as a great military genius and expansionist. Apparently moved by envy and jealousy, he tried to destroy the memory of his predecessor and stepmother, Queen Hatshepsut. This he did by building a wall around her obelisk (a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument) to prevent people from admiring it or reading its inscriptions. Ironically, this malicious act helped in preserving Queen Hatshepsut’s obelisk for posterity!

The action of the chief priests and Pharisees was not only borne out of jealousy but also shows the extent jealousy can go to bring down its target. Christ had just performed one of the greatest miracles of raising Lazarus from death four days after burial. Expectedly, this brought so much joy and excitement in Bethany and beyond. As a result, many believed in Christ.

The Pharisees and chief priests sat in council to determine what to do – not for, but against Christ. Uncomfortable with Christ's increasing exploits and fame, they decided that He should be killed. Of course, God had already planned to use Christ's death as channel for the salvation of mankind even as unwittingly prophesied by Caiaphas, one of the priests. Like the spiteful building of wall around the obelisk, their jealousy and maliciousness only fuelled Christ's glorification while His detractors fizzled out miserably.

Jealousy is as strong as death and as poisonous as venom. The trouble with it is that it unleashes more harm to the person harbouring it than the person targeted. You may be tempted but do not let the devil drop this deadly venom in your heart. If you are the target of jealousy, lean on God and be sure that the venom can only water the plant of your success.

Thought for the day: "Another person's promotion does not mean your demotion until you confirm it with jealousy."

COVER to COVER: Romans 4-7

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 09, 2018

GOD'S POSTERITY

TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 8:1-13

KEY VERSE: "Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath" (1 Chronicles 8:13).

It is a terrible thing to pass through this life without leaving any worthy mark. It is true that everyone does some activities, but mere activities are not enough. The famous American inventor and businessman, Thomas A. Edison, captured this truth thus, "Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."

Genealogical listing, such as we have in today's text, hardly has room for any significant comment on the lives of the names listed. All that we have is a hint of their position in the family tree, names and number of their offspring. But in verses 12 and 13, the Chronicler could not gloss over the worthy legacies of two sets of people. Their deeds got attached to their names.

The sons of Elpaal built Ono and Lod and their adjoining towns while Beriah and Shema, heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, drove away the inhabitants of Gath. Gath was one of the five principal cities of Israel's long-standing enemies; the home of powerful figures like Goliath.

This is our time. Our history is still in the making. A new book of Chronicles is being compiled. Each of us has an ample chance to make a difference. The good news here is that the measuring scale is no longer about any superhuman exploits; rather, being faithful to God and, by His grace, living a holy life and impacting other people's lives positively. It is about preaching the gospel and doing things that will promote God's kingdom. The all-seeing and impartial God is keeping the record of our lives and will reward us accordingly.

Thought for the day: "To make a difference, you have to be positively different and act differently."

COVER to COVER: Romans 8-10

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EVIL LEGACY

TEXT: 2 KINGS 15:13-26

"And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2 Kings 15:24).

In honour of his parents who were Baptist missionaries to Argentina when he was a child, Steve Green penned the following lyrics in his popular song: "After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone. And our children sift through all we've left behind. May the clues that they discover, and the memories they uncover become the light that leads them to the road we each must find. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe. And may the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful."

Scriptural records reveal that all the kings who reigned over the northern kingdom of Israel were grossly ungodly. They all took after the evil legacy of Jeroboam, their foremost progenitor who was the first king to rule over the ten tribes of northern Israel after the kingdom was divided. In our text today, we have a mention of some of the kings that reigned after Jeroboam and how they "departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2 Kings 15:24). The chain of wickedness is clearly observed: the reigning king is killed and the killer ascends the throne. The people are oppressed, extorted and led into idol worship.

There are still many who belong to Jeroboam's school of thought and subscribe to his legacies. They can kill their rival to gain a political office. The Bible says, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). But the good news is that the Blood of Jesus can make you clean. So, turn away from evil and pass a righteous legacy to the coming generation. Then, you will be counted worthy of reigning with Christ in His coming Kingdom.

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 17-19

Thought for the day: Every man will be remembered for what he has done.

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DO NOT LOSE YOUR HEAD

TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 18:8-13

"When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations" (Deuteronomy 18:9).

There was a story of a successful man who always moved about with a particular box anywhere he went. People wondered endlessly about the contents of the box because he hardly ever opened it in the public glare. But there came a day when he had to unleash the mystery of the box. The only thing in the box was an old picture of his when he was ragged and wretched. Any time the feeling of pride overtook him, he went into a closet to look at the old picture as a constant reminder of his humble beginning.

There was a clear instruction to the children of Israel in our text that "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations" (Deuteronomy 18:9). But no sooner did they get to the Promised Land than they forgot all the instructions and started doing exactly what they were commanded against. An example was Saul, the first king in Israel, who went to inquire from the witch at Endor contrary to God's directive in our text not to consult with familiar spirits or necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:10,11). Many other kings after him soon followed suit, erecting high places for idol worship and leading the people in the wrong direction.

Some who were very fervent and humble when they were nothing become proud at the slightest elevation. They have forgotten that their wealth and comfort here on earth do not equate with heaven's grandeur in any way. Some others patronize Satan in order to keep the position given to them by God. What a pity! These things happen gradually. A little carelessness here and there, and before long, the substance is gone. Hence, the warning not to go after the abominations of those nations (Deuteronomy 18:9). Believers are further encouraged to watch and pray lest they fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41).

Bible Reading in one Year: LUKE 20-21

Thought for the day: It is wisdom to always remember the Lord as the Architect of all goodness.

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MONDAY DECEMBER 10, 2018

THE KINGDOM IN FOCUS

TEXT: ROMANS 14:10-22

KEY VERSE: "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Romans 14:17).

Have you got faith? "...Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth" (Romans 14:22).

Martin Luther King Jr. once said 'Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the wellbeing of a person or animal is at stake; society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way.' The Christian church is uncompromising in its stand against all kinds of conduct opposed to scriptural standards.

Our text deals with issues that bother on the believer's understanding of true Christlikeness, holiness, fruitfulness, doctrine and morals. This involves a sincere rebuking, correcting and evaluation of one another where necessary in love and humility and the exercise of church discipline on erring members and leaders.

Believers should refrain from judging one another. Christ our Lord is the One who has the right to judge. We must avoid anything that constitutes a stumbling block to fellow believers especially the weak ones. As believers, whether we are strong or weak, we must realise that true liberty does not lie in the exercise of that liberty if it will disrupt the peace of the body of Christ, knowing that the highest good is only attained in its use to edify the church.

Thought for the day: "Use not your liberty as a cloak of maliciousness."

COVER to COVER: Romans 11-13

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 11, 2018

MORE THAN A FRIEND

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 20:35-42

KEY VERSE: "And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city" (1 Samuel 20:42).

Genuine friendship can only thrive with loyalty, truthfulness, selflessness and sacrifice. Friendship, conjugal relationship and brotherly companionship with divine import and genuine impact are built on these worthy building blocks.

A story was told of a couple who was in a sinking cruise on the high seas. They managed to reach a life boat only to discover that there was only one space left. The wife conceded the space for the husband who jumped into the boat while the wife shouted only one sentence "take care of our child". On the surface, it would look like an irrational decision but back home, the wife had been diagnosed with a terminal disease and the chance of the survival of their only child rested on the survival of the husband.

In our text, David had hinted his friend Jonathan that Saul, his father, had plotted to kill him (David). This was hard for Jonathan to believe hence he asked for time to verify this and they agreed on a sign from Jonathan to confirm or refute the suspicion. Jonathan was not only a dependable friend; he was also prompt, truthful, loyal and selfless. He did not aid his father’s bid to assassinate David his friend, even when it was ostensibly for Jonathan’s sake so that David would not compete with him for the throne.

In Jonathan, we find the ideal characteristics of friendship, devoid of hypocrisy, selfishness, tribal or fraternal biases, not blinded by jealousy, inordinate ambition and self-gratification. This wonderful virtue should be the desire of all who claim to love the Lord and want to see Him in the end.

Thought for the day: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

COVER to COVER: Romans 14-16

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12, 2018

A DEPENDABLE INTERCESSOR

TEXT: NUMBERS 16:41-50

KEY VERSE: "And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed" (Numbers 16:48).

God, in his infinite wisdom, gave the power of attorney to men who would be able to stand in His presence to plead on behalf of those who are worthy of punishment and death. No doubt, sin and murmuring are extremely evil before God. Before Him, sins attract fatal penalty. Sin, wherever it is committed and by whosoever, does not go unnoticed by the all-seeing eyes of God. Every action of man attracts a recompense of reward, either good or bad.

In our text, Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, their leaders. This attracted God's attention and invited His reprimand. God rose to punish the people with a deadly plague. Christians must learn this big lesson and take caution! Murmuring against leaders is extremely evil before God. "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand" (Romans 14:4).

Moses summoned Aaron to quickly take steps to stand between the breach for the people and appease God on their behalf. Aaron did this and God was entreated for the people. Vengeance belongs to God. In life, people will offend us, deliberately hurt us and even sin against God. Like Moses did not call for judgment over this people, we should not call for fire upon them, neither should we wait expectantly for God's judgment over them nor rejoice when they are visited by one calamity or the other. Rather, we are expected to sincerely and passionately intercede for such people as did Moses and Aaron. As God promptly regarded the sacrifice of Moses and Aaron, there is the assurance that God will refrain from His judgment and spare the penitent sinner. You too can be a dependable intercessor.

Thought for the day: "A forgiving spirit and an intercessory heart are greatly prized before God."

COVER to COVER: Acts 20:4-23:35

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

A NEW MAN

TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:20-32

"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:22,24).

The story was told of a man who did not know Christ. He was a petty thief, picking his neighbours' dresses once they were washed and spread on the cloth line to dry. He had stolen a neighbour’s expensive shirt and denied he ever saw it. Soon after, the house was sold and every tenant was asked to leave. Later, he heard the gospel and gave his life to Christ. He went out one day to evangelise with a partner and met his former neighbour. He immediately introduced Christ to the man who gazed intently on the evangelist's shirt. He pointed out this discovery to the evangelist who promptly acknowledged the theft, broke down and wept and asked for forgiveness.

Being born again means becoming a new person. It is a mystery. Old things pass away and all things become new. The new birth experience must affect our entire lifestyle, the totality of our conduct. This must be evident to all around us. The redeemed becomes a new man serving a new Master, Jesus Christ, having parted ways with Satan. He thereafter lives to please Christ and Him alone. When he is offended, he readily forgives 'even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us.’ He cuts off all links that can lead to old sinful habits, develops hatred for those sins which he wantonly committed before, and readily returns items stolen from people or place of work.

The new life in Christ is beautiful, refreshing, fulfilling and incomparable with anything else. "For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver or gold... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18,19). The new life is a treasure greater than silver or gold. Anyone who has not tasted it should repent of sin and be reconciled with God. Everyone thus saved must abide in the experience to ultimately enter into a glorious eternity with God

Bible Reading in one Year: REVELATION 1-3

Thought for the day: Looking for the greatest miracle? Try the new birth.

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 13, 2018

SHUN INORDINATE AMBITION

TEXT: MARK 9:30-37

KEY VERSE: "And He sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all" (Mark 9:35).

It is truism that "pride goes before a fall." The Christian life is filled with various paradoxes such as 'the way up is down,' 'the way to live is to die,' and 'the way to receive is to give.' The uniform teaching of the word of God is against self-seeking, self-projection, self-exaltation, inordinate ambition and pride of life.

The projection of self in every endeavour describes what sin itself is: Selfishness In Nature. No doubt, God is interested in our progress, success, breakthrough and advancement. He says, "we shall be the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath," that "whatsoever we do shall prosper," and many more! However, our motives, modes and methods of actualising this are of great concern to God.

In the world today, people seek a place of prominence in the workplace and the neighbourhood. In several instances, they take steps that are ungodly to attain the desired position, thereby losing the presence and favour of God. This reminds us of a certain young man who coveted the position of his boss and felt that the boss had stayed too long there and must give way to him. He travelled to the village and mentioned it before his fetish father. His father promised to look into the case. Back in the place of work the following week, his boss just got to his office in the morning, slumped and died. His father called him and told him he had "finished" the work. What a world!

Bribing our way to success, cutting corners to reach the top and defying all Christian ethics including using undue influence popularly called "long leg," run contrary to God's word. His word, way and time are the best in achieving the desired best for our lives.

Thought for the day: "Making haste outside God's plan attracts His displeasure."

COVER to COVER: Acts 24-26

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 14, 2018

MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE

TEXT: ACTS 12:12-19

KEY VERSE: "But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished" (Acts 12:16).

The miraculous is always available for those who love and serve God wholeheartedly. In life, challenges will come before a child of God spiritually and physically in the family, workplace, neighbourhood and anywhere humans exist. Persecutions may take very serious dimensions like incarceration, threat to life and properties, deprivations and restrictions. However, none of these should move a child of God. Faith in God and complete rest upon His unfailing promises are all we need to weather all storms.

Peter was incarcerated and kept for execution as it happened to James the brother of John. But Peter's miraculous deliverance from the maximum security prison was midwifed by the unrelenting, fervent prayer of the believers in a house-church where Rhoda and other Christians were interceding.

By divine guidance, Peter's feet were directed to the very centre where he was being prayed for. This served to boost the faith of those believers who were praying.

We should cultivate the habit of interceding for fellow believers who are persecuted because "…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (and woman) avails much." No matter who is behind the persecution of a believer, intercessory prayer to the King of kings will liberate him.

When we pray, we should believe that God hears and answers abundantly above what we can think or ask. God chooses how and when to answer. Giving of testimonies also, as Peter did, helps to strengthen and encourage intercessors.

Thought for the day: "The answer to a believer's prayer is closer than he expects."

COVER to COVER: Acts 27-28

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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SURE HIDING PLACE

TEXT: PSALMS 102:1-11

KEY VERSE: "Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily" (Psalms 102:2).

As humans, as long as we still carry this corruptible body, we are exposed and prone to different physical (health), social, financial and environmental hazards capable of inflicting injuries upon our flesh and minds. In certain instances, these afflictions are from the conditions of living in the society. They challenge our faith, confession and profession.

Afflictions come in different shades and forms. They can take the form of serious sicknesses, plague, infirmities, depression, recession, oppression, social isolation and constriction, hostile environment and incessant family squabbles. These afflictions draw tears from our eyes but we should not allow the tears to form a cloud of darkness to blind us from discerning the source of the problem and sourcing for respite. Rather, it should produce sparkles of stars to lead us to God, the One who can give us support, succour and final deliverance from affliction.

Seeking help from the wrong sources is like groping in the dark during a storm. God is the only Source of respite. He is omniscient: He knows the very source of the affliction. He knows the solution and has the power to stop the affliction.

God's panacea has no side-effect and no strings attached. When He delivers His own, He secures them under His protection, away from the power behind the affliction. He is worthy to be called upon and awaits our call when life around us is dark and dreary.

Thought for the day: "Prayer and faith are the antidotes to the storms of life."

COVER to COVER: Colossians; Philemon

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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