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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:06am On Aug 07, 2015
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Friday, August 07, 2015

Path To Divine Destiny

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 16:14-23

"Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep" (1 Samuel 16:19).

Being on God’s side entails a life of righteousness; and His Word states that “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD.” If your steps are ordered by the Lord, you are guaranteed a delightful destiny.

David was tucked away in a Bethlehem pasture land, tending sheep when God spotted him as replacement for King Saul. Even when God sent Prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint the chosen one, Jesse fielded all his sons except David, the youngest. At Samuel’s insistence, the young lad was fetched from the field and got anointed. At that time, God’s Spirit departed from Saul and he was troubled with an evil spirit. He accepted the recommendation of his servants to have a skillful musician to administer musical therapy whenever he got emotionally unstable. They recommended David because he was proficient, plucky, prudent and pious. The most important of these was that “the LORD is with him.”

By that arrangement, God brought David from pasture land to the palace – to get used to palace life and governance. Similarly, Joseph trod the tortuous path of hatred by his brethren, household servant and eventually prisoner in Egypt before God made him a prime minister in the then most powerful nation. Moses was a hopeless fugitive, rusting in the backwoods of Midian when God called him to go and deliver Israel. Gideon, the least in a poor family, was timidly threshing wheat in the valley when God picked him to save Israel from the Midianites.

All these people and others were godly and had their paths charted by God Himself. If you are truly on God’s side, you do not need to secure good ranking by struggle, eye-service, craftiness or other carnal means. Do your work and wait on Him, He will order your steps to a delightful destiny.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "If you desire to get to where God is leading you, go at His pace"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:15am On Aug 08, 2015
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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Valiant Soldiers Of Christ


"Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem" (1 Chronicles 11:26).

Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) once said: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they lie in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” A brave spirit like this, if found in an army, could be the determinant for victory, if God is in it.

This, then, was the privilege of David as God prepared him to be king over all Israel. Great men came to David and serve with him to make his kingdom strong. The list is long but they are all referred to as valiant men in our text. They were tough and no seekers of pleasure. They preferred rejection, danger and every hardship of life than living under the oppressive hands of King Saul. They fought alongside David until he was made king and the kingdom was established under him.

True Christians are not only followers but also soldiers of Christ. We are to be brave and steadfast in our faith and service to the Lord. A steadfast Christian soldier is never a deserter. He endures hardness and is never a lover of the world or the attraction it holds. He loves the Lord. We cannot compare with valiant men of our text whose names are in the Book of Life and are now gone to their rewards if we are often cast down in despair and gloom at the slightest experience of pain and difficulty in life.

As David’s great men individually distinguished themselves in battle, and were qualified to be included in the list of great men by their deeds of bravery, so must we fight the good fight of faith and overcome sin, self and Satan. We must manfully fight on to rescue perishing souls in spite of persecution and intimidation that will become common in these last days.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "There is a divine roll call, strive to enter in"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:34pm On Aug 09, 2015
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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Divine Healing Anyday

TEXT: LUKE 6:1-11

"And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other" (Luke 6:10).

Scientists have revealed that the eucalyptus tree is destined to save the world from a dearth of wood. Its growing powers are marvelous. A certain large plantation on the Pacific coastline has been cut down three times, yet it is again high in the air. It is most serviceable. It produces cordwood and piling, makes excellent fuel, protects orange and lemon groves along the coast from the ocean winds. Above all, the medicinal value of its oil extract is remarkable. In California, it is a home cure for almost every ailment. A wonderful tree, full of promise for mankind.

Meanwhile, there exists a more wonderful Tree destined to save the world in a true sense. Jesus is the Tree of life – with incomparable healing capacity which has touched the body, soul and spirit of millions. He is the hope of the world. He is the Saviour, Healer, and Light of the world. He is the True Vine, with the incomparable capacity, to save, heal and deliver. A Christian songwriter writes: “He healed them all - the blind, the lame, the palsied, The sick in body and the weak in mind, Whoever came, no matter how afflicted, Were sure a sovereign remedy to find.”

Jesus Christ healed the man whose right hand was withered, despite the reservation of the Scribes and Pharisees. Their objection was that He healed on a Sabbath day – a day of worship and rest for the Jews. But, by the act of that healing, Christ proved that He is the Lord of the Sabbath. He is not restricted to any day or event to do the will of God.

Many people wait for Combined Services, Crusades, Retreats and Special meetings to be healed, whereas Jesus Christ is ever present to heal. If you have faith like the man whose hand was withered, you are a sure candidate of Christ’s healing now!


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Jesus heals anyday, anytime"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:30am On Aug 10, 2015
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Who Can Use God?

TEXT: 1 KINGS 14:1-20

"And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman" (1 Kings 14:5).

Down through the ages, people have tried to use God rather than be used by Him. From the politician that invokes God’s name in order to amass votes, to the pauper that feigns godliness so as to extort money from people, humans have imagined that they can use God to their personal advantage.

Jeroboam thought he could use God but was taught the invariable lesson that “God is not mocked.” When God decided to yank off a greater part of Israel’s kingdom from the house of David because of Solomon’s sin, Jeroboam was favored by God to rule over ten tribes. Sadly, he failed God by setting up worship images in Israel to keep his subjects from going to Jerusalem for worship, thus leading the people to idolatry and apostasy. When his son, Abijah, got sick, he thought of patronizing Ahijah, the Shiloh-based prophet that God used to anoint him king. He sent his wife to enquire if the child was going to survive the sickness.

Jeroboam disguised his wife to avoid being identified by the prophet – more so the prophet’s eyes had dimmed by age. But can anyone hide something from the omniscient God? As soon as she arrived at Ahijah’s home, having been briefed by God, he not only identified her, but pronounced to her judgment concerning the impending terrible ruin of the house of Jeroboam. She was also assured that their sick son would die. Ahijah was faithful. He cared not for her presence or presents.

God is too mighty to be used by ordinary worm like man. He deserves our utmost worship. He “is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Only spiritual rebirth through repentance and faith in Christ qualifies us to properly relate with God and be used of Him.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Every deception targeted at God ends up woefully as self-deception"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:52am On Aug 11, 2015
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Retribution

TEXT: EZRA 10:12-17

"Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do" (Ezra 10:12).

When Ezra called the assembly of the people who returned from exile to address their common sin, many of them, who married foreign wives, agreed to divorce their wives. They knew that they had sinned; so, they had no option than to obey Ezra’s order. They did not, however, want to do this in a hurry because of its sensitive and complex nature. For the people, there should be proper arrangement before they could send their foreign wives away. So, majority of the people, except a few, suggested that their leaders should judge each man with a foreign wife, at least, to give them a fair hearing, before the man could send her away.

As suggested, Ezra chose the heads of the families who knew the people well enough, to judge them. They finished this task after three months. The affected men had to separate themselves completely from their foreign wives. This factor teaches that the result of sin has never been pleasant.

Unfortunately, today, some people still allow themselves to be deceived by Satan. They engage in immoral acts without thinking of their consequences. Even after God has forgiven, some people can still be suffering with the results of their sin. Some have contracted HIV/AIDS, while others, mostly girls, have dropped out of school because of unwanted pregnancies and are now living as single parents without any means of taking care of their children. They have ended up bringing vagabond children into the society.

God, who knows the consequence of sin, still warns everybody to abstain from all appearance of evil. And except there is a complete turn away from sin, disaster looms in time and eternity for the careless and impenitent.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin always wounds and damns the sinner"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:04am On Aug 12, 2015
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

His Superstardom

TEXT: JOHN 3:22-28

"Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him" (John 3:28).

Greatness is measured on the basis of comparison. No man can be adjudged great if there are no lowly men to compare with. There cannot be a king without the subjects; there cannot be a master without servants. To compare Christ with men, living or dead, is to reduce His exalted status. He is above all.

Our text reminds us of the early ministry of Jesus in Judea and how it prospered: “all men come to Him”. The disciples of John and the Jews wondered who Jesus was, that many were turning to Him. John reminded them that he was the forerunner and a faithful witness of Christ, the Son of God Who is from above and greater than all.

As believers, we are to witness to what Christ has done in our lives and point people to Him. We are not to attract men to ourselves. Our service must be with humility, with the glory of God in view. However successful in ministry we may be, our focus must be on the expansion of His kingdom and not on our popularity. Our understanding of who Christ is should make us believe His words.

He gives eternal life to those who believe in Him. Jesus is calling you to put your faith in Him, accept His words and turn to Him from your evil ways today. To reject Him is to reject God and accept eternal damnation. Choose Christ and live. John was a great man as the Lord so described him. He was a forerunner to let the world know that a greater One was coming. He did not define and determine His stature; instead, He remained in the confines which God had configured for him. Do not allow titles or superlative adulations to obscure the vision of who God wants you to be. Serve the Master in all humility and righteousness.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Christ lies the fullness of the godhead bodily"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:05pm On Aug 13, 2015
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Answerable Prayer

TEXT: PSALM 74:1-23

"O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?" (Psalm 74:1)).

Eli Stanley Jones, a 20th-century missionary and theologian, once said: "Prayer is surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a hook from a boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God."

From our text, the psalmist complained about the desolations of the temple, which would not have been possible if God had intervened on behalf of His people. The psalmist prayed to God to act for them as He had done for their fathers, whom, by His miraculous power, He saved. He begged God to arise and vindicate His honour against His enemies, and the enemies of His people. But the psalmist’s prayer suggested that God’s people, when they are in sore afflictions, are apt to have misgivings about God, as if He did cast off His people without a cause.

The psalmist never mentioned any national or personal sin, which they needed to repent of, nor did he justify the Lord’s righteous dealing in their punishment. There was no supplication for pardon and forgiveness. This showed that some people who are under divine chastisement, might humbly protest against God about their cause. The Israelites were sorry because their enemies destroyed the temple. But they were not sorry that they had disobeyed God.

As it was then, so it is today. Many in affliction might be in such condition because of their misdeeds. Instead of looking inwards to discover their sin, they look outwards, sometimes holding God responsible for their plight. Are you in such a situation? Be contrite and meek to return to the Lord in penitence and repentance instead of making silly excuses.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "True prayer is measured by weight, not by length"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:30am On Aug 14, 2015
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Repentance Attracts Forgiveness

TEXT: ISAIAH 19:11-19

"In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD" (Isaiah 19:19).

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, an English Baptist pastor and writer, stated: "Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion, is a fiction."

Isaiah, the prophet, points out that God is absolutely in control of everything on earth, a fact the king of Egypt and his officials tried to underrate. They could impress upon the king that they came from a family of wise princes, but they would not be able to inform him of God’s plan against Egypt. All they did only ended up misleading the Egyptians towards the wrong direction, making them to walk like drunks.

According to Isaiah, there was nothing anybody in Egypt could do because of God’s overwhelming power to unleash terror on the Egyptians. On the day He would act, the inhabitants of Egypt would be like weak women, trembling with fear. The name, Judah, would equally put great fear upon them. For this, the people of Judah would be foolish to seek any help from the Egyptians, who had already been subjected to fear at the mere mention of the name, 'Judah.'

God is all-powerful and He has given believers a powerful weapon, that at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee must bow and all tongues must confess that Jesus is the Lord. As God’s genuine son or daughter, who is washed in the efficacious blood of Jesus, you need to cash in on this special privilege. It would be foolish to rely on native herbalists, soothsayers and necromancers, among others, for protection, prosperity, childbearing, promotion, provision and others, making the heathen to ask, "where is your God?"


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Lip service to repentance will endanger the soul"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:08am On Aug 15, 2015
Daily Manna
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Doggedness In Service

TEXT: ACTS 8:1-8

"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them" (Acts 8:4,5).

Satan’s aversion for the kingdom of God and all that pertains to it is a long established fact. Therefore, he thrives in devising different methods (subtle and violent) targeted towards destabilizing, disrupting or even stopping the work of the Kingdom. However, discerning believers need to know that his crafty and evil antics, no matter how vicious, cannot stop God from fulfilling His programme.

The work of God had been going on successfully in Jerusalem since the disciples of Jesus Christ were baptised in the Holy Ghost. This record of achievement was intimidating to the devil, hence he determined to stop the work.

Having failed in his earlier efforts, he intensified his efforts by ensuring that Stephen, a disciple who was "full of faith and power" was arrested, accused falsely before the Jewish council of blasphemy against Moses and God, and finally killed.

Contrary to the command by Jesus that the disciples should extend the gospel beyond Jerusalem (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8 ), they confined themselves to Jerusalem, hence the persecution. It was this intense persecution that scattered them to other cities outside. Once he escaped to the city of Samaria, Philip did not allow the persecution to stop him from preaching the gospel. It then means the scattering actually led to the spreading of the gospel beyond Jerusalem.

As believers, we should not panic when faced with persecution, either on account of our faith in the work of the ministry or even in our secular engagements, realizing that "even hereunto were [we] called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that [we] should follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21).


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It takes unswerving endurance to clinch the victory"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:38am On Aug 18, 2015
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Maturity Through Christ


"Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!" (Ecclesiastes 10:16).

Leadership, whether spiritual or secular, has a divine origin. It is not always the preserve of the novice or the ignorant; if not, anarchy and confusion would reign. Societies governed and led by nitwits and "children", as it were, hardly progress. Others with sufficiently prepared leaderships make profound marks in the comity of nations.

Woe betides a nation, whose president (king) is a "child" and the governors, senators and parliamentarians "eat in the morning". When leaders of a nation are physically, mentally and spiritually immature and incapable, problems and challenges will pile up to a point where they appear insurmountable. When leaders are being led by the people they are supposed to be leading and guiding, the stage is set for social and political disorder.

Also, when church administration is left in the hands of "children" and "those that eat in the morning", only God can save that church from implosion. When mediocres and upstarts find their way to positions of authority in the church, through favouritism, the stage is set for the infiltration of devil's agents and activities.

When the father in the home is cowered and intimidated by his wife and children, such that he is unable to exercise minimal correction and discipline in his family, the members of that family will turn out as delinquents in the long run. When a businessman decides to place "children" and "those that eat in the morning", in his management team, he will soon be filing for bankruptcy. The blessedness of a nation, society, church, family and business emanates from mature, capable, effective, and efficient leadership, controlled by the Spirit of God. Take advantage of the fullness of God in Christ to be whom God wants you to be.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A society governed by a tiny thought is primed for failure"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:14am On Aug 18, 2015
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Nothing Else, But God


"The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name" (Jeremiah 10:16).

A preacher was counselling a member, who sought help because his spiritual life was going downhill. He said: "Being a Christian is not being religious. A lot of people were very religious in Jesus time and He called them whitewashed graves with dead men’s bones inside".

The world is full of fake products and counterfeits. Those who are not observant are easily deceived and hoodwinked. Prophet Jeremiah, moved by the Spirit of God, warned Israel against carnal imitation of the customs of the world. He particularly warned against idolatry - the worship of man made gods. He said it was vain to engage in such, seeing that the gods are the works of men fastened with nails and hammer. He reminded Israel that those wooden gods cannot do anyone good or harm because they do not speak, and must be carried about as they cannot move.

He also warned that gods made from silver and gold by the work of men are also as powerless as the one made of wood. He emphasized that the Lord is the only true God, the living and everlasting King, at whose wrath the earth trembles.

Today, the worship of idols is as widespread as they were in the days gone by. In different continents, nation-states, communities, cities and villages, people daily involve themselves in various forms of idol worshiping. While some worship graven images, money, fellow men, women and other material things, others are addicted to games. Today, it is usual to see believers who forgo church services because of a football match. By this, they give honour meant for God to sports to the detriment of their souls. Nothing else must take the place of God in our lives. Those who have replaced the service of God in their hearts with other mundane things must repent now before it is too late.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Whatever is esteemed above God is idolatrous and sinful. Beware"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:23am On Aug 18, 2015
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

No Pretentious Love

TEXT: ROMANS 12:9-21

"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good" (Romans 12:9).

There are so much insincerity and deception in the world today. Many professions of love are not true because they have hidden motives. Many people have feigned love only to have deceived, defrauded, swindled and jilted those they claimed to love. Many love for what they stand to gain and not what they are in to give. This is the kind of love most practiced in the world.

God's word calls Christians to unpretentious love. This is one area in which the believer is not to be conformed to the world. The Christian life and love is real and not plastic or fake. Love is a deliberate act of the will. As such, this love is not as a result of what we hope to get but what we desire to give. One of the characteristics of this love is that it is not blind to evil. It does not encourage evil; neither does it close its eyes to evil in the life of the one it loves. Love is practical and expressive. It manifests itself in true and sincere feeling of affection for others. It is not hard, callous and indifferent to the plight and feelings of others. It is practical, fervent, joyful, kind, patient, enduring, forgiving, winsome and not vengeful.

It is clear that the carnal mind does not have the capacity to have and express this kind of love. You can’t give what you don’t have. The Bible reveals man’s heart to be intrinsically evil and selfish (Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9). So, to be able to have this love and express it, there must be a transforming and renewing of the mind. In other words, there must be a change of heart made only possible when one becomes born again by faith in the saving power of the Lord Jesus.

As Christians, we must daily strive to express this love everywhere we go. It is the mark that identifies us with Christ and makes us His worthy ambassadors. The world is hurting and hurtful; let us soothe it with love.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Love is a deliberate act of the will"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:02pm On Aug 19, 2015
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Shadow Of Antichrist

TEXT: DANIEL 11:36-45

"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done" (Daniel 11:36).

The world is relentlessly preparing the stage for the reign of the Antichrist. Socio-economically, politically, technologically and spiritually, something seems to be speeding the actualization of this prophetic event. The vast majority of the world population is ignorant of the significance of these happenings and simply drifts with the tide. But those who understand God’s timetable, as revealed in the Bible, are not surprised at these goings-on.

The book of Daniel, which dates back to about 2,500 years, contains detailed prophecies that outlines God’s timetable for the present world. Its astonishing accurate prediction of successive world empires, the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian and Roman, has since been fulfilled and become world history. Daniel also prophesied the first coming of Christ (also now history), the manifestation and activities of the Antichrist and the Second Coming of Christ. Today’s text is a prophecy concerning Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a Grecian king whose profile in many ways tally with that of the coming Antichrist.

As predicted by Daniel, Antiochus (215 – 154 B.C.) like the coming Antichrist, was merciless, crafty (usurped power by deceit), extremely proud (because of his conquests), hated and massacred the Jews and profaned God. He was so ambitious as to seek worship. He would compel people to worship his "strange god". History recorded the fulfilment of the minutest detail of this prophecy and how Antiochus died suddenly at age 52 as prophesied – "he shall come to his end, and none shall help him."

The only way to escape the tyranny of the Antichrist is to repent of sin, accept Christ as Saviour and Lord and continue in the resultant righteousness from God. That way, you will book a space in the imminent rapture of the saints.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Whose coming are you preparing for – Christ or the Antichrist?"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:47am On Aug 20, 2015
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Judgment Is Sure

TEXT: AMOS 1:1-10

"But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof" (Amos 1:10).

Prophet Amos’ message announces that God has absolute control over the entire universe. He watches over all the nations, whether it is Israel which He chose as His people or the heathen lands as Moab, Edom or Tyrus. God judges these heathen as well as the backslidden Israel. Amos thus began by denouncing the countries that were neighbours of Israel. After opening with Damascus, Amos attacked Gaza, Tyrus, Edom, Ammon and Moab.

Their transgressions included wickedness, human trafficking, vindictiveness, greed and bitter dislike of other people. These nations assumed that God had no business stepping into the affairs of people outside the confines of Israeli territory. But from the prophecy delivered to Amos and revelation of other parts of the Scriptures, we learn that this is fatal fallacy.

God expects righteous living from every man or woman. When man fell, He made a plan of salvation, a once-and-for-all propitiation according to Hebrews 9:22. Everyone who desires to have pardon and make peace with God is urged to take advantage of that substitutionary death of our Lord Jesus. Only then can one escape the judgment of God.

Amos warns in our text today, that punishment by fire awaits those nations who went about their way without reckoning that God was watching over all the lands He created. God said that as they were fiery in their passion for iniquity, heaven would release a greater fire that would consume them. The same fate awaits unrepentant sinners and backsliders who are as stubborn in wickedness and rebellion. It is a punishment that would also fall upon the careless believer who handles biblical warnings with levity.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God’s chastisements await all who scorn His immutable dictates"

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Re: Daily Manna — AN UNRELIABLE NEIGHBOUR by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:07am On Aug 21, 2015
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Friday, August 21, 2015

How To Please God


"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3).

Thomas, one of our Lord’s apostles, missed the point at a critical time in his relationship with the Master. Jesus had risen from the dead as He said, and had showed Himself to the disciples when Thomas was not present. Thomas doubted when other disciples told him about the risen Christ. He said: "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe" (John 20:25b).

So, our merciful Lord showed up again with Thomas present. When Thomas saw Him and declared "My Lord and My God", Jesus gently rebuked the disciple: "...Be not faithless but believing... Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (John 20:29).

That is the crux of faith in God: not seeing Him yet resting on every word He utters, even in the face of overwhelming contradictions. Faith is the currency of all transactions with the Lord. The strength of your faith lies in the grand power of the promises of God.

Our text says that even the world in which we live, with the stars, sun and moon "were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (verse 3).

Indeed, it is a comforting thought to ponder over this and conclude that the genuine believer has the world in his pocket for great exploits in Kingdom work and in his personal life, by wielding the all purpose instrumentality of faith. All that a believer needs to summon the help of heaven in any situation is to please God by having submissive faith in Him and in His Word.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Faith is the currency of the true believer’s transaction with God"

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Be Grateful Always


"Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:2).

If Martin Rinkart were to evaluate the event of the first half of the 17th century in Germany, he would, without mincing words, conclude it was the worst of times, as the country witnessed wars, famine and pestilence. During the thirty-year period that war wrecked terror on the people, Rinkart conducted up to 50 funerals a day, among whom were members of his family. Yet, during those years of darkness and despair, he could write 66 sacred songs and hymns, which demonstrated that thankfulness does not have to wait for moments of prosperity and peace.

Our text pointed out the disturbing and unwholesome character of the Israelites. They regaled in despising God instead of appreciating Him for His merciful acts and deliverance. While in Egypt, Pharaoh and his kinsmen had afflicted them with heavy burden and determined to squeeze life out of them. But God, through Moses, delivered them. By the Red Sea, they saw the wonderful act of God, when He parted a way for them and drowned their enemies.

Yet, they could not control themselves when they were thirsty at Rephidim. They forgot everything that God did for them. They preferred to go back to Egypt, a land of slavery and suffering.

Many believers, unfortunately, do not take a careful stock of their lives to see what God has done. God has kept them alive, provided wives, husbands and children for them; given them good jobs and promotion, while destroying the activities of Satan upon their lives. But when a little challenge crops up, they become easily discouraged. Dispassionately count your blessings today and name them one by one to see what God has done.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is comely and glorious to show forth ceaseless praise to God"

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Serving Through His Spirit

TEXT: NUMBERS 11:24-30

"And Joshua... answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:28,29).

An American, with an English gentleman, was viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids, when he said to his friend: "Come, and I'll show you the greatest unused power in the world". And taking him to the foot of Niagara falls, "there" he said, "is the greatest unused power in the world!". "No my brother, not so!" was the reply. The greatest unused power in the world is the Holy Spirit of the living God.

Moses, a great man of God, was instructed to appoint "...seventy men of the elders of Israel,... and officers... and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation,... and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee; and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee...". The spirit of God in the life of a Christian labourer gives enablement and power for productivity as the work of God cannot be done in the arms of flesh. There is a limit to how far a saint can function in the Lord's work, without the enduement of the Holy Spirit. It takes unction, inspiration and power from on High to serve the Lord sustainably.

Every believer is born to serve. The only justification for a believer's continued existence in this sinful world after being born again is to ensure that the work of the kingdom is done to daily win souls to the Lord. We are labourers together with Him. "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain" (2 Corinthians 6:1).

The importance and place of the Holy Spirit cannot be relegated in the life of a Christian worker, if he or she wants the work done effectively with evidence of fruits abiding. Wonderfully, the blessed Holy Spirit is readily available for the saved and sanctified soul who is keenly desirous, thirsty and hungry for the experience.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It takes the Spirit's enablement to undertake the work of the Spirit"

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Monday, August 24, 2015

No Preferential Treatment


"But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors" (James 2:9).

There is a point to which the common saying that “success has many friends but failure is an orphan” will be wrongly applied. While it is good and desirable to be rich, it will be wrong to use it as the basis of judgment and treatment of people in the church or anywhere else. Discriminating against people on the basis of their affluence and success is a worldly practice which should not be a part of the church.

This is the point that Apostle James stresses in our passage today. In fact, he calls it an outright sin to be partial in the church of God. Preferential treatment on the basis of wealth, clothing or position displeases God. Such action is not motivated by love but by the inordinate desire to benefit from the wealth of the rich. While there is nothing wrong to be rich or respect those who are highly placed, it will be wrong to use it as the basis for giving them first place attention. This does not however mean that we cannot, in the process of evangelizing and helping them come to Christ, create a comfortable atmosphere that can help them receive the gospel message. Here, we need to apply the scriptural principle of becoming all things to all men so that we can by every means save some (1 Corinthians 9:22).

Let’s get this right. The poor does not get to heaven on the basis of his poverty, neither do the rich go to hell because of their wealth. What qualifies anyone for heaven is a life of holiness and righteousness obtained by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As much as it is wrong to look down on the poor because of his poverty; so is it wrong to speak evil against the rich because of their wealth. In Christ Jesus, everyone is equal and so should be treated. We must treat one another with equal honour and respect.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Christ Jesus, there is no big "I" and small "you""

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "In Christ Jesus, there is no big "I" and small "you""
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Watch What You Eat


"But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you" (Leviticus 11:23).

Many health challenges can be traced to eating habits. Those who failed to show discretion in the way they eat have had to pay seriously for it with their health. Also, those that have not been able to exercise control over their appetite have been known to have fallen victim of food poisoning and other spiritual attacks, in which the enemy uses food as bait. While as Christians, we have the liberty to eat whatever we like, there is the need for us to be disciplined and show discretion with regards to what we eat, when we eat and how we eat.

In our text today, the Lord specifically cautions the children of Israel on what they are to eat and not to eat. He strictly forbids their eating of certain animals. It is interesting to note that the same God who, at creation, gave man everything to eat (Genesis 1:29,30), had now restricted the children of Israel to certain foods. Those who tend to use their liberty without discretion and control, often suffer irreparable losses and damage. God’s laws and instructions are not without definite reasons which, ultimately, are for the good and well-being of man. Some of the creatures which the Lord considered unclean for the children of Israel were actually unfit for food because they were disease carriers. Besides, some were used for pagan worship and God wanted a clear distinction for His people.

Apart from the wisdom in exercising discretion in what we eat and the way we eat so that our health is not impaired, it is unthinkable for a Christian to, in the name of exercising his liberty in Christ, consume alcohol, tobacco or even eat foods sacrificed to idols. We cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and the tables of idols. That will be abomination! In everything as well as in eating, Christians must exhibit their distinctiveness.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is a contradiction to be a Christian and be gluttonous"

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Giant Rants Of A Bully

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:1-11

"And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together" (1 Samuel 17:10).

There is wisdom in William Scott Downey’s observation: "The dog who barks the loudest is not always the best watcher; neither are braggadocios the most valiant." This truth notwithstanding, it is customary for people to brag about their strength before any contest. Sports men and women do it in their pre-game speeches. Nations preparing for war spend a lot of money on propaganda. The chief aim of all these is to intimidate and weaken their opponents while boosting their self-image. However, many times, it backfires or ends up as empty rants.

Israel and Philistine pitched camps against each other in what was going to be a decisive battle. Goliath, the champion of the Philistine army stepped forward and did a pre-battle speech that had a crippling effect on the army of Israel and Saul. With bravado, he treated the army of Israel with contempt and demanded for a soldier from them who could dare fight him one-on-one to decide the battle. What else could anyone expect from an egotistic 11 feet 4 inches tall and heavily-built giant reputed for war mastery and armed with deadly weapons?

We have an enemy that employs similar bullying tactics. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8.). The devil’s aim is to intimidate by barking, and if anyone in the army of the Lord gets terrified, he springs on him to ruin him. His first weapon is fear.

Are you hearing threatening or bragging from Satan’s camp? Are you worried about the roaring of the restless lion? If the Lion of the tribe of Judah lives in you, you will heed neither the giant rants nor intimidating looks of the enemy. Firm up your grip on Christ, fight and resist Satan.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "When Satan sends you an arrow of fear, respond with a shield of faith"

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Judgment Against Babylon


"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is" (Revelation 17:8.).

Much early before the time of Jesus’ revelation to Apostle John, God declared to Isaiah that He would judge Babylon, the WH0RE, for her sin. “Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know... Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them...” (Isaiah 47:11,13,14).

Now, Revelation 17 is announcing the coming of the fulfilment of this prophecy on Babylon. Cast in the figure of a woman well-dressed outside but full of abomination and filth within, sitting upon an equally colourfully-clad beast, the imagery is the story of the evil partnership between apostate religion and the corrupt political system of the world. They will pursue a globally unified religious arrangement wedded to a unified international political system. This is a satanic objective that will seek to repudiate all the basic tenets of the Christian faith. This scheme would wage a mortal war against those who are loyal to Jesus Christ and the word of God.

God abhors unholy unity that would desire to subject the Church to the control of the devil, the Antichrist and the false prophet. Unstoppable judgment will break upon them and those who share in their doctrines. God is urging: “Come out of her (the satanic world system), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). Avoid compromise and shun the path of least resistance in your pilgrim’s journey. The way of holiness is never cheap but grace is always available for those who dare to plod this glorious path.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself"

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Brass For Gold

TEXT: 1 KINGS 14:21-31

"And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house" (1 Kings 14:27).

Few things give more sense of fulfillment and pride than to watch your children improve on your attainment in life. Indeed, it is the prayer of every well-meaning parent that their children should conquer more grounds than they did. On the other hand, when children fail to measure up or even squander their parents’ fortunes, it brings disappointment and shame to parents and other concerned people. Such wasted heritage often attracts negative public comment.

One of the most pathetic cases of wasted heritage recorded in the Bible is that of Rehoboam, the son and successor of King Solomon. He had the best opportunities in life, as the grandson of the godly King David and son of Solomon (the wisest and richest man). His formative years coincided with the period when Solomon maintained a robust relationship with God. He had an opportunity of excellent education. Sadly, his seventeen years reign as king of Judah recorded nothing but unimaginable decline. Judah descended into gross idolatry and moral decay as vile as sodomy. Her sins estranged her from God and rendered her vulnerable.

Rehoboam yielded easily when Shishak, king of Egypt, attacked Jerusalem. Shishak carted away the treasures of the temple and of the king’s house, including the shields of gold that Solomon made. To replace the looted golden shields, Rehoboam made shields of brass – pitiable counterfeit! This was a manifest symbol of departed glory.

Many Christians, churches and whole denominations have surrendered the golden shields of the “faith of our fathers” and have shamefully made for themselves shields of brass. It often starts by gradual compromise that morphs into outright backsliding. Did you have the privilege of rich godly heritage? What have you made of it? We can learn from Rehoboam’s case and avoid descending from gold to brass.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints"

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Daily Devotional Guide - Daily Manna sets out to provide spiritual nourishment for those who are truly committed to seeking God and walking closely with Him. It's an extraction of God's word, and mainly serves to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis.

God's Immense Love

TEXT: PSALM 75:1-10

"All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted" (Psalm 75:10).

A teenager, Arthur Hinkley, was said to have lifted a 3,000- pound tractor with his bare hands, when a friend of his, Lloyd Bachelder, 18, was pinned under it on a farm near Rome, Maine. Hinkley was not a weight lifter, but because of the love he had for his friend, he could, somehow, lift the tractor well enough for Bachelder to wriggle out.

God, because of the love He had for the Israelites, delivered them from the evil devised against them by their enemies. The text, which was clearly expressed in symbolism, was a deep appreciation for what He did for His people. Their enemies had fought against many nations near Judah and won, but when they came against Jerusalem, the capital city of Judah, God fought for His people and the enemies lost the battle; God kept the temple and His people that lived near it safe. In a moment of ecstasy, the psalmist used symbolic expression to appreciate God’s wonderful help. The victory was an indication that God was still with them.

The psalmist recounted that when the enemies came against Judah, the Israelites felt as if “the earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved.” This, figuratively, indicated that they were terribly afraid. But God assured that even if it was an earthquake, He could stop the ground from moving because He could “bear up the pillars of it.” This symbolic expression equally showed that even in a war, God can stop the fighting. The psalmist further disclosed that their enemies could not use their horns, which symbolised power, because God cut them off, while the righteous became stronger and powerful.

God has placed high premium on believers. Love motivated Him to do it. He sent His only precious Son to the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. As you acknowledge Him in total repentance of sin and accept Jesus as Lord and personal Saviour, God will make you the apple of His eyes and fight for you in every battle of life.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God is the Defence City of the righteous"

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stop Swearing!


"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil" (Matthew 5:37).

Traveling on a plane next to a salesman, Billy Graham asked him, "Are you paid anything for all the swearing you do?" "No," was the startled reply, "I do it for nothing." "Nothing?" cried the famous preacher. "You work cheap! You throw aside your character as a gentleman, inflict pain on your friends, break the Lord’s commandments, and endanger your own soul - and all for nothing! You certainly work cheap - TOO CHEAP!" Yes, swearing is not only a "cheap" practice in many ways, but also a terrible sin which grieves the heart of God!

Jesus, in our text, lifted all conversation in His Church to the level of sacredness. Everything we say out of our mouths should be a promise of truth that will never be violated under any circumstances. We should have such integrity that’s enough for people to hear our affirmation of yes or no and believe it to be so. Everything we say should be simple, straightforward, honest and true. When we speak the truth in every situation, it will set us apart from the world.

The world’s system is built on lies. The Church must be different. It all dates back to our childhood when we were kids. Telling the truth sometimes demanded that we swear. That kind of swearing and giving oaths is really a device of man based upon his basic dishonesty.

Hear what the venerable George Whitefield has to say about swearing: "Among the many heinous sins for which this nation is grown infamous, perhaps there is no one more crying, but withal more common, than the abominable custom of profane swearing and cursing. Our streets abound with persons of all degrees and qualities, who are continually provoking the holy one of Israel to anger, by their detestable oaths and blasphemies..." We must put an end to swearing and cursing if we ever wish to be tolerated in His presence.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The world is a system built on lies"

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Divine Help And Favour


"And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host" (1 Chronicles 12:21).

Most men are tempted to run away in despair when clouds of trials and temptations come their way. If believers would look closely at every situation through the eyes of faith, they would also see God’s angels of mercy coming to their aid to help in times of dire need.

David ran away from civilization as it were, to the strongholds in the jungle to avoid the persecution of King Saul and his repressive army. Ordinarily, men do not associate with failed escapades, but because David’s cause was just and righteous, God sent men to him to encourage and fortify him. Although, King Saul was a Benjamite, hordes of Benjamites trooped out to team up with David in the forest, despite the entreaties and blackmail of the king against them. This is what divine favour is all about.

In moments of trials and challenges, we are tempted to think that God has deserted us and left us to our misery. It is not so, for "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose". When God notices a moral defect in us, which will adversely affect His grand purpose in our lives, He might permit what we term "problems" to purge out such defects. David was called as God's own General to subdue the Caananites and return dominion to Israel. All the troubles he went through were to toughen and make him combat ready for the job. In the midst of the crisis, God fortified him with men and materials, so that he would not fight alone. Throughout the challenges David faced, God did not forsake him.

In your hour of "trouble", just believe God that innumerable angels and men are on standby to see you through those challenges. Elisha's servant's "eyes" were opened to see that "they that be with us are more than they that be with them". As it was then, so it is today for everyone who dwells "in the secret place of the Most High".


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "He who walks with God, will not walk alone"

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Tuesday, 01 September, 2015

Prevailing Prayer

TEXT: EXODUS 17:8-16

"But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun" (EXODUS 17:12).

Dr. Wilbur Chapman recalled his experience when, as a young man, he went to become the pastor of a church in Philadelphia. After his first sermon, an old gentleman accosted him, "You're pretty young to be pastor of this church. But you preach the gospel, and I'm going to help you. I'm going to pray for you that you may have the Holy Spirit's power upon you. Two others have covenanted to join me in prayers for you".
From the initial three that started the prayer, they became 10; the 10 became 20, 20 became 50 and the number further grew to 200. They all met before every service to pray that the Holy Spirit might come upon him. God, in His mercy, answered the prayers and the church got 1,100 converts in three years. Chapman commented: "It was the work of the Holy Spirit in answer to prayer".

In our text, the Amalekites had made themselves enemies of the Israelites. When they attacked the Israelites at Rephidim, Moses ordered Joshua to go up against them. Joshua mobilised some men for the battle, while Moses took Aaron and Hur with him to the hilltop. As the battle was going on, anytime Moses' hands dropped down, Israel would start losing in the battle, but when his hands went up, Israel would gain ground. So, Aaron and Hur found a seat for Moses and supported his arms. With this assistance, Moses was able to keep his hands firm and sustained the battle against the Amalekites.

What is your disposition to the devil’s plot to make sports of brethren, members of your family or church? Do you look indifferent to their plight? The devil has afflicted some people with sicknesses, barrenness, joblessness and other challenges of life. Do you look away from their needs? Moses could not do that when the Amalekites attacked the Israelites. How we need to pray to God to give us the right spirit, burden and compassion to be our brother’s keeper.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Leviticus 1-4

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Share the throne-room of intercession with Christ for the good of fellow men"

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Wednesday, 02 September,2015

Stop Complaining

TEXT: NUMBERS 11:31-35

"And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague" (Numbers 11:33).

People who complain a lot in church are those who have the least to do. The "gift" of grumbling is largely dispensed among those who have no other talents, or those who keep what they have wrapped up in a napkin.

Just after leaving Mount Sinai where God gave them the law and their descent in idolatry through which many perished, the children of Israel began to complain again. Ever since they left Egypt, God has fed them with manna. Even if they were tired of having the same food, they should have trusted God to supply their needs through prayers. Instead, they chose to complain and make noise about it. Although God gave them the quails, He sent a plague to destroy them for their sins.

God has the ability to furnish a table in the wilderness. The Israelites’ camp was not small. It would be a fair-size city all by itself with such a large population. Within and around this camp to a distance of day’s journey (about 10 to 30 miles), God filled the area with quail to a depth of three feet! Not trusting that the birds would remain, even though God said it would be there for a month, the people stayed up for two days gathering quail. It was so easy to gather that the largest quantity got was ten homers. One homer was a typical load for a donkey, or about 6.25 bushels or 50 gallons. A large trash bag holds 40 gallons, so they gathered a minimum of 12.5 forty-gallon trash bags full of quail.

They spread out to eat the meat right there. Before they could even swallow it, God struck them down with a plague. Their lust caused them to put God on trial. The result was their own death because God gave them what they asked for, but also gave them leanness of souls with abundant pains and plagues. The Bible IN ONE YEAR Unbelief can be very dangerous.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Complaints prove unbelief in the heart"

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Thursday, 03 September,2015

The Polluted Well

TEXT: MATTHEW 12:22-37

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matthew 12:34).

As the saying goes, "What is in the well will be in the bucket". You cannot draw clean water out from a polluted well. Much the same way, you cannot expect wholesome words from a heart that is tainted with wickedness. It was the same truth the Lord Jesus Christ taught when he observed that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh". He said this to the Pharisees whom He regarded as a generation of vipers and incapable of speaking good things.

Christ had healed a blind and dumb man. The miracle caused great amazement among the common people who at once recognized Jesus as the Son of David, the promised Messiah. But the Pharisees accused Him of casting out devils by the power of Beelzebub. Their malicious utterances against Christ stemmed from envy because His increasing liberating influence and acceptance among the common people meant a loosening of the inordinate grip they had on them. They were, therefore, bent on discrediting Christ and His ministry. They were so blinded by hate and wickedness that they could not reason right. It was illogical for Christ to cast out demons by the power of Satan since his kingdom would be divided. Christ’s miracles were rather a manifestation of God’s superior kingdom which the Pharisees themselves pretentiously expect but proved they were not prepared for.

The problem was not just what they spoke but the condition of their hearts from which those words flowed. Our commitment should be to cultivate a sound heart so that the fruits of our lives – utterances and actions – will be wholesome. It is vain to try to mend our actions and words when our hearts remain carnal and corrupt. By sincerely confessing your sins, resolving to turn away from them and exercising faith in Christ’s saving power, the grace of God will flow into your heart and regenerate it.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Spiritual cleansing and heart transplant are available free of charge"

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Friday,04 September, 2015

Sanctify Yourself


"And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even" (Leviticus 11:40).

The entire nature of man is corrupt because it has been affected by sin. His depravity and sinfulness render him subject to God's wrath and condemnation. Repentance, cleansing and holiness of life qualify a fallen man to stay clean and have regular fellowship with God.

Today's passage outlines instructions on clean and unclean things. Touching unclean creatures and their carcass will render a person unclean. God’s word makes it clear that detestable things render an individual unclean and defiled before God. "...Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy" (verse 44).

When God gave commandments to Israel, there were reasons behind them. He didn't need to always tell them why a particular thing was clean or unclean. Whenever any pronouncement is made by Him, it becomes a command. Obedience to that instruction or command is proof of our holy lifestyle.

God does not arbitrarily give laws to cage His people, but to prove their obedience. The consequences of violating His commandment by far outweigh the pleasure derived from disobeying them. Israel had two options of being separate and holy unto God or compromise and be defiled.

Every believer, like the Israelites, should remain holy unto God and avoid things that are questionable and defiling. Holiness of life is the standard of living that guarantees heaven and acceptable worship of God. The sum and substance of today's message therefore, is The Bible IN ONE YEAR "be ye holy for I am holy".


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Avoid every ungodly thing and be holy unto God"

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Saturday, 05 September,2015

Time To Retreat

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 20:24-34

"So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat" (1 Samuel 20:24).

Do we walk up to face obvious danger instead of running away from it? Is it a mark of courage and faith when we are aware of a threat to our lives and fail to do something about it when we can? The answers to these questions are obvious. It will be foolish and presumptuous for us to face danger headlong and fail to do something to avert or escape from it.

In the text, it became obvious to David that his life was no longer safe with king Saul. His friend and confidant, Jonathan, had doubted his fear. To confirm, both had agreed that David stay away from a feast to see the reaction of Saul. Saul’s angry reaction at David’s absence during the feast and his attempt on Jonathan’s life were all he needed. David did not bank on the promise to be crowned king after Saul through the anointing of prophet Samuel to dare the murderous attempts of Saul. It would have been foolish to think that since God had chosen him to be king, then He would have certainly prevented the king from killing him. He did a wise thing by running away to hide.

We need to learn from David. God’s promises of protection, guidance and deliverance are not to make us become foolish and presumptuous. They are not to make us neglect our responsibility of safety and security consciousness. There are certain things God would not do for us. When we are supposed to avoid danger, we should run away to protect ourselves. But if we fail to do so, we will have ourselves to blame. Don’t miss the point; God’s word is sure. He will protect us from danger and deliver us from evil. But then, we don’t have to cast ourselves down from a high building and feel that since He has given His angels charge to bear us in their hands, we will not dash our foot against a stone!

We must take personal responsibility for our safety and security. God will protect, secure and deliver us from evil, but we must play our part.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A wise person forsees evil and hides himself"

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Sunday, 06 September,2015

Inordinate Ambition

TEXT: MARK 10:35-45

"And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire" (Mark 10:35).

The story of the prodigal son has a lesson in fatal ambition. Although he was the second son of his father, the young man wanted an easy life even when his elder brother was toiling in the field. Having got his father to give him his portion of inheritance, he took off on a long journey that nearly proved disastrous. He squandered the wealth in reckless living.

In our text today, Jesus was able to read in-between the lines in a request made by James and John (two brothers). He knew it oozed out of selfish hearts so He sharply rebuked them. Even then, they insisted that they were able to drink the cup Jesus was about to drink. But, Jesus, knowing them, pointed out that their request could only be granted by God.

There are people who are always ready to cash in on every opportunity to take undue advantage of others. They want all manner of favours above others; they want to be recognized and elevated above others, and it does not matter to them how others feel about their scheming. Their ultimate aim is to rule over others by all means. While other disciples were busy doing the work of God, the two brothers were preoccupied with how to occupy some privileged positions.

There is nothing wrong with ambition, but how godly is that ambition? Is taking advantage of others your motivation in the service of the Lord? Some ambitions can prove fatal when they are carnally inspired. Every true believer is, therefore, urged to search his/her heart whether what springs from there is purely the things that give glory to God or those that crave for material gratifications and cheap adulation.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is carnal for a saint to be inordinately ambitious"

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