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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:46am On Jun 04, 2015
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Yes, The Porters Too


"So they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of the LORD, namely, the house of the tabernacle, by wards" (1 Chronicles 9:23)

In most organizations, when people that matter to the growth and progress of the group are being mentioned, hardly are the porters, guards and lowly-placed officials mentioned. Usually, such offices are mostly reserved for those who appear to be at the lower rung of the social ladder. Nobody seems to attach any importance to them. Unfortunately too, most of these people look down on themselves, having such a low self-esteem.

This scenario is entirely different in God’s setup. Everyone in God’s house and service enjoys a place of unique importance. It is interesting to note the attention given to chronicling the place and roles of these sons of Levi whose duties were to keep watch over the place of worship in our text. God took time to mention each family by name and the place of their service. Because they saw that their assigned portions and duties were given to them by God, there was no record of anyone grudging over the other or envying one another. Rather, each family took pride in their service and gladly rendered faithful service to the Lord. The porters, just like the priests, were important to God.

Certainly, not everyone will have the privilege of the pulpit ministry. We all can’t be preachers and pastors but then, we all can find a place of importance and relevance in God’s service. God needs the porters too and that very much. So, if your calling is not to preach, sing or counsel, but just to watch over the people of God and the place of worship, know that you are very much significant in the entire service. Don’t look down on your calling. Take pride in the duty assigned you and do it with joy.

And if yours is the privilege of oversight of God’s people as pastors and preachers, remember that you need the porters to be able to effectively carry out your ministry. Yes, the porters too are important in God’s service.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Don’t despise your calling"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:53am On Jun 05, 2015
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Friday, June 05, 2015

Waterloo Of The Oppressor

TEXT: PSALM 52:1-9

"Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever" (Psalm 52:3,8 )

Ancient Macedonian leader, Alexander the Great, had overrun much of the known world by the time he was 32 years old. From his base in the Greek city-state, this young adventurer pushed inward into Europe and Persia and captured territory after territory amongst the subjects of the vast Greek Empire. He was in Africa, easily conquered Egypt, and crossed the Euphrates, rampaging Babylon. Alexander planned to move into India, hoping to conquer her. He later added Carthage, Italy and Spain to his spoils.

Alas, his successes inflated his ego. He commanded his subjects to pay him divine honours. Furiously drunk, he killed a man who had saved his life. He also commanded that all those who entered his presence should bend the knee to him and kiss his feet. Alexander died of fever in 323 B.C.

His story is a sad recurring narrative of boastful man who does not recognize God as the Sovereign Lord behind any power. 739 years before Alexander, another man, King Saul of Israel with Doeg his Edomite aide, had constituted himself into a force that did not reckon with the infinitely greater power of God. Saul sought to kill David who was on the run. Doeg reported an encounter with David and the priests at Nob to Saul who promptly killed those servants of God.

In today’s reading, the Psalmist, David, says we who believe in God as the Supreme Lord of the universe should not be afraid of power-drunk men. In Isaiah 51:12, God asks: “who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass”. Who, then, is that strong man bothering your life? Report him to God who promises to punish every oppressor.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The wicked and the arrogant will meet their waterloo"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:28am On Jun 06, 2015
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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Plain Truth Please

TEXT: JOHN 3:1-3

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).

The great German reformer, Martin Luther, stood his ground when he "saw the light". A former ordained priest of the Catholic church, he was plagued with an inner demand for true righteousness. This brought him at cross-purposes with the powers that be. He denounced everything he had believed in Catholicism. He was denounced in Rome and was accused of heretical hostility to the Pope.

Luther made a show of his new faith by publishing three books, and dramatically severing himself from obedience to the Pope by publicly burning a copy of the papal bulletin. He sincerely believed that faith without works, without any merit, reconciles man to God and makes him good. He believed Paul’s observation to the Romans that, "the just shall live by faith." When summoned to appear before the German Congress at Worms in 1521 to answer charges of heresy, Luther said: "Here I stand! I cannot do otherwise! God help me."

In our text, a well known personality in Israel, Nicodemus, got bothered about his life, and needed to seek help. He wanted to know the truth. He decided to consult Christ under the cover of the night. Jesus told him plainly and simply that he must be born again. There was no sand-papering!

Believers must always defend the truth when convenient and otherwise. Though it may cost some important earthly things, yet it is better to stand one's ground like Luther than to continue in the company of enemies of Christ. You may be given a nickname, but nothing is more fulfilling than being branded for the sake of Christ!


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is wisdom to be unflagging in the pursuit of truth"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:02pm On Jun 07, 2015
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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Give Thanks To God

TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 2:1-11

"There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God" (1 Samuel 2:2).

Praise is pertinent and edifying. It is an odour of sweet smell. This was what Hannah aptly captures in our text. Her prayer of praise reveals the depth of her appreciative heart. Prior to the dedication of her son, Samuel, to God, Hannah was in misery of barrenness for years, which attracted her ridicules from her husband’s other wife, Peninnah.

While particularly noting that she was ashamed when she could not bear a child, Hannah appreciated God for rescuing her situation. The prayer was more of an ecstasy than anything else, that God could change her circumstances. Yet, she never made her son the centre of her praises, neither did she stage a revenge on Peninnah for speaking against her.

Therefore, Hannah could not only bask herself in holy joy but also regaled in holy triumph. She noted that God gave her courage and made her strong. He could weaken the strong and strengthen the weak; make the rich to be impoverished and the poor to be strangely enriched; and replenish empty families and diminish numerous families.

Hannah’s prayer showed the unquestionable power of God which is still available today. We must build our confidence in God because He can tackle every challenge of life. It was Hannah’s good understanding of God’s attributes and faith in Him that attracted His mercy and favour. If we live out a Christlike lives and have absolute faith in God, we will equally have whatever we ask of Him.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Praise is a reminder of all that God is able to do"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:30am On Jun 08, 2015
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Monday, June 08, 2015

Repercussion Of Sin

TEXT: 1 KINGS 11:26-43

"Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians... and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father" (1 Kings 11:33).

The tragedy of Solomon, David’s son, was appalling. Though he started well, he later allowed strange women to lure his heart away from God. He led Israelites to worship Ashtoreth, goddess of the Zidonians; Chemosh, god of the Moabites; and Milcom, god of the children of Ammon. He completely forsook God and walked in the opposite direction. Keeping God’s statute was no longer attractive to him.

God, out of anger, decided to rend Solomon’s kingdom into two, giving 10 tribes to Jeroboam, son of Nebat, an Ephrathite. He would allow Solomon to control only two tribes because of David, who was God’s faithful servant. Jeroboam, a seemingly impressive and hard-working man, was appointed by Solomon to command the tribes of Joseph, who had to work for the king. Ephraim and Manasseh were Joseph’s sons and they formed two of the largest tribes in Israel. This time, God decided to favour Jeroboam with 10 tribes as punishment for Solomon, who allowed sin to dominate his life.

Jeroboam did not initially know of God’s intention until he met prophet Ahijah, the Shilonite, who gave him the information. Ahijah emphasised that it was because Solomon disobeyed God. The two tribes – Judah and Benjamin – would continue to belong to the family of David, but Jeroboam’s family would only continue to rule over the north if they obeyed God.

Who could have imagined that Solomon would so soon lose the control of the entire nation, which his father strenuously built. Sin and compromise are not only damning, they are deadly. What it took years to build could be destroyed in a fell swoop by sin. Learn from the ignoble example of Solomon and stick to God’s righteousness and ways.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Sin is deadly"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:23am On Jun 09, 2015
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Simply God Sent

TEXT: LUKE 5:17-26

"And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him" (Luke 5:18).

The Great Commission makes it the business of every Christian in every place to tell others about Jesus and to do his best to bring others to the Saviour. The bringing of one soul to Jesus is therefore the highest achievement possible to any believer. Those who have answered the Saviour’s call to salvation were brought in many ways. Some were brought by a friend, a neighbour or a colleague. Others were introduced by parents early in life, while some were invited by the voice of an anonymous herald on radio or the city bus service. Yet, some others were brought in through a miracle of healing by a minister. However the invitation came, the channel used is undoubtedly, God-sent.

The men mentioned in our text were God-sent, to introduce the helpless, sick fellow to Jesus for the healing of his diseased soul which was reason for his bodily infirmity. These men knew they had not the power to help their friend in his predicament, but they obviously knew the Saviour and they believed He could heal him. The perseverance with which they carried the sick man in his couch and let him down through the opened roof to the place where Jesus was seated is the evidence of their faith.

Sinners are helpless in the hands of Satan and the flesh. They have no hope of eternal life if somebody does not tell them about Jesus who died to atone for their sins. Every true believer is God sent to go and preach the gospel of salvation to every creature within his reach. And because we are sent to a people weakened, paralyzed and sick with sin, we must be willing to lend ourselves to be used as the hands, arms and feet to lovingly hold, carry and bring sinners to Jesus. Nothing reveals our faith in Him better than perseveringly leading sinners into a lifetime of relationship with Him. There is the promise of reward for every work done faithfully in His name.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Be a channel of blessing to others"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:16pm On Jun 10, 2015
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A God-Denying World

TEXT: PSALM 53:1-6

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good" (Psalm 53:1).

The world has made many attempts to deny the existence of the Living God Who is in charge of the whole universe and to Whom everyone is responsible and accountable. In spite of the very many undeniable evidences of the existence of God, modern-day atheists through their secularism, liberalism and modernism, have refused to acknowledge Him. They have tried, though with no success at all, to disprove all that points to His reality.

Our text reveals that this denial of the existence of God is not new and only describes such people as fools. It further shows the reason for such denial and the obvious outcome of a world and life without God. Those that deny the existence of God do so because they don’t want to be answerable to Him. They are obviously afraid of a God that would hold them accountable for all their deeds and practices. This is an attempt to free their minds from the thought of a possible future judgment where they would have to account for their sinful lifestyle. Denying the existence of God means that man is only accountable to himself and so is at liberty to live whichever way he chooses.

The ever increasing rate of sinful practices today is an evidence of a God-rejecting age. The world may call it “civilization”, “liberalism”, “enlightenment”, or whatever but it is nothing but sheer backwardness and a movement to the primitive age of bondage. What makes this even more sad is that many Christians who seem to profess faith in the existence of God also live as if He does not exist.

As Christians, we need to continue to prove to the world that our God is real and in charge of our lives and universe by making the world see God in us and through us. When we manifest an incorruptible life of holiness and righteousness in the face of the wanton decay and pollution that mark our world, they will come to believe.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Those who deny the existence of God only do it to their own hurt"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:56am On Jun 11, 2015
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Your Life As A Magnet

TEXT: ISAIAH 18:1,5-7

"In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion" (Isaiah 18:7).

Lying south of Egypt, Ethiopia, at the time of this message from God to Isaiah, was a very powerful nation. Its king was an equally potent monarch who ruled all of Egypt with considerable authority. History says his control stretched over a wide expanse that included territories north of Egypt.

But despite this power and control, a time came when Ethiopia sought Israel’s help in a confederacy to check Assyria, a war-loving nation. To contain Assyria, Ethiopia was said to have sent messengers to Israel asking for an alliance. The king of Ethiopia thought that with Israel, a nation guided by God and His prophets on his side, his force would make easy conquest of the fierce Assyrians.

Now the God of Israel intervened by sending His word to prophet Isaiah. God says He Himself would defeat the Assyrian enemy in His own time. “They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.” God determined when He would effect the victory because He says in verse 4, “I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place...”

If we trust in God, His power and presence will be so evident in our lives that the weak and oppressed sinner will be drawn to us, asking for our help on how he can be saved. In the process, God will be exalted and glorified as the Source of our strength. The despairing world will come to know Jesus Christ as the Saviour through us. They will flee from sin and Satan their oppressor and run to Jesus the Son of God Who possesses all power in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18).


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Let your life reflect the glory of God"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:55am On Jun 12, 2015
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Judgment Is Sure


"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God" (Revelation 15:1).

There is a dominant truth that most people will not readily accept: that God will judge the actions of every man while on earth. We read this story today and conclude that it must have been an insufferable burden for the inhabitants of Egypt and their king to lose all the firstborn children at a go! But a more awesome sentence will come upon the unrepentant at the time of the Great Tribulation when the Church of Jesus Christ, those redeemed by His precious blood would have been raptured, taken out of this sinful world, to live with Him in unspeakable joy in heaven.

Those who reject the gospel message of salvation, work out by God through the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross at Calvary will be left here on earth for an unpleasant encounter with Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet; all archenemies of God and Christ.

They will insist that the people must take the mark of the beast (Antichrist). Those who refuse will receive fatal punishment.

Added to that will be God’s own overpowering plagues upon the entire world. There will be no room for escape because even a dash for the temple to pray may be impossible. “And no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:8.)

Those who would not experience the torment of that period are those who have embraced the Saviour, those who have settled their ways with God and repented of their sins. They would receive pardon and be given the power and grace to live a holy life. They will be counted worthy of the rapture when the Lord comes in the sky. They will be taken away and spared from the wrath of God both during the tribulation and in eternity.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A stitch in time saves manifold challenges"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:33am On Jun 13, 2015
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Folly Of Deception

TEXT: EXODUS 16:1-10

"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no" (Exodus 16:4).

A certain businessman was accused by his kinsmen of not bringing up the younger generation in his town in his line of business even though he was involved in lots of philanthropic activities that benefited the community. Out of pressure, he decided to take three boys to the city for them to undergo apprenticeship and to be later established. As soon as they got to the city, they began to plot against the businessman and to poison the minds of the young men working in the establishment. One day, they forged his signature to cash huge sums of money from his different accounts. Their plot however did not succeed as the man got wind of it and nipped it in the bud. The young men were evil and scorned all the good deeds of the man to them, to their families and to the entire community. They lost every opportunity to become successful in life because of their ungrateful attitude.

In our text, the children of Israel were a bunch of ungrateful people. They were always murmuring and complaining. A people that cried endlessly over the oppression in Egypt soon forgot their ugly experiences and began to complain about the wilderness (Exodus 16:3). God was not well-pleased with their murmurings and outright rebellion against Moses and Aaron.

We must understand that any blessing obtained from God through desperation is hardly in accordance with His total will. The Almighty decided to “rain bread from heaven” for them just “to prove them”, in other words, to test them.

Believers must always allow God to take the best decision for their lives. When God proves man, many fail because of their depraved nature. Israel failed the tests of God because of their hardness of heart and unbelief. Whatever is the situation, desperation is not the option. Believe God totally.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Self management is the pathway to destruction"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:30am On Jun 15, 2015
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Let The Lord Lead You

TEXT: NUMBERS 10:33-36

"And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days’ journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them" (Numbers 10:33).

We often do many things honestly, and with the best of intentions. But good intentions alone are inadequate before God. Sometimes, they tend to lead us away from God’s chosen path for our lives. They also make us repose our trust and confidence in men or things, instead of God. Moses almost fell into this trap. He had, only a moment earlier in our text, sought to convince his father-in-law to go on the journey to Canaan with the Israelites because he was familiar with the route in the otherwise harsh desert terrain. He pleaded with him: “Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.”

But it was God alone who brought them out of Egypt that had the actual compass for their journey. He had given them the Ark of Covenant, a golden rectangular box containing the two stones on which the Ten Commandments were written, a jar containing samples of the manna which He gave them as food, and the rod of Aaron, symbolizing the authority of the priest. The Ark was a symbol of God’s presence and power, reassuring the Israelites that they were not alone in the journey. Those bearing the Ark were to lead the way for the Israelites to follow. Wherever the Ark stopped was to be their resting place. And as they proceeded on the journey, the cloud of the Lord was upon them to shield them from the harsh desert heat. Whenever they moved with the Ark, Moses prayed that the Lord will arise and scatter all enemies on the way, and when the Ark stopped, he asked the Lord to return to the Israelites.

We must therefore, never get to a point when we allow the present harsh realities to draw us away from following God’s well mapped out path for our lives. We should not allow men, no matter how well endowed, to take the place of God as we journey through life.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Those who follow God’s leading, live to fulfill God’s purpose in life"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:11pm On Jun 15, 2015
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Voluntary And Obedient Service


"Then said He, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second" (Hebrews 10:9).

The animals killed for sacrifice at the altar in the Old Testament era did not offer themselves voluntarily. The priest dragged them down to the place of atonement for their death to be used for the cleansing or covering of the people’s transgression. The use of blood as sacrifices for iniquity featured prominently in the entire scheme.

The slaying of the animals and the application of their blood were together part of a bigger picture of the future God was unveiling to the Israelites. Although He was operating under the provisions of a particular covenant, He told them through His prophet that some superior everlasting covenant was on the way. In Jeremiah 31:31, God makes it clear that He “will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”

Psalm 40:8 reveals a distinct difference between the Old and New Covenants, which our reading today treats. Whereas involuntary animals were used in the Old, the New would present a willing person, Jesus Christ. “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7,9).

Jesus came to die for the sinners of His free will in obedience to the Father’s love for the world. Therein lies a perfect understanding of today’s reading. The New Covenant replaced the Old not because the latter was ill-planned. Nor was the new an after-thought in God’s mind. Rather, God had it in place and that was why He foreshadowed it through the sacrifice of animals to hint that a greater once-and-for all sacrifice would come to deal with sin. The path of the Old Testament pointed to Calvary, when God’s holiness and righteousness would dwell in the believer in Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit. He gives us a new heart to love God and serve Him voluntarily.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Jesus is the final fulfillment of the law"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:48am On Jun 16, 2015
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Decision Determines Destiny

TEXT: 1 KINGS 12:1-15

"Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat" (1 Kings 12:15).

Our text gives an insight into the effect of Rehoboam’s decision on the kingdom of Israel, after the death of Solomon. The leaders of the northern tribes of Israel met Rehoboam at Shechem to iron out some issues. Though they were willing to make him their king because they wanted the kingdom to remain united, they were not comfortable with Solomon’s high-handedness and they wanted Rehoboam to review it. Rehoboam asked for time to enable him seek for advice. He ought to have prayed about this and seek for God’s advice, but he never did. He did not even ask a prophet or a priest to advise him. He possibly was afraid that God would tell him something contrary to his plan – not to rule the northern tribes.

The elderly men who served Solomon, with better experience, knew certain things which Rehoboam probably did not know. They had respect for Solomon because of his godly wisdom and fair judgments which they possibly believed Rehoboam did not have. They thus advised him to agree with the people’s demands. But the younger men, whose advice he equally sought, never had any experience on the act of governance. They thought the Israelites could be controlled with strong words. Unfortunately, Rehoboam rejected the advice of those elderly leaders and chose the advice of his peers. This proved disastrous.

He who sows the wind, must reap the whirlwind and whatsoever a man sows, he reaps. Rehoboam sowed utter foolishness and reaped disaster. Those given to impulsive decisions, without mediation and prayers, must be prepared for the dire consequences.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Eternal values, not temporal ones, should determine a believer’s decisions"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:20am On Jun 17, 2015
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Importunity In Prayer

TEXT: DANIEL 10:10-21

"Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand... thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me" (Daniel 10:12,13).

Our text aptly captures Daniel’s importunity in prayer. He was majorly concerned about the welfare of Israel and for 21 days, devoted himself to prayer and fasting. An angel of the Lord came to him and intimated him that he was greatly beloved before God, informing him that from the very first day he started praying, God had answered and immediately sent a message to him. Unfortunately, the prince of Persia withstood the angel for 21 days until Michael, one of the chief angels, came to the rescue.

That an angel was particularly dispatched because of Daniel’s prayer revealed that genuine prayer matters before God. Since the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood the angel, it also shows that there is always satanic opposition to believers’ prayers. Satan has his angels who help him to launch evil attacks on Christians. Since Daniel’s victory came on the 21st day, it equally indicates there may be some hindrances to prayers, which some Christians may not know. They may be wondering why answers to their requests are delayed.

It is possible that if Daniel had stopped praying on the 20th day, the answer would not have come. This explains that believers should be importunate in prayer – they should keep on praying until they receive answers to their requests. Of course, God has the power to destroy every satanic opposition, but He probably allowed such a conflict in Daniel’s prayer to use the time of the delay to develop him as a man of persistent prayer.

Persistence in prayer may be necessary to train believers. Daniel’s success should be a reflection on believers’ failures, as it revealed that angelic assistance or insight might not be realized, if there is a lack of persistence and importunity in prayer.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Prayer is the link that connects us with God"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:26pm On Jun 18, 2015
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Salutation To Living Saints


"Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love" (Ephesians 1:2,4).

Ephesus was one of the five major cities in the Roman Empire, along with Rome, Corinth, Antioch and Alexandra. It was a commercial, political and religious centre for all of Asia Minor and was also the location of the temple of Diana, the goddess of Athens.

At this time, Paul the apostle had been a Christian for close to thirty years. He had undertaken a trip to Ephesus during his second missionary journey. He wrote to the Ephesians while he was under house arrest. As was usual with him, he warmly saluted them, and desired for them the best spiritual blessing. ”All spiritual blessings in heavenly places” means all the good things God has provided for His followers. These include salvation, the gifts of the Spirit, the power to do His will while here, and the hope of eternal life with Christ hereafter.

God’s choice of saved believers is entirely by His grace. No one takes credit for his salvation. Salvation makes us new creatures in Christ, willing to obey Him and do His will. Our old life was characterized by disobedience, sin, condemnation and death.

But God has graciously shaped our lives and destinies in conformity with His will. Are you one of those the Lord has chosen? Do not spurn God’s invitation; neither drive rough over the sacrifice offered by His Son. Accept His salvation with a grateful heart and you will be glad you did.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "To be chosen, you have to willingly surrender your life to Him today"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:37am On Jun 19, 2015
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ever Compassionate

TEXT: EXODUS 16:11-21

"And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat" (Exodus 16:15).

In biblical and contemporary times, recorded are myriads of outstanding testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the lives of men. Indeed, in every life, God must have shown His faithfulness in one way or the other. The testimonies of what He did in time past, should encourage us to trust Him even in our trying times.

If God had looked at the oft-repeated failings of the children of Israel, He would have abandoned them long ago. But in keeping to the promises He made to Abraham, the Almighty had continued to be patient with them. It is strange that the people who had seen the mighty deliverances which God had granted them and the sheer favour they had enjoyed, still continued in their sins.

In spite of the murmurings of the children of Israel, God, by His mercy decided to rain bread from heaven to them. He instructed them, through Moses on the method of gathering the manna. Sadly, many of them did the contrary. But God was still patient with them.

Today, God still forbears and He is ever compassionate. He hears when we cry despite our failings. He daily provides our needs and heals our diseases and infirmities. In fact, He protects our lives from dangerous diseases and pestilences which are ravaging the lives of others. We owe it all to God. Rather than continue in half-hearted obedience and lukewarmness, we must wholly yield our all to Him, laying them upon the altar. We should willingly and obediently follow the Lord so that we can truly eat of the good of the land.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Though loving, God is a consuming fire"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:56am On Jun 20, 2015
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Be At Ease

TEXT: PSALM 54:1-7

"Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul" (Psalm 54:4).

In her song titled, 'Victory All the Time', Leila Naylor Morris, scripted, "They who know the Saviour shall in Him be strong, Mighty in the conflict of the right 'gainst wrong; this the blessed promise given in God's word, doing wondrous exploits, they who know the Lord." She encouraged believers to put their trust in the Almighty in all circumstances, for, according to her, victory is sure.

In a world of turmoil, where many people are daily buffeted by all manner of adversities, calamities and deprivations, only those who put their absolute trust in God receive His awesome help for sustenance. While he lived, the Psalmist at various times, tasted the brutality of the wicked. At some points in his life, adversities were his daily companion, but he knew the way to sure solution. He called on the Almighty for assistance. He knew God is the only true source of help, and he was also aware that it was He alone who could judge his enemies and put them to shame.

Our text contains fundamental lessons for every believer in Christ. In times of adversity, God is faithful. During afflictions from the enemy, God is the righteous Judge. When trials and temptations buffet, God is our Refuge and Strength. At all times, we must not be discouraged. We must hold on to our faith till the end.

Believers must realise the source of their problems and learn not to charge God wrongly. Every problem must be taken to God in prayer and the burden must be laid at the feet of Jesus. We need not cringe or fret because He that is with us is more than they that be with our adversaries. Victory is ours.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:51am On Jun 22, 2015
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

He Meets All Needs

TEXT: MARK 8:5-9

"So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets" (Mark 8:8.)

A global increase in population, especially in developing nations with rising prices of goods, is a serious threat to survival. Severe drought in numerous nations of Africa has made many families to go hungry or at least compromised their diets. In the midst of hunger and scarcity, God has always provided for those who trust in His ability to change difficult situations and provide their needs.

The text of today focuses on the compassionate nature of Christ to always find enduring solution to the plight of those who come to Him. The preceding chapter captures different categories of people with diverse ailments and challenges who were healed and delivered. They were astonished beyond measure, "saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak" (Mark 7:37). Christ provided food for the hungry and fainting people, to support them and to sustain the spiritual blessings they had received.

Sometimes, we ignore the physical needs of others in pursuit of the spiritual alone. Yet, the two are necessary. Although the multitude did not complain or tell Jesus of their hunger, He nevertheless, recognized the need and supplied food. Sometimes, we are too slow to recognize people’s needs, and even when we do, nothing is done about it. Are there hungry people in your local church? You may not be able to heal the sick but you can provide something for somebody in your local assembly. Identify a needy person today, and allow the compassion of God to move you to meet their needs and lighten their burden. On that score, you will be a true follower of Christ.

God cares for every minute detail of our lives. He is not too busy with important matters alone; He is also interested in every minor or major areas of our lives. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:17).


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Christ will supply all your needs, if you trust Him"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:34am On Jun 22, 2015
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Life, Not Religion


"Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:6)

Israel had been a backslidden nation. Several years back, a righteous king, Josiah, had arrived the stage with sweeping reforms to restore righteousness in the land. He enthroned true worship by removing the idolatrous priests who had been burning incense in high places at the instance of the past kings of Judah. He broke in pieces the images of idols and drove away the workers with familiar spirits and wizards to enable the people return to the true God and His worship. Sadly, at the death of King Josiah, the people returned to their old ways.

In our text, Prophet Jeremiah itemized the abominations prevalent in Israel for which God was not pleased. The prophet said that the people were “all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men” (verse 2).

Today, our society is in the same lamentable situation Israel was at that time. There is corruption in high and low places, idolatry of all kinds, and immorality is at its peak. The values that were held sacrosanct years ago have been thrown overboard. Even in unlikely places, worship centres, evils abound. These things that made Jeremiah shed tears are also the concern of genuine men of God today who labour day and night to draw men from the scourge of sin.

The redeemed of the Lord must warn sinners of the imminent judgment of God as did Jeremiah. The purity of one’s Christian faith should be seen by doing what is right; loving others and ceasing from sin. So, the practice of the Christian faith must not be limited to a mere church attendance. Our changed lives must be righteous and holy, a sure signpost for others to take after.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The reality of man’s religion is evident in his character"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:44am On Jun 23, 2015
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Infallibility Of God’s Word


"And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia" (Daniel 11:2)

Our text today contains things that were revealed to Daniel after his fasting and prayer for twenty-one days. The man, who appeared to him, told him that three kings would emerge in Persia. After them, the fourth king would come up and he would be richer than other kings. And because of his wealth, he would be very powerful. He would rise up against the kingdom called, Greece.

The man also told Daniel that another strong king would emerge who would rule with great power, but he would have a sudden end, which would lead to the break-up of his kingdom into four. Even though his kingdom would be broken to smaller kingdoms, his children and grandchildren would not rule them. Instead, other people would take possession of the kingdoms but their kings would not be powerful.

Some Bible scholars, who examined Daniel’s prophecy in the context of its fulfilment, noted that all the contents of the prophecy were fulfilled with clinical accuracy. These prophecies were from the Lord who cannot lie. Everything he said then, came to pass. And whatever He has said concerning today must also surely come to pass. It will be wise for all discerning minds not to scoff at God’s prophecies. Instead, they should take appropriate steps to ensure that the damning portents are not fulfilled in their lives.

The accuracy of Daniel’s prophecy shows the infallibility of God’s word. As precise as Daniel’s prophecy was, so also will the events of the end of time as detailed in Scripture come to pass. For those who doubt the existence of hell and the consequence of sin, they will be shocked to discover that God’s word is infallible and that His prophecies can NEVER fail. Beware!


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God’s word is a sure declaration of His mind"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:47pm On Jun 24, 2015
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Let Your Light Shine Before Men


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16)

Jesus Christ, in His sermon on the Mount, taught some cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. He particularly described Christians as salt of the earth. Salt is known to be a flavour, which adds better tastes to food and equally helps to preserve the food from going bad.

By this teaching, Jesus pointed out that Christians, through their conducts and lifestyle, should make the world a happier place. They should live a pure life, which should be according to God’s precept, and become an example to other people. This would make the world easier for people to live in. But when Christians lose their Christ-like virtues, they would become like salt which has lost its proper flavour. Such salt will no longer be useful.

Jesus equally taught that Christians, as the light of the world, should not hide their identities. They should exhibit their Christ-like virtues, which should guard others in the proper and right way. It would be foolish, therefore, for believers not to live out the Christ in them, which could amount to hiding a lamp under a bowl. Christians must allow the light in them to shine to help people avoid taking bad decisions.

This shows that in our offices, schools, markets and other places, we should not hide our Christian identity. We should not compromise our faith through dishonesty, covetousness and corruption. Our relations, friends and colleagues are looking up to us as a guiding light to lead the way for them to follow. They may not initially muster the will to resist temptation, but with our Christ-like action, consecration and commitment, they may be converted to Christ and we would have saved precious souls from going to hell.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:50am On Jun 25, 2015
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Thursday, June 25, 2015


TEXT: PSALM 55:1-15

"For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company" (Psalm 55:12-14)

The story of Judas Iscariot is a classic example of what a man is capable of doing when overtaken by greed and inordinate love for material things. Here was a man who had the privilege of working closely with the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Yet, he lost his life for pecuniary reasons. He betrayed his Master.

We live in desperate times when unimaginable things are daily taking place. We hear of ritual killings, betrayals and marriages that were conducted on the altar of God collapsing and being dissolved in law courts. A lot of terrible things are happening. Fathers are killing their children; husbands are gruesomely murdering their wives. The national dailies in many countries are filled with stories of bizarre occurrences.

David experienced such a deep betrayal. He was pained and wondered what was happening. He said if the source of his problem was extraneous, he would not have bothered, but that they were within the circle of his friends, confidants, family and even from those he went to the house of God together.

Look around you today, what are those things that cause you anguish? They may be injuries inflicted on you by trusted allies and brethren or family members. Some people have been duped by those they trusted and least expected they could do such things. Some have suffered various degrees of pains inflicted on them by close allies. And some are not even alive to tell their bitter stories anymore. Whatever is your own case, take it to God in prayer because vengeance belongs to Him. Be assured that He still answers prayers today.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "You are defeated only when you accept defeat"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:37pm On Jun 26, 2015
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Bad Habits Kill


"And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards" (Isaiah 19:3)

Often, what makes people to persist in their reckless and indulgent lifestyle is the comfort they derive from their companions in the act. They refuse to see that they are in a slippery path, and are headed to a certain disaster. They would not listen to good reason nor accept wise counsel, choosing instead to draw mental strength from their notorious companions.

The Egyptians were like that. They had all become accustomed to their evil habits and lifestyle. They were incorrigible because of their renown wisdom and great achievements in the field of science. They, therefore, did not see any need for God in their affairs. Before God, they lived as outlaws. This was an assault on the Almighty, and He decided to sweep through the land of Egypt with His judgment. The idols in which they trusted shall be moved at the presence of God, and their hardened hearts would at last melt at the sight of the vengeance of The Lord. Their destruction shall come from within, for God shall set them against each other. Rather than give comfort, they would destroy themselves. At that time, the widely acknowledged spirit of Egypt shall fail them, as would all their idols, charmers, familiar spirits and wizards. They would be hit by natural disasters. They would find help from nowhere, and instead, they shall be governed by a cruel and fierce king, who would show them no mercy.

It is foolish to think that you can make do without God in this life. You may think that you have succeeded having escaped danger on numerous occasions or having benefited from God’s mercies. But evil lurks in the corner for all those who would not listen to the counsel of God to turn from their wicked ways. The thing to do is to retrace your steps from your sinful habits and receive Jesus Christ today as your Saviour and Lord.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:09am On Jun 27, 2015
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Their Days Are Numbered!


"And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain" (Revelation 16:10)

Evil, with all that is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Bible, is on such ascendancy that a great number of people are doubting prophecy and becoming “scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:3,4).

There are people who believe that everything begins and ends here on earth. Standing on this logic, sinful man has conducted himself with impunity, enacting laws and erecting systems that challenge God and His servants. Thus, there are many abominable acts as same-sex marriage, bestiality (man beast intimacy), human sacrifices, senseless mass murders, rape, sacrilegious church worship, blasphemous interpretation of Bible doctrines and scores of other heinous violation of God’s injunctions.

Yet, one thing is sure: God will intervene. At the time of the Great Tribulation, when the true Church would have been raptured, when the blood-redeemed believers would be in great joy in the Lord’s presence in heaven, unbearable torment would be the lot of the wicked on earth (Revelation 16:10).

The world headquarters of the Satan-backed Antichrist and false prophet would be toppled (verse 10), as God rains His wrath of plagues on them and their followers. Their refusal to repent and honour God will be met with fierce angelic rage to prove the superiority of the Creator over mutinous creatures.

The days of this irreverent system are numbered and this knowledge should serve as a sober warning to the unbelieving to abandon their world of sin and darkness and embrace the light and righteousness of Jesus Christ.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Jesus can provide the shelter from the coming storm"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:11pm On Jun 28, 2015
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Like Everyone Else


"And Ner begat Kish; and Kish begat Saul; and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal" (1 Chronicles 9:39)

The world has known so many great names whose lives and contributions stand out like colossus. The impact of their lives has cut across time and boarders. But one interesting thing is that all of them have something in common with every other person on earth. They were born like everyone else. There was nothing that suggested the greatness they were to attain at birth.

As we consider the mention of the name of Saul in our text today, we cannot but reflect on how ordinary his birth was. Nobody had the slightest idea of the greatness that was to become his as the first king in Israel. He was born like everybody else, lived like every other person until God picked him up and turned him to another man. Unfortunately however, he made a mess of the opportunity later in life as he went contrary to the God who chose him.

Here are the lessons there for us. We may not be able to tell what will become of the little lives we see around us each day, like our children and those we have the opportunity to influence. How we need to be careful in handling them and make sure we do not miss the privilege we have to give them our best! No doubt, the trainings we give them now, in one way or the other, prepares them for the future role they will have to play. Can we also see why abortion is a terrible crime? And why it is also not right to fail to give the right care or treatment to our children?

Again, Saul was so ordinary and unknown until God picked him up. It is true that the best in our lives can never be realized until we allow God to take us up. He is the One that can help us best to develop and make use of the gifts and potentials He has endowed us with because He is the One that puts them there. You cannot be at your optimum best until you let God have full control of your life.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Born like everyone else but choose to live like no one else"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:32am On Jun 29, 2015
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sincere Concern

TEXT: EZRA 10:1-5

"Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore" (Ezra 10:1)

Walter J. Chantry, editor of “Banner of Truth” Magazine, noted: “Our Good Shepherd has become the model for other shepherds. His great concern is the good of the sheep. A good shepherd gives himself to the sheep. Jesus our Lord made every personal claim subservient to the blessing of his flock; even to giving His life that they might live.”

Our text reveals Ezra’s power of prayer. He soaked himself in prayer, confessing, weeping and casting himself down before God. Many people gathered around him. They did not just come to see what had come over him, but they also wept aloud because they too were sad about the sins of the people. Many of them had forsaken the covenant which God made with them. They went ahead to marry strange women, contrary to the counsel of God.

Shechaniah, one of the men, was equally sad because of the sins of the people. Though he was not married to a strange wife, he was sorrowful because some of his relatives did. He, however, knew there was still hope for Israel, especially because God still loved His people. But the people needed to turn away from their sins if they wanted God to forgive them.

Therefore, Shechaniah suggested to Ezra that the Jewish men who had already married strange wives and had children should send them away. Shecaniah pledged that the people would support Ezra in his task. Ezra agreed with the proposal and made all the people to promise to send their foreign wives away, which they did.

In our present dispensation, once marriage has been contracted, there is no divorce till death. It behoves all believers to live within the frontiers of God’s word. Unequal yoke in marriage or business is going against God’s commandment. And anything that is contrary to God’s commandment is sin.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God has promised forgiveness to penitent seekers"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:17am On Jun 30, 2015
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Israel’s Loss, Our Gain

TEXT: ROMANS 11:25-36

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in" (Romans 11:25)

It is no accident that the world’s eye is turned towards the Middle East. This part of the world is important, not only for its oil, but also because it is the stage on which the final act of God’s redemptive drama will be played out.

In today’s passage, Paul summarized God’s dealings with Israel and with the Gentiles. In order for God to facilitate bringing the gospel to the Gentiles, He had to deal with Israel corporately as enemies. They had rejected the message by His Son, and thus proved themselves His enemies even while they called Him their God. They actively opposed God by preventing people from hearing the gospel. Israel’s corporate stumbling, which is temporary, is called a mystery. In the Scripture, a mystery is not a truth difficult to understand, but a truth previously unrevealed (and therefore unknown) which is now revealed and publicly proclaimed (Ephesians 3:9). When Christ returns at the end of the Great Tribulation, a remnant who have turned from their transgression unto God during the Great Tribulation will be saved.

The salvation of anyone is a matter of God’s grace, not of their own merit and it will be the same for Israel. The salvation of anyone is because of God’s kindness and favour.

When God turned His gospel toward all the nations of the world, many believed it and received the righteousness provided by grace. It is important to point out however, that as God rescinded Israel’s relationship with Him as His chosen people, He will do the same to us if we do not “hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14). This nullifies and sets aside the doctrine of eternal security which states that once you are saved, you are forever saved. Be constant in Christ therefore, and continue to the end.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "It’s a new day, arise and embrace it"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:46am On Jul 01, 2015
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Like A Flint


"There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9)

Great leaders always exercise self-discipline. Unfortunately, our society seeks instant gratification rather than self-discipline. We want instant breakfast, fast food, quick cash from ATMs, fast cars and trains. But success doesn’t come instantly. As General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “There are no victories at bargain prices”.

The favour of God and Joseph’s own integrity won him the admiration and trust of his master as our text reveals. He was made overseer of the entire household, a privileged position. Joseph had passed the test of adversity. If Satan cannot get us to sin by withholding our needs, he will try to offer what we desire. The test of adversity led to his master’s wife desiring an immoral relationship with him. Joseph resisted the temptation by fleeing the scene of temptation. Although he was wrongly accused by the temptress and later put in prison, he held his head high in honour and purity and kept his dream alive.

Adversity is both a test and temptation. God wants to build us up while Satan wants to tear us down. Joseph found himself in a very difficult situation. Everything conspired to make sin easy and resistance near impossible. He was a slave living in a society devoid of moral values.

Our greatest security against sin is to be shocked by it and call it what it is. How did Joseph pass the test of allurement? Others might regard it as a little fling but he called it what it was - “great wickedness” (Genesis 39:9). Sometimes, we do things we shouldn’t do. Consequently, God sends adversity to purify our motives, refine our dreams and prepare us to realize our visions. When you find yourself in a pit, tempted, maligned or misunderstood, allow it to make you better.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A strength of character is usually built in the furnace of affliction"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:32am On Jul 02, 2015
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

What Displeases God


"And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp" (Numbers 11:1)

We often erroneously think that God only frowns at those things we consider to be great sins, like murder, adultery, theft, among others. These are indeed serious offences before the Lord. But just as He frowns at them, so He does towards our everyday habits, like murmuring and complaining.

The Israelites came to this realization the hard way. While journeying through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land, they began to complain about everything from the hardship in the course of the journey to their diet. God heard their murmuring and it displeased Him greatly. Their rebellious conduct so made Him angry that His judgment descended on the Israelites. He set fire on the Israelites that were at the rear of the camp. In horror at the instant and excruciating death that was sweeping through their camp, the Israelites pleaded with Moses to intervene. He did, as he prayed to the Lord for mercy. But no sooner did this end than the Israelites and those admirers that fled Egypt with them started complaining again about the manna which God has given them for food. Suddenly, this heavenly food became unattractive when compared to their diets in Egypt. Instead, they wanted fish, cucumber, melon, leek, garlic which were their staples in Egypt. They spurned the food from heaven in favour of that cultivated by man! They were not bothered that their complaining displeased God. And a new round of judgment lurked around the corner for them.

God does not tolerate complaints. It offends Him so much because your complaints show you no longer trust Him. More than that, it is a mark of rebellion and expresses doubt about the ability of God to fulfill His promises. Rather than complain when you face hard times, you should call on the Lord for mercy.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Those who make light of God’s beneficence, incur His wrath"

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:16am On Jul 03, 2015
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Heart-Felt Righteousness


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

A direct consequence of the fall of man is the perennial inability of people to live in peace and unity. The history of mankind is unfortunately plagued by crisis, tension, upheavals and wars. Mercifully, the kingdom of God has been revealed through Christ, to show forth God’s mould of righteous, interpersonal undertakings.

Our text reveals the Lord’s admonition on interpersonal relationships for mutual co-existence. He cautioned against anger and the use of intemperate and grievous words. He admonished that exchanging gifts with malice at the background is damning. He counsels against having adversaries to avoid courting unpleasant consequences.

God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He has given salvation and all necessities of life; the strength and ability to do our work and earn a living. He has also given us spiritual gifts. Above all, He gave His own beloved Son. God gives us in love and requires us to do likewise. And if we live like Him, we will not destroy anyone either by word or deed.

As believers, our offer of gift to God by way of tithes and offering should be a grateful response to all His acts of benevolence and blessings upon our lives. To offer such gifts therefore, we must do so with a heart free from every bit of condemnation. Broken relationships can hinder our relationship with God. An unforgiving grievance with anyone should be resolved to make way for a harmonious relationship with God. Only then can we joyfully and confidently offer our gift.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile"

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Child Training

TEXT: JUDGES 13:8-14

"And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?" (Judges 13:12)

The burden and passion for child training and development in the heart of Manoah, Samson’s father, is what is deficient in the world today. And like a sore thumb, the consequences are evident.

In Manoah’s absence, an angel had prophesied about the conception and birth of Samson to his wife. When his wife related the encounter to him, he was so concerned as to go to the Lord in prayers to ask for a confirmation of the prophecy. This act set Manoah apart as a spiritually-minded man who understood the value of prayers in resolving controversies and mysteries. It also showed his concern for the welfare of his wife and that of the baby yet to be conceived. If all the fathers emulate Manoah in terms of prayer and care, marriage and family life will indeed be heaven on earth.

The angel reiterated his earlier instructions to the wife, that is, her diet should be restricted to that of the Nazarites, as a Nazarite from the womb was to be born of her. Mothers also have crucial roles in the upbringing of their children, as their work start at the conception of the baby in the womb. The health of a baby depends so much on the diet and lifestyle of the mother. A gluttonous mother will give birth to an obese child whose future could be ruined by excess sugar levels. A child could develop cancer from the womb of a mother who is a smoker and drunkard.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The world is filled with such delinquent acts as thuggery, cultism, prostitution, armed robbery, assassination, kidnapping, examination malpractices, terrorism and such like because the world is in short supply of fathers like Manoah. The world needs godly parents who would be models to those permissive parents in the world.


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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "God knows how best to raise your children. Seek His wisdom"

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