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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:38pm On May 01
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020

Proper Hygiene
TEXT: Leviticus 15:1-18

"And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even" (Leviticus 15:11).

In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of “childbed fever.” A doctor's daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there, he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands. Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution; and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184. He once said: 'Gentlemen, women are dying... For God’s sake, wash your hands.’ But no one believed him then.

The book of Leviticus is replete with teachings on separation and cleansing. It teaches about clean and unclean food and the need to wash for cleanliness' sake. In the passage under review, focus is on the uncleanness of a man, and the need to separate others from his uncleanness both for spiritual reasons and for proper hygiene. The instruction is to wash the hands and clothes and to bath in water to keep the germs and bacteria away.

The priests in the Old Testament dealt with matters of health together with the mandatory ceremonies and rituals for cleansing from sin. The priests were required to wash repeatedly and bath themselves in water before and after entering into the tabernacle and the temple to officiate.

Disease control and health education has become so compulsory today as part of prevention mechanisms. Prevention is said to be better than cure. Henceforth, let us ensure we maintain the highest forms of hygiene to prevent bacteria and disease from spreading in our homes and neighbourhoods.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "The Bibles standard on spiritual and physical cleanliness is for the benefit of man."

COVER TO COVER: Joshua 19-21

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:14pm On May 01
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY, MAY 01, 2020

Restricted Area
TEXT: Leviticus 16:1-19

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat" (Leviticus 16:2).

Imagine trying to make an appointment with the president of the United States of America. You telephone the White House, tell them who you are and that you would like to make an appointment. The questions come thick and fast: “Who are you? Where are you from? What is the nature of your inquiry? Can anyone else help you? He’s very busy.” But if the president’s son calls him, that’s not the kind of response he’ll get. It will be, “Oh yes, I’ll put you right through.” That’s the kind of access we have with God.

Aaron’s two sons died in the presence of the Lord after offering strange fire before Him. Aaron was reminded once again of the requirements to approach God in the most holy place. He was to offer a young bullock for a sin offering and a ram as burnt offering for himself and his household, and was also required to wash himself in water before putting on the priestly garments. For the children of Israel, he was to take two goats and cast lot. The one chosen would be offered as sin offering, while the second, the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord to make an atonement after which it would be released into the wilderness. The blood of the sin offering would be sprinkled on the mercy seat for the cleansing of the people.

From Matthew’s gospel, immediately Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, opening the presence of God and mankind has now been removed. However, unlike the time of old, today, if we must have access to God, it has to be granted through His own chosen medium, Jesus Christ. He is the Mediator between lost humanity and God. Religion alone cannot save, but Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Christ's death has granted us unrestrained access to God."

COVER TO COVER: Joshua 22-24

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:57pm On May 01
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY, MAY 02, 2020

No Dichotomy
TEXT: Job 21:1-21

"Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?... They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave" (Job 21:7,13).

Often, in our haste to pass judgment on people who may be going through confounding situations, we jump to wrong conclusions about them. We argue that if they are suffering adversities, then their sins must be great. We believe that God punishes people according to the magnitude of their transgressions. But God is not man; He may in His sovereign will permit evil people to prosper more than believers.

This was the point Job sought to convey to his friend, Zophar, who had concluded that because he was in great distress, his sins must have been so great. He indirectly condemned Job without any evidence that he was a sinner. But in his stout rebuttal, Job reminded him that the wicked do enjoy long life, acquire and exercise mighty power. Their businesses flourish and yield huge profit, their houses are filled with the sound of music, and their days are spent in great wealth. Spared of instant judgment, they push God aside and “desire not the knowledge of [His] ways.” They neither recognise God as sovereign nor are they prepared to serve or pray to Him. While he stressed that “the counsel of the wicked is far from me,” he was not oblivious of the fact that eventually, the wicked will experience the wrath of the Almighty.

God is a God of justice. He allows the wicked to access free air just as He allows the righteous. Matthew 5:45 says, “...for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Good things also happen to bad people!

We must be hesitant in passing judgment on others. Not everyone who is going through adversity is suffering the consequence of sin. However, those who are paying for their wrongs done should repent immediately and ask for forgiveness because, one day, God will come hard on sinner with fiery judgment.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Sinners who take Gods magnanimity for granted on earth, will face His judgment in eternity."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 1-4

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:43pm On May 02
Ope Loye O (Praise to Thee): DLBC Adult Choir


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:26pm On May 02
OLAADEGBU:
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY, MAY 02, 2020

No Dichotomy
TEXT: Job 21:1-21

"Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?... They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave" (Job 21:7,13).

Often, in our haste to pass judgment on people who may be going through confounding situations, we jump to wrong conclusions about them. We argue that if they are suffering adversities, then their sins must be great. We believe that God punishes people according to the magnitude of their transgressions. But God is not man; He may in His sovereign will permit evil people to prosper more than believers.

This was the point Job sought to convey to his friend, Zophar, who had concluded that because he was in great distress, his sins must have been so great. He indirectly condemned Job without any evidence that he was a sinner. But in his stout rebuttal, Job reminded him that the wicked do enjoy long life, acquire and exercise mighty power. Their businesses flourish and yield huge profit, their houses are filled with the sound of music, and their days are spent in great wealth. Spared of instant judgment, they push God aside and “desire not the knowledge of [His] ways.” They neither recognise God as sovereign nor are they prepared to serve or pray to Him. While he stressed that “the counsel of the wicked is far from me,” he was not oblivious of the fact that eventually, the wicked will experience the wrath of the Almighty.

God is a God of justice. He allows the wicked to access free air just as He allows the righteous. Matthew 5:45 says, “...for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Good things also happen to bad people!

We must be hesitant in passing judgment on others. Not everyone who is going through adversity is suffering the consequence of sin. However, those who are paying for their wrongs done should repent immediately and ask for forgiveness because, one day, God will come hard on sinner with fiery judgment.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Sinners who take Gods magnanimity for granted on earth, will face His judgment in eternity."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 1-4

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:47am On May 03
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY, MAY 03, 2020

A More Perfect Way
TEXT: Leviticus 16:20-34

"For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD" (Leviticus 16:30).

Sin is man’s greatest challenge on earth, It separates man from God. Sin enslaves and no one can on his own free himself from it. The more man attempts to pull himself out of sin, the more he sinks into the abyss of helplessness. To be free from sin therefore, would require the intervention of superior power; the One who created man, who alone knows how to disentangle him from the tyranny of evil and wickedness.

God took the initiative with the children of Israel when He appointed Aaron to be the high priest. His job was essentially to make atonement for their sins. To do this, a day was set aside each year for him to enter into the most holy place in the temple, make animal sacrifices to cleanse his own sin and the sin of the people. The animal sacrifices only covered sins for a short period but could not cleanse it indefinitely. So, every year, the entire nation stood still to allow the high priest repeat this ritual of atonement under very strict rules. Without doubt, this old system of atonement or covering sins, was grossly limited and did not provide a permanent solution to man’s sin problem.

Whilst Aaron’s animal sacrifices only succeeded in temporarily covering the sins of the people, Christ's sacrifice of Himself brought total cleansing from sin, once and for all. While Aaron made long preparations before appearing before God, we can now come boldly to His throne to obtain mercy and grace in time of need. Of course, now, we do not just prepare our body but our hearts as we approach God in prayer of faith through Christ.

As many as are willing can have their sins forgiven and their guilt removed as they confess and forsake their sins; accept Christ as Lord and Saviour and place their trust in the spotless Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "In Jesus is found the only route to God."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 5-7

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:18pm On May 03
Deeper Life Youth Choir Mini-Concert (Gbagada Inauguration)


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:10am On May 04
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY, MAY 04, 2020

Rest Easy, God Is In Control
TEXT: Job 21:22-34

"Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing He judgeth those that are high" (Job 21:22).

Things are not always what we expect them to be. Irrespective of how prepared we are to face life, situations may arise that would severely test our staying power and prove how resolute we are in standing with God.

None was ever so tested in history like Job. He suffered a deluge of calamities and disasters. Yet, he was convinced that he had done nothing to merit such an experience. He became confused though as to why God could have caused such misfortune to befall him. Yet, he never doubted God’s sovereignty and superior understanding. He recognised that He is the ultimate Judge of all men. The wicked who are mighty in this life would suffer the fate of all sinners for their evil deeds. What bothered Job most though were the wrong thoughts of his friends who concluded that he was suffering because of his great sin. In frustration, he queried them: “How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?” As humans, there are times when events and situations weigh dangerously around a believer that he/she begins to wonder why things are so. But we must realise that at such a period, only absolute trust in the never-failing word of God is all that we need to keep going. Someone said, “The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.”

When troubles arise in life, especially those that are inexplicable, we must realise that it is a time to show our true attitude towards God. We must never yield to the temptation to become bitter at Him. Even if we are wrongfully accused by those who should know better, we should understand that ultimate vindication awaits those who trust in God. So, when you are tried, ensure you shine forth as gold.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "When God is with you, storms should not alarm you."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 8-10

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:01am On May 05
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TUESDAY, MAY 05, 2020

Lesson From The Rich Fool
TEXT: Luke 12:13-21

"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy Soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20).

There is a mad rush in the world to acquire wealth, with the vain hope that the more riches one amasses the happier one becomes. While material wealth can bring a measure of comfort, and give immense pleasure, it cannot guarantee anyone’s fulfilment in life. And worse still, the superficial satisfaction it affords can become an impediment to preparing for life after death.

This is the message our Lord Jesus Christ conveyed when someone asked Him to adjudicate in a dispute with his brother over inheritance. While dismissing the man’s request, He used the opportunity to underscore the right attitude towards the accumulation of wealth. He warned the man to guard against greed and covetousness. He illustrated this with the parable of a rich man who prospered greatly in his business. He had taken plentiful harvest and was suddenly consumed by the desire to amass more wealth.

As he wondered within himself how to achieve this feat, he came to the conclusion that he would have to enlarge his storehouse to accommodate more goods. He thought this would bring him a life of ease and merriment. And just when he thought he had it all worked out, God came to him that night and demanded for his soul. It was clearly foolish of him to go through so much trouble to take care of his comfort on earth without sparing a thought for the afterlife.

As a believer, you should not join the madding crowd that accumulates wealth for its own sake. If God has blessed you with riches, you should establish a flourishing relationship with Him; then, use your wealth to assist other people. This is how to lay your treasure in heaven.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Planning for life before death is wisdom but neglecting life after death is disastrous."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 11-13

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:31pm On May 05
Deeper Life Bible Church Hqs Inauguration, Choir Ministration (Africa Shall Be Saved)


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:33pm On May 05
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TUESDAY, MAY 05, 2020

Lesson From The Rich Fool
TEXT: Luke 12:13-21

"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy Soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20).

There is a mad rush in the world to acquire wealth, with the vain hope that the more riches one amasses the happier one becomes. While material wealth can bring a measure of comfort, and give immense pleasure, it cannot guarantee anyone’s fulfilment in life. And worse still, the superficial satisfaction it affords can become an impediment to preparing for life after death.

This is the message our Lord Jesus Christ conveyed when someone asked Him to adjudicate in a dispute with his brother over inheritance. While dismissing the man’s request, He used the opportunity to underscore the right attitude towards the accumulation of wealth. He warned the man to guard against greed and covetousness. He illustrated this with the parable of a rich man who prospered greatly in his business. He had taken plentiful harvest and was suddenly consumed by the desire to amass more wealth.

As he wondered within himself how to achieve this feat, he came to the conclusion that he would have to enlarge his storehouse to accommodate more goods. He thought this would bring him a life of ease and merriment. And just when he thought he had it all worked out, God came to him that night and demanded for his soul. It was clearly foolish of him to go through so much trouble to take care of his comfort on earth without sparing a thought for the afterlife.

As a believer, you should not join the madding crowd that accumulates wealth for its own sake. If God has blessed you with riches, you should establish a flourishing relationship with Him; then, use your wealth to assist other people. This is how to lay your treasure in heaven.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Planning for life before death is wisdom but neglecting life after death is disastrous."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 11-13

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:51am On May 06
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 06, 2020

Be Slow To Condemn
TEXT: Job 22:21-30

"When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person" (Job 22:29).

Sometimes, we think we have better knowledge of what God commands than others. Worse still we inadvertently erect a standard of expectation for others far beyond what God demands. Some people feel good doing this because they believe they are helping them. But in reality, they are destroying whatever little faith in God others have left.

Such was the effect of the words of Job’s friend, Eliphaz. When he started his speech, he commended Job for all the good and notable things he had done. But soon, he began to hint that there may be need for him to repent from some unknown sins. He urged him to turn to God and be forgiven. Thereafter, he would begin to prosper greatly; the Almighty shall protect him, and he would delight in God. When he prays, God would hear; whatever he decrees shall be done. God would shine His light on him; lift him up and save him from all his troubles. These are all truths; only that they did not apply to Job and his circumstances.

Many injuries have been inflicted as a result of rash judgments and insinuations that are totally untrue. Some young believers in faith have had to backslide as a result of receiving condemnation from those whose duty it is to make them grounded in faith.

We must ensure at all times that we do not condemn those God has justified. Even when we see people suffering from many adversities, we must not hastily assume that it is because of their sins. Of course, where we see obvious sins, we should encourage them to repent and turn to God. But if they are living as believers, we should assure them of the unfailing promises of God and affirm to them His faithfulness to help His children.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees."

COVER TO COVER: Judges 14-17

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:14pm On May 06
Youth Choir Ministration During The First Sunday Worship Service At Gbagada, Lagos


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:36am On May 07
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY, MAY 07, 2020

Get Ready For Christ's Return
TEXT: Luke 12:32-48

"And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Luke 12:36).

Each time a conversation gets to the direction of the return of Jesus Christ, many people are either dismissive, amused or unconcerned. This is because they think it is unlikely or if it will happen at all, that it would be in the distant future. In the process, they miss the essential lesson of ensuring that the Lord’s coming does not meet them unprepared.

Jesus Christ assures His disciples that almighty God has reserved a place in heaven for them. Believers should therefore, not misplace their priorities but jettison anything, including love of money, that could hinder their love, obedience and service to the Lord. They must allow their lives to shine brightly, while living in constant expectation of the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ so that when He comes, they would be ready. In fact, He would come when most people are not expecting Him.

Great blessings await those He will meet ready at His return. But those who fail to prepare for His coming and are consumed by the rat race, revelry and oppressive activities of the world, would suffer eternal separation from Him. Those that are ignorant of His advent will also face punishment; while those that knew but refused to get themselves ready, will get a more severe punishment.

This is a timely warning, especially in our present age when all talk about the return of Jesus Christ seem like fable to many. To be ready, you must not condone even the slightest sin in your life but shun all evil distractions of the world. You must diligently follow the Lord, faithfully engage in the service of winning and preparing souls for heaven and growing daily into the nature and stature of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "How ready are you to meet the Lord?"

COVER TO COVER: Judges 18-21

BIBLE ACCOUNTS AS THEY OCCURRED

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:25pm On May 07
DCLM Youth &Campus Choir @ 58th Independence Anniversary Church Service


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:51pm On May 08
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FRIDAY MAY 08, 2020

Hypocrisy Forbidden!
TEXT: Luke 11:37-54

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them" (Luke 11:44).

To be hypocritical is to claim to be a child of God when you know full well that your life does not measure up to His holy standard. It is also to demand from others a level of integrity that is absent from one's life. Hypocrisy misrepresents God and therefore, seeks to make Him a liar before men.

It was unusual for Jesus to go to a man's house to condemn him. But this was what He did when invited for dinner by "a certain Pharisee." His host condemned Him first for not washing His hands and feet which they deemed to have been contaminated by the Lord's interaction with people they considered unclean. But in this, He saw an opportunity to speak truth to His host and the gathering of Scribes, Pharisees and lawyers that were present for the dinner. He chided them for their unwillingness to help the poor while insisting on the payment of tithe. He rebuked them for making high demands from the ordinary people, while excusing themselves from such rigour. He accused them of making other people unclean through their sullied spiritual lives. He condemned them not just for persecuting prophets of God but rejecting God Himself. He chided them for erroneously interpreting the Scriptures and therefore, misleading and preventing people from coming to Christ. But rather than being contrite and sober, they sought for ways to trap Him into making blasphemous statements.

Unlike the Pharisees and Scribes, believers must not hold others to the injunctions of Scriptures while disobeying those same provisions. The best way to influence people positively is to let our lives express what God expects from them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "If your life were a book, what will others read from it?"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Corinthians 1-4

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:15am On May 09
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY MAY 9, 2020

Tragic End
TEXT: Job 24:14-25

"They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn" (Job 24:24).

Experiences in life differ from person to person. Sometimes, those who seem to be faring better are those least expected. This is more so when the best things in life seem to be happening to people we consider to be undeserving of God's favour and mercy. What many lose sight of is that irrespective of how successful a sinner is on earth, if he does not repent, he will meet with an ignoble end.

Job's friends had concluded that the enormity of the suffering and pain he was experiencing could only be because he was a great sinner. In his response, Job did not dispute that God reserves harsh punishment for the sinner. In seeking to show himself as undeserving of their negative characterisation as a sinner, he outlined what a wicked man looks like. He likened such a person to a murderer who takes the poor and the needy unawares and kills them. He is like an adulterer who disguises himself and commits immorality under the cover of darkness. He said such a wicked person goes to any length to device his evil acts and cover up his tracks.

But in the end, he is consumed by drought and heat. He is broken, forgotten and eaten by worms in the grave. Though exalted, he is soon cut down, withered and cast off with no remembrance any more. He obviously considered that he was not like the person he had been describing and therefore, wondered who could successfully contradict what he had said.

Sometimes, God allows such experiences to draw our attention to the fact that sin will always be judged and the outcome will be fearful and fiery. It is therefore necessary for the sinner to retrace his steps, turn from his life of indulgence and evil, and follow Christ without wavering. Otherwise, he is courting unmitigated disaster.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "No sinner can escape the long arms of heaven's law."

COVER TO COVER: 1 Corinthians 5-7

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:30pm On May 09
Storms Do Not Alarm Me - Youth Choir, DCLM


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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:14am On May 10
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY MAY 10, 2020

Not Just For God!
TEXT: Job 22:1-20

"Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect?" (Job 22:3).

What do you think of a student who thinks that working hard at his studies in order to have an excellent result will be to the benefit of his teachers and so decides not to do so just to get at his teachers? This action will be considered foolish of the student. This is because one's personal success or wellbeing is ultimately for one's personal good and happiness.

This is the point Eliphaz tried to drive home in the passage today. Though he ignorantly wanted to prove to Job that he was suffering for his sins and that his claim to righteousness and perfection is of no importance to God, yet he underscores a very important point here. Man's uprightness and righteous living does God no favour. It does not add to or remove anything from His Person.

When people understand this truth, they will not continue to think that they do God a favour by repenting and living a holy life. It is astonishing when some people begin to commit sin recklessly because they feel God has disappointed them. Just because answer to their prayer did not come early enough, they feel they can "punish" God by backsliding. How foolish! Who will face the punishment for such sinful lifestyle; God or such individuals?

It is true that the Lord is pleased with our holy living and has delights in it, but ultimately, the benefits of such lifestyle are ours. We reap the benefits of divine favour when we choose to obey and please Him. Therefore, God's call and command for us to live holy lives is for our ultimate good not His. It is wise then to heed such call and daily ask for grace to please Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "We live holy for our own profit."

COVER TO COVER: 1 Corinthians 8-11

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DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY MAY 11, 2020

No Greater Sign
TEXT: Luke 11:29-36

"And when the people were gathered thick together, He began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet" (Luke 11:29).

We live in an age where believing is subject to seeing. Except people are able to lay hold to a tangible evidence, it is difficult to accept and believe a truth. This strong drive for signs is what has given rise to many false signs and miracle workers in many assemblies today. People look at these and become so captivated that they do not bother to look at the source of such miracles, the lives of the miracle workers and the doctrines they teach.

The Jews in Jesus' days were signs seekers too. In our passage today, Jesus was clear in His response to their obvious demand for a sign from Him to prove that He was the Messiah. He told them He was not going to give any other sign other than the one provided in the Scriptures about the story of Jonah. Jonah's miraculous deliverance from the fish's belly after three days was both a symbolic and prophetic pointer to Jesus' resurrection from the grave after three days.

Today, the empty tomb of Jesus, which is the infallible proof of His resurrection, remains one indisputable sign that shows that He is the Saviour of the world. The world has had several signs and miracle workers today who claim to be great prophets, saviours and gods, but whose graves are all around us. However, only One person - Jesus Christ - is the Saviour of the world.

As we evangelise, let our emphasis be on Jesus, the risen Lord. While working miracles, signs and wonders are good, they can be counterfeited. But there is no counterfeit to the fact of Christ's resurrection. And faith in Him is the basis for every other miracle the world can ever desire.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "His empty tomb is the sign the world needs!"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Corinthians 12-14

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:05pm On May 14
DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020

When The Wicked Goes Unpunished!
TEXT: JOB 24:1-13

"Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them" (Job 24:12).

There are many things about God and His dealings that we seem not to understand. One of such is the spate of wickedness and atrocities being perpetrated by wicked people, and judgment does not seem to quickly catch up with them. Evils and crimes are committed in many places with impunity. The rights and privileges of the less privileged are forcefully trodden with no one to speak for them. And God seems to be silent!

Many people wonder why God delays judgment on the wicked. They want Him to unleash His wrath as they observe all the wickedness going on in the world. This was the same question Job raised in our passage as he tried to show his friends that God was not punishing him for his sins as they thought.

He pointed their attention to all the wickedness going on daily around them which they were quite aware of, and yet God seems to be silent about them. If God was punishing him for his sins, why then were all the wicked and terrible people around him in the society walking about free and judgment is not coming upon them, he queried.

Many people have been tempted to think that God is not fair. In fact, there are people who have concluded that it is either that God does not exist or that He has abandoned the world to self-destruction. But the truth is, God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. He has set a time for everything and a day of judgment for every wicked person.

Our attitude then is to have faith in His righteousness and justice. We cannot have a sense of justice more than the Almighty God. Let us leave the judgment of the wicked in His Hands and strive to maintain an upright life. He will certainly judge the wicked and reward the upright with good.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "God's sense of justice will not overlook wickedness"

COVER TO COVER: 1 Corinthians 15-16

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:53am On May 15
DAILY ⓂANNA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

No Cover-Ups!
TEXT: Luke 12:1-12

"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known" (Luke 12:2).

The recent sex scandal involving a pastor of a pentecostal church and the wife of a popular singer in Nigeria attests to the fact that there is nothing hidden that will not eventually come to the limelight. It also points to the fact that the sand of time cannot fully cover up man’s sin. According to the confession of the lady, the act had been committed eighteen years earlier. One would have thought that the deed was long dead and buried. But alas, what was a secret became an open scandal which forced the pastor to step down from the pulpit.

In our text today, Jesus clearly warned His disciples against hypocrisy. He clarified that no matter how a man may try to hide his pretentious lifestyle, it will eventually become known some day. One of the things that lead people to hypocrisy is the fear of man. Hence, they prefer to continue to live a life of lies in order to continue to enjoy the acceptance of others or escape their punishment. But Jesus declares that what may be hidden from men is open and known to God. It is better to fear Him who has power to bring a more eternal punishment on man than fear human beings who can only bring a momentary punishment.

When we understand that our secrets will eventually become open, we will want to be more careful about the way we live either in the secret or open. This will help us to live straightforward, honest and sincere lives at all times. And since we do not have skeletons in our cupboards, we will also have nothing to fear.

Make up your mind therefore to live an honest life at all times. If you have fallen into any disgraceful act, open up on it instead of covering up. When sin is confessed, it no longer has the power to keep you in captivity. Let there be no cover-ups in your life; and the devil, the accuser, will have nothing to hold against you.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "The sand of time cannot cover up sins!"

COVER TO COVER: 2 Corinthians 1-4

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:41pm On May 15
DAILY ⓂANNA
THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020

He Is Right There!
TEXT: Job 23:1-17

"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).

Trying times are like dark hours with no glimmer of light. We grope about, looking for a hand to lead and pull us out of the darkness. Overwhelmed by our pain and suffering, we feel all alone - abandoned by men and God. At such harrowing times, we wonder where God is. We wish He would show up, speak to us and end the pains we bear.

This was the experience of Job. What seemed to make his woes and suffering more intense was God's silence. He had tried reaching out to Him by every means he could and in every place he knew, but God seemed to be nowhere.

Since he could not reach Him with his senses, he resolved to reach Him by faith! He assured himself that though he could not sense God around, still he believed that He was there. He was certain that He would use his trials and calamity to bring out the best in him. He would come forth as gold! This is also what we need today. If your clouds become dark and God appears to be out of sight, and the pangs of pain with the noise of confusion appears to be so loud as to shut out the Spirit's voice, understand that God is right there by you. He is still on the throne; no amount of winds of suffering can unseat Him! Let your faith reach out to God.

Resolve like Job not to give up your integrity and trust in the Lord. Keep His way and do not turn away from it. Do not choose to backslide and commit spiritual suicide because of your ill circumstances. Hold on to His word and promises. At His time, He will perform the things that are appointed for you. He cannot be late. He did it for Job; He will do it for you. Do not forget; He is right beside you!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Reach out to God with your sense of faith when all other senses fail."

COVER TO COVER: 2 Corinthians 5-9

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:07am On May 16
DAILY ⓂANNA
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020

Division Weakens
TEXT: Luke 11:14-28

"But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth" (Luke 11:17).

One military strategy that an enemy nation uses to defeat an army considered strong and impenetrable is to try to infiltrate its rank and file by introducing a fifth column within it. This is a group within the army that is sympathetic to the enemy nation and works for it. If such crack is successfully introduced and is not quickly discovered, it can completely wreck the army, making it to suffer a lot of casualties and a possible eventual defeat.

This is a practical example of how division within a group can result in the downfall of that group. As Jesus responded to the allegation of the Jews that He cast out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of devils, He told them how practically impossible this was. It will mean that the devil is divided against itself and if that is the case, its house cannot stand. Jesus explained further that as long as a strong army, house or kingdom stays united, it will be difficult for it to be defeated by the enemy.

This teaching of Christ clearly shows why oneness is important to keep a group strong and unconquerable by the enemy. However sophisticated the armoury of an army is, no matter how richly endowed a family may be, and however spiritual a church may appear to be, if there is division within, downfall is certain to follow.

This is a call therefore for every Christian to be united with Christ. As long as we determine to agree with Christ, accept Him and His word as Lord and supreme, it will be easy to agree with one another and stay as one. We must put aside all issues that can cause division among us and determine to work for the unity of the fold. Once this is done, nothing can divide or defeat us. Do not allow division to cause our downfall. Let us be one. Unity pays!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "A threefold cord is not quickly broken!"

COVER TO COVER: 2 Corinthians 10-13

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:55pm On May 16
DAILY ⓂANNA
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020

Can You Read The Time?
TEXT: Luke 12:49-59

"Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:56).

The meteorological department of most advanced countries has gone beyond just being able to forecast weathers to being able to give early warnings of possible natural disasters such as volcano eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, cyclones, floods, etc., especially in countries prone to these disasters. These early warnings allow for the quick evacuation of people to avert casualties. In spite of these early warnings, however, some people still fall victims. Despite all the technological advancement in the area of forecasting, the world is yet to see and correctly interpret spiritual signs.

In our text, Jesus sees among the Jewish leaders a form of deception and hypocrisy because they pretended not to see the signs of the end times glaringly before them. They were able to predict the weather but failed to observe or pay attention to the obvious signs of what was coming in the future. Because they deliberately chose to ignore the signs, they failed to recognise the Messiah and be part of the kingdom He came to establish.

Today, there are Christians who fail to see the signs of backsliding and spiritual disaster and as such are unable to take precaution. The signs that point to the closeness of Christ’s imminent return are everywhere but sadly, many fail to see. How we need to pray that the Lord will sharpen our sense of discernment!

There is danger if we fail to recognise that the increase in iniquity in the world, the wars and rumours of wars we hear, the uprisings and socio-political turbulences everywhere, the economic downturns, the increase of false pastors and teachers; the increase in the persecution of Christians, etc., are all signs that the end is near! Can you read the signs? If you do, what are you doing about them? Be wise!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "There is danger in ignoring the signs"

COVER TO COVER: Galatians 1-3

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:43pm On May 16
DAILY ⓂANNA
SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020

When The Timing Is Right!
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 14:1-15

"Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered" (2 Chronicles 14:7).

Knowing the right time to make important moves and execute important projects is very essential if we must achieve success. This principle is well understood almost in every field of human life. No matter how laudable an idea or project may be, if the timing is wrong, it is bound to fail.

King Asa understood this principle well and did not fail to use it. As he became king of Judah, he first led the people back to God. They did away with idol worship and made a covenant to serve the Lord. As a result, the Lord gave them peace and rest from their adversaries which resulted in national prosperity. King Asa saw this time as the most appropriate to build and fortify the cities. As they embarked on this project, the Lord prospered them.
Setting things aright in our personal, family and corporate lives is very important. Today, we often pray and wish that God would prosper us, help us build and fortify our nation, homes, churches, businesses and lives; but except we turn to Him fully and do away with modern-day idolatries in our lives, we cannot experience His move.

As believers, we must have our spiritual senses sharpened well enough to recognise when the Lord is on the move and key into it. Moments of great revivals are times we can take advantage of to experience great spiritual and other blessings in our lives. Times when God has given us peace, rest and prosperity are times we can seize to build up our spiritual lives, consolidate spiritual blessings and advance to win more souls to the Lord. Are you taking advantage of the present moment of grace to draw near to God and make peace with Him? Do not miss the time because there may not be any other like it!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "What time is it; what move are you making?"

COVER TO COVER: Galatians 4-6

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:00am On May 17
Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:07pm On May 17
DAILY ⓂANNA
MONDAY MAY 18, 2020

A Hypocrite?
TEXT: Ezekiel 33:21-33

"And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness" (Ezekiel 33:31).

At the outset of his reign, Adolf Hitler was known for his profuse use of Christian vocabulary. He was said to be in the habit of brandishing his tattered Bible and declaring to the people that he drew inspiration and strength from it for the great work he had in hand. He gave out himself as a man zealous of good works, and by this, captured the attention of pious people as a God-ordained leader. But history later revealed his true self. There has never been a short supply of people who draw near to God with their mouths, but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8).

The Jews in Babylonian captivity typified this attitude. They displayed much of outward religion but had no heart for God. He revealed to Prophet Ezekiel how much they talked about Him. They went through the motions of religious worship, delighted in hearing the sermons of the prophet which served only to entertain them. They heard the Word but they did not obey it. Instead of returning to and being thankful to God, they were filled with presumption, pride and abominable practices. Yet, they were so confident that they were divinely favoured to possess the land, the same way today's hypocrites vainly lay claim to God's promises.

Today, churches are filled with people preoccupied with religious activities but who mock faithful ministers of God and ridicule the eternally settled Word. But you can stand out by making your calling and election sure.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Don't be double-faced; serve God if you want to!"

COVER TO COVER: Ruth 1-2

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Re: Daily Manna — Unwavering Loyalty by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:55am On May 18
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DAILY ⓂANNA
TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

Kindness And Wrath
TEXT: Deuteronomy 28:58-68

"And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it" (Deuteronomy 28:63).

The story was told of a young lawyer whose client was charged with murder. He did all he could to clear his client and finally found some extenuating circumstances which he used to his client's advantage. After much deliberations, the court found the defendant not guilty. The lawyer had to warn him to steer clear of evil and cleave henceforth to God. Years later, the man was again arraigned for murder. The lawyer who had defended him at his first trial was now the judge at the bench. At the conclusion of the trial, he was found guilty and eventually hanged by the neck. The same God who is merciful to sinners today will judge them on the final day if they die in their sin.

The above illustration depicts the goodness and severity of our God. In our text, Moses continued to emphasise the evil that would come upon the children of Israel should they fail to obey God's word and fear His "glorious and fearful name." The Lord would bring great plagues upon them that would linger for a long time. Although they were to be as the stars of heaven, in His wrath, they shall be reduced. He who showed them kindness and multiplied them will turn His back on them. He would bring innumerable destructions upon them, scatter them abroad and cause them to be sold as slaves to enemy nations. God has innumerable blessings for those who obey Him. If we remain obedient to His word, He promises to heal and make us prosper. But if we disobey Him, the plagues of Egypt will be nothing compared to the suffering He will subject us.

God's judgments are severe against those who fail to repent; but His goodness is towards those who continue in His righteousness. Genuine repentance from sin and continued obedience to His word is the escape route from judgment. Make your decision today.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY "Wholehearted obedience to God naturally attracts His blessings"

COVER TO COVER: Ruth 3-4

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