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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:12pm On Aug 20, 2016
Daily Manna
Saturday August 20, 2016

An Accomplished Mission

TEXT: JOHN 1:1-14

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1)

If the purpose of John the apostle is to prove that Jesus is the Son of God and that all those who believe in Him will have eternal life, then that purpose is powerfully captured in the passage under consideration. Written nearly 100 years after the departure of the Lord to heaven following His death and resurrection and after the destruction of Jerusalem, the gospel settles the argument about the deity of God.

John wrote it years before his exile to the Island of Patmos, where the Lord revealed His full identity to him. This experience confirmed in unmistakable terms our Lord's presence in the indivisible Godhead as stated earlier in the Gospel of John 1:1. God intends through this teaching to impress it upon us the ineffable love of a Creator who became man, part of His own creation, in order to save them. By this, shared in the suffering and death we brought upon ourselves through sin. But now, having done that, He has also overcome Satan, sin and death - man's mortal enemies.

And now He is offering those who believe in Him and live righteously eternal life. This is His own testimony: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (John 11:25,26). Only in Christ will you find all that pertain to life and godliness.

Bible Reading in one Year: JOB 39 - 42

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Thought for the day: "Jesus is God!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:30pm On Aug 21, 2016
Daily Manna
Sunday August 21, 2016

Cease The Fire

TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 2:18-32

"So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more" (2 Samuel 2:28)

During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favour of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies. The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated. Future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers' threats of disciplinary action. But it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers' essential humanity endured.

Our text contains the account of the civil war that raged between the troops loyal to the house of Saul and those loyal to David on both sides of the divided kingdom. Scores of soldiers were killed on both sides before Abner appealed to Joab to stop the war. Joab blew a trumpet and a ceasefire ensued.

Like the civil war that raged in our text, so many wars are being fought involving many nations of the world today. One of the ways to end these conflicts is through negotiations and diplomacy either by the warring factions themselves, like it happened in our text or by a respected and influential individual or nation that can stand in the gap to avert further bloodshed.

Christ has called us to peace. The servant of the Lord does not strive. Believers are The Bible called peacemakers. War may lead to peace, but at a staggering cost. Stop the war and start reaching out across the table with all perceived enemies.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 1 - 10

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Thought for the day: "Stop waging war, wage peace instead!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:45pm On Aug 22, 2016
Daily Manna
Monday, August 22, 2016

Beyond A Cruse Of Oil

TEXT: 2 KINGS 4:1-7

"And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil" (2 Kings 4:2)

Some so-called believers would rather stay idle and sleep all day instead of finding something profitable to do with their hands. Others are looking for the elusive white or blue collar jobs in a tight economy. They would rather go about begging than be occupied in doing an honourable job. Those who desire God's blessing must be ready to wake up early and work hard.

When a certain woman of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha concerning her inability to pay the debts left behind by her late husband, Elisha wanted to know what was going for her. When he discovered the only thing available in the house was a pot of oil, he prayed over the oil to maintain a ceaseless flow until all her vessels were filled. When she came back to the man of God to report the miracle of supernatural supply, she was told to sell them, pay her debts and live on the rest with her sons.

Like the woman in our text, there are many believers looking for financial breakthrough. What we learn from this passage is the need to find out what's going for you - the commodity you can sell or the service you can provide. That is where the blessing may begin. The woman surely knows something about oil because she had some in her house already. It was a business she understands to do. We need to understand that blessing and multiplication sometimes come upon what we already know how to do.

There should be no room for laziness, and we must not despise the day of small beginnings; neither should we feel debased by the product we're selling. There ought to be no lack or want for those whose trust is in God for the deposit of His grace is ever with them.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 11 - 18

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Thought for the day: "Despise not little talents which have the capacity to become great in the morrow!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:25am On Aug 23, 2016
Daily Manna
Tuesday August 23, 2016

Ground Zero Experience

TEXT: JOB 9:25-35

"Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me" (Job 9:34)

Ground Zero is the 16-acre site on Lower Manhattan that, until the tragic events of September 11, 2001, was home to the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. America's most sacred ground now houses a monument to the people who lost their lives on that site. The memory of that day remains indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, Americans, and countless millions of people around the world.

Job had his day of trials also when he lost everything he had. From our text, he was becoming desperate for answers. His days, he said, was swifter than the fast ships and was like the eagles that hasted to their prey. He was now in the ground zero of his life. His friends couldn't comfort him; neither could he comfort himself. He wished for a middleman to plead his case before God. He acknowledges the supremacy of God and His ability to change anything but his life was a burden to him.

Like Job, we may be passing through our own ground zero experience with the attendant emptiness. Job's story could be your own story if you are passing through such intense trouble and yet there is no one to help or comfort you. It's then we can trust in Jesus, who has promised to be near no matter how far we may appear to be.

Your trust in God at such times is very vital too as only faith and hope in Him will make you see the end from the beginning. Job's latter life was glorious; yours also will not be different as you hold on till the end.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 19 - 23

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Thought for the day: "Man's disgrace has been reversed by God's grace!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:23am On Aug 24, 2016
Daily Manna
Wednesday August 24, 2016

When God Blesses

TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 9:23-31

"And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance" (2 Chronicles 9:27)

The very first person to reach the status of billionaire was a certain man who knew how to set goals and follow through. At the age of 23, he had become a millionaire, by the age of 50 a billionaire. Every decision, attitude, and relationship was tailored to create his personal power and wealth. But three years later at the age of 53, he became ill. His entire body became racked with pain and he lost all the hair on his head. In complete agony, the world's only billionaire called his attorneys, accountants, and managers and announced that he wanted to channel his assets to hospitals, research, and mission work. On that day, John D. Rockefeller established his foundation.

From passage, God was clearly the source of Solomon's wealth. His vast fortune was not a result of his hard work, goal-setting and business acumen. Right after his prayer at the high place at Gibeon and God's promise to endow him with great wisdom and riches, things turned around for the best for Solomon. The sea was propitious unto him as a constant navy of ships brought the purest of gold from distant lands. Kings and rulers from far and near brought unsolicited presents, including rare vessels of gold and silver, clothes, spices, horses and mules every year to mention a few. The territories under Israel's rule continued to increase.

When God blesses someone, he operates under an open heaven and favour from men increases. God can do it again in our present-day. He promised to pour out his blessing until there shall not be enough room to receive it. But we must learn to seek him early.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 24 - 30

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Thought for the day: "Favour sets a man apart from his contemporaries!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:29pm On Aug 25, 2016
Daily Manna
Thursday August 25, 2016

The Beauty Of His Creation

TEXT: SONG OF SOLOMON 7:1-13

"How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman" (Song of Solomon 7:1)

Among those who've seen it in person, the conclusion is unanimous: Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and the only one that can truly be described as unique. Each building is a work of art, with their beauty enhanced when reflected on the canals that cross the city. Its magical scenery is fascinating and breathtaking at first sight, evoking the feeling of entering the setting of a real life fairy tale. It is perhaps even unfair to all other cities to call Venice a city, as it is a place that no other can compare to.

The author of Song of Solomon repeatedly admired the beauty of the maiden in the text of today with detailed description of her immense favour from her head down to her toes.

The passage today may look romantic to some, but to the curious reader, you cannot but see the hand of God being credited for all the beauty humanity possesses. Those who teach and propagate the theory of evolution about man's ancestors of apes and monkeys are clearly deluded and misguided. We see evidence of the creative element everywhere, from the beautiful flowers and trees of the field, to the singing birds in the air; from the beautiful scenery, the waterfalls, to the beauty and wonders of the human body.

All should combine to convince man that it is impossible to argue against the incredible - man is a masterpiece created by the almighty God and made for the purpose of showing forth His glory and majesty.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 31 - 35

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Thought for the day: "Every living soul should not forget to give praise to God!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:06am On Aug 26, 2016
Daily Manna
Friday August 26, 2016

Let His Glory Appear

TEXT: LEVITICUS 9:1-6

"And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you" (Leviticus 9:6)

The earth receives an incredible supply of solar energy. It provides enough energy in one minute to supply the world's energy needs for one year. In one day, it provides more energy than our current population would consume in 27 years. In fact, the amount of solar radiation striking the earth over a three-day period, is equivalent to the energy stored in all fossil energy sources. Solar energy is free, inexhaustible, yet harnessing it is a relatively new idea.

God's glory is far greater than solar energy because the glory of the Creator is greater than that of the creature. Although Aaron and his sons were consecrated as priests to minister to the congregation of Israel in the tabernacle, they still needed a confirmation of their ministry by the glory of God coming down upon their sacrifices in the presence of all Israel. Moses the man of God told them in our text the conditions required - their sins and those of the congregation must be purged by the blood of animal sacrifices. God, through Moses, wanted this cleansing before He descends in His glory.

The same is true today. If we want to see the glory of God in our midst, we must first be cleansed and washed by the blood of the Lamb of God who was slain for our forgiveness and pardon. There cannot be a genuine revival without repentance and restoration. When we walk in His ways, we shall experience His presence. Indeed, God's glory comes upon those who choose to closely walk with Him, panting after Him as the hart pants after the water brooks.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 36 - 38

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Thought for the day: "The splendid glory of God falls upon those He delights in"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 7:03am On Aug 27, 2016
Daily Manna
Saturday August 27, 2016

Christ And The Sabbath

TEXT: LUKE 6:1-11

"And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?" (Luke 6:2)

The Jewish Talmud is an application and interpretation of the Scriptures, and is viewed by most Jews, especially orthodox Jews, as valuable instruction for daily living. Yet, a careful reading of the hundreds of pages gives us what seems to be a very curious advice regarding keeping of the Sabbath. For example, knot-tying, writing and lighting a fire is prohibited on the Sabbath day. This includes turning on light switches and starting a car because both of these are examples of lighting a fire of sorts.

From the passage, the Pharisees, who made themselves more or less the custodians of the Jewish religion and traditions, confronted Christ about violating the Sabbath. They accused Him of healing the sick on the Sabbath day. And when Christ, who is the Lord of the Sabbath, said it was necessary to heal on the Sabbath since it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath day, they were infuriated and conspired against Him.

Many today are blinded by the particular interpretation they receive from their religious leaders that undermine love for their neighbours and help for those who are in need.

When we allow ourselves to be animated by the warped zeal for religion without knowledge, the results will do more harm than good. Some even go to the extent of killing their fellow human beings as part of their religious obligation. Christ came to liberate us from the slavery of man-made religion. We cannot be said to be truly serving God if we are shackled by so-called regulations from being a channel of blessing to others.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 39 - 43

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Thought for the day: "Christian faith, not empty religion, has the capacity to truly set free"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:15am On Aug 28, 2016
Daily Manna
Sunday August 28, 2016

Even The Enemies Know

TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 3:1-11

"So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba?" (2 Samuel 3:9,10)

If only we sometimes knew what is happening in the camp of the enemies concerning us, we will be less agitated and troubled. We will not be disturbed over what we may consider as their threat on our lives and God's plans and purposes for us. The enemies know full well what God has purposed concerning us and they equally know that they do not have the power to thwart or stop the hand of God on our lives. But most times, they take advantage of the ignorance of most Christians and use the tactics of fear and doubt to keep believers from getting to enjoy God's provisions.

Abner knew very well that the throne belonged to David, based on the prophetic declaration and anointing on David. He however, for selfish reasons, had been backing Ishboshet, taking advantage of his weakness to perpetuate himself. But as God would have it, confusion ensued between them and Abner finally decided to get the kingdom over to David as God has promised him.

We need to take note of the patience of David as regards taking over the entire kingdom following the death of Saul. Though he knew the entire kingdom was his based on God's promises to him, yet he was patient, keeping faith with God's timing and faithfulness. And eventually, the enemies tired themselves out and handed the kingdom over to David.

When you know what God has spoken concerning you, you will not be agitated over the wiles and the antics of the enemies. They may take the oath on their lives to stop you from reaching God's goal, but will almost immediately tire themselves out.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 44 - 50

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Thought for the day: "Satan has no power to stop the work of God in a saint's life"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:52am On Aug 30, 2016
Daily Manna
Monday, August 29, 2016

A Watchman Of God

TEXT: EZEKIEL 3:15-21

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me" (Ezekiel 3:17)

Prophets do not have an easy task. If they are going to be true to their calling, then they do not have any control over what they proclaim to the people. They must only declare what they have heard from the Lord, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, to a foe or to a friend. This is the true test of the faithfulness of a prophet.

God made this very plain to the prophet Ezekiel in our text today as He revealed what his mandate entails. He must speak to warn the wicked and the righteous alike so the wicked can turn away from his wicked deeds and receive pardon; and the righteous that have strayed can retrace his steps and get restored. He is not to turn a blind eye to the atrocities of the wicked nor pretend to be unconcerned when a righteous person backslides. He is also not to bother if the message would be received or not. He just must be true to the duty before him.

Preachers are not to determine the state and direction of the people with their own personal thoughts and opinions. They must hear from the Lord. Preachers who do not know the Bible are serious aberrations to their calling and ought not to be in the ministry. They do not have the right to just pick and chose what they wish to preach from the Bible. They must be faithful to say all that God tells and sends them.

As Christians, we must realize that it is not only the preachers that have that responsibility of being God's watchmen. We have the same calling too. We cannot afford to turn blind eyes to the wicked acts of sinners around us. Together, we watch over and help one another stay on the track. This will guarantee our collective salvation.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 51 - 60

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Thought for the day: "Say all that God tells you, to all that He sends you"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:33pm On Aug 30, 2016
Daily Manna
Tuesday August 30, 2016

More Than The Bargain

TEXT: 2 KINGS 4:8-17

"And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life" (2 Kings 4:17)

William Colgate of the famous Colgate Toothpaste discovered this truth early in life that we usually get more than we give to God and keyed into it. He felt the urge to tithe because he recognised that God was the Giver of all that he possessed, not only of opportunity, but even of the elements which were used in the manufacture of his products. William Colgate not merely tithed one-tenth of the earnings of Colgate's soap products; but he gave two-tenths, then three-tenths, and finally five-tenths of all his income to the work of God in the world. Today, the blessings he received have outlived him.

The story of the Shunemite woman in our text is a good illustration. She gave to the prophet of God and got more than she ever thought she could get. In fact, in her giving, she never expected anything in return. As for getting a child, she must have long given up the idea especially as she and her husband were now very old. But God couldn't ignore her deed of kindness. Though she did not ask for it, she got what she needed most.

God will never ignore or forget your deeds and labours of love. We need to take a cue from this woman. She gave without the mind of getting anything in return. This is the best attitude we should adopt whenever we give, either to God or our fellow mankind. But whether we expect a payback or not, God's principle is to reward every true giver and His reward is usually more than we can ever bargain for.

We should therefore not be weary in well-doing. Stay faithful in your tithing and giving to support the work of the Lord. Don't forget those who have devoted all their lives in the labour of the Lord. Remember also, your brethren and strangers who may be in need. Don't forget to entertain them - you may be reaching forth to an angel with a blessing for you.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 61 - 67

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Thought for the day: "You can't lose when you trade with God"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:40pm On Aug 31, 2016
Daily Manna
Wednesday August 31, 2016

Have You Checked Up From God?

TEXT: JOB 10:1-8

"I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me" (Job 10:2)

Whenever we sense that things seem not to be going on well with us as they should, there is need for us to stop and do a checkup. We know very well that God is true to His promises and will not change in all that He has promised His people. But when the people of God are experiencing otherwise, it is reasonable to find out what could have been the cause.

Job had had a very unpleasant experience. It was one not consistent with someone of his caliber who had been described as one who feared God and eschewed evil. He personally could not understand why this had to be. He had done a check on himself and could not see where in particular he had sinned against God. He knew that whatever his own human, limited eyes could not see, God obviously, is all-knowing and will certainly see. As he pleaded for God to show him where he had erred, why God was contending with him, he was also quick to ask for mercy - that God should not condemn him.

Job's unfortunate experience was a test of his faith and love for God. We must learn from his attitude in suffering. When we go through experiences that we seem not to understand, we should not be quick to blame God or think He is unfaithful. God cannot be unfaithful. When we checkup, we may find out that God is either displeased because of something that we have done wrong or He is just trying our faith. Whether our pain is a chastisement or a trial of our faith, the end is to bring out the best in us if we have the right attitude to it. Understanding who God is and the consistency of His nature will help us to know that He cannot allow us to suffer unjustly.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 68 - 71

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Thought for the day: "God cannot allow you to suffer unjustly"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:41pm On Aug 31, 2016
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♫ Hymn of the Week ♫

OH, FOR A THOUSAND THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING (GHS 10)

1. Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of Thy name.

3. Jesus! The name that charms our fears.
That bids our sorrows cease;
‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘Tis life, and health, and peace.

4. He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

5. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy!

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:13am On Sep 01, 2016
Daily Manna
Thursday September 1, 2016

His Sacred Word

TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 8:1-9

"All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers" (Deuteronomy 8:1)

In his novel, "Lord Of The Flies", William Golding wrote about man's tendency to wantonly trample on values meant to protect him. In this novel, young, innocent British boys were marooned on an island. They decided to set some rules for themselves to help them survive there till they are able to get help from the outside world. But before long, the rules were ignored, which led to chaos and the destruction of the island.

As the children of Israel got set to possess the land God promised them, they were admonished to keep all the words that He had commanded them. Obedience to this law was the key to their survival and sustenance. Apart from helping to ensure a social order that would guarantee economic prosperity, their personal and individual survival was also dependent on their keeping the law. They would be able to prolong their days and retain the favour of God in their lives.

The same applies to everyone today. The pains and agonies we experience would be unknown if everybody was subject and obedient to the laws and commandments of God. The Bible should not be seen as a mere religious book meant to stipulate or regulate religious worship, but also the surest foundation on which the society should be built. Societies that ignore the word of God and remove it from their social life set the stage for their total destruction. To survive, we must not pay lip service to the word of God, but must allow it to regulate our lives in all its ramifications.

Do you seek to live? Do you want to prolong your days? Do you intend to have a family, community or nation where there is real life, happiness, social and economic security and prosperity? Then the key is to keep to the commandments of the Lord. There is no other alternative to a mindful adherence to God's word.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 72 - 77

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Thought for the day: "God's word is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:16pm On Sep 01, 2016
♫ Hymn of the Week ♫

STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS (GSH 233)

1. Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss:
From vict'ry unto vict'ry
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed.

2. Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day:
Ye that are men now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.

3. Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own:
Put on the gospel armour,
And watching unto prayer;
Where duty calls, or danger,
Be never wanting there.

4. Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor's song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:01pm On Sep 02, 2016
Daily Manna
Friday September 2, 2016

Serve To Bless

TEXT: LEVITICUS 9:17-24

"And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people" (Leviticus 9:23)

As believers, it is a great privilege to be called into the service of the Lord. However, we must recognise that the purpose of our calling is to serve other people, not ourselves. We serve so that we might bring blessings upon the people and give glory to God. People who are privileged to serve in God's vineyard must always bear this in mind.

As Aaron began his priestly ministry as a high priest in Israel, one significant thing he first did after offering the sin and burnt offerings for himself and his sons, was to raise his hands and bless the people. He recognised that his call as the high priest was to stand in the gap for the people before God. He was to bear their petitions and bring down God's blessings upon them. He did not waste time before carrying out these assignments. God gave His approval and blessed his ministry by appearing in His glory before the people.

Whatever privilege we have to serve in whatever capacity - spiritual or secular, we must realise that service is about the people. Our duty as chosen vessels is to serve them and bring God's desired blessings upon them. Therefore, we must not see the gifts, privileges and positions we have as means of projecting or gratifying ourselves. In essence, if our service fails to bring blessings on the people and glory to the Lord, then we have failed in our calling.

Do you have an opportunity to serve in a small or big capacity in the church, state, community or corporation? Do you see it as an opportunity to satisfy your interest and those of your allies? Or do you see it as a solemn and lofty call to serve God and bless humanity? Service is about the people. When it is carried out with this understanding and attitude, then it attracts the greatest blessings and joy. Let your service bless the people and glorify God.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 78 - 79

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Thought for the day: "Service brings its greatest joy when it blesses other"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 10:38am On Sep 03, 2016
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Saturday September 3, 2016

Watch Your Decision

TEXT: LUKE 6:12-19

"And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor" (Luke 6:16)

What a way of introducing him, "...which also was the traitor"! Yet, there was no mistake about his choice. He was not chosen to play the traitor's role but he fell into being the traitor! One cannot help but wonder what befell Judas Iscariot who had such a unique privilege to be numbered among the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jesus did not make a mistake by choosing Judas among the other eleven disciples. He had spent nights and days in prayers and finally arrived at the twelve. By His choice, Judas had equal opportunities and privileges like the other eleven. He was taught and trained by Jesus, specially empowered and commissioned with the others to embark on evangelistic outreaches that yielded testimonies of signs and wonders, even of the devil being subject to them. But he had an unpleasant appendage to his name which led to his unfortunate end.

Judas' case is one example of people who fell from grace to grass. He was not destined by cruel fate to be the traitor. There is no such thing as fate or predestination. Every human is a free moral agent who has the right and freedom to make choices but is answerable for whatever choice he makes. Judas chose to trade his highly coveted privilege as an apostle of Jesus for just thirty pieces of silver, which unfortunately, he never enjoyed.

We should be careful of the choices we make because they are the determinants of our destiny. We should also be conscious that our positions or privileges in life are not permanent. To keep our positions and continue to enjoy our privileges, we must be careful to maintain them by our continual obedience to the Lord and making right choices and decisions

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 80 - 84

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Thought for the day: "A fool tramples upon privileges served to enhance his networth"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 4:26pm On Sep 03, 2016
♫ Hymn of the Week ♫

BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE (GHS 114)

1. Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar;
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbour you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are
!


2. Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Tho' into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

3. Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.
Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 2:31pm On Sep 04, 2016
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Sunday September 4, 2016

Revenge Kills

TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 3:12-25

"Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?" (2 Samuel 3:24)

Many things people do today are not as simple and innocent as they appear. Beneath their actions are often a hidden motive, which is in itself the by-product of a corrupt mind. This is why believers must pause to ponder over what people urge them to do, even when they appear to be protecting their (believers') interest.

Joab, the commander of David's army, was very angry when he returned from battle and learnt that his enemy, Abner, the military power behind Saul who had prevented David from reigning over Israel, had visited David in Hebron and made a deal with him. His impudence and self-confidence were very clear when he spoke insolently to the king, as he sought to convince David that Abner did not mean well. What he didn't know or refused to accept was that Abner had concluded that it was impossible to continue to prevent David from reigning over all Israel. He was therefore, genuinely seeking a peaceful way to bring all Israel under David's rule. In essence, he was working in David's interest. But Joab was blinded by a long-standing bitter grudge he had against Abner for killing his (Joab's) brother in battle. To think that a man he had been seeking to kill can be welcomed by David enraged him. He later tricked Abner and killed him in cold blood. But the consequence of his action continued in his family for generations.

We must not be blinded by bitterness and anger that we overlook the interest of our Saviour Jesus Christ; neither should grudge or prejudice against people influence us into preventing them from making peace with God by accepting Christ. A child of God does not harbour malice or bitterness against anyone, whatever their past offence towards him. There are dire consequences for those who hold grudge even while claiming to be children of God.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 85 - 88

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Thought for the day: "Allow God alone to repay those that hurt you"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 1:44pm On Sep 05, 2016
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Monday September 5, 2016

His Looming Judgment

TEXT: REVELATION 15:1-8

"Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest" (Revelation 15:4)

Among the most delusional aspects of life is the assumption that things will continue as they are, and no one would be held accountable for their conducts here on earth. Some even assume that life begins and ends in the world. But these are tricks of the devil to lure people into carelessness and eventual retribution.

Judgment day is nearer than many people realise. In the considered text, Jesus gave a preview of what will happen in the future. God is prepared to pour His plagues on those whose lifestyles and actions are offensive to Him and refuse to change their evil ways. The plagues would be universal and no sinner can escape from them. God's purpose then will be to abolish evil once and for all when He decides to bring the world to an end. The time is imminent; the angels are ready, only waiting for command from the almighty God to unleash divine terror. But not all humanity will suffer from the plagues. Those who lived to please God stand above the evil that would befall the rest of sinful humanity. While they would be singing songs to God's glory and rejoicing in heaven for their deliverance from the power of Satan, the inhabitants of the earth would be facing an indescribable horrific judgment. The angels who would bring these punishments are free from all forms of human frailty, corruption and injustice, as symbolised by their white attire. They would do exactly as God tells them and no sinner would escape from that judgment.

The time to seek escape from the wrath to come is now! There is no other way to escape the punishment that would be unleashed on all evil doers, except to quickly retrace one's steps from all evil activities, plead with the Lord to have mercy and forgive, obtain grace from Him to shun all forms of evil and make up one's mind to live henceforth, only as God prescribes.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 89 - 91.

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Thought for the day: "Judgment day will still catch up with many people unawares"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:09am On Sep 06, 2016
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Tuesday September 6, 2016

Opt For His Guidance

TEXT: PSALM 48:1-14

"For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death" (Psalm 48:14)

The paths of life are a tangled web of attractions. They seek people's attention and suck them in, especially when such people are not careful enough to search for, and move in the right direction. Many therefore, live in the vain belief that they are doing the right things, only to be hit at the end with disappointment that all their efforts, strivings, accomplishments have been utterly meaningless; that they had gone on the wrong path and lived a worthless life.

The Israelites were never oblivious of the need for guidance and a Guide. The almighty God was their benefactor. However, from time to time in their checkered history, they willfully went astray. Yet, each time they sought a change of course, the Lord was always there to show them the way. This psalm is written to extol the goodness of God in their lives. He was ever present with them, guiding them on the way to go. His presence provided them the security they needed, and brought salvation from their enemies. This was a cause of great joy for them. God was their defender. Many times, the city of Jerusalem was besieged by enemies. But after each battle, the Israelites habitually re-examine themselves and undertake an inspection tour of the city to strengthen its defences. At the end, they always praise God for the protection He provided them. They never ceased to marvel at His greatness.

There is need to appreciate God for all His past dealings in our lives - for salvation, victory and provisions and also realise that we stand no chance of making meaningful progress in life unless we allow Him to guide us. Without Him, we would take wrong decisions that may have serious consequences. Whether in the area of marriage, career or day-to-day activities, we must make God our Guide.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 92 - 100

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Thought for the day: "God does not lead astray"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 6:55pm On Sep 07, 2016
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Wednesday September 7, 2016

Make Up The Edge

TEXT: DANIEL 9:4-19

"And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that keep His commandments" (Daniel 9:4)

Prayer is the central agency and activity whereby men align themselves with God's purpose. It does not involve battering the walls of heaven for personal benefits or success of our plans. Rather, it is committing ourselves to carrying out His purpose. It is not bending God's will to ours, but in bowing our will to His. If Christians spend as much time praying as they do grumbling, they would soon have nothing to grumble about.

God had promised the children of Israel that if in exile they return unto Him, repent and confess their sins, He would remember them because of His covenant with Abraham (Leviticus 26:39-42). On this account, Daniel takes his countrymen's place of confession of sin, and as their representative and intercessory priest, he "accepts the punishment of their iniquity". Thus, he typifies the Messiah, the Sin-bearer and great Intercessor. If we fulfil our part of the bargain, God will not fail to fulfil His, for not an iota of His promise shall fall to the ground unfulfilled.

Daniel pleaded for God's mercy and sued for the performance of His promise, knowing that their captivity was occasioned by sin. He took it upon himself to seek God's face on the behalf of his people so that He could forgive their sins and end their calamities and captivity. To this sincere heart-felt prayer, God gave him a divine re-assuring response and assured that all was not lost.

When we pray, we should look at God's greatness, goodness, majesty and mercy. The present world is sin-saddened and Satan-troubled, there seems to be no hope for peace, profit and progress as it is under the captivity of the devil. This is the right time for true believers in Christ to arise like Daniel and intercede in prayer for God's mercy upon our world.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 101 - 104

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Thought for the day: "Prayer is the voice of faith"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:50am On Sep 08, 2016
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Thursday September 8, 2016

Repentance That Counts

TEXT: EZRA 10:6-8

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

Conversion means separation from the course and custom of the world, and devoting one's life to the conduct of the word of God. It is a complete turnaround and return to the centre of His will and original convictions from which mankind have deviated.

The children of Israel in captivity had, before this time, mixed with the people of the land, adopted their customs and intermarried, in contradiction to divine directives. To this, Ezra became deeply concerned and influenced the people to turn to their original convictions.

Our weeping for other people's sins has the capacity to break down those who otherwise would have continued shamelessly in their backslidden state. When Ezra, a scribe, scholar and man in authority under the king, so deeply lamented public corruption, the people concluded that they were indeed very grievous. This drew sincere tears and heart-felt repentance from them. What a great influence the good examples of superiors have on their subordinates. The case is plain; as Christians, we must influence others to undo what has been done amiss. Nothing less than this is true conversion. Refusing to comply exposes the errant to severe consequences.

Realisation with heart-felt remorse and godly sorrow for sin is the powerful key to repentance and full restoration. No matter how far one may have gone from the centre-point of the perfect will of God, He is willing to have him reconciled to Him. Refusal to amend the evil ways may lead to eternal exclusion from God's favour.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 105 - 106

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Thought for the day: "Revelling in sin is a waiting disaster"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:33am On Sep 09, 2016
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Friday September 9, 2016

A Closer, Worthy Walk

TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:1-10

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Ephesians 4:1).

Dr. Worthington did well when he observed and wrote that: "The Gospel doth not only represent the doctrine of Christ to be believed; but also the life of Christ to be followed: nor shall any have Him for their Advocate and propitiation, but such as are willing to have Him for their Pattern and Example; to copy out and imitate His humility, patience, purity, benignity, and self-resignation. None who is unwilling to live His life shall benefit from His death."

Living the life of Christ is what Apostle Paul meant when he exhorted the Ephesian Christians to "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith [they] are called." He did not leave his prescription hanging on vagueness, but proceeded to apply it to specific Christian duties. They were expected to demonstrate the grace of God invested in them through meekness, forbearance and kindness, even among themselves. In particular, they were to endeavour to "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace," seeing that they had one body, one Spirit, one hope, One Lord, one faith, one baptism and One God.

Believers are reminded of the triumph of Christ over their enemies - Satan, sin, sickness and death - which hitherto enslaved man. This was accomplished through His resurrection, ascension and glorification. As a token of that victory, Christ has given differing gifts and graces to men. These gifts rather than being a source of rivalry among God's people, should be a uniting force as they are meant to complement one another.

As Christians, we must not forget that we are called onto the highest and most glorious vocation. We should appreciate that privilege by walking worthy of it through practical demonstration of grace and piety. A sound disposition anchored on true love, mutual understanding and unity among us is a reflection of this worthy walk.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 107 - 109

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Thought for the day: "True Christians measure their progress by their proximity to Christ."

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 5:07pm On Sep 10, 2016
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SATURDAY, September 10, 2016

Only Believe

TEXT: LUKE 7:19-30

"Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached" (Luke 7:22).

Shortly after Christ was introduced to Israel, king Herod clamped John the Baptist into prison for speaking against his adulterous relationship with his brother's wife, Herodias. Meanwhile, John's disciples kept him abreast of Jesus' activities. But due to his challenges, over which he thought Jesus would have come to his aid, he began to express doubts about the messiahship of Christ. Jesus could not rebuke John because He knew his doubts were natural, but He responded in a way that John would understand.

Like John the Baptist, some believers sometimes think they are neglected and forgotten when facing challenges, thereby having their faith weakened. Unfortunately, some brethren do not empathise with them during these trial times. Such Christians may even portray a sanctimonious character, condemning the afflicted brethren. They would gossip and cast aspersions on them. But the Scriptures says, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Colossians 4:6). A person who is already down does not need condemnation but encouragement and comforting words.

Today, many people always find reasons to do or believe whatever suits their purposes. But their actions will not justify them before God. The Scriptures say, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). We need to re-examine our lives and make it right with God.

Bible Reading in one Year: Psalm 110-118

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Thought for the day: "Give no room to despair but let your heart be stayed on Christ."

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:19am On Sep 11, 2016
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Sunday September 11, 2016

God Judges, Not Man

TEXT: JOB 13:14-18

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him" (Job 13:15).

One Bible verse that both Christians and non-Christians always regale to recite is Matthew 7:1, which says: "Judge not, that ye be not judged". They aptly wield this verse against critics of their actions, words or deeds.

For unbelievers, their emphasis on this Scripture is to excuse their actions, words and deeds of indiscretion, sin, rebellion or heresies, which they cannot easily part with. But for Christians, it is to enthrone godly virtue to avoid erring before the sight of God who alone has the right to judge.

This does not imply that corrections should be thrown overboard, for it helps to reshape and make one a better Christian. God wants us to be cautioned, lest we slip off. The Scripture says: "if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1). Job's friends lacked this tact. They sharply criticized him because they felt his suffering was a just punishment for his sins. They wrongly applied a true principle, ignoring the differences in human circumstances. Believers should be careful how they judge others.

Meanwhile, Job decided to defend himself because he was certain that his predicament was not due to any sin he committed. He resorted to plead with God to reason with him and alleviate his sufferings. However, this audacity to prove his cause does not imply that we should question God over the challenges we face. The moment we go into His presence to defend ourselves, we lose our case. Rather, when we stand before Him, we should only plead with Him. The guilty will get deserved punishment, but the righteous will be shown mercy.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 119:1 - 56

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Thought for the day: "He who is quick to judge will never be innocent."

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:00am On Sep 12, 2016
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Monday September 12, 2016

Reproach Of Sin

TEXT: EZEKIEL 4:1-8

"For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 4:5).

Former United States President, Calvin Coolidge, came home from church one Sunday and his wife asked him, "What did the preacher preach about?" In his usual concise manner, he replied, "Sin". His wife asked again, "What did he say about sin?" The ex- president replied, "He was against it". That is the point! God is against sin, which is the enemy of man.

The Lord commanded Ezekiel to prophesy against the siege of Jerusalem, which had been having a field day with idolatry. He was instructed to draw the map of the city on a brick, complete with siege ramps, enemy camps, and battering rams. He also placed an iron pan between himself and the city, indicating the real battle against Jerusalem.

God also instructed him to symbolically bear the punishment of Israel and Judah. For Israel, Ezekiel laid on his left side for three hundred and ninety days facing the north. A day represented a year, which indicated that Israel would be under siege for three hundred and ninety years. For Judah, he laid on his right side and looked towards the south for forty days, representing forty years of being under siege.

The implication of this symbolic rite is to show God's displeasure towards sin. Every sin is an offense to Him and He cannot behold iniquity however minute. A sinner can never feel His presence except he repents. For a backslider, the Holy Spirit will stop speaking to him if he refuses to be restored.

Unfortunately, many people have not realised the harmful nature of sin. When a person chooses to run his life instead of letting God guide him, catastrophic events could happen as an indication of God's wrath. To avoid the Almighty sledgehammer, we must abstain from all appearances of evil.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 119:57 - 176

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Thought for the day: "Sin pays wages: death!"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 9:40am On Sep 13, 2016
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Tuesday September 13, 2016

Nothing Impossible

TEXT: 2 KINGS 4:38-44

"But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot" (2 Kings 4:41).

If you are facing an impossible situation without any means of escape, you need absolute trust in God for a way out. He can do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think of Him.

In our text, when Elisha returned to Gilgal, there was a serious famine in the land. A group of the sons of prophets visited him and he had to entertain them, so he asked his servant to prepare a meal for them.

However, as ingredients were gathered in the field for the dish, a poisonous wild plant was mistakenly picked and used to prepare the dish. As the men began to eat, the food tasted awful and harmful. They cried out and Elisha rescued the situation by adding flour into the dish and it neutralised the poison. Although the sons of the prophets may have feared dead and all hope seemed lost, God worked miracle through Elisha with something minute as a flour. He can do all things, with anything, in any situation only if we have faith in Him.

Shortly after the incident, a man from Baalshalisha brought his first fruits, 20 loaves of bread made from barley, to Elisha. When his servant told him the loaves of bread would not be sufficient for the one hundred men with him, Elisha ordered him to serve them the bread in faith that it would remain. True to his word, the men ate and some portion remained.

Do you doubt God? Do you despise His promises? The miracles in today's text clearly shows what God can do. He can create something out of nothing, raise children from stones, make grace to abound, deliver from oppression, give strength to rise above trials and keep one from error. Simply put your confidence in Him and He will never fail you.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 120 - 130

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Thought for the day: "There is no impossibility with God"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 3:17pm On Sep 14, 2016
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Wednesday September 14, 2016

Avoid Wrong Accusation

TEXT: JOB 11:1-6

"And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth" (Job 11:6).

John was driving home late one night when he saw a stranded traveller. He had compassion on him and offered him a ride. As they rode along, he became suspicious that his passenger had stolen his wallet. Immediately, he applied the brakes, ordered the man out of the car and said, " Hand over the wallet immediately!" Confused and frightened, the man handed over a billfold to him. John drove off quickly without checking what was handed to him.

When he arrived home he began to explain his ordeal to his wife. But she interrupted him saying," Before I forget John, do you know that you left your wallet home this morning?" He then realised that he had accused the stranger wrongly. Such is the situation when people allow their emotion to override their reasoning.

Zophar, the youngest of Job's three friends, would not earn a better description than a miserable friend. He was unhappy with Job's explanation in reaction to Eliphaz and Bildad's initial perspective of his mysterious sufferings. In his treatise, Elipaz pointed out that man is sinful, obviously wanting to encourage Job. When he spoke, Zophar concluded that God could punish sin and wanted to warn Job with all his sufferings.

Such is the attitude of hypocrites. They rejoice at the affliction of others, yet pretend to sympathise with them. As a Christian, rather than condemning someone who is grieving or pretend to sympathise with them, genuinely render help or give succour to their predicament. When in doubt, stay out. Wrong assumption is sin against God.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 131 - 138

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Thought for the day: "It is better to be quiet and be innocent than be talkative and be condemned"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 8:46am On Sep 15, 2016
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Thursday September 15, 2016

Keep Your Relationship Aglow

TEXT: SONG OF SOLOMON 5:9-16

"His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem" (Songs of Solomon 5:16).

Relationships that glorify God and bless humanity are good. But those that depreciates the essence and bring reproach to Him are harmful.

Our text illustrates a woman's song of praise to her husband. Previously, she has snubbed him, locking him out. His efforts to get her attention were brushed aside: so he quietly left. When she realised her mistake, she searched for him but couldn't find him. She then asked for help from the daughters of Jerusalem. In attempt to explain herself, she burst into emotional applause of her husband.

Self-centred relationships are always dysfunctional. In marital unions for example, when a party is self-centred and unreasonable, breakdown is inevitable. Relationships that thrive based on external inputs and human dictates cannot last. If our relationship with God is lopsided, it can cut His ire. True salvation overthrows the 'self' in man and create space for a healthy vertical relationship with God and profitable horizontal relationship with man. The consequence of developing whip up sentiments with God is eternal regrets. The Lord advised: "Come now, and let us reason together, ... though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

To develop a healthy and enduring relationship with others, our relationship with God must be strong. This gives the inputs to bear and forbear with others. Any relationship that shutout God and tries to survive through the whims and caprices of so-called daughters of Jerusalem can never last. Ultimately, Christ is the friend who will never disappoint.

Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 139 - 150

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Thought for the day: "Relationship is about love and appreciation, so keep it aglow"

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