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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 12:21pm On Oct 18, 2016
Daily Manna
Tuesday October 18, 2016

Fleeting And Feeble

TEXT: JOB 14:1-13

"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not" (Job 14:1,2).

Most times, we count our life span in years and that often make us lose sight of the brevity of life. But as we look at the Scriptures, life is computed by days not by months or years. We can only be sure of a day and we live just one day at a time. As we understand this, it will help us appreciate how brief our stay on earth is and make us see why we must make the best use of each day of our life.

This truth about the brevity of life is what occupied the thoughts of Job in today's reading. As he meditated on this, he saw clearly the weakness and frailty of man. He wonders what interests God in such feeble creatures as we are that He would pay attention to us. Left to himself, man is not capable of any good. His nature has been badly marred from birth by sin. He is no good at all; yet God takes notice of him. This is really humbling!

If we will always look at ourselves and our lives on earth in the light of the Scriptures, it will help us to better appreciate our lives and make the best of it. That life on earth is a fleeting experience is a truth that we cannot deny. We must not be deceived to think that the number of years we have to live on earth is very long. The reason most people have regrets about their lives on earth is because they fail to appreciate this fact. The illusion that life is long makes them waste their days in idleness and useless indulgences. They only realize their folly when it is almost too late to make amends. Also, if we call to mind how weak and frail our life is; we will see that there is no reason to boast of anything. We owe all we are and have to God. For if He merely seizes our breath, we have no life left.

How will you live your life today because there may not be another? Living our lives one day at a time will help us to commit our best into whatever we are doing. We will not want to play with any opportunity that may come our way. When we so live our lives, we will have no reason to regret a wasted life. So, as you step out for the day, are you adequately prepared to make the most of it? It may as well be your very last, don't waste it!

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 51 - 55

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

Thought for the day: "Life is but a fleeting experience"

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Re: Daily Manna — God's Abiding Concern by OLAADEGBU(m): 11:21am On Oct 19, 2016
Daily Manna
Wednesday October 19, 2016

Not For Destruction

TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 10:1-11

"For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed" (2 Corinthians 10:8 ).

Lord Acton was not wrong when he said: "Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely". In our society, we often see the reckless use of power by those who are privileged to be vested with power to serve the people. Instead of exercising the power for the benefits of the common man who they are expected to serve and defend, they turn the power to an object of oppression with which they victimise and oppress the poor.

Paul consciously reminded himself and his congregation that the authority the Lord has given him and his team was not for the destruction of the people but for their edification. Even in the face of obvious provocation by the people, ministers must not turn around to use their authority to vex the people. Some people in the Corinthian church had questioned the apostleship and authority of Paul which necessitated his explanation in the text. But in proving his apostleship and authority over them, he made it clear that it was for their own edification.

When ministers of God bear in mind the source of power they possess, they will be careful not to misuse it. Paul was mindful of this. He stated that their authority was given to them by God. They did not scheme or lobby their way into power. Those who get to a place of power through carnal scheming and worldly politics will believe they earned the power, so would not care how they use it.

How do you use your God-given privilege and authority as a husband, parent, pastor or a leader in the society. Are you so power-drunk that you derive pleasure in oppressing people? Do you help to build up, encourage and edify others with your power, or delight in crushing people with it? People who are privileged to hold power, especially among the people of God, must be conscious of the purpose of holding it. They need to constantly remind themselves that such privilege is not to destroy or victimise their flock but to edify them.

Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 56 - 60

Higher Everyday for Youths - Link: http://highereveryday.dclmhq.org/

Thought for the day: "An unbridled tongue is an open sepulchre"

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To be continued on the following thread: https://www.nairaland.com/1896050/daily-manna-dclm-keep-gods#26175517

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