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DCLM Daily Manna 26 August 2020 – Our Sure Refuge

Topic: Our Sure Refuge
[DCLM Daily Manna 26 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Key Verse: “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall the, neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling.” – (Psalm 91:9,10)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
A songwriter writes, “I sing because am happy; I sing because am free; for His eyes are on the sparrow; And I know He watches me”. This song reflects the confidence of the writer in the protective power of God over those who trust in Him. Similarly, our text reflects God as our sure Refuge, under whom we have total protection. The Bible here tells us that because the genuine believer dwells in the secret place of the most High; has made God his refuge and fortress; set his love on Him and knows His name, God will give him some special favour all the time.

God has promised to protect believers from pestilence, terror, destruction, death, sickness and disease; He will answer our prayers; promote, honour, prolong our days and give us eternal habitation in heaven. The Lord has not changed. He still protects His own. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). It is disheartening, however, to see many people run for help where there is none.

Such desperate and unbelieving people merely compound their problems as they move from pillar to post. Sadly, many of them have contracted more diseases and are afflicted with more terrible demons; thus worsening their situation. This way, many have died and gone to eternity unprepared.

How wonderful it is to make God our Refuge and Habitation! Those who do so have nothing to lose but all to gain, because “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is only one Fortress that is impregnable to Satan, and that is Jesus.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 36-38

DCLM Daily Manna 25 August 2020 – Which Is Your Company?

Topic: Which Is Your Company?
[DCLM Daily Manna 25 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 1:1-6 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Key Verse: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” – (Psalm 1:1)

DCLM Daily Manna 9 May 2019

MESSAGE:
George Washington, first president of the United States of America once said, “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company”. Washington’s counsel is still relevant today as it was years ago. By divine revelation, the psalmist declared that blessedness lies in not keeping the company of evil doers and not making them our counsellors in spiritual things. The believer who seeks spiritual counsel or guidance from sinners is like someone who drinks from dirty fountains.

Our text reveals a sharp contrast between the righteous and the sinner, even as it advocates separation of the godly from the ungodly. It is dangerous for the believer in Christ to get so intimate with the present world. By so doing, he soon gets smeared in the mud of compromise and secret sins.

Believers who keep intimate company of sinners will soon begin to love the world and inevitably make themselves enemies of God. The tendency for the believer to love the world often stems from the desire to please men. However, it is pertinent to note that he who will please all men will, in many points, displease God.

While believers should not avoid sinners in order to be able to preach to them, they must watch over their interactions so as to be able to draw a line and know when to refrain. We must cherish the marked difference God had made between sinner and saints: while the believers are spiritually fresh and fruitful, ungodly are not, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A word is enough for the wise.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 31-35

DCLM Daily Manna 24 August 2020 – Rejected Even In Death

Topic: Rejected Even In Death
[DCLM Daily Manna 24 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 21:12-20 (KJV)

12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself:

14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.

20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

Key Verse: “Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchre of the kings.” – (2 Chronicles 21:20)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
The way people react at the news of a person’s death often reveals what the deceased meant to his people when he was alive. In Nigeria, there was a time that the death of a particular leader was greeted with cheers and jubilation. He was not mourned by the generality of the people; rather, his death was viewed as a good riddance. What this means is that the person when alive, did not live a good life that was appreciated by the people.

Jehoram was that kind of person too. His ascension to the throne brought about all forms of atrocities and wickedness. The first thing he did was to kill all his brothers for fear of being rivalled. He went on to rubbish all the good works that his father Jehoshaphat did and reintroduced idol worship in the land. His evils were so great that God sent a warning of judgment to him through Elijah the prophet but he never bothered. He eventually died according to the words of the man of God, but the people did not mourn his death.

Death is always a strong reminder that our life on earth is a short one. No matter who we are, what we have and where we have reached in life, an end will come one day. What will matter then will not be what we had but how we lived our lives.

How do you live your life now that you are alive? Do people groan under you because of your wicked and oppressive nature? Or, is your life such a pleasant one that everyone rejoices to basks in its sunshine? What will people say about you when death finally takes you away? Would they heave a sigh of relief or mourn that they would miss you? Remember, if men reject you for the kind of wicked life you lived, heaven will never accept you!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Heaven cannot welcome you when the world rejects you for your wickedness.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 24-30

DCLM Daily Manna 23 August 2020 – No Shame In Righteousness

Topic: No Shame In Righteousness
[DCLM Daily Manna 23 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 119:1-8 (KJV)

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Key Verse: “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all Thy commandments.” – (Psalm 119:6)

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
We live in an evil dominated world where all forms of unrighteousness are projected and celebrated. People commit all sorts of atrocities without any shame. Those days when people seemed to cherish a good name and protect family pride and integrity appear to have been forgotten. Instead, immorality, nudity, promiscuity, cheating, dishonesty, etc., are all esteemed under the guise of being smart, civilised and exposed.

Our passage today is instructive. Instead of feeling dejected and hanging our heads low, the psalmist makes it clear that the righteous and undefiled are the fortunate ones. They are blessed, favoured and happy. He makes a personal commitment to continue to have respect to the words and commandments of the Lord. Doing this is a sure way to stay away from shame and remain happy in life.

We need to have this same understanding and resolve of the psalmist as well. Our world may want to make us feel that holding on to the sound principles of the word of God that promotes chastity, honesty and uprightness is old fashioned and unpopular. But we must understand that that is the very secret of our inner peace and happiness. When we take a closer look at the lives of those given to recklessness and sinfulness, we see how empty and unfulfilled they are.

Never mind if you seem to be the only upright one in your family, community, place of work or business. Do not be moved if they call you names. The truth really is that they envy your life secretly and wish they can be like you! Let your life remain radiant and hold dearly to the principles of the word of God. Righteousness does not make anyone ashamed; rather, it dignifies. Remain righteous and be happy.

Thought For The Day: Righteousness dignifies.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 19-23

DCLM Daily Manna 22 August 2020 – Finish Well!

Topic: Finish Well!
[DCLM Daily Manna 22 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:31-37 (KJV)

31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.

33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Key Verse: “And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly” (2 Chronicles 20:35).

DCLM Daily Manna 9 May 2019

MESSAGE:
History has records of several men and women who had wonderful sum of accomplishments at the beginning of their lives but ended with one shameful blemish or the other. They are like sprinters who start off strong in a race only to stumble close to the finish line. All these go to prove that though starting well matters, finishing well and strong is more important.

King Jehoshaphat had the record of being one of Judah’s most successful kings. He was able to rally the nation back to God, carried out some reforms and led the nation out in faith against strong and powerful nations in battle.

But as the story of his life ends in our passage today, it concluded with a dent in his character. He got into alliance with the ungodly King Ahaziah in a business deal. God demonstrated His displeasure against this ungodly and unequal yoke by causing the business to suffer a serious damage and to fail.

Christians ought to be more careful with their lives, especially at a time when they seemed to have reached the peak of their career. The tendency at such time is to relax, take off the guard and become less careful. It is at such times that the devil often takes advantage to sneak in and deal a damaging blow.

God does not permit at the end of our lives the things He forbids at the beginning. If He condemned unequal yoke, worldliness, divorce, etc., at the beginning, He still does today and will do till the end of the race. It will be so unfortunate and very tragic if at a time that we are very close to the finishing line of our race, we allow ourselves to fumble and stumble. This will rubbish all the good records we have and the effort we have put into the race. Therefore, stay on your guards. Keep your convictions strong. Avoid compromise and do not give in to ungodly associations.

Thought For The Day: It is not enough to start well; it is more important to end well.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 11-18

DCLM Daily Manna 21 August 2020 – It Can’t Be Better Out There

Topic: It Can’t Be Better Out There
[DCLM Daily Manna 21 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 21:1-11 (KJV)

1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

Key Verse: “So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.” – (2 Chronicles 21:10)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
The founding fathers of the United States of America laid the foundation of the nation on absolute faith and trust in God and sound biblical principles. This is reflected in their motto, “In God We Trust”. It was not any wonder therefore that the nation experienced rapid growth, flourished and prospered. But in the past few years, the nation that once boasted their faith in God had begun to shift very far away from Him and embraced liberalism and all forms of permissiveness. As a result, they had become vulnerable to all forms of attacks and woes.

Jehoshaphat in his lifetime had helped to build a strong, united, powerful, peaceful and prosperous nation under God. He had proved the saying true that “righteousness exalts a nation”. But soon after his death, his son, Jehoram who succeeded him went the opposite direction. Influenced by his alliance with the ungodly Ahab and his marriage to his daughter, he dragged the nation back to idolatry and all forms of abominations, and subjected her to enemies’ attack.

It can never get better when any nation, group or individual turns away from God. This is the truth every Christian must understand and admit. No matter how inviting and promising the fantasy of worldly pleasure may seem, it cannot get better out there.

To continue to enjoy the blessings and favour that our fathers in the faith bequeathed to us, we must commit ourselves to walk in their steps and follow their faith. The nation of Judah would no doubt have continued in strength, peace and prosperity had Jehoram followed the steps of his father. Let us learn from this. Avoid every association and influence that will turn you away from God. Have you in anyway been deceived to turn away from God? Come home; the Father awaits you! There is no better place other than the blessed fold of God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Our lives will turn apart when we turn away from God.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 1-10

DCLM Daily Manna 20 August 2020 – Show The Light

Topic: Show The Light
[DCLM Daily Manna 20 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Jonah 3:1-10 (KJV)

1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Key Verse: “And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God…” (Jonah 3:7, 8a).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Theodore Roosevelt once commented that: “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who actually in the arena strives valiantly, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause and knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; his place shall never be with cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Influence in life can either be positive or negative. Negative influence leads in wrong direction and end up in a chain of catastrophe and ruin. Eve had a negative influence on Adam and the whole world is still groaning from the curse that followed. Rebecca influenced Jacob negatively with grievous consequences.

Ahab was negatively influenced by Jezebel his wife; he killed Naboth and incurred the wrath of God, which altered the destiny of his lineage. On the other hand, positive influence produces good result which lead to joy and accomplishment.

Our Lord Jesus had a positive influence on His disciples and, by extension, all that believe in Him. The disciples became Christians or little ‘christs’.

Our text today shows that the king of Nineveh led the whole city back to God. He proclaimed a fast and commanded that all men and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily to God.

The influence of the king led to God’s mercy and pardon. “…God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not” (Jonah 3:10). We can individually and collectively take definite steps to influence and affect others until they come to Christ, the Saviour.

Thought For The Day: Light a candle and influence others.

The Bible In One Year: Job 39-42

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

DCLM Daily Manna 19 August 2020 – Put Faith To Work

Topic: Put Faith To Work
[DCLM Daily Manna 19 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:20-30 (KJV)

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

Key Verse: “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” – (2 Chronicles 20:22)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Think of someone who wishes to enter a locked treasure house. He has the key in his hands but just stands at the door, pushing and wishing it would open for him. The door will not open unless he puts the key in the lock and turns it. The key in his hand will do him no good until he uses it. This is just how faith works.

The nation of Judah faced a great challenge. A confederacy of nations had gathered to fight against them and wipe them out. Helpless in themselves, they prayed to ask help from God. He assured them He would fight for them and give them victory over their enemies. As they marched on to confront their enemies, Jehoshaphat admonished them to believe God and His prophets. They agreed and immediately put their faith to work by singing praises to the Lord. Their faith was demonstrated in their praises. As soon as they put their faith to work in praising God, He gave them overwhelming victory.

Faith is one of the most powerful possessions of a Christian. It can do all things because it engages and activates the power of the almighty God with whom nothing is impossible. But the power of faith can never be seen or experienced except it is put to work. While it exists in the “believe” state, it remains latent, passive and dormant. But the moment it is released in action, the power is activated and nothing can stand on its way.

Some Christians claim to have faith but the problem is that they do not put their faith to work. They cry over their mountains, fast and pray over perceived problems but never take any action to demonstrate their faith. It is about time we moved on from professing faith and began to put it into actions. Except we do, we will never have.

Thought For The Day: Great things can happen when we put our faith to work.

The Bible In One Year: Job 35-38

DCLM Daily Manna 18 August 2020 – Between Law And Love

Topic: Between Law And Love
[DCLM Daily Manna 18 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 13:11-22 (KJV)

11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

Key Verse: “And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.” – (Luke 13:14)

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MESSAGE:
It is amazing how people have allowed the strict observance of the law to make them miss connection with God and other people. The Pharisees and the Jewish leaders allowed themselves to become so blinded by the letters of the law to the loss of their human feelings and kindness towards others. They prefer to watch people die if helping them will amount to breaking of the law.

Jesus in our text was present in their synagogue on a Sabbath day and seeing this poor woman who was in need, He could not hold back reaching out to her. In His love for humanity, He reached out to heal her of her eighteen years’ infirmity. The ruler of the synagogue was however infuriated by this. He preferred that she remained in her bondage than getting healed on a Sabbath day. Jesus, however, saw into his hypocrisy and envy and rebuked him for it.

Jesus teaches that love is the fulfilment of the law. It is sad therefore to see how many of us have allowed the law to hinder us from loving and connecting with people. Many of us have failed to reach out to people with genuine needs because we think that such will amount to breaking human laws we have set for ourselves. How many seekers have we turned away from our churches because they failed to conform to our perceived understanding of what constitutes proper Christian dressing? How about those we condemn and fail to help just because they do not conform to our denominational practices?

We cannot be more righteous and law abiding than Jesus. He never failed to connect with people who truly needed help. How we need to be like Him! He reached out to the needy and downtrodden instead of being restricted and tied by the dead letters of the law.

Thought For The Day: Only by love can we fulfil the law.

The Bible In One Year: Job 30-34

DCLM Daily Manna 17 August 2020 – Do It For God

Topic: Do It For God
[DCLM Daily Manna 17 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 19:1-11 (KJV)

1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.

2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,

6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.

9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good.

Key Verse: “And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.” – (2 Chronicles 19:6,7)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
During swearing in ceremonies for public office holders in many parts of the world, such officers are usually reminded of their sacred responsibility to discharge their duties according to the rules of the land. They are made to pledge their allegiance to the constitution of the land and affirm their readiness to carry out their duties without fear or favour. But too often, we find most of these officers flout the vows they made and carry out their duties in the way that pleases them and not in the way prescribed by the laws of the land.

In swearing in the judges he had appointed in the land, King Jehoshaphat, in our text, made it clear to them that they were to judge the people as God’s vice regents. He is the Judge of all the earth and the human judges appointed over the lands are to act as representatives over His people.

As Christians, we must understand that we represent God in whatever office we may occupy, be it secular, political or religious. We are not to separate our Christian callings as lights of the world and representatives of Christ from our secular involvements. We must do our duties as though we are doing them for God. It is sad when we have those who are only Christians in the church but at home, places of work and neighbourhoods, they put on another identity and display untoward characters.

Has your conduct at work done any form of damage to your Christian testimony and the glory of God? Then, you must repent today. It is not too late to make a change and redeem your image. Where you have been unfair, unjust and corrupt, make necessary restitutions and resolve by the grace of God to always do the right thing all the time. Be conscious that you are God’s representative where you are!

Thought For The Day: Don’t misrepresent God; reflect His righteousness everywhere.

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