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DCLM Daily Manna 16 August 2020 – You Can Bring Joy To Heaven

Topic: You Can Bring Joy To Heaven
[DCLM Daily Manna 16 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 15:1-10 (KJV)

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Key Verse: “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” – (Luke 15:7)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
Many times, we are so self-centred and self-consumed that we lose sight of the real essence of the Christian life. When we pray, it is for us to receive blessings from God. When we do good to others, it is for us to be commended. When we go to church, it is for us to be recognised as followers of Jesus Christ. We leave little or no room for God or for other people.

But if we hope to worship God acceptably and please Him well, we must go beyond our selfish needs and desires. This is the message the Lord Jesus Christ was conveying in our passage. He had been observed in the company of sinners by the religious leaders of His time who were appalled that He had chosen such friends. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus, speaking in parables, asked if any of them with 100 sheep would not leave 99 sheep and go in search of one lamb that strays from the flock. Or anyone of them who possess ten pieces of silver and loses one, would not search strenuously until he finds the missing coin. He then emphasised that there is joy in heaven and in the presence of the angels of God for every sinner that repents from his sins more than for those that have no need of repentance.

We are saved and made citizens of the kingdom of God not just for our own happiness and blessings alone, but to become instruments that would bring joy in heaven by seeking those lost in sin and trespasses and bringing them to faith and salvation in Christ. This is the heartbeat of the Almighty and it gladdens His heart and brightens heaven each time a new name enters the Book of Life.

What a glorious thing it is for us to put smile on the face of God, our Father and to give angels cause for celebration in heaven! It is the most satisfying work you can ever accomplish here on earth.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Those that turn others to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 19-24

DCLM Daily Manna 15 August 2020 – God Will Fight For You

Topic: God Will Fight For You
[DCLM Daily Manna 15 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-19 (KJV)

1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

Key Verse: “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – (2 Chronicles 20:15)

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
We live in a world that is opposed to God. It despises everything He has ordained for His children and is pitched in a life-long battle with believers for taking sides with God. Most times, the battle is so fierce that hard-pressed believers no longer feel the nearness of God. As a result, they begin to doubt their chance of triumphing over the devil, their implacable enemy.

It is only human to be scared in the face of danger, especially through the onslaught of the devil, as it happened to Jehoshaphat. What set him apart from many others is that he knew how to respond to such a frightening situation: he took the case directly to God. Once he learnt that a confederation of enemy nations had come in full force and with great numbers against Judah, King Jehoshaphat, though frightened, turned to the Lord in prayers and proclaimed a fast in his nation.

Gathered with his people in the house of the Lord, Jehoshaphat reminded God about His sovereignty in heaven and on earth, His power and might that no one can withstand, His previous conquest for Israel, giving the land of Canaan as inheritance to the children of Abraham. He confessed they did not know what to do, but their eyes were on Him. God in turn responded promptly through the assuring prophecy of Jahaziel. Judah should not be afraid nor would they need to fight because the battle was God’s and He would be with them and grant them victory.

In times of trials and troubles, we should learn not to trust in our own devices or allow fear to freeze our faith. Instead, we should put our trust in God and turn to Him in prayers. As His children, He would not abandon us to face the struggles alone nor allow the enemy to triumph over us. He does not hesitate to fight for us. We should confidently trust Him to intervene on our behalf and grant us victory.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When battles arise, stand still; hold your peace and see the glory of the Lord.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 15-18

DCLM Daily Manna 14 August 2020 – Loving God Truly

Topic: Loving God Truly
[DCLM Daily Manna 14 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 14:25-35 (KJV)
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Key Verse: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” – (Luke 14:26)

DCLM Daily Manna 9 May 2019

MESSAGE:
Many are quick to profess their love for God. They put up a public show of it in the way they dress; in the manner of their speech and in their dietary preferences. They present themselves as God’s favourite children; regular in church services and dutiful in meeting all their religious obligations. And they conclude that this is all that is needed by God! Nothing can be farther from the truth. God’s standard is much higher and He expects everyone to faithfully abide by it.

Great multitudes had followed Jesus Christ. Knowing their hidden motives for coming, He made one of the most remarkable statements in the gospel. He told them that those who would follow Him and become His disciples must love God far above everyone else – parents, spouse and children. They must, above all, love God more than they love themselves. And they must also be prepared to make far-reaching sacrifices; to bear their cross. Discipleship demands that they forget about their achievements and personal preferences, to follow Christ. That is the only way they can be useful in the kingdom of God. He expects they would be wise, listen and obey His words.

Those who pretend to follow Christ just to satisfy some ulterior motives or personal cravings, such as people’s commendation or praises or using same as a means to deceive unsuspecting members of the public, do so at their own peril. They will receive the reward for their insincerity. God is not mocked.

Jesus is calling us here not to make empty profession of our love for Him but to demonstrate this by our actions. We must come to Christ without any hidden agenda, or self-serving motive. Our only concern should be to follow the footsteps of Christ and work for the expansion of the Kingdom.

Thought For The Day: True discipleship matters only when it serves one interest: Christ’s.

The Bible In One Year: Job 11-14

DCLM Daily Manna 13 August 2020 – Stick With God

Topic: Stick With God
[DCLM Daily Manna 13 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Job 27:1-10 (KJV)

1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?

Key Verse: “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.” – (Job 27:6)

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MESSAGE:
The best time to gauge the level of commitment you have towards God is when things are not going according to plans in your life. Such a time brings out the best or the worst in you. It shows a clearer expression of your faith or unbelief in God and His promises.

It was not different for Job. He had been experiencing severe affliction. His wife had turned against him for retaining his integrity and his friends had condemned him as a sinner. He came to a point when he began thinking that it was probably better if he had not been born. Yet in the face of physical and emotional pain, he vowed never to turn his back on God. Although he wrongly assumed that it was God that vexed his soul, he resolved not to utter wicked and deceitful words while he yet lived. He knew that such an action would only serve to justify the unwarranted condemnation from his friends. He would instead, retain his integrity and not abandon righteousness because of his suffering.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ faced a terrible time also when He thought His heavenly Father had abandoned Him. But He knew the reason for His coming and realised that the redemption work would not be possible if He did not endure whatever pains that came His way. He endured and obtained the name above every other name. He now sits at the right hand side of God and He is coming again as the reigning King.

Righteousness is the believer’s badge of honour. And whatever our experiences in life, we must look beyond the immediate difficulties and please God. We must retain our faith in Him and shun all hypocritical lifestyle. We should trust Him to deliver us from the present troubles. And if in His sovereignty He fails to do so, we should be rest assured that He still has our best interest at heart.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is with us when we are with Him!

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 7-10

DCLM Daily Manna 12 August 2020 – When God’s People Suffer

Topic: When God’s People Suffer
[DCLM Daily Manna 12 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Job 31:24-32 (KJV)

24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;

26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:

30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.

Key Verse: “Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.” – (Job 31:30)

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
Why? Why me? Why my family? What is the meaning of this suffering? These are familiar questions asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. No one is immune to suffering and adversity. “Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upwards” (Job 5:7).

In what looks like a wrap up of his case before God eventually answered him, Job enumerated his righteous deeds in the passage under consideration. His trust was entirely on God and not on enormous wealth. He was not the kind of person that rejoices at the destruction of his enemies. He took strangers in and caused the mouths of the widows and the fatherless to rejoice through his compassion and care. His major dilemma is the reality that such a man like him could suffer so much despite his righteous ways.

Good people sometimes suffer as much as the bad. The reasonable expectation is that good people should not suffer like the wicked because they did not deserve to. They charted the path of justice, equity and truth. While others were living carelessly, they governed their lives with righteous principles. First, we must understand that certain things are too complex for the moral man to understand. We cannot fully understand why some things happen until we get to the other side of eternity. Job, for instance, didn’t understand that his sufferings were occasioned by the devil, not God. And that God allowed it to prove to Satan that he was not serving Him because he was blessed. He was in service to God because of who God is to him.

When we suffer, we should not despair or give up faith in God. The Lord will give us grace to endure in times of trial and suffering.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Our God is beyond human comprehension.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 1-6

DCLM Daily Manna 11 August 2020 – It Is Very Real

Topic: It Is Very Real
[DCLM Daily Manna 11 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Key Verse: “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” – (Luke 16:23)

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
Sir Francis Newport, head of an English infidel club, said this on his deathbed in the 18th Century: “You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever.”

The story of the rich man and Lazarus is so popular that anyone familiar with the Bible should have read or heard of it. This is not a parable at all but a real story told by our Lord Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a poor beggar eventually died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man died and went to hell, a place of torment. He was conscious enough in hell to acknowledge his pains and torments. He was intelligent enough to remember he had five godless brethren who could come to the same place of torment if nothing was done to bring them to salvation.

There are important lessons to learn from this story. First, the rich man did not go to hell because of his riches, but his trust in his money which became his idol. It was not Lazarus’ lack of earthly possessions and riches that took him to heaven. Though he lacked even the most basic things on earth, he lived a godly life without complaint. The second lesson is the undeniable fact that hell indeed exists. Some people, like Russell, who cannot understand why a merciful God would condemn people to hell, have questioned the very existence of hell. Some erroneous teachers characterised it as a place where sinners are annihilated completely. But the cries of the rich man seal the scriptural description of hell as a place of eternal and unending torments.

What should be done then? Repent, if you are yet to and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour in order to escape it. Warn others of its reality; never mind if they believe it or not. One day, they will.

Thought For The Day: We must run away from sin to avoid hell.

The Bible In One Year: Philemon 1

DCLM Daily Manna 10 August 2020 – Guiding Light

Topic: Guiding Light
[DCLM Daily Manna 10 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 119:9-16 (KJV)
9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Key Verse: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – (Psalm 119:11)

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MESSAGE:
Geographers rely on maps and graphs to locate areas they have not been to before. Seafarers depend on their compass to locate their destination. It will be detrimental to any sea captain who neglects the use of his compass for he would likely drift to an unknown place. By the same token, we have the word of God as our guide. The onus is on us to completely rely on it prayerfully to enable us follow our Lord daily.

There is no other guidebook that can lead us to the kingdom of God except the holy Scriptures. We must, therefore, daily meditate on the precepts and delight ourselves in God’s statutes. The Christian journey is impossible without divine guidance. Dependence on God’s laws keeps the believer on track. Against this backdrop, the psalmist said, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9).

The word of God in our heart will protect us against sin, shield us from all temptations and make us victorious over sin and Satan. To live a life that is approved of God, believers must always depend on Him and His words. Whatever the challenge, we must follow the Lord’s guidebook.

As you go out today, let the word of God be your guide. Knowing that we are called to a holy walk with the Lord, it is therefore very imperative for us to follow the instruction of His word. That is the only light that can illuminate our paths.

Thought For The Day: There is no stumbling when God leads the way.

The Bible In One Year: Titus 1-3

DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2020 – Don’t Take A Look At It

Topic: Don’t Take A Look At It
[DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Job 31:1-12 (KJV)
1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;

10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

Key Verse: “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1).

DCLM Daily Manna 9 May 2019

MESSAGE:
Pornography is said to be a $12 to $13 billion-a-year industry. This is more than the combined annual revenues of the Coca-Cola and McDonnell Douglas corporations. Pornography websites are busy every day and night. About 25 percent of all search engines requests are for porn of some level!

Playboy’s website alone now averages about five million hits a day. And these aren’t just at night time. Psychologists and counsellors see a direct link between this increased use of pornography and their increased caseloads of crashing marriages and rape.

Satan wants to keep people in slavery to pornography and sin. Job, while carrying out some self examination in our passage said he made a covenant with his eyes not to think upon a maid lustfully or look with unclean motives. He equally condemned the sin of adultery and rape in the same passage, highlighting the heavy penalty of sinning against your neighbour’s wife or daughter.

Pornography is progressive; it dominates the mind of its victims until they are completely enslaved. It is highly addictive and invites the mind which in turn leads to unacceptable practices that destroy one’s reputation and character.

Some of these things may be accepted in some societies but God, the righteous Judge, will not excuse them. Those who are trapped in the web of this hard-to-overcome practice know that it thrives in secrecy.

The first step to take is to repent and confess the sin to God; after which it will be necessary to break the secrecy by discussing with someone to whom one is responsible. This could be parents or guardians, husband or wife, or perhaps, your pastor, in order to get the needed help and support. After prayer and assurance of salvation, victims must also press forward to be sanctified.

Thought For The Day: Make a covenant with your eyes and mind today.

The Bible In One Year: Esther 6-10

DCLM Daily Manna 8 August 2020 – No Shady Deals

Topic: No Shady Deals
[DCLM Daily Manna 8 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Luke 16:1-18 (KJV)

1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Key Verse: “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:11).

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
The following quotation was attributed to an unknown source. “Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next. The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character. Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.

“Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character is what you have when you go away. Reputation is made in a moment; character is built in a lifetime. A single newspaper report gives our reputation; a life of toil gives you your character… Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.”

Nowadays, people cut corners and take all kinds of shortcuts to succeed in life. Some change figures and cook up books in order to defraud their masters to make themselves an unrighteous gain.

Christ’s exhortation was not in any way an endorsement for sharp practices, but an encouragement to make preparation for eternity. Ministers of God are stewards of the mysteries of God. They are expected to be models of righteousness to other members of the church. Believers are to exhibit the true virtues of Christianity in their workplace. This is what differentiates us from others in the world.

No matter what choices we make in life and the motive behind our actions, the truth will come out eventually. Nothing is hidden under the sun. The service we deliver today in faithfulness while working for others, will eventually be repaid when others begin to work for us.

Thought For The Day: Do your work with the highest level of integrity.

The Bible In One Year: Esther 1-5

DCLM Daily Manna 7 August 2020 – Life’s Different Twists

Topic: Life’s Different Twists
[DCLM Daily Manna 7 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Job 30:1-14 (KJV)

1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

Key Verse: “But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock” (Job 30:1).

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following: “One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable.” “One who understands our silence.” “A volume of sympathy bound in cloth.” “A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down.” The winning definition reads: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”

From the text, Job focused our attention on his plight when all his acquaintances left him. He was a highly respected person in his day, being one of the richest persons in the region. Now that he was afflicted by this strange illness and having lost all his riches within a few hours in one day, he was abandoned by those who once benefited from his largeness.

Such is life. The people that once respected, honoured and reverenced him, now disrespected and even spat on his face. The poorest of the poor in society who should have been begging for food in front of his house, now had him in derision. The only friends who visited, came to condemn him.

This teaches us several lessons about life. First, things can change with regards to our status in society, either for good or evil. And when the unpredictable happens, we must find the grace to overcome the evil times. Secondly, public respect is very elastic. When the going is good, there are many friends who hang around and you become the song in the mouths of many overzealous praise singers. But when misfortune comes, the praise singers of today will turn mockers and jesters of tomorrow. Thirdly, we must understand that bad times do not last.

We must therefore, learn to trust God and keep hope alive when things turn the other way. Those who laugh at us today will rejoice with us tomorrow. Cheer up!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Don’t trust the winds, they can change direction.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: NEHEMIAH 11-13