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DCLM Daily Manna 28 November 2018 – Empowered For Impact

Topic: Empowered For Impact
[DCLM Daily Manna 28 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Isaiah 22:15-25 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open“ (Isaiah 22:22).

MESSAGE:

David the anointed king of Israel was enthroned by the almighty God to impact the life, economy and military capability of the nation of Israel in his own time. In like manner, God lifted up His servant Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah and appointed him over the house of Judah to bring peace and succour to His afflicted people while captivity and anguish remained the lot of the enemy nations which had troubled God’s people.

It is noteworthy from our text that Eliakim was not a military leader in Israel but an administrator in the government of Hezekiah, king of Judah (2 Kings 18:18; Isaiah 36:3); yet God used him to give Judah and Jerusalem the needed respite. God has also empowered us through the Spirit of the indwelling Christ with whom we have been baptised to function in and for His kingdom.

The open door God granted Eliakim is similar to the open door of global evangelisation today. God has promised to give us the heathen for an inheritance and the ends of the world for our possession. No one should rest on his oars until this divine mandate is accomplished. As we march out gingerly in obedience to our great Commander, the enemy shall submit to the superior power of our God and His Christ.

The task of conquering the world for Christ with the gospel must never be misconstrued as the prerogatives of pastors, church leaders and workers alone. The pew and the pulpit must determinedly converge to bring the full-orbed gospel to the whole world.

Thought For The Day: God empowers and uses earthen vessels to accomplish His purpose.

Bible Reading In One Year: Acts 18:19-19:1-41

DCLM Daily Manna 25 November 2018 – Consecrated For Life

Topic: Consecrated For Life
[DCLM Daily Manna 25 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Numbers 6:1-12 (KJV)

Key Verse: “All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD“ (Numbers 6:8).

MESSAGE:

It is amazing how God demonstrates His love and affinity for fellowship with an earthen vessel like man. Encouraging also is how God would like to pour His Spirit, power and presence into His chosen human vessel. A typical example of this kind of choice and affection is found in Samson, the military judge of Israel. He was consecrated for life as a Nazarite right from the womb by the Almighty God to fight His enemies and deliver Israel from Philistine bondage.

Every consecrated man or woman in Israel observed some strict rules according to the Mosaic Law. Such individuals must not indulge their appetite in any alcoholic beverages (Numbers 1:34). They were required not to shave their hair – a unique look that distinguished them from others and they were not to touch or come close to any dead body no matter how close such might be to them. These rules are visible signs of the Nazarene’s separation and willingness to bear the burden for Jehovah.

Today, we have a perfect example of a truly consecrated life in Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens (Hebrews 7:26). God calls His children to total consecration in this new dispensation. Attaining the spiritual heights is now possible through the all-sufficient grace of Christ, which we obtain when we accept Him as Lord and Saviour, believe His word and remain connected to Him for a lifetime.

Living a truly consecrated life is the standard experience that God calls every believer into now and always. We cannot afford to fall short of it. We must maintain our consecration in Christ to the uttermost.

Thought For The Day: To be fit for heaven, you must consecrate all to Christ today.

Bible Reading In One Year: Galatians 4-6

DCLM Daily Manna 19 November 2018 – Faith Works!

Topic: Faith Works!
[DCLM Daily Manna 19 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text 1 Kings 17:8-16 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee“ (1 Kings 17:9).

MESSAGE:

Famine in human history is ancient and recurrent. Abraham, with his son and grandson, Isaac and Jacob respectively, had their own experiences of this unpleasant situation. However, the fact is that God gave each of them victory.

The text reveals another episode of famine in the land of Israel. The whole nation, including the prophet of God, felt the devastation which this calamity unleashed on the people. The divine providence that brought Elijah the prophet, the widow of Zarephath and her household out of famine is the focus of our reflection this day.

Elijah obeyed God’s instruction that he should go to Zarephath and dwell there for his sustenance. The widow on her part, obeyed with adorable submission, the word and instruction of the prophet to provide him a little cake. And the God of miracle multiplied the meagre flour and oil of the poor woman into a store house of food that sustained them all. “And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah and she and he (Elijah) and her house, did eat many days”.

Faith in the living God and obedience to His faithful servants will fetch us all our needed miracles in life. Indeed, faith in Christ can enable us soar over all problematic situations. The force and effect of faith in action are quite observable in the lives of trusting saints. Faith fixes all things for us, including food in famine. True! We can all feed fat in famine when we obey God’s word and stay where He has provided for our succour.

Thought For The Day: All that we need in life is in Jesus. He satisfies adequately.

Bible Reading In One Year: Acts 9-10

DCLM DAILY MANNA 16 NOVEMBER 2018 – REWARD OF PIETY

TOPIC: REWARD OF PIETY
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 16 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: 1 Samuel 20:24-34 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?“ (1 Samuel 20:30).

MESSAGE:

When we speak, the state of our heart is revealed, whether it is good or evil. Though the human mind may not be read accurately, words from the mouth with corresponding actions from the heart’s meditations adequately reveal the yearnings and the intents of the heart.

This statement seems to find relevance in our text today. David was convinced that Saul had evil intentions against him but Jonathan was doubtful of it. The vicious remarks and reactions of Saul to David’s good intentions betrayed the evil in his heart. In the opening verses, we cannot fail to notice the reverence with which Jonathan related with his father. He stood up while the king came in to have his seat at the table. David did not show up at the religious sacrifice. An intuitive feeling of danger kindled by providence made him to flee into hiding that night.

Saul was sure from his knowledge of David’s constancy, that he could not have kept himself away from religious duties without an acceptable cause. This comment by Saul is a remarkable tribute to David’s fidelity to holy principles and a challenge to every Christian today (1 Peter 2:12). Holy and righteous principle in life and conduct is our sure route of escape from divine wrath and judgment.

Avoid self-management. Cling to that which is righteous, holy and pious. Let it be written concerning you that you displayed the rarest of virtues, because of your abiding relationship with Christ.

Thought For The Day: Godly virtues secure.

Bible Reading In One Year: Acts 1-3

DCLM DAILY MANNA 13 NOVEMBER 2018 – PERMANENCE OF GOD’S LAW

TOPIC: PERMANENCE OF GOD’S LAW
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 13 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: Exodus 21:12-25 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe“ (Exodus 21:24,25).

MESSAGE:

Jesus teaches on retaliation in Matthew 5:38-39. He states, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” This was not a wanton repudiation of the law, but masterful review to moderate interpersonal relationships amongst brethren.

In our text, we read of the Mosaic laws and punishment pertaining to fighting, murder, sales of human beings and miscarriage caused by another. It concludes in verses 24,25, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

The Lord’s authority confirms His message of the Scripture. God does not change, neither does His word or will. The moral laws are still binding on us. Jesus emphasised finality of the word of God: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” The Law and the prophets refer to the Old Testament. The first five books of the Bible are referred to as the Law. The judicial law is the penalty for breaking the laws of not loving God and man, which will lead the offender to make a sacrifice or be punished.

Jesus came to fulfil the law and not to destroy it. Therefore, all believers must obey these laws. Do to others as you want them to do unto you. How long do you want people to love and accept you? Do so to them. In summary, the laws talk about love for God and neighbour. React to your neighbour in a way that their dignity is not taken away. You cannot overlook the law in your dealings and journey to eternity. The laws are given to us and would be used to judge us.

Thought For The Day: God’s word and judgment abideth forever.

Bible Reading In One Year: Luke 23; John 18-19

DCLM Daily Manna 12 November 2018 – The Fire We Need

Topic: The Fire We Need
[DCLM Daily Manna 12 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Acts 13:1-12 (KJV)

Key Verse: “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them“ (Acts 13:2).

MESSAGE:

The remedy for a church that would budge is FIRE – the Holy Ghost fire. Have you ever watched a little boy try to get a big old turtle to move? The more he coaxes it, the slower it goes. He then gets a stick and tries to club it. What does the turtle do? It just pulls its head, feet and tail inside its shell for a spell. It just sits there. The little boy gets one corner of the old turtle and props it up with a stick. Then runs to get some matches. He lights the match and holds it under the old turtle. Immediately, things will start happening. If you think a turtle can’t go fast, light up a match stick under Brother Turtle and watch him fly.

In the text, the Holy Ghost gave Barnabas and Saul a special mandate (Acts 13:2). So, they being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed for the assignment. At Paphos, they met a sorcerer, false prophet and Jew, who attempted to withstand them and the salvation of the deputy. Then Saul, filled with the power of the Holy Ghost, cast blindness on him. The deputy believed and was astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

DCLM DAILY MANNA 11 NOVEMBER 2018 – THE NEW JERUSALEM

TOPIC: THE NEW JERUSALEM
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 11 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: Isaiah 27:1-13 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem” (Isaiah 27:13).

MESSAGE:

The age in which we live is referred to in the Scriptures as the “last days”. This age is very significant in the plan of God as it will usher us into another important series of events called “eschatology”.

A day has been appointed when Christ will destroy the power of death and the devil. This event will take place at the battle of Armageddon where armies of the Antichrist will be slaughtered. This last attempt by Satan to wrongfully take the kingdom from Christ will fail. The vineyard, the Church (Christians) will be preserved from the night of affliction and persecution.

The present dispensation is called the Church age which is characterised by evil, the dominion of Satan, darkness, ungodliness and all manner of sins. Plus, there is and will be a denial of God, Christ, faith and Christian living. This is because, the devil and all his fallen angels, walk to and fro the whole earth. With the final judgment of sinners and the defeat of the old serpent, God will replace this polluted earth with a new earth and a new heaven that will match His glory, holiness and righteousness (Revelation 21:1-4).

The great, holy and eternal heaven will have New Jerusalem as its capital. Here, Christ and all the saints from all ages will reside forever. The New Jerusalem is a material city, not a mythical one. Its beauty is beyond comprehension. Will you be there? No sin can enter there. Every believer must remain faithful and steadfast in the Lord while the sinner must repent and be saved. The backslider must return to the Lord immediately. We must not miss the glories of the New Jerusalem. If you are truly born again, then hold fast to your faith in Christ until the end.

Thought For The Day: To miss heaven is to weep inconsolably for ever.

Bible Reading In One Year: John 14-17

DCLM Daily Manna 9 November 2018 – Permit Children

Topic: Permit Children
[DCLM Daily Manna 9 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Mark 10:13-16 (KJV)

Key Verse: “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God“ (Mark 10:14).

MESSAGE:

A 19-year-old youth who committed murder and was awaiting the pronouncement of his death sentence was asked by the judge, “have you anything to say before I give my final judgment? ” “Yes, your honour, I have something to say. Am I alone responsible for the crime I committed? My father put the first bottle of liquor in my hand. My parents taught me that there is nothing to religion. I never saw a Bible in my home. I never heard my parents pray together before we retired for the day. Yes, they fed me – my physical flesh, but my spirit they stabbed and starved. My parents are responsible as well as I am. Let the law take its full course. May God have mercy on my parents’ souls and mine.”

Wise and conscious parents, like the ones in the text, will bring their children to Jesus. Unfortunately, it was those who should know better that wanted to hinder them from getting to Jesus. When Jesus saw this, He was much displeased and instructed that children should be allowed to come to Him because children and childlike minded people are destined for His kingdom.

Parents keep wondering why children and youths of today are so wayward, especially those of ministers, pastors and Christian workers. It is common to see parents pampering and shielding children from church activities. Even when they come to church, many are distracted by academic works they could have planned better for and damned social media engagements.

Good parenting must of necessity include diligence in preparing the children by introducing them to Jesus. We must repent and redirect our efforts to properly bring our children to Christ.

Thought For The Day: Christ, not social media, should be the first and final recourse for youths.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 26; Mark 14

DCLM Daily Manna 8 November 2018 – Stay Connected

Topic: Stay Connected
[DCLM Daily Manna 8 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Numbers 14:40-45 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies“ (Numbers 14:42).

MESSAGE:

Three men were being chased. Suddenly, they came to a cliff top which was by the ocean. The last man, the strongest of the three, decided he should take an extra-long run-up to reach the moon. At a great speed, he leapt from the cliff. He soared through the air with outstretched arms in order to reach the moon. But he plummeted, screaming to the jagged rocks below. He had leapt an impressive eight metres; however, he did not realise that the distance to the moon was 221,463 miles.

The Scripture passage for reading shows the congregation of Israel in the wilderness weeping and complaining that they had been brought out from Egypt to die in the wilderness following the report of the ten spies. They even attempted to return to Egypt. After Moses and Aaron interceded on their behalf, they decided to go to battle and enter Canaan against the counsel of Moses.

The above can be attributed to their disconnection from God in their hearts. Many Christians are still connected to the world. When God requests a change in their attitude, business, workplace, marriage and child training, they ignore the warnings and continue in their ways.

Believers are to be spiritually prepared for whatever life brings their way. The only way to do this is to spend quality time with God. You will not hear from God except you are listening. Don’t be like the strongest of the three, who disconnected from others and fell; or like majority of the children of Israel in the wilderness, who disconnected from God and did not get to the Promised Land. Stay connected.

Thought For The Day: Better to stay connected to God than get distracted by the world.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 25

DCLM Daily Manna 7 November 2018 – Love Of God’s Law

Topic: Love of God’s Law
[DCLM Daily Manna 7 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Psalm 119:97-104 (KJV)

Key Verse: “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day“ (Psalm 119:97).

MESSAGE:

A doctorate student embarked on a peculiar project to disprove the claims of the Bible. He set forth on this doctoral thesis with a devious intent to disclaim Christians’ profession of the Bible as God’s Book and its acclaimed effect on peoples’ lives. In the process of carrying out his study, he became converted and the same Bible he sought to disprove transformed his life. He later became a preacher of the Bible in countless universities the world over.

The psalmist in our text prayed to God. Each verse addresses God directly, with no petition; only adoration and personal testimony. He declared his love for the law of God and stated how he meditated on the word of God all day which made him wiser than his enemies and gave him more understanding than his teachers. He did not only read and meditate on God’s word, he also obeyed the precepts. This restrained him from committing sin and hating every false way. This should be the testimony of all believers in Christ.

The Holy Bible is the Book of books. It is the inspired Word. Its primary purpose is to give mankind a revelation of God. It has solution to every problem, clarity to every mystery and a message for every man. No Christian can live successfully without the Bible; likewise, no Christian worker or minister can be qualified for the ministry without a thorough knowledge of it.

To discover hidden treasures in the Bible, all hindrances to spiritual receptivity must be removed. The Christian, like the psalmist, must have undying love for the Word and read it daily, cherish, treasure and obey its truths and commands to sustain a close relationship with God and remain uncompromising until the end.

Thought For The Day: The Bible is the word of God; love it, read it and obey it.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 24