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DCLM Daily Manna 22 January 2020 – Made Rich By God

Topic: Made Rich By God
[DCLM Daily Manna 22 January 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Key Verse: “That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge” (1 Corinthians 1:5).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
The great American evangelist, D. L. Moody, whose outreaches brought thousands of souls to the saving knowledge of the Lord, was said to be a poor and illiterate cobbler. But it is a marvel to see what great riches of divine grace and gifts he displayed in his lifetime.

The same can be said of Smith Wigglesworth who was also an illiterate plumber but got transformed and enriched by faith. The list is endless of ordinary people not reckoned with by the society, but whose lives impacted and marvelled the world because of the great riches of grace they displayed. Christ truly enriches lives. No one comes to Him and remains the same.

As Apostle Paul looked at the marvellous transformation in the lives of the Corinthian believers and the great riches that the grace of Christ had bestowed on them, he could not help but give thanks to God. Above that, was the power and ability they had to remain blameless in their very corrupt environment.

There is usually a wonderful transformation when a person encounters Christ. This is something that mere religion cannot accomplish. The change you experience is not limited to your moral life, behaviour and character; you also become endowed with the ability to receive and understand deep revelation and knowledge of God.

When you begin to focus on those things that are yours in Christ and all that the grace of God can accomplish in your life, you will see reasons to be thankful and praise Him all the time. Do not think yourself poor and unfortunate any longer; start to praise God for who you are in Him. Your life is a bundle of riches through Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You are a bundle of riches in Christ.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 20-22

DCLM Daily Manna 1 January 2020 – Endless Possibilities

Topic: Endless Possibilities
[DCLM Daily Manna 1 January 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Isaiah 43:18-21
18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Key Verse: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”- Isaiah 43:19

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MESSAGE:
An interesting map is on display in the British Museum in London. It’s an old mariner’s chart, drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The Cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote: “Here be giants,” “Here be fiery scorpions,” and “Here be dragon.” Eventually, the map came into possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Scratching out the fearful inscriptions, he wrote these words across map: “HERE IS GOD”.

Prophet Isaiah was comforting Israel in our text after their humiliating experience during their captivity in Babylon and the national shame it’s bought. He wanted them to understand how impossible it was for them to make progress as a nation without breaking from the past and focusing on the future. He anchored his encouragement on the endless possibilities of God’s promise to do a new thing.

As we begin the New Year, we must forget the impossibilities of the past and focus on what God has promised to do in the future. Though we live in a world that is uncertain and unpredictable, we have a God who knows the end from the beginning. The angry, bitter and painful words spoken against us in the past year must be allowed to pass with it. We must equally bury the old negative thoughts, speak positively to our future and allow God be in charge during moments of our deepest fears.

The failure, disappointment, distress and destruction of the past year will surely give way to progress and success this New Year. God has promised to make everything beautiful for us in this New Year. You have nothing to worry about.

Welcome to a brand New Year.
Happy New Year!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A new beginning comes to those who forget the past.


Genesis 1-3

DCLM Daily Manna 29 December 2019 – New Things From God Always

Topic: New Things From God Always [DCLM Daily Manna 29 December 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Isaiah 43:18-21

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Key Verse: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” – (Isaiah 43:19).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:

In the 19th century, the director of the United States patent office called for the closure of the bureau following his conviction that there was nothing new to be discovered or invented. But shortly after in 1842, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph, the precursor of today’s rapid means of communication over long distances. He also created the brilliant idea of Morse code that allows messages to be transmitted through short sounds or flashes of light.

Also read: Open Heaven 29 December 2019 – Songs of Triumph

Restricted by the consequences of sin which has alienated him from God who has absolute power to create new things and also give inventive wisdom to human beings, man has functioned erroneously under the philosophy that nothing new can come under the sun. God’s power to do new things such as salvation of the hardened sinner, miraculous deliverances like the parting of the Red Sea, divine healing for fatal diseases and timely provision for the destitute has astonished man.

In the passage, the Lord opens a chink of the future of blessedness for the redeemed who by their association with Jesus their Saviour, can enjoy a life of new things, both spiritual and physical, worked out by the Creator.

For the Christian to relish these pleasures, he needs to let go of the past beliefs which were unhelpful to his soul. He needs to reject ideas that tie him to the world so that he will be focused on God and have the right frame of mind that would not stagger at the Lord’s promises.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Believers can rely on God for new things every day of their lives.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Revelation 15-17

DCLM Daily Manna 8 December 2019 – A Different Kind Of Death

Topic: A Different Kind Of Death
[DCLM Daily Manna 8 December 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

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Text: John 11:47-57
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

Key Verse: “Then from that day forth, they took counsel together for to put him to death” – (John 11:53).

MESSAGE:

Death is always a sad event because its separates loved ones. Death brings sorrow to the heart of men. It creates a vacuum that is always difficult to fill. And above all, death brings judgment to anyone who dies in sin. But there was one death that was different. It was a death that gives life to the dead. A death that brings freedom to those in captivity, that brings hope to the hopeless. That was the death of Jesus Christ at Calvary!

Jesus Christ had just raised Lazarus from the dead after four days in the grave. The euphoria of the unprecedented event was spread like wild fire everywhere. But the religious leaders of the day were not impressed. To them, it was an affront to their authority and therefore Jesus must be stopped.

The promise God gave immediately Adam fell at the Garden of Eden concerning “the seed of the woman” was eventually fulfilled at Calvary where Jesus died for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” has through His substitutionary death taken the place of man by dying for all. And as many as will repent today of their sins and put their faith in Him by receiving Him as Lord and Saviour will be saved and their names written in the Book of life in heaven. Unfortunately, many don’t understand this simple gospel message. Some still believe they have to go through many days of fasting or one form of self-torture or another to “earn” salvation. But salvation is free.

This places a great responsibility on all believers to daily tell people of the availability of this great salvation. Secondly, believers must live pure lives that truly show that they have genuine salvation that has set them free from sin.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus’ death is the climax of God’s love for man.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Amos 6-9

DCLM Daily Manna 8 October 2019 – Danger Of Self

Topic: Danger Of Self
[DCLM Daily Manna 8 October 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Numbers 13:1-16 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

4 And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.

9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.

Key Verse: “Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them” (Numbers 13:2).

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
In this age, “self” is revealed in phrases that glorify personal choice above all other values: self-determination, self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-help, even do-it-yourself. In this climate, no doctrine is safe, no dictate accepted without scrutiny. The touchstone of belief today is the individual, not the institution. The same voters who talk back to their political leaders on call-in shows and town meetings are talking back to their church leaders at parish council meetings and outreach events.

The children of Israel were now in the wilderness of Paran, just on the threshold of the Promised Land. If things had gone according to plan, they would have started occupying the land of their dream within days or weeks. The people actually demanded Moses to send spies to spy out the land for the purpose of knowing what way to go (Deuteronomy 1:22). Moses then accepted their request after obtaining approval from God. Everything went well, until the spies returned with an evil, exaggerated report that brought a serious setback to Israel’s journey of faith.

We fail at the point of success when we stop working by faith. The Christian race is a journey of faith; once we start allowing our will to override God’s purpose, everything will begin to collapse. If only these spies had stayed within their mandate without making a recommendation tainted with self and unbelief, Israel would have made it. For us to get to our own Promised Land, we must stay within God’s plan and deal with the problem of self.

Thought For The Day: Self is a forerunner of sin.

The Bible In One Year: Isaiah 9–12

DCLM Daily Manna 3 September 2019 – Give God The Glory

Topic: Give God The Glory
[DCLM Daily Manna 3 September 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Matthew 12:22-37 (KJV)
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Key Verse: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31).

DCLM Daily Manna 30 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
Man’s heart is a metaphorical fountain with words as it streams. When such a fountain or spring is troubled, it must necessarily send forth muddy, stinking and unpleasant water. It is only a gracious salt introduced into the fountain that can remove the stink.

In the text, a man under a severe torment from Satan received a triple miracle from Christ. He was demon-possessed, blind and dumb. After an encounter with Christ, the demoniac was delivered and set free in so much that he could both talk and see. People began to praise God while shockingly, the Pharisees began to vilify Christ, attributing the miracle to the power of Satan, the prince of demons. Jesus replied that if the prince of demons used his own power to cast out demons, he would be creating civil war in his own kingdom.

Jesus went further to explain to the Pharisees that the only way a strong man can be defeated is if a stronger man overpowers him. Jesus proved that He was stronger than Satan. He reiterated the fact that God could forgive the doubts and misunderstanding people had about Him, but He (God) would not forgive their defiant rejection of the clear show of the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Pharisees were in the same position as the demoniac before his healing. They were blind spiritually; they could not see the power of God in open demonstration. They were dumb spiritually at the throne of grace as they could not give God His worthy praises. Satan blinded their eyes by unbelief which made them to sin against the Holy Ghost. Believers should be wary of malicious criticisms as this may lead them to be giving Satan the praises and glory due to God. If you believe, you too can receive your triple miracle of salvation, healing and deliverance through Christ today.

Thought For The Day: Rejection of Christ’s power grieves the Holy Spirit.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 80–84

DCLM Daily Manna 29 August 2019 – The Righteous Judge

Topic: The Righteous Judge
[DCLM Daily Manna 29 August 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Psalm 75:1-10 (KJV)
1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Key Verse: “But God is the judge; he putteth down one and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:7).

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MESSAGE:
Every purpose of God has its own time and it manifests as ordained by the Almighty. As for the judgment of the world, He has ordained a time for that. A time when the righteous shall be taken away and rewarded but all the wicked of the earth shall be judged for their wickedness and sinfulness.

From our text, God is apparently not in a hurry to judge the world because He is not willing that any should perish. Howbeit, He warns the fools who had concluded in their hearts that there is no God. He calls on the wicked and the arrogant to forsake their wickedness and haughtiness.

Although God is patiently waiting for the wicked to turn away from their evil way and embrace the loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, the fact of His return is certain; He will surely come and judge the world in righteousness, no matter how long it takes. In essence, God’s judgment looms over the wicked. He has the cup of His fury at hand to be poured upon sinners who will voluntarily drink of it. If you are still in the pool of sin and wickedness, it is not late yet. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way; and the unrighteous man his thoughts…” (Isaiah 55:6,7).

As the end of all things draw near, believers must remain firm in their conviction; sinners and backsliders must make haste to be saved and restored because our God is a righteous judge.

Thought For The Day: Seek the Lord today, escape His wrath tomorrow.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 51–60

DCLM Daily Manna 28 August 2019 – Wasted Inheritance

Topic: Wasted Inheritance
[DCLM Daily Manna 28 August 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: 1 Kings 14:21-31 (KJV)
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:

26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house.

28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

Key Verse: “And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made” (1 Kings 14:26).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Rehoboam missed it as soon as he ascended the throne of the mighty kingdom he inherited from his father and grandfather by rejecting the God-guided counsel of the old men concerning the request of the people of Israel. He had lived with Solomon a man of wisdom all his life but he could not discern the old men’s counsel as a godly one.

Following Rehoboam’s insensitivity towards national issues, Israel was divided into two kingdoms. The two tribes over which he then reigned went into sin and they became spiritually and morally corrupt. Consequently, just five years into the reign of Rehoboam, all the treasures, both of the house of God and of the king’s house including the shields of gold made by Solomon disappeared. God permitted Shishak, the king of Egypt to invade the land of Judah and soon, all the glamour and glory faded. The gold turned into brass.

When people forfeit real goals for wrong ones, such as temporary power, position, popularity, prestige and wealth, they end up chasing shadows without substance, thereby becoming perpetual slaves to Satan and his cohorts. Some Christians have carelessly wasted and exchanged their eternal inheritance for modern-day idolatry. They forget that they that want to be rich at all cost often fall into temptation.

As heaven-bound believers, we must not lose sight of the great inheritance God has given to us through His Son. We should jealously watch over it and graciously develop and grow into greater spiritual heights until our great King comes to take us into our eternal inheritance. Always remember that when a man removes God from his life, everything else becomes useless, no matter how valuable it may seem.

Thought For The Day: Setting goals without God leads to irrecoverable loss.

  • The Bible In One Year: Psalm 44–50

DCLM Daily Manna 27 August 2019 – Persecution of the Church

Topic: Persecution of the Church
[DCLM Daily Manna 27 August 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Revelation 17:1-8 (KJV)
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Key Verse: “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration” (Revelation 17:6).

Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi

MESSAGE:
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand who spent fourteen years in the Communists’ prison in Romania with horrible tortures and sufferings was released to become the voice of the underground churches in captive nations. He says: “…the Seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent” (Genesis 3:15). We tickle the serpent on the belly making him to laugh. Today, the serpent continues to crawl through China, North Korea, Vietnam and Laos… and in the Middle East where no one church building is allowed to stand. The plight of such captive nations must continually be addressed by Church leaders and mission directors, as well as by every thoughtful Christian”. From the time of Abel through the law, prophets, the Early Church and to the contemporary time, people have been oppressed, tortured and killed for their faith.

In the account of today, the great whore, that is, the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet with the title, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of all Harlots and Abomination of the Earth, symbolises any system that is hostile and opposed to God. Her being drunken with blood shows her pleasure in the persecution of the saints and martyrs of Jesus.

Today, many Christians have suffered unspeakable tortures in the hands of their tormentors and persecutors under the influence of this old serpent (the devil). Believers who are in persecution free nations should see it as an assignment to constantly and passionately intercede for the sustenance of the faith of our fellow pilgrims including missionaries in those countries. We should always be ready to support mission work when the need arises.

Thought For The Day: Persecution is the true test of the Christian faith.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 39–43

DCLM Daily Manna 25 August 2019 – Be Ye Clean

Topic: Be Ye Clean
[DCLM Daily Manna 25 August 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]

Text: Leviticus 11:21-28 (KJV)
21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;

22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.

24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.

25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

26 The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.

27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.

28 And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.

Key Verse: “And whosever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even” (Leviticus 11:25).

DCLM Daily Manna 17 May 2019 Daily Devotional

MESSAGE:
Many people love to worship and serve at the altar of the Lord but are not willing to lay aside the excess weight that slows them down. Today’s passage describes an aspect of ceremonial law given to Israel that could disqualify people from worship and shut them out from the congregation of the Lord until they were certified cleansed. God had strictly forbidden them from eating certain animal, and to ensure adherence to this law, they were not to touch such animals or their carcases at all as doing this would automatically render victims unclean.

Under the dispensation of grace, Jesus did not in any way degrade the law. But He paved the way for a change. This was made clear in Acts 10:9-29 when God removed the traditional restrictions regarding food. Jesus pointed out that: “It is that which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man”. Sin of any kind and shape is the monster that makes a person unclean and defiled in the sight of God and the heart is the centre of activities where every evil thoughts proceed from. We must be stringent about what we allow into our minds because they could also be sources of defilement.

Our inward appearance matters much before God. If as a believer, your mindset and thought processes are always tending towards evil, lust, envy, hatred, covetousness, revenge, etc. then you urgently need the second work of grace (Sanctification). If your desire is to offer acceptable worship and services unto God and eventually see Him at the end of time, you must avoid all unclean things. God is holy and those that serve Him must be clean both inwardly and outwardly.

Thought For The Day: Only clean vessels befit the worship and service of the holy God.

The Bible In One Year: Psalm 31–35