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DCLM Daily Manna 6 December 2018 – A Humble Faith

Topic: A Humble Faith
[DCLM Daily Manna 6 December 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Luke 7:1-10 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof” (Luke 7:6).

MESSAGE:

Humility, as opposed to pride and arrogance, has the potential of opening closed doors. The humble in heart always esteems the other better than himself. Some nations have had to fight needless protracted wars because their leaders held on to vain pride while their people perished in unnecessary and avoidable conflicts.

Our text deals with the issue of a centurion’s servant’s sickness. He was a Roman army officer and ordinarily, he would not have bothered about his servant’s sickness. But he took the matter to Jesus, not as a last resort but because he believed Jesus came from God. He had recognised the Jews as carriers of God’s redemption message and had built a Synagogue for them. His faith and humility was particularly amazing because of his Gentile background, having not been brought up to know the living and true God. He made it clear. ‘I am not worthy…’

As a military commander, the centurion knew that Jesus, by far a greater Commander than himself, did not need to come to his house for the servant to be healed just the same way he (a mere military commander) did not need to be present, for his orders to be carried out. Thus, he said to Jesus, ‘Speak the word only’. Immediately, Jesus spoke the word and the servant was healed.

Many people have lost the opportunity of receiving their healing and deliverance at various church programmes because of lack of simple faith and a humble disposition. If, today, such people could sincerely show humility and exercise an unwavering faith in God’s word, they will receive their much needed miracles. You can do so today.

Thought For The Day: Before honour is humility.

Bible Reading In One Year: 2 Corinthians 10-13

DCLM Daily Manna 29 November 2018 – Valley Of Vision

Topic: Valley Of Vision
[DCLM Daily Manna 29 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Isaiah 22:1-14 (KJV)

Key Verse: “The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?“ (Isaiah 22:1).

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MESSAGE:

Could you remember the first time you posed for a colour photograph? How did you look in the picture? Good! We have pleasure to introduce to you the man who made that possible; a man whose research efforts successfully produced the first colour photograph in 1861. We are talking about James Clerk Maxwell, who believed that “God had endowed human beings with the power to investigate His handiworks and to harness the power of this created world”.

Prophet Isaiah was given a vision concerning Jerusalem. He saw Jerusalem in anguish and pain. She was full of stirs and a tumult in spite of being a joyous city. Her slain men were not killed with sword or dead in battle but with famine. All the rulers who fled were overtaken and bound by archers. It is punishment for sins. Judah was warned but would not repent.

Vision is the picture you have in your mind or heart that makes you look beyond yourself, ability, environment and your present state. Vision is crucial in life. There are different kinds of vision: Satan-inspired, self-generated, society-imposed and Spirit-inspired.

If the Lord painted on your mind a picture of what He wants you to be or to do, then run with it. But you need to understand that you cannot do it alone. Therefore you will need virtue. Vision without virtue is destructive. As a believer, you should have the vision to leave the world a better place morally than you met it; the vision to improve the lot of people around you. For born again Christians, the right kind of vision is to reach out for the unsaved and backslidden with the gospel.

Thought For The Day: Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Bible Reading In One Year: 1 Corinthians 1-4

DCLM DAILY MANNA 26 NOVEMBER 2018 – NEVER AN UNBELIEVER!

TOPIC: NEVER AN UNBELIEVER!
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 26 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: Genesis 24:1-9 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell“ (Genesis 24:3).

MESSAGE:

Getting hooked in marriage to a wrong partner is the worst pitfall any serious-minded individual can ever encounter in life. Abraham, the patriarch and father of Isaac did not want to put-at-risk the life and destiny of his son and lineage by marrying any of the daughters of Canaan.

The problems of unequal yoke in marriage, business, spiritual and secular endeavours are better imagined than experienced.

Believers must be wary of who they want to partner with in short and long-standing relationships. The scriptural injunction which serves as a guide for Christian pilgrims in this matter today is: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (1 Corinthians 6:14). This, however, does not prescribe non-association with unbelieving colleagues in social circles but a strict warning not to knot our life and destiny with such individuals through whom Satan can wreak havoc on us as believers.

One may retort and wonder how possible this stance is today! Yes, the chief servant of Abraham faced similar problem and felt the same way when this injunction was first given by God through father Abraham. But Abraham’s answer was reassuring, appropriate and practicable even in our contemporary time. He said, “the Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house…; he will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence” (Genesis 24:7). God and His good Spirit will guide you when your heart is steadfastly inclined to do His will. Never allow the current tide of evil in the society sway your heart away from obeying God and following this time-tested principle for Christian pilgrims.

Thought For The Day: Do not knot the tie with an unbeliever.

Bible Reading In One Year: Acts 17-18

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 15 November 2018 – Seek The Lord

Topic: Seek The Lord
[DCLM Daily Manna 15 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Zephaniah 2:1-15 (KJV)

Key Verse: “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger“ (Zephaniah 2:3).

MESSAGE:

Our God is merciful; yet, He is a God of judgment. He has reserved a day in which he would judge the world for her wickedness. Jesus established the certainty of this end-time judgment: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven…and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30, 31).

Verse 4 to 15 of the text explains the inevitability of God’s judgment upon nations that made themselves enemies of Judah. Similarly, God’s judgment upon all categories of sinners and backsliders all over the world is imminent. “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near; and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly” (Zephaniah 1:14).

The only escape route from the imminent indignation is to “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: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6, 7). Mercy and pardon await every penitent sinner who comes to the Lord in genuine repentance.

Sinners should repent and turn away from their sins and come to Him with a broken and contrite heart to receive forgiveness and pardon. It is dangerous to face the awful judgment of God!

Thought For The Day: Seek God to avoid His wrath.

Bible Reading In One Year: Luke 24; John 20-21

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 10 November 2018 – Christian: A Name Or Life?

Topic: Christian: A Name Or Life?
[DCLM Daily Manna 10 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Acts 11:19-30 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch“ (Acts 11:26).

MESSAGE:

The persecution that arose about the death of Stephen scattered the believers everywhere such that they travelled as far as Phenicia, Cyprus and Antioch. At Antioch, the brethren preached and the hand of the Lord was with them so that a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. According to Matthew Henry, “What was meant to hurt the Church, was made to work for its good. The wrath of man is made to praise God.”

The news of the growth of the Church reached the apostles at Jerusalem that they sent Barnabas, a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and faith. His visit to Antioch brought further growth to the church because he was dedicated to preaching the true gospel. The believers’ lifestyle was also noticed by the inhabitants of the town, which they identified as an attribute of Christ. They were called Christians, that is, little Christs. The Christlikeness was also evident when the church at Antioch sent relief to brethren in Judea during the famine.

Many people today call themselves Christians but live their lives carelessly, without thoughts of whose name they bear and whose ambassadors they are. The Christian is admonished passionately to “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children … But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you as it becometh saints … for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:1-6).

We are reminded that our calling is not an ordinary one – we are “called to be saints”. Therefore, our walk, behaviour and lifestyle should match the calling of God. Our walk should be saintly, like Christ’s and not like the people of the world.

Thought For The Day: A true Christian bears the name and lives the life.

Bible Reading In One Year: Luke 22; John 13

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