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DCLM Daily Manna 14 November 2018 – Holy Ghost: Our Teacher And Guide

Topic — Holy Ghost: Our Teacher And Guide
[DCLM Daily Manna 14 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: John 14:21-31 (KJV)

Key Verse: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you“ (John 14:26).

MESSAGE:

Along many highways are well placed official signs which give us direction and warn us of danger. Most of these are the reflector type; that is, they are designed to reflect the light of auto headlamps. In the daytime, they are very easy to see and read. And in darkness, they are invisible to anyone who travels without light but when our auto headlights are flashed upon them, they reflect back to us their message of guidance or caution. Their messages are for our welfare both in the night and day. They are our permanent road instructors.

The last series of the messages of Jesus was to prepare His disciples for the time that He would no longer be around to teach them. He made them to know that the heavenly Father loved and had plans for them. Through the ministry of the Holy Ghost, who is the Comforter and Teacher, their basic needs would be met. Their responsibility was to obey instructions given and patiently demonstrate the life of faith.

Obedience is the key to God’s heart. The Lord points out the principle, which any one who would be His follower must keep. Total obedience to His word is the only evidence that we love Him. God moves in the lives of those who completely surrender to Him. He will not reveal Himself to the rebellious, but only to those who obey Him.

To benefit maximally from the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you must give your life to Jesus and pray for the sanctification experience, to be pure within and without. Then, pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fill and make you a channel of blessing to other people.

Thought For The Day: When we love the Lord, we have great joy obeying Him.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 28; Mark 16

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 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 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

DCLM Daily Manna 6 November 2018 – Unprofitable Servant

Topic: Unprofitable Servant
[DCLM Daily Manna 6 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth“ (Matthew 25:30).

MESSAGE:

Beginning with a lord who travels “into a far country”, the parable moves on to tell of how he leaves his servants with various amounts of resources to work with. No one is left without something to keep him busy while the master was away. Naturally, their lord expects good returns for this generous investment. Two of the men made judicious use of what was given them, while the third buried what was given to him. He buried himself as it were!

It is worthy to note that the parable was presented towards the end of our Lord’s ministry on earth. The allegory is correctly called the parable of the talents because what the Lord describes as “goods” were really talents or gifts, abilities and resources, which God has graciously given to everyone He created, including the sinner and the rebellious.

The Lord expects the sinner and the backslider to apply the gifts of existence and their free will to respond to the gospel of salvation offered by Christ. He expects them to turn from sin, believe in Him and escape the wrath of God. Believers are also endowed with enormous resources to exploit to serve God. They have been blessed with physical energy, time, education, the living gospel, the sanctified Church, the Holy Ghost’s power, modern Information Technology tools and so on. We must use these gifts to seek lost souls as we await the Lord’s return.

The diligent Christians must not be like the unprofitable servant. Rather, they should channel their skills in administration, music, writing, electricals and electronics, oration, mentorship, teaching, etc., towards bringing souls out of the pool of sin and edifying believers in the church of God. As stewards of all that the Lord has given, profit must be made in His service.

Thought For The Day: Don’t be over-protective of your talents; use them for the kingdom of God.

Bible Reading In One Year: Mark 13

DCLM Daily Manna 5 November 2018 – Blasphemy through Disobedience

Topic: Blasphemy through Disobedience
[DCLM Daily Manna 5 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Romans 2:12-24 (KJV)

Key Verse: “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written“ – (ROMANS 2:24).

MESSAGE:

God’s word is not to be casually listened to or read. It must be obeyed and acted upon. He justifies the doers of His word and not the hearers.

Apostle Paul makes it clear that as many that sin without the law shall perish without the law and those who sinned in the law will be judged by the law. Those sinners who have not the law, but live according to it, are law unto themselves; for it is written in their hearts. He further said, “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written”. That is, the conduct of the Jews is such that could lead the heathen world to blaspheme and reproach both the religion and its Author. By their hypocrisy and crimes, the pagan world is led to despise God and His word since they could not show any proof of transformation in their lifestyle.

Nothing else matters in the kingdom of God as living a life that steadfastly conforms to God’s principles as contained in the Scriptures. Christ Himself said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). By this, He reveals that mere profession without obedience is vain.

We must in all things – speech, attitude, conduct, dressing and lifestyle in general, maintain true biblical standards befitting of a genuine Christian in a world hopelessly bent on rebelling against God’s laws. If we do otherwise, we will be a distorted model of what a real Christian ought to be.

Thought For The Day: Only the doers of God’s word will be justified.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 23; Luke 20-21

DCLM Daily Manna 4 November 2018 – Void Of Offence

Topic: Void Of Offence
[DCLM Daily Manna 4 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Acts 24:14-27 (KJV)

Key Verse: “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16)

MESSAGE:

According to D.L. Moody, “Christianity is not responsible for the deception that exists among professing disciples. You might just as reasonably hold the Cunard Ship Company for the suicide of a passenger who jumps overboard one of their vessels at sea. Had the person remained on the vessel, he would have been safe; and had the disciple remained true to his principles, he would never have turned out a hypocrite”.

In the given text, Apostle Paul stoutly defended his faith before Felix. He explained that he was being persecuted for the worship of God and the hope of the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. His Christian belief, made him to have a conscience void of offense toward God and man. Though a prisoner, Paul never failed to preach the gospel. As he reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come, Felix trembled at the message but never repented. Instead, he wanted gratifications in order to loose Paul from his bonds.

Truthfulness is a virtue admired by God and man. When someone learns to be sincere in speech and deeds like Paul, he will experience unique freedom that comes from knowing the truth. Although our inward part is invisible to the mortal eye, it is naked before God. No wonder a lie is more painful when concealed; it boils within and gnaws the conscience. Paul could have varied his witness because of the enormous pressure he faced, but not him. He turned the platform as an occasion to preach the gospel.

To have a heart void of offence, first, you must be saved.Then, pray for a purified heart through the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.

Thought For The Day: It is virtuous to always stand for the truth despite the risks.

Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 22; Mark 12

DCLM Daily Manna 3 November 2018 – Bark with Bite

Topic: Bark with Bite
[DCLM Daily Manna 3 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: 2 Samuel 13:21-29 (KJV)

Key Verse: “But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth“ (2 Samuel 13:21).

 

MESSAGE:

King David was a courageous soldier but a weak family man. He had committed dual iniquities of adultery and murder. God pronounced severe punishments against him, having given the adversaries of the Lord an occasion to blaspheme His name. God’s chastisement of David reveals His impartiality as no respecter of persons. He would not allow the wicked to go unpunished, because He could not tolerate sin.

In the text, we see the result of God’s punishment on David. Amnon, his son, committed incest with his half-sister, Tamar. When David heard, he was angry, but did nothing to discipline the young man. Some Bible commentators believe that David could not act decisively because Amnon was his eldest son and the next heir to his crown. It is arguable that David’s guilt with Bathsheba, rendered him more awkward in punishing Amnon. This led to Amnon’s murder by Absalom.

There are many Christian homes today whose living conditions make siblings prone to committing incest. No matter our level of earning power, there must be decency in the set-up of our homes. Children must not be exposed to nakedness of parents or the opposite gender. Adequate demarcation should be made for our children to respect the privacy of the opposite gender.

God abhors sin in all its forms and His judgment looms over unrepentant sinners. Christian leaders should never withhold the rod of discipline from their erring members. Similarly, parents should rebuke and discipline their wayward children to prevent evil from spreading.

Thought For The Day: Never shut your eyes to evil for it will grow.

Bible Reading In One Year: Mark 11; John 12