Daily Manna - Inalienable Choice

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Saturday 19, April 2014
TEXT:  JEREMIAH 17:19-27

KEY VERSE: “Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain forever”  (Jeremiah 17:25).

It would hardly be the Lord’s choice that some persons would be told on the judgment day to “come, you blessed of my father and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” while others would be told to “Depart from me, ye cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:34, 41). Nor was it the fault of the Lord that five of the ten virgins failed to meet the requirement for admission by the bridegroom. They bore the consequences of the choice they made. 
God has always given man the freedom to choose. He does not deal with us on the basis of Hobson’s choice, that has no alternative. Usually, God gives us freedom to make our choice from options. Consider how, in today’s text, He condescended to rehearse the laws relating to the observance of the Sabbath to rebellious Judah and presented two options before them.  

If they would return to the Lord and keep the Sabbath holy, the pending calamities would be averted and they would be blessed with a continued succession of princes on the throne of David. On the other hand, if they continued to violate the Sabbath, the Lord promised to “kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched”. The choice was entirely theirs.

Today, the Lord still gives us the freedom to obey Him or act otherwise. Though God is not willing that any should perish, it is damnable to reject the entreaties, grace and counsel of God.  “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil…” (Romans 2:8,9).  You truly have a choice.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your indecsion to obey God is a registered conclusion of a negative choice.

EASTER RETREAT PROMO

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Daily Manna - And He Died

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Friday 18, April 2014
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-9

Key verse: “For I delivered unto you, first of all, which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthian 15:3).

John Muir, a Scottish-born American naturalist once wrote: “On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death…Let children, walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blending and communion of death and life, their joyous inseparably united, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for he never fights, All is divine harmony”.

Jesus Christ came into this world, went about doing good and was eventually betrayed, arrested, crucified and buried, but rose on the third day. For those who doubt His resurrection among the Corinthian brethren, Paul  proceeded to establish that Christ’s death and resurrection form the core of the gospel and the foundation of our Christian faith. 

After He rose from the dead, He was seen by many witnesses – Cephas, the twelve disciples (verse 5), 500 brethren (verse 6),  James - the brother of Christ (verse 7), all the apostles (verse 7) and Paul (verse 8). Our personal experiences of forgiveness of sin prove this truth. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” But praise the Lord Christ died and rose from the dead.

As today is observed globally as good Friday, that is the day our Saviour died on the Cross, let us be again reassured the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an historical fact that no amount of doubtful disputation and denying can change. “For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (verse22). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection from the dead of everyone who believes in Him and accepts Him as Lord and Saviour. You can accept Him today, live in Him always and save yourself the painful consequence of a second death in hell.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christ died for our sins and rose for our justification.

EASTER RETREAT PROMO

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Daily Manna - Benefits Of Good Counsel

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Thursday 17, April 2014
TEXT: PROVERBS: 19:10-20

KEY VERSE: “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end” (Proverbs 19:20).

Christ rebuked the  Laodicean church in the book of Revelation for being complacent. They believed they had “need of nothing”. They got into this blind alley because of their refusal “to hear counsel and receive instruction” that would have corrected their “poor… miserable…blind and naked” spiritual status.

The writer of this proverb, for instance, has a word of advice for virtually everyone. He explains that you can never please a fool, just as it is disastrous for an ambitious servant that wants to reign over princes. He says that a man of discretion is hard to offend; he easily overlooks transgressions against himself. He admonishes those who willfully deride constituted authority to desist as it is dangerous to make a king angry. But for those who please him, the king showers favour. He outlines how saddening and reproachful it is for one to have a foolish son or a contentious wife. He assures that it is God alone who gives a prudent wife and wealth to men. He warns the lazy of the danger of poverty. While keeping of God’s commands is rewarding, disobedience attract divine displeasure. It’s clear that those who give to the poor will be rewarded abundantly by the Lord. Parents need to chasten their erring children as God punishes the sinful. Those who listen to wise counsel live better.

Scripture-based counsel is life to the wise but spells doom for those who deviate from it. God values all of us and desires that we lead a profitable, fruitful and fulfilled life. This is the reason He has made ample provisions in His word to guide us on the path of good conduct and integrity. He has outlined all the pitfalls we must avoid and all the virtues we must imbibe. 

God thinks good towards us and desires to grant our expectations. But we must be ready to always obey His word, either directly from the Scripture or through counselling and instructions from His servants. Thus, we are assured of a better and blissful future.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “When His message comes to you, just obey.”

EASTER RETREAT PROMO

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Daily Manna - In The Potter's Hands

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Wednesday 16, April 2014
TEXT:  JEREMIAH 18:1-17

KEY VERSE: “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this porter? saith the LORD. Behold as the clay is in the porter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel“ (Jeremiah 18:6).

After Apostle Paul renounced his elite status as a Pharisee and erudite lawyer from the prestigious school of Gamaliel following his conversion, he remarked to the Corinthian Christians that:  “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the word to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:26,27). Thus, God uses what is despised to teach or guide us.

In today’s text, God showed to Israel how easy it is for Him to bring their nation to ruin if they refused to repent of their sins and show them mercy if they repent of their evil ways. He illustrated this in the ordinary process of making useful vessels out of the raw clay and the crushing of such vessels which got marred along the way because of impurities.

We are often impatient with God in not waiting to have Him fashion us out into the divine instrument He desires. We often wished we were someone else doing some other things. Our usefulness for divine purpose is totally dependent upon God, personal training and preparations notwithstanding. 

We are in His hands as clay is in the hands of a potter. He can shapen our destinies the way it pleases Him. He can make you a great vessel as easily as the potter can do with the clay. Yield yourself unto God in righteousness and resist not His plan for your life. Ask Him today to give you a humble spirit so you will be able to walk with Him always.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Only sin can stop God’s readiness to bless.

EASTER RETREAT PROMO

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Daily Manna - Sure Safety

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Tuesday 15, April 2014
TEXT: PROVERBS 18:1-12

Key verse: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

A deep study of Isaiah 9:6,7 detailing the great Names of the Lord and His attributes reveal His  omnipotence. Jesus Christ Himself says so in the concluding verses of Matthew 28. With such awesome power and name, it is impossible for anyone to fail if he seeks succor in Him whether in moments of lack, plenitude or in time of trouble or peace.

Our text today deals with sundry issues of life, ranging from rebuke for those who pride in separating themselves from others to fools who lack true understanding. Wicked people are scornful and they put contempt on others, while the lips of fools enter into contention to create problems among others. Fools only want to air their own opinions; they get into constant quarrels, and their mouths are their ruin. In the climax, the godly turn to the Lord when in trouble and he is saved, because the name of the Lord is a strong tower.

The world is full of worry, anxiety and the fear of the unknown; yet, those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be moved. True safety is from the Lord. Those who stray away from the divine protection under His exalted name are missing a lot. The name of the Lord is still powerful today for safety and security. He is always dependable and faithful to His promises. God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him a name above every other name. This is the true safety for all who have divine relationship with God.

A young Hindu who found himself suddenly confronted by a huge cobra screamed, J-E-S-U-S and the serpent vanished. He had been secretly counselled by his Hindu mother to use that name when in trouble as missionaries tutored her privately in the way of the Lord. If unbelievers derive great dividends from the Lord’s name, why not you?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: With Jesus, you are always standing on a higher ground.

EASTER RETREAT PROMO

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