Daily Manna - Danger Ahead

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Friday 25, April 2014
TEXT:  JEREMIAH 19:1-15 

KEY VERSE: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words” (Jeremiah 19:15).

It would be an unjust and cruel father who would not set the rules of engagement for the household before going ahead to punish his young children for misdeeds. He would let them know the red line that should not be crossed, the breach of which would attract his wrath. He would tell them the nature of penalty to go along with the transgression of his laws. In the event of breaking the rules, the father would not be held responsible for the ensuing corrective punishment. Our heavenly Father has a more loving and caring disposition which He uses to deliver us from the trouble we bring upon ourselves through disobedience.

The nation of Israel had enjoyed uncommon favour with God, unlike any other nation. God has done innumerable wonders in their lives because of His covenant with their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But they took God for granted and have turned their backs to His covenant. They provoked Him to anger by their many abominable acts and rebellion. In His love, God sent unto them many of His servants, the prophets, to warn them of their evil and make them return to Him. Instead, they mocked the prophets and hardened their hearts in their rebellion. Thereafter, God determined to judge them.

This was the message of God to them through Prophet Jeremiah in the text today. And it is the same message He is giving to us now. No one, by the virtue of his closeness, relationship and the favour he enjoys from God, is immune from divine punishment and judgment if he becomes careless and indulges in sin. Sin does no good to man except  leaving the scares that speak volume of the devastating effects of its presence.

Flee from sin! This is the path of wisdom. To have God’s favour today and always, then you must violently resist all the temptations to sin.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God cares for your soul.

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Daily Manna - Assurance of Victory

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Thursday 24, April 2014
TEXT: JEREMIAH 20:7-18

Key verse: “But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed, for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten” (Jeremiah 20:11).

A girl was walking home alone on a dangerous road after school hours when she saw a man hanging around suspiciously. She prayed God to see her through. Later that night as she watched the TV news, she recognized the man on the dangerous alley being questioned by the police. He had raped and murdered a girl at the spot. He told the officers that another girl had passed by moments before. Asked why he did not attack the first girl, he said there was a man walking beside her! God is with us, closer to us than our fears and the enemy!

The text today reveals the perplexing situation Jeremiah found himself. He was like a lone ranger hated by everyone around him because of the righteous course he had chosen for himself and his determination to stand for the truth. He was rejected and became confused to the extent of almost doubting the faithfulness of God to keep His promise. He felt deceived and unjustly lured into ministry because he could not see God standing with him at the time of trouble. He opted to quit but for the compelling power of God that made it impossible for him. “…But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones….” He almost saw himself a failure. 

If God has appointed you, you cannot fail as long as you stay within the determined territory of His appointment. God’s promise cannot fail because He cannot fail. Witches and wizards, magicians and sorcerers, occultic and traditional people will not be able to stand before you if you are truly converted and divinely ordained to accomplish a mission. 
While we are doing what the Almighty has appointed for us to do, and continue to walk in the path of righteousness, no power can withstand or overcome us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is the abiding Companion of the redeemed.

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Daily Manna - Idols Are Useless

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Wednesday 23, April 2014
TEXT: PSALM 115:1-11

KEY VERSE: “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not” (Psalm 115:4-6).

Some cultures may no longer be erecting crude images of wood or metals in homes or streets as objects of worship as it was decades or several centuries ago like in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. But modern man has created idols through undue attention to his profession, science and technological devices, education, material possession, etc. We put our confidence in them as the hope of mankind. They have become idols competing with God.

Idols are physical and sometimes non-physical objects of worship. But in a general sense, an idol is anything that comes between us and God. Our text enjoins us to put our confidence in God and not in idols, to give Him all honour and glory because He only is God. We must trust and praise Him for He is worthy to be praised. Idol, the work of men’s hands, is anything to which we have given more love and affection than we have given to our Creator and Maker, God Almighty.

As Christians, we may be weak or wounded, the heathen may rage and rant, taunting us and asking: where is your God? Yet, we must continue to trust in our God who is  powerful. We need to examine ourselves and plug all spiritual holes in our lives. Blind, deaf and dumb idols cannot help anyone, not even their makers.

We must realize that the Lord will only bless those who fear and trust Him. He will be their help and their shield. It is utter foolishness to elevate anything, however enchanting, above God. If God is not supreme in our lives, we are not better than idolaters.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Scientific and technological developments are fast becoming the idols of the day.

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Fallacy on Deeper Life Pastor's Sickness

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Our attention has been drawn to a report in an online newspaper, suggesting that there was tension at the Deeper Life Conference Centre (DLCC), during our last weekend's Easter Retreat and Special Monthly Revival service. The little known site claimed that our General Superintendent, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi experienced a "break down" in health and was rushed to a hospital where he was receiving treatment. Much later, the same website reported that he had returned to the conference centre.

The story in both intent and substance is entirely false. The website mischievously chose to misreport what was otherwise a normal occurrence in the camp. The General Superintendent had preached the first message of the retreat on Thursday evening, and followed it up with all his three preaching assignments on Friday. By that evening he had lost his voice, thus prompting a brief announcement by the Church Secretary that the leaders had appealed to the GS to take a short break from preaching that Saturday. 

In the words of the Church Secretary, "our General Superintendent is a man raised up by the Lord for our Generation and our time for a unique purpose of preparing souls for Heaven by holy and righteous living. The General Superintendent has this single-minded commitment to his God-given assignment. His age has not in any way hindered, slowed him down, nor flagged his zeal as we have seen in the past five years, The Lord having blessed him with good health."

He added: "In the past two months, this single-minded zeal has taken the General Superintendent to the North, South, East and West (of Nigeria) after the last January Miracle and Revival Programme: from Abuja to Port Harcourt, to Jalingo back to Owerri and Yenagoa. From Lagos to Benin City, to Cotonou (Benin Republic) to Accra (Ghana) and Lome (Togo), back to Lagos, to Akure (Ondo) and then to Ibadan just before the Easter Retreat.

"In all these outings, the Lord has been very faithful and we know He will continue to make him a blessing to this Continent and the World at large. However, it is important that he is in the best state to give the best to the Church. As we all may have noticed in the last Message of yesterday, his voice has been affected by the marathon preaching sessions, but we want him to be able to give the best to the Church." 

He said it is for this reason that the leaders in the headquarters church have appealed "to the General Superintendent to take a short break (NOT HOLIDAY) this morning. He will (therefore,) not give us the advertised FAITH CLINIC and BIBLE TEACHING. The CHURCH will listen to his selected Messages. We trust the Lord that he will be better off for the EVENING MIRACLE AND REVIVAL SESSION when he will come in the FULLNESS OF THE GOSPEL!"

This announcement was well received by the large crowd at the Retreat, and the programme proceeded smoothly. The General Superintendent was neither ill nor rushed to any hospital for treatment. He remained in the DLCC all through the Retreat. And he was as vibrant and dynamic as ever, as he preached the last message at the Retreat, lasting for over one hour. He also announced that this weekend, he was headed for Delta State to hold another programme.

The Deeper Christian Life Ministry wishes to assure our members and the general public worldwide that there was no truth in the story peddled by the online newspaper. It should, therefore, be discountenanced in its entirety.


Signed
Pastor Jerry Asemota
Church Secretary, 
Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Lagos

Daily Manna - Lepers In Need Of Cleansing

Tuesday 22, April 2014
TEXT: LEVITICUS 14:10-20

KEY VERSE: “And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD” (Leviticus 14:12).

The Old Testament is replete with the message of cleansing as the first condition for any relationship or reconciliation with God. The physical cleansing we come across in the law and the prophets, whether for the leper, menstrous or defiled through contact with dead bodies foreshadows spiritual redemption through Christ’s atoning death.

The consistency of the word of God about the pre-eminence of forgiveness of sin over healing of sickness is borne out of the passage in Mark 2:1-11, where Jesus unequivocally told a man sick of paralysis, first of all, that his sins were forgiven before He pronounced the man healed. The ignorant bystanders, who thought they were religious, questioned Jesus’ action then. Today, many who are desperately in need of spiritual cleansing and healing would hear none of the message of salvation. 

How can a person reasonably expect God to heal him with whom he has not sought reconciliation? Of what benefit is the healing which does not take the beneficiary beyond this side of eternity? Although Hezekiah got additional years after receiving healing and Lazarus was raised from the dead, they did not remain forever on earth. 

A cleansed leper was to be presented to the Lord with his offering. We have read of the gracious provision made for the poor lepers. The poor are as welcome to God’s altar as the rich. His desire is for every spiritual leper to be cleansed. Are you one? Then, come to God’s altar today. Delay no longer. He will cleanse you of all your unrighteousness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus Split His blood for our cleansing.

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