DCLM Daily Manna 21 May 2019 Devotional – Lesson Through Despair written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
DATE: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
TOPIC: Lesson Through Despair
TEXT: 1 Kings 19:9-21
KEY VERSE: “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?” – (1 Kings 19:9).
MESSAGE: DCLM Daily Manna 21 May 2019 Devotional
It is called “depression” – a feeling of hopelessness, despondency and apathy; a psychological state that hardly discriminates. It happens to cowards as well as to the brave. Indeed, history is replete with accounts of very courageous men who, in their privacy, succumbed to depression and discouragement.
It is quite instructive that Elijah, the great prophet of God, also had this experience. In the text, we find him seek lodging in a cave out of despondency. In this case, he was “very jealous for the LORD God of hosts”, whose covenant the children of Israel had forsaken. He felt threatened and lonely in the path of righteousness and hid himself. But the Lord visited him right there. That encounter holds so much lessons for us.
Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 21 May 2019
That God asked Elijah, ‘What doest thou here?’ indicates that the self-appointed retreat was unnecessary. It however shows that Elijah was really a man subject to like passions as we are not super human. He learnt from his ministry, how God can use the weak vessels like us to achiever supernatural acts. But God chose to deal with Elijah on the mountain, not in the cave. God’s speech to Elijah was preceded by a strong wind, earthquake and fire. These elements were awe-inspiring, but the Lord was in none of them. Instead, He spoke to Elijah in a still small voice. We must be careful to heed God’s voice.
God did not only direct Elijah as to how to tackle the apostasy of Israel, but also assured him that contrary to his assumption, there were seven thousand people in Israel who had not bowed down to Baal. Never feel that you are the only righteous one around. God certainly has other undefiled people. Also observe in the appointment of Elisha how prompt and consecrated we ought to be in response to God’s demand on us.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When discouragement sets in, listen well for God’s still small voice.
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 1-2
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DCLM Daily Manna 27 June 2019 Devotional – The Right Fruit
DCLM Daily Manna 27 June 2019 Devotional – The Right Fruit, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TODAY’S TOPIC: The Right Fruit
TEXT: Jeremiah 24:1-10
KEY VERSE: “What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes” – (Isaiah 5:4).
DCLM Daily Manna 27 June 2019 – MESSAGE:
Jean de la Bruyere, a French moralist who lived from 1645 -1696 said: “There exist some evils so terrible and some misfortunes so horrible that we dare not think of them… but if they happen to fall on us; we find ourselves stronger than we imagined we grapple with our ill luck, and behave better than we expected we should.”
In life, there are two sides to everything. There are good and bad; day and night; white and black; obedience and disobedience, etc.
In the passage today, the Bible talks about “good figs.” These were the exiles that were already in captivity. The “bad figs” were those who still remained in Jerusalem. There was a difference in the hearts of the two groups. The good figs would repent and return to the Lord.
The “bad figs”, however, would continue to walk after the desires of their own hearts. Those who were in captivity would come to understand that God can be found whenever a believer is located.
God is not confined to a particular land, nor is He bound to the ceremonies of any particular religious order or temple. He is omnipresent and who lives in the hearts of the obedient.
On the other hand, the bad figs of Jerusalem were trusting that God would not allow either Jerusalem or the temple to be destroyed. These figs would be scattered. Simply because they had escaped the first captivity did not mean that they would escape future raids on Judah by the Babylonians.
The good that would come from their trial and captivity would be their repentance. And in repenting, they would give birth to a repentant generation who would, in the future, restore the existence of Israel for the coming of the Messiah.
As believers, we must always strive to be good figs in the midst of bad ones. In doing so, we win the world for Christ.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Strive to be different… bear the right fruit!
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 15-16
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DCLM Daily Manna 26 June 2019 – Make It Manifest
DCLM Daily Manna 26 June 2019 – Make It Manifest, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TOPIC: Make It Manifest
TEXT: Matthew 10:1-15
KEY VERSE: “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” – (Matthew 10:7,8).
DCLM Daily Manna 26 June 2019 – MESSAGE:
In genetic science, a person’s DNA contains all the information needed to build his or her body. The DNA determines things such as eye colour, hair colour, height, and even the size of one’s nose! The DNA in the cells is responsible for physical attribute as well as many other traits. At birth, every human comes in 23 pairs of packages called chromosomes. These chromosomes are large bundles of tightly packed DNA. Both parents donate 23 chromosomes each, which pair up to give their child the full set of 23 chromosomes. So a child can either look like any of the parents or share the traits and attributes of both!
Having called and saved His disciples from the religious multitudes, Jesus transferred a measure of His supernatural power and anointing to them. He conferred the power to cast out devils, to heal all manner of sickness and diseases, they even had the power to raise the dead. Though these powers were as it were, latent, they were to become manifest as the disciples went out to preach the gospel.
DCLM Daily Manna 26 June 2019 – Make It Manifest, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
Thus, Peter, James, John and the rest of the apostles could do all that Jesus did, but they could not do it in the comfort of the Mount of Olives! They would have to go out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel to activate that conferred anointing.
As was with the early disciples, so it is true of us today. The moment we are saved from sin and cleansed, we receive the Spirit’s baptism, if we had sincerely desired and prayed for it after the second work of grace, sanctification. When the Holy Ghost comes during the initial baptism, He remains with us as we abide in Christ. Having now the DNA of God as it were, we begin to develop and exhibit those spiritual traits and gifts to do exploits for God. But just as nothing grows in the comfort zone, there is no way we can manifest those latent gifts and power of the Spirit, until we go to the lost sheep in our community.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A Spirit-filled person is like naked wire with high tension current.
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 13-14
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DCLM Daily Manna 25 June 2019 – A Balanced Diet by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
DCLM Daily Manna 25 June 2019 – A Balanced Diet, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TOPIC: A Balanced Diet
TEXT: Matthew 10:34-42
KEY VERSE: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” – (Matthew 10:34).
DCLM Daily Manna 25 June 2019 – MESSAGE:
Life is not always a bed of roses. Sometimes a man passes through grim experiences of life that sap his resilience beyond measure. At other times, life is simply “sweet,” too rosy to dismiss. In sum, life is a mixed grill of the good and the bad.
The Lord Jesus had been speaking to His disciples. He had shared with them eternal perspectives and then some mountain-top experience conferred power and authority on them. While they were basking in that excitement, He immediately proceeded to tell them of the grim reality that they would face and a possible backlash from those who lacked maturity and might turn from the faith.
Today’s religious people easily prefer sugarcoated messages which arouse their sensual dictates and massage their ego, than sound, biblical teaching and eternal exegesis with the capacity to build them up in the most holy faith. No wonder, healing, prosperity, and so-called dominion theology have seemingly relegated to the background, holiness, self-denial, and heaven. Mercifully, the foundation of God stands sure and those who mutilate, manipulate and twist the word of God for carnal considerations, do so to their own dire and eternal peril.
To maintain a mature Christian life that can usher us into God’s holy kingdom, we must have a balanced diet of every part of God’s commandment. No part of the word of God must be put aside as too hard, too simple or irrelevant. Hearing or teaching only the “sweeter” side of the gospel without accepting the sacrifices, consecration and the cross to bear is like feeding only on meals with a heavy sugar content without taking into consideration the possibility of one’s health being impaired eventually.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s Word must be readily received and humbly obeyed.
DAILY BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 11-12
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