DCLM Daily Manna 8th October 2019 Devotional – Danger of Self, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TODAY’S TOPIC: DANGER OF SELF
TEXT: Numbers 13:1-16
KEY VERSE: “Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, everyone a ruler among them” – (Numbers 13:2).
MESSAGE: DCLM Daily Manna 8th October 2019 Devotional
In this age, “self” is revealed in phrases that glorify personal choice above all other values: self-determination, self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-help, even do-it-yourself. In this climate, no doctrine is safe, no dictate accepted without scrutiny. The touchstone of belief today is the individual, not the institution. The same voters who talk back to their political leaders on call-in shows and town meetings are talking back to their church leaders at parish council meetings and outreach events.
The children of Israel were now in the wilderness of Paran, just on the threshold of the Promised Land. If things had gone according to plan, they would have started occupying the land of their dream within days or weeks. The people actually demanded Moses to send spies to spy out the land for the purpose of knowing what way to go (Deuteronomy 1:22). Moses then accepted their request after obtaining approval from God. Everything went well, until the spies’ return with an evil, exaggerated report that brought a serious setback to Israel’s journey of faith.
We fail at the point of success when we stop walking by faith. The Christian race is a journey of faith; once we start allowing our will to override God’s purpose, everything will begin to collapse. If only these spies had stayed within their mandate without making a recommendation tainted with self and unbelief, Israel would have made it. For us to get to our own Promised Land, we must stay within God’s plan and deal with the problem of self.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Self is a forerunner of sin.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Isaiah 9-12
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