DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL JUNE 25, 2019 — A Balanced Diet

DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL JUNE 25, 2019 — A Balanced Diet

DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL JUNE 25, 2019

TOPIC A BALANCED DIET

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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).

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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 experiences, and also 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 prefer sugarcoated messages which arouse their sensual dictates and massage their ego, rather 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 the message of 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” part 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.

COVER TO COVER
1 KINGS 11-12.

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MEDITATION

TOTAL ALLEGIANCE AND NOTHING LESS

1. The effect of total allegiance to Christ vv32-36.

a. Special recognition and reputation before God and His angels v32.

b. Reactions of hatred and violence from the unconverted and the children of darkness v34.

c. Break of relationship with loved ones. The first and severe oppositions comes from least unexpected quarters: close relations and associates who belong to the kingdom of Satan (unconverted) vv35,36.

Q Are you willing and prepared to totally and publicly yield your life to Christ and damn the temporary consequences? If not, you are not yet in the kingdom of God.

2. The nonnegotiable price that must be paid in order to win Christ vv37-38

a. Your love and obedience to Christ must not compete with that of any, including your closest relations v37.

b. No “side effects” of “negative” consequences for following Christ will be an issue v38.

Q. Do you have any affection competing with the love and demands of Christ? There must be a decision for a clear break.

3. The blessedness of following Christ fully vv39-42.

a. Promotion to a personal ambassador of Christ v40.

b. Eternal life and bliss that are incomparable to what the world offers v39.

c. As a righteous person, you are blessed and your life becomes a blessings to others vv40-42.

Q. Can you visualize the depth and height of the blessings and honour these imply?

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HYMN

I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2. The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

3. Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

4. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

5. Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.

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PRAYER POINTS

1. Lord, I hereby consecrated to totally and publicly live for you without a rival.

2. Lord, give me the love for you that is supreme above all.

3. Let the blessings and the beauty of following You manifest in my life and make my life a blessing.

4. I hereby pray for your visitation to all those in the Church who are still standing on the fence.

DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR W F KUMUYI

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