DCLM Daily Manna 16 May 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — You Have His Mandate
TOPIC: You Have His Mandate (DCLM Daily Manna 16 May 2022)
TEXT: Luke 12:49-59 (KJV)
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.
KEY VERSE: “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.” – (Luke 12:51,52)
The social media is awash today with stories of those who have become outcast simply because they turned from their former religion to embrace Christianity. Increasingly, many people are being rejected by their families on account of their decision to give their lives to Christ. It did not start today. Following and serving the Lord has never been a tea party.
No doubt, obedience to the gospel would cause religious division within families, among friends, and wherever men would seek to obey traditional religions and feelings instead of God’s word. Jesus pointedly told His listeners that the gospel would bring great division among Jewish families.
All who have decided to follow Christ must, therefore, count the cost, having been forewarned. Rather than regret their decision and complain as a result of the persecution they face in their families, they are to pray and have total reliance on God for the grace to carry on. Although Jesus had said there would be division, He is always present to help believers in times of need.
When Peter focused on Jesus, he walked with his shoulders high. He enjoyed the bliss of supernatural experience. But when he gave attention to the distraction of the wind, fear gripped him and he started to sink. Since you have stepped out in faith by deciding to serve Jesus, do not end up in fear. Stretch forth your hand to Him, and He will hold you up, always.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
There is corresponding grace for every responsibility God gives a believer.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 12-14
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.