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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY, 2021 was created by FemiClef
_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_

*TEXT:* PSALMS 76:1-12.
_*KEY VERSE* "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain" (PSALMS 76:10)._

The conflict between Israel and Palestine over land occupation has been on for several decades. The Gaza Strip happens to be a major conflict scene in the unending struggle. It is reported that in recent years, about 20,000 destructive rockets have been fired from the Palestinian occupied Gaza Strip into Israel. But an Israeli metal sculptor and blacksmith, Yaron Bob, has become world famous for transforming these rockets (objects of destruction) into highly priced beautiful hand-sculpted pieces of art - magnificent roses and jewellery. Today, _Rockets into Roses_ has become a brand that stands for history, beauty and peace.

Long before Yaron Bob was born, God had been converting rockets into roses for the benefit of His people. This is what the psalmist, Asaph, alluded to in the key verse. The manifest presence and power of God among His people is here acknowledged. His glorious power that silences formidable enemies of His people is also extolled. Considering all these, men ought to fear God and His people should trust Him more.

The Church of God has remained the target of attack by Satan and his cohorts in the world. Assortments of "rockets" are angrily fired at them every time but the Lord often converts the rockets into roses. He has always turned the furious persecution of His people by the wicked into occasions of praise. This should serve to strengthen our faith and commitment towards God.

It is possible that right now you are at the receiving end of some deadly rockets from the enemy's camp. Do not give in to the pressure but strengthen your grip on faith in God's glorious presence, power and providence, Trust Him to turn the enemy's rockets into roses of testimonies.

*THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* If God is on your side, it doesn't matter who or what is on the other side.



The God of battles

*1. His might*
He destroys instruments of warfare of the adversaries of His children, both visible and invisible v3.
*2. The maneuvers*
He fights gloriously with and for His children in difficult terrains where hope of survival is slim, v4. Never loose hope, God is there in the fire with you. Victory is sure.
*3. The massacre*
Men of might and mysterious powers are defeated and put to sleep of death by His power, v5. Fear them not.
*4. His mouth*
He also uses His mouth to fight. How? His words paralyse the agents of warfare of the enemies and turn them to liabilities in battle, v6. Use your words of authority too in the name of Jesus.
*5. His majesty*
He is feared by all, including kings and rulers, because He never lost any battle, vv7,8,12.
*6. His miracle*
Never be terrified or mind the wrath of man. "The wrath of man shall praise Him" because the defeat of the enemy will end in praise to God. Think of the wrath of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Goliath etc. The remainder of wrath which will not praise Him will not be allowed because He will not allow any temptation greater than you are able to manage, v10, I Corinthians 10:13.
*7. Our move*
Bring presents of praise and service to our God, v11.
*Note* If God is a God of war, His children must not be feeble minded but learn to fight with God unto victory; like father line son.

*Prayer points*
Oh Lord, give me the *spirit of a conqueror* that never gives up in battle
God of battle, destroy all *the instruments of warfare* that the adversaries are using against me and my destiny
Lord, *anoint the words* of my mouth to always attract fire and judgements against the adversaries
Lord, let the *Holy Ghost power descend* on all your children and make them terrors against the kingdom of darkness

*HYMN* Onward Christian soldiers

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