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DAILY MANNA MONDAY 19 APRIL, 2021 was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL* *TEXT:* PSALMS 119:65-72._*KEY VERSE* "Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word" (PSALMS 119:65)._  Charles Spurgeon once wrote of an evening when he was riding home after a heavy day's work. He felt weary and depressed, when this verse flashed suddenly, "My grace is sufficient for thee." He said, "I should think it is, Lord," and he burst out laughing. It seemed to make unbelief so absurd. It was as if some little fish, being very thirsty, was troubled about drinking the river dry, and the river says, 'Drink away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for thee.' Or, it seemed like a little mouse in the granaries of Egypt after seven years of plenty, fearing it might die of famine, and Joseph might say, 'Cheer up, little mouse, my granaries are sufficient for thee.' For the child of God who has His word, there is no cause for alarm. Blessed indeed is the man or woman who makes God his or her confidence. The psalmist accepts the love of God and rests in the confidence that He is in control of every aspect of his life. He asks God for teaching because he believes in His judgment. He sees afflictions as God's means of correcting him, not to harm or destroy his life. This conviction of God's goodness is deep in the heart of the psalmist such that neither the lies nor the prosperity of the wicked would move him to deny the love of God. Bitter experiences and situations make many to turn against the gospel. But for us, it should be an opportunity to affirm our confidence in the Lord. Beside the psalmist, Joseph, the four Hebrew youths and even Ruth chose to trust God in difficult times instead of blaming Him for their misfortunes. As you go about your activities, remember that the Lord is good and He will deal well with you in spite of your challenging situations. Just trust Him and all will be well! *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Faith is taking God at His word.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* ACTS 24-25. *MEDITATION* Leaning eternal lessons during unpleasant experiences *Q* When you are passing through unpleasant experiences how do you do? Become discouraged, despondent, doubtful, disorganized, dysfunctional, etc?*Psalmist* I turned my unpleasant experiences into learning experiences because I know there are eternal lessons God want me to learn.*Q* What did you learn during your afflictions?*Psalmist* "It is good for me that I have been afflicted". It helped me to learn God's immortal truth which I had not learnt before the afflictions, v71. Actually, "before I was afflicted I went astray" but I thought all was alright with me, v67. Thank God for the afflictions. *Q* Is that all?*Psalmist* I turned it to a time of deep reflections guided by the word of God. I discovered that God "has dealt well with me...according to His word"; He is not to be blamed but to be blessed. God is good, vv65, 68. Lord, teach me to always reflect positively on your word at all times*Q* How come this revelation knowledge about God?*Psalmist* It was also a praying time; not only to be delivered from afflictions but that God will teach me..., vv66. And God answered. *Note* 1. God, in His wisdom, allows His own to pass through a brief "hell" on earth so as to learn and escape eternal hell.2. God is too loving to subject the apple of His eyes to light afflictions without a loving reason for it. Cheer up! God is good all the time *Prayer points*Lord, forgive me of all negative attitudes during my times of trials of faithTeach me to always turn unpleasant times to praying and learning timeFather in heaven, be teaching me deep things of your word so that I might have unshakeable convictions of the truthPray for brethren passing through afflictions that God will deliver them and help them to learn what God want them to learn *HYMN* Lord speak to me. (GHS 61)

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