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DAILY MANNA MONDAY 3 MAY, 2021 was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *LIVING THE GOOD LIFE* *TEXT:* PROVERBS 19:21-29_*KEY VERSE* "The fear of the Lord tends to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil" (PROVERBS 19:23)._  Everyone is craving for the good life but many do not know how to go about it. There are resource centres all over our cities dedicated to teaching healthy lifestyles and the making of the good life. They instruct us to keep fit, eat well and act smart. They teach valuable lessons in creating wealth and good living. Several amounts of time and money are devoted to achieving success in this exercise. But in spite of all these, there are still rising cases of frustration, failures and harm. The requirements and qualities that promote the good life are weightier than physical exercises. "For bodily exercise protiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the Iife that now is, and of that which is to come" (1 Timothy 4:8). The book of Proverbs catalogues God's blueprints and instructions for living the good life. No matter what we know or do with our body, if we do not change what is on the inside, we may not be able to live the good life (Luke 6:45). Trusting God changes our thoughts, actions, habits and lifestyles which spare us from harm. When we become born again, the nature of God is implanted in us and we begin to trust our ways to Him. We shun wickedness, treachery, dishonesty, hatred, self-defense and refusal to accept correction from others. The grace of God produces godliness, goodness, kindness, love, obedience, selflessness and trustworthiness. More so, we are guided by God's wisdom which empowers us to live the good life. We keep promises; pursue fairness and justice. There is no other way to living the good life than this. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Godliness is a lifetime of immunity.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* JUDGES 1-4. *MEDITATION* Wise words for productive minds 1. Man proposes, God disposes; man opposes, Jehovah has the final say, v21.2. What gives lasting honour to man is their strength of loving character; a man of character, who is poor in the things of this world, is better than a wealthy liar, v22.3. There is life, satisfaction and security from all evils in the fear of God, v23. 4. The slothful man does not have any problem except himself, v24.5. Discipline a scoffer so that the gullible will not think there is nothing wrong with scoffing. Correct a wise man and he will be wiser, v25.6. Disrespect to parents will eventually bring shame and disgrace, v26. (Law of sowing and reaping).7. Stop hearing, listening, watching and thinking on what make you go astray no matter how compelling. Concentrate on hearing, listening, watching and thinking on what make your life better, v27.8. Do you want to identify an ungodly witness? Justice is not his priority but personal interests, v28.9. How do you handle scorners and fools that are within your authority? "Spare the rod and spoil the child", v29.*Q* Which of these strikes you most? *Prayer points*Lord, teach me the wisdom I need to fulfil Your ordained destiny for my lifeLord, cause your fear that hates evil, brings peace and security to be increasing in meLord, give me more grace to value and purse the strength of character above all else in lifeLord, I ask for wisdom to victoriously scale through life for the old and young in my church *HYMN* I know who holds tomorrow. (GHS 29)

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