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*DAILY MANNA* *THURSDAY 13 MAY, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *ENJOYING GOD'S DELIVERANCE* *TEXT:* ESTHER 9:29-32_*KEY VERSE* "Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim. And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth" (ESTHER 9:29,30)._  The Bible is replete with great stories of how God delivered His people from the deadly plots of wicked people. One of such is what we are considering today in the book of Esther. The evil decree of Haman lived after him, even after he was dead and buried. In today's text, Esther the queen had been given the authority to write counter letters to that evil decree. The day the Jews were to be exterminated was turned to a day of peace and celebration. Purim is a Jewish celebration where they send portions to one another to celebrate their deliverance from ethnic cleansing some hundreds of years ago. And that the feast is still being celebrated in modern Israel, proves to mockers of the Holy Bible that everything written were not cunningly devised fables; they are clear historical facts that could still be empirically verified. God's work is usually two-dimensional; there's a man's part and a God's part. God's part may be ninety-nine, but He expects man to play the one-percent part for the work to be complete. This is a principle in His work, including salvation, healing and deliverance. The Israelites in exile got Purim; signifying deliverance from Hamanic genocidal plot partly because they waited on God to help them and partly because God had promised they were not to be exterminated in a strange land. God is always in the business of saving His people, whether during oppression or persecution. There is never going to be a cataclysm, a total destruction of God's people at any time or in any age. That is because God is faithful and He also expects us to faithfully abide in Him. He had been the One faithfully delivering Israel from all her challenges. And He is ever at hand to deliver the redeemed in any generation. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* God is faithful to deliver as we faithfully abide in Him.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 CORINTHIANS 15-16. *MEDITATION* A day to remember *1. Right choice of day to remember*a. Haman, cast lots (Pur), obviously through occultism, as to the right day to destroy the Jews in the 127 provinces of the King, 3:7,12,13.b. The day Satan gave him to destroy the Jews eventually turned to be the day the enemies of Jews were destroyed, 9:1,5,6.Lord, let your power turn any evil day ahead of me to a day of testimony c. That day was special to the Jews not that it was the day their enemies were destroyed but the days the Jews were delivered totally from their enemies, vv11,12. d. The 3 days involved were turned to annual days of celebration and named "Purim". e. Why celebrating? "Was the days the Jews rested from their enemies, ...turned...from sorrow to joy, and from mourning to a good day", 9:22.f. Similarly for the New Testament saints, the day to regularly remember, reflect and roll out praises to God is the day we receive rest and deliverance from our greatest enemy, sin. It is the day our sorrow for sin turned to joy as a result of forgiveness.  g. The day to remember is (are) the day(s) we experienced the supernatural touch of God. This is the celebration that is pure from carnality, God centred and God pleasing.*Q* Do you have any day you experience a definite deliverance from sin and forgiveness from God with joy of salvation? Any day you experience spectacular miracle from God? Don't forget it, don't bury it, turn it to a day of testimony to the world to tell them they also can experience it.*More lessons* The weeping of the Jews turned to joy. "Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning" Psalm 30:5. Cheer up, your night will give way to the morning as you keep on following the Lord *Prayer points* Praise God for your day of salvation if you are saved. If not, today can be the day. Ask God for assurance and the joy of salvationPray and promise God that you will value that(those) day(s) more than any other day in your lifePray and promise God that, in appreciation to Him, you will always testify of those days of divine visitation in your life to help othersPray that the Church will not descend into carnality of loosing focus on the day to always remember  *HYMN* The day I will never forget. (GHS 32)

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