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*DAILY MANNA* *FRIDAY 14 MAY, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *WE ARE HIS PROPERTY* *TEXT:* ROMANS 14:1-9._*KEY VERSE* "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living" (ROMANS 14:8,9)._  Writing to the Romans, Paul the Apostle was pointing out several wonderful spiritual truths about the faith we have in Jesus Christ. He highlighted the need to help believers who may appear weak in their faith or convictions. Instead of bullying others, stronger believers should use their God-given grace to uplift frail brethren. Our differences should not create disparities and segregations, or a superior and inferior complexes. Rather, we should compassionately and considerately assist one another till the end. To buttress and summarise his argument, the apostle inspiringly also revealed the divine ownership of real believers by God whether dead or alive. Whilst we are alive, we belong to God and He is interested in whatever happens to us. He cares for us. And at death, He remains our Lord. He will not deny or neglect us. A cursory look at the story of poor Lazarus in the Bible may suggest neglect by friends and family as he was abandoned at the rich man's gate. But God never forgot or forsook him. At death, his corpse was carried by God's angels into Abraham's bosom. This shows there is proper documentation in the Father's Kingdom. The moment a sinner is saved, his or her name is written in the Book of Life, signifying ownership by God. He never rejects or neglects those who believe in Him. Everything between life and death is certainly at His Son's expense especialy if we abide in Him till the end. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* God owns every child of His, dead or alive.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 2 CORINTHIANS 1-4. *MEDITATION* Wrong attitude towards the weak in faith *1. Who are the weak in faith*a. They are genuinely born again and are truly living the Christian life, vv1,4.b. They have weak convictions on deeper issues of the scriptures that have to do with consecration not common to believers, vv2,6.c. They have limited understanding of the scriptures and therefore easily confused about issues that appear as non- essentials in the scriptures.d. They have weak conscience and as a result often get disturbed or offended by believers' actions that may not necessarily be sinful, except that the actions don't agree with their upbringing.e. They do not take some things that require concentration to God seriously because they belong to other churches not well taught like yours.f. Example of such is what to eat and what to avoid, which day should be sacred and which day may not be, vv2,5.*Q* Think of other issues that appear as non-essentials to many because the scripture does not allude to them directly e.g. To wear English or native dress to the pulpit, to break a fast before evening or at evening, to pray in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Lord Jesus, putting on beard as a believer, eat only vegetables or eat any food, etc. *2. What to do with the weak in faith*a. Inasmuch as they are living the Christian lives, accept them and relate lovingly with them as believers without superiority complex, v1.b. Don't judge and condemn they as one who is better or more superior, vv3,4.c. Avoid unnecessary arguments or disputes on non-essential opinions, vv1,4. *Prayer points*Purge me from every form of superiority complex or "I am better than thou" syndrome Give me love and humility to be able to relate lovingly with true believers from other churchesPray that believers will be willing to learn the truth and be united in the truth according to the prayers of JesusPray that divisive and demonic arrows against the church will not prosper *HYMM* Somebody needs your love. (GHS 122)

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