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DAILY MANNA FRIDAY 11 JUNE, 2021 was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *SELFLESS MINISTRY* *TEXT:* ROMANS 15:23-30_*KEY VERSE* "But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints" (ROMANS 15:25)._  Paul, in the passage today, demonstrated how dedicated and addicted he was to the service of the Lord. He was committed to preaching the gospel anywhere, everywhere, as well as ministering to the needs of the saints. Through his singular effort and in partnership with others of like-precious faith, he spared no effort, nor counted any sacrifice too dear to make in order to ensure the spread of the gospel. He did not consider any distance too long from Rome to Spain via Jerusalem having touched all areas in the Roman empire. Paul was full of enthusiasm, hope and high expectations as he trusted in Him who has said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world". He was also resilient, not reclining when he suffered any setback. Even his foreknowledge of possible danger from them that do not believe did not make him to recoil. All these and more are the secrets of his ministerial successes. It demonstrates the spirit all evangelists should have. Many churches and ministries concentrate today on cities where the land had been cultivated and the work of evangelism is less challenging and quickly 'rewarding'. Individuals tend to avoid challenging terrains when on evangelistic outreaches. Sadly, evangelism is not included in the ever-busy schedules of some Christians today. They are always too busy with secular work that has no eternal value. Yet "Only one life... only what's done for Christ will last!" Paul's life is a challenge to an average Christian today. He was a man of like-passion but was successful in ministering because he counted all but dung for the glory of God. He was ready to go anywhere God led. We may not always know where He will lead us to but the choice is ours to follow. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* When He leads, we surely can never misled. *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 2 SAMUEL 15-16. *MEDITATION* *Surprises from the greatest Apostle that ever lived*  *1. Priority of ministering to the saints*a. Paul, of course, was a very busy apostle with many newly planted churches under his care, his uncommon passion to reach the unreached world for the gospel, the need to write epistles to the new converts who knew next to nothing about divine revelations and the demand of untiring prayers, vv23-25, Romans 1:13-15.b. Can you imagine that such person decided to suspend all ministerial challenges and go to Jerusalem just for the singular purpose of carrying the contributed money and materials to the poor saints in Jerusalem? Why was it not delegated?, vv25-27.c. This underscores the importance and priority he attached to ministering to the poor needy brethren materially.*Q* How about you and your church?, Matthew 25:43-45.d. His justification for taking this as priority was that gentile saints were beneficiaries of the spirituality and faithfulness of the Jerusalem headquarters church and therefore they were expected to show appreciation by supplying their physical needs, v27.*Question* Do you take it as an habit to show appreciation to your spiritual benefactors both in cash and kind or you give excuses? *2. Prayer ministry with supplications*a. Paul was indeed a man of prayers and he confessed that he even spake in tongues more than all the Corinthians church, I Corinthians 14:18.b. Can you imagine such a man requesting for prayer supports from his converts?, vv30-31.*Questions* a. What is the spiritual content of his prayer points? b. Any lesson for ministers of today as to what our prayers should concentrate on? vv31-32.c. He used the word "strive... with me in prayers". How passionate should our prayers be for our pastors and leaders? *Prayer points*1. Ask God for forgiveness in anyway you have downplayed taking care of the needy and poor brethren2. Ask God to give you the love and grace to be doing it out of the little you may have3. Ask for forgiveness for negligence in striving for the ministers in the field and ask God for the passion to be doing it from now on4. Pray for the deliverance and protection of ministers and Christians operating in war like environments  *HYMN* Somebody needs your love. (GHS 122)

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