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*DAILY MANNA* *FRIDAY 18 JUNE, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *TARE OR WHEAT* *TEXT:* MATTHEW 13:24-30_*KEY VERSE* "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn" (MATTHEW 13:30)._  Wikipedia.org describes a weed as 'a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation; a plant in the wrong place'. Farmers are always wary of weeds and from time to time employ various means of getting rid of these unwanted plants from their plantations. Tares are also categorized as weeds. Our Lord Jesus Christ put forward a parable where He likened the kingdom of heaven to a sower who 'sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.' After some time, both tares and wheat sprang up. The servants of the sower, in their bewilderment, approached him and enquired how the tares came up among the wheat and whether they should uproot them. The sower affirmed that the enemy must have sneaked in, under the cover of the night, to sow the tares. He however, implored his servants to allow both tares and wheat grow together. At the time of harvest, while the wheat would be graciously gathered into his barn, the tares would be bundled together and burnt. The parable is a true picture of our congregations and the world today. Our world is a mixture of both sincere children of God (categorized as wheat) and hypocrites and sinners (categorized as tares). Both sets of people dwell and even fellowship together. The great day of separation is however coming when Christ shall gather His saints in glory. Then the tares - all sinners and backsliders - shall be gathered and cast into the furnace of the fire of hell, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Are you a tare or wheat? Thank God, there is opportunity today for any sinner to repent and become a true Christian before the great day of separation comes. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Saints and sinners shall be parted right and left on that great day!  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* EPHESIANS 1-4. *MEDITATION* The mystery we often forget *1. The seed* a. The seed planted are the human beings that are transformed by the seed of the word of God, vv24, I Peter 1:23. It means no genuine righteousness without the word of God.b. The sower is Jesus Christ, vv24, 37.c. The good seed, being the children of the kingdom, implies that there is no truly righteous person in the world since creation without the impartation of Jesus, vv37,38, John 1:4,9.d. Any supposed rightous person, from ages past till now, without the imparted righteousness of Christ, is fake. It is either you are planted by Christ or the devile. He was and is the Sole giver of righteousness to all saints that ever lived even before His incarnation, John 1:4,9.*Q* Are you sure you have the righteousness of Christ? *Note* No religion, creed, person or way of life can impart true righteousness into any man *2. The Satan*a. Satan's wile is to target and corrupt anything God has done. He is called the enemy of God, vv25, 39. Always note this b. Every person without the righteousness imparted by Christ is a child of the devil, no matter how religious, vv25,28,39, I John 3:8. c. Satan is a smart deceiver and corrupter that in many cases, it is difficult to differentiate the children of God from the children of Satan in most organisations including churches, vv26,29.d. The similarities will be so much that God has committed the work of separation into the hands of angels, v30.e. Don't ever be surprised if leaders could not discern them right in the house of God. It may be by divine permission. *3. The sleep*a. The wicked were able to subtly and deceitfully pose as the rightous or corrupt the good doctrines and Christian standards when "men slept", are silent, become cold, distracted or nonchallant v25.b. Spiritual sleep kills vigilance, blinds discernment, causes distraction from heavenly focus, weakens the power of resistance against evil and destroys spiritual fervency. *Question* Are you still spiritually sharp, fervent and discerning? Hasn't the children of darkness not multiplied in your assembly? *Prayer points* Surrender your life to Christ and ask Him to fill you with His righteousnessPray for spirit of awakening upon all believers in the ChurchAsk for the full light of Christ to shine in your church and expose all workers of iniquitiesPray that believers will have the Spirt of discernment to limit the operations of darkness in the Church  *HYMN* Send the light. (GHS 231)

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