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*DAILY MANNA* *MONDAY 28 JUNE, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *DECLARING THE VISION* *TEXT*: ACTS 26:13-29_*KEY VERSE* "And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness" (ACTS 26:24,25)._  Historical sources say that William Carey was one of God's giants in the history of evangelism. A shoemaker by trade, he later became a scholar, linguist and missionary par excellence by God's training. A critic once told him "Sit down young man! When God purposes to save the heathen, He will do it without your help!" Yes, God could do that without Carey's help, but He did not, but chose him despite his inadequacies. Carey had love for Christ and a deep compassion for the unsaved in distant lands. He went on to become one of the greatest missionaries to India. From the text, Paul the apostle had been given a chance to declare the gospel and defend his vision before King Agrippa and Festus, the Roman governor. After giving a persuasive and Spirit's inspired message, Festus blurted: "thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad!" Paul's speech came with sober vehemence that the king had to make a sincere confession because he was being touched by the fire of God's word. Paul, like Prophet Jeremiah carried fire in his bones. How can a man hide the flames of God's fiery word in his bosom or business when his soul is actually set ablaze?  Men of vision draw their strength from a higher and greater source. Though critics and mockers may stop at nothing in their bid to discredit the gospel of Christ or to hinder the vision bearers, no one can break a man who draws his strength from God. Paul did not allow his critics or seeming sympathizers to deter him or his life's calling. He continued to the end; and so must we. *✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Declare the Word and it shall stand.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 KINGS 17-18. *MEDITATION* *Have you ever received heavenly vision?* *1. Unforgettable encounter*a. Paul the Apostle had his first encounter with Christ in AD 34 (Acts 9) and it was still strong in his mind in AD 62 (Acts 26), 28 years after, vv13-15.b. In this first encounter, a supernatural transformation happened to him, the course of his life and ambition was drastically changed, his affection and character were miraculously purified.c. Such is the nature of transformation for all those who are truly born again, 2 Corinthians 5:17. *Questions*Have you ever experienced such an unforgettable encounter with Christ? Is the experience still fresh and unforgettable? Is it still the most important day of your life? *2. The undeniable commission*a. At the time of his conversion, he got a clear vision of what God wanted him to be and live for, totally different and diametrically opposed to his life ambition, including the challenges he would face and how he would overcome them, vv14-18.b. While God's dealings for many may not be dramatic like in the case of Paul, every true child of God will be given a vision and direction of what God wants him to do in life and must be related to the salvation of others, either directly or indirectly. *Questions*Have you received an undeniable heavenly vision which is to become a reference point for all your ambitions or activities in life? Are you devotedly set at fulfilling the vision? Hope you are not distracted? *3. Undiminished obedience* After 28 years of unrewarded service (humanly speaking), Paul was emphatic, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision", v19. *Reflection* Can you make the same claim like Paul? *Prayer points*Ask for a true salvation encounter with Christ if you don't have this supernatural experience yetAsk for more definite and clearer vision of God as to what He wants you to do in life to glorify His nameAsk for more grace to be focused on heavenly vision without distractionPray for many youths born in your church without this encounter that they will have it *HYMN* Anywhere with Jesus. (GHS 55)

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