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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE, 2021  was created by FemiClef
 _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *BETWEEN GRACE AND RACE* *TEXT:* ROMANS 11:25-36_*KEY VERSE* "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?" (ROMANS 11:33,34)._  Some time ago at a Christian conference, a young woman was given an opportunity to share her personal call to the Christian faith and her walk with God. In the process, she held up a blank sheet of paper, saying that it contained God's plan for her. The only writing on it was her signature at the bottom. Then she said, "I have accepted God's will without knowing what it is, and I am leaving it to Him to fill in the details". In our text, Apostle Paul highlighted the mind of God towards the unbelief in Israel and the plan God had for the Gentiles who were once seen as outcasts. While working with Israel, God had the intention to bring the Gentiles nearer to Him. This was to be fulfilled in the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Most of them were blinded by the fact that God had an everlasting covenant with Abraham. They felt God could not do without them nor would He want to love any other race apart from the seeds of Abraham. While they were playing the race card, God was handing out the grace card to the Gentiles through our Lord Jesus Christ. Despite the height of human civilization, people are ever in need of counselling and advisory services. The singles want to know whom to marry whilst the married want to know how best to keep their marriages as heaven on earth. But whilst we look for counsellors, do we care enough to know the mind of God concerning any of these matters? Knowing the mind and will of God is the ultimate in any of our life's purposes and pursuits. If we can trust experts, should we not trust God to help us in deciding where to spend eternity as we repent? Knowing His plans and purposes for us is always for our own good. We should confidently hand over our goals and plans in plain papers to Him, asking Him to fill in the blank. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Whatever God does is for our good.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 KINGS 21-22. *MEDITATION* *God's non preferential treatment* *1. The prophetic angle*a. Israel, as a nation, at present is in a state of self induced spiritual blindness, v25.b. They rejected and killed the Saviour when He first visited them and God withdrew His light from them, Matthew 23:37-39.*Note* Initial light rejected on any area of the will of God leaves the person in a state of spiritual darkness, reversible only through deep repentance and mercy of God. *Questions* Is there any area of your life that you have been consistently rejecting the will of God? Spiritual darkness and void is inevitable without a reverse gear.c. The darkness suspended God's plan for Israel while it made a way for the divine visitation of mercy for the Gentiles. This is the time when the Gentiles, through the Church age, holds a specific place in God's plan, v25.*Note* God's plan cannot be frustrated by any. The disobedience of one opens the door of opportunities and privileges for someone else.  *2. The patriarchal covenant*Can God show special favour (anger) on a generation because of His blessing (curse) on the parents?a. Israel will bounce back into God's special reckoning after the rapture, when the Gentiles too would have exhausted God's mercy on them through their obedience and worship of Satan and the Antichrist, v25.b. Virtually all living Israel, at the time of the second advent of Christ, will receive Christ as Lord and Saviour and the whole nation will be "born (again) in a single day". Courtesy of His covenant to the patriarchs, vv26-28. *Questions*What are you bequeathing to your children as a result of your faithfulness or otherwise to God - favour of God or anger of God?Are you totally free from the negative carry overs of your parents through genuine conversion? *Prayer points*Praise God for His mercy and favour upon your life and familiesAsk God to forgive you in anyway you have been rejecting God's revelation as you consecrate to do His willAsk God to deliver you in His mercy from all forms of spiritual blindnessPray that the blood of the Jesus and the fire of the Spirit will remove every form of evil carryover disturbing your destiny *HYMN* His love will never fail(GHS 198)

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