DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday 29 March 2023
TOPIC: Genuine Christianity
Text: Psalm 119:97-104 (KJV)
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
“I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.”
DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday 29 March 2023 MESSAGE
During Sunday school, a teacher asked her class of first-graders if anyone could describe a Christian. A little boy quickly raised his hand and stated, “Christians are nice people, who never complain, argue or talk back”; he then added, “My Daddy is a good Christian, but my Mummy isn’t”.
In the passage today, a testimony is given concerning the effect of God’s word on the writer. He became wiser than his enemies, his teachers and the ancients (aged and wise people), who did not have the experience of salvation. He had a good understanding of the Scriptures, which kept him from sin and every evil way.
He faced temptations and trials which were unavoidable. But he overcame them all by living and meditating on the word of God. His experience of true grace and peace set him out among the people of his age. The entire narrative is the transformative power of the word of God to effect salvation and righteous lifestyle.
Present-day believers face the same challenges, trials and temptations which came to the saints of old. If truly we have met Christ and have been genuinely converted, we should live a glorious and victorious life over sin. These are the days in which you find so-called believers, and even ministers of the gospel getting involved in one scandal or the other and living lives contrary to God’s standard.
Instead of just following the crowd in their mass decline into the sins of the society, let us move into a special class of righteous people, and by God’s grace model true Christianity wherever we find ourselves. By our strength alone we cannot make it, but His grace is more than enough to keep us standing till He comes (Titus 2:11-14).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If God’s word in you doesn’t distinguish you, you’ve extinguished it power.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 28-30