Dated b/f : Friday, 2 February 2018

DCLM Daily Manna 

Preacher : Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Topic: Luciferan Spirit

Text: Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV)

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Key Verse: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”(Isaiah 14:12)

There is much evil semblance between the boastful, yet, barren language of Satan in today’s Scripture and the arrogant rendition of Ahithophel when he joined the rebellion of Absalom against King David. Lucifer repeats “I will” five times to announce his futile programme to “be like the most High”. He did not achieve his goal.

Of such human-driven words doomed to fail and draw the anger of God, Jude writes: “... Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming at their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever... their mouth speaketh great swelling words...” (Jude 12,13,16). The Scripture has given the irreversible verdict on those who cast their language in the blasphemous manner of Satan and Ahithophel.

Pride prevents man from acknowledging the sovereignty of God. If you admit the rule of God not only in your life but also in the affairs of all humans, you will not make plans and leave God out of them. Thus, James cautions us to accommodate God even in the so- called trivial things of life: “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow... for that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil” (James 4:14-16).

Satan’s haughty utterances ended in misery, taking him into eternal damnation. It was the same with Ahithophel who committed suicide to compound his woes. Others like Pharaoh and Sennacherib rode on the high horse of arrogance to perdition. Our language reflects who we are. Those who spoke relying on their power and worldly resources, and not on heavenly strength only succeeded in failing. We should pray today to possess a heart devoid of pride and a tongue seasoned with salt.

Thought For The Day: It is futile to plan without God.

Bible Reading in a Year: Exodus 10-12.