Topic: Delay No More [Monday March 28, 2016]

Text: Psalm 80:1-7

Key Verse: “Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved” (Psalm 80:3).

In his book “I Surrender”, Patrick Morley writes that the church’s integrity problem is in the misconception “that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behaviour. “He goes on to say, “It is revival without reformation, without repentance.”

From our text, we find the psalmist praying for the restoration of Israel. In his plea for restoration, he mentioned the blessing of God’s divine presence in the good old days. God, as Israel’s Shepherd, protected her under the security of His presence with the pillar of fire and cloud. The psalmist observed that God was very displeased with Israel because of her sins – resulting in her being exposed to the ridicule and oppression of their neighbours. He pleaded for God to stir up His strength and save Israel from her depraved condition.

The realization that we have gone astray from God is a significant first step in the process of restoration. Those who are indifferent and oblivious to their spiritual condition cannot obtain His mercy and forgiveness. Repentance is very important in the process of restoration. There is hope for the sinner if he or she can still cry out to God with a penitent heart.

Those who are satisfied with their condition and find no need to urgently call upon God are still far from restoration. Take a few moments to reflect on today’s passage, and not put off salvation till a more convenient time. That time may never come.

Thought for the day: Procrastinating over eternal salvation is courting a tragedy waiting in the wings.

Bible Reading in one Year: Deuteronomy 28-30

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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