Topic: Preaching With Power (DCLM Daily Manna 25 February 2021)
Text: Romans 15:23-30 (KJV)
23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.
25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Key Verse: “And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:29).
John Graham Lake was a man reputed to have walked in the power of God. It was said that he visited Africa when there was an outbreak of bubonic plague, which killed a lot of people. The medical people were surprised that he neither wore a protective garment nor took a vaccine. He reportedly told them that he had an “immunity” which assured his safety from the plague. And to demonstrate that, he asked them to put some of the foam from the mouth of the dead in his palm saying that those viruses therein would die as soon as they touch him. And truly, as soon as the viruses reached his palm, they died! His secret was Romans 8:2.
Paul the apostle had not visited Rome. He had been busy preaching in other places. But presently, he had a duty to take the charity offering of the Gentile churches to the poor saints at Jerusalem. He hoped after that, to come to Rome “in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ”. He then requested for their prayers so that he would be delivered from ungodly men in Judaea and that the gifts would be well received by the brethren at Jerusalem.
The manifestation of the power of God through the gospel authenticates the claims of Calvary. Christ sent His disciples out saying, “As ye go, preach… heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils…” (Matthew 10:7, 8). Jesus Christ remains unchanging; His mandate to the church remains unchanging. The disciples obeyed, “and went through the towns, preaching and healing everywhere”.
Today’s believers must stir up themselves in the preaching of the gospel and in the demonstration of the ensuring power. The Holy Spirit has been given to the Church to also work wonders (John 14:12).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Signs and wonders are the hallmarks of the true gospel.
HE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 22
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. https://dclm.org/