DCLM Daily Manna 3 November 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — In His Footsteps
TOPIC: In His Footsteps (DCLM Daily Manna 3 November 2021)
📜 TEXT:ACTS 9:32-35📜
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
🔑📖KEY VERSE: “And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda” (ACTS 9:32).
It is gratifying to note in today’s text that when the Lord concluded His work here in the world and went to heaven, He did not take away His virtues of fellowship and visitation. He deposited them in great measure with His disciples. His followers walked in His footsteps, showing love to the brethren by abandoning their comfort zones to visit them in their abodes.
As Apostle Peter left Jerusalem to check up on the brethren, he pleaded Jesus’ name to heal a man who had been bedridden for eight years. The miracle brought “all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron…to the Lord.” This demonstrated the limitless power and blessings inherent in visiting one another as believers.
The love of Christ for His own did not stop at the point of His crucifixion; He showed Himself to the disciples after His resurrection, treated and admonished them most lovingly. Likewise, the apostles continued in His footsteps as they showed love to other brethren by visiting them and performing signs and wonders. The exit of the likes of Peter and the other apostles of the early church did not take away the power that followed them each time they toured the homes of members of the body of Christ. Also, the Lord did not annul the supernatural power in His name when He went back to His home. The disciples made maximum use of His name.
It is our turn in this end time to stand on the platform Peter and other believers stood to bring believing souls in large numbers to our Lord. That platform is visitation. God is challenging us to renew our love for the brethren by visiting each other for spiritual and material edification.
✍🏽THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Reach out and release God’s power.
📜THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JEREMIAH 36-38
AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW
1. The clear commission
Peter was specifically told by the Lord to “feed My sheep” and to “feed My lambs”, John 21:15-17.
Are you very clear as to what the Lord expects from you with respect to the Great Commission?
2. The critical challenge
The challenge of a serious persecution caused the saints (the sheep and the lambs) to scatter, unprepared, to different countries, Acts 8:4.
3. The christ-like comportment
The scattered saints, rather than using the challenge as an excuse for not winning souls, turned it to evangelistic advantage, Acts 8:4.
Have you learnt to be turning your challenges as opportunities to serve the Lord by reaching out to others with the gospel without giving excuses?
4. The commitment to the commission
Peter, mindful of the Lord’s commission to feed the lambs and the sheep, visited those scattered saints to comfort, encourage, challenge and feed them with the words of God without waiting for anybody to challenge or encourage him, vv32-35.
Are you sure you are at the centre of God’s purpose for your life?
Note Peter’s commitment and obedience was rewarded with great fruitfulness and with signs following, vv34-35.
1. Lord, let your will for my life be getting clearer and clearer in my mind🙏
2. Let your grace and mercy put me at the centre of your purpose for my life and deliver from all distractions 🙏
3. Lord, teach me to always turn all my challenges to opportunities to serve You better🙏
4. Lord, direct the heart of all your saints to be about the “Father’s business”🙏
TILL THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS
1. I’ll tell to all that God is love;
For the world has never known
The great compassion of His heart
For the wayward and the lone.
Till the whole world knows,
Till the whole world knows,
I will shout and sing of Christ my King,
Till the whole world knows.
2. I’ll tell of mercy’s boundless tide,
Like the waters of the sea,
That covers every sin of man;
‘Tis salvation full and free. Refrain
3. I’ll tell of grace that keeps the soul,
Of abiding peace within,
Of faith that overcomes the world,
With its tumult and its din. Refrain
4. Eternal glory is the goal
That awaits the sons of light;
Eternal darkness, black as death,
For the children of the night. Refrain
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.