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*DAILY MANNA* *MONDAY 21 JUNE, 2021* 

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1 year 1 week ago #12401 by FemiClef
*DAILY MANNA* *MONDAY 21 JUNE, 2021*  was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *A HEART FOR THE LOST* *TEXT:* LUKE 19:1-10._*KEY VERSE* "And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham" (LUKE 19:9)._  Societies often construct artificial barriers that promote some and denigrate others. They decide how their various segments are perceived, what is expected of them, and draw a line beyond which social integration is not permitted. Therefore, some powerful voices rise in the society, to tear down the barriers. From the beginning of creation, there has been no voice more powerful than that of Jesus Christ. He spoke clearly with His words and even more loudly with His life. On the way to Jerusalem, He must first transit through Jericho. One man in particular, Zacchaeus, a corrupt tax collector, was desperate to see Jesus. The crowd around Jesus put him off because he was small of stature. He ran and climbed a tree and waited patiently for Jesus to pass through. When Jesus got there, He looked up, and seeing Zacchaeus, called him. The man hastily came down, and while the crowd murmured that Jesus should have nothing to do with him, Zacchaeus began to confess his sins to the Lord. He promised to give out half of his wealth to the poor and to pay a four-fold reparation to anyone he had defrauded. That was all Jesus needed and He declared to Zacchaeus that salvation had come to him and his house because He came "to seek and to save... [the] lost." We must never rule out anyone from receiving salvation, irrespective of their sinful life. They may be crooked, notorious and wicked, but Jesus died for them too. When we show love and bring them to the Lord, their hearts are transformed, and this is demonstrated in their outward conduct. They begin a new life that makes their community better and gives them hope of spending eternity with God in heaven. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Jesus receives those who come to Him with an open heart.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 KINGS 3-4. *MEDITATION* *Lessons on soul winning* *1. Qualities of those that will eventually receive salvation*Receiving salvation is not dependent on social status. Zacchaeus was rich and yet he got saved, v2.a. They must willingly desire salvation without undue pressure, compulsion or force, v3.b. There must humility that will lay aside any social status, self, sin while seeking for Jesus, v4.c. It must be the desire of the seeker above all else, v4. Zacchaeus desired salvation above his merchandise.d. There must be immediate and definite action of repentance and confession with other actions that may be required, v4.e. No delay or procrastination is allowed in taking needful action, vv5,6.f. Willing obedience to any scriptural instruction given by Chirst or His representative, vv5,6.g. Readiness to give up anything that Christ may be demanding without hesitation or murmuring, v8. *Question*As a seeker who is yet to be saved, can you see why you are yet to receive salvation? *2. The characteristics of true soulwinners*a. Never rule out anybody. Any, regardless of social status, can be saved by Christ through you, vv2,3.b. Always be led by the Spirit to sinners who are ready to be saved, vv1,2. The going of Jesus to Jericho was not accidental.c. Be willing to devote your time to help the seeker(s). Jesus took time to go into his house and help him, vv5,6. No sacrifice should be too much to help.d. Be friendly with the seeker without being careless, vv5,7.e. Give assurance of forgiveness of sin and salvation to the seeker through the word of God after repentance, v9. *Question* How effective are you as a soulwinner? *Prayer points* As a seeker ask for divine assistance in any area above that you are found wantingAsk God to work in your life and make you an effective soulwinnerAsk for active love and compassion for the perishingPray for the salvation of unconverted Church goer in your church *HYMN* Win them one by one. (GHS 112)

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