Reflections

Mirrors are designed  to give us accurate perspective of ourselves.

So if your garment is torn, hair disheveled, colours uncoordinated, when you look in a mirror, these will immediately be evident as you catch a glimpse of your reflection.

This is exactly the case with the Bible. Just as the verses state, the scriptures apparently is our perfect guide.

It’s however now left to us  to decide what  to do with the information. Whether to respond and improve on our looks or complain and refuse to admit the reflection is true and fail to do anything about it.

I know that there are cheat mirrors, and unlike these, the Word of God, every title, jot, dot are true and have the ultimate aim of life transformation.

Dero Daniels.

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Roundabouts

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.
Exodus 13:17‭-‬18 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.13.17-18.NLT

Interesting to know that God sometimes takes us on a roundabout.

Apparently though, it’s ultimately for our good. It’s so that we will not give up, because returning to Egypt is symbolic of going back to our sins, the shackles we’ve been delivered from, and our negative frustrating  restrive past. Not only does giving up mean foregoing the blessings He’s got in store, but it could also portend jeopardising our eternity with Him. This is the most important factor actually, and it’s amazing that God won’t risk it, hence the roundabout. So essentially, this roundabout is supposed to build character, strenght and experience in us.

We know that experience is good because all those important job ads require it to be hired.

It’s interesting also that the Israelites left ready for battle, though they were not about to be fighting any time soon.

Perhaps the lesson here is to always be prepared?

Dero Daniels

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Reflections

Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Yet I still belong to You. You hold my right hand.
Psalms 73:17‭, ‬21‭-‬23 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.73.17-23.NLT

It’s easy to see other people’s flaws and point them out.  What about ours though?

If we however truly aim for perfection, then we must also be open to seeing our own flaws and work on them.

One sure way of being able to do this is by sincerely engaging God. James says the Word of God is like a mirror. When we read, we get a true picture and reflection of who we are.  It is a humbling experience which ultimately makes us better versions of ourselves.
For people who are surrounded by sycophants, the Word of God is the key to getting truth so you’ll not be misled.

That’s what hapened to the Psalmist here. He was so frustrated and critical of evil people and quite rightly so I think. But when he went into the house of God, his eyes opened to his own  flaws and he received comforting insight about the whole situation he was gripping with.

Dero Daniels

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Restoration

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!
Psalms 90:14‭-‬15‭, ‬17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.90.14-17.NLT

“Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good”. This is the part which struck me the most. Maybe because in my fairly long life, I’ve experienced a lot of setbacks and sometimes wonder what kind of miracle can truly erase or make up for those circumstances.

It’s so comforting to see this verse and to know that David had the same experience but even more, that God really understands and has put measures in place to compensate and reverse those experiences, making them work for our good. See also Joel 2:25 which says ” I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops….”

So, because He understands, He’s able to give us positive experiences that will make up for all the years and times of setbacks.

He wants to, its however up to you and I, to allow Him. The Bible says He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask, think or imagine. (See Ephesians 3:20) The question is what am I imagining, because God wants to exceed that imagination.

If I’m not desirous and asking Him for anything, then there’s nothing He can do. It means I’m the one limiting both God and myself. Remember how Jesus went to His home town but could not perform  miracles because the people were unbelieving! – Mark 6:5 “And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them” .

Thank You Jesus for this insight. Please give me the grace to believe Your Word and stop limiting Your power in my life 

Dero Daniels

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Mentorship

Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.
Exodus 33:11 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.33.11.NLT

It’s Joshua’s action which has caught my attention.

He was closely following Moses and being mentored. He however did not get caught up in hero worship or miss the whole point of the mentorship. God was his focus and that’s why he remained in the Tent of Meeting even after Moses left. He was following Moses around, but spending time with God.

Worthy of note is the fact that Moses did not deter Joshua from remaining in the Tent of Meeting. He allowed him free access to the Source.

Sadly, these days I notice that admiration for the mentor easily turns to adoration and the mentor seems to encourage it.

We should be mindful to discourage such behaviors and be quick to turn people to God. Let them admire the mentor, but their worship must be directed to God, Who must remain the Focus. The only way to achieve this is to get them to spend more time with God themselves, just as Joshua was doing.

Remember, God will not share His glory with any other. So do not be caught up in this web which the devil has woven as part of its destructive agenda for both mentor and mentee.

Dero Daniels

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Listen to Jesus

Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.”
Luke 9:35 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.9.35.NLT

I’m currently on a weight loss journey because I want to get back to my sweet sixteen self. 

I therefore know that a diet consisting mainly  fats and carbs, and no exercise whatsoever, (I hear someone gasping already) is a sure recipe for obesity and all its accompanying disease /ill health cousins and relatives. So, what am I doing? Trying to engage and imbibe healthy habits which will help me accomplish my goal 

It’s interesting how we easily see the consequences of some of our physical actions and do well to avoid them.

What about our spiritual /mental actions though? This verse says to listen to Jesus because He’s God’s Son. Why would God want us to listen to Jesus if there’s no benefit to us? Exactly! There is and there are several scriptures to back that up. See Deuteronomy 28 for instance which highlights the pros and cons of obeying and disobeying God.

If we want to live a life  guaranteed of God’s positive interventions and ultimately an assurance of heaven, (because earth is really just a dress rehearsal) then we must listen to Him. Anything short, will only spell doom and disaster, worse than a carb and fat diet with no exercise.

Lord please help me to cultivate a habit of always listening to, and obeying You 

Dero Daniels

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No Pain, No Gain

Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from this world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem.
Luke 9:30‭-‬31 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.9.30-31.NLT

There  was a plan. The events that were to happen involved pain.

As tough as the pain was, it was part of God’s agenda. In fact, the much anticipated salvation would not be revealed until the excruciating pain, the shame, the crucifixion, and the death had first occurred.

Could it just be that the pain you are going through is part of God’s plan to unfold glory in your life?
The glory can only be revealed after you’ve endured the pain.

Dero Daniels

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Sword, Spear, Battle Axe and the Name of the Lord

David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
1 Samuel 17:45‭-‬47 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1sa.17.45-47.NLT

There are different battle weapons and they all serve different purposes. Whether they are spiritual, physical, emotional, financial or mental battles, the principles are the same.

So for instance, though a  sword is a great weapon, the effectiveness is determined by several factors. First, is the type of battle. You don’t take a knife to a gun fight else you are  sure to be killed. You don’t go to a debate with a gun to shoot your opponents.
Simply put, the weapon has to be battle appropriate.

Next is the proficiency of the handler. If you don’t know how to shoot a gun, then don’t carry one because it can become a danger to you. So you have to be very conversant with the use of the weapon.

This reminds me of the story of the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:14-16. They had observed Paul do miracles using the name of Jesus, and tried to do the same. Problem was that they had no relationship with Jesus and the demon they attempted to cast out made a sorry spectacle of them. They were overpowered, wounded and striped naked by the demons. That’s exactly what happens when you have no knowledge of the weapon you hold, but try to use it.

David knew this all too well and that was why he refused the armor, sword and protective helmet which Saul had presented and tried to compel him to use. He simply wasn’t used to them and was wise enough to know that they would have impeded rather than aid him in the battle. He opted to fight using stones propelled by the name of the Lord. The confidence to proceed was borne out of a relationship with God. He had an unquestionable connection with God which could not be challenged. That right there was the effectiveness of his weapons.

It is time to do an assessment. What battle weapons are you using? Are they battle appropriate? Are you  familiar with them? Remember, you cannot fight with what you do not know or else it will be inevitable to end up like the seven sons of Sceva. Let David’s experience be our example.

Dero Daniels

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Four Seasons

Fall
The colors are astounding
Variegated and beautiful
But everything’s falling
As though life were anxious
To be rid of all things appealing
There’s a foreboding
Something is coming
A darkness rising

Winter
Fall did not prepare us enough
For the drabness to come
It seems it went from hundred to zero
From carmelian
To monochrome
Now all is dead
Revealing the aridity of the desert
The dullness of landscapes
Even the sun hides away
Dark gloomy clouds
Take over the sky
And threaten our moods
Everything looks ashen

Spring
God looked down
And said ENOUGH!
And suddenly,
The sun starts to inch its way closer
Fighting to stay
Directly in our space
The heavy dark clouds
Make way for brighter skies
Chasing the gloom away
Just that word “enough “
And all life forms
Start to awaken
We welcome the downpours
Because we know
That April showers
Will bring us June flowers

Summer
The pinnacle of beauty
The Zenith of life
Everyone is giddy
With an infectious zest
Even the sun refuses
To go away
And like a peacock,
Gleefully radiates all its glory
Colors abound in resplendence
An unrivalled kaleidoscope of dazzling allure
There is even a fragrance
In the atmosphere
It overwhelms with
Warmth and cheer
This is the season
Of all things bright and beautiful
The season where
There is a generous proportion of colorful symmetry
This is the season
When life is at its peak
This is the season of ice-cream and sweets
Of decadent treats
Happy dancing
Outdoor living
Barbecues and peals of unrushed laughters
This is the season
I wish would never end
And I’m certain
You all agree

But I hear the wind whistling
The birds chirping
And leaves rustling
In symphonic unison
they serenade me
“We love all seasons
For they each play
Very important roles
In the cycle of all life
All seasons are beautiful
If you take off your shades
And enjoy the purity
Of an unadulterated view.

Dero Daniels

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Knowledge

But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion. When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.
Jude 1:10‭-‬13 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jud.1.10-13.NLT

So instead of scoffing at things I don’t understand, I need to learn to ask questions. To dig deeper and be interested in acquiring knowledge.

The list of imagery referenced by Jude depicts lack of depth and essence. These shouldn’t be mentioned alongside me in the same sentence, except it were to explain words and opposites.

Incidentally , just as the imagery portrays, lack of depth is extremely dangerous and very destructive.

Lord please give me a thirst and hunger for the deep 🙏

Dero Daniels

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Gift

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.12.7.NLT

That gift is not for you to show off or brag.

It came fully fitted with the purpose of helping others. Money, applause and glory are by products. So stop clamoring for them. Truth is, they’ll come anyway, with the efficient use of the gift. But always remember that the actual and primary focus is others being able to benefit from God’s deposits in your life. It’s called a gift for a reason, and hoarding strips it of that value.

Lord please make me generous and willing to share with others, the treasures I’m privileged to have.

Dero Daniels

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Clothing

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/col.3.12.NLT

There’s an intentionality required for this instruction.

If you are going to the beach, you don’t wear a three piece suit. If you are going for an interview, you don’t wear garden clothes. You are intentional about the cloths you wear and ensure they are fit for the occasion.

I believe that’s what this verse is imploring us to do. We need to purposely take on these virtues and reflect them as appropriate. So if you are in a situation which requires you to be tender hearted, by all means be that. Be intentional about being kind to others because that’s what God requires.

Just as you have to consciously decide on a cloth, take it, wear it, same as these virtues. In every given situation, your response needs to reflect the virtues of Christ.

Lord please help me to abide by your instructions and reflect You at all times in Jesus name 🙏

Dero Daniels

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Caroline Tokulah Oshioma

Sunrise March 26 1980 Sunset  March 30 2022


Caroline was the sweetest person ever. She was one of those people who had no guile. What you saw, was what you got. She was genuine and had a smile which sucked you in and exuded warmth.

It was a privilege  to be associated with her. She had a heart of gold focused on helping people and deeply committed to her family and friends.


She was petite, which portrayed fragility, though in reality, she was anything but. Tough, firm, strong-that was Caroline.


She was a very devout Christian whose passion for Jesus was unmistakable and palpable.


This loss is painful. It is surreal even that I’m doing a tribute at all.  We will take solace in the fact that she’s now without pain, in the everlasting presence of her Maker and Lord.


Rest in power dearest.


Dero Daniels

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Which voice are you listening to?

Jesus heard what the men said to Jairus. But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not be afraid. Instead, believe.’
Mark 5:36 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/mrk.5.36.EASY

When circumstances arise, many voices speak to our hearing. Chances are, a lot of what we hear will be discouraging and heartbreaking, focusing on the facts we see.

This is what happened to Jairus. His daughter who was ill, had died. I imagine that what the people were saying to him was ” The situation has become humanly impossible. Why bother, since she’s dead?

Truth is, they were right. The facts presented indeed foreclosed hope and fostered gloom and despair. Death is a finality from which there’s no reversal. However, they didn’t avert their minds to the fact that whilst it might have been a human impossibility, it was the converse with God with Whom limitations and restrictions do not exist.

Naturally, that kind of news, breeds fear and that’s why Jesus, in handling the situation, first addressed Jairus’ faith, in order to dispel the negativity, knowing it had the potential of hindering the miracle about to unfold.

I’m glad Jairus listened to Jesus, because this positioned him to witness the resurrection of his daughter, an otherwise impossible situation. He saw that death was not irreversible afterall, when you focus on, listen to and believe in Jesus.

Today, let’s be like Jairus. Give no opportunity to the negative human voices enunciating the facts. Let’s choose to focus on Jesus, and exercise our faith. Only then can the situation be reversed to reflect God’s Word.

Note however, that to benefit from this kind of awesome miracle, you need to be immersed in the Word of God, the Bible, make declarations which align with it and speak to the situation.

Which voice are you listening to? That voice will influence your circumstance.

Dero Daniels

If you listen to good words, you will do well. A man who trusts the Lord is happy.
Proverbs 16:20 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/pro.16.20.EASY

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What’s your storm response?

Jesus said to him, ‘Come to me.’ So Peter got down out of the boat. He walked on the water and he came towards Jesus. But then Peter saw that the wind was still blowing strongly. He became afraid and he began to go down into the water. He shouted to Jesus, ‘Lord, save me!’
Matthew 14:29‭-‬30 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/mat.14.29-30.EASY

Peter got onto the water at Jesus’ invitation, and it was a smooth easy sail.

However, as soon as he shifted focus off Jesus onto the conditions around him, the easy sail quickly became a sinking and deathly experience in raging, stormy waters.

I love Peter’s reaction. It was a genuine heartfelt plea for help. No sugar-coated, long winding vocabulary. No blame game. No complain or pity party. Just a simple cry for help to Jesus.

Like Peter, our lives start out on a smooth sail. When the tide changes however and we experience sinking, what’s our reaction? Do you blame God for the death of that loved one, suffering, loss of job, lack of finances, ill health, poor grades, and whatever other circumstance life throws at you?

Today, let’s make a commitment to be like Peter and be sincere enough to call out to our God and loving Father.
Remember, it is only the one who stretches his hands out for help, that can be pulled in. It is only the one who opens up his hands, that can receive. If you don’t go to God, then it’ll be difficult to receive help or strenght.

Dero Daniels



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Preach

Everywhere that the believers went, they told people God’s message. People heard the message in more and more places and many of them believed in Jesus.
Acts 12:24 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/act.12.24.EASY

The disciples spoke about Jesus everywhere they went. Not some places, but everywhere, regardless the location and people’s inclinations, prejudices, culture, orientations and beliefs.

Everywhere means in the bathroom, at the airport, in school, at the supermarket, on the plane, at conferences, in court, at parties, in the work place, at hospitals, in the car park, in prison, at the mall or the community center – the list is endless. Anywhere the disciples found themselves, they took it as an opportunity to spread the good news.

I recently had the privilege to travel and interact with the descendants of Ismael. Though I had become conscious of sharing the gospel, I didn’t share with them. Seeing this verse now about the disciples, makes me appreciate what they did.

Lord please give me the courage, boldness and wisdom to do what the disciples did. Help me to share the good news without fear, but with an urgency so that souls can be snatched from hell and the jaws of death.

Dero Daniels

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God’s gift

God’s gift

God helps each of us with a gift from his Spirit. He does that so that we can help others.
1 Corinthians 12:7 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/1co.12.7.EASY

There’s a gift you have
It’s not yours to keep
You are not allowed
To hoard it
It’s meant to be shared
It’s for public benefit
You must be generous with it
It’s designed for you to give
Do not hide or bury it
Invest, increase
And by all means
Develop it
Think of a supermarket
The shelves are stocked
Not for the owner’s private use
But for others to come in
And pick up “goods”
This gift from God to you
Is meant to bless others
And help them with their
Life’s circumstance

What is your gift?
What are you doing with it?

Dero Daniels

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Responsibility

Moses was careful to check all the work. And they had done it completely as the Lord had commanded. Moses saw this and he blessed the Israelites.
Exodus 39:43 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/exo.39.43.EASY

When you have oversight or supervisory responsibilities, you must take it seriously.

The people Moses was working with, were all experts in their rights. They were exceptionally gifted and talented. Moses didn’t however take it for granted and still inspected the work to ensure compliance with the standard God had instructed. That’s responsibility.

Truth is that  the instruction was given by God through Moses to the people. So in the end, the buck stopped at his table and he was accountable to God on their behalf.

Lord please make me a very responsible person

Dero Daniels

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My life, God’s tabernacle


‘You must command the Israelites to make a special place for me. Then I will come and live among them. I will show you how to make this tabernacle and everything inside it. But you must make it completely as I tell you.
Exodus 25:8‭-‬9 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/exo.25.8-9.EASY

Thank God for Jesus because the special place God requires is no longer brick and mortar. It is now our human bodies. And its such a privilege to have the everlasting God, the Creator and Sovereign Lord, dwell in mortal lives.

This union between God and us is what transforms our ordinary into the extraordinary. It transforms our natural into the supernatural.

But if we are to truly benefit from the supernatural, then just like Moses, we must be prepared to do everything as He tells, shows and directs us.

Truth is, because we are His tabernacle, He’s the only One Who can determine what the building, which is our lives should look like.
He’s the architect who knows and has the masterplan and coordinates the workers to build according to the plan.

Dear Lord, please help me build my life the way that You tell me 🙏

Dero Daniels

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Thou shall not Waste

So, as we work together with God, we tell you to be careful. Remember that God has been very kind and he has forgiven you. Do not waste that!
2 Corinthians 6:1 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/2co.6.1.EASY

I personally detest waste. On any level or scale I think it is completely degenerate. It is deplorable and should never be encouraged. There is absolutely no justification in this world for waste. Nature abhors waste.

I hate wasting time. I hate wasting money. I hate wasting food. That’s because there’s something very destructive about waste. After expending resources to build, gather and put together, it’s a real shame to see waste. It’s a dissipation which can be avoided by simply according care and diligence to resources. Anyone who truly values anything will do everything to guard against its waste.

My hatred of waste should extend to the price God has paid for my salvation and the accruing benefits. I must do everything possible not to waste His generosity, kindness and goodness expended in my favour, at great cost to Him.

Now imagine that you worked hard to gift an indigent beneficiary, 1 million pounds. Imagine this gift required an immense sacrifice on your part, but you made it out of love, because the beneficiary really needed the gift to thrive and exist.

Naturally, you’ll have expectations from the beneficiary on how this money will be judiciously expended, as this is an opportunity to turn their life around. The purpose for which it was given must be achieved and well accounted. Your desire will be to see significant, material improvement in the beneficiary’s life and attitude.

Now imagine further that the said beneficiary, who was homeless, physically ill from being malnourished, out of work, and in huge financial debt, takes your sacrifice with levity and squanders the entire money-1 million pounds – on drugs and liquor. 😯😡😵😭🙆‍♀️🙆‍♂️🙆

That’s exactly what this verse is saying we should avoid – wasting our salvation and God’s grace in our lives.

Lord please help me not to waste Your precious gifts in my life. Please give me the grace to be accountable and diligent, properly reflecting the value You have invested in me, and Your expectations at all times.

Dero Daniels

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Peace

On the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the disciples were all together. They had locked the doors of the room because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Then Jesus came and he stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
John 20:19 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/jhn.20.19.EASY

Lock the doors
Shut the windows
Seal every entrance
Leave no exits
It won’t inhibit Jesus
There’s no space
He can’t enter
There’s no life
He can’t touch
There’s no place
Immune from His penetration
For you see
He is Lord of all
The Creator
Cannot be restrained
By anything created
He’s ALMIGHTY
There’s nothing
He can’t pierce
And there’s no place
Too remote,
He can’t reach.
There’s no soul
So lost
He can’t find
There’s no heartache
So painful and deep
He can’t heal
There’s no prison
Too secure
He can’t access
There’s no bondage
He can’t lose
Because He came
To set the captives free
There’s no brokenness
So fragmented
He can’t fix
And make completely whole
Seal up the space
Make it impenetrable
Yet our Sovereign Lord
Our Maker and King,
The One
Who holds all keys
Will be able to appear
And find His way in
Bringing His peace with Him.

Dero Daniels


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Consuming Fire

The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses there. The angel looked like a fire that was burning in the middle of a bush. Moses looked at the bush. He saw that it was on fire, but the fire still did not destroy it.
Exodus 3:2 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/exo.3.2.EASY

This is a representation of how the Holy Spirit indwells us, but does not destroy us.

Fire has an inherent power to destroy whatever it touches. It is automatic. Light a fire on any item and watch it burn to cinders. Nothing can quite survive the onslaught of fire, once the intensity is right on the degree. Ultimately everything has the propensity of being negatively impacted by fire. It is indeed a very very dangerous element which can leave death and destruction in its wake.

The Bible says God is a Consuming Fire. How does He indwell us without killing us? It’s like this burning bush experience. I believe this is the power of His love at work. His love stops destruction from taking place. It means God exercises a lot of restraint so that instead of being burnt, we become not just better, but very valuable, like gold.

Thank You Lord for exercising such restraint in my favour. In our favour. Thank You for burning, only to make us valuable.

Dero Daniels

“I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’
Malachi 3:6‭-‬7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mal.3.6-7.NLT

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Moses

Moses worked as a shepherd and he took care of Jethro’s sheep. Jethro was his wife’s father and he was the priest of Midian. Moses led the sheep to the far side of the desert. He came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Exodus 3:1 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/exo.3.1.EASY

Moses was a prince. Yet he went from royalty to Shepard effortlessly. Sounds like those exotic cars that go from zero to 100 in 6 seconds, just that in Moses ‘ case, there was no lag at all, the transition was seamless.

This right here requires a load of humility. There’s no mention that he grumbled or complained or blamed anyone for what happened to him. This was practically a demotion considering he went from being a lord and master to being an employee. He took on his new position and role very willingly and performed excellently, though it was a chore that should have been beneath him. He responded to his situation with a good naturedness and diligence, though he could have reacted by having a pity party. It is instructive to note that it was in the place of diligence that God was able to meet with him, re the burning bush experience.

How do you react or respond to the curve balls life throws?
Today, determine to be like Moses and watch God come through.

Dero Daniels

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Patience

This is a lesson in patience and understanding.
These Jews were believers, but lacked understanding of the fundamental truth of Jesus’ work on the cross.

They came accusing Peter and antagonising him. Frankly, how could they even dare to question Peter who was an original apostle, the one Jesus Himself left in charge and the one who was largely responsible for the progress they had thus far made.

But, Peter didn’t assume they ought to know. He didn’t respond in anger at their ignorance which was a threat to God’s plan. He patiently explained to them and calmly reasoned with them.

Lord please give me the Spirit of patience and understanding, both fruits of the Spirit. Help me not to be dismissive of anyone regardless how seemingly faulty their position. Please help me to be calm at all times, rightly assessing situations and reflecting You

Dero Daniels

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Hell, No!

I entered my room
And it was pitch dark
Darkness so thick
you can’t cut through
Shadowy, gloomy, frightening
At that moment I knew
I could never afford
To be without God
Hell simply is not an option.

Dero Daniels

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Death by stoning

John 8 : 1-11


Death was sure
The Jerusalem stone contractor
Just hit gold
The Pharisees and Teachers
Contracted him
To deliver a large consignment
Of the biggest possible sizes
Any fist could grasp
To guarantee fatality
Once it hit its human target


This was death by stoning
And the leaders were gathered
Eager to judge
Another sinner
Unfit for this world
And condemn her
To the great beyond


But a light bulb moment
Made them realise
They could stone two,
For the price of one
So they approached Jesus
In full public glare
Knowing He would disapprove
Their judgement of the adulterer
And that way fall into their trap
Justifiably becoming their second victim
Deserving of death by stoning
Even the devil must have gloated
At this masterstroke of genius


It is a wonder
That such a plot
Completely lacking depth
Wrapped in finite fallacy
Could be contrived
For you see,
They’d approached Jesus
King of Kings
Maker of the universe
Their Creator and Law Giver
The One Who knows all thoughts
Long before they translate to actions
Master Strategist
Before Whom
No plot is secret or hid
How could they even conceive
Of trapping Him Who is God???


It was therefore no surprise
When He uttered the most brilliant, memorable
Quoted replies
In the history
Of time
‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her’


One by one,
They slunk away
In shame and utter disgrace
Oldest first
Youngest, last.
The condemners
Had suddenly become
The condemned
They had become
Deeply entangled
In the trap
They dared to set for God

Their downfall
Was their arrogance
And their ignorance.
A deadly combination
Which only leads to destruction.

Now, before you get
All excited
Here’s the thrill
To this real life tale
Though Jesus, being the Law
Was qualified to judge her
And use those stones,
He gave up His right to do so.
She deserved to die
But He demonstrated grace
Compassion, mercy
Forgiveness and love.


This is the message and wisdom
Of the New Testament.
An example
Every Christian should
Be proud to live
And to testify.

Dero Daniels

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Unchanging Changer madly loves you


“Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee, and Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his followers were also invited. At the wedding there was not enough wine, so Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” Jesus answered, “Dear woman, why are you telling me this? It is not yet time for me to begin my work.” His mother said to the servants, “Do what he tells you.””
– John 2:1-5

The reason Mary told her son, Jesus about the shortage, was because she’d seen Him perform miracles countless times. She was therefore confident He would do something about it. Despite His response being unencouraging, she knew Him well enough to trust He’d sort it out.

Now, her confidence sounds like a given, right? Afterall, she’d lived with Him, raised Him and seen Him come through countless times. So we are all probably thinking how else would she have reacted since she had the privilege of antecedent?

Well, quite easily said for others. What about us? You? Do we not also have the privilege of antecedent? Have we not seen God come through over and over and over again? Have we not experienced His faithfulness, all of our lives? Have we not been exposed to miracles which indicate that He loves us unconditionally? So why do we fret at the slightest opportunity? Why do we easily give up on God? Why do we doubt at the slightest challenge?

Today, think about this, and choose to be like Mary. Actively believe , even if it seems that you should not have a reason. Jesus came through then. The Bible says He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. The Unchanging Changer will not fail you. He will not leave you. Just as then, it is now, He’ll come through again, because He’s in love with you.

Dero Daniels

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When you leave your responsibility as a human to an animal, hell is waiting

Luke 16 :19-25
“Jesus said, “There was a rich man who always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to enjoy all the best things every day. There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus’ body was covered with sores. He was often put by the rich man’s gate. Lazarus wanted only to eat the scraps of food left on the floor under the rich man’s table. And the dogs came and licked his sores.  “Later, Lazarus died. The angels took him and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. He was sent to the place of death and was in great pain. He saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms. He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!’  “But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But Lazarus had nothing but problems. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering.”

Deut. 15:11:
“Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”

Micah 6:8.  
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God Micah 6 :: 8NIV – MIT

Characters in this parable.

Rich man – he was so rich that he wore the most expensive clothing. Some versions mention that he wore purple linen. Purple was 40 times more expensive than other dyes in those days. Also, his house had a gate, which was a preserve of the wealthy. Most houses had their doors open up directly to the street. Having a gate meant it was a palatial residence and had valuables. So, this man was this rich, yet he neglected to help a fellow human being even though it would not have dented his wealth.

Lazarus was so poor and incapacitated that he was content to eat the scraps which  fell from the rich man’s table. Yet he was not bitter or angry. He did not have an entitlement mentality. He was simply content to have scraps.

The Dogs that licked Lazarus sores. Before you go saying “yuck”, here’s a fun fact – a dog’s saliva is sterile and reputedly has healing properties. That’s right – so the dogs were doing Lazarus a favor, which the rich man could have effortlessly rendered but didn’t.

Abraham, at whose bosom Lazarus was in the afterlife.

Now, while both the rich man and Lazarus were on earth, there was no record of interaction between them. It would appear that though Lazarus was at his gate and within such close proximity, right under his nose, the rich man was oblivious of him.

Lazarus was covered in sores, indicating he required medical attention, in addition to economic assistance. Yet the rich man never helped. Instead it was dogs that came to a human’s assistance whilst his fellow human being paid no attention. Laz might as well have been a part of the rich man’s   landscape.

After they both transcend to the afterlife, its ironic that the rich man who had no interaction with Laz on earth, suddenly recognised him well enough to mention his name, plus the audacity to ask for help.  Help from a man he’d neglected.
This neglect essentially means the rich man breached God’s law and expectations both in Deuteronomy 15:11 and Micah 6:8.  In essence, he had sinned, and the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23. Now we see why he’s in hell.

Heaven is real
So is hell.
How are you living your life?
It’s not about the acquisitions, show or wanton display  you put up, physically or on social media. The rich man did that and ended up in hell. It’s about the value and impact to fellow human beings.

Learn from the rich man, and reflect God to everyone around. Give due attention to anyone who requires it, and be kind. Truth is, neglect of others, can cost you heaven. You decide.

Dero Daniels

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Anna


“Anna, a prophetess, was there at the Temple. She was from the family of Phanuel in the tribe of Asher. She was now very old. She had lived with her husband seven years before he died and left her alone. She was now 84 years old. Anna was always at the Temple; she never left. She worshiped God by fasting and praying day and night.”
– Luke 2:36, Luke 2:37

Great woman Anna is. She had suffered a tragic blow, but chose not to be devastated. She did not wear this on her sleeve and go about bemoaning her fate- dead husband; young widow; likely no children; all alone, and now, very old with no hope.

She turned her circumstance around by cultivating a close relationship with God, living in the temple, fasting and praying. I imagine this was what gave her the strenght to overcome the trauma.

And of course, being so close to God, comes with perks. She not only knew God’s intended plan for salvation, but also saw it come to pass. But guess what, there was even more, she had the privilege of touching God, in the flesh, probably cradled Him even. Oh! the high that no drug can ever give!. I can just imagine the exhilaration that she felt. It’s the kind of experience you won’t trade for anything.

Lord, please make me like Anna. Cheerful even in the face of tragic circumstances. For the things that I can’t change, give me the grace and wisdom not to complain, but to rest in You.

Dero Daniels.

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Let’s make Lemonade


“She gave birth to her first son. She wrapped him up well and laid him in a box where cattle are fed. She put him there because the guest room was full.”
– Luke 2:7

This was Mary’s first son, born in a manger, not a hospital, or even some place fit for maternity. I imagine this is not what she expected, especially since this child was no ordinary one. He was afterall, God. So, she must have anticipated better, something fit only for a king. A cosy inn, or pristine   hospital conditions, with the privilege of being attended by an experienced and mature doctor or midwife. A nice first class cradle for the baby, in a sanitary environment.

This was however not the case. She was young, inexperienced, because this was her first, and had to settle for an animal shelter because there was no other option. So here’s what struck me in all this – Mary didn’t complain. There’s no record of her being offended. She didn’t gripe or throw a tantrum. She quickly adapted to the situation and
improvised. She laid her new born baby, King of the universe, in a box where animals are fed.

What’s your attitude when things don’t match your expectations? Lord, please make me like Mary. Give me the grace and wisdom to adapt and improvise, and not be angry or bitter. Teach me how to make lemonade from my lemons.

Dero Daniels

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