Saturday, January 21, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 21

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

Today’s Morsel:  I often wonder why it is that those who say that they are Christians reflect the image of the world more than the image of God.  If man was created in the image of God, should we not be able to see that image?  Writing to the church at Corinth, Paul states:  "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).  Now that we are in Christ, we must now reflect the image of Jesus and not of that first man Adam, which was created from the earth.  Our character must be of His character.  Our actions must be like His actions.  Our walk and faith must be of His walk and faith.  If we are going to reflect Him, then we must know Him and apply His word to our life.  What are you doing to develop the man in the mirror?

Sing:  To be like Jesus. To be like Jesus. On earth, I long to be like Him.  All through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.

Thought For Today:  What are you doing to develop the man in the mirror? (Parker)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 20

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments”
(Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever allowed anything or anyone to steal your joy.  Have you ever allowed what someone else said or did take the pleasure out of your day?  Do you allow things and people to steal your joy?  Habakkuk seems to strike the cord of continual joy and rejoicing for us when he says that he will continue to rejoice in the Lord though nothing else is going well for him.  You see, when your relationship and hope is in the Lord, nothing should be able to separate you from doing what you know to do is right.  Especially when you know it deals with your state of joy and you know that it will glorify God.  Continue doing the things you know to do that are right in the Lord.

Sing:  Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.  Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.  Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice.  Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice.  Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.

Thought For Today:  Be a praise singer today.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 19

“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:16-21).

Today’s Morsel:  How persuaded are you of the promises of God? Paul addresses this point, I believe, because he wants us to be persuaded that the things of God are true and we can believe Him for them.  The Bible says that Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  He didn’t just have faith, he had a strong faith, full assurance of faith.  And his faith rested upon the power of God, with whom nothing is impossible.  Paul goes on to say that He was persuaded that nothing should be able to separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39).  You see, we have to be convinced that God is great and that He is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).  If we are never persuaded in our minds that this is truth, we’ll never cross into the promise land.

Sing:  I lean on You Lord, I lean on You Lord.  For the things that I need I lean on You.  When I don’t know just what to do, I've got the faith You're gonna see me through.  You supply my every need and I lean on You.

Thought For Today:  Be persuaded that what God says He will do He will do.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 18

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe” 
(Philippians 3:1)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the best sounds that a base runner trying to steal a base during baseball can hear is that of the umpire when he shouts, “Safe!”  Paul said that to write the same things to you, to him indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.  Someone said that there is safety in numbers.  Throughout scripture, we see warnings being given to us of things not to do and things that we are to do.  These are all for our safety.  Someone also said that doctrine teaches us how to live, while reproof teaches us what happens if we fail to live as we should. And righteousness teaches us how to behave, while corrections teach us what happens when we don’t behave.  Some folks don’t like correction and reproof, yet they are really for our safety.  We must remember that God always has our best interest at heart, and therefore we can expect to hear the same things repeatedly from His word.  But woe unto him that continues to reject it, Solomon said.  “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).  Always remember something repeated twice is a wake-up call.

Sing:  Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.

Thought For Today:  Something repeated twice is a wake-up call.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 17

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (Malachi 3:8)

Today’s Morsel:  At the end of last year, while reading through my Bible for the year, this passage caught my attention.  Not that it hadn’t caught it before as I have preached many times from it about tithes and offerings.  But this time, what caught my attention was the onset question, “Will a man rob God?”  Ask yourself, are you robbing God? I’m not talking just about tithes and offerings, I’m talking about His character in your life.  Are you robbing Him of His ability to accomplish in you what He desires because you are not studying and applying His word to your life?  I’m talking about you robbing Him from calling you His sons and daughters because you love the world more than you love Him.  I’m talking about using the time that you promised you would spend with Him in communion to focus on sports, games, personal agendas, and worldly careers.  Friend, God loves you so much that He was willing to die for you.  Are you going to rob Him of His ability to rejoice over you?  Don’t rob God, not with your tithe and not with your love.

Sing:  Thank you, Lord for saving my soul; thank you, Lord, for making me whole.  Thank you, Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.

Thought For Today: Don’t rob God.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 16

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:16-17)

Today’s Morsel:  I like listening to people share some of their dreams.  But are we supposed to be sharing our dreams with others, or are we supposed to be pondering on them to see how they apply to our lives and waiting for them to come to fruition?  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is not only known for leading the “Civil Rights Movement” in the 60’s, but also his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.  This was the public speech delivered by him during the march on Washington for jobs and freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.  In so many ways, his dream has come true.  Today, more churches and businesses are multi-racial.  Doors of opportunities are open to all. Public buses are no long segregated.  Our military and schools offer racial equality.  People of different races are marrying.  Children of all races now play and eat together.  What Dr. King dreamed, was what God desired all along.  And that is that His people would realize that He (God) is no respecter of persons and that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Sing: No more shackles, no more chains, no more bondage, I am free!

Thought For Today:  And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

“Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings. And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD” (Amos 7:1-3)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that most people fail to realize is how much God loved Israel.   They were nothing special, yet  ​they were His chosen to fulfill His promise to Abraham.  But they became a rebellious and stiff-necked people who went against His way.   And so they often found themselves suffering for their wrong.  God created grasshoppers to show Amos His judgement against Israel who had deemed themselves as grasshoppers (Numbers 13:33). God also opens our eyes and lets us see Himself, framing the punishment for those who desert from His way.  Grasshoppers can be mighty and used in God’s good purpose, or He can use them for destruction as well.  Israel saw themselves as grasshoppers in a weakness, but God saw them in power. Because they failed to obey, God revealed one of the things He would use to judge them.  You must never have a grasshopper mentality, unless it is being used in unity for God’s purpose.

Sing: Victory ahead! Victory ahead! Through the Blood of Jesus, victory ahead; trusting in the Lord, I hear the conqueror’s tread, by faith I see the victory ahead.

Thought For Today: You must never have a grasshopper mentality unless it is being used in unity for God’s purpose (Parker).