Thursday, October 2, 2014

2014 October 2 - Morning Manna

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:6-14)

Today's Morsel: What is it about sin that it is so powerful and alluring?  What is it about it that seems to captivate so many so easily?  I think Paul helped our understanding to these questions.  Paul wrote to the church at Rome, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet" (Romans 7:7); "Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression"(Romans 4:15).  You see, when there is a law and you violate that law, that is wrong, and that becomes sin; as all unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17).  The laws of legality of the land do not trump the laws of God.  So never think that a law of the land that you live in make it okay to violate God's laws.  God's rules and guidelines are for His people to obey so that they can avoid sin.  As He told Cain, "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him"(Genesis 4:7).  Sin is always associated with our disobedience and wants.  Not our obedience and needs. Therefore, we must not allow our disobedience to exceed our obedience and our wants to exceed our needs or we can easily fall into Satan's trap of sin.

Sing: I was once a sinner, but I came pardon to receive from my Lord; This was freely given and I found that He always kept His word.

Chorus: There's a new name written down in glory, and it's mine, O yes, it's mine! And the white robed angels sing the story, "A sinner has come home."  For there's a new name written down in glory, and it's mine, o yes, it's mine! With my sins forgiven I am bound for heaven, never more to roam.

Thought for Today:  Sin is a by-product of your wants. (Parker)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 October 1 - Morning Manna

And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. (Exodus 5:1-5)

Today's Morsel: Someone said that there are no atheists in the foxholes.  This is because when a man fears for his life, he seems to find the strength to call on God in prayer. By all accounts, Pharaoh was an atheist.  He didn't believe in the God of Israel.  And no matter how much Moses and Aaron tried to convince him, he wasn't persuaded.  Like Agrippa told Paul, "Thou almost persuaded me to be a Christian."  Like some folks today who say that they do not believe in God, sooner or later God has a way of causing them to believe in Him.  So just let God have His way.   The next time someone is persecuting you for your faith because they don't believe, and they say that they are an atheist, just pray for them and plead the blood of Jesus upon them. Then stand back and see the salvation of God.

Sing: There is power in the name of Jesus; There is power in the name of Jesus; There is power in the name of Jesus; to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.  

Thought for Today: When Satan has a grip on a person's life, he doesn't let go easy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 September 30 - Morning Manna

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. (Psalms 51:1-14)

Today's Morsel: What is it about prayer that gets our attention?  Why do people call and ask us for prayer?  Why did God even institute prayer?   What I find about prayer, is that it doesn't change others when I pray, it changes me. There is something about my relationship with God that is increased when I pray.   No matter what I am praying for, I feel better within myself after I have prayed then before I prayed.  David's prayer is Psalm 51 is a prayer of repentance.  It's a hand caught in the cookie jar prayer.  You see when you are caught doing wrong, your prayers are more remorseful because you are seeking forgiveness.  In a sense, repentance and seeking forgiveness for our sins is a hand caught in the cookie jar prayer. When you realize who God is, you realize that you haven't been getting away with anything at all.  Because of His omniscience power, He has seen what you were doing all along.  Ask David.  And once God calls you on it, you want His forgiveness.  When we look at the Lord's prayer, it is designed to bring an inward change in us.  So keep doing it.

Sing: Change my heart oh Lord, attend unto my prayer, from the ends of the earth will I cry unto to Thee, and when my heart is overwhelm, lead me to the Rick that is higher that I, so much higher than I.

Thought for Today: Prayer changes us, so keep doing it. (Parker)

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 September 29 - Morning Manna

And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. (Numbers 21:4)

Today's Morsel: Every so often, I come across people who are really discouraged.  When I meet these people, I try to do everything I can to bring some encouragement to them.  I try to find the right words to say to pick them up and hopefully get them back on the right track. Discouragement can be brought upon us in many ways. Loss of a loved one.  An evil medical report.  Loss of employment.  Divorce.  A failed test.  Abuse.  All these things can bring discouragement.  But if we are rooted and grounded in Christ, we should be able to overcome them. "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalms 30:5).
The Bible says that the children of Israel were much discouraged because of the way.  In other words, their journey was not pleasing to them.  The way that God was taking them to the Promise Land was not the way that they wanted to go. And so they became discouraged. There are ways in the church people can become discouraged.  If they are not being fed by the Word of God.  If every service is all about money.   If they are continually told that they can do better than what they are doing in praise and worship.  That if they miss a church service they are going to hell.  These things, if unchecked, can bring discouragement.  We must realize that we are not on the wrecking crew, but on the building crew.  We are called to build the kingdom, not destroy it.  We must always remember, Jesus came not to condemn us, but to save us.  Let me encourage you, the next time you start to feel discouraged, sing a song of praise to Jesus and you will begin to feel discouragement lift and go away.

Sing: Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home, when Jesus is my portion?  My constant Friend is He; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Refrain: I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Thought for Today: Discouragement is for sinners to drive them to God; saints should already be there. (Parker)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 September 27 - Morning Manna

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
(2 Corinthians 7:8)
Today's Morsel:   I can remember once in my military days, my commander chewed me out for a mistake that I made and I felt sorry for myself because I didn't think that he understood what had happened.  And when I did get a chance to tell him what happened, he didn't say that he was sorry for doing what he did or said to me.  But I learned a good lesson from him.  It was only for a season. Paul's letter seemed to make the Corinthian church sorry, but he did not tell them that he was sorry for writing it.  He said it was for their good and it was only for a season. Solomon said that  "Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful"(Proverbs 27:5-6).  If a friend corrects you, he will do it in love and it will be for your own good and you will love him at the end.
Sing: What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear, what  privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.
Thought for Today: Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Friday, September 26, 2014

2014 September 26 - Morning Manna

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. (Ecclesiastes 10:1)
Today's Morsel:   I was sharing with my friend a few days ago that it is amazing to me how God in His wisdom just seems to know what is needful.  You can be reading along in one passage and out of nowhere He just drops a nugget of gold.  Solomon, in all of his wisdom, is writing and talking about wisdom and all of a sudden he inserts today's scripture passage.  At first I thought to myself, what in the world do dead flies in the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour have to do with wisdom.  But the kicker to this verse is not found in the first part, but is the latter part where wisdom is found.  Solomon said that the same way a person who does foolishly or uses foolish ways trying to be smarter than someone else or tries to get a position of honor through foolish methods without considering their reputation, will stink, that is how a fly in the apothecary is.  True wisdom is true honour, and will gain a man a reputation, which is like a box of precious ointment, pleasing and very valuable.
Sing: God is so good, God is so good!  God is so good, He's so good to me. 
Thought for Today: If you think life stinks, change deodorant. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014 September 25 - Morning Manna

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)
Today's Morsel:   I think that the number one killer of every saint's faith, is the word, "Can't".  So many of them are quick to say "I can't" before they ever try.  I can't do that.  I can't be there.  I can't sing.  I can't teach.  I can't commit to that.  I can't stay that long.  I can't work with them.  I can't be around them.  I can't stand them.  And sadly the list goes on and on.  The apostle Paul seemed to never use the word can't.  Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).  Paul's words were more of edification and uplifting than destructive.  He said, If I make you sorrow then I have to turn around and make you glad (my words).  We must let our words be seasoned with salt so that they may change things and others around us for the good.  If you find yourself bitter, without hope, or feeling despondent, check your vocabulary.   You may be creating your own hurt by your own words.
Sing: Every praise is to our God; Every word of worship is to our God; Every praise, every praise, is to our God.
Thought for Today: Some men create their own hurt and then get mad about it when it hurts.