Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 September 18 - Morning Manna

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(Luke 19:1-10)
Today's Morsel: What would you do if you knew that today you got to meet the most famous person in the world?  You know, I have met many people who the world classifies as famous people.  But none of them compare to who Zacchaeus got to met.  Think about it.   Zacchaeus got to have the Creator of the whole world come to his house.  He got to sit and talk with the Lord of lords and King of Kings.  Zacchaeus is so elated by the visit he's ready to give away everything it seems.  And then he comes to himself and says, I'll give half of my goods to the poor (humor). Then Jesus said that this day is salvation has come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Would you like a visit from Jesus?  Well ,He will visit if you create an atmosphere for Him to come in to.  If you will keep a continual atmosphere of praise and worship, I promise you He'll visit.
Sing: Welcome into this place, welcome into this broken vessel, You desire to abide in the praise of Your people, so we lift our hands, as we lift our hearts, as we offer up this praise unto Your name.
Thought for Today: Don't ever forget that you are the temple of the Holy Ghost.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 September 17 - Morning Manna

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
Today's Morsel: We got an email from Goggle that they had cancelled one of our gmail accounts because of a violation of the terms of service.  I thought to myself, most people never read the agreement for the terms of service. But I often wonder, how many people would actual sign up for things if they did read the terms of service agreements. This did give me a wakeup call though.  Because I have always been an advocate about reading the small print.  In so many ways, this is what Jesus is going to say to many when they stand before him.  He said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:21-27).  They won't be able to enter because they violated the terms of service agreement.  James tells us that we have to be doers of the Word and not hearers only, or we violate the agreement.  If you have entered into an agreement with Jesus, may I suggest you read the fine print, the Bible, so that you do not violate the terms of service and miss heaven. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).
Sing: I have found the way! I have found the way! Oh glory Hallelujah I have found the way.
Thought for Today: Your terms of service agreement with Christ is the Bible (Parker)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 September 16 - Morning Manna

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (Colossians 1:9-12)
Today's Morsel: Making a little humor in Bible study, I told the church that the only way they would make it to heaven is that they had to walk.  They looked at me a little puzzled and then I related scripture to them.  I told them to notice what the scripture says, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light."; "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" ... If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16;25); "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth" (John 12:35); "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind" (Ephesians 4:17); "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory" (1 Thessalonians 2:12).  If we obey the scriptures and walk the walk that they bid us to, we should be able to walk right on up that highway to heaven.  Yet remember, none can walk up there but the pure in heart.
Sing: Oh there's a highway to heaven, none can walk up there but the pure and heart. Oh there's a highway to heaven walking up the kings highway.
Thought for Today: Having your feet shod with the gospel of peace will make your walk easier. (Parker)

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 September 15 - Morning Manna

"Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting"(Job 39:19-25).
Today's Morsel: God seems to hit Job with some pretty hard questions in the end.  And one of those questions was about the horse.  He shares with him about the horses strength, his inner thinking, his power, and his lack of fear. He said that he can smell the battle and it is as if he says within himself,  "Yes!, this is what I was created for."  The Bible calls for us to be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee  (Psalms 32:9). And this is true.  However, when we are born again and filled with God's Spirit, in so many ways we should be like the horse.  We are to become filled with strength, power, and be without fear.  And because there is a battle raging for the souls of men, we must be able to smell where the fight is and be ready to partake in it if it means delivery of men's souls.
Sing: Hold the Fort for I am coming, Jesus signals still, wave it back toward heaven, by Thy grace I will.
Thought for Today: Fear is just false evidence appearing real.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 September 13 - Morning Manna

By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. (Hebrews 11:22)
Today's Morsel:   One of the duties I was often called upon to perform when I was in the military, was burial detail.  If a veteran or military member died, their family members could request a military burial detail.  This is one of the most sombering duties one can perform.  As I look at the life of Joseph, the Bible says that he gave the children of Israel a commandment concerning his bones.  In other words, Joseph had told them that God would deliver them and they were to not leave his bones in Egypt.  And so someone was responsibility to guard Joseph's tomb until God sent Moses to deliver them.  And then someone had to carry his bones for the entire time that they were in the wilderness until they came into the land of promise.  And scripture states, "And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph" (Joshua 24:32).  Joseph knew that God would someday deliver His people even if he was dead. And so he told them don't leave any portion of me here. What about you?  Joseph knew there was a promise land and he was going to enter it either dead or alive and so he said, don't forget my bones when you leave.
Sing: I'm going through, Yes, I'm going through; I'll pay the price no matter what others do. I'll take the way, with the Lord's despised few, I started out with Jesus and I'm going through.
Thought for Today: Never stop believing

Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 September 12 - Morning Manna

And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
(2 Kings 5:10-14)
Today's Morsel: A few months ago, everyone was getting involved in the cold water challenge to raise money for Sheave For Christ.  Great idea, and for a great cause. Sometimes as Christian we need to have fun with these kind of things for the young and not so young alike. Naaman was not only challenged by Elisha to take a cold water challenge, he challenged him to take a dirty water challenge.  And he challenged him to dip seven times while he was in there.  At first, Naaman didn't want to take the dirty water challenge, but some of his soldiers called him chicken if he didn't (my words).  And Naaman would have to pay by remaining a leper for the rest of his life if he didn't. W hat about you?  Have you taken the water challenge?  "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:38-39).  "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:20-21).  You can't enter heaven without completing this water challenge.
Sing:  Are you washed, in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?  Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Thought for Today: Baptism is still a requirement to enter heaven. (Parker)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 September 11 - Morning Manna

 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:1-7)
Today's Morsel:   How do you share your faith with others?  I have seen some people who like to share their faith with others, but who do not want others to share their faith with them.  But yet, some of those same people will turn around and say, "We are all Christians".  We may not all agree in doctrine, but wouldn't it be nice when someone is talking about Jesus and what He's doing in their life or in the life of someone else, that we learn to listen?  Paul told Timothy that the faith that was in him was first in his mother and grandmother.  What if Timothy had not listened to them.  Some of the most encouraging words of edification when I've hit low points in my life have come from other people who do not believe exactly like me. And I am able to see that these people have faith in Jesus Christ, too. "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares", Paul said (Hebrews 13:1-2).  So the next time, before you block out someone because they may not believe like you, listen.  They just may have the answer you've been waiting for.  
Sing: My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour divine! Now here me while I pray; take all my guilt away. Oh, let me from this day be wholly Thine!
Thought for Today:  Faith still has the power to move mountains of fear and doubt.