Monday, December 11, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 11

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2)

Today’s Morsel:  Bethlehem means the house of bread. And Ephratah means fruitfulness.  Micah prophesied that this small town would bring forth an abundance of bread.  Jesus told the people, as this prophecy reference to Him, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not” (John 6:32-36).  There will never be a need to beg for bread when you know Jesus.  Don’t despise the small city you live it.   You just might be God’s next preacher.

Sing: O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above the deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.  Yet in they dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Thought For Today:  Don’t despise the small city you live it. You just might be God’s next preacher.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 9

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”  (Isaiah 51:11)

 Today’s Morsel:  If you will notice, Christmas is always expressed with joy, happiness, gladness, and anticipation. We see smiles and songs on people faces that we may not see other times.  Isaiah said that the redeemed of the Lord shall come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  Those of us who are born again should realize that we are the redeemed of the Lord and God’s fruit of joy should always show on our countenance, and we should share that joy.  His joy is associated with gladness and excitement.  Where there is His joy, sorrow and mourning will flee away.  This season, and every season, share His joy with everyone you meet.  

Sing:  Joy to the world!  The Lord is come; let earth receive her King.  Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing; and heaven and nature sing and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Thought For Today: The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 8

"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God."  (1 Corinthians 4:1)

 Today’s Morsel:  One the things about this time and season for the church is that it gives us the opportunity to bring revelation for the reason for the season.  Many will question and say that Christmas is a pagan holiday, while others will say that this is not the time and the date that Christ was born.  But as believers of Christ, we must not be unwise.  We must bring about the revelation of the mysteries of God.  As Paul told Timothy, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:15-16).  If those you encounter don’t know who Jesus is after the season and after you have talked with them, you’ve missed a great opportunity.

Sing: Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.

Thought For Today:  Unfold the mystery of the season (Parker).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 6

“O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” 
(Psalms 6:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I never wanted to happen to me when I was a kid was for my parents to punish me if they were angry and displeased with me for doing something that I knew I should not have done.  I always wanted them to cool down first, as the punishment was often times less severe.  The Psalmist also prayed that God would have mercy on him and not chasten him when he was angry and displeased.  The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 12:5-11, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”  Our Heavenly Father is going to chasten us when we do wrong because He knows it is for our good.  Yet we can pray that when He does, He does it when He’s not displeased or angry with us as He did with the children of Israel in the wilderness; as this would not be enjoyable for any of us.  The best thing to always remember is that self-discipline is the best correction.  If we apply discipline ourselves, the Lord will not need to correct us.  Be obedient to His word.  

Sing:  You're a good, good Father, it’s who You are, it's who You are, it's who You are.  And I'm loved by You, it's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am.

Because You are perfect in all of Your ways, You are perfect in all of Your ways, You are perfect in all of Your ways to us
You're a good, good Father, it’s who You are, it's who You are, it's who You are.  And I'm loved by You, it's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am.

Thought For Today: Self-discipline is the best correction. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 5

“Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!” (Job 6:8).

Today’s Morsel:  If you could have anything you wanted, what would be your request?  Would it be for something material or spiritual?  Job said that he wished that he might have his request; and that God would grant him the thing that he longed for.  By all accounts, Job wanted relief from his suffering.  Job was in much pain and suffering because of the attack of the enemy upon his flesh.  Scripture says in Esther 7:2-4, “And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom. Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage” (Esther 7:2-4).  Esther requested that she and her people would not be killed, and the king honored her request.  What is your request?  Jesus said you have not because you ask not.

Sing: Here my cry O’ God, attend unto my prayer, from the ends of the earth will I cry unto Thee, and when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I, so much higher than I.

Thought For Today: You have not because you ask not.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 4

“Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished” (Ezra 5:16).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about building a church is that it never seems to get finished.  And I think God designed it that way.  Noah’s Ark was a type and shadow of God’s house.  The Tabernacle in the Wilderness and Solomon’s Temple were too; and so are we that are born-again.  God is still working on us to make us what He wants us to be.  In writing to the church at Philippi, Paul states: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).  And to the church at Ephesus he said: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). And then he informed the church at Corinth, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:11-17).  Knowing that God desires to build us according to the pattern which He has established, let’s allow Him to work.  Let's allow Him to build us how He desires to, according to His pattern and plan.  

Sing: He's still working on me, to make me what I need to be.  It took him just a week to make the moon and stars, the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.   How loving and patient He must be, 'cause He's still workin' on me.

Thought For Today: God isn’t finished with us yet!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 December 2

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

Today’s Morsel:  What day is your Sabbath?  What day do you rest? Our bodies need to be refreshed and replenished from our day to day activities and work that we do.  If we do not rest, we will come apart and not be able to be effective for the Kingdom.  Daniel said in Daniel 7:25, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”  Satan knows that God desires for you to rest and be refreshed.  So Satan does things to wear you out.  I have concluded that the jobs and the things we do aren't as taxing as we think they are, it is just the fact that we don’t take any time for rest.  Because of this, we see our jobs and everything we do as over taxing and as burdensome.  For starters, if we would begin our day with a fresh dose of the Holy Ghost, which is the rest and the refreshing (Isaiah 28:11-12), we could continue in His strength and power.

Sing: They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.  They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me, Lord, teach me, Lord, to wait.

Thought For Today: Rest!