Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 18

“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” 
(Acts 19:1-6)

Today’s Morsel:  Have you received the Holy Ghost since you’ve believed, Paul asked?  Why did he ask them this question?  For the same reason that we ask people today. Just because you attend church doesn’t mean that you have received the Holy Ghost.  Just because you believe does not mean that you have received the Holy Ghost.  The Apostles of Jesus walked with Him for three and a half years and yet they had not received the Holy Ghost.  Do you know why, because it wasn't given because Jesus was still here on earth (Read John 7:37-39).  Jesus had told them that they would receive it but they had to wait until He sent it to them (See John 14:18-26,  Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:4-8).  One can believe in Jesus, but until He sends His Spirit to them, they are none of His (Roman 8:9).  We see that the promise that they would receive the Holy Ghost came on the Day of Pentecost.  “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).  So, Paul's question is still for everyone today.  Have you received the Holy Ghost like the apostles did on the Day of Pentecost, and those men that Paul ask in Ephesus?  If not, then we are none of His.  Let Him send it to you today!

Sing:  They call us Holy-Rollers, they're always making fun; they need to get the Holy Ghost and speak in other tongues.
I know God is God; and God don't ever change.  I know God is God and Jesus is His name!!

Thought For Today: The promise is still for you today. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 17

“Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors” (Psalms 119:17-24)

Today’s Morsel:  Speed-reading is the concept of improving one’s ability to read quickly.  However, when it comes to the word of God, we should not speed-read or we will miss some of the most important instructions for our life.  Isaiah said, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear” (Isaiah 28:9-12).  In Matthew 11: 28-30, Jesus calls for everyone who is labored and heavy laden to come unto Him and He will give them rest.  Paul said that there is a rest for the children of God.  Are you weary and are you tired?  Do you need rest?  Then don’t speed-read through the Bible.  The Lord admonishes through the prophet Jeremiah, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).  A thirsty soul is a sign you’re trying to do it your way.  Slow down and allow God’s word to refresh you.

Sing:  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You; To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory, pour out Your power and love as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy; Holy, Holy, Holy, I want to see You.

Thought For Today: Don’t speed-read God’s word. (Parker)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 16

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly” (Psalms 119:1-8).

Today’s Morsel: Do you find it hard to do what God’s word tells you to do?  Do you struggle with your faith?  Do you find yourself saying one thing and doing another? Do you find it hard to walk the talk?  Why is it that we can do what the world says to do and not what God says to do?  The reason we struggle is a lack of self-discipline. We’ve been taught to grow in our faith and love, but not our temperance.  If we want to do what God tells us to do and keep His way, then we have to change our way of thinking and purpose in our hearts to do what His word says to do.  We must become not only hearers of His word but doers.

Sing:  Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion, Jesus understood.  All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life.

Thought For Today: Keep God’s way

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 14

“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him” (Psalms 92:13-15).

Today’s Morsel:  Are you really sold-out and committed to the things of God?  Like marriage, serving God is a commitment to obey until He comes again for us.  Even in the tough time, we should still serve with a pure heart fervently.  Our minds should always be on the Lord.  Just as a lover's mind is always on the one he or she loves, our mind should be on Jesus, because He is the love of our life. When we are planted in His house we will flourish in His courts.  Spiritual fruit and spirit gifts will be in operation in our life.  Why not commit everything in your life to Him today, so that you can really be blessed.

Sing:  When I think about the Lord, how He saved me, how He raised me, how He filled me with the Holy Ghost, how He saved me to the uttermost; when I think about the Lord, how He picked me up and turned me around, how He placed my feet, on solid ground; it makes me want to shout, hallelujah, thank You Jesus, Lord You’re worthy, of all the glory, of all of the honor,  of all of my praise, it makes me want to shout.

Thought For Today:  Commitment to God must be forever.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 13

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved” (Proverbs 12:1-3)

Today’s Morsel:  We see so many people that just keep doing wrong.  As I read the jail report, I see some people are going back into prison three and four times for the same offense.  Do they not know, have they not heard, that wickedness shall not be established.  Paul tells us that the things which were written before were for our learning.  We must take heed to God’s word if we plan to be established in this life and the life to come.  The wicked will perish if they do not repent.   But if we cling and obey His word, we can be established.

Sing:  I shall not be, I shall not be moved. I shall not be, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved.

Thought For Today: A man shall not be established by wickedness.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 12

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word”
(Psalms 119:9-16)

Today’s Morsel: When I was a Drill Instructor in the Army, I used to tell my soldiers that I wanted to see all their junk on their bunk.  If I found something that they weren't supposed to have I made them get rid of it.  I notice that in the summer, people have lots of yard sales.  I was talking with one man who was having a sale and he said, “Yeah, I just needed to get rid of some of the junk.”  I thought to myself, isn’t life like that?  People accumulate so much junk in their lives that they don’t know what they have or who they are.  Many have accumulated so much junk that it’s choking the word of God from their lives and they can’t understand why they can’t overcome the struggles of life, they have forgotten who they are.  Do you think it might be time to do a little decluttering from your life?  The psalmist said, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”   It's time to have a get the junk out.
Sing:  I wanna be washed in the blood of the lamb, I need a cleansing from the fountain.  My soul is hungry, I’ve got this yearning within, I wanna to be washed by the blood of the Lamb.

Thought For Today: It’s time to dejunk.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 October 11

“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins” 
(Proverbs 10:11-12).

Today’s Morsel:  The spirit of Esau seems to be on the rise again throughout the world.  Esau hated his birthright and he hated his brother Jacob after he gave it to him. There seems to be so much hate in our world today.  Even in conversations we hear people saying “I hate.”  “I hate to tell you this, but......”; “I hate to be the bearer of bad news ...”; “I hate her”; “I hate him”; “I hate that place”; “I hate even going there”; “I hate that smell.”  Doesn’t scripture tell us that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)?  Paul said that we should put away this kind of language as it is not of Christ.  It’s time that we kill hatred from our lives so that we are able to reflect His light to a lost and dying world.  Remember that God hates the sin, not the sinner.

Sing:  Change my heart O’ God, make it ever true, change my heart O’ God, may I be like You.

Thought For Today: “Love covereth all sins.”