Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 October 31 - Morning Manna

My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. (Psalms 7:10-15)

Today's Morsel: The only difference between a ditch and a rut is depth.  The longer you stay in a rut, the sooner it will become a ditch.  The Psalmist said that the wicked made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.  Solomon said, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him" (Proverbs 26:27).  So my question to you today is, are you causing your own troubles?  Are you digging your own ditch?  Are you causing yourself to go deeper and deeper in your lowliness?  If you don't take action and get out of the rut you are in, pretty soon you find yourself in a deep ditch and you can't get out.

Sing: I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained with sin, sinking to rise no more, but the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love, lifted, me.

Thought for Today: Get out of the rut before it becomes a ditch (Parker)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 October 30 - Morning Manna

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:1-8)

Today's Morsel: Reading Paul's letter here to the Church at Philippi, he calls for the church to help the women which labor with him.   I  have noticed since I have been saved, that there are more women in the church than men.  I believe that every church should recognize the women in their churches for the things that they do, and give them help when they need it.  I really appreciate the things the ladies in the church I pastor do.  One of the ladies I feel that needs to be recognized is the pastor's or minister's wife. Most people don't realize that the ministers' wives probably take more heat seeking missiles of bad attitudes and bad words then the husbands themselves do.  Some people read the scripture, "Touch not mine anointing and do my prophet no harm," but they don't think that that applies to his wife or children.  I wonder what God thinks about those attacks?  Paul tells us, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:27-29).  If we would all realize that we are laborers together with Christ, we would help one another in every way that we can. Especially, our sisters.

Sing: You're my brother, you're my sister, so take me by the hand, together we will work until He comes; There's no foe that can defeat us, when we're walking side by side, as long as there is love we can stand.

Thought for Today: There is but one body. Where do you fit?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 October 29 - Morning Manna

 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him (Luke 15:11-20)

Today's morsel: Whether we like to admit it or not, the people we see with all the tattoos and body piercing over their bodies are crying out for help.  They can say that they are just expressing themselves, but really there is something inside that is saying, "Someone help me and direct me in the right way."  I'm not down on these people and please don't think I am, I'm just letting us know that these are warning signs of a confused and inwardly hurting generation.  The story of the prodigal son is usually spoken of in most church services sometime during the year.  I have preached from this story many times and have even seen myself in the story.  But what stood out today to me in the story is the father.  The whole story is about the loving and compassionate father and not the son.  If you will notice, the father sees the son, Jesus said, "When he was yet a great way off".   Notice, the father recognized his son a long ways off.  Even though he was in a terrible condition, the father still knew who he was.  Even today, kids who have tattoos and body piercing, parents still know who they are.  We can never get so low that Jesus cannot recognize us, reach us or find us.  He knows who we are.  And when we make up our minds to come home, He'll see us coming, will meet us, and restore us to our rightful state and place in the Kingdom.

Sing:  If you see my child somewhere, as you are journeying here and there, tell him I am waiting, for my child to come home.

Thought for Today: Jesus over came the world and you can too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 October 28

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 6:1-5)

Today's Morsel: Probably one of the saddest days in a person's life is when they discover that they really didn't know him/herself.  This can happen when you explode on someone in anger or outrage.  You do something that you get caught at, not realizing you were not as close to God as you thought.  You send a defaming email or gossip about someone else.  These things are a self-sign that you have allowed things to get into your heart that you may not have been aware of.  When Isaiah got a glimpse into heaven, he realized that he was a man of unclean lips.  Why didn't he know it before?  He realized that if at that very moment he had to appear before God, he was in trouble.  This is the wrong time in one's life to discover himself, when they have to stand before God.  The Rich Young Ruler thought that he was good to go, only to discover that he was attached to his stuff.   I wonder if this is why Lot's wife looked back, because she was attached to her stuff.  Isaiah cried, "Woe is me."  Luckily for him, it wasn't the final judgment when he discovered himself.

Sing:  Don't let me forget where You found me, let me remember You had to reach way down; let me toil till I'm footsore, let me search till I'm weary, but don't let me stand without a star in my crown.    

Thought for Today: The saddest day in a person's life is when he discovers that he did not know himself.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 October 27 - Morning Manna

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
(Nehemiah 1:1-6).

And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven."
 (Nehemiah 2:1-4)

Today's Morsel: Most of us have read the book of Nehemiah, but perhaps many of us may not have captured the insight of Nehemiah.  Somewhat like Daniel, even though Nehemiah is in captivity, he has found favor with the king.  But please note, both Daniel and Nehemiah have God first and foremost in their lives.  They both seem to have grasped what was later written in Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the Kingdom of God.  They are both prayer warriors, if I may use that term.  Before we can find favor with those over us, we need to have a relationship in prayer with the King of all kings; Jesus!  Even though Nehemiah was the king's cup bearer, which is no easy task, when he heard the news that the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down and the gates burned and the city destroyed, he sat down and wept.  He mourned, fasted, and prayed to God.  By all accounts, he may have prayed to God for almost four months before he appeared to ask permission from the king to go rebuild the wall.  Even when the king asked him what was wrong and what was his request, he didn't answer but prayed to God again. This shows the wisdom that he has now obtained.  What I find in this story more than rebuilding the wall again is this:  If you are going to do a work for the Lord, you need to have a committed prayer life.  You always want God to go before you, before you take on any task because you want to make sure that you are in God's will; and when you need resources, you want to know that God has already moved upon the hearts of people that people will provide what you need them from.  Not only did the king allow Nehemiah to go, but he gave him previsions for the resources and a military escort to Jerusalem as well.

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

Thought for Today: Prayer still works. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 October 25 - Morning Manna

"And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel"(1 Kings 18:41-46)

Today's Morsel: The Bible says that without a vision the people perish.  In other words, where there is no sight (mentally), that is a dream, revelation, or oracle, and without direction, people don't know what to do nor where to go.  The children of Israel had been without rain for three and a half years.  And now Elijah prayed for it to rain.  But he needed a sign from God. And so he sent his servant to see if he saw a cloud that would indicate tit was going to rain.  But the servant saw nothing when he went.  Most of us know that if it is going to rain, we usually are going to see a dark cloud somewhere in the sky.  But the servant said there was nothing.  And so Elijah told him to go seven times.  On the seventh time, he came back and said he saw a cloud about the size of a man's hand.  And this was all Elijah needed to hear to know that it was going to rain.  Jesus said that if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we can say to the mountain to move and it would move. Once Elijah had been told by his servant about the small cloud, he told his servant to go tell the King to get down quickly from the mountain because there was an abundance of rain coming.   Right now, you may not see anything sign of an answer for what you have been praying about.  Maybe it has been a long time and you haven't heard from God. Maybe you are feeling a little dry and could use a little Holy Ghost rain to shower you right about now, or a word of encouragement to lift you up.  Well, let me encourage you today, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 10:35-11:1).  Jesus will come through, so hang in there.  The Bible is all the sign you need.

Sing: I feel the rain!  I feel the rain!  I feel it falling down on me. I feel the rain! I feel the rain!  I feel it falling down on me. Well it's the former and the latter rain together, and I'm not talking about the weather, it's the Holy Ghost rain and it's falling down on me.

Thought for Today: The Bible is all the sign you need.

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 October 24 - Morning Manna

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:15-16)

Today's Morsel: I never would have thought that I would see the day that we buy water to drink.   I notice that on every bottle it says, "pure water".  I bet it's not pure.  For something to be pure, it has to be the real deal.  It was pure when it came from God.  But now, because man has tampered with it, it isn't pure.  I think I would be just as healthy drinking out of the garden hose like I did as a kid, or drawing it out of a well with a bucket, as drinking it out of a plastic bottle.  Wasn't that plastic bottle recycled from something else.  Hmmmmm!
Paul told Titus that to the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  When our heart is pure, our whole life will be pure.  But if our heart isn't pure, then our life isn't going to be pure either.  Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).  If our heart is not pure, clean, and wholesome, we cannot enter heaven. Sin can't enter there. Solomon tells us to keep our heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issue of life (Proverbs 4:23).  We must guard what we allow to come in.  A pure heart produces pure motives, pure thoughts, and a pure mind.  Our ways are cleansed by the word of God.  Therefore, we must allow the word take root within us.

Sing: Create in me a clean heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within me; Create in me a clean heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away, from Thy presence O' God; take not they Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me, the joy of Thy Salvation, and renew a right spirit with me.

Thought for Today: As a man thinketh in His heart so is he. (King Solomon)